Johnny Landreth has won the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Horseshoe Tunica, after beating Tom Thomas, in heads-up action, to capture the first prize of $147,388.
Johnny Landreth will be living on pure adrenaline after an eight-hour marathon against Tom Thomas ended with a World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold ring being slipped on his finger.
Landreth takes his total live tournament earnings to +$585,000 after picking up $147,388 for the win, and a seat in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) National Championships. Scott Stewart will join him after his first, sixth, and 18th place finishes were enough to hand him the Casino Championship award.
Landreth and Thomas entered the final table with three quarters of the chips in play, and it took only two hours to remove Aphideth Nakhoneinh, Norman McKeldin, Jeremy Drewery, Keith Murrell, Tommy Bishop, Russell Head and Jamie Strickland from the equation.
But that scintillating start would soon hit a roadblock. Both players squaring off with deep stacks and plenty of patience. After eight hours of play Thomas had ground Landreth down to 15 big blinds, when he flopped a straight versus top two pair, to double up. A point he would power on from to pick up the win – pocket sixes successfully running the gauntlet against K9o.
“I’ve got a lot of friends that have [a ring],” Landreth told the WSOP. “I played a lot of events and it just hadn’t fallen my way. It did this time.”
The win is the biggest since Landreth started racking up Hendon Mob numbers a decade ago. His first-ever cash was for $185,797 after topping a 677-player field in a $1k event at the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica.
WSOPC Tunica Final Table Results
1st. Johnny Landreth – $147,388
2nd. Tommy Thomas – $91,124
3rd. Apideth Nakhoneinh – $66,569
4th. Norman McKeldin – $49,349
5th. Jeremy Drewery – $37,113
6th. Keith Murrell – $28,311
7th. Tommy Bishop – $21,902
8th. Jamie Strickland – $17,185
9th. Russell Head – $13,676
The event attracted 457 entrants, 54 players got paid, and they included the likes of Ryan Tepen (15th), Tripp Kirk (17th), Scott Stewart (18th), Ari Engel (19th), Nathan Bjerno (25th), Kory Kilpatrick (34th), Jordan Smith (35th), Kyle Cartwright (36th), Brandon Newsome (43rd), and Josh Mancuso (44th).
The next time we see the WSOPC will be at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach Florida, and the action has already begun.