WSOP International Circuit hands out rings in Uruguay and Australia

The World Series of Poker International Circuit finished off what was a busy month of December this week as it concluded series in Uruguay and Australia.

In Uruguay the WSOP International Circuit set up shop at the Enjoy Conrad Resort & Casino in Punta del Este. The main event in Uruguay had a $1,100 buy-in and a 583-player field. That led to a $565,510 prize pool.

The last man standing after the final card was dealt in Uruguay was Gabriel Muzzio. The Argentinian poker pro collected his first WSOP Circuit championship ring and cashed $107,545 for the win, the largest cash of his poker career so far.

Lynskey wins Down Under

On the other side of the world the WSOP International Circuit also took over the tables at the Star Casino in Sydney, Australia. The main event at the Star had a $2,200 buy-in in Australian dollars, which was around $1,500 US. They ended up with a 1,191-player field and a $2,382,000 prize pool in Australian dollars, or $1,709,770 US.

The winner of the main event was Aussie native Alexander Lynskey. He cashed $422,796 Australian dollars for the win, which converted to $303,477 US. Before his win at the Star, Lynskey’s claim to fame in the poker world came earlier this year when he finished seventh in the $10,000 main event at the World Series of Poker. In that tournament he won $1.5 million and after adding his Australian winnings, his lifetime live-poker career winnings stand at just over $3.7 million.

The final table at the Star was a quick one as the first five players were eliminated after only an hour of play. It came down to Lynskey and Matt Pongrass heads-up for the tournament title and it looked like Pongrass was going to cruise to the win with a near 6-to-1 chip lead.

Things changed after a key double-up by Lynskey when he was all-in with ace-10 against pocket kings and flopped another ace. After that it was all Lynskey as he slowly but surely chipped away at Pongrass’ stack.

On the final hand, Pongrass moved all-in with pocket sevens and Lynskey called with pocket threes. A lucky three landed on the river to give Lynskey the win.

For second place, Pongrass cashed $188,188 US.