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

Thursday, March 17, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016

Event #4: $365 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $30,300
  • Entries: 101
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, March 19, 2016 12:36 AM Local Time
John Creed

John Creed is the champion of Event #4 at Harrah’s Atlantic City, defeating a field of 101 players to win his first gold ring. He also earned more than $9,000 in cash for his work over the course of the two-day event.

The champ is a 34-year-old pro from Virginia, and he considers himself primarily a cash game player. His tournament results might argue otherwise though, as he’s approaching $200,000 in live cashes over the past three years. He came close to winning a ring earlier this season in Baltimore too, finishing in fourth place in the Big O event. A significant chunk of his tournament results, in fact, have come in variations of the four-card game.

“It’s my game,” he said with a broad smile. “Just the action. I’m a degenerate for action. I’m better in cash, but…” When asked what adjustments he makes when playing tournaments, the smile widened further. “A lot more solid in tournaments,” he said. “A lot, a lot, a lot more solid.”

Creed had a sluggish start to this event, running his stack in the wrong direction for the first few levels. He was down to a paltry 800 chips at one point during Day 1, but things turned around nicely in the second half. He had climbed all the way up into second place when play was suspended with 15 players left, and he was the chip leader by the time they reached the final table of nine. From there until the heads-up match, it was pretty smooth sailing for Creed.

Entering the final duel against Michael Bees, Creed held a 5:1 chip lead, but Bees refused to go quietly. “He’s a good heads-up player, a good limit player,” Creed said. “So I had to switch things up a little bit.” Bees erased the gap in short order, taking over the chip lead briefly. Creed was too much in the end, though, and 90 minutes into the match, he finally sealed the deal.

Still relishing the moments of victory, Creed was concise in describing his feelings: “It feels good, man. I needed it.”

Friday, March 18, 2016 8:44 PM Local Time

The heads-up match lasted well over an hour, and Michael Bees managed to take the chip lead at one point. John Creed was too tough in the end, though, whittling his opponent back down and eventually winning the final pot of the day. Creed wins more than $9,000 and his first gold ring.

A recap of his victory will be published shortly.

John Creed
John Creed - Winner ($9,089)


Michael Bees
Michael Bees - 2nd place ($5,618)

Friday, March 18, 2016 7:14 PM Local Time

Here's how the two remaining players stack up as they play 15,000/30,000 limits. 

John Creed - 850,000
Michael Bees - 160,000

Friday, March 18, 2016 7:11 PM Local Time
Michael Mastrangelo
Friday, March 18, 2016 7:06 PM Local Time
Jeff Dodson
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, March 18, 2016 6:19 PM Local Time
Brandon Pearl
Friday, March 18, 2016 5:28 PM Local Time
Gloria Lo Russo
Friday, March 18, 2016 5:27 PM Local Time
Aditya Prasetyo
Friday, March 18, 2016 4:48 PM Local Time
Vincent Basilicata
Friday, March 18, 2016 4:11 PM Local Time
Kearns Julien
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, March 18, 2016 3:30 PM Local Time

Near the tail end of Level 18, the field is reduced to nine players, setting the final table for Event #4. Here's how the remaining field is laid out:

Seat 1: Michael Bees - 50,000
Seat 2: John Creed - 234,000
Seat 3: Michael Mastrangelo - 176,000
Seat 4: Aditya Prasetyo - 202,500
Seat 5: Gloria Lo Russo - 80,500
Seat 6: Brandon Pearl - 105,000
Seat 7: Kearns Julien - 67,000
Seat 8: Jeff Dodson - 40,500
Seat 9: Vincent Basilicata - 57,000

They're playing 5,000/10,000 limits now, and the average stack is just over 11 big bets. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $781, while a gold ring and the top prize of $9,089 await the winner.

Friday, March 18, 2016 2:43 PM Local Time

There is a double elimination with 14 players left, and the field blazes straight through the money bubble with no pause. The final 12 players are now in the money, guaranteed to earn at least $633.

They're playing Level 17 with 4,000/8,000 limits, and the average stack is about 10.5 big bets.

Friday, March 18, 2016 2:01 PM Local Time

The final 15 players have returned to the ballroom for Day 2 of this Omaha Hi/Lo event. Three of them will go home empty-handed today, while the final 12 will earn shares of the $30,300 prizepool.

Play will continue today until a winner is determined.

Friday, March 18, 2016 2:34 AM Local Time

The clock has run out on Day 1, and the 15 surviving players are bagging up for the night. North Carolina's Michael Mastrangelo finished with the heaviest bag, turning his starting stack of 10,000 chips into 132,000 by the close of play. Double ring winner Aditya Prasetyo highlights the remaining field, and he'll return for Day 2 slightly below the chip average with 57,500.

Only the final 12 players will finish in the money, so bursting the bubble will be the first order of business when action resumes at 2:00 p.m.

Click here for the Day 2 seat draw.

Friday, March 18, 2016 1:49 AM Local Time

Day 1 is coming to a close at the tail end of Level 15, but there's a redraw to tend to first. The field has been reduced to 18 players, and they're being assigned new seats at the final two tables in play.

With less than ten minutes left in the level, the final hands of the night will be dealt shortly.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:09 PM Local Time

The field is official at 101 entries, generating a prizepool worth $30,300. That money will be shared by the final 12 players with a min-cash worth $633. The eventual champion will earn the gold ring and $9,089 in cash.

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

Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:36 PM Local Time

Level 9 begins, and registration is now closed for Event #4. The board shows an unofficial total of 101 runners with the official numbers still pending from the tournament staff. The prizepool information should be released shortly.

Play will continue tonight until the end of Level 15 or until the final table is set, whichever comes first.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 6:54 PM Local Time
Level 4 is just beginning, and the field has grown to 93 players. Among them is Chris Reslock, fresh off his eighth career WSOPC victory yesterday.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 5:07 PM Local Time

It's time for the lone non-hold'em event of the series. This evening's Event #4 is a $365 Omaha Hi/Lo event, and it's just getting underway on the far side of the room. The board shows 56 players so far with registration open until the start of Level 9.