Julian Sacks Wins WSOP Circuit Foxwoods Main Event
By Bob Garcia
Julian Sacks, a professional poker player from Ridgewood, has scored his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring, winning the Main Event at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The $1,675 buy-in event earned Sacks $148,350 in prize money, more than doubling his live tournament earnings to date.
This was a sweet and long-anticipated victory for Sacks, who had a WSOPC ring slip through his fingers at the Harrah’s Philadelphia Turbo Event in 2014. The ring went to Lucas Picking on that day, and Sacks finished runner-up.
“Here at Foxwoods I’ve had the chip lead before and blown it,” said Sacks, waxing on how nice it is to finally score the ring he has been after and finally win at the Foxwoods. He came in 3rd place in the 2013 WSOPC event at the Foxwoods, and said he put a lot of pressure on himself to beat his past performances.
The Foxwoods drew a sizable field of 460 players to compete in this WSPOC Main Event. The total prize pool was $690,000, which provided a healthy sum to the top 54 players. Several notable names in poker made it in the money, some just barely. Je Wook Oh finished 51st and sam Taylor, the defending champion of this event came in 19th.
Muhammad Abdel-Rahim had a big lead with 2.9 million chips as play went into the final day on Monday. He was not able to hold it however, and finished fifth for $37,260. Johanssy Joseph finished for 49,860, Jeremy Meacham came in third with $66,930, and Travis Stams was runner up with $91,770.