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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - CHOCTAW DURANT (Oklahoma/Dallas)

Friday, January 12, 2018 to Monday, January 15, 2018

Event #11: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $1,873,500
  • Entries: 1,249
  • Remaining: 0
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01/13/18 11:57:43 PM PST (about 67 days and 19 hours ago)
Jared Hemingway Leads the Pack; Grant Hinkle Looking to Defend Title

Jared Hemingway (464,000)

The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Choctaw Casino Resort is among the largest of the season. The $1,675 no-limit Hold’em tournament attracted 1,249 entries that created a prize pool of $1,873,500. The eventual champion will take home a first place prize worth $332,539. On top of that, the tournament’s winner earns a gold ring and a berth in the prestigious Global Casino Championship where they’ll compete for a WSOP bracelet.

Following two starting flights over two consecutive days, the super-sized field is down to 203 players with Jared Hemingway leading the way..... READ MORE

01/13/18 11:04:35 PM PST (about 67 days and 20 hours ago)
Jeff Trudeau Sneaks in a Double Up at the Buzzer

Jeff Trudeau moves all in for his last 31,000 from the big blind with     and gets called by the button's    .

The board comes           and Trudeau makes a pair of aces to secure his double just before the end of the night. 

Jeff Trudeau  -  68,000

01/13/18 10:58:41 PM PST (about 67 days and 20 hours ago)
Seven More Hands
With 10 minutes left in the final level of the night, the staff paused the clock and the field will play seven more hands before bagging up for the night.
01/13/18 10:56:26 PM PST (about 67 days and 20 hours ago)
Mel Lyon Scores a Late Night Double Up

There is about 35,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of       and Mel Lyon bets 40,000 out of the small blind. His lone opponent is in the cutoff and thinks for about 30 seconds before moving all in.

Lyon quickly calls and is all in for 81,000. The cutoff shows QhTd and Lyon wins the pot with 4s4h, good for a full house. He doubles up on one of the last hands before the staff pauses the clock and draws for the final number of hands in the night.

Mel Lyon - 196,000

01/13/18 10:52:21 PM PST (about 67 days and 20 hours ago)
Jeff Banghart Eliminated by Sam Brown

Jeff Banghart

Jeff Banghart, who finished runner up in the World Series of Poker Circuit at Horseshoe Hammond, moves all in for his last 39,000 with     and Sam Brown quickly calls with     having Banghart slightly covered.

The board runs out,           and Brown's pocket aces hold, eliminating Banghart.

Sam Brown  -  82,000
Jeff Banghart  -  Eliminated

01/13/18 10:47:02 PM PST (about 67 days and 21 hours ago)
Josh Evans Splits the Uprights

Josh Evans calls an all in for 26,000 and then calls a second all in for 46,000 when a player behind him shoves over the top. He is holding    against    and   .

"I need a queen," says the player holding king-queen.

Evans says nothing and the flop brings a jack, it also brings a straight draw for both his opponents. The turn and river are both blanks and Evans manages to win the hand and eliminate both players.

Josh Evans - 160,000

01/13/18 10:32:35 PM PST (about 67 days and 21 hours ago)
Nick Pupillo Scores a Late Knockout

Nick Pupillo moves all in from late position with     and his opponent calls all in with     from middle position. The flop comes       and Pupillo is still in great shape.

The turn   and river   change nothing, and Pupillo scores a late night knockout pushing his stack over 100,000.

Nick Pupillo  -  120,000

01/13/18 10:30:52 PM PST (about 67 days and 21 hours ago)
Bryan Devonshire Gets Cold Decked, Eliminated by Jacob Seale

With a completed board of      , Bryan Devonshire is all in on the river from early position and tables   , giving him top full house, but Jacob Seale calls from the hijack and wins the pot with   , good for quad fives, and Devonshire is eliminated. 

According to another player at the table, Devonshire raised preflop from early position and was called by Seale and a player in the blinds. Devonshire bet the flop, the turn and shoved the river. Seale called every street and the big blind folded on the flop.

The three-time ring winner hits the rail early in the last level of the day and Seale chips up.

Jacob Seale - 160,000
Bryan Devonshire - Eliminated


01/13/18 10:22:00 PM PST (about 67 days and 21 hours ago)
Jason Lang Is an Omaha Player

A player limps from early position and three players limp behind before the big blind shoves all in for 31,000. The first limper calls and so does Jason Lang on the button.

The flop comes [ac,tc,8d] and the first player to act leads for 15,000. Lang shoves all in for 46,000 and his opponent quickly calls showing   . Lang had    and makes a flush when the   comes on the turn.

The river is the   and Lang earns a nice pot. 

"Risky play," says one of the players at the table.

"I'm not a nit. I don't play a-b-c, I'm an Omaha player," replies Lang

Jason Lang - 200,000

01/13/18 10:08:49 PM PST (about 67 days and 21 hours ago)
Level 16 Started
Level:16  Blinds:1,500/3,000  Ante:500
01/13/18 09:54:40 PM PST (about 67 days and 21 hours ago)
Break Time
The players are on their final 15-minute break of the day .
01/13/18 09:46:42 PM PST (about 67 days and 22 hours ago)
Mel Lyon vs. Grant Hinkle

Grant Hinkle

Grant Hinkle who won this event last year, opens to 5,000 from middle position and Mel Lyon calls from the button. The flop comes      , Hinkle bets 5,000 and Lyon calls.

The turn brings the  , Hinkle bets 10,000, and Lyon calls again. Both players check the   on the river, Hinkle turns over     for ace high but is no good against Lyon's    .

Mel Lyon  -  140,000
Grant Hinkle  -  27,000


01/13/18 09:36:31 PM PST (about 67 days and 22 hours ago)
Jared Hemingway Building Piles

A player in early position opens to 7,500 and Jared Hemingway calls in position. Mike Cordell calls from the big blind and the three players see the [kc,qd,3h] flop.

The players checked to Hemingway, who bets 12,000 and Cordell is the lone caller. The turn is the   and Cordell checks. Hemingway bets 22,000 and Cordell folds.

Jared Hemingway - 370,000
Michael Cordell - 162,000

01/13/18 09:22:47 PM PST (about 67 days and 22 hours ago)
Krzysztof Stybaniewicz Chipping Up

Krzysztof Stybaniewicz opens to 4,500 from the hijack and gets two callers. The flop comes      , the big blind checks,  Stybaniewicz bets 7,000, and the button calls.

Both players check the   on the turn. The river brings the  , Stybaniewicz bets 16,000 and thats enough to take it down.

Krzysztof Stybaniewicz  -  73,000

01/13/18 09:11:16 PM PST (about 67 days and 22 hours ago)
Level 15 Started
Level:15  Blinds:1,200/2,400  Ante:400
01/13/18 09:09:30 PM PST (about 67 days and 22 hours ago)
Jim Carroll Wins 200,000 Pot, Leaves Gloria Jackson Short

Jim Carroll and Gloria Jackson are heads up with the board reading     and Jackson bets 6,000. Carroll asks if she knows she isn't first to act and then puts out 13,000. Jackson calls and the floor verifies the action after being called to the table.

The turn is the   and Carroll bets 15,000. Jackson calls. The river is the   and Carroll bets 25,000. Jackson goes all in and Carroll calls revealing    for a full house. Jackson shows only    for a flush.

A few hands later, Jackson is eliminated. Meanwhile, Carroll is now among the chip leaders with three levels left in play tonight.

Jim Carroll - 260,000
Gloria Jackson - Eliminated

01/13/18 09:03:44 PM PST (about 67 days and 22 hours ago)
Josh Reichard Wins a Race

A player in middle position moves all in for 17,500 and Josh Reichard calls out of the big blind. It's a flip with Reichard's    up against middle position's   .

The flop is     and the all in player takes the lead with a pair of jacks. The turn is the  , keeping middle position in the lead, but the   comes on the river and the eight-time ring winner rivers a full house to scoop the pot and eliminate a player.

Josh Reichard - 58,000

01/13/18 08:53:15 PM PST (about 67 days and 22 hours ago)
Patrick Bell Eliminated by John Bolinger

In one of the bigger pots of the evening Patrick Bell is all in and at risk with     against John Bolinger's    .

The board runs out           and Bolinger's pocket aces hold, eliminating Bell from the tournament, and putting Bolinger among the chip leaders.

John Bolinger  -  175,000
Patrick Bell  -  Eliminated

01/13/18 08:33:50 PM PST (about 67 days and 23 hours ago)
Level 14 Started
Level:14  Blinds:1,000/2,000  Ante:300
01/13/18 08:33:47 PM PST (about 67 days and 23 hours ago)
"Gary G" Doubles Up Then Some

Ray Qartomy opens the button to 4,000 and Gebrehiwet Goitom aka Gary G calls from the small blind. The player in the big blind shoves all in for 16,500 and both Qartomy and Goitom both call.

The flop is     and Gary G shoves for 45,500. Qartomy folds and Gary G shows    against the    of the at risk player.

The turn brings the   and the river the  , completing Gary G's spade flush and sending his opponent to the rail.

Gebrehiwet Goitom - 100,000

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