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WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Wraps Up; Maurice Hawkins Denied Record 15th Ring


The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 Main Event in Mississippi wrapped up this week with Randy Paguio of San Diego winning his second gold ring and cashing for $193,766. Paguio defeated Tennessee’s Kenneth Mason during heads-up play, who in turn earned $119,755 for his runner-up finish.

The Main Event attracted 674 entrants to generate a massive prize pool of just over $1 million. The seven-figure prize pool was by far the largest of the 13 tournaments on the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica stop, which awarded over $2.5 million in prize money.

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Main Event Final Table Results

  PLACE PLAYER HOMETOWN PRIZE (USD)
  1 Randy Paguio San Diego, CA $193,764
  2 Kenneth Mason La Vergne, TN $119,755
  3 Brandon Butler St. Louis, MO $88,163
  4 Sean Maurer Grayville, IL $65,658
  5 Adam Ross Roswell, GA $49,472
  6 Donovan Dean Rainsville, AL $37,719
  7 Michael Esquivel Clarendon Hills, IL $29,104
  8 John Gallaher Lebanon, TN $22,730
  9 BJ McBrayer Tuscaloosa, AL $17,970

Paguio, who now has $230,617 in tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob, entered the final day as chip leader and continued to run up his stack from there. The Californian eliminated five other players at the final table before eliminating Mason.

Randy Paguio
Randy Paguio won his second ring by winning the WSOP Circuit Tunica Main Event

Paguio earned his first ring in 2012 by taking down Event #1: $355 No-Limit Hold’em at WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Rincon in San Diego for $21,844. He finished second in the same event less than a year later for $9,878.

“After my mother Rubenita ‘Ruby’ Paguio passed, I won my first ring and that was for her. I want to dedicate this one to my grandmother Nenita Cuevas who just recently passed,” Pagula said after his recent victory.

Other notable players who made deep runs in the Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Main Event include four-time ring winner John Gallaher (8th – $22,730), BJ McBrayer (9th – $17,970), Eric Salazar (12th – $14385), Carl Masters (17th – $9,572) and Stephen Song (21st – $7,960).

Maurice Hawkins Denied 15th Ring

Maurice Hawkins
Maurice Hawkins

Maurice Hawkins, who sits comfortably on top of the all-time Circuit ring list with 14 rings to his name, was on the hunt for a 15th at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica stop.

Hawkins, of Florida, came within inches of that record-extending ring in Event #8: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty but finished in second place for $15,971.

It was a David-versus-Goliath of a match that saw Hawkins fall to John Marlow, a fellow Floridian who only had one WSOP cash to his name heading into the heads-up match (compared to the 149 WSOP cashes of Hawkins).

For his first-place finish, Marlow earned his first ring and a career-high cash of $25,841. The very next day, Marlow finished in 24th place in Event #10: $400 NLH for $714, bringing his lifetime tournament earnings to $52,825.

Overall, it was a very strong Circuit stop for Hawkins. He had a deep run in the Main Event, ultimately finishing in 27th place for $5,725, and also finished in 29th place in Event #7: No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty for $996.

While he might not have earned a 15th ring, Hawkins now has 151 WSOP cashes to his name to make up a hefty portion of his $4.3 million in live tournament earnings.

Preston McEwen Gets His First

Preston McEwen
Preston McEwen won his first ring at WSOP Circuit Tunica

Another highlight of the WSOP Circuit Tunica stop was Tennessee’s Preston McEwen winning his first ring. McEwen, who has seen success in tournaments and Circuit stops throughout the south, took down Event #11: $400 NLH Turbo for $18,157 after defeating David ‘Ruetama’ Moses, another notable southern grinder. McEwen also found a 19th place finish in the Horseshoe Tunica for $7,960.

McEwen, who has $485,890 in tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob, came close to winning a ring back at 2019 WSOP Circuit Cherokee, where he finished third in Event #1: $400 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em for $22,325. A few years earlier, he found a sixth-place finish at the WSOP Circuit Tunica stop in Event #11: $365 No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-entry).

McEwen’s biggest live score came just months ago when he made a deep run in the 2021 WSOP Main Event that extended into Day 6. McEwen fell in 57th place for $113,800 when he got it in with ace-king against pocket jacks and couldn’t win the flip.

Later in the series, John Holley of Destin, Florida won his seventh ring by taking down Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold’em for $14,588.

A full list of players who won rings during the 2021 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Tunica can be found below.

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WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Ring Winners

  TOURNAMENT ENTRIES PRIZE POOL WINNER HOMETOWN PRIZE
  Event #1: $400 NLH Double Stack 342 $112,860 John Duke Benton, AR $24,062
  Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight 1,585 $523,050 Michael Zuro Salem, OR $77,895
  Event #3: $400 NLH 181 $59,730 Dale James Tracie City, TN $14,676
  Event #4: $400 NLH 6-Max 253 $83,490 Calvin Kincade Paragould, AR $19,328
  Event #5: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 154 $50,820 Sokchheka Pho Memphis, TN $13,044
  Event #6: $400 NLH Turbo 288 $95,040 Lovell “Da Wiz” Wilkerson Smyrna, GA $20,620
  Event #7: $400 NLH Monster Stack 555 $183,150 Donnie Phan Nashville, TN $34,331
  Event #8: $600 NLH Black Chip Bounty 287 $119,105 John Marlow Apopka, FL $25,841
  Event #9: $1,700 Main Event 674 $1,021,110 Randy Paguio San Diego, CA $193,764
  Event #10: $400 NLH 229 $75,570 Jonah Labranche Phoenix, AZ $17,461
  Event #11: $400 NLH Turbo 240 $79,200 Preston McEwen Murfreesboro, TN $18,157
  Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 178 $58,700 John Holley Destin, FL $14,588
  Event #13: No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack 163 $53,790 Donnie Phan Nashville, TN $13,641

*Images courtesy of WSOP.



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