Samuel Taylor won the first Main Event of the current season’s World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC). Taylor is a college student who plays poker to raise college funds.

He had to defeat a field of 461 participants to win the WSOPC Foxwoods Main Event, the first-place prize of $149,020, and the first WSOPC gold ring of his career.

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Taylor, who has just one more semester of his economics major course left, said: “Poker’s good because it lets you play poker and go to school. I had the sickest feeling about this tournament.”

The prize was the biggest Taylor had ever won although he had previously won two more six-figure prizes. In January 2013, he won $137,261 after finishing third in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Poker Open $560 buy-in NL Hold’em Big Stack Re-entry Tournament. Later, he finished fifth and won $118,145 in the 17th WSOP 2013 event, a $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament. He also finished 300th in the WSOP 2014 Main Event, for which he won a prize of $33,734.

The runner-up of the event was Johanssy Joseph of Spring Valley, New York, who won $92,184. The players who finished third, fourth, and fifth were Mitch Garshofsky of Las Vegas, Nevada ($67,232), Brandon Miller of Paramus, New Jersey ($49,904), and Soukha Kachittavong of Woonsocket ($37,428), respectively. The players who finished sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth were Jeremy Meachem of Oak Bluffs ($28,556), Matt Buonomo ($22,180), Chris Tryba of Evergreen ($17,328), and Joseph Tieri of West Shokan ($13,881), respectively.

Among those who finished in the cash were Tim Reilly, who finished 11th and won $11,159; Bryan Leskowitz, who finished 20th and won $6,376; Cate Hall, who finished 32nd and won $3,604; and Brad St. Vincent, who finished 50th and won $2,633.

Ten players had survived into the final two, but two of them were eliminated during the first four hands of play. When the 40th hand was being played, Miller bet 60,000, but Chris Tryba, winner of a WSOP bracelet, responded with a three bet. Miller then responded by betting all in, as a result of which Tryba had to fold in the eighth place.

The heads-up match between Johanssy Joseph and Taylor did not last more than 20 hands, and at the end of it all, Joseph had to finish as the runner-up of the event.

On Aug 20, the WSOPC will stop at Horseshoe Baltimore.

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