Monday, May 6, 2019 5:41 PM Local Time
May 6, 2019 (Tunica) - The latest ring winner in the World Series of Poker Circuit is Blake Whittington, who has taken down the Horseshoe Tunica Main Event for $151,789. This is Whittington's first circuit Main Event win as well as his first WSOP six-figure cash. He adds ring number five to his resume and brings his WSOP career earnings over $750,000. The Chattanooga-based pro also locks in a seat to the 2019 Global Casino Championship to go along with all the big cash and two new rings, including the one he collected in Event #9 the night before playing in Day 1A of the main.
There were 466 entries into the Tunica main event, and by Day 3 only eight remained. Whittington began the day second in chips and quickly started to catch fire, sending Schuyler Thornton out first with a pair of kings. He would go on to eliminate four of his final-table opponents and build a massive lead with four players remaining. He chose his spots well, finding max value with almost every monster hand he found.... READ MORE
Monday, May 6, 2019 4:08 PM Local Time
2019 Horseshoe Tunica Main Event Champion Blake Whittington
Asaf Ben Shushan moves all in from the button for his remaining 425,000 and Blake Whittington snap-calls from the big, players turn over their cards in what could be the last hand of the night.
Asaf Ben Shushan:
The dealer fans out on the flop and Whittington's sailboats are still in the lead. A falls as a turn card and Shushan will need to hit to keep this tournament going. A hits on the river and that seals the deal for Whittington with his pair of fours who is the latest Main Event champion in the WSOP circuit.
Asaf Ben Shushan is eliminated in 2nd and collects a respectable $93,847 for his efforts.
Horseshoe Tunica Main Event Runner Up Asaf Ben Shushan
Monday, May 6, 2019 3:57 PM Local Time
Blake Whittington opens to 250,000 from the button, Asaf Ben Shushan calls in the big blind and the flop comes down . Both players check and the comes as a turn card.
Both players check, the hits on the river and Shushan pushes in 325,000. Whittington raises to 1,475,000 an Shushan calls. Whittington slams down for a full house and Shushan looks of disgust as he throws his hand into the muck.
Blake Whittington - 12,780,000 (127 bb)
Asaf Ben Shushan - 1,150,000 (11 bb)
Monday, May 6, 2019 3:49 PM Local Time
Third Place Finisher Michael Rossitto
Blake Whittington moves all in from the small blind, Michael Rossitto calls for his remaining 1,200,000 in the big blind and the two turn over their hands.
The flop comes down and Whittington takes the lead. A comes down on the turn, Rossitto will need an ace to stay alive. The falls on the river and changes nothing, sending the pot to Whittington and eliminates Rossitto from the tournament.
Blake Whittington - 11,145,000
Michael Rossitto - Eliminated
Monday, May 6, 2019 3:34 PM Local Time
Blake Whittington calls the small blind, Michael Rossitto checks the big and comes down as a flop. Both players check and the peels off as the turn card.
Whittington bets 130,000, Rossitto raises to 360,000 and Whittington calls. The falls on the river, Whittington pushes in 575,000 and Rossitto thinks for a few moments but ultimately he calls.
Rossitto tables for two pair and Whittington turns over for a straight on the turn, taking down the pot with his straight and adding to his chip lead in the process.
Blake Whittington - 9,630,000 (96 bb)
Michael Rossitto - 1,250,000 (12 bb)
Monday, May 6, 2019 3:21 PM Local Time
Monday, May 6, 2019 3:08 PM Local Time
Fourth Place Finisher Roger Foley
Blake Whittington opens to 190,000 from the cutoff, Roger Foley calls in the big blind and the dealer fans out on the flop. Foley moves all in for 1,310,000 and Whittington takes just a few seconds to think before he calls the all in.
Foley tables for a pair of fours and Whittington shows for middle pair of nines and the current lead. The comes on the turn and Foley will need to hit to stay alive.
An peels off as a river, changing nothing as Foleys falls victim to Whittington and is eliminated from the tournament in fourth place for $50,824.
Blake Whittington - 8,150,000 (101 bb)
Roger Foley - Eliminated
Monday, May 6, 2019 2:55 PM Local Time
Blake Whittington opens to 160,000 from the button, Michael Rossitto calls in the small blind and Asaf Ben Shushan defends his big. The dealer fans out on the flop, action checks to Shushan who bets 170,000 and Whittington raises to 370,000.
Only Shushan sticks around to see the fall on the turn. Shushan fires in 325,000, Whittington calls and the hits the felt on the river.
Action checks to Whittington who pushes in 750,000 and Shushan tank-calls after some thought. Whittington tables for full house and Shushan mucks, sending another large pot to Whittington.
Blake Whittington - 5,650,000 (70 bb)
Asaf Ben Shushan - 2,030,000 (25 bb)
Monday, May 6, 2019 2:51 PM Local Time
Michael Rossitto opens to 160,000 from the button, Asaf Ben Shushan calls in the small blind and Roger Foley defends his big blind. The dealer spreads out on the flop, action checks to Foley who moves all in for 735,000.
Rossitto folds and Shushan calls, players turn over their hands with Foley at risk. Shushan tables for a pair of nines and Foley shows for a flush draw.
A lands as a turn and Foley will need to hit to stay alive. The river comes down the , giving Foley exactly what he needs to win the pot with his flush, doubling through Shushan on the river.
Roger Foley - 1,850,000 (23 bb)
Asaf Ben Shushan - 4,300,000 (53 bb)
Monday, May 6, 2019 2:40 PM Local Time
One way or the other, Chattanooga's Blake Whittington has clinched a seat into August's Global Casino Championship with his performance at this Circuit stop. If Whittington wins today, he collects the automatic seat that goes to this stop's Main Event winner.
If Whittington doesn't win, he's already guaranteed at least a fourth-place finish and at least 40 more points on top of the 90 he's already earned. That would push him past Oregon's Maxwell Young, who moved to 92.5 points, nosing past Whittington, with a min-cash in Event #13 last night.
If Rossitto, Bin Shushan, or Foley wins, that person also gets an invite to Cherokee as the Main Event winner.
Monday, May 6, 2019 2:19 PM Local Time
Monday, May 6, 2019 2:08 PM Local Time
The remaining four players will now be taking a 15-minute break.
Monday, May 6, 2019 2:07 PM Local Time
Jesse Jones' tough Day 3 end with his exit in fifth place for $38,222. Roger Foley opens from under the gun for 150,000, and, next to act, Jones moves all in for 1.16 million. Action folds to Asaf Bin Shushan in the big blind, who has both Foley and Jones well outchipped but asks to see both players' stacks. He then moves all in himself.
Foley is then put a decision, as his stack was about the same as Jones'. Finally, he gets out of the way, quickly flashing what he later said was pocket nines:
Jesse Jones -
Asaf Bin Shushan -
Bin Shushan hits a king on the flop as the full board eventually shows
Asaf Bin Shushan - 4,000,000
Jesse Jones - Eliminated
Monday, May 6, 2019 1:57 PM Local Time
Roger Foley opens to 150,000 from the hijack, Michael Rossitto three-bets to 370,000 in the small blind and Foley moves all in for 700,000. Rossitto snap-calls and the two turn over their hands.
The board runs out and Foley's rockets hang on to take down the pot from Rossitto, securing himself a full double up.
Roger Foley - 1,550,000 (25 bb)
Michael Rossitto - 4,850,000 (80 bb)
Monday, May 6, 2019 1:54 PM Local Time
Michael Rossitto opens to 120,000 from the cutoff, Jesse Jones calls in the big blind and the dealer spreads out on the flop.
Action checks to Rossitto, he bets 100,000, Jones calls and a peels off as a turn card. Both players check, an hits the felt on the river and Jones pushes in 400,000.
Rossitto snap-calls and Jones tables for a missed straight. Rossitto shows for two pair and more than enough to scoop in another pot.
Michael Rossitto - 5,600,000 (93 bb)
Jesse Jones, 1,100,000 (18 bb)
Monday, May 6, 2019 1:34 PM Local Time
Sixth Place Finisher Timothy Burt
Timothy Burt moves all in from under the gun for 875,000, Roger Foley calls in the small blind and the two table their hands with Burt at risk of elimination.
The flop falls and Burt will need some help to stay alive. A hits on the turn, leaving Burt with just two outs. The river is a , sending the pot to Foley and his tens, eliminating Burt from the tournament in sixth for $29,157.
Roger Foley - 1,950,000 (32 bb)
Timothy Burt - Eliminated
Monday, May 6, 2019 1:30 PM Local Time
The chip counts have been shifting early on the final day, especially in the last two rounds of play.
Michael Rossitto - 4,800,000
Blake Whittington - 3,600,000
Asaf Ben Shushan - 2,150,000
Jesse Jones - 1,675,000
Roger Foley - 1,100,000
Timothy Burt - 875,000
Monday, May 6, 2019 1:15 PM Local Time
After two folds, Blake Whittington limps in from the button, Michael Rossitto completes from the small blind and big blind Asaf Bin Shushan checks his option. The flop is . Rossitto and Bin Shushan check, and Whittington bets 65,000. Rossitto folds, and after some pondering, Bin Shushan check-raises to 200,000
Whittington ponders in turn, then drops another 600,000 over the line. Bin Shushan takes only a couple of moments to fold.
"Show the bluff!" shouts Eric Salazar from the cheap seats. Whittington complies, showing his .
Monday, May 6, 2019 1:02 PM Local Time
Monday, May 6, 2019 12:52 PM Local Time
Seventh Place Finisher Taylor Deane
Jesse Jones opens to 150,000 from the hijack, Taylor Deane moves all in for around 1,280,000 on the button and Michael Rossitto pushes over the top from the big blind. Jones folds and the two turn over their hands with Deane at risk.
The dealer fans out on the flop and Rossitto's ladies are still standing strong. A peels off on the turn and Deane will need a seven to stay alive. The river is a and changes nothing as Rossitto takes down the pot with his queens, sending Deane out in seventh place for $22,556.
Michael Rossitto - 4,650,000 (93 bb)
Taylor Deane - Eliminated