03 March 2020 (Hammond, Ind.) - Sergey Sergeev has just won the Horseshoe Hammond Higher Roller World Series of Poker Circuit. The Russian topped a stacked starting field of 80 players in the $2,200 event, to earn $45,518 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.
The two-day event attracted 68 entrants on Day 1, but only 27 of them survived to move onto the final day with Day 2 adding six more entries totaling 33 runners to start the final day.
Those players competed for 12 money spots, and the money bubble broke on Level 17, the fifth 40-minute level of the day. Jake Bazeley (14th) and Michael Hahn (13th) were the last two eliminated before the money.
David Moses (12th - $3,778), Todd Sladek (11th - $3,778), and Frederick Conforti (10th - $4,225) were the next three to go, sending the final nine to the unofficial final table. Once players took their seats after the redraw, Daniel Sepiol went out in ninth ($4,225) shortly after the final table formed, and the official eight-handed final table was in place.
Final Table Action
Tom Brachowski, who entered the final table in the middle of the pack with a 32-big-blind stack (261,000), won a trio of big pots in short-handed play, all resulting in eliminations, and found himself the first to go over the one-million chip mark.
Brachowski was responsible for the knockouts of George Pappas (7th - $6,061), Pete Maizy (6th -$7,746) and three-time ring winner Michael "Texas Mike" Moncek (5th - $10,312).
By the time Brachowski eliminated Moncek he held 1,270,000 chips, nearly three-times the stack of the closest competitor.
That big lead evaporated in the span of a few hands at Level 22, however, with Sergeev taking three pots off Brachowski in a matter of minutes.
The third and final of those battles saw Sergeev win a 1.6 million pot, with his set of twos besting Brachowski’s pair of aces. The big hand sent Brachowski out in fourth place for a $14,277 payday.
That hand was the start of the rapid rise of Sergeev into first place, which ended with the Russian taking home his first WSOP Circuit ring.
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Here are the official final table results:
1: Sergey Sergeev - $49,518
2: Jorden Helstern - $30,605
3: Sami Shurbaji - $20,526
4: Tom Brachowski - $14,277
5: Mike Moncek - $10,312
6: Pete Maizy - $7,746
7: George Pappas - $6,061
8: Kevin Andriamahefa - $4,949