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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - RIO LAS VEGAS

Thursday, February 23, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $112,800
  • Entries: 376
  • Remaining: 0

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Friday, February 24, 2017 9:35 PM Local Time

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Event #8
No-Limit Hold'em
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 376
Prize Pool: $112,800

Chris Leong goes wire-to-wire to win his fourth career WSOP Circuit gold ring.

LAS VEGAS (February 24, 2017) -- Chris Leong has defeated a 376-player field in Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em at the Rio Circuit for his fourth career WSOP Circuit gold ring and the top prize of $24,812. This was Leong's second gold ring of the 2016/2017 season. He won the six max event at Foxwoods last August for $19,665.

Leong now has accumulated 167.5 Global Casino Championship points on the Circuit this season, which should be enough points for him to finish as one of the top 50 point earners on the season. For finishing in top 50, Leong will earn a seat to the 2017 Global Casino Championship, where he will compete for a piece of the $1 million guaranteed prizepool and a gold bracelet.

"I was thinking of going to NOLA if I didn't qualify, but now that I did, I might skip that," said Leong.

Leong plans on playing the $1,675 Rio Main Event, which begins tomorrow. If history is any indicator of future performance, a bet on Leong would pay high dividends. In the past when Leong has won a gold ring, he has followed it up with another deep run later in the series.

Leong won his first gold ring at the 2013 Caesars Atlantic City stop. Just four days after the win, he won his second career gold ring and second of the series. Earlier this season Leong followed up his gold ring victory at Foxwoods with a runner-up finish the very next day.

"Every couple of months I'll go through a little heater," said Leong. "I'm a pretty lucky guy, I'm not gonna lie."

Leong was happy with the way he played this tournament. He said that it was possibly the best poker he had ever played. Leong maintained the chip lead through most of the tournament once the money was reached. He bagged as the end of Day 1 chip leader with 18 players remaining. Right behind Leong in the end of Day 1 chip counts was Jeremy Meacham.

"I was the clear chip leader at my table and Jeremy was the clear chip leader at his table," said Leong entering Day 2 with the chip lead. "I know Jeremy, not personally, but I know who he is. I know he is a competent player, so I knew it would probably be us two heads up at the end."

Leong was right about him and Meacham meeting heads up for the ring. Both players steadily grew their chip stacks throughout Day 2. When the unofficial final table of 10 players was reached, Leong was still first in chips and Meacham still second. The two players combined had nearly half of the chips in play with 10 players left.

Once heads up, Leong and Meacham battled for about an hour before Leong was able to deliver the final blow. Meacham earned $15,335 for his runner-up finish.

Leong's impressive WSOP resume continues to grow with this win. He now has 18 WSOP cashes totaling more than $185,000. Leong has reached seven WSOP final tables, including making the final table of a 2016 $1k no-limit hold'em event at the summer series.

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Event #8 was the eighth of 13 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at the Rio. The $365 no-limit hold'em tournament attracted 376 players generating a $112,800 prize pool. The top 45 players were paid.

Day 1 began Thursday at noon and lasted 20 levels. Day 2 began Friday at 1 p.m. with 18 players remaining. The tournament ended at about 8:45 p.m.

Final table:

1st: Chris Leong - $24,812 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Jeremy Meacham - $15,335
3rd: Chris Herrin - $11,206
4th: Samvel Mkrtychian - $8,320
5th: Mark Kehrees - $6,274
6th: Jordan Handrich - $4,802
7th: Cary Marshall - $3,729
8th: Lawrence Masi - $2,937
9th: Jacob Battenberg - $2,346

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

Friday, February 24, 2017 7:42 PM Local Time

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Chris Leong (pictured) has just won the eighth event at the Rio World Series of Poker Circuit. The 28-year-old pro poker player bested 376 players in the $365 no-limit hold'em tournament to pocket $24,812 and earn his fourth career WSOP Circuit gold ring. He also earns 50 Casino Championship points for his victory.

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

1st: Chris Leong - $24,812 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Jeremy Meacham - $15,335
3rd: Chris Herrin - $11,206
4th: Samvel Mkrtychian - $8,320
5th: Mark Kehrees - $6,274
6th: Jordan Handrich - $4,802
7th: Cary Marshall - $3,729
8th: Lawrence Masi - $2,937
9th: Jacob Battenberg - $2,346

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

Friday, February 24, 2017 7:33 PM Local Time

Meacham

Jeremy Meacham finished runner-up for $15,335.

Friday, February 24, 2017 6:36 PM Local Time

Dinner break chip counts:

Seat 1: Chris Leong 2,620,000 (65 bb)
Seat 2: Jeremy Meacham - 1,140,000 (28 bb)

- Players will return from dinner to the start of Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante

Friday, February 24, 2017 6:30 PM Local Time

Sean Ryan

Chris Herrin has been eliminated in 3rd place for $11,206, leaving Chris Leong and Jeremy Meacham heads up for the gold ring. Leong and Meacham are now taking a one-hour dinner break.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 5:57 PM Local Time

Mkrtychian

Samvel Mkrtychian has been eliminated in 4th place for $8,320. This marked the Ukrainian's third career WSOP cash.

Friday, February 24, 2017 5:22 PM Local Time

KehressFT

Mark Kehrees is headed to the payout desk in 5th place to collect $6,274. This was Kehrees' 11th career WSOP cash. It was third career WSOP final table and best finish in a WSOP event.

Friday, February 24, 2017 5:18 PM Local Time

HandrichFT

Jordan Handrich has been eliminated in 6th place for $4,802. Handrich is a lawyer for poker players. This marks her third career WSOP cash and first final table.

Friday, February 24, 2017 4:24 PM Local Time

MarshallFT

Two-time gold ring winner Cary Marshall has been eliminated in 7th place for $3,729.

This marked the pro poker players 31st WSOP cash 10th final table. Marshall was the winner of the 2012 Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event. He defeated a 422-player field to earn $139,260 and his first career WSOP gold ring.

Friday, February 24, 2017 3:42 PM Local Time

Masi

Lawrence Masi has been eliminated in 8th place for $2,937. This marked his 5th career WSOP cash and first final table.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 3:36 PM Local Time

Battenberg

Jacob Battenberg is headed to the payout desk in 9th place to collect $2,346. This marked Battenberg's 5th career WSOP cash and 2nd final table.

Friday, February 24, 2017 3:25 PM Local Time

Herrin

Sean Ryan has been eliminated in 10th place for $1,900.

The tournament is now at the official final table.

Friday, February 24, 2017 3:15 PM Local Time

The tournament has worked its way down to the final 10 players. The tournament staff is redrawing the remaining players to the unofficial final table. All players remaining are guaranteed a minimum payout of $1,900.

Unofficial final table seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Chris Leong - 1,065,000 (66 bb)
Seat 2: Lawrence Masi - 219,000 (13 bb)
Seat 3: Jacob Battenberg - 50,000 (3 bb)
Seat 4: Jordan Handrich - 356,000 (22 bb)
Seat 5: Cary Marshall - 161,000 (10 bb)
Seat 6: Samuel Mkrtychian - 235,000 (14 bb)
Seat 7: Jeremy Meacham - 610,000 (38 bb)
Seat 8: Mark Kehress - 525,000 (32 bb)
Seat 9: Sean Ryan  - 152,000 (9 bb)
Seat 10: Chris Herrin - 430,000 (26 bb)

- 30 minutes remain in Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante

Friday, February 24, 2017 12:29 PM Local Time

Cards for Day 2 will go in the air at 1 p.m. There are 18 players remaining and three-time Circuit gold ring winner Chris Leong is leading. Everyone remaining is guaranteed a minimum payout of $1,297.

Action today will begin at the start of Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante. Level 21 will last 40 minutes long and then levels will be extended to 50 minutes long for the remainder of the tournament.

Good luck, players.

Friday, February 24, 2017 2:47 AM Local Time
Day 1 Ends
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Friday, February 24, 2017 2:47 AM Local Time

Day one has wrapped up with 18 players remaining.

The chip leader is three-time Circuit ring winner Chris Leong, who bagged up 535,000.

Here are the top 10 chip counts. Full chip counts and seat assignments are available in the REPORTS tab, above.

First Name Last Name Chip Count
Christopher Leong 535,000
Jeremy Meacham 453,000
Michael Sinclair 283,000
Jordan Handrich 264,000
Sean Ryan 249,000
Jeffrey Fuhr 244,000
Matt Grisham 240,000
Mark Kehrees 223,000
Chris Herrin 185,000
Samuel Mkrtychian 176,000

 

Day 2 will begin at 1:00 p.m., at Level 21 (blinds 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante).

Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:33 PM Local Time
Event #8 is now on dinner break. There are 89 players remaining, roughly half of whom will make the money.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:55 PM Local Time

Registration has closed, and the official numbers are in. The tournament attracted 376 entries, generating a prize pool of $112,800.

The top 45 players will make the money. A min-cash is worth $510, and the winner will earn $24,810.

Here are the final table payouts. A full prize structure is available in the PRIZEPOOL tab, above.

Place Payout
1 $24,812.00
2 $15,335.00
3 $11,206.00
4 $8,320.00
5 $6,274.00
6 $4,802.00
7 $3,729.00
8 $2,937.00
9 $2,346.00
Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:06 PM Local Time

Event #8 is now on its first break. There are currently 290 entries (with 250 players remaining), and late-registration/re-entry will remain open until the start of Level 9 (roughly 4:30 p.m.)


Six-time ring winner Vincent Moscati is among the players in the Event #8 field.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:34 PM Local Time

Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em - 12 p.m.

  • Players start with 10,000 tournament chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 9 (4:30 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 Friday at 1 p.m.
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