Being a World Series of Poker Circuit record holder just wasn’t enough for Alex Masek. The California resident, who already held the WSOP record with eight rings, extended his dominance by winning his ninth at the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Event #7: $365 No-Limit Hold’em. In addition to taking his record to the next level, he walked away with $12,000.
His eighth ring, which was the one that put him in the record books, came in March of 2014 in his hometown of St. Louis.
“It definitely doesn’t get old,” Masek told WSOP officials. “The last three or four times I got heads-up, I lost, so this one maybe actually means more to me than any of my other ones, just to be able to finally get back into this spot and win.”
As Masek alluded to, since the 2014 win in St. Louis, he had just missed out on his ninth ring on a number of occasions – finishing second, third, or fourth on seven different occasions. Loni Harwood, who has 14 WSOP money finishes herself, bested him at last season’s National Championship at Cherokee.
This time, Masek defeated Erik Lee in heads-up play, flopping top pair against Lee’s bottom two-pair. He found trips on the river after calling a shove on the turn.
“When we were heads-up, I was thinking to myself that I’m not going to be results oriented and, if I get second, I can’t be disappointed,” added Masek. “But I have to be completely happy with my play and I have to make every right decision. So I got lucky on the last hand, but I need to make every right decision and I was actually very disappointed in myself for making the bad call there and that’s why I decided to walk around for a couple minutes.”
In addition to his nine rings, the record-holder also has $607,288 in 47 career WSOP cashes.
Masek’s Previous Circuit Rings:
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