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Jason Wheeler Wins 2016 WSOP Circuit Bally's Main Event

Poker Pro Tops Field of 1,214 Entries To Win $323,236


Jason WheelerJason 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
1 Jason Wheeler $323,236 960
2 Lisa Hamilton $200,310 800
3 Jamie Rosen $147,009 640
4 Anthony Spinella $111,081 480
5 Jeffrey Kim $84,768 400
6 Mike Leah $65,246 320
7 Michael Rocco $50,806 240
8 Nipun Java $40,026 160
9 Brandon Wittmeyer $31,904 80

Winner photo courtesy of WSOP.