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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - BALLY'S (Las Vegas)

Monday, February 29, 2016 to Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $78,000
  • Entries: 260
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 6:19 PM Local Time

Jeff Dobrin

Las Vegas (2 March, 2016) – Jeff Dobrin won the second World Series of Poker Circuit ring of his career Tuesday night. He finished in first place in Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Bally’ Las Vegas, earning $19,110.

Dobrin (“Dobie,” to his friends) had a tough road to the winner’s circle. The final table included seven-time ring Ari Engel (tied for second on the all-time rings list) – and six-time ring winner Cory Waaland (tied for fifth all time). As players were eliminated and the field dwindled, Waaland and Engel held strong, as did Dobrin. After about three hours on the final day, only the three of them remained.

About an hour later, Engel was eliminated in third place ($8,531). Dobrin held the chip lead at that point, but Waaland was highly motivated to win another ring and tie Engel for seven career rings. Waaland was able to close the gap, but Dobrin kept his lead and eventually collected all the chips on the table.

“It was extra motivating to play with them,” Dobrin said after his win. “It’s really an honor to play with a world-class player like Ari, and playing with great players helps me elevate my game.”

A casual observer may have considered Engel or Waalnd the favorite because of their distinguished poker resumes, but anyone keeping a close eye on the tournaments here at Bally’s would know better than to underestimate Dobrin. This was the third ring event here, and Dobrin has cashed in all three. He narrowly missed the official final table in Event #2: $580 No-Limit Hold’em, finishing in tenth place.

Dobrin, of course, is not at all surprised by his recent run of success. “I’ve been stuck on the bad end of variance for a while,” he said. “I knew eventually it would turn around.” He added tht after coming close to winning a bracelet last summer (he finished in fourth place in the Lucky Sevens Event), he started traveling more and playing more tournaments, and despite a downswing he was confident in his game.

Dobrin also finds motivation for success from his personal life. “I really want to thank my Melissa. She’s the most incredible person I know, and she supports me in every aspect of my life. I’m just so thankful that she’s in my corner.”

The tournament began on Monday with 260 players. Only eight made it to Day 2. The resumed play at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and Dobrin secured his victory just before 7:30 p.m.

Full results from the event are available in the RESULTS Tab, above.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 7:31 PM Local Time

Jeff Dobrin


Jeff "Dobie" Dobrin won Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold'em. He earns $19,110 for the victory, along with the second WSOP Circuit ring of his career.

Full results are available in the RESULTS Tab, above, and a recap of the event will be posted no later than Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 4:55 PM Local Time

Jeff Dobrin holds the chip lead over Cory Waaland

Ari Engel has been eliminated in 3rd place, and now Jeff Dobrin and Cory Waaland are heads up for the ring.

Waaland has an opportunity to earn his seventh career ring, which would tie him with Engel, Val Vornicu and Chris Reslock on the all-time list. But he has an uphill battle ahead of him, as Dobrin holds the chip lead.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 3:51 PM Local Time


There are now four players remaining. Clockwise from upper left: Ari Engel, Cory Waaland, Jeff "Dobie" Dobrin, and Jeter Brock.

Results so far are posted to the RESULTS Tab, above.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 2:10 PM Local Time
The final eight players have taken their seats, and cards are now in the air for Day 2
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 2:38 AM Local Time

Ari Engel Leads Heading into Day 2

Day 1 is complete, and there are eight players remaining. The leader at the moment is seven-time Circuit ring winner Ari Engel, who bagged up 642,000 in chips.

Here are the complete chip counts after Day 1:

First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
Jozsef Fauszt 181,000 1 1
Jeter Brock 409,000 1 3
Ari Engel 642,000 1 4
Cory Waaland 202,000 1 5
Jeff Dobrin 142,000 1 6
Jesus Cantu 637,000 1 7
Jorge Stella 253,000 1 8
Michael Lavas 133,000 1 9


Results so far are available in the RESULTS Tab, above.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 2:14 AM Local Time
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 12:53 AM Local Time


With two levels left to play tonight, there are now 15 players remaining including 7-time Ari Engel (pictured left) and 6-time ring winner Cory Waaland (pictured right).

Results so far are available in the RESULTS Tab, above.

Monday, February 29, 2016 6:34 PM Local Time

Event #4 is now on dinner break.

There are 61 players remaining, and they'll resume play at about 7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 29, 2016 4:58 PM Local Time

There are officially 260 entries, creating a prize pool of $78,000. The top 27 players will be paid. A min-cash is worth $630, and the winner will walk away with $19,110.

Here are the final table payouts. A full list of payouts is available in the PRIZEPOOL Tab, above.

Monday, February 29, 2016 4:28 PM Local Time

Ari Engel plays before the second break

The registration period has closed, and the clock shows 259 entries. That number will likely change as the clock is updated to reflect the last few entrants. And we'll have official payout information soon.

Monday, February 29, 2016 2:43 PM Local Time
Near the end of Level 5, there are 256 players entered. Late registration is still open for about another 90 minutes, until roughly 3:15 p.m.
Monday, February 29, 2016 2:30 PM Local Time

St. Louis fanatic Dennis Phillips seated next to a hated Cubs fan.

Cory Waaland - 6-time Circuit ring winner

Brandon Fish

Ryan Tepen

Heather Alcorn

Jesse Capps

Monday, February 29, 2016 8:26 AM Local Time

Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold'em begins at noon today:

  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips.
  • Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 (about 4:15 p.m.).
  • Blinds start at 25/50. See a full structure sheet here.
  • Day 1 is scheduled for 21 levels.
    • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes.
    • Levels 13-21 are 40 minutes.
  • There is a 60-minute dinner break after Level 12 (roughly 6:20 p.m.) and shorter breaks every two hours.
  • Players who advance to Day 2 will return at 2 p.m. on Tuesday to play down to a winner.