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2022/23 WSOP Circuit - Turning Stone Resort Casino (Verona, NY)

Thursday, March 23, 2023 to Saturday, March 25, 2023

WSOPC Event #9: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $1,621,050
  • Entries: 1,070
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, March 26, 2023 2:26 AM Local Time

2022 Turning Stone Ring Winner Gilberto Taveras is Among the Day 1C Chip Leaders

Following a huge turnout of 562 entries, the Day 1C field of the $1,700 Main Event combined with the 508 entries in Days 1A and 1B created a Turning Stone record prize pool of $1,621,050, surpassing the total from the 2022 edition of this series’ Main Event, which was $1,349,865.

The incredible day of poker was capped by a wild finish which saw multiple players battling for the end-of-night chip lead.

While multiple large stacks emerged, none could catch the mark of Day 1B chip leader Shaun Deeb who will take the overall chip lead into Sunday’s Day 2 with 897,000.

The leaders from Day 1C included 2022 Turning Stone Circuit ring winner Vaios Triantafyilou, who bagged the day’s biggest stack of 781,000. He wasn’t the only previous ring winner to bag big as Gilberto Taveras, who won a Pot-Limit Omaha ring in the same series bagged 717,000.

Corey Richardson bagged the second-biggest stack of the day with 749,000, while Sandy Lam bagged 644,000, and Brandon Lulov bagged 596,000 to round out the top five from Day 1C.

For the Day 1C chip counts, click here.

For the overall Day 2 chip counts, click here.

The final 85 players Saturday earned at least a min-cash of $2,543 and when the end of Level 17 was reached, 60 players advanced to bring a total of 112 survivors through to Sunday.

They’ll return at noon to play toward the final table, and then the final day of play Monday, when a champion will be crowned.

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Sunday, March 26, 2023 12:32 AM Local Time

It was a close race to the wire, but it appears that Vaios Triantafyilou has bagged the end of night chip lead with 781,000.

Stay tuned for the official counts, day 2 seat draw, and a recap of the day 1C action.

Sunday, March 26, 2023 12:20 AM Local Time
Tournament staff has announced that three more hands will be played before night's end.
Sunday, March 26, 2023 12:02 AM Local Time

Big pots are happening throughout the room as players try to separate themselves from the cluster at the top of the leaderboard.

In one pot, Brandon Lulov raised to 16,000 under the gun and got called by Gilberto Taveras in a clash of two of the biggest stacks in the room.

The flop came     and Taveras check-called a bet of 15,000.

On the   turn, Taveras checked again and now faced a bet of 37,000 from Lulov. Taveras came back with a check-raise to 100,000 and Lulov folded.

Gilberto Taveras - 625,000
Brandon Lulov - 570,000


Meanwhile at an adjacent table, Corey Richardson called a 110,000 chip all in bet from a late position player in his big blind.

Late position:   
Corey Richardson:   

The board came       as Richardson flopped a set and turned a full house to add to his sizeable stack as well.


Corey Richardson - 670,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:47 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb's Day 1B mark of 897,000 is in sight for several players as the final level of the day begins.

Gilberto Taveras - 749,000
Vaios Triantafyliou - 640,000
Brandon Lulov - 540,000
Corey Richardson - 490,000
Sandy Lam - 460,000
Krishna Jammula - 455,000
Joseph Porto - 420,000
Albert Shenker - 402,000
David Graunke - 400,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:43 PM Local Time
Level: 17
Blinds: 4000/8000
Ante: 8000
Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:32 PM Local Time

With 40,000 in the middle three-ways to a flop of     Johann Mueller checked in the small blind, Joseph Porto checked the big blind, and Joseph Drory bet 11,000.

Only Mueller called to see the   on the turn. He now led out for 22,000, which got called by Drory.

The   fell on the turn and Mueller now bet 60,000, roughly half his remaining stack.

Drory thought for a bit but then called. Mueller instantly tossed his cards to the muck, awarding the pot to Drory, while leaving himself with just 70,000 chips.


Joseph Drory - 300,000
Johann Mueller - 70,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:18 PM Local Time

Gilberto Taveras raised to 12,000 in early position and was called by Tony Sinishtaj in the big blind.

The flop came     and Sinishtaj checked. Taveras bet 14,000 and got check-raised to 43,000 by Sinishtaj.

Taveras called and the   rolled off on the turn. Sinishtaj moved all in for about 100,000 and Taveras snap-called on the right end of a cooler.

Tony Sinishtaj:   
Gilberto Taveras:   

Taveras paired his queen kicker on the turn to pip Sinishtaj's flopped top two pair, and after the   fell on the river, the dangerous Sinishtaj was eliminated and Taveras had put himself into contention for the end of night chip lead.


Gilberto Taveras - 690,000
Tony Sinishtaj - eliminated

Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:04 PM Local Time
Level: 16
Blinds: 3000/6000
Ante: 6000
Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:49 PM Local Time

Just 79 players remain, with two levels to go. If the field is thinned to 57 players before then, play will be halted for the night.

Those final players have been sent on their final 15-minute break of the night.

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Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:40 PM Local Time

 On the very first hand of hand-for-hand play, Dennis Durante moved all in for 26,000 from the hijack and got called by Leonard Rinas in the big blind.

Dennis Durante:   
Leonard Rinas:   

The flop came    , pairing Rinas and giving him an open-ended straight draw.

The turn brought the  , giving Durante a set, so Rinas would now have to hit his straight draw to eliminate Durante.

The   arrived on the river bringing Rinas his straight to eliminate Durante and end bubble play with just one hand.


Leonard Rinas - 315,000
Dennis Durante - eliminated

Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:28 PM Local Time

With just 86 players remaining, the field is now just 2 players away from bursting the money bubble.

The final 85 players will receive a payday of $2,543.

Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:06 PM Local Time
Level: 15
Blinds: 3000/5000
Ante: 5000
Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:00 PM Local Time
David Graunke - 390,000
Corey Richardson - 370,000
Daniel Maricle - 365,000
Joseph Porto - 358,000
Dwayne Cathcart - 350,000
Kevin Boesel - 305,000
Steven Yanus - 266,000
Saturday, March 25, 2023 9:41 PM Local Time

Players are dropping quickly with the bubble not far away. Johann Mueller recently thinned the field by one more.

Following an early position raise, Mueller three-bet in middle position and was met with a four-bet all in for slightly more from the small blind for 27,000.

The original raiser then put out a small five-bet to 45,000, but that didn't shed Mueller. He six-bet all in holding about 200,000 chips, covering the original raiser's stack who opted to fold.

Johann Mueller:   
Small Blind:   

The board came       with Mueller's superior ace-high holding up to earn himself almost 100,000 chips.


Johann Mueller - 310,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, March 25, 2023 9:26 PM Local Time
Level: 14
Blinds: 2000/4000
Ante: 4000
Saturday, March 25, 2023 9:22 PM Local Time

Following an early position raise, Michael Dalberth three-bet to 17,000 in middle position and was met with a cold four-bet from Joseph Porto in the cutoff to 48,000.

The original raiser folded and Dalberth five-bet jammed for 88,000 which Porto called. 

Michael Dalberth:   
Joseph Porto:   

Dalberth was at risk and dominated, but the flop came     pairing Dalberth's king. He would however still have to fade an ace and now a flush draw for Porto.

The turn   and river   however did not cooperate for him and Dalberth doubled through Porto.


Joseph Porto - 295,000
Michael Dalberth - 182,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 9:05 PM Local Time

After losing a portion of his chips, while still healthy, Tony Sinishtaj is trying to rebuild his stack into one of the largest in the field.

In a recent pot, he was in the hijack facing an early position raise to 7,000. He called the bet to see a flop of    .

His opponent continued for 12,000 and Sinishtaj made the call. The turn brought the   and Sinishtaj's opponent now checked.

Sinishtaj cut out 33,000 in chips and flicked them forward. His opponent folded and the pot was pushed to Sinishtaj whose stack approaches 200,000 again.


Tony Sinishtaj - 184,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:58 PM Local Time

A massive total of 562 players made their way into Day 1C adding $851,430 to the prize pool.

Including the 199 Day 1A and 309 Day 1B entries, this unofficially creates a total prize pool of $1,621,050 from 1,070 total entries. 

Complete Day 2 payouts will be announced in the morning, but as for tonight, the final 85 entries will earn a min-cash of $2,543.

The day will conclude at the end of level 17 or when the field is thinned to 57 players which would represent 10% of the day's total entries.

Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:48 PM Local Time
Level: 13
Blinds: 2000/3000
Ante: 3000
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