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Friday, February 22, 2019 8:26 PM Local Time
Austin Apicella - Event #10 Winner - Posing with Friends
Austin Apicella came away with his fifth career World Series of Poker gold ring Friday evening at the Rio Circuit series. The 35-year-old from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas topped a field of 413 entrants in Event #10: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack (30-Minute Levels) to secure the achievement.
Event #10 was originally scheduled as a one-day tournament. However, a starting field of over 400 entries assured that a champion would not be crowned within 24 hours. Day 1 was ceased at the end of Level 26 and the Day 2 restart was set for 3 p.m.
“It didn’t bother me,” Apicella mentioned about the change in plans. “I was in a good spot the whole tournament, honestly; picked my spots good; always had position on the chip leader and just took advantage of that.”
Apicella began Day 2 as third in chips among 16 advancing players. He maintained the same position going into the unofficial final table of 10 and rode his stack to heads up. Steven Jones was Apicella's final opponent. Jones began with a sizable chip lead, but Apicella would fight back, leading to an epic, back-and-forth battle.
“It was a good heads up match, very swingy,” said Apicella.
After a crazy duel, full of big, chip swings and multiple all ins won by each player, Apicella finally scooped every chip in play. Jones had to settle for the runner-up spot, good for $18,529, while Apicella picked up $29,985 along with gold ring number five.
Apicella’s gold-ring spree surfaced during a two-year span between the end of 2012 and 2014. During that time, he claimed two Harvey’s Lake Tahoe titles, including his debut ring, a win at Harrah’s New Orleans, and a win at Choctaw Durant. Now, Apicella has added a win at the Rio to round out five first-place finishes on the WSOP Circuit.
“It feels great,” Apicella said after returning to the winner’s circle.
Friday, February 22, 2019 4:17 PM Local Time
It took nearly one hour of Day 2 for six players to go bust, pushing Event #10 into an unofficial final table. The remaining group of ten players have redrawn seats and are set to duke it out for first place.
Steven Jones has skyrocketed to nearly three million in chips since the day began. Jones sits with a big chip lead among a table that holds an average of 24 big blinds per player. David Larson is second in the ranks and four-time gold ring winner Austin Apicella rounds out the top three, going for his fifth Circuit title.
Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final ten players:
Seat 1: Bobby Sanoubane - 660,000 (13 bbs)
Seat 2: Lorena Chiquillo - 585,000 (11 bbs)
Seat 3: Steven Jones - 2,965,000 (59 bbs)
Seat 4: Daniel Thomas - 1,215,000 (24 bbs)
Seat 5: Sue Soto - 580,000 (11 bbs)
Seat 6: Jesse Balliett - 1,060,000 (21 bbs)
Seat 7: Dennis Brand - 410,000 (8 bbs)
Seat 8: David Larson - 1,950,000 (39 bbs)
Seat 9: Brian Lawrence - 1,440,000 (28 bbs)
Seat 10: Austin Apicella - 1,550,000 (31 bbs)
- 5 minute left in Level 28: 25,000/50,000 - BB Ante 50,000
Friday, February 22, 2019 1:38 PM Local Time
Just over an hour separates Event #10 players and their Day 2 restart. With 16 competitors remaining, the field is just six bust outs away from a redraw to one table. Seating assignments and chip counts will be posted when the merge occurs.
Leonard Smith begins with a hefty chip lead. His stack of 1,950,000 is well beyond most of his opponents. Players are in the money and have already secured $1,567 and 10 Casino Championship points.
- Play resumes with Level 27: 20,000/40,000 - BB Ante 40,000
Friday, February 22, 2019 3:52 AM Local Time
Day 1 has finished with 16 players remaining. They will return for Day 2 of the tournament Friday at 3 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:58 PM Local Time
Registration has closed in Event #10: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack. The tournament drew a massive 413-player field to generate a $136,290 prizepool. The top 45 players will cash and everyone reaching the money is guaranteed a payout of at least $616. The tournament's champion will take home $29,985, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.
The complete payout structure can be found above under the "Prizepool" tab.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 6:01 PM Local Time
Event #10 of the series is the $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack. The event, which is scheduled to begin Thursday at noon, will start players with twice as many chips as they would in a standard $400 No-Limit Hold'em Circuit event. All the details about the tournament are listed below.
Event #10: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack (30-Minute Levels) - 12 p.m. Start
- Players start with 30,000 tournament chips
- Unlimited Re-Entry is allowed
- Registration remains open until the start of Level 13 (about 7:15 p.m.)
- All levels are 30 minutes long
- There is a 45-minute dinner break after Level 12
- Scheduled as a one-day event, but will be extended to two if necessary
- All players cashing will receive Casino Championship points
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 5:54 PM Local Time