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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - FOXWOODS (Connecticut)

Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Monday, August 28, 2017

Event #11: $3,250 No-Limit Hold'em HIGH ROLLER

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  • Buy-in: $3,250
  • Prizepool: $135,000
  • Entries: 45
  • Remaining: 0
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08/28/17 08:36:15 PM PST


Caleb Clarke - High Roller Winner - $50,625

After falling short three times this series, Caleb Clarke is now a World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner. Clarke won the High Roller event at Foxwoods, earning $50,625 and his first Circuit ring.

Clarke is a 24-year old professional poker player from Mashpee, MA. Clarke started playing poker just three years ago, and he transitioned to a full-time professional player just one year ago.

Clarke had a wonderful series at Foxwoods, securing not only four cashes, but four final table appearances. He started off his run taking 4th place in Event #4 ($580 Six Max) for $7,992, he then went on to take 8th in Event #6 ($580 No-Limit Hold’em). He thought he would finally secure a ring in Event #9 ($365 No-Limit Hold’em), but ultimately was eliminated in 4th place for $4,699. Today in Event #11, he was finally able to secure the win he had come so close to.

“This was the fourth final table. The first three I came up a little short, a couple of them were a little brutal. I was happy to get some good scores in there, but I really wanted a ring this series, and after some pretty close calls it was great to finally take one down, especially in the biggest event that I played,” Clarke said after his win.

Clarke finished Day 1 as the chip leader, but said that Day 2 he was relatively card dead, and that things didn’t pick back up for him until the middle of the final table. He eventually made it to heads-up play with Dave Stefanski, but it only lasted two hands. Clarke called Stefanski’s all-in holding top pair against Stefanski’s gutshot straight draw. Clarke held, and was awarded his first ring and the $$50,625 top prize.

In addition to the prize money and the Circuit ring, Clarke also won 50 points in the Casino Champion race, and those additional points ensured him the free seat into the 2017/2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship event.

The high roller tournament started with 45 entries, and the top 5 made the money. Here is a look at all of the players that cashed:

1: Caleb Clarke - $50,625
2: Dave Stefanski - $31,293
3: Jonathan Pratt - $21,789
4: David Davenport - $16,889
5: Victor Nissim - $14,404

08/28/17 06:16:13 PM PST
Caleb Clarke Wins WSOP Circuit Foxwoods High Roller ($50,625); Dave Stefanski Eliminated in 2nd ($31,293)


Caleb Clarke - Winner Event #11 - $50,625

Caleb Clarke raises to 30,000 on the button, and Dave Stefanski makes it 83,000. Clarke confirms the total, and then calls. 

The flop comes    . Stefanski bets 58,000, and Clarke calls.

The turn is the  , and Stefanski moves all in for 323,000. Clarke stands up in his chair, looks at Stefanski's stack, looks back at his stack, and then says, "I call."

Stefanski:    (gutshot straight draw)
Clarke:    (pair of kings)

The   river is safe for Clarke, and Stefanski is eliminated in second place, taking home $31,293.

Dave Stefanski - 2nd Place - $31,923

08/28/17 05:50:44 PM PST
Caleb Clarke Weathers Three Streets From Dave Stefanski

Dave Stefanski opens the button to 23,000, and Caleb Clarke defends his big blind.

The flop is    . Clarke checks, Stefanski continues for 20,000, and Clarke calls. The action repeats on the   turn, with Clarke check-calling another bet of 46,000 from Stefanski. The river is the  , and Clarke checks for a third time. Stefanski bets 158,000, and Clarke deliberates for about a minute before calling.

Stefanski shows    for ace-high, and Clarke tables    to win the big pot with a pair of jacks. He takes the lead, too.

Caleb Clarke - 820,000
Dave Stefanski - 530,000

08/28/17 05:45:48 PM PST
Jonathan Pratt Eliminated in 3rd Place ($21,789)

Jonathan Pratt - 3rd Place - $21,789

Jonathan Pratt limps in from the small blind, and Dave Stefanski raises to 64,000 in the big blind. Pratt thinks about it for over a minute, and announces that he is all in. Stefanski quickly tosses in a chip to call.


The flop comes    , leaving Stefanski in the lead. He maintains that lead when the turn comes the  , but Pratt picks up an open-ended straight draw.

Unfortunately for Pratt, the   river does not improve his hand, and he is eliminated in 3rd place. 

Dave Stefanski - 730,000 (60 bb)
Jonathan Pratt - Eliminated in 3rd place, for $21,789

08/28/17 05:40:47 PM PST
Dave Stefanski Gives Up, Wins

Jonathan Pratt completes in the small blind, and Dave Stefanski checks his option in the big.

The flop is    , and Pratt check-calls a bet of 15,000. Both players check through the   turn and the   river.

Pratt shows    for a miss. Stefanski missed, too, but his    is just good enough to earn the small pot.

"Bet it feels nice to give up and still win the pot," Caleb Clarke comments from the sidelines.

Dave Stefanski - 400,000
Jonathan Pratt - 445,000

08/28/17 05:24:35 PM PST
Level 21 Started
Level:21  Blinds:6,000/12,000  Ante:2,000
08/28/17 05:24:34 PM PST
Jonathan Pratt Takes From Caleb Clarke

Jonathan Pratt raises to 22,000 on the button, and Caleb Clarke calls in the big blind.

The flop comes    , and both players check.

Both players also check the   turn.

The river is the  . Clarke checks, Pratt bets 43,000, and Clarke calls.

"Are we choppin?" Pratt asks as he turns over   .

"Nice hand," Clarke says as he slides his cards forward into the muck.

Jonathan Pratt - 490,000 (49 bb)
Caleb Clarke - 455,000 (45 bb)

08/28/17 05:16:48 PM PST
David Davenport Eliminated in 4th Place ($16,889)

David Davenport - 4th Place - $16,889

Dave Stefanski limps in on the button, and Caleb Clarke calls in the small blind. David Davenport moves all in for 14,000 total in the big blind, and both Stefanski and Clarke call.

The flop comes    . Clarke checks, Stefanski bets 15,000, and Clarke folds.

Davenport:    (open-ended straight draw)
Stefanski:    (trip queens)

Unfortunately for Davenport, the   turn and   river do not improve his hand, and he is eliminated in 4th place.

Dave Stefanski - 360,000 (36 bb)
David Davenport - Eliminated in 4th place, for $16,889

08/28/17 05:16:09 PM PST
Caleb Clarke Spikes a Double-Up

David Davenport opens with an under-the-gun raise to 23,000, and Caleb Clarke defends his big blind.

The flop is    . Clarke checks, Davenport continues for 25,000, and Clarke check-raises to 60,000. Davenport calls.

The turn is the  , and Clarke moves all in for 175,000. Davenport quickly calls, having Clarke slightly covered and at risk. And he's miles ahead.

Davenport:    (trip nines)
Clarke:    (jacks up)

Clarke is drawing dead to the two remaining jacks in the deck. Sure enough, the   peels off on the river, giving Clarke the come-from-behind win with jacks full. He doubles into the chip lead, though he can barely believe it. Clarke looks almost embarrassed as he slowly shakes his head and stares up at the ceiling.

Davenport, however, is unsurprised. "I don't know how I still have chips left," he laments. It's been quite an unlucky day in his corner, and he has barely a single big blind left in front of him.

Caleb Clarke - 525,000
David Davenport - 15,000

08/28/17 05:04:33 PM PST
Victor Nissim Eliminated in 5th Place ($14,404)

Dave Stefanski opens the button with a raise to 23,000, and Victor Nissim (pictured) three-bet shoves for just less than 200,000 in the big blind. Stefanski calls, flipping for the knockout.


Stefanski flops the joint as it comes    , leaving Nissim drawing dead to running cards. The   turn is not one of them, sealing his fate as the fifth-place finisher. The   completes the board on the river just for needles, and Stefanski wins the pot with a Broadway straight.

Dave Stefanski - 425,000
Victor Nissim - Eliminated

08/28/17 05:01:17 PM PST
Jonathan Pratt Doubles Through Dave Stefanski

Jonathan Pratt raises to 22,000 on the button, and Dave Stefanski shoves all in from the small blind.

Pratt thinks for over a minute before calling.


The flop comes    , leaving Stefanski in the lead, but giving Pratt a gutshot straight draw.

The   turn brings in the straight for Pratt, and the river is the  .

Jonathan Pratt - 428,000
Dave Stefanski - 235,000

08/28/17 04:55:09 PM PST
Eric Siegel Bubbles High Roller

First in from the cutoff, Eric Siegel (pictured) moves all in for what he says is 89,000. In the big blind, Jonathan Pratt quickly calls to put Siegel at risk.


The board runs out      , and Pratt wins the pot with trip tens.

Siegel is eliminated on the bubble, leaving the five remaining players in the money.

Jonathan Pratt - 205,000
Eric Siegel - Eliminated

08/28/17 04:39:54 PM PST
Level 20 Started
Level:20  Blinds:5,000/10,000  Ante:1,000
08/28/17 04:39:19 PM PST
Caleb Clarke Doubles Through Dave Stefanski (Again)

Action folds around to the blinds, where Dave Stefanski moves all in for 104,000 effective into Caleb Clarke's big blind. Clarke calls, putting himself at risk for that amount.


The board runs out      , and Clarke wins the pot with a pair of kings.

"All right," Stefanski says. "I gotta stop doubling you guys up."

Caleb Clarke - 214,000
Dave Stefanski - 455,000

08/28/17 04:21:49 PM PST
David Davenport Doubles Through Dave Stefanski

David Davenport opens the button with a raise to 18,000, and Dave Stefanski three-bet shoves for 156,000 effective in the big blind. Davenport calls, putting himself at risk for that amount.


There's a four on the flop, but that's as close as Stefanski gets to bursting the bubble. The board runs out      , and Davenport doubles up.

David Davenport - 322,000
Dave Stefanski - 565,000

08/28/17 04:16:13 PM PST
Caleb Clarke Doubles Through Dave Stefanski

Dave Stefanski opens the cutoff to with a raise to 18,000, and Caleb Clarke three-bet shoves for 45,000 on the button. Stefanski calls, putting Clarke at risk.


The board comes      , and Clarke doubles up with a pair of tens.

Caleb Clarke - 108,000
Dave Stefanski - 770,000

08/28/17 03:58:19 PM PST
Level 19 Started
Level:19  Blinds:4,000/8,000  Ante:1,000
08/28/17 03:42:49 PM PST
Break Time
Players are now on their second 15-minute break of the day. They will return to play level 19, with 4,000/8,000 blinds, and a 1,000 ante.
08/28/17 03:42:29 PM PST
Victor Nissim Doubles Through Dave Stefanski

Victor Nissim raises to 16,000 in the cutoff. It folds to Dave Stefanski in the big blind who asks Nissim to moves his hands away from his chips, so that he can get a count. Upon seeing the chips, Stefanski announces that he is all in, and Nissim snap-calls.


The flop comes    , leaving Nissim in the lead, but also giving Stefanski straight draws.

"Give him the queen," Stefanski says with a smile, but it's the   that arrives on the turn. 

The   river is safe for Nissim to double up, and the dealer counts out his 68,000 in chips, and passes them across the table. 

Victor Nissim - 141,000
Dave Stefanski - 550,000

08/28/17 03:34:17 PM PST
David Davenport Nearly Doubles Through Caleb Clarke

David Davenport raises to 14,000 in the cutoff, and Caleb Clarke calls in the big blind.

Clarke checks the     flop, and Davenport bets 8,000. Clarke calls.

The turn is the  . Clarke checks again, and Davenport bets 23,000. Clarke calls.

Clarke checks the   river, and Davenport bets 40,000. Clarke quickly calls.

Davenport shows    for a full house, and Clarke mucks without showinng.

David Davenport - 205,000
Caleb Clarke - 105,000

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