WSOP Circuit and WPT crown main event winners

Six-figure payouts were dished out in Baltimore and Las Vegas earlier this week as the World Series of Poker Circuit and the World Poker Tour both crowned new main event champions.

We’ll start with the WSOP Circuit that set up shop at the Horseshoe Baltimore for its latest $1,675 main event. A 513-player field amassed a $769,500 prize pool, and in the end the last man standing was Mike Jukich.

For the win, Jukich cashed $165,438, received his first WSOP Circuit championship ring and earned a free seat in the 2018 Global Casino Championships. The payday was the biggest of Jukich’s poker career so far, topping the $74,863 he pocketed for finishing second in a WSOP Circuit main event at Harrah’s Chester in 2013.

It came down to Jukich and Jeremy Skein heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Jukich led with 6.4 million in chips to Skein’s 3.79 million. Jukich added to his chip lead by taking down the first two hands of heads-up play. After the third hand, it was all over.

On the final hand, Jukich went all-in pre-flop with pocket sixes and Skein called with Ah-Ks. The coin flip came out in favor of Jukich after the board showed Qc-4s-3s-Jc-Qs. For the second-place finish, Skein received $102,290.

Greenberg wins inaugural WPT Bellagio event

While the WSOP was dealing in Baltimore, the WPT was concluding the first-ever WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship in Las Vegas.

The $10,000 main event drew 126 entries, compiling a prize pool of $1,222,200. The last man standing was high-stakes player Larry Greenberg. For the win, he added $378,879 to his bankroll. That nearly matched his career-high cash of $384,122 that he won by finishing 10th in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

At the Bellagio, it came down to Greenberg and Danny Qutami heads-up for the tournament title. Greenberg had a substantial chip lead at the outset of heads-up play after he previously eliminated the rest of the five-player final table.

On the final hand of the tournament, Qutami was all-in with Kh-7c up against Greenberg’s As-Qc. The board showed Qh-9s-8c-3c-Jh, giving Greenberg a pair of queens and the win. For the second-place finish, Qutami received $223,663.