Joe Gotlieb Wins 2017 WSOP Circuit Seminole Hard Rock Main Event For $257,6381 year ago
Lifting the title and $257,638 at the WSOP Circuit Seminole Hard Rock Main Event couldn’t have come at a better time for 52-year old Joe Gotlieb, the part-time poker player deciding to turn pro on the eve of the event and landing himself a very comfortable bankroll almost immediately.
“I wanted to give it a shot at going pro,” Gotlieb told WSOP reporters after his victory. “This was it. This was my shot at that.”
A field of 904 had bought in for $1675 apiece in the search for a coveted Circuit ring and a share of the $1,356,000 prizepool – a huge bonus over the $1m guarantee – and it included some big names including Brian Hastings, Loni Harwood and Jonathan Jaffe, all of whom made it to the money.
It would be a tough task for the Hollywood, Florida man whose previous best cash was for $13k this summer at the WSOP in Vegas, and who has been trying to combine selling phone parts by day and playing poker by night, the final table at the SHR Main Event filled with experienced players.
Brian Hastings, once the king of the online nosebleeds who took ‘Isildur1’ for $4.2million, was there, as was Asher Conniff who took down the WPT Championship for $973,683 back in the spring of 2015. It was Gottlieb, however, who sent the first casualties to the rail, before himself coming close to crashing out when he lost 2 consecutive flips to Hastings, although he quickly doubled up again.
When Hastings finally fell to Conniff and the unexpected final tablist Mauricio Ameller was downed by Gottlieb, it was heads-up time – and the inevitable flip for the chips saw Conniff’s big slick facing the pocket seven’s of the Florida phone salesman – the flop all but sealing the deal with a lucky seven, Gottlieb filling his boat on the river to take the title.
Final Table results:
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