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Hamid Izadi Wins Seventh World Series of Poker Circuit Ring

Georgia Resident Secures $245,225 In Harrah's Pompano Beach Main Event


Hamid Izadi is no stranger to success on the World Series of Poker Circuit. Coming into the 2024 WSOPC Harrah’s Pompano Beach stop, the Georgia resident had secured six gold rings on the tour, with more than $800,000 in WSOPC earnings accrued along the way. Izadi added to his already impressive WSOP resume in a major way in the WSOPC Pompano $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, merging victorious from a field of 917 entries to secure his seventh ring and the top prize of $245,225.

“I have six rings, but this is another level for me. It’s not easy to win, you have to go through a lot of good players, but today was my day. The cards went my way, I played my best, I believe, and I got the result I wanted,” he told the reporter who was on site covering the event.

This was the largest tournament score yet for Izadi, who now has more than $1.6 million in total lifetime earnings to his name. In addition to the hardware and the money, he also secured 912 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his second title of the year, having also won a $600 buy-in bounty event at the WSOPC Tunica stop in January for $19,508 and 168 points. He now sits in 22nd place in the 2024 POY standings presented by Global Poker.

The strong turnout for this main event saw the $1 million guarantee surpassed by nearly $390,000. The top 102 finishers made the money in this event, with the top 21 finishers all earning at least five-figure paydays.

After three starting flights and one more day of combined-field play, just seven players were remaining with a shot at the ring. Michael Lydon held the lead, with Izadi in second chip position.

Taylor Hart lost a classic preflop race with pocket tens against A-K to finish seventh ($36,834). Another coin flip spelled the end of accomplished poker pro Jake Schwartz (6th – $47,737). His pocket sixes were unable to hold up against the K-10 of 2019 WSOP Circuit IP Biloxi main event champion Boris Kasabov, who flopped a king and held from there. Schwartz now has more than $4.4 million in recorded tournament earnings.

2019 WSOPC Choctaw main event winner Dave Alfa was the next to fall, with his pocket fives losing yet another flip to overcards. This time it was Izadi’s K-Q that triumphed, making an ace-high straight on the river to best Alfa’s turned set. Alfa took home $62,611 for his efforts, growing his career earnings to more than $1.3 million in the process.

Izadi proceeded to score each of the next three knockouts as well, starting by besting Lydon’s A-10 with A-Q to narrow the field to three. Lydon earned $83,096 as the fourth-place finisher. Gregory Spinder got the last of his chips in with 6-2 suited against Izadi’s K-Q, which made kings up to secure the pot. Spinder cashed for $111,578 as the third-place finisher.

Heads-up play began with Izadi holding roughly a 5:4 lead over Kasabov. After a back-and-forth battle, that included Izadi falling behind by as much as an 11:1 deficit, he was able to regain control in time for the final hand of the tournament. Kasavoc shoved from the button with ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit and Izadi called with AHeart SuitQSpade Suit. The board ran out JClub Suit8Diamond Suit5Spade Suit10Heart Suit2Spade Suit to lock up the title for Izadi. Kasabov was awarded $151,561 as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Hamid Izadi $245,225 912
2 Boris Kasabov $151,561 760
3 Gregory Spinder $111,578 608
4 Michael Lydon $83,096 456
5 Dave Alfa $62,611 380
6 Jake Schwartz $47,737 304
7 Taylor Hart $36,834 228
8 Barbara Sargent $28,767 152

Photo credit: WSOP.