Jonathan Hilton defeated a strong field to win the 2013 World Series of Poker National Championship and claim the first place prize of $355,599 as well as a World Series of Poker bracelet at Harrah’s New Orleans on Monday.
The WSOP National Championship drew a strong field of 127 players with WSOP Circuit Main Event winners, WSOP Circuit Casino Champions, WSOP Circuit qualifiers and 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Top 100 place getters making up the field in the invitation only event.
Hilton qualified for the National Championship after a string of impressive performances on the circuit this season that included eight cashes; five final table appearances and a gold ring victory at the Council Bluffs event.
While the cash prize wasn’t the biggest of Hilton’s poker career it was quiet clear he considered this his biggest win yet.
“This means a lot more to me now because I got second in a bracelet event last year,” Hilton said.
“It was right there in front of me and I really thought I was going to win, but didn’t.
“I think now it feels better than had I won it the first time, because I’ve been thinking about this all year.”
There is a great level of camaraderie between the players on the World Series of Poker Circuit and Hilton said he was delighted to win the event for the ‘grinders’ of the tour.
“While I was playing this event I started getting a lot of love on Twitter from people who really wanted a grinder to win it,” Hilton said.
“We don’t get a lot of credit, like it’s second level poker, like we’re grinding and putting in more time.
“I don’t think many of the players get credit for how good they are.”
The conclusion of the WSOP National Champion means the Circuit tour is in the books for another year and it’s time for the traditional World Series of Poker to begin.
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