Maurice Hawkins Plays ‘Smart’ To Collect Two Gold Rings at WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs

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  • PG News April 12, 2016
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Maurice Hawkins (cover image) made an impromptu entry into World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit’s Horseshoe Council Bluffs stop and collected not just one, but two gold rings. Hawkins first won the $365 Monster Stack event for his fifth gold ring and $19,477 in prize money. After that, Hawkins went on to defeat 321 entries in the $1,675 Main Event, taking home his sixth gold ring and top prize of $113,152. The win also gets him a seat to the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship. With this, Hawkins is three rings behind Alex Masek, who holds a record nine rings.

Hawkins credited his wins to the change he has brought about in his style of play from ‘erratic’ to ‘smart’. He stated that he had already made up his mind to win this month and had tweeted, “Calling my shot. I am going to win two tourneys in the month of April. I have never felt better in my life.#Hawksview#Winning


$1,675 Main Event

The Main Event had a prize pool of $481,500 and a number of notables, who cashed among the 33 paid places were Allen Kessler (33rd), Ray Henson (20th), Neil Scott (19th), 2012 WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs Main Event winner Scott Stanko (13th), and Ryan Tepen (12th).

The first elimination of the final table was Jose Mendoza at ninth place, followed by Mike Vanier in eighth and Daniel Shea at seventh place respectively. The collected pots gave Phan (who took out both Vanier and Shea) an edge, which he used to dominate the table. Phan next busted JT Turner at sixth and Bob Slezak at fifth place respectively.

Hawkins was barely managing to stay afloat and emerged to bust Maxx Coleman at fourth place. Phan then ousted Mike Lang at third place and started heads up with a 3 to 1 lead against Hawkins.

Nevertheless, Hawkins pulled off a couple of double-ups and reversed the situation. The final hand saw Hawkins with against Phan`s . The board ran out and Hawkins rivered a full-house to ship the tournament.

Ryan Phan made a second place finish for $69,962, which was his biggest live cash to date.


Final Table Results

1. Maurice Hawkins – $113,152

2. Ryan Phan – $69,962

3. Mike Lang – $50,813

4. Maxx Coleman – $37,533

5. Robert Slezak – $28,177

6. Joshua Turner – $21,489

7. Daniel Shea – $16,645

8. Mike Vanier – $13,087

9. Jose Mendoza – $10,444

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