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Friday, February 8, 2019 2:58 AM Local Time
Miami, Florida's Roberto Bendeck has earned the first major poker title of his career in winning Event #1 at Circuit Coconut Creek, $400 No-Limit Hold'em (1 Day). Bendeck earns $21,749 to go along with his first Circuit ring.
Bendeck survived a tough final table to earn this title, with the payday more than doubling his prior career WSOP earnings in seven previous cashes. Bendeck amassed a big stack early in the day, then had to negotiate through a three-way battle for the win against a couple of tough regional pros, Chilean native Nick Yunis and two-time ring winner Matthew Lambreck.
Yunis finished second after coming out on the short end of a see-saw duel against Bendeck in which Bendeck doubled up twice while all in before closing out the win. The last hand found Yunis all in himself with but in trouble against Bendeck's , and when the board brought nothing over a ten, the title was Bendeck's.
Yunis, who now calls Miami home, earned $13,438, while Lambrecht, now of nearby West Palm Beach, took third for $9,709.
"My style of play lends itself to [building] chip stacks," said Bendeck. "Right before the bubble, I was pushing a lot of spots. I won some, lost some, but that's basically how I got chips.
"To be honest, at the final table, I was pretty card dead. But then the hands that I did have, they basically played themselves. It was a very tough final table," added Bendeck, especially noting Yunis, who sat on Bendeck's immediate left throughout the final, also wielded a large stack, and applied pressure on Bendeck throughout. Yet Bendeck prevailed in the all-in hands, eventually sealing the win.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 10:26 PM Local Time
Event #1 has reached its unofficial ten-player final table. Here are the ten, with seat assignments and chip counts:
Seat 1: Roberto Bendeck – 441,000 (37 bb)
Seat 2: Nick Yunis – 1,064,000 (89 bb)
Seat 3: Jermie Anderson – 405,000 (34 bb)
Seat 4: Matthew Lambrecht – 330,000 (28 bb)
Seat 5: David Katz – 90,000 (8 bb)
Seat 6: Bryce McVay – 267,000 (22 bb)
Seat 7: Bryan Clark – 279,000 (23 bb)
Seat 8: Stanislav Angelou – 445,000 (37 bb)
Seat 9: Arkadiy Tsinis – 390,000 (33 bb)
Seat 10: Matthew Bretzfield – 340,000 (28 bb)
Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:33 PM Local Time
Late registration has closed in Event #1 and prizepool and payout information has been calculated. Event #1's topline numbers:
- Entrants: 269
- Places paid: 27
- Total prizepool: $88,770
- Winner's prize: $21,749
- Min-cash: $717
Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:45 AM Local Time
Action begins at 11 am in the first event at Circuit Coconut Creek, Event #1, $400 No-Limit Hold-em (1 Day). This event will play down to a winner tonight and includes the following:
- $50,000 prizepool guarantee
- 15,000 in starting chips
- 30-minute levels
- Late registration until the beginning of Level 13
Participation and payout information will be available early this evening.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:39 AM Local Time