Keven Stammen wins first WSOP gold ring
The sub-freezing temperatures of Milwaukee, Wisconsin didn't deter players from attending a WSOP Circuit tournament at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. The main event brought in 604 players, creating a prize pool of $906,000 and shattering the initial guarantee of $750,000. After all was said and done, Keven Stammen took home the top prize of $190,265 and his first WSOP gold ring.
The win wouldn't come easy for Stammen. He was up against several heavy hitters, including ten-time WSOP gold ring winner Maurice Hawkins and three-time gold ring winner Andy Philachack. Philachack was sent to the rails in fifth place by Michael Crawford, who then eliminated Hawkins in fourth. As the table was reduced to three, Crawford held a commanding chip lead, but this would change when Stammen took out John Reading. A nut flush versus top pair gave Stammen the lead, and he quickly eliminated Crawford, who took home $117,680.
Stammen, a 32-year-old player from Ohio, is no stranger to the WSOP. He won a gold bracelet and just over $506,000 at the 2009 $2,500 NLHE tournament. He also picked up a title win at the 2014 WPT World Championship where he added $1.35 million to his bank. In total, he has now earned over $5.4 million in live tournament play.