Mark "Pegasus" Smith beat a field of 196 players to take the title and its top prize at the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship event Oct. 4 at Grand Casino Tunica.
Smith, who works as a thoroughbred horse breeder and racer in his hometown of Georgetown, Ky., was awarded more than $300,000 for his efforts, along with a seat in next year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event and a gold WSOPC championship ring.
Besides his equine activities, Smith, 54, has three children, is also a real estate developer, owns a waste water public utility company, is the chief deputy coroner for Scott County, Ky., and competes in poker tournaments every couple of months.
His Championship win was his second final table finish at the WSOPC Grand Casino Tunica; he also placed tenth in the $1,000 No-Limit event for a prize of $3,899. Aside from the WSOPC, he cashed in the 2006 WSOP Seniors event and at the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Poker Challenge in Reno, Nev., last year.
Final table results are as follows:
|4th||Harold Mahaffey||S. Carolina||$75,556|
Please see www.worldseriesofpoker.com for a full list of results.