2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
WSOP Circuit High Roller
$3,250 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $399,000
October 1-2, 2017
The $3,250 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry) drew 133 entries, easily surpassing the $250,000 guarantee and creating a prize pool of $399,000. Outlasting the field was Anton Wigg, earning his first World Series of Poker Circuit Ring and the $111,719 first-place prize.
The 30-year-old professional poker player hails from Stockholm, Sweden and is no stranger to the international poker scene. In 2010, he won the European Poker Tour Copenhagen Main Event for nearly $675,000. In the final days of a two-month trip dedicated to poker, Wigg ended it on a high note, notching his second largest career live score tonight.
Early on Day 1, Wigg found himself down to just two big blinds. However, he was able to avoid a second buy-in and was able to spin his initial buy-in back up. A double up on the last hand of Day 1 helped boost Wigg’s stack to 15th of the returning 23 Day 2 players. Within the first few hands of Day 2 Wigg doubled up again, and before long he rose toward the top of the chip counts. He began the final table as chip leader, and held it for nearly the entirety of the final table, thanks to two big river all-ins that he called.
“This was the tournament of people making moves,” Wigg said after his win. “Poker is such a special sport that way. You focus and focus and focus, and all of a sudden you have to take the sunglasses off, and think, ‘What did you just do? Are you really that crazy.’ It’s fun.”
He began heads-up play with a sizable 4.5:1 chip lead, but Ian O’Hara battled back to nearly even the stacks. However, Wigg built his lead back up before ultimately closing it out. For Wigg, it was his first time playing at the Seminole Hard Rock, and he plans on making a return trip in the near future.
“I love it here. I really like the social factor of it. That’s why I wear my Hawaii shirt. I want to make it fun for people. I’ve had a really good time. People have been super cool here, and if the weather is bad and you can’t play golf, you can play poker.”
1st: Anton Wigg – $111,719
2nd: Ian O’Hara – $69,051
3rd: Jeremy White – $49,843
4th: Paul Domb – $36,624
5th: Davian Santana – $27,379
6th: Joseph Orsino – $20,816
7th: Evan Teitelbaum – $16,092
8th: Ory Hen – $12,640
9th: Adam Adler – $10,091
10th: Michael Simkins – $8,180
11th: Allen Kessler – $8,180
12th: Uri Kadosh – $8,180
13th: Wally Maddah – $6,735
14th: Barry Hutter – $6,735
15th: Gerald Silva – $6,735