WSOP Champ Daniel Weinman Takes 2nd in Circuit Event; Stephen Song Claims Two More Rings

WSOP Champ Daniel Weinman Takes 2nd in Circuit Event; Stephen Song Claims Two More Rings

Reigning world champion Daniel Weinman nearly won a World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) ring playing in his first tournament since the WSOP Main Event.

The current Circuit series at Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina began on Nov. 23 and wrapped Dec. 4 with some big winners, including 2022 World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Championship champion Stephen Song securing two rings within a week.

In total, 19 rings were handed out throughout the series.

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Right Where He Left Off

Following his $12,100,000 record-setting WSOP Main Event win in July, Weinman took a bit of time off from poker and returned home to Atlanta. The champ was back in action this past week, and he was up to his old tricks.

Although he didn't win his second ring, he took second place in Event #12: $1,700 Main Event for $215,576, the first tournament he's played since becoming world champion. Joseph Crowley defeated Weinman heads-up to win the ring, and he collected $348,785, the largest share of the $2,227,050 prize pool, for beating out 1,470 entrants.

Jarod Minghini took third place for $162,276, while 15-time ring winner Maurice Hawkins also reached the final table (seventh place for $57,070). Dale Roesel wrapped up an impressive series with an eighth-place finish ($44,980), days after winning Event #4: $600 No-Limit Hold'em for $43,694.

WSOPC Harrah's Cherokee Main Event Final Table Results

1Joseph Crowley$348,785
2Daniel Weinman$215,576
3Jarod Minghini$162,276
4Tyler Phillips$123,261
5Christopher Churchwell$94,483
6Chad Varnas$73,092
7Maurice Hawkins$57,070
8Dale Roesel$44,980
9Christopher Conrad$35,787

Twice is Nice for Song

Song has been the top WSOP Circuit performer the past month, and one of the best overall tournament players in all of poker the past 12 months. It all started with a WPT Prime Championship win at Wynn Las Vegas last December for a career-best $712,650 score.

Two weeks ago, he took down the WSOPC Grand Victoria Main Event for $183,508 and a ring. Since mid-November, he's won three rings, two of which came in the Harrah's Cherokee series.

The first win in North Carolina was in Event #9: $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em for $102,954, beating out 556 players. Four days later, he conquered Event #17: $2,200 High Roller, a tournament with 137 entrants, for another $72,583.

Song now has $5.9 million in live tournament cashes, according to The Hendon Mob, which puts him in first place all-time among those from Connecticut. Excluding the COVID year (2020), he's cashed for just over $5 million.

WSOPC Harrah's Cherokee Ring Winners

WSOPC Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Turkey Day 30K354James Whittinghill$24,662
WSOPC Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold'em3,120Cody Jones$134,304
WSOPC Event #3: $400 Seniors Event987Matthew Demarsh$54,246
WSOPC Event #4: $600 No-Limit Hold'em419Dale Roesel$43,694
WSOPC Event #5: $400 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed1,008Michael Wagner$55,083
WSOPC Event #6: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha395Preston McEwen$41,749
WSOPC Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack3,047Jason Witten$131,870
WSOPC Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold'em300Dominick Pelli$21,343
WSOPC Event #9: $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em556Stephen Song$102,954
WSOPC Event #10: $400 No-Limit Hold'em616Michael Ibekwe$38,294
WSOPC Event #11: $250 Ladies Event187Jennifer Zewe$9,105
WSOPC Event #12: $1,700 MAIN EVENT1,470Joseph Crowley$348,785
WSOPC Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold'em523Dean Rutledge$32,892
WSOPC Event #14: $400 No-Limit Hold'em540Njema Williams$33,733
WSOPC Event #15: $600 Showdown213Shane Bissinger$25,993
WSOPC Event #16: $250 Seniors Event941Michael Christopher$31,742
WSOPC Event #17: $2,200 High Roller137Stephen Song$72,583
WSOPC Event #18: $800 No-Limit Hold'em145Shane Melert$26,679
WSOPC Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double StackJoey Hayes$27,164


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