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Steven Spunt Wins 2018 WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event

58-Year-Old Entrepreneur Defeats Field of 574 Entries To Win $174,055

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Steven Spunt has won the 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Hotel & Casino $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The 58-year-old entrepreneur from Trabuco Canyon, CA was awarded his second WSOPC gold ring, the $174,055 top prize, and 840 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event.

Spunt has had quite the run in December, making two final tables at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic series to start the month off with two fifth-place finishes.

“I started working on my game a little bit,” Spunt told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “I study a little bit. Not a lot because I don’t have time because I’m still working. I play for fun. I really enjoy the game. Part of my retirement plan is to play more just because I like it. It’s something to do. Hopefully, I’ll semi-retire and play a lot more tournaments.”

Spunt entered the final day of this event in 11th chip position with 13 players remaining. Spunt doubled up right off the bat and then scored back-to-back eliminations, busting Alexander Furahi (12th – $12,995) and Viet Vo (11th – $12,995) to take the chip lead into the unofficial ten-handed final table.

Spunt didn’t score his next knockout until the tournament was down to four-handed action. Spunt’s 8Diamond Suit7Spade Suit won a preflop race against the pocket fours of short-stacked Jason Bral to send him to the rail in fourth place ($58,405). David Lambard spiked an ace with his AClub Suit10Spade Suit against the pocket tens of Steven Forman, eliminating him in third place ($78,710) to take the chip lead into heads-up play with Spunt.

The two battled it out for a while, but the key hand of the match arose when the two saw a flop of JClub Suit8Heart Suit8Heart Suit in a single-raised pot. Spunt checked to Lombard, who bet 800,000. Spunt check-raised all-in for 6,430,000. Lombard made the call with the JSpade Suit3Diamond Suit for top pair. Spunt had 10Club Suit8Club Suit for second pair and a straight draw. The 9Club Suit on the turn gave Spunt the straight and the lead. The 3Spade Suit on the river secured the pot for Spunt, who took nearly a 6-to-1 lead after the hand.

In the final hand Lambard moved all-in from the button with the KSpade SuitKHeart Suit. Spunt called with the ASpade Suit9Club Suit. The board ran out 9Spade Suit7Spade Suit6Spade SuitJSpade Suit10Club Suit and Spunt made the nut flush to secure the hand and the title. Lambard took home $107,640 as the runner-up finisher.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Steven Spunt $174,055 840
2 David Lambard $107,640 700
3 Steven Forman $78,710 560
4 Jason Bral $58,405 420
5 Marcos Exterkotter $43,495 350
6 Craig Varnell $33,520 280
7 Vincent Moscati $25,920 210
8 Ian Steinman $20,320 140
9 Jorge Leiva $16,145 70

Winner photo provided by WSOP.