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Robert Hankins Captures Ninth WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Choctaw Casino and Resort

The 2017/18 schedule for the popular World Series of Poker Circuit includes a record-shattering number of stops. Currently, Durant, Oklahoma is the hottest poker destination. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is back at Choctaw Casino and Resort, looking for the next gold ring winners. Yesterday, the Tennessee poker master Robert Hankins finished in style in the Event #7: $580 No-Limit Hold’em. He defeated Daniel Jones in a heads-up battle to claim the throne and the first-place prize of $25,873.

The player is a regular a regular WSOP Circuit grinder. Including his latest piece of jewelry, the player has a collection of 9 gold rings. He is only one step behind the record holders Maurice Hawkins and Valentin Vornicu. The 37-year-old poker pro owns a bankroll of $932,927 and a rich collection of poker trophies. Hankins can be best described as an ambitious poker player, who wants to engrave his name in the history of poker with gold letters. Last season, he added 4 gold rings. In a post-victory interview, the winner shared that he would like to ensure financial stability for his family and kids.

Recently, Hankins joined Chip Leader Coaching, a group of poker players that is under the tutelage of the bracelet winner Chance Kornuth and some other poker masters. Hankins commented that the group is working on accomplishing every player’s skills. He referred to his poker fellows in the group as a “poker family”.

Hankins’ Performance at the Poker Table

Hankins’ victory came in Event #7: $580 No-Limit Hold’em after beating a field of 199 entries, who generated a prize pool of $99,500. The player earned the grand prize of $25,873 and a ninth gold ring. Only the top 21 players were busted inside the money, with the minimum cash prize amounting to $1,102. Richard Vielhak was the player to bag the chip lead after Day 1 of the tournament. At that time, the eventual winner was 6th in chips.

Following the course of the game, Hankins managed to take over the chip lead, while Richard Vielhak succumbed in 6th place for $4,811. Hankins demonstrated self-confidence during the entire game, which is a key component to being a winning poker player. Daniel Lowery, Daniel Jones and Robert Hankins were the survivors to enter the three-horse race for the gold. Eventually, Daniel Lowery was eliminated in 3rd place for $11,539.

Robert Hankins famously battled with Daniel Jones before toiling his way to victory. Jones collected $15,981 for his runner-up finish. WSOP Circuit at Choctaw Casino and Resort is coming to its closing stages and the series’ next stop is Sacramento, where action is to take place at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.