2019 February WSOP Circuit
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $33,660
February 13-14, 2019
(Coconut Creek, FL) — Aaron Wallace complemented his gold bracelet with a gold ring Thursday night at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The 36-year-old recreational player from Northern California defeated 102 entries in Event 9 of the WSOP Circuit, a $400 buy-in pot limit Omaha re-entry tournament. In addition to the jewelry, Wallace earned $10,099 moving him over $300,000 in reported earnings.
Wallace, who was born in Carmel, Indiana, came to South Florida on an unrelated note — to purchase a car. The deal on the car fell through and Wallace was left with nothing else keeping him in the area. A friend pointed out the WSOP was in town and his favorite game — PLO — was going on.
“I came down here to buy a vehicle, and that deal fell through,” Wallace recalled. “I didn’t even know the event was going on. I called a friend and he was like, ‘Hey. There’s a PLO event going on. You should play.’ Here we are.”
Wallace, who’s been in the natural food industry his whole life, works for a company called Coyo that offers a coconut-based yogurt alternative. He travels for work often and only gets to play tournaments when it lines up with one his trips. Making it even harder to find a game, he exclusively plays PLO.
“The thing I like about PLO players — especially Bruce [Freedman], who I was heads up against –it’s a very cordial, friendly atmosphere. It was fun times. Winning a ring doesn’t hurt, either,” Wallace laughed.
The event drew 102 entries generating a total prize pool worth $33,660. The top 12 finishers scored a payday with past Seminole champions Cory Blum (10th) and Eric Kolodny (11th) joining him in the money.
1st: Aaron Wallace – $10,099 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: Bruce Freedman – $6,241
3rd: Royce Matheson – $4,444
4th: Robert Banks – $3,228
5th: David Stewart – $2,391
6th: Christoph Gow – $1,805
7th: Lance Hendricks – $1,388
8th: Brandon Noe – $1,088
9th: Jordan Dhahani – $867
10th: Cory Blum – $703
11th: Eric Kolodny – $703
12th: Gabriel Ramos – $703