Jonathon Taylor is getting used to the spotlight. This WSOP Circuit ring is now his third this season, that's some achievement and would represent a great year in anyone's books. The third came at the Lodge Casino in Colorado when he beat a field of 421 players to take home first place. The Alabama based pro also won a very nice $138,938 and after the win said, "Winning doesn't get old at all, it doesn't take long before you miss it, I've been lucky enough to get lucky several times this year." This was the first time the Circuit had been held in Colorado and the 12 day event was a great success, drawing players from near and far. Taylor now joins an elite group of three time champions and this one came against some strong opposition in David Baker, Mitch Schock, Carter Phillips, Chris Tryba and Justin Gardenhire. From his three wins this is by far the biggest, beating the $12K he won in Biloxi and the $16K in Bossier City by some margin, however recent form showed that he was playing some of the best poker of his career when coming second in the main event at the Horseshoe Indiana earlier this season. He did however take the Casino Champion award in Indiana meaning that he has qualified multiple times for the National Championships.
Star Studded Final Table
As mentioned, the tournament itself was tough and the final table was no exception. Ashley Butler the two time WSOP gold ring champion and WSOP final table player made the final 9, as did gold ring winner Kevin Eyster. Eyster in fact led the early stages but when the cut was made from 11 to 9 it was Taylor who took the lead. Cutting to the chase, Taylor never looked back when out in front and the field fell out of sight with notable finishes for Eyster in second place and Butler down in eighth. Pro David Baker ended in 28th place and Ting Ho just missed out going to the rails in tenth. And that was that from Colorado and next up on the tour is a visit to the Foxwoods Resort.