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2019/20 WSOP Circuit - IP BILOXI The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, December 13, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019

Event #10: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $425,715
  • Entries: 281
  • Remaining: tbd


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Monday, December 16, 2019 10:19 PM Local Time
Boris Kasabov Wins WSOP Circuit IP Biloxi Main Event ($98,044)

Boris Kasabov

The World Series of Poker Circuit IP Biloxi $1,700 Main Event reached its conclusion Monday night after just three hours of play. It was Boris Kasabov who emerged as the winner over the 281-entry field for $98,044, his first circuit ring, and a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

"It feels surreal. It is very important because I knew I wasn't going to stop playing until it happened," Kasabov said after the win. "Just like everyone says, it is a big accomplishment."

Before this victory Kasabov had a plethora of close calls in his career, with multiple third and second-place finishes including one earlier at the Biloxi stop.

"I got second earlier in the series. Got rivered heads up, kings against ace-jack," he explained. He went on to describe the feeling of finally breaking through: "I'm glad it happened now, most of my friends thought it would happen eventually, but it's definitely a relief and it's a main too, my first one being a main, it's surreal".

Final Table Results

1Boris KasabovHouston, TX$98,044
2Ben ThomasBaton Rouge, LA$60,601
3Hamid IzadiMarietta, GA$42,973
4Jeremy EyerGulport, MS$31,019
5Brett ApterSt.Petersburg, FL$22,799
6Bradley MyersEssex Jct, VT$17,069
7Benny ChamplinJonesville, LA$13,020
8Wayne BoydPort Lavaca, TX$10,124
9Philip WalshGulfport, MS$8,027

A native of Houston, Texas since the age of eight when he moved to the United States from his birth country of Bulgaria, Kasabov entered the day as the shortest stack and the only one of the five remaining players to not have a circuit ring.

When discussing his mindset coming into the day he said, "I use a lot of my perception and others' perception of me so even with a short stack I know the big stacks don't want to just give their chips away. So, when I make a move they will respect that. I knew just a couple pots and I would be back to average so I never felt down."

He also gave credit to the run of cards he received heads up and three-handed and credited second-place finisher Ben Thomas.

Action of the Day

The day began with just five players remaining, all fairly close in chips. The first level of play was a wild one with multiple double-ups. Eventually, after an hour of play, Brett Apter met his demise in fifth place as he went from big stack to short stack then to out in the course of just one level. In his final hand, he got his short stack all in with ace-eight only to see Thomas roll over aces.

Immediately following Apter's elimination, the start-of-day chip leader and Gulfport local, Jeremy Eyer was eliminated in fourth place by Thomas after flopping top pair of eights only to see he was up against pocket jacks.

Three-handed play was a topsy-turvy affair as Thomas held the chip lead. He was hurt multiple times by Hamid Izadi in all-in pots when Thomas could not quite manage to ever finish off Izadi. Thomas also dropped chips to Kasabov in a few spots to allow for his rise to the eventual title. After over two hours, three-handed play was ended when Izadi went out in third place after losing a flip with ace-jack to Kasabov's pocket tens.

Heads-up play began with a big chip advantage for Kasabov and only continued to grow as he won almost all of the hands to whittle Thomas down to just a handful of big blinds before he was forced to get it in and was finished off after less than 10 hands of heads up to give Kasabov the ring.

All the events at the WSOP Circuit IP Biloxi combined attracted 2,538 entrants creating a total prize pool of $1,178,239. BJ McBrayer won the Casino Champion title with 120 points including six cashes and four final tables. That means he too has earned a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

Here's a look at all those who captured rings at the WSOP Circuit IP Biloxi stop:

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 NLH Double Stack148$48,840Jonathan Honeycutt$12,946
Event #2: $400 NLH665$219,449Yousef "Joe" Saleh$34,004
Event #3: $250 NLH147$29,400Charles Brady$7,791
Event #4: $400 NLH One-Day90$29,700Russell Boyette$8,815
Event #5: $400 NLH 6-Handed107$35,310Robert Cheung$9,921
Event #6: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha79$26,070William Pollard$8,068
Event #7: $400 NLH 8-Handed153$50,490Trace Henderson$13,382
Event #8: $400 Monster Stack332$109,560Shawn Quillin$24,264
Event #9: $600 NLH145$74,675Corey Harrison$20,027
Event #10: $1,700 Main Event281$425,715Boris Kasabov$98,044
Event #11: $400 NLH One-Day125$41,250Jason Tang$11,241
Event #12: $400 NLH One-Day88$29,040Gavin Munroe$8,615
Event #13: $400 NLH Double Stack178$58,740Melisa Singh$14,902

That wraps it up for the PokerNews coverage of the IP Biloxi circuit stop. Our coverage of the WSOP Circuit continues later this week from the Harrah's Las Vegas stop.

Monday, December 16, 2019 9:40 PM Local Time
Ben Thomas Eliminated in 2nd Place ($60,601)

Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas's stack was quickly faded down to just four big blinds. Boris Kasabov jammed from the button and Thomas called off.

Ben Thomas:   
Boris Kasabov:   

The flop came down     to pair the eight and make things dire for Thomas, though the turn was the   to offer some hope. The dealer burned one last time and put out the   on the river to end Thomas's tournament as runner-up.

Boris Kasabov8,430,0002,115,000
Ben Thomas0-2,125,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 9:24 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 50,000/100,000
Ante: 100,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 9:16 PM Local Time
Break Before Heads Up

The two remaining players are taking a brief break before heads up plays begins.

Boris Kasabov6,315,0001,615,000
Ben Thomas2,125,000225,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 9:13 PM Local Time
Hamid Izadi Eliminated in 3rd Place ($42,973)

Hamis Izadi

Boris Kasabov raised to 190,000 preflop. Hamid Izadi asked how much before shoving all in for about 1,500,000. Kasabov snap-called.

Hamid Izadi:   
Boris Kasabov:   

The board ran out       and Izadi was eliminated in third place for $42,973.

Boris Kasabov6,315,0001,615,000
Hamid Izadi0-1,850,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 16, 2019 9:10 PM Local Time
Trading Chips

The players have started to exchange small pots back and forth for the last few orbits with no sizeable changes in chips.

Monday, December 16, 2019 8:54 PM Local Time
Thomas Gets Revenge on Izadi

Ben Thomas was all in preflop with the    which was behind the    of Hamid Izadi.

The flop came     and the turn was the   to give Thomas a straight draw. It came in on the river when the   peeled off.

Thomas, who had stood up ready to leave, sat back down relieved that he had pulled one back from Izadi.

Ben Thomas1,900,000150,000
Hamid Izadi1,850,000-160,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 8:46 PM Local Time
Nine Lives Izadi Stings Thomas Again

Hamid Izadi moved his remaining 1,105,000 into the middle from the button. Ben Thomas contemplated it for quite a while from the big blind before tossing in the chips to call.

Thomas was again ahead with another chance to take out Izadi as he held the    versus the    of Izadi.

However, the dealer spread the flop     to zoom Izadi into the lead. The turn was the   and the river the   to give Izadi a double and send Thomas to the short stack.

Hamid Izadi2,010,000660,000
Ben Thomas1,750,000275,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 8:40 PM Local Time
Kasabov Takes Bog Pot from Izadi

Boris Kasabov

A large pot of over 1,500,000 was in the middle on a board that read      . Hamid Izadi made a river bet of 900,000.

Boris Kasabov shoved to put Izadi into a predicament. Izadi stewed it over and talked to himself for about 30 seconds before deciding to fold.

"Four-five?" guessed Izadi but Kasabov showed the    which Izadi said was still ahead of him, claiming he folded ace-five.

Boris Kasabov4,700,0001,250,000
Hamid Izadi1,350,000-2,300,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 8:31 PM Local Time
Izadi Finds Flush to Survive

Hamid Izadi

Hamid Izadi raised to 700,000 preflop. Ben Thomas jammed all in and Izadi called off for 1,835,000.

Izadi would need some help as he had the    against the    of Thomas.

Help would come in the non-traditional way as the board ran out       to bring home runner flush on the river to swing the chips from Thomas to Izadi.

Hamid Izadi3,650,0001,925,000
Ben Thomas1,475,000-1,825,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 16, 2019 8:22 PM Local Time
Chip Counts
Boris Kasabov3,450,000880,000
Ben Thomas3,300,000150,000
Hamid Izadi1,725,000-1,125,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 8:16 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 80,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 8:03 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining three players are on their first 15-minute break of the day.

Monday, December 16, 2019 7:41 PM Local Time
Kasabov Banters With Thomas and Doubles

Boris Kasabov Collects Double

Boris Kasabov raised to 155,000 from the button and Ben Thomas three-bet to 505,000 from the small blind.

Action was back on Kasabov who confirmed the raise amount and started to engage in some talk with Thomas. The two exchanged banter about the stacks and making moves until the floor had to warn them to keep the chat to a minimum. Eventually Kasabov announced all in and Thomas called instantly.

Boris Kasabov:   
Ben Thomas:   

The board kept Kasabov ahead as it ran out       to give him a big boon in chips.

Ben Thomas3,150,000-300,000
Boris Kasabov2,570,000770,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 7:27 PM Local Time
Izadi Forces Thomas Out to Cut Gap

Ben Thomas Decision

On the turn, the board read      and Mahid Izadi bet about 375,000. Ben Thomas called.

The river came the   and Izadi bet again, this time a full-stack worth 500,000. Thomas went into the tank and thought it over.

After about a minute he said to Izadi, "You do keep trying to bluff me for some reason" and thought a while longer before folding.

"I knew you were going to fold," said Izadi, "when you call you snap-call but when you think you fold."

Ben Thomas3,450,000-750,000
Hamid Izadi2,850,000500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 16, 2019 7:14 PM Local Time
Three Handed Chip Counts
Ben Thomas4,200,000900,000
Hamid Izadi2,350,000-1,050,000
Boris Kasabov1,800,000-600,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 7:10 PM Local Time
Jeremy Eyer Eliminated in 4th Place ($31,019)

Jeremy Eyer

Another all in happened almost instantly after Brett Apter's elimination.

The flop read     and Jeremy Eyer led jammed before being snap-called by Ben Thomas.

Eyer had top pair with the    but was behind the    overpair of Thomas.

The turn was the   and the river the   to confirm Eyer's bust out in fourth place.

Ben Thomas3,300,000950,000
Jeremy Eyer0-1,485,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 7:05 PM Local Time
Brett Apter Eliminated in 5th Place ($22,799)

Brett Apter

Brett Apter was all in preflop and in big trouble as he had run    smack dab into the    of Ben Thomas.

The board ran out a dry       and Apter was eliminated in fifth place after a wild level of action for him.

Ben Thomas2,350,000750,000
Brett Apter0-575,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 7:03 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Level: 28
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 60,000
Monday, December 16, 2019 7:03 PM Local Time
Better Kicker For Izadi

The flop came    , Hamid Izadi bet 300,000, and Brett Apter called.

The   rolled off on the turn and Izadi loaded up again firing a bet of 500,000 which Apter quickly called.

The river came the   and action went check-check. Izadi turned over the    which pipped the    of Apter to give Izadi the nice pot and leave Apter low again.

Hamid Izadi3,400,000800,000
Brett Apter575,000-875,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander