In the shortest month of the year, online poker players were able to enjoy some quite large victories. In the recent month, several players in the legal online poker markets in the United States won significant sums.
Three players took home half of the rings at the WSOP.com Online Circuit Series. Jeremy “Jermz” Sissman, a seasoned online grinder, has consistently dominated New Jersey-based tournaments, while other top players like Darren Elias have also been victorious.
Online series were hosted in the United States by WSOP.com, BetMGM, and PokerStars. Take a peek at these elite athletes who made it to the top.
States that currently allow online poker
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To the State of New Jersey
The monthly Online Circuit Series returned to the World Series of Poker website in February. Events were held in both New Jersey and Nevada as part of a single series. Each month, a different series was held in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Michael Holtz, a former WSOP.com Player of the Year, won two championships and more than $67,000 in New Jersey.
Alan Sternberg, a four-time bracelet winner, took down Event 12 in the New Jersey/Nevada market and cashed for $49,034.
In Pennsylvania, Jeffrey “Shiphappens” Stellwagon won Event 7 and $8,476 for his second ring. At the conclusion of the month, he topped off his impressive month by winning the $50,000 WSOP Mystery Bounty.
After winning the main event and pocketing $19,219, Aubrey “R1v3rm3daddy” Williams also became a two-time ring winner.
In February, three players in Michigan claimed half of the rings. Dakota Britton of Michigan won two championships in a row and $15,000 in prize money. Rings 5 and 6 were also stolen by Timothy Bishop, who made off with almost $10,000.
Now, Ryan Shinevare has three championship rings to his credit after winning two tournaments totaling over $20,000. Other winners of note include:
Event 1: Rudy Cadenas, $10,635 (New Jersey/Nevada).
$29,000(NJ/NV) Shaun Goodman, Event 2
$15,480 (NJ/NV) for Third Event, Michael Hauptman
$20,177 (NJ/NV) for 4th Place: Gennady Krolik (Event 4).
Event 5: $45,279 (NJ/NV) for Brian Gates.
Event #6: $16,468 (NJ/NV) – Matthew Stone.
Event 8: Jaime Reyes, $15,284 (NJ/NV)
New Jersey/Nevada: $25,289 (Event 9) Joseph Brown.
Event 11 with John McGuinness is $14,595 (NJ/NV).
Event 1: $6,392 for Michael McNeil (PA)
Event 2: Dalton Brinker, $7587 (PA)
$10,788 for Anthony Leoncavallo, Third Event (PA)
Ralph Grafton, Round Four, $5,712 (PA)
Event 5: Collin Fantaskey, $10,332 (PA)
Andrew Voor, $6,060, Event 6 (PA)
Event #8: Brett Freiler, $5,325 (PA)
$7,525 for David Augustine in Event 9 (PA)
$6787 for Christopher Rodrigues in Event 11 (PA)
$14,253 for Steven Domingues at Event 12 (PA)
Event 1: Jeremy McDonald, $5,510 (MI); Event 4: Garrett Lee, $5,544 (MI); Event 11: Nicholas Shock, $5,224 (MI); Event 4: Dhimitri Lleshi, $6,160 (MI) (MI)
Event 5, Johnny Kakos – $9,505 (MI)
Peter Hotaling, $7,146.50, Event 7 (MI)
$6,450 for Christopher Combs, 9th Event (MI)
Competition 12: Michael Setera, $13,207 (MI)
Every player who wins a ring or bracelet in the Tournament of Champions gets entered into a freeroll for $1 million. This summer’s event will be held once again in Las Vegas. Here you can find a full schedule and preview of the WSOP.
In February, BetMGM held the Big Shots series and offered $200,000 in prizes. Players from New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were able to compete for the same large monthly rewards.
Tim Bishop of Michigan not only won the series’ championship event and $14,532, but he also brought home two rings for his efforts.
Aubrey Williams, another player to win a monthly ring in March, won $14,801 in a Big Shots tournament in Pennsylvania. BetMGM ambassador and four-time World Poker Tour winner Darren Elias also won $15,580 in New Jersey.
Jeremy Sissman continues to dominate the competition in the nightly events. Over the month, he won many events, including the $30,000 Sunday guarantee.
Online gaming states like Michigan and New Jersey have been great for PokerStars, and the company shows no signs of slowing down. The weekly payment guarantee has increased to nearly $1 million. The site is getting ready for this month’s SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) series.
Bishop Tim did not hesitate to join PokerStars. He won $6,096 in the $250 High Roller event, continuing his month of dominance.
Frank DiRe, a DJ and Twitch broadcaster from New Jersey Poker, just released a Bounty Builder game during a live broadcast.
Live poker room
The best live poker score of the month is featured every month on USPoker. Grinder “La Sengphet” won WSOP Circuit Ring No. 7 in February. She has the most championships of any female athlete, two more than Loni Harwood Hui.