RIO CIRCUIT 2018

February 27, 2018 - 04:15:59 AM EST  | 

RIO CIRCUIT 2018

This page is the hub for information on the WSOP Circuit at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Check back here (http://wsop.com/n/827) for updated information and links on this ongoing tournament series.

The final day of the Rio Vegas Circuit series features the Main Event and High Roller final tables as well as the first-ever Circuit online event.

27 February 2018 (Las Vegas) – Tuesday is the final day of the Rio Las Vegas Circuit. So far, 11 gold rings have been awarded at the series and there are three more still up for grabs. Tuesday’s events include the finale of the Main Event and the High Roller, as well as the start of the one-day $365 event.

The Main Event is down to the final 22 players after two days of play. Day 3 is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 2 p.m. and play until a winner is reached. Entering Day 3 as the chip leader is two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Brett Bader. Joining Bader in the top five counts are Drazen Ilich, Mark Kaganovsky, Arkadiy Tsinis and Jesse Cohen.  All players returning for Day 3 are guaranteed a minimum payout of $9,353 with the winner taking home $259,463, a WSOP Circuit ring and a free entry to the 2018 Global Casino Championship.

Registration for the $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller is open until Day 2 starts. Cards are scheduled to go in the air for Day 2 Tuesday at 2 p.m. Shortly after registration closes a prizepool will be calculated and announced. There were 38 players that bagged chips at the end of Day 1 and the biggest stack belonged to Ryan Olisar.

The final event of the Rio Las Vegas Circuit is Event #14: $365 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em. This is the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit event that will be played online. The online event has a $365 buy-in and is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Just like any other Circuit event, Casino Championship points will be awarded to the players that cash and the winner will receive a WSOP Circuit ring. Players must 21+ and be present in the state of Nevada to participate. Download the software here.


Tuesday's Ring Events

Returning Events:

Event #11: $1,675 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event – 2 p.m. – Day 3

  • Brett Bader leads with 22 players remaining
  • All players remaining are guaranteed a minimum payout of $9,353
  • The winner will earn $259,463, a WSOP Circuit ring and free entry to the 2018 Global Casino Championship
  • Day 3 Chip Counts

Event #13: $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller – 2 p.m. – Day 2

  • Registration remains open until Day 2 gets underway
  • Ryan Olisar leads
  • 38 players bagged at the end of Day 1
  • New players start with 25,000 chips
  • Day 2 starts at Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante from the big blind
  • All levels are 40 minutes long
  • Day 2 Chip Counts

 

New Events:

Event #14: $365 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em – 6:30 p.m.

  • Event is played on WSOP.com
  • Players must be in the state of Nevada to participate
  • The tournament allows unlimited re-entry
  • Casino Championship points are awarded as normal
  • This is a one-day tournament


Completed Events

Event 1: $365 No-Limit Hold’em ($250K Guarantee) – Randy Khami tops 1,074 entries to win $57,462
Official Report | Winner's Photo | Results

Event 2: $365 No-Limit Hold’em – Howard Chen tops 187 entries to win $15,586
Official Report | Winner's Photo | Results

Event 3: $365 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed – Timothy McReynolds tops 221 entries to win $17,899
Official Report | Winner's Photo | Results

Event #4: $250 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em – Charles Bass tops 333 entries to win $15,318
Winner's Photo | Results

Event 5: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo – Lena Evans tops 213 entries to win $15,977
Official Report | Winner's Photo | Results

Event 6: $365 No-Limit Hold’em   Paul Sokoloff tops 204 entries to win $15,914
Official Report | Winner's Photo Results

Event 7: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha – Tyler Groth tops 153 entries to win $12,850
Official Report | Winner's Photo | Results

Event 8: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha – Louise Francouer tops 235 entries to win $17,621
Official Report | Results

Event 9: $365 HORSE – Robert Gray tops 162 entries to win $13,123
Official Report | Winner’s Photo | Results

Event 10: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack – Mark Perry tops 638 entries to win $39,240
Official Report | Winner’s Photo | Results

Event 12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em (30-Minute Levels) – Jeremy Joseph tops 250 entries to win $18,369
Winner’s Photo Results


Casino Champion

Jeremy Joseph has taken the lead in the Casino Championship race on the second to last day of the series after reaching his third final table of the series. Joseph finished in 1st place in Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em to bring his series total to 97.5 points and pass Benjamin Thomas, who currently sits at 62.5 points. The only events remaining for players to pick up points in are the Main Event, High Roller and Online event.

Rio Las Vegas Casino Championship Leaderboard


About the Winners

Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em (1,074 entries)

Randy Khami, an amateur player from Detroit, Michigan, won the first event of the 2017- 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit at the Rio in Las Vegas. This is Khami’s first career ring, and by far the biggest cash of his career. Before today, his largest recorded score was $1,321. For his victory in this event, he earned $57,462. By his own admission, Khami doesn’t play much poker. “I come out here about once every two years,” he said after the event. This time, he came out to Vegas for a family vacation. “Figured I’d skip out and play this. I didn’t think I’d make it this far.” 

 

Event #2: $365 No-Limit Hold'em (187 entries)

Howard Chen has just won the second event at the Rio Las Vegas Circuit series. He defeated a 187-player field to earn $14,586 and his first career WSOP Circuit gold ring. This was not only Chen's first ring, but it was also his first-ever WSOP cash.

Chen earned his seat into this event through a Rio freeroll tournament. He qualified for the freeroll by playing 40 hours of live cash game over a two-week qualifying period leading up the series. It was easy for Chen to qualify and get 40 hours of play since he plays cash games at the Rio on regular basis.

 

Event #3: $365 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed (221 entries)

Timothy McReynolds earned his second career WSOP Circuit ring tonight, earning $17,899 for his victory in Event #3: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed. McReynold’s had a tough path to the ring, and he had to defeat nine-time Circuit ring winner Robert Hankins heads up. Had Hankins won, he would have moved into a tie for the all-time record for most career rings.

“He is such a good player,” McReynolds said of Hankins after the event. “I learned so much by watching him. He outplayed me the entire tournament, and I had to be lucky in order to win.”

McReyolds also gave credit to a mentor who’s helped him with his game. “I have a teacher I’d like to thank – Bernard Lee. Without a doubt one of the best teachers in the business.”

 

Event #4: $250 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em (333 entries)

Charles Bass defeated the 333-player seniors event to earn $15,318 and his first WSOP Circuit ring. This marked Bass' fifth career WSOP cash. Bass a deep run earlier this year in the Choctaw Durant Circuit seniors event. He finished 18th in that event for $1,118.


Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo (213 entries)

Lena Evans took down Event #5 to earn her second career WSOP Circuit ring, both which have come in turbo events. Born in Vietnam, Evans is a philanthropist that now lives in Beverly Hills, California. She has worked with Drew Brees, Marshall Faulk, Prince Harry and many other celebrities hosting poker tournaments and events for charity. Evans reached her 2017 goal of winning a Circuit ring when she did so last November at Planet Hollywood. Her 2018 goal is to win a World Series of Poker bracelet.

 

Event #6: $365 No-Limit Hold'em (204 entries)

Paul Sokoloff is profession poker player from Toronto, Canada. Sokoloff now has two Circuit rings, 86 WSOP cashes (24 WSOP 62 Circuit) and just over $737,000 in WSOP tournament earnings.

Sokoloff's a grinder. He plans on to continuing to hit the cash games and tournament scene hard for the remainder of the year, including playing a full schedule of World Series of Poker events this summer at the Rio.

"I am going to go really hard this summer. I am going to play more than I have ever played, even more than last year," said Sokoloff.

Sokoloff said that he played in 30 events last year and he cashed in 10 of them. His deepest run in 2017 was in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event when he finished 10th for $14,339.

 

Event #7: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha (153 entries)

Tyler Groth is a professional poker player that resides in Las Vegas. Groth plays both cash games and tournaments, but as of late has focused more on tournaments. This win marks Groth's 6th WSOP cash and pushes his WSOP tournament earnings over the $225,000 mark.

Groth is in middle of a breakout year that started with him defeating the 1,058-player $1k PLO event at the summer series for $179,126. He followed that up with a deep run in the $10k PLO8 Championship just two weeks later. He just missed out on what would have been his second final table of the 2017 series after finishing 12th out of 207 entries for $27,982. And now Groth just won back-to-back events last week at the LAPC for $32,550. Groth attributes his recent success to confidence.

"The more I win, the more cashes, the deeper I get, the more the confidence builds," said Groth.

 

Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em (235 entries)

It might be fate for Louise Francouer, who just won her first WSOP Circuit ring and $17,621. She wasn’t even planning on playing this event, but once she was at the felt, she never  looked back.

“It’s awesome. I feel incredible,” Francouer said through her huge smile after the tournament. “I came in yesterday to sign up for HORSE,” she explained. But she liked the schedule for this event better. It was close to the end of late-registration. But, she said, “I really wanted to play that afternoon. And I jumped in with 25 big blinds and chipped up pretty quickly, and the rest is history.”

This has been a long time coming for Francouer. She mostly plays in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, so she doesn’t travel the Circuit. But she also added, “I’ve been chasing something for a long time.” And now, over a decade after her first Circuit cash, she finally has a ring to show for that chase.

 

Event #9: $365 HORSE (162 entries)

A day ago, Robert Gray (“A-Game Rob” to his friends) wasn’t even planning on playing this event. But after some friends convinced him to jump in, he never looked back, and now he has his first WSOP Circuit ring and $13,123 for the victory.

Yesterday, Gray was playing 1/2 no limit hold’em at another casino. Then, he explained, “My friend Robert and Allen Kessler showed up, and Allen said, ‘You always take my advice Rob, so you have to go play this HORSE event tomorrow.’” This advice fell right into Gray’s wheelhouse. “I’m a strong HORSE player, and I love HORSE.”

 

Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack (638 entries)

East coast poker pro Mark Perry  took down the Rio Circuit Monster Stack for $39,240 and his first career WSOP Circuit ring late Saturday night at the Rio. The Monster Stack, which was a freezeout, lived up to its name and drew a huge field of 638 unique entries.

Perry is from Connecticut and plays poker professionally. Perry is mainly a no-limit hold'em tournament player. He plans to play in Sunday's $1,675 Rio Circuit Main Event. He also plans to be at the Rio for most of the 2018 summer. He said he plans to play a full schedule of events at this summer's World Series of Poker. Perry recently joined "Chip Leader Coaching" as a poker coach. Also, part of that of that team is 3rd place finisher, Ryan Leng.


 

 

 
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