The $1,650 No Limit Hold’em event in the 2014 CCPT Events at Foxwoods Resort Casino, had 340 entrants start play on Friday and Saturday, battling it out for a piece of the $494,700 prize pool.
One hundred and six started play at noon on Sunday, narrowing the field to thirteen by the end of the night. The final thirteen started play at noon on Monday with it taking forty minutes to reach the final table.
Play continued for another thirteen hours which included four hours of heads-up action. The final two agreed to a chop, and after several hands Chris Tryba of North Las Vegas, NV collected $91,346 for 2nd, while Ron Pease of Glastonbury, CT was crowned the $1,650 Main Event Champion, earning $91,347, and the Championship Trophy.
All the chips went in preflop on the final hand and Russ Dykshteyn’s AK had Vincent Maglio’s AT dominated. The runout was Q 8 6 7 8 and changed nothing. Dykshteyn had Maglio covered and it was over. Dykshteyn had his first WSOP Circuit ring and $202,335. Maglio settles for second and $125,201.
The heads-up match only lasted about 15 minutes. Vince Maglio had the chip lead going in with about 7.2 million to Dykshteyn’s ~6 million. A couple of hands later, Dykshteyn has reversed their positions and had 7.7 million to Maglio’s 5.5 million. Then the final, fatal, hand played out.
The final table featured a couple of WSOP Circuit ring holders. Joe McKeehen has two rings, one of which is a Main Event Championship ring from Caesar’s Atlantic City in 2013. He finished 4th. The only other player at the final table with a ring was Luke Graham, who made back-to-back final tables here, finishing 8th this year and 6th last year. He has a circuit ring from Harrah’s New Orleans in 2013.
In this event, Dykshteyn bested a field of 658 entrants to earn the lion’s share of the $987,000 prize pool. The final 72 players got paid and it was a packed field. Mukul Pahuja, who has nearly $1.9 million in tournament earnings, just missed the unofficial final table, busting out 11th for $15,220. He followed Aaron Massey to the rail after Massey busted in 12th place ($15,220). Massey has over $1.5 million in earnings.
The last woman sitting in this event was Claudia Crawford. She finished 15th for $12,387. WSOP bracelet holders in the money: Josh Arieh, 17th ($10,206); Robert Cheung, $56th ($3,010) and David Diaz, 62nd ($3,010).
Jonathan Gaviao earned his first gold ring along with $181,757 in prize money in the Harrah’s Tunica Main Event Monday evening.
Gaviao, a 23-year-old College Station, TX resident, bested 577 entries to earn his spot among the season’s most recent Main Event winners and secure his seat in the National Championship.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “It’s always nice to win a ring and make a little bit of money. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The victory is just most the recent in a string of successes for the young pro. Barely two weeks ago he finished 14th in the record-breaking 1,428- entry Circuit Main Event at Choctaw Casino. He earned $24,098 for that performance, but came up well short of the gold hardware Circuit grinders play for.
With that deep run under his belt, Gaviao made the trip to Tunica to try his luck in another Circuit finale. Late on Day 2, it appeared the trek was paying off when he picked up pocket aces to knock out two players and take a sizable chip lead. From there, he still had a long way to go, but the stars were undoubtedly aligning.
“I felt really confident when we got down to fourhanded and I took over the chip lead,” Gaviao said of his run. “I felt like I was playing really well. I knew that whatever happened, happened for a reason and I was alright with that. Whether I won or lost; there’s more important things in life.”
Gaviao rode his confidence and laid back attitude all the way to the winner’s circle marking his second deep run in as many years at the Harrah’s Tunica Main event.
“Everyone’s got their special place and I guess Tunica is mine,” Gaviao said.
Largest career score for Hawkins, $183,498
Maurice Hawkins picked up the largest score of his poker career today, winning $183,498. He also collected his fourth WSOP Circuit ring in one of the biggest events of the season. He defeated local poker dealer Juan Restrepo heads-up, overcoming a 2:1 chip lead in the process. Restrepo earned $114,224 for second place.
It was a great event for Hawkins to win too, as he triumphed in one of the largest fields of the season to take one of the biggest paydays outside of the Circuit Main Events. The $580 buyin opening event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club Circuit series boasted a $1 million guarantee that the site, once again, easily surpassed thanks to a grand total of 2,531 entries and a prize pool of $1,265,500.
Often when a poker player flops quads they don’t get paid for their monster hand. That was not the case for James Miller today at the 2014 Million Dollar Heater Championship Event at Beau Rivage as he won a huge pot with flopped quads and rode that momentum to victory. This isn’t Miller’s first taste of the limelight as he won nearly six figures for a 7th place finish in the 2013 World Series of Poker Seniors Event. He also had a victory in the 2013 Million Dollar Heater to his credit. Now he can add the ultimate Million Dollar Heater title to his poker resume. Congratulations on your win, James!
The latest champion on the World Series of Poker Circuit was crowned early Tuesday morning at Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK. Tyler Morris from Tyler, TX outlasted a field of 1,428 entries to win the $1,675 Main Event – the fourth largest Main Event in Circuit history.
Morris was rewarded with a $369,503 first prize as well as a Circuit ring and a seat in the season-ending WSOP National Championship.
The final day of play began with 16 hopefuls returning to the felt with the dream of becoming the next Circuit champion. The field was whittled down to the final table rather quickly as players like start-of-Day-2 chip leader Nathanael Kogel hit the rail.
John Taylor took the first prize of a 7 player chop in the first event of the Bicycle Casino’s Mega Millions Series VIII tournaments. That No Limit Hold ‘em event easily met its $20,000 guarantee with 559 entries at $50 + $25, and 442 $50 Add-ons. The prize pool totaled $48,544. 63 players cashed. The second and main event of this tournament ran from January 3 to January 14, too late for this issue’s coverage. There were 23 planned events plus turbo satellites, leading up to the $5,000 + $200 buy-in for the final round.
Rod MacPherson was happy that the $500,000 guarantee was met because he got the lion’s share of an early morning 13 player chop. MacPherson, a professor at Montevallo College in Alabama had been piling up chips from early in the tournament. In particular, by flopping a set against the chip leader on day 2, he was way ahead of the field. All of the final players came from the local region including, MS, LA, FL, GA and AL In all some 175 players cashed in this event.
2014 kicks off with 533-player no-limit hold’em tournament; Victorious Stevens earns $34,380
Sean Stevens won the first Circuit of the new year late Friday night at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, OK. His win in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament earned him a smooth $34,380, but it didn’t come without a fight.
Stevens matched up against Krzysztof Stybaniewicz, a Polishborn pro, heads-up in the year’s first finale. What began as a normal bout between proficient pros turned into a marathon for the ages.
First, Stybaniewicz held the lead, then Stevens chipped up, then chips found their way back to Stybaniewicz. Before the rail knew it, the heads-up battle was going on its second hour – then its third, then its fourth. Finally, a victor was crowned during the fifth hour of twohanded play and Stevens consoled his adversary with a firm handshake and a “good game”.
The 2013-14 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Main Event has officially come to a close! In the end, Joseph LaPinta was able to defeat his own roommate, Joseph Wertz, during heads up play to win the $182,070 in first-place prize money as well as the gold ring and the seat to the National Championship.
Despite coming into the final table in the eighth overall chip position, LaPinta was able to overcome the field to seize a victory. LaPinta spent a majority of play during the day remaining patient and picking his spots well. As the table lost players, LaPinta ramped up the aggression and found himself in a dominating position for heads up play.