Robert ‘Uncle Krunk’ Panitch earned his second WSOP Circuit ring the hard way—after a record-setting heads-up match that lasted nearly ten and a half hours. The win was good for $137,283.
The 62-year-old from Northbrook, IL, came out on top of a field of 416 entries to lock up a repeat appearance in the National Championship. “I’m not even tired...this woke me up!” he commented shortly after the win. “I want to be mentioned in the same breath as Stan Musial”. “I started out winning every hand,” he said referring to his quick dispatching of the 4th and 3rd place finishers about ten hours earlier.
The heads-up match lasted so long, it gave Panitch “enough opportunities to catch a card” he said. “I’ve blown so many big stacks lately”. On Friday, the first starting flight of the Main Event, Panitch was at the final table of Event 8, practically tied for the chip lead with three players remaining. An ill-timed bluff cost him his stack and he busted out of that event in 3rd place. He went straight to the cage and entered the Main Event and the rest is history.
by Haley Hintze
The World Series of Poker Circuit Series will lose one of its venues next season, following the announcement by parent company Caesars Entertainment that the Harrah’s Tunica casino will close on June 2nd. The Mississippi casino-report is the largest of three Caesars-owned properties in Tunica, but remained awash in red ink despite the success of the WSOPC Tunica stop. Mississippi’s Tunica casinos have seen sharp revenue declines, with much of the region’s casino business shifting to the state’s resurgent Biloxi / Gulf Coast region. The most recent WSOPC Tunica visit was in late January, with the stop expected to be removed or replaced on the tour’s 2014-15 slate.
The first-ever WSOP Circuit ring awarded at Lumière Place Casino in St. Louis goes to Matt Bond of Irving, Texas for winning the opening event,$580 No Limit Hold’em.(Matt’s first name is Justin,but he goes by middle name Matt.) He came to the final table second in chips and battled headsup for nearly two hours before getting the last of Peter Nigh’s chips with A9 dominating Nigh’s A3.Bond collected $17,779 for the win. Nigh, who was the chip leader at the start of the final table, picked up $10,989 for second place.
This event drew 127 entrants for a total prize pool of $63,500. The final 15 players got paid. Two time WSOP Circuit ring winner Tim Vance was in the starting field along with Palm Beach Kennel Club Casino Champion Jeff Gunnip and single ring owner DJ MacKinnon.They all failed to make the money. None of the player sat the final table owned any WSOP or Circuit bling.
During the 2011/12 Circuit season Huy Quach rose to the top of a 748-player field and laid claim to the first ever World Series of Poker Circuit ring offered at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California.
Fast-forward two years later and Quach was able to once again rise to the top of the first event on the schedule to earn his second Circuit ring and $18,000 in first-place prize money.
“There were several short stacks,” Quach recalled about the final table after his victory. “It was fun. It was fun but it was not easy.” There were indeed several short-stacked players who returned for the second day of play.
These short stacks fell one after the other, allowing the final table to wrap up in around four and a half hours. Before he knew it, Quach was heads up with the chip lead against Mike Maarup. It was here, however, where the pace of the final table would slow down.
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).
by Debbie Burkhead
The WSOP is Back at Lumiere Place! By Debbie Burkhead After a one-year interruption the WSOP Circuit event is coming back to St. Louis. This is a brand new stop on the WSOP circuit; it was originally scheduled at the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland. The event is scheduled to kick off on March 20 and run through March 31. The 12 day event will award 12 rings and will offer numerous non-ring side events and cash games. They will also award two seats to the WSOP National Championship in Atlantic City in May.
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.
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 11, 2014) – The 45th annual World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) – a set of poker tournaments open to anyone 21 years of age or older – officially puts cards in the air the day after Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, with an expected $200 million up for grabs, and play ramping up immediately with several new and exciting events early in the schedule.
But it may be what comes at the end of this year’s series that will steal the headlines, as poker’s world championship – aka the WSOP Main Event – will see the winner walk away with $10,000,000 and of course the diamond-encrusted bracelet. As was the case with the Millionaire Maker last year, the payout structure will adjust accordingly to accommodate the new Main Event wrinkle.
Poker News Brief: Sentence for Ting in NYC; WSOP.com Leak Reveals Possible $10 Million Main Event GuaranteeFebruary 11, 2014 - 11:21am
by Haley Hintze
Five-Month Sentence for Ting in NYC Poker / Sportsbetting Case
Edwin Ting, one of 34 defendants in a large sports betting and poker ring based in New York City, was sentenced to five months in prison for his role in organizing and operating high-stakes poker games for the ring’s leaders, who have been alleged to be part of the Russian mob.
WSOP.com Site Leak Reveals Possible $10 Million Main Event Guarantee
Will the 2014 World Series of Poker main event guarantee $10 million to its winner? That’s possible, following the capture of a partial schedule of events for 2014 that appeared briefly on the site before being removed by programmers, possibly in advance of a later press announcement. Sharp-eyed observers captured screengrabs of the possible goof during the few hours it was visible. The page showed only those events with buy-ins of $10,000 or higher, including the main, which will be Event #65 if the information proves correct. The possible $10 million guarantee would make the 2014 winner the second-richest ME winner in WSOP history, behind only the $12 million snared by Jamie Gold in the final pre-UIGEA year of 2006.
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.