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December 10, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) - With just two days of poker left at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino, the two biggest buy-ins of the series are running side-by-side on Monday.

The $1,675 no-limit hold'em main event closed registration at the start of Day 2 when cards got in the air at noon and there were 14 players who exercised their option to buy in at the start of the day. It brought the total field size to 687 entries, which generated a $1,024,500 prizepool. The top 72 spots finished in the money and first place will earn $211,220. 

The bubble burst in the third level of the day when Nichoel Jurgens' pocket queens bested Phuoc Nguyen's pocket jacks. Jurgens is very healthy in chips, but it's Jesse Vilchez, Kelly Minkin, Peter Lipton and five-time ring winner Scott Stewart that sit atop the chip counts.

As the players come back from their second break of the day, there are 49 playres remaining and they are all guaranteed at least $3,440.

The biggest buy-in of the series got underway at 2 p.m. and the $3,250 no-limit hold'em high roller drew 34 entries through the first few levels. Late registration and unlimited re-entry is open for the entire day and doesn't close until the start of Day 2 on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The field is filled with talent, including Rainer Kempe, Jesse Yaginuma, Steve Karp, Ryan Van Sanford, Ben Keeline, Matt Salsberg and Nipun Java. They are scheduled to play 14, 40-minute levels before bagging up and coming back on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to play down to a winner.

Here is a look at Monday's schedule:

Ring Events

2:00 PM - Event #11: $3,250 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller  

  • Players start with 30,000 in tournament chips
  • Blinds start at 50/100
  • Players are allowed unlimited re-entry until the start of Day 2
  • Day 1 is scheduled for 14, 40-minute levels
  • There are 10-minute breaks after every three levels
  • Survivors will come back on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to play down to a winner


12:00 PM - Event #10 - $1,675 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

  • 133 players remain, Kelly Minkin Leads
  • Registration closes at the start of Day 2
  • Chip Counts

Non-Ring Events

1:00 PM - $565 No-Limit Hold'em Survivor (Top 10% will receive $5,000)


10:00 AM - $230 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Mega Satellite to $3,250 High Roller (1 Seat Guaranteed)

 Completed Events

Event 1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty - William Collins defeats 125 entries to win $7,000
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event 2: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack Re-Entry - Hermilo Vargas defeats 1,150 entries to win $71,195
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event 3: $365 No-Limit Hold'em - Samuel Lee defeats 110 entries to win $9,900
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event 4: $580 No-Limit Hold'em - Lang Lee defeats 117 entries to win $17,560
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event 5: $365 Omaha Hi-Lo - David Brookshire defeats 92 entries to win $8,285
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event 6: $365 No-Limit Hold'em - Ryan Van Sanford defeats 162 entries to win $13,135
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event 7: $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em - Xiao Ruan defeats 94 entries to win $28,195
Results | Official ReportWinner's Photo

Event 8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo - Edward Liu defeats 150 entries to win $12,585
Results | Official ReportWinner's Photo

Event 9: $365 No-Limit Hold'em - Calvin Roberts defeats 226 entries to win $16,970
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Casino Championship Update

Edward Liu continues to put distance between himself and the rest of the Casino Champion leaderboard. He is in the money in the main event and has a healthy stack to work with. At the moment, he has a 25 point lead over Hermilo Vargas and the deeper he gets in the money of the main event, the bigger the lead becomes. . 

Casino Championship Leaderboard

 About the Winners

Event 1 - William Collins

Collins defeated 125 entries to secure $7,000 in his win in the first event of the series - the $365 no-limit hold'em bounty event. Collins is a general contractor from Toluca Lake, CA and a regular at the Bicycle Casino. He came from behind on the tournament's final day to defeat Robert Miller heads-up.

"I was about a five-to-one underdog," said Collins about his chip disadvantage at the start of heads-up play. "But a few good hands came in, I got lucky on a couple things and it wound up great."

Event 2 - Hermilo Vargas

Vargas took down his first ring in what is likely to be the biggest field of the series. The former taxi drive won $71,195 after defeating 1,150 entries in the $365 no-limit hold'em monster stack re-entry. Vargas is a regular at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino and is can be found in most tournaments in Southern California or in the mixed cash games that run at the Bike. 

The win was his fifth WSOP cash and all five came at the Bike. When he cashed, he made it count since four out of his five cashes resulted in final tables.

Event 3 - Samuel Lee

Lee is a program manager from San Francisco that has recently been putting a lot of work into his poker game. After putting in work honing his game online, he made the decision to take a little time off of work and come down to Southern California to play some poker tournaments.

It was a good decision as Lee defeated 110 entries to win his first ring and $9,900 in the $365 no-limit hold'em event. By definition, he's an amateur, but he had to go through two tough pros to get his first Circuit title. He battled through a tough four-handed table with ring winners Cory Smith and Sohale Khalili to earn a ring of his own.

Event 4 - Lang Lee

Lee is a local business owner in Southern California that takes very seriously. He won his first ring in his first WSOP cash, but he's cashed in other tournaments all over the area and spent extensive amounts of time playing poker in Macau when poker was first becoming popular in China.

Lee came back from a massive chip disadvantage on the final day with five players remaining. After coming in as the short stack, surviving and doubling up a few times, he went heads-up with William Wolf, who he defeated for the title, denying Wolf his third ring.

Event 5 - David Brookshire

Brookshire is a transplanted poker pro from Baltimore now living in California. Brookshire specializes in mixed games, both cash games and tournaments, and won the only mixed event of the series. He defeated a 92-entry field to win $8,285 in the $365 Omaha Hi-Lo. 

The 35-year-old doen't play much hold'em and doesn't think he will play any other ring events this series, since they are all no-limit hold'em. The win is coming on the back of the best summer of his career. According to Brookshire, he made $90,000 over the summer at the World Series in cash games and tournaments. He's only been playing tournaments for three years.

Event 6 - Ryan Van Sanford

The 24-year-old poker pro from Colorado Springs became the latest multiple ring winner after his win in the $365 no-limit hold'em. Van Sanford defeated a 162 entry field to win $13,135 and his second ring.

Part of the reason Van Sanford decided to make the trek to Southern California was because his father was in town on a business trip. Jeff, the elder Van Sanford, was on the rail for the entire final table, which spanned two days. According to Ryan, his father is his biggest supporter and will be there to support his son at any tournament he can find time to make.

Event 7 - Edward Liu

Liu is a semi-professional poker player and works part time in the finance industry. The 43-year-old Los Angeles native won his third ring in the $365 no-limit hold'em turbo event after defeating 150 entries to win $12,585.

Liu spends most of his time playing cash games, but dabbles in tournaments when they come to the Bicycle Hotel and Casino. When he plays tournaments, he does well. This was his eighth Circuit cash, all of which came at the Bike, and it was his fifth career final table.

"I don't know what I'd do if I ever finished second," joked Liu after his win. "It's never happened before. I don't know how it feels."

Event 8 - Xiao Ruan

Ruan immigrated from China to the United States four years ago and discovered poker on a vacation in Las Vegas. After discovering the game, he was hooked and eventually realized he could make more money playing poker than he could at his full-time job as an investment manager.

Ruan specializes in cash games because it gives him the flexibility he wants to spend time with his family. He limits himself to just one tournament a month, but broke the rule when he couldn't find a $5/$10 cash game running. When there wasn't a cash game that fit his liking, he registered for the $1,125 no-limit hold'em event. He defeated 94 entries and won not only his first ring, but his first live tournament for $28,195.

Event 9 - Calvin Roberts

Roberts is a CFO for a small farming company in California. He won his first ring in his second-ever World Series of Poker cash on Saturday afternoon in the $365 no-limit hold'em. The 53-year-old defeated 226 entries to earn $16,970 along with the WSOP jewelry.

Roberts is a recreational player that enjoys playing the game to relax and unwind, but he has a bigger poker goal. He earned his first-ever cash this past summer at the Rio in the Seniors event, which gave him the confidence to shoot for bigger things - a bracelet. According to Roberts, this is just the first step. It was a goal of his to win one, but the ultimate dream is a victory in the Rio.

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