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Monday, May 07, 2018 to Monday, May 07, 2018

Event #12: $365 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-Entry

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $44,700
  • Entries: 149
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 2:42 AM Local Time

Eric Salazar - Winner of Event #12 at the Horseshoe Baltimore 

In the final event of the Horseshoe Baltimore Circuit stop, Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack Turbo, Eric Salazar outlasted a field of 149 entrants to take down his first World Series of Poker ring. Salazar had already been having an astounding month, making four final tables in that period.

“It feels really good to finally get it done,” Salazar said. “This is our fourth FT in the last few weeks, between Cherokee and here. We have and eighth, a fifth, a third. And we finally get it done. It feels really great.”

It was just a few months ago that Eric Salazar was put in a tight position after taking a big hit in a cash game. A spot that he said, his backer helped him get out of.

“I’m just so thankful for my backer,” Salazar said. “Two and a half months ago, I called him and I said ‘Dude, I’m f***ed up.’ Which I was at the time. I took a really big L in a big PLO game back home. So I asked him if he could help me out. He brought me on a few stops.”

That’s when Salazar met Blake Whittington, another pro grinding the circuit. The two became fast friends and Salazar attributes a lot of his recent success to Whittington as well as Matthew Higgins.

“They have helped me such an insane amount,” Salazar said about the two. “Having him and Matt [Higgins]. We have a thread. We talk about almost every hand that happens. He’s been doing just amazing coaching. It’s improved my game so much. Obviously, I’m showing results. We’ve been pretty much together every day. And it’s just improved me so much.”

Across the room, Salazar looks at Blake Whittington, who at the time was heads up in Event #11: $3,250 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, playing heads up for $49,950.

“We went from having out backs against the wall to this,” Salazar continued. “This is just amazing.”

For Salazar one of the benefits of being backed has come in the form of ammunition. Having enough to buy into these tournaments has helped take some of the stress of variance away from him.

“Having the volume and having somebody that’s going to back me helped me so much,” he explained. “I would go to Cherokee and be there with just two bullets for the re-entry or something. And just being able to go to these last couple stops with ammo just helps out so much. It takes out the stress and helps me play so much better.”

With his win in Event #12, Eric Salazar takes home $12,516 and his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring.

For a full list of results, click here.
Monday, May 7, 2018 11:08 PM Local Time

Eric Salazar 

Eric Salazar took down $12,516 for winning Event #12, the last event of the series. Salazar has made several final tables over the last few weeks between Baltimore and Cherokee and said it was a long time coming. His friend and training partner Blake Whittington was also heads up, across the room in Event #11: $3,250 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller. Whittington jumped up to congratulate his friend, took a winner's photo, and immediately went back to his match. 

A full report of this event will be available later in the day. For a full list of results, click here.

Monday, May 7, 2018 8:09 PM Local Time

The final table has been reached quickly in Event #12, currently only 10 players remain and leading the way is Jeff Charlow from Baltimore, making his first final table of this series. Also making it to the final table is Ari Engel who is locking up another cash after cashing in Event #10 on Sunday. 

Here's a look at how the final ten stack up:

Seat 1 - Jay Zeman - 423,000 
Seat 2 - Ari Engel - 144,000
Seat 3 - Jeff Charlow - 625,000
Seat 4 - August Smrek - 436,000
Seat 5 - Wilton Matos - 299,000
Seat 6 - Eric Salazar - 438,000
Seat 7 - Stephen Schillinberg - 50,000
Seat 8 - Steven Tindle - 165,000
Seat 9 - George Machesic - 130,000
Seat 10 - Filippos Stavrakis - 260,000

Monday, May 7, 2018 3:04 PM Local Time

A total of 149 entrants came out for the last event of the Horseshoe Baltimore series, creating a total prizepool of $44,700. With that the first place prize for the event will be $12,516. A total of 15 players will be paid for the event with a mincash being worth $755 and a final table appearance being worth $1,130 for 9th place. Among those seen in the field today are Irene Carey, Marshall White, Mike Azzaro who registered before Event #10 even finished, and Tim Bishop who is looking for one more cash to secure even more points on the Circuit Venue Leaderboard.

A full prizepool for the event can be found in the prizepool table above.

Monday, May 7, 2018 10:53 AM Local Time

Action is set to begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 7 for the final event of the Horseshoe Baltimore Circuit stop, Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Turbo. Last year this event was also the last of the series and it drew out 185 entries. The event was won by Ronald McDonald a 61-year old asphalt worker from Centreville, Virginia. He took home $14,429 for his victory as well as a World Series of Poker Circuit ring. 

Here is some relevant information for this event: 

  • Players will start with 20,000 in tournament chips.
  • Blinds will start at 25/50
  • Players will play down to a winner in this single day event.
  • Late registration will be open until the start of level 9. (~2:10 p.m.)
  • Players will have a 10 minute break after every six levels and a 30-minute dinner break after level 21. 
  • All levels for this tournament will be 20 minutes.
  • Players eliminated may re-enter at at time before level 9.