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Young Poker Pro Wins WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Rincon, His Second Major Tournament Victory in 2010

Valley Center, CA – Will 2010 be a breakthrough year for Garrett Levrini?  He represents the interests and ambitions of a lot of twenty-something poker players.  Many young people try to play poker for a living and rudely discover the game is not quite as easy as it looks.  But Levrini has endured the inevitable downswings and hardships thus far, and is now in the midst of a good run in poker, manifested in two major tournament victories within the last six weeks.

In February at the Legends of Poker (tournament) held in Los Angeles, Levrini earned a huge victory with a first-place finish in a preliminary event.  Today, he supplemented his poker bankroll and confidence with another victory, this time in the most recent WSOP Circuit tournament, which was held at the at Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort, near San Diego.

Indeed, it’s already been quite a year for the 26-year-old poker pro, who is currently between residences in Las Vegas and the Washington, DC area.  Levrini, who has lived in Las Vegas in recent years and plays both live and online poker, is about to move to Reston, VA to be closer to his family.  In addition, he hopes to be in Virginia’s northern suburbs just in time for the NHL playoffs, which begin next month.  Levrini, who is a huge hockey fan, says he intends to attend every Washington Capitals’ playoff game.  And now he has some extra cash to buy the best seats.

When Revini took his seat in quite a different setting yesterday, he has no idea that a day later he would ultimately rake in $13,341 in prize money along with his first gold ring, the coveted award which is presented to all champions of WSOP Circuit tournaments held around the country.

The $200 (+30) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament was played over two consecutive days during March 23-24, 2010.  Final Table play began on a Wednesday afternoon.  There were no prior WSOP Circuit gold ring event winners among the final nine players, which guaranteed a first-time champion.

Bret Eledge arrived at the Final Table with a decisive chip advantage over the remaining players.  He ended up finishing in third place.  Closest in chips when play began were Charley McLean and Jason “Heckler” Wozer who were covered by the chip leader by greater than a 3 to 2 margin.  The remaining players were down 2 to 1 or more.  During most of the five-hour Final Table, Levrini was an average to low stack.  But he made a big move when play became three-handed and ended up with the victory.

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