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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:11 PM Local Time
2016-17 World Series of Poker Circuit
Rio Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nev.
No-Limit Hold’em / Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
Total Entries: 180
Prize Pool: $54,000
February 20-21, 2017
Kirschenbaum, nicknamed “Little Cards,” wins his first Circuit ring and over $15,000.
Las Vegas, Nev. (21 February, 2017) — The first World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is Mordechai Kirschenbaum. Kirschenbaum emerged victorious in Event #3: $365 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha / No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, earning his first career ring and $15,124.
It wasn’t an easy path to victory for Kirschenbaum. The final table included two players with multiple career rings: Scott Stewart (4), and Christopher Carey (2). Carey finished in fifth place ($3,467) and Stewart in fourth ($4,823). Ming Zhu finished runner up. This is his sixth WSOP Circuit final table, out of eight Circuit cashes.
Kirschenbaum, who hails from Tel Aviv, earned the nickname “Little Cards” throughout this final table, as small cards repeatedly served him well and helped him gather all the chips.
This is the first event to finish at the Rio, and Kirschenbaum takes the lead in the Casino Champion race with 50 points. However, that lead is unlikely to last long. Three other events are scheduled to end Tuesday, and the winner of each of those will also earn 50 points. (The tie-breaker is money earned.)
Event #3 was the first event to play to completion at the WSOP Circuit at the Rio. The $365 event drew a field of 180 players, generating a prizepool worth $54,000. The final 18 players finished in the money. Full results are available in the RESULTS tab, above.
The tournament began at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20. The final day began at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, and the last hand was dealt around 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:10 PM Local Time
Mordechai Kirschenbaum - Winner of Event #3
Mordechai Kirschenbaum has won Event #3, earning his first WSOP Circuit ring and $15,1254.
He defeated Ming Zhu heads up. Zhu earns $9,346 for his runner-up finish.
Full results are available in the RESULTS tab, above, and a recap of the event will be posted shortly.
Ming Zhu - Second Place
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:41 PM Local Time
Boris Kasabov has been eliminated in third place. He earns $6,710 for his efforts.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:53 PM Local Time
Four-time ring winner Scott Stewart has been eliminated in fourth place, earning $4,823.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:06 PM Local Time
Two-time ring winner Christopher Carey has just been eliminated. He earns $3,467 for his fifth-place finish.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:04 PM Local Time
Harold Mahaffey has been eliminated in sixth place. He earns $2,492.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:36 PM Local Time
AJ Thompson is the first player eliminated on Day 2. He finishes in 7th place for $1,792.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:04 PM Local Time
Cards are in the air, and Day 2 is officially underway.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:36 AM Local Time
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:17 AM Local Time
The first day of Event #3 has come to a close with just seven players remaining. The tournament is played six-handed, so they are now on the unofficial final table. Day 2 is set to begin Tuesday at 2 p.m.
All seven players remaining are guaranteed a payout of at least $1,792. The eventual champ will score $15,124, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.
There are two multi-gold ring winners left in the field. Sitting second in chips is four-time gold ring winner Scott Stewart. If Stewart can get the win, it would be his first WSOP victory in a mixed format. The other multi-gold ring winner is Christopher Carey. Carey is a two-time gold ring winner. This cash put Carey over the $100k WSOP tournament earnings mark.
Day 2 Chip Counts:
- Day 2 starts at the beginning of Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Up-to-date results can be found above under the "Results" tab.
Monday, February 20, 2017 10:51 PM Local Time
The mixed no-limit hold'em/pot-limit omaha six max event drew 180 players to generate a $54,000 prizepool. The winner will receive $15,124, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points. The top 18 finishers will cash and min-cash is worth $670.
Here is a look at the full list of payouts:
Day 1 will last through Level 17. Day 2 is set to begin tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Monday, February 20, 2017 6:12 PM Local Time
The mixed PLO/NLHE 6-max event is now on its first break.
There are 144 entries so far, with 94 players remaining. Late registration is open until the start of Level 9 (roughly 8:30) p.m.
Monday, February 20, 2017 8:41 AM Local Time
Event #3: $365 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha Six Max - 4 p.m.
- Players start with 10,000 tournament chips
- Blinds begin at 25/50
- Registration remains open until the start of Level 9 (8:30 p.m.)
- Players are allowed unlimited re-entry
- Game type rotates between No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha
- The entire tournament is played six-handed
- Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long, levels 13-19 are 40 minutes long and all remaining levels are 50 minutes long
- There is no dinner break on Day 1
- Day 1 will last 17 levels
- Day 2 will begin Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Monday, February 20, 2017 8:40 AM Local Time