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2015 WSOP National Championship

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 National Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $0
  • Entries: 122
  • Remaining: 49
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7/29/2015 9:42:55 PM PST (about 5 hours and 26 minutes ago)
Day 1 of the National Championship Wraps with 49 Remaining, Brad St. Vincent Leads


Action resumes Thursday at noon ET. Brad St. Vincent tops the counts.

Cherokee, N.C. (July 29, 2015) — Day 1 of the 2015 National Championship kicked off Wednesday at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. The fifth installment of the one-of-a-kind event featured a guaranteed prize pool of at least $1,000,000 and granted free seats to 100 of the World Series of Poker Circuit’s top players. Additionally, the top 100 point earners from the previous year’s gold bracelet events were permitted to buy in for $10,000. When all was said and done, Day 1 saw a total of 122 players take their seats including the Circuit’s top points earner Paul Sokoloff, defending champion Dominik Nitsche and POY qualifiers Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. When all was said and done, just 49 remained with Brad St. Vincent (pictured) leading the way.

St. Vincent, who earned his berth via Casino Champion honors at Foxwoods, claims 178,800 to edge out second place David Peters who holds 168,400. The Circuit has a strong showing at the top of the counts as eight of the top 10 stacks belong to the tour’s qualifiers including Charles “Woody” Moore (159,900) who’s the only player to qualify for the season-ending championship in each of its five years. Those POY qualifiers to grace the top 10 include Peters and Loni Harwood (136,400).

Other notables still in the hunt include all-time ring leader Alex Masek (126,700), Josh Tuner (105,700), seven-time ring winner Ari Engel (100,400), Negreanu (93,400), Nitsche (90,800), Tristan Wade (51,100), Jeff Madsen (45,800) and Scott Clements (30,900).

The above player’s journeys to the National Championship began last year at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. and their trip continues Thursday on Day 2 at noon ET with blinds of 800/1,600 and a 200 ante. While their hopes of a gold bracelet are still alive, not all players were so lucky. Those whose fires were extinguished in the Smokey Mountains included Sokoloff, Hellmuth, Ryan Riess, Jake Bazeley, Valentin Vornicu, Doug Carli, John Holley, Shannon Shorr and Jesse Martin.

While Hellmuth’s participation in the event was much hyped, his shot a gold bracelet was short lived. The 14-time WSOP champion registered shortly after the dinner break and made it less than two levels before he met his demise at the hands of Justin Liberto.

Registration in the championship event closes when cards go back in the air tomorrow and complete prize pool information will be posted shortly thereafter.

Top 10 chip counts:

1. Brad St. Vincent - 178,800
2. David Peters - 168,400
3. Charles Moore - 159,900
4. Darryll Fish - 139,800
5. Loni Harwood - 136,400
6. Robert Hankins - 131,900
7. Alex Masek - 126,700
8. Jake Schindler - 123,900
9. Jesse Wilke - 119,800
10. Juan Mendoza - 116,500

Complete chip counts are available under the "Chip Counts" tab above.

7/29/2015 9:05:38 PM PST (about 6 hours and 3 minutes ago)
Day 1 Complete
All tables have completed their last four hands, and players are now bagging up their chips. A full recap of Day 1 will be posted shortly.
7/29/2015 8:53:43 PM PST (about 6 hours and 15 minutes ago)
Taylor Black Eliminated by Seth Berger

Taylor Black moves all in from the small blind, and Seth Berger calls from the big blind.


The board rolls out . Both players makes trip aces, and Berger wins the pot with his jack kicker, eliminating Black from the tournament.

Seth Berger - 92,000
Taylor Black - Eliminated

7/29/2015 8:52:05 PM PST (about 6 hours and 16 minutes ago)
Four More Hands
Tournament staff just announced players will log four more hands before play wraps on Day 1 of the National Championship. A full recap as well as chip counts will be posted shortly.
7/29/2015 8:51:05 PM PST (about 6 hours and 17 minutes ago)
Darryll Fish Flops Quads Against Josh Evans

Josh Evans opens the action for 2,600 from middle position. Darryll Fish calls from the small blind and they are heads up to the flop.

Both players check the flop.

The turn is the and Fish leads for 3,800. Evans calls.

The river completes the board with the . Fish leads again, this time for 9,400, and Evans practically beats him into the pot. Fish tables for flopped quads and Evans' cards hit the muck.

Darryll Fish - 132,500
Josh Evans - 51,500
7/29/2015 8:29:46 PM PST (about 7 hours and 39 minutes ago)
Glen Goldsmith Eliminated by Damjan Radanov

James Kilarjian raises to 3,600, and Damjan Radanov calls from the button. John Eames reraises to 9,600 from the small blind, and Glen Goldsmith moves all in from the big blind. Kilarjian folds, and Radanov calls. Eames asks for an exact counts, which turns out to be 24,800. Eames tanks for about three minutes, then folds, and the remaining players turn up their cards.


Goldsmith will need help to stay alive. The board gives him exactly the opposite as it runs out . Radanov wins the pot with his set, and Goldsmith is eliminated.

Damjan Radanov - 128,000
Glen Goldsmith - Eliminated

7/29/2015 8:29:01 PM PST (about 7 hours and 39 minutes ago)
Sean Troha Eliminated by Ari Engel

Ari Engel raises to 2,600 from late position and it folds to Sean Troha in the small blind. He shoves for 7,500. Russ Head folds his big blind and Engel calls. Troha is at risk and behind.


The runout comes and Troha is eliminated at the hands of seven-time ring winner Engel.

Ari Engel - 82,000
Sean Troha - Eliminated

7/29/2015 8:19:03 PM PST (about 7 hours and 49 minutes ago)
Justin Kruger with Some Birthday Libations
7/29/2015 8:17:24 PM PST (about 7 hours and 51 minutes ago)
Three-Bet Pot Goes Three Ways, Brad St. Vincent Wins

Russ Head opens the action for 2,500. Seth Berger calls from his immediate left and it's on Brad St. Vincent in late position. He three bets to 7,100. Head and Berger call and they are three-handed to the flop.

The flop is and all three players check.

The turn brings the and Head checks again. Berger bets 11,000. St. Vincent and Head call. They are still three handed to the river.

The board completes with the and all three players check. Head flashes the and mentions he missed multiple draws. Berger shows for top pair with a queen kicker. St. Vincent is the last to show as he exposes for top pair with a king kicker. St. Vincent wins the pot and contends for the chip lead in the process.

Brad St. Vincent - 174,000
Seth Berger - 81,000
Russ Head - 45,000

7/29/2015 8:04:28 PM PST (about 7 hours and 4 minutes ago)
Daniel Negreanu Takes Chips from Loni Harwood

Daniel Negreanu recently took a big bite out of Loni Harwood's stack.

According to Negreanu, he held and Harwood held . The flop was . Negreanu check-called every street as the turn and river came ,, giving Negreanu a winning full house.

Daniel Negreanu - 97,000
Loni Harwood - 90,000

7/29/2015 8:04:16 PM PST (about 7 hours and 4 minutes ago)
Level 10 Started
Level:10  Blinds:600/1,200  Ante:200
7/29/2015 8:03:13 PM PST (about 7 hours and 5 minutes ago)
Jason Mayfield Doubles through Scott Clements

POY qualifier Scott Clements opens the pot for 2,400 from late position. It's on at-large qualifier Jason Mayfield in the small blind and he calls. They are heads up to the flop.

The dealer burns and turns an board. Both players check.

The turn is the and Mayfield leads for 2,600. It appears Clements tries to call, but accidentally throws in a gray 5,000 chip along with two orange 1,000 chips. There is some confusion and Mayfield verifies Clements did in fact raise to 7,000. The dealer confirms the raise and Mayfield promptly moves all in for 28,900. Clements thinks for a bit before he calls.

Mayfield: for an overpair
Clements: for ace high

The board completes with the and Mayfield doubles through Clements.

Jason Mayfield - 64,500
Scott Clements - 41,000

7/29/2015 7:51:03 PM PST (about 7 hours and 17 minutes ago)
Jake Schindler Gets the Best of Josh Turner in a Preflop Raise War

Jake Schindler opens to 2,500 from late position. It's on Josh Turner on the button and he three bets it to 7,300. The blinds fold sending the action back to Schindler. He takes a minute to think before four betting to 16,800. Turner eyes Schindler's stack before deciding on a fold. Schindler takes the pot uncontested.

Jake Schindler - 83,000
Josh Turner - 131,000

7/29/2015 7:43:48 PM PST (about 7 hours and 25 minutes ago)
Scott Clements Wins Without Showdown

The board reads on the flop, and there's about 6,000 in the pot. Aaron Frei, Jason Mayfield, and Scott Clements all check.

The turn is the . Frei and Mayfield check again, and Clements bets 3,200. Both other players fold, and Clements takes the pot.

Scott Clements - 82,000

7/29/2015 7:37:23 PM PST (about 8 hours and 31 minutes ago)
Damjan Radanov Doubles through Mike Bratovich

Damjan Radanov gets his last 10,600 in holding against the of Mike Bratovich. The board runs out and Radanov doubles through Bratovich.

Damjan Radanov - 22,500
Mike Bratovich - 16,000

7/29/2015 7:36:59 PM PST (about 8 hours and 32 minutes ago)
Shannon Shorr Eliminated
7/29/2015 7:32:55 PM PST (about 8 hours and 36 minutes ago)
Gregory Johnson Wins on the Flop

Foxwoods Casino Champion Brad St. Vincent raises to 2,100 from under the gun. Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion Russ Head calls from the button, and Southern Indiana Main Event champ Gregory Johnson three-bets to 8,500 from the small blind. St. Vincent asks how much Johnson has behind - it's about 50,000 - then calls. Head folds, and they see the flop heads up.

The flop comes , and Johnson continues for 9,000. St. Vincent folds, and Johnson takes the pot.

Gregory Johnson - 70,000
Brad St. Vincent - 105,000

7/29/2015 7:14:25 PM PST (about 8 hours and 54 minutes ago)
Ryan Riess Eliminated


According to the table, POY qualifier and 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) held and was crippled by the pocket jacks of Aaron Frei. A few hands later, a shortstacked Riess open shoved the small blind holding and Robert Hankins called from the big blind with . The board ran out no help to Riess and he was eliminated.

Ryan Riess - Eliminated

7/29/2015 6:59:36 PM PST (about 8 hours and 9 minutes ago)
Level 9 Started
Level:9  Blinds:500/1,000  Ante:100
7/29/2015 6:42:25 PM PST (about 8 hours and 26 minutes ago)
Final Break of the Night

Players are on their last break of the night. Tournament staff will color up and race off the green 25-denomination chips. And when the break is over, players will have two more levels before bagging up for the night.

While we're waiting for play to resume, watch Daniel Negreanu talk about what he's been up to since the WSOP Main Event a couple weeks ago:

7/29/2015 6:41:03 PM PST (about 8 hours and 27 minutes ago)
Phil Hellmuth Eliminated by Justin Liberto

According to tablemate Austin Buchanan, Justin Liberto opened to 1,600 on the button. Phil Hellmuth defended the big blind and they saw the flop heads up.

The dealer burned and turned a flop and Hellmuth checked. Liberto bet 1,600 again and Hellmuth called.

Both players checked a blank on the turn.

The board completed with another blank on the river and Hellmuth lead for 3,000 leaving himself just about 3,000 behind. Liberto put Hellmuth all in and Hellmuth called off his last 3,000.

Liberto: for top two pair
Hellmuth: for top pair

With that, Hellmuth was eliminated from the National Championship less than two hours after taking his seat.

Justin Liberto - 66,000
Phil Hellmuth - Eliminated

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