Maria Konnikova Wins WSOPC Ring in Her First-Ever Circuit Event

Maria Konnikova Wins WSOPC Ring in Her First-Ever Circuit Event

Author and poker player Maria Konnikova has checked a major poker achievement off the list after she scored a victory in her first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit event on Thursday for a WSOPC gold ring and $57,532.

Konnikova, a regular on the poker scene and author of The Biggest Bluff, outlasted a field of 504 entries to win the $525 WSOPC Online Main Event and punch her ticket to the WSOP Tournament of Champions this summer. The top prize comes from a pool of $252,000, which surpassed the guaranteed $200,000.

The tournament was held on and open to players in New Jersey and Nevada.

WSOP Online Circuit Main Event Top Ten Results

1Maria "konnster" Konnikova$57,532
2Jason "TruthChronic" Pew$35,456
3Desmond "Deezz_Nutzz" Haynes$23,217
4Calvin "projector52" Anderson$16,834
5Adam PHsGoldShoes Hendrix$11,945
6David "pmtbmusic" Woodley$8,618
7Joseph "ShoeGoat" Walters$6,350
8Michael "Thank_A_Vet" Raynor$4,763
9Mark "Liquidsword" Twilligear$3,654
10Daniel "Posterized" Marcus$2,848

A Stacked Final Table

The final featured a well-decorated lineup, including Desmond Haynes, who has an online bracelet from the WSOP series in October of 2022 and an online WSOPC ring from later that year. Haynes fell in third place for $23,217 good for his second-highest score on WSOP. Calvin Anderson finished in fourth for $16,834, a far cry from his recent win at the WPT Prime Championship for $1,385,280, but he fell short of adding his first WSOPC ring to a crowded trophy shelf.

Jason Pew finished in second for $35,456, just shy of his first WSOPC title. Also in the running was Adam Hendrix, who has over $1.8 million in WSOP earnings without a bracelet or a ring. Nearly $200,000 of that comes in Circuit events, where he has cashed 32 times.

The win is good for Konnikova's second-highest career score, and it comes just over a year after her appearance at the 2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where she took seventh in the BSOP Bahamas Main Event for $13,650 before a run to 30th in the PCA Main Event for $38,900.

Maria Konnikovas Top 5 Live Cashes

January 2018PCA National1$84,600
March 2018APPT Macau2$57,519
January 2023PCA Main Event30$38,900
September 2018WPT Borgata Open20$24,695
January 2018PCA Main Event42$22,020

Read the PokerNews review of The Biggest Bluff

Konnikova recently joined the PokerStars team of ambassadors and she can be seen in an upcoming episode of Poker Night in America with our very own Chad Holloway.


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