Paulius Plausinaitis wins WSOP Circuit Ring and $1.2million

The Lithuanian pro with the implausible name - Paulius Plausinaitis – has scooped a monster $1,236,361 and a WSOP Circuit ring after seeing off the competition in the GGPoker Winter Online Circuit Main Event.

By: Andrew Burnett


Some 6395 entries came in for the $1700 buy-in tournament, the final prizepool of $10,327,925 just over the $10million guarantee, with 700 players making the money.

By the time they reached the final table of nine, Plausinaitis – a Macau-based high-stakes cash game player whose live tournament  results are rare and mostly small recurring events in Scotland – had some big names beside him on the virtual tables.

Finland’s legendary Joni Jouhkimainen was there, as was former WSOP Main Event finalist Joseph Cheong. Also in the mix was Romania’s WSOP bracelet holder, Alexandru Papazian, and they were all guaranteed $123,106 as they sat down to play.

Artem "Amsterq" Prostak gave us the first bustout of the final table, his pocket jacks holding up against big slick, and then Cheong saw off "DaiMing141319" by hitting a timely river.

It was Papazian who would depart next, Joseph Cheong again the executioner – borrowing the fishhooks to end the Romanian’s title chances.

Cheong: J♥ J♦
Papazian: A♣ 5♠

Board: Q♥ J♣ 2♣ K♠ 8♠

Cheong would also KO Jouhkimainen, the Finn’s 5th place worth $389,295, but he would end up hitting the rails himself in 3rd spot when his blind-on-blind shove ran into Plausinaitis’ pocket queens.

That left the Lithuanian facing Israel’s “turkey1” for the ring and a whole lot of money – a $300k difference between 1t and 2nd, although both would be very rich indeed by the time they had finished work for the day!

That moment came around when the Israeli player became short-stacked and got his chips in, the call quick to arrive…

Plausinaitis: A♥ 10♥
“turkey1”: Q♥ 9♥

Flop: 9♠ 3♠ 3♦
Turn: A♠
River: 8♦

A massive win for Plausinaitis then and the full results can be seen below…

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Final results

1 Paulius Plausinaitis $1,236,361
2 "turkey1" $923,165
3 Joseph Cheong $692,276
4 "likeboy" $519,134
5 Joni Jouhkimainen $389,295
6 Artem "Amsterq" Prostak $291,931
7 Alexandru Papazian $218,917
8 "DaiMing141319" $164,165
9 "BetAddict" $123,106

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