Joe Gotlieb wins WSOP Circuit Seminole Hard Rock Main Event

Joe Gotlieb earned himself a six-figure payday and the coveted WSOP Circuit championship ring earlier this week by winning the WSOP Circuit Seminole Hard Rock Main Event.

The Main Event drew 904 entries in Hollywood, Florida, compiling a prize pool of $1,365,000. Gotlieb, a 52-year-old native of Hollywood, recorded his first WSOP Circuit win to claim $257,638, the championship ring and a free seat in the Global Casino Championship later in the season.

When the final table began on the final day of the tournament, Gotlieb was in a nice position sitting second in chips with 2.5 million. The chip leader was Mauricio Ameller with 3.86 million, but it wouldn’t be his day as he eventually was knocked out in third place. The favorite at the final table was Brian Hastings, a three-time WSOP bracelet winner who was searching for his first WSOP Circuit ring. His search would continue, though, as he was bounced in fourth place.

Gotlieb battles Conniff heads-up

It came down to Gotlieb and Asher Conniff heads-up for the tournament title. Conniff was also looking for his first WSOP Circuit win. As heads-up play began, Conniff held the chip lead with 11 million chips to Gotlieb’s seven million.

The tide turned a few hands into heads-up play. With the blinds at 75,000/150,000 and 25,000 antes, Conniff limped in from the button and Gotlieb checked his big blind. The flop showed Ad-Kd-7h. Both players checked around and the turn was the 3s. Conniff came out betting 250,000 and Gotlieb called. The river card was a 2h. Gotlieb checked and Conniff bet big, 900,000. Gotlieb called and showed 9d-3c for a pair of threes. Conniff mucked his hand, giving Gotlieb the pot and the chip lead.

Not long after, it was all over. On the final hand, Conniff went all-in with Ad-Ks and Gotlieb called with pocket sevens. Conniff need to catch an Ace or King to stay alive but failed to connect when the board showed Qd-7h-6s-Jd-Qc, giving Gotlieb a winning full house. For his second-place finish, Conniff received $159,357.

The next event on the WSOP Circuit schedule has already begun. The WSOP Circuit set up shop at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana last week. The main event begins on Friday, October 6 and is scheduled to run for four days.