WSOPC April Results Roundup

20 Jun 2024
Jonathan Raab 20 Jun 2024
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  • Four WSOPC festivals took place in April
  • Results from all WSOPC main events in April
  • Six Live WSOPC events scheduled for May 2024
WSOPC News and Results Roundup for April 2024, with four World Series of Poker Circuit Festivals

April saw four World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) festivals take place in Chicago, Cannes, Montreal, and Mississippi with four more champions receiving their gold rings and millions of dollars being won. The events varied in participant numbers and prize pools, ranging from just 395 entrants in Mississippi to 1,660 on Montreal.  Highlights included Kevin Andriamahefa winning his first WSOPC ring in Chicago, Alexandre le Valliant claiming the title in Cannes, Dustin Melanson securing a major victory in Montreal, and Klinten Griffin achieving a milestone win in Mississippi.

WSOPC Chicago (Elgin)

WSOPC Chicago (Elgin) was won by Kevin Andriamahefa from Indiana, who scooped the first prize of $173,593, when he bested a field of 606 entrants at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin (Chicago). Kevin has cashed an impressive 70 times during his live poker career, which goes back as far as 2013, notching up over $600,000 in his first 69 results, but remarkably, this was his first ever first place finish. His previous best was a 3rd place score for just under €60,000 in a €2,000 buy-in event at EPT Prague in 2015.

Main Event Buy-In: $1,700
Main Event Entries: 606
Main Event Guarantee: $500,000
Main Event Prize Pool: $918,090
Winner: Kevin Andriamahefa
First Prize: $173,593

WSOPC Cannes

Alexandre le Valliant vanquished his final table opponents to win the WSOPC Cannes Main Event for €94,290. The €1,100 buy-in main event had 615 entrants at the Barriere Casino in Cannes, on the Cote d’Azur in France. Alexandre is a remarkable player with a great live record, having cashed dozens of times since he began playing in 2015. He is a valiant and consistent performer, making the final table 29 times out of 59 live cashes and securing victory an impressive nine times. This was his best live cash to date and takes his lifetime winnings to over $700,000.

Main Event Buy-In: €1,100
Main Event Entries: 615
Main Event Prize Pool: €575,640
Winner: Alexandre le Valliant
First Prize: €94,290

WSOPC Montreal

Dustin Melanson secured by far his biggest live poker result after crushing the final table at the WSOPC Montreal main event at the Playground in Montreal. He defeated another monster field of 1,660 players to bank C$339,770, which is over 50% more than his lifetime earnings prior to this event starting. Dustin has had a string of good live results over the last two years, mostly at the Playground, including three victories and several final tables. He took the chip lead into the final day and had a rollercoaster ride for most of it. He ended up heads-up with Sergei Gurin, who held a slight advantage as they began the final stage of the tournament. Before batting it out man to man, they did an ICM deal and played out for 10% of the remaining prize money. Despite starting badly, Dustin battled back, retook the chip lead and went on to claim his first WSOPC gold ring and the biggest payday of his life, so far.

Main Event Buy-In: C$1,700
Main Event Entries: 1,660
Main Event Guarantee: TBC
Main Event Prize Pool: TBC
Winner: Dustin Melanson
First Prize: C$339,770

WSOPC Mississippi

Klinten Griffin took down the result of his life when winning the gold ring at WSOP Mississippi at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
Griffin topped a relatively small field of 395 players in the $1,700 main event to land his first ever six figure score and only his 6th recorded live event result. His first ever live score was as far back as 2005 when he came 3rd in a $100 event at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, which I mention out of personal interest as I was also there for that series at the Palms and probably played in the same tournament. There was then an 18 year gap before Griffen chalked up his next live score, in 2023 a year in which he cashed four times in WSOPC ring events. Prior to becoming a WSPOC main event champion Griffin had cashed for under $12,000 in his live poker career.

Main Event Buy-In: $1,700
Main Event Entries: 395
Main Event Guarantee: $500,000
Main Event Prize Pool: $588,425
Winner: Klinten Griffin
First Prize: $127,307

WSOPC Events in May

Despite the 55th Annual World Series of Poker looming just over the horizon, the WSOPC still has quite a few more stops scheduled in may before the action focuses on Las Vegas.  In fact May is one of the busiest months of the year with no less than six WSOPC festivals taking place, with three in the USAm two in Europe and one in Canada. 

EventLocationFestival DatesMain Event DatesMain Event Buy-In
WSOPC CalgaryCalgary, Canada1-13 May9-13 MayC$1,700
WSOPC VenloVenlo, Netherlands3-11 May5-11 May€ 1,100
WSOPC North CarolinaCherokee, North Carolina2-13 May10-13 May$1,700
WSOPC Commerce CasinoLos Angeles, California10-24 May16-20 May$1,700
WSOPC Southern IndianaElizabeth, Indiana9-20 May17-20 May$1,700
WSOPC ParisParis, France22-28 May24-28 May€ 1,200

The Road to Vegas at GG Poker

With the WSOP now not far away, the Road to Vegas satellite promotion at GG Poker is hotting up and there are now close to 600 players already qualified for the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. The WSOP starts on May 30th, but there are over a month of bracelet events before the Main Event begins on July 13th. Satellites are running daily and will continue to do so well into June, giving players plenty of time to secure their passage to the biggest and most prestigious event in poker history.

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