A Cincinnati man is celebrating today after being crowned World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event champion at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Monday night.
Brad Albrinck, a life-long Cincinnati resident, beat out 740 entrants in the four-day event which doled out more than $1.1 million in prize money to the top finishers.
Albrinck, 28, earned $221,994, a WSOP gold ring and a seat in the season-ending WSOP National Championship next spring at Caesars Atlantic City where he will play in front of ESPN cameras for his share of a $1 million prize pool and the most coveted trophy in poker – a WSOP gold bracelet.
Albrinck was born and raised in Cincinnati before heading off to Purdue University for his undergraduate degree. He came back to his hometown and attended the University of Cincinnati to get his masters degree. He has been a solid waste engineer in his hometown for the last three years.
Albrinck is no stranger to WSOP. In 2012 he finished sixth in the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Horseshoe Hammond.
Samuel Panzica from Saline, Mich., will join Albrinck in Atlantic City for earning the most tournament points during the 12-day circuit in Cincinnati. Panzica recorded two gold ring victories and a 30th-place finish in the Main Event.
Ohioans walked away with 25 percent of the 12 WSOP gold rings awarded during the 12-day tournament in Cincinnati.
The 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit at Horseshoe Cincinnati marked the State's first time hosting a major poker tournament series. Nearly $2.5 million was awarded to contestants during the inaugural series which began September 19 and drew thousands of participants from Ohio, the Midwest, nationally and from around the globe.
Some of poker's best and brightest filled the tables at Horseshoe Cincinnati including two-time WSOP Circuit gold ring winner Aaron Massey from Chicago, and WSOP Circuit regular Ryan Tepen from Chesterfield, Mo.
A summary of Horseshoe Cincinnati's 12 WSOP Circuit Event winners and prizes follows:
Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em, Caufman Talley from Lafayette, LA defeated 308 players for $21,716.
Event #2: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry, Jason Hill from Burton, OH defeated 1,106 players for $60,554.
Event #3: $365 Limit Omaha Eight or Better, Samuel Panzica from Saline, MI defeated 148 players for $12,434.
Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold'em, Chris Parsons from Mentor, OH defeated 196 players for $15,289.
Event #5: $580 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed, Darren Rabinowitz from Las Vegas, NV defeated 138 players for $19,664.
Event #6: $580 Pot-Limit Omaha Triple Chance, Chris Karambinis from Chicago, IL defeated 106 players for $15,902.
Event #7: $580 No-Limit Hold'em, Robert Edelstein from Chicago, IL defeated 163 players for $22,008.
Event #8: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha with Re-Buys, Samuel Panzica from Saline, MI defeated 94 players for $21,538 and his second victory of the 12-day series.
Event #9: The Main Event, Brad Albrinck from Cincinnati, OH defeated 740 players for $221,994.
Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold'em, Pavlin Karakikov from Bulgaria, defeated 203 players for $15,835.
Event #11: $365 No-Limit Hold'em, John Robertson from Las Vegas, NV defeated 138 players ($365 NLH) for $11,589.
Event 12: $365 No-Limit Hold'em One-Day, Andrew Spears from Buffalo, NY defeated 120 players for $10,081.
More information on each Cincinnati event is available on the WSOP blog and at WSOP.com.