First Winner at Caesars WSOP Event
We have a winner in the first event of the WSOP circuit tournament now underway at Caesars (running to March 14). According to the WSOP blog, the first champion of the Caesars series is Yat “Tony” Cheng, from Atlanta, GA. The 32-year-old, Chinese born poker pro usually plays cash games and often plays in A.C. Cheng was short stacked for a time at the final table, but eventually coasted to his first major tournament victory, collecting $55,569 in the $300 + $40 tournament. That won Cheng a WSOP Circuit gold ring.
The 12 daily major events scheduled for the tournament are set for two days, but event one (which began Wednesday) went into a third day even though 90 percent of players went down in day one. The $198,462 prize pool paid the top 63 players. The final table started Thursday evening and didn’t wrap up until 7am today (March 5). Cheng wasn’t the only short-stacked player to persevere as chip leaders fell pretty consistently, including pro Chris Manouge of Philly who had the early chip lead.
Along with the daily events with WSOP rings at stake, the tournament includes daily satellites for the tournaments main event, a $4,900 + $250 tournament to begin March 12. The winner of that tournament gets a $10,000 seat at the WSOP Main Event in July at The Rio in Las Vegas (as well as top prize from an expected $1 million plus prize pool).