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Thursday, December 22, 2016


WSOPC Event # 20 - Jordan Cristos WINS the $500,000 GUARANTEED EVENT

Jordan dominated the final table. At the end of the tournament Jordan had 1/2 of the chips in play and the other players suggested a chop.
The players got together and decided to chop with Jordan receiving almost full value for 1st place - $148,969.

Top three players - Jordan Cristos, Chenyu Hung, Andrew Miramontes -

Steven Kaslov - $49,805 - 4th

Juan Valladares - FROM SAUGUS - $44,120

Ed Klein - 6th place - $42,400

Dohyung Kim - 7th place - $37,280

WSOPC Event # 20 - Michael Wasserman - Finishes in 8th Place

Michael Wasserman finishes 8th place.
Michael had been battling with Mike Eskandari in the later stages of the tournament and had prevailed. But after Mike Eskandari's exit Michael's cards turned cold and didn't hold.
Michael is paid $16,295 for 8th place.

WSOPC Event # 20 - Mike Eskandari - Out 9th Place

Mike Eskandari is eliminated in 9th place.

Mike is the only SCPC player to make a second final table after the SCPC Day 4 players.

Mike takes home $12,495 for his efforts.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

EVENT #20 - LEVEL 13 - 78 Players Remain

The blinds are moving up!
At level 13 blinds are at 5k 25k/50k.
Here are some of the chips leaders at each table:


Event #20 has been running since December 13th to today's Day 2 direct buy-in. Over the 14 Day 1's there were 3,577 entries, and the record setting Day 2 direct buy-ins ended at 178.

Total Prize Pool ends at $970,194 with 1st place getting $161,619.

Here are a couple of notable players of the 490 Day 2 players:

Thursday, December 15, 2016


WSOPC EVENT #20 has started strong - TUESDAY 12/13/16 Day 1a - 211 entries Day 1b - 169 entries WEDNESDAY 12/14/16 Day 1c - 188 Day 1d - 163 Thursday 12/15/16 Day 1e - 209 Day 1f - 141

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Jesse Yaginuma went wire-to-wire on the final day to best a field of 129 entries and win $108,345 in the $3,250 no-limit hold'em high roller.

Yaginuma registered late in the day yesterday after busting 19th in the $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event. He quickly amassed the biggest stack in the room and ended the day as the runaway chip leader.

When play resumed on Tuesday afternoon, it was more of the same for Yaginuma. He completely dominated the final table and was never short on chips. As the field was trimmed from 40 down to the final nine, Yaginuma's stack only kept growing and he started the final table with the chip lead.

He bested a final table that featured plenty of tough players. WSOP Bracelet winners Mike Leah and Barry Hutter were at the final table, as well as tough pros Ben Palmer, Michael Aron, and Joe Serock. Yaginuma navigated through the whole field and defeated Matthew Wantman heads-up to take home the title.

Yaginuma is a professional poker player from Maryland that now makes Los Angeles his home.

Here are the final table results:
1st: Jesse Yaginuma - $108,345
2nd: Matthew Wantman - $66,975
3rd: Mike Leah - $48,345
4th: Ben Palmer - $35,525
5th: Michael Aron - $26,555
6th: Qing Liu - $20,190
7th: Tom Braband - 15,610
8th: Barry Hutter - $12,260
9th: Joe Serock - $9,785



Local grinder Nikhil Gera came out on top of a stacked final table to emerge as the champion in the $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event.

Gera, a Psychiatrist by trade, is a poker enthusiast that is friends with some of the best players in the Southern California area. Gera had a rail that included Craig Chait, Peter Hengsakul, Nipun Java, and several other Los Angeles area grinders who were there to support there fellow local grinder.

He bested a field of 842 players to earn his first career Circuit ring and $246,295. He also earns a seat into next year's Global Casino Championship.

It wasn't an easy road to the title for Gera, who had to navigate through arguably one of the tougher final tables the WSOP Circuit has seen. Eddy Sabat, Ankush Mandavia, two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Tuan Le, and WPT Champion Harry Arutyunyan were all a part of this final table.

Those players hit the rail as the day moved on and the title came down to two local players: Gera and Paul Nguyen.

Nguyen had a massive chip lead throughout the final table, but Gera picked up steam and during the late stages of the final table and started heads-up play at only a slight chip disadvantage.

After a few hours of heads-up play, Gera took the chip lead and eventually picked off Nguyen's jack-high bluff with a full house to send Nguyen home in second place. It was all celebration for Gera and his rail after that. Nguyen takes home $152,190 for his second place finish.

Here is a look at the final table results:

Nikhil Gera

1st: Nikhil Gera - $246,295
2nd: Paul Nguyen - 152,190
3rd: Eddy Sabat - $112,105
4th: Alex Massman - $83,660
5th: Ankush Mandavia - $63,250
6th: Harry Arutyunyan - $48,435
7th: Mark Hamilton - $37,560
8th: Tuan Le - $29,490
9th: David Mendelson - $23,440


There are 16 players left in the $3,250 no-limit hold'em high roller event and they have redrawn for seats at the final two tables (this is an eight-handed event).

This is also the bubble and hand-for-hand play has begun and will last until one more player is eliminated.

Jesse Yaginuma, Joe Serock, and Michael Aron are all bunched together at the top of the pack. All three have over 500,000 in tournament chips. When one more player is eliminated, the final 15 players will be guaranteed $6,535.


The $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event is down to its final 10 players and they have redrawn for seats at the final table.

Harry Arutyunyan is atop the chip counts with 3,900,000 and he is followed closely by Paul Nguyen and Ankush Mandavia.

Here is a look at the chip counts for the final 10 players: Seat 1: Nikhil Gera - 1,250,000
Seat 2: Eddy Sabat - 925,000
Seat 3: Ankush Mandavia: 2,400,000
Seat 4: Harry Arutyunyan: 3,900,000
Seat 5: Timothy Miles: 620,000
Seat 6: Paul Nguyen: 3,400,000
Seat 7: Mark Hamilton: 1,300,000
Seat 8: Alex Massman: 1,400,000
Seat 9: David Mendelson: 675,000
Seat 10: Tuan Le: 660,000
The next player out will receive $18,855, but they are all within grasp of the $246,295 first place prize, the Circuit ring, and a seat into the Global Casino Championship.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016




The $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event is down to its final 16 players after three days of poker. Paul Nguyen is leading the field with 2,200,000 in chips heading into the final day after catching a rush of cards as the day was winding down.

He's the only player above the 2 million chip mark, but as there has been the whole tournament, there is plenty of talent lurking behind him. WPT Champion Harry Arutyunyan comes into the final day second in chips with 1,880,000, while Mark Hamilton (1,590,000), Ankush Mandavia (1,570,000), and Alex Massman (1,235,000) round out the top five chip counts. Massman won the first event of the series and is looking to score his second ring of the series.

Other top pros that are still alive vying for a WSOP Circuit ring include two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Tuan Le, WPT Champion Sean Jazayeri, TK Miles, and Eddy Sabat.

Everybody remaining is guaranteed a cash of at least $12,645, but everybody has their sights set on the $246,295 first place prize money. Here is a look at the chip counts heading into Day 3:

Paul Nguyen - 2,200,000
Harry Arutyunyan - 1,880,000
Mark Hamilton - 1,590,000
Ankush Mandavia - 1,570,000
Alex Massman - 1,235,000
Tuan Le - 1,200,000
Nikhil Gera - 1,145,000
Mike Shin - 1,085,000
David Mendelson - 940,000
Sean Jazayeri - 890,000
Sam Renshaw - 885,000
Nathan Brady - 750,000
Scott Vener - 700,000
TK Miles - 495,000
Eddy Sabat - 235,000
Dave Plaskett - 200,000

Play resumes at 1 p.m. in the tournament area and they will play down to a winner.




The $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event is taking its final break of the night with just 20 players remaining. When they return, the blinds will be 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante and it is shaping up to be a stacked final table.

Samuel Renshaw is leading the pack with 1,360,00 in chips, but Nikhil Gera and WPT Champion Sean Jazayeri are right on his heels with 1,300,000 and 1,275,000, respectively.

Mark Hamilton and Ankush Mandavia round out the top five, but there are a plethora of top players lurking behind them in the chip counts.

Mohsin Charania, Harry Arutyunyan, TK MIles, Eddy Sabat, Lily Kiletto, Phil Laak, Jesse Yaginuma, Alex Massman and Tuan Le are all still in the field and capable of making a run at a title.

Lily Kiletto

Nikhil Gera

After two more eliminations, there will be a complete redraw for the final two tables. They will play two more levels before bagging up chips around midnight.

WSOPC - High Roller Update

The $3,250 no-limit hold'em high roller event is nearing the halfway point and players are in the midst of returning from a 30-minute dinner break of their own.

Late registration is still open until the start of Day 2 and there are already 77 entries in the event, which has more than doubled last year's turnout for the high roller event.

Tom Braband won a massive pot before the break to chip up to 110,000 for his 30,000 startiong stack. He is the chip leader as cards are about to get in the air with blinds of 300/600 and a 75 ante.

Other notables still alive in the high roller include Matt Salsberg, Bryce Yockey, Ben Palmer, Joe Kuether, Aaron Massey, Joe Serock, and Mike Leah.

The event is scheduled to play 14, 40-minute levels today and will come back tomorrow at 1 p.m. to play down to a winner.


The $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event has gone through six-levels today and burst the money bubble early in the third level of the day.
They have trimmed the field down to the final 30 players and are going on a 60-minute dinner break.

TK Miles

Nathan Brady is leading the field as they head to break and is the only stack over the million chip mark. Brady heads to the break with 1,050,000 and is trailed by David Mendelson (975,000), TK Miles (960,000), Nikhil Gera (940,000), and WPT Champion Harry Arutyunyan (850,00). Mohsin Charania is just outside the top five counts on the break, while Lily Kiletto, Sean Jazayeri, Jesse Yaginuma, Barry Hutter, Phil Laak, Jared Jaffee, Ankush Mandavia, Eddy Sabat, Tuan Le, and Alex Massman are all still alive in the main event.

There is plenty of high-level poker minds still left in the field and they will get cards back in the air around 7:30 p.m. to play another four, 60-minute levels before bagging up chips for the night.

Monday, December 12, 2016


Players in the main event are returning from their first break and after just a couple minutes of action, they have lost a few players and 91 players remain.

The tournament staff has announced that the tournament will now go hand-for-hand until they lose one more player. With the elimination of one more player, the final 90 players will be in the money and lock up a cash of at least $2,855.

Mark Hamilton is the chip leader at the start of hand-for-hand and is pacing the field with 520,000, but Scott Vener isn't far behind with 480,000.

Mark Hamilton

Scott Verner

Start of Day 2 chip leaders Jared Jaffee and Mohsin Charania are also in the top 10 chip counts with 310,000 and 345,000, respectively. Other notables still vying for an in-the-money finish include Brian Green, Matt Salsberg, Alex Foxen, Ben Keeline, Sean Jazayeri, Phil Laak and Aaron Massey.

The eventual winner of this event will take home the lion's share of the $1,263,000 prizepool and earn $246,295, along with a seat into the Global Casino Championship and a Circuit ring.


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