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Entrepreneur Steven Spunt Wins WSOP Circuit Bike Main Event for $174,055

Steven Spunt

The World Series of Poker Circuit wrapped up its latest stop on Wednesday night with the completion of the WSOPC Bicycle Casino $1,700 Main Event. That tournament drew 547 runners and saw 58-year-old Southern California entrepreneur Steven Spunt prevail to win $174,055, his first gold ring, and a seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship.

"I really enjoy the game. Part of my retirement plan is to play more just because I like it."

“I play these for fun and I realized that most of the time, I’m just not going to be happy. Except now. Now, I’m very happy,” said Spunt, who also has a closed-event ring from a 2016 Seniors win at Bally’s. “I had a real good run to start. I had a bad beat, but then I had a real big run. I chipped up really well. I had limited experience heads-up. He’s a tough player, so I needed some luck and I got some luck.”

He continued: “I play for fun. I really enjoy the game. Part of my retirement plan is to play more just because I like it. It’s something to do. Hopefully, I’ll semi-retire and play a lot more tournaments.”

WSOPC Bicycle Casino Main Event Final Table Results

1Steven SpuntTrabuco Canyon, CA$174,055
2David LambardRancho Cucamonga, CA$107,640
3Steven FormanDel Mar, CA$78,710
4Jason BralCarefree, AZ$58,405
5Marcos ExterkotterPora Alegre, Brazil$43,495
6Craig VarnellFort Collins, CO$33,520
7Vincent MoscatiVerplanck, NY$25,920
8Ian SteinmanMountain ViewCA
9Jorge LeivaChino Hills, CA$16,145

WSOPC Bicycle Casino Main Event Final Table Action

Others to cash in the Main event were MSPT champ Angelina Rich (14th - $10,590), Phil Laak (25th - $5,305), Ankush Mandavia (29th - $4,600), Michael Pearson (47th - $2,940), and Brian Snell (61st - $2,710).

According to updates from the event, Spunt didn’t notch his first final table knockout until down to four players. That is when he called Jason Bral’s three-bet jam. Spunt had eight-seven and was flipping against pocket fours. An eight on the river spelled doom for Bral, who earned $58,405 for his fourth-place finish.

David Lambard then finished off Steven Forman in third place to set up the heads-up match. Not long into it, Spunt doubled big into the chip lead after getting it in with middle pair and a gutshot against top pair. Spunt hit the straight and pulled out to a commanding lead.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Lambard shoved holding the {k-Spades}{k-Hearts} and Spunt called with the {a-Spades}{9-Clubs}. The {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{9-Spades} flop gave Spunt a flush draw, and he hit it when the dealer burned and turned the {j-Spades}. The meaningless {10-Clubs} was run out on the river and Lambard had to settle for second place and $107,640 in prize money.

Other WSOPC Bike Winners

Chris DeMaci wins his first WSOPC gold ring.
Chris DeMaci

The other player to win a seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship was Peter Hengsakul, who failed to win a ring but had an outstanding series nonetheless thanks to a pair of scores. First, he finished runner-up in Event #10: $600 NLH for $22,525, and followed that up with another second-place finish in Event #13: $250 NLH One-Day for $9,955.

In the stop’s opening event, 36-year-old poker pro Chris DeMaci topped a field of 539 entries to win a $38,215 top prize and his first gold ring.

“It feels great. You accomplish the goal. There’s nothing left to do."

“I’ve won a few online, but the live wins kind of eluded me,” DeMaci said. “It feels great. You accomplish the goal. There’s nothing left to do. You won the prize and that’s a great feeling. Even when you cash for a lot of money, you kind of still feel like you fell short.”

Another big winner was Sean Yu, who won Event #6: $400 HORSE for $9,600 and his fifth Circuit ring. Not only that, it marked his first non-hold’em victory.

“This is my first title at the Bike,” said Yu, who was last year’s Global Casino Champion. “I’ve had a lot of second and third-place finishes, but never could close it out. It’s kind of special because it’s a HORSE ring too.”

He continued: “When I started playing poker in high school, back then in the ‘90s, it was all five-card draw. In the early ‘90s, no-limit wasn’t even around. Amongst friends we would just play five-card draw. Then I started playing HORSE tournaments four or five years ago and I used to play stud back in the days when it was popular.”

WSOPC Bike Ring Winners

Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double StackChris DeMaci539$38,215
Event #2: $250 No-Limit Hold'em Single-DayJonathan Sherfy458$19,675
Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold'em TurboShane Martin117$11,585
Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster StackRobert Natividad1,050$84,445
Event #5: $400 No-Limit Hold'emBrian Snell91$9,010
Event #6: $400 HORSESean Yu97$9,600
Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold'emSohale Khalili113$11,180
Event #8: $400 Omaha Hi-LoFrankie O'Dell90$9,505
Event #9: $1,125 No-Limit Hold'emNancy Matson159$42,940
Event #10: $600 No-Limit Hold'emHarry Arutyunyan301$36,420
Event #11: $1,700 Main EventSteven Spunt547$174,055
Event #12: $2,200 High RollerAaron Messmer90$57,600
Event #13: $250 No-Limit Hold'em Single-DayLeslie Scearcy350$16,090

The next WSOPC stop is already underway at Mississippi’s IP Biloxi. PokerNews will bring you a recap of the stop’s $1,700 Main Event upon its completion.

Photos courtesy of WSOP Circuit.

  • The SoCal recreational player has made two WSOPC final tables and now has two gold rings.

  • Spunt defeated a final table that housed Craig Varnell, Vincent Moscati and Ian Steinman.

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