Over 1,100 players bought in for Event 1 of the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) series at Caesars Atlantic City, but none of them could escape maximum security prison guard Joe Garcia. The corrections officer held court for two epic days and walked away with $86,268 for his troubles.
The second-largest tournament in the three-year history of the WSOPC (behind only the recent event in Tunica, Miss., with 1,345 players), it took two days of action in the $300 buy-in No-Limit event to play down to the final two.
But it was only Garcia who managed to stay up to the task, finally knocking off Craig Wallace, a dispatcher from New Jersey, heads-up for the win.
On the final hand, Garcia moved all-in when he hit his second pair on the turn, and Wallace called with top pair.
The two pair held, and Garcia - who works at the Shawangunk Federal Correctional Facility in Wallkill, N.Y. - had his first major tournament victory and an $86,268 bulge in his wallet.
"I played this for my two girls," he said to a reporter shortly after the final hand. "I played this for my wife Danielle, and Alexis and Madison. They made me play my best."
The remaining final table results were as follows:
|6||Johnny "All In" Blinn||$16,590|