07/11/16 05:48:06 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire is the winner of the 2016 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em Championship.
The poker player originally from Brighton, Colorado who now resides in Las Vegas won the $1,000 buy-in tournament, which was played both online and live at the Rio in Las Vegas. The first stage of the tournament took place online at WSOP.com. Once the final table of six players was determined, those finalists traveled to Las Vegas to play the finale in a live setting. All players had to be positioned in Nevada to be eligible to participate.
“It was fun to play in a big online tournament,” Maguire said after his victory. “I used to play a lot online before Black Friday. I don’t get to play this high very often anymore.”
Maguire collected $210,279 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career. However, he’s no stranger to the pressures of going deep in a WSOP event. Back in 2014, Maguire finished 44th in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event Championship, which paid $186K. This was his third time to cash in a series event.
The local cash game grinder, who routinely sits in $5-10 and $10-20 blind NLHE cash games, won his victory by coming out on top at a final table which included a strong lineup. Interestingly, five of the six finalists were based elsewhere and were visiting Nevada. The final six included players from four different countries, including – Bulgaria, Canada, Hong Kong, and the United States. However, the lone local player ended up with the victory.
After Canadian Marc Olivier went out third, Maguire held a 2 to 1 chip lead. He widened the gap and had Bulgarian poker pro Simeon Naydenov on the ropes, and all in several times. However, Naydenov – who was aiming for his second WSOP gold bracelet victory after winning his first in the $1,500 buy-in NLHE Shootout -- proved to be quite a challenge.
“I had him down for a while, then he won a couple of all ins, then I got super short and started winning,” Maguire said. “I was down to just a few blinds at one point, so this was pretty amazing.”
The Bulgarian took command and had Maguire down to just two big blinds. A second WSOP victory was within his grasp, but Maguire proved to be just as tough. The Las Vegas local fought back and took the lead then scooped the final pot of the tournament versus Naydenov, who finished as the runner up. His consolation prize amounted to $150,569.
This tourney attracted an online record 1,247 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $1,184,650. The top 153 finishers collected prize money.
Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:
Second Place: Simeon Naydenov, from Sofia, Bulgaria finished as the runner up. He was paid $150,569. This was Naydenov’s 16th time to cash at the series. He’s one of only two Bulgarians to win WSOP titles.
Third Place: Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault, from Montreal, QB (Canada) finished in third place, which paid $110,172. Carpentier-Perrault now has four cashes at the WSOP.
Fourth Place: Spencer Taylor, from Knoxville, TN came in fourth, which paid out $82,926. This was his second cash in a series event.
Fifth Place: Richard Tuhrim, from New York, NY ended up as the fifth-place finisher. He earned $59,233. This was his sixth time to cash at this year’s series, and ninth in-the-money finish overall.
Sixth Place: Park-Yu “Sparrow” Cheung came in sixth, which was worth $46,201. He’s had an impressive series, finishing in-the-money nine times in 2016.
This was the 66th official event on this year’s schedule. This leaves just two more gold bracelet events still to go at the 2016 WSOP, including the Main Event Championship, which runs through July 18th.
07/11/16 05:25:23 PM PDT
Heads-up play lasted 140 hands
After 140 hands and five levels of heads-up play, Simeon Naydenov moves all in and Clayton Maguire calls. After four all-ins and double-ups this level, Maguire now has Naydenov covered.
The board runs out and Maguire eliminates Naydenov to win Event #66.
Clayton Maguire - 1st Place
Maguire was down to just about 1.5 big blinds not long ago, but came back to be the $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold'em Champion.
Clayton Maguire "SLARKDUCK" - 1st place ($210,279)
Simeon Naydenov "FeelGoodInc" - Eliminated in 2nd Place ($150,569)
Simeon Naydenov finishes as the Event #66 runner-up
07/11/16 05:05:01 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire moves all in and Simeon Naydenov folds.
07/11/16 05:04:38 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire gets a walk.
07/11/16 05:03:56 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire climbs from the brink of elimination to the lead
Clayton Maguire calls from the small blind and Simeon Naydenov moves all in. Maguire calls.
The board runs out and Maguire doubles through.
Clayton Maguire - 15,200,000 (38 bb)
Simeon Naydenov - 3,505,000 (8 bb)
07/11/16 05:02:27 PM PDT
Simeon Naydenov completes from the small blind and Clayton Maguire moves all in. Naydenov folds.
07/11/16 05:02:04 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire calls from the small blind and Simeon Naydenov checks his option.
The flop comes and Naydenov checks. Maguire bets 400,000 and Naydenov calls.
The turn is the and both players check.
Both players check the river. Naydenov shows and wins the pot, while Maguire mucks.
07/11/16 05:01:25 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire gets a walk.
07/11/16 04:56:24 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire moves all in on his button and Simeon Naydenov folds.
07/11/16 04:56:07 PM PDT
Simeon Naydenov limps in from his button. Clayton Maguire checks.
The flop comes , Maguire checks,Naydenov bets 400,000, and Maguire folds.
07/11/16 04:55:18 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire limps his button. Simeon Naydenov moves all in and takes it.
07/11/16 04:54:38 PM PDT
Simeon Naydenov moves all in from the button and Clayton Maguire calls.
Maguire holds and is ahead for all his chips, this time 3,900,000, against Naydenov's .
The flop extends Maguire's lead, and the turn and river run out the and the , giving Maguire the double.
07/11/16 04:53:13 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire moves all in for 3,460,000 and takes the pot.
07/11/16 04:52:46 PM PDT
Simeon Naydenov moves all in from the button with . Clayton Maguire calls with and is well ahead.
The board runs out and Maguire doubles again,to nearly 3,500,000.
07/11/16 04:50:31 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire moves all-in for 845,000 on the button and Naydenov calls.
Maguire is ahead with and Naydenov has .
The board runs out with and the seemingly crippled Maguire doubles through.
07/11/16 04:48:49 PM PDT
Simeon Naydenov calls on the button. Clayton Maguire then moves all in. Naydenov calls and is at risk for 8,950,000, having just less than Maguire.
Maguire has and Naydenov has .
The flop comes , giving Naydenov two pair. The turn is the and the river is the , leaving Maguire on fumes.
Simeon Naydenov - 17,900,000
Clayton Maguire - 805,000 (2 bb)
07/11/16 04:45:34 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire calls and Simeon Naydenov checks his option.
The flop comes and both players check.
The turn is the and Naydenov checks. Maguire bets 400,000 and Naydenov raises to 1,500,000. Maguire calls.
The river is the and both players check.
Naydenov shows for a straight and Maguire mucks.
07/11/16 04:44:35 PM PDT
Simeon Naydenov button-raises to 900,000 and takes the pot.
07/11/16 04:41:08 PM PDT
Simeon Naydenov calls and Clayton Maguire checks.
The flop comes and both players check.
The turn is the and Maguire checks. Naydenov bets 400,000 and Maguire folds.
07/11/16 04:40:17 PM PDT
Clayton Maguire raises to 700,000 and Simeon Naydenov calls.
The flop comes and Naydenov checks. Maguire bets 625,000 and Nadenov calls.
The turn is the and Naydenov checks. Maguire bets 1,000,000 and Naydenov folds.