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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - POTAWATOMI (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Saturday, February 04, 2017 to Sunday, February 05, 2017

Event #2: $580 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $580
  • Prizepool: $117,500
  • Entries: 235
  • Remaining: 0

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Sunday, February 5, 2017 11:52 PM Local Time

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Event #2
No-Limit Hold'em
Buy-In: $500 (+$80)
Total Entries: 235
Prize Pool: $117,500

Yousef Anbar's positive focus leads him to victory.

MILWAUKEE (February 5, 2017) -- Yousef Anbar won the second event at Potawatomi series for $29,371. This was only the second WSOP Anbar had ever played in. His victory earned him his first WSOP cash, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.

Anbar attributed patience to his victory. He said that for the first six hours of the tournament he was card dead, but then cards started going his way. He took advantage of the good run of cards to build up a big stack and make the final table. Once at the final table his focus was on winning the ring and nothing else.

"To be honest, I am here for the ring," said Anbar.

The nearly $30k first place prize is still quite nice addition to winning the ring. He said that he may use some of the money to take his kids on a vacation. For now, the celebration consists of a smoke and dinner with his wife.

From the start of the tournament Anbar had a positive feeling he was going to win. He told his wife early on into the tournament that he was going to win this one.

"Think positive, that's what I do," said Anbar.

At the final table with Anbar was eight-time gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu. Just like Anbar, Vornicu's main focus was playing for the ring. One more gold ring for Vornicu would mean tying Alex Masek for the all-time gold ring lead. Vornicu's time at the final table didn't last long. He was the first player eliminated.

Anbar is from Huntley, Illinois. He is an engineer by trade, but has a side jewelry business. Anbar said that he wants to come back and play in next weekend's $1,675 Main Event.

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Event #2 was the second of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Potawatomi. The $580 No-Limit Hold'em tournament attracted 235 players generating a $117,500 prize pool. The top 24 players were paid.

Day 1 began Saturday at 3 p.m. and lasted 18 levels. Day 2 began Sunday at 3 p.m. with 13 players remaining. The tournament concluded at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Final table results:

1st: Yousef Anbar - $29,371 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Don Carrillo - $18,156
3rd: Matt Traudt - $13,214
4th: Daniel Marszalek - $9,772
5th: Joseph Revelle - $7,340
6th: Kevin Vail - $5,599
7th: Steve Liarakos - $4,336
8th: Phillip Li - $3,408
9th: Valentin Vornicu - $2,718

Complete results can be found above under the "Results" tab.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 8:46 PM Local Time

Anbar

Yousef Anbar (pictured) has just won the second event at the Potawatomi World Series of Poker Circuit. Anbar bested 235 players in the $580 No-Limit Hold'em event to pocket $29,371 and earn his first career WSOP Circuit gold ring. He also earns 50 Casino Championship points for his victory.

A full report on Anbar's win will be made available shortly. In the meantime, here's a look at the final table results:

1st: Yousef Anbar - $29,371 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Don Carrillo - $18,156
3rd: Matt Traudt - $13,214
4th: Daniel Marszalek - $9,772
5th: Joseph Revelle - $7,340
6th: Kevin Vail - $5,599
7th: Steve Liarakos - $4,336
8th: Phillip Li - $3,408
9th: Valentin Vornicu - $2,718

Complete results can be found above under the "Results" tab.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 8:11 PM Local Time

Eight-time gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu was eliminated in 9th place for $2,718. This means that Alex Masek's record of nine career gold rings is safe for now. Vornicu said he intends to stay the remainder of the series and keep chasing rings.

The field has worked its way down to the final three players. Matt Traudt, Yousef Anbar and Don Carrillo are the final three players remaining and they are all competing for their first career gold ring.

Here is what is at stake for the final three players:

1st: $29,371 + 50 Global Casino Championship points + WSOP Circuit gold ring
2nd: $18,156 + 37.5 points
3rd: $13,214 + 30 points

Up-to-date results can be found above under the "Results" tab.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:08 PM Local Time

Day 2 of Event #2 is set to get underway at 3 p.m. There are 13 players remaining including eight-time gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu. A victory for Vornicu would tie him with Alex Masek for the for the most gold rings won all-time. If Vornicu wants to win he will have to catch current chip leader, Kevin Vail.

The 13 players left are all guaranteed a minimum cash of $1,806. The eventual champion will score $29,371, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.

 

Rank
First Name Last Name Chip Count
1 Kevin Vail 477,000
2 Yousef Anbar 448,000
3 Matt Traudt 332,000
4 Don Carrillo 272,000
5 Joseph Revelle 270,000
6 Valentin Vornicu 234,000
7 Steve Liarakos 139,000
8 Casey Donnelly 134,000
9 Daniel Blank 105,000
10 Daniel Marszaleh 99,000
11 Arthur Eddy 87,000
12 Brett B. 76,000
13 Phillip Li DNR

 

- Day 2 begins at the start of Level 19: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante

Sunday, February 5, 2017 3:06 AM Local Time
End of Day 1
Sunday, February 5, 2017 3:06 AM Local Time

Day 1 is complete and the final table is just a few eliminations away. The day ended with 13 players remaining. Those 13 players are guaranteed a minimum payday of $1,806 and will return for Day 2 of the tournament Sunday at 3 p.m. Eight-time gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu bagged in the middle of the pack. If he can pull out the victory tomorrow he will tie Alex Masek for the most Circuit gold rings won all-time.

Day 2 chip counts:

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count
1 Kevin Vail 477,000
2 Yousef Anbar 448,000
3 Matt Traudt 332,000
4 Don Carrillo 272,000
5 Joseph Revelle 270,000
6 Valentin Vornicu 234,000
7 Steve Liarakos 139,000
8 Casey Donnelly 134,000
9 Daniel Blank 105,000
10 Daniel Marszaleh 99,000
11 Arthur Eddy 87,000
12 Brett B. 76,000
13 Phillip Li DNR

 

The Day 2 table draw can be found above under the "Reports" tab.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 12:15 AM Local Time

The tournament is getting close to the money bubble. The clock currently reads that one minute remains in Level 15 with 28 players left. Only the top 24 finishers will earn a cash.

After this level players are headed on a 15-minute break. After the break play will last three more 40-minute levels before players bag for the night. The players that survive until the end of the night will return for Day 2 tomorrow at 3 p.m. where they will compete for the top prize of $29,371 and a WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:04 PM Local Time

Registration has just closed for Event #2: $580 No-Limit Hold'em with 235 entries. The $117,500 prizepool will be split among the top 24 finishers and everyone cashing will be guaranteed at least $1,085. The tournament's champion will earn $29,371, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.

Final table payouts:

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The complete list of payouts can be found above under the "Prizepool" tab.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:39 AM Local Time
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Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:23 AM Local Time

PotawatomiRing

The second event of the Potawatomi Circuit series gets underway today at 3 p.m. It is one of two events this series at the $580 buy-in level. Here is what else you need to know.

Event #2: $580 No-Limit Hold'em - Day 1 - 3 p.m.

  • Players start with 12,000 tournament chips
  • Blinds  begin at 25/50
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long, levels 13-21 are 40 minutes long and all remaining levels are 50 minutes long
  • Registration will remain open until the start of Level 9 (7:30 p.m.)
  • Re-entry is not allowed
  • There is a 45-minute dinner break after Level 12
  • Day 1 will last 18 levels
  • Day 2 begins Sunday at 3 p.m.
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