Caleb Clarke - High Roller Winner - $50,625
After falling short three times this series, Caleb Clarke is now a World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner. Clarke won the High Roller event at Foxwoods, earning $50,625 and his first Circuit ring.
Clarke is a 24-year old professional poker player from Mashpee, MA. Clarke started playing poker just three years ago, and he transitioned to a full-time professional player just one year ago.
Clarke had a wonderful series at Foxwoods, securing not only four cashes, but four final table appearances. He started off his run taking 4th place in Event #4 ($580 Six Max) for $7,992, he then went on to take 8th in Event #6 ($580 No-Limit Hold’em). He thought he would finally secure a ring in Event #9 ($365 No-Limit Hold’em), but ultimately was eliminated in 4th place for $4,699. Today in Event #11, he was finally able to secure the win he had come so close to.
“This was the fourth final table. The first three I came up a little short, a couple of them were a little brutal. I was happy to get some good scores in there, but I really wanted a ring this series, and after some pretty close calls it was great to finally take one down, especially in the biggest event that I played,” Clarke said after his win.
Clarke finished Day 1 as the chip leader, but said that Day 2 he was relatively card dead, and that things didn’t pick back up for him until the middle of the final table. He eventually made it to heads-up play with Dave Stefanski, but it only lasted two hands. Clarke called Stefanski’s all-in holding top pair against Stefanski’s gutshot straight draw. Clarke held, and was awarded his first ring and the $$50,625 top prize.
In addition to the prize money and the Circuit ring, Clarke also won 50 points in the Casino Champion race, and those additional points ensured him the free seat into the 2017/2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship event.
The high roller tournament started with 45 entries, and the top 5 made the money. Here is a look at all of the players that cashed:
1: Caleb Clarke - $50,625
2: Dave Stefanski - $31,293
3: Jonathan Pratt - $21,789
4: David Davenport - $16,889
5: Victor Nissim - $14,404