Anthony Spinella Has A Record That Will Be Tough To Top

Written By Jessica Welman on March 1, 2018
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[toc]Anthony Spinella is turning into his own personal Home Shopping Network for jewelry. Just two years after winning one of the first online poker bracelets at the summer World Series of Poker (WSOP) series, Spinella added a Circuit ring to his collection.

The poker pro beat a stacked final table this week to become the only player to win both a bracelet and a ring online. It is a record that will likely take some time to beat. Particularly given that he won the first-ever online Circuit event.

Circuit’s online debut generates six-figure prize pool

The Circuit series at Rio Casino in Vegas featured 13 land-based events offering a prized ring, plus the one online tournament. While the promotion around the online event felt a bit last-minute, the crowd was nonetheless a good one.

With 420 entries the prize pool came in at just over $137,000. This number is above average for both your standard weekday MTT on and your average $365 Circuit event. In other words, it was definitely a win-win for both the land and online WSOP arms.

With that turnout, the top 30 finishers all earned paydays. Some of the notables who made the money include:

  • Craig Varnell – 21st
  • Alex Masek – 18th
  • Mike Leah – 15th

Final table stacked with notables

The final table of the event had a collective jewelry collection that would make the average player jealous. There were two multi-ring holders in Josh Reichard and Jed Hoffman.

Spinella was not the only bracelet winner at the table either. Scott Clements, who has two WSOP bracelets, finished seventh.

Women had an excellent run in this tournament as well, with three women making the final table. Notable pro Jessica Dawley finished second to Spinella. Ashley Sleeth and Krista Gifford also made the final table.

And then there is Spinella, who picked up just over $35,000 for the victory. He adds that to nearly $2.9 million in live tournament earnings.

More importantly, though, he staked claim to a and WSOP record that seems darn near impossible to surpass.

The two big winners on the live side of the Circuit series were also notable names. Kevin Iacafano, who has finished second in bracelet events more than once, won the Main Event. Meanwhile, Loni Harwood picked up her fifth career Circuit ring by taking down the High Roller event.

Online satellites to WSOP events still going strong

While the online ring event is over, the satellites to summer bracelet events are just getting going.

Each weekend in March, there will be online satellites in Nevada to a variety of live event packages. Buy-ins for these satellites start at $10, but there are super satellites where players can win their way in for as little as $1.

You can win your way into the $1,000 online bracelet event in the $15 satellite events. It is one of four online events running as part of the 2018 WSOP.

Or, if your bankroll is a little bigger, there is a $320 buy-in satellite to the $10,000 WSOP Main Event running every Sunday in March at 7 p.m.

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Jessica Welman is a longtime member of the poker media. She has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the managing editor for A graduate of the University of Southern California and Indiana University, Welman is not only a writer but also a producer. She has been involved for livestreams for the WSOP and WPT and worked as a consultant on many other poker productions. She can be found on Twitter @jesswelman.

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