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2019/20 WSOP Circuit - FOXWOODS (Connecticut) The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, August 23, 2019 to Friday, July 12, 2019

Event #9: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

EVENT IN PROGRESS:Level: 14 | Blinds: 1,000/2,500 | Ante: 2,500
  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: tbd
  • Entries: tbd
  • Remaining: 38
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Friday, August 23, 2019 11:02 PM Local Time (about 19 minutes ago)
Ostapchenko Continues to Roll

The board showed       and there was around 13,000 in the pot. A player moved all in on the river for 12,000 and Andrew Ostapchenko snap-called.

The player tabled    for a pair of tens and Ostapchenko turned over   , giving him a flush and the pot, eliminating his opponent.

Andrew Ostapchenko451,00031,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 10:42 PM Local Time (about 39 minutes ago)
Level 14 started
Level: 14 Blinds: 1,000/2,500 Ante: 2,500
Friday, August 23, 2019 10:37 PM Local Time (about 44 minutes ago)
Hawkins Leaves Kessler Short

Action was caught at the very end of a hand that resulted in Maurice Hawkins collecting a large pot on a board that read      . His winning    was showing against the beaten    of Allen Kessler who was having a significant portion of his stack being carved away by the dealer as he was left with a very short stack.

Maurice Hawkins150,00079,000
Allen Kessler20,000-32,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 10:35 PM Local Time (about 46 minutes ago)
Updated Chip Counts
Mitch Garshofsky123,000-8,000
Maurice Hawkins120,00049,000
Matthew Wantman115,0000
Chico Pho105,00077,000
Vincent Moscati92,0005,000
Michael Rossitto82,00021,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 10:30 PM Local Time (about 51 minutes ago)
Late Registration has Ended

The first twelve levels of the day have completed and the late registration period has come to an end. A total of 161 entry slips were sold, accumulating $243,915 towards the final prize pool. Tomorrow will see Day 1b play the same amount of levels as today, adding all registrants to the total of today.

Friday, August 23, 2019 10:28 PM Local Time (about 53 minutes ago)
Ostapchenko Flops Quads, Surges in Chips

Andrew Ostapchenko

Andrew Ostapchenko was in a preflop flip against Joseph Giulino, holding the    against the    of Giulino.

The flop made was gin for Ostapchenko as it came     for quads to put Giulino all but out the door who took out his phone to take a pic of the carnage his stack had just undergone.

The turn   and the river   rounded out the board to bust Giulino and send Ostapchenko toward the top of the chip counts.

Andrew Ostapchenko420,000295,000
Joseph Giulino0-152,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 10:26 PM Local Time (about 55 minutes ago)
Bernal Secures a Double Through Kessler

Nelson Bernal moved all in for his remaining 30,500 on the button and Allen Kessler shoved right behind for more. The big blind folded and the two remaining tabled their hands.

Nelson Bernal:   
Allen Kessler:   

The flop fell    , giving Bernal the lead with his flopped pair of eights. A   on the turn gave Kessler some more outs but the   river was none of them as Bernal took down the pot with his pair of eights.

Nelson Bernal64,5000
Allen Kessler52,0000
Friday, August 23, 2019 10:18 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 3 minutes ago)
Moscati Doubles

On a board that read      Vincent Moscati moved all in for about 28,000 into a pot of about the same amount and was called by his opponent. Moscati turned over the    while his opponent had the   . The river was a harmless   and Moscati gained a big double up.

Vincent Moscati87,00060,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 10:08 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 13 minutes ago)
Neal Takes Out Two

Gregory Neal was in a good spot as he held    in a preflop all in against the    of one opponent and the    of another.

The board would run out clean for the kings as it came       and Neal collected all of the chips from his two vanquished opponents.

Gregory Neal265,000218,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 10:01 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 20 minutes ago)
Level 13 started
Level: 13 Blinds: 1,000/2,000 Ante: 2,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:45 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 36 minutes ago)
Last Break of the Night

The remaining 54 players are now on their last 15-minute break of the night. They will return to play three more levels before bagging it up.

Friday, August 23, 2019 9:45 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 36 minutes ago)
Michael Zaino Doubles Career Earnings With Event #5: $600 NLH Victory

Michael Zaino

While PokerNews is only live reporting the High Roller and Main Event tournaments at the World Series of Poker Circuit Foxwoods stop, there have been plenty of other side events playing out all week long.

One of them was Event #5: $600 No-Limit Hold'em, a tournament that drew 156 entries and created an $80,340 prize pool. Up top was $21,050, and capturing that prize – and doubling his lifetime earnings in the process – was 25-year-old Michael Zaino from Wethersfield, Connecticut.

He began the final table as the chip leader and went wire-to-wire to captured his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. To do it he had to defeat Stephen Friedrich in heads-up play, and also went through Andrew Lauer, who was denied a fourth gold ring after busting in sixth place for $3,495.

Final Table Results

1Michael ZainoWethersfield, Connecticut$21,050
2Stephen FriedrichTolland, Connecticut$12,999
3Hilary DombrowskiGloucester, Massachusetts$9,038
4Mohammad HaghdoustMillbury, Massachusetts$6,427
5Olivier LacosteStrasbourg, France$4,684
6Andrew LauerGranby, Connecticut$3,495
7Michael CervantesSan Francisco, California$2,667
8Solomon YiNorwalk, Connecticut$2,097
9Daniel HagenlocherGlendale, New York$1,695
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:45 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 36 minutes ago)
Jim Finds a Dime Against Wang

Michael Wang opened to 3,600, the two players two his left called and Alex Jim moved all in for 38,600. Wang shoved over the top and the two remaining tabled their hands.

Alex Jim:   
Michael Wang:   

The board ran out     and Jim now took the lead with his set of tens. The   turn and   river did not improve Wang's hand as he doubled up Jim.

Alex Jim84,000
Michael Wang79,000-41,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:42 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 39 minutes ago)
Poker Dealer Max Wiosna Ships a Ring in Event #4: $400 NLH Turbo

Max Wiosna

While PokerNews is only live reporting the High Roller and Main Event tournaments at the World Series of Poker Circuit Foxwoods stop, there have been plenty of other side events playing out all week long.

One of them was Event #4: $400 NLH Turbo, a tournament that drew 322 runners and created a $106,260 prize pool. Among those to finish in the top 49 and make the money were Jason Pardy (14th - $1,317), Cheryl Lanigan (22nd - $818), Steven Sanzaro (27th - $733), Mike Azzaro (33rd - $573), Roland Israelashvili (41st - $573), Hiroaki Harada (47th - $552).

In the end, it was 29-year-old poker dealer Max Wiosna of Vernon, Connecticut coming out on top to win $23,664 and his first gold ring.

"It's kinda surreal. I work a lot at MGM Springfield, so I don't get a lot of time to play," explained Wiosna. "I just do it for fun. I used to try to have too much fun, and it kinda hurt my bankroll."

He added: "I needed a job and the casino was opening up last August, so I just decided to take the class and see where it would go."

Final Table Results

1Max WiosnaVernon, Connecticut$23,664
2Christopher LeachFairfax Station, Virginia$14,621
3Jason BlodgettManchester, New Hampshire$10,456
4Kirk SpanoMuskego, Wisconsin$7,598
5Matthew ZolaRiverside, Connecticut$5,610
6Hoby ShapiroWoodbury, New York$4,219
7David EspinolaDracut, Massachusetts$3,230
8Kevin SniffinRoxbury, Connecticut$2,508
9Michael CervoneMerrick, New York$2,010
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:34 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 47 minutes ago)
Updated Chip Counts
Ralph Macri175,00019,000
Stanley Lee170,000117,000
Michael Wang120,0000
Matthew Wantman115,00085,500
Maurice Hawkins71,00022,000
Allen Kessler58,000-9,000
Roland Israelashvili40,000-18,000
Chico Pho28,00028,000
Vincent Moscati27,00027,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:26 PM Local Time (about 1 hour and 55 minutes ago)
Rossitto Fires Out Opponent

Michael Rossitto

On the turn the board read     , Michael Rossitto bet 5,100 over to his opponent who called. The river was the  . Rossitto fired again, this time for 8,500.

This bet caused his opponent to think it over for several moments before tossing his cards into the muck and Rossitto took in the pot.

Michael Rossitto61,0003,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:16 PM Local Time (about 2 hours and 5 minutes ago)
Ostapchenko Shoves on the Big Stack

Andrew Ostapchenko

On the river the board read      . Andrew Ostapchenko moved all in into a pot of roughly 75,000.

Scott Efron considered the shove but folded fairly quickly as Ostapchenko collected the pot.

Scott Efron225,000-45,000
Andrew Ostapchenko125,000-10,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:06 PM Local Time (about 2 hours and 15 minutes ago)
Level 12 started
Level: 12 Blinds: 800/1,600 Ante: 1,600
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:03 PM Local Time (about 2 hours and 18 minutes ago)
Pahuja Continues to Climb

Mukul Pahuja opened to 2,200 from the cutoff, Paul Cioffi three-bet to 7,500 and Pahuja called to see the     flop. Pahuja checked to Cioffi who bet 8,000 and Pahuja then check-raised all in. Cioffi quickly threw his cards into the muck, sending the pot to Pahuja.

Mukul Pahuja120,000120,000
Paul Cioffi34,500-14,000
Friday, August 23, 2019 8:50 PM Local Time (about 2 hours and 31 minutes ago)
Efron Nails River to Score Huge Pot

Scott Efron moved all in for his remaining 126,000 after his opponent bet 23,000 on a wet flop of    . His opponent thought for a while without deciding. He counted out the call and assessed Efron who began to say something out loud before being told by the dealer to remain quiet.

After several moments the call was made. Efron turned over the    and saw the bad news as his opponent had the    for two pair. The turn was the   and the river came the   to give Efron what was likely the largest pot of the day thus far.

Scott Efron270,000270,000