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Watson scoops second gold ring exactly a month after claiming his debut WSOP Circuit gold piece
William Watson from Lexington, Kentucky bested last night the field of the $600 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed at Horseshoe Hammond to claim his second WSOP Circuit gold ring in just a month and a payout of $30,592.
Watson’s ride to victory was a bumpy one, but the player managed to survive all the challenges he faced throughout the two days of action and to emerge as the victor. Commenting on his latest poker accomplishment, the player said that winning the second ring took much less than the first one. Watson has been poker for nine years now but it was last month that he finally captured a piece of WSOP Circuit jewelry.
During the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek stop last month, Watson outlasted the field of a $400 No-Limit Hold’em tournament for his debut gold ring and $6,805. At Horseshoe Hammond, the player played the six-max format, which he said he is particularly fond of as “there’s more space at the table and it plays faster.”
The $600 buy-in tournament drew a field of 220 entrants from here and there. They generated a prize pool of $113,300 that was split into payouts for the top 24 performers.
Final Day Action
Of all 220 competitors that registered into the tournament, there were just ten left at the end of Day 1. Watson was among the short stacks coming into Day 2 with his 192,000 chips. The player managed to add to his stack as action kicked off. However, he was the short stack when the unofficial final table of seven was set.
Blake Whittington was the chip leader at that point in play with 1.33 million, and he never really lost his momentum down to the heads-up match. Whittington himself is a two-time gold ring winner.
Another player who started gaining momentum over the course of the final table was Watson himself. The player doubled through Whittington to improve his situation. The heads-up duel between the two player was quite the ordeal, Watson himself admitted. “Long, hard, and tough,” the eventual player said of the battle. Yet, he pointed out that he ran really good so he could not really complain.
On what turned out to be the final hand in play Whittington went all in with [10c][8s] and Watson called with [Qc][9s]. The board ran out [Kh][Kc][7d][4s][5h] and Watson’s Queen high was more than enough to lock the victory. Whittington, a player from Jacksonville, Florida with nearly $500,000 in WSOP earnings, collected $18,901 for his runner-up finish.
The $600 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed was the eighth gold ring tournament on the schedule of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond stop. This means that there are just four gold rings up for grabs until the poker series wraps its Hammond visit. The $1,700 Main Event starting October 19 and the $5,300 High Roller starting October 21 are certainly the ones that will attract the most attention.
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