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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - THE BICYCLE CASINO (Los Angeles)

Saturday, December 09, 2017 to Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Event #10: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $1,024,500
  • Entries: 687
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, December 11, 2017 12:25 AM Local Time


Kelly Minkin

The two starting days of the $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino are in the books and Kelly Minkin leads the 133 players remaining coming back for Day 2.

Minkin bagged up the Day 1A chip lead to take the overall chip lead into Monday. She finished her respective flight with 428,000 and holds a sizable lead over the rest of the field. Anil Jivani (363,000), Kevin Gerhart (300,000), Scott Stewart (300,000) and Yotam Shmuelov (283,500) round out the top five chip counts. Gerhart and Stewart finished tied atop the Day 1B chip counts and will start Day 2 tied for.... READ MORE
Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:39 PM Local Time

Day 1B has wrapped up, and the remaining players are bagging their chips.

A full recap will be posted shortly.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:31 PM Local Time
The clock has been stopped with ten minutes remaining, and they've a two - each table will now play two more hands before bagging up for the night.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:12 PM Local Time

Ronnie Bardah

Action folds around to Ronnie Bardah in the cutoff, and he moves all in for 35,700. The button folds, and Melanie Weisner is in the small blind. She tanks for about two minutes, then moves all in over the top. The big blind folds, and the players table their cards:


The board runs out      , and Weisner wins with her ace to eliminated Bardah.

Melanie Weisner - 101,000
Ronnie Bardah - Eliminated

Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:11 PM Local Time

Scott Stewart opens from early position with a raise to 5,000. He finds calls from the player in the cutoff and the player in the big blind. 

The flop comes down    . The big blind checks to Stewart who bets 7,500. Only the player in the cutoff calls. 

On the   turn, Stewart bets again, this time making it 13,700. The cutoff asks for a count of the bet, then calls. 

Stewart bets again on the   river. He cuts out a bet of 22,000 and pushes it forward. The player thinks for about a minute, then calls. Stewart shows   . The other player mucks and that allows Stewart to take down the pot and move to around 250,000. 

Scott Stewart - 250,000

Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:56 PM Local Time
Level: 15
Blinds: 1,200/2,400
Ante: 400
Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:56 PM Local Time

Dana Kellstrom raises to 4,600 on the button and Corey Hochman moves all in for about 38,000 out of the small blind. Jeff Nairin moves all in out of the big blind for about 40,000 and Kellstrom folds after a minute of thought.

Hochman shows    and is dominated by Nairin's   .

The flop is    , which gives Hochman a ton of equity with the nut flush draw and a gutshot straight draw. Nairin begins to call for red cards as the turn comes the   and the river is the  . Nairin gets the red cards he was asking for and Hochman is eliminated.

Jeff Nairin - 88,000
Corey Hochman - Eliminated

Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:52 PM Local Time

A player opens from middle position with a raise to 4,900. Jared Jaffee is in the big blind and he calls the raise. 

The flop comes down     and Jaffee checks over to his opponent who bets 4,100. Jaffee then check-raises, making it 10,400 to go. His opponent thinks for a bit, asks for a count of the bet, then decides to call. The player however, believes that Jaffee was all in and tables his    for no pair. Jaffee however, has more than 30,000 behind. A floor is called over and the ruling is just to continue play as is, with Jafee having the advantage of extra information. 

The turn is the   and the other player in the hand begins laughing, knowing that he had turned top pair. Jaffee though, shoves all in anyways for right around 30,000. The player calls. and turns up his   . Jaffee shows    for straight and flush draws. 

"Did you think I would fold?" the player asks.

"You should've," Jaffee says. 

The river is the   that Jaffee needs, completing his flush and allowing him to get a full double up from his opponent. 

Jared Jaffee - 99,000

Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:34 PM Local Time

Bobby Suer raises to 4,500 from middle position, and Scott Stewart three-bets to 12,200 from the button. Suer thinks for about 30 seconds, then calls.

Both players check the     flop, and they check again on the   turn. The river is the   and Suer checks a third time. Stewart bets 15,000 and Suer calls.

Stewart shows    for a pair of nines, and Suer mucks his cards.

Scott Stewart - 245,000
Bobby Suer - 128,000

Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:26 PM Local Time

The player under the gun raises to 4,000 and is called by the hijack, the cutoff and the button. Nipun Java goes all in for 5,300 out of the big blind and is called by all four players.

"It's hard to fold in that spot," said another player to Java.

"There are some real trash hands I could fold," said Java.

The flop is     and the under the gun player checks. The hijack checks and the cutoff bets 7,000. The button folds, the original raiser folds and the hijack call, creating a side pot between the hijack and the cutoff. 

Java immediately starts to head for the door, leaving his seat vacant while the rest of the hand is checked down. The turn is the   and the river is the  . Java is long-gone at this point and the dealer exposes his   . The hijack shows    and the cutoff wins both the main and side pot with   .

Nipun Java - Eliminated

Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:19 PM Local Time

A player in the cutoff opens with a raise to 3,500. Action folds to the small blind who shoves all in for right around 20,000. In the big blind, Chris Ocksrider shoves over the top with a covering stack of both players. The original raiser fold so the two players head to showdown. 


The board runs out       keeping Ocksrider ahead the whole way with his ace-high. The other player is sent to the rail and Ocksrider increases his stack to over 100,000. 

Chris Ocksrider, 105,000

Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:15 PM Local Time
Level: 14
Blinds: 1,000/2,000
Ante: 300
Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:10 PM Local Time

Steve Karp

Everyone folds to Steve Karp in the cutoff, and he grabs almost all his chips and raises. His raise is to 7,800, but he leaves himself with 500 behind. Marco Johnson calls the 7,800 from the button. The small blind then raises all in for about 38,000. Karp calls his last 500, and Johnson calls all in for 35,800.

Small Blind:   

The board runs out       and Johnson's pocket aces hold up. Karp is eliminated, and the small blind is left short-stacked.

Marco Johnson - 83,000
Steve Karp - Eliminated

Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:05 PM Local Time

After a raise from middle position to 3,500 and a call from the player in the hijack seat, Adam Volen makes it 9,300 from the cutoff. The big blind calls, while both of the other players fold, making it heads up going to the flop. 

The flop is     and both players check. They check again on the   turn and the   river. The big blind shows down his    but Volen has him beat holding    for a flopped pair of fours. He takes down the pot and moves over 100,000 chips. 

Adam Volen - 115,000

Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:50 PM Local Time

From under the gun, Kevin Gerhart opens with a raise to 3,500. He finds one caller from middle position and the two take a flop heads up. 

On the     flop, Gerhart leads out with a bet of 4,000, which his opponent calls. 

The turn is the   and both players check. On the   river, Gerhart bets again, this time putting out a small bet of 3,500. His opponent thinks for a while, then calls. Gerhart shows down his    and his opponent mucks. Gerhart takes the pot and adds to what looks like the biggest stack in the room right now. 

Kevin Gerhart - 235,000

Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:49 PM Local Time

There is about 20,000 in the middle on the river with a completed board of      . A player in early position checks and Christopher Stephens bets 7,000 from the cutoff.

His opponent check-raises to 17,500 and Stephens quickly calls. The early position player shows   , giving him a missed heart draw and king-high. Stephens wins the pot with   .

Christopher Stephens - 162,000

Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:48 PM Local Time

Scott Stewart

After a series of preflop raises, Scott Stewart gets all his chips in the middle against two opponents. Stewart has the biggest stack of the three, and both opponents are at risk. He holds   , and he's up against    and   .

The flop is     and Stewart takes a commanding lead. The turn is the  , and the river is the  . Stewart wins with his two pair, and both his opponents are eliminated.

Scott Stewart - 172,000

Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:35 PM Local Time
Level: 13
Blinds: 800/1,600
Ante: 200
Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:28 PM Local Time
The players are on their final 10-minute break of the night. When they return, they will play three more levels before bagging up for the night.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:27 PM Local Time

The board is      , and there's about 14,000 in the pot. Jorge Walker bets 6,000, and Ben Keeline raises all in for about 50,000. Walker goes deep into the tank. After a couple minutes, he asks for an exact count, which turns out to be 50,500. He continues thinking, and soon another player calls the clock. The floor says he'll give Walker 30 seconds to act, and after about 10 seconds Walker folds.

Ben Keeline - 70,500