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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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