Over the past two weeks, some of the best online poker players in Nevada and New Jersey were grinding away in pursuit of WSOP Circuit rings on WSOP.com. The original schedule for the WSOP Circuit Super Series called for $1.6M in guarantees over 18 events, but another strong turnout in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic pushed the total money won to $3,080,707.
Some of the winners included one of the top-ranked players in the country, a pair of players earning their second Circuit ring, another earning their third, and a husband and wife taking the top two podium spots. Here are the highlights from the series.
Trophy Hunter Toby Lewis Bags Another One
Toby Lewis, who already has a European Poker Tour title and an Aussie Millions Main Event title to his credit, kicked off the WSOP Circuit Super Series by adding a ring to his trophy collection. Lewis beat out 228 other players to take down Event #1 (Big $500 Kick-off Eight Max) for a $35,686 score. The final table also included Tony Dunst (seventh) and Frank Funaro (fifth).
Daniel Lupo Shines Bright for Second Ring
The #10-ranked player in New Jersey, Daniel Lupo flexed his muscle in Event #8 ($320 No Limit Hold’em) and overcame the 314-runner field to win $24,419. This is the second WSOP Circuit ring that Lupo has won online. In February 2019, he took down Event #3 ($320 Six Max NLHE) for $32,595 for his first ring. Those two rings pair nicely with the WSOP bracelet he won four months later during the 2019 WSOP when he beat 1,766 other players to win Event $46 ($400 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) for $145,274.
Katie Stone Breaks Seven Figures with Second Ring Win
Katie Stone also added a second career WSOP Circuit ring after she topped 378-entry field and 150 rebuys in Event #12 ($525 NLHE Deep Turbo). The victory added $18,058 to her bankroll and pushed her lifetime online earnings past the $1 million mark. Her first ring also came in an online event. In September 2018 she worked her way through 387 other players before beating Ryan Hohner heads-up for the W.
Biggest Buy-in Doesn’t Phase John Riordan
The biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #13 ($2,000 NLHE Deep Turbo) went to Florida native John Riordan for $68,284 and his third career ring. Riordan topped the 111 other runners in the field, who were responsible for 54 rebuys, to take home $68,284, the single highest first place score in the 18 events. Riordan won his first Circuit ring in 2011 as a 19-year-old at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. He added another one in June 2020 when he won Event #11 of WSOP.com Online Finale Circuit Series for $51,083.
Holy Matrimony! Chris Moorman Defeats Katie Lindsay For Ring #1
Former #1-ranked Chris Moorman may have had to spend the night sleeping on the couch after winning Event #14 ($215 NLHE) for $19,511. That’s because his first WSOP Circuit ring win came after he defeated his wife, Katie Lindsay, heads-up for the title. Moorman’s previous best Circuit finish came in March 2020 when he finished 10th in the Super Circuit Series Grand Finale High Roller Six Max. In that same event, Lindsay came in fourth place.
Alex Butcher Wins Ring #1 on His Way to USA #1
The #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Alex Butcher, shipped Event #16 ($250 NLHE Turbo) for $18,819. That victory has not yet been counted towards his ranking and may push him to the #1 spot in the country. The win is his fourth largest on WSOP.com after wins in the Sunday High Roller ($38,256) on December 14, Weekly Sunday ($24,223) on January 11, and the Tuesday Showdown ($19,637) on November 25.
Main Event Makes Mince Meat of $250,000 Guarantee
New Jersey grinder Aj Basselini-Truisi worked his way through the 583 entries and 310 rebuys to win the Event #18 ($525 NLHE Main Event Eight Max) for $67,377. PocketFiver Ian Kurzer finished as the runner-up for $49,918.70. The combined 893 entries pushed the total prize pool to $446,500, well past the $250,000 guarantee.
|Event #||Tournament||Buy-in||Entries||Prize Pool||Winner||Prize $|
|1||Big $500 Kick-off Eight Max||500||229 + 169 rebuys||185866||Toby Lewis||35686|
|2||Limit O8 or Better Eight Max||215||185 + 66 rebuys||50200||Jordan Deane||9990|
|3||NLHE Double Stack||320||420 + 181 rebuys||180300||Aaron Frei||28740|
|4||NLHE Monster Stack||215||769 + 238 rebuys||201400||Romain Lotti||29203|
|5||NLHE Freezeout||250||463||107879||Morna Edmunds||26430|
|6||NLHE High Roller Six Max||1000||164 + 88 rebuys||240660||Daniel Jordan||49047|
|7||PLO BIG $500 Six Max||500||105 + 70 rebuys||81725||Mark Liedtke||17693|
|8||NLHE||320||314 + 162 rebuys||142800||Daniel Lupo||24419|
|9||Knockout Freezeout||300||406||114492||Matthew Larkin||19504|
|10||NLHE Double Stack||320||380 + 154 rebuys||160200||Sridhar Sangannagari||27394|
|11||NLHE Monster Stack Eight Max||500||326 + 104 rebuys||215000||Justin Turner||36765|
|12||NLHE Deep Turbo||525||378 + 150 rebuys||105600||Katie Stone||18058|
|13||NLHE Deep Turbo||2000||112 + 54 rebuys||315400||John Riordan||68284|
|14||NLHE||215||410 + 202 rebuys||122400||Chris Moorman||19511|
|15||NLHE Six Max||320||300 + 191 rebuys||147300||Naichang Chen||27368|
|16||NLHE Turbo||250||285 + 146 rebuys||101285||Alex Butcher||18819|
|17||NLHE Double Stack||320||381 + 158 rebuys||161700||Jasthi Kumar||27651|
|18||NLHE Main Event Eight Max||525||583 + 310 rebuys||446500||jnja1719||67377|