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2023/24 WSOP Circuit - Turning Stone Resort Casino (Verona, NY)

Thursday, March 21, 2024 to Saturday, March 23, 2024

WSOPC Event #11: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $1,799,820
  • Entries: 1,188
  • Remaining: 0

EVENT UPDATES

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Monday, March 25, 2024 9:52 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 3 hours ago)

The Main Event here at Turning Stone Resort and Casino was easily five of the most exciting days of poker ever played here in Verona, NY and after a heated heads up battle, the sun has officially set on the flagship event with Ethan Bennett emerging victorious for his first WSOP Circuit ring!

When the day began, 12 players returned with the goal of being the last man or women standing when all the smoke cleared and for Bennett, that's a goal he can check off the list. 

Along with Bennett was a pair of women making an appearance at the final table; a fact that eventually led to a three-handed battle that was 66% female. One of those women, Kathrine Brandt, ended up going on to finish in 2nd and the other, Cindy Spier, finished in 3rd place for the second consecutive year which is likely an equally painful and prideful experience.

When the final table assembled, Bennett was third in chips but still a good ways behind first and second, both of whom brought piles to the finale, but of all the 10 players who made it to the penultimate table of the event, Bennett used his position and well-timed aggression to perfection to put himself in position to be crowned champion.

There were multiple occasions at this finale where Bennett showed a propensity for making big bets on the river then showing massive bluffs when his opponents let their hands go. Not once today did Bennett get called down in a huge spot and have to show air, but he turned up complete vapor a handful of times and found a way to have the nuts the few times he did get called.

In one such hand during heads up play, he had flopped a straight and got a runout to the river that gave his heads up opponent, Kathrine Brandt, the best possible runout she could hope for in a spot where she was still seconds best. It ended up being the turning point in what was up until that point a very back and forth, evenly stacked match.

It ended up taking a cooler to get all the chips in the middle with Bennett holding the nut full house to Brandt's trips and that was all she wrote as Bennett secured the title and sent Brandt home with a runner-up finish worth $184,521.

For Bennett, this marks his first WSOP Circuit ring and this score alone eclipses his previous lifetime earnings of $166,000. He'll also be headed to the Tournament of Champions and Las Vegas for the summer to put in a full schedule, so this is very likely to not be the last time you hear the name Ethan Bennett.

Final Table Payouts:

1st: Ethan Bennett - $298,546
2nd: Kathrine Brandt - $184,521
3rd: Cindy Spier - $137,178
4th: Soukha Kachittavong - $103,047
5th: Rodney Pinkham Jr - $78,225
6th: Tom Harter - $60,015
7th: Srikanth Gundela - $46,541
8th: Jason Tracey - $36,485
9th: Alan Shaw - $28,917
10th: Patrick White - $23,174

Monday, March 25, 2024 8:59 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 4 hours ago)

 

After not building a huge pot prior to the river and on a completed board of      , Bennett best enough to put Brandt all in and Brandt made the snap call with the    only to see that she was on the wrong end of an absolute cooler as Bennett turned over the   , good enough to take down the pot, secure the title and send Brandt home with a runner-up finish good for $184,521.

Ethan Bennett - 47,500,000
Kathrine Brandt - Eliminated

Monday, March 25, 2024 8:49 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 4 hours ago)

After a few small pots went Ethan Bennett's way, Kathrine Brandt got it all in preflop for 3,200,000 with a call coming from Bennett to set up a runout with the tournament on the line.

Kathrine Brandt:   
Ethan Bennett:   

The     flop was good for Bennett but the   turn shot him down to second best with one card to come. The   river card locked up the double for Brandt as the heads up match continues.

Kathrine Brandt 7,000,000
Ethan Bennett - 40,500,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 8:39 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)

Kathrine Brandt limped the button and Ethan Bennett checked his action from the big blind to see the     flop.

Bennett checked to Brandt who continued for 700,000. Bennett opted to check-raise with his action, though, and did so in the amount of 2,700,000. Brandt made the call and the dealer burned and turned the  .

Bennett decided to lead this time and put out a bet of 7,000,000. Brandt took some time with her decision before making the call and watching the   fall on the river.

With action on him, Bennett jammed for 10,200,000 and sent Brandt deep into the tank. She spent three or four minutes there, counting her stack and running through the hand.

Eventually, with a few chips off the top of the calling stack she had cut out, Brandt made the call only to here Bennett say, "Straight" as he tabled the   .

Brandt had to table her hand as it was an all-in and a call and she showed the    for trip deuces with the five blocker to the straight after an absolute nightmare runout for her and a dream runout for Bennett who not sits on a massive chip lead.

Ethan Bennett - 40,200,000
Kathrine Brandt - 7,300,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 8:22 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)

Kathrine Brandt limped the button only to see Ethan Bennett raise to 2,00,000. Brandt called and the flop came    .

Bennett opted to lead out with a bet of 1,500,000. Brandt made the call and the turn brough the  .

Bennett checked over to Brandt who counted out chips and made a bet of 4,000,000. Bennett wasted little time in calling to see the   fall on the river.

Bennett checked again and Brandt counted out enough chips to make a 4,500,000 chip bet. Bennett ended up folding and sending a pot to Brandt that will draw them back closer to even after this and a few other smaller pots went Brandt's way.

Kathrine Brandt - 22,800,000
Ethan Bennett - 24,700,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, March 25, 2024 8:10 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)

Kathrine Brandt limped the button and Ethan Bennett checked behind to see the     flop.

Bennett checked to Brandt who bet out 700,000. Bennett called and the turn brough the  .

Bennett opted to lead out this time and did so by betting 1,800,000. Brandt made the call and the dealer put the   out on the river.

Both players checked to showdown and Brandt took it down with the    after Bennett showed just a pair of sixes.

Kathrine Brandt - 17,100,000
Ethan Bennett - 30,400,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 8:02 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)

Kathrine Brandt limped the button only to see Ethan Bennett put in a raise from the big blind to 2,00,000. Brandt made the call and the dealer spread the     flop.

Bennett checked to Brandt who tossed out a bet of 2,000,000. Bennett wasted little time in making the call and watching as the   hit the turn.

Action checked through to the river  , om which Bennett checked. Brandt checked behind to get to showdown and Bennett turned over the    for the straight as Brandt quickly mucked her cards.

Ethan Bennett - 33,800,000
Kathrine Brandt - 13,700,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 7:56 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)

On a flop reading    , Ethan Bennet checked over to Kathrine Brandt who tossed out a bet of 700,000. Bennett, acting rather quickly, grabbed chips and put in a check-raise to 2,100,000. Brandt called and both players headed to a   turn.

Action checked through to the   river.

Bennett grabbed chips and led out big for 4,500,000. Brandt counted out calling chips then looked to be counting out a massive raise before sliding her chips back toward her stack, pausing briefly, then slider her cards to the muck only to see Bennett quickly flash a 7 hi bluff.

Ethan Bennett - 28,500,000
Kathrine Brandt - 19,000,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 7:48 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 5 hours ago)

Ethan Bennett raised the button to 1,000,000 and was called by Kathrine Brandt to bring out a     flop.

Action checked through to the   turn.

Brandt paused then reached for chips to make a 1,200,000 bet. Bennett came along to see the   river.

Brandt reached again and tossed out another bet, this time for 1,500,000. Bennett folded quickly and Brandt collected the pot.

Kathrine Brandt - 21,300,000
Ethan Bennett - 23,200,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 7:39 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 6 hours ago)
Level: 34
Blinds: 300,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, March 25, 2024 6:42 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 7 hours ago)

The final 2 players have been sent on a 60-minute dinner break.

Here's how the stacks look as they head to break:

Kathrine Brandt - 23,300,000
Ethan Bennett - 21,200,000

 

Monday, March 25, 2024 6:32 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 7 hours ago)

Kathrine Brandt limped and Ethan Bennett checked his option in the big blind before seeing the flop come    .

Bennett checked and Brandt tossed out a bet of 600,000. Bennett made the call and both players headed to the   turn card.

Action checked through to the river  .

Bennett led out for 1,700,000. Brandt counted out her stack and pulled the calling chips as she thought through the hand, but eventually, she would fold only to be shown the    for total air from Bennett.

Ethan Bennett - 32,800,000
Kathrine Brandt - 14,700,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 6:20 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 7 hours ago)

On a completed board reading       with around 4,000,000 already in the middle, Kathrine Brandt checked over to Ethan Bennett who quickly grabbed chips and made a bet of 4,000,000.

Brandt verified the amount and pulled calling chips out of her stack before pausing for a moment. After some though, she made the call and watched as Bennett rolled over the    for a flush, prompting Brandt to send her cards ti the muck as the dealer awarded the pot to Bennett.

Ethan Bennett - 31,375,000
Kathrine Brandt - 16,125,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 6:13 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 7 hours ago)

Ethan Bennett limped the button and Kathrine Brandt checked her option in the big blind to see the     flop.

Both players checked and the dealer put out the   on the turn.

Brandt led out for 500,000 and Bennett made the call, bringing out the   river.

Both players checked to showdown and Bennett's hand hit the muck with some frustration when Brandt turned over the   

Kathrine Brandt - 27,150,000
Ethan Bennett - 20,350,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 5:59 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 7 hours ago)

Both players are playing very close to the vest in the early stages of the heads up match.

There have been many pots checked all the way down and no big pots to speak of yet and chip counts are near even.

Here's a look at the heads up player's current stacks:

Ethan Bennett - 25,500,000
Kathrine Brandt - 22,000,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, March 25, 2024 5:44 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 8 hours ago)
Level: 33
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Monday, March 25, 2024 5:42 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 8 hours ago)

Ethan Bennett raised to 600,000 and Kathrine Brandt made the call to see the flop come    .

Action quickly checked through to the   turn.

Brandt reached for chips and led out with a bet of 400,000. Bennett quickly grabbed chips and raised it up to 1,200,000. Brandt quickly released her hand and sent the pot to Bennett.

Ethan Bennett - 21,400,000
Kathrine Brandt - 26,100,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 5:30 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 8 hours ago)

Ethan Bennett raised the button to 600,000 and Kathrine Brandt called to see the flop come    .

Both players check4ed through and the dealer put out the   on the turn.

Brandt checked to Bennett who put out a bet of 1,400,000. Brandt made the quick call and watched as the   fell on the river.

Brandt checked to Bennett who quickly checked behind. Brandt turned up the [4h,2,] for a full house much to the disappointment of Bennett who turned over the    having flopped a flush and lost to running cards.

Kathrine Brandt - 28,600,000
Ethan Bennett - 18,900,000

Monday, March 25, 2024 5:14 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 8 hours ago)

 

Kathrine Brandt raised to 625,000 from the button only to see a three-bet of 1,925,000 come from Cindy Spier in the small blind. Brandt made the call to see the     flop.

Spier checked to Brandt who continued for 2,000,000. Spier made the call and watched as the   hit the turn.

Spier checked again and again, Brandt put out a bet, this time for 3,000,000. Spier entered a short tank and after counting her stack, she paused and announced all in. Brandt snap-called and the cards were on their backs with one card to come and Spier at risk.

Cindy Spier:   
Kathrine Brandt:   

The river   locked up the pot for Brandt and sealed Spier's fate as Spier finishes 3rd in the Turning Stone Main Event for the second straight year for a $137,178 payday. 

Brandt will now take a sizable chip lead into heads up play.

Kathrine Brandt - 32,000,000
Cindy Spier - Eliminated

Monday, March 25, 2024 5:00 PM Local Time (about 22 days and 8 hours ago)

Kathrine Brandt raised to 625,000 and got called by Ethan Bennett in the big blind, leading to a     flop.

Action checked through to the   turn.

Bennett led with a bet of 825,000 an Brandt made the call to see the   fall on the river.

Bennett led again, this time big, in the amount of 3,200,000. Brandt entered the tank and sat in thought while she broke down her stack, seemingly contemplating at a bare minimum a call, if not a jam.

Eventually, she opted to just call to see Bennett turn over the    for a pure bluff while Brandt tabled the    for a flush.

Kathrine Brandt - 16,800,000
Ethan Bennett - 18,800,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
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