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Main Event: Fares Santana – 9th Place ($30,297)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 1,162

Fares Santana
Fares Santana

Isaac Kempton raised from middle position to 225,000, Fares Santana moved all in from the button for 515,000, and Francisco Gomez moved all in over the top from the big blind for about 2.5 million.

Kempton thought for a bit before he folded, saying, “I was going to call his all in, but …”

Santana turned over KsQh, but he was dominated and facing elimination against the KdKc of Gomez.

The board came Jh9c7c4d5d — Santana flopped a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further. Gomez won the pot with his pocket kings to eliminate Santana in ninth place.

Francisco Gomez  –  3,400,000  (34 bb)
Fares Santana  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($30,297)

With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,360,000 (44 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $38,039.

Main Event: John Ott – 10th Place ($24,353)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 1,162

John Ott
John Ott

There was a preflop raise and a call to see a flop of KhQc2h. Isaac Kempton checked under the gun, and John Ott checked behind in middle position.

The turn card was the 3c, Kempton bet 400,000, Ott moved all in for about 2.3 million, and Kempton snap-called with AsKs for a pair of kings.

Ott turned over 8s8c, and needed to catch an eight on the river to stay alive.

The river card was the 7d, and Kempton won the pot with his pair of kings to eliminate Ott in 10th place.

Isaac Kempton  –  7,350,000  (74 bb)
John Ott  –  Eliminated in 10th Place  ($24,353)

With nine players remaining, the average chip stack is about 3,875,000 (39 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $30,297.

Main Event: Three Double-Ups on the Final Table Bubble

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  11 of 1,162

Francisco Gomez

Brian Ray got it all in preflop for 600,000 with Js9s, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the 10d10c of Fares Santana on the button.

The board came QsQh9h4s7s — Ray paired his nine on the flop, turned a flush draw, and rivered a spade flush to win the pot and double up in chips.

Brian Ray  –  1,450,000  (15 bb)
Fares Santana  –  840,000  (8 bb)

A few minutes later, Francisco Gomez got it all in from the cutoff for 1,270,000 with AhAd, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the 10s10d of Rob Manjura on the button.

The board came KsKc8hQs3h, and the pocket aces held up for Gomez to win the pot and double up in chips.

Francisco Gomez  –  2,790,000  (28 bb)
Rob Manjura  –  1,475,000  (15 bb)

A short while later, Fares Santana got it all in from the cutoff for 580,000 with Ah9c, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the 3h2h of Paul Balzano in the big blind.

Fares Santana  –  1,310,000  (13 bb)
Paul Balzano  –  6,050,000  (61 bb)

With 11 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 3,170,000 (32 big blinds, and as soon as one more player busts, they will combine to a final table.

Event 13: Returning Day 2 Table and Seating (12:00 Noon)

$600 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
StructurePayouts
Return to Level 17:  2,500/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  47 of 374

Because of the large field, Day 2 is beginning earlier than originally scheduled, so play will resume at 12:00 noon.

TableSeatFirst NameLast NameChip Count
91RaymondRoberty91,000
92EricSalazar174,500
93DavidProciak278,500
95RodneyGoodwin86,000
96GlynGriffis234,000
97ZacharyMullennix147,000
98TravisCathey144,500
99KevinBlewitt127,500
101HamidIzadi301,000
102WilliamWatson150,000
103MatthewHiggins34,000
104BenjaminMiner52,000
106AnDo53,000
107TaylorDeane91,500
108RyanJones62,500
109GregoryMasters54,000
131DianeCasino106,000
133JeremyDemers146,500
134RodneyTurvin107,500
135CarlosLoving160,000
136CarlosGuerrero36,000
137AdamFauser238,000
138LilyKornik253,500
141RossLebo293,500
142BradCoultas129,000
143AdamWhite155,000
144RonaldSullivan148,500
145JayGiles73,500
146AdedapoAjayi446,500
147DavidDean92,000
149JosephDaddario109,000
171GiedriusBagdonas199,000
172MonirMaher62,500
173SamSnead152,500
174VictorNissim302,000
175DavidDibernardi337,500
176RaminderSingh148,000
178BlakeBarousse143,500
179TerrenceMoore76,000
181LarryMiles214,500
183BobBeck62,000
184GloriaJackson59,500
185MukulPahuja422,500
186HarveyGraham297,000
187SanjibAcharya124,000
188SaehyunKim155,500
189StephenSong173,000

Event 13: Returning Day 2 Chip Counts (12:00 Noon)

$600 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
StructurePayouts
Return to Level 17:  2,500/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  47 of 374

Because of the large field, Day 2 is beginning earlier than originally scheduled, so play will resume at 12:00 noon.

RankFirst NameLast NameChip Count
1AdedapoAjayi446,500
2MukulPahuja422,500
3DavidDibernardi337,500
4VictorNissim302,000
5HamidIzadi301,000
6HarveyGraham297,000
7RossLebo293,500
8DavidProciak278,500
9LilyKornik253,500
10AdamFauser238,000
11GlynGriffis234,000
12LarryMiles214,500
13GiedriusBagdonas199,000
14EricSalazar174,500
15StephenSong173,000
16CarlosLoving160,000
17SaehyunKim155,500
18AdamWhite155,000
19SamSnead152,500
20WilliamWatson150,000
21RonaldSullivan148,500
22RaminderSingh148,000
23ZacharyMullennix147,000
24JeremyDemers146,500
25TravisCathey144,500
26BlakeBarousse143,500
27BradCoultas129,000
28KevinBlewitt127,500
29SanjibAcharya124,000
30JosephDaddario109,000
31RodneyTurvin107,500
32DianeCasino106,000
33DavidDean92,000
34TaylorDeane91,500
35RaymondRoberty91,000
36RodneyGoodwin86,000
37TerrenceMoore76,000
38JayGiles73,500
39RyanJones62,500
40MonirMaher62,500
41BobBeck62,000
42GloriaJackson59,500
43GregoryMasters54,000
44AnDo53,000
45BenjaminMiner52,000
46CarlosGuerrero36,000
47MatthewHiggins34,000

Event 12: Seth Bobet Wins the Seniors Event for the Biggest Cash of His Career

2020 WSOP Circuit – February
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 12
$250 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
$25,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  532
Prize Pool:  $106,400
February 16, 2020

Event 12 - Seniors Champion Seth Bobet
Event 12 – Seniors Champion Seth Bobet

While Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Main Event played out in the background, the Seniors event attracted a massive field of 532 entries, creating a total prizepool worth $106,400. And the last player standing was Seth Bobet of Orlando, Florida.

Two of Bobet’s close friends were on the rail for the final table, and they exploded in celebration when Bobet won the final hand. This is not only the first WSOP Circuit ring for Bobet, but the $16,354 he won is the biggest cash of his career.

“It feels really good,” said Bobet thru exuberant laughter. “The final table was awesome. I just got lucky. I got some good hands. The last one, I got six-two and just went for the ring.”

Bobet ended his interview with praise for his heads-up opponent, James Gladwell.

“He played a heck of a game,” said Bobet. “He got his money in good, but I got lucky.”


Final Table Results:

1st:  Seth Bobet  –  $16,354 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd:  James Gladwell III  –  $16,353
3rd:  Roberto Tellez  –  $9,217
4th:  Michael Goodwin  –  $6,886
5th:  William Wallace  –  $5,209
6th:  Freddy Williams  –  $3,992
7th:  Robert Winsler  –  $3,099
8th:  William McPhillips  –  $2,437
9th:  Darryl Burnette  –  $1,943
10th:  Michael Chavez  –  $1,570

Event 13: Dapo Ajayi Leads the Final 47 Players; Day 2 Begins at 12:00 Noon

$600 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
StructurePayouts
Level 17:  2,500/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  47 of 374

Dapo Ajayi
Chipleader Dapo Ajayi

After 16 levels of play on Day 1, there are 47 players remaining in Event 13, and the chipleader is Dapo Ajayi, who bagged up 446,500 (89 big blinds), followed by Mukul Pahuja with 422,500 (85 big blinds).

Because the field was so large, and there are still six tables in play, they will be returning tomorrow at 12:00 noon, two hours earlier than originally scheduled.

The remaining 47 players are all guaranteed to earn at least $936 each, while there is $40,079 and a beautiful WSOP Circuit ring waiting for the eventual winner. Here is a list of the players who have finished in the money so far:

48th:  Brandon Figueroa  –  $936
49th:  Jonathan Hemingway  –  $936
50th:  John Two-Bears  –  $936
51st:  Brett Apter  –  $936
52nd:  A.J. Kelsall  –  $936
53rd:  John Gorsuch  –  $936
54th:  Andrew Brinkley  –  $936
55th:  Nelson Resendiz  –  $936
56th:  Kammar Andries  –  $936
57th:  Kimberly Jones  –  $936

The full list of official chip counts and the Day 2 seat draw will be posted soon.

Mukul Pahuja
Mukul Pahuja

Main Event: Isaac Kempton Leads the Final 25 with 5.2 Million; Day 3 Starts at 12:00 Noon

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  25 of 1,162

Isaac Kempton
Chipleader Isaac Kempton has more than twice as many chips as anyone else in the field.

Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Main Event ends with 25 players, and the chipleader is Isaac Kempton, who bagged a huge stack worth 5,205,000 (130 big blinds).

Here is the full list of official chip counts for Day 3, which begins tomorrow (Monday) at 12:00 noon:

1.  Isaac Kempton  –  5,205,000  (130 bb)
2.  Patrick Serda  –  2,600,000  (65 bb)
3.  Rob Manjura  –  2,020,000  (51 bb)
4.  James Calderaro  –  1,900,000  (48 bb)
5.  Paul Balzano  –  1,800,000  (45 bb)
6.  Serge Dergham  –  1,700,000  (43 bb)
7.  David Jackson  –  1,585,000  (40 bb)
8.  David Berman  –  1,550,000  (39 bb)
9.  John O’Neal  –  1,510,000  (38 bb)
10.  Brian Ray  –  1,465,000  (37 bb)
11.  Ioannis Patsourakis  –  1,450,000  (36 bb)
12.  John Dwyer  –  1,390,000  (35 bb)
13.  John Ott  –  1,365,000  (34 bb)
14.  Nathan Russler  –  1,315,000  (33 bb)
15.  Francisco Gomez  –  1,280,000  (32 bb)
16.  Brad Sailor  –  1,125,000  (28 bb)
17.  Thomas Boyden  –  925,000  (23 bb)
18.  Ron Rosenberg  –  910,000  (23 bb)
19.  Cameron Marshall  –  810,000  (20 bb)
20.  Myung “Mike” Shin  –  730,000  (18 bb)
21.  Chris Hyden  –  595,000  (15 bb)
22.  Kevin Javier  –  590,000  (15 bb)
23.  Fares Santana  –  425,000  (11 bb)
24.  Jason Klapman  –  365,000  (9 bb)
25.  Michael Cohen  –  340,000  (9 bb)

And here is the Day 3 seat draw:

TABLE 25
Seat 1.  
Seat 2.  Ioannis Patsourakis  –  1,450,000  (36 bb)
Seat 3.  David Jackson  –  1,585,000  (40 bb)
Seat 4.  Cameron Marshall  –  810,000  (20 bb)
Seat 5.  Chris Hyden  –  595,000  (15 bb)
Seat 6.  Rob Manjura  –  2,020,000  (51 bb)
Seat 7.  John Ott  –  1,365,000  (34 bb)
Seat 8.  John O’Neal  –  1,510,000  (38 bb)
Seat 9.  Myung “Mike” Shin  –  730,000  (18 bb)

TABLE 26
Seat 1.  Brad Sailor  –  1,125,000  (28 bb)
Seat 2.  Nathan Russler  –  1,315,000  (33 bb)
Seat 3.  Jason Klapman  –  365,000  (9 bb)
Seat 4.  Isaac Kempton  –  5,205,000  (130 bb)
Seat 5.  Francisco Gomez  –  1,280,000  (32 bb)
Seat 6.  Michael Cohen  –  340,000  (9 bb)
Seat 7.  Brian Ray  –  1,465,000  (37 bb)
Seat 8.  John Dwyer  –  1,390,000  (35 bb)
Seat 9.  James Calderaro  –  1,900,000  (48 bb)

TABLE 30
Seat 1.  David Berman  –  1,550,000  (39 bb)
Seat 2.  Kevin Javier  –  590,000  (15 bb)
Seat 3.  Thomas Boyden  –  925,000  (23 bb)
Seat 4.  Fares Santana  –  425,000  (11 bb)
Seat 5.  
Seat 6.  Serge Dergham  –  1,700,000  (43 bb)
Seat 7.  Ron Rosenberg  –  910,000  (23 bb)
Seat 8.  Paul Balzano  –  1,800,000  (45 bb)
Seat 9.  Patrick Serda  –  2,600,000  (65 bb)

Main Event: John Dwyer Doubles Thru Jason Klapman in the Final Hand

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  25 of 1,162

John Dwyer
John Dwyer flopped a set of queens to crack kings in the final hand of the night.

In the final hand of the night, John Dwyer raised from middle position to 65,000, Jason Klapman reraised from the small blind to 215,000, and chipleader Isaac Kempton tanked for a long time in the big blind before he folded.

Dwyer quickly called with QsQc, and Klapman turned over KhKc. (Kempton breathed a big sigh of relief.)

But there was a queen in the window as the board came AdQh7h8d10s, giving Dwyer a set of queens and a double-up in the final hand of the night.

John Dwyer  –  1,390,000  (46 bb)
Jason Klapman  –  365,000  (12 bb)

Stay tuned for official chip counts and the seat draw for Day 2, which will start tomorrow at 12:00 noon.

Main Event: Russell Waggoner Out 27th; David Tuthill Out 26th

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  25 of 1,162

David Tuthill
David Tuthill

Russell Waggoner was all in preflop with 9h9c, and he needed to improve to stay alive against Serge Dergham’s AhKs.

The board came Kh6c4s3c2d, and Dergham paired his king on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Waggoner in 27th place.

Serge Dergham  –  1,690,000  (56 bb)
Russell Waggoner  –  Eliminated in 27th Place  ($9,405)

David Tuthill was eliminated a few moments later when his 7x7x failed to improve against John O’Neal’s 9x9x on a board of KcJd10c4s3s. O’Neal won the pot with his pocket nines to eliminate Tuthill in 26th place.

John O’Neal  –  1,230,000  (41 bb)
David Tuthill  –  Eliminated in 26th Place  ($9,405)

With 25 players left, the average chip stack is about 1,395,000 (47 big blinds), and the remaining players are all guaranteed at least $9,405.