Blake Whittington Wins WSOPC Tunica for $151,789; Max Young Casino Champ

Blake Whittington Wins WSOPC Tunica for $151,789; Max Young Casino Champ

Blake Whittington

Table Of Contents

  • Whittington Goes Back-to-Back
  • WSOPC Horseshoe Tunica Main Event Final Table Results
  • Max Young Wins Casino Champ Title
  • WSOPC Horseshoe Tunica Event Winners

The World Series of Poker Circuit wrapped its penultimate stop on Monday as final tournaments concluded at Horseshoe Tunica. The stop minted some big-time winners including Maurice Hawkins winning his record-setting 13 gold ring.

Whittington Goes Back-to-Back

The stop culminated with the $1,700 buy-in Main Event, a tournament that attracted 466 entries and generated a $705,990 prize pool. Coming fresh off winning Event #9: $400 No-Limit Hold’em for $23,883, Blake Whittington went back-to-back to win the Main Event for $151,789, his fifth gold ring, and a seat in the 2019 Global Casino Championship.

Whittington’s victory came after riding high the entire tournament. He finished as the Day 1 chip leader, bagged the second biggest stack on Day 2, and never dipped below that on his way to closing it out.

"The week has just been unbelievable. I just caught heat in the middle of the week."

“At the end of Day 2, I kind of played bad in a couple of spots that I really regretted,” Whittington said. “I almost gave it away, really. I think that the break before Day 3 really helped me. I was able to reset and come in with a game plan.”

He continued: “I’m elated. The week has just been unbelievable. I just caught heat in the middle of the week. I had some deep runs, and I gained some confidence. It was crazy after I won the ring in the turbo [Event #9]."

In the final hand of the tournament, Asaf Ben Shushan got his short stack all in holding king-six suited and was flipping against Whittington’s pocket fours. The pocket pair held on a safe run out and Shushan had to settle for second place and $93,847 in prize money.

WSOPC Horseshoe Tunica Main Event Final Table Results

Position Player Hometown Prize
1 Blake Whittington Jacksonville, Florida $151,789
2 Asaf Ben Shushan Knoxville, Tennessee $93,847
3 Michael Rossitto Brooklyn, New York $68,559
4 Roger Foley Thayer, Missouri $50,824
5 Jesse Jones Springfield, Missouri $38,222
6 Tim Burt Diberville, Mississippi $29,157
7 Taylor Deane Columbia, South Carolina $22,556
8 Schuyler Thornton Corpus Christi, Texas $17,699
9 Nelson Bernal Memphis, Tennessee $14,085

Others to cash the Main Event were Travis Lutes (19th – $6,460), Timothy Miles (20th – $6,460), Robert Hankins (25th – $4,730), Kevin Eyster (30th – $4,130), Calvin Anderson (34th – $3,269), Mike Cordell (48th – $2,711), and Daniel Garber (54th – $2,711).

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Max Young Wins Casino Champ Title

Max Young
Max Young won a 2019 Global Casino Championship seat.

In other side event news, former LFG Podcast guest Max Young was crowned Casino Champ, which means he will join Whittington in the 2019 Global Casino Championship. Young got most of his points after topping a 124-entry field to win Event #6: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha for $11,456 and his sixth gold ring.

"It was really nice to win an Omaha event," the 34-year-old told WSOP officials. "I’m not really an Omaha player but I feel like I learned a lot while playing. I have a little bit of history playing [Omaha], but I feel like I got a lot better mid-game."

Daniel Lowery was another pro to find success after besting an 894-entry field to win Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight $200K GTD for $52,378 and his eighth gold ring. Meanwhile, Michael Sanders prevailed over a 287-entry field to win Event #11: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack (1 Day) for $13,779 and his fourth gold ring.

Here’s a look at all those to win rings at the Tunica stop:

WSOPC Horseshoe Tunica Event Winners

Tournament Entries Winner Prize
Event #1: $400 NLH Double Stack Big-Blind Ante 260 Michael Ledford $21,023
Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight $200K GTD 894 Daniel Lowery $52,378
Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (1 Day) 173 Scot Wilken $15,410
$250 NLHE SENIORS I 253 Gary Kuykendall $12,399
Event #4: $600 NLH Big-Blind Ante 196 Sohale Khalili $26,245
Event #5: $400 NLH Six-Handed 190 Charlie Dawson $17,243
Event #6: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 124 Maxwell Young $11,456
Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (1 Day) 172 Charles Davis $15,328
Event #8: $400 NLH Monster Stack 432 Maurice Hawkins $31,372
Event #9: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (1 Day) 308 Blake Whittington $23,883
Event #10: $1,700 Main Event 466 Blake Whittington $151,789
Event #11: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack (1 Day) 287 Michael Sanders $13,779
$135 LADIES No-Limit Hold’em 83 Morgan Hayes $2,656
Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack (1 Day) 168 Chris Lynch $14,969
$250 NLHE SENIORS I 161 Lavern Fross $8,693
Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack (1 Day) 200 Eric Rivkin $17,161

The WSOP Circuit will wrap up its season May 9-20 at Harrah’s New Orleans. It marks the last opportunity players have to either qualify or earn points for the 2019 Global Casino Championship.

Photos courtesy of WSOP Circuit.

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