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2022/23 WSOP Circuit - Horseshoe/Tunica (MS)

Thursday, January 26, 2023 to Saturday, January 28, 2023

WSOPC Event #9: $1,700 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $972,630
  • Entries: 642
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, January 28, 2023 12:39 AM Local Time
Day 1B Ends
Saturday, January 28, 2023 12:12 AM Local Time


Another full day of action occurred during Day 1b of the Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 Main Event with the hard stop being reached in Level 16 with 12:41 remaining. 

The second of three flights drew 200 entries to bring the two-day total thus far to 283 and has generated a prize pool of $428,745 with one starting flight left to go. 

Of those 200 entries tallied today, just 20 players remained when chips went into bags and Daniel Johnson (pictured above) found himself atop the counts with a stack of 624,000.

Johnson was the only player above to eclipse the 600k mark with Monster Stack winner Steven Mc Kuin almost hitting that mark with 582,000, which was good enough for second. 

Two-time ring winner Cody Stanford ended the night third in chips with 483,000 while Hyun Lee finished in fourth with 388,000. 

Rounding out the top five stacks is four-time ring winner John "Johnny Run Good" Gallaher who utilized his max late-reg bullet and turned it into a 381,000 stack.  

Much like Day 1a, the final level of the night saw an onslaught of casualties, with players such as Matt HigginsRonnie Young, and Hunter Cichy among those to be eliminated before play concluded for the night. 

Several other familiar players will also be joining the aforementioned five. Seven-time ring winner Maxwell Young (374,000), ring winner Walker Miskelly (344,000) ring winner Aaron Lasater (342,000), Elanit Hasas (248,000), and three-time ring winner Hamid Izadi (204,000), are just a few more of the players to add their names to the Day 2 roster along with the 9 to have already advanced from Day 1a.

The final starting flight will begin tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. local time and all those who have yet to find a Day 2 birth will have two bullets they can fire to try and do so. 

Full day 1b Chip Counts
Friday, January 27, 2023 11:39 PM Local Time
After Ronnie Young's elimination, the hard stop of 20 players has been reached with 12:41 remaining left in Level 16. 
Friday, January 27, 2023 11:37 PM Local Time

David Strickland raised to 15,000 from middle position and was called by Elanit Hasas from the button before the button squeezed for their last 157,000. 

Action was on Walker Miskelly who came over the top for 170,000 from the big blind and watched Strickland and Hasas muck their hands. 

Walker Miskelly:   

Miskelly had his opponent dominated and the       runout eliminated them from the tournament. 

Walker Miskelly - 345,000
David Strickland - 295,000
Elanit Hasas - 240,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 11:27 PM Local Time

Aaron Lasater raised from middle position and then called the 57,000 three-bet jam Hunter Cichy made from the small blind. 

Hunter Cichy:   
Aaron Lasater:   

Cichy had Lasater crushed but the     flop gave him a sweat as it gave Lasater a gut shot straight draw. 

Unfortunately for Cichy, the sweat didn't last long as the dealer turned the   completing Lasater's straight, and the   river ended Cichy's tournament. 

Aaron Lasater - 310,000
Hunter Cichy - 0

Friday, January 27, 2023 11:19 PM Local Time

Blake Whittington got his 70,000 stack in the middle preflop holding a pair of queens and was called by Hunter Cichy holding big slick.

The runout came jack-high and secured Whittington his double-up, 

Blake Whittington - 140,000
Hunter Cichy - 57,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 11:11 PM Local Time
Level: 16
Blinds: 3,000/6,000
Ante: 6,000
Friday, January 27, 2023 10:58 PM Local Time
The remaining 24 players are on their final 15-minute break of the evening. The plan is to play two more levels unless 10% of the remaining field (20 players) is reached first.  
Friday, January 27, 2023 10:49 PM Local Time

There were four players who saw a     flop and action was checked to Elanit Hasas who fired out 15,000 from late position. 

Only Daniel Johnson check-called from middle position, and the dealer turned the  

Johnson checked once again only to fold before Hasas could even toss out her next bet. 

Daniel Johnson - 445,000
Elanit Hasas - 212,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 10:42 PM Local Time

A player from late position raised all in for 66,000 and Tai Cao came over the top for 80,000 from the next seat over giving them isolation. 

Tai Cao:   

Cao was ahead holding the best made hand and the       runout secured him the elimination. 

Tai Cao - 150,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 10:31 PM Local Time

The cutoff raised all in for 10,000 and Matt Higgins came over the top for 62,000 from the button.

Action was on Daniel Johnson who called from the small blind, and the three players tabled their hands. 

Matt Higgins:   
Daniel Johnson:   

Johnson was ahead holding the best hand and the       runout secured him the double elimination. 

Daniel Johnson - 465,000
Matt Higgins - 0

Friday, January 27, 2023 10:23 PM Local Time

Andy Tran was all in after a     flop from middle position and was called by Aaron Lasater from the big blind. 

Andy Tran:   
Aaron Lasater:   

Lasater flopped the flush, but Tran still held outs holding the queen of clubs and the   turn gave him more outs is an ace or queen were to fall on the river. 

Unfortunately for Tran, the   completed the board and eliminated him on the money bubble. 

Aaron Lasater - 310,000
Andy Tran - 0

Friday, January 27, 2023 10:08 PM Local Time
Level: 15
Blinds: 3,000/5,000
Ante: 5,000
Friday, January 27, 2023 10:05 PM Local Time

A player from late position opened for 10,000 only to call a 47,000 three-bet jam Andy Tran made from the hijack. 

Andy Tran:   

Tran had his opponent dominated and the       secured his double-up with just two eliminations away from the money. 

Andy Tran - 100,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 10:01 PM Local Time

Christopher Bucceri opened to 10,000 from early position and action folded to Mark Lafata who defended his big blind. 

The     flop saw Lafata check-call an 8,000 continuation bet from Bucceri, and then do the same for 15,000 after the   paired the board on the turn. 

Both players checked the   river that double-paired the board and tabled their hands. 

Lafata showed    but it was no good as Bucceri held    to win the pot holding the better kicker. 

Christopher Bucceri - 400,000
Mark Lafata - 280,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 9:44 PM Local Time

Matt Higgins raised to 8,000 from under the gun and was called by Robert Hankins from middle position, along with Hyun Lee from the big blind. 

The     flop was checked to Hankins who fired out 15,000 and only Lee check-called to see the   turn. 

Lee check-called another bet from Hankins, this time for 49,000 and the   river was checked by both players. 

Lee quickly rolled over    to win the pot after Hankins mucked his hand. 

Robert Hankins - 280,000
Matt Higgins - 180,000
Hyun Lee - 180,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 9:27 PM Local Time
Level: 14
Blinds: 2,000/4,000
Ante: 4,000
Friday, January 27, 2023 9:26 PM Local Time

There were four players who saw a     flop and Aaron Lasater led out for 17,000 from the small blind. 

Action folded to the player in middle position who raised to 50,000 and Lasater three-bet jammed for 130,000. 

After getting a confirmed amount, Lasater's opponent called, and the two players tabled their hands. 

Aaron Lasater:   

Lasater was out in front after flopping a set of nines and neither the turn nor river changed a thing as he collected his double-up. 

Aaron Lasater - 280,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 9:25 PM Local Time

There was three-way action between Mark Lafata from early position, Ronnie Young from late position and Matt Higgins from the big blind with a      board showing. 

Higgins checked to Lafata who fired out 22,000 and Young called only to have Higgins raise to 50,000.

Action was back on Lafata who three-bet all in for 130,000 and Young folded while Higgins called. 

Mark Lafata:   
Matt Higgins:    

Lafata was out in front after flopping a set of fives and the   river secured his double-up. 

Mark Lafata - 330,000
Matt Higgins - 120,000
Ronnie Young - 100,000

Friday, January 27, 2023 9:19 PM Local Time

Steven Mc Kuin raised to 6,000 from early position and found one caller before Ian Steinman squeezed for his last 50,000 from late position. 

Only Mc Kuin called, and the two players tabled their hands. 

Ian Steinman:   
Steven Mc Kuin:   

Steinman didn't like seeing Mc Kuin had him dominated and for good reason, as the       runout ended his night. 

Steven Mc Kuin - 300,000
Ian Steinman - 0