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Eric Blair Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event At The Lodge

Poker Pro Tops Field Of 330 To WIn First WSOPC Gold RIng

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Eric BlairA total of 330 entries were made in the 2014 World Series of Poker Circuit $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event at The Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.From that field only one player could emerge victorious with the title and in the end it was poker pro Eric Blair that came out on top, earning $116,325 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring for the win.

“They all played really well,” said Blair of his final table opponents after his win. “They were tough. No one was giving it away. It was mentally grueling.”

Blair entered the final day in the middle of the pack, but less than an orbit into the day a key hand arose that rocketed him toward the top of the chip counts when he eliminated Corey Zedo in fifth place ($28,967) by besting his 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit with the KHeart SuitKClub Suit. From there he was able to make it to heads-up play with Nicholas Petitti. The two battled it out for over three hours, but in the end Blair was victorious.

In addition to the title, the hardware and the money Blair also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third title of the year, having just won a $1,172 Deepstacks Extravaganza $300,000 guaranteed event at the Venetian roughly two weeks earler and a $2,100 prelim at the Wynn Classic in April. With another small final table finish already under his belt for 2014 as well Blair now sits in 20th place in the overall POY standings, with 1,632 points and year-to-date earnings of $279,996.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Eric Blair $116,325 480
2 Nicholas Petitti $71,924 400
3 Craig Varnell $52,237 320
4 Alexander Greenblatt $38,585 240
5 Corey Zedo $28,967 200
6 Gino Levrini $22,092 160
7 Jonathan Haidsiak $17,112 120
8 Michael Wolf $13,454 80
9 Brian Hartner $10,737 40