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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - HORSESHOE COUNCIL BLUFFS (Iowa/Omaha area)

Thursday, March 29, 2018 to Friday, March 30, 2018

Ring Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $43,200
  • Entries: 144
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, March 30, 2018 6:05 PM Local Time

Jon Maras - Event #1 Winner

Jon Maras has just captured the first gold ring of the Horseshoe Council Bluffs, seizing his first World Series of Poker Circuit title as well. The 48-year-old from South Dakota defeated a field of 144 entrants in Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry, a tournament that took two days to complete.

Maras had a successful Day 1, ultimately bagging as the chip leader after 21 levels of poker. A small group of seven players advanced to Day 2. During the final stretch, Maras maintained his position and continued to apply pressure, scoring some knock outs in the process.

Going into heads-up action, Maras held a majority of the chips in play, up against his final opponent, Dan Klein. Maras' competitive nature and run of good cards could not be stopped. It did not take long before his moment of triumph was reached. The husband and father of three will be returning home with $12,095, a Circuit gold ring, and a momentous achievement to share with his family.

Official Report

Friday, March 30, 2018 3:06 PM Local Time

Cards are in the air for Day 2 of Event #1.

Seven players sit amongst the final table, ready to battle for the Circuit title.

Friday, March 30, 2018 2:41 AM Local Time


Jon Maras - Chip Leader

Three more players were lost before the clock struck zero on Level 21, which left seven players remaining at the conclusion of Day 1 of Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry.

Jon Maras maintained his chip lead, but only by a slight margin. Brandon Jones is hot on his tail. Day 2 action begins at 2:00 p.m. Friday with Level 23. All eyes will be on the the top prize of $12,095 and coveted Circuit gold ring.

Here is a look at chip counts for the final seven competitors:

Friday, March 30, 2018 1:57 AM Local Time

Colin Perry has hit the rail in Eleventh place. The field is down to ten players who have now merged to one table. Chip stacks around the table are not very deep. The group holds an average of 13 big blinds and there are four players with under ten big blinds. Jon Maras, from Hartford, South Dakota, is currently in the best shape with 328,000 to his name.

Check out the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final ten players:

Seat 1: Brandon Jones - 287,000 (28 bbs)
Seat 2: Brian Finn - 146,000 (14 bbs)
Seat 3: Nikolas Stone - 135,000 (13 bbs)
Seat 4: Cody Luchsinger - 66,000 (6 bbs)
Seat 5: Jon Maras - 328,000 (32 bbs)
Seat 6: Dan Klein - 85,000 (8 bbs)
Seat 7: David Danielson - 66,000 (6 bbs)
Seat 8: Bhaskar Setti - 195,000 (19 bbs)
Seat 9: Robbie Kent - 108,000 (10 bbs)
Seat 10: Sean Moore - 20,000 (2 bbs)

- 41 minutes left in Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante

The end of Level 21 is also the end of Day 1. Any players remaining after the next 41 minutes are up will bag up their chips and call it a night.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:26 PM Local Time

The first prizepool of the series has been posted. A total of 144 players showed up for Event #1, generating a prizepool of $43,200. The top 15 players will secure a World Series of Poker cash, with first-place taking home $12,095 and a Circuit gold ring.

There are currently 33 players still in the hunt, but action has ceased for a 60-minute dinner break.

Here is some basic info for Event #1:

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Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:24 PM Local Time
Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:11 AM Local Time

Beginning at noon is Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry. Players start off with 10,000 in tournament chips. Registration will be open till the start of Level 9 and unlimited re-entry is allowed during that time. Event #1 is scheduled as a two-day tournament.

Here are some details for Event #1:

  • Players begin with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Blinds start at 25/50
  • Day 1 is scheduled to play through 21 levels
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 9 (~4:30 p.m.)
  • Unlimited re-entry is allowed during the registration period
  • Levels 1-18 are 30-minutes long and Levels 19+ are 45-minutes long
  • There will be a break every two hours
  • Day 2 resumes at 2:00 p.m. Friday