Man Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Tournament After Two Decades Away from the Tables 

Klint Griffin won $127,307 and a World Series of Poker Circuit ring at the Mississippi WSOP event at the Horseshoe, Tunica, this week. 

The Tennessee resident beat out a field of 395 entrants in the $1,700 Main Event. What will make the victory even sweeter for Griffin is that this event comes just months after his return to poker from a 20-year break. 

Griffin’s last period playing cash poker was in 2005. He returned to the game in late 2023, and now has a coveted WSOPC ring and $127,000 in career winnings to his name. 

“I played cash games for a living 20 years ago. But I walked away, didn’t play any tournaments again at all until last fall, and then did three circuit mains, made day two in each, but made mistakes. And this time, I just thought about all the mistakes I made and try not to make those again,” he said, speaking to World Series of Poker after his victory. 

The Tournament 

After two days of leading pack play from Griffin, he found himself at the final table of just six players on day three in Tunica.

All the top 58 players received a guaranteed cash-out from the $588,425 prize pool.

Notable players at the event that Griffin passed on his way to victory included six-time WSOP ring holder Preston McEwen and WPT World Championship event winner Daniel Lowery. By the time Griffin ended up in the heads-up with second place Lucian Camargo, he had a comfortable chip lead. 

In the final hand, Camargo aggressively shoved his pair of 10s against Griffin’s ace of hearts-seven. However, the board ran out two jacks and the ace of spades to give Griffin the high pair and the tournament victory.

He took home $127,307 for his efforts, as well as a WSOP Circuit ring. Camargo took second place and a $76,678 prize. 

Reborn poker shark Griffin has no immediate desire to go all-in on the felt as a career any time soon. But he does foresee a potential entry to the WSOP World Championship in Las Vegas in June. 

“I own two businesses. I have a wife and child. I mean, I’ll play some more circuit events and maybe dabble going out in June (to the WSOP). But no big plans, just keep doing what I do and find time to get away and play.”

1Klint Griffin$127,307
2Lucian Camargo$76,678
3Billy Dickerson$55,792
4Trace Henderson$40,272
5Phuong Nguyen$29,600
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