The 11th Season of the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) kicks off with victory for Avery Bass, in Florida, and Brian Zimcosky takes the top spot in the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Majestic Star.
The wheels on the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bus keep on turning, and this time the most prominent brand in poker turned up at the Palm Beach Kennel Club (PBKC), West Palm Beach, Florida.
The first of 12-gold rings now rests below the knuckle of Avery Bass, who etched his first live tournament score into the Hendon Mob database with victory in the first event of Season 11.
Event #1: $580 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Re-Entry attracted 958 players, creating a total prize pool of $500,000, with 99 players going home with a paycheck.
Amongst those drawing a salary from this one included the biggest WSOP Main Event winner in history, Jamie Gold (17th), and the former WSOP & WSOPC winner Ylon Schwartz (23rd).
Although Bass pinches the headlines, the real story was Maurice Hawkin’s defense of a title he won back in February, when he triumphed over 2,531 entries to earn an $183,498 first prize. The Millionaire Maker final tablist finishing in fourth place after a quite magnificent effort was ended just shy of his fifth gold ring.
The PBKC is the first of 22 stops, and for the first time in WSOPC history, it will join Foxwoods and Harrah’s Cherokee as the first properties to host multiple WSOPC series in one season.
Final Table Standings
1st. Avery Bass – $95,000
2nd. Brian Locklar – $58,760
3rd. Howard Darnold – $43,370
4th. Maurice Hawkins – $32,450
5th. Jason Reep – $24,585
6th. Devon Shalmi – $18,860
7th. Richard Davis II – $14,645
8th. Joseph Dipascale – $11,515
9th. Brandon Newsome – $9,160
Brian Zimcosky wins 2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star
Brian Zimcosky likes the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Majestic Star event.
In the previous three years, Zimcosky has only cashed in one previous live tournament, prior to this one, and it was a third place finish in this very event back in March.
The Michigan man topped a field that included the WSOP bracelet holder, and PokerNews Senior News Editor, Chad Holloway, to take home the first prize of $61,870.
So how did he do it?
“I got it in three big flips, and I won all three.” He told PokerNews.
Zimcosky’s final big flip saw his pocket nines dodge the king-ten suited of Alex Kaufman to secure his second live tournament victory of his career.
The next stop for the MSPT will be the Grand Falls Casino in Sioux Falls South Dakota, Aug 9-17.
Final Table Standings
1st. Brian Zimcosky – $61,870
2nd. Alex Kaufman – $36,459
3rd. Brad Sailor – $20,992
4th. Bob Chow – $17,017
5th. Gerald Siemienad – $13,528
6th. Paul Fisher – $11,048
7th. William Luciano – $8,839
8th. Mike Mustafa – $6,629
9th. Bryan Schultz – $4,419
10th. Brad Rhodes – $2,873