Nolans Sunday Circuit report

Michael Kaplitz Takes Gold Ring

San Diego Businessman Wins WSOP Circuit Title at Harrah’s Rincon

Valley Center, CA – The final World Series of Poker Circuit preliminary tournament held before the championship ended today with Michael Kaplitz taking the gold ring and a $29,433 cash prize for first place.  He overcame a highly-competitive field and won his biggest tournament payout ever, after six years of cashes in various poker tournaments held throughout Southern California.

Oddly enough, Kaplitz almost did not play in this tournament.  He was talked into entering the event yesterday by his wife.  Kaplitz signed up at the last minute urged on by his wife, who later joined him near the Final Table lending her enthusiastic support.  Kaplitz did not disappoint her and the friends who came to cheer, pulling off a masterful performance at the final table, which was aided by a bit of good fortune on the final fateful hand.  He ultimately defeated Bernie Yang, who ended up finishing second in the tournament, and came close to winning his second WSOP Circuit title within a week’s time.

The latest poker champion Kaplitz is a 48-year-old businessman from San Diego.  He owns a sourcing business, which assists companies who are engaged in trade with China.  Kaplitz essentially aids American companies who want to import goods and brokers deals which enhance free trade between the two nations.  But Kaplitz ended up using his skills and instincts in quite a different way in what turned out to be his first WSOP-related victory.

The $1,000 (+80) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament won by Kaplitz was played over two consecutive days during March 27-28, 2010.  The tournament began with 105 players.  All but the final nine players were eliminated on Day One.  Final Table play began on a Sunday afternoon.  There was only one former WSOPC gold ring winner among the final nine – Bernie Yang, who won his first WSOPC title five days ago here at Harrah’s Rincon

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