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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S ATLANTIC CITY (New Jersey)

Thursday, March 17, 2016 to Thursday, March 17, 2016

Event #3: $365 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em (1-Day Event)

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $48,900
  • Entries: 163
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, March 18, 2016 5:51 PM Local Time
Chris Morse

Chris Morse is the champion of Event #3 at Harrah’s Atlantic City, defeating a field of 163 players to win his first gold ring. He also earned the largest payout of his poker career to date, collecting the top prize of more than $13,000.

The champ is a 27-year-old product manager from Danbury, Connecticut, and he plays poker part time. He took the St. Patrick’s Day holiday off work with the intention to play another event closer to home, but a friend dragged him down the shore to Atlantic City to hunt for a ring. He remembered to pack his lucky green shirt on his way out the door.

“We wanted to get pigged at the pool party,” his friend admitted after the fact. “Well… I wanted to, at least.”

Morse obliged his friend, and 24 hours later, he’s the toast of the party.

After entering the final table third in chips, Morse was the shortest stack remaining when the field was reduced to three players. On the very first hand of three-handed play, though, he found pocket aces on the button and moved in. Both opponents called, one with king-queen of clubs and the other with king-nine of hearts. The flop come nine-high with two hearts, but the turn and river were both clean to give Morse the much-needed triple. About a half hour later, he was posing for photos with the gold ring after defeating Matthew Vascellaro in the heads-up match.

“It’s a turbo, so there isn’t really a lot of thought involved,” Morse said, modest in victory. “It’s a lot of push-fold. I had the best hand a lot and held. Pretty fortunate.”

Friday, March 18, 2016 12:09 AM Local Time

Chris Morse and Matthew Vascellaro enter the heads-up duel virtually even in chips, and it takes just two hands to settle the score. Morse shoves the first hand with no resistance. On the second, Vascellaro moves all in with   , and Morse calls with   . The board runs out      , and Morse's pair of fours wins the pot. When the stacks are counted down, Vascellaro is slightly covered and therefore eliminated as the runner-up.

Morse collects his first gold ring and more than $13,000 in cash. A recap of his victory will be published shortly.

Christopher Morse
Chris Morse - Winner ($13,203)

Matthew Vascellaro
Matthew Vascellaro - 2nd place ($8,159)

Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:49 PM Local Time
Brian Shaffer
Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:29 PM Local Time
Cathy Dever
Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:16 PM Local Time
Howard Leung
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Thursday, March 17, 2016 10:49 PM Local Time
Howard Wolper
Thursday, March 17, 2016 10:45 PM Local Time
Kurt Kraenbring
Thursday, March 17, 2016 10:06 PM Local Time
Brian Powell
Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:42 PM Local Time
James Watson-Jones
Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:20 PM Local Time

With eight minutes left in Level 22, the field is reduced to nine players, and the final table is set. Here's how they stack up with the blinds at 6,000/12,000 and a 2,000 ante:

Seat 1: Brian Powell - 164,000
Seat 2: James Watson-Jones - 100,000
Seat 3: Matthew Vascellaro - 100,000
Seat 4: Howard Leung - 105,000
Seat 5: Kurt Kraenbring - 150,000
Seat 6: Howard Wolper - 201,000
Seat 7: Christopher Morse - 216,000
Seat 8: Cathy Dever - 342,000
Seat 9: Brian Shaffer - 273,000

Everyone left is now guaranteed to earn at least $1,177, and play will continue until a winner is determined.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 6:33 PM Local Time

Right at the start of Level 18, the field is reduced to 18 players, and they're now in the money as they redraw for seats around the final two tables. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn $656.

Blinds are 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante, and the average stack is about 18 big blinds.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 5:25 PM Local Time

Registration is closed for Event #3, and the staff has finalized the numbers. A total of 163 players entered the field, generating a prizepool worth $48,900. That money will be shared by the final 18 players with a min-cash worth $656. The eventual champion will collect the gold ring and $13,203 in cash.

A full breakdown of the payouts can be found in the Prizepool tab.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 2:26 PM Local Time
The first six levels are complete, and the field is on a 10-minute break. The board shows 139 players so far, and late registration is available until the start of Level 9, at about 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 1:47 PM Local Time

Three events into the series, some of the Circuit regulars have started to turn up to try and accumulate more points in the season-long race for seats in the WSOP Global Casino Championship. Greg Himmelbrand arrived yesterday for Event #2, and he's part of the Event #3 field this afternoon too. Himmelbrand won a Turbo event at Choctaw earlier this year, and his running total of 105 points puts him within reach with a handful of stops still remaining on the 2015/16 calendar.

Greg Himmelbrand

A few tables over, Cory Waaland is making his debut at this Harrah's Atlantic City series. Waaland is a seven-time ring winner who has the luxury of ignoring the points for the remainder of the season. Waaland earned Casino Champion honors at Bally's Las Vegas, locking up his automatic berth and freeing up an extra at-large bid for the field.


Click here to view the current points leaderboard.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:03 PM Local Time

The third event of the series is just getting underway in the ballroom at Harrah's Atlantic City. Event #3 is a one-day turbo event with 10,000-chip starting stacks and 20-minute levels for the duration. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9, and they'll keep playing until a winner is determined tonight.

Cards are in the air.

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