Chris Lane Claims WSOPC Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event Title

Chris Lane had a terrific run in the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event to claim the title and his first-ever gold ring from the series

Chris Lane outlasted 582 entries to be crowned the last Main Event winner of the 2018/2019 WSOP Circuit season. The player collected $185,158 for his efforts and his first-ever gold ring from the series.

Lane had a shaky start to the Main Event, but things improved significantly in the second half of Day 1 and he never really looked back from that point on until he scooped the title and the lion’s share of the $881,730 prize pool.

Lane is not playing poker professionally but has been a regular participant in Circuit events over the past six years, he himself told WSOP Circuit staff after his triumph last night. The player is a graphic designer but him living at a driving distance from three different Circuit stops has made it easier for him to play a lot in the series.

Lane bagged and tagged a nice stack at the end of Day 1 of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event. And throughout the three days of action, he stayed near the top of the chip counts chart, which certainly gave him quite some confidence to eventually claim the title and the accompanying gold ring.

The final day of the last Main Event of the season kicked off at noon local time at the host casino, Harrah’s Cherokee with Dustin Stewart as the chip leader. Lane was about mid-stacked at the beginning of Day 3 action and maintained his momentum from the previous two days.

It took only one level of play for the start-of-the-day field of eight finalists to be whittled down to just the final four.

Lane’s Final Run

Down to four players, Lane took off quickly. The player was responsible for all three eliminations that occurred next. He first busted John Cressend in fourth place. Jon Guidry was Lane’s next victim. Finally, it was between Lane and the start-of-the-day chip leader – Dustin Stewart – to determine who will claim the title.

Stewart was running for his second WSOP Circuit title and gold ring, while Lane was eyeing his first title and piece of jewelry from the series. The two-handed match began with the finalists being nearly even in chips. And this means it could have been a long duel. However, Lane sealed his victory within the hour.

Of the relatively short heads-up, the brand new WSOP Circuit champion said that he “started catching cards left and right constantly” and that it felt great as he had never had cards “just come to me like this before.”

As mentioned above, Lane collected $185,158 for his victory and a gold ring, his first one ever. The player also secured a seat into the upcoming Global Casino Championship. Lane told WSOP Circuit staff that he also plans to take a shot at the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas this summer.

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