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2019/20 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S LAS VEGAS The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 to Thursday, December 19, 2019

Event #10: $2,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller

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  • Buy-in: $2,200
  • Prizepool: $172,000
  • Entries: 86
  • Remaining: tbd


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Friday, December 20, 2019 1:23 AM Local Time
Brett Apter Wins WSOPC Harrah's Las Vegas $2,200 High Roller for $52,084

Brett Apter

The second day of the World Series of Poker Circuit $2,200 High Roller at Harrah's Las Vegas came to an end and when the dust settled it was WSOP bracelet winner Brett Apter who became the latest gold ring winner after topping a field of 86 entries. Apter, who captured his second gold ring of the year, overcame a tough lineup to take home the $52,084 first-place prize.

"I'm feeling on top of the world," Apter said after his victory, "I'm so passionate about this game, I love it."

Apter came into the final table tied for third in chips with 380,000 and gradually built his stack from there. It was another long day but the newest ring winner found a way to close it out brining his WSOP earnings to over $700K.

"Somehow I get really lucky that I have my friends here when I win as well, it's honestly the best feeling in the world," he added.

High Roller Final Table Results

1Brett ApterSt. Petersburg, FL$52,084
2Partick TruongPflugerville, TX$32,188
3Ryan AwwadAnn Arbor, MI$21,576
4Ryan HohnerSouth Plainfield, NJ$15,001
5Joo ParkFullerton, CA$10,834
6Pavel MilanovConcord, CA$8,139
7Frederick ConfortiOwensboro, KY$6,370
8Peter ParkWheaton, IL$5,205

Final Day Action

The final day of the high roller saw 30 players return to action and an additional nine jumped in as the late registration period was open until the start of play. Those players brought the total to 86 entries for the event, which created a total prize pool of $172,000 with the top 13 landing a payday of at least $3,745.

Play started with players getting new seating assignments as the first elimination brought about the three-table redraw within minutes. After the prize pool was released, it didn't take long for players to start dropping at a rapid pace before the bubble.

After the bubble burst eliminations continued like wildfire as Asher Conniff (13th - $3,745), Kevin Ayow (12th - $3,982), Ricky Guan (11th - $3,982) and Marle Cordeiro (10th - $4,447) busted shortly after players were in the money setting the stage for the unofficial fianl table.

Final Table Action

Once the final table was set, all eight players were trailing Ryan Awwad. Play was tight for a few orbits after the elimination of Peter Park (9th - $4,447) until Frederick Conforti ran his king-nine suited into Patrick Truong's Big Slick. All the chips were in the middle preflop and Conforti couldn't find a way to come out on top as he was the first to exit in eighth place.

The next level would see the next elimination as Charlie Dawson got his short stack in holding a suited ace-seven but was dominated by the suited ace-nine of Ryan Hohner. Hohner turned a staright leaving Dawson praying to a chop but it wouldn't be as he took home a seventh-place finish good for ($6,370).

Pavel Milanov was next on the chopping block after losing a flip holding pocket nines to the ace-ten of Hohner.

Five-handed play saw Joo Park start a reign of terror as he was picking up hands while getting lucky. Unfortunately, his luck wouldn't last long as his back-to-back made hands fell short ending his night in fifth place ($10,384).

The next two eliminations happened one after another when Hohner moved his short stack in holding suited connectors but was dominated by Truong's made hand of sixes. Hohner was unable to find any help from the runout and his night ended in fourth place ($15,001).

The very next hand saw Awwad take his leave after flopping a top-pair of queens but had kicker issues as Apter held the better hand ending Awwad's night in third place for $21,576.

The heads-up match started with Apter holding a 2:1 chip advantage but he saw it slip almost instantly.

"It was brutal," stated Apter. "I started with a 2:1 chip lead but lost every hand to start the match and saw it reversed really quick."

The beginning of the heads-up battled only lasted 20-minutes before the two players went on a quick 15-minute break, one that Apter recalls was very helpful.

"The break was really key for me," Apter explained. "I washed my face in the bathroom and told myself I wanted it more. I kind of drew in the mentality from my bracelet run where I was going to do anything to win because I want this more than anything right now."

Once the two players returned from the break they would continue a back-and-forth battle that lasted over two hours in length. Both players would get a huge chip lead, then give it back after doubling up the other opponent until Truong missed his flush draw after Apter flopped a set of fours, leaving Truong with less than five big blinds.

It wasn't long after that point all the chips were in Apter's possession leaving Truong to take his exit in second place for a respectable $32,188 while Apter took home the $52,084 first-place money along with his second gold ring.

"I'm really lucky all my friends are hard workers," Apter said after his win. "Each of them holds the same passion for the game as I do and I think when you surround yourself with the best players it just raises your game."

Apter continued to say, "I think you are who you surround yourself with and I know a big part of this last year's success has to do with these amazing people around me."

Brett Apter & Rail
Brett Apter & Rail

WSOP Circuit Harrah's Las Vegas Ring Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $250 NLH Multi-Flight362$72,400Joe Walters$14,838
Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight219$75,000Haresh Thaker$17,520
Event #3: $600 NLH Multi-Flight188$100,000Jon Aldalur$24,298
Event #4: $400 NLH Monster Stack225$74,250Mark Liedtke$17,309
Event #5: $400 NLH Bounty86$19,780Steve Foutty$6,042
Event #6: $250 Seniors Event219$43,800Wayne Keller$10,301
Event #7: $400 HORSE120$39,600Christina Hill$10,956
Event#8: $400 NLH Double Stack331$109,230Ashraf Chehata$23,575
Event#9: $400 NLH Turbo170$56,100Al Cutler$14,100
Event #10: $2,200 NLH High Roller86$172,000Brett Apter$52,084

That wraps it up for the PokerNews live coverage of the $2,200 High Roller but check out the $1,700 Main Event tomorrow at noon local time for Day 1b.


Friday, December 20, 2019 1:16 AM Local Time
Partick Truong Eliminated in 2nd Place ($32,188)

Partick Truong

Brett Apter raised all in and Partick Truong called for less.

Brett Apter:   
Partick Truong:   

Both players had live cards but Apter was ahead and nothing changed after the       runout eliminating Truong in second place.

Brett Apter2,580,000210,000
Partick Truong0-210,000
Friday, December 20, 2019 1:03 AM Local Time
Apter Extends to Massive Chip Lead

Both players saw a     flop after no initial raise preflop and Partick Truong check-raised Brett Apter's 105,000 bet to 380,000, Apter called.

The   came on the turn and Truong moved all in and was quickly called by Apter.

Brett Apter:   
Partick Truong:   

Apter was ahead with his set of fours but still had a sweat as Truong held the flush draw.

Luckily for Apter, The river paired the board with the   improving his hand to a full house and securing his double up for 710,000.

Brett Apter2,370,000690,000
Partick Truong210,000-690,000
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:53 AM Local Time
Level 27 started
Level: 27
Blinds: 25,000/50,000
Ante: 50,000
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:48 AM Local Time
Apter Boats Up for Double

Partick Truong min-raised to 80,000 and Brett Apter called to see a     flop.

Apter check-called Truong's 60,000 continuation bet to the   turn.

Apter check-raised Truong's 160,000 bet all in and was called.

Brett Apter:   
Partick Truong:   

Truong was drawing to an ace but the river fell the   to give Apter the full house and the double up worth 665,000.

Brett Apter1,680,000680,000
Partick Truong900,000-680,000
Gorilla Gaming
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:42 AM Local Time
Truong Ships It On the River

Brett Apter limp-called Partick Truong's 80,000 min-raise to see a     flop.

Apter check-called Trungs 60,000 bet and did the same for 300,000 after the   fell on the turn.

The   completed the board on the river and Truong took down the pot after he lead out with an all in bet.

Partick Truong1,580,000240,000
Brett Apter1,000,000-240,000
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:33 AM Local Time
The Battle Continues

Patrick Truong

Partick Truong limped in and Brett Apter raised all in, Truong called putting his stack at risk.

Brett Apter:   
Partick Truong:   

Truong was ahead and nothing changed after the       runout giving Truong the double up for 670,000.

Partick Truong1,340,000740,000
Brett Apter1,240,000-740,000
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:22 AM Local Time
Apter Turns the Nuts

There was no initial raise before the     flop that was checked to the   turn where Partick Truong check-called Brett Apter's 40,000 bet.

The   completed the board on the river and Truong check-called Apter's 195,000 bet.

Apter turned over    for the nut-staright to scoop the pot and add to his chip lead.

Brett Apter1,980,000210,000
Partick Truong600,000-210,000
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:12 AM Local Time
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 20,000/40,000
Ante: 40,000
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:09 AM Local Time
Truong Finds a Double

Brett Apter open-jammed and Partick Truong called putting his stack at risk.

Brett Apter:   
Partick Truong:   

Truong was ahead but had a sweat after the     flop gave Apter a gut-shot staright draw.

The   turn changed nothing nor the   river and Truong doubled up for 805,000.

Brett Apter1,770,000-405,000
Partick Truong810,000405,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:01 AM Local Time
A Third Lady for Apter Turns the Tide

Brett Apter limped in and Partick Truong raised which was called by Apter.

The flop fell     and Truong continued for 180,000, Apter called.

The   came on the turn and Truong fired out 355,000, Apter called.

The   completed the board on the river and Truong moved all in putting Apter at risk.

With no hesitation, Apter called and turned over    for trip queens. Truong tossed    into the muck and sent over 375,000 to Apter.

Brett Apter2,175,000895,000
Partick Truong405,000-895,000
Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:57 PM Local Time
Mark Liedtke Claims First Ring in Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack

Mark Liedtke

While PokerNews is here offering live updates from the Main Event and High Roller, we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you about the full schedule of side events that have been playing out over the past week at the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Las Vegas.

In Event #4: $400 NLH Monster Stack, 225 runners created a $74,250 prize pool that was paid out to the top 34 players. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Patrick Testoni (11th - $1,233), Robert Cote (13th- $1,037), Nicholas Haynes (18th - $893), Brenda DeWitt (21st - $787), and Brian Green (23rd - $711).

In the end, it was Virginia native Mark Liedtke who collected every chip in play to capture his first ring along with a $17,309 payday.

"It feels pretty good," he said after the event. This is Liedtke's 40th career Circuit cash, and he's come close to victory before, but until today always fell short of a ring. "I got second twice this year," he recalled. "And a couple other final tables."

Liedtke is primarily a cash game player. Tournaments are "more of a fun thing for me," he said

Final Table Results

1Mark LiedtkeManassas, Virginia$17,309
2Michael MacarlePhoenix, Arizona$10,683
3Brad JarrettOrlando, Florida$7,595
4Kyle BirdwellFort Worth, Texas$5,506
5Nathaniel AdamsSalt Lake City, Utah$4,072
6Thomas KornechukAuburn, Washington$3,074
7Saad GhanemLaurel, Maryland$2,369
8Jesse JonesSpringfield, Missouri$1,864
9Trygve LeiteOslo, Norway$1,500
Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:46 PM Local Time
Apter Takes Two

In the first hand back from break, Partick Truong opened for 120,000 and Brett Apter defended to see a     flop.

Both players checked to the   turn where Apter check-called Truong's 100,000 bet.

The   completed the board on the river and both players checked to showdown.

Truong tabled    but he was out-kicked by Apter's   .

A few hands later saw a limped pot see a     flop.

Truong check-called Apter's 60,000 bet and the   turn was checked to the   river where Truong check-called Apter's 125,000 bet.

Apter flipped over    for two-pair and Truong mucked his hand giving Apter the pot.

Partick Truong1,300,000-400,000
Brett Apter1,280,000400,000
Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:31 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts After Break
Partick Truong1,700,00020,000
Brett Apter880,000-20,000
Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:31 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Level: 25
Blinds: 15,000/30,000
Ante: 30,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:21 PM Local Time
Take 15

The remaining two players are on a 15-minute break.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:07 PM Local Time
Ryan Awwad Eliminated in 3rd Place ($21,576)

Ryan Awwad

There was all in action after a     flop between Ryan Awwad and Brett Apter with Awwad at risk.

Brett Apter:   
Ryan Awwad:   

Both players flopped top-pair but Apter held the better kicker and neither the   turn nor the   river helped Awwad as he took his exit in third place.

Brett Apter1,630,00050,000
Ryan Awwad00
Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:56 PM Local Time
Ryan Hohner Eliminated in 4th Place ($15,001)

Ryan Hohner

Ryan Hohner open-jammed from the small blind and Partick Truong called from the big blind.

Ryan Hohner:   
Partick Truong:   

Hohner was behind and needed some help but didn't get it from the     flop.

The   turn left Hohner drawing dead and he was eliminated after the   completed the board on the river.

Partick Truong400,000120,000
Ryan Hohner0-220,000
Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:45 PM Local Time
Level 24 started
Level: 24
Blinds: 10,000/25,000
Ante: 25,000
Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:44 PM Local Time
Joo Park Eliminated in 5th Place ($10,834)

Joo Park

Brett Apter opened under the gun for 40,000 and Joo Park three-bet all in for 180,000 from the small blind. Ryan Awwad folded his big blind and action was back on Apter who called.

Joo Park:   
Brett Apter:   

Park picked up another made hand but was trailing Apter's cowboys and couldn't find a third six with the       runout ending his tournament in fifth place.

Brett Apter900,000140,000
Joo Park0-180,000
Gorilla Gaming