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WSOPC rewards motorcycle racer, football king
Here's your latest poker nursery rhyme: A motorcycle racer, a fantasy football expert, a maintenance man and a tournament rookie go to Atlantic City. A week later, they're celebrating all over New York and New Jersey, four unlikely champs at the World Series of Poker Circuit Series at Caesars Atlantic City.
Poker is the new Statue of Liberty: The beacon in the work-a-day harbour, calling out to the huddled masses and drawing them ever closer to the American Dream.
And they're coming in droves.
In this case, to Caesars Atlantic City for the WSOP Circuit Series; cash in their pockets and WSOP fantasies rolling through their minds.
And it's paying off. For some.
Here are the the latest champions from the WSOP Circuit series at Caesars:
Bob Willis, a professional motorcycle racer of ten years from Bellmawr, N.J., who took the top prize from 510 players in Event 4, $500+$60 No-Limit Hold'em.
Avdo Djokovic, a Staten Island-by-way-of Kosovo maintenance business owner, who topped 430 aspirants in Event 5, $400+$30 No-Limit Hold'em.
Robert "Zmen" Zarzycki, the top-ranked fantasy football expert in the nation, who weaved his way through 1,155 hopefuls in the $300+$40 No-Limit event.
And perhaps the most unlikely winner of them all, Patricia A. Smolko; the newly-anointed Ladies No-Limit Hold'em ladies champ, who was playing in her first poker tournament ever.
And also perhaps most indicative of poker's upswing, she topped a field of 398 women - almost double the number of players from last year.
Following are the rest of the recent results from the undeniably booming WSOPC at Caesars Atlantic City, with still the big $5,000 finale to come.
Event 7 - Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship $200+$30
|1st||Patricia A. Smolko||$24,676|
Event 6 - No-Limit Hold'em $300+$40
|1st||Robert "Zmen" Zarzycki||$90,075|
|3rd||Steven "Scotch" Crawford||$27,720|
Event 5 - No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$80
Event 4 - No-Limit Hold'em $500+$60