Hawkins pulled off his best poker tricks for a record-breaking performance at WSOPC Horseshoe Tunica
Heading into the final day of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Monster Stack event, Maurice Hawkins wore a Nike sweatshirt with the company’s famous slogan Just do it. And Hawkins did it… again.
The Florida-based player won last night a record-breaking 13th gold ring from the series, surpassing Valentin Vornicu on the leaderboard for the most gold pieces from the WSOP Circuit ever won.
Hawkins has already cemented himself as one of the finest Circuit players, but he clearly has no intention to slow down.
The two-day Monster Stack event attracted 432 entries who easily crushed the $100,000 guarantee and produced a prize pool of $142,560.
There were payouts for the top 45 contenders, min-cashes starting from $644. Of course, everyone was eyeing the top prize of $31,372 and the accompanying gold ring, but it was Hawkins who scooped those after quite the grind. The player’s winnings from the series thus ballooned to more than $1.7 million.
Hawkins won his 12th gold ring to tie with Vornicu nearly three weeks ago at Harrah’s Cherokee. He had held a previous record for the most gold rings ever won, but Vornicu had bettered his accomplishment to hold the lead in this prestigious race for a while.
The Monster Stack Finale
Hawkins was among the chip leaders throughout the final day of the Monster Stack tourney but his time really came when the unofficial final table of ten was formed. The player entered that closing stage of the game with a chip lead.
Action was off to a slow start. Hawkins kept a good stack throughout the final table to secure his spot among the final two.
The now record-breaking WSOPC gold ring winner faced Hamid Izadi from Atlanta, Georgia heads-up. The two-handed duel kicked off with Izadi holding the chip lead. The player kept his edge for a while, but the title eluded him eventually.
Hawkins then spotted an opportunity to grind his opponent’s chips away and he really took the best possible advantage out of that opportunity.
A pre-flop all-in confrontation in which Izadi’s
[As][4h] clashed into Hawkins’ pocket jacks sealed it for the latter. Izadi went out in second place, good for $19,381.
Hawkins had tons of praise for his final opponent. He told WSOPC staff afterward that their duel was a lot of fun as Izadi kept changing his style and the eventual champion had to adjust to those changes all the time.
Of his own game, Hawkins said that he has made a lot of effort to play better, be more focused and value all the oppoprtunities he has been offered.