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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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Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:34 PM Local Time

The final 144 players from Saturday's impressive total of 562 entries have been sent on break.

This is the final 15 minutes that registration is open.

Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:23 PM Local Time

Table 16 is one of the latest tables to break, and with it, the trio of large stacks held by Sandy lam, Joseph Porto, and Andrew Tripi have been scattered around the room.

Porto has come away from it the best of the trio and remains among the chip leaders, though Lam and Tripi are not far behind, but there are others challenging for the chip lead with them.


Joseph Porto - 376,000
Tony Sinshtaj - 300,000
Robert Sugar - 290,000
Michael Roma - 270,000
Andrew Tripi - 221,000
Sandy lam - 210,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:16 PM Local Time

Nancy Balopoulos raised to 5,000 under the gun and was called by no less than four players including both blinds.

On the     flop, the blinds checked and balopoulos bet 10,000. She got one fold, but a player in middle position moved all in for 34,000. The blinds folded and Balopoulos called.

Middle Position:   
Nancy Balopoulos:   

Balopoulos' had her opponent outkicked, and after the    runout, she had eliminated her opponent and moved her stack into six-figure territory.


Nancy Balopoulos - 101,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 7:51 PM Local Time
Level: 12
Blinds: 1500/2500
Ante: 2500
Saturday, March 25, 2023 7:51 PM Local Time
Brandon Lulov - 272,000
David Graunke - 180,000
Raymond Ezzie - 170,000
Eric Siegel - 150,000
Justin Wolf - 150,000
Michael Rogowski - 140,000
James Namiot - 121,000
Dennis Durante - 120,500
Douglas Lang - 120,000
Todd Saffron - 90,000
Katie Kopp - 23,000
Michael Monroig - 0
Michael Perrone - 0
Nicholas Torretti - 0
Christian Roberts - 0
Robert Lupo - 0
Greg Miller - 0
Charles Alex-Barton - 0
Adam Biron - 0
Roland Israelashvili - 0
Pal Zagreda - 0
Saturday, March 25, 2023 7:27 PM Local Time

Three of the largest stacks in the room are now seated together at table 16 as Sandy Lam, Joseph Porto, and Andrew Tripi are seated directly beside each other.

The dynamic has already led to one large pot which has seen Lam cross the 300,000 chip mark.

After an early position limp, Lam raised to 8,500 in the cutoff. Porto called and the limper folded.

The flop came     and the fireworks began.

Lam bet 10,000, and after a bit of thought, Porto cut out a raise to 35,000 and slid it forward. Lam then riffled her chips and took inventory before cutting out a re-raise to 120,000, which was about half of her stack.

Porto had her covered with about 300,000 still behind, but after some deliberation he opted to fold, ceding the hand to Lam in the first of what could be several large clashes at table 16.


Sandy Lam - 310,000
Joseph Porto - 298,000
Andrew Tripi - 216,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 7:11 PM Local Time
Level: 11
Blinds: 1000/2000
Ante: 2000
Saturday, March 25, 2023 7:02 PM Local Time

The WSOP live reporting team noticed that Eric Yanovsky's seat had been vacated with a huge stack acrioss the table in the possesion of Steven "Stu" Yanus.

Yanus relayed the details of how he got Yanovsky's chips before dinner.

Following a raise in the cutoff by Yanus to 2,800, Yanovsky three-bet him from the big blind to 10,500 and Yanus called.

The flop came     and Yanovsky bet 7,000 which Yanus called.

On the   turn, Yanovsky bet another 19,500 and Yanus called again.

The river was the   and Yanovsky moved all in covering Yanus' 110,000 chip stack.

Yanus took a bit of time before calling, admitting that he may have "nit-rolled" Yanovsky a bit, but then called. Yanovsky showed    but Yanus showed    for a flopped set of sevens.

Yanovsky was down to about 30,000 which ended up in Yanus' stack shortly after, when he moved in with    and ran into Yanus'   .


Steven "Stu" Yanus - 290,000
Eric Yanovsky - eliminated

Saturday, March 25, 2023 6:51 PM Local Time

After the player under the gun opened all in for 7,500, Tony Sinishtaj called in middle position. Jason Pardy then moved all in for 30,500 over top. 

Sinishtaj thought briefly, then tossed in calling chips to try to eliminate both opponents.

Under the Gun:   
Jason Pardy:   
Tony Sinishtaj:   

"Hold for daddy" said Pardy as the cards were revealed and he saw he was in great shape for a double up and then some.

The dealer spread a board of      , as Pardy's aces indeed held, bosting his stack while taking a small chunk out of Sinsihtaj's significant stack.


Tony Sinishtaj - 213,000
Jason Pardy - 73,500

Saturday, March 25, 2023 6:33 PM Local Time
Level: 10
Blinds: 1000/2000
Ante: 2000
Saturday, March 25, 2023 5:29 PM Local Time

Just 236 players from the day's 544 entries remain. They've been sent on their 60-minute dinner break returning at 6:30 p.m. local time.


Raymond Ezzie - 176,000
Danielle Bracy - 149,000
Matthew Paplyk - 120,000
Johann Mueller - 119,000
Kevin Boesel - 112,000
Andrew Rannaletti - 64,500
DJ MacKinnon - 60,000
Caron Wandrack - 29,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 5:01 PM Local Time

Following a pair of early position limps, Kristan Mackiewicz limped behind and Todd Saffron then raised to 4,000 to her immediate left. Every one folded but Mackiewicz and the duo saw a flop of    .

Mackiewicz checked and Saffron bet 8,000. Mackiewicz moved all in for about 20,000 and Saffron called with the best of it to put Mackiewicz at risk.

Kristan Mackiewicz:   
Todd Saffron:   

Mackiewicz's bottom pair was in trouble, and continued to be after the   turn. The   on the river however gave Mackiewicz a tournament saving two pair.


Todd Saffron - 85,000
Kristan Mackiewicz - 58,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:54 PM Local Time
Level: 9
Blinds: 1000/1500
Ante: 1500
Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:20 PM Local Time

After Katie Kopp opened to 2,400 in early position, a player in middle position called, but not realizing that Kopp had raised. His chips stayed in the pot and a three bet then came in from the button. 

Kopp then moved all in for a bit under 30,000. The middle position player now folded but the button called and Kopp had a flip on her hands to survive.

Katie Kopp:   

The board came      , with Kopp's eights holding for a double and some bonus chips as well.

Katie Kopp - 62,000

Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:13 PM Local Time
Level: 8
Blinds: 600/1200
Ante: 1200
Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:03 PM Local Time

Edward Reid, who earlier eliminated Jean "Prince" Gaspard was recently put to the test for his stack by David Graunke.

With a pot of about 30,000 built and a completed board of      , Reid bet 10,000 from early position and was three-bet all in for his last 27,000 by Graunke to his immediate left.

Reid deliberated and then tossed the   into the muck along with his other card. Graunke told Reid he had kings, but didn't actually show Reid his hand as the chips were pushed his way.


David Graunke - 120,000
Edward Reid - 27,000


Saturday, March 25, 2023 3:42 PM Local Time

 If you followed's Day 1B coverage, you'll have seen the story of Joe Porto, who played several hours with eventual chip leader and five-time bracelet winner, Shaun Deeb.

Porto is back today after cashing in Friday's flight for $2,554 but just missing out on advancing to Day 2.

He's built himself a stack early and is using his lessons from Deeb well.

In a recent hand after limps in early position and on the button, Porto punished the limpers with a raise to 4,400 from the small blind. Only the under the gun player called to see a flop of    .

Porto continued for 4,300 and his opponent quickly folded, adding to Porto's stack, which among the largest in the room.


Joe Porto - 165,000



Saturday, March 25, 2023 3:36 PM Local Time
Level: 7
Blinds: 500/1000
Ante: 1000
Saturday, March 25, 2023 3:17 PM Local Time

Saturday's massive field has now hit 506 entries, of which 306 remain. 

They'll be back in 15 minutes to begin level 7.

Saturday, March 25, 2023 3:16 PM Local Time

Pal Zagreda, who won a big pot early in the day was recently all in for his last 30,200 preflop and in dire straits after running into a monster in the small blind. 

Pal Zagreda:   
Small Blind:   

The flop came     and Zagreda gathered his belongings, prepared to take a break longer than the 15-minute variety that was approaching.

The turn brought the  , giving Zagreda additional outs with an open-ended straight draw.

That draw came in on the river with the  , giving him a queen-high straight, ensuring that Zagreda will be back in 15 minutes.


Pal Zagreda - 63,000