01/22/18 09:18:13 PM PDT
Hafiz 'Hafizzle' Khan Wins First Circuit Ring at Thunder Valley
Hafiz Khan - World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event Champion ($188,686)
Hafiz Khan has taken down
the second ever World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Thunder
Valley for $188,686 and the humility and passion was ever-present. The
43-year-old Stockton, California native has been away from the poker
scene for two years before making his return, and it seems he has had a
good start these last 12 months. Khan booked his first official Circuit
win and added a shiny new ring to his mantle, bringing his live recorded
earnings to $2.6 million. He also earned himself a seat into the 2018
Global Casino Championship for a shot at a WSOP gold bracelet.
Roland Shen came in to heads-up play with a 10-to-1 chip lead but Khan
was resilient and made a comeback for the ages. The pair went back and
forth, but the combination of Khan's experience and some luck turned
things around. It was a comeback to a win that Khan believed ...READ MORE
01/22/18 09:08:14 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Wins WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Main Event ($188,686), Roland Shen Finishes Second ($116,706)
Hafiz Khan - WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion
Roland Shen raises all in for his final 2,130,000 and Hafiz Khan calls.
Khan has against the of Shen.
The flop comes , pairing Shen's eight and giving him hope of a double up, with Khan picking up a straight draw in the process. The turn is the but the river is the , giving Khan the nut straight. Shen celebrates and takes a second to realize he actually lost the hand, and in turn the tournament. Shen takes home $116,706 for his runner-up finish.
Khan earns his first WSOP circuit ring and the $188,686 first prize.
Hafiz Khan - Thunder Valley Circuit Main Event Champion ($188,686)
Roland Shen - Eliminated
Roland Shen - 2nd place
01/22/18 09:04:06 PM PDT
Level 34 Started
|Level:||34 ||Blinds:||100,000/200,000 ||Ante:||30,000|01/22/18 09:03:16 PM PDT
Roland Shen Finds New Life
Roland Shen shoves for 1,020,000 and Hafiz Khan asks for a count and calls.
Shen tabled , up against Khan's .
The flop comes and Khan is still ahead with jack-high. The turn is the and Shen's rail cheers as the hits the river to give him the double.
Roland Shen - 2,080,000 (13 bb)
Hafiz Khan - 9,900,000 (61 bb)
01/22/18 08:55:26 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Doubles Through Roland Shen, Has Commanding Lead
Roland Shen has battled back to overtake Hafiz Khan for the chip lead heads-up.
Khan raises to 400,000 and Shen reraises to 1,200,000. Khan goes all in and Shen gets a count before calling. The shove is for 4,2500,000 more. Khan has against the of Shen.
The board runs out and Khan wins the hand and takes a commanding heads-up lead once again.
Hafiz Khan - 10,080,000 (63 bb)
Roland Shen - 1,900,000 (11 bb)
01/22/18 08:37:14 PM PDT
Roland Shen Flips to Double
Roland Shen moves all-in for 2,715,000 and Hafiz Khan quickly calls.
The flop comes and Khan remains ahead, with his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring in sight. The turn is the to pull Shen into the lead as he pairs his king. The river is the and Shen holds to double through.
Roland Shen - 5,448,000 (34 bb)
Hafiz Khan - 6,532,000 (40 bb)
01/22/18 08:29:37 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Inches Closer, Roland Shen Hanging Tough
Roland Shen has been shoving on two of the past few hands, but Hafiz Khan has managed to grow his lead even further.
Shen has now dipped below 3-million for the first time since the heads-up battle began.
Hafiz Khan - 9,480,000 (59 bb)
Roland Shen - 2,500,000 (15 bb)
01/22/18 08:13:40 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Widening the Gap
Roland Shen opens to 425,000 and Hafiz Khan calls. The flop is and Khan checks. Shen bets 475,000 and Khan calls.
The turn is the and Khan checks again. Shen bets 1,000,000 and Khan calls. The river is the and both players check. Khan shows for the winner and takes a big lead once again in the heads-up portion of the tournament.
Hafiz Khan - 8,660,000 (54 bb)
Roland Shen - 3,320,000 (20 bb)
01/22/18 07:44:20 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan and Roland Shen are on another 15-minute break.
Here's how they stack up going into Level 33 with blinds at 80,000/160,000 and a 20,000 ante:
Hafiz Khan - 7,020,000 (43 bb)
Roland Shen - 4,960,000 (31 bb)
01/22/18 07:36:01 PM PDT
Roland Shen Pulls It Back
Roland Shen shoves two hands in a row and gains some ground on Hafiz Khan.
He then opens 260,000 and Khan calls. The flop is and both players check. The turn is the and Khan checks. Shen bets 125,000 and Khan mucks.
Over the last few minutes of the level, Shen has pulled to within half a million.
Roland Shen - 5,860,000 (49 bb)
Hafiz Khan - 6,120,000 (51 bb)
01/22/18 07:22:37 PM PDT
The Hafiz Khan Show
Hafiz Khan limps in and Roland Shen checks his option.
The flop comes , Shen checks, Khan bets 125,000 and Shen calls.
The turn is the . Shen checks again, Khan bets 275,000 this time and Shen calls again. The river is the and both players opt to check. Shen shows for a pair of nines, but Khan reveals for a pair of aces and rakes in the pot to extend his lead further.
Hafiz Khan - 7,940,000 (66 bb)
Roland Shen - 4,040,000 (33 bb)
01/22/18 07:14:14 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Flops a Flush
Hafiz Khan limps and Roland Shen raises to 375,000. Khan calls.
The flop is and both players check. The turn is the and both players check again. The river is the and Shen bets 300,000. Khan calls and shows for a flush beating Shen's [as,ks].
Hafiz Khan - 7,180,000 (60 bb)
Roland Shen - 4,800,000 (40 bb)
01/22/18 07:05:34 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Leads Heads-Up Play for the First Time
Hafiz Khan raises to 260,000 and Roland Shen calls. The flop comes and Shen check-calls a bet of 280,000 from Khan.
The turn is the and Shen checks again. Khan bets 550,000 this time and Shen wastes no time calling.
The river is the and both players check fairly quickly. Shen tables for a pair of aces but his kicker isn't strong enough to beat Khan's .
Khan has now taken over the chip lead during heads-up play for the first time.
Hafiz Khan - 6,240,000 (52 bb)
Roland Shen - 5,740,000 (47 bb)
01/22/18 07:00:04 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Getting Closer
Hafiz Khan limps and Roland Shen checks his option. The flop is and Shen checks. Khan bets 150,000. Shen calls.
The turn is the and Shen checks again. Khan bets 375,000 and Shen calls. The river is the and Shen checks again. Khan bets 800,000 and Shen folds.
Hafiz Khan - 5,680,000 (47 bb)
Roland Shen - 6,300,000 (52 bb)
01/22/18 06:48:42 PM PDT
Level 32 Started
|Level:||32 ||Blinds:||60,000/120,000 ||Ante:||20,000|01/22/18 06:45:28 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Backs Into Trips to Mount a Comeback
Hafiz Khan raises to 200,000 on the button and Roland Shen calls.
The flop comes and Shen checks. Khan bets 210,000 and Shen calls.
The turn is the and both players check to the on the river. Shen leads out for 375,000 and Khan instantly moves all in for 1,715,000 total. Shen goes deep into the tank after asking for a count and eventually slides forward a stack to call.
Khan tables for trip deuces and Shen is forced to show for two pair.
Khan now sits on over 40 big blinds.
Hafiz Khan - 4,280,000 (42 bb)
Roland Shen - 7,700,000 (77 bb)
01/22/18 06:40:22 PM PDT
Roland Shen Wins Three In a Row
Hafiz Khan limps and Roland Shen checks his option. The flop is and Shen checks. Khan bets 100,000 and Shen raises to 375,000. Khan calls.
The turn is the and Shen bets 550,000. Khan folds.
Hand #2: Shen raises to 200,000 and Khan calls. The flop is and both players check. The turn is the and Khan bets 275,000. The river is the and Khan checks.
Shen bets 900,000 and Khan folds.
Hand #3: Khan limps and Shen checks his option. The flop is and Shen check-calls 125,000. The turn is the and he check-calls another 260,000.
Both players check the on the river and Shen shows and Khan mucks.
Roland Shen - 9,680,000 (96 bb)
Hafiz Khan - 2,300,000 (23 bb)
01/22/18 06:23:13 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Gaining Some Ground
Roland Shen opens to 200,000 and Hafiz Khan calls. The flop is and Khan checks. Shen bets 150,000 and Khan checks.
The turn is the and Khan check-calls another 375,000. The river is the and Khan goes all in for 1,655,000. Shen tanks for more than a minute before folding.
Hafiz Khan - 3,280,000 (32 bb)
Roland Shen - 8,700,000 (87 bb)
01/22/18 06:06:37 PM PDT
Hafiz Khan Doubles Through Roland Shen
Roland Shen opens to 200,000 and Hafiz Khan goes all in for 1,155,000. Shen calls because he says it's his friends lucky hand. He shows . Khan has .
The board comes all clubs, and Khan wins with the ace-high flush.
Hafiz Khan - 2,330,000 (23 bb)
Roland Shen - 9,680,000 (96 bb)
01/22/18 06:00:04 PM PDT
Roland Shen Gets Sneaky
Roland Shen limps the button and Hafiz Khan checks his option. The flop comes and both players check to the on the turn.
Khan leads out for 125,000 and Shen calls. The river is the and Khan checks. Shen bets 400,000 and Khan looks him up.
Shen tables and Khan mucks, leaving him with less than 10 big blinds.
Ronald Shen - 11,020,000 (110 bb)
Hafiz Khan - 960,000 (9 bb)