MILWAUKEE (February 12, 2018) — A Main Event Champion was crowned Monday evening at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Keven Stammen outmatched 604 entrants to be the last man standing in Event #10: $1,675 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. The 32-year-old poker pro earned his first Circuit gold ring, to go with the WSOP bracelet he earned back in 2009. He now has nearly $1.3 million in WSOP and Circuit earnings.
“Feels similar,” Stammen replied when asked to compare his two WSOP title experiences. “I always wanted to play that Cherokee thing [the Global Casino Championship], so that’s pretty cool… I’m ready.”
Both conquests were good for a six-figure payday. Stammen’s bracelet win was worth $506,786 and his recent ring victory granted him $190,265. On top of the prize money and gold ring, Stammen will receive an automatic, free seat in the Global Casino Championship, tentatively scheduled for early August.
To reach the momentous achievement, Stammen had to navigate through three days of tournament poker and a tough final table. The Ohio native began by surviving Flight A of Event #10. His stack moved in roller-coaster fashion throughout the day, but he eventually finished with a stable 110,500 in chips.
Stammen chipped up during Day 2. Towards the end of the night, players were engaging in plenty of banter and Stammen was certainly not absent from the action. Some would even say that Stammen’s drinking was getting to him a bit.
“I like to drink and play. I normally don’t feel it too much till the end,” said Stammen “I’m a veteran on the drinking and playing.”
Owning the intoxication, Stammen trudged through to Day 3 with a middle-of-the-pack stack. Seven other players were featured in Day 3 and there was no lack of competition. Gold bracelet winner John Reading entered the finale as chip leader. Stammen was also up against ten-time Circuit ring winner Maurice Hawkins, three-time gold ring winner Andy Philachack, and Jose Montes.
Even with all the decorated players at the final table, it boiled down to Stammen and Michael Crawford, an opponent Stammen had tangled with before.
“I got bluffed by the guy that got second, Mike. He bluffed me on a big pot when there were six left. I thought I was done for sure,” said Stammen “But, I fought through, ended up getting aces a few hands later, got me some of my chips back.”
Heads-up action turned blead for Crawford when Stammen hit a nut flush and took over 80% of Crawford’s stack with him. Shortly after that, Stammen sealed the deal, becoming the Potawatomi Main Event Champion.
The payout puts Stammen’s WSOP earnings a step away from $1.3 million. The experienced poker player from Ohio was playing for more than just his statistics though.
“Got a baby on the way, so I gotta make that money. She’s 18 weeks,” Stammen mentioned. Then, he was asked if it was going to be a boy or a girl. “She don’t wanna know. She’s a gambler too,” Stammen replied with a laugh.
Here is a look at the final table results:
1st: Keven Stammen – $190,265
2nd: Michael Crawford – $117,680
3rd: John Reading – $86,052
4th: Maurice Hawkins – $63,855
5th: Andy Philachack – $48,045
6th: Barry Schmiess – $36,648
7th: Keith Heine – $28,340
8th: Jose Montes – $22,215
9th: Stephen Nussrallah – $17,649