Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 379
Prize Pool: $113,700
January 12-13, 2015
Pot-limit Omaha cash game player enticed by six-max format outlasts 379 players to earn $27,281 and his first gold ring.
Stewart Yancik earned his first gold ring Tuesday night at Choctaw Casino Resort in Event 6 of the property’s World Series of Poker Circuit series. For his performance in the $365 six-handed event, Yancik went home with a $27,281 first prize and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.
The short-handed tournament boasted one of toughest fields we’ve seen at this year’s series. The Day 2 restart may have only been nine players, but among them were Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Main Event champion Jesse Wilke, 2013 Choctaw Main Event champion Jeff Fielder, two-time ring winner John “Cowboy” land as well as ring winners Michael Sanders Jason Tulloss.
It took barely 30 minutes for the field to trim itself from nine to the unofficial seven-handed final table, and as Yancik alluded to in his post-tournament interview, the eventual champion had his work cut out for him.
“I had the worst seat at the final table,” he told the WSOP.
With Fielder, Sanders and Wilke on his left, and Land and Tulloss coming along for the ride, Yancik put his nose to the grindstone and got down to business. Land was the first to go in sixth, then Fielder in fifth. Sanders followed soon after in fourth. In no time, just Yancik, Wilke and a shorstacked Tulloss remained. Tulloss hit the rail third leaving Yancik holding the chip lead against Wilke.
“He was definitely the best player remaining in the field on Day 2 in my opinion,” Yancik said of Wilke. “However the cards were going to fall was what was going to happen heads up. He played very well.”
The cards fell in Wilke’s favor a few times and he took the chip lead. They fell back in Yancik’s favor a few hands later and he regained the lead. In no time they’d fall in Wilke’s favor again evening the stacks. Eventually, Yancik turned a pair of kings to best Wilke’s flopped pair of queens spelling the end of Wilke’s hopes for a follow-up gold ring. He earned $16,854 for his second-place finish.
“It’s my first ring ever,” Yancik said after the win. “I’ve played a number of Circuit events so it feels good to finally get the first one. That’s what a lot of people come out here for, to have [a][ring] to take with them.”
Yancik is a 29-year-old poker pro from Blue Springs, Mo. His WSOP resume boasts at least one cash at the World Series each summer – including five in 2011 – dating back to 2008. Primarily a pot-limit Omaha cash player, Yancik has impressively carded three HORSE cashes at the WSOP including a final table appearance in a $1,500 event this past summer.
“I don’t really play hold’em very often, actually,” Yancik said. “I typically only play hold’em if it’s a tournament. I [mainly][play] pot-limit Omaha cash games. I enjoy the HORSE tournaments that the World Series [of][Poker] offers because they’re great and it’s a different change of pace. I’m ok at them. I’m not great, but I enjoy them so I play them.”
Following his Event 6 win, Yancik’s WSOP resume includes 22 cashes totaling more than $170,000 in earnings.
Event 6 was the sixth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Choctaw Casino Resort. The $365 six-handed no-limit hold’em event attracted 379 players. The total prize pool came to $113,700 and the top 42 finishers were paid.
Final table results:
1st: Stewart Yancik – $27,281
2nd: Jesse Wilke – $16,854
3rd: Jason Tulloss – $11,795
4th: Michael Sanders – $8,341
5th: Jeff Fielder – $5,964
6th: John Land – $4,309
Complete results available on WSOP.com.