The World Series of Poker Circuit is in its ninth season, but the race for the all-time ring lead did heat up until the last couple of years. Mark “Pegasus” Smith held the record with five for many years, but he has been joined by the likes of Kurt Jewell and Kyle Cartwright. Then, in January of this year, 27-year-old Alex Masek took over the lead when he won his sixth ring. On May 2 at the Harrah’s Philadeplhia stop, 65-year-old Atlantic City pro Chris Reslock tied that record when he won his sixth ring by taking down Event 6 $580 No-Limit Hold’em for $18,200.
Reslock, a retired taxi owner-operator, was participating in just his third Circuit stop of the season, having previously won his fifth ring in a $580 No-Limit Hold’em event at Caesars Atlantic City back in March. Reslock defeated Jonathan Hilton in heads-up play. You may recall Hilton as the runner-up in Event #59 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em at last year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Reslock’s win also gave him 105 National Leaderboard points, meaning he is in a prime position to capture one of the 60 at-large seats to the WSOP National Championship later this month.
WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #6 No-Limit Hold’em
|1||Chris Reslock||Atlantic City, NJ||$18,200|
|2||Jonathan Hilton||Chattanooga, TN|
|3||Sean Small||Douglasville, GA||$8,120|
|4||Thomas Beckstead||Temecula, CA||$5,966|
|5||Lance Garcia||Houston, TX||$4,460|
|6||Jesse Cohen||Ardmore, PA||$3,391|
|7||Raymond Palmieri||Buena, NJ||$2,621|
|8||Jose Silverman||San Juan, PR||$2,059|
|9||Eshed Hadaya||Jersey City, NJ||$1,644|