On Monday evening, all eyes were on Shiva Dudani as he captured his second World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit ring. Dudani won the $1,700 buy-in Main Event WSOP Circuit at the Horseshoe Hammond. The win earned him $258,078 and a $10,000 seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship. All in all, a hefty payday indeed for Dudani.
Shiva Dudani wins his second WSOP Circuit ring
The 2020 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event is a $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. The tournament is the lynchpin of the two-week series which includes a total of 15 WSOP Circuit ring events in addition to several side events and satellite tournaments.
The event generated a grand total of 989 entries, easily exceeding the $1,000,000 guarantee. Overall, the final total prize pool equated to a robust $1,498,335.
Of the 989 entries, the top 149 players made the money. Dudani’s win resulted in his second career WSOP Circuit ring. It has been around a decade since his first WSOP Circuit win. In 2010, Dudani won a $300 pot-limit Omaha ring event at another Indiana casino, Caesars Southern Indiana.
According to his WSOP player profile, Dudani has cashed in 32 events with career earnings of $616,669. Not only does he play in the Chicago area but also, he participates in the Las Vegas WSOP. This win is by far his largest cash.
2020 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event final table results:
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About the 2020 WSOP Circuit at the Horseshoe Hammond
As its name suggests, Horseshoe Casino Hammond is located in Hammond, Indiana. Originally owned by Jack Binion, Caesars Entertainment currently owns the casino. The is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from Chicago, drawing players from both Indiana and Illinois.
The WSOP Circuit series runs throughout the US. There is also an international version. The WSOP Circuit began in 2008 with Horseshoe Hammond as one of the flagship stops.
Indiana’s poker market
Currently, there are 10 poker rooms in Indiana’s land-based casinos:
- Ameristar Casino East Chicago
- Belterra Casino
- Blue Chip Casino
- Four Winds South Bend
- Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg
- Horseshoe Casino Hammond
- Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana
- Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
- Majestic Star II
- Tropicana Evansville
While poker is extremely popular in the state, it is only available in brick and mortar casinos and through sweepstakes sites like Global Poker. The state of Indiana legalized sports betting in 2019. However, expansion into online casinos or online poker remains off the table for now.