On Mar. 20, John Lopez emerged victorious in the WSOP Circuit main event held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hailing from Springfield, Missouri, Lopez claimed his first gold ring and a cash prize of $145,876, boosting his career earnings to $175,190.
Despite primarily playing cash games in the Springfield/Joplin area, Lopez still manages to participate in a handful of tournaments each year. When asked if he plans to play more tournaments with a larger bankroll, he responded, “I mainly play cash games in the Springfield/Joplin area, and usually play about three-four tournaments per year.”
The WSOP Circuit Main Event Tulsa had a total of 476 entries spread over two starting flights, with a prize pool of $721,140. The top 58 players were all guaranteed at least $3,007 in prize money, with the tournament playing down to the final five after 12 hours of play.
After a short final day, Lopez found himself in a heads-up battle with Richard Gebhart. The final hand saw Lopez holding AHeart SuitKSpade Suit and Gebhart holding KHeart SuitQSpade Suit. After several raises, Gebhart went all in but failed to improve his hand against Lopez’s pair of aces. Gebhart finished in second place with a prize of $90,158.
Other notable players who cashed in the event included Phil Mader, Trey Bartlett, Todd Bartlett, Daniel Lowery, Cedricc Trevino, Sergio Ramirez, and Curtis Connors.