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

Tuesday, February 07, 2017 to Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Event #6: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $74,100
  • Entries: 247
  • Remaining: 0

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 5:44 PM Local Time

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Event #6
No-Limit Hold'em Six Max
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 247
Prize Pool: $74,100

Wisconsin bar/restaurant owner continues to dominate at Potawatomi.

MILWAUKEE (February 8, 2017) -- Travis Lauson won his first career gold ring Wednesday at Potawatomi. He took home $19,639 for his first place finish. It was Lauson's first-ever cash on the WSOP Circuit. This was the second poker title Lauson has won at Potawatomi. Last April he won an MSPT event here.

"It's really kind of validation. I took down an MSPT title, so this second win seals the deal," said Lauson about his gold ring victory.

Lauson has been really good at Potawatomi. Not only does he have two major wins here, but he also has a runner-up finish in an MSPT event here in September of 2015.

"It's kind of my home casino. I definitely feel I have that home field advantage," said Lauson about Potawatomi.

Lauson is from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Green Bay is closer to him, but there are not a lot of big tournaments there, so he comes to Potawatomi to play when big events are in town. Lauson plans to play in as many events as he can for the remainder of this series, including playing in Thursday's $2,200 High Roller event.

To get the ring Lauson had to get through a tough Day 2 field. The Day 2 field started with eight players including two multi-gold ring winners. Mark Fink is a four-time gold ring winner, but he started the day as the short stack and ended up busting within the first five minutes of Day 2. The other multi-gold ring winner was Jim Juvancic. Juvancic is a two-time gold ring winner and posed a huge threat to Lauson throughout Day 2. Lauson had position on Juvancic though. Juvancic had the chip lead after hitting quads to knock out James Wadzinski in 7th place and Deana Miller in 6th place. However, by the time play got to three-handed Lauson had control of the tournament and over half of the chips in play. He never looked back after that and took down the title a short while later.

"I can't lie. The deck really hit me in the face today. It all worked out," said Lauson.

The six max format suited Lauson's aggressive game well. He said that it was the event he was most looking forward to coming into the series.

Lauson is a bar/restaurant owner. The 39-year-old owns five bar/restaurants in Manitowoc.

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Event #6 was the sixth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Potawatomi. The $365 no-limit hold'em six max tournament attracted 247 players generating a $74,100 prize pool. The top 27 players were paid.

Day 1 began Tuesday at 11 a.m. and lasted 21 levels. Day 2 began Wednesday at 2 p.m. with eight players remaining. The tournament ended at about 4:45 p.m. near the end of level 24.

Final table results:

1st: Travis Lauson - $19,639 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Jim Juvancic - $12,144
3rd: Daniel Sandoval - $8,441
4th: Yoon Kim - $5,932
5th: John Bertz - $4,212
6th: Deana Miller - $3,020

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 4:52 PM Local Time

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Travis Lauson (pictured) has just won the six max event at the Potawatomi World Series of Poker Circuit. The Wisconsin bar/restaurant owner bested 247 players in the $365 no-limit hold'em six max tournament to pocket $19,639 and his first career Circuit gold ring. He also earns 50 Casino Championship points for his victory.

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

1st: Travis Lauson - $19,639 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Jim Juvancic - $12,144
3rd: Daniel Sandoval - $8,441
4th: Yoon Kim - $5,932
5th: John Bertz - $4,212
6th: Deana Miller - $3,020

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 4:41 PM Local Time

JuvancicFT

Jim Juvancic was eliminated in 2nd place for $12,144. This marked Juvancic's 18th career WSOP cash. Juvancic has two gold rings and now three runner-up finishes in WSOP Circuit events.

Jim Juvancic - Eliminated in 2nd place

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 4:38 PM Local Time

SandovalFT

Daniel Sandoval was eliminated in 3rd place for $8,441. This marked Sandoval's first career WSOP cash.

Daniel Sandoval - Eliminated in 3rd place

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 3:55 PM Local Time

Travis Lauson holds over half of the chips in play with three players remaining.

Current chip counts:

Seat 1: Travis Lauson - 1,425,000 (71 bb)
Seat 2: Daniel Sandoval - 410,000 (20 bb)
Seat 3: Jim Juvancic - 630,000 (31 bb)

- 50 minutes remain in Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante

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

COPAG USA
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 3:36 PM Local Time

KimFT

Yoon Kim has busted in 4th place for $5,932. Kim, born in Korea, now lives in Caledonia, Wisconsin.

Yoon Kim - Eliminated in 4th place

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 3:26 PM Local Time

BertzFT

John Bertz has been eliminated in 5th place for $4,212. Bertz is from Iron Ridge, Wisconsin and this marks his second career WSOP cash.

John Bertz - Eliminated in 5th place

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 3:03 PM Local Time

The two players eliminated by Jim Juvancic's quads were Deana Miller and James Wadzinski. Miller had more chips than Wadzinksi, so she gets 6th place for $3,020 and Wadzinski has to settle for 7th place and $2,187.

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Deana Miller

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James Wadzinski

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 2:49 PM Local Time

Jim Juvancic just hit quads to knock out two players and get the tournament to final table. The five remaining players all guaranteed at least the 5th place money of $4,212

Final table seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Travis Lauson - 540,000 (45 bb)
Seat 2: Yoon Kim - 280,000 (23 bb)
Seat 3: Daniel Sandoval - 454,000 (37 bb)
Seat 4: John Bertz - 240,000 (20 bb)
Seat 5: Jim Juvancic - 990,000 (82 bb)

- 8 minutes remain in Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 2:21 PM Local Time

Cards are in the air for Day 2 of the six max event. Eight players began the day with a shot at the gold ring and top prize of $19,639, but the field is already down to seven. Within the first five minutes of play Mark Fink was eliminated. The tournament staff is redrawing the players to the unofficial final table.

Here is what the final seven players are competing for:

1st: $19,639 + 50 Casino Championship points + WSOP Circuit gold ring
2nd: $12,144 + 37.5 points
3rd: $8,441 + 30 points
4th: $5,932 + 27.5 points
5th: $4,212 + 25 points
6th: $3,020 + 22.5 points
7th: $2,187 + 20 points

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

COPAG USA
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:35 AM Local Time
End of Day 1
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:31 AM Local Time

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Mark Fink

Day 1 is done in the six max event and eight players will be heading to Day 2. The pace of eliminations was fierce early on and the money was hit shortly after the dinner break. Players continued to hit the rail quickly until the last three levels of the night. In the last two hours of play only three players busted. The stacks went from deep to fairly shallow. The average stack for the start of tomorrow will be 25 big blinds.

There are two multi-ring winners returning for Day 2 tomorrow. Mark Fink is a four-time gold ring winner and Jim Juvancic is a two-time gold ring winner. Juvancic returns for Day 2 in the middle of the pack, while Fink will fight his back from being the short stack.

Day 2 chip counts:

1. Yoon Kim - 488,000 (40 bb)
2. Daniel Sandoval - 402,000 (33 bb)
3. Travis Lauson - 347,000 (28 bb)
4. Jim Juvancic - 317,000 (26 bb)
5. Deana Miller - 308,000 (25 bb)
6. John Bertz - 268,000 (22 bb)
7. James Wadzinski - 191,000 (15 bb)
8. Mark Fink - 149,000 (12 bb)

- Day 2 starts at the beginning of Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante

- All remaining levels are 50 minutes long

The table draw can be found above under the "Reports" tab. Since it is a six max event the players are still divided between two tables. The field will combine to one table once the field is reduced to seven players.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:22 PM Local Time

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Kyle Kramer

The tournament has reached the money bubble in the six max event. The clock currently reads that there are 28 players remaining and the top 27 are set to be paid. Everyone reaching the money will be guaranteed to walk away with at least $504.

One familiar face still in the field is Kyle Kramer. Kramer played in the six max event this morning before having to leave to play at the Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold'em final table. It was a short day for Kramer at the Event #4 final table and he was the first player eliminated on Day 2. He finished in 6th place for $2,676. He returned to the six max event and is now looking to make a second consecutive final table.

Also still in the field is eight-time gold ring winner Ari Engel and four-time gold ring winner Mark Fink.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 5:03 PM Local Time

Registration has closed for the six max event and the final tally of entries came to 247. The players are competing for their share of the $74,100 prizepool. The biggest share will go to the winner, who will take home $19,639, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points. The top 27 spots will be paid and the min payout is $504.

Final table payouts:

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

Level 12 of the tournament just began with 52 players remaining. After this level players will go on a one-hour dinner break. After dinner play will last nine more 40-minute levels before bagging for the night.

Monday, February 6, 2017 10:15 PM Local Time
Ev6Structure
COPAG USA
Monday, February 6, 2017 10:09 PM Local Time

The series' only six max event is set to get underway Tuesday at 11 a.m. The six max always brings some of best action to the circuit. Here's what you need to know:

Event #6: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max - 11 a.m.

  • Players start with 10,000 tournament chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • The entire tournament is played six-handed
  • Registration is open until the start of Level 9 (3:30 p.m.)
  • Players are allowed one re-entry
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long, levels 13-21 are 40 minutes long and all remaining levels are 50 minutes long
  • There is a one-hour dinner break after Level 12
  • Day 1 will last 21 levels
  • Day 2 will begin Wednesday at 2 p.m.