Keven Stammen Wins 2018 WSOPC Milwaukee for $190k

Keven Stammen Wins 2018 WSOPC Milwaukee for $190kThe WSOP Circuit Milwaukee Main Event was held at the Potawatomi Casino in Wisconsin, with 604 players paying its $1,675 buy-in fee to create a prize pool worth $906,000. The tournament then lasted the whole weekend, at the end of which Keven Stammen defeated his last opponent heads-up, Michael Crawford, to collect a first place prize of $190,265.
In 2009, Stammen captured a WSOP bracelet at the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $506,786, while in 2014 he took down his biggest score to date after winning the $15,400 WPT Borgata World Championship for $1,350,000. Following his latest success, the 32 year-old pro now boasts $5,530,191 in career earnings since his first live cash back in 2006.
Amongst the notable pros entering the WSOPC Milwaukee Main Event and seeing a return on their buy-ins was Valentin Vornicu in 43rd ($3,533), TK Miles in 42nd ($3,533), Mark Fink in 34th ($3,932), and Eddie Blumenthal in 14th ($11,579).
After the final table had been reached, Maurice Hawkins (A-5) eliminated a short stacked Barry Schmiess (6-4) in 6th. Michael Crawford (Ad-4d) subsequently made a flush to take care of Andy Philachack (A-Qd) in 5th, before being dealt A-2 and knocking out Maurice Hawkins (K-9) in 4th.
Next, the pocket aces of Keven Stammen were good enough to see of John Reading (A-7) in 3rd, leaving himself and Michael Crawford to battle it out for the title. Before long, however, Crawford lost a huge hand after which he pushed his remaining 11bbs preflop holding 7-6 into the A-8 of Stammen. The K-Q-9-2-9 board which ensued sealed the deal, and so Crawford collected $117,680 for his runner-up finish, while Stammen was crowned the champion.
Final Table Results:
1: Keven Stammen $190,265
2: Michael Crawford $117,680
3: John Reading $86,052
4: Maurice Hawkins $63,855
5: Andy Philachack $48,045
6: Barry Schmiess $36,648
7: Keith Heine $28,340
8: Jose Ivan Montes $22,215
9: Stephen Nussrallah $17,649
The WSOP Circuit Milwaukee series took place from Feb 1-12th, and featured 16 events, half of which cost $365 to enter. Other players capturing gold rings at the series included TK Miles, Josh Reichard and Eddie Blumenthal, who won the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event for $19,623, after which he commented:
“I’ve actually not been playing a ton of poker the last couple of years, compared to what I normally do.”


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