Joshua Reichard has now equaled Maurice Hawkins for the second spot on the World Series of Poker Circuit’s all-time titles leaderboard. The 32-year-old professional poker player from Janesville, Wisconsin, clinched his 15th WSOPC ring by emerging victorious in a $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em event on Saturday, November 18, at the WSOPC Grand Victoria Casino stop in Elgin, Illinois. With this achievement, he is only one win away from sharing the top spot with Ari Engel, who has won 16 rings.
When questioned about his competition at the upper echelons of the WSOPC rings race standings, Joshua Reichard expressed respect for his fellow players, stating, “All of these guys are great. They play a lot, winning at a high rate. The number is gonna be big. It would not surprise me if the number is 20 rings by the end of next year. And I don’t expect myself to be there, if I am that would be great, but it’ll be tough.”
Joshua Reichard earned his first ring in 2013 and continued to add at least one per year through 2019. After a hiatus in the early 2020s, he returned to the winner’s circle in 2022 by securing a main event title in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In the spring of the same year, he triumphed in the main event at a preceding series held at Grand Victoria Casino, pocketing $253,073 as the champion.
His recent victory for his second ring in 2023 saw him outlasting a field of 271 entries, resulting in a prize pool of $89,430 distributed among the top 41 finishers. The final showdown was between Reichard and Kathy Pink, with Reichard emerging as the champion, earning $19,786, while Pink secured $12,228 as the runner-up.
In addition to the monetary prize and the accolades, Joshua Reichard also earned 173 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This marked his third overall title and eighth final-table finish of the year. With a total of 3,527 points and over $804,000 in year-to-date POY earnings, Reichard has climbed to 56th place in the 2023 POY standings presented by Global Poker.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table: