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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - SEMINOLE HARD ROCK (Hollywood, FL)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to Thursday, September 28, 2017

Event #7: $365 No-Limit Hold'em (Freezeout)

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $42,300
  • Entries: 141
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:10 PM Local Time

Kyle Adams

PLO cash game grinder binks a Circuit win and the top payout in Event #7

Kyle Adams came to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood to play the pot-limit Omaha cash games. He’ll leave with a gold ring and a tournament payout of nearly $12,000.

Adams, 31, won the $365 no-limit hold’em event on Thursday, collecting his first ring and the event’s top prize.

The champ was born and raised in Chicago, and he still calls the Windy City home. He quit his job as a tile setter six or seven years ago, and he’s been a professional PLO player since. Adams’ face does pop up in a tournament field every now and then, though.

“I go to a lot of the stops, and I’ll play one or two tournaments,” he said. “But I’m mostly here for the cash games.”

This freeze-out was Adams’ second tournament of the trip, and he late registered immediately after finishing in 12th place in the PLO event. He lost two thirds of his stack on the very first hand — that’ll happen when you play pots against Ari Engel — but he clearly made the most of his remainder.

Adams has been playing poker since he was a kid, introduced to the game by his grandparents. Despite devoting limited time to tournaments, his results are starting to add up. This most recent score moves Adams across the $100,000 mark in career earnings.

Horseshoe Hammond may be his home casino, but Adams had plenty of good things to say about his visits to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, too. “This is my seventh, eighth, ninth time here,” he said. “I love it. It’s South Florida. I have family and friends here, too. It’s always fun.”

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:17 AM Local Time
Tanner Bibat

The clock has run out on Day 1 of this $365 freezeout. The finish line was once again in sight as the clock struck zero, but the final three players will have to return on Thursday to settle the score.

Here's the remaining lineup:

Seat 1: John Cofhlin - 309,000 (26 bb)
Seat 2: Kyle Adams - 400,000 (33 bb)
Seat 3: Tanner Bibat - 701,000 (58 bb)

Bibat (pictured) is the man to beat, holding nearly half the chips in play. Blinds will be 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante when action resumes.

Here's what they're playing for:

1st: $11,844
2nd: $7,320
3rd: $5,284

Day 2 begins Thursday at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 9:32 PM Local Time

About 10 hours into Day 1, the starting field of 141 entries is reduced to 10 players. They've just redrawn for new seats around the last table left in the room.

Here's the lineup:

Seat 1: Jonah Miller - 47,000 (12 bb)
Seat 2: Matt Silva - 50,000 (13 bb)
Seat 3: Nick Avena - 148,000 (37 bb)
Seat 4: John Cofhlin - 159,500 (40 bb)
Seat 5: Qasem Jamhour - 98,500 (25 bb)
Seat 6: Richard Saunders - 112,500 (28 bb)
Seat 7: David Shmuel - 227,000 (57 bb)
Seat 8: Kyle Adams - 71,000 (18 bb)
Seat 9: Tanner Bibat - 400,000 (100 bb)
Seat 10: Jack Basinger - 104,000 (26 bb)

Blinds are 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante in the current level, putting the average stack around 35 big blinds. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $867.

Action is scheduled to continue through the end of Level 21 before the day concludes, but there's an outside shot this plays to completion tonight.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:30 PM Local Time
Event 7 - Info
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:46 AM Local Time