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2019/20 WSOP Circuit - HORSESHOE HAMMOND (Chicago area) The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, October 18, 2019 to Sunday, October 20, 2019

Event #12: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $1,610,445
  • Entries: 1,063
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, October 21, 2019 10:31 PM Local Time
Ravi Raghavan Wins WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event ($272,322)

Ravi Raghavan

The World Series of Poker Horseshoe Hammond $1,700 Main Event is now history and at the end of play on Day 3, it was a familiar Chicago name who emerged as the champion.

Ravi Raghavan conquered the gargantuan field of 1,063 to win a first-place prize of $272,322 and his second WSOP circuit ring, the first also coming in Hammond in 2016. At the beginning of the day, it was asked if Raghavan, who was the most accomplished player returning to action, could recreate the Hammond magic that has benefitted him in the past. And after nine and a half hours of play, the answer to that question was a resounding yes.

"Pretty good, pretty, pretty good" said Raghavan, who seemed overcome with glee when asked how it felt to take yet another title in his home casino.

One of the perks of winning a WSOP circuit ring is the qualification for the year end Global Casino Championship, which is something that Raghavan values as he wasn't up to date on the point system and how it worked.

"That's a great feature to get the qualification to the GCC. Now I don't have to chase it. It's really tough to get it this year and it's really a big load off my mind now that I don't have to chase it."

That won't change his poker playing plans drastically in the coming months: "I always play the driving-distance circuit events, so I will go [to those stops] as planned." But he admits that it does in fact put a new perspective on things as he clarified a few moments later: "You know what I know, everything changes when you win a big one."

Final Table Results

PositionPlayerHometownPrize Money
1Ravi RaghavanNorthbrook, Ilinois$272,322
2Michael WolffMadison, Wisconsin$168,325
3Casey CarrollGrand Rapids, Michigan$126,749
4John ShannonWoodstock, Illinois$96,304
5Andrew OstapchenkoCarlsbad, California$73,837
6David LindquistBenton Harbor, Michigan$57,131
7Matthew ShepskyGlenview, Illinois$44,615
8Michael RossittoBrooklyn, New York$35,167
9Bryan SkreensWinfield, Illinois$27,981
10Blake BattagliaChicago, Illinois$22,476

Early Action of the Day

Day 3 started at a tentative place as the original field of 19 players was cut down by only two in the first two hours of play, with players wanting to solidify their place in the chips counts rather than taking big risks.

Eliminations started to rev up after the first break of the day as WSOP bracelet Alan Percal was toasted by Raghavan in 17th when his ace-king ran into aces. A steady pace of elimination then began to develop as players dropped one by one from 16th down to 10th.

The pace would again hit a snag when the final table of 10 was formed, which saw Raghavan begin with the chip lead. But it was Michael Wolff who would take the initiative in the early part of the final table as he won several big hands to gather a substantial chip lead as everyone else began to fall behind him, including when he eliminated Blake Battaglia in 10th place to break the barrier.

Defining Hands

Wolff would continue to soar until one hand changed the course of the final table and wound up being the hand of the entire tournament. Raghavan flopped a set of eights against the top two pair of Wolff. The chips ended up all in on the flop and after the board ran out clean Raghavan was suddenly the huge chip leader while Wolff was knocked back down.

Just two minutes after that, Raghavan eliminated Michael Rossitto in eighth place when he woke up with pocket kings against the pocket nines of Rossitto to gain another critical pot, which Raghavan would specifically note afterward as being just as important to his win as the big hand against Wolff.

The eliminations came at a steady pace after that as Matthew Shepsky went down in seventh place, David Lindquist in sixth and Andrew Ostapchenko in fifth, two of which were sent to the rail courtesy of Casey Carroll. Raghavan would claim another victim when he eliminated John Shannon in fourth place when his flush got a river call.

Three-handed play would be defined by one hand when Raghavan flopped Broadway versus Carroll, who had a healthy stack at the start of the hand. Raghavan shoved on the river to send Carroll deep into the tank and eventually took all of his chips when Carroll called off with a pair of jacks.

Raghavan would take an overwhelming 7:1 chip lead heading into heads-up play against Wolff, who he would finish off in short order with ace-three running down pocket sixes to win the title.

In addition, Brian McDaniel won the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Casino Championship title for a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship. He amassed 75 points at the stop and won a ring in Event #6: $400 Monster Stack, good for $32,864.

Brian McDaniel
Horseshoe Hammond Casino Champ Brian McDaniel

Here's a look at all those who won rings at the stop:

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 NLH1,710$561,330David Larson$76,589
Event #2: $250 NLH Double Stack464$92,800Ryan Abelseth$18,810
Event #3: $400 NLH Seniors211$69,630Michael Reed$16,878
Event #4: $600 NLH154$79,310Jerry Gumila$20,773
Event #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha121$62,315Victor Skrobacz$16,977
Event #6: $400 Monster Stack502$165,660Brian McDaniel$32,864
Event #7: $400 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better102$33,660Vu Hoang$9,618
Event #8: $400 NLH Bounty172$39,650Marla Grapsas$10,140
Event #9: $600 NLH 6-Handed163$83,945Mike Moncek$21,751
Event #10: $1,125 NLH167$187,000Justin Brown$46,551
Event #11: $400 NLH Multi-Bag Bonus894$300,000Greg Baird$49,402
Event #12: $1,700 Main Event1,063$1,610,445Ravi Raghavan$272,322
Event #13: $2,200 High Roller132$264,000Javier Zarco$70,931
Event #14: $250 NLH274$54,800Marvin Guss$12,701

That wraps up thePokerNews of WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event. Stay tuned for more WSOP Circuit coverage in the final months of 2019 to be provided by PokerNews.

Monday, October 21, 2019 9:35 PM Local Time
Michael Wolff Eliminated in 2nd Place ($168,325)

Michael Wolff

In a preflop all-in Michael Wolff was at risk

Michael Wolff:   
Ravi Raghavan:   

The flop launched Raghavan into the lead as it came down    . The turn was the   and the river was the   and Wolff's run ended in second place.

Ravi Raghavan31,900,0007,500,000
Michael Wolff0-7,450,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 9:27 PM Local Time
Wolff Gets Some Breathing Room

Michael Wolff was all in preflop and in a good position with the    against the    of Ravi Raghavan.

Raghavan was rooting for clubs to take home the circuit ring but they would not come as it ran out       and Wolff cut a bit into Raghavan's huge lead.

Ravi Raghavan24,400,000-2,100,000
Michael Wolff7,450,000200,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 9:15 PM Local Time
Casey Carroll Eliminated in 3rd Place ($126,749)

Casey Carroll

A large pot was already in the middle on a board that read     . Ravi Raghavan was on the button and bet 1,600,000. Casey Carroll called after a few moments.

The river was the  . Raghavan announced all in. Carroll immediately shifted and looked up at the ceiling, knowing that a long tank was coming. After about four minutes of silent thought and conteplation, Carroll put in a stack to call.

Raghavan turned over the flopped goods with the    while Carroll shook his head and rolled over the    as his tournament came to a crashing end.

Ravi Raghavan26,500,0009,750,000
Casey Carroll0-7,850,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 9:05 PM Local Time
John Shannon Eliminated in 4th Place ($94,304)

John Shannon

Action was on the river on a board that read      . Ravi Raghavan shoved and was quickly called by John Shannon.

Shannon showed the    for top two pair but was bested by the flush of Raghavan who had the    and just like that Shannon's night was over in fourth place.

Ravi Raghavan16,750,0003,130,000
John Shannon0-5,600,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:59 PM Local Time
Queen High Good Enough For Carroll

Action was picked up on the turn on a board that read     . Ravi Raghavan bet 875,000 and was called by Casey Carroll.

The river came the  . Both players checked it after a few moments of thought. Carroll showed the    for queen high, which was good enough to take the pot as Raghavan mucked his hand.

Ravi Raghavan13,620,000-80,000
Casey Carroll7,850,0001,200,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:50 PM Local Time
Andrew Ostapchenko Eliminated in 5th Place ($73,837)

Andrew Ostapchenko

Andrew Ostapchenko was at risk preflop with the    against the    of Casey Carroll.

The flop came all hearts    . The turn was the   and the river the   to eliminate Ostapchenko .

Casey Carroll6,650,000-1,150,000
Andrew Ostapchenko0-3,600,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:48 PM Local Time
Wolff Calls Down Raghavan

Michael Wolff

Ravi Raghavan raised to 500,000 from the cutoff. He was called by Michael Wolff from the big blind.

The flop came    . Raghavan continued with a bet of 350,000. Wolff called.

The turn was the  . Raghavan fired again, this time for 875,000 and again Wolff called after a few seconds of thought.

The river came the  . Both players checked their option. Wolff turned over the winner with the    and Raghavan mucked.

Ravi Raghavan13,700,000-2,800,000
Michael Wolff7,250,0002,600,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:28 PM Local Time
Jacks Dodge Outs for Wolff

Michael Wolff raised from early position, Ravi Raghavan raised all in from the button and Wolff called.

Wolff was ahead with the    vs the    of Raghavan.

The flop came     to give a straight draw. The turn was the   to add a flush draw but Wolff avoided it all on the river when the   came off to give him a double.

Ravi Raghavan16,500,0004,000,000
Michael Wolff4,650,0001,550,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:21 PM Local Time
Jams Without Toast

The last few orbits of play have included multiple jams that have gone without a call as the short stacks fight to survive amongst the larger stacks of Ravi Raghavan and Casey Carroll.

Monday, October 21, 2019 8:09 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Ravi Raghavan12,500,0001,600,000
Casey Carroll7,800,000850,000
John Shannon5,600,000-150,000
Andrew Ostapchenko3,600,0001,390,000
Michael Wolff3,100,000-1,400,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:02 PM Local Time
David Lindquist Eliminated in 6th Place ($57,131)

David Lindquist

David Lindquist shoved his short stack and was called by John Shannon. Lindquist was in trouble with    against the    of Shannon.

The board ran out       and Lindquist was gone in 6th place.

John Shannon5,750,0002,650,000
David Lindquist0-2,540,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:00 PM Local Time
Matthew Shepsky Eliminated in 7th Place ($44,615)

Matthew Shepsky

Matthew Shepsky put his short stack into the middle and was called by Casey Carroll.

Matthew Shepsky:   
Casey Carroll:   

Shepsky would stay ahead through the flop and turn      but the   on the river ended his run in 7th place.

Matthew Shepsky0-250,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 7:57 PM Local Time
Ostapchenko's Better Straight Leaves Shepsky With Crumbs

A preflop all in ensued as Andrew Ostapchenko had the    against the    of Matthew Shepsky.

The board wold give both players a straight as it came      , Ostapchenko with the better one to leave Shepsky with barely more than one big blind.

Andrew Ostapchenko2,210,000610,000
Matthew Shepsky250,000-2,150,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 7:47 PM Local Time
Shannon Gets After Dinner Double

John Shannon was all in preflop with the    against the    pf Ravi Raghavan.

The flop was good for Shannon as it came     the turn opened up a straight draw for the fours when the   popped off. The jx] on the river kept Shannon alive with the double up.

Ravi Raghavan10,900,000-1,400,000
John Shannon3,100,0001,250,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 7:41 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 200,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:42 PM Local Time
Dinner Break

The players have now chosen to make this break their 60-minute dinner break.

Monday, October 21, 2019 6:29 PM Local Time
Chip Counts
Ravi Raghavan12,300,000-150,000
Casey Carroll6,950,0001,400,000
Michael Wolff4,500,000600,000
Matthew Shepsky2,400,000-750,000
John Shannon1,850,000-450,000
David Lindquist1,790,000-1,010,000
Andrew Ostapchenko1,600,000-550,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:02 PM Local Time
Michael Rossitto Eliminated in 8th Place ($35,167)

Michael Rossitto

Michael Rossitto was all in preflop and at risk with the    against the    of Ravi Raghavan.

The board would run out in a standard manner as it came       and Rossitto's deep run was finished in 8th place.

Ravi Raghavan12,450,0003,930,000
Michael Rossitto0-2,410,000
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:00 PM Local Time
Set Over Two Pair Gives Raghavan Largest Pot of Tournament

Ravi Raghavan

In a massive confrontation between the two of the large stacks, the flop read    . Both players ended up all in in a hand that played itself as the cooler was revealed.

Ravi Raghavan   
Michael Wolff   

The turn was the   and the river came the   and Raghavan took down the huge pot to create a big shift in chips.

Ravi Raghavan8,520,0004,320,000
Michael Wolff3,900,000-3,650,000