Not satisfied with 11th ring, Vornicu wins 12th a day later
As we reported yesterday , Val Vernicu set a new record for the most WSOP gold rings when he secured his 11th at the WSOP Harrah's New Orleans series of tournaments. Not content with having only 11, Vornicu kicked things up a notch and has now won his 12th ring.
The latest victory came during Event #4, a $365 Single Day NLHE. He picked up $24,084 and the gold ring after outlasting a field of 349 players. Following the win, Vornicu said, "I’ve never won back-to-back tournaments. Definitely not live. Maybe online, but usually after I win a tournament live, the next one I play I just bust before the first break."
Vornicu entered the event with only one level remaining, He started strong out of the gate and kept his momentum going throughout almost the entire race. "In one level I think I had four times the average. I think I had close to that the whole tournament," he explained.
The final table saw him leading in chips, but a couple of stumbles dropped him down to the short stack. He was able to recover with a couple of key hands, including a nut flush with a suited ace that beat out Joshua Lowing's second-lower nut flush.
Following the latest win, Vornicu is now the favorite to grab the Harrah's New Orleans Casino Championship Title, which would automatically give him a spot at the Global Casino Championship in August. Vornicu stated, “I think every grinder is rooting for me to win Casino Champion because then there is another spot opening up for points [in the 2018 GCC]. And the last five years, I usually get in by winning a Main Event or Casino Champion. Only once I got in with points.”