Ryan McAllister Scoops 2nd WSOP Ring in Two Months, Battles Loni Harwood at Final Table
By Bob Garcia
Ryan McAllister just completed an epic run Thursday night in the WSOP Circuit at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood. He picked up nearly $50,000 and his second gold WSOP ring in two months in the $100,000 guaranteed event, which is impressive enough, but he beat poker legend Loni Harwood and four-time gold ring winner Mark Fink to get there.
McAllister’s poker career completely changed overnight. Originally from Massachusetts and now living in South Carolina, McAllister had only a handful of live cashes under his belt before August of this year. His lifetime poker earnings doubled with his last tournament win, along with his poker cred.
It was a star-studded field with previous WSOP bracelet winners, Circuit champions, and east coast poker regulars. The event counted 180 entries, building a $180,000 prize pool.
When play came down to the final table, McAllister was in a good position with the third largest chip stack, but he faced a few very experienced opponents. The legendary Loni Harwood, who boasts three gold rings and two gold bracelets, was in the mix, along with four-time gold ring winner Mark Fink, and two-time gold ring winner Alex Rocha.
Fink was the first player eliminated from the final table in ninth, but the remaining eight players held tight and played for another two hours before Chad Eveslage was eliminated in eighth. McAllister was able to establish a major lead over the remaining players after Harwood was eliminated in seventh. After nabbing 2.1 million of the 2.7 million chips in play, McAllister made a beeline to the finish.