Sam Washburn wins WSOP Circuit Tunica main event

Sam Washburn recorded his first WSOP Circuit win and cash earlier this week by winning the main event at the Horseshoe Tunica in Robinsonville, Mississippi.

Washburn outlasted a field of 597 players in the $1,612 No-Limit Hold’em tournament to cash $188,068. To claim his first WSOP Circuit win, Washburn had to battle through a tough final table that included a number of former WSOP Circuit champions and a WSOP bracelet winner. The final table included Kyle Cartwright, Jake Bazeley and Nick Pupillo, who combined have won 10 WSOP Circuit rings, one WSOP bracelet and nearly $7 million in live-poker earnings.

In the end it came down to Washburn and Scott Stewart heads-up for the tournament title. Stewart was in search of his sixth WSOP Circuit championship ring but had to settle for second place.

Washburn vs Stewart heads-up

When heads-up play began, Stewart held the upper hand with a near 3.5-to-1 chip lead over Washburn. It didn’t take long for Washburn to cut into Stewart’s stack as he doubled up on the very first hand of heads-up play. In that hand Stewart went all-in pre-flop and Washburn made the call. Stewart showed Ks-Qh, while Washburn had Ah-Kh. His ace-high kicker proved to be enough when the board delivered Js-Jc-4d-2h-2d.

The key hand happened immediately after Washburn’s first double-up. Holding Jd-10h, Washburn went all-in pre-flop against Stewart’s As-Kd. The flop gave Washburn a straight draw when it showed 9c-7d-4s. He connected when the 8c appeared on the turn, leaving Stewart drawing dead. After that hand, Stewart was left with only one big blind and would be forced all-in pre-flop on the next hand.

That proved to be the final hand after Washburn was dealt pocket jacks and Stewart held Kh-Jc. The jacks held up on the board – 9h-5s-2s-Ah-4d – giving Washburn the win. For the second-place finish, Stewart cashed $116,316.

The next stop for the WSOP Circuit is the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tournaments begin at the Potawatomi on February 1, while the $1,675 main event is scheduled to begin on February 9 and run for four days. The last time the WSOP Circuit visited the Potawatomi, Ala Aqel outlasted a 677-player field in the main event to cash $208,184.