Monday, January 30, 2023 3:00 PM Local Time
Preston McEwen’s run at Horseshoe Tunica continues to amaze, as just one year after winning his first Circuit ring in this very casino, McEwen took down what was on everybody’s wish list and that is the Main Event.
After a field of 642 entries were recorded through three starting flights, a $972,630 prize pool was generated paying out 92 players but, in the end, it was McEwen who walked away with the lion's share, as he claimed the $1,700 Main Event title that came with a $183,653 top prize.
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Monday, January 30, 2023 2:48 PM Local Time
A series of preflop raises saw Carl Masters call of his remining 1,600,000 from the button and the two tabled their hands.
Masters didn't like seeing he was dominated by and the flop wasn't any help.
With Masters needing a glimpse of hope, the dealer turned the to keep things interesting giving him the flush draw.
Masters was standing from his seat in need of any club of six to stay alive, but the completed the board on the river and ended his Main Event in second place for $113,504.
Preston McEwen - 19,260,000
Carl Masters - Eliminated
Monday, January 30, 2023 2:32 PM Local Time
Preston McEwen raised all in from the small blind and Michael Monaghan called off his 2,000,000 stack from the big blind.
Monaghan didn't like what he saw when cards were tabled and things got worse after an eight appeared in the window on the flop.
The turn left Monaghan drawing dead to the river and he made his exit in third place for $82,434.
Preston McEwen - 13,660,000
Carl Masters - 5,600,000
Michael Monaghan - Eliminated
Monday, January 30, 2023 2:14 PM Local Time
Preston McEwen opened for 200,000 on the button and Carl Masters defended his big blind to see a flop.
Masters check-called a 225,000 continuation bet from McEwen, and the turn was checked by both players bringing the river.
Masters check-called once again, this time for 625,000, and mucked his hand after McEwen rolled over for the queen-high flush.
Preston McEwen - 12,885,000
Carl Masters - 4,200,000
Michael Monaghan - 2,335,000
Monday, January 30, 2023 2:03 PM Local Time
Monday, January 30, 2023 1:48 PM Local Time
The final three players are on a 15-minute break.
Monday, January 30, 2023 1:43 PM Local Time
It was a family pot that took to a flop for 480,000 a pop and action was checked to Carl Masters who fired out 500,000 from the big blind.
Preston McEwen called from the button, as did Michael Monaghan from the small blind, and the fell on the turn.
Monaghan checked once again to Masters who fired out 675,000.
McEwen raised to 1,600,000 and watched both Monaghan and Masters quickly release their hands.
Preston McEwen - 10,275,000
Carl Masters - 6,355,000
Michael Monaghan - 2,630,000
Monday, January 30, 2023 1:33 PM Local Time
Buck Bucceri raised to 250,000 from the cutoff only to have Preston McEwen three-bet to 640,000 from the small blind.
Action folded back to Bucceri who four-bet jammed for 2,200,000 and McEwen snap-called.
Bucceri didn't what he saw after the cards were tabled and was already calling for his payout card before the flop hit the felt.
The turn made things interesting as it gave Bucceri a double gutter straight draw, but the completed the board on the river and ended his Main Event in fourth place for $60,713,
Preston McEwen - 7,300,000
Buck Bucceri - Eliminated
Monday, January 30, 2023 1:20 PM Local Time
Carl Masters raised to 180,000 from the button and Preston McEwen defended his big blind to see a flop.
McEwen check-called a 150,000 continuation bet from Masters, and the turn was checked by both players to the river.
McEwen led out for 80,000 and Masters called. McEwen rolled over for a pair of nines but it was second bet as Masters showed to win the pot with top pair.
Carl Masters - 7,400,000
Preston McEwen - 3,500,000
Monday, January 30, 2023 1:06 PM Local Time
John Gallaher raised from under the gun and Carl Masters called from the button, bringing the two heads-up to a flop.
Gallaher continued with a min-bet and Masters called to see the turn.
Gallaher led out once again for 160,000 only to have Masters raise to 500,000. Gallaher looked back down at his cards and said, "Get ready to write this one up", as he four-bet jammed for roughly 1,000,000.
Masters called and the two players tabled their hands.
Gallaher turned an ace to go along with his Broadway draw but was trailing Masters who flopped trip jacks leaving Gallaher needing an ace or ten to stay alive.
Unfortunately for Gallaher, the completed the board on the river and ended his Main Event run in fifth place for $45,355.
Carl Masters - 7,000,000
John Gallaher - Eliminated
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:48 PM Local Time
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:46 PM Local Time
Carl Masters raised to 135,000 from the cutoff only to have Buck Bucceri three-bet to 315,000 from the button.
Action folded back to Masters who four-bet jammed, and Bucceri snapped off his 1,890,000 stack.
Bucceri was racing for his tournament life and kept the lead after the runout secured his double-up.
Carl Masters - 5,700,000
Buck Bucceri - 4,000,000
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:39 PM Local Time
Michael Monaghan raised to 125,000 from the button and Buck Bucceri defended his big blind to see a flop.
Bucceri check-raised to 225,000 after Monaghan continued for 60,000 and Monaghan called bringing the turn.
Bucceri led out for 350,000 only to fold after Monaghan raised to 1,200,000.
Michael Monaghan - 4,675,000
Buck Bucceri - 2,885,000
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:26 PM Local Time
Action folded to John Gallaher who limped-in from the small blind and Michael Monaghan checked his option from the big, bringing about the flop.
Gallaher led out for 60,000 and Monaghan called to see the turn.
Gallaher fired out 225,000 and Monaghan called.
After the paired the board on the river, both players checked and Gallaher rolled over to win the pot.
Michael Monaghan - 4,300,000
John Gallaher - 1,800,000
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:18 PM Local Time
Action folded to Michael Monaghan who raised to 135,000 from the only to call a 500,000 three-bet from Carl Masters in the big blind.
The flop came and Monaghan check-folded after Masters continued for 400,000.
Carl Masters - 7,400,000
Michael Monaghan - 4,780,000
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:00 PM Local Time
Cards are in the air for the final day of the Main Even!
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:00 PM Local Time
Monday, January 30, 2023 9:57 AM Local Time
The final day of the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 Main Event is set to kick-off at noon!
The tournament saw 643 total entries tallied through the starting flights and now the final five players will be returning to the felt today battle it out for the $183,653 first-place prize, along with a shiny new WSOPC ring to their resume.
Leading the charge is three-time Circuit ring winner Carl Masters, whose Day 2 heater ended on high note after he rivered quad aces for a double elimination to take the final table chip lead, as he holds almost half the chips in play with 7,185,000.
Sitting behind Masters is Michael Monaghan, who had a strong Day 2 to take a 5,775,000 stack into the final day and looks to add his first WSOP victory to his resume.
Buck Bucceri comes into the final day third in chips with 3,405,000 and has already locked him his largest WSOP cash as he looks to claim his first Circuit ring as well.
Three-time ring winner Preston McEwen looks to capitialize on his third final table appearence of the Tunica series as he sits with 2,210,000 in chips while four-time ring winner John Gallaher, hopes to get a little "Run Good" going as he has an uphill battle sitting with 685,000.
Final Table Seat and Counts
1) Buck Bucceri - 3,405,000
2) Preston McEwen - 2,210,000
3) John Gallaher - 685,000
4) Mike Monaghan - 5,775,000
5) Carl Masters - 7,185,000
Final day action is set to start at noon today with action resuming with 46:24 remaining in Level 26 where blinds will be 30,000/60,000/60,000.
Levels will remain 60 minutes in length with a 15-minute break after every two levels of play.
The tournament will be not stop until a winner is crowned, taking home the $183,653 first-place prize, along with a shiny new WSOP circuit ring and an automatic seat into the Tournament of Champions.