ClubWPT Qualifiers Bill Hays & Mark Symons Cash WPT World Championship

The World Poker Tour (WPT) Season 20 culminates at Wynn Las Vegas with its $10,400 WPT World Championship, a tournament that attracted an astounding 2,960 runners.

The field included 27 players who qualified by playing on the subscription-based ClubWPT. Since May, ClubWPT has running special promotions awarding passports and entries into the championship tournament.

ClubWPT awarded its final qualifier a passport into the championship on November 13th. The winner of each satellite won a $12,000 Passport to the WPT World Championship. The passport included the tournament buy-in, as well as a hotel and travel stipend.

For the past few months, PokerNews has been profiling several of the ClubWPT qualifiers, including 76-year-old Bill Hays from Jackson, Tennessee. The married man with two grown children took a break from selling his janitorial and temp service companies to make his way to Las Vegas.

It was there that he finished as the last ClubWPT Qualifier, taking 193rd place for $21,750. A chunk of change that will help the Diamond Member in his plans to relocate to the Gulf Coast.

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Hayes played a big hand on Day 2 against one of the best poker players in the world – Dan Smith. It happened when Hays was all in from the big blind for 258,000 against Smith, who was in the small blind. The former held Big Slick and was racing for his tournament life against the pocket jacks of Smith.

Hayes hit the flop big by making top two pair, and he held through both the turn and river to double through Smith. That hand helped propel Hays to the deepest run in the tournament among the ClubWPT qualifiers.

Bill Hays
Bill Hays

According to updates from the WPT World Championship, Hays fell on Day 3 in Level 18 (15,000/25,000/25,000) after he moved all in for his last 285,000 from early position. The next player to act called before Lori Ann Persinger, who won a giveaway from Andrew Neeme to get into the tournament, three-bet jammed. The called in between folded and Hays discovered the bad news.

Bill Hays: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Lori Ann Persinger: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}

The {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop was kind to Hays as it gave him a flush draw, but neither the {q-Hearts} turn nor {6-Clubs} river completed it. Hays exited in 193rd place for $21,750. Meanwhile, Persinger would go on to finish the tournament in 30th place for $119,300.

Bad Beat for Ramoth

Bruce Ramoth
Bruce Ramoth

The WPT World Championships saw 10 of the ClubWPT qualifiers survive their starting flights to advance to Day 2, but midway through the second day just six remained in Hays, Mark Symons, Tony Greene, Billy Haines, Quran Cruse, and Bruce “wlkwolf13” Ramoth.

We previously profiled Ramoth on PokerNews here. He became the second player to win a coveted seat via ClubWPT way back in May.

The 54-year-old from Selawik runs a small business with his loving wife, Nora. “We have seven children and 19 grandchildren,” he told PokerNews. “I have played poker since I was around seven or eight years old. I started playing Texas hold’em about 20 years ago. This WPT tournament satellite is my biggest win playing poker so far.”

Unfortunately for Ramoth, he fell in Level 14 (5,000/10,000/10,000) when he was all in for roughly 125,000 from the small blind and looking to survive against Krasimir Yankov.

Bruce Ramoth: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Krasimir Yankov: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

Ramoth got it in as a heavy favorite, but lady luck was against him as the {q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Clubs} flop gave Yankov the lead with a set. The {10-Spades} turn left Ramoth looking for a king on the river to stay alive, but it was not meant to be as the {5-Spades} bricked on the river.

Mark Symons
Mark Symons

The other qualifiers failed to cash with the exception of ClubWPT qualifier Mark Symons, who was also the ClubWPT Player of the Year. He turned his online entry into a 290th-place finish in the biggest World Poker Tour event in history, good for $19,150.

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2022 WPT World Championship ClubWPT Qualifiers

Date Qualifier Player City State
5/14/2022 Drew Rautenberg Medfield MA
5/28/2022 Bruce Ramoth Selawik AK
5/29/2022 Quran Cruse West Hartford CT
6/5/2022 Bill Hays Jackson TN
6/12/2022 Anthony Greene Penfield NY
6/19/2022 Michael Ensey II Gun Barrel TX
7/3/2022 Jason Kilby Wakeman OH
7/10/2022 Philip Aleman Staten Island NY
7/10/2022 Kurt Carlson Golden CO
7/17/2022 Ronald “Tigar” Penepent Cleveland TN
7/24/2022 Sepideh Moghaddam Bellaire TX
8/7/2022 Joseph Giannone Citrus Heights CA
8/14/2022 Dan Lincoln West Bridgewater MA
8/28/2022 William Haines Superior CO
8/28/2022 Albert Cohen Mount Dora FL
9/4/2022 Richard Jaros North Anson ME
9/11/2022 Mike Robinson Lone Star TX
9/18/2022 Timothy Robins Lincoln NE
9/25/2022 Stacey Breslin Lakemoor IL
10/2/2022 Jerry Tucker Florence KY
10/9/2022 Charles Ralston Hot Springs AR
10/16/2022 Joseph DiTommaso Concord NH
10/23/2022 Bob Bacon Overgaard AZ
10/30/2022 Richard Hill Paso Robles CA
10/31/2022 Mark Symons Byron Center MI
11/6/2022 Steve Hohn Fort Worth TX
11/13/2022 Peter Espitia Los Angeles CA

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