Stout, Maio, Hoffman Highlight Online Circuit Ring Winners

Matt Stout, Anthony Maio, and Jed Hoffman
Matt Stout, Anthony Maio, and Jed Hoffman all own Online Circuit gold rings this past series (photos: WPT)

The WSOP Circuit took to the virtual felt the past two weeks for a series of 13 gold ring events that took place on Buy-ins ranged from $200 to $1,000, and the festival was capped off by the $525 Main Event. The series featured $1.035 million in guaranteed prize pools, with more than $1.6 million in prize money given out when it was all said and done. Among the winners of gold rings were Matt Stout, Anthony Maio, and Jed Hoffman.

Event #1: $200 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout

The first event of the series was the $200 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout tournament, and it attracted 387 entries. Up top was $9,604 and it was PocketFiver Sean ‘SPS8710’ Seifert grabbing first place and the first gold ring of the series. Seifert defeated Matt ‘OutDriveYou’ Moore in heads-up play.

Notable finishes were had by PocketFivers Robert ‘SLHalper’ Taylor (4th), William ‘Kyhomp’ Jacob (12th), Paul ‘rungood27’ Scaturro (17th), and Joel ‘BaoWow’ Fuji (25th).

1st: Sean ‘SPS8710’ Seifert – $9,604
2nd: Matt ‘OutDriveYou’ Moore – $5,930
3rd: Jennifer ‘jinjen007’ Lee – $2,993
4th: Robert ‘SLHalper’ Taylor – $2,289
5th: Joshua ‘SoulReads’ Turner – $1,937
6th: Andrew ‘PintoPedro’ Donabedian – $1,585
7th: Vincent ‘Allinvin138’ Moscati – $1,197
8th: Adam ‘C0ldKid’ Vazquez – $810
9th: Kami ‘Loco4coco’ Hudson – $528

Event #2: $215 No-Limit Hold’em

The second event of the Online Circuit series drew 585 entries and generated a prize pool of $117,000. Up top was nearly $30,000, and it was Finian ‘Acesrkings’ Anuforo finishing in first place to collect the $29,250 winning prize.

The highest finish by a PocketFiver was Matthew ‘Martycohen’ Weiss‘ fifth-place result for $6,435. Fellow PocketFivers Joshua ‘VPIHokie1970’ Reynolds (8th) and Richard ‘findaway18’ Davis (10th) also ran deep.

1st: Finian ‘Acesrkings’ Anuforo – $29,250
2nd: David ‘GTOB0t’ Yoon – $16,380
3rd: Daniel ‘StayActive’ Chan – $9,945
4th: Brett ‘herrrooooo’ Reiss – $7,605
5th: Matthew ‘Martycohen’ Weiss – $6,435
6th: Batuhan ‘batuking’ Zadeh – $5,265
7th: Ryan ‘Mink32’ McCusker – $3,978
8th: Joshua ‘VPIHokie1970’ Reynolds – $2,691
9th: Jonas ‘Puffin_Nails’ Wexler – $1,755

Event #3: $320 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

The third event of the series was the largest one yet in terms of prize pool, attracting 428 entries for a $128,400 prize pool. PocketFiver Keith ‘T1mB3y_B33F’ Donovan scored first place and won $34,026.

Another PocketFiver, Ross ‘BlueTang’ Gottlieb, also reached the final table and finished fifth for $7,447.

1st: Keith ‘T1mB3y_B33F’ Donovan – $34,026
2nd: Krista ‘Pollux’ Gifford – $19,902
3rd: Mark ‘gotemmmmmm’ Perry – $11,363
4th: Ryan ‘Adopt_aDogg0’ Leng – $8,731
5th: Ross ‘BlueTang’ Gottlieb – $7,447
6th: Iurii ‘Rainmakerr’ Dzetsyna – $6,163

Event #4: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

The fourth event of the series drew a field of 356 entries for a fast-paced affair in the $250 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament. Jed ‘jchak’ Hoffman, a PocketFives member, won the event for $22,170.

Ross ‘BlueTang’ Gottlieb, who had just finished fifth in the event prior, reached the final table in this event, too. This time, Gottlieb took fourth for $5,689.

1st: Jed ‘jchak’ Hoffman – $22,170
2nd: Paul ‘meandharpua’ Hirschorn – $12,967
3rd: John ‘PokerBull197’ Dombroski – $7,404
4th: Ross ‘BlueTang’ Gottlieb – $5,689
5th: Corey ‘TheGilroy’ Klima – $4,852
6th: Ryan ‘Hero11’ Herold – $4,016
7th: Jason ‘JayRiv’ Rivkin – $3,012
8th: Joseph ‘JingboSlice’ Cappuccio – $2,008
9th: Pierre ‘P_aire_146’ Deissler – $1,422

Event #5: $320 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack

Next up was the $320 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack tournament, and it drew a field of 358 entries to create a $107,400 prize pool. Some name players reached the final table, with Scott ‘BigRiskky’ Clements (3rd) and Dutch ‘Dutch’ Boyd (9th) both making the final nine, but finishing at the top was PocketFives member Brian ‘pure__reason’ Wood to earn the $27,924 first-place prize.

Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo, who is currently ranked No. 2 in both New Jersey and the United States, finished 11th for $1,396.

1st: Brian ‘pure__reason’ Wood – $27,924
2nd: Matthew ‘TrstThePrcss’ Paston – $16,110
3rd: Scott ‘BigRiskky’ Clements – $9,451
4th: Blake ‘obiwin’ Kelso – $7,303
5th: Joshua ‘SoulReads’ Turner – $6,122
6th: Stephen ‘NJ_Treeve’ Ma – $5,048
7th: Sean ‘FilthyDiaper’ Ruane – $3,866
8th: Isua ‘MMMbang’ Mbang – $2,578
9th: Dutch ‘Dutch’ Boyd – $1,826

Event #6: $320 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack

A big field of 612 entries showed up for the series’ $320 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack tournament, generating a prize pool of $183,600. Plenty of notable names were in the money and ran deep, but finishing better than them all was Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout to win the $44,982 first-place prize.

PocketFiver and 2018 Player of the Year Ted ‘olmuggins’ Ely placed 27th in the event for $734. He finished just one spot better than Chris ‘Robotbob47’ Moorman.

1st: Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout – $44,982
2nd: Dylan ‘TheSmith’ Smith – $25,245
3rd: Anna ‘PoFuk’ Antimony – $15,422
4th: Jonas ‘Puffin_Nails’ Wexler – $11,750
5th: Marcus ‘MarcoPoloo’ Acuna – $9,914
6th: Robert ‘bjacks’ Jackson – $8,078
7th: Barry ‘Flopaholic’ Finn – $6,059
8th: Craig ‘imgrinding’ Varnell – $4,039
9th: Sridhar ‘sri50k’ Sangannagari – $2,662

Event #7: $200 No-Limit Hold’em Deep Turbo

Another turbo tournament took place with the seventh event of the series, and it was Joshua ‘VPIHokie1970’ Reynolds who enjoyed the most success from the field of 407. Reynolds won the event for $21,164, beating Joseph ‘JingboSlice’ Cappuccio in heads-up play.

Michael ‘itWasThatOr0’ Gagliano finished 19th for $773.

1st: Joshua ‘VPIHokie1970’ Reynolds – $21,164
2nd: Joseph ‘JingboSlice’ Cappuccio – $12,210
3rd: Brian ‘bexel’ Sherrier – $7,163
4th: Steven ‘CHAU.GIANG’ Rice – $5,535
5th: Mikhail ‘AntiKiller’ Sher – $4,640
6th: Thayer ‘Rasta_Raf’ Rasmussen – $3,826
7th: Norman ‘Abnormality’ Michalek – $2,930
8th: Michael ‘RUA11’ Michnik – $1,954
9th: Jennifer ‘Jlfitzgib100’ Fitzgibbon – $1,384

Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 6-Handed

The largest buy-in of the Online Circuit series took place on Tuesday, March 5. The $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 6-Handed tournament drew a field of 191 entries and generated a prize pool of $182,405. More than $50,000 awaited the winner, and when the dust had settled, it was PocketFives member Tanner ‘Bamatide88’ Bibat scoring the $50,161 first-place prize.

Bibat defeated a fellow PocketFiver in heads-up play, as Ryan ‘saucebae’ Hohner took second for $29,185. Jon ‘jetsfan14’ Borenstein placed seventh, Joseph ‘MegolaMan1ac’ Liberta took eighth, and Joshua ‘VPIHokie1970’ Reynolds finished ninth. Michael ‘itWasThatOr0’ Gagliano finished 14th.

1st: Tanner ‘Bamatide88’ Bibat – $50,161
2nd: Ryan ‘saucebae’ Hohner – $29,185
3rd: Pierce ‘Victoria53’ Mckellar – $16,599
4th: James ‘Dequavious’ Casement – $12,951
5th: Thomas ‘Carter12’ Carter – $11,127
6th: Tara ‘bertperton’ Cain – $9,303
7th: Jon ‘jetsfan14’ Borenstein – $7,114
8th: Joseph ‘MegolaMan1ac’ Liberta – $4,560
9th: Joshua ‘VPIHokie1970’ Reynolds – $3,283

Event #9: $215 No-Limit Hold’em

Finishing atop the field of 419 entries in Event #9: $215 No-Limit Hold’em and winning the $21,788 first-place prize was Alexandre ‘Apalexpex’ Moreira. Three PocketFives members made the final table, with Alex ‘DimSumGuru’ Jim (4th), Jon ‘jetsfan14’ Borenstein (5th), and Don ‘blonde2020’ Himpele (9th) all reaching the final nine.

Outside of the final table, Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio finished 11th for $1,089.

1st: Alexandre ‘Apalexpex’ Moreira – $21,788
2nd: Thomas ‘Thomasippoli’ Ippolito – $12,570
3rd: Kevin ‘GoneBananas’ Garosshen – $7,374
4th: Alex ‘DimSumGuru’ Jim – $5,698
5th: Jon ‘jetsfan14’ Borenstein – $4,777
6th: Ana ‘Lagrock’ Valentin – $3,939
7th: Jim ‘nokilok’ McCrink – $3,017
8th: Longsheng ‘AllenTan’ Tan – $2,011
9th: Don ‘blonde2020’ Himpele – $1,425

Event #10: $320 No-Limit Hold’em

The 10th event of the series was another $320 buy-in event and it attracted 386 entries. The prize pool tallied in at $115,800, with a first-place prize north of $30,000 up for grabs. Charles ‘TahoeSkiBum’ Ambrogi emerged as the winner, defeating Steve ‘Gborooo’ Gross in second place.

Two PocketFivers reached the final table. John ‘Slapshot1085’ Forlenza finished in sixth place, and Joseph ‘JOEYdaMUSH’ Galazzo took seventh.

1st: Charles ‘TahoeSkiBum’ Ambrogi – $30,687
2nd: Steve ‘Gborooo’ Gross – $17,949
3rd: Brandon ‘z00m7’ Setzer – $10,248
4th: Troy ‘Troy_Altmuth’ Altbaum – $7,874
5th: Dean ‘Nikobellic99’ Curreri – $6,716
6th: John ‘Slapshot1085’ Forlenza – $5,558
7th: Joseph ‘JOEYdaMUSH’ Galazzo – $4,169
8th: Mark ‘NostraDonkus’ Liedtke – $2,779
9th: Veronica ‘pokeryogi’ Dunn – $1,969

Event #11: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed

Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio scored his first WSOP Circuit ring when he won Event #11: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. Maio topped a field of 295 entries and took home $15,930.

Brett ‘hangerman’ Richey finished in third place for $5,310, and Chris ‘2fly2die’ Hunichen took eighth for $1,416.

1st: Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio – $15,930
2nd: Skylar ‘SkyGonzo’ Gonzalez – $9,292
3rd: Brett ‘hangerman’ Richey – $5,310
4th: Andrew ‘RandyLerch’ Kelsall – $4,130
5th: Ronnie ‘MarlaSinger’ Pease – $3,540
6th: Michael ‘HankdaTank’ St. John – $2,950
7th: Edward ‘Eddiegood598’ Espino – $2,242
8th: Chris ‘2fly2die’ Hunichen – $1,416
9th: Steven ‘FreshCakes’ Grybas – $1,003

Event #12: $320 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack

With a field of 387 entries, the second-to-last event of the Online Circuit series generated a prize pool of $116,100. The top 40 places reached the money, with Rafael ‘sosana’ Perry winning the $30,186 first-place prize. Tanner ‘Bamatide88’ Bibat, who won the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 6-Handed, took third for $10,216.

1st: Rafael ‘sosana’ Perry – $30,186
2nd: Christopher ‘MineMineMine’ Horter – $17,415
3rd: Tanner ‘Bamatide88’ Bibat – $10,216
4th: Robert ‘lowrider711’ Chasen – $7,894
5th: Daniel ‘BanaCreamPie’ Buzgon – $6,617
6th: Michael ‘geNet1x_’ Cannon – $5,456
7th: Matt ‘OMG_Obama’ Iles – $4,179
8th: Douglas ‘CheeksK’ Kurth – $2,786
9th: Matthew ‘Martycohen’ Weiss – $1,973

Event #13: $525 Main Event

The feature event of the Online Circuit series was the $525 Main Event. It boasted a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and brought in 770 entries for a final prize offering of $385,000. Taking top honors and the $92,400 first-place prize was William ‘SlaweelRyam’ Romaine from Riverside, Connecticut. Romaine beat out Jeffrey ‘memorymotel’ Orem in heads-up play to earn the title, with Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio finishing in fifth place.

The top 100 places reached the money, with a min-cash worth $808. Notable finishes were had by Joshua ‘VPIHokie1970’ Reynolds (11th), Sean ‘SPS8710’ Seifert (13th), and Steve ‘Gborooo’ Gross (25th).

1st: William ‘SlaweelRyam’ Romaine – $92,400
2nd: Jeffrey ‘memorymotel’ Orem – $48,895
3rd: Joseph ‘JingboSlice’ Cappuccio – $31,955
4th: Brad ‘bd3109’ Albrinck – $24,255
5th: Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio – $20,405
6th: Alexander ‘ShadowFiend1’ Condon – $16,555
7th: Joseph ‘PITCHTHEBTCH’ Curcio – $12,320
8th: Marc ‘speechdoc’ Farro – $8,085
9th: Andrew ‘RandyLerch’ Kelsall – $5,390