Anderson Grabs WSOPC Hammond Glory


Wooster, Ohio's Jim Anderson won the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit Regional Championship in Hammond, Indiana Thursday.

The bartender turned poker player earned $525,449 for the win, surpassing his previous best cash recorded when he finished 242nd in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

“I definitely think my deep run in the Main Event this year helped me here,” Anderson said. “The $10K is always intimidating if you are new. But having played in it before, it allowed me to focus more.

The atmosphere was kind of similar with all the lights and the television cameras around. So, I think I was used to the pressure somewhat.”

He won his seat thanks to a victory in a preliminary event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.

Anderson began as one of the shortest stacks at a final table that included online stars Gabe "gp333" Patgorski and David "Doc" Sands, two-time WSOP and WPT finalist Curt Kohlberg, 2005 WSOP Main Event 13th place finisher Bernard Lee, WPT and three-time WSOP finalist Shannon Shorr, three-time WSOP finalist Brandon Adams, four-time WSOP finalist Anthony Hartmann and Mark Owens.

The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Regional Championship drew 226 players to Horseshoe Hammond in the Chicagoland area, creating a $2,101,800 prize pool - the biggest on the WSOPC in more than three years.

A new concept for this season, Horsehoe Hammond represents the first of Four $10,000 Regional WSOP Circuit Championships on the tour.

The final table will be televised on the Versus Network.

Next up for the WSOP Circuit is a stop at the IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi, MS Oct. 28- Nov. 10.

Here's how the final table finished up in Indiana:

1 Jim Anderson $525,449

2 Gabe Patgorski $324,770

3 Bernard Lee $236,368

4 Curt Kohlberg $174,807

5 Dave Sands $131,299

6 Shannon Shorr $100,151

7 Brandon Adams $77,556

8 Tony Hartmann $60,952

9 Mark Owens $48,615

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