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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Congratulations to Nancy Matson, Winner of the $1,125 Ring Event!



Heads up play lasted only a few hands, and it took an action packed flop to get the chips into the middle. That flop was [Ac][Qc][2d], and Todd Rebello moved all in. Matson got the count, then made the call with [Jc][10c] for multiple draws. Rebello had [4c][2c] for a pair and inferior draw, and Matson was happy to see she had some extra pair outs. The [3s] on the turn didn't change much, but the [9c] on the river gave Matson the winning flush.

Rebello fought hard with a short stack for quite some time, and will take home $26,530 for his efforts. But the night belongs to Nancy Matson, who defeated a stacked final table to take home $42,940, and her first WSOP Circuit ring!

Congratulations to Matson on her hard fought victory. See you guys tomorrow for the first flight of the Main Event!

Narek Pananyan Eliminated in 3rd Place ($19,095)


Narek Pananyan moved all in preflop, and as soon as Nancy Matson saw her hand, she made the call.

Pananyan: [Ac][10h]
Matson: [Ks][Kd]

The board ran down [Qs][Jc][4c][7d][7h], and the kings held for Matson to get us to heads up play. Matson holds a nice lead over Todd Rebello, 3.3 million to 700,000, but Rebello has already shown that he can battle back from the short stack at this final table.

Stay tuned to find out who wins!

Rebello Doubles Through Pananyan Again

From the small blind, Narek Pananyan raised to 100,000, and Todd Rebello moved all in for 475,000 in the big blind. Pananyan got the count, made the call, then saw the bad news.

Pananyan: [7h][5h]
Rebello: [10d][10s]

Rebello was in fantast shape to double up, and the hand would be all but over after the flop of [Kh][Jd][2s]. An eight hit the turn, and Rebello doubled to a million, while Pananyan is now the short stack with 700,000.

Rebello Doubles Through Pananyan

Todd Rebello moved all in on the button for his final 242,000 with [Js][7s], and Narek Pananyan put him at risk holding [Ac][2h]. Rebello shot out to the lead with top pair on the [Jc][10s][8d] flop, and Pananyan wasn't able to catch an ace from there.

Rebello doubled to more than 500,000, while Pananyan dropped to a bit over one million.

Fresh Counts From the Final Three

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Nancy Matson - 2,300,000
Narek Pananyan - 1,350,000
Todd Rebello - 340,000

Alan Myerson Eliminated in 4th Place ($13,995)


Alan Myerson lost most of his chips when he ran his Ace-Jack into the pocket kings of Narek Pananyan all in preflop. That left Myerson with just a few big blinds, and he was in the big blind on the next hand. Chip leader Nancy Matson would shove all in on that hand, and Myerson called it off blind. Unfortunately for him, he was in about as bad a shape as he could have been.

Matson: [9h][9d]
Myerson: [9s][3h]

The flop of [Kc][8c][8d] al but ended the hand, and while the [Qh] turn did bring some chop potential, the river was the [4d].

This leaves us three handed, with Matson holding a nice chip lead over Pananyan and Todd Rebello.

Myerson Doubles Through Rebello

Alan Myerson started the comeback trail to try to get his chips back from Todd Rebello, as he just doubled through him back up to over 500,000 again. Myerson was all in pre holding [Ah][6h], and he was slightly ahead of the [Ks][Qs] of Rebello. The board would run out low cards, coming [8c][6d][3h][4d][10s], and Myerson's pair of sixes earned him the double, as we play on four handed.

Rebello Doubles Through Meyerson

There was about 300,000 in the middle on the river of a board reading [Ks][5h][4h][Qd][4s] when Todd Rebello shoved all in for 321,000 into Alan Myerson. Myerson thought for quite some time before asking for a count.

Myerson only had Rebello covered by about 400,000, and he thought for a bit more before calling with [Jh][Js]. It was no good though, as Rebello tabled [Ad][4d] for rivered trips. The rest of the table told Myerson it was a good call despite the result, saying "well it was either a four or a busted draw." Myerson nodded, but it was Rebello stacking the chips, as he is now over a million, and contending with Nancy Matson for the chip lead.

Adam Swan Eliminated in 5th Place ($10,440)


Action started with Nancy Matson making it 55,000 to go. Todd Rebello called in the small blind, and Adam Swan three bet shoved for 425,000 total. Matson thought for over a minute before calling, and Rebello quickly folded.

Matson: [Kh][Qh]
Swan: [8h][8d]

Matson shot out to the lead on the flop of [Kd][Js][2c], and Swan, who had already hit a one outer on the river earlier in the final table, would need a similar miracle to survive this one. It wouldn't happen though, as the [6d] and [3d] finished out the board.

Matson increases her chip lead in the final four with that big pot.

Rebello Now on the Short Stack

The biggest hand of the level so far occurred when previous short stack Narek Pananyan picked off a river bluff from Todd Rebello after the former rivered the second best flush. That knocked Rebello down quite a bit, and he is now the short stack with ten big blinds. Adam Swan is also trending down, as he has around 400,000, with the blinds about to go up to 15,000-30,000.

Updated Counts On Break of the $1,125 Ring Event

Narek Pananyan has been knocked down to the short stack in the last hour, while Nancy Matson has taken the chip lead from Todd Rebellos. Scroll down for the full list of counts, as players will be returning to 12,000-24,000 blinds.

Nancy Matson - 1,200,000
Todd Rebellos - 990,000
Alan Myerson - 870,000
Adam Swan - 525,000
Narek Pananyan - 380,000

Fresh Counts From the Final Five

Todd Rebello has opened up a small lead over his four opponents, while Alan Myerson has folded his way down to the short stack. However, with the blinds at 10,000-20,000, Myerson has plenty of time to get his chips in the middle. Below you will see fresh stacks for the final five.

Todd Rebello - 1,050,000
Nancy Matson - 750,000
Narek Pananyan - 720,000
Adam Swan - 690,000
Alan Myerson - 575,000

Massoud Eskandari Eliminated in 6th Place ($7,925)


Not long after losing a good chunk of his stack to Todd Rebello, Massoud Eskandari moved all in from the small blind. Rebello was in the big blind, and he called with [Kc][Qs], dominating the [Kh][6c] of Eskandari. The board ran down [9d][2c][2s][7d][Qc], and Rebello made an unneeded two on the river to knock Eskandari out.

This leaves us five handed, with everyone still left fairly even.

Fresh Counts From the Final Six

Blinds: 8,000-16,000 Average: 650,000

Alan Myerson - 760,000
Adam Swan - 750,000
Narek Pananyan - 660,000
Nancy Matson - 620,000
Todd Rebello - 510,000
Massoud Eskandari - 355,000

Sam Renshaw Eliminated in 7th Place ($6,115)


Sam Renshaw got his short stack in preflop holding [Kh][Qh], but he was in trouble against the [Ad][Ks] of Adam Swan. The board ran down [Jc][6d][2d][8c][As], and Swan unnecessarily improved on the river to score the knockout.

We will post updated chip counts for the final six shortly.

Ping Liu Eliminated in 8th Place ($4,795)


Not long after taking that brutal river beat to Adam Swan, Ping Liu was all in preflop against two opponents. The flop came [Jd][9s][6d], and Nancy Matson's bet of 35,000 force a fold from the third player. Liu once again had gotten unlucky, as his [Ad][Kh] was now behind the [Ad][Js] of Matson. The board finished out [8c] and [7c], and Liu was sent to the rail in 7th.

By the Numbers: $100,000 Guaranteed Event

Today's $600 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed Event drew a crowd of 301 players, creating a huge prizepool of $155,015. The top 33 finishers will be in the money today, with first place taking home $36,420. Scroll down for all of the payouts, and best of luck to the 63 remaining!

1. $36,420
2. $22,525
3. $16,360
4. $12,085
5. $9,070
6. $6,920
7. $5,360
8. $4,215
9. $3,360
10-12. $2,725
13-15. $2,240
16-18. $1,865
19-21. $1,580
22-24. $1,355
25-27. $1,175
28-30. $1,035
31-33. $925

Swan Spikes One Outer to Double

Adam Swan got his short stack in preflop holding [5c][5s], and he was dominated by the [Jh][Jc] of Ping Liu. The flop of [Ah][Qd][4s] didn't bring Swan any help, and he started to stand when the [Ac] hit the turn. However, the [5d] completed the board, giving Swan a full house, and the unlikely double.

"I folded Jack-Five," Eskandari said after, meaning it was the case five on the river that saved Swan. He doubled up to nearly 500,000, while Liu is now on the short stack with less than 100,000.

Eskandari Doubles Through Pananyan

Massoud Eskandari has been the most active player at the table so far, and that just showed itself again here, as Eskandari doubled up on the last hand before break.

Eskandari raised to 35,000 from under the gun, and only Narek Pananyan called from the big blind. The flop came down [Qc][9s][3h], and Pananyan checked to Eskandari, who moved all in for 129,000. Pananyan called when he got the amount, and flipped over [10d][9d]. He was trailing the [Kd][Qd] of Eskandari, who took a stranglehold on the hand when the [3s] hit the turn.

Only a nine would do now for Pananyan, and some salt was rubbed in the wounds, as the [10h] came on the river to give him an inferior two pair. Eskandari doubled to over 300,000, while Panayan takes a small hit to his monster chip stack.

Renshaw Doubles Through Liu

Sam Renshaw and Ping Liu went heads up to a flop of [10d][9h][5h]. Renshaw checked to Liu, who moved all in, easily having Renshaw covered. The start of day chip leader thought for a bit before calling with [9d][8h], and he was slightly ahead of the [Qh][7h] of Liu. The board finished out [Ad] and [4d], and Renshaw doubled to over 300,000.

Michael Nia Eliminated in 9th Place ($3,825)


Michael Nia lost nearly all of his chips in a massive pot against Narek Pananyan, who rivered the nut flush with Ace-Queen to double through Nia to over a million chips. That left Nia with just one big blinds, and he would get those chips in two hands later. Unfortunately for him, Todd Rebello would wake up with aces, and Nia was drawing dead by the turn.

This leaves us with just eight players battling it out for the ring and the near $43,000 first place prize!

Rebello Doubles Through Eskandari

Todd Rebello and Massoud Eskandari got all the money in preflop in a classic coin flip. Eskandari had [Jc][Jh], while Rebello held [Ah][Qd]. Rebello shot out to the lead on a flop of [As][6s][4s], and while Eskandari picked up some chop outs with the [5s] turn, the [4h] completed the board, giving Rebello the win.

Rebello doubled to over 400,000, while Eskandari is back down below where he started the final table, with 175,000.

Wendy Freedman Crippled, Eliminated in 10th Place ($3,100)


Massoud Eskandari and Wendy Freedman got all of Eskandari's chips in after a flop of [Kh][Js][6h]. Eskandari's King-Queen led the Queen-Ten of Freedman, who was hoping to fill up her straight to knock out Eskandari. She wasn't able to do so, and that left her with just 10,000 in chips.

Those chips would go in on the next hand, but she would be drawing dead on the turn after Michael Nia made the nut flush. With that, we are down to the final nine players.

Seating Chart and Counts for the $1,125 Final Table

Seat 1: Massoud Eskandari - 208,000

Seat 2: Todd Rebello - 527,000

Seat 3: Adam Swan - 204,000

Seat 4:Ping Liu - 427,000

Seat 5: Wendy Freedman - 162,000

Seat 6: Nancy Matson - 356,000

Seat 7: Michael Nia - 478,000

Seat 8: Alan Myerson - 900,000

Seat 9: Sam Renshaw - 221,000

Seat 10: Narek Pananyan - 513,000

Over $130,000 in the Event #12 Prizepool

While most of our attention today is on the restart of the $1,125 Event, which is now down to just 12 players, we did want to let you guys know that we cruised by another guarantee here in this seres, as 260 players have entered into today's $600 Ring Event, which had a $100,000 Guarantee. That means that the prizepool is at $133,000, and will continue to grow, as registration is still open until 4:30 PM.

Come join us!

Fresh Counts From the Final 14

Brett Murray came into the day as the short stack, but he was able to make a payjump today, as he just busted in 15th place for $2,550. Here is how the final 14 stack up right now, based on their current seats.

Table 1

Seat 1: Todd Rebello - 214,000
Seat 2: Adam Hendrix - 118,000
Seat 3: Adam Swan - 300,000
Seat 4: Alan Myerson - 420,000
Seat 5: Narek Pananyan - 265,000
Seat 6: Alexander Balcerzak - 245,000
Seat 7: Sean Yu - 535,000

Table 2 

Seat 1: Michael Nia - 300,000
Seat 2: Nick Phoenix - 95,000
Seat 3: Sam Renshaw - 410,000
Seat 4: Nancy Matson - 245,000
Seat 5: Ping Liu - 340,000
Seat 6: Wendy Freedman - 235,000
Seat 7: Massoud Eskandari - 210,000

Three Quick Eliminations in the $1,125 Event

Table 2 has been the table of death so far, as all three eliminations have come from that table. First we lost Lukas Jebavy in 18th place. After that, it was Luke Bereton in 17th, and Brett Apter in 16th place. All of those players took home $2,130.

We will post updated counts for everyone when we are a bit further along in the day.

List of the 18 Finalists in the $1,125 Ring Event

After 16 levels of play last night, the money bubble was popped, and Sam Renshaw bagged the chip lead with 460,000. Bike regular Massoud Eskandari is second with 334,000, so Renshaw has a nice lead coming into today's finals at 1 PM. Click here for a full list of the Day 2 finalists, and be sure to come back at 1 PM for all of the updates, as we crown another ring winner today!

Cards in the Air: $100,000 Guaranteed Event

It's time to start up another six figure guaranteed event here at the Bicycle Casino! This is a $600 buy-in Ring Event with a $100,000 Guarantee. Registration will be open until the start of Level 13, or until about 4:30 PM today.

Good luck all!