2023 54th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 to Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

EVENT IN PROGRESS:Level: 29 | Blinds: 60,000/120,000 | Ante: 120,000
  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $426,300
  • Entries: 1,015
  • Remaining: 10


Friday, August 26, 2016 11:11 PM Local Time
Shawn Reilly Comes Out of Retirement and Wins First Circuit Ring

Event #9
No-Limit Hold'em
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 174
Prize Pool: $52,200

Shawn Reilly Comes Out of Retirement and Wins First Circuit Ring

Mashantucket, Connecticut (August 26, 2016) – Shawn Reilly came to Foxwoods from New York with his buddy "Moose" on a whim, and ended up winning his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring. The car dealership sales manager had a day off of work and decided to play Event #9 with his friend. This was not only his first Circuit ring, but also his first ever tournament win. He explained that he had placed in events in the past, but never took first place in any of them.  Reilly used to play poker a lot. "At least a couple days a week," he explained, "But I don't have much time with work anymore."

Reilly came into the unofficial final table of ten fourth in chips, but credits a big hand early on in Day 1 for allowing him to get to that point. He explained that he had just been table changed twice in short succession.. He sat down at his second new table and was still un-racking his chips when he limped in holding    in late position. Two players checked the     flop, and Reilly bet 10,000, leaving himself 60,000 behind. The big blind raised to 30,000 leaving himself only 20,000 back, and the middle position player folded.  Reilly thought for a minute before calling. The turn was the  , and Reilly explained what happened next, "He shoved all in and obviously I was committed by that point. I called and hit the   on the river to make a flush, and knock the player out.  That hand gave me just over 100,000, and I was one of the top three chip stacks, which was early on in the tournament." 

Reilly started Day 2 second in chips, but said that Day 2 play was "relatively uneventful". He said that the most interesting hand he played was the last one in which he knocked out Nick Collins in 2nd place ($8,713).

Reilly said that it feels really good to win a ring after coming out of retirement. "This wasn't about the money to me. I work for a living, I play cards for fun. This was about the ring," he concluded.

Below are the results of the final table. Full results from this event are available by clicking the Results tab above.

1 – Shawn Reilly – $14,094
2 – Nicholas Collins – $8,713
3 – Thomas Hoglund – $6,269
4 – Christopher Coukos – $4,593
5 – Jaime Reyes – $3,430
6 – Daniel Sewnig – $2,600
7 – Joseph Plastino – $2,009
8 – Andrew Heckman – $1,577
9 – Ian Krach – $1,262


After this event, Andrew Heckman has taken the lead in the Foxwoods Casino Champion race. Heckman won Event #7 - $365 Omaha Hi/Lo 8+, took 2nd place in Event #1 - $365 No-Limit Hold'em ($10,800), took 6th place in Event #4 - $580 NLH Six Max ($3,366), and took 8th in today's Event #9 giving him a total of 127.5 points. 

Chris Leong is now in second place.  Leong placed 5th in Event #1 - $365 NLH ($4,369), he won Event #4 -$580 NLH Six Max ($19,665), and took 2nd Place in Event #5 - $365 NLH Monster Stack ($18,279) giving him a total of 112.5 points.

Despite winning two rings this series, Andrew Lauer is in third place with 102.5 points. Lauer won Event #1 ($365 No-Limit Hold'em), took down Event #3 ($365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo) last Saturday, and then cashed 142nd in the Re-Entry event on Sunday.

The player who accumulates the most overall points in the twelve gold ring tournaments at Foxwoods Casino earns the title of Casino Champion, and receives an automatic entry into the $1 million 2017 WSOP Global Casino Championship. The winner of the Foxwoods Main Event earns an automatic entry to the Global Casino Championship as well. All players who cash in ring events will receive points that apply to both the Casino Champion race and the season-long race to claim one of the 50 at-large Global Casino Championship bids awarded to the top point earners throughout the season. More information on the points system is available on

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