Escalator $560: Ofer Peleg Victorious in Week 4, Scores $60,218 and a $3,500 Seat

2019 Escalator III Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Week 4: $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 1,092
Prize Pool: $546,000
March 14-17, 2019

FINISHNAMEPRIZE
1OFER PELEG$60,218 + $3,500 Seat
2JOHANN TIEMANN$55,375
3DAVID MOON$51,623
4NASHAAT ANTONIOUS$44,109
5ELILTON GOUVEIA$39,833
6ROBERT MIZRACHI$38,880
7JEAN BRIGAGAO DO NASCIMEN$38,880
8MICHAEL HARLEY$32,091
9CHARLES CAMPOS$10,100
10ANTHONY ASTARITA$6,552
11ALEXANDER GAMBINO$6,552
12ERIC POLIRER$6,552
13TRQTAN WADE$4,641
14TRENT SMITH$4,641
15ZYAD QASEM$4,641
16RAFAEL MARCONDES DOS REIS$3,003
17DAVID HARTING$3,003
18SAIF KHAN$3,003
19JULIEN GOASMAT$2,457
20JEFF RODRIGUEZ$2,457
21JORGE RIVERA$2,457
22JON MAN TOOTH$2,457
23FEMI FASHAKIN$2,457
24ANTOINE BAHI$2,457
25JAMES SALMON III$2,457
26BEN LINDEMULDER$2,457
27SCOTT HARWOOD$2,457
28KHALIL HASHIR$2,129
29IRA SCHWARTZ$2,129
30ERIC SNYDER$2,129
31EDUARDO GARCIA PEREZ$2,129
32RAMINDER SINGH$2,129
33STEVEN KARP$2,129
34STEPHEN IBRAHIM$2,129
35BASSAM MOURAD$2,129
36COLIN MORTON$2,129
37MICHAEL AMATO$1,911
38NICHOLAS MAHABEE$1,911
39JONATHAN DOBSON$1,911
40JAMES HAMBURGER$1,911
41ALEXANDRE ARSENAULT$1,911
42OSCAR TRESTINI$1,911
43JORGE GOMEZ$1,911
44MICHAEL GRAFFEO$1,911
45MANUEL AMARO ALVAREZ$1,911
46TRI NGUYEN$1,693
47ROBERTO BENDECK$1,693
48EDGAR VARAS$1,693
49ALLAN BIELER$1,693
50STEPAN GUSAK$1,693
51JOSHUA HOOD$1,693
52STAFFAN LIND$1,693
53BILL ODERAT$1,693
54JESSE DELBENE$1,693
55MATTHEW RIZAI$1,529
56GIANFRANCO GIORDANO$1,529
57JACKSON MARTIN$1,529
58DAVID BRADSHAW$1,529
59JORDAN MUSUANO$1,529
60EVAN TEITELBAUM$1,529
61SOLANGE LUCAS$1,529
62NICHOLAS SHIEKMAN$1,529
63TOBY KASSER$1,529
64MARK NAHAMA$1,365
65ONIEL MCCALLA$1,365
66ANTHONY RUTTLER$1,365
67PERLA OJEDA$1,365
68CHAD VETSTEIN$1,365
69ISRAR KHAN$1,365
70MARCELA NEWMARK$1,365
71NOAH SCHWARTZ$1,365
72DERRICK CUTLER$1,365
73STEVE MORENO$1,256
74DAVID POCES$1,256
75JUAN GARCIA II$1,256
76CHARLEMAGNE BENJAMIN$1,256
77CANGIR ELCIN$1,256
78ORY HEN$1,256
79MICHAEL NEWMAN$1,256
80DENNIS BRINN$1,256
81RALPH ROBINSON$1,256
82NIR PELEG$1,147
83STEVE YAGUDAEV$1,147
84JORGE MIRALLES$1,147
85MARCUS STEIN$1,147
86ERIC PENNER$1,147
87MICHAEL FRYETT$1,147
88JAMES MCCAFFREY$1,147
89ZACK FISH$1,147
90JOHNATHAN STEWARD$1,147
91WILLIAM BEASLEY$1,092
92WILLIAM RINCON$1,092
93PAUL DOMB$1,092
94PAUL STROMBOM$1,092
95JAIRO VELASQUEZ$1,092
96GARY LITTLE$1,092
97YAROSLAV NAKONECHNYY$1,092
98JOHN NGUYEN$1,092
99RICHARD WHITEBROOK$1,092
100CHRISTOPHER TRYBA$1,092

Escalator $560: Day 2 Table Draws

2019 Escalator III Series (Week 4)
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

Players Remaining: 188 of 1,092  | Structure | Payouts
Day 2 Blinds: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante

Flight A: 216 Entries, 38 Advanced
Flight B: 140 Entries, 22 Advanced
Flight C: 157 Entries, 29 Advanced
Flight D: 132 Entries, 23 Advanced
Flight E: 239 Entries, 34 Advanced
Flight F: 208 Entries, 42 Advanced
Day 2: Sunday at 1pm

Day 2 chip counts:

FIRST NAMELAST NAMECHIP COUNTTABLESEAT
MICHAELGARAVUSO127,500131
ANDRESMORALES158,000132
THOMASGARI125,000133
MICHAELNEWMAN202,500134
ELILTONGOUVEIA92,000135
ISRARKHAN137,000136
ALVAROJIRAU RAMOS132,500137
ALEXANDREARSENAULT99,000138
MICHAELGOLDFARB17,000139
PERLAOJEDA140,500141
JONMAN TOOTH227,000142
SALMANJADDI101,000143
JOHANNTIEMANN241,500144
FARIBORZZOJAJI131,000145
JACKBATTAGLLA138,500146
JAMESMCCAFFREY226,000147
JASONWANDLING91,000148
PETERFELLOWS168,500149
GAFURTURSUNOV151,500151
WILLIAMVALLADARES HURTADO162,500152
MARKDUBE177,500153
KHALILHASHIR174,000154
MICHAELGARCIA108,000155
ERICPENNER147,000156
STEVENCABAS156,000157
JEANBRIGAGAO DO NASCIMEN243,000158
BENLINDEMULDER322,500159
JULIODELGADO COMPARELLI183,500161
KEVINHO160,000162
RALPHROBINSON178,000163
ASHMEEDKHAN66,000164
IRASCHWARTZ214,500165
STAFFANLIND294,500166
NIRPELEG189,500167
OSCARTRESTINI105,500168
TRACYWHITE49,000169
JUSTINSHARPE97,000181
GLORIAJACKSON76,000182
JAKEEMBRES73,500183
ZYADQASEM78,500184
ROBERTANTUNES59,000185
EVANTEITELBAUM146,000186
RODNEYMORET-ROJAS153,000187
GREGORYANDA68,500188
SYEDSHAH73,500189
CHARLEMAGNEBENJAMIN JR220,000191
JOHNLITTLETON257,000192
MICHAELTRAFICANTE37,000193
TOBYKASSER247,500194
JORGERIVERA324,500195
GARYHAIMON99,000196
ERICPOLIRER361,000197
ANTONIOUSNASHAAT214,000198
JAMESTOMBLIN129,000199
ANTHONYUTNAGE145,500201
ARIELROSELLO QUINTANA75,500202
TIMOTHYKOTOCAVAGE157,000203
JORDANMUSUMANO264,000204
STEPHENIBRAHIM235,000205
JOSEPHRAHMAN168,500206
YAROSLAVNAKONECHNYY79,500207
GIANFRANCOGIORDANO155,500208
JAIROVELASQUEZ62,500209
DAVIDHARTING167,500211
DONNYRUBINSTEIN303,000212
ZACKFISH177,500213
LAWRENCEKLUR81,000214
ORYHEN148,500215
FEMIFASHAKIN290,500216
NICHOLASSHIEKMAN128,000217
ERIKCHRISTENSEN189,500218
JONATHANDOBSON65,500219
ERICSNYDER86,000231
SALIMSALEM221,000232
ZVISHIFF85,000233
MATTHEWRIZAI103,500234
STEVEYAGUDAEV79,500235
JOHNATHANSTEWARD249,500236
MANUELAMARO ALVAREZ216,000237
MICHAELFRYETT218,500238
JEFFRODRIGUEZ195,500239
MARKNAHAMA80,500241
JORGEMIRALLES96,500242
MARCSACHELI44,000243
CHARLESKELLEY56,000244
JAVIERSARACHE125,000245
YAOZHAO170,000246
JESSEDELBENE107,500247
TRENTSMITH177,000248
CAREYPICKUS77,000249
ALEXANDERGAMBINO272,000251
NICHOLASMAHABEE120,000252
GEORGEHORTELANO50,000253
SEBASTIANKOS187,000254
CHADVETSTEIN233,500255
RAMINDERSINGH481,000256
NICHOLASBURNETT94,000257
STEVEMORENO48,500258
SHELDONGROSS97,500259
RAFAELMARCONDES DOS REIS151,500261
PETKOTSAKOV48,500262
BILLODERAT117,500263
KIRBYCONSERVE92,500264
TRQTANWADE68,000265
MARCELANEWMARK81,000266
TONYRUBERTO71,000267
HAIMTOORGEMAN75,000268
RICHARDWHITEBROOK185,000269
JORGEARISTIZABAL120,000281
ANTOINEBAHI108,500282
MICHAELAMATO100,500283
EPHRAIMUZAN97,000284
STEPANGUSAK48,000285
JOSHUATHAI50,000286
WILLIAMRINCON288,000287
ROBERTMIZRACHI144,500288
ALFREDOGUEVARA128,500289
MICHAELHARLEY65,500291
SCOTTZAKHEIM82,000292
JORGEGOMEZ113,000293
ONIELMCCALLA131,500294
PAULDOMB203,000295
MICHAELTRETHEWEY145,000296
WILLIAMBEASLEY270,000297
PAULSTROMBOM56,000298
CHRISTOPHERNOMIKOS135,000299
ERROLROSEN116,500301
ANTHONYASTARITA106,000302
DERRICKCUTLER68,000303
DONALDTODD99,000304
HUICUNQIAO174,000305
THOMASPUCCIO89,000306
ANTONIOCOLON146,500307
GREGORYMARCUS112,000308
GABESACK54,500309
SCOTTHARWOOD118,000311
BASSAMMOURAD171,000312
ALLANBIELER240,000313
CHRISTOPHERPOOLE246,500314
NOAHSCHWARTZ430,000315
GARYLITTLE42,000316
DAVIDPOCES121,500317
EDGARVARAS181,000318
TRINGUYEN62,000319
ERICLA NEVE106,500321
SAIFKHAN152,000322
MICHAELGRAFFEO270,000323
ANTHONYRUTTLER286,000324
JOSHUASMITH76,000325
CANGIRELCIN117,500326
NANCYBIRNBAUM63,000327
DAVIDINSELBERG123,000328
JOSHUAHOOD139,500329
COLINMORTON106,500331
MOHAMMEDALNASSAR250,000332
DAVIDMOON291,500333
ARTURGRIGORIANTS77,000334
SOLANGELUCAS248,500335
RAYMONDMCDONOUGH156,000336
DENNISBRINN72,500337
ZACHARYMULLENNIX46,500338
JOELBENSON89,500339
EDUARDOGARCIA PEREZ408,000341
DANIELCOUZENS45,000342
TRUYENNGUYEN107,500343
ZACKMILCHMAN188,500344
JUANGARCIA II103,500345
LEONARDOCLAVEL57,000346
JULIENGOASMAT216,000347
OFERPELEG181,000348
JAVIERRAMIREZ103,000349
JONATHANHILTON147,500352
CHRISTOPHERTRYBA77,500353
PERRYSHIAO95,500354
MAURICE PROY62,000355
ROBERTOBENDECK312,000356
JAMESHAMBURGER91,000357
STEVENROSEN129,500358
JACKSONMARTIN92,500359
JOHN THANHNGUYEN88,000361
BrandonNavarrete122,000362
JAMESSALMON III82,500363
JERRYWILLIS152,000364
HOWARDCHARYN199,000365
MARCUSSTEIN180,000366
CHARLESCAMPOS444,000367
DAVIDBRADSHAW JR75,000368
STEVENKARP57,500369

Escalator $560: Day 2 Chip Counts

2019 Escalator III Series (Week 4)
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

Players Remaining: 188 of 1,092  | Structure | Payouts
Day 2 Blinds: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante

Flight A: 216 Entries, 38 Advanced
Flight B: 140 Entries, 22 Advanced
Flight C: 157 Entries, 29 Advanced
Flight D: 132 Entries, 23 Advanced
Flight E: 239 Entries, 34 Advanced
Flight F: 208 Entries, 42 Advanced
Day 2: Sunday at 1pm

Day 2 chip counts:

RANKFIRST NAMELAST NAMECHIP COUNTTABLESEAT
1RAMINDERSINGH481,000256
2CHARLESCAMPOS444,000367
3NOAHSCHWARTZ430,000315
4EDUARDOGARCIA PEREZ408,000341
5ERICPOLIRER361,000197
6JORGERIVERA324,500195
7BENLINDEMULDER322,500159
8ROBERTOBENDECK312,000356
9DONNYRUBINSTEIN303,000212
10STAFFANLIND294,500166
11DAVIDMOON291,500333
12FEMIFASHAKIN290,500216
13WILLIAMRINCON288,000287
14ANTHONYRUTTLER286,000324
15ALEXANDERGAMBINO272,000251
16WILLIAMBEASLEY270,000297
17MICHAELGRAFFEO270,000323
18JORDANMUSUMANO264,000204
19JOHNLITTLETON257,000192
20MOHAMMEDALNASSAR250,000332
21JOHNATHANSTEWARD249,500236
22SOLANGELUCAS248,500335
23TOBYKASSER247,500194
24CHRISTOPHERPOOLE246,500314
25JEANBRIGAGAO DO NASCIMEN243,000158
26JOHANNTIEMANN241,500144
27ALLANBIELER240,000313
28STEPHENIBRAHIM235,000205
29CHADVETSTEIN233,500255
30JONMAN TOOTH227,000142
31JAMESMCCAFFREY226,000147
32SALIMSALEM221,000232
33CHARLEMAGNEBENJAMIN JR220,000191
34MICHAELFRYETT218,500238
35JULIENGOASMAT216,000347
36MANUELAMARO ALVAREZ216,000237
37IRASCHWARTZ214,500165
38ANTONIOUSNASHAAT214,000198
39PAULDOMB203,000295
40MICHAELNEWMAN202,500134
41HOWARDCHARYN199,000365
42JEFFRODRIGUEZ195,500239
43NIRPELEG189,500167
44ERIKCHRISTENSEN189,500218
45ZACKMILCHMAN188,500344
46SEBASTIANKOS187,000254
47RICHARDWHITEBROOK185,000269
48JULIODELGADO COMPARELLI183,500161
49OFERPELEG181,000348
50EDGARVARAS181,000318
51MARCUSSTEIN180,000366
52RALPHROBINSON178,000163
53ZACKFISH177,500213
54MARKDUBE177,500153
55TRENTSMITH177,000248
56HUICUNQIAO174,000305
57KHALILHASHIR174,000154
58BASSAMMOURAD171,000312
59YAOZHAO170,000246
60PETERFELLOWS168,500149
61JOSEPHRAHMAN168,500206
62DAVIDHARTING167,500211
63WILLIAMVALLADARES HURTADO162,500152
64KEVINHO160,000162
65ANDRESMORALES158,000132
66TIMOTHYKOTOCAVAGE157,000203
67STEVENCABAS156,000157
68RAYMONDMCDONOUGH156,000336
69GIANFRANCOGIORDANO155,500208
70RODNEYMORET-ROJAS153,000187
71JERRYWILLIS152,000364
72SAIFKHAN152,000322
73GAFURTURSUNOV151,500151
74RAFAELMARCONDES DOS REIS151,500261
75ORYHEN148,500215
76JONATHANHILTON147,500352
77ERICPENNER147,000156
78ANTONIOCOLON146,500307
79EVANTEITELBAUM146,000186
80ANTHONYUTNAGE145,500201
81MICHAELTRETHEWEY145,000296
82ROBERTMIZRACHI144,500288
83PERLAOJEDA140,500141
84JOSHUAHOOD139,500329
85JACKBATTAGLLA138,500146
86ISRARKHAN137,000136
87CHRISTOPHERNOMIKOS135,000299
88ALVAROJIRAU RAMOS132,500137
89ONIELMCCALLA131,500294
90FARIBORZZOJAJI131,000145
91STEVENROSEN129,500358
92JAMESTOMBLIN129,000199
93ALFREDOGUEVARA128,500289
94NICHOLASSHIEKMAN128,000217
95MICHAELGARAVUSO127,500131
96THOMASGARI125,000133
97JAVIERSARACHE125,000245
98DAVIDINSELBERG123,000328
99BrandonNavarrete122,000362
100DAVIDPOCES121,500317
101JORGEARISTIZABAL120,000281
102NICHOLASMAHABEE120,000252
103SCOTTHARWOOD118,000311
104BILLODERAT117,500263
105CANGIRELCIN117,500326
106ERROLROSEN116,500301
107JORGEGOMEZ113,000293
108GREGORYMARCUS112,000308
109ANTOINEBAHI108,500282
110MICHAELGARCIA108,000155
111JESSEDELBENE107,500247
112TRUYENNGUYEN107,500343
113COLINMORTON106,500331
114ERICLA NEVE106,500321
115ANTHONYASTARITA106,000302
116OSCARTRESTINI105,500168
117JUANGARCIA II103,500345
118MATTHEWRIZAI103,500234
119JAVIERRAMIREZ103,000349
120SALMANJADDI101,000143
121MICHAELAMATO100,500283
122GARYHAIMON99,000196
123DONALDTODD99,000304
124ALEXANDREARSENAULT99,000138
125SHELDONGROSS97,500259
126EPHRAIMUZAN97,000284
127JUSTINSHARPE97,000181
128JORGEMIRALLES96,500242
129PERRYSHIAO95,500354
130NICHOLASBURNETT94,000257
131KIRBYCONSERVE92,500264
132JACKSONMARTIN92,500359
133ELILTONGOUVEIA92,000135
134JAMESHAMBURGER91,000357
135JASONWANDLING91,000148
136JOELBENSON89,500339
137THOMASPUCCIO89,000306
138JOHN THANHNGUYEN88,000361
139ERICSNYDER86,000231
140ZVISHIFF85,000233
141JAMESSALMON III82,500363
142SCOTTZAKHEIM82,000292
143LAWRENCEKLUR81,000214
144MARCELANEWMARK81,000266
145MARKNAHAMA80,500241
146YAROSLAVNAKONECHNYY79,500207
147STEVEYAGUDAEV79,500235
148ZYADQASEM78,500184
149CHRISTOPHERTRYBA77,500353
150CAREYPICKUS77,000249
151ARTURGRIGORIANTS77,000334
152GLORIAJACKSON76,000182
153JOSHUASMITH76,000325
154ARIELROSELLO QUINTANA75,500202
155HAIMTOORGEMAN75,000268
156DAVIDBRADSHAW JR75,000368
157JAKEEMBRES73,500183
158SYEDSHAH73,500189
159DENNISBRINN72,500337
160TONYRUBERTO71,000267
161GREGORYANDA68,500188
162DERRICKCUTLER68,000303
163TRQTANWADE68,000265
164ASHMEEDKHAN66,000164
165MICHAELHARLEY65,500291
166JONATHANDOBSON65,500219
167NANCYBIRNBAUM63,000327
168JAIROVELASQUEZ62,500209
169TRINGUYEN62,000319
170MAURICE PROY62,000355
171ROBERTANTUNES59,000185
172STEVENKARP57,500369
173LEONARDOCLAVEL57,000346
174CHARLESKELLEY56,000244
175PAULSTROMBOM56,000298
176GABESACK54,500309
177JOSHUATHAI50,000286
178GEORGEHORTELANO50,000253
179TRACYWHITE49,000169
180STEVEMORENO48,500258
181PETKOTSAKOV48,500262
182STEPANGUSAK48,000285
183ZACHARYMULLENNIX46,500338
184DANIELCOUZENS45,000342
185MARCSACHELI44,000243
186GARYLITTLE42,000316
187MICHAELTRAFICANTE37,000193
188MICHAELGOLDFARB17,000139

Escalator $560: Prize Pool and Payouts with $120,110 and a $3,500 Seat to the Champ

2019 Escalator III Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Week 4: $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 1,092
Prize Pool: $546,000
March 14-17, 2019

1st – $120,110 + $3,500 Seat
2nd – $72,180
3rd – $43,680
4th – $36,585
5th – $30,030
6th – $24,299
7th – $19,385
8th – $14,740
9th – $10,100
10th-12th – $6,552
13th-15th – $4,641
16th-18th – $3,003
19th-27th – $2,457
28th-36th – $2,129
37th-45th – $1,911
46th-54th – $1,693
55th-63rd – $1,529
64th-72nd – $1,365
73rd-81st – $1,256
82nd-90th – $1,147
91st-100th – $1,092

Escalator Schedule | Week 4

Week 4 | $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

Winner receives added $3,500 WPT Showdown Championship seat

Thursday, March 14th

11am: Flight A – $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

  • 25,000 chips and 30-/40-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (6:45pm) or 12 percent of the field
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, March 17th at 1pm

7pm: Flight B – $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

  • 25,000 chips and 30-/40-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (2:45am) or 12 percent of the field
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, March 17th at 1pm

Friday, March 15th

11am: Flight C – $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

  • 25,000 chips and 30-/40-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (6:45pm) or 12 percent of the field
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, March 17th at 1pm

7pm: Flight D – $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

  • 25,000 chips and 30-/40-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (2:45am) or 12 percent of the field
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, March 17th at 1pm

Saturday, March 16th

11am: Flight E – $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

  • 25,000 chips and 30-/40-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (6:45pm) or 12 percent of the field
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, March 17th at 1pm

7pm: Flight F – $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed

  • 25,000 chips and 30-/40-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (2:45am) or 12 percent of the field
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, March 17th at 1pm

Sunday, March 17th

1pm: Day 2 – $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
Updated chip counts will be posted each morning | Day 2 table draws and payout information will be posted Sunday prior to the restart

Josh Rittenberg Wins Escalator Headliner Good for $98,642 Score

2018 Escalator Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Week 4: $560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 1,108
Prize Pool: $554,000
March 15-18, 2018

Escalator $560 Champion, Josh Rittenberg

Hollywood, Florida — Josh Rittenberg of Delray Beach won the $560 buy-in Escalator Series headliner during the early morning hours of Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For coming out on top of a stout, 1,108-entry field, Rittenberg was rewarded with a $98,642 first prize along with a $3,500 seat in next month’s $3,000,000 guaranteed WPT Poker Showdown Championship. The victory came following a heads-up chop that saw Rittenberg’s chip lead secure the win. Runner-up, Edgar Varas, was rewarded with an even $94,000

The Escalator $560 boasted a $400,000 guarantee that was easily bested to the tune of a $554,000 prize pool. In addition to Rittenberg, Josh Beckley (third), Paul Balzano (fourth), Brian Hastings (14th) and Michael Newman (25th) also finished in the money.

Full results:

1st: Josh Rittenberg – $98,642 + $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Seat
2nd: Edgar Varas – $94,000
3rd: Josh Beckley – $44,043
4th: Paul Balzano – $36,841
5th: “GT” Jack Sumner – $30,470
6th: Larry Klur – $24,653
7th: Juan Mubarak – $19,390
8th: Song Kun O – $14,404
9th: Gary Flur – $10,166
10th: Bienvendo Santiago – $6,620
11th: Steve Karp – $6,620
12th: Mark Nahama – $6,620
13th: Ivan Starostin – $4,432
14th: Brian Hastings – $4,432
15th: Kobi Ribak – $4,432
16th: Adam Horowitz – $2,964
17th: Oleksandr Vaserfirer – $2,964
18th: Kharlin Sued – $2,964
19th: Craig Witz – $2,493
20th: Aaron Mahlfeldt – $2,493
21st: Brett Bader – $2,493
22nd: Jonathan Ounjian – $2,493
23rd: John De Soto – $2,493
24th: Haim Nagar – $2,493
25th: Michael Newman – $2,493
26th: David Poces – $2,493
27th: Reinaldo Troconis – $2,493
28th: Ethiel Garcia – $2,161
29th: Iman Dan – $2,161
30th: Peter Fellows – $2,161
31st: Michael Chiapetta – $2,161
32nd: Juan Barbosa – $2,161
33rd: Zach Hammons – $2,161
34th: Raminder Singh – $2,161
35th: Andrew Gordon – $2,161
36th: Scott Zakheim – $2,161
37th: Philip Consolo – $1,884
38th: Corey Ristich – $1,884
39th: Richard Arno – $1,884
40th: Brian Landesman – $1,884
41st: Alejandro Funes – $1,884
42nd: John Valevich – $1,884
43rd: Vito Polera – $1,884
44th: Blake Kouwenhoven – $1,884
45th: Jeff Charlton – $1,884
46th: Lester Trimino – $1,607
47th: Daniel Couzens – $1,607
48th: Carlos Castro – $1,670
49th: Dennis Johnson – $1,607
50th: Matthew Goldman – $1,607
51st: Shlomi Bracha – $1,607
52nd: Ronnie Safa – $1,607
53rd: Gabriel Caballero – $1,607
54th: Josh Robins – $1,607
55th: Ira Schwartz – $1,413
56th: Jason Durant – $1,413
57th: Kyle Taddei – $1,413
58th: Juan Ferrer – $1,413
59th: Ricardo Eyzaguirre – $1,413
60th: Richard Leger – $1,413
61st: David MacDonald – $1,413
62nd: Steve Yagudaev – $1,413
63rd: Scott Federico – $1,413
64th: Sean Shah – $1,291
65th: T.K. Miles – $1,291
66th: Lucas Braga –
67th: Andre Bryan – $1,291
68th: Suk Wan – $1,291
69th: Michael Graffeo – $1,291
70th: Mark Weinstein – $1,291
71st: Kevin McIntosh – $1,291
72nd: Haim Shrayer – $1,291
73rd: Randy Matienzo – $1,191
74th: John Nguyen – $1,191
75th: Gregory Anda – $1,191
76th: William Beasley – $1,191
77th: Paul Domd – $1,191
78th: Lawrence Gradus – $1,191
79th: Samuel Tercy – $1,191
80th: Paula Alibrandi – $1,191
81st: Marvin Young – $1,191
82nd: John English – $1,097
83rd: Johann Tiemann – $1,097
84th: Dolphus Powers – $1,097
85th: Erik Nomberg – $1,097
86th: David Inselberg – $1,097
87th: Clifford Conners – $1,097
88th: Stephen Ibrahim – $1,097
89th: Carlos Rodriguez Rojas – $1,097
90th: George Novo – $1,097
91st: Stephen Harris – $1,069
92nd: Nissin Vaknin – $1,069
93rd: Manny Minaya – $1,069
94th: Ayca Erakbas – $1,069
95th: Marcin Plewinski – $1,069
96th: David Moreno – $1,069
97th: Scott Harwood – $1,069
98th: John Dollinger – $1,069
99th: Hollander Preap – $1,069
100th: Jason Leet – $1,069
101st: William Farnan – $1,042
102nd: Jacobo Hernandez – $1,042
103rd: Angelo Castaldi – $1,042
104th: Mitchell Smith – $1,042
105th: Michael Harley – $1,042
106th: Harjinder Chawla – $1,042
107th: Trevor Samuels – $1,042
108th: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $1,042
109th: Michael Stefan – $1,042
110th: Jonathan Pineda – $1,042

The 2018 Escalator Series marked the second of its kind. Beginning February 21st and running through March 18th, the series boasted four events over four consecutive weekends. The opener was a $150 with a $150,000 guarantee followed by a $250 with a $200,000 guarantee, a $350 with a $300,000 guarantee and the closer was the $560 with a $400,000 guarantee.

In all, the series drew more than 5,600 entries competing for better than $1,500,000 in cash and prizes. That turnout accounts for better than a 21 percent increase over 2016’s inaugural series.

The 2018 Escalator in review:

With the Escalator concluded, next up at the Seminole Hard Rock is the WPT Poker Showdown beginning April 5th. Headline events include a $560 buy-in, $1,000,000 guaranteed opener, a $1,100 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed WPTDeepStacks prelim and, of course, the $3,500 buy-in, $3,000,000 guaranteed televised WPT Championship.

Link: WPT Poker Showdown Schedule

Thank you, Escalator players!

Escalator $560: Josh Rittenberg Wins $98,642 in Heads-Up Chop; Edgar Varas — 2nd Place ($94,000)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 4)
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,108 | Structure | Payouts

Josh Rittenberg

Claiming 13,350,000 and 8,800,000 chips respectively, Josh Rittenberg and Edgar Varas agreed to a heads-up deal. Varas negotiated slightly up from the ICM figures, securing himself an even $94,000. Rittenberg, meanwhile, earned the remainder of the cash — $98,642 — along with the $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship seat and, of course, the trophy.

Edgar Varas

A final report will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:

1st: Josh Rittenberg – $98,642 + $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Seat
2nd: Edgar Varas – $94,000
3rd: Josh Beckley – $44,043
4th: Paul Balzano – $36,841
5th: “GT” Jack Sumner – $30,470
6th: Larry Klur – $24,653
7th: Juan Mubarak – $19,390
8th: Song Kun O – $14,404
9th: Gary Flur – $10,166

Escalator $560: Josh Beckley — 3rd Place ($44,043)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 4)
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,108 | Structure | Payouts

Josh Beckley

Having chipped back up to 1,050,000, Josh Beckley got all-in from the small blind and both Edgar Varas and Josh Rittenberg battled it out for a side pot.

The pair checked down a [qh 8s 7h 5s qd] runout. Varas turned over [td 7d] for a pair of sevens and was best versus Beckley’s [ad 3c] ace-high. Beckley was eliminated in third place.

Edgar Varas – 8,800,000
Josh Rittenberg – 13,350,000
Josh Beckley – Eliminated in 3rd place ($44,043)

Escalator $560: Rittenberg Doubles on Consecutive Hands, Takes Chip Lead

2018 Escalator Series (Week 4)
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 1,108 | Structure | Payouts

One hand after his [ac 9h] doubled preflop through Edgar Varas’ [2c 2d], Josh Rittenberg got 6,950,000 in the pot preflop versus Josh Beckley. Rittenberg was ahead, but at risk.

Rittenberg: [ts tc]
Beckley: [8x 8x]

Runout: [qs 2c 2d 2s js]

Rittenberg’s tens were best and he grew his stack. Beckley was left with less than two big blinds.

Josh Rittenberg – 14,350,000
Edgar Varas – 7,450,000
Josh Beckley – 525,000

 

Escalator: Brief Talk of Chop, Play Goes On

2018 Escalator Series (Week 4)
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 1,108 | Structure | Payouts

Players broke down their stacks and came up with the following ICM figures:

Edgar Varas – $91,451
Josh Beckley – $80,278
Josh Rittenberg – $64,961

“I’d just rather play it out at that number,” Beckley said of his figure.

Cards went back in the air.