Monday, February 12, 2024 7:52 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 13 hours ago)
The Pompano Beach Main Event concluded on Monday evening after about 7 hours of play as the final seven out of 917 battled for the $245,225 top prize . Coming out on top was a name that will be familiar to every poker player and fan who follows the circuit.
Hamid Izadi won his seventh career ring after an incredible heads-up comeback and overall impressive final day performance.
"I'm really really happy about this result. I keep telling everybody, if you put it in good and keep your composure, go for it don't give up, you will get the results." the Atlanta, GA native said afterwards.
While Izadi had won six rings prior to this, a Main Event title had eluded him until today. .
"That's something else I have six rings but this is another level for me. It's not easy to win, you have to go through a lot of good players but today was my day. The cards went my way, I played my best I believe and I got the result I wanted."
He had been close on many occasions with six other main event final tables with the closest call coming in 2019 in IP Biloxi where he finished in 3rd place to Boris Kasabov who he defeated heads up today.
The win came in what turned out to be dramatic fashion as Izadi was clipped down to as low as seven big blinds in heads up play to Kasabov. But Izadi was able to come back after a couple of doubles.
"When I got down to seven big blinds, I thought it was over, but again I have experience and I got the right hands in the right time and now I am here with the ring."
"And you have your good luck charm!" added his friend on the rail Scott Dobbs who actually had flown back home just yesterday but came right back when he saw his friend make the final table. Dobbs has been present for 4 of Izadi's seven rings.
Izadi is a popular figure at many circuit stops as many congratulated him on his win afterwards and he made sure to send that love back, "I want to thank the WSOP circuits, the managers, dealers, you the reporter who does awesome work and most of all my wife and family, they've been very supportive to allow me to travel and play when I like."
Action of the Day
Izadi entered the day second in chips but quickly established himself as the force at the table as he won the most pots through betting and picking up them up by aggression.
He held the chip lead for much of play as Taylor Hart and Jake Schwartz were eliminated quickly.
Five-handed play would last a while before Dave Alfa was sent away in 5th place. Start of day chip leader Michael Lydon exiting in 4th after he hit a few bumps to knock his once big stack down and out.
Gregory Spinder would play three-handed with Kasabov and Izadi for quite a while as he was enjoying the best tournament of his career by some margin and eventually went out in 3rd place for a score that was more than three times larger than his previous best.
That would set up the aforementioned heads up battle between Izadi and Kasabov, a rematch of sorts from 2019 Biloxi. They started close in chips with Izadi holding a slim lead. They traded pots back and forth before Kasabov won a couple of big all ins to leave Izadi short before the comeback.
That wraps it up for PokerOrg's coverage of the Circuit event here in Pompano Beach. The circuit series rolls on to Cherokee next where coverage will be there once again!
Monday, February 12, 2024 7:17 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 14 hours ago)
Hamid Izadi had edged ahead in chips after a series of pots to take a slight lead. With the blinds going up, Boris Kasabov jammed all in from the button and Izadi called.
Izadi was in position for the ring as the flop came . The turn was the and the river the to complete Izadi's comeback from a few big blinds to the victory as he beamed and shook Kasabov's hand who congratulated his opponent and finished as runner up for the best overall cash of his career.
Boris Kasabov - Eliminated
Hamid Izadi - 36,680,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 7:09 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 14 hours ago)
Hamid Izadi moved all in and was called by Boris Kasabov.
The board ran out to double Izadi again and bring him up to above 20 big blinds.
Hamid Izadi -10,400,000
Boris Kasabov - 26,300,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 6:39 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 14 hours ago)
Hamid Izadi was all in with the while Boris Kasabov had the and was looking to end it right there.
The flop came , the turn was the and the river came the to give Izadi a double.
Hamid Izadi - 6,500,000
Boris Kasabov - 29,800,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 6:37 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 14 hours ago)
Boris Kasabov moved all in over a three-bet from Hamid Izadi who took a few moments before he called.
Kasabov had the dominating lead with the while Izadi had the .
The flop came . The turn was the to give Kasabov the flush and the river the which came too late for Izadi as he was left with crumbs.
Hamid Izadi - 3,300,000
Boris Kasabov - 33,600,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 6:29 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 14 hours ago)
Boris Kasabov was down to about 8,000,000 and moved all in after a raise from Hamid Izadi and the hands were tabled when Izadi called.
It was a cooler by heads up standards and the board ran out to give Kasabov a big time double.
"Back to work." said Izadi who thought he may have had the ring in the bag when looking at his pre-flop holding.
Boris Kasabov: 16,600,000
Hamid Izadi - 20,100,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 6:19 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 15 hours ago)
The board read on the turn. Hamid Izadi bet 1,000,000. Boris Kasabov raised to 4,000,000 and Izadi folded.
Hamid Izadi - 20,500,000
Boris Kasabov - 16,200,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 6:15 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 15 hours ago)
Hamid Izadi has taken the lead back in heads up play after a series of small pots that he pulled in some continuation bets on flops.
Monday, February 12, 2024 6:05 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 15 hours ago)
Hamid Izadi raised to 900,000 from the small blind, Boris Kasabov three-bet to 3,500,000 and Izadi called.
The flop came . Kasabov continued for 4,800,000 and Izadi folded.
Boris Kasabov- 19,600,000
Hamid Izadi - 16,600,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 5:59 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 15 hours ago)
The two players are taking a brief break before heads up before they renew their rivalry.
Hamid Izadi - 20,600,000 - 51bb
Boris Kasabov - 16,080,000 - 40bb
Monday, February 12, 2024 5:56 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 15 hours ago)
Gregory Spinder had been reduced to only 2,500,000 after a series of lost hands and he was all in with the
of Hamid Izadi.
The board ran out to make for a heart sweat on the river but it was a to end Spinder's deep run in 3rd and smash his previous best cash of around $30,000.
Gregory Spinder -Eliminated
Monday, February 12, 2024 5:36 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 15 hours ago)
Monday, February 12, 2024 5:35 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 15 hours ago)
Action was on the river with a pot of about 2,500,000 and the board reading . Boris Kasabov bet 975,000 from the big blind.
Hamid Izadi was in the small blind and called after about 30 seconds.
Kasabov showed nothing with the which Izadi had beat with the as Izadi starts to take control.
Hamid Izadi - 19,500,000
Bors Kasabov - 8,150,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 5:16 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 16 hours ago)
Boris Kasabov's lone ring came in the 2019 IP Biloxi Main Event, an event where Hamid Izadi finished in 3rd. Throwback to that event
The two players discussed this and Izadi talked about how he needs to get Kasabov back.
"I don't want to get in the middle of your old feud" joked Gregory Spinder as the two reminisced about that event over 4 years ago.
Monday, February 12, 2024 5:11 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 16 hours ago)
Hamid Izadi and Boris Kasabov went to a flop of . Izadi bet 700,000 from the small blind and Kasabov called in the big.
The turn was the . Izadi fired out 1,300,000. Kasabov paused for a while before siliding forward a large stack for a raise to what looked to be about 4,900,000. Izadi quickly folded.
Hamid Izadi - 13,300,000
Boris Kasabov - 13,800,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 4:58 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 16 hours ago)
Gregory Spinder was all in against the of Hamid Izadi.
The board ran out to get a double up.
Gregory Spinder - 11,500,000
Hamid Izadi - 15,800,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 4:52 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 16 hours ago)
Hamid Izadi raised from under the gun, Michael Lydon jammed all in and Izadi called.
The flop came , the turn was the and the river was the to end Lydon's run in 4th place a the third biggest cash of his career.
Michael Lydon: Eliminated
Hamid Izadi - 16,500,000
Monday, February 12, 2024 4:33 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 16 hours ago)
Monday, February 12, 2024 4:27 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 16 hours ago)
The four remaining players are now on a 15-minute break as Hamid Izadi still holds the lead but the four stacks are all fairly close with the shortest stack still have close to 25 big blinds.
Monday, February 12, 2024 4:03 PM Local Time (about 21 days and 17 hours ago)
Boris Kasabov limped from the button. Michael Lydon raised to 950,000 from the big blind and Kasabov called it.
The flop came . Lydon bet 1,100,000 and Kasabov called.
The turn was the . Lydon jammed which got Kasabov to fold.
Boris Kasabov - 6,700,000
Michael Lydon - 10,100,000