Soheb Porbandarwala Wins 12th Circuit Ring in WSOP Hammond Main Event

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Connecticut’s Soheb Porbandarwala won his 12th World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) ring this week as he took down the $1,700 buy-in WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond Main Event for $257,725.

The WSOP Hammond stop in the Chicago area ran Feb. 29-March 11 and consisted of more than a dozen ring events that generated $4.1 million in prize pools, including a $400 opening event with five starting flights and a $2,200 High Roller to help close things out.

According to WSOP updates, Porbandarwala steamrolled the event from Day 2 onward and dominated a final table that included Adam Greenberg (4th – $90,360) Richard Bai (5th – $69,039) and Brian Altman (8th – $32,639), who was looking for his fourth Circuit Main Event victory after most recently taking down last February’s Cherokee Main Event for $391,753.

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WSOPC Hammond Final Table Results

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Porbandarwala wasn’t the only winner at the WSOPC Hammond stop, with others who picked up Circuit rings including Illinois’ Thomas Hahne (Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold’em – $119,757), New Jersey’s Evan Pantano (Event #5: $400 Monster Stack – $49,194) and Chicago’s George Ceko (Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (Main Event Seats) – $39,006), who also won a $1,700 seat into the Hammond Main Event.

Later in the series, four-time ring winner and two-time bracelet winner Michael Moncek came within inches of nabbing his seventh piece of WSOP hardware as he finished runner-up in Event #14: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed for $12,246 as James Payne won his maiden ring and $19,811.

Michael Moncek
Michael Moncek

One player who did with a fifth ring was veteran grinder Kevin Eyster, who got through a field of 59 runners in Event #15: $2,200 High Roller for $39,069, just a fraction of the $5.3 million in live earnings he’s racked up since 2007.

Others at the High Roller final table included two-time ring winner Luke Graham (5th – $7,696), Xuan Nguyen (4th – $11,034) and runner-up Ryan Jones ($24,480).

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Kevin Eyster
Kevin Eyster

Next up for the WSOP Circuit team is a stop at Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York taking place March 14-25. Meanwhile, the WSOPC Tulsa stop got underway on March 6 and will wrap up on March 18.

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

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2024 WSOPC Hammond Ring Winners

  WSOPC Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 2,705 $892,650 Thomas Hahne Wonder Lake, IL $119,757
  WSOPC Event #2: $600 Mystery Bounty 697 $250,000 Roland Inglis Cincinnati, OH $42,735
  WSOPC Event #3: $400 Seniors Event 452 $149,160 James Dalessandro Chicago, IL $29,600
  WSOPC Event #4: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha 207 $106,605 Randy Weber Chicago, IL $25,265
  WSOPC Event #5: $400 Monster Stack 864 $285,120 Evan Pantano Westfield, NJ $49,194
  WSOPC Event #6: $400 Omaha 8 150 $49,500 Peter Hassett Riverside, IL $12,867
  WSOPC Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (Main Event Seats) 631 $208,230 George Ceko Chicago, IL $39,006
  WSOPC Event #8: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em 110 $107,250 Zachary Lerma Highland, IL $30,370
  WSOPC Event #9: $1,700 Main Event 986 $1,493,790 Soheb Porbanarwala Stamford, CT $257,725
  WSOPC Event #10: $250 Ladies Event 128 $25,600 Julie Ticsay Bolingbrook, IL $6,926
  WSOPC Event #11: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 217 $71,610 Nathan Ma Chicago, IL $16,818
  WSOPC Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 258 $85,140 Gregory Gugger Chicago, IL $19,095
  WSOPC Event #13: $400 Seniors Event TBD $110,520 Christopher Wahl Streator, IL $23,697
  WSOPC Event #14: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed 264 $87,100 James Payne Glenview, IL $19,811
  WSOPC Event #15: $2,200 High Roller 59 $117,460 Kevin Eyster Denver, CO $39,069
  WSOPC Event #16: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 30K Closer 184 $60,720 Marcin Koscielniak Burbank, IL $14,925
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