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Masek Wins Record Breaking 6th World Series of Poker Circuit Ring

by | Published: Monday, January 14th, 2013

Alexandru Masek has made World Series of Poker Circuit history by winning his sixth World Series of Poker Circuit ring in the $365 buy-in Turbo No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the Bicycle Casino Event.

The twenty-five year-old poker pro has now won an incredible three rings in the last three World Series of Poker circuit events after finishing last year with a victory at Harrah’s Rincon.

Masek was delighted to announce his victory to his Twitter followers yesterday.

“Took down a 6th WSOP Circuit ring in the turbo event at the Bike today -whole tourney played out in 13 hours, feels pretty surreal,” Masek posted.

Masek was tied with Mark Smith and Kyle Cartwright on five World Series of Poker Circuit rings, before this event, but now sits by himself as the king of the WSOP Circuit.

Smith has been the reigning champion of the World Series of Poker circuit for the last three years but was quick to pay credit to Masek.

“My heartfelt congratulations – wear that crown proudly,” Smith said.

“You earned it!  Now, I’ve got something to shoot at.”

Masek won the tournament in front of a big crowd after just twelve hours by defeating Hollywood voice actor Bill Fagerbakke in heads-up play.

Fagerbakke is noted for his work on Sponge Bob Square Pants, Batman Beyond, The Artist, Weeds as well as Beethoven and is considered one of the more popular poker-playing actors in Hollywood.

Masek has now recorded six tournament victories, eleven final tables apperances and forty-six cashes for nearly y $300,000 in World Series of Poker tournaments.

Masek has no plans to quit the World Series of Poker Circuit and is expected to play at least three more events this season.

He has the chance to add another ring to his collection when he plays in the Main Event Champion at the Bicycle Casino today.

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Alex Masek Wins Fifth World Series of Poker Circuit Ring

by | Published: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Twenty-seven-year-old Alexandru Masek captured his fifth World Series of Poker Circuit Ring at Harrah’s Rincon yesterday equaling the record jointly held by Mark Smith and Kyle Cartwright.

Masek defeated a field of 205 players in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event to win the $15,989 first place prize.

Masek was delighted with the victory and happy that his frustrating run to capture a fifth ring was finally over.

“I feel really good. I feel like I’m on cloud nine right now,” Masek said.

“I feel like I got close quite a few times and that’s tournament poker. Now, it’s great to finally get number five to come out.”

Masek faced off against Randy Paguio heads-up, who was aiming to win the tournament for the second straight year, and believes defeating such a good player makes this victory even more special.

“I have great respect for Randy Paguio,” Masek said.

“He played extremely well that entire final table, building a short-stack up and then putting well-timed pressure on opponents once he chipped up.

“He won this same tournament a year ago, and I won it the previous year, so that also created an interesting dynamic at the final table.”

Masek has recently returned to poker, after taking a break over the last couple of months, and has big plans for the remainder of 2012 and 2013.

“The win put me in a good spot to contend for the Casino Champion, so it’s given me extra incentive to play every ring event here,” Masek said.

“During January and February I’m going to play the Circuit at the Bicycle Casino, then the Los Angeles Poker Classic at Commerce Casino.

“Between those two I’ll end up playing over 40 live tournaments the first two months of the year.”

Masek said he will definitely return to the World Series of Poker Circuit and would love to win a historic sixth ring.

“I definitely intend on qualifying for the WSOP National Championship so I’m going to travel to several Circuit stops,” Masek said.

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