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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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Monday, August 28, 2023 6:25 PM Local Time


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Brent Gregory

After a total of 397 entrants came out to play in this WSOPC Tulsa Main Event. This created a massive prizepool of $601,455 and ensured that the winner of said event would take home $126,900. From that starting field, 64 returned yesterday, with only 7 hopefuls returning today. 

After over four hours of play today, it was WSOPC ring winner Mark Barrientos who won his second ring for his first WSOPC main event title. The Wichita Kansas resident won his first ring in 2019 for $11,348. This score is not only significantly larger, but his first six figure score of his poker career. 

“The first ring meant a lot,” he recalled when asked about the experiences of winning this one versus the previous “a lot of guys made fun of me because it was a turbo tournament, so I felt that I had something to prove. This one feels a little better because I think I played better through this one.”

Barrientos came into the day as the shortest stack, but persevered through his patience. “The structure of this tournament is very helpful with it. It has big pay jumps, and it tends to pay off people who are patient and that was my plan coming into the day today.”

On top of the prize and the ring, Barrientos gets a seat to go play in the tournament of champions in Las Vegas 2024. “We plan to spend a lot of time out there anyway, but this here is icing on the cake.” 

Final Table Results

  1. Mark Barrientos - $126,900
  2. Lionel Jiang - $78,440
  3. Brent Gregory - $56,785
  4. James Stone - $41,707
  5. Wayne Nicholsen - $31,087
  6. Tomas Teran - $23,519
  7. Mark Martin - $18,065
  8. Angela Jordison - $14,091
  9. Richard Gordon - $11,164

Final Table Recap

First player to go was Mark Martin who came into today second in chips. An early confrontation between him and James Stone saw Stone double up holding eights against Martin’s sevens. This put him on the shorter stack and his end came when he ended up holding eights against Lionel Jiang’s ace-king. The board ran out clean until the river which gave Jiang Broadway to regain his start of day chip lead, while the two time WSOPC champion exited the tournament in seventh place for $18,065. 


Tomas Teran could not get anything going at the final table, losing an early flip to Wayne Nicholsen when his pocket tens could not hold against the ace-king. He found himself at risk for his last chips in a blind on blind confrontation where he held nines against Stone’s king queen. The river queen gave the pot to Stone and Teran wished his tablemates luck as he exited in sixth place, collecting $23,519. 

Nicholsen’s early fortune would soon run out as he would be next on the chopping block in fifth place. Nicholsen moved all in over Stone’s open with ace-five suited, only for Stone to call him with ace-ten and hold. Stone took a commanding chip lead over the table, while Nicholsen collected $31,087. 

While Stone held the lead at the beginning of four-handed play, he would find it soon compromised by Brent Gregory and Jiang creeping up on the lead. After losing a sizable pot to Jiang where a straight came on the board, but Jiang held the higher straight, he was out the next hand when his eights ran into Jiang’s queens. Jiang took the lead while Stone exited in fourth place for $41,707. 

A three handed cooler would seal Gregory’s fate as he made middle two against Barrientos’ top two. That cooler gave Barrientos a decent sized stack to go up against Jiang heads up while Gregory ended a fantastic week in Tulsa with a third place finish worth $56,785. 

Heads up did not take particularly long as Jiang ended up playing several big pots against Barrientos, where he missed the flop and folded when Barrientos bet. The final hand saw his last few chips in the middle with six-two against Barrientos’ king-two. A king high flop left Jiang drawing dead on the turn and Jiang collected a career best score for $78,440. 

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Monday, August 28, 2023 4:54 PM Local Time


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Mark Berrientos

The players came back from break to see a flurry of bigger pots. 

The first of which saw multiple raise and re-raises that saw both players put in 2,600,000 each. 

The flop rolled out     and Mark Barrientos in the big blind moved all in to which Lionel Jiang responded by frustratingly throwing his hand into the muck. 

On the next hand Barrientos raised on the button to 600,000 and in the big blind, Jiang raised to 2,900,000 and Barrientos called. 

The flop came out     and Jiang checked over to Barrientos who moved all in and Jiang folded with a frustrating look on his face. 

The final hand saw Lionel Jiang move all in from the button for his last few chips and Barrientos called to put him at risk in the smallest of the final three pots. 

Lionel Jiang:   
Mark Barrientos:   

The board ran out       and Barrientos went over to shake Jiang's hand as he took down his second WSOPC ring while Jiang finished in second place for $78,440. 

A winner's recap will follow later. Stay tuned. 

Mark Barrientos - 15,880,000
Lionel Jiang - Eliminated in 2nd Place ($78,440)

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Lionel Jiang

Monday, August 28, 2023 4:30 PM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 100000/150000
Ante: 150000
Monday, August 28, 2023 4:26 PM Local Time

Lionel Jiang pulled into the lead for a bit, before losing it with this pot. 

Mark Barrientos called on the button and in the big blind, Jiang checked his option. 

The flop of     saw Jiang bet 150,000 and Barrientos called. 

Jiang checked the   turn over to Barrientos who bet 225,000 and Jiang called. 

On the   river, Barrientos bet to the tune of 500,000 to which Jiang called. 

Barrientos turned over    for top pair and Jiang mucked his hand as the chips evened up. 

The players have now gone on a break. 

Mark Barrientos - 8,650,000
Lionel Jiang - 7,230,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 4:04 PM Local Time

Heads up play has seen a bit of time past and while not many big pots have occurred the lead has shifted. 

Mark Barrientos - 9,650,000
Lionel Jiang - 6,300,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, August 28, 2023 3:58 PM Local Time


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Brent Gregory

Action was picked up on the flop between Mark Barrientos in the small blind and Brent Gregory in the big blind. 

The flop read     which saw Gregory call a bet of 380,000 from Barrientos. 

On the turn  , Barrientos bet 475,000 which Gregory called again. 

Barrientos moved all in on the   river for 2,275,000 effective and Gregory rolled his eyes before calling to put himself at risk. 

Brent Gregory:   
Mark Barrientos:   

Both players held two pair, but it was Barrientos who held top two which was good for the pot and Gregory ended his fantastic week with a third place in the WSOPC Tulsa Main Event. 

Lionel Jiang - 8,640,000
Mark Barrientos - 7,240,000
Brent Gregory - Eliminated in 3rd Place for $56,785

Monday, August 28, 2023 3:37 PM Local Time

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James Stone

Lionel Jiang raised to 325,000 from the cutoff which saw James Stone move all in on the button for 2,800,000. Action folded back around to Jiang who snap called and the hands were tabled. 

Lionel Jiang:   
James Stone:   

The board ran out       and the queens held for Jiang to take a massive lead while Stone exited the tournament in fourth place. 

Lionel Jiang - 8,100,000
James Stone - Eliminated in 4th Place for $41,707

Monday, August 28, 2023 3:33 PM Local Time

Lionel Jiang called in the small blind and in the big blind, James Stone checked. 

The flop rolled out     and Jiang bet 250,000 which Stone called. 

On the   turn, Jiang sized up to 425,000 which Stone called. 

Jiang fired a third time on the   river, this time to the tune of 900,000 and Stone looked him up playing the straight on the board. 

Jiang tabled    for a straight to the jack which was good as he retook the chip lead. 

Lionel Jiang - 5,400,000
James Stone - 2,800,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 3:18 PM Local Time
James Stone - 6,000,000
Brent Gregory - 4,300,000
Lionel Jiang - 3,600,000
Mark Barrientos - 2,400,000
Monday, August 28, 2023 3:16 PM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 60000/120000
Ante: 120000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, August 28, 2023 3:00 PM Local Time

Mark Barrientos raised to 300,000 on the button and action folded to the big blind where Lionel Jiang moved all in for 1,890,000 effective which saw Barrientos call to put himself at risk. 

Mark Barrientos:   
Lionel Jiang:   

The board ran out       and the pot went over to Barrientos' queens. 

Mark Barrientos - 3,930,000
Lionel Jiang - 2,740,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 2:50 PM Local Time

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Wayne Nicholsen

James Stone raised to 300,000 in first position which saw Wayne Nicholsen move all in from the cutoff for 1,280,000 which only Stone called. 

Wayne Nicholsen:   
James Stone:   

The board ran out       and despite turning a flush draw and chop outs, Nicholsen was unable to improve on the river and he ended his run in fifth place. 

James Stone - 4,760,000
Wayne Nicholsen - Eliminated in 5th Place for $31,087

Monday, August 28, 2023 2:28 PM Local Time

Brent Gregory called on the button and in the big blind, James Stone raised to 425,000 which Gregory responded to by calling. 

The flop came out     and Stone once more bet 425,000 which Gregory called. 

On the   turn, Stone checked over to Gregory who bet 650,000 which elicited a quick fold from Stone. 

Brent Gregory - 4,070,000
James Stone - 2,910,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 2:24 PM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 100000
Monday, August 28, 2023 2:10 PM Local Time

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Tomas Teran

James Stone raised to 325,000 in the small blind and in the big blind, Tomas Teran moved all in for 1,100,000 which Stone called. 

Tomas Teran:   
James Stone:   

The board ran out       and the queen on the river came to put Stone in front with top pair, and Teran exited the tournament.

The players have now gone on a break. 

James Stone - 4,310,000
Tomas Teran - Eliminated in 6th Place for $23,519

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, August 28, 2023 1:40 PM Local Time

Wayne Nicholsen called in first position which saw action fold to the small blind where James Stone moved all in for 1,315,000. Action folded back to Nicholsen who stood out his chair, grimaced and called to put Stone at risk. 

James Stone:   
Wayne Nicholsen:   

The board ran out       and the ace-king held for Stone to secure the double up while Nicholsen once more became the short stack. 

James Stone - 2,790,000
Wayne Nicholsen - 760,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 1:32 PM Local Time

James Stone raised to 275,000 in first position which saw Tomas Teran call from the hijack and in the cutoff, Wayne Nicholsen moved all in for 1,215,000 which saw Stone fold and Teran call. 

Wayne Nicholsen:   
Tomas Teran:   

The flop of     came safe enough for the tens, but the turn   put Nicholsen into the lead with top pair top kicker. "Come on ten!" screamed Teran as the river peeled off a   to secure the double for Nicholsen. 

Wayne Nicholsen - 2,630,000
Tomas Teran - 890,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 1:28 PM Local Time

Tomas Teran raised to 160,000 in the cutoff which saw Mark Barrientos move all in from the small blind for 1,435,000 which only Brent Gregory called.

Mark Barrientos:   
Brent Gregory:   

The board ran out       and the queen-jack found a double making kings up on the board. 

Mark Barrientos - 2,950,000
Brent Gregory - 1,910,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 1:08 PM Local Time
Lionel Jiang - 4,280,000
Brent Gregory - 3,400,000
Tomas Teran - 2,200,000
James Stone - 2,160,000
Mark Barrientos - 1,675,000
Wayne Nicholsen - 1,200,000
Monday, August 28, 2023 1:04 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 80000
Playtika - Jason Alexander