Maurice Hawkins Sets WSOP Circuit Record

WSOP Circuit champion Maurice Hawkins has run out of fingers to display his winnings. The poker pro has some bling for every finger and each thumb after winning his record-setting 10th WSOP Circuit championship ring earlier this week.

Hawkins’ latest conquest was at the event at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. He outlasted the rest of a 271-player field in the $1675 No-Limit Hold’em main event to pocket $97,561 to go along with the championship ring.

It came down to Hawkins and William Perpich heads-up at the final table. On the final hand Hawkins had pocket sixes to Perpich’s Ace-king suited and prevailed when the flop showed 6-5-5 and Perpich received no help on the turn or river.

When asked by officials if he was the best WSOP Circuit player ever he replied, “Women and men lie, numbers don’t. I don’t play for accolades, I play for money, to eat. I love accolades, but I really play to eat.”

Hawkins’ tenth WSOP Circuit win broke the tie he was in with Alex Masek with nine wins.

The win also gives Hawkins the record for most earnings won at WSOP Circuit events at $1.1 million and the record for main event wins with four.

First WSOP Circuit Win Came in 2008

Hawkins’ first WSOP Circuit win came nine years ago in December 2008 in Atlantic City. He bested a field of 312 players in that tournament, a $560 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event. His cashout for that win was $48,360.

And now he will have a shot at winning his 11th WSOP Circuit championship ring right away. He’s confirmed he’ll be at the tables at the next event, which begins at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina from April 12-24.

Hawkins also informed  staff he intends to play in the final WSOP Circuit event of the season at Harrah’s New Orleans. That event is scheduled to run from May 11-22.

There’s been no word from officials if they’ll outfit Hawkins with a special WSOP Circuit toe ring or if he can claim an 11th since his two hands are completely full.