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Sunday, October 29, 2017 12:58 AM Local Time
Reigning WSOP.com Player of the Year posts another impressive live result
Ian Steinman is turning into a bit of a live pro. The reigning Online Player of the Year in Nevada won his first Circuit ring on Saturday, taking down a one-day event at Harveys Lake Tahoe.
The $10,709 payday is another highlight on Steinman's recent live record, which includes a WSOP final table and a handful of five-figure scores.
Steinman, 28, is a professional poker player from Carson City, Nevada — just down the mountain from Lake Tahoe. He’s been playing the game full time since he came of age to do so legally.
Steinman played exclusively online last year, grinding around 7,000 tournaments on his way to claiming POY honors in Nevada. But he’s focusing more his efforts on the live realm these days.
“I just got sick of playing online, honestly,” Steinman said. “So I’ve been trying to travel more.”
It’s a pretty significant transition for someone who’s had as much online success as he has, but Steinman is most comfortable playing the game face to face.
“I love to talk to people,” he explained. “I love to try to get live reads. I played online for a long time, but it’s starting to come back to me. I just love people. I’m so interested in them and what they have to say.”
Saturday’s brick-and-mortar performance was an impressive one, with Steinman only at risk one time during his run to victory. The instance occurred in three-way clash at the final table, and his pocket kings held against two opponents, one of whom had him covered.
That was the pot that propelled the eventual champ into the driver’s seat, and he didn’t waste any time sealing the deal. The entire event took just about eight hours to run from start to finish.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:37 PM Local Time
It took just about six hours of play to trim this field from 119 entries down to a final table of ten. Here's the remaining lineup:
Seat 1: Jordan Henegar - 77,000
Seat 2: Richard Fitzgerald - 29,000
Seat 3: Daniel Hendriks - 132,000
Seat 4: Jesse Capps - 20,500
Seat 5: Ron Hansen - 125,000
Seat 6: Alex Prok - 138,500
Seat 7: Brenda Threadgill - 204,000
Seat 8: Bruce Jaffe - 109,000
Seat 9: Ian Steinman - 98,000
Seat 10: Peter Nowak - 308,500
Fitzgerald is the only one at the table with a previous Circuit win on his record. Steinman is a particularly accomplished player, too, though. He made a WSOP final table this past summer, and he was the 2016 WSOP.com Player of the Year under his alias ApokerJoker2.
Blinds are 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante in the current level, putting the average stack close to 24 big blinds. That's a respectable number for an event with a structure this brisk.
Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $746 this evening, but they're all chasing the gold ring and the top prize of $10,709. Play will continue until a winner is determined.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:31 PM Local Time
This $365 one-day event drew a field of 119 entries, creating a prizepool worth $35,700. That money will be shared by the final 12 players, with the bottom payout worth $746.
A gold ring and a top prize of $10,709 are reserved for the winner.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 3:53 PM Local Time