Faisal Siddiqui Wins 1st WSOP-Circuit Ring

Faisal Siddiqui WSOP Circuit champion

A World Series of Poker Circuit ring is the next best thing to a WSOP bracelet for American grinders. Dozens are won each year and Faisal Siddiqui finally got his hands on one after trying for five years.

Siddiqui only plays poker in his spare time, but that has not stopped him from putting together several deep runs. He almost won a WSOP ring in March 2015 when he finished second in the $1,675 WSOP-C Baltimore Main Event. That result banked Siddiqui $127,484, which is still his largest live poker tournament haul.

WSOP Circuit Baltimore Main Event Final Table: Siddiqui Wins

Place Player Country Prize
1 Faisal Siddiqui United States $113,143
2 Joseph Malebranche United States $69,925
3 Ryan Jones United States $49,810
4 Michael Wang United States $36,089
5 Shinya Shimada Japan $26,605
6 Joseph Cashen United States $19,961
7 Mark Redding United States $15,247
8 Ryan Tamanini United States $11,860
9 Chris Grove United States $9,399

Some 303 players piled into the Horsehoe Casino Baltimore for the latest edition of the WSOP Circuit. The top 46 finishers each won a slice of the $500,000 prize pool. Christian Harder is a regular feature in tournaments with a much higher buy-in than the $1,700 here. Harder fell in 11th place for a $7,591 score.

Jeremey Meacham was eliminated in 10th place and also collected $7,591. Meacham’s exit set the nine-handed final table where everyone locked up $9,399. Chris Grove fell in ninth place on the penultimate day’s action, meaning the final day started with eight players.

Those eight became seven with the bust out of Ryan Tamanini. Tamanini doubled up Joseph Malebranche to be left with 12 big blinds. They went into the pot soon after with pocket eights and Ryan Jones called with ace-queen. Jones, who was down to only six big blinds on Day 3, made two pair and busted Tamanini.

Seventh place went to Mark Redding who lost a coinflip against Malebranche. Redding committed his last 18 big blinds with ace-nine and failed to connect with the board so lost to Malebranche’s pocket sevens.

Career Best Score For Chasen

Joseph Chasen secured the largest prize of his career, $19,961, when he fell at the hands of Jones. Jones continued his recking spree with the head of Japan’s Shinya Shimada. The Japanese star three-bet all-in with his short stack and Jones called. Jones showed ace-eight, Shimada ace-jack, with two eights on the board sealing the deal for Jones.

Michael Wang was involved in a hand that shaped the rest of the tournament. Wang lost a huge 130 big blind pot with ace-king versus Siddiqui’s queens. This left Wang with only three big blinds and he busted on the very next hand.

Three-handed play lasted a few hours and ended with the demise of Jones. Jones raised all-in on the river with two pair, but Siddiqui held a bigger two pair.

Malbranche and Siddiqui locked horns heads-up and the opening exchanges went Siddiqui’s way. One confrontation left Malbranche with less than a single big blind. Ten-deuce was Malbranche’s final hand, which lost to the king-four of Siddiqui who made trips.

Siddiqui Delighted With His Victory

“When the Circuit came to Horseshoe for the first time, I got second in the Main Event so it was very fulfilling to make the final table again, surpass that, and actually take it down,” he told tournament reporters. “The thing that I find really exciting is that poker is a sport that allows us to play against professionals. There is no other sport in the world that is like this. I also play golf. I could never beat Phil Mickelson at golf. But at the final table today, there were multiple pros, and I was able to beat them, which is a great feeling. It’s not about the money; it’s about playing the best in the world and coming out ahead.

Siddiqui went on to thank his family for the words of encouragement and for allowing him to relax.

“It was a great final table. All the players were really good, there were solid players. Initially, I was a little overwhelmed but my friends supported me a lot and special shout-out to my friend John Gorsuch. He’s been kind of coaching me and he guided me throughout. A lot of the messages that I was getting were: ‘The others are equally afraid of you as you are of them.’ That kind of helped me get into the right state of mind.”

The WSOP Circuit now heads to Harveys Lake Tahoe between October 24th and November 4th.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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