The 67 year old Johnny Landreth beat a field of 457 players at the WSOP Circuit Tunica Main Event to win a cool $147,388 first placed prize, a gold WSOP Circuit ring and a place in the National Championships, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. This was by no mean Landreths’ first tournament cash as he’s amassed over $585,000 in live tournament winnings, but it may very well have been his most arduous heads up session and it is his first ever WSOP gold ring.
It took Johnny a battling 8 hours of play to finally see off Tommy Thomas into second place and although the final table was fairly quickly whittled down to the two players, neither of the two were willing to give an inch to their opponent. As we hit heads up play both players had pretty even, and pretty big stacks, but more to the point is that they both had plenty of patience. It was hard going, however as Thomas just about seemed to be making for the win, getting Landreth down to around 15 times the big blind, the tables turned when Landreth hit a straight against the two pair of Thomas and double up, never looking back from there.
After the win an exhausted Landreth said that, “I’ve got a lot of friends that have a ring, I played a lot of events and it just hadn’t fallen my way. It did this time.” It sure did and it was his biggest win in some time, and one to savour. The WSOP Circuit action heads to the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida and of course we’ll bring you news of that one, and if getting a shot of live tournament action is what you’re looking for then Full Flush Poker will be serving up many ways to get to the WSOP in Vegas this year. The Main Event will this year be paying out all the way down to the 1,000th placed player giving everyone a decent shot at the cash seats, and Full Flush will be running tournaments and more in an attempt to get as many of their players as possible to Vegas this summer.