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Matt Stout and Brian Altman Among WSOP Circuit Super Series Early Winners

The Online Circuit Stop Has Seen Guarantees Blown Away, With Strong Turnouts Through The First Three Events


The World Series of Poker announced the 2020 Super Circuit Series online tournament festival just days after the wave of tournament postponements that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. The series features 18 WSOP Circuit gold ring events and more than $1,000,000 in guaranteed prize money, to be awarded from Mar. 14 – 31. The series is available to any players of legal age within the physical state limits of New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. A Full listing of tournaments offered can be found on Card Player’s tournament database page.

The first few events of the series are already in the books, and $493,000 in prize money has already been awarded. Events 1-3 all easily surpassed their guaranteed prize pools, with two of the three more than tripling the guarantee set by the WSOP.

The first tournament on the schedule was a $50,000 guaranteed $320 buy-in no-limit hold’em Double Stack that began at 4:00 p.m. PST on Mar. 14. The event attracted a total of 570 entries to build a final prize pool of $171,000, or $121,000 more than the guarantee. The top 75 finishers made the money, but the lion’s share went to eventual champion Vijay ‘Eclypzed’ Para. He earned $41,895 and his first WSOPC gold ring for the win.

Plenty of recognizable names made deep runs in this event, including WSOP bracelet and three-time WSOPC ring winner Joseph ‘biueberry’ Cheong (7th – $5,643), Kathy ‘Luckygal’ Liebert (8th – $3,762), Joe Kuether (17th – $1,368), Jamie Kerstetter (22nd – $855), Jeff Gross (23rd – $855), bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion Tony Dunst (25th – $855), Matt Stout (31st – $632), and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Barry Shulman (51st – $564).

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table of event #1:

Rank Player Payout
1 Vijay ‘Eclypzed’ Para $41,895
2 Richard ‘rprmoo’ Ryder $23,512
3 Jesse ‘ugk4life’ Vilchez $14,364
4 Daniel ‘chard’ Martin $10,944
5 Jeffrey ‘IQ84.’ Gotts $9,234
6 Jonathan ‘jondukes’ Lampkin $7,524
7 Joseph ‘biueberry’ Cheong $5,643
8 Kathy ‘Luckygal’ Liebert $3,762
9 Christopher ‘DonyBluffMe1’ Ryan $2,479

The second tournament took place on Sunday, Mar. 15 starting at 2:00 p.m. PST. The $50,000 guaranteed $215 no-limit hold’em ‘Monster Stack’ double re-entry event saw a massive turnout of 941 total entries, which created a final prize pool of $188,200, which was paid out to the top 100 finishers.

Matt StoutMatt ‘RubberFist’ Stout emerged victorious, capturing his fourth career WSOP Circuit ring and the top prize of $43,286. This was Stout’s third WSOPC win in an online event. His only live ring win came back in a $500 no-limit event at the 2008 WSOP Circuit Caesars Atlantic City series for $59,210.

Stout took to Twitter to share the news of his victory, saying, “Good thing I spent all of 2006-2011 in online poker quarantine to prepare myself for this period. #TeamNoSunlight.”

Other notable players to make the final few tables in this event included two-time WPT champion James ‘Meatsweats’ Carroll (3rd – $15,056), WSOP bracelet winner Dan ‘pepperprince’ Zack (9th – $2,446), Jim Collopy (16th – $1,129), Daniel Dizenzo (21st –
$752), Shannon Shorr (34th – $545). Joe Kuether (35th – $545) and Tony Dunst (38th – $451) both earned their second deep runs of the series.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table of event #2:

Rank Player Payout
1 Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout $43,286
2 Thomas ‘tdkaces’ Kornechuk $22,866
3 James ‘Meatsweats’ Carroll $15,056
4 Adam ‘leroycash’ Vogl $11,292
5 David ‘zuleh’ Bagheri $9,410
6 Matthew ‘gailums’ Gailums $7,528
7 Bryant ‘gotchasuckka’ Bustamante $5,457
8 Patrick ‘PatFromEH’ DiMartino $3,387
9 Daniel ‘pepperprince’ Zack $2,446

Monday, Mar. 16 saw the $50,000 guaranteed $215 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Deep Turbo’ double re-entry event kick off at 4:00 p.m. PST. The event drew a total of 669 entries, which meant that the prize pool soared past the guarantee to end with $133,800 up for grabs.

Brian AltmanTwo-time World Poker Tour champion Brian ‘JackBogle’ Altman was awarded $32,781 as the champion of this event, along with his second WSOPC gold ring. Altman has had quite the start to 2020. In late January he became the first player to ever win the same World Poker Tour main event twice. Altman defeated a field of 843 entries to take down the 2020_ WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open_ $3,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event for $482,636 just five years after having won the same tournament in 2015.

Altman also managed to make the final table of the 2020 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open, which is a delayed final table that will be played out and recorded for televised broadcast in April. The poker pro from Longmeadow, Massachusetts has accumulated live tournament earnings in excess of $4.2 million.

Other big names to make deep runs include 2019 U.S. Poker Open event winner Lauren ‘sycamore22’ Roberts (8th – $2,944), Vinny Pahuja (13th – $1,472), WPT champion Dylan Linde (15th – $1,472), Kevin Calenzo (22nd – $669), and Barry Shulman (41st – $455), who was making his second cash in the first two events.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table of event #3:

Rank Player Payout
1 Brian ‘JackBogle’ Altman $32,781
2 Kanon ‘Zealot710’ Dewitt $18,398
3 Frank ‘thewholefunk’ Funaro $11,239
4 Brian ‘bexel’ Sherrier $8,563
5 Ted ‘olmuggins’ Ely $7,225
6 Qi ‘linsanitY’ Ha $5,887
7 John ‘beastro’ Hinds $4,415
8 Lauren ‘sycamore22’ Roberts $2,944
9 Michael ‘uniman’ Laufer $1,940