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Roland Israelashvili Wins Ninth World Series of Poker Circuit Gold Ring

The 65-Year-Old All-time Leader In WSOPC Cashes Became Just The 12th Player Ever To Earn Nine or More WSOPC Titles


Roland Israelashvili became the twelfth player in history to win nine or more gold rings on the World Series of Poker Circuit. The 65-year-old poker player from Forest Hills, New York defeated a field of 270 entries in a $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at the WSOP Circuit Grand Victoria Casino stop to earn $20,227 and his ninth ring.

This victory also saw him extend his lead as the WSOPC’s all-time cashes leader. With 211 total in-the-money finishes on the tour, Israelashvili now has 33 more cashes than any other WSOPC player.

Israelashvili now has more than $4.6 million in lifetime tournament earnings, with more than $1 million of that coming in WSOPC events. This particular score increased his exact total on the tour to $1,021,446, which is good for seventh place on the WSOPC all-time money list. He leads eighth-ranked Joshua Turner by just $11,148. Maurice Hawkins tops both this leaderboard ($2.2 million in WSOPC earnings) and the all-rime rings leaderboard (14 WSOPC titles).

This win was the 33rd recorded title of Israelashvili’s career. Plenty of big names ran deep with him, including Allen Kessler (14th) and WSOP bracelet winner Benjamin Keeline (2nd). Keeline took home $12,501 as the runner-up, falling just short of securing his second ring.

Here is a look at the payouts and Card Player Player of the Year points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Roland Israelashvili $20,227 173
2 Benjamin Keeline $12,501 144
3 Daniel Graffenius $9,000 115
4 Jefferson Guerreromontejo $6,592 86
5 Vanessa Villarica $4,913 72
6 James Stern $3,728 58
7 James Pillon $2,880 43
8 Patrick Walsh $2,266 29
9 Phu Nguyen $2,266 14