Vornicu wins record-setting 11th WSOP gold ring
The 2018 WSOP Harrah's New Orleans has awarded a little more bling to Valentin Vornicu. Vornicu, who was previously tied with Maurice Hawkins at 10 for the most WSOP Circuit gold rings, took the victory at the $365 NLHE re-entry tournament to set a new record for the most rings. On top of setting the record, he picked up over $64,000 for the win.
The 34-year-old Californian said after the win, "It’s the first time I’m at the top of the leaderboard with no ties. First, I tied Alex [Masek] and then I was tied with Maurice [Hawkins]… I just am happy with the win itself. I just like winning tournaments. It’s nice to win one of these bigger fields for more money."
All of Vornicu's rings have been at NLHE events. His greatest victory came in 2015 when he took down the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino main event for $197,100 after outlasting a field of 641 players. With the latest win, he earned 384 points for the CPPT Player of the Year race, but he still has a long way to go - he's currently in 421st place. To date, Vornicu has won over $1.13 million in live poker action.
Vornicu has found a happy medium between poker and life. He doesn't spend all of his time at the felt, explaining, "A lot of people think that I travel all the time. I stay local. I’ve got like five stops. I want to relax half the year. What’s the point of grinding all this poker if you can’t enjoy the beach for x amount of time?”