2017 WSOP Circuit Live Updates

High Roller: Jeremy White – 3rd Place ($49,843)

$3,250 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Payouts  | Structure
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 133

                                                                                    Jeremy White

Anton Wigg raised all in with the big stack from the small blind, and Jeremy White called all in for about 540,000 from the big blind.

Wigg: Kd8d
White: Ad3d

The board came down Jc9c5h8c6s, giving Wigg a pair of eights to eliminate White in third place.

Jeremy White – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($49,843)

Main Event: Joseph Gotlieb Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event

2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 10
WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,675 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 904
Prize Pool: $1,356,000
September 29-October 2, 2017

Joseph Gotlieb, WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion

The big event on the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit schedule was the $1,000,000 Guarantee Main Event to close out the series. The $1,675 buy-in tournament drew talented players from around the world and it was Joseph Gotlieb taking the title after defeating former WPT World Champion Asher Conniff for more than $250,000.

The Main Event drew 904 entries across two starting flights and they were limited to a single re-entry for each flight. They combined to push the $1,000,000 guarantee up to a $1,356,000 prize pool when registration closed.

We saw former WSOP bracelet champs, WSOP Circuit ring winners, SHRP regulars, and amateurs all playing side-by-side. Of those 904 entries, 162 players booked their seats for Day 2 where they would burst the money bubble when only 99 remained.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah slid into the money but was the first sent out after the bubble. He was followed by former SHRP champs Chris Bolek, Nicolas Mahabee, and Paul Balzano.

Conniff began Day 2 with only 19K, good for six big blinds when they put cards back in the air. He ran his short stack up as the day progressed and the field dropped lower. Conniff’s run continued until he held the chip lead when Day 2 ended with 14 players.

The final day was on a quick pace from the beginning with Jason Appel hitting the exit in one of the first hands followed by Steven McKoy, Brad Ruben, and Juan Martinez to form the final table ten.

Mauricio Ameller was the leader at the start of the final table and he was closely trailed by Conniff and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings. Michael Amato and Daniel Genachte hit the rail early from the final table followed by Jack Shea and poker pro Chad Eveslage.

Former SHRP champ Brett Bader had a rollercoaster final table,  he spent time as the leader and time as the short stack. He rode the ride but had to settle for a fifth-place finish. Hastings dropped from first in chips to a fourth-place payout after several big hands against Gotlieb and Ameller left the final table on his heels.

The heads-up battle kicked off with Conniff holding an 11-to-7 chip lead but Gotlieb turned the tables after a few hands. The final pot saw 95% of the chips go in the middle in a race between Conniff’s AdKs and Gotlieb’s 7d7s. Gotlieb made a river boat to finish off the tournament.

Conniff earned $159,357 for his runner-up finish while Gotlieb banked $257,638 along with the personalized WSOP Circuit Main Event ring and custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of Image Masters.

Goltlieb is a local business owner, Hollywood resident, and regular in the poker room. He has several tournament cashes on property plus a deep run this summer in a $1,500 World Series of Poker event. This is by far the biggest cash of his career and he said this was a good opportunity for him to go pro with the bankroll boost.

Congrats to Gotlieb on the big score and thanks to our players for the great turnout for the WSOP Circuit Main Event.

WSOP Circuit Main Event final table results:

1st: Joseph Gotlieb – $257,638 + Gold Ring and $10K GCC Seat
2nd: Asher Conniff – $159,357
3rd: Mauricio Ameller – $117,619
4th: Brian Hastings – $88,004
5th: Brett Bader – $66,675
6th: Chad Eveslage – $51,148
7th: Jack Shea – $39,717
8th: Daniel Genachte – $31,229
9th: Michael Amato – $24,842

Full WSOP Circuit Main Event Results

High Roller: Paul Domb – 4th Place ($36,624)

$3,250 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Payouts  | Structure
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 133

                                                                                  Paul Domb

Paul Domb raised to 90,000 from the small blind, and Anton Wigg called from the big blind,

The flop was 10c4s3s, and Domb continued for 125,000. Wigg called, the Qh turn fell, and Domb checked. Wigg bet 220,000, Domb called, and the 6s river completed the board. Domb shoved for 565,000, and Wigg mulled it over for about 45 seconds before he called.

Domb showed Ah10d for a pair of tens, while Wigg tabled Qc3c for queens and threes to score the elimination.

Anton Wigg – 2,550,000 (85 bb)
Paul Domb – Eliminated in 4th Place ($36,624)

High Roller: Davian Santana – 5th Place ($27,379)

$3,250 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Payouts  | Structure
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 133

                              Davian Santana

Davian Santana raised all in for about 165,000 from the button, and Jeremy White called from the big blind.

Santana: 6s5s
White: AsJd

The board came down Kc3c2h3s3d, no help to Santana, ending his tournament in fifth place.

Jeremy White – 650,000 (22 bb)
Davian Santana – Eliminated in 5th Place ($27,379)

Event 13: Mike Russ Wins Last Chance Turbo and $11K in Florida

2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 13
$365 No Limit Hold’em Turbo (Re-Entry)
Entries: 138
Prize Pool: $41,400
October 2, 2017

Hollywood, Fla. — Mike Russ claimed World Series of Poker Circuit gold at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Monday night. The victory came in Event 13 of the property’s series, a $365 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Re-Entry tournament. For the win, the Kerrville, Tex. resident earned a top prize of $11,589 along with the tour’s token prize, a gold ring.

Event 13’s turbo structure was slated to play out in one day. The tournament kicked off at 11am and drew a tough field of 138 entries. They generated a $41,400 prize pool that paid the top 15 finishers a share. In all, it took less than 10 hours to play to completion.

Joining Russ at the final table were tournament standouts Nagui Yassa and Jonathan Hilton. Hilton’s claim to fame came in the form of a gold bracelet victory in the 2013 WSOP National Championship. Yassa, meanwhile, enjoyed a strong showing over the last two weeks in Hollywood. He carded four cashes including a fourth-place finish in the 1,612-entry $580 opener and a 24th-place finish in the Main Event. The pair bowed out shy of contention — Yassa in sixth and Hilton ninth — in Event 13.

Russ began his heads-up battle at a chip disadvantage over Brent Ballentine, but the fast structure caught up with the duo. With the stacks thinning, they were forced to get it in and Russ came out ahead.

Russ is a 40-year-old business owner. His Event 13 win marks his sixth WSOP Circuit cash. His previous career highlight was an eighth-place finish in a $500 buy-in in New Orleans in 2007.

Event 13 final results:

1st: Mike Russ – $11,589 + Gold Ring
2nd: Brent Ballentine – $7,165
3rd: Christopher Halkitis – $5,172
4th: Phil Wojtuniecki – $3,800
5th: Norge Mastrangelo – $2,841
6th: Nagui Yassa – $2,160
7th: Adam Singer – $1,670
8th: Ricardo Palacios – $1,312
9th: Jonathan Hilton – $1,047
10th: Kevin Smith – $849
11th: Ami Neeman – $849
12th: Spencer Champlin – $849
13th: Daniel Franzblau – $699
14th: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $699
15th: Jimmy Lai – $699

High Roller: Anton Wigg vs. Ian O’Hara

$3,250 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Payouts  | Structure
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 133

Anton Wigg raised to 70,000 from the button, and Ian O’Hara called from the big blind.

The flop came down QsJc6d, and O’Hara check-called 80,000 from Wigg. The turn was the 7c, and O’Hara check-called 145,000 from Wigg. The river was the As, O’Hara checked, Wigg bet 340,000, and O’Hara folded.

Anton Wigg – 1,600,000 (53 bb)
Ian O’Hara – 750,000 (25 bb)

High Roller: Chip Counts at Break

$3,250 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Payouts  | Structure
Returning to Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 133

The players are in the midst of a 30-minute break. Play resumes at 9:14 p.m.

Anton Wigg – 1,365,000 (46 bb)
Ian O’Hara – 1,145,000 (38 bb)
Paul Domb – 825,000 (28 bb)
Jeremy White – 505,000 (17 bb)
Davian Santana – 150,000 (5 bb)

Remaining Payouts:
1st – $111,719
2nd – $69,051
3rd – $49,843
4th – $36,624
5th – $27,379

Results Thus Far:
6th: Joseph Orsino – $20,816
7th: Evan Teitelbaum – $16,092
8th: Ory Hen – $12,640
9th: Adam Adler – $10,091
10th: Michael Simkins – $8,180
11th: Allen Kessler – $8,180
12th: Uri Kadosh – $8,180
13th: Wally Maddah – $6,735
14th: Barry Hutter – $6,735
15th: Gerald Silva – $6,735

Main Event: Joseph Gotlieb wins Main Event ($257,638); Asher Conniff Runner-Up ($159,357)

$1,675 Main Event NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Structure
Level 33: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 ante

Asher Conniff limped the button and Joseph Gotlieb raised to 1,050,000. Conniff moved all in for 8,600,000 and Gotlieb quickly called.

Conniff: AdKs
Gotlieb: 7d7s

“We’re flipping for all of it,” Conniff told his rail.

It was a race but Gotlieb took a big lead on the Qd7h6s flop and Conniff was left with four outs after the Jd turn. The Qc river could not save his tournament and the former WPT World Champion had to settle for a runner-up finish.

Gotlieb ran great and picked up $257,638 for his WSOPC Main Event win.

1st: Joseph Gotlieb – $257,638 + Gold Ring and $10K GCC Seat
2nd: Asher Conniff – $159,357

Main Event: Joseph Gotlieb Moves Ahead

$1,675 Main Event NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Structure
Level 33: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 904

Joseph Gotlieb

Asher Conniff opened to 350,000 and Joseph Gotlieb called to the KdJh9d flop. Gotlieb checked, Conniff bet 400,000 and Gotlieb called. He checked again after the 4s turn and Conniff bet another 1,100,000.

Gotlieb called once again and they checked down the Jc river. Gotlieb tabled 9c6d, Conniff double checked his cards and sent them to the muck to shift the chip lead.

Joe Gotlieb – 10,830,000 (72 bb)
Asher Conniff – 7,250,000 (48 bb)