• July 24, 2021

Local Pro Ting Xiao Wins WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Baltimore

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(pokernews.com)- The 2015/2016 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Baltimore – the second stop of the tour’s 12th season – attracted 458 entrants to the $1,675 Main Event, which created a prize pool of $687,000. That was distributed to the top 54 finishers, with a healthy $147,699 reserved for the winner.
That man ended up being local pro Ting Xiao, who rallied from a short stack at the final table to capture his first gold ring at his home casino and secure a seat in the 2016 WSOP Global Championship.
“I’ve always wanted a ring,” Xiao said after the win. “I wanted a ring really badly. I play cash games for money and tournaments for the glory. That’s what the ring is about.”
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Prior to the win, Xiao had a little more than $30,000 in live tournament earnings, which included $5,387 for finishing 28th in the WSOP Circuit’s last stop at the Horseshoe Baltimore and a 21st-place finish in a 2010 WSOP $1,500 event for $15,222.
Interestingly, defending champion Chris Csik finished in 10th place for $11,054, while Phil Hernz of Plantation, Florida earned the title of Casino Champion at Horseshoe Baltimore after winning Event #7 — the Circuit’s first-ever Big O event – and making two other final table to bank a grand total of $11,531. As a reward, Hernz received a coveted seat into the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Ting Xiao Frederick, MD $147,699
2 Sandeep Patel Parsippany, NJ $91,323
3 Russ Head Lindale, GA $66,715
4 John Gorsuch Woodbridge, VA $49,457
5 DJ Mackinnon East Amherst, NY $37,194
6 Tommy Vu Cary, NC $28,373
7 Peter Lee Reston, VA $21,950
8 Brian Walters Eldersburg, MD $17,223
9 John Kostelac New Cumberland $13,706

Notable Finishes: Chris Csik (10th – $11,054), Asher Conniff (26th – $4,603), Daniel Gilmer (32nd – $3,552), Jesse Cohen (35th – $3,181), Gordon Shackelford (45th – $2,879), and Clarence Senter(54th – $2,638)
The tournament featured two starting flights (Flight A drew 187 entries and advanced 56; Flight B drew 260 and advanced 84; and 11 players registered before the start of Day 2), but only 151 players advanced to Day 2. At that point, Xiao was among the leaders with 184,000 in chips, but by the time Day 2 came to an end, he was short; in fact, when the final table of nine began he was the third-shortest stack.
Here is the full list of gold ring winners from Horseshoe Baltimore:

Event Tournament Entries Champion Prize
#1 $365 No-Limit Hold’em 239 Sara Hall $17,925
#2 $365 NLHE Re-entry 1,649 Greg Himmelbrand $82,864
#3 $365 No-Limit Hold’em 132 Scott Billups $13,998
#4 $365 No-Limit Hold’em 130 Stephen Miller $10,919
#5 $365 Pot-Limit Omaha 125 Sridhar Chebrolu $10,500
#6 $365 NLHE Six-Handed 123 Brian Breen $10,515
#7 $365 Big O 82 Phil Hernz $7,873
#8 $365 NLHE Mega Stack 356 Eric Rivkin $24,569
#9 $365 NLHE Turbo 112 John Ford $10,079
#10 $1,675 Main Event 458 Ting Xiao $147,699
#11 $580 No-Limit Hold’em 95 Viet Vo $14,997
#12 $365 NLHE Turbo 102 Warren Wiggins $9,180

The WSOP Circuit continues September 16-30 at Casino De Campione in Italy andfrom September 17-28 at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida.
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