Brian Altman Wins Isle Casino Main Event ($204,935); Joseph Hebert Gets Jewelry

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Isle Casino Pompano Park in Florida had a big highlight on Monday, Feb. 14 when Brian Altman took down Event #13: $1,700 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT to earn his third Circuit ring and the first-place prize of $204,935.

Altman’s victory came on the last day of the Isle Casino Pompano Park Circuit stop, which consisted of 15 events spanning the course of two weeks. The 15 events, with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $2,200, generated a massive $3.4 million in prize money.

See early results from the WSOP Circuit stop here

Altman Takes Down Main Event

The three-day Main Event attracted a field of 725 runners to generate a prize pool of $1.1 million, making it the only prize pool to reach seven figures on the Circuit stop.

Altman, a tournament pro from Longmeadow, Massachusetts with $5.6 million in live tournament earnings who was the 2019-21 World Poker Tour (WPT) Player of the Year, entered Day 3 with a massive chip lead over the six remaining opponents. Altman started the day off strong by cracking the pocket kings of Michael Graffeo to send him out in seventh for $31,139.

Altman held onto his chips as the final table dwindled down, though he lost a big pot and the chip lead during heads-up play against Athanasios Polychronopoulos, a two-time bracelet winner who earned $126,653 for his runner-up finish.

Not long after, Altman doubled through Polychronopoulos with a rivered straight against second pair and used the double to propel himself to victory.

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WSOP Circuit Isle Casino Pompano Park Main Event Full Results

  1 Brian Altman Longmeadow, Massachusetts $204,935
  2 Athanasios Polychronopoulos Delray Beach, Florida $126,653
  3 Will Failla Smithtown, New York $93,528
  4 Timothy Little Hyattsville, Maryland $69,842
  5 Raymond Brint Sylvania, Ohio $52,747
  6 Paul Snead Kings Park, New York $40,294
  7 Michael Graffeo Fort Mill, South Carolina $31,139
  8 James Rubinski Fort Myers, Florida $24,346
  9 Joseph Brewer Lawrenceburg, Tennessee $19,262

The victory gives Altman his biggest-ever live WSOP cash and second Circuit Main Event title, the first of which he earned in 2016 in Event #9: $1,675 buy-in MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em at the International Circuit – Casino de Montréal, which brought him a payday of $167,700.

Two years later, Altman finished in third place in Event #10A/B: $1,675 MAIN EVENT at WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in Florida for $110,107.

The Massachusetts pro had a close call just months ago in December 2021 when he finished in 10th place in Event #10: No Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT at WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee for $28,577.

Other notable players who made deep runs in the Isle Casino Pompano Park Main Event include Jesse Jones (10th – $15,423), Stephen Song (35th – $4,083), Chad Eveslage (53rd – $3,081) Yuval Bronshtein (70th – $2,884), Maurice Hawkins (89th -$2,636) and Loni Harwood (94th – $2,576).

Hebert’s First WSOP Jewelry

Another highlight of the Circuit occurred days earlier when Louisiana’s Joseph Hebert took down Event #10: $400 No-Limit Hold’em for $18,159.

Hebert had a much bigger score when he won the US portion of the 2020 WSOP Main Event for $1.6 million and was ultimately defeated by international champion Damian Salas, who took home the coveted bracelet.

“It’s a lot more fun here. It’s a different stage of poker,” Hebert said after his Circuit victory. “I’ve never won any jewelry before, so this is great.”

Joseph HebertJoseph Hebert (front middle)

Hebert earned the ring after defeating Polychronopoulos, the eventual Main Event runner-up, during heads-up play. Polychronopoulos couldn’t get the job done but earned a score of $8,021.

Hebert captivated the poker industry during his 2020 Main Event run when he used #ForLinda to document playing for his late mother, Linda, who died unexpectedly months earlier from pulmonary embolism.

As PokerNews reported in 2020, Hebert’s final text exchange with his late mother was about him winning a bracelet.

While he ultimately came up just short of winning the Main Event bracelet, Hebert now has a different piece of WSOP jewelry to his name, which he won days after completing a massive forearm tattoo memorializing Linda.

Joseph Hebert  tattooJoseph Hebert shows a tattoo dedicated to his late mother, Linda.

Trudeau Jr. Wins High Roller for 10th Ring

Earlier in the series, Jeffrey Trudeau Jr. of Winter Garden, Florida took down the largest buy-in of the Circuit stop, Event #11: $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, to earn $93,116 and his tenth Circuit ring.

Trudeau Jr., who now has $2.7 million in tournament earnings, got through a field of 187 entrants and defeated heads-up opponent Jake Schwartz, who recently had a strong performance at the 2021 WSOP that earned him the 11th place spot on the Player of the Year leaderboard. For his runner-up finish, Schwartz earned $57,547.

With a tenth ring to his name, Trudeau Jr. now sits fourth on the all-time Circuit ring list, tied with Ari Engel and trailing only Maurice Hawkins (14), Valentin Vornicu (12) and Joshua Reichard (12).

Jeffrey Trudeau Jr.Jeffrey Trudeau Jr.

Other players who made the High Roller final table include Kammar Andries (5th – $21,120), Ian O’hara (6th – $15,756) and Chad Eveslage ($12,085).

Last week, PokerNews reported on earlier highlights of the WSOP Circuit Isle Casino Pompano Park stop, which included Hawkins being denied a record-extending 15th ring and Phillip Hui earning a fifth title.

A full table of ring winners at WSOP Circuit Isle Casino Pompano Park is available below.

  Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown Prize
  Event #1: $600 NLH Multi-Flight 1,162 $598,430 Fernando Rodriguez Puerto Rico $94,947
  Event #2: $1,100 NLH 154 $150,150 Kyle Lazzaro Fort Lauderdale, Florida $39,324
  Event #3: $1,700 NLH Purple Chip Bounty 71 $72,065 Angelina Rich Seattle, Washington $22,885
  Event #4: $400 NLH Seniors Event 353 $116,490 Thomas Curtis Miami Springs, Florida $24,732
  Event #5: $400 NLH 298 $98,340 Phillip Hui San Antonio, Texas $21,198
  Event #6: $400 NLH Monster Stack 1,156 $381,480 Moises Jattin Miami, Florida $62,580
  Event #7: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha 145 $74,675 William Toy Mt. Sterling, Kentucky $19,628
  Event #8: $400 NLH 243 $80,190 Elias Nassif Plantation, Florida $18,238
  Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Mystery Bounty 278 $115,450 Justin Matecki Melbourne, Florida $25,364
  Event #10: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 242 $79,860 Joseph Hebert Metairie, Louisiana $18,159
  Event #11: $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 187 $374,000 Jeffrey Trudeau Jr. Winter Garden, Florida $93,116
  Event #12: $400 Limit Omaha 8 129 $42,570 Victor Nassif Davie, Florida $11,510
  Event #13: $1,700 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT 725 $1,098,375 Brian Altman Longmeadow, Massachusetts $204,935
  Event #14: No-Limit Hold’em Seniors Event 251 $82,830 Gregory Baird Hinsdale, IL $18,714
  Event #15: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Last Chance 198 $75,900 Anthony Close West Palm Beach, Florida $17,550