It only took Maurice Hawkins two months to break the World Series of Poker Circuit ring tie he entered into with Alex Masek in February. The two each held nine rings, but Hawkins broke away and now has a piece of jewelry for all ten fingers. The win also gave him nearly $100,000 and the 2017 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event title this week.
Hawkins bested 270 players at the $1,675 no-limit hold’em Main Event to win his record-breaking ring. It took three days for a winner to be crowned, with five of the nine final-table members returning on the final day.
The first player to hit the rail on the last day was Sam De Silva, a Texas native with one previous WSOP cash under his belt. De Silva’s final hand came on an all-in bet with a Q♤, 8♧ on an A♡, 8♧, 4♡ flop. Hawkins (A♤, 4♧) got into a vicious side bet with Charles Moore who mucked after the turn. A pair of blanks on the turn and river gave the win to the man with two pairs, and De Silva got his biggest case to date with $24,207 for fifth.
Next to go was Ross Clare, who had the lead on day one of the tournament. He shoved all in with a flush draw and pair of jacks after a Q♢, J♧, 8♢ flop, but was bested at the last minute by William Perpich with a pair of queens. Fourth place earned Clare $32,376.
Hawkins was responsible for the next elimination when Moore went all in on a pair of tens. Hawkins called with pocket kings and it all came down to the river after a Q♧, Q♢, 3♤, 9♧ board. A nine of the river couldn’t help anyone and it was down to Hawkins vs. Perpich competing for the title.
A 2-1 lead had Hawkins in the sweet spot over Perpich and he never relinquished the lead. The final came when Perpich shoved all in while holding A♡, K♡ and looking at a 6♧, 5♡, 5♢, 8♧ A♤ board. Hawkins called the shove and showed 6♡, 6♤, the set eventually taking the title.
Hawkins is the first player to win four Circuit Main Events and one of only two players to win the same Circuit stop two years in a row.
“Women and men lie, numbers don’t,” Hawkins said when asked by the WSOP if he is the greatest WSOP Circuit player of all time.
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Photo credit: WSOP
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