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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - CHOCTAW DURANT (Dallas/Oklahoma)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 to Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ring Event #10: $580 No-Limit Hold'em (One Day)

  • Buy-in: $580
  • Prizepool: $157,000
  • Entries: 314
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, January 15, 2016 8:14 PM Local Time


Greg Himmelbrand is the champion of Event #10 at Choctaw. Himmelbrand defeated a field of 314 players, winning $36,899 and his second gold ring of this Circuit season. The victory also earned him 50 points in the race for Casino Champion at this venue, bringing his running total to 55 with two events remaining.

The champ is a 33-year-old professional poker player from Queens, New York. He managed a restaurant after graduating from college, but once that dried up, he chose poker as new his career. “I had been doing pretty good playing part-time,” he recalled, “So I decided to give full-time a try.”

Based on his success so far, it’s hard to argue with that decision. Himmelbrand has only been playing tournament poker seriously since 2013, but he’s racked up more than $1.2 million in earnings since. Much of that came courtesy of two six-figure scores in 2013, but he’s been posting results consistently in the meantime. His WSOP Circuit breakthrough came earlier this season in Baltimore when he defeated a field of 1,649 players in a $365 event, winning more than $82,000 and his first gold ring. Now he has two.

Himmelbrand began the unofficial final table third in chips, but things went bad for him in a hurry. With a raise and a shove in front of him, Himmelbrand re-shoved with pocket kings, and the at-risk player turned over ace-nine. An ace on the flop stole all but 61,000 of Himmelbrand’s chips, and he began nine-handed play with just 2.5 big blinds.

Things happen fast in an event with a one-day structure though, as he explained. “It’s so quick,” he said in his postgame interview. “You’re pretty much not playing post-flop anymore, so it does take a lot of the skill out. But I think my push game was very good. I was just fortunate I was picking the right spots to shove.”

Himmelbrand doubled back into contention shortly thereafter when his    out-flopped an opponent’s ace-jack in a case of good timing. A ten on the flop moved him back up to about six big blinds, and he quickly worked his way into double digits with a few follow-up shoves.

“This is a weird tournament, because it’s turbo and the average stack is so small,” he said. “So I played really different than I usually do. The fold equity with very small stacks is tremendous, so I was trying not to call off my stack unless I had a really bomb hand.”

Himmelbrand found one of those “bomb hands” on the last hand of the tournament. He was dealt ace-queen, the same hand with which he won his first ring in Baltimore. This one was suited in hearts though, and Micheal Milan’s king-queen suited could not overcome the domination. Less than two hours after the final table began, it was all over with Himmelbrand posing for the winner’s photos once again.

When asked what this victory meant to him, the happy champion let a broad smile cross his face. “It starts the year off very good, you know what I’m saying?”

Thursday, January 14, 2016 12:08 AM Local Time

Greg Himmelbrand - Winner ($36,899)


Micheal Milan - 2nd place ($22,812)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:59 PM Local Time

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:17 PM Local Time

From a starting field of 314 players, just nine remain, and the final table is set. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $3,405.

Here's how they stack up with the blinds at 12,000/24,000 and a 4,000 ante:

Seat 1: Michael Kusgen - 175,000 (7 bb)
Seat 2: David Aker - 141,000 (6 bb)
Seat 3: Kevin Elia - 672,000 (28 bb)
Seat 4: Jordan Todd - 240,000 (10 bb)
Seat 5: Micheal Milan - 615,000 (26 bb)
Seat 6: Craig Bergeron - 480,000 (20 bb)
Seat 7: Joseph Jennerjahn - 980,000 (41 bb)
Seat 8: Mike Waterstradt - 500,000 (21 bb)
Seat 9: Greg Himmelbrand - 61,000 (3 bb)

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 8:32 PM Local Time

The field has been reduced to 18 players, and they're redrawing for seats around the final two tables. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $1,890 tonight.

Blinds are 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante, and the average stack is just over 17 big blinds.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 7:45 PM Local Time

The field has been trimmed to 33 players, and those remaining are all in the money. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $937 today. Play will continue until a winner is determined.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:03 PM Local Time

Regisration is closed for this one-day event, and the numbers are in.

This event drew a field of 314 entries, generating a prizepool worth $157,000. That money will be shared by the final 33 players with a min-cash worth $937. The champion will collect the week's tenth gold ring plus $36,899 in cash.

A full breakdown of the prizepool is available in the tab above.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:09 PM Local Time

The cards are in the air, and Event #10 is underway. This is a one-day event that gives players 10,000 starting chips and 20-minute blind levels.

Last season, Bret Zorich defeated a field of 314 entries in this event, winning his first gold ring and nearly $37,000 in cash.

The board shows 136 players registered so far this time around, with registration open until the start of Level 9.