Since online poker is mostly locked down in most states of the U.S., poker players flock in large numbers to live events. This turned out to be true when the 2013-14 World Series of Poker Circuit season kicked off at Foxwoods Resort Casino at Mashantucket, CT.
The event saw nearly 600 entrants take part in the WSOP Circuit’s main event, which was a No-Limit Hold ’em tournament. Each of these participants put up $1,675 for a prize pool that cross over $850,000. The event started on Saturday and got cut down to 200 players. Towards the end of the 2nd day, it came down to only 11 players and the competition was strong.
Some of the names at the final table included the likes of Joseph Morneau, Bryan Leskowitz, Keith Donovan, Jason Strasser and Francis Pezzullo. In the end, it was Jason Strasser who held his nerve and walked away with the main prize of $186,600. The second place went to Wesley Wyvill who took home $115,069, the third place to Joseph Morneau who received $84,414.
In the past, Strasser spent a lot of time on online poker website and at one point had accumulated nearly $750,000 from his online poker winnings. However, he left the world of online poker to take up a career in New York in the area of finance. Strasser came back to try his hand at live poker during the World Series of Poker Circuit season and was thrilled with his performance. In a statement, Strasser said
I played a ton of poker back in my younger days. This game has been really good to me but it hasn’t been a big part of my life for the past five years.
The turnout and the event at Foxwoods has been a great success as the Resort Casino is known to be one of the largest and most popular poker rooms on the East Coast. The lack of online poker websites in the U.S has helped to bring in more players who want to have a shot at the live action.
Bryan Leskowitz, a professional poker player who took part at the event stated even when online poker gets legalized in the U.S., it will only help spread the game of poker and will actually help boost the attendance and player participation in live poker events. During the event at Foxwoods, Leskowitz went on to say
I think they will (legalize online poker) federally in a couple of years. It’s going to help the live game. Right now, a lot of people have bankrolls tied up