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Justin Boggs Wins 2017 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event

30-Year-Old Ohioan Defeats Field of 424


Justin Boggs defeated a field of 424 entries to emerge victorious in the 2017 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event. For the win the 30-year-old from Ohio was awarded his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and the first-place prize of $139,920.

Boggs also earned 720 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion. Boggs climbed to 654th place in the POY standings, which are presented in 2017 by the Commerce Hotel & Casino.

Boggs has played poker as an amateur, mostly online. He once considered playing the game full time, but instead opted to pursue a career as a health and fitness instructor.

Boggs outlasted a number of recognizable names on the road to the title, including Kurt Jewell (16th – $7,314), Maurice Hawkins (14th – $8,789) and 2008 WSOP main event fifth-place finisher Scott Montgomery (5th – $35,374).

Boggs entered the final heads-up battle against Wendy Freedman holding nearly a 3-to-1 chip advantage. He was able to extend that lead even further before the final hand arose. Boggs moved all-in from the button and Freedman made the call with the ASpade Suit2Spade Suit. Boggs was well ahead with the AClub Suit9Club Suit.

The board ran out KDiamond SuitQHeart Suit4Heart Suit3Heart Suit10Spade Suit and Boggs’ superior kicker secured him the pot and the title. Freedman earned $86,464 as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Justin Boggs $139,920 720
2 Wendy Freedman $86,464 600
3 Michael Foley $63,180 480
4 Alexander Hencheck $46,911 360
5 Scott Montgomery $35,374 300
6 Hamid Izadi $27,074 240
7 George Lusby $21,026 180
8 Jerry Robinson $16,561 120
9 Christopher Carey $13,228 60