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  1. With the decision to postpone or cancel all current live WSOP Circuit events, the WSOP quickly put together an 18-event online series on WSOP.com for players in New Jersey or Nevada. The series featured 18 gold ring events, with a total of $1.24 million in combined prize pool guarantees up for grabs. The series started March 14, 2020, and ran through March 31. When it was all said and done, the guarantees were smashed thanks to 11,816 total entries generating more than $3.945 million in total prize pools. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“NJ Online Poker Promos”] WSOP Super Circuit Series Results Event #1: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack 409 entries + 161 reentries Prize pool: $171,000 The opening event, a $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack event, drew 409 entries who also fired 161 rebuys to build a $171,000 prize pool to easily surpass the $50,000 guarantee. Vijay 'Eclypzed' Para outlasted everybody else to win $41,895 and the Circuit ring that comes with the title. Runner-up Richard 'rprmoo' Ryder earned $23,512.50 and Jesse 'ugk4life' Vilchez. added $14,364 to their bankroll after rounding out the podium finishers with a third place result. The current #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo, finished in 12th place for $1,881. Daniel Negreanu, playing under the screenname 'DNegs', finished in 118th place while Ryan 'protential' Laplante, David 'dwpoker' Williams, and Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia also worked their way into an in-the-money result. Vijay 'Eclypzed' Para - $41,895 Richard 'rprmoo' Ryder - $23,512.50 Jesse 'ugk4life.' Vilchez - $14,364 Daniel 'chard' Martin - $10,944 Jeffrey 'IQ84.' Gotts - $9,234 Jonathan 'jondukes' Lampkin - $7,524 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $5,643 Kathy 'Luckygal' Liebert - $3,762 Christopher 'DonyBluffMe1' Ryan - $2,479.50 Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em 720 entries + 221 reentries Prize pool: $188,200 The first Sunday event on the schedule, a $215 No Limit Hold'em event, also made a mockery of the guarantee. The 720 players, along with 221 rebuys, pushed the prize pool to $188,200, nearly four times the $50,000 guarantee. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout topped the 941 entries to win $43,286 and the accompanying Circuit ring. This is the fourth WSOP Circuit ring win for Stout, with three of them coming in online events. His most recent win came last September when he won a $1,000 Circuit event. Runner-up Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk earned $22,866.30 for falling one spot short of the victory while James 'Meatsweats' Carroll won $15,056 as the third-place finisher. The current #3-ranked player in Nevada, Jed 'jchak' Hoffman finished in 22nd place for $752. Both Jamie "DanBilzerian' Kerstetter and Laplante cashed in a second-straight event. Laplante finished in 95th place for $357.58, while Kerstetter finished 116th for $319.94. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $43,286 Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk - $22,866.30 James 'Meatsweats' Carroll - $15,056 Adam 'leroycash' Vogl - $11,292 David 'zuleh' Bagheri - $9,410 Matthew 'gailums' Gailums - $7,528 Bryant 'gotchasuckka' Bustamante - $5,457.80 Patrick 'PatFromEH' Dimartino - $3,387.60 Daniel 'pepperprince' Zack - $2,446.60 Event #3: $215 No Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo 484 entries + 185 reentries Prize pool: $133,800 The third event on the schedule, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo event, drew 484 unique players who rebought 185 times to produce a $133,800 prize pool, well past the $50,000 guarantee. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman worked his way through all 669 entries to win $32,781 and a WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up Kanon 'Zealot710' Dewitt picked up $18,397.50 and third-place finisher Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro added $11,239.20 to their bankroll. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $32,781 Kanon 'Zealot710' Dewitt - $18,397.50 Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro - $11,239.20 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $8,563.20 Ted 'olmuggins' Ely - $7,225.20 Qi 'linsanitY' Ha - $5,887.20 John 'beastro' Hinds - $4,415.40 Lauren 'sycamore22' Roberts - $2,943.60 Michael 'uniman' Laufer - $1,940.10 Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max 182 entries + 108 reentries Prize pool: $276,950 The series' fourth event was the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max. It came with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000, but that guarantee was smashed with a turnout of 182 players and 108 reentries to generate a $276,950 purse. First place was worth nearly as much as the event's prize pool guarantee, with the winner taking home $74,776.50. Shankar 'burgersssss' Pillai won the fourth event and took home the gold ring in addition to the $74,776.50 prize pool. He beat Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler in heads-up play. Just a couple weeks ago, Pillai won the WSOP.com Winter OC Main Event for $69,250. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout made the final table and was looking for his second win of the series, but he had to settle for sixth place and $13,847.50. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson finished fifth, Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall took fourth, and Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan busted fourth. Shankar 'burgersssss' Pillai - $74,776.50 Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $43,619.62 Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan - $24,925.50 Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $19,386.50 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $16,617 Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $13,847.50 Event #5: $215 No Limit Hold’em 562 entries + 297 reentries Prize pool: $171,800 The fifth event on the schedule continued the trend of making easy work of the posted guarantees, with 562 entries, along with 297 rebuys, to create a $171,800 prize pool on an event which had a $50,000 guarantee. Jaime 'mooseman1710' Reyes took the event down for $41,232 - a career-high score - and his first WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up Brandon 'horus' Eisen had to settle for $21,818.60 while third place went to Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross for $14,259.40. Jaime 'mooseman1710' Reyes - $41,232 Brandon 'horus' Eisen - $21,818.60 Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross - $14,259.40 unclecuh - $10,823.40 Lauren 'sycamore22' Roberts - $9,105.40 Jacob 'Timmy2Cox' Rich - $7,387.40 Tyler 'dumbram' Patterson - $5,497.60 Stephen 'DitchPlains' Brennan - $3,607.80 James 'richrdparker' Taylor - $2,405.20 Event #6: $320 No Limit Hold’em 461 entries + 295 reentries Prize pool: $217,800 Event #6: $320 No Limit Hold'em drew 461 players and 265 reentries, creating a $217,800 prize pool to smash the $50,000 guarantee. Winning the event was James "Meatsweats" Carroll, taking home $53,361. Carroll had previously finished third in the second event of the series of $15,056. Carroll defeated Brian 'bexel' Sherrier in heads-up play. Sherrier now has two final tables in the series. James 'meatsweats' Carroll - $53,361 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $29,947.50 Stanton 'Stonniepokes' Tentnowski - $18,295.20 Steve 'Anonymous' Mlenak - $13,939.20 Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $11,761.20 David 'limpfold247' Mowery - $9,583.20 Jonathan 'jonathannn' Su - $7,187.40 Scott 'moose4life' Lazewski - $4,791.60 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $3,158.10 Event #7: $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 261 entries + 193 reentries Prize pool: $90,800 The great game of Pot Limit Omaha was finally represented on the WSOP Circuit schedule on Friday night with a $215 Six Max PLO event. Like the No Limit Hold'em events before it, the PLO event had little trouble making the guarantee. Thanks to 261 entries and 193 reentries, the prize pool ballooned to $90,800, more than three times the $30,000 guarantee. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire topped the field to win $23,608 and the second Circuit ring of his career. His first ring also came in an online event in September 2019. Runner-up Sang 'outofrole80' Kim earned $13,620 while Randall 'MRmandela79' Paguio won $7,990.40 for coming in third. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire - $23,608 Sang 'outofrole80' Kim - $13,620 Randall 'MRmandela79' Paguio - $7,990.40 Dylan 'thedogsofwar' Wilkerson - $6,174.40 Yelena 'yzas75' Zaslavskaya - $5,175.60 Orson 'borgatcha' Young - $4,267.60 Event #8: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack 569 entries + 257 reentries Prize pool: $247,800 Event #8: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack was a big one, drawing 569 players and adding 257 reentries for a guarantee-smashing prize pool of $247,800. The original prize pool guarantee of $75,000 was more than tripled in this one, with a $59,472 first-place prize up for grabs. Taking top honors was Kenneth 'ace710' Neri, and he pocketed the nearly $60,000 first prize and gold ring for the victory. Just a week ago, Neri topped the field in the $50,000 GTD March Mayhem on WSOP.com, winning $20,880 for that triumph. Finishing in eighth place was Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong, earning $10,655.40 for his run. Kenneth 'ace710' Neri - $59,472 Daniel 'dtmpoker' Rogers - $31,470.60 Lucas 'coolhandluke' Gatti - $20,567.40 Mark 'Nostradonkus' Liedtke - $15,611.40 Victor 'v1kk019' Pang - $13,133.40 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $10,655.40 Brandon 'z00m7' Setzer - $7,929.80 Kevin 'skywalker12' Rasor - 5,203.80 Stephen 'OregonTilt' Johnson - $3,469.20 Event #9: $525 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack 477 entries + 159 reentries Prize pool: $318,000 Just a few days after he took second in the series' Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max for $43,619.62, Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler scored first place in Sunday's $525 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack for $77,910. Dokler topped the field that attracted 477 players and 159 entries, including topping Nicolas 'Zskrrrrt' Zolofra in heads-up play. Also finishing at the final table was Calvin 'projector52' Anderson, who took fifth place for $17,172. Anderson also had an excellent run in WSOP.com's $100,000 GTD Sunday Special, finishing 11th for $2,208.80. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $77,910 Nicolas 'Zskrrrrt' Zolofra - $43,725 James 'BagelBud' Lillis - $26,712 Eric 'bill_luga' Blair - $20,352 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $17,172 Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty - $13,992 Keith 'kgriffi45' Griffin - $10,494 Matthew 'manjit7' Leu - $6,996 Brady 'NoRecourse' Osterman - $4,611 Event #10: $250 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout 473 entries Prize pool: $110,209 Event #10: $250 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout attracted 473 players and generated a prize pool of $110,209, which toppled the event's $30,000 guarantee. Once again, first place was nearly the amount that the original prize pool guarantee was, with $27,001.20 up top in this one. Finishing in first place was Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker. Lacey 'ReySol' Jones placed third for $9,257.55. Jones was just a few spots away from winning her second WSOP Circuit gold ring after she won Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em of the WSOP.com Online Circuit Series at the end of February. Jamie 'danbilzerian' Kerstetter finished eighth for $2,424.59. Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker - $27,001.50 Robert 'Agamerob' Gray - $15,153.73 Lacey 'ReySol' Jones - $9,257.55 Michael 'mygame' Lavenburg - $7,053.37 'KingJames302' - $5,951.28 Jack 'oneeightyt' Duong - $4,849.19 Ari 'philivey' Engel - $3,636.89 Jamie 'danbilzerian' Kerstetter - $2,424.59 Justin 'Str8_Acid' Davis - $1,598.03 Event #11: No Limit Hold'em BIG $500 314 entries + 217 reentries Prize pool: $247,977 Event #11 of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series saw a familiar face grab first place. The event attracted 314 players and 217 reentries to generate a $247,977 prize pool. First place was more than $63,000 and it was Matt 'RubberFist' Stout topping the field when it was all said and done. For Stout, it was his second win of the series after he won Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em for $43,286. Stout had a tough final table to go through, which included Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon, Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey, and Michael 'RUA11' Michnick, among others. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $63,234.13 Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken - $35,956.66 Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon - $21,326.02 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $16,366.48 Jake 'tooletime13' Toole - $13,886.71 Joshua 'kenjiboi7' Faris - $11,406.94 Brett 'furofakind' Shaffer - $8,679.19 Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk - $5,703.47 Michael 'RUA11' Michnick - $3,697.63 Event #12: $215 No Limit Hold'em 541 entries + 303 reentries Prize pool: $168,800 On Wednesday, March 25, Event #12: $215 No Limit Hold'em played out. The event's $50,000 guarantee was crushed thanks to a $168,800 prize pool generated from 541 entries and 303 reentries. Winning first place was William 'swaggyb' Corvino, who scored the tournament's $40,512 first-place prize. William 'swaggyb' Corvino - $40,512 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $21,437.60 Phillip 'pbrokemoney' Lazar - $14,010.40 Bradley 'Mouth1979' Hose - $10,634.40 Saurav 'blackoutmook' Desai - $8,946.40 Michael 'njnj17' Leib - $7,258.40 Yelena 'yzas75' Zaslavskaya - $5,401.60 Dan 'NoLimitNomad' Kuntzman - $3,544.80 Sammy 'poker_mamba' Paik - $2,363.20 Event #13: $320 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max 402 entries + 271 reentries Prize pool: $201,900 The 13th event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series was a $320 buy-in six-max event that drew 402 players. With 271 reentries, the prize pool came in at $201,900, easily surpassing the event's $75,000 guarantee. Topping the field and taking the $49,465.50 first-place prize was 'OtB_RedBaron.' Thomas 'OtB_RedBaron' Lim - $49,465.50 Simeon 'evolved_one' Knafo - $27,761.25 Zachary 'lovepuddle' Schwartz - $16,959.60 Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $12,921.60 Jonathan 'jonmon101' Miller - $10,902.60 Ray 'Raytrg' Villaman - $8,883.60 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $6,662.70 Harrison 'harrisond33' Dobin - $4,441.80 Ryan 'LoveMy11Cats' Belz - $2,927.55 Event #14: $250 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 422 entries + 214 reentries Prize pool: $149,460 The 14th event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series was another guarantee-smashing success. The $250 No Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament had a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000, but thanks to 422 players and 214 reentries, a prize pool of $149,460 was generated. Finishing in first place was Sang 'youngkoi' Lee, who scooped up the $36,617.70 first-place prize. Lee defeated Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken in heads-up play, with Vanauken taking $20,550.75 for his efforts. For Vanauken, it was his second event of the series finishing as the runner up. Vanauken finished second in Event 11 for $35,956.66, too. Also reaching the final table was Michael 'ItWasThatOr0' Gagliano, placing ninth for $2,167.17. Sang 'youngkoi' Lee - $36,617.70 Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken - $20,550.75 Vincent 'PeoplesChamp' Ciccotelli - $12,55.64 Jordan 'HFNeon' Spurlin - $9,565.44 Timothy 'tbone111' McGowan - $8,070.84 Jason 'jayriv' Rivkin - $6,576.24 Victor 'v1kk019' Pang - $4,932.18 Junho 'joros' Song - $3,288.12 Michael 'ItWasThatOr0' Gagliano - $2,167.17 Event #15: $320 No Limit Hold'em 473 entries + 258 reentries Prize pool: $219,300 Event #15: $320 No Limit Hold'em drew a field of 473 players to the mix. Add in 258 reentries and the prize pool came in at $219,300, topping the $75,000 guarantee easily. Winning the event's $53,728.50 first-place prize was Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean. 'DrDisRespect' defeated Justin 'tamaratibles' Young in heads-up play, with second place being worth $30,153.75. Daniel 'chard' Martin, who finished fourth in the first event of the series, took sixth in this one for $9,649.20. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson finished eighth for $4,824.60. Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean - $53,728.50 Justin 'tamaratibles' Young - $30,153.75 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $18,421.20 Pierce 'victoria53' McKellar - $14,035.20 Joseph 'melonhead' Bartholdi - $11,842.20 Daniel 'chard' Martin - $9,649.20 Bryan 'mug15' Elliott - $7,236.90 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $4,824.60 Anthony 'shipit1991' Marchese - $3,179.85 Event #16: $525 No Limit Hold'em Main Event 763 entries + 371 reentries Prize pool: $567,000 The series' $525 Main Event attracted a huge field of 763 players. Those players added 371 reentries to the mix to create a prize pool of $567,000. The event's original guarantee was $200,000. Up top to the winner was $130,410 in prize money. Walking away with that first-place prize was Champie 'kiddchamp' Douglas. Douglas defeated Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein in heads-up play. The event was packed full of notables and so was the final table. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman finished fourth for $34,020, Gordon 'veilleux' Vayo took fifth for $28,350, and David 'dwpoker' Williams placed sixth for $22,680. Finishing just outside the final able in 10th place was Eric 'CircleBall' Baldwin and Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross took 12th. Champie 'kiddchamp' Douglas - $130,41 Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein - $68,890.50 Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne- $45,360 Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $34,020 Gordon 'veilleux' Vayo - $28,350 David 'dwpoker' Williams - $22,680 Marcus 'MJL56' Laffen - $16,443 Robert 'Bob_Loblaw' Brown - $10,206 Jose 'deposit' Noboa - $7,371 Event #17: $300 No Limit Hold'em Knockout 435 entries Prize pool: $122,670 In the second-to-last event of the series, Valentin 'tiktakonelov' Shabelnyk topped a field of 435 players to win Event #17: $300 No Limit Hold'em Knockout. In addition to winning the $19,396.65 first-place prize, Shabelnyk scored seven and a half knockouts for an additional $750. That put the total haul at $20,146.65. In heads-up play, Shabelnyk defeated Anthony 'heheh' Zinno. David 'dehhhhh' Coleman finished fifth and Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler took seventh. Valentin 'tiktakonelov' Shabelnyk - $19,396.65 + $750 in bounties Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $10,885.87 + $700 in bounties Edward 'Eddiegood598' Espino - $6,650.28 + $400 in bounties Sebastian 'Messi10' Choi - $5,066.88 + $800 in bounties David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $4,275.18 + $400 in bounties Timothy 'Tgl702' Glass - $3,483.48 + $400 in bounties Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $2,612.61 + $1,400 in bounties Irfan 'DieselEngine' Azhar - $1,741.74 + $500 in bounties Longsheng 'Allentan' Tan - $1,147.96 + $1,000 in bounties Event #18: $1,000 Grand Finale High Roller 6-Max 232 entries + 126 reentries Prize pool: $341,890 The final event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series closed out the festival with a bang, as Event #18: $1,000 Grand Finale High Roller 6-Max destroyed its $75,000 guarantee with a prize pool of $341,890. In fact, the first-place prize of $90,600.85 was more than the original prize pool guarantee. Finishing in first place was Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne, who was coming off a third-place finish in the $525 Main Event. Doyne defeated Chad 'clayne' Layne in heads-up play. Layne previously finished second and third in other events earlier in the series. Also reaching the final table was Katie 'katelin' Lindsay and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman. Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne - $90,600.85 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $52,922.95 Brandon 'horus' Eisen - $30,257.26 Katie 'katelin' Lindsay - $23,248.52 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $19,829.62 Thomas 'carter12' Carter - $16,410.72 Super Circuit Casino Championship Leaderboard The WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series qualifies for the Global Casino Championship. The series' main event winner will receive an automatically qualification to the Global Casino Championship, as will the winner of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Casino Championship Leaderboard. You can find the latest leaderboard below, per WSOP.com. Player Points Gold Rings Cashes Earnings 1. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout 140 2 6 $122,389 2. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler 107.5 1 7 $124,200 3. James 'meatsweats' Carroll 95 1 5 $71,025 4. Brian 'bexel' Sherrier 87.5 0 5 $44,385 5. Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken 80 0 4 $57,180 6. Chad 'clayne' Layne 77.5 0 4 $41,375 7. Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean 75 1 5 $56,803 8. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire 72.5 1 5 $28,503 9. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson 70 0 4 $38,933 10. Sang 'youngkoi' Lee 67.5 1 4 $39,298 Super Circuit Series By the Numbers Event Players Reentries Total Entries Guarantee Prize Pool 1 409 161 570 $50,000 $171,000 2 720 221 941 $50,000 $188,200 3 484 185 669 $50,000 $133,800 4 182 108 290 $75,000 $276,950 5 562 297 859 $50,000 $171,800 6 461 295 756 $50,000 $217,800 7 261 193 454 $30,000 $90,800 8 569 257 826 $75,000 $247,800 9 477 159 636 $150,000 $318,000 10 473 0 473 $30,000 $110,209 11 314 217 531 $75,000 $247,977 12 541 303 844 $50,000 $168,800 13 402 271 673 $75,000 $201,900 14 422 214 636 $50,000 $149,460 15 473 258 731 $75,000 $219,300 16 763 371 1,134 $200,000 $567,000 17 435 0 435 $30,000 $122,670 18 232 126 358 $75,000 $341,890 Totals 11,816 $3,945,356  
  2. Another televised World Poker Tour final table is set. This time, it’s the Season XVIII WPT L.A. Poker Classic. The event drew 490 entries to Commerce Casino and generated a prize pool of $4.727 million. Just six players remain and they’ll be on hiatus until action resumes at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 2. Leading the way in the chase for the $1.015 million top prize is Balakrishna Patur. Patur brings 6.32 million in chips to the final table. He’ll be joined by two WPT Champions Club members in Matas Cimbolas and James Carroll, Ka Kwan Lau, Scott Hempel, and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva. De Silva will be the short stack with 930,000 when action resumes in April. WPT LAPC Final Table Seat 1: Scott Hempel - 1,670,000 Seat 2: James Carroll - 4,125,000 Seat 3: Matas Cimbolas - 4,310,000 Seat 4: Ka Kwan Lau - 2,250,000 Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva- 930,000 Seat 6: Balakrishna Patur - 6,320,000 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Each of the six is guaranteed a minimum payday of $185,330. Included in the event’s first-place prize is a $15,000 seat to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal. How the Final Table Was Reached Day 1 saw Demo Kiriopoulos emerge as the event’s chip leader when the first day of play was in the books. Then it was Isaac Baron atop the field at the end of Day 2. Entering Day 3, 104 players remained and the top 62 were set to reach the money. With 63 players left, WPT Champions Club member Jordan Cristos was all in against fellow WPT champion Daniel Strelitz. According to the WPT Live Updates team, Cristos was all in with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] on the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop. Strelitz had made the call with the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="Jh"] on the turn and 8h on the river allowed Cristos to double up, but that would be the last time he doubled up this tournament. Shortly thereafter, still on the money bubble with 63 players remaining, Cristos was all in on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] flop with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"]. His opponent, Claude Codru, had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"]. Once again, it was Cristos needing to fade a draw. This time, the [poker card="Qs"] came right out on the turn and gave Codru an unbeatable flush. The river completed the board with the [poker card="2d"] and Cristos was sent home as the "bubble boy." Once in the money, the eliminations began to stack up, including Barry Greenstein (61st - $16,905), Jesse Sylvia (55th - $18,845), and Lee Markholt (41st - $21,290). To close out Day 3, 39 players remained with Patur on top of the pack. Day 4 saw the field whittled down to 11 players. Baron remained in contention and finished Day 4 as the chip leader, with Hempel sitting second and Patur sitting third. Donald Maloney (37th - $24,375), John Hennigan (34th - $24,375), JC Tran (29th - $28,275), and Dylan Linde (14th - $58,215) were among the casualties on Day 4. Baron couldn’t get anything going on Day 5, though, and he fell in 11th place for $71,950. Charles Kassin and Lau both scored early double ups through Baron, and then De Silva picked off a bluff from Baron. On his final hand, Baron held pocket eights against Hempel’s pocket tens but could not come from behind. Hempel also knocked out WPT Champions Club member Kevin Eyster in 10th place. Strelitz went bust in eighth, and his elimination came in a three-way clash of WPT champions involving Carroll and Cimbolas. Strelitz was all in preflop with side action between Carroll and Cimbolas. On the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8c"] flop, Cimbolas bet 300,000 and Carroll shoved for more than 5 million. Cimbolas called all in for 1.56 million total with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"]. Carroll had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2c"] and then Strelitz had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"], keeping Cimbolas’ aces in front and eliminating Strelitz. After Strelitz busted, Shi Chen was sent packing in seventh place to set the official TV final table. Play Resumes in April Guaranteed $185,330 each with the chance to win $1.015 million, the final six players in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic will resume action on Thursday, April 2, at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table is the third delayed final table during Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. Taking place in the days before it are the finales to the WPT Gardens Poker Championship and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Chance Kornuth leads the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table, with action set to resume on Tuesday, March 31. Veerab Zakarian leads the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open final table, with action set to resume on Wednesday, April 1. All three of these final tables - the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and WPT L.A. Poker Classic - will play out at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
  3. Season XVII of the World Poker Tour has reached another final table on Tuesday, this time down in South Florida for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. From a booming field of 1,360 entries, just six competitors remain, and they’re on break until playing out the final table on May 30 in Las Vegas. Leading the way is WPT Champions Club member James Carroll. The final six players have each locked up $148,380. When they return to action in a month and a half, they’ll be chasing the $715,175 first-place prize and seat into the Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions. Joining Carroll at the final table was Maria Ho, Ami Alibay, Eric Afriat, Chad Eveslage, and Jerry Wong. Carroll boasts a stack of 18.525 million, which is just about 2 million ahead of Ho’s second-place stack of 16.65 million. WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table Seat 1: Maria Ho - 16,650,000 Seat 2: Chad Eveslage - 3,350,000 Seat 3: Jerry Wong - 3,225,000 Seat 4: Eric Afriat - 4,425,000 Seat 5: Ami Alibay - 8,175,000 Seat 6: James Carroll - 18,525,000 Numbers Never Lie With 1,360 entries, the Season XVII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown generated a prize pool of $4.352 million and produced the fourth largest WPT Main Tour field size in history. The event with the largest turnout was the Season XII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown that attracted 1,795 entries. In second is the Season XIII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and then it’s this season’s WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open with 1,415 entries. Interestingly, the winner of the largest-ever WPT Main Tour event was Afriat and he’s now reached this final table. Reaching the Final Table The money line was set at 170 players, and entering Day 2 of the tournament there were 524 remaining. After a few hours of play, 171 players remained and the money bubble had come. Brandon Hall, who recently took fourth in the Season XVII WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, found himself all in with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"] against the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ah"] of Alibay, according to the WPT coverage. The board ran out clean for Alibay’s aces which meant Hall was out the door as the "bubble boy." From there, players began filling up the payout line. Busting before the end of Day 2 were Anthony Zinno (96th), Faraz Jaka (103rd), Victor Ramdin (112th), Tyler Patterson (118th), David Baker (122nd), Scotty Nguyen (125th), Dylan Wilkerson (132nd), Sam Panzica (133rd), and Dylan Linde (134th). When the day was all said and done, 90 players remained with Keith Ferrera leading the pack. Day 3 saw the returning field of 90 players whittled down to 18. Darren Elias and Frank Stepuchin when out early, Aaron Mermelstein, Erik Seidel, and Will Failla fell later, and then Ferrera’s run came to an end in 19th place. On Ferrera’s final hand, he, like Hall before him, ran ace-king into the pocket aces of an opponent. Ferrera’s opponent was Eveslage who went on to bag the chip lead entering Day 4. [caption id="attachment_623684" align="alignnone" width="800"] Former NFL star Richard Seymour had a deep run that resulted in a 15th-place finish (photo: WPT)[/caption] On Day 4, the goal was to play down to the official WPT final table of six. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was still in the field, but his time ran out with a 15th-place finish for $29,690. On his final hand, Seymour was all in with the [poker card="As"][poker card="6s"] against the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Td"] for Alibay. The board ran out [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"] and Seymour was eliminated. With 11 players left, Carroll won a big pot off Afriat that gave him a stack that was right up there with Alibay’s for the chip lead. After raising and calling a three-bet in position, Carroll was faced with a bet of 400,000 on the [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3h"] flop. He called and the turn was the [poker card="2s"]. Afriat fired 750,000 this time, but Carroll stuck around with a call. The river completed the board with the [poker card="5h"] and Afriat checked. Carroll fired 1.45 million and Afriat eventually folded. Carroll showed the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"] for jack high. From there, Carroll continued to build his stack as players busted out. On the final hand of Day 4, Jason Marshman went out in seventh place when Ho made trip jacks against him with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jd"] versus the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"]. WPT Champion Carroll in Dominating Position James Carroll is no stranger to the WPT winner’s circle and he’s now in a dominating position to score his second World Poker Tour title. Back in Season XII, Carroll won the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event for a huge score of $1.256 million. In that event, he topped a field of 718 entries. The final table included fellow WPT Champions Club members Dylan Wilkerson and Nam Lee, who finished in second and fifth places, respectively, and Season XII WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja. Carroll boasts career live tournament earnings of more than $3.2 million, of which he’s won $1.556 million on the World Poker Tour. He has six WPT cashes, including this one, and three other top 10 finishes outside of his Bay 101 victory and this event. This season, Carroll finished seventh in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $155,900. With a 18.525 million, Carroll has 34% of the chips in play entering the final table. [caption id="attachment_623681" align="alignnone" width="800"] Eric Afriat seeks a third WPT title (photo: WPT)[/caption] Afriat Seeks Third WPT Title Eric Afriat could be the story of the whole event. The two-time WPT Champions Club member won the largest-ever WPT Main Tour event in Season XII, which was this very event that attracted a massive 1,795 entries. Afriat entered that final table fourth in chips, and that’s the position he’ll come in this time around, too. He scored $1.081 million for that victory, but his WPT success didn’t end there. In fact, it was only just beginning really. Afriat has racked up 12 WPT Main Tour cashes, including this one, and in Season XVI he won his second World Poker Tour title when he topped another huge field at Borgata in Atlantic City. In the Season XVI WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Afriat finished in first place above a field of 1,244 entries to win $651,928. Needless to say, Afriat knows a thing or two about winning large-field WPT events. In addition to that success, Afriat has three additional trips to WPT final tables in previous events. He came sixth in the Season IX WPT Bellagio Cup for $118,950, third in the Season XV WPT Playground for $82,716, and fifth in the Season XVI WPT Montreal for $75,043. A third WPT title would tie Afriat with the likes of Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen, Chino Rheem, and Anthony Zinno, who each have three titles and are one behind the leader, Darren Elias, who has four. [caption id="attachment_623683" align="alignnone" width="800"] Maria Ho has her eyes on his first major tournament title (photo: WPT)[/caption] Ho Seeking First Major Title For all of the success Maria Ho has enjoyed in the poker world, both on the felt as a player and off it as a broadcaster and personality, she’s yet to snag herself a major tournament title. Ho is second in chips entering this final table and it could very well be the one that allows her to grab that first major victory. Ho has had deep runs on the World Poker Tour before. She reached the Season XIV WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars final table and finished in sixth place for $179,930. She also finished 10th in the Season IX WPT Bellagio Cup that Afriat took sixth in, earning $40,783 for that finish. She also has two World Series of Poker final tables under her belt, including a runner-up finish to Allen Bari in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2011 WSOP. “It would mean so much,” Ho told WPT.com when asked what it would mean to win a WPT title. “I’ve been playing poker professionally for 14 years now, and unfortunately I’m still lacking that one major win. I know that it doesn’t define my career, but the World Poker Tour is very prestigious so it would mean a lot.” In October of 2018, she did win the WPTDeepStacks Johannesburg Main Event for $69,166. Ho had more than $3.2 million in live tournament earnings ahead of this event. Don’t Sleep On Wong Jerry Wong may be the shortest stack at the final table to start, but he’s been on the biggest of stages before. In 2016, Wong reached the WSOP Main Event final table and finished eighth for $1.1 million. For Wong, he’s yet to win a WPT title and it’s his first World Poker Tour final table. His position on the leaderboard isn’t an advantageous one, but if Wong’s able to generate some momentum early then he could really put some pressure on his opponents given the experience he has. We’ve seen a short stack come back to win many times, so don’t be surprised if Wong maneuvers his way to a victory. The Season XVII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown will resume action on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel & Casino.
  4. James Carroll came into the final table of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown with the chip lead and something to prove. Having already won one WPT title, Carroll still had the bitter memory of a seventh place finish at the LA Poker Classic in February to overcome. Over the course of eight hours of play, Carroll outlasted five other opponents to pick up his second WPT titles and $715,175. "This one is actually somewhat sweeter. The first one felt good, but I've been through some super tough times in the last five years, this feels good," Carroll said, after eliminating Eric Afriat on the last hand. Carroll and Afriat were the two players at the final table to already have a WPT title to their credit. Carroll won the Bay 101 Shooting Stars event in 2014 while Afriat took down the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in 2014 and the Borgata Winter Poker Open in 2018. The final table also included Mario Ho, Jerry Wong, and Chad Eveslage. Maria Ho raised to 500,000 from early position before Chad Eveslage moved all in for 3,400,000 from the cutoff and Ho called. Eveslage turned over [ad][jd] and found out he was racing against Ho's [tc][td]. The board ran out [8h][7h][5h][7s][2c] to give Ho the pot and eliminate Eveslage in sixth place. Just 15 hands later, Ami Alibay and Jerry Wong got into an all-in preflop confrontation that ended Alibay's run. From the button, Wong raised to 700,000, Eric Afriat called from the small blind before Alibay moved all in for 3,275,000 from the big blind. Wong called before Afriat folded. Alibay got great news when he turned over [9c][9d] and Wong showed [8c][8h]. The [ah][tc][7h] flop kept Alibay ahead, but the [kh] turn gave Wong extra outs with a flush draw and the [5h] river completed it to eliminate Alibay in fifth. Four-handed play continued for 51 hands before another player was sent to the rail after a preflop all-in battle. Afriat raised to 1,000,000 from UTG and Wong shoved all in from the big blind for 3,900,000. Afriat called and tabled [4c][4d] and Wong showed [ad][9h]. The board ran out [jc][hj][6h][3c][5d] and Afriat's pocket fours held up to bust Wong in fourth place. Down to just 16 big blinds, Ho moved all in from the button for 8,100,000 and Carroll called from the big blind. Ho was slightly ahead with [ac][5d] to Carroll's [ks][qc]. The flop came [as][qh][jd] to leave Ho in front, but the [kc] turn flipped the script and left Ho drawing to any ace, jack, or five for the win. The river was the [4s] leaving Ho as the third place finisher. Afriat started heads up play with a 2-1 advantage over Carroll but the two players traded the lead multiple times before Carroll took a formidable lead before finishing the job. Afriat raised from the button to 2,000,000 and Carroll three-bet jammed. Afriat moved all in and Carroll called and flipped over [ks][8h] while Afriat showed [6d][6h]. The [kc][kd][qc] flop gave Carroll a commanding lead. Neither the [3h] turn or [qs] river saved Afriat and he was eliminated in second place, giving Carroll the title. "He's very tricky. He's won two of these before and now he's got a second. I'd say he's doing a whole lot of things right," Carroll said of Afriat. "This is the first tournament I played with him. I probably played with him for three or four hours total before the final table. From what I've seen, he's very good." Final Table Payouts James Carroll - $715,175 Eric Afriat - $465,120 Maria Ho - $344,960 Jerry Wong - $257,815 Ami Alibay - $194,610 Chad Eveslage - $148,380
  5. Back on April 16, the Season XVII World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown reached its final table of six. WPT Champions Club member James Carroll led the group, with Maria Ho firmly in second place. Eric Afriat, another WPT Champions Club member, also reached the final table. On May 30, the final six hit Las Vegas at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino to compete for the $715,175 top prize. What’s Up for Grabs? The winner of the Season XVII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown gets $715,175, a seat into the season-ending Baccarat WPT Tournament of Champions, and a luxurious Hublot Big Bang watch. As things stand, each of the final six have already locked up $148,380 for reaching the final table from the field of 1,360 entries. 1st Place: $715,175 2nd Place: $465,120 3rd Place: $344,960 4th Place: $257,815 5th Place: $194,610 6th Place: $148,380 READ: How the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown final table was set. How To Watch the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table If you’re in Las Vegas on May 30, you’re able to head over to the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to view the conclusion of the event in person, but of course, not everyone is within reach of Sin City. For those looking to tune in as it’s happening, the final table can be viewed on PokerGO. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. You can also follow along with written coverage on WPT.com. The event is also being filmed for broadcast as part of the WPT’s televised schedule of events that you’ll be able to catch later on FOX Sports Regional Networks. [caption id="attachment_624382" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Maria Ho (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 1: Maria Ho - 16,650,000 For all of the success that Maria Ho has enjoyed over the course of her poker career, she’s still yet to win her first major title. She has second-, fourth-, and sixth-place finishes in World Series of Poker events, and she’s twice finished in sixth place in a WPT Main Tour event. She did win the WPTDeepStacks Johannesburg title in October 2018. With the second-largest stack entering the final table, it’s all eyes on Ho. She’s not too far behind the chip leader, Carroll, and looks to be in fairly top form. Ho scored first place in the L.A. Poker Classic $25,000 High Roller for $276,690 in March, and she just placed fourth in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America High Roller for another chunk of change around $70,000. Sprinkle in another handful of cashes and Ho is having one of the best years she’s ever had on the live felt. Her previous best year was in 2011 when she won nearly $660,000 in prizes. She’s already up to more than $550,000 in 2019 with a chance to go much higher with some pay jumps in this event. A victory would not only give Ho her first-ever WPT title, but she’d have earned more than $1 million from live tournament poker in a calendar year for the first time in her career. [caption id="attachment_624383" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Chad Eveslage (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 2: Chad Eveslage - 3,350,000 Chad Eveslage enters the final table second-to-last in chips, just ahead of Jerry Wong. Eveslage is already enjoying the best year of his live tournament career and this result is already the most money he’s ever cashed for in a single live tournament. Eveslage’s results track back to January 2011 when he cashed in the PCA Main Event for $23,500. This run marks his fourth WPT Main Tour cash and deepest run, besting his eighth-place result from the Season XII WPT Rolling Thunder event that was won by JC Tran. [caption id="attachment_624384" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Jerry Wong (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 3: Jerry Wong - 3,225,000 Jerry Wong has been on the big stage before. In 2016, he made the final table of the WSOP Main Event and finished in eighth place for more than $1.1 million. In 2017, he won the opening event of the WPTDeepStacks Hollywood stop down at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In that $360 buy-in event, he topped a mammoth field of 4,756 entries to win $250,000. Wong hadn’t reached a WPT Main Tour final table before reaching this one, but he has had a handful of deep runs to the last few tables. He wasn’t able to break through in those events and he’ll again have his work cut out for him in this one as he’s the shortest stack left in the field. Still, Wong has more than 20 big blinds to work with and one double up can get the seasoned pro right back into the mix. [caption id="attachment_624385" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Eric Afriat (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 4: Eric Afriat - 4,425,000 If you follow the World Poker Tour, then the name Eric Afriat is one you know. He’s a two-time WPT champion looking for his third trip to the winner’s circle, and he has plenty of experience winning these large-field WPT events. Afriat’s first WPT title came when he won the Season XII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1.081 million. In that event, he topped an enormous field of 1,795 entries. Afriat won his second WPT title in Season XVI at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. There, he topped a field of 1,244 entries to win more than $650,000. A victory in this one would give Afriat a third WPT title and move him into the ranks of Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Chino Rheem, and Anthony Zinno, all of whom have three WPT titles and are one behind the leader, Darren Elias. [caption id="attachment_624386" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Ami Alibay (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 5: Ami Alibay - 8,175,000 Ami Alibay has been around the WPT scene quite a bit and he’s making his fifth WPT Main Tour cash to show for it. It’s his first time at a WPT Main Tour final table, though, and it’s also the largest live tournament score of his career. Alibay’s previous best WPT finish came in March when he took 11th in the Season XVII WPT at Venetian. That finish earned Alibay more than $33,000. All told, when you include the $148,380 he’s earned for no worse than sixth place, Alibay has more than $630,000 in live tournament earnings. Like Afriat, he’s a Canadian player, but he’ll have about twice as many chips to work with to start the final table as Afriat does. [caption id="attachment_624387" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] James Carroll (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 6: James Carroll - 18,525,000 James Carroll has already experienced winning a World Poker Tour event once. Back in Season XII, Carroll topped a field of 718 entries in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event to win $1.256 million. He came close to winning a second WPT title not too long ago, when in March he took seventh in the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $155,900. One more place up and Carroll would have found himself at the HyperX Esports Arena playing for the title. He’ll get his shot this time around, though, and he’ll come into play with the biggest stack left. Carroll boasts a career of nearly $3.4 million in earnings when you include the almost $150,000 he’s already scored here. A couple jumps up the payout list will give Carroll his second-best year on the live tournament felt when it comes to earnings, but a second WPT title is really what he’s chasing. Carroll should have one of the biggest rails of supporters at the HyperX Esports Arena on May 30. He has plenty of friends in the community who will be around to sweat him with the WSOP kicking off, and he’s from Las Vegas. If we were to guess, Ho will have the biggest group of supporters and then Carroll will be a close second. Seeing as those two are one-two in chips, it should make for a very fun day of action.
  6. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Donnie are both in Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker. The guys discuss the smashing - and somehow unexpected - success of the Big 50 and the amazing buzz that has filled the hallways at the Rio in the first couple of days of play. They also recap Brian Green's bracelet win in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty and what a sixth place finish means for Daniel Negreanu as he chases down WSOP Player of the Year. Lastly, they leave the friendly confines of the Rio and head over to the Luxor to recap the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and James Carroll's big win. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
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