Maurice Hawkins Extends All-Time WSOPC Ring Lead w/ Choctaw Durant Win

Maurice Hawkins

The World Series of Poker Circuit is currently holding its first stop of the new year, and already five gold ring events have played out at Choctaw Durant. One of them proved to be record-breaking as Maurice Hawkins extended his lead atop the all-time ring list with No. 14.

Hawkins, who recently lobbed constructive criticisms at the WSOPC here on PokerNews, topped a 218-entry field to win Event #5: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (1 Day) for $16,898 and his record ring. He now holds a two-ring lead over Valentin Vornicu and Josh Reichard who’re tied at a dozen each.

“Feels good. Feel like I got my mojo back,” said Hawkins, who took about 12 hours to claim victory. “Feels good to know that the beginning of the year is going to end like it should, which means, that when you start the year off winning, it only can get better. It’s time to go up.”

"When you start the year off winning, it only can get better."

Hawkins, who claimed his first-ever ring at Choctaw Durant, continued: “I was just kind of sitting there, got around 25 bigs, and then it was like poker time; ‘Let’s do this; Let’s make some things happen.’”

Hawkins began the final table with over a million in chips while most everyone else had around 300K. Hawkins used the lead to cruise to heads-up play against seven-time gold ring winner Andy Robinson, a duo with plenty of experience against one another.

“We’ve been playing some pots the last two days,” Hawkins told WSOP officials. “I would probably say he is one of the best players here. It’s no shock that every time I get to a final table, Andy Robinson is at the final table.”

In the final hand of the tournament, Robinson looked down at ace-queen only to go bust after running into the ace-king of Hawkins.

Final Table Results

1Maurice HawkinsWest Palm Beach, Florida$16,898
2Andrew RobinsonGeorgetown, Texas$10,442
3Kurt HaissBartlesville, Florida$7,406
4Billy SasinLewisville, Texas$5,359
5Michail KotsifisHouston, Texas$3,958
6Phillip JonesDenison, Texas$2,985
7Samuel MurphyCedar Hill, Texas$2,299
8Jesus GonzalezEgale Pass, Texas$1,810
9Daniel LoweryPeter Pender, Arkansas$1,457

Among those to get a piece of the $71,940 prize pool but fall short of the final table were Shawn Rice (10th - $1,200), Bryant Morrison (15th - $1,011), Trent Goertz (22nd - $700), Quincy Seale (29th - $623), and Robert Shelton (33rd - $458).

14-Ring Breakdown

January 6, 2020Choctaw DurantEvent #5: $400 NLH One-Day$16,898
May 1, 2019Horseshoe TunicaEvent #8: $400 Monster Stack$31,372
April 14, 2019Harrah’s CherokeeEvent #4: $600 NLH BB Ante$44,297
May 17, 2018Harrah’s New OrleansEvent #8: $2,200 High Roller$71,680
April 7, 2017Horseshoe Council Bluffs$1,675 Main Event$97,561
February 19, 2017Palm Beach Kennel ClubEvent #12: $365 NLH Re-Entry$13,527
November 18, 2016Palm Beach Kennel Club$1,675 Main Event$95,921
April 22, 2016Harrah’s Cherokee$1,675 Main Event$279,722
April 8, 2016Horseshoe Council Bluffs$1,675 Main Event$113,152
April, 6 ,2016Horseshoe Council BluffsEvent #9: $265 Monster Stack$19,477
February 5, 2014Palm Beach Kennel ClubEvent #1: $580 NLH$183,498
October 30, 2009Horseshoe Southern IndianaEvent #10: $1,060 NLH$183,498
April 11, 2009Caesar’s PalaceEvent #1: $1,060 NLH$40,355
December 8, 2008Harrah’s Atlantic CityEvent #4: $560 NLH$48,360
  • . @mauricehawkins extended his gold ring lead by capturing No. 14 at the @WSOP Circuit @ChoctawDurant

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