From December 1st to the 12th, the Bicycle Casino of Bell Gardens played host to the World Series of Poker Circuit. There were several events on the schedule, including the most anticipated Main Event. With a $1,675 buy-in, the Main Event would see 687 players competing, creating a total prize pool of $1,024,500. In the end, it would be Jared Jaffee who landed the first-place win, earning $211,220 and his first gold ring from the WSOPC in the process.
When the final day of the poker tournament rolled around, Jaffee would be sitting in the 10th position in chips. Only 14 players remained, so he had some work to do. Kelly Minkin held the chip lead after Day 2 and was considered the one to beat. When three-handed play began, it would be Kelly, Brendan Baksh and Jaffee remaining. Unfortunately for Kelly, she was eliminated in third place when she put her pocket 10s up against Brendan Baksh’s A-J.
By this time, Jaffee had a nice chip lead and would face off against Baksh in heads-up play with around 9 million in chips against the 4.8 million of his opponent. When the final hand took place, Baksh would go all-in from the button with J-10. Jaffee would call, showing pocket Kings. The board fell 8-5-2-4-4, providing no help to Baksh and giving the win to Jaffee.