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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Congratulations to Kevin Eyster, Winner of the $1,125 Event!

It took over four hours of heads up play, and ultimately a bit of luck, for Kevin Eyster to defeat Ira Friedman heads up. On the final hand, Eyster shoved with [Qh][Jd], and Friedman quickly called with a dominating [Ac][Jh]. However, his lead was short lived, as a queen popped right in the window of the [Qs][9h][2s] flop. No miracle ace came for Friedman, who would have to settle for $25,265 and second place.

The Circuit Ring is going home with Kevin Eyster, who also pockets $40,875 for his efforts. Congratulations to both players on a grueling heads up battle!

Friedman Spikes River to Stay Alive

Ira Friedman was down to his final six big blinds when he called the all in shove of Kevin Eyster with [Jc][7c]. Eyster held [4c][4d], and we were off to the races. The flop of [5s][2h][9c] gave Friedman no help, but he did pick up a few extra outs with a ten on the turn. He wouldn't need them though, as the [Jh] completed the board, giving Friedman a pair of jacks, and earning him the double up to about 800,000.

Eyster Extending His Lead

It took nearly four hours to get the first all in and call of the heads up battle, but it resulted in a chop, as both players had made a straight by the turn. At the moment, Kevin Eyster has opened up the biggest lead of the heads up battle so far, as he has about 2.9 million to the 600,000 of Ira Friedman. The two go on another break in eight minutes, and the blinds will be up to 30,000-60,000 when they return.

Friedman and Eyster Virtually Even Now

The back and forth nature of the $1,125 Event heads up battle is continuing, as Ira Friedman and Kevin Eyster have been playing heads up for over three hours now. Both players have held decent leads at various points, but now, the two are as close as they have been all match, with Friedman holding the slightest of leads at the moment. He has about 1.9 million to the 1.6 million of Eyster, with the blinds currently at 25,000-50,000.

Friedman Now in the Lead

It appears that we have a back and forth contest going on in this heads up battle, as Ira Friedman is once again on top now, having take a string of nice pots away from Kevin Eyster. Friedman is up to 2.4 million, while Eyster is now down to 1.2 million.

Eyster Continues to Lead Heads Up

We haven't posted much about our heads up battle because there hasn't been much to report. Ira Friedman struck a couple of blows early, and even took the chip lead for a brief moment. However, Kevin Eyster has stormed back, and he has reopened his lead to close to what they were when they started, with Eyster having 2.3 million to the 1.3 million of Friedman. The blinds just went up to 15,000-30,000.

What's on Tap: Start of the WSOPC Main Event

Tomorrow is the day that many players have been waiting for, as the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event will be getting underway at 12 PM! The buy-in will be $1,700, and registration will be open until the start of Level 13, or until about 9:20 PM local time.

If you want to play in this event, but don't have $1,700 to spend, we have you covered with two satellites tomorrow at 4 and 8 PM. Both have a buy-in of $230, and they are each guaranteeing five seats.

Don't forget that the Bike is also providing a buffet for all of the players in the Main Event to enjoy during the one hour dinner break, and that will of course include Mo's famous shrimp tower!

Players Now in the Money in the $100k

Over in our massive $100,000 Guaranteed Event, we have reached the final 90 players, meaning we are now in the money! All players remaining have locked up at least $370, but they all are hoping they will be the one who takes home the ring, and the $31,795 for first place.

Be sure to come back in the morning to find out who takes it home!

Scott Sanders Eliminated in 3rd Place ($18,240)

Scott Sanders was able to get one double up three handed, but couldn't get the next one, as he was just knocked out by Ira Friedman. Sanders got his chips in the middle holding pocket fives, but he was dominated by the [Kc][Kh] of Friedman. The board ran down [Ac][Js][7s][10h][Qh], and Friedman made an unnecessary straight on the river to take down the hand.

This gets us to heads up play, with Kevin Eyster holding 2,400,000 to the 1,400,000 of Friedman.

Sanders Doubles Through Eyster

In a battle of the blinds, Scott Sanders gets his short stack in holding pocket kings, and he's in great shape against the Queen-Ten of Kevin Eyster. Eyster catches a queen on the flop, but that's all he would end up getting, and the kings secured a much needed double up for Sanders, as he is now up to over 600,000 again.

Sangsoo Park Eliminated in 4th Place ($13,400)

Sangsoo Park got his final chips in preflop holding [7d][7c], but he was dominated by the [Jd][Js] of Kevin Eyster. The flop of [9h][6c][2s] provided little to no help for Park, and while the [5d] on the turn did give him a few more outs, none of them came on the [5c] river.

This gets us three handed, with Eyster still holding a comfortable lead on the field.

Park Doubles Through Eyster

Sangsoo Park moved all in for 295,000 from under the gun, and chip leader Kevin Eyster thought for about 20 seconds in the big blind before putting a small chuck of his stack at risk.

Park: [Ah][10d]
Eyster: [Kd][Qc]

The board ran down [9c][7c][9h][3d][4s], and with neither player improving, Park's ace high secured the double up. Here is how the final four stand right now, with the blinds at 10,000-20,000.

Kevin Eyster - 1,900,000
Ira Friedman - 905,000
Sangsoo Park - 640,000
Scott Sanders - 270,000

Antonio Lievano Eliminated in 5th Place ($10,020)

Antonio Lievano moved all in from early position, and he was called by both blinds: Kevin Eyster and Sangsoo Park. Both players checked the [Kd][10s][7c] flop, and the [6h] hit the turn. Eyster fired 200,000, and Park immediately called. The river was the [9s], and both players checked.

Eyster rolled over [Ks][Kc] for top set, and Park breathed a sigh of relief, as he showed [Kh][Qd] for top pair that was no good. This leaves us with four players, and Eyster holds a nice chip lead at the moment.

Doug Lada Eliminated in 6th Place ($7,615)

Doug Lada rode the short stack for as long as he could before shoving his final few big blinds in preflop with [As][2d]. Unfortunately for him, Kevin Eyster woke up with [Kd][Kc] behind him, and called to put him at risk.

The board ran down [9d][7d][2c][Jd][3s], and the kings held for Eyster to get us down to just five players.

Sanders Doubles Through Park

Scott Sanders hasn't been able to get much going at this final table, but that might be changing after this timely double up. He got his final 275,000 in the middle preflop holding [Ad][Ks], and he was in good shape against the [Ac][Jh] of Sangsoo Park. Both players paired up on the [Kd][Jd][4d] flop, but Sanders was the only player with a diamond.

The board would finish out [5h] and [7s], and Sanders doubled up to nearly 600,000. A few hands later, Doug Lada would score a small double up against Kevin Eyster, but Lada is still in dire straits with about four big blinds.

By the Numbers: $100,000 Guaranteed Morning Event

The opening event today was a smashing success, as 816 players came out to create a prizepool of $163,200. The final 90 players will finish in the money today, and first place is good for $31,795, and the WSOP Circuit Ring.

Good luck to those remaining!

1. $31,795
2. $19,665
3. $14,485
4. $10,810
5. $8,175
6. $6,260
7. $4,855
8. $3,810
9. $3,030
10-12. $2,435
13-15. $1,985
16-18. $1,635
19-21. $1,3160
22-24. $1,145
25-27. $980
28-30. $840
31-33. $735
34-36. $650
37-45. $580
46-54. $520
55-63. $475
64-72. $435
73-81. $400
82-90. $370

Updated Counts From the Final Six on Break

Blinds: 8,000-16,000

Sangsoo Park - 1,250,000
Kevin Eyster - 1,050,000
Ira Friedman - 735,000
Antonio Lievano - 325,000
Scott Sanders - 285,000
Doug Lada - 120,000

Nipun Java Eliminated in 7th Place ($5,890)

Nipun Java started the final table as one of the big stacks, but he was never able to get anything going, as he slowly lost chips until he shoved all in from the button for 192,000. Sangsoo Park quickly asked for a count from the big blind when he saw his cards, and after about a minute in the tank, he called.

Java: [10d][9d]
Park: [Ac][7d]

An ace popped right in the window, followed by a seven on the [Ah][2s][7h] flop, and Park celebrated, saying "it's over!" He might have spoken a bit too soon, as the [10h] hit the turn to give Java two outs to win. The river was a scary looking [9h], but despite getting a second pair, it was still not enough for Java, who hit the rail in seventh.

Cards in the Air: $50,000 Guaranteed Event

We had to delay the start of the $50,000 Guaranteed Event for a bit so that we could clear some tables thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the morning $100,000 Guaranteed Event. However, after a half hour delay, we are ready to get things underway! The buy-in today is $600, and registration will now be open until 10 PM tonight, not 9:30 PM.

Good luck all!

Kevin Eyster Leads the Final Seven in $1,125 Event

We just lost Brett Bader in 8th place, when he was knocked out by Scott Sanders. This leaves us with just seven players left, and it's the two time WPT champion Kevin Eyster who is currently in the lead. Check out the latest chip stacks below.

Blinds: 5,000-10,000

Kevin Eyster - 880,00
Ira Friedman - 710,000
Sangsoo Park - 530,000
Nipun Java- 525,000
Scott Sanders - 410,000
Antonio Lievano - 240,000
Doug Lada - 160,000

Steven Song Crippled, Eliminated in 9th Place

Steven Song and Sangso Park got into an all in confrontation preflop, with Park having the best of it, holding [Js][Jd] to the [10d][10c] of Song. The board came down [Kd][Ks][Ad][6d][2h], and Song doubled up to nearly 600,000, while Song was knocked down to less than two big blinds.

Song would fold a few hands before he was all in from the big blind, and fittingly, it was Park who took his final chips when he flopped second pair. This leaves us with eight players now.

Lievano Doubles Through Java

We had a bustout on one of the first hands of the final table, after Kevin Eyster flopped a straight with Ace-Queen, and busted Robert Rothstein in 10th.

A few hands later, Antonio Lievano would get his short stack in preflop in great shape, holding [Kc][Kd] to the [Qc][Qd] of Nipun Java. A third king would come on the flop to strengthen Lievano's lead, and Java wasn't able to catch a miracle from there.

Photos and Updated Counts From the $1,125 Final Table

It took just under an hour for us to get down to our final 10 players, and they have now combined at one table. Below you will see how they currently stack up.

Seat 1: Kevin Eyster - 450,000

Seat 2: Sangsoo Park - 272,000

Seat 3: Antonio Lievano - 124,000

Seat 4: Brett Bader - 180,000

Seat 5: Ira Friedman - 746,000

Seat 6: Doug Lada - 82,000

Seat 7: Scott Sanders - 642,000

Seat 8: Steven Song - 319,000

Seat 9: Robert Rothstein - 224,000

Seat 10: Nipun Java - 623,000

The Room is Packed for the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

We needed 500 players to reach the guarantee in the morning event, and thanks to you guys, that guarantee was smashed, and the line is still out the door for registration. We already have over 600 players entered, and registration is still open for over an hour, so you still have time to come down and join us for this huge prizepool!

Cards in the Air: One Day $100,000 Guaranteed Event

Strap in for a long one folks, as our $250 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed Event is now underway! As the title indicates, this is a one day event, so someone will be walking home with the WSOP Circuit ring tonight. Registration is open until the end of the second break, or until about 2:30 PM.

Best of luck to all, and if you get knocked out, we have another big event, the $50,000 Guaranteed Ring Event, starting at 3 PM!

Day 2 Return List for the $1,125 Event

Play ended last night in the $1,125 event with 15 survivors moving on to the Day 2 finals today. We have a trio of big stacks, with Scott Sanders leading the way with 756,000. Nipun Java is second with 661,000, and Ira Friedman is one chip behind him. No one else has more than 275,000, but there are still plenty of big names in that pack that can catch them.

Action resumes at 1 PM today, and one players will be taking home over $40,000!

Schedule for Today: Saturday, March 9th

10 AM - $250 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed Ring Event. Registration closes at 2:30 PM

3 PM - $600 buy-in $50,000 Guaranteed Ring Event. Registration closes at 9:30 PM

8 PM - $230 buy-in Main Event Satellite. Three $1,700 Seats Guaranteed. Registration open until 9:35 PM.