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Former Chattanoogan wins World Series of Poker National Championship

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Jonathan Hilton, formerly of Chattanooga, is $355,599 richer after winning the 2013 WSOP Circuit National Championship. He also won his first-ever WSOP bracelet.

PokerNewsDaily.com reports that Hilton qualified for the invitation-only event as an at-large qualifier, where he ranked 23rd on the 2012-2013 WSOP Circuit leaderboard with 167.5 points. He won one Circuit ring during the season and cashed eight times for $87,766

The field included 127 players, who qualified for the tournament in a variety of ways. Some won a WSOP Circuit Main Events, earned the most points at a circuit stop event, finished among the top 60 WSOP points earners or finish in the top 100 in the WSOP Player of the Year rankings.

Hilton is listed on the website as a 23-year-old competitor, and as a full-time online poker professional.

It also says that Hilton almost didn't play in the Championship, since his mother is ill and his parents celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary Friday.

Hlton's plans were to stay with his parents, but his mother urged him to to play. He is quoted as telling WSOP officials  "I am really blessed. I wake up every morning and am thankful for what I have."

Hilton is said to have amassed nearly $1 million in online tournament earnings, and close to $900,000 in live tournaments.

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