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

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 to Thursday, April 05, 2018

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

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $94,500
  • Entries: 315
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:28 PM Local Time

Joel Klipping - Event #8 Winner

Joel Klipping has just come away with his first World Series of Poker gold ring. The 47-year-old from Minnesota navigated through a field of 315 entrants in Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack Re-Entry. Along with his debut gold ring, Klipping takes home the top prize of $22,207 and 50 Casino Championship points.

Klipping entered the final ten players with a healthy chip stack. Then, midway through the final table, he scooped a pivotal pot against Cody Luchsinger. Klipping ended up shoving on the river, which left Luchsinger with a tough decision. After a short tanking period by Luchsinger, Klipping called the clock and Luchsinger decided to call. Klipping's set of twos was good enough to thwart Luchsinger's top pair and Luschsinger was sent to the rail in 6th place.

The massive pot put Klipping in a commanding position. From there, he eventually faced off with Nick Barksdale for the Monster Stack Title. It was a hard-fought battle, but in the end Klipping hit a straight to win it all.

The victory marks Klipping's second cash and second final table appearance of the Horseshoe Council Bluffs series. Earlier in the week he finished 8th in the multi-flight re-entry event.

Klipping now has a total of 67.5 points in the race for Casino Champion. Henry Gingerich placed 7th in the Monster Stack, which but him atop the leaderboard with 85 points. Kippling would need another cash of 8th or higher to overtake the lead. He plans to stick around and play in the Main Event, which begins tomorrow at noon.

Official Report

Thursday, April 5, 2018 5:27 PM Local Time

The fateful, 11th-place knockout has occurred, pushing Event #8 into an unofficial final table of ten players. The remaining group of competitors will each walk away with at least $1,660 and 10 Casino Championship points. Since Henry Gingerich is still in the mix he will overtake the lead in the race for Casino Champion.

Oren Goering, who started the day with the largest stack, sits just over the one million mark. However, Nick Barksdale has accumulated a mass of chips since Day 2 began and now holds a commanding chip lead.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final ten players:

Seat 1: Henry Gingerich - 450,000 (22 bbs)
Seat 2: Richard Weber - 242,000 (12 bbs)
Seat 3: Joel Klipping - 630,000 (31 bbs)
Seat 4: Bill Phillips - 505,000 (25 bbs)
Seat 5: TM Williams - 555,000 (27 bbs)
Seat 6: Cody Luchsinger - 469,000 (23 bbs)
Seat 7: Oren Goering - 1,056,000 (52 bbs)
Seat 8: Nick Barksdale - 1,658,000 (82 bbs)
Seat 9: Kevin McLaughlin - 350,000 (17 bbs)
Seat 10: Ken Webster - 430,000 (21 bbs)

- 22 minute left in Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante

Thursday, April 5, 2018 3:08 PM Local Time

Cards are in the air for Day 2 of the Monster Stack.

There are only 15 players remaining, but the it could take a while to reach a Champion. A Circuit gold ring and $22,207 is on the line.

Once the field is cut to ten, chip counts and the new seat draw will be posted.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 2:56 AM Local Time


The first 21 levels of the Monster Stack are in the books. There were 315 entrants who participated in the signature event. Ten-time gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu was knocked out in 16th place during the last hand of then night, meaning the conclusion of Day 1 consists of 15 survivors.

Oren Goering bagged with 911,000, good for the overall chip lead. Next in line, with 767,000, is Henry Gingerich who has had a spectacular series so far.

Gingerich currently sits second in the race for Casino Champion. He has already secured at least 5 more points with his Monster Stack run, but is in position to bank a lot more. With just one more bust out, Gingerich will hit a points jump to 10 and claim the outright lead.

Here is a full look at the chip counts going into Day 2:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 6:23 PM Local Time

Registration for the Monster Stack was shut down at the start of Level 9. The total starting field stood cracked 300 players, landing at 315 when the last entry was processed. Although the sum of entrants is a bit short of last years mark of 344, it is still a solid turnout.

A Monster Stack prizepool of $94,500 was created, which will reward the top 33 finishes with a payout and points toward the Casino Championship. The eventual champion will take home $22,207, 50 Casino Championship points, and a coveted gold ring.

Here is an outline of Event #8:

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 1:36 AM Local Time
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 1:02 AM Local Time

It is day number seven here at Horseshoe Council Bluffs and the presence of a big tournament has arrived. Cards will be in the air at noon for Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack. There will be a $65 buy-in, Mega Satellite into the signature, WSOP event being held at 9:00 a.m.

The Monster Stack provides players 20,000 in tournament chips to begin with, twice the normal amount. This edition also features unlimited re-entry during the registration period, which remains open till the start of Level 9.

Here is a quick breakdown of the Monster Stack:

  • Players begin with 20,000 in tournament chips
  • Blinds start at 25/50
  • Day 1 is scheduled to play 21 levels
  • Registration is 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 is 15-minute break after Level 4, 8, 15, 18, 24, and 30
  • A 60-minute dinner break is scheduled after Level 12
  • Day 2 will resume Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
  • The winner will receive a WSOP Circuit gold ring