Michael Persky Wins Inaugural WSOP Circuit Graton Main Event ($175,595)

Michael Persky

The latest World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) champion was crowned this week in Northern California as Michael Persky took down the inaugural WSOPC Graton Main Event for $175,595.

The first-ever Circuit stop at Graton Casino & Resort ran Aug. 10-21 and consisted of 20 Circuit ring events. The $1,700 buy-in drew 616 entrants for a prize pool of $933,240.

Persky, a native of Novato, California, defeated Thailand's Dan Sarasin during heads-up play as the runner-up was denied a maiden bracelet and took home $100,528. Meanwhile, five-time Circuit ring winner Jasthi Kumar finished third for $80,135 and New York grinder Benjamin Ludlow finished ninth for $16,868.

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WSOPC Graton Main Event Final Table Results

 1Michael PerskyNovato, CA$175,595
 2Dan SarasinThailand$100,528
 3Jasthi KumarSan Ramon, CA$80,135
 4Benjamin UnderwoodCanada$60,122
 5Paul VlahosN/A$45,532
 6Zhengxiong ZouxuMalden, MA$34,890
 7Kurt WatkinsSan Luis Obispo, CA$27,055
 8Avenes RastomyanN/A$21,233
 9Benjamin LudlowNew York, NY$16,868

Memorable First Stop At Graton

Persky was dominant at WSOPC Graton even before he took down the Main Event for his first ring and a career-best score.

At the start of the series, Persky finished 20th in Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Big 30K Stack for $1,077 before going on to finish runner-up in Event #3: $600 No-Limit Hold'em for $54,900. In that event, Persky fell to fellow Californian Albert Gorelik, who took home $88,888 and his second Circuit ring before winning Event #12: $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em for $30,004 and a third ring.

Michael Persky
Michael Persky celebrates winning his first Circuit ring

And Persky wasn't the only player to dominate at the inaugural Northern California Circuit stop. Longtime Circuit crusher Ari Engel picked up his 14th and 15th rings in back-to-back events to tie Maurice Hawkins in first on the all-time ring list, which PokerNews wrote about here.

Further shifting the all-time Circuit ring list, Daniel Lowery took down Event #13: $1,125 Pot-Limit Omaha for a 14th Circuit ring and $21,518, which can be read about here.

Those were hardly the only highlights. As the series wound down, Allen Kessler took down Event #15: $400 Stud 8 / Omaha 8 for $18,810 and his fourth Circuit ring after a decade-long drought. Before that, Southern California grinder Shirley Rosario won Event #8: $400 Limit Omaha 8 for $9,193 and her third Circuit ring.

Shirley Rosario
Shirley Rosario

Other players who picked up rings at WSOPC Graton include Albert Tapia (Event #9: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack - $40,950), Ian Mckinnon (Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - $25,323) and Taylor Pollard (Event #18: $3,250 High Roller - $60,641).

A full list of ring winners at the WSOPC Graton stop is available in the table below.

WSOPC Graton Ring Winners

 WSOPC Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Big 30K Stack364$120,120Maemm PatelN/A$25,277
 WSOPC Event #2: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha60$19,800Victor ParedesModesto, CA$6,745
 WSOPC Event #3: $600 No-Limit Hold'em1,049$540,235Albert GorelikSan Francisco, CA$88,888
 WSOPC Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold'em367$121,110Ian MckinnonBurbank, CA$25,323
 WSOPC Event #5: $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em72$72,000John KennerRedding, CA$23,136
 WSOPC Event #6: $400 Seniors Event202$44,888Aquil SalahudeenFairfield, CA$15,920
 WSOPC Event #7: $600 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed109$56,135Roger BaileyModesto, CA$15,777
 WSOPC Event #8: $400 Limit Omaha 893$30,690Shirley RosarioRedondo Beach, CA$9,193
 WSOPC Event #9: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack696$229,680Albert TapiaAnaheim, CA$40,950
 WSOPC Event #10: $400 H.O.R.S.E.60$20,130Ari EngelLas Vegas, NV$6,647
 WSOPC Event #11: $400 Pot-Limit Big O61$20,130Ari EngelLas Vegas, NV$6,564
 WSOPC Event #12: $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em105$105,000Albert GorelikSan Francisco, CA$30,004
 WSOPC Event #13: $1,125 Pot-Limit Omaha65$66,000Daniel LoweryCharleston, AR$21,518
 WSOPC Event #14: $1,700 Main Event616$933,240Michael PerskyNovato, CA$175,595
 WSOPC Event #15: $400 Stud 8 / Omaha 857$18,810Allen KesslerLas Vegas, NV$6,314
 WSOPC Event #16: $600 No-Limit Hold'em119$61,285Aaron MotoyamaMonterey Park, CA$17,063
 WSOPC Event #17: $400 No-Limit Hold'em287$94,710Eli McCargarN/A$12,700
 WSOPC Event #18: $3,250 High Roller62$186,000Taylor PollardConcord, CA$60,641
 WSOPC Event #19: $250 Seniors Event252$50,400Francois BertrandSan Jose, CA$11,390
 WSOPC Event #20: $400 The Bay Area Closer151$49,830Kaidi YanSan Francisco, CA$12,949

*Photos courtesy of Hayley Hochstetler and 8131 Media

  • Michael Persky won the first-ever WSOPC Graton Main Event for $175,595. Get the details here.

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