The World Series of Poker Circuit at River Rock Casino Resort in Vancouver is off to a whirlwind start. Three days into the event and three rings have been won by three Vancouver players.
Day 1 launched into a $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament that sold out before the first cards were dealt. 511 players were reduced to 54 by the end of the day, and Day 2 began in the money. Amateur player Vincent Wong from Vancouver was the last player remaining and took home the elusive gold WSOP Circuit ring as well as $32,956. Wong has been playing poker for a few years but had never entered any major tournaments until this one. Needless to say, he is elated that he managed to take home this piece of prestigious jewelry with his first attempt.
At the same time Event 1 played their second day, Event 2 began with a $580 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. After two days of play, Chris Back defeated Jason Mann for $39,439 and the second ring. These Vancouver players are familiar names in the local poker scene as well as being recognized for a history of strong results in other WSOP tournaments. It will be no surprise if we hear these names again before this Circuit stop is finished.
Event 3 continued the trend of Vancouver players shipping these tournaments. This $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo received 328 entries and awarded the third ring in three days. 12 hours after the first hand was dealt, Eric Kim was the man to take it down. This local accountant took home $23,123 for the feat, the largest cash he has ever received and his first cash in a WSOP event.
While the locals dominate these tournaments, a testament to the level of skill in the Vancouver poker scene, players coming from out of town can be consoled by the unseasonably dry autumn in this beautiful city. There are still seven more WSOP Circuit rings to be played for at River Rock over the next week, so register soon before they sell out. The Main Event beginning on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th will be sure to attract a huge field and many familiar names.