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2019/20 WSOP Circuit - HORSESHOE TUNICA The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, January 24, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

Event #10: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $743,865
  • Entries: 491
  • Remaining: tbd


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Monday, January 27, 2020 4:36 PM Local Time
Lytle Allen Captures First WSOP Circuit Ring in Horseshoe Tunica Main Event

Lytle Allen Horseshoe Tunica Main Event champion

It only took less than four hours on the final day of the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 Main Event before a champion was crowned. Coming through one of the toughest final tables of the circuit, Lytle Allen captured his first-ever WSOP Circuit ring along with a payday of $144,313.

Allen came into the day as one of the shorter stacks but after a double up on the first hand of the day, Allen never relinquished the chip lead as he soared to a comfortable victory, topping some of the best players on the circuit. It only took one hand for Allen to defeat Bryan Piccioli heads-up who earned over $89,000 for his efforts. Coming into heads-up play with only 17 big blinds, Piccioli jammed all-in with ace-eight suited only to run into the pocket kings of Allen.

Allen was asked what it meant to finally get his first WSOP Circuit ring and he was a little bit shocked, to be honest. "It means a lot to me! I've been working hard to get to this point and to beat the field that I was playing with, they were tough. I feel really good about it."

Allen had to battle his way through the likes of Scott Stewart, defending champion Kyle Cartwright, and a formidable heads-up opponent in Piccioli who all have a long list of accomplishments at the poker table. "My strategy was to come in and just play my game. I figured I was the underdog so I just wanted to get it in with some good cards and they held up. Everything just worked out for me. Everything just went my way."

This will go down as Allen's second-largest score of his poker career after a third-place finish in the WSOP Circuit Hammond Main Event back in 2015 netted him over $161,000. Going forward, Allen said that he will continue playing professional poker but plans on staying in the mid-west area for the most part. "Definitely going to be in Vegas for the summer but I'll try to stay in this area where I can drive to events."

Final Table Results

1stLytle AllenUnited States$144,313
2ndBryan PiccioliUnited States$89,191
3rdKyle CartwrightUnited States$65,574
4thMatthew HigginsUnited States$48,840
5thJames Todd OsborneUnited States$36,857
6thScott StewartUnited States$28,187
7thBlake BarousseUnited States$21,849
8thGreg JenningsUnited States$17,170
9thHyun LeeUnited States$13,681

Day 3 Action

The action kicked off at 12 p.m. local time with the final six players returning to their seats and as mentioned above, the chips got in the middle in a hurry. Allen picked up pocket aces in the very first hand and James Todd Osborne was the unfortunate player to hold ace-king. Allen scored a double up into the chip lead which left Osborne on the short stack.

Osborne managed to battle back, including a couple of double-ups, one against Stewart. It turned out to be a tough day at the table for Stewart who struggled to win pots and eventually found himself below ten big blinds. He finally shoved all-in with ace-nine suited but Cartwright woke up with ace-king. A full house for Cartwright sent Stewart to the payout desk in sixth place.

Five-handed play continued for an hour before Osborne eventually saw his stack dissipate as well. With less than big blinds as well, Osborne moved the last of his chips in the middle with king-eight and found a call from Matthew Higgins with a weaker king. However, Higgins paired his kicker and Osborne was forced to settle for fifth place. It was a good comeback for Osborne who was sitting on just two big blinds during hand-for-hand on the money bubble yesterday.

With four players remaining, Allen continued to pad his lead while the other three jockeyed for position. As the other three players fell to around 20 big blinds, Allen started picking up premium holdings and went on a tear. His first victim was Higgins who jammed ace-seven suited only to be called by Allen's ace-queen. A clean board for Allen boosted his stack to over 10 million chips with just three players left.

Cartwright was looking to go back-to-back in the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Main Event and his odds were looking good as the chip leader when the day began. One bad beat that saw Allen flop a set of deuces against Cartwright's pocket kings meant Cartwright had to battle from the short stack. He picked up a suited ace in the big blind but it was no match for Allen's ace-queen once again. Allen turned a straight and Cartwright bowed out in third place.

Kyle Cartwright fell just short of defending his title
Kyle Cartwright fell just short of defending his title

That left Allen to battle with Piccioli heads-up, a matchup that wouldn't last very long. Piccioli entered the final day as the shortest stack but managed to stay out of the way of Allen who was steamrolling the final table. Piccioli scored some key pay jumps but was ultimately a huge underdog entering heads-up play. Allen's hot streak continued when he picked up pocket kings in the first hand and eliminated Piccioli in second place.

While things have wrapped up here in Tunica, Mississippi, the WSOP Circuit will head off to their next stop in Potawatomi followed by another stop in Tamba Bay. That brings an end to the coverage here for PokerNews but stay tuned for updates from the next live events happening in the poker world.

Monday, January 27, 2020 3:57 PM Local Time
Bryan Piccioli Eliminated in 2nd Place ($89,191)

Bryan Piccioli

In the first hand of heads-up play, Bryan Piccioli and Lytle Allen got all of their chips in the middle preflop. Piccioli came into heads-up action as a massive underdog, having only 17 big blinds to work with.

Lytle Allen:   
Bryan Piccioli:   

The flop came     to give Piccioli a pair of eights but Allen was still out front with his pocket kings. The   on the turn left Piccioli drawing to just five outs and the   on the river was not one of them. Piccioli was eliminated and Allen claimed his first WSOP Circuit ring along with booking a ticket to the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

Lytle Allen14,730,0001,830,000
Bryan Piccioli0-1,690,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 3:47 PM Local Time
Kyle Cartwright Eliminated in 3rd Place ($65,574)

Kyle Cartwright

Lytle Allen opened to 250,000 on the button and was called by Bryan Piccioli in the small blind. Kyle Cartwright jammed all in for 1,845,000 in the big blind and Allen confirmed the count before making the call. Piccioli got out of the way and the two remaining hands were tabled.

Lytle Allen:   
Kyle Cartwright:   

Allen once again found himself in a dominating position and the flop of     left him in the lead. The   on the turn gave Allen a straight and the   on the river sent Cartwright home in third place.

Lytle Allen12,900,0002,075,000
Bryan Piccioli1,690,000-910,000
Kyle Cartwright0-2,520,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 3:37 PM Local Time
Matthew Higgins Eliminated in 4th Place ($48,840)

Matthew Higgins

Matthew Higgins was down to around 16 big blind and he shipped all in on the button. Lytle Allen looked down at his cards in the big blind and made a quick call to put Higgins at risk.

Lytle Allen:   
Matthew Higgins:   

Higgins found himself dominated but the flop of     gave him a flush draw. The   was no help on the turn and the   paired the board on the river. Allen's ace-queen high was good to enough to win the hand and Higgins was eliminated.

Lytle Allen10,825,0003,625,000
Matthew Higgins0-2,260,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 3:18 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 50,000/100,000
Ante: 100,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 3:18 PM Local Time
Higgins Lays One Down

Matthew Higgins raised to 175,000 on the button and Lytle Allen defended from the big blind. The flop came     and Allen check-called a bet of 150,000 from Higgins.

The turn was the   and Allen checked it again. Higgins fired out another bet of 225,000 and Allen still called. The river was the   and Allen led out for 425,000 this time. Higgins mulled it over for a minute and eventually decided to lay his hand down.

Lytle Allen7,200,000290,000
Matthew Higgins2,260,000-440,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 3:04 PM Local Time
Pots for Cartwright and Piccioli

Kyle Cartwright raised to 160,000 from under the gun and Matthew Higgins called from the big blind. The flop came     and Higgins check-called a bet of 110,000 from Cartwright.

The turn brought the   and both players checked to the   on the river. Higgins checked again and Cartwright tossed in another bet of 180,000. Higgins looked him up and Cartwright showed    to earn the pot.

In the next hand, Lytle Allen raised to 200,000 and Bryan Piccioli called on the button. The flop fell     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Allen made a bet of 300,000 and Piccioli stuck around to see the   on the river. Allen checked this time and folded when Piccioli pushed out a bet of 560,000.

Lytle Allen6,910,000-380,000
Matthew Higgins2,700,000-750,000
Bryan Piccioli2,600,000450,000
Kyle Cartwright2,520,000660,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 2:50 PM Local Time
Piccioli Flops a Straight to Double Up

Kyle Cartwright raised to 160,000 on the button and Bryan Piccioli defended from the big blind. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn.

Piccioli led out with a bet of 130,000 and Cartwright slid out a raise to over 1,000,000. Piccioli instantly called off his stack of 890,000 and turned over    for a straight. Cartwright held    for top pair but was drawing dead to the   on the river.

Bryan Piccioli2,150,000525,000
Kyle Cartwright1,860,000-1,050,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 2:47 PM Local Time
Allen Makes It on the River

Kyle Cartwright limped in from the small blind and Lytle Allen bumped it up to 180,000 from the big blind. Cartwright called and the flop came    . Both players checked and the   landed on the turn.

Cartwright led out for 210,000 and Allen stuck around to see the   on the river. Cartwright fired out another bet of 345,000 and Allen quickly called. Cartwright showed    for ace-high and was disappointed to see that Allen rivered a pair with   .

Lytle Allen7,290,000410,000
Kyle Cartwright2,910,000-115,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 2:32 PM Local Time
Cartwright on the Comeback Trail

Lytle Allen opened to 175,000 from under the gun and Kyle Cartwright defended from the big blind. The flop fell     and Cartwright check-called a bet of 175,000 from Allen.

The turn was the   and Cartwright checked it over again. Allen fired out another bet of 350,000 this time and Cartwright check-raised all in for 1,925,000. Allen gave it some thought for a minute but decided to let his hand go and Cartwright picked up the pot.

Lytle Allen6,880,000-270,000
Kyle Cartwright3,025,000525,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 2:21 PM Local Time
James Todd Osborne Eliminated in 5th Place ($36,857)

James Todd Osborne

James Todd Osborne was down to just 250,000 but managed to triple his stack just before the break with ace-king. Coming back from the break, Matthew Higgins raised to 175,000 on the button and Osborne shoved all in for 665,000 in the small blind. Kyle Cartwright folded his big blind and Higgins made the call.

Matthew Higgins:   
James Todd Osborne:   

Osborne held a dominating lead heading to the flop but the dealer fanned the     across the table to give Higgins two pair. The   on the turn and the   on the river was of no help to Osborne who was eliminated in fifth place.

Matthew Higgins3,450,000805,000
James Todd Osborne0-255,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 2:16 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 80,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 2:01 PM Local Time
First Break of the Day

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

Monday, January 27, 2020 2:00 PM Local Time
Kings Work for Cartwright this Time

James Todd Osborne made it 180,000 on the button and Kyle Cartwright just called from the small blind. The flop fell     and Cartwright checked to Osborne who bet 230,000. Cartwright check-raised all in for 1,000,000 and Osborne went into the tank for a couple of minutes before making the call.

Kyle Cartwright:   
James Todd Osborne:   

Cartwright was in the lead with his pocket kings this time and the   on the turn as well as the   on the river secured the double up for Cartwright.

Kyle Cartwright2,500,0001,290,000
James Todd Osborne255,000-1,395,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 1:50 PM Local Time
Deuces Give Allen a Huge Double Up

Picking up the action on the turn with the board reading     , Kyle Cartwright and Lytle Allen were heads-up in a pot. There was already upwards of around 700,000 in the middle and the two players got the rest of the chips in the middle on the turn.

Lytle Allen was the player all in and at risk for 3,190,000 but turned over the best hand with    for a set of deuces. Cartwright tabled    for an overpair but was unable to spike a two outer on the   river card. Allen was awarded a full double up and now sits with nearly half of the chips in play.

Lytle Allen7,150,0003,920,000
Kyle Cartwright1,210,000-3,390,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 1:42 PM Local Time
Osborne Risks It All

Matthew Higgins raised it up to 125,000 in the hijack and James Todd Osborne called from the cutoff. The two players saw a flop of     and Higgins started with a check. Osborne tossed in a bet of 150,000 and Higgins called to see the   on the turn.

Higgins checked again and Osborne quickly splashed in the rest of his 950,000 chips. Higgins asked for a count and thought for a minute but elected to send his cards to the muck.

Matthew Higgins2,645,000-155,000
James Todd Osborne1,650,000-100,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 1:25 PM Local Time
Scott Stewart Eliminated in 6th Place ($28,187)

Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart was the shortest stack at the table and saw the blinds coming up in the next hand. Stewart jammed all in for 550,000 from under the gun and Kyle Cartwright just called from the cutoff. The rest of the table folded and the two hands were tabled.

Kyle Cartwright:   
Scott Stewart:   

Cartwright was already in a dominant position and the flop of     put him even further ahead with two pair. The   on the turn gave Cartwright a full house and the   on the river sealed the deal as Stewart was eliminated in sixth place.

Kyle Cartwright4,600,000720,000
Scott Stewart0-530,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 1:06 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Level: 28
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 60,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 1:06 PM Local Time
Piccioli Shoves the Turn

Matthew Higgins made it 100,000 to go from under the gun and both Lytle Allen and Bryan Piccioli called from the blinds again. The flop came     and Allen led out for 175,000. Piccioli called and Higgins tagged along as well.

The turn brought the   and Allen counted out another bet of 375,000. Piccioli shipped all in for 1,230,000 which got Higgins to quickly fold. Allen asked for a count but decided to lay his hand down as well.

Lytle Allen3,230,000-695,000
Matthew Higgins2,800,000-75,000
Bryan Piccioli2,480,000870,000
Monday, January 27, 2020 12:55 PM Local Time
Stewart Down to Ten Bigs

Scott Stewart opened to 100,000 from under the gun and was called by James Todd Osborne on his left and Matthew Higgins in the big blind. The flop came     and the action checked around to the   on the turn.

All three players checked again and the   paired the board on the river. Higgins led out with a bet of 250,000 and Stewart made the call, while Osborne quickly folded. Higgins flipped over    for trip kings and Stewart sent his cards to the muck.

Matthew Higgins2,875,00075,000
James Todd Osborne1,750,000470,000
Scott Stewart530,000-755,000