Randy Paguio emerged as the title winner in the 2022 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Horseshoe Tunica No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Paguio went home with a pay cheque of $193,764 and his second WSOPC gold ring. The event had a total of 674 entries and a buy-in of $1,700 and its prize pool crossed the $1 million mark.
Paguio is a San Diego based poker player who has been a part of the poker scene for quite some time now. He won his first WSOPC gold ring back in 2012 when he clinched the $345 buy-in event at Harrah’s Rincon.
When talking about his victory, Paguio said, “After my mother Rubenita ‘Ruby’ Paguio passed, I won my first ring and that was for her. I want to dedicate this one to my grandmother Nenita Cuevas who just recently passed.”
Day 2 of the event began with only 10 players left and Paguio in the chip lead. The first two departures were Tim Burt and BJ McBrayer. Both were knocked out by Adam Ross. Burt finished in 10th position for $14,385. McBrayer finished in 9th for $17,970. John Gallaher was Ross’ next victim. Gallaher exited at the 8th spot for $22,730.
With only seven players left on the FT, Paguio scored his first elimination when he picked up pocket tens against Michael Esquivel’s pocket eights. Paguio charged ahead and left Esquivel to exit at the seventh place for $29,104. Busting in the sixth spot was player Donovan Dean who went all-in with a spade flush draw against Paguio’s top pair and gutshot wheel draw. With no help on the turn and river, Dean finished sixth for $37,719.
Next to go was 2018 WSOP Circuit Cherokee main event winner, Adam Ross, who’s pocket eights could not hold up to Paguio’s pocket aces and he busted in fifth place for $49,472. Sean Maurer busted in fourth place for $65,658 after losing to Paguio.
Brandon Butler busted in third place for $88,163 after going pre-flop all-in with KJ and Paguio going all-in with pocket deuces. Butler lost after the pair of twos stood tall for Paguio as the board had a ten-high runout.
With this win, Randy Paguio was in the chip lead when the heads-up play began with Kenneth Mason. In the final hand, Mason opted for a three-bet shove with his K7 which was called by Paguio with A5 . The board opened AK5107 giving both players two-pairs. Paguio’s hole cards had grabbed the title and Mason settled for the runner-up position.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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