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Friday, June 30, 2017

Fresh Counts From the Final Six Tables

Blinds: 2,000-4,000 Average: 97,000

Andrew Miramontes - 230,000
Hermilo Vargas - 130,000
Deepinder Singh - 70,000
Nika Futterman - 70,000
Prashray Rai - 60,000
Vadim Baranovsky - 40,000

Some Notable Counts With 100 Left

Blinds: 1,200-2,400 Players Left: 100 Average: 58,000

Prashray Rai - 150,000
Deepinder Singh - 120,000
Hermilo Vargas - 120,000
Andrew Miramontes - 75,000
Anthony Pitesa - 60,000
Chester Burnett - 48,000
Vadim Baranovsky - 30,00

By the Numbers: $550 WSOP Main Event Satellite

We had a great turnout in tonight's WSOP Main Event satellite, with 391 total entries. That means that the final 18 players will all lock up a Main Event seat, with 19th place earning just under that, $9,635. Stay tuned to find out who is able to lock up their seat to the big dance tonight!

1-18th. $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat
19th. $9,635

Cards in the Air: $550 WSOP Main Event Satellite

It's time folks! The $550 buy-in WSOP Main Event Satellite is kicking off in the tournament room. Registration will be open until 7 PM tonight, and players can also re-enter until then as well. There are 10 seats guaranteed in this satellite, though we fully expect to hand out more than that.

Will you be the one to turn this small buy-in into a final table run at the World Series of Poker? Come on down to the Bike and find out!

The $550 WSOP Satellite Starts at 4 PM!

The final day of the 2017 Summer Series promises to be one of the biggest, as the eagerly anticipated WSOP Main Event Satellite is just a few hours away. Today, at least 10 players will be turning a $550 buy-in into a potential return of $8 million or more in Las Vegas in July.

Registration will be open for three hours tonight, and re-entry will be allowed in that time frame as well. Click here for a structure of the event, and good luck players!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Series Leaderboard List

What's on Tap: $550 WSOP Main Event Satellite

Every summer, the Bicycle Casino gives local players the opportunity to qualify for the biggest poker tournament in the world, the WSOP Main Event, for just $550. That opportunity will be tomorrow at 4 PM. At least 10 players will be earning the chance to turn a mere $550 into a payday of over $8 million in just a few weeks in the Nevada desert.

You can view the structure here. Good luck everyone!

Cards in the Air: $150 Deepstack

The penultimate day of the 2017 Summer Series has just kicked off here at the Bicycle Casino! Today, it's a $150 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Event. Players will start with 20,000 in chips today, and the prizepool will be at least $25,000. Registration will be open until 2:30 PM. Good luck all!

Don't forget at 4 PM, we have a $75 satellite guaranteeing at least five seats to tomorrow's $550 Satellite, where at least 10 players will be earning a seat to the WSOP Main Event! 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Final Six Agree to a Deal: Artak Babayan Is the Winner!


The final six players took a look at the numbers, and after a few numbers were moved around to get short stack Chris Grigorian to an even $30,000, a deal was made! Artak Babayan will take home the lion's share of the prize pool, $68,663, while everyone else besides Grigorian will walk home with at least $40,000. Scroll down for a full breakdown of the chip chop below.

The Summer Series isn't over yet! We have a $25,000 Guaranteed Deepstack tournament tomorrow at 11:30 AM, but the big event is on Friday at 4 PM. It will be a $550 satellite, where at least ten players will earn a seat to the 2017 WSOP Main Event, where first place should be over $8 million! Don't miss out on that one!

1. Artak Babayan - $68,663
2. Andrew Ryan - $59,585
3. Dung Nguyen - $59,380
4. Nima Shariatmadari - $46,335
5. Prashray Rai - $40,540
6. Chris Grigorian - $30,000

Gevorg Margaryan Eliminated in 7th Place ($15,160)

Gevorg Margaryan shoved his short stack all in preflop under the gun. It folded around to Nima Shariatmadari in the big blind, and as soon as he saw his hand, he said "call." 

Margaryan: [Kh][Qh]
Shariatmadari: [As][Ah]

Shariatmadari didn't need any help, but he got some anyways on the flop of [Ac][8s][7d]. The [5h] on the turn ended things for Margaryan, who will have to settle for just over $15,000.

The final six players are currently looking at the numbers for a potential chip chop.

Updated Counts From the Final Seven

Blinds: 150,000-300,000 Average Stack: 12.2 million

Artak Babayan - 22 million
Dung Nguyen - 18.3 million
Andrew Ryan - 17.5 million
Prashray Rai - 11 million
Nima Shariatmadari - 11 million
Chris Grigorian - 3.85 million
Gevorg Margaryan - 2.1 million

Paul Chauderson Eliminated in 8th Place ($11,875)

Not long after doubling Chris Grigorian up, Paul Chauderson found himself all in preflop with pocket nines. He was racing against the [Ah][Kd] of Andrew Ryan. A king came on the flop of [Kh][Qc][8s], and Chauderson would not hit any miracles to come back.

Chauderson will have to settle for $11,875, while Ryan catapults to one of the big stacks after that hand.

Grigorian Spikes Turn to Double

Chris Grigorian got his short stack in preflop holding [As][10c], and he was dominated by the [Ah][Qh] of Paul Chauderson. The flop of [Kh][8s][7c] didn't improve either player's hand, but the [10s] n the turn sure did help Grigorian.

The river was the [6s], and Grigorian doubled up to 4.8 million, while Chauderson dropped down to 2.6 million.

Paul Chung Eliminated in 9th Place ($9,085)

Paul Chung and Artak Babayan got all the money in preflop in a massive flip, with Babayan holding [Ac][Kh] to the [Qh][Qc] of Chung. The flop brought three hearts, [10h][9h][8h], and while both players had a heart, Babayan's was better. The [2h] came on the turn, and Chung could only win with the jack of hearts on the river.

The [7c] came instead, and a dejected Chung headed to the rail, while Babayan is the new chip leader with 23 million.

Shariatmadari Doubles Through Rai

Nima Shariatmadari three bet shoved all in preflop over the raise of Prashray Rai, who called to put him at risk. Shariatmadari was in good shape with [8d][8c] against teh [Ad][7d] of Rai, and the hand was all but over after the flop of [Qd][10h][8h]. Rai paired up his ace on the turn, but that also meant he was drawing dead.

Shariatmadari doubled to 5 million, while Rai takes a small hit down to 13.5 million.

Chester Burnett Eliminated in 10th Place ($6,560)

Chester Burnett got his final chips in the middle holding pocket tens, and he was in rough shape against the [Jh][Jd] of Artak Babayan. The flop of [8d][8s][6h] missed both players, but Burnett shot out to the lead with the [10c] turn. The lead was short lived though, as the [Js] came on the river to give Babayan a better full house.

Babayan is up to 14 million after that hand, while Burnett is out in 10th place.

Grigorian and Shariatmaderi Trade Double Ups

On one of the first hands of the final table, Chris Grigorian shoved all in from under the gun. Next to act, Nima Shariatmaderi shoved all in for a million more. Everyone else folded, and we were off to the races.

Grigorian: [8h][8d]
Shariatmaderi: [Ad][Kh]

The race wouldn't last long, as the flop came [Jh][8s][2s]. Shariatmaderi wouldn't catch any miracle runout, and it knocked him down to just five big blinds.

He would shove on the very next hand, and it would fold around to Grigorian in the big blind. He made the call, only to see the bad news when the cards were tabled.

Shariatmaderi: [10d][10s]
Grigorian: [6d][6s]

The board wouldn't help either player, keeping Shariatmaderi in the lead. Grigorian shipped the double over, though he was still up about 500,000 on the total exchange.

Final Table Photos and Names for the $500,000 Guaranteed Event

Seat 1: Gevorg Margaryan - 4.2 million

Seat 2: Artak Babayan - 11.7 million

Seat 3: Dung Nguyen - 16.2 million (chip leader)

Seat 4: Andrew Ryan - 10.7 million

Seat 5: Prashray Rai - 15 million

Seat 6: Chris Grigorian - 2 million (short stack)

Seat 7: Nima Shariatmadari - 3.2 million

Seat 8: Paul Chauderson - 11 million

Seat 9: Paul Chung - 5.2 million

Seat 10: Chester Burnett - 2.5 million

Bustouts 11th-18th

We are at the unofficial final table of 10 players. We will be posting names, photos, and chip counts for those players shortly, but before that, here at the players that just missed out on the final table. Brian Bumpas just busted when his pocket jacks ran into the aces of Andrew Ryan. In 12th place was Phovieng Keokham. They both took home $6,560.

These three all won $5,560 tonight.

13. Nikita Gromyko
14. Arkadi Onikoul
15. Cyrus Farzad

And these three all won $4,910.

16. Yehonatan Levi
17. Nancie Truong
18. Genaro Martinez

Fresh Counts From the Final 18

Below you will see some of the players who are still alive in this massive $500,000 Guaranteed Event. Once we get down to the final 10 players, we will grab photos, names, and updated chip stacks for everyone still in.

Blinds: 100,000-200,000 Average Stack: 5.3 million

Paul Chauderson - 10.1 million
Prashray Rai - 9.8 million
Arkadi Onikoul - 8.7 million
Paul Chung - 5.5 million
Chris Grigorian - 2.7 million
Brian Bumpas - 2.3 million
Chester Burnett - 1.6 million

Next Round of Knockouts: 19th-27th

We are at the point where there is a pay jump after every three eliminations. The following players all took home $4,310 tonight.

19. Allan Cook
20. Andy Stracuzzi
21. Brian Hunkins

These three all took home $3,740.

22. John Stumfall
23. Ali Hasan
24. James Moraweic

And lastly, the following three won $3,200 tonight.

25. Kimlong Lav
26. Antonios Roungeris
27. Ed Dorini

Some Fresh Stacks From the Final 27

Blinds: 50,000-100,000 Players Left: 27 Average: 3.1 million

Prashray Rai - 9.8 million
Chris Grigorian - 3.9 million
Brian Bumpas - 3.6 million
Paul Chauderson - 3.3 million
Arkadi Onikoul - 3.1 million
Andy Strachuzzi - 1.2 million
Chester Burnett - 900,000

Next Group of Bustouts: 28th-36th Places

The final 27 are in the midst of a three table redraw, and they are going on a break shortly after they finish, so we will grab some fresh chip counts then. In the meantime, here are the next group of bustouts, all taking home $2,655.

28. Greg Pohler
29. Damon Catao
30. Susanne Krausse
31. Jagdish Tejwani
32. Ryan Feldman
33. Matt Salnick
34. Kham Hoang
35. Charlie Vitale
36. Gevork Tashcyan

More Eliminations: 37th-45th Places

The following players all took home $2,155. When we get down to 27, we will have a full three table redraw.

37. Connie Chung
38. Deepinder Singh
39. Gonsalo Pineda
40. Mario Fauceglia
41. Shri Shrivas
42. Alex Gammell
43. Jamaleddin Sadreameli
44. David Avanesyan
45. David Johnson

Fresh Chippies From the Final Four Tables

Blinds: 40,000-80,000 Players Left: 36 Average: 2.3 million

Prashray Rai - 3.7 million
Paul Chauderson - 3.3 million
Brian Bumpas - 3.5 million
Chris Grigorian - 2.85 million
Andy Stracuzzi - 1.3 million
Greg Pohler - 780,000
Susanne Krausse - 720,000
Ryan Feldman - 650,000

Next Round of Bustouts: 46th-54th Places

The players listed below all took home $1,710 tonight for their showings.

46. Hermilo Vargas
47. Chris Beshlian
48. Jose Castillo
49. Darrell Williams
50. Nicolas Kurban
51. Erik Williams
52. Howard Xan
53. Hi Ly Ngo
54.  David Zand

Some Fresh Counts From the Final 45

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 Average Stack: 1.9 million Players Left: 45

Prashray Rai - 5.1 million
Paul Chauderson - 3.9 million
Chris Grigorian - 3.2 million
Andy Stracuzzi - 2.6 million
Ryan Feldman - 2.4 million
Brian Bumpas - 2.1 million
Greg Pohler - 975,000
Susanne Krausse - 830,000

Next Group of Bustouts: 55th-63rd

These players all won $1,275 tonight.

55. Dmitry Shindyalov
56. Macradij Yacoubian
57. John Sygiel
58. James Johnson
59. Javid Javani
60. Tigran Panossian
61. Dylan Brock
62. Colton Zocher
63.  Mats Giavatin

Some of the Big Stacks to Start the Day

Prashray Rai - 3.7 million

Yehonathan Levi - 3.23 million

Jagdish Tejwani - 2.775 million

Gevork Tashchyan - 2.5 million

Kimya Williams - 2.1 million

Matt Salnick - 1.995 million

First Round of Eliminations: 64th-73rd

Normally we start listing off the eliminations with 54 players left, but give the number of players coming back for Day 3, we decided to list everyone knocked out today. These players all won $1,030 tonight, except for Courtenay Williams, who just missed out on the pay jump in 73rd, earning $835.

64. Sanjay Mayekar
65. Roland Suen
66. John Nguyen
67. Karen Lavvian
68. Bill Manicini
69. Nima Tabrizi
70. Clayton Holloway
71. Jobe Leon
72. anoymous

Cards in the Air: Day 3 Restart of the $500,000 Guaranteed Event

We have 73 players returning today to battle it out for the lion's share of this massive prizepool here at the 2017 Summer Series. Prashray Rai leads the way with 3.7 million, with Yehonathan Levi in second with 3.23 million.

We will be here tonight until a winner is decided, so make sure you don't go anywhere!

Summer Series Event #14 Return List

Cards in the Air: $130 Big "O" 8 or Better

Welcome back to the Bicycle Casino's coverage of the 2017 Summer Series. It was a long night for us in the second day of the $500,000 Guaranteed Event, but we back before noon for today's opening event. It's a Big "O" 8 or Better tournament with a buy-in of just $130. Registration will be open today until 2:30 PM, and re-entry is allowed in that time frame as well.

Good luck everyone!

Big Stacks and Notables To End the Day

Day 2 is officially in the books here at the Bicycle Casino, and 74 players will be coming back tomorrow to battle it out for the first place prize of nearly $120,000. Leading the way is Prashray Rai (pictured above), who bagged up 3.7 million. The only other player over the three million mark is Yehonatan Levi, who has 3.23 million. Below you will see a handful of the notables who will be returning to play tomorrow. Be sure to come back in the morning for a full list of returning players, and good luck to all of them!

Paul Chauderson - 2.53 million
Kimya Williams - 2.1 million
Andy Stracuzzi - 1.82 million
Brian Bumpas - 1.605 million
Ryan Feldman - 1.59 million
Greg Pohler - 1.39 million
Deepinder Singh - 1.235 million
Chris Grigorian - 1.02 million
Hermilo Vargas - 695,000

Final Level of the Night

The floor staff is in the midst of coloring up the red 1,000 chips. Once they are done, we will play one more level before the remaining players bag and tag for the evening.

The remaining players will come back tomorrow at 1 PM, and play hour long levels until a winner is decided!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fresh Counts As We Approach the Final 100

Blinds: 12,000-24,000 Players Left: 111 Average Stack: 770,000

Kimya Williams - 2.1 million
Paul Chauderson - 1.2 million
Deepinder Singh - 1.1 million
Andy Strachuzzi - 1.1 million
Erich Karle - 850,000
William Vo - 800,000
Chris Grigorian - 650,000
Kevin French - 600,000
Greg Pohler - 600,000
Hermilo Vargas - 360,000
Quincy Weekly - 340,000

Players are in the Money

Hand-for-hand play was not needed in this massive field, and the 135 remaining players are all in the money! They have all locked up $460, but surely everyone still in has their eyes set on a much bigger number than that. We expect the eliminations to pick up now, so stay tuned for more updates!

Some Chippies as the Money Bubble Approaches

Blinds: 8,000-16,000 Players Left: 145 Average Stack: 588,000

Kimya Williams - 2.25 million
Deepinder Singh - 1.2 million
Erich Karle - 1.1 million
Greg Pohler - 1.05 million
Chris Grigorian - 900,000
Kevin French - 850,000
Andy Stracuzzi - 810,000
Hermilo Vargas - 740,000
Anthony Pitesa - 720,000
Paul Chauderson - 570,000
Quincy Weekly - 500,000
William Vo - 300,000
Sean Yu - 170,000

Quad Aces on the Flop!

We were sent a fun hand from eaarlier today that one of the players in the event managed to catch on camera, so we figured we would share it with you guys. It was the start of a great day for Jagdish Tejwani (pocket aces in the hand), who has turned into one of the chip leaders as the night is about to wrap up. Enjoy the action!


What's on Tap: Wednesday, June 28th

Tomorrow will be the third and final day of this massive $500,000 Guaranteed Event, but that is not the only poker that will be played tomorrow. We have three events kicking off tomorrow, two open tournaments and one satellite. At 11:30 AM, we go back to the mixed games with a $130 Big "O" 8 or Better Event. At 4 PM, it's another $130 buy-in event, but this was is a No-Limit Hold'em Survivor where the top 10% will all be earning $1,000 each.

Lastly, we have a $75 satellite to our $550 WSOP Satellite on Friday, where at least 10 players will be earning a severely discounted seat to the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Main Event. It will be an action packed day, so don't miss it!

Some Fresh Counts From the Final 200

Blinds: 5,000-10,000 Players Left: 200 Average Stack: 420,000

Joseph Marotti - 1.4 million
Greg Pohler-  1.3 million
Deepinder Singh - 1.15 million
Kevin French - 850,000
Kimya Williams - 820,000
Erich Karle - 780,000
Anthony Pitesa - 450,000
William Vo - 340,000
Paul Chauderson - 330,000
Quincy Weekly - 280,000
Sean Yu - 195,000

By the Numbers: Final Payouts For the $500,000 Guaranteed Event

Thanks to the 83 Day 2 entries, the prizepool has ballooned up to a final number of $750,828. The final 135 players today will be locking up at least $460.  The final nine will all lock up $9,085, and the winner will walk home with a first place prize of $118,143. Below you will see a full breakdown of the Day 2 prizepool. Good luck to the 230 players who are still in!

1. $118,143
2. $65,510
3. $44,035
4. $32,700
5. $24,810
6. $19,305
7. $15,160
8. $11,875
9. $9,085
10-12. $6,560
13-15. $5,560
16-18. $4,910
19-21. $4,310
22-24. $3,740
25-27. $3,200
28-36. $2,655
37-45. $2,155
46-54. $1,710
55-63. $1,275
64-72. $1,030
73-81. $835
82-90. $715
91-99. $615
100-108. $540
109-117. $510
118-126. $485
127-135. $460

A Bunch of Updated Chip Stacks

Blinds: 4,000-8,000 Average Stack: 265,000 Players Left: 290

Greg Pohler - 1.2 million
Deepinder Singh - 850,000
Kevin French - 580,000
Marcel Sabag - 580,000
Andy Stracuzzi - 480,000
Anthony Pitesa - 360,000
Harry Arutyunyan - 350,000
Hermilo Vargas - 300,000
Erich Karle - 250,000
Owen Crowe - 220,000
Paul Chauderson - 200,000
William Vo - 160,000
Sean Yu - 160,000

Pictures of Dozens of the Day 2 Buy-Ins

We have about 30 minutes left in Day 2 registration for this $500,000 Guaranteed Event, and so far, we have over 80 Day 2 buy-ins. You can see several of those players listed below. Included on this list is former Legends of Poker Champion Harry Arutyunyan, as well as local pros Owen Crowe, Colleen Long, Hermilo Vargas, and so many more!