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Robert Chow Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Hammond Main Event

Main Event Draws Record 1,615 Entrants


Robert ChowThe World Series of Poker Circuit stop in Hammond, Indiana boasted two record-setting fields and a huge main event with a nearly $2.4 million prize pool.

The first event of the series had nearly double the field size of the previous record, attracting an astounding 3,001 players. For the $1,500 main event, a total of 1,615 entries were tallied, thanks to the re-entry format that allowed busted players to buy-in again on subsequent starting days.

After four days of play, it was 51-year-old Robert Chow who came out on top, earning $393,584. In addition to the first-place prize, Chow also earned a gold WSOP Circuit ring and entry into the $1 million National Championship in Las Vegas. Chow is a semi-retired head of a successful software company who now gets to spend his time on the circuit.

“I get to do what I enjoy doing, and I get to do things that really interest me,” said Chow. “Life is good. My passion is poker. I really enjoy it.”

Chow’s heads-up opponent was 24-year-old pro Aaron Steury, who won the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at this year’s World Series of Poker. The Fort Wayne, Indiana pro picked up $243,818 for his runner-up finish and now has over $800,000 in tournament earnings.

Here’s a look at the final table results.

1. Robert Chow — $393,584
2. Aaron Steury — $243,818
3. Erik Roussakis — $183,991
4. Eric Crain — $139,815
5. David Neff — $106,447
6. Joseph Hebda — $81,744
7. Drazen Ilich — $63,680
8. Daniel Harrington — $50,051
9. Shawn Quinn — $39,947

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