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Monday, February 11, 2019 8:21 PM Local Time
Fort Lauderdale pro Zach Mullennix has claimed the title in Event #5, $600 No-Limit Hold'em, earning $19,758 and his first gold Circuit ring. Mullennix entered the day with the shortest stack of Day 2's 15 surviving players, then stormed to the chip lead well into the final table.
"On my second hand I got a double-up," Mullennix told the WSOP. "Then I slowly grinded it up from there. Once we got down to five I started to pick up some hands and then I got the chip lead."
Still, as often happens, Mullennix needed a dose of good fortune to stay there. One of the biggest pots at the final table placed Mullennix against eventual fourth-place finisher Russell Sullivan. Mullennix called an all-in shove from Sullivan (who had been playing aggressively) with ace-jack, only to find Sullivan waiting with ace-king. Mullenix had over half of his own stack at risk, but he caught a jack on the flop and finished the hand with over half the chips in play.
Yet it came down to a duel for the win between Mullennix and Day 2's starting chip leader, David Berman, who briefly took the lead before Mullennix surged ahead for good. The final hand brought big action on the turn of a board, when Mullennix bet 100,000 and Berman check-raised to 330,000. Mullennix pondered for about 30 seconds before calling.
When the arrived on the river, Berman almost immediately announced, "All in."
This sent Mullennix deep into the tank for several minutes. At one point, Mullennix said, "I can't really beat anything," but his tanking continued. Finally, another two minutes later, he dropped in chips for the call.
Berman said, "You won the ring. Good call." Mullennix turned over for two pair, while Berman showed his for a stone-cold bluff. Later Mullennix explained his lengthy thought process, in which he finally concluded that Berman likely hadn't check-raised the turn with a holding containing a jack. Mullennix's reasoning turned out to be correct, and the result was his first Circuit win.
Monday, February 11, 2019 3:24 PM Local Time
Event #4 has quickly reached its unofficial 10-player final table. Here are the final 10, with seat assignments and chip counts:
Seat 1: William Valladares – 425,000
Seat 2: Michael Hallen – 103,000
Seat 3: Scott Harwood – 368,000
Seat 4: Mark Bernat – 142,000
Seat 5: Casey Kelly – 48,000
Seat 6: Zach Mullennix – 98,000
Seat 7: Matthew Lambrecht – 280,000
Seat 8: Jeffrey Trudeau, Jr. – 222,000
Seat 9: David Berman – 435,000
Seat 10: Russell Sullivan – 602,000
Monday, February 11, 2019 2:06 PM Local Time
Action has resumed on Day 2 in Event #4, with 15 players set to divvy up this event's $70,555 prizepool.
Monday, February 11, 2019 3:05 AM Local Time
Day 1 in Event #4 is complete, with action playing a few hands of overtime past the scheduled end of play to allow the money bubble to burst. As a result, all 15 players who return for Monday's Day 2 are already assured an $1,191 minimum cash. Leading the way in the chase for the $19,758 winner's payday, however, is David Berman. Here are the final 15:
David Berman – 517,000 (86 bb)
Russell Sullivan – 447,000 (75 bb)
William Valladares – 355,000 (59 bb)
Michael Hallen – 211,000 (35 bb)
Mark Bernat – 204,000 (34 bb)
Scott Harwood – 171,000 (29 bb)
Matthew Lambrecht – 165,000 (28 bb)
Brian Soja – 144,000 (24 bb)
Jeffrey Trudeau Jr – 135,000 (23 bb)
Timothy Banks – 110,000 (18 bb)
Arkadiy Tsinis – 63,000 (11 bb)
Matt Bianchini – 58,000 (10 bb)
Kharlin Sued – 55,000 (9 bb)
Casey Kelly – 53,000 (9 bb)
Zachary Mullennix – 49,000 (8 bb)
Chip counts sorted by last name and seat assignment are also available under the "Reports" tab. Action resumes at 2 pm on Monday.
Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:10 PM Local Time
Late registration has closed in Event #4 and prizepool and payout information has been calculated. Here are Event #4's topline numbers:
Places paid: 15
Total prizepool: $70,555
Winner's prize: $19,758
Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:10 PM Local Time
It's a 4 pm kickoff for Event #4 on the Circuit Coconut Creek slate, $600 No-Limit Hold'em. This two-day event features the following:
- $50,000 prizepool guarantee
- 20,000 in starting chips
- 30-minute levels on Day 1, 45-minute levels on Day 2
- Late registration until the beginning of Level 13
- Day 2 play begins at 2 pm on Monday
Prizepool and payout info will be available later tonight.
Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06 PM Local Time