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Friday, March 14, 2014

By the Numbers: Event #11 $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo

We had 198 players come in to play the turbo event today. This created a prize pool of $59,400, and the top 21 players will walk away with a profit. The first payout will be $660, and the first place prize will be $15,440. Here's how the rest of the payouts look.

1st: $15,440 and a WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: $9,540
3rd: $6,890
4th: $5,060
5th: $3,780
6th: $2,870
7th: $2,220
8th: $1,740
9th: $1,390
10th-12th: $1,125
13th-15th: $930
16th-18th: $775
19th-21st: $660

Congratulations to Mike Leah, Winner of Event #9 $580 No-Limit Hold'em ($16,945)

And that ends what was easily the shortest final table we have had so far here at the Winnin' o' the Green. It took just under four hours for Mike Leah to mow down the final table, taking home just under $17,000, and a beautiful WSOP Circuit Ring. With his victory here, Leah is now in the lead in the Casino Champion race here at The Bike with just three ring events left.  Congratulations once again to Leah, who went straight over to Event #10 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em, and the rest of the players who cashed in this event, and stay tuned for a full winner's report later!


Some Photos From WSOPC Event #11 $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo

Here are some of the players who are looking to win that rare one day Circuit tournament, the turbo.

Event #3 Runner Up Arkadiy Tsinis
Brian Gorman

Robert Cheong
Blaise Hom

Taylor Black
Stuart Pfeifer

Lucas Fridrikisson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($10,470)


Lucas Fridrikisson got the last of his chips in preflop holding [Ah][4s], but he was dominated by the [Ad][Jh] of Mike Leah. A jack in the window all but ended things, with the flop coming [Js][3h][2s]. The [7d] on the turn ended it, and the meaningless river was the [8h]. Fridrikisson will walk away with a five figure payday, but it's one spot short of his ultimate goal today.

Cards in the Air: WSOPC Event #11 $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo

The last ring event before the main event has gotten underway, as cards are in the air for Event #11 $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo. This is a one day ring event, won my Circuit king Alex Masek last year. You can view more details below, and stay tuned for some pictures from the field!

Event #11 $365 No Limit Hold’em Turbo (1 Day Tournament) Official 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, 12,15, and 18 on Day 1
  • A winner will be decided today
  • *All “Ring” Events qualify to earn points for the WSOP National Championship
Click to View Event #11 Structure

More Photos From Event #10 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em

As promised, here is the second round of pictures we snapped earlier in the noon event today.

Stuart Pfeifer
Foaud Adli

Event #8 Winner Shawn Martirosian
Amit Makhija

John Zentner
Danny Illingworth

Chris Conrad
Event #3 winner- Valentin Vornicu



Andy Choz Eliminated in 3rd Place ($7,560)


Andy Choz open shoved all in for his last eight big blinds from the small blind, and Leah looked down at his cards one at a time. He peaked down at the first, and said "I need a nine, king, or an ace to call." He peaked down at his second card, and jokingly shouted "call!"

Leah: [As][9d]
Choz: [Qs][9s]

Leah was in great shape, and Choz was all but dead when the flop came [8d][5c][Ah]. Choz would need runner runner to survive, but he couldn't get it, as the board completed [2h] and [7d].

With that, we are heads up! Here's how the stacks look, with the blinds going up to 6,000-12,000 shortly.

Mike Leah- 720,000
Lucas Fridriksson- 680,000

By the Numbers: WSOPC Event #10

We had 92 players come out and put more than a grand on the line in Event #10 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em. The top 12 players will walk away with a profit, as the first payout will be $1,920. Looking up to the top, we have a first place prize of $27,600. Here's a look at the rest of the payouts.

1st: $27,600
2nd: $17,060
3rd: $12,145
4th: $8,825
5th: $6,535
6th: $4,935
7th: $3,795
8th: $2,975
9th: $2,370
10th-12th: $1,920


Jeff Dorbin Eliminated in 4th Place ($5,555)


For the second straight hand, Mike Leah raised to 20,000, Lucas Fridriksson called, and Jeff Dorbin three bet shoved all in. On the first hand, both players quickly folded, but on the second hand, Fridriksson went in the tank following a Leah fold. He tanked for almost two minutes before tossing chips in the for the call.

Dorbin: [10c][10s]
Fridriksson: [Ad][Jd]

It was a classic coin flip going to the flop, and Fridriksson took a slight lead when the flop came [7d][5d][4c]. Fridriksson could win with an ace, jack, or diamond now, and the dealer wasted no time in putting an end to things with the [9d] on the river. The meaningless river was the [8s], and just like that, we are down to three.

Some Photos From Event #10 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em

The Main Event is just a day away, and on the circuit, that usually means the $1k buy in is starting today. That's no different here, as some of the best players in LA have come out for this event. Here's a first look at some of the players here today.

Rupesh Pattini
Andrew Sapiro

Event #1 Winner Huy Quach
Nancy Birnbaum

Sean Jazayeri 
Event #1 runner up Michael Maarup

Ralph Massey

Solomon Yi Eliminated in 6th Place ($3,155)


The action keeps coming here at today's final table, as we have lost another player and are already down to five. Once again, Allen Hodjat shoved all in from early position, and Solomon Yi called for half his stack. Next to act, Andy Choz shoved all in for a bit less than Hodjat, and when it got back to Yi, he tank called, having the smallest stack of the three.

Hodjat: [Jd][10s]
Yi: [Ac][Js]
Choz: [7h][7s]

Pocket sevens reemerged again in a multiway all in, and this time, they held through as the board ran down [8s][3d][2h][Ks][6c], giving Choz the triple up, crippling Hodjat again, and knocking Yi out.

Steve Chanthabousay Eliminated in 7th Place ($2,440)


Shortly after losing most his stack doubling up Lucas Fridrikisson, Allen Hodjat moved all in for 44,000 in early position. Mike Leah called in the cutoff, and from the big blind, Steve Chanthabousay moved all in over the top for 146,000 more. It was back to Leah, who was put to the test in a decision for over 1/3 his stack. After 30 seconds of thinking, he said "ok let's do it," and dropped in the call.

Leah: [7s][7h]
Hodjat: [Qd][10d]
Chanthabousay: [Ad][9c]

Leah's underpair held the lead through the flop of [Jd][4c][3c], and the turn, the [4d]. Leah wasn't able to fade all the outs, as the [Qh] came on the turn, but he did win a nice profit by knocking Chanthabousay out, while Hodjat tripled up on the hand thanks to a rivered pair.

Brian Gorman Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,915)


Brian Gorman was at his second final table of the series today, and was looking to improve upon his 5th place showing just a few days ago. He looked to be in great shape to score a big double up, when he got his [10c][10d] all in preflop against the [5h][5s] of Mike Leah. However, the flop came down [Kh][5d][7c], giving Leah bottom set. The board completed [2d] and [Jc], and Leah took down the pot, knocking Gorman out in 8th.

Charles "Woody" Moore Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,530)

Jeff Dorbin raised it up in middle position, and Charles "Woody Moore shoved over the top for his last 60,000 with [Ax][Qx]. Unfortunately for him, Dorbin snap called when it got back to him, and showed the rockets [Ax][Ax]. The board brought no miracles, and Moore was the first person out today.

WSOPC Event #9 Final Eight Photos and Chip Counts

Play has gotten underway with today's final table, Event #9 $580 No-Limit Hold'em. Mike Leah enters the final table as the big chip leader, but he has plenty of tough players in his way on his quest to a ring. Here's how the final eight are stacking up right now. We lost Charles "Woody" Moore in 9th place, and will post the details of that hand shortly.

Seat 2- Allen Hodjat- 160,500
Seat 3- Solomon Yi- 148,000

Seat 4- Brian Gorman- 148,000
Seat 5- Andy Choz- 91,000

Seat 6- Mike Leah- 315,500
Seat 7- Lucas Fridrikisson- 189,500

Seat 8- Steve Chanthabousay- 198,500
Seat 9- Jeff Dorbin- 137,500


Cards in the Air: Event #10 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em

It's the final day of ring events before the Main Event kicks off tomorrow, and we are starting with the noon event, $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em. Read up more on this event below!

Event #10 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em (2 Day Tournament) Official Ring Event*
  • Play begins at 12:00- PM and each player starts with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • 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 Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 1:00PM
  • There will be 10-minute breaks every 2 levels on Day 2
  • *All “Ring” Events qualify to earn points for the WSOP National Championship
  • No Re-Entry
Click to View Event #10 Structure

What's on Tap: Friday, March 14th

Yesterday, we handed out one ring at The Bike, and we will be doing the same today, as Day 2 of Event #9 will get underway at 1 PM today. Chip leader Mike Leah heads the final table, but guys like Charles "Woody" Moore and Brian Gorman are hoping to play spoiler. Check out more information for this event, and other we have on tap today, below.

Event #10 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em (2 Day Tournament) Official Ring Event*
  • Play begins at 12:00- PM and each player starts with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • 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 Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 1:00PM
  • There will be 10-minute breaks every 2 levels on Day 2
  • *All “Ring” Events qualify to earn points for the WSOP National Championship
  • No Re-Entry
Click to View Event #10 Structure

Event #9 $580 No Limit Hold’em Day 2
Event #11 $365 No Limit Hold’em Turbo (1 Day Tournament) Official 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, 12,15, and 18 on Day 1
  • A winner will be decided today
  • *All “Ring” Events qualify to earn points for the WSOP National Championship
Click to View Event #11 Structure

$200 Nightly Mega Satellite (Five $1,675 Seats Guaranteed)
  • Play starts at 8 and players start with 6,000 in chips
  • All levels will be 15 minutes
View Structure Here

Congratulations to Warren Merrifield, Winner of Event #18 $235 HORSE

The mixed game skills were put to the test yesterday, and after several hours of Stud, Omaha hi lo, and Limit Hold'em, Warren Merrifield topped the field of 99 players. Merrifield made a deal with David Wortham and Fabio de Francesco that saw all three players earn just over $5,500.  You can read a full list of the winners below. Congratulations to Merrifield and everyone else who cash in this event.


WSOPC Event #9 End of Day Results

And that's a wrap for Event #8 tonight, and we have an exciting final table here in this $580 buy-in event. The man with the overwhelming chip lead is none other than Mike Leah, who finished 7th in the Six-Max event a few days ago. Leah is hoping for a better result today, and he's in prime position to do so, having the rest of the field cleared by over 100,000. It won't be easy though, as he is joined by ring winners Charles "Woody" Moore and Jeff Dorbin, as well as Brian Gorman, who is at his second final table here at the Winnin' o' the Green as well. Check out the full list of names, counts, and seats below!

Mike Leah- 315,000 (chip leader)
Brian Gorman- 148,000

PlaceFirstLast Chip CountTableSeat
1MikeLeah315,00016
2SteveChanthabouasy198,50018
3LucasFridriksson189,50017
4AllenHodjat160,50012
5BrianGorman148,00014
6SolomonYi148,00013
7JeffDorbin137,50019
8AndyChoz91,00015
9CharlesMoore63,50011