Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:46 AM Local Time
Martin Zamani Takes Down WSOP Circuit Rio High Roller for $89,143 and First Ring!
On Tuesday night, the World Series of Poker crowned its latest champion at the Rio All-Suite Casino and Resort in Event #14: $2,200 High Roller as Martin Zamani emerged the victor after topping a 179 entry field to secure his first Circuit ring. Zamani took down the Star-studded field in the late hours of the night, pulling in the $89,143 first-place prize, along with a shiny new WSOP Circuit ring.
When asked how it felt to ship his first WSOP Circuit ring Zamani said, "I'm rich!" with a laugh as he added another feat to an already hearty resume that already boasted over $2.1 million in live career earnings.
The Boca Raton, FL native saw his chip stack swell up to the top and instantly fall near the bottom shortly after so he took it in his own hands to find a strategy that would work for him. "I had four racks and then I had no racks...So I decided if I won a hand that I would celebrate with a drink and then I continued celebrating." Replied Zamani with a smile.
When the final table started to bust it seemed like every player stayed to watch it finished, along with some other notable friends to watch Zamani secure his first ring. "It wasn't me that did anything, it was the friends and atmosphere around me that did it." Said the latest ring winner on the circuit when asked about how he took down this event.
Final Table Results
|1||Martin Zamani||Boca Raton, FL||$89,143|
|2||Nick Pupillo||Gilbert, AZ||$55,085|
|3||Michael Rossitto||Brooklyn, NY||$38,365|
|4||Brent Roberts||Staten Island, NY||$27,334|
|5||Alex Rocha||Setauket, NY||$19,932|
|6||Jasthi Kumar||San Ramon, CA||$14,884|
|7||Roland Israelashvili||Forest Hill, NY||$11,388|
|8||Viet Vo||Pearland, TX||$8,934|
Final Day Action
The final day began with 70 runners of the 179 total entries and it was a short trip to the money as it took just six levels to hit the money. Unfortunately for Andrew Wall he was the final player to leave without finding a payout slip after Stephen Song shoved the small blind with king-queen Wall obliged in the big blind, holding a pair of sixes. Wall was ahead up until the river where Song found broadway, popping the bubble and all players were then guaranteed at least a $2,425 min-cash.
Once the money was hit it did not take long for the field to dwindle down to the final two tables and it was none other than Zamani leading the final 18, but once the official final table was hit, he had dropped down to the bottom of the barrel. The champion took down an early double against Roland Israelashvili, a hand that really kick-started the momentum needed to take down this event for Zamani.
First to take an exit from the final table was Thai Ha after he shoved his ace-queen and was called by the pocket sevens of Brent Roberts. The board came down clean and Roberts took down the pot, sending Ha to the rail. Just moments after it was Viet Vo seen headed to the payout desk when his pair of nickels failed to hold against the ace-king of Michael Rossitto.
Israelashvili saw his chips head into the middle versus Jasthi Kumar and Israelashvili had the lead with his ace-ten as Kumar had tabled king-seven. Israelashvili flopped a ten but the king river sent all the chips to Kumar and Israelashvili hit the rail in seventh place. Kumar took his newly acquired chips and sent them into the stack of Rossitto. Kumar opened from under the gun with a pair of kings and Rossitto jammed from the small blind with ace-king. Kumar called but Rossitto spiked an ace to scoop the pot, eliminating Kumar from this event.
Rossitto continued his heater and his next victim was Alex Rocha. Rossitto opened from the cutoff with a pair of hockey sticks and Rocha pushed his ladies over the top. Rossitto called and was in rough shape until the seven landed on the turn, sending another stack to Rossitto as Rocha took an exit. Zamani sent Roberts to the showers on the very next hand when Zamani jammed the button and Roberts called for less in the big blind. Zamani tabled ace-queen and Roberts showed king-eight, the rest is history and Roberts took a walk.
Rossitto started three-handed play with a monstrous chip lead but Zamani quickly took down the tower of chips that once sat in front of Rossitto, putting him into a short-stack position. Zamani shoved the small blind with nine-eight and Rossitto called with his ace-five. The turn brought a straight for Zamani and Rossitto headed to the payout desk.
Nick Pupillo began heads up on the smaller end of a large deficit and couldn't seem to get anything going. He managed to secure two doubles when he was on the brink of elimination but Zamani kept the pressure on him and put the final dagger in the coffin with a pair of jacks versus the king-eight of Pupillo. The board ranout clean for Zamani and Pupillo was eliminated in second for a respectable $55,085
That wraps it up for the PokerNews live coverage here in the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino but tune in Friday, February 28, for updates the Main Event at Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago area).
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:39 AM Local Time
Nick Pupillo Eliminated in 2nd Place ($55,085)
Martin Zamani opened from the button and Nick Pupillo shoved all in. Zamani snap-called, putting Pupillo at risk of elimination.
The dealer spread out on the flop and Zamani was still leading with his johnnies. A turn left Pupillo in need of a river but the that completed was of no help and he was sent packing in second for a respectable $55,085.
|Martin Zamani||5,370,000||2,475,000 |
|Nick Pupillo||0||-1,475,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:13 AM Local Time
Pupillo Lands a Double in the River
Nick Pupillo moved all in for 725,000 and Martin Zamani called, putting Pupillo at risk of elimination.
The board rolled out and Pupillo took down the pot with his rivered jack, doubling through Zimani.
|Martin Zamani||2,895,000||-1,175,000 |
|Nick Pupillo||1,475,000||175,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:10 AM Local Time
Level 28 started
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:54 AM Local Time
|Martin Zamani||4,070,000||375,000 |
|Nick Pupillo||1,300,000||-425,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:50 AM Local Time
Michael Rossitto Eliminated in 3rd Place ($38,365)
Martin Zamani moved all in from the small blind and Michael Rossitto called his 535,000 stack into the middle from the big blind.
The flop came down and Rossitto was still in the lead until a devastating card landed for him on the turn when the dealer flipped over a , giving Zamani a straight.
Rossitto was then drawing dead to the river card and Zamani scooped the pot, sending Rossitto to the payout desk.
|Martin Zamani||3,695,000||1,070,000 |
|Nick Pupillo||1,725,000||475,000 |
|Michael Rossitto||0||-1,750,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:34 AM Local Time
Zamani Takes the Lead
Martin Zamani opened to 100,000 from the button and Michael Rossitto shoved all of his chips into the middle. Zamani called his 1,260,000 into the pot and the two tabled their hands with Zamani at risk.
The dealer spread out on the flop and Zamani scooped the hand for a complete double, taking the lead during three-handed play.
|Martin Zamani||2,625,000||1,475,000 |
|Michael Rossitto||1,750,000||-1,200,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:29 AM Local Time
Level 27 started
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:24 AM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|Michael Rossitto||2,950,000||-500,000 |
|Nick Pupillo||1,250,000||-40,000 |
|Martin Zamani||1,150,000||260,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:17 AM Local Time
Brent Roberts Eliminated in 4th Place ($27,334)
Martin Zamani moved all in from the button and Brent Roberts called his 220,000 stack into the middle from the big blind.
The flop rolled out and Roberts was in need of a card to stay alive. A turn and river failed to improve Roberts' hand and was eliminated by the ace-high of Zamani.
|Martin Zamani||890,000||470,000 |
|Brent Roberts||0||-440,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:13 AM Local Time
Alex Rocha Eliminated in 5th Place ($19,932)
Michael Rossitto opened from the cutoff and Alex Rocha pushed his stack into the middle from the button, Rossitto called.
The dealer fanned out on the flop and Rocha was in the lead. An unthinkable peeled off on the turn, smashing Rossitto with the deck.
The river sealed the deal for Rossitto and Rocha was sent to the rail in fifth place.
|Michael Rossitto||3,450,000||500,000 |
|Alex Rocha||0||-440,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:10 AM Local Time
Jasthi Kumar Eliminated in 6th Place ($14,884)
Jasthi Kumar opened from under the gun and Michael Rossitto three-bet shoved from the small blind for more than enough to cover. Kumar took a moment but in the end, he called for his 1,100,000 stack, putting himself at risk.
The flop came down and Kumar was well in front with his pair of cowboys until the inevitable landed on the turn, switching the lead to Rossitto.
A completed the board and Rossitto took down the pot, sending Kumar to the payout desk.
|Michael Rossitto||2,950,000||1,450,000 |
|Jasthi Kumar||0||-1,275,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:59 AM Local Time
Roland Israelashvili Eliminated in 7th Place ($11,388)
Roland Israelashvili found the rest of his chips head into the middle and Jasthi Kumar called, putting him at risk of elimination.
The dealer spread out on the flop and Israelashvili was in the lead with his pair of tens. A landed on the turn, adding some outs to Kumar's hand and the river was one of them as he took down the pot, eliminating Israelashvili from the tournament.
|Jasthi Kumar||1,275,000||115,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||0||-280,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:53 AM Local Time
Level 26 started
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:53 AM Local Time
Viet Vo Eliminated in 8th Place ($8,934)
Michael Rossitto opened and Viet Vo three-bet shoved all in for just under 200,000. Rossitto called, putting Vo at risk as they turned over their cards.
The flop rolled out and Vo was still leading with his pair of nickels. A turn brought a flush draw to life for Rossitto and the river completed it as Rossitto took down the pot, knocking Vo out of the tournament.
|Michael Rossitto||1,500,000||450,000 |
|Viet Vo||0||-135,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:46 AM Local Time
Thai Ha Eliminated in 9th Place ($7,190)
Thai Ha moved all in for about 190,000 and Brent Roberts shoved over the top, totaling around 230,000. The rest of the table folded and the two tabled their hands.
The dealer fanned out on the flop and Roberts was still in the lead. A turn and river cemented the pot for Roberts, sending Ha to the payout desk.
|Brent Roberts||440,000||175,000 |
|Thai Ha||0||-170,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:41 AM Local Time
Zamani Secures a Double
Martin Zamani moved all in for about 200,000 and Roland Israelashvili called, putting Zamani at risk of elimination.
The board came down and Zamani scooped with his two pair for a complete double through Israelashvili.
|Martin Zamani||420,000||220,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||280,000||-245,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:16 AM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|Nick Pupillo||1,290,000||530,000 |
|Jasthi Kumar||1,160,000||60,000 |
|Michael Rossitto||1,050,000||-130,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||525,000||35,000 |
|Alex Rocha||440,000||55,000 |
|Brent Roberts||265,000||-215,000 |
|Martin Zamani||200,000||-110,000 |
|Thai Ha||170,000||-260,000 |
|Viet Vo||135,000||-55,000 |
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:13 AM Local Time
Level 25 started
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:56 PM Local Time
The remaining nine players will now be taking a 15-minute break.