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2023/24 WSOP Circuit - Hard Rock (Tulsa)

Friday, August 25, 2023 to Sunday, August 27, 2023

WSOPC Event #10: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $601,455
  • Entries: 397
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, August 26, 2023 1:00 AM Local Time

The players of Day 1a came to an early halt as the field hit the 16% remaining hard stop with 13:16 left in Level 15. $212,100 was built up in today’s prizepool and it will only grow as tomorrow sees the final day of registration. The starting field of 140 entrants fell down to 22 as the night wrapped up, players to resume play 

Leading the way was Patrick Popowski who ended his day with 478,000. Despite a handful of WSOP cashes from Circuit to Series, a title has eluded him for a while. With his big bag, he is teeing himself up for a chance to run deep and secure a new best career. Following him in the leaderboard is Wesley Jones (468,000) who just this week secured his first WSOPC ring. Following the top three is newcomer to the tournament scene Hamilton Ngo (430,000) who made a habit chewing his bubble gum throughout the day. 

Many other colorful characters found bags. Brent Gregory (415,000) who already has a first and a fourth this week in WSOPC events, found himself as the short stack for most of the day. Some patience paid off as he ran up a stack in the last level of the night to end just outside of the top three in his hunt for his third WSOPC ring. Another WSOPC winner Angela Jordison (388,000) late registered after a final table at the $400 Big O. She parlayed her winnings from one tournament into a massive stack as she looks to add another title to her already illustrious resume. 

Top Ten Chip Counts Day 1a

Patrick Popowski 478,000
Wesley Jones 468,000
Hamilton Ngo 430,000
Brent Gregory 415,000
Angela Jordison 388,000
Richard Gordon 359,000
Dawson Darbouze 347,000
Andrew Watson 297,000
Trent Wilson 284,000
Lionel Jiang 280,000


Dawson Darbouze (347,000) made a name for himself throughout the day as he had a very animated way to express himself after winning pots. Two times he won massive pots during the day. The first time against Andrew Todhunter, the second against former WSOPC Tulsa Main Event champion Will Berry. Each time the massive pot was pushed his way he began to channel the famous anime protagonist Goku as he screamed “Kamehameha!” at the top of his lungs. He spent large portions of the day as the chip leader, but the end of the day saw a few pots going away from his chip stack as he still landed in the top ten. 

Others that found themselves still surviving as the clock ticked down were recent WSOPC champion Timothy “T.J.” Cunningham (224,000), Daniel Pigago (161,000), Daniel Hughes (154,000), and Kami Hudson (106,000), all of them looking to become the next WSOPC Tulsa Main Event Champion. 

Fortunes did not shine on all as players like Will Berry, Terence Reid, Daniel Lowery, Dax Alexander, Joshua Brower, and Forrest Kollar. All of whom will have to look to tomorrow in their hope of bagging up this tournament. 

With play ending at Level 15 with 13:16 left on the clock, the 22 players will return on Sunday at 12 pm and join the players from Day 1b. Barring an earlier finish of tomorrow’s flight, the tournament will resume at this time and play until the end of Level 26. 

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Friday, August 25, 2023 3:17 PM Local Time

The entrants in Day 1a of The Main Event have seen the entrants grow to 123 entrants will still 6 levels more to go as registration keeps going. 

Danny Pigago currently sits with the chip lead at 156,000 with Deborah Phillips (138,900) and Dax Alexander (111,000) also above six figures. Others still remain in the field fighting for their shot at the Main Event title. Here's a list of some of the current contenders. 

Danny Pigago - 156,000
Deborah Phillips - 138,900
Dax Alexander - 111,000 
Forrest Kollar - 73,000
Joey Gargiulo - 63,200
Terence Reid - 61,000
Ricardo Perez - 51,000
Brent Gregory - 50,000
John Reynolds - 48,000
Will Berry - 43,100
Jesse Jones - 42,000
Daniel Hughes - 38,000
Jared Ward - 24,000

Friday, August 25, 2023 1:01 PM Local Time

The clock currently reads 101 and players have gone on their first 15-minute break of the day. 

Many names from throughout the week have taken their seats including;

Jesse Jones - 40,000
Joey Gargiulo - 40,000
William McKracken - 40,000
Wesley Jones - 40,000
Ricardo Perez - 40,000
Brent Gregory - 40,000
Danny Pigago - 40,000
Douglas Paxton - 40,000
Daniel Lowery - 40,000
Andrew Todhunter - 40,000
Dax Alexander - 40,000
Ernest Grant - 40,000
Jared Ward - 40,000

Friday, August 25, 2023 11:01 AM Local Time

The first flight of Day 1a of the Main Event has kicked off with cards now in the air. 

72 players have taken their seats with more entries sure to come. 

Friday, August 25, 2023 3:06 AM Local Time

After nine prior events, the biggest buy-in of the week kicks off today at 11 am for the WSOPC at Hard Rock Tulsa, Oklahoma. The $1,700 draws in players from far and wide to claim the WSOPC Main Event Title. 

Last March, it was John Lopez who conquered the field of 476 and bested Richard Gebhart heads up to take down a career-best score of $145,876. Time will tell whether or not Lopez will come to defend his title, but many of the WSOPC regulars are hungry to prove themselves on this massive stage and sit among the likes of former WSOPC Tulsa Main Event champions like Will Berry and Arthur Morris. 

This week has seen regulars on the circuit find success. Brent Gregory won the first event for his second WSOPC ring, and found a final table later in the week to add to his successes. Joshua Brower found himself runner up to Timothy “T.J.” Cunningham in Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em, but a few events later found himself beating Joseph “Joey” Gargiulo heads up in Event #7: $400 Mystery Bounty for his first ring. Gargiulo has had a successful week himself after final tabling three WSOPC events. Those are just a few of the many success stories in Tulsa this week and the Main event is bound to bring some more. 

Plenty of notables have made their appearances this week. Players like Daniel Lowery, John Reynolds, Pete Petree, Ari Engel, Ashley “PokerFaceAsh” Frank, Daniel Hughes, and Steven Buckner are just a few names likely to appear throughout the duration of the entry flights. 

Players will begin the tournament with 40,000 in chips with blinds beginning at 100/200 with a 200 big blind ante. The levels will last 40 minutes each, with a 15-minute break occurring at the conclusion of every three levels. A 90-minute dinner break will occur at the conclusion of Level 9, after which players will return and have another three levels to enter the event. After registration closes at the beginning of Level 13, the players will continue to play for another three levels before bagging up for Day 2. 

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Friday, August 25, 2023 3:05 AM Local Time