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

Friday, March 04, 2016 to Monday, March 07, 2016

Event #11: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $1,821,000
  • Entries: 1,214
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 2:03 AM Local Time


Jason Wheeler -  Main Event Winner - $323,236

Professional poker player Jason Wheeler has outlasted 1,214, players to claim the title of World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event Champion at Bally’s Casino in sunny Las Vegas. Wheeler is a very seasoned player with 32 lifetime WSOP cashes totaling $1,119,380 (including today’s win). Prior to this win, Wheeler’s largest WSOP score occurred this past summer in Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em where he took 5th for a $112,339 payday. Today marks Wheeler’s first ever WSOP Circuit Ring victory.

Wheeler started Day 3 of the Main Event 6th in chips out of the final 23 players. Throughout the day, he steadily climbed through the field and entered the very pro-heavy final table also 6th in chips. He faced incredible competition, as the final table was filled with many well-known professional poker players whose total combined live tournament earnings exceed $17,726,855, with four WSOP bracelets among them (Lisa Hamilton, Mike Leah, Brandon Wittmeyer, and Anthony Spinella.

In regards to the final table, Wheeler said, “The final table was tough. Guys with chips put up a fight.” He went on to say, “I knew a lot of the people at the final table. Some of them were people I’ve played with a lot before. Anthony Spinella and Jamie Rosen I’ve played with for years. I was able to focus in on some of the things they were doing from playing with them previously as well as over the past few days, and that allowed me to get some reads and take advantage of some situations.”

There were 23 players to start the day, with the first elimination taking place just 14 minutes in. The field was reduced to the final two tables within the first two hours of play. Players reached the final table when Richard Mullen, who won his first ever Circuit ring at this stop earlier in the week, was eliminated in 11th place running pocket tens into Anthony Spinella’s pocket kings.

After the redraw, Steve Merrifield was eliminated in 10th place ($25,713). Within 30 minutes there were two quick eliminations when Nipun Java being was eliminated in 9th place ($25,713), and Brandon WIttmeyer in 8th place ($31,904). Michael Rocco was eliminated in 7th place ($50,806) after getting his aces cracked by Jeffrey Kim’s pocket kings.

There was not a scheduled dinner break today, but the players voted for a one hour break with six remaining. Mike Leah was eliminated in 6th place ($65,246) just two hands after returning from break. It then took nearly two full hours before Jeffrey Kim was sent home in 5th place ($84,768).  Anthony Spinella and Jason Wheeler shared nearly 2/3 of all the chips in play when they entered 4-handed play. Even so, after battling mainly against each other in major pots, and after Spinella doubled a few players up, he was left short stacked and eliminated in 4th place ($111,081). Jamie Rosen followed almost immediately in 3rd place ($147,009).

When Heads up play began, Wheeler had Hamilton 5:1 in chips. Play lasted a matter of only a few hands before Lisa Hamilton was eliminated in 2nd place ($200,310), and Jason Wheeler was crowned the winner of Main Event.

After play concluded Wheeler said, “I feel really great right now. I’ve been playing really well lately, and I’ve been waiting for a run to culminate in a victory, which is really satisfying.” He also went on to say that while he has not been playing many events in the US lately, mostly traveling to Europe, but said that playing in the states more may be in his future.

In addition to $323,236 prize money and the coveted ring, Wheeler has earned a free entry into the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship. Every Main Event winner and Casino Champion at each of the 2015-2016 WSOP Circuit stops receives a free entry (valued at $10,000) that features a minimum prizepool of $1,000,000.

For a list of full results, please see the Results Tab above.

Monday, March 7, 2016 11:22 PM Local Time


Jason Wheeler - 1st Place - $323,236

Lisa Hamilton shoves all in for 3,200,000.  Jason Wheeler asks for a count and before the dealer finishes counting the chips, Wheeler announces a call. 

Wheeler:   
Hamilton:   

The board runs out      , eliminating Hamilton in second place with a payday of $200,310. 

Jason Wheeler wins the Main Event here at Bally's.  He takes home $323,236, the ring, and the entry into the WSOP Global Casino Championship. 

A full recap will be posted shortly. 

Jason Wheeler - 20,428,000
Lisa Hamilton - Eliminated


Lisa Hamilton - 2nd Place

Monday, March 7, 2016 11:18 PM Local Time


Jamie Rosen

Jason Wheeler raises to 450,000 from the small blind, and Jamie Rosen moves all in from the big blind. Wheeler quickly calls, and the players table their cards.

Wheeler:   
Rosen:   

Rosen is in good shape to double up, as the flop is dealt, the door card is the  , giving Wheeler the lead. The full board is      . Wheeler wins, and Rosen is eliminated in third place for $147,009.

With Rosen's elimination, Lisa Hamilton and Jason Wheeler are now heads up for the ring. Here are their approximate chip counts:

Jason Wheeler - 20,000,000
Lisa Hamilton - 4,300,000

Monday, March 7, 2016 11:10 PM Local Time


Anthony Spinella

Anthony Spinella moves all in from under the gun, and Jason Wheeler calls from the small blind.

Spinella:   
Wheeler:   

The board comes      . Wheeler wins with trip queens, and Spinella is eliminated. He earns $111,081 for his fourth-place finish.

Monday, March 7, 2016 11:03 PM Local Time

Action folds to Anthony Spinella in the small blind who shoves all in from the small blind, and Lisa Hamilton quickly calls. 

Spinella:    
Hamilton:    

The flop comes    .  Spinella says, "Jack, Club, Six..."

When the   comes on the turn he says, "Boooooring."

The   comes on the river awarding Hamilton a full double. 

Lisa Hamilton - 5,110,000
Anthony Spinella - 2,100,000

PlayWSOP
Monday, March 7, 2016 10:58 PM Local Time

Jason Wheeler makes it 425,000 on the button, and Anthony Spinella calls in the big blind. 

The flop comes    .  Spinella bets 500,000, and Wheeler calls. 

Both players check the   turn. 

Spinella bets out 900,000 when the   comes on the river, and Wheeler calls. 

"Sixes," Spinella says. 

Wheeler waits until Spinella turns over his cards   , before he turns over his   .  Wheeler takes it down with his two pair. 

Jason Wheeler - 11,400,000
Anthony Spinella - 6,200,000

Monday, March 7, 2016 10:17 PM Local Time
Level: 34
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 50,000
Monday, March 7, 2016 10:07 PM Local Time

Updates Chip Counts

Seat - Name - Chips

1 - Lisa Hamilton - 3,625,000
2 - Jason Wheeler - 10,080,000
3 - Jamie Rosen - 2,895,000
4 - Anthony Spinella - 7,680,000

Monday, March 7, 2016 10:04 PM Local Time


Jeffrey Kim

Action folds around to Anthony Spinella in the small blind. He raises to 430,000, and Jeffrey Kim calls from the big blind.

The flop comes    , and Spinalla checks. Kim bets 365,000. Spinella moves all in, and Kim calls.

Kim:   
Spinella:   

Spinella is ahead with his ace king. The turn is the  , and the river is the  . Kim misses his flush draw and doesn't pair up, and Spinella takes the pot.

Kim is eliminated in fifth place, earning $84,768.

Anthony Spinella - 6,500,000
Jeffrey Kim - Eliminated

Monday, March 7, 2016 9:56 PM Local Time

Jason Wheeler raises to 340,000 on the button, and Anthony Spinella calls in the big blind. 

The flop comes    .  Spinella checks, Wheeler bets 325,000, and Spinella calls. 

Both players check the   turn.

When the river comes the  , Spinella pauses for a over a minute and announces that he is all in.  Wheeler releases his hand. 

Anthony Spinella - 3,000,000
Jason Wheeler - 11,000,000

Velo 690x150
Monday, March 7, 2016 9:53 PM Local Time

Anthony Spinella raises to 350,000 from under the gun, and Lisa Hamilton shoves all in on the button.  Action folds back to Spinella who sighs, puts his hand on his head, and asks Hamilton, "What do you want me to do?"

Hamilton responds quietly, "I don't care."

Spinella then says, "Another time," as he mucks his cards.  He then says to no one in particular, "I hate my life."

Lisa Hamilton - 4,160,000
Anthony Spinella - 3,650,000

Monday, March 7, 2016 9:36 PM Local Time

Lisa Hamilton raises all in. Action folds around to Anthony Spinella in the big blind, and he asks for an exact count. The dealer counts down Hamilton's stack, and she has 1,615,000. Spinella calls, and the players turn up their cards.

Hamilton:   
Spinella:   

Spinella is in good shape, but the flop gives Hamilton more outs. It comes    , giving her an inside-straight draw. The turn is a complete blank, the  . But the river is the  , completing Hamilton's straight and giving her a double up.

Lisa Hamilton - 3,410,000
Anthony Spinella - 3,950,000

Monday, March 7, 2016 9:25 PM Local Time

After a playing the majority of hands this level against each other, Jason Wheeler raises to 340,000 on the button, and Anthony Spinella calls in the big blind.

The flop comes    .  Spinella checks, Wheeler bets 300,000, and Spinella calls. 

Both players check the   turn. 

When the   comes on the river, Spinella checks, and Wheeler checks behind. 

Spinella shows    for two pair, but Wheeler rivered a higher two pair holding   

"I should have shoved pre," Spinella says. 

"That would have worked," Wheeler replied.

Jason Wheeler - 12,000,000
Anthony Spinella - 4,300,000

Monday, March 7, 2016 9:22 PM Local Time

First to act is Jason Wheeler who raises to 260,000.  Jeffrey Kim calls in the small blind.  Kim checks the     flop, and Wheeler continues for 250,000.  Kim makes it 650,000, and Wheeler calls. 

Both players check the   turn.

Kim checks the   river, and Wheeler bets 725,000, Kim releases his hand. 

Jason Wheeler 11,000,000
Jeffrey Kim - 5,250,000

Monday, March 7, 2016 9:18 PM Local Time

Jason Wheeler makes it 260,000 on the button, and Anthony Spinella calls in the big blind.

Both players check the     flop.  Spinella checks the   turn, and Wheeler bets 275,000.  Spinella raises to 890,000, and Wheeler calls. 

Both players check the   river. 

Spinella shows   , but Wheeler will take the pot with his two pair holding   .

Jason Wheeler - 10,900,000
Anthony Spinella - 5,700,000

Gorillla Gaming
Monday, March 7, 2016 9:01 PM Local Time
Level: 33
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 20,000
Monday, March 7, 2016 8:39 PM Local Time

Action folds to Jamie Rosen in the small blind who shoves all in, and Anthony Spinella calls in the big blind. 

Rosen:   
Spinella:   

The flop comes    , giving Rosen a pair of sevens.  The   on the turn gives him two pair, and the   on the river gives Rosen a full house, awarding him a full double. 

Jamie Rosen - 2,590,000
Anthony Spinella - 5,700,000

Monday, March 7, 2016 8:16 PM Local Time


Mike Leah

Anthony Spinella raises to 250,000, and Mike Leah moves all in from the small blind. Spinella calls instantly and turns over   . Leah tables   , and it's a virtual coin flip.

The flop comes    , giving Spinella top two pair and the lead. The turn is the  , and the river is the  . Spinella wins the pot, and Leah is eliminated in 6th place. He earns $65,246.

Anthony Spinella - 7,500,000
Mike Leah - Eliminated

Monday, March 7, 2016 8:00 PM Local Time
Level: 32
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 20,000
Monday, March 7, 2016 7:04 PM Local Time

Players are now on a one-hour dinner break. Play will resume at about 8:00 p.m.

Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Lisa Hamilton - 2,770,000
2 - Mike Leah - 2,450,000
3 - Jason Wheeler - 5,350,000
4 - Jamie Rosen - 1,470,000
5 - Anthony Spinella - 5,050,000
6 - Jeffrey Kim - 5,250,000

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