Thursday, October 4, 2018

Robert Sheldon Tops $400 No-Limit Hold’em at WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana

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Robert Sheldon Tops $400 No-Limit Hold’em at WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana

Recreational player from Kentucky joins the club of WSOP Circuit gold ring winners

Robert Sheldon, a 40-year-old Kitchen Manager from Lexington, Kentucky, had a terrific debut on the WSOP Circuit scene, scooping last night his first-ever cash and first-ever piece of hardware from the series. The recreational poker player came to Horseshoe Southern Indiana to challenge his luck and skills and took down Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold’em for a gold ring and $15,681 in prize money.

Sheldon came out as the winner from a field of 176 entrants who played over two days. The players who assumed the top 18 paces received a share of the $58,068 prize pool, min-cashes starting from $778.

Day 1 of the tournament ended with nine players left in contention. The survivors of the official final table withdrew for the night and resumed play on Wednesday at the host casino. Action kicked off at 2 pm local time.

It was Dave Potter to lead the nine finalists into the closing stage of the tournament. The player was vying for a second gold ring from the series in as many days. Holding 737,000 in chips and being well ahead of his nearest competitor, Potter was in a really good position to scoop his second title from the ongoing Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop.

Sheldon’s Day 2 Performance

It was actually Sheldon who was Potter’s nearest competitor at the start of Day 2 action. The eventual champion held 465,000 in chips and was far behind the start-of-the-day chip leader. However, despite Potter’s effort, the gold ring was just not meant from him. The player eventually left the race in third place for $6,795.

Potter, who is from Louisville, Kentucky, left it to Sheldon and another Kentuckian to determine the champion. Christian Mascagni was Sheldon’s heads-up opponent. The two players maintained nearly even stacks for quite some time before the final hand was dealt.

That final hand saw Mascagni shove pre-flop after a raise from Sheldon. The latter called with [6h][5h] to win the title, the first-place prize and the accompanying piece of WSOP Circuit jewelry.

Following his debut WSOP Circuit victory, Sheldon said that he does not play much tournament poker and prefers cash games. He also pointed out that he tends to visit Horseshoe Southern Indiana every once in a while. Of his decision to enter the $400 No-Limit Hold’em, the player said:

… I figured I come here and have some fun.

The WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana is now halfway through. As seven gold rings have already found their rightful owners, there just five left up for grabs. One of the pieces of jewelry will go to the Main Event champion. The $1,700 buy-in tournament is slated to kick off on October 5. It will feature two starting flights played over two separate days and two more days of action. That said, the name of the champion will become known on October 8, which will also be the last day of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop.

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