Christopher Trombley – Photo credit: WSOP Circuit
Christopher Trombley is the last World Series of Poker circuit main event champion after topping the field at the recently concluded tour stop at Harrah’s Pomapano Beach in Florida. The Macomb, Michigan resident also claimed his first WSOP Circuit ring. He received $266,186 for his highest tournament score and first tournament win. His career earnings now total $335,656.
The $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament had a prize pool of $1,537,725 thanks to three initial flights that attracted a total of 1,015 entries. The top 145 players collected at least $2,558 in prize money. There were only 102 who returned for day two of the tournament, and the final table of nine was set after 12 hours of play.
Tournament pro Ryan Eriquezzo entered the final table with the chip lead, and was in control for the first half of the final table. Trombley scored his first out by picking off Roman Hrabec in fifth. Eriquezzo fell to Trombley in third place when his aces and fours failed to match Trombley’s flopped set of kings. That gave Trombley 18.2 million into heads-up play to Robert Lupo’s 12.6 million.
The final game took three and a half hours to decide a winner, with the chip lead changing hands several times. The final hand saw the money go all-in with the board reading K10395. Lupo moved all-in for 7,000,000 with J8 on a missed straight draw, and Trombley thought for a few minutes before calling with 92 to win the hand and the tournament. Lupo received $164,511 as runner-up in the event and his career earnings total $449,796.
Trombley had this to say to WSOP Circuit journalists soon after the last hand was played, “I took a slightly more volatile route, just raising pocket nines and getting him to call, and then ended up hitting the river when his draw didn’t come.. I was willing to pay a flush, but I felt like my pair was good there. He continued: “When I went short, I didn’t panic. I know the game plan with under eight bigs, five bigs.” …just don’t get impatient and try to grab the cards as they come.
Some other notables who cashed in the star-studded event included James Calderaro (11th), Scott Baumstein (21st), Brian Battistone (25th), Dylan Smith (32nd), Daniel Couzens (42nd), Ryan D’Angelo (44th) , Brett Apter (50th), Nadya Magnus (51st), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (53rd), Aaron Thivyanathan (56th), Paul Snead (64th), Maxwell Young (70th) , TK Miles (83rd), Jeremy Joseph (87th), Loni Harwood (91st), Natasha Mercier (100th), Matt Waxman (105th), Jake Schwartz (110th), Chris Tryba (112th), Jeffrey Trudeau (118th), Neil Blumenfield (120th), Luke Graham (139th) and Steven Karp (145th).
Here is a look at the winnings awarded at the final table:
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The next WSOP Circuit The event is already taking place at the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas Nevada and will run until February 23rd. The $1,700 buy-in main event begins on Friday, February 17. You can see the full schedule for the tournament series right here.