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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - THE BICYCLE CASINO (Los Angeles)

Saturday, December 10, 2016 to Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ring Event #11: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $1,263,000
  • Entries: 842
  • Remaining: 0

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 12:06 AM Local Time


Nikhil Gera and his rail

Bell Gardens, Ca (December 13, 2016) – The final table of the $1,675, no-limit hold’em main event at the Bicycle Casino was filled with top poker talent with players combining for several millions in career tournament earnings, but it was lesser known local grinder Nikhil Gera who came out on top to win his first Circuit ring and $246,295.

Gera navigated through a final table that featured Bracelet winner Ankush Mandavia, Eddy Sabat, Harry Arutyunyan, and two-time Bracelet winner Tuan Le to get to heads-up play against fellow Los Angeles local Paul Nguyen. The two local players played heads-up for a few hours in front of a rowdy rail before Gera had amassed all the chips and officially topped the 842-entry field.

“It feels great,” said Gera after the win. “I’ve been playing a lot recently and have a lot of good friends here who give me advice on hands, and on life and stuff. This one is for them too.”

Gera was greeted by his rowdy rail as soon as the final card was dealt. His rail included Nipun Java, Craig Chait, Sean Yu, and lots of other poker talent. His mother was also on hand to watch him take down the title. She is also a poker enthusiast... Read More

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:51 PM Local Time

 

Paul Nguyen limps in, and Nikhil Gera checks his option. The flop comes down    , and Gera check calls a bet of 500,000. The   comes on the turn, and both players check that card. The   completes the board, and Gera checks again. 

Nguyen moves all in, a massive overbet, and Gera immediately sits back in his chair. After just a few moments, he calls, and Nguyen can only muster up    for jack high. Gera slaps down    for a full house, and rushes to his rail to celebrate. 

Paul Nguyen will have to settle for $152,190, while local grinder Nikhil Gera earns the title, along with $246,295. Stay tuned for a full recap of the action to be posted shortly! 

Nikhil Gera - WSOP Circuit Bicycle Hotel and Casino Main Event Champion
Paul Nguyen - Eliminated in 2nd Place

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:37 PM Local Time

Paul Nguyen limps in, and Nikhil Gera raises to 420,000. Nguyen calls, and the flop comes    . Gera checks to Nguyen who splashes out a ton of pink 100,000 chips. The bet looks to be about 1.7 million, and Gera lets out a chuckle. "I'm supposed to check jam here," Gera says as he releases his hand. 

Despite dropping that one, Gera still holds a big lead in this match. 

Nikhil Gera - 13,000,000 (102 bb) 
Paul Nguyen - 3,800,000 (32 bb) 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:11 PM Local Time

Paul Nguyen had gained alittle ground back before this hand that gave Gera a big lead again. Action starts with one of the first limps of the heads-up match from Nikhil Gera. Paul Nguyen checks his option, and the flop comes    . Both players check, and the   hits the turn. Nguyen bets out 400,000, and Gera pops it up to 900,000. Nguyen calls, and the   hits the river.

Nguyen checks this card, and Gera bets 1.2 million. Nguyen thinks for a bit before folding, and a nice pot goes to Gera. 

Nikhil Gera - 11,800,000 (98 bb) 
Paul Nguyen - 5,000,000 (42 bb)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:01 PM Local Time
Nikhil Gera has won a majority of the pots since returning from break, and he has opened up the biggest lead of the heads-up match so far. 
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:54 PM Local Time
The two players are in their seats again, so let's get back to the action! 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:53 PM Local Time
Level: 32
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 20,000
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:41 PM Local Time
It's time for another quick breather. Right now Nikhil Gera holds 10.1 million to the 6.7 million of Paul Nguyen
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:37 PM Local Time

On the turn of a board showing     , Paul Nguyen checks to Nikhil Gera, who bets 300,000. Nguyen calls, and the   completes the board. Nguyen checks again, and Gera fires out one million. Nguyen thinks for about 45 seconds before calling, and Gera tables    for a straight. Nguyen mucks, and Gera takes the lead again. 

Nikhil Gera - 8,900,000 (89 bb)
Paul Nguyen - 7,900,000 (79 bb)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:11 PM Local Time

Nikhil Gera raises to 250,000, and Paul Nguyen calls. The flop comes down    , and Nguyen check calls a bet of 150,000. The   hits the turn, and Nguyen leads out this time for 425,000. Gera calls, and the   completes the board. 

Nguyen counts out a huge bet of 1.525 million, and Gera says "I can't fold this hand," before calling. Nguyen shows    for a rivered straight, and Gera says he has a four as he mucks. 

Paul Nguyen - 8,700,000 (87 bb)
Nikhil Gera - 8,100,000 (81 bb)

Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:01 PM Local Time

Following a flop of    , Nikhil Gera checks to Paul Nguyen, who bets 675,000. Gera calls, and the   hits the turn. Both players check that card, and the   comes on the river. Gera checks again, and Nguyen quickly fires 1,500,000. 

Gera immediately asks for a count on the bet, and thinks for about 30 seconds before calling. Nguyen quickly mucks, and though he didn't need to show, Gera proudly spikes    on the felt for just a pair of fives.

After that pot, Gera has taken the lead from Nguyen. 

Nikhil Gera - 9,500,000 (95 bb) 
Paul Nguyen - 7,300,000 (73 bb)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:46 PM Local Time

 

Eddy Sabat raises to 215,000 on the button, and from the big blind, Nikhil Gera reraises to 625,000. Sabat thinks for about a minute before moving all in, and Gera snap calls. 

Gera:   
Nguyen:   

The flop of     is safe for Gera, but the   on the turn gives Sabat some extra outs. He needs a king or an eight to win now, but the   comes instead. 

This gets us to heads up play. Nguyen and Gera are taking a short break before we resume. 

Paul Nguyen - 9,300,000 (93 bb) 
Nikhil Gera - 7,500,000 (75 bb) 
Eddy Sabat - Eliminated

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:35 PM Local Time
Level: 31
Blinds: 50,000/100,000
Ante: 10,000
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:35 PM Local Time

Eddy Sabat raises to 180,000 on the button, and Paul Nguyen calls from the small blind. Nikhil Gera announces raise from the big blind, and he makes it 625,000 to go. Sabat quickly folds, but Nguyen tags along to see the flop come down    . Nguyen checks to Gera, who bets 605,000. Nguyen calls, and the   comes on the turn.

Nguyen asks Gera how much he has, and Gera says around 2.4 million. Nguyen thinks for about 30 seconds before checking, and Gera announces all in. Nguyen asks for an exact count, and it is 2.52 million. Nguyen cuts out the call, and thinks for over two minutes before sliding his cards forward for the fol. 

Paul Nguyen - 8,700,000 (87 bb) 
Nikhil Gera - 5,100,000 (51 bb) 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:09 PM Local Time

 

Alex Massman moves all in for 1,300,000 from the small blind, and after getting the count, Nikhil Gera calls for most of his stack. 

Massman:   
Gera:   

Gera's hand is in great shape to hold, and it does that on the       runout. This gets us down to just three players, with Paul Nguyen still holding a massive lead. 

Nikhil Gera - 3,400,000 (43 bb) 
Alex Massman - Eliminated

Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:47 PM Local Time

 

Ankush Mandavia raises to 160,000 preflop, and next to act, Paul Nguyen makes it 500,000. It folds back to Mandavia, who moves all in. Nguyen quickly calls, and the biggest pot of the tournament is on the line. 

Mandavia:   
Nguyen:    

The flop of     gives Nguyen the nut flush draw, but Mandavia's kings are still ahead. The   on the turn doesn't change anything, but the   on the river changes everything. Nguyen and his rail erupt in celebration, while Mandavia will have to settle for $63,000 and change. 

Paul Nguyen - 9,800,000 (125 bb) 
Ankush Mandavia - Eliminated

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:43 PM Local Time

 

Eddy Sabat crippled Harry Arutyunyan when the latter slow played pocket kings and let Sabat catch up with   , and that hand left Arutyunyan with just 320,000. On the very next hand, Sabat raises to 180,000, and Arutyunyan moves all in. Sabat quickly calls, and sees he's in great shape. 

Sabat:   
Arutyunyan:   

The flop of     gives Sabat the nut flush draw, but the   on the turn gives Arutyunyan some chop outs. The   on the river gives Sabat the nut flush, and gets us down to just five players. 

Eddy Sabat - 3,200,000 (40 bb) 
Harry Arutyunyan - Eliminated

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:32 PM Local Time
The players are back in their seats, and the blinds are now 40,000-80,000. 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:30 PM Local Time
Level: 30
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 10,000
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:20 PM Local Time
The final six players are on their second break of the day. Action resumes in 10 minutes. 
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