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Gambling Planet News: World Series of Poker Circuit Crowns Youngest Winner

The World Series of Poker Circuit event in Palm Beach, Florida, was the site of two historic occurrences.  The Palm Beach Kennel Club, a local dog-racing track, was the first non-casino facility to host a WSOP Circuit tournament.  The event ended with a historical milestone as well: John Riordan, a nineteen-year-old from Florida, became the youngest winner in WSOP Circuit history.

Riordan won US$210,180 at the no-limit Texas Holdem tournament.  The event, the first WSOP Circuit tournament held in Florida, carried a buy-in of US$1,600 and featured over seven hundred players, for a total prize pool exceeding US$1 million.

Florida law allows players to enter poker tournaments at eighteen, as opposed to most states, which specify a minimum age of twenty-one.  Riordan also became the first American under the age of twenty-one to win a WSOP-related event.  Annette Obrestad won the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2007 the day before her nineteenth birthday.

Although this WSOP Circuit win is Riordan’s first as a live player, he has accrued a substantial resume by playing online poker.  He started playing “play money” games at thirteen years old.  At age eighteen, he started playing “real money” games and worked his way up to playing high-stakes pot-limit Omaha.

Riordan will not be eligible to play in another major tournament in the US until 2013, which means he will not be allowed to participate in the WSOP Circuit National Championship event in Las Vegas this May.  The National Championship grants free entries to winners at all WSOP Circuit events and has a guaranteed prize pool of US$1 million.

03-Mar-2011, 11:21

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