Chow Clips Steury for WSOPC Hammond Title

Bob Chow.

Bob Chow, a 51-year-old semi-pro poker player from Chicago, has won the 2011 WSOP Circuit main event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., defeating Aaron Steury heads-up for the title.

Chow takes home $393,584, his first WSOP Circuit ring and a seat in the $1 Million WSOPC National Championship in Las Vegas next spring for the win.

With a record-breaking 1,615 players and a prizepool of $2,349,825, the WSOP Circuit main event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond was the largest in WSOPC history.

Steury, a 24-year-old poker pro from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who won his first WSOP bracelet this summer in a $1,500 HORSE event, took $243,818 for his second-place finish.

Chow, who is also a semi-retired software consultant, said topping a bracelet winner for his first poker tournament win made it all the sweeter:

“This is the first time I’ve actually cracked through and made first place. I’m ecstatic.

“It’s validation of all the grinding and the hard work. I’ve come close and never finished.

“This is definitely a very significant, major event. It’s the Main Event, a Circuit, and I beat out 1,600 people. I can’t feel any better.”

Chow also had a good run at the 2011 WSOP Seniors event this summer, finishing 66th.

Chow originally busted on Day 1a of the event, and instead of buying back in on Day 1b Chow played and won a satellite for his re-entry.

The final-table finishers and their payouts, courtesy of

1. Bob Chow $393,584

2. Aaron Steury $243,818

3. Erik Roussakis $183,991

4. Eric Crain $139,815

5. Dave Neff $106,447

6. Joe Hebda $81,774

7. Drazen Ilich $63,680

8. Dan V. Harrington $50,051

9. Shawn Quinn $39,947

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