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Valentin Vornicu Wins Eighth WSOP Circuit Gold Ring; Now Tied with Engel and Reslock

Valentin Vornicu
  • Valentin Vornicu won his eighth WSOP Circuit ring to close out the tour's stop at The Bicycle Casino.

It seems that winning your eighth World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring is the thing to do these days, and that's exactly what Valentin Vornicu did in the final event at the WSOP Circuit The Bicycle Casino.

In the 12th and final gold ring event on the schedule, after many of the traveling grinders that frequent WSOP Circuit events had moved on to the next stop in either Baltimore or Council Bluffs, Vornicu finished atop a field of 115 entries in Event #12: $580 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Reentry to win $17,255 and his eighth gold ring.

"I want to be that guy that has the most rings," Vornicu told WSOP officials after the win. "It's up there on my priority list."

Final Table Results

1Valentin Vornicu$17,255
2Yaacov Haviv$10,660
3Rex Clinkscales$7,590
4Adam Singer$5,515
5Shawn Motameni$4,085
6Albert Bragg$3,085
7Brian Gorman$2,370
8Arthur Cole$1,860
9Allen Hodjat$1,480

Vornicu is now tied with Ari Engel and Chris Reslock with eight WSOP Circuit gold rings. Both Engel and Reslock won their eighth pieces of jewelry at the recent WSOP Circuit Harrah's Atlantic City event. Engel won Event #7: $580 No-Limit Hold'em, and Reslock won Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em.

All three men now trail current leader Alex Masek, who has won nine gold rings.

Here's a look at Vornicu's WSOP Circuit gold ring wins over the years:

March 2016The Bicycle Casino $580 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Reentry115$17,255
Dec. 2015The Bicycle Casino $1,675 Main Event641$197,110
May 2015Foxwoods $580 No-Limit Hold'em154$20,974
Sept. 2014IP Hotel & Casino $365 No-Limit Hold'em151$12,231
April 2014Lodge Casino — Black Hawk $580 No-Limit Hold'em145$20,299
March 2014The Bicycle Casino $580 No-Limit Hold'em107$18,715
Dec. 2012Harrah's Rincon $365 No-Limit Hold'em126$10,858
Oct. 2011Horseshoe Hammond $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em202$50,943

*Photo courtesy of the WSOP Circuit.

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