$1,700 Main Event

Nick Pupillo Captures 3rd Gold Ring in WSOP Circuit Potawatomi Opener

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Nick Pupillo

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is in Milwaukee to live report action the $1,700 Main Event, but is just one of a dozen gold ring events at the stop. As such, we thought we’d profile some of the preliminary tournaments and those who struck it big.

Event #1: $400 NLH Double Stack, a total of 256 entries created a $84,480 prize pool that was paid out to the top 39 players. Among those to cash were Ben Rock (7th - $2,663), Robert Keating (11th - $1,352), Cheryl Choon (17th - $952), Bryan Skreens (19th - $824), Jason Reno (21st - $824), and Josh Reichard (35th - $558).

In the end, poker pro Nick Pupillo came out on top to win $19,413 and his third gold ring.

“It feels really good to win this tournament, but I had a lot of luck,” said Pupillo. “I was all-in a lot needing help and was fortunate enough it came.”

To seal the deal, he had to defeat Brett Reichard, the father of Circuit stud Josh Reichard, in heads-up play. It took him a single hand to do it.

“I thought we were going to have a very long battle,” Pupillo admitted. “Brett is an excellent player who has two rings along with his son who has eleven, but I got lucky and took him on the very first hand.”

Final Table Results

1Nick PupilloGilbert, Arizona$19,413
2Brett ReichardJanesville, Wisconsin$11,999
3Carl FeltenRichfield, Wisconsin$8,565
4Shane ThorneSheboygan, Wisconsin$6,223
5Scott BrooksLincolnwood, Illinois$4,604
6Leonard LewandowskiMilwaukee, Wisconsin$3,469
7Ben RockMarshfield, Wisconsin$2,663
8Nicholas SmithChicago, Illinois$2,083
9Joshua TaffKaukauna, Wisconsin$1,662

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