Valentin Vornicu Wins 11th & 12th WSOP Circuit Rings Back-To-Back

Apparently not satisfied with becoming the lone leader in the WSOP Circuit ring race by winning his 11th on Sunday, Valentin Vornicu also won the next WSOPC event he entered, grabbing his 12th piece of jewelry to put some breathing room between himself and his pursuers on the all-time ring leaderboard.

By: Charles Rettmuller

Harrah’s New Orleans is the venue at which Vornicu accomplished the amazing feat, first topping the 1,340-entry field in Event #1, a $365 NLHE Re-Entry with $200K GTD that boosted his bankroll by $64,205. With his 11th ring secured, the 34-year-old plunked down another $365 in Event #3, an NLHE single day tournament.



By the time Tuesday morning rolled around, Vornicu was accepting WSOPC ring no. 12 after outperforming 349 entries and bagging a payday of $24,084. The San Diego native was ecstatic at distancing himself from Maurice Hawkins (10 WSOPC rings) in his quest to stay ahead of the pack.

“It’s the first time I’m at the top of the leaderboard with no ties,” Vornicu said to WSOP officials. "Now, I have more money to spend at the WSOP."



The New Orleans tour stop is the last opportunity for players to tally points for the 2018 Global Casino Championship. That was the prime reason why Valentin trekked cross country to Louisianna and his journey has paid off handsomely.

Final Table Results - Event #1: $365 NLHE Re-Entry - $200K GTD

1 Valentin Vornicu $64,205
2 Clinton Boynes $39,002
3 Jonathan Hilton $28,839
4 Timohy Acker $21,988
5 Vismantas Maijosius $16,971
6 David Slaughter $13,249
7 Joseph Hebert $10,495
8 Ryan Stephens $8,440
9 Holly Meliet $6,891

Short-stacked when final table action began, Vornicu had GCC points on his mind more so than first place prize money. But a double up or two can change table dynamics in a hurry.

In Event #3, while the field was considerably smaller, the result was no less impressive. Congrats to Vornicu on an outstanding achievement.

Final Table Results - Event #3: $365 NLHE Re-Entry

1 Valentin Vornicu $24,084
2 Joshua Lowing $14,887
3 Andrew Mousmoules $10,861
4 Kien Tran $8,056
5 Mohammad Shahlaei $6,068
6 Michael Horchoff $4,641
7 Jerry Monroe $3,602
8 Sley Sanchez $2,835
9 Justin Brassieur $2,264



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