David Hengen WSOP Circuit Victory: After a spectacular battle on the World Series of Poker Circuit’s well-worn route, David Hengen won the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold ’em main event in Iowa Nebraskan poker pro who grew up munching maize defeated 352 eager competitors on Omaha’s edge. His victory won him $116,846 and the coveted fourth WSOPC gold ring he proudly wore.
Tournament earnings for Hengen presently total $567,000. WSOPC tournaments account for most of his $365,000 tournament earnings.
After winning, Hengen revealed his enormous ambitions. My wife and I are taking our kids to Savannah, Georgia, to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and our son’s 14th birthday. Expect nothing less than luxury.”
Hengen won the tournament, won a lot of money, and earned 600 points. This made him the event’s forever winner. He made his second final table this year. By finishing third, he won $10,021 and 128 points in a $400 buy-in preliminary ring event in the same series.
In 2023, Hengen led Global Poker’s POY standings with 728 points. He’s good at competitive poker.
Both planes of this spectacular event had 173 and 179 participants. Only 53 elite players advanced to the second day to compete for money.
On the last day, only six contenders remained, led by WSOPC ring expert Timothy Charles. Daniel Lowery, a 14-time WSOPC ring winner, eliminated Matthew Dodd (6th, $21,097) and Garles (5th, $28,011). This put him on top of chip counts.
After placing all his chips in the middle on a 9-7-6-8 board with A-5 for the weaker straight, 84-year-old Michael Henery died. His opponent, two-time WSOPC champion and poker writer Mo Nuwwarah had the higher straight with A-10, strengthened by the nut-flush restart. His fate was determined when he got the 8 of Spades. His fourth-place result earned him $37,801.
He overcame Lowery’s ace-jack in an all-in battle before the flop with pocket aces and gained chip control with new zeal. Later, they fought, with Lowery holding the aces. When his pocket nines formed a set on the river, Nuwwarah was lucky. Lowery finished third with $51,838. Lowery’s WSOPC account has over $1,593,000, adding to his nearly $2.5 million tournament profits.
Lowery made his 12th final table appearance this year. Four titles and $400,000 earned him 75th place in the Player of the Year rankings.
The heads-up fight began with Nuwwarah leading his opponents in chips. Hengen shockingly did two rapid double-ups to narrow the lead. Hengen’s massive pot win with Trip Nines was crucial.
Chip power alternated, but Hengen won. Nuwwarah’s eights and twos lost to the winning fives on the turn. Hengen raised the button with A-K, and Nuwwarah shoved three-bets with 3-3 to end the game fast. Hengen won when the board displayed K-Q-9-A-6 after his call.
Nuwwarah placed second and collected $72,216, his biggest live win—a highlight of his long career. After winning almost $371,000, he will be remembered in poker history.