Maurice Hawkins, a Florida-rooted professional poker player, won his third gold ring and second Main Event of this month. In previous years Hawkins has won a total of four more rings, which made his last earned ring his seventh gold ring.
On Monday, April 11th he bested a field of 321 players to earn himself $113,152 after beating fellow American Ryan Phan heads up. On Monday, April 25th Hawkins was the last man standing in an enormous field of 1008 players. Maurice defeated heavyweight Leif Force in the heads up battle, which earned him $279,722. Both Main Events had a buy-in of $1,675.
With his brand new rings, Hawkins moved up to tie for fifth on the all-time gold rings list. He is tied with Cory Waaland and only two rings behind the all-time leader, Alexandru Masek. Hawkins became the third player to win three gold rings this season.
Hawkins said, after winning the heads up battle: “I am all about trying to put out my best performance and doing the best I can do.” When he was asked what his plans are concerning the New Orleans stop, he said: “I love the Circuit, so I am going to be travelling on it a little bit more next year.”
The final table results:
1st: Maurice Hawkins - $279,722 + WSOP Circuit gold ring
2nd: Leif Force - $172,943
3rd: Chip Ervin - $128,520
4th: Karthik Ramakrishnan - $96,617
5th: Randy Lowery - $73,468
6th: Brannon Cashion - $56,519
7th: Corey Bierria - $43,984
8th: Marty DeBruhl - $34,625
9th: Hamid Izadi - $27,579