The last tournament prior to the start of the Main Event Championship concluded today as Siriwan “Magnets Lady” Sukmekerd won first-place and $18,251 in prize money. The event was held at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. This was the 18th of 19 total tournaments on this year’s schedule, which very nearly closes out another successful year of World Series of Poker Circuit events at Caesars.
The winner Sukmekerd is a housewife from Las Vegas. She plays in many local poker tournaments and is a loyal player at Caesars. Sukmekerd is called the “Magnets Lady” because she often plays with a collection of shiny magnets on the table, which she uses as card protectors. Sukmekerd believes the magnets give her special powers and attract positive energy. After winning a WSOP Circuit ring, her first, no one could possibly argue.
The $500 (+50) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament was played on April 25th and April 26th. There were 142 players, which created a prize pool totaling $68,870. The top 18 finishers collected prize money. Once the final table was reached on Day Two, there were no prior WSOP Circuit gold ring event winners among the final nine players, which guaranteed a first-time champion.