Jonathan Gaviao took first place, the WSOP Circuit gold ring and a check for $181,757 when he won the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Tunica this week. Gaviao hailing from Texas may only be 23 years old but that didn’t stop him ploughing through a field of 577 players and earn the first place package that also includes a seat in the National Championships. Gaviao is on a bit of a hot streak right now and this great win comes off the back of an impressive performance when finishing in 14th place in the huge Choctaw WSOP Circuit event taking away just over $24,000.
Gaviao turned pro after finishing up at Texas A&M and this victory was his third WSOP cash and takes him over $210,000 in career earnings so far, and this laid back player admits to having a bit of luck on his way to winning this one when his pocket Aces knocke out 2 players late in day 2. That then spurred him on and he said that, “I felt really confident when we got down to 4 handed and I took over the chip lead, I felt like I was playing really well. I knew that whatever happened happened for a reason and I was alright with that, whether I won or lost, there’s more important things in life.” Gaviao says that his faith helps him keeps things in perspective and continued with, “I’m just going to be thankful, getting to look back and know that God’s good. Win or lose he’s always good...You can take away all the money and I’ll still have everything I need.”
Next stop on the WSOP Circuit is the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach and apart from the Main Event which will be huge there’s also a staggering $1 Million guaranteed No Limit Holdem Re-Entry event for a $580 buy in that should be one outstanding tournament.