Monday, February 16, 2015 12:50 AM Local Time
Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club is in the books. It was an action-packed day, and after 10 hours of poker, the 99 players who took their seats on Sunday had been whittled down to 10. The chip leader heading into the final day of the tournament is Darryll Fish (pictured above, right), who finished Day 2 with 2,140,000 in chips.
The tournament attracted a tough and talented field, so it’s no surprise that the final table is filled with high-caliber players. Fish has 24 cashes in WSOP bracelet events, including two final-table finishes. Hans Winzeler, who is second in chips with 1,990,000, also has two final tables in bracelet events. Maurice Hawkins and Sam Panzica both have four Circuit rings, and both have previously earned rings at this venue. And last year, Jonathan Gaviao was Casino Champion at the Circuit stop in Tunica, Miss. Less than a year ago, he finished in second place in the Circuit Main Event at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
The tournament began on Friday for Day 1A and Saturday for Day 1B, attracting a total of 537 entries. Only 99 returned for Day 2, and almost half of them left empty-handed—only the top 54 places made the money. The players reached the money bubble in the middle of the third level of the day, and after about 20 minutes of hand-for-hand play, Taylor Black was the unfortunate bubble boy. After the bubble burst, there was a quick flurry of eliminations. Ten players were eliminated in the first half hour after Black’s bustout.
Just as the list of players at the final table is impressive, so is the list of players who advanced to Day 2 but didn’t quite make it that far. They include 2010 November Niner John Dolan (24th - $6,267), two-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier (30th - $4,712), Alex Greenblatt (54th place - $3,093), Aaron Massey (52nd - $3,093), Jake Schindler (42nd - $3,375), Barry Hutter (40th - $3,375), Ralph Massey (39th - $3,375), Corey Burbick (27th - $5,397), Leo Wolpert (23rd - $6,267), Joe Kuether (19th - $7,370), and Alex Rocha (12th - $12,960).
The 537 entries in this event generated a prize pool of $805,500. The winner will earn $173,189, along with a free entry into the 2015 WSOP National Championship, tentatively scheduled for late July. Official dates and a location for the National Championship will be announced soon.
The final day of this Main Event begins Monday at 1 p.m. local time at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. The players will return at Level 26, with blinds at 15,000/30,000 and a 5,000 ante.
Here are the seat assignments and chip counts for the remaining players. Full results are available in the “Results” tab, above.
1 – Sam Panzica – 1,675,000
2 – Hans Winzeler – 1,990,000
3 – Daren Stabinski – 525,000
4 – Darryll Fish – 2,140,000
5 – Nancy Nguyen – 1,285,000
6 – Don Icawat – 375,000
7 – Joseph Alesna – 370,000
8 – Jonathan Gaviao – 650,000
9 – Maurice Hawkins – 1,310,000
10 – Aaron Rosenthal – 420,000
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:13 AM Local Time
Play has completed for the night and players are bagging up their chips. A full recap and chip counts will be posted shortly.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:56 PM Local Time
With Kevin Chan's elimination in 11th place, the remaining 10 players have redrawn to the unofficial final table:
Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Sam Panzica - 1,050,000
2 - Hans Winzeler - 2,500,000
3 - Daren Stabinski - 530,000
4 - Darryll Fish - 2,550,000
5 - Nancy Nguyen - 1,420,000
6 - Don Icawat - 425,000
7 - Joseph Alesna - 370,000
8 - Jonathan Gaviao - 800,000
9 - Maurice Hawkins - 1,250,000
10 - Aaron Rosenthal - 490,000
Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:52 PM Local Time
The board reads on the flop, and Kevin Chan checks. Hans Winzeler checks behind, and the dealer turns the . Chan moves all in, and Winzeler calls.
Both players have a pair of aces, but Winzeler has the better kicker, and he's in good shape heading into the river. The river is the , giving Winzeler an unnecessary two pair, and he wins the pot.
Chan is eliminated in 11th place for $12,960.
Hans Winzeler - 2,500,000 (104 BBs)
Kevin Chan - Eliminated in 11th Place
Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:43 PM Local Time
Alex Rocha moves all-in from the hijack position for about 210,000. Play folds around to Jonathan Gaviao in the big blind. He thinks for a bit and then calls. The cards are flipped.
The flop comes . The turn brings the and the river is the . The jack on the river gives Gaviao a straight and the pot. Rocha exits the tournament after a friendly goodbye.
Jonathan Gaviao - 700,000 (29 BBs)
Alex Rocha - Eliminated in 12th Place
Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:39 PM Local Time
Don Icawat raises to 60,000 from the cutoff position and Matt Chapman raises all-in for a few thousand more. The blinds fold and Icawat calls. The cards are tabled.
The board runs out and Chapman is eliminated from the tournament.
Don Icawat - 450,000 (18 BBs)
Matt Chapman - Eliminated iin 13th Place
Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:14 PM Local Time
Jason Vassios moves all-in for about 180,000 from the small blind. Darryll Fish calls in the big blind and they table their hands.
The board runs out and Fish wins the pot and knocks out Vassios. Fish adds to his chip lead with that pot.
Darryll Fish - 2,200,000 (91 BBs)
Jason Vassios - Eliminated in 14th Place
Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:03 PM Local Time
Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:56 PM Local Time
Kevin Chan raises to 50,000, and Hans Winzeler three-bets to 120,000. Jonathan Gaviao pushes all in for about 250,000. Chan thinks for a few moments, then folds, and Winzeler calls.
The flop comes , giving Gaviao top two pair, but also giving Winzeler outs to a straight. The turn is the , and the river the , and Gaviao doubles up.
Jonathan Gaviao - 570,000 (28 BBs)
Hans Winzeler - 1,320,000 (66 BBs)
Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:37 PM Local Time
Daren Stabinski raises to 50,000 from the hijack position. Maurice Hawkins calls from the cutoff and Matt Chapman three-bets to 150,000. Stabinski folds and Hawkins calls.
The flop comes and Chapman moves all-in and has Hawkins well covered. Hawkins quickly calls for his remaining 292,000 and the cards are tabled.
The turn is the and the river is the and Hawkins' pair of jacks hold up to double up through Chapman.
Maurice Hawkins - 960,000 (48 BBs)
Matt Chapman - 1,000,000 (50 BBs)
Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:22 PM Local Time
Anthony Spinella and Daren Stabinski get into an all in preflop confrontation. Stabinski shows , Spinella holds pocket tens. The board misses both players completely, and Stabinski wins the pot with his queens.
Anthony Spinella is eliminated in 15th place, earning him $10,600.
Daren Stabinski - 1,260,000 (63 BBs)
Anthony Spinella - Eliminated
Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:17 PM Local Time
Matt Chapman raises to 50,000 from the middle position. Anthony Spinella three-bets to 140,000. Chapman four-bets to 260,000 and Spinella moves all-in. Chapman calls about 450,000 more and the cards are tabled.
The flop comes . The turn is the and the river brings the . Chapman's kings hold and he gets a full double up at the expense of Spinella.
Matt Chapman - 1,400,000 (70 BBs)
Anthony Spinella - 460,000 (23 BBs)
Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:10 PM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins open shoves all in from early position for 245,000. Aaron Rosenthal moves all in over the top from the button, and the blinds both fold.
The board rolls out . The three on the river gives Hawkins a winning pair and a double up.
Maurice Hawkins - 544,000 (27 BBs)
Aaron Rosenthal - 280,0000 (14 BBs)
Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:03 PM Local Time
Sunday, February 15, 2015 9:53 PM Local Time
Players are on their last 15 minute break of the night. They will return to play two more one hour levels before bagging.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 9:52 PM Local Time
Sean Syed Shah moves all-in from middle position. Play folds around to Alex Rocha in the big blind. He calls for slightly less and the cards are tabled.
The board does not bring any help to Shah and he loses the pot and is left with less than one big blind. He is eliminated on the next hand by Darryl Fish.
Alex Rocha - 500,000 (31 BBs)
Sean Syed Shah - Eliminated in 16th Place
Sunday, February 15, 2015 9:45 PM Local Time
Anthony Spinella raises to 36,000 from middle position. Maurice Hawkins calls from the button, Kurt Geldner calls from the big blind, and the players see the flop three-handed.
The flop comes , and everyone checks. The turn is the , and Geldner leads out for 50,000. Spinella calls, and Hawkins folds. The river brings the , and Geldner moves all in. Spinella thinks for a few moments, then tosses out a chip to indicate a call. He tables for a flush. Geldner shows for top set on the flop, but Spinella's flush wins the hand.
Geldner is eliminated in 17th place for $8,780.
Anthony Spinella - 1,380,000 (86 BBs)
Kurt Geldner - Eliminated
Sunday, February 15, 2015 9:29 PM Local Time
Darryll Fish raises to 35,000 from the button, and T.M. Williams calls from the big blind. The flop falls , and Williams checks. Fish continues for 30,000. Williams then check-raises to 80,000.
Fish thinks for minute, then reraises all in. Williams calls quickly and shows for bottom set. Fish tables for an open-ended straight draw. The turn is the , completing Fish's straight, and the river is the , giving him a higher straight. Fish wins the pot, and Williams is eliminated in 18th place. He earns $8,780 for his efforts.
Darryll Fish - 1,660,000 (103 BBs)
T. M. Williams - Eliminated
Sunday, February 15, 2015 9:10 PM Local Time
Darryll Fish raises to 35,000 from the cutoff position. Tracey Williams three-bets to an unknown amount from the small blind. Fish calls.
The flop comes and Williams leads for 100,000. Fish calls and the turn is the . Both players check and the river brings the . Williams bets 100,000. Fish then raises to 360,000. Williams stares down Fish. He then leans back in his chair and thinks for a couple minutes. He calls and Fish shows for a full house. Williams mucks.
Fish wins the big pot while Williams takes a sizable hit to his stack.
Darryll Fish - 1,200,000 (75 BBs)
Tracey Williams - 240,000 (15 BBs)
Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:59 PM Local Time