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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Congratulations to Robert Natividad, Winner of the Monster Stack Event!



The two players would get it all in on one of the first hands of heads up, with Natividad holding pocket fives, dominating the [9s][2c] of Bastawros. The flop came [4c][4d][3h], and the hand was over after the [5s] turn gave him a full house.

Congratulations to the final two players on their impressive runs, and thanks to everyone who came out for this huge Monster Stack Even!

Chuanhao Zhang Eliminated in 3rd Place ($28,280)



Chuanhao Zhang got his money in preflop holding [7d][7s], but he was dominated by the [10c][10s] of Robert Natividad. The board ran down [8s][6h][3h][9h][Kd], and Natividad took down the hand.

This gets us to heads up play, where Natividad holds a massive advantage.

Bastawros Doubles Through Natividad

After a raise to 800,000, Emad Bastawros moved all in for 4.2 million. Natividad got the count, then made a reluctant call.

Bastawros: [Ah][6h]
Natividad: [5d][4d]

The flop hit both, coming [6s][4c][2h]. The [Js] on the turn changed nothing, and Bastawros improved with another six on the river.

Bruce Kramer Eliminated in 4th Place ($28,290)


Bruce Kramer folded down to just a few big blinds before Robert Natividad moved all in from the small blind. Kramer looked at his cards, put his card protector in his pocket like he knew what his fate would be, and called the all in.

Natividad: [As][10d]
Kramer: [Qd][7d]

Kramer was very live, but that wouldn't last long, as the flop came down [10c][9s][6h]. Kramer would need a queen or eight now, but the board finished out [Jd] and [9s].

This leaves us three handed, with Natividad holding a massive lead over his two opponents: Emad Bastawros and Chuanhao Zhang.

Troy Campbell Eliminated in 5th Place ($21,400)


Troy Campbell had mostly been folding throughout this final table, and he found himself on the short stack when he was all in preflop holding [Kh][Jh]. He was flipping against the [8h][8d] of Chuanhao Zhang, and the eights would hold on a runout of [6s][3d][2h][7c][7s].

This gets us down to the final four players!

By the Numbers: Event #8 $400 Ring Event

We had a nice turnout for this morning's $400 Ring Event, with a total of 113 players creating a prizepool of $37,290. The final 12 spots will finish in the money tonight, with first place taking home $11,180 and the WSOP Circuit Ring. Scroll down for all of the payouts, and good luck to the remaining 36 players!

1. $11,180
2. $6,915
3. $4,925
4. $3,575
5. $2,650
6. $2,000
7. $1,540
8. $1,205
9. $960
10-12. $780

Congratulations to Sean Yu, Winner of the $400 HORSE Event


Over at the HORSE final table, it was a familiar face and winner here at the Bicycle Casino, Sean Yu, who took down his fifth WSOP Circuit Ring. Yu came into the final table as the chip leader, and stay at or near the top of the leaderboard the final time. Eventually, he defeated Paul Hendee heads up. Yu will take home $,9,600 for first place, and another piece of hardware to add to his collection.

Congratulations Sean!

Kramer Doubles Through Zhang

Bruce Kramer raised to 600,000, and Emad Bastawros made the call. In the big blind, Changzao Zhang reraised to 2 million, and Kramer moved all in. Bastawros folded, and Zhang made the call.

Zhang: [5c][5d]
Kramer: [Ad][As]

The board ran down [Jh][9s][4s][Ks][9c], and the aces held for Kramer, who doubled to over six million. Meanwhile, Zhang falls down to 6.8 million himself.

Randall Emmett Eliminated in 6th Place ($16,485)



Four players saw a flop of [As][Jc][10d], and Randall Emmett kicked off the action by shoving all in. Chuanhao Zhang quickly called, and everyone else folded.

Zhao: [Ad][Kh]
Emmett: [Ac][8c]

Emmett was in rough shape, and wouldn't improve, as the board finished out with running sevens. Here is how the final five currently stack up.

Robert Natividad - 14,100,000
Chuanhao Zhang - 10,000,000
Emad Bastawros - 8,200,000
Troy Campbell - 5,300,000
Bruce Kramer - 2,800,000

Matthew Yorra Eliminated in 7th Place ($12,840)



Matthew Yorra moved all in from under the gun for about three million, and Emad Bastawros called to put him at risk. Yorra was in great shape with [Ac][Kc] to the [Ah][Qh] of Bastawros, but that quickly changed after the flop came [Qc][9s][8h]. The board finished out [3d] and [6d], and Bastawros scooped the pot to get us down to the final six players.

We will post fresh chip counts for everyone shortly.

Carl Shaw Eliminated in 8th Place ($10,120)



Action started with Chaunhao Zhang raising to 465,000. Carl Shaw moved all in for 3.2 million total, and Robert Natividad asked for a count. Once he got the total, he made the call, and everyone else folded.

Shaw: [Kh][Qd]
Natividad: [As][Ah]

The flop of [10h][8h][6h] gave both players a flush draw, but Natividad's ace was the one that mattered. The [7s] turn meant only a nine would chop it, but another six came instead.

This gets us down to the final seven players.

Emmett Doubles Through Shaw

Randal Emmett found himself in another massive flip all in preflop, this time for his tournament life. Emmett held [Ac][Kd], and he was up against the [7s][7d] of Carl Shaw. The flop of [9s][8c][4d] brought Emmett no help, but the [Ks] turn certainly did. Emmett improved more with an ace on the river, and he doubled up to about 4.4 million.

Natividad Doubles Through Emmett

Randal Emmett raised to 400,000 from under the gun, and Chuanhao Zhang flatted. From the small blind, Robert Natividad moved all in for about 2.8 million. Emmett quickly rechecked his cards, then dropped chips in for the call. Zhang thought for a bit before open folding [6s][6c], saying he was going to win the hand.

Natividad: [9s][9h]
Emmett: [As][Ks]

Sure enough for Zhang, the flop of [Jd][6h][4c] would have given him a set, and he wasn't too happy when he saw that. As it was, Natividad was in great shape to hold for the double, and his nines held on the [7c][ turn and [4d] river.

Natividad doubled to nearly six million, while Emmett tumbled down to about two million.

Massive Pot for Bastawros Busts Phoenix


Five players saw a flop of [Jd][9d][2c], and it checked to Nick Phoenix, who started the fuse by moving all in. Emad Bastawros moved all in over the top for 1.8 million total, and chip leader Chuanhao Zhang made the call to put both players at risk.

Phoenix: [Ks][Jc]
Bastawros: [Kd][Qs]
Zhang: [Ah][Jh]

Zhang's top pair ace kicker was in the lead for now, but the [10d] on the turn changed all that, as Bastawros now had a straight. This left Zhang drawing dead, and Phoenix drawing to a chop. Another ten finished the board, and Bastawros scooped the huge pot to up his stack to 6.2 million. Zhang remains the chip leader with 6.85 million, but it's tightening up now!

Kramer Doubles With Quads

Bruce Kramer and Emad Bastawros were heads up on the turn of a board reading [Qc][Jc][Jd][Ad], and both players checked. The [4s] completed the board, and Kramer moved all in for 590,000. Bastawros got the count, made the call, and said "you got max value from your jack." Kramer turned over two jacks, [Js][Jh], for quads, and he scooped the full double, as Bastawros had just Ace-King.

Jesse Yaginuma Eliminated in 10th Place ($6,510)


Action folded around to Jesse Yaginuma in the small blind, and he limped in. In the big blind, Carl Shaw moved all in, having Yaginuma covered. He thought for a bit before calling with [Ah][10c], and he was dominated by the [Ac][Qd] of Shaw. The board ran down [As][6s][3h][5c][Jc], and the queen kicker player for Shaw, who jumps up towards the top of the leaderboard, while also knocking out one of the most dangerous players left.

HORSE Final Table Stacked With Familiar Faces

Over at the $400 HORSE Event, we are down to the final table of nine players, and there are tons of Bike regulars who are vying for the title. Former National Championship winner Sean Yu has the chip lead, but he is dealing with the two time Monster Stack Ring winner Hermilo Vargas, as well as former Legends of Poker Main Event winner Harry Arutyunyan, amongst others.

Scroll down for a breakdown of the final table, and stay tuned to find out who wins!

Seat 1: Adam Rymer - 45,000
Seat 2: Duke Viveros - 172,000
Seat 3: Paul Hendee - 142,000
Seat 4: Sean Yu - 291,000
Seat 5: Wendy Freedman - 153,000
Seat 6: Sean Creamer - 123,000
Seat 7: Isaac Crow - 238,000
Seat 8: Hermilo Vargas - 127,000
Seat 9:Harry Arutyunyan - 147,000

Final Table Photos and Updated Chip Counts

Seat 1: Emad Bastawros - 5,300,000

Seat 2: Chuanhao Zhang - 8,500,000

Seat 3: Matthew Yorra - 5,875,000

Seat 4: Jesse Yaginuma - 2,500,000

Seat 5: Carl Shaw - 5,200,000

Seat 6: Troy Campbell - 3,950,000

Seat 7: Robert Natividad - 3,980,000

Seat 8: Nick Phoenix - 2,650,000

Seat 9: Bruce Kramer - 1,000,000

Seat 10: Randall Emmett - 4,030,000

Over 80 Players in the Morning Event

While most of our focus will be on the Day 3 finals here today, we did want to let you guys know that the morning event is off to a better start than yesterday's as 81 players are registered so far. Registration will be open today until 4:30 PM, so there's a good chance that we get over 100 players for this ring event. Don't miss it!

Three More Quick Eliminations

It didn't take us long to lose Daniel Wagner in 15th, Yonas Abate in 14th, and Sang Lee in 13th place. Each of those players took home $5,305. Once we get down to the final 10, we will post photos and updated counts for every player.

Fresh Counts From the Final 15

We lost Zion Cassidy Carl in 18th place, Vinny Vinh in 17th, and Rubin Chappell in 16th place. Here is how the final 15 are stacked up right now, listed based on their seating order.

Table 1

Seat 1: Artashes Kartalyan - 1,300,000
Seat 2: Sang Lee - 1,080,000
Seat 3: Nick Phoenix - 1,225,000
Seat 4: Matthew Yorra - 4,900,000
Seat 5: Jesse Yaginuma - 3,200,000
Seat 6: Randall Emmett - 2,150,000
Seat 7: Bruce Kramer - 950,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Yonas Abate - 1,000,000
Seat 2: Adam Regiaba - 1,200,000
Seat 3: Robert Natividad - 1,700,000
Seat 4: Troy Campbell - 4,400,000
Seat 5: Carl Shaw - 4,500,000
Seat 6: Daniel Wagner - 1,900,000
Seat 7: Chuanhao Zhang - 5,800,000
Seat 8: Emad Bastawros - 5,600,000

The Day 3 Finals are Now Underway

Action is in full swing here on the third day of the Monster Stack Event, with 18 players still alive. We've already seen a massive pot and suckout, as Chuanhao Zhang doubled through Vinny Vinh, when his Ace-King suited cracked Vinh's aces all in preflop. Zhang flopped a flush, and the two got into it a bit after some tension between them yesterday.

The action continues here. Stay tuned for more updates!

Cards in the Air: Event #8 $400 Ring Event

It's time to start up another Ring Event here at the latest WSOP Circuit stop. This same event yesterday drew 91 players, and the winner took home over $9,000! Registration for this event will be open until 4:30 PM, and the buy-in today is $400.

Good luck all!

Full List of Day 3 Chip Counts for the Monster Stack

Last night, Matthew Yorra bagged up the chip lead in the final 18 of the Monster Stack, but it won't be easy for him today, as players like Jesse Yaginuma, Vinny Vinh, Randall Emmett, Nick Phoenix, and Rubin Chappell are also in contention.

Click here for a full list of the survivors coming into today, and don't forget that the action picks up once again at 12 PM. One player today will take home over $84,000, and the WSOP Circuit ring. Be sure to stay tuned to here to find out who!