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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Back-to-Back for Vornicu?


Fresh off his win in Event #3 $580 No-Limit Hold'em, Valentin Vornicu is right back at it here in Event #6. With just three tables remaining, the young pro, who already has three rings, is in the pole position to pick up his fourth, as he currently has the chip lead. We will keep an eye on him throughout the night, and be sure to tune in tomorrow for full final table coverage of this event!

By the Numbers: WSOPC Event #7 $365 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em

There were a grand total of 170 players who came to The Bike for some short handed action today, creating a nice even prize pool of $51,000.  The top 18 players will make the money, with the first payout being $630. The grand prize of the event will be $14,285, and a beautiful WSOP Circuit ring. Below you will see the rest of the payout information.

1st: $14,285
2nd: $8,830
3rd: $6,340
4th: $4,555
5th: $3,275
6th: $2,355
7th and 8th: $1,695
9th and 10th: $1,220
11th and 12th: $875
13th-18th: $630

Congratulations to Art Cadena, Winner of Event #5 $365 No-Limit Hold'em ($14,110)

Art Cadena started the final table second in chips, and he maintained his position in the top two all throughout the final table. When he got to heads up, he started out with less chips, but never gave up, and was slowly able to catch up to his opponent, Steve Firestone. Eventually, he put the fire out when his Jack-Eight caught up to Firestone's Ace-King, giving Cadena the win, $14,110, and his first WSOP Circuit Ring. Congratulations to Cadena and everyone who cashed in this event, and be sure to tune in tomorrow morning for a full winner's report from this event!




Steve Firestone Eliminated in 2nd Place ($8,710)


Nothing seemed to go right for Steve Firestone heads up. He started out with a slight chip advantage, and was actually able to pull out to a decent chip lead, but then everything unraveled as Art Cadena slowly chipped away until he had all the chips.

On the final hand, Cadena raised almost enough to put Firestone all in, Firestone shoved over the top, and Cadena called.

Cadena: [Jd][8c]
Firestone: [As][Kc]

Firestone had the lead, but that changed when the flop came down [8d][2h][6s].  The [Js] on the turn ended things, and the meaningless river was the [10h]. Firestone, who just so happened to also finish runner-up in the Circuit Rincon Main Event in December, will once again have to settle for second place.

More Photos From the Six-Handed Event

We will be posting the payout information for the six-max event shortly, but until then, check out our second round of photos from the tournament!

Nancy Birnbaum
Nika Futterman

Rex Clinkscales
Sean Riley

Taylor Black
Thomas Beckstead

WSOPC Event #5 Heads Up Chip Count Updates

Steve Firestone started out heads up with a slight chip advantage, and at one point had worked it up to a 1.2 million to 500,000 advantage. However, Art Cadena has battled back, and has taken a slight chip advantage in this heads up battle.


Art Cadena- 930,000
Steve Firestone- 815,000


Photos From Event #7 $365 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em

We took a walk through the short handed field, and snapped a few photos of the players ring hunting today. In honor of the tables being six handed, we will bring you six photos at a time.

Baptiste Chavaillaz
Blaise Hom

Danny Illingworth
Dave Consolazio

John Holley
Joseph Deluca

Frank Lin Eliminated in 3rd Place ($6,270)


Art Cadena raised it up from the small blind, and Frank Lin shoved all in for his last 220,000. Cadena made the call to put Lin at risk, and Lin saw that he had been coolered blind vs. blind.

Cadena: [Ah][Ks]
Lin: [As][Qs]

The flop all but ended things for Lin, as it came down [7h][6c][Kc]. Lin would need runner runner to survive, and he got one of those with the [10d] on the turn. However, the [Ac] on the river didn't help him improve, and Cadena took down the pot to get us to heads up!

Steve Firestone: 900,000
Art Cadena: 750,000

Ben Keeline Eliminated in 4th Place ($4,595)


Ben Keeline shoved all in with [Ac][5d] after Steve Firestone open limped, and that sprung the trap, as Firestone quickly called with [Kh][Ks]. The board ran down [3s][3d][Qh][Jc][Jd]. and Firestone's kings held through to give him the knockout.

WSOPC Event #5 Update Chip Counts

We are down to the final four in Event #5, and Steve Firestone has taken over the chip lead.

Steve Firestone- Chip Leader

1. Steve Firestone- 586,000
2. Art Cadena- 475,000
3. Frank Lin- 315,000
4. Ben Keeline- 220,000

Irv Warsaw Eliminated in 5th Place ($3,425)


Irv Warshaw doubled up the hand before when he spiked a six-outer on the river, but it was all for not, as he was eliminated on the next hand. We only caught up with the action on the turn, with the board reading [Ac][7c][4s][Qs].  Art Cadena bet out 65,000, Warshaw moved all in, and Cadena snap called him.

Cadena: [7s][7d]
Warshaw: [Qc][10h]

Warshaw turned a pair of queens, but he was drawing dead to the set of Cadena. The meaningless river was the [5s],and Warshaw wished everyone luck, and headed to the payout desk.

Cards in the Air WSOPC Event #7 $365 Six-Max

Play has just gotten underway in the Six-handed No-Limit Hold'em event. Registration for this event will be open until 6:15 local time. We will get a round of photos up from this event shortly.

Event #7 $365 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Ring Event $365 Buy-in ($300 Prize Pool + $65 Entry Fees)
  • No Re-Entry Each player starts with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • There will be 10-minute breaks after levels 8, 15, and 18 on Day 1, with a 45-minute dinner break after level 12
  • Day 1 will end after level 21. Day 2 will resume on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 5:00-PM. All of the tables will be six-handed
  • *All “Ring” Events qualify to earn points for the WSOP National Championship
Click to View Event #7 Structure

More Photos from Event #6 $365 No-Limit Hold'em

Below you will find the second round of photos from today's noon event.  Right now there are 81 players left from the 174 that started the day, and play will end tonight at Level 21 or when they reach the final table, whichever comes first.

John Zentner
Jorge Pineda

Mike Leah
Peter Hengsakul

Wing Ng
Ylon Schwartz

Zeke Ramirez

Robert Reinst Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,600)


Action folded around to Robert Reinst on the button, and he shoved all in for his final 98,000. Ben Keeline was in the big blind, and he took a peek down at his cards, then announced call.

Reinst: [Jh][9h]
Keeline: [Ah][Qh]

Reinst's flush outs would be no good, but he still had two live cards. The flop came down [8d][6d][3d], and Reinst was in trouble. The [As] on the turn ended things, and the meaningless river was the [Kd]. After that bustout, we are down to our final five players!

By the Numbers: Event #6 $365 No-Limit Hold'em

We have just been handed the payouts for today's noon event hot off the presses. 149 players entered into the tournament today, creating a prize pool of $44,700. We will be paying out the top 15 spots, with 15th place earning $755. As we go up the list, the winner will be taking home $12,520. Here's a look at the full list of payouts.

1st: $12,520
2nd: $7,735
3rd: $5,585
4th: $4,105
5th: $3,065
6th: $2,330
7th: $1,805
8th: $1,415
9th: $1,130
10th-12th: $915
13th-15th: $755

Update Chip Counts: WSOPC Event #5 $365 No-Limit Hold'em

The players have just returned from their 10-minute break, and here is how the stacks are looking right now with the blinds at 6,000-12,000.

Art Cadena- Chip Leader

1. Art Cadena- 525,000
2. Irv Warshaw- 295,000
3. Frank Lin- 280,000
4. Steve Firestone- 250,000
5. Ben Keeline- 240,000
6. Robert Reinst- 165,000

Nyle Rock Eliminated in 7th Place ($2,010)


Nyle Rock got the last of his remaining chips in preflop holding [Ac][Js], but unfortunately for him, he ran into the [Ad][Kd] of Frank Lin. The board ran down [8s][6s][5h][9c][8d], and Lin, who barely had Rock covered, took down the pot to knock Rock out in 7th.

Some Photos From WSOPC Event #6 $365 No-Limit Hold'em

We had another noon $365 No-Limit Hold'em kick off this morning, and we just went through to snag a few photos of the notables in the field. Check them out below!

Andrew Saprio
Brian Gorman

Doug Lee
Jesse Capps

John Hulett
Ryan Rinker

Event #3 winner Valentin Vornicu

Paul Frank Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,575)


No more than two hands later, we lost Paul Frank, who also fell to pocket aces. This time, it was chip leader Art Cadena who held them, while Frank had [Ks][Js]. The flop of [3c][3d][4h] virtually put an end to any hope for Frank, and the [Ah] on the turn sealed the hand.

Just like that, we are down to seven in Event #5!

Jason Tulloss Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,255)


Ben Keeline raised it up to 17,000 in early position, and Jason Tulloss shoved all in for his last 110,000. It folded back around to Keeline, and he quickly dropped in chips for the call.

Keeline: [As][Ad]
Tulloss: [10h][10c]

Tulloss was looking for a ten, but it never came, as the board ran down [9s][7c][5c][4h][Jd], giving Keeline the knockout, and making Tulloss the first player eliminated from this final table.

WSOPC Event #5 Final Table Photos and Counts

Below you will see the nine players who make up the final table of Event #5. They are listed in order of their seats, with their chip counts next to them.

Seat 1- Paul Frank 177,000
Seat 2- Robert Reinst 143,000

Seat 3- Irv Warsaw 193,000
Seat 4- Ben Keeline 140,000

Seat 5- Steve Firestone 298,000
Seat 6- Jason Tulloss 110,000

Seat 7- Art Cadena 283,000
Seat 8- Frank Lin 150,000

Seat 9- Nyle Rock 244,000