With less than four hours of the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 Main Event, Lytle Allen became the champion in the 491-entry field. Allen won $144,313 in his first-ever WSOP Circuit ring.

After a double up on the first hand of the day, Allen came with shorter stacks. Allen smoothly rises to victory, besting some of the best players on the circuit. He defeated Bryan Piccioli with only one hand who earned over $89,000. With only 17 big blinds, Piccioli went all-in with ace-eight, only to run into the pocket kings of Allen.

“I’ve been working hard to get to this point and to beat the field that I was playing with, they were tough. I feel really good about it.”

Lytle Allen on how he felt about winning his first WSOP circuit.

Allen had to to compete with the likes of Scott Stewart,  Kyle Cartwright, and a formidable heads-up opponent Piccioli who has been known to have a number of accomplishments at the poker tables.

“My strategy was to come in and just play my game. I figured I was the underdog so I just wanted to get it in with some good cards and they held up. Everything just worked out for me. Everything just went my way.”

Lytle Allen

This will be Allen’s second-largest score of his poker career after a third-place finish in the WSOP Circuit Hammond Main Event back in 2015 netted him over $161,000.

Allen stated that he will keep on playing professional poker but plans on staying in the mid-west area for the most part.

“Definitely going to be in Vegas for the summer but I’ll try to stay in this area where I can drive to events.”

Lytle Allen
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1stLytle AllenUnited States$144,313
2ndBryan PiccioliUnited States$89,191
3rdKyle CartwrightUnited States$65,574
4thMatthew HigginsUnited States$48,840
5thJames Todd OsborneUnited States$36,857
6thScott StewartUnited States$28,187
7thBlake BarousseUnited States$21,849
8thGreg JenningsUnited States$17,170
9thHyun LeeUnited States$13,681;

source: https://www.pokernews.com/news/2020/01/lytle-allen-wins-wsopc-horseshoe-tunica-main-event-36498.htm