Monday, October 21, 2019 10:31 PM Local Time
Ravi Raghavan Wins WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event ($272,322)
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
|1||Ravi Raghavan||Northbrook, Ilinois||$272,322|
|2||Michael Wolff||Madison, Wisconsin||$168,325|
|3||Casey Carroll||Grand Rapids, Michigan||$126,749|
|4||John Shannon||Woodstock, Illinois||$96,304|
|5||Andrew Ostapchenko||Carlsbad, California||$73,837|
|6||David Lindquist||Benton Harbor, Michigan||$57,131|
|7||Matthew Shepsky||Glenview, Illinois||$44,615|
|8||Michael Rossitto||Brooklyn, New York||$35,167|
|9||Bryan Skreens||Winfield, Illinois||$27,981|
|10||Blake Battaglia||Chicago, 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.
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.
Here's a look at all those who won rings at the stop:
|Event #1: $400 NLH||1,710||$561,330||David Larson||$76,589|
|Event #2: $250 NLH Double Stack||464||$92,800||Ryan Abelseth||$18,810|
|Event #3: $400 NLH Seniors||211||$69,630||Michael Reed||$16,878|
|Event #4: $600 NLH||154||$79,310||Jerry Gumila||$20,773|
|Event #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha||121||$62,315||Victor Skrobacz||$16,977|
|Event #6: $400 Monster Stack||502||$165,660||Brian McDaniel||$32,864|
|Event #7: $400 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better||102||$33,660||Vu Hoang||$9,618|
|Event #8: $400 NLH Bounty||172||$39,650||Marla Grapsas||$10,140|
|Event #9: $600 NLH 6-Handed||163||$83,945||Mike Moncek||$21,751|
|Event #10: $1,125 NLH||167||$187,000||Justin Brown||$46,551|
|Event #11: $400 NLH Multi-Bag Bonus||894||$300,000||Greg Baird||$49,402|
|Event #12: $1,700 Main Event||1,063||$1,610,445||Ravi Raghavan||$272,322|
|Event #13: $2,200 High Roller||132||$264,000||Javier Zarco||$70,931|
|Event #14: $250 NLH||274||$54,800||Marvin 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)
In a preflop all-in Michael Wolff was at risk
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 Raghavan||31,900,000||7,500,000 |
|Michael Wolff||0||-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 Raghavan||24,400,000||-2,100,000 |
|Michael Wolff||7,450,000||200,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 9:15 PM Local Time
Casey Carroll Eliminated in 3rd Place ($126,749)
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 Raghavan||26,500,000||9,750,000 |
|Casey Carroll||0||-7,850,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 9:05 PM Local Time
John Shannon Eliminated in 4th Place ($94,304)
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 Raghavan||16,750,000||3,130,000 |
|John Shannon||0||-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 Raghavan||13,620,000||-80,000 |
|Casey Carroll||7,850,000||1,200,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:50 PM Local Time
Andrew Ostapchenko Eliminated in 5th Place ($73,837)
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 Carroll||6,650,000||-1,150,000 |
|Andrew Ostapchenko||0||-3,600,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:48 PM Local Time
Wolff Calls Down Raghavan
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 Raghavan||13,700,000||-2,800,000 |
|Michael Wolff||7,250,000||2,600,000 |
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 Raghavan||16,500,000||4,000,000 |
|Michael Wolff||4,650,000||1,550,000 |
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 Raghavan||12,500,000||1,600,000 |
|Casey Carroll||7,800,000||850,000 |
|John Shannon||5,600,000||-150,000 |
|Andrew Ostapchenko||3,600,000||1,390,000 |
|Michael Wolff||3,100,000||-1,400,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:02 PM Local Time
David Lindquist Eliminated in 6th Place ($57,131)
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 Shannon||5,750,000||2,650,000 |
|David Lindquist||0||-2,540,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 8:00 PM Local Time
Matthew Shepsky Eliminated in 7th Place ($44,615)
Matthew Shepsky put his short stack into the middle and was called by Casey Carroll.
Shepsky would stay ahead through the flop and turn but the on the river ended his run in 7th place.
|Matthew Shepsky||0||-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 Ostapchenko||2,210,000||610,000 |
|Matthew Shepsky||250,000||-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 Raghavan||10,900,000||-1,400,000 |
|John Shannon||3,100,000||1,250,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 7:41 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:42 PM Local Time
The players have now chosen to make this break their 60-minute dinner break.
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:29 PM Local Time
|Ravi Raghavan||12,300,000||-150,000 |
|Casey Carroll||6,950,000||1,400,000 |
|Michael Wolff||4,500,000||600,000 |
|Matthew Shepsky||2,400,000||-750,000 |
|John Shannon||1,850,000||-450,000 |
|David Lindquist||1,790,000||-1,010,000 |
|Andrew Ostapchenko||1,600,000||-550,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:02 PM Local Time
Michael Rossitto Eliminated in 8th Place ($35,167)
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 Raghavan||12,450,000||3,930,000 |
|Michael Rossitto||0||-2,410,000 |
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:00 PM Local Time
Set Over Two Pair Gives Raghavan Largest Pot of Tournament
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.
The turn was the and the river came the and Raghavan took down the huge pot to create a big shift in chips.
|Ravi Raghavan||8,520,000||4,320,000 |
|Michael Wolff||3,900,000||-3,650,000 |