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Saturday, October 28, 2017 12:53 AM Local Time
California entrepreneur wins his own first ring, moves into a tie with wife
Robert Angeleri is the WSOP Circuit’s newest first-time winner. He outlasted a field of 132 entries in the one-day event, earning a gold ring and a five-figure top prize.
Angeleri, 41, is a part-time player from Kelseyville, California. He and his wife, Iris, buy and sell houses among other entrepreneurial pursuits. They play poker for fun, and they’ve found some good success at it, too.
Almost to the day, Robert’s victory comes four years after his wife’s first Circuit victory in the same building. The two were just married in May, but they’ve been together for more than a decade.
“Every time we come here, we seem to do good in tournaments,” Robert said after his win. “Every year, we seem go back with more than we came with.”
That’ll be the case once again this year, as Robert collected $11,089 for his day of work.
While he was making moves on one side of the room, Iris was busy bagging up among the final 10 players in Event #1B. She’ll return to the felt on Sunday to try to retake the ring lead for the Angeleri family.
Robert was the chip leader with 18 players left in this event before dropping down to the shortest stack in the field. With 10 players left, though, he won a huge double knockout pot with pocket tens, surging back into the chip lead.
He did not relinquish it again. Less than an hour later, Robert was posing for winner’s photos with his new piece of jewelry and his wife by his side.
They’re both WSOP Circuit winners now.
Friday, October 27, 2017 11:41 PM Local Time
Thanks to a double knockout, the final table begins with just eight players. Here's the lineup:
Seat 1: Robert Angeleri - 480,000
Seat 2: JaLea Minter - 160,000
Seat 3: Betty Bass - 92,000
Seat 4: Todd Julich - 203,000
Seat 5: James Mitchell - 120,000
Seat 6: Vince Burgio - 44,000
Seat 7: Gil Aboodi - 63,000
Seat 8: Shawn Quinn - 97,000
Although there are some accomplished players at the table, none of them are previous winners on the WSOP Circuit. That will change this evening.
There's a break coming up in a moment, after which the blinds will be 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante. That puts the average stack just over 20 big blinds. Play continues tonight until a winner is determined.
Friday, October 27, 2017 7:23 PM Local Time
Level 9 is now ticking off the clock, and registration is closed for Event #3.
This one-day event pulled 132 players, generating a prizepool worth $39,600. That money will be shared by the final 15 players, with a min-cash worth $668.
A gold ring and the top prize of $11,089 are reserved for the winner.
Friday, October 27, 2017 3:12 PM Local Time