Ryan Jones Wins 2nd WSOPC Main Event Title in Las Vegas

Ryan Jones has become a two-times WSOP Circuit main event winner, after overcoming a field of 945 players to take down the WSOPC Rio for $269,327. The North Carolina pro won his first gold ring around two years ago, that time overcoming 786 players to capture a first place prize of $235,804, and following his latest victory in Nevada, Ryan now boosts his career earnings to $842,303.
The $1,675 WSOPC Rio main event was held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and featured a prize pool worth $1,417,500. Amongst the recognizable pros then seeing a return on their buy-ins was Steve Gross in 85th ($3,161), Erick Lindgren in 49th ($4,451), Ravi Raghavan in 32nd ($6,308), Michael Tureniec in 17th ($14,047), Ari Engel in 14th ($17,038), and Dylan Wilkerson in 11th ($20,908).
Ryan Jones subsequently entered the final table in pole position, and was then able to progress all the way through to heads-up play where he faced Muruz Yohannes for the title. At this stage, Ryan Jones held a 5-to-2 chip lead over his remaining opponent, and while Yohannes managed to mount a comeback, it was all eventually in vain with the deciding hand coming after Yohannes (8s-7s) reraised all-in on a Js-7c-5c flop.
Jones (Qs-Qh) made the call, and after the dealer delivered a Qc and Kc on turn and river, Muruz Yohannes finished the runner-up, albeit for $166,585, representing his biggest score to date, and taking his poker earnings to $826,362. Meanwhile, Ryan Jones was crowned the champion, with his payout of $269,327 also marking a high point in his career, and beating his WSOPC Cherokee main event win by $33,523.
Final Table Results:
1: Ryan Jones $269,327
2: Muruz Yohannes $166,585
3: Jeremy Joseph $122,954
4: Nikolai Sears $91,996
5: Tony Utnage $69,698
6: Martin Zamani $53,468
7: Jett Schencker $41,519
8: Daniel Engels $32,645
9: Cody Pack $25,969
Next stop on the World Series of Poker Circuit 2016/17 calendar is The Bicycle Casino in California, which will take place from March 4th to 15th.

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