Online Finale Circuit Series Kicks Off

The Online Finale Circuit Series kicked off on June 3 and crowned the first of 13 champions

The Online Finale Circuit Series kicked off on June 3 with the first of 12-ring awarding events. “YoungGunz21” took down the opening event and walked away with $42,528 for their $215 investment.

The World Series of Poker moved this stop to its online poker platform because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many poker tournaments around the world are postponed or cancelled and have moved online.

This Online Finale Circuit Series sees 14 events play out between June. 3-14. Thirteen of those crowned champion win spots into the Global Casino Championship, which also takes place online.

All 14 events award coveted WSOP Circuit rings, but the events are limited to specific states. Only residents of Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware can compete in these tournaments. You don’t have to live in the state, but you must be within its borders.

Stars Turn Out In Force for the Online Finale Circuit Series

Event #1 was the $100,000 Gtd NLH Online Finale Circuit Kick-Off, a $215 buy-in tournament with two re-entries permitted. Some 596-players purchased 290-rebuys for a total attendance of 886. This resulted in a $177,200 prize pool that the top 100 finishers shared.

Brent “UncleRon” Hanks was one of the first players to cash. Hanks busted in 78th place for $372. Katie “Katelin” Lindsay banked $548 for her 55th place exit. Lindsay is the wife of British superstar Chris “Moorman1” Moorman.

Others who reached the money included Robert “bjacks” Jackson (19th – $1,417) and Tyler “TIPnTimeBOMB” Sumrall (10th – $1,949).

Each of the nine finalists of the first Online Finale Circuit Series secured at least $2,480 for their efforts. Eric “CircusChip” Elliott was the man who got his hands on that sum.

Eighth-place and $3,721 went to “Simba888” before Zachary “dabledore7” Lipeles busted and scooped $5,670.

The waters grew less shark-infested when Joseph “biueberry” Cheong fell by the wayside in sixth-place. Cheong netted $7,619 for this finish. The Las Vegas resident is regarded as one of the best players of his generation. His live poker tournament winnings of $14,568,974 back up those thoughts.

Another elite grinder fell short of glory when Ankush “rickrosstheb” Mandavia crashed out. Mandavia has one WSOP bracelet to his name plus an impressive $5,006,523 in earnings.

First Five-Figure Prizes of the Online Finale Circuit Series

Josh King, playing as “YoelRomero”, won the first five-figure prize of the Online Finale Circuit Series. His tournament ended abruptly in fourth-place, a finish yielding $11,163.

Heads-up was reached when “realmakow73” busted in third-place for $14,707. This pitted “Aiden13” against “YoungGunz21” in what was essentially a $20,024 heads-up SNG. YoungGunz21 won the one-on-one battle and padded his bankroll with $42,258. Aiden13 had to make do with the $22,504 consolation prize. Event #1 Online Finale Circuit Series Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 YoungGunz21 $42,528
2 Aiden13 $22,504
3 realmakow73 $14,707
4 Josh “YoelRomero” King $11,163
5 Ankush “rickrosstheb” Mandavia $9,391
6 Joseph “biueberry” Cheong $7,619
7 Zachary “dabledore7” Lipeles $5,670
8 Simba888 $3,721
9 Eric “CircusChimp” Elliott $2,480

Upcoming Events

Thirteen more tournaments are scheduled before the end of the series. All allow re-entries and have buy-ins ranging from $215 to $1,000. That larger buy-in is reserved for the $150,000 guaranteed High Roller.

The curtain comes down on the Online Finale Circuit Series with the $525 buy-in Main Event. This is most definitely the flagship event, one that comes with a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Date Time (ET) Event Buy-in GTD
Thu 4 June 16:00 #2 NLHE $320 $100,000
Fri 5 June 16:00 #3 NLHE Turbo Deepstack $250 $100,000
Sat 6 June 14:00 #4 Big 500 $500 $150,000
Sun 7 June 14:00 #5 Monster Stack $525 $200,000
Mon 8 June 16:00 #6 Freezeout $320 $100,000
Tue 9 June 16:00 #7 High Roller 6-Max $1,000 $150,000
Wed 10 June 16:00 #8 NLHE $215 $100,000
Thu 11 June 16:00 #9 NLHE $320 $100,000
Fri 12 June 16:00 #10 Monster Stack $320 $100,000
Sat 13 June 16:00 #11 Double Stack $320 $150,000
Sun 14 June 14:00 #12 Main Event $525 $300,000
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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