Jesse Jones eyes first WSOP Circuit gold ring, enters final day of Horseshoe Tunica Main Event with a massive chip lead over the seven other hopefuls left in contention
Another successful season of the WSOP Circuit is coming to a close. The series is currently hosted by Horseshoe Tunica for its penultimate stop of this season. And the ongoing stop is just a day’s play away from announcing its Main Event champion.
The $1,700 tournament drew 466 entrants, but after a several days of play the field was whittled down to the final eight. The eight finalists are set to resume action today at 1 pm local time to battle it out for the title, the lion’s share of the prize pool, and the accompanying gold ring. The champion will also secure a seat into the Global Casino Championship that will be played in August at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina to mark the end of the series’ 2018/2019 season and the start of its 2019/2020 season.
Coming into the final day of the Horseshoe Tunica Main Event is Jesse Jones. The player bagged and tagged an impressive stack of 5.26 million last night for a massive chip lead over the remaining runners for the title. On Sunday, Jones busted three of his fellow competitors with a queen-ten. Travis Lutes, Kit Schafler, and Darren Martin fell victims of the overnight chip leader and his lucky hand.
Jones is vying for his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. Even though the player has cashed in 20 events within the series so far, a title has always eluded him. With his significant edge over the rest of the finalists, Jones can finally add a gold ring to his poker record.
Who Else Made It into the Final Eight?
Despite his apparent advantage, Jones will face some tough competition later today. Blake Whittington, who won his fourth gold ring just a couple of days ago, bagged the second largest stack last night, good for 1.71 million. Whittington has been on a hot streak over the past week. Aside from the event that earned him a gold ring and a first-place prize of over $20,000, the player cashed in two more Tunica events.
Roger Foley with 1.45 million, Schuyler Thornton with 1.44 million, and Michael Rossitto with 1.405 million made it into top five of the temporary chip counts chart and passed the million mark on Sunday. Asaf Shushan with 975,000, Taylor Deane with 910,000, and Timothy Burt with 875,000 were the other three players to secure a spot among the event’s finalists.
As mentioned earlier, the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica drew 466 participants. The event’s field generated a prize pool of $705,990. There are payouts for the top 54 finishers. Each of the eight finalists is guaranteed a min-cash of $17,699, but they are all eyeing the top prize of $151,789 and the piece of WSOP Circuit gold jewelry.
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