FOXWOODS CIRCUIT - HUB

August 29, 2017 - 02:56:03 AM EST  | 

FOXWOODS CIRCUIT - HUB

This page is the hub for information on the WSOP Circuit at Foxwoods Casino. Check back here (http://wsop.com/n/76i) for updated information and links on this ongoing tournament series

The second stop of the new Circuit season comes to a close on Monday

August 29, 2017 (Mashantucket, CT) -

The second stop of the 2017/2018 WSOP Circuit season wrapped up on Monday evening with Jeremy Meachamm winning the $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event, Caleb Clarke winning the $3,250 high roller event, and Soukha Kachittavong winning his second ring in the same series in Event #12 ($365 No-Limit Hold'em Semi-Turbo).

Caleb Clarke won the Casino Championship and joins Meacham as the second two players qualified for next year's Global Casino Championship event. The second 12 ring events of the season are in the books and the next stop gets underway in just a few days in Mississippi at IP Biloxi.


Completed Events

Event #1 - $365 No-limit Hold'em
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #2 - $580 No-limit Hold'em Multi-Flight Re-Entry
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #3 - $365 No-limit Hold'em Turbo
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #4 - $580 No-limit Hold'em Six-Max
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #5 - $365 No-limit Hold'em Monster Stack
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #6 - $580 No-limit Hold'em
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #7 - $365 Omaha Hi-Lo
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #8 - $365 No-limit Hold'em
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #9 - $365 No-limit Hold'em
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #10 - $1,675 No-limit Hold'em Main Event
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #11 - $3,250 No-limit Hold'em High Roller
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #12 - $365 No-limit Hold'em
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo


Casino Champion Update

Thanks to his four final tables and one ring, Caleb Clarke won the Casino Champion title at Foxwoods Casino with 122.5 points. He fended off a late run by Bobby Corcione, who came in second place. 

 


About the Winners

Chris Tryba: Winner of Event #1

Poker professional Chris Tryba defeated Kevin Balcom heads up in Event #1 to secure his second World Series of Poker Circuit ring, and $14,664 at Foxwoods Casino.

Tryba has live poker tournament results dating back to 2003. In the last fourteen years, he has managed to acquire more than $683,000 in World Series of Poker earning, one bracelet, and one Circuit ring prior to today's win. Tryba is widely known as a mixed game specialist, and can often be found at a Stud cash game here at Foxwoods when he's not otherwise tied up playing tournaments.

Since this was the first ring awarded in the Foxwoods series, Tryba also took the lead in the race for Casino Champion. Tryba secured 50 points for his win. The player to accumulate the most points over the course of the series wins the title of Foxwoods Casino Champion, and wins a free seat into the $1 million guarantee WSOP Global Casino Championship event held each year in August in Cherokee, NC.

Panja Lymswan: Winner of Event 2

Panja Lymswan bested a field of 1,035 players to take down the massive Re-Entry tournament, and $119,949.

Lymswan is originally from Bankok, Thailand, but moved to the United States 40 years ago, and lives in Quincy, MA. He spent seven years serving in the United States army, and learned to play poker nearly 30 years ago.

Lymswan is well known in the Foxwoods 2/5 Pot-Limit Omaha cash game, and the 5/10 No-Limit Hold'em, but said he rarely plays tournaments. Most of Lymswan's time is spent running two successful Thai food restaurants in the Cambridge, MA area.

Lymswam said that he was very excited to take down the biggest tournament cash of his poker career. He now leads the Foxwoods Casino Champion race, and said that he is going to try to play a few additional events so that he can secure the Foxwoods Casino Champion title, and the free seat into the WSOP $1,000,000 guaranteed prizepool bracelet event held each year in August.

Quintin Tyson: Winner of Event #3

Quintin Tyson won his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring, and $16,575, in Event #3, the $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo event at Foxwoods Casino after besting a field of 221 entries over the course of the one-day tournament. Tyson started playing at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and just about 12 hours later, he took it down.

Tyson is a busy Assistant Manager of a day program at the Kennedy Center, working with high functioning special needs adults. He works a 9-5 schedule Monday through Friday, but said that he has been trying to put more time and effort into his poker playing. Today's win is his biggest tournament cash to date, and he is ecstatic to have won a ring as well. 

"I have been trying so hard to get some type of poker hardware, this feels great," Tyson said.

Tyson recently took a trip to Texas to help his sister move, and while down there, he took second in a smaller poker tournament. He returned from his trip just yesterday, and said that he specifically came back in time to play Event #3. 

"I circled this one on my calendar. Because of my work schedule, I knew that this was one I could get into, since it was a one-day event. I came back on Friday from Texas purposely so I could get here for this event." Tyson said with a smile.

John Sciacca: Winner of Event #4

After a tough heads-up battle, John Sciacca emerged victorious over Ilir Cenalia to win his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring in the $580 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament at Foxwoods Casino. Sciacca defeated a field of 179 entrants to win $25,060, and the gold ring.

Sciacca is the owner of a car dealership, and plays $2/$5 No-Limit Hold'em to relax and have fun.

"I love the competitiveness of the game. I usually play the high-hand days here at Foxwoods. It's recreational, I just do it to have fun. I love to play," Sciacca explained.

Paul Freedman: Winner of Event #5

Paul Freedman is the newest Circuit ring winner at Foxwoods casino after besting a field of 490 entries to take down the $365 Monster Stack event for $31,605.

Freedman came into the final table third in chips, but after a long day of play, managed to defeat James George heads-up to secure the win. George took home $19,551 for his second place finish.

Freedman gives partial credit to his father and grandfather for helping him win this event. Freedman lived next door to his grandfather who taught him how to play poker. Later in life, Freedman worked with his father for 40+ years, owning a company that bought and sold goods related to shoe making. He said that his grandfather and father both taught him to work hard and appreciate the gifts he has been given.

"Life has been very good to me," Freedman explained, "Life is very very good. Every day that I wake up is a good day."

Olivier Lacoste: Winner of Event #6

Olivier Lacoste has secured his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit ring and $17,640 after taking down the $580 No-Limit Hold'em Event #6 at Foxwoods Casino. Lacoste is here on the East Coast on holiday with his family from France.

"It's truly a poker story," Lacoste explained, "I met my wife in 2009 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, we got married, have two children, and now live in France. I am here in Massachusetts for three weeks on holiday visiting my wife's family, my in-laws. I decided to play this tournament, and now I have won a Circuit ring. Unbelievable."

Lacoste defines himself as a recreational player. He used to play live and online in France, but now his job as a financial advisor, and his two children take precedence over poker.

Lacoste was actually eliminated the very last hand before registration closed in this event. He flopped a set of queens against Foxwoods' regular Bobby Corcione's flopped set of aces. He quickly re-entered, and made his way into the money that night, and to the winner's spotlight the following afternoon.

This will be the only tournament of the series that Lacoste is able to play due to family obligations, but he is very excited to have secured a WSOP ring, and hopes that he can also continue his run at the WSOP International Circuit stop in France in November 2017.

Andrew Chapman: Winner Event #7

Andrew Chapman, a professional poker dealer and player, bested a field of 143 entries to win his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit ring and $12,012 in the Foxwoods Omaha Hi-Lo Event #7. 

Andrew and his partner Ashley just gave birth to this first child two weeks ago, a baby girl.

"And to think this only the second best thing that has happened to me this month," Chapman said, "It feels great. Tournament poker is such a grind. You are happy anytime you make the money, you are happy anytime you make the final table, and to win it is just the pinnacle. After coming close so many times, all the work I have put into poker feels validated right now."

Prior to today's win Chapman had three final table appearances in a row in this same event. He took 4th in 2014/2015 for $2,867, 2nd in 2015/2016 for $6,579, and today finally obtained the win he had come so close to the past few years.

Andrew said that he credits Ashley for being a rock solid mom and continuing to be supportive as he took two days away from playing dad to play this tournament.

Soukha Kachittavong: Winner Event #8

Soukha Kachittavong bested a field of 183 entries to take home his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit ring, and $14,274. Kachittavong has many deep runs and wins in the Foxwoods poker tournament room, but this is his first WSOP win, and he said he feels very happy to have secured his first ring.

“I have been feeling very confident this year. Coming into this year, I knew that it was going to be a great year for me,” Kachittavong said.Kachittavong felt so confident coming into this series that he actually made a ring prop-bet with a friend. His friend offered him 7:1 to win a ring in one of the twelve Foxwoods Circuit events, and today he not only won that ring, but an additional $7,000 on top!

Robert 'Bobby' Corcione: Winner Event #9

Robert ‘Bobby’ Corcione bested a field of 178 entries to win his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit ring, and $14,418. Corcione is well known in the Foxwoods poker scene, and is also known for his deep run in the 2012 $10,000 Main Event, for $294,600. Today Corcione can add Circuit ring winner to his already impressive resume.

Corcione said that he felt confident coming into today, and his confidence was boosted by his father, who stood on the rail all morning long as his younger name-sake took home the title, and crossed into the Foxwoods Casino Champion lead.

Jeremy Meacham: Winner Event #10 (MAIN EVENT)

After falling just short two times in a row, Jeremy Meacham is now a World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner. Meacham won the Main Event at Foxwoods, earning $156,735.

Meacham is a 30-year old professional poker player from Oak Bluffs, MA. Meacham has a very special history with Foxwoods casino, and specifically the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Main Event at Foxwoods. The last three years Meacham has not only cashed this event, but has final tabled it. In 2015 he placed 6th for $28,556, in 2016 he took 3rd for $66,930, and today he finally secured the win for $156,735.

“The third time’s the charm, I guess,” Meacham said after the event concluded. “It feels good to finally get there. Sixth, third, and first is a nice little progression.”

Meacham ended Day 1A as the chip leader with 289,000. He was nearly the overall chip leader heading into Day 2, except poker pro Galen Hall inched just ahead of him in Day 1B when Hall eliminated Meacham’s brother Henry the last hand of the night.

“Sort of ironic,” Meacham said about Hall’s Day 1B performance. “He knocked my brother out to take the lead just ahead of me, and I went on to win the tournament.”

Meacham came into the final table second in chips with 1,500,000, just behind chipleader Mike Azzaro (2,690,000). Azzaro was ultimately eliminated in 4th Place ($52,488), and after the elimination of Bob Ricciuti in 3rd place ($70,713), Meacham went heads up with Sean Thomson. Heads-up play lasted just over two hours, and concluded when Meacham shoved all in with pocket twos, and Thomson called with ace-queen. Thomson flopped a queen, but Meacham flopped a set of twos to secure the win.

Foxwoods was the second Circuit stop of the new season, and in addition to the prize money and the Circuit ring, Meacham also won a free entry into the 2017/2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship.

The tournament started with 486 entries, and the top 54 made the money. Other players finishing in the money include Christoher Leong (43rd Place), Dave Stefanski (39th Place), Greg Himmelbrand (27th Place), JeWook Oh (25th Place), Mike Dentale (18th Place), Cory Waaland (11th Place), Ralph Massey (8th Place), Galen Hall (5th Place) and Mike Azzaro (4th Place).

Caleb Clarke: Winner Event #11 (HIGH ROLLER)

After falling short three times this series, Caleb Clarke is now a World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner. Clarke won the High Roller event at Foxwoods, earning $50,625 and his first Circuit ring.

Clarke is a 24-year old professional poker player from Mashpee, MA. Clarke started playing poker just three years ago, and he transitioned to a full-time professional player just one year ago.

Clarke had a wonderful series at Foxwoods, securing not only four cashes, but four final table appearances. He started off his run taking 4th place in Event #4 ($580 Six Max) for $7,992, he then went on to take 8th in Event #6 ($580 No-Limit Hold’em). He thought he would finally secure a ring in Event #9 ($365 No-Limit Hold’em), but ultimately was eliminated in 4th place for $4,699. Today in Event #11, he was finally able to secure the win he had come so close to.

“This was the fourth final table. The first three I came up a little short, a couple of them were a little brutal. I was happy to get some good scores in there, but I really wanted a ring this series, and after some pretty close calls it was great to finally take one down, especially in the biggest event that I played,” Clarke said after his win.

Clarke finished Day 1 as the chip leader, but said that Day 2 he was relatively card dead, and that things didn’t pick back up for him until the middle of the final table. He eventually made it to heads-up play with Dave Stefanski, but it only lasted two hands. Clarke called Stefanski’s all-in holding top pair against Stefanski’s gutshot straight draw. Clarke held, and was awarded his first ring and the $$50,625 top prize.

In addition to the prize money and the Circuit ring, Clarke also won 50 points in the Casino Champion race, and those additional points ensured him the free seat into the 2017/2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship event.

The high roller tournament started with 45 entries, and the top 5 made the money. Here is a look at all of the players that cashed:

1: Caleb Clarke - $50,625
2: Dave Stefanski - $31,293
3: Jonathan Pratt - $21,789
4: David Davenport - $16,889
5: Victor Nissim - $14,404

Soukha Kachittavong: Winner Event #12

Soukha Kachittavong defeated a field of 191 entries to take home his second World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) ring, and $14,898.

Not only did Kachittavong secure a second ring, but he won his second ring in the same series. Just four days earlier in the series, Kachittavong took down Event #8 ($365 No-Limit Hold’em) for $14,274.

“It was my birthday yesterday,” Kachittavong said after today's win. “I was disappointed with myself for playing two bullets in the Main and not making day 2, but this is a nice consolation prize.”

After his first win, Kachittavong said that he had a ring prop-bet for this series, and that a friend laid him 7:1.

“I only had one prop bet. I was feeling confident, but I wasn’t feeling that confident,” he concluded with a smile.

 


 
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