Jason Wheeler Wins 2016 WSOP Circuit Bally's Main Event
Poker Pro Tops Field of 1,214 Entries To Win $323,236
Jason Wheeler has emerged victorious in the 2016 World Series of Poker Circuit Bally’s $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event, topping a massive field of 1,214 entries to win $323,236 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.
“I feel really great right now. I’ve been playing really well lately," Wheeler told WSOP reporters after the win. "I’ve been waiting for a run to culminate in a victory, which is really satisfying.”
Wheeler was also awarded 960 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his fifth final table of the year and his second title, having won a prelim at the European Poker Tour Dublin in February. As a result of his impressive run early in the year he has climbed into 12th place in the overall POY standings with 1,704 total points and year-to-date earnings of $429,603.
Wheeler entered the final day in sixth chip position among the 23 players to make it to day 3. A number of big names joined Wheeler at the final table, including Nipun java (8th – $40,026), Michael Rocco (7th – $50,806), Mike Leah (6th – $65,246), Anthony Spinella (4th – $111,081) and Jaime Rosen (3rd – $147,009).
In the end it came down to a heads-up battle between Wheeler and Lisa Hamilton, champion of the 2009 WSOP Ladies event. Wheeler began with a chip advantage of roughly 5-to-1 and was able to quickly press his advantage and close out the tournament. Hamilton earned the largest payday of her career as the runner up, taking home $200,310.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:
|Place||Player||Earnings (USD)||POY Points|
Winner photo courtesy of WSOP.
|1||A Poker Life: Mike Shariati|
|2||Bicknell Wins 2016 WSOP $1,500 NLH Bounty Event|
|3||EPT Champ Chorny Files Suit Over Failed Business|
|4||Martin Kozlov Wins WSOP $10K Six-Max NLH Event|
|5||George Danzer Wins WSOP $10K Stud 8/ob Event|
|6||Towner Wins 2016 WSOP $1,500 Monster Stack|
|7||Crazy Gambling Stories From June|
|8||Final Table Set At CPPT bestbet Jacksonville Main Event|
|9||John Hennigan Wins WSOP $10K Triple Draw Event|
|10||Dejuante Alexander Wins Hollywood Poker Open Championship|
|1||Selbst Could Owe Mercier $1.8M In Controversial Bet|
|2||Disgraced Poker Player Returns To The WSOP|
|3||Jason Mercier Close To Bracelet No. 3|
|4||Lederer Follows Ferguson, Makes Return To WSOP|
|5||Rainer Kempe Wins 2016 Super High Roller Bowl|
|6||Dan Bilzerian: Kevin Hart Is Terrible At Poker|
|7||Jason Mercier Wins His Second Bracelet Of 2016 WSOP|
|8||2016 WSOP Colossus II Draws 21,613 Entries|
|9||NFL Player Busts WSOP Main Event Champion|
|10||A Poker Life: Cate Hall|