2017 WSOP Circuit Live Updates

A Look Back at the First Ever Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit

The World Series of Poker Circuit made its first ever stop in South Florida beginning September 21 and concluding October 2. The series kicked off with a massive, 1,612-entry $580 opener and concluded late last night with the crowning of two headline champions — Josheph Gotlieb, Main Event winner, and Anton Wigg, High Roller winner.

Gotlieb bested 904 entries in the $1,675 Main Event earning $257,638, a gold ring and a $10,000 entry in the tour’s season-ending Global Casino Championship. Wigg, meanwhile, defeated 133 entries good for a score of $111,719 and a gold ring.

Here’s a look back at each of the series’ 14 gold ring events:

Joining Gotlieb at the Global Casino Championship will be Nagui Yassa. Yassa carded four cashes during the 12-day series and earned Casino Champion honors.

Next up for the Seminole Hard Rock is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker open running November 15-29 headlined by the $2,000,000 guaranteed Championship!

Event 14: Melisa Singh Claims Ladies Event Title

2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 14
$250 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 66
Prize Pool: $13,200
October 2, 2017

                                      Melisa Singh and Tournament Director Tony Burns

One day after finishing runner-up in Event 11, Melisa Singh was back at a final table. This time it was in Event 14, the $250 Ladies No Limit Hold’em. Finishing in second was acceptable yesterday for Singh, but she had loftier expectations this time around.

“I was so close yesterday, but I was out-chipped significantly. I was really actually happy to get second because I made a bunch of payjumps. So yesterday second was good enough, but today I really wanted to take it down. I thought I had a good shot, and I did it. It’s exciting.”

Singh bested a field of 66 entries to claim the $4,620 first-place prize and her first World Series of Poker Circuit Ring. It was her third cash of the series, and sixth at the Seminole Hard Rock in the past several months.

“I don’t play that many tournaments, but I’ve just been feeling good. Yesterday I woke up and just felt really really happy, and everything’s just been going really well for me after that.”

1st: Melisa Singh– $4,620
2nd: Sherrie Williams – $2,855
3rd: Melissa Dube – $1,893
4th: Melissa Kaiser – $1,340
5th: Shaundra Seay – $1,009
6th: Christine Difiore – $805
7th: Virginia Peiffer – $678

Anton Wigg Wins WSOP Circuit High Roller

2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 12
WSOP Circuit High Roller
$3,250 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 133
Prize Pool: $399,000
October 1-2, 2017

                                  Anton Wigg and Tournament Director Tony Burns

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

High Roller: Anton Wigg Wins the High Roller ($111,719); Ian O’Hara Finishes Runner-Up ($69,051)

$3,250 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Payouts  | Structure
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 133

                                                                    Anton Wigg

Anton Wigg raised to 135,000 from the button, Ian O’Hara reraised all in for about 1,500,000 from the big blind, and Wigg called.

Wigg: Ad10s
O’Hara: KcQd

The board came down JhJs8s6s6d, no help to O’Hara, ending his tournament with a runner-up showing for $69,051. Anton Wigg wins the High Roller for $111,719.

                                                      Ian O’Hara

High Roller: Nearly Even

$3,250 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Payouts  | Structure
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 133

Anton Wigg raised to 140,000 from the button, and Ian O’Hara defended his big blind.

They checked to the river of a Qc9h7dJd9d board where O’Hara check-called 190,000 from Wigg.

Wigg showed 8h4s, while O’Hara turned up Qs8d for queens and nines to win the pot.

Ian O’Hara – 1,960,000 (33 bb)
Anton Wigg – 2,030,000 (34 bb)