Valentin Vornicu wins record 12th World Series of Poker Circuit ring

It appears the true Lord of the Rings is Valentin Vornicu. The California native is on a brilliant run at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Harrah’s New Orleans, setting a new WSOP Circuit championship rings record, only to break it one day later.

When Vornicu began playing at Harrah’s New Orleans late last week, he was tied for the overall lead in WSOP Circuit championship rings with Maurice Hawkins. Both he and Hawkins had two full hands with 10 rings each.

Vornicu topped Hawkins with his 11th career ring by winning the $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry tournament. He outlasted a 641-player field to capture his 11th ring along with $64,205 for first place.

He didn’t have long to relish the accomplishment as he topped himself by winning his 12th ring the very next day. That came in a one-day $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Vornicu went up against a 349-player field to make it an even dozen and add another $24,804 to his earnings. His career live-tournament earnings now sit at just over $1.1 million.

Vornicu’s biggest live-poker wins at Bicycle

Vornicu claimed his first WSOP Circuit championship ring back in 2011. He won a $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the Horseshoe Hammond to cash $50,943.

Vornicu has had the most luck at the Bicycle Casino in Ball Gardens, California, his home state. There he has won four of his 12 WSOP Circuit championship rings and posted the most lucrative cash of his live-poker career. In 2015 at the Bicycle, Vornicu outlasted a 641-player field in the $1,675 main event. That netted him his seventh circuit championship ring and a $197,110 payday.

There’s a chance Vornicu could still win lucky 13 and make it a baker’s dozen this week with tournaments continuing at Harrah’s New Orleans. There are still seven tournaments on the schedule in New Orleans, including the $1,675 main event, which begins on May 18.