Blake Whittington caught heat last week winning a gold ring and cashing in three events at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica before heading into the stop’s $1,700 Main Event. The player’s momentum continued into the Main Event and earned him the title, the top prize, and his fifth gold ring from the popular poker series.
Whittington emerged victorious over a field of 466 entries. The win at Horseshoe Tunica was the player’s first WSOP Circuit Main Event title. As mentioned above, he captured his fifth gold ring and his second one within a few days. Whittington’s share of the tournament’s prize pool amounted to $151,789, his first six-figure payout from the WSOP Circuit.
The player entered the event through Day 1A. He bagged and tagged as the chip leader at the end of the tournament’s first starting flight, leading 22 hopefuls into the next stage of the game. Whittington kept a good pace throughout Day 2 of the event that was played on Sunday at the host casino. He ended that day with the second biggest stack.
There were eight players left at the end of Day 2 and it was Jesse Jones who led the finalists into Day 3. The player headed into the final day of the Main Event with a massive chip lead. Jones had 5.26 million at the start of Day 3 and was the only player to have passed the 5 million mark. Whittington had 1.71 million at that point, good for the second largest stack.
Day 3 Action
Despite Jones’ start-of-the-day advantage, Whittington quickly began gaining momentum and building his stack. The player was responsible for nearly all of the eliminations that occurred throughout the final day of the Main Event and by the time the field was down to four players, the eventual winner had emerged as the chip leader. He never looked back from that point on.
Asaf Ben Shushan was Whittington’s heads-up opponent. However, the player stood no chance to Whittington’s hot run. Shushan eventually hit the rail in second place, good for $93,847.
Asked what he would do with his $151,789 first-place prize, Whittington said that he would definitely put some of the money aside, and spend another portion of his prize on the upcoming WSOP this summer. He also said that he would treat himself to a nice watch.
The brand-new WSOP Circuit Main Event champion went on to say that he felt elated and that he had an unbelievable week with deep runs that helped him gain some confidence. And that confidence certainly helped the player with his pursuit of the Main Event title at Horseshoe Tunica.