The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Isle Casino Pompano Park Main Event concluded on Monday, February 14, with Brian Altman being crowned as the winner.
The 33-year-old poker pro outlasted a field of 725 entries to take home $204,935 in first-place prize alongside his third gold ring.
The $1,700 buy-in Main Event generated over $1 million in total prize pool, with the top 109 finishers taking home at least $2,555 in cash.
Final Table Results
To secure the title, Altman had to battle his way through a tough final table which included two poker pros who were also title-holders. Going into the final day of the tournament, Altman held a significant chip lead with a total of 9,800,000. The eventual runner-up finisher, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos came in second with 3,700,000.
Altman’s stack grew further after scoring the first elimination of the day. He defeated Michael Gaffeo in a pre-flop all-in battle, sending the South Carolina resident to the rail in seventh place for $31,139. The next to go was Paul Snead from Kings Park, New York. Snead lost a classic pre-flop race against Polychronopoulos which eventually led to his elimination. He took home $40,294 for finishing in sixth place.
With five players remaining, Altman began to lose some chips while WPT champion Will “The Thrill” Failla put his skills to work, scoring two straight knockouts. The first was Raymont Brint who ended his bid in fifth place for $52,745 after losing his K-4 suited to Failla’s A-8 suited with no improvements on the river. The WPT champ then finished off Timothy Little in fourth place with pocket kings vs. pocket sevens. Little walked away with $69,842 for his efforts.
But Failla also failed to advance further after he fell into the hands of Polychronopoulos as their pocket pairs clashed preflop. Failla finished third for $93,528.
Heads-up play began with Polychronopoulos ahead in chips early in the game, but Altman bagged a huge pot with a six-high straight, enough for him to grab the lead.
From there, Altman never looked back. In the final hand, he limped in from the button and his opponent responded via a shove from the big blind with Kc2c. Altman called with AcQh and Polychronopoulos got no help from the board. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner settled for second place for $126,653.
Altman’s Poker Career
Altman is among the world’s most successful poker pros with three World Poker Tour (WPT) titles under his belt. He officially became a three-time WPT champion just last year when he took down the $3,500 NLH WPT Tampa Championship for $613,225. That victory propelled him to the top of the WPT Player of the Year leaderboard for Season 18.
Altman also earned his biggest cash yet via the WPT, when he triumphed in the 2015 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship for $723,008.
The Longmeadow, Massachusetts native has yet to win a WSOP bracelet but he has scored 30 cashes so far at the prestigious festival, including a third-place finish in a WSOP Online event in 2020. He has found huge success in the WSOPC, having won two gold rings in 2016 and 2020, prior to his recent victory at the WSOPC Isle Casino.
Altman has also won big at other major live poker tournaments around the world, including the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, The Wynn Summer Classic, and the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP). Based on his Hendon Mob profile, Altman’s live tournament earnings currently sit at more than $5.7 million.
Commenting on his latest win, Altman said he’s excited to get his third ring alongside a fresh opportunity to compete in the 2022 WSOP Tournament of Champions, an invitation-only event that will run as part of the WSOP live series at Bally’s.