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Ryan Eriquezzo Wins WSOPC Harrah's Atlantic City for Fourth Ring

Ryan Eriquezzo won his fourth Circuit ring.

The packed World Series of Poker Circuit schedule rolled on with the Harrah's Atlantic City stop, and Ryan Eriquezzo won the $1,700 Main Event for the second time, defeating a field of 357 to take down a first-place prize of $124,397.

Eriquezzo had previously won the Circuit Main in Atlantic City in 2012, topping a field of 635 for $191,194. This win is Eriquezzo's fourth ring overall, and he now has over $1.5 million in live tournament cashes.

WSOPC Harrah's Atlantic City Main Event Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Ryan EriquezzoDanbury, Connecticut$124,397*
2Denis GnidashFairlawn, New Jersey$76,904
3Kurt LichtmanNew York, New York$56,103
4Richard HanheideClintondale, New York$41,613
5Ryan McKnightHarrisburg, Pennsylvania$31,348
6John ForlenzaStaten Island, New York$23,976
7Ross GottliebColumbus, Ohio$18,605
8Renata ColacheClayton, New Jersey$14,646
9Daniel ParkBayside, New York$11,693

*also won seat into $1 million Global Casino Championship

The 357 entries enabled the tournament to surpass the guarantee of $400,000 and create a prize pool just over $540,000. Some of those who got a cut among the 36 paid places included Anthony Maio, Matt Brady, Roman Valerstein, Joseph Liberta and Aaron Mermelstein.

Eriquezzo put himself in good position for the final table, which he went into with the lead, after he won a three-way all in with aces against pocket tens of Mermelstein and another player's {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}, according to the live updates. He would then get the rest of Mermelstein's chips picking off a bluff and then winning another preflop all in for his final crumbs.

However, he slipped to the middle of the pack going into the final day, which saw nine players still remaining.

Day 3 Action

Renata Colache had built into the chip lead but she was actually second to go bust on Day 3. She got kings cracked by a two-outer on the river and then lost a flip for her remaining chips to Denis Gnidash. Gnidash stayed hot as he flopped the nut flush and fired three barrels to bust Ross Gottlieb, who couldn't get away from top pair after defending big blind versus button.

After John Forlenza and Ryan McKnight busted out, Eriquezzo finally picked up some steam as he made a few hands and got paid off to surge into the lead four-handed.

After Richard Henheide busted when a flopped straight fell to Kurt Lichtman's top set, Eriquezzo busted Lichtman in a flip to get to heads up against Gnidash.

Eriquezzo started with the lead and soon was up nearly 4-1. Gnidash pulled off one double after he was short, but Eriquezzo would flop the nut straight on {6-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts} after raising on the button. Gnidash check-jammed with top pair and things were all wrapped up on the turn when Gnidash didn't improve.

Michael Marder Wins Casino Champ

Throughout the series at Harrah's Atlantic City, players had the chance to earn points toward the venue leaderboard with the top player earning a spot in the $1 million guaranteed Global Casino Championship.

When the dust settled at the conclusion of the 13 ring events, Michael Marder had piled up an astonishing 132 points, highlighted by a ring win in the $400 No-Limit Hold'em near the end of the series for $10,394.

Joe McKeehen was also among the ring winners as he took down the opening event for $15,328.

WSOPC Harrah's AC Ring Winners

EventWinnerHometownPrize
$400 Double StackJoe McKeehenConshohocken, Pennsylvania$15,328
$400 NLHETom GottliebTel Aviv, Israel$34,269
$400 Monster StackNikolaos PlatisAstoria, New York$22,732
$250 Single-DayPeter BaeLittle Neck, New York$12,886
$400 Big Blind AnteDennis SummersCharlottesville, Virginia$14,612
$400 Six-MaxNenad CvetkovicAtlantic City, New Jersey$12,884
$400 BountyKevin BoeselRochester, New York$6,281
$250 TurboRay MedlinRileyville, Virginia$8,066
$400 Omaha Hi-LoMichael CiminoPleasantville, New Jersey$11,888
$600 NLHERyan HeroldStaten Island, New Jersey$15,998
$400 NLHEMichael MarderSewell, New Jersey$10,394
$400 Single-DaySoheb PorbandarwalaStamford, Connecticut$9,602

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