Amatuer poker player Rob Coventry scored by far his biggest ever win at the WSOP Circuit Hammond Main Event when he took first place and a sweet paycheck for $313,933. The futures trader from Cary Illinois also wins his first ever WSOP Circuit gold ring and a seat in the 2015 National Championships, but this win was all about his new born son as that cash is going straight to his college fund. Coventry says that this is one of the few big tournaments that he plays each year, and his first words once that final hand had been played were, “Did that just happen?” Well it did happen and despite the recent lack of sleep due to having a 2 month old baby in the house he held his nerve and came through on top.

The Circuit event at the Hammond Horseshoe is known as one of the bigger events on the tour and this year proved no different as 1,147 players registered for the main event, creating a total prize pool of $1,720,500 making this the fourth year on the bounce that the main event had played host to over 1,000 players.

It was a tough final table that included two time WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis and Circuit regular Viet Vo who eventually finished runner up and collected $193,935 and edged him over the $2 Million mark in WSOP earnings. Other big names in the event included Ari Engel and the all time leader in WSOP Circuit cashes Doug ‘Rico’ Carli. Coventry came out on top after a gruelling 3 handed session and admits that he was a little intimidated by a few of the bigger names at the table, however he more than held his own and will now be looking forward to the Nationals.

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