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Jonathan Hilton Wins World Series of Poker National Championship

Circuit Grinder Tops Max Steinberg Heads-Up To Win First Bracelet of the Summer

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Jonathan Hilton has won the third annual World Series of Poker National Championship, topping the field of 127 to take home his first WSOP gold bracelet, the $355,599 first-place prize and 660 Card Player Player of the Year points.

After finishing runner-up to Dominik Nitsche for a bracelet in 2012, Hilton was able to overcome 2012 WSOP $1,000 no-limit hold’em bracelet winner Max Steinberg to win this title. Other notables who made the final table include two-time bracelet winner Brock Parker, bracelet winner Joe Tehan and 2012 WSOP main event fifth-place finisher Jeremy Ausmus.

The National Championship topped off the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit season, with a total of 100 players winning their entry by either capturing a circuit main event title, being the casino champion at one of the stops or by making the top 60 of the circuit leader board. With a $1,000,000 added for those players free of charge, members of the the WSOP Player of the Year top 100 were also able to play, but they had to buy-in for $10,000, which would be added to the prize pool. All 100 qualifiers took their seats, and 27 players opted to buy-in, building a total prize pool of $1,270,000.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Jonathan Hilton $355,599 660
2 Max Steinberg $219,799 550
3 Robert Panitch $156,743 440
4 Brock Parker $114,008 330
5 John Bowman $84,544 275
6 Joe Tehan $63,894 220
7 Nicolas Vaca-Rondon $49,187 165
8 Jeremy Ausmus $38,570 110
9 Austin Apicella $30,785 55