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

Sunday, February 12, 2017 to Monday, February 13, 2017

Event #11: $580 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $580
  • Prizepool: $85,000
  • Entries: 170
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, February 13, 2017 11:40 PM Local Time

Kalpesh Shah

Event #11
No-Limit Hold'em
Buy-In: $500 (+$80)
Total Entries: 170
Prize Pool: $85,000

Kalpesh Shah wins the eleventh event of the series for $22,950.

MILWAUKEE (February 13, 2017) -- Kalpesh Shah has picked up a gold ring on the final day of the Potawatomi series. He won Event #11: $580 No-Limit Hold'em for $22,950 and his first career WSOP Circuit gold ring. He finished the series with two cashes for a combined $23,804 in tournament earnings.

"It's like a dream," said Shah about winning his first gold ring.

Shah came into Day 2 of the tournament 9th in chips out of the 14 remaining players. He said entering the day he was looking to ladder up a bit, but was mainly focused on getting to the top three, which is where the big money was.

"[I] was just trying to stay out of bad spots," said Shah.

Shah said he had a little gamble in him, but tried to focus on staying out of trouble and staying patient. Shah stuck to his game plan of staying patient and was able to weather a three-handed battle with Christopher Blik and Konstantin Mikhailov that lasted over two hours long. Blik finally hit the rail in 3rd place to leave Mikhailov and Shah playing heads up for the ring. Shah then sent Mikhailov to the rail in second place. Mikhailov's runner-up prize totaled $14,183.

Part of the challenge of playing a long day of poker with only minimal breaks is fighting hunger. Players don't always have the opportunity to get a good meal in, and it can be tough to eat at the table when play is short-handed because of the constant action.

"I didn't eat all day. I was on a liquid diet until the dinner break," said Shah. "Here is the thing though, the most amazing thing I have done in my life is I fasted on just water for 30 days; it's for religious reasons. I could handle one day of fasting easily."

Shah compared fasting for 30 days to a marathon. Shah said it's not something you can just do, but it's something you can prepare for and eventually do with the right preparation. He said that he fasted for eight days straight four or five times in preparation for the 30-day fast.

Shah was born in Mumbai, India and lived there for three years before moving to the United States. He works as an independent futures and options trader in Hanover Park, Illinois. Lately Shah has been playing more poker to try to improve his game. He mostly plays cash games and small weekly tournaments, but tries to play the Hammond and Potawatomi poker series'.


Event #11 was the eleventh of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Potawatomi. The $580 no-limit hold'em tournament attracted 170 players generating an $85,000 prize pool. The top 18 players were paid.

Day 1 began Sunday at 3 p.m. and lasted 18 levels. Day 2 began Monday at 1 p.m. with 14 players remaining. The tournament ended at about 9:45 p.m.midway through Level 27.

Final table:

1st: Kalpesh Shah - $22,950 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Konstantin Mikhailov - $14,183
3rd: Christopher Blik - $10,209
4th: Brian McDaniel - $7,483
5th: Kenny Nguyen - $5,581
6th: Matthew Hamilton - $4,236
7th: Eric Rivkin - $3,269
8th: Scott Moses - $2,564
9th: Robert Clark - $2,045

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

Monday, February 13, 2017 9:08 PM Local Time


Kalpesh Shah (pictured) has just won the 11th event at the Potawatomi World Series of Poker Circuit. The 44-year-old bested 170 players in the $580 no-limit hold'em tournament to pocket $22,950 and earn his first career WSOP Circuit gold ring.

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

1st: Kalpesh Shah - $22,950 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Konstantin Mikhailov - $14,183
3rd: Christopher Blik - $10,209
4th: Brian McDaniel - $7,483
5th: Kenny Nguyen - $5,581
6th: Matthew Hamilton - $4,236
7th: Eric Rivkin - $3,269
8th: Scott Moses - $2,564
9th: Robert Clark - $2,045

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

Monday, February 13, 2017 4:19 PM Local Time


Brian McDaniel has been eliminated in 4th place for $7,483. This marks the gold ring winners 24th career WSOP cash and pushes his WSOP tournament earnings over the $100k mark.

Monday, February 13, 2017 4:04 PM Local Time


Kenny Nguyen was eliminated in 5th place for $5,581. This was Nguyen's third final table of the series. He has earned just enough points to take the lead in the Casino Championship with this cash. Nguyen earned 25 points for finishing in 5th place and now has 77.5 points on the series. He is tied with Josh Reichard, but owns the tiebreaker for having more tournament earnings over the course of the series.

Nguyen just needs to fade a few players left in Event #12 to earn the Casino Championship and the 2017 Global Casino Championship seat that comes along with it.

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

Monday, February 13, 2017 2:29 PM Local Time

Unofficial final table chip counts and seating assignments:

Seat 1: Eric Rivkin - 134,000 (16 bb)
Seat 2: Robert Clark - 51,000 (6 bb)
Seat 3: Matthew Hamilton - 335,000 (41 bb)
Seat 4: Kalpesh Shah - 181,000 (22 bb)
Seat 5: Brian McDaniel - 144,000 (18 bb)
Seat 6: Joel Tasman - 154,000 (19 bb)
Seat 7: Kenny Nguyen - 220,000 (27 bb)
Seat 8: Konstantin Mikhailov - 262,000 (32 bb)
Seat 9: Scott Moses - 132,000 (16 bb)
Seat 10: Christopher Blik - 427,000 (53 bb)

- 23 minutes remain in Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Monday, February 13, 2017 2:24 PM Local Time

The field is down to the final 10 players in Event #11: $580 No-Limit Hold'em. There are three players remaining that are still in contention to win the Casino Championship: Eric Rivkin, Kenny Nguyen and Scott Moses.

Josh Reichard busted earlier today in the Main Event and is current leader in the Casino Championship with 77.5 points. Series tournament earnings serves as the tiebreaker. Rivkin will have that advantage over Reichard because of his $44k cash in the High Roller event, so he only needs to get to 77.5 points to pass Reichard. Nguyen also has the tiebreaker over Reichard. Moses does not and will need to get over 77.5 points to pass Reichard in the standings.

Current points:

Kenny Nguyen: 52.5 points
Eric Rivkin: 37.5 points
Scott Moses: 35 points

Here is how many points the players will earn for their finishing position:

1st: 50 points
2nd: 37.5
3rd: 30
4th: 27.5
5th: 25
6th: 22.5
7th: 20
8th: 17.5
10th: 10

Nguyen needs at least a 5th place finish to pass Reichard. Rivkin and Moses need to win the event to pass Reichard.

Note: Event #12 registration is still open. The event will finish late tonight and could impact the Casino Championship race.

Monday, February 13, 2017 12:16 PM Local Time

The restart for Day 2 will be at 1 p.m. There are 14 players remaining and Christopher Bilk has the chip lead.The first thee levels on Day 2 will be 40 minutes long and then the levels will be extended to 50 minutes long for the remainder of the tournament.

The chip counts and table draw can be found above under the "Reports" tab.

Day 1 results can be found above under the "Results" tab.

Monday, February 13, 2017 12:14 PM Local Time
End of Day 1
Monday, February 13, 2017 1:26 AM Local Time

The money has been reached and the final 18 players are all guaranteed $1,140 for cashing. The eventual champion will score a $22,950, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Global Casino Championship points. Players still in the field include Kenny Nguyen, Eric Rivken, John Dollinger and Brian McDaniel.

There are two more 40-minute levels left in Day 1. After the two levels are complete, players will bag for night. Day 2 of the tournament is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m. but the tournament staff will give the remaining players the option to return sooner if they all agree.

Chip counts from this event will be posted Monday before the start of play.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:24 PM Local Time
Ev11 Structure
Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:20 PM Local Time

Event #11: $580 No-Limit Hold’em – 3 p.m.

  • Players start with 12,000 tournament chips
  • Blinds start at 25/50
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 9 (7:30 p.m.)
  • Re-entry is not allowed
  • 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 45-minute break after Level 12
  • Day 2 will begin Monday at 3 p.m.