What do a Swedish pro and local business owner from Hollywood, Florida have in common? One is an outsider from a distant land, and the other is local, yet both shipped events at the WSOP Circuit Seminole Hard Rock. Anton Wigg from Sweden and Hollywood's Joe Gotlieb earned their first rings this week.
Anton Wigg won over $7.5 million on the virtual felt. Wigg only had one six-figure cash too in over a decade of recorded online results, which means he amassed numerous along the way to becoming one of the most successful all-time online players from Sweden. Wigg's biggest online score happened back in 2009 when he shipped the Sunday Million for $227K.
Wigg and his buddy went to Florida to play in the WSOP Circuit event. Wigg's first trip to Florida was a memorable won after he faded 133 entries to win the High Roller.
There's an expression in show biz, that also applies to poker... the show must go on! Despite being smack in the middle of hurricane season, and in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the poker world continued to chug along in South Florida. The Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, hosted 14 ring events for the WSOP Circuit. Open events cost as little as $365 and even the "high roller" was a modest $3,250 entry.
Event #10 $1,675 NL Main Event
The Main Event drew in 904 runners and a total prize pool over $1.35M. Local business owner Joe Gotlieb outlasted a difficult final table that included three-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings, in addition to WPT champ Asher Conniff, Brett Bader, Chad Eveslage.
Gotlieb won $257,638, the ring, and he also earned a freeroll into the season-ending Global Casino Championship.
Gotlieb a former chess champion who deals in cell phone parts, but still managed to put in long hours grinding at the table after business hours. Gotlieb recently reached a crossroad... his business started to slide, but he always wanted to be a pro poker player. Could he make a transition at 52-years old? Gotlieb took his shot at the Main Event.. .and went the distance. He banked over $250K.
Other notables cashing in Event #10 Main Event included.... Daryll Fish, Eric Cajelais, Jon Jaffe, Chris Bolek, Valentin Vornicu, Loni Harwood, James Calderaro, and Jason Gooch.
WSOP Circuit SHR - Event #10
Event #12 $3,250 NL High Roller
The High Roller affair in Hollywood, Florida attracted 133 entrants in this re-entry event. An out-of-town shark binked the High Roller. How could you stop someone who earned nearly $10 million combined? Talk about being a big fish in a little pond. Anton Wigg earned over $7.5 million in online tournaments and he banked nearly $2.5 million in the live arena. During his first trip to Florida, Wigg crushed his inaugural visit at the Seminole Hard Rock. Wigg only won $111,719, which seems paltry compared to his total earnings, but it's a win nonetheless. Wigg will also take home a cool souvenir... a WSOP Circuit ring.
Other notables cashing in the High Roller included... Mike Simkins, Uri Kadosh, Wally Maddah, Barry Hutter, and Gerald Silva.