Kevin Iacofano wins Rio WSOP Circuit main event

Kevin Iacofano has finally done it. After years of close calls and near misses, Iacofano finally recorded his first live poker tournament win this week by taking down the World Series of Poker Circuit main event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

If you take a look at Iacofano’s live poker tournament results, you’ll find it littered with final tables and numerous top-three finishes. The only thing missing was a tournament win. Not anymore. For the win in Las Vegas, Iacofano cashed $259,463 and the coveted WSOP Circuit championship ring. He also gets a free seat in the WSOP Global Casino Championship.

The main event at the Rio drew a large crowd, with 887 people putting up the $1,675 buy-in. That generated a prize pool of $1,330,500.

Iacofano began the final day of the tournament with some work to do, sitting seventh in chips among the remaining 22 players. When he reached the final nine at the final table, he was sitting eighth in chips well behind the leader. A big win with pocket aces got his stack growing, followed by a big hand with pocket nines that eliminated one of his competitors, and an all-in call that forced his opponent to fold to give him the chip lead.

Iacofano and Gera heads-up

It came down to Iacofano and Nikhil Gera heads-up for the tournament title. Gera was looking for his third WSOP Circuit championship ring after previously winning a pair of main events in 2016.

When heads-up play began, Iacofano had the chip lead with 9.3 million chips to Gera’s 8.5 million. Early on, the cards kept falling Gera’s way as he took a number of hands to wrestle away the chip lead. At one point he had 13.2 million chips before Iacofano started his comeback. Iacofano won three big hands in a row to retake the chip lead.

On the final hand with blinds at 150,000/300,000, Iacofano checked as the big blind. The flop showed 8h-7s-4d. Iacofano checked and Gera bet 300,000. Iacofano raised to 900,000 and Gera called. The turn card was the 2c. Iacofano bet 1.6 million and Gera called. The Ah hit on the river and Iacofano moved all-in. Gera, after thinking it over, called. Iacofano showed 8d-4h for two pair. Gera mucked his hand and it was over.

For the second-place finish, Gera received $160,325.