Tristan Wade, a noted pro from Boynton Beach, won the first WSOP Circuit Main Event of the season, held at the Palm Beach Kennel Club.
Wade, 29, already had more than $1.1 million in earnings and a bracelet in a shootout event at the 2011 WSOP Europe on his poker resume.
Wade (shown here in his Europe win) defeated fellow bracelet winner David Diaz heads-up to take home the hardware and $106,806 with some of his family in attendance. There were 303 entrants in the $1,675 buy-in event.
“I’ve been waiting to win a tournament for a while,” Wade told WSOP.com. “It’s in my backyard, so I got to have the family come support me. Mom got off work early and they were staying up late last night rooting for me and following the updates. It’s really nice to have my family here and be close to home. It’s always fun to win a tournament."
Diaz started the heads-up match with the chip lead, but after Wade turned a bigger two pair than Diaz, the match swung in the other direction and Wade opened up what turned out to be an insurmountable chip lead. The Main Event was the 10th of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at PBKC.
Final table results:
1st: Tristan Wade - $106,806
2nd: David Diaz - $66,039
3rd: Tom Midena - $47,963
4th: Kristopher Bradshaw - $35,428
5th: Zo Karim - $26,597
6th: Will Souther - $20,284
7th: Chance Kornuth - $15,712
8th: Benjamin Zetina - $12,353
9th: Philip Consolo - $9,858