Josh Evans Becomes Casino Champ at Hard Rock Tulsa
Josh Evans might be one of the best poker players you’ve never heard of. The Texas native hasn’t won any World Series of Poker bracelets, and he hasn’t taken down any of the big-name tournaments. But Evans has put in solid results for over a decade, and last week, he was rewarded for his consistency by earning Casino Champion honors on the WSOP Circuit. Evans made three final tables at the Hard Rock Tulsa and won his third WSOP ring in the process, not to mention over $40,000 in prize money.
It all started with Event No. 3 at the festival, a standard $365 no-limit Hold’em tournament that drew 283 entries, with the Top 30 making the money. Evans won that tourney for his third ring on the WSOP Circuit, then came back the next day and finished second out of 187 players at Event No. 4, the $365 NLHE freeze-out. That was enough to put Evans on top of the points leaderboard, and that’s where he’d stay after placing fourth of 236 at Event No. 8, the $580 NLHE tourney.
Life of Pie
This isn’t the first time Evans has made a splash on the WSOP Circuit. His tournament career got an early boost in 2007 when he finished 76th at the $10,000 World Championship, taking home over $100,000 for his efforts. Four years later, Evans had his best season yet, coming very close to winning the $1,500 NLHE event at the WSOP before finishing second to Andy Frankenberger. That was good for over $370,000, still the biggest prize of Evans’ career.
Thanks to his performance last week, Evans might get a chance at an even bigger payday this August. As Casino Champion, Evans is automatically entered in the Global Casino Championship at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million – and a WSOP bracelet for the winner. Not bad for someone who used to deliver pizzas for a living.
Also earning a seat at the Global Casino Championship: Oklahoma’s own Will Berry. He won the $1,675 NLHE Main Event at Hard Rock Tulsa, earning over $180,000 to go with his first WSOP Circuit ring. The Main Event winners and Casino Champions from every stop gain automatic entry into the GCC, as do the Top 50 players on the leaderboard for the full season. If you want to buy into this invitation-only tournament, you can, but only if you won a Circuit ring last year, or made the Top 100 in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Evans won’t have to worry about ponying up that $10,000 entry fee. In the meantime, there are four more festivals on this year’s WSOP Circuit; the cards are already in the air at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa, and their Main Event begins this Friday. Best of luck to all the players.