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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - PLANET HOLLYWOOD (Las Vegas)

Sunday, August 28, 2016 to Monday, August 29, 2016

Ring Event - 7: $365 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $24,900
  • Entries: 83
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, August 29, 2016 5:35 PM Local Time

New York pro ties Kyle Cartwright for seventh on the all-time ring leaderboard.

Las Vegas, NV (August 29, 2016) — Vincent Moscati has quickly become one of the most successful players on the World Series of Poker Circuit. He was already in elite company having won five Circuit rings, but on Monday afternoon, the 32-year-old poker pro won his sixth ring to put him in a tie for seventh place on the all-time ring leaderboard.

Moscati outlated a field of 83 players in the $365 no-limit hold’em to add another ring to his trophy case and take home $7,968. He is tied with Kyle Cartwright with six rings and only trails Maurice Hawkins, Cory Waaland, Ari Engel, Chris Reslock, Valentin Vornicu, and Alex Masek on the leaderboard.

“The ring actually meant more than the money in this one for sure,” said Moscati after his win. “It feels good, though. Getting the ring feels good.”

The first day of play saw the original 83 entries play down to the final seven players before bagging up chips for the night. Moscati finished Day 1 near the top of the counts and had all night to think about his possible win.

The extra time to think about the situation didn’t bother him at all. He was able to stay calm and keep his nerves in check.

“It was just a normal day for me,” said Moscati with a smile.

Moscati’s rise to the top of the ring leaderboard happened in just a couple of years. During his first full season traveling the Circuit in 2014/2015, he won three rings at three different venues. He added another two to his name last season and is off to a good start to the 2016/2017 season.

Passing Masek to have sole ownership over the top spot isn’t Moscati’s main focus in poker. He has bigger goals in mind.

“It would be awesome to get it,” said Moscati of the all-time ring lead. “But I don’t think that’s my main goal. I’d rather win a bracelet than be the ringer leader. It would be a cool second if it does happen. I’m definitely going to try for it for sure.”

Moscati is a consummate grinder and can be found at most of the Circuit stops around the country. To the players who follow the Circuit, he is a threat, but to the casual poker fan, he is relatively unknown. As long as Moscati gets his way, he’ll keep it that way.

“I’d rather not be famous,” said the New York native. “I like going under-the-radar, especially when I’m in the casinos. I wouldn’t mind, obviously, if it happened in the Main Event or something like that, but I’d rather fly under-the-radar to be honest.”

When play resumed on Wednesday, Moscati got off to a good start and had a smooth ride until heads-up play began.

“I knew I had a pretty good shot today and I had a decent amount of chips coming in,” said Moscati. “I doubled up right away, so I had the chip lead right away. From there, it went pretty good.”

Moscati took the chip lead and had amassed more than half of the chips in play when there were four players remaining. He got into a little bit of hot water when he got heads-up with Kindah Sakkal.

“She got a pretty massive chip lead when we were heads-up,” said Moscati. “But I got pretty lucky and ran really good when we were heads-up. The cards just played out that way. She played really good.”

Along with his historic sixth ring, Moscati moves into three-way tie atop the Casino Champion leaderboard. Moscati earned 50 points for his win and is tied with Hayden Aalvik and Dale Beaudoin, who both won earlier events at this stop.

Monday, August 29, 2016 4:50 PM Local Time


Zachary Macbeth was eliminated in third place to leave Kindah Sakkal heads-up with Vincent Moscati for the ring. Sakkal has battled back and currently has the chip lead in their heads-up battle. they are in level 22 with the blinds at 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante.

Kindah Sakkal - 530,000
Vincent Moscati - 300,000

Monday, August 29, 2016 3:20 PM Local Time

James Hoeppner was just eliminated in fifth place and with four players left, Vincent Moscati has well over half the chips in play. With about 830,000 in play, Moscati currently has just over 500,000 in chips.

With four players left, everybody is guaranteed a cash of at least $2,511.

Monday, August 29, 2016 2:06 PM Local Time
The final seven players are in their seats and play has resumed in the $365 no-limit hold'em. They are starting in level 19 with blinds of 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante.
Monday, August 29, 2016 4:17 AM Local Time

Vincent Moscati

With the scheduled 18 levels in the books, the final seven players remaining are bagging and tagging up their chips for the night. James Hoeppner is pacing the field with 188,000 in chips, but when play resumes on Monday, most of the attention will be on Vincent Moscati. 

Moscati comes into the final day third in chips with 134,000 and will be looking to win his sixth career Circuit ring. A win for Moscati would tie him with Kyle Cartwright for seventh on the all-time Circuit ring list.

Cards will be back in the air at 2 p.m. and everybody remaining is guaranteed at least $1,107.

Here are a look at the chip counts:

  1. James Hoeppner - 188,000
  2. Josh Mammon - 162,000
  3. Vincent Moscati - 134,000
  4. Jackson Young - 126,000
  5. Kinda Sakkal - 101,000
  6. Zachary Macbeth - 60,000
  7. David Banner - 59,000
Monday, August 29, 2016 1:40 AM Local Time


The third ring event of the series is down to its final 10 players and there is a short pause in the action while they redraw for seats at the unofficial final table. Aside from this being the official final table bubble, this is also the money bubble. The next player out will be the bubble boy and take home nothing. The final nine are all guaranteed at least $793.

Blinds are currently 1,200/2,400 with a 400.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final 10:

Seat 1: Josh Mammon - 54,800
Seat 2: Jackson Young - 100,000
Seat 3: James Hoeppner - 145,000
Seat 4: Vincent Moscati - 88,000
Seat 5: Victor Ma - 25,700
Seat 6: David Banner - 74,000
Seat 7: Bryson McGinnis - 102,800
Seat 8: Kindah Sakkal - 93,500
Seat 9: Zachary Macbeth - 82,300
Seat 10:Jeff Bolf - 55,000

Sunday, August 28, 2016 9:43 PM Local Time

The cage has calculated and released the payout information. The top nine spots will earn at least a min-cash. Ninth place is worth $793, but first place takes home $7,968 and a Circuit ring.

Here's a detailed look at the payout structure:

Sunday, August 28, 2016 9:21 PM Local Time

Players are back from their second break of the day and level 9 is underway, which means late registration and re-entry have been closed.

There are officially 83 entries in the $365 no-limit hold'em event, which generates a prizepool of $24,900. Payouts are being calculated by the cage and will be posted when they are released.

There are currently 33 players remaining.

Sunday, August 28, 2016 8:46 PM Local Time
Currently, players in the $365 no-limit hold'em are about halfway through their 60-minute dinner break after the completion of level 8. There are 81 entries in the field thus far and when players return and level 9 begins, late registration and re-entry will close, which will finalize the field size and the prizepool.
Sunday, August 28, 2016 3:15 PM Local Time

The third ring event of the series gets cards in the air in just under an hour. The $365 no-limit hold'em kicks off at 4 p.m. and is scheduled to be a two-day event, with the winner being crowned on Monday.

Here are the details:

  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Play is scheduled for 18 levels
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes
  • Levels 13-18 are 40 minutes
  • There will be breaks every two hours of play
  • This is a re-entry event - late registration and re-entry is open until the start of level 9
  • Day 2 will restart at 3 p.m. on Monday and will play down to a winner