There was a huge turnout for the first ever WSOP circuit event in Ohio, but that didn’t stop a local player from taking down the main event. Brad Albrinck a 28 year old Cincinnati engineer took the gold ring and the $221,994 first prize at the Horseshoe Casino and straight after the fantastic win he said that, “It’s several years my salary, you know that when you go play these things you are going to have the downswings, so it’s nice to have the upswing.” Close to a quarter of a million bucks is one very nice upswing, and Brad living so close to the event was able to share the moment with his friends and family too.

It was in fact all Ohio when the main event reached heads up play as Albrinck met David Kash for first place, however heads up play only lasted a very short time when both players went all in, and Albrinck’s A-K holding out against the A-10 of Kash. Albrinck may only play part time, but he’s no stranger to the wins and even circuit final tables, finishing 6th in the 2012 WSOP circuit event in Hammond. He said his experience in Hammond helped him massively here, “Going back to my experience in Hammond, it’s definitely a grind, you have to have that mindset going in and play all kinds of small pots until you pick up something and go after the big one.”

Tough Final Table

Heads up may have been fast, but reaching that stage was a tough task with some quality players around such as Kevin McColgan, Josh Williams and Aaron Steury all looking for the win. It was McColgan who got the ring in Hammond when Albrinck finished 6th, however that was not to be the case this time around. Albrinck summed things up saying that, “It feels amazing, so many times you can get deep in these things and to actually win something and get this kind of prize money is an unbelievable feeling.”

Hats off to Albrinck on a great display and the general feeling around the event was that he was well worth his win, beating a strong field and keeping the ring in Ohio.