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Sunday, October 21, 2018

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 1B Draws 634 Entrants, 140 Progress into Day 2

October 21, 2018 0
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WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 1B Draws 634 Entrants, 140 Progress into Day 2

Day 2 to kick off with 236 survivors from the tournament’s two starting flights

The second starting flight of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event is now in the books. It drew 634 entries, of whom only 140 survived through the 15 levels that were played at the host casino on Saturday to progress into Day 2.

Alex Triemanis ended up bagging the largest stack of the day with 479,000. However, it will be the Day 1A chip leader, Michael Perrone, who will lead the surviving hopefuls from the tournament’s two starting flights into the second day of action. Perrone scooped 649,000 on Friday night when his starting flight was played.

With Day 1B’s entries, the overall field was brought to a total of 1,094 entrants, which is down from last year’s edition of the tournament when as many as 1,247 contenders entered it to compete for the title and $332,020 in first-place prize money.

Speaking of prize money, the $1,700 buy-in Main Event generated a prize pool of $1,657,410 this year, beating the $1 million guarantee. The top 117 finishers will receive a share of the money, min-cashes starting from $2,718. Each of the players who make it to the official final table of nine will be guaranteed a minimum of $29,999, but they will all eye the first-place prize of $302,492. Along with the cash prize, the tournament’s champ will also scoop a gold ring from the series and will secure a seat into the season-ending Global Casino Championship.

Day 1B Action

As mentioned above, Day 1B was busier than the preceding starting flight as more players rushed to Horseshoe Hammond to register into the tournament. At the end of the day, there were 140 players to bag and tag. The Day 1B field will merge with the Day 1A’s today for the second day of play. A total of 96 players made it through Day 1A on Friday night, which means that as many as 236 hopefuls are expected to return to the host venue later today.

Among the Day 1B survivors were poker pro and WSOP Circuit legend Maurice Hawkins, who fired a second bullet yesterday, after failing to bag on Day 1A, Zo Karim, Aaron Massey, and Anna Antimony. They will join other notables from Day 1A, including gold bracelet winners David Pham and Tom Koral and gold ring winners Robert Hankins and Ralph Massey. Last year’s champion – Blake Battaglia – is also still in contention. The player bagged and tagged 96,500 at the end of Day 1A and will return to fight for a back-to-back title.

Day 2 action is set to resume today at 11 am local time at the host casino. The remaining players are scheduled to play ten one-hour levels. The money bubble will burst at some point in play and the field will be further whittled down to just a few players, who will return tomorrow to play the final day of the tournament.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

MGM, Wynn tamp down Boston casino intrigue

October 20, 2018 0
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MGM, Wynn tamp down Boston casino intrigue
Executives for MGM and Wynn are tamping down speculation the companies are quietly in talks over Wynn's Boston-area casino. MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said today it would have to be an "extremely unique situation" for officials to ...
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Michael Perrone Leads WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 1A Survivors

October 20, 2018 0
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Michael Perrone Leads WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 1A Survivors

Last year’s champ, Blake Battaglia, eyes a back-to-back title

Main Event action unfolded on Friday at Horseshoe Hammond where the current WSOP Circuit stop is taking place. The first of two starting flights was completed yesterday at the host casino and the names of the first players who secured a seat into Day 2 of the $1,700 buy-in tournament are now clear.

Michael Perrone, a player from Fairport, New York, finished Day 1A as the chip leader, putting 450,000 into his bag. The player is vying for his first-ever title from the series. He scored his best finish in a WSOP Circuit event early this year when he came in 6th in a $365 No-Limit Hold’em at the Choctaw Durant stop of the series. The player collected $27,156 for his run in that event.

One-time gold ring winner Ralph Massey was the player to finish the closest to the chip leader last night. He had 355,000 in chips at the end of Day 1A play. Jeffrey Fielder, a proud owner of two gold rings from the series, grabbed the third largest stack of the night, good for 320,000.

The first flight of the Main Event drew 460 entrants to the tables of Horseshoe Hammond. Of them, just 96 survived through all 15 levels scheduled to secure their spots into Day 2. They will be joined by the Day 1B survivors. The second starting flight of the tournament will start today at noon local time.

Notables Who Played Day 1A

The tournament, with its guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, attracted a number of WSOP Circuit regulars and other notables. WSOP gold bracelet winners Tom Koral and David Pham as well as gold ring winners Robert Hankins, Ryan Phan, and Ralph Massey were among those to make it through the end of the day.

Last year’s Horseshoe Hammond Main Event champion, Blake Battaglia, was, too, among the Day 1A survivors of the 2018 edition of the tournament. Battaglia outlasted 1,247 entries last fall to win the Main Event title, a gold ring, and a first-place prize of $332,020. The player will enter Day 2 of action with 96,500 for a shot at a back-to-back win.

WSOP Circuit notables such as Maurice Hawkins, Kevin Eyster, Aaron Massey, and Mukul Pahuja were among the players to register into the Main Event though Day 1A, but to fail to make it through all 15 levels.

As mentioned earlier, the tournament will feature one more starting flight that is scheduled to be played today from noon local time at the host casino. It will feature 15 levels of play and registration will remain open until the end of Level 13. The Day 1B survivors will combine with the ones who survived Day 1A on Sunday when Day 2 of the tournament will be played.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Atlantic City's new Call of Duty: Dominate esports tourneys

October 19, 2018 0
Las Vegas Sun Stories: Gaming
Atlantic City's new Call of Duty: Dominate esports tourneys
Atlantic City's new Call Of Duty is this: To become the East Coast center of competitive video game tournaments, also known as esports. The activity is rapidly growing in popularity across the country and around the world, and the ...
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Tyler Payne Captures First Gold Ring with WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond $1,250 No-Limit Hold’em Win

October 19, 2018 0
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Tyler Payne Captures First Gold Ring with WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond $1,250 No-Limit Hold’em Win

Payne outwits 170 entries to claim his first gold ring from the series

Tyler Payne, a 25-year-old poker pro from Fayetteville, North Carolina, scooped his career’s first gold ring from the WSOP Circuit with a victory at Horseshoe Hammond last night. The player outlasted the 170 entries of the $1,250 No-Limit Hold’em for the gold piece and a first-place prize of $45,900.

The tournament took place over two days at the host casino. As mentioned above, it drew 170 entrants keen to take a shot at the piece of WSOP Circuit jewelry and the prize money. They generated a prize pool of $170,000. The money was split into 18 payouts.

Day 1 of the tournament ended with 24 hopefuls still in the mix for the title. It was namely Payne to lead the pack of 24. The player had managed to swell his 20,000-chip starting stack to 544,500 by the end of the day. He had a massive advantage over his closest rival who happened to be Jim Carr. Carr bagged 388,500 at the end of Day 1.

Day 2 Highlights

As Day 2 action progressed, the money bubble burst and then the unofficial final table of ten was set shortly after. Payne had lost his chip lead by that time, but was actually not that far from the top. He held the second largest stack among the final ten with 772,00 in chips and was only a few big blinds behind the chip leader at the time. Stephen Song led the finalists into that closing stage of the tournament with 838,000.

Payne was part of a stacked final table of several former gold ring winners, including Mukul Pahuja and Kevin Eyster, who each hold three gold rings from the series. In addition, Eyster is also one-time WSOP gold bracelet winner.

Despite the challenging competition, Payne’s final-table ride was smooth and seamless. The player said in his post-victory interview that he felt “like it was [his] the whole time, no tough spots or bad beats.”

Eventually, the tournament’s field was whittled down to just Payne and Eyster. Despite Eyster’s larger collection of WSOP trophies, it was Payne who claimed the $1,250 No-Limit Hold’em title last night.

The two-handed duel only lasted a few hands. Payne said at the beginning of their match that his final opponent had told him he deserved to win the title, to which Eyster responded that he had said that, but that did not mean he would not try to claim the title and his fourth gold ring.

The final hand in play saw Payne’s [Ac][3d] clash into and defeat Eyster’s [As][10h] on a [7h][6s][3c][7s][Qs] board. Eyster scooped $28,366 for his runner-up finish.

While the WSOP Circuit gold ring was extremely important to Payne, he told WSOP staff that he received another, much more important ring, last month. He married his partner Korissa, who the winner revealed has been supporting him the whole way.

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