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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 12:04 PM Local Time

Lionel Jiang raised to 150,000 in early position which saw Wayne Nicholsen call in the small blind and Mark Barrientos call in the big blind. 

The flop came out     and action checked around to Jiang who bet 250,000. Nicholsen wasted little time in folding while Barrientos raised to 575,000. Jiang responded by moving all in for 2,300,000 effective which sent Barrientos into the tank.

He debated for some time before tossing his hand into the muck as Jiang pulled into a clear chip lead. 

Lionel Jiang - 4,600,000
Mark Barrientos - 1,725,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 11:46 AM Local Time


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Mark Martin

Lionel Jiang called in the hijack which saw Mark Martin raise to 410,000 on the button. Action folded back to Jiang who moved all in for 1,300,000 effective and Martin thought for a bit before calling. 

Mark Martin:   
Lionel Jiang:   

The flop of     provided a gutshot straight draw for added outs for Jiang, with nothing changing on the   turn. The   river connected with Jiang however as he made Broadway to scoop the pot and two time WSOPC ring winner Mark Martin became the first casualty of the final table. 

Lionel Jiang - 3,060,000
Mark Martin - Eliminated in 7th Place for $18,065

Monday, August 28, 2023 11:37 AM Local Time

James Stone lost a significant sized pot to Tomas Teran when he ran into Teran's full house after trying to bet him out with a busted flush draw. This pot put Teran into the lead and left Stone on the short stack. 

James Stone raised to 125,000 in late position and in the hijack, Mark Martin raised to 350,000. Action folded back to Stone who moved all in for 1,140,000. Martin asked for a confirmation of the count before putting in his chips into the center, then wincing when he saw the hand he was up against. 

James Stone:   
Mark Martin:   

The board ran out       and the eights held up for Stone who doubled up while Martin was left on the shortest stack. 

Tomas Teran - 3,450,000
James Stone - 2,330,000
Mark Martin - 1,350,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 11:16 AM Local Time

A few hands of raising and taking it had put Brent Gregory above his start of day stack. 

Gregory raised the button to 125,000 and in the big blind, James Stone called. 

The flop of     saw action check through to the turn   that had Stone bet 125,000 at while Gregory called. 

On the   river, Stone bet 200,000 and Gregory wasted little time in tossing his hand into the muck. 

James Stone - 2,450,000
Brent Gregory - 2,300,000

Monday, August 28, 2023 11:01 AM Local Time

The players have taken their seats as cards are now in the air. 

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, August 28, 2023 11:01 AM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 30000/60000
Ante: 60000
Monday, August 28, 2023 7:35 AM Local Time


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Brent Gregory

From a starting field of 397, the final seven of the WSOPC Tulsa will return today. Each player guaranteed a minimum of $18,065. Play for the final seven will continue until just one remains. 

1. Brent Gregory - 2,000,000
2. Lionel Jiang - 2,975,000
3. James Stone - 1,985,000
4. Mark Martin - 2,715,000
5. Tomas Teran - 2,350,000
6. Wayne Nicholsen - 1,965,000
7. Mark Berrientos - 1,880,000

In seat number one is Brent Gregory who sits with 2,000,000 on the dot. Gregory is a two time WSOPC ring winner, having won his second ring this week at Tulsa. With his biggest lifetime score at $120,000, a win here would top that to add to his growing resume. Sitting at yesterday’s dinner break with just six big blinds, he has spun it back up and made his third final table of the week. 

On his left is the start of day chip leader Lionel Jiang with 2,975,000. Chang’s stack was good for a slight lead in the tournament and his first WSOPC cash has turned into a pretty sizable first time out, guaranteed $18,065. Despite coming into the final table as one of the shortest stacks, he managed to get a timely double to send him up the counts early in the final table and he kept building with small pots after that. 

James Stone sits to the left of him and comes into the day with 1,985,000. Stone also came into the final table as one of the shortest stacks, but some timely confrontations with the chip leader of the table had him climbing up the chip counts. Stone’s two prior biggest live cashes come from the WSOPC in Durant. With this cash here, he has made more than his prior lifetime Hendon Mob cashes as he looks for his first circuit ring. 

Somebody familiar with the WSOPC ring glory is two time WSOPC ring winner Mark Martin, sitting with 2,715,000. After a massive pot before the final table pushed the lead to him, Martin came into the final table with over four million chips. Last year he got heads up for his third WSOPC ring and finished second to Rania Nasreddine for a career best score of $37,316. With his stack here today, he looks to top that prior score and add to his over $200,000 in lifetime earnings. 

Next up was the chip leader for the vast majority of the day. Tomas Teran sits with 2,350,000 as he hunts for his first WSOPC main event title. With $146,428 in live earnings, a win here would nearly double it and put him on the top fifteen of the all time Venezuelan money list. After starting the day with the chip lead, a massive pot went Teran’s way with tens full with 40ish people left to cement him as one of the tournament big stack. 

Wayne Nicholsen’s sits next to him with 1,965,000. Nicholsen’s biggest score came from a deep run in last year’s WSOP Main Event where he collected $50,900. Navigating big fields seems to come easy for him as he managed to maneuver his way through this field and up to the final table with a very low profile. A win here would be his first WSOPC ring. 

Finally there is Mark Barrientos with 1,880,000. Barrientos is one of the three players at this final table to have won a WSOPC ring prior, as his win came in Tulsa before the pandemic started. Already having secured a better cash than his ring win, Barrientos can potentially quadruple his lifetime earnings with a win here today. 

The remaining payouts look like this:

1st place: $126,900
2nd place: $78,440
3rd place: $56,785
4th place: $41,707
5th place: $31,087
6th place: $23,519
7th place: $18,065

Blinds will be returning at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante. Stay tuned to WSOP.com for all updates regarding the WSOPC Tulsa Main Event, brought to you by Poker.org. 

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