Damjam Radanov wins the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event in Harrah’s New Orleans, after beating David Nicholson, in heads-up action, to take the $174,514 first prize.
Serbian born Damjam Radanov has won the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) $1,675 buy-in Main Event at Harrah’s in New Orleans. The 33-yr old beat four-time gold ring winner David Nicholson in heads-up action to take the first prize of $174,514.The 10th event of a 12 event series attracted 554 entrants and created a total prizepool of $831,000. 63 players received a minimum of $2,717, and WSOP bracelet winners Loni Harwood (32nd) and Larry Wright (42nd) both cashed in the event.
Radanov moved the U.S 11-years ago. He told WSOP reporters that his urge to move here came after a friend had visited and told him he had the time of his life. He decided to move and study law. He never did find a courtroom. Instead he found the poker tables. He has been playing professionally for the past six years.
It was Radanov’s biggest win by some distance. His biggest score ($19,545) came when he finished first in a $700 buy-in event at the Southern Poker Challenge in Tunica. Last month he finished third in the Hollywood Poker Open in St Louis for another $19,030.
It was a tough final table, especially the heads-up phase, where Radanov squared off against one of the WSOPC’s greats. David Nicholson has won four WSOPC gold rings, and only a sterling performance from the Serbian stopped him from making it number five. Nicholson was in form as well. This was his third cash of this festival, and he also cashed in the Cherokee Main Event a few weeks ago.
Radanov not only walked away with $174,514, and his first gold ring, but he also secures a berth in the season ended WSOP National Championships in North Carolina. Cory Waaland is the favorite to join him. His 46th place finish in the Main Event moves him into the number one sport in the Casino Championship race with two events left to play. Waaland has cashed four times, and won a gold ring.
Final Table Results
1st. Damjam Radanov – $174,514
2nd. David Nicholson – $107,939
3rd. Jared Ingles – $78,928
4th. Hugo Perez – $58,569
5th. John Lauve – $44,068
6th. Tony Sanchez – $33,614
7th. Tai Cao – $25,994
8th. Joseph Alesna – $20,376
9th. John Holley – $16,188