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2014 WSOP National Championship

Thursday, May 22, 2014 to Saturday, May 24, 2014

2014 WSOP National Championship - No-Limit Hold'em

EVENT IN PROGRESS:Level: 25 | Blinds: 15,000/30,000 | Ante: 5,000
  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,260,000
  • Entries: 126
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, May 23, 2014 2:35 PM Local Time
Friday, May 23, 2014 2:28 PM Local Time

The players are back from their first 15-minute break of the day. After just two hours of play, we are already down to the final three tables. Play will continue until the six-handed final table is set.

Friday, May 23, 2014 2:27 PM Local Time
Level: 13
Blinds: 1,200/2,400
Ante: 400
Friday, May 23, 2014 2:25 PM Local Time

Seat 1: Bryan Campanello - 226,900
Seat 2: Ylon Schwartz - 138,900
Seat 3: Darren Rabinowitz - 100,200
Seat 4: Bernard Lee - 58,800
Seat 5: Tracy Doss - 180,800
Seat 6: Tim Campbell - 74,600
Seat 7: Jamie Dorrance - 143,800
Seat 8: Jesse Capps - 68,600
Seat 9: Peter Nigh - 116,000

Seat 1: Robert Irby - 66,400
Seat 2: Sean Lippel - 46,800
Seat 3: Matt Stout - 71,500
Seat 4: Chris Bibb - 75,500
Seat 5: Michael Oshana - 336,100
Seat 6: Greg Merson - 143,200
Seat 7: Andrew Robinson - 197,000
Seat 8: Christian Pham - 162,800
Seat 9: Jesse Martin - 78,400

Seat 1: Ruslan Dykshteyn - 196,500
Seat 2: Aditya Prasetyo - 168,400
Seat 3: Jeff Gunnip - 131,300
Seat 4: Scott Clements - 176,000
Seat 5: Dominik Nitsche - 93,500
Seat 6: Matthew Ashton - 198,100
Seat 7: Pavlin Karakikov - 129,700
Seat 8: Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 251,100
Seat 9: Loni Harwood - 108,500

Friday, May 23, 2014 2:12 PM Local Time

Joseph Morneau's    is unable to catch up to the    of Pavlin Karakikov all-in preflop and Morneau exits the tournament in 28th place.

With Morneau's exit, just 27 players remain and tournament staff is in the middle of a full redraw. Seating assignments and chip counts will be posted shortly.

Joseph Morneau - eliminated

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Friday, May 23, 2014 1:56 PM Local Time

A few hands after doubling up Andrew Robinson, Eric Baldwin moves all-in for his last 8,000 or so. Action gets to at-large qualifier Robert Irby, who puts in a large reraise.

"It's not a bounty tournament sir," Baldwin jokes. Everyone else folds and Irby turns over his   . Baldwin holds   . The board runs out       and Irby makes the nut flush to send Baldwin to the rail.

Robert Irby - 120,000
Eric Baldwin - eliminated

Friday, May 23, 2014 1:54 PM Local Time

At-large qualifier Andrew Robinson raises from middle position and bracelet winner Eric Baldwin reraises to 12,000 from the hijack. Action folds back around to Robinson, who four-bets to 25,000. Baldwin gives it a couple minutes of thought, then calls.

The flop comes     and Robinson bets 17,000. Baldwin pushes almost all of his chips out, effectively putting Robinson all-in. Robinson pauses for a few seconds, then calls.

Robinson turns over    for top pair, while Baldwin shows    for a pair and a flush draw.

Baldwin gets no help from the   on the turn or the   on the river, giving Robinson the huge double up that pushes him near the top of the counts.

Andrew Robinson - 210,000
Eric Baldwin - 8,500

Friday, May 23, 2014 1:25 PM Local Time

The board reads      and Hammond Casino Champion Micheal Oshana checks the action to Jessie Bryant. Bryant makes it 15,300 and Oshana calls.

The river falls the   and Oshana checks again. Bryant acts swiftly, announcing "all in" and sliding a stack forward confirming the bet. Oshana leans back in his chair and asks for a count. It takes the dealer a minute to count down Bryant's multicolored stack, but in the end it's revealed the all-in bet is for 85,800.

Oshana sizes up his own stack and eventually declaring "call".

Bryant is first to show tabling    and he's caught in a 10-high bluff. Oshana shows his  9d], good for second pair and the chip lead. Bryant heads to the rail.

Micheal Oshana - 280,000
Jessie Bryant - eliminated

Friday, May 23, 2014 1:14 PM Local Time
Friday, May 23, 2014 1:13 PM Local Time

November Niner Russell Thomas raises from under the gun and action folds the reigning $50,000 Poker Players Champion Matthew Ashton on the button. Ashton makes it 9,200 to play, then Thomas pops it up again to 19,500 total. Ashton takes some time before announcing he is all-in. Thomas quickly folds and Ashton takes the pot.

Matthew Ashton - 130,000
Russell Thomas - 50,000

Friday, May 23, 2014 1:07 PM Local Time
Level: 12
Blinds: 1,000/2,000
Ante: 300
Friday, May 23, 2014 1:06 PM Local Time
Friday, May 23, 2014 1:01 PM Local Time

Start of day chip leader Jeff Gunnip and at-large qualifier Bernard Lee get it all-in preflop for Lee's last 50,800 chips with Lee holding    to Gunnip's   . The board runs out       and the jacks hold to give Lee the pot and the double up.

After starting with over 200,000 to start the day, Gunnip is now back towards the middle of the pack, but still in six-figure territory.

Bernard Lee - 105,000
Jeff Gunnip - 125,000

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:57 PM Local Time online qualifier Tracy Doss raises to 5,500 from under the gun, at-large qualifier Aditya Prasetyo calls from middle position, and at-large qualifier Ryan Tepen moves all-in for around 47,000 on the button. Doss reraises all-in, pushing Prasetyo out of the pot.

Tepen has    and Doss has him in bad shape with   . The board runs out       and the kings hold to eliminate Tepen and push Doss over 200,000.

Doss won his way into this event after winning one of the Knockout Series event on in Nevada. The 14 winners from that series were entered into a freeroll with the winner earning the trip to New Jersey. Doss defeated the KO event field, then bested the KO winners to make his way to his first major live event.

Tracy Doss - 210,000
Ryan Tepen - eliminated

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:56 PM Local Time

Circuit points leader Yossi Azulay opens for 3,500 from late position and it folds to Hammond Main Event champion James Dorrance in the small blind. Dorrance asks to see Azulay's stack before he slides in nine orange 1,000 chips three-betting to 9,800 including his small blind. Loni Harwood folds her big blind and it's back on Azulay.

Azulay asks the dealer to verify the bet, then consolidates his chips into one stack and pushes them in the middle of the pot. The all-in bet is for 37,700 total and Dorrance calls.


Azulay fades a     but Dorrance heads to the turn with pair and straight outs.

A turn   spells the end for Azulay's impressive 2013/2014 season as it pairs Dorrance's ace. The rivers falls a meaningless   and Azulay hits the rail toward the end of Level 11.

Azulay's 2013/2014 resume included 14 cashes, 267.5 points and his first gold ring. Although Dorrance laid claim to decidedly less in-the-money finishes, he achieved quite the accomplishment himself besting the Circuit's largest ever Main Event when he outlasted 1,717 entries at Horseshoe Hammond to earn $418,526.

James Dorrance - 101,000
Yossi Azulay - eliminated

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Friday, May 23, 2014 12:44 PM Local Time

At-large qualifier Josh Evans opens for a raise from middle position and IP Biloxi Casino Champ Ylon Schwartz reraises to 7,200 from late position. Action gets back around to Evans, who moves all-in for 32,000 more. Schwartz gets a count, thinks a bit, then calls.

It is your standard race, as Evans shows    and Schwartz hold   .

Schwartz pairs up on the     flop, and stays out front with the   on the turn. The river   improves Schwartz to trip aces, giving him the pot and sending Evans to the rail.

Ylon Schwartz - 180,000
Josh Evans - eliminated

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:37 PM Local Time

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion Patty Till gets the last of her chips in preflop holding    to bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche's   . The board runs out nine-high and Till is eliminated.

Dominik Nitsche - 159,000
Patty Till - eliminated

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:36 PM Local Time

Registration is closed and the final numbers are in. The total field in the 2014 WSOP National Championship was comprised of 126 entries amassing a $1,260,000 prize pool. Each of the top 15 finishers earn prize money with the 15th-place player walking with $21,269.

Payouts escalate up from there and culminate in a $352,800 first prize. More than money though, the winner earns the first gold bracelet of the 2014 WSOP season.

More information on the break down of the starting field is available a few posts below.

Full prize structure:

National Championship Prize Pool

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:35 PM Local Time
Friday, May 23, 2014 12:24 PM Local Time

Action folds to Harrah's New Orleans Main Event winner Bryan Campanello in the small blind and he completes. online qualifier Edward Bass is in the big blind and raises to 3,600. Campanello calls.

The flop comes    . Campanello checks, Bass bets 6,000, and Campanello calls. The turn brings the  , pairing the board. Campanello checks, then Bass moves all-in for a little over 20,000. Campanello quickly calls, then tables    for trip fives.

Bass needs help, as he only holds    for ace-high with a straight draw.

The river brings the  , which is no help to Bass, who exits early on Day 2.

Bryan Campanello - 165,000
Edward Bass - eliminated