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2012/13 WSOP Circuit - FOXWOODS (Connecticut)

Saturday, April 06, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013

Event #10: No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $924,652
  • Entries: 615
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, April 7, 2013 4:14 PM Local Time

We happened by Table 6 just in time to see Lawrence Greenberg take down a large pot when his    held up against an opponent's    after the board had run out      . The win increased Greenberg's stack to 245,000, which was especially nice considering he was down to 25,000 about a half hour before.

Meanwhile, Brandon Mandy is attempting to make a comeback. He began the day on the second shortest stack, a mere 12,300, but he has managed to work it up to 75,000. It's still less than average, but he's hanging tough.

Lawrence Greenberg245,000178,600
Brandon Mandy75,00062,700
Sunday, April 7, 2013 4:06 PM Local Time

Shortly after being crippled in that huge hand against Jonathan Gray, Nesrine Kourdourli was knocked out shortly thereafter, leaving just over 100 players left in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Ben Reason chipped up some more over at the neighboring table, then that table broke and Reason was moved into a spot at Gray's table — not into Kourdourli's vacated spot, but just a couple of seats away.

All of which is to say, the two overwhelming chip leaders at the moment are seated in close proximity to one another. And considering how both have been running so far today, it'll be worth keeping an eye on what might happen next.

Ben Reason530,0000
Jonathan Gray515,0000
Nesrine Kourdourli0-15,000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:59 PM Local Time

We seen Bryan Leskowitz exiting the room and he was kind enough to tell us about his demise, which included a missed opportunity. Instead of relating that story to you, we've opted to let Leskowitz tell the tale through Twitter:

Bryan Leskowitz0-15,000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:54 PM Local Time

Moments after that huge hand with Nesrine Kourdourli, another big preflop raising battle broke out between Gray and the two opponents sitting to his direct right.

This one involved the button and small blind — both of whom Gray had well covered — starting the skirmish, then Gray waking up with a hand in the big blind to get involved as well.

When the dust settled, the three players showed their hands and the button had   , the super-short-stacked small blind shruggingly showed   , and Gray turned over…   !

"Wow," said a player from across the table when seeing Gray's hand. That sentiment was then repeated by others in various ways after the board rolled out      . Gray had made a king-high flush, then unlike Kourdourli before had faded the full house draw to win the hand and knock out two opponents.

On the brink of elimination with one card to come, Gray has suddenly chipped up over a half million and into first position.

Jonathan Gray515,000170,000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:50 PM Local Time

We can definitively report that we have a new chip leader — Jonathan Gray. Indeed, the last ten minutes or so have been fairly remarkable for Gray, thanks to two huge hands in close succession.

The first one saw Gray and his neighbor to the left, Nesrine Kourdourli, get into a preflop raising war that eventually saw Kourdourli all in and Gray tanking for some time before calling for about 160,000 total. The two had begun the hand nearly even, with Kourdourli having had Gray covered by a small amount.

The pair tabled their cards, and Gray showed    while Kourdouli turned over   .

The dealer then spread the flop…    ! "Oooohhh," said the table at the sight of the three spades to give Kourdourli the flush as well as the queen to give Gray a set. The turn then brought the  , keeping Kourdourli in front.

Then came the river…  !

"Oooohhh," said the table once more, this time a little louder, as Gray had filled up to make a full house and better Kourdourli.

As mentioned, the drama would continue shortly thereafter… as will be revealed in part 2.

Jonathan Gray345,000265,600
Nesrine Kourdourli15,000-163,000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:49 PM Local Time

Nancy Birnbaum

Over on the feature table, a pot developed between Buck Ramsay and Nancy Birnbaum that saw the latter drop a bit in chips.

We picked up the action with around 20,000 in the pot and a board reading     . Ramsay led out for 10,500, Birnbaum called, and then both players checked the   river. Ramsay tabled the    for two pair, and it was good as Birnbaum simply sent her hand to the muck.

Buck Ramsay125,00025,000
Nancy Birnbaum67,000-42,500
Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:46 PM Local Time
Ben Reason400,0000
Kevin Saul260,000-34,000
Luke Vrabel220,000103,800
Paul Snead200,00092,000
Stephen Hesse200,00092,200
David Paredes165,00029,000
Kurt Jewell165,00010,000
Tom Cope163,00015,000
Erek Gaines145,000-95,000
Terry Grimes130,000-10,000
Pete Campo95,00047,000
Jonathan Sorscher75,00048,000
Bobby Corcione72,000-14,000
Justin Pechie70,00020,700
Ylon Schwartz55,000-18,900
Ronnie Bardah45,00010,000
Victor Ramdin40,00020,000
Nesrine Kourdourli22,000-65,000
Bryan Leskowitz15,000-28,900
Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:08 PM Local Time

The tournament officials have just released the official numbers of the first-ever WSOP Circuit Foxwoods Main Event. All told 615 entries were made into the tournament, which has created a prize pool of $924,652. That will be distributed to the top 63 players as follows:

WSOP Circuit Foxwoods Main Event Payouts

Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:55 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger on Day 1a of the 2013 WSOP Circuit Foxwoods.

Andy Frankenberger stopped by the media desk and informed us of his untimely demise. The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner started the day with a decent amount of chips, but he was never able to get anything going.

According to Frankenberger, he shoved the button for 44,000 with    only to run into another player's   . The board ran out       and a disappointed Frankenberger took his leave from the Foxwoods Main Event.

Andy Frankenberger0-44,000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:55 PM Local Time

Greg Raymer has been eliminated here in Level 16.

Having been chipped down to around 60,000, Raymer opened with a standard raise then saw an opponent make a substantial reraise behind. The rest of Raymer's chips soon found their way in the middle as he'd been dealt   , but unfortunately for the 2004 WSOP Main Event champion his opponent held   .

The board brought no help to Raymer's hand, thus ending his Main Event run here in Foxwoods.

Greg Raymer0-72,000
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Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:53 PM Local Time

Kevin Saul has enjoyed a positive Sunday afternoon, having built his chip stack well over 200,000 to challenge for the chip lead. He just added a few more to his stack in a three-way hand also involving Tom Cope.

After a Cope raise and both blinds calling — with Saul in the small blind — the flop came     and Saul checked. The big blind bet 4,000, Cope raised to 8,000, and both Saul and the big blind called.

The turn was the   and this time Saul led for 10,000, and only Cope called. Both players then checked the   river.

"One pair," said Cope, but Saul tabled    for two pair to claim the pot.

Kevin Saul294,00069,000
Tom Cope148,0000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:52 PM Local Time

We happened upon a hand in progress with around 30,000 in the pot and a flop of    . Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul had checked from middle position and the player to his direct left bet 20,000. Saul thought for a solid minute before making the call, and then he checked for a second time on the   turn.

His opponent then fired another 20,000 and Saul tanked for a long time before moving all in for 77,500 more. His opponent called with the   , but he was drawing dead as Saul held a set with the   . The meaningless   completed the board on the river and Saul doubled big.

Kevin Saul225,000-69,000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:39 PM Local Time

"There's no chance I'm good against you."

So said Paul Snead matter-of-factly, who after open-raising from late position saw a short-stacked opponent push all in over his raise from the blinds. Snead thought a while longer, then finally called the reraise.

"Oh," said Snead with a little surprise as he tabled his   , then saw that in fact he was ahead versus his opponent's   .

The board rolled out      , and Snead boosted his stack up over 100,000 as the total field size falls below 150 players.

Paul Snead108,00050,700
Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:30 PM Local Time

Players are back in their seats and cards are once more in the air for Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Foxwoods Casino.

The big board is saying 153 players have returned to rejoin the battle, just over one quarter of the total number of entries for the event. We should have information regarding the overall prize pool and payouts some time this afternoon.

With Level 16 the levels are now extended to one hour in length. Players will play four more levels today before going on a dinner break.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:11 PM Local Time

Three levels are in the books here on Day 2, which means it's time for the first ten-minute break of the day.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:09 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler

Allen Kessler's Main Event run has come to an end as we approach the end of Level 15.

All in on his last hand with   , Kessler had unfortunately run up against an opponent's   , and when the       board brought no improvement to Kessler's hand, he was eliminated.

Allen Kessler0-72,300
Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:07 PM Local Time

David Paredes and Greg Raymer were just now involved in a preflop reraising battle in which Paredes was playing from the small blind and Raymer had the button. It appeared a Raymer open had been met with a Paredes reraise, then after the Fossilman fired back, Paredes pushed all in with the 50,000-plus he had behind.

Raymer thought out loud for two minutes before finally letting his hand go, and now Paredes has the chip advantage at Table 7.

David Paredes136,00044,000
Greg Raymer72,000-66,000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:05 PM Local Time

The rise and fall of Aryeh Cohen is a tale of two days. Yesterday nothing could go wrong for Cohen as he amassed the biggest stack in the room, but now he is out less than two hours into Day 2.

Cohen was crippled after losing a huge pot to Gaines, and less than ten minutes later he was out the door. We didn't catch the hand, but someone at the table informed us that Cohen held middle pair and a flush draw and failed to get there again top pair with a king kicker.

Aryeh Cohen0-45,000
Sunday, April 7, 2013 1:51 PM Local Time

A huge pot just went down at Table 16 between two of the top six chip stacks from the beginning of the day—Erek Gaines and Aryeh Cohen. The latter began as chip leader, but now he's sitting on a rather short stack.

It happened when Kurt Jewell opened the action with a raise to 4,200. Cohen responded with a three-bet to 12,500 from the hijack, the cutoff called, and then Gaines four-bet to 30,000 from the small blind. Jewell folded, Cohen shipped, and the cutoff got out of the way. Gaines, who had 109,400 total, called off.


Cohen was crestfallen upon seeing the cards and with good reason. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, he had just an 18.23% chance of winning the hand. That dropped to 8.38% on the     flop, and the   turn knocked it down even further to 4.55%. Cohen needed a ten on the river to eliminate Gaines and take down the monster pot, but it wasn't in the cards as the   peeled off.

Cohen was knocked down to approximately 45,000 on the hand while Gaines vaulted to 240,000. Meanwhile, Aaron Masey has been eliminated from the tournament.

Erek Gaines240,000106,400
Aryeh Cohen45,000-110,000
Aaron Massey00
Sunday, April 7, 2013 1:48 PM Local Time

"I won a hand! First one all day!"

So said Chris Vogel just now after surviving with a super-short stack with    against the    of Bobby Corcione. Corcione had min-raised to 4,000 from middle position, Vogel had shoved for nearly 12,000 from the big blind, Corcione called, and the board had rolled out       to give Vogel extended tourney life.

After his minor celebration, Vogel began to apologize to Corcione but he smilingly said not to worry. "We've all had those days," said last year's 21st-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event.

Bobby Corcione86,000-8,000
Chris Vogel25,00013,100
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