Monday, May 11, 2015 12:19 AM Local Time
A total of 110 players from 554 starting returned to Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans Sunday to jockey for one of the top 63 in-the-money spots in the property’s World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event. The restart was littered with notable pros including bracelet winners Loni Harwood, Cliff Goldkind, Tom Franklin and Larry Wright as well as chip leader Steve Moore, John Dolan, Brandon Adams, Maurice Hawkins and five-time ring winners Valentin Vornicu and Kyle Cartwright. Following 10 levels and nearly 12 hours of action, play narrowed to just 10 remaining with Louisiana’s own Jared Ingles (pictured) leading the way.
Ingles claims 2,600,000 and leads the unofficial final table comfortably with the next closest stack belonging to Hugo Perez who holds 2,210,000. For Ingles, who finished 56th in the 2010 WSOP Main Event for $138,285, a victory would earn him his first piece of WSOP hardware and his largest career score. Perez, a final tablist during the same summer Series as Ingles’ deep run, also hopes for his largest career score and first career win. The pair at the top are the only two players to bag more than 2,000,000 chips.
Joining the tournament’s chip leaders for Day 3 will be Southern pros and multiple-time ring winners David Nicholson and John Holley. Nicholson edged out Holley bagging 1,455,000 to Holley’s 415,000. The table’s shortstack, meanwhile, belongs to Joseph Alesna who previously finished 10th in this season’s Main Event at Palm Beach Kennel club and looks to improve on that run here in the Bayou.
While the above names are still in contention’s for the tournament’s top prize, not everyone on Day 2 went home happy. The money bubble burst just over two hours into the restart, but not before Dolan, Adams, Hawkins and others hit the rail shy of a payday. Those to one-up the aforementioned notables and head home with a score include Ashly Butler (56th, $2,717), Dolan (53rd, $2,950), Cartwright (51st, $2,950), “Boston” Rob Mariano (48th, $2,950), Casino Championship points leader Cory Waaland (46th, $2,950), Wright (42nd, $3,241), Harwood (32nd, $4,055), four-time ring winner Caufman Talley (30th, $4,612), Austin Buchanan (24th, $6,208) and Christopher Conrad (11th, $13,030).
Two other players with a strong showing include the father-son duo of Bob and Robbie Beck. Bob, the elder Beck, busted Robbie late in Flight A, but Robbie came back with a vengeance to bag Flight B. The pair advanced to Day 2 and Robbie got the last laugh finishing 38th for $3,241 and besting his dad’s 57th-place finish and $2,717 score.
Up-to-date results from the event are available under the "Results" tab above.
Main Event action resumes Monday at noon CT. Each of the 10 remaining players is assured $13,030 with the tournament’s champion pocketing $174,514, a Circuit gold ring and a berth in the National Championship.
Live updates throughout the tournament’s conclusion will be available right here on WSOP.com.
Harrah’s New Orleans Day 3 chip counts:
Play begins with blinds 15,000/30,000 and a 5,000 ante
1. Jared Ingles - 2,600,000
2. Hugo Perez - 2,210,000
3. Damian Radanov - 1,700,050
4. David Nicholson - 1,445,000
5. John Lauve - 900,000
6. Tai Cao - 705,000
7. Corey Hochman - 655,000
8. John Holley - 415,000
9. Tony Sanchez - 330,000
10. Joseph Alesna - 310,000
Monday, May 11, 2015 12:08 AM Local Time
Hugo Perez raises to 55,000, and Chris Conrad raises to 147,000. Perez asks how much Conrad has behind, and he says about 530,000. Perez moves all in, and Conrad quickly calls.
The board runs out , and Perez wins with his pocket sixes.
Chris Conrad is eliminated in 11th place, earning $13,030.
This was the last hand of Day 2. Play will resume Monday at noon, and a full recap will be posted shortly.
Hugo Perez - 2,189,000 (91 BBs)
Chris Conrad - Eliminated
Monday, May 11, 2015 12:07 AM Local Time
Steven Moore is down around 300,000 when he gets the rest of his stack into the middle holding . Jared Ingles toys with the call for a while before plunking a stack of chips into the middle. Moore is at risk, and he behind but is drawing live.
The board runs out , and Moore can not catch up. He's been eliminated just before the end of Day 2, earning a pay bump up over $13,000 for his 12th-place finish.
Jared Ingles - 2,600,000 (108 BBs)
Steven Moore - Eliminated
Monday, May 11, 2015 12:00 AM Local Time
Damian Radanov opens with a late-position raise, and Brennan Benglis three-bet shoves for just over 300,000. Radanov calls with , and Benglis' needs some help to keep him afloat.
The board runs out , though, giving Radanov the knockout and sending Benglis off in unlucky 13th place.
Damian Radanov - 1,700,000 (70 BBs)
Brennan Benglis - Eliminated
Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:54 PM Local Time
Steven Moore opens to 55,000 in early position before Corey Hochman three-bet shoves from the small blind. It's a total of 322,000, and Moore calls instantly.
The flop is marginally helpful to Hochman, and the turn is rather handy, indeed. The river is the to secure his come-from-behind double-up.
Corey Hochman - 692,000 (28 BBs)
Steven Moore - 300,000 (12 BBs)
Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:50 PM Local Time
With the board reading on the flop, Corey Hochman checks out of the big blind, and Hugo Perez bets 60,000. Hochman calls, and the dealer turns the . Both players check, bringing the on the river. Hochman checks a third time, and Perez puts out a bet of 140,000. Hochman thinks for a minute, then pushes out a call.
Perez shows for two pair, and Hochman mucks.
Hugo Perez - 1,350,000 (56 BBs)
Corey Hochman - 325,000 (13 BBs)
Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:41 PM Local Time
Jared Ingles opens the hijack to 48,000, and Steven Moore calls on the button. In the small blind, Hugo Perez three-bets to 175,000. Ingles wants to play for more, though, and he comes back over the top with a minimum re-raise to 302,000. Steven Moore gets the message and folds out of the way, while Perez sticks in another raise to 500,000 total. Undeterred, Ingles makes it 727,000, and Perez quickly folds.
With that pot, Ingles appears to have crested another milestone as the first player to reach two million chips.
Jared Ingles - 2,025,000 (84 BBs)
Hugo Perez - 1,190,000 (49 BBs)
Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:26 PM Local Time
Corey Hochman opens the button for 48,000. Four-time ring winner David Nicholson makes it 151,000 from the big blind. Hochman calls and they see a flop.
The dealer burns and turns a flop. Nicholson checks. Hochman moves all in and Nicholson calmly calls.
Both players are drawing to Broadway. Hockman is open ended with backdoor flush outs, but it's Nicholson's ace-king high that's currently in the lead.
The board completes with the and and Nicholson doubles through Hochman. The dealer breaks down Nicholson's stack to 557,000. Hochman cuts out doubling chips.
David Nicholson - 1,470,000 (61 BBs)
Corey Hochman - 560,000 (23 BBs)
Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:17 PM Local Time
Under the gun, Roy Castaneda limps in with his short stack. Hugo Perez completes from the small blind, and Chris Conrad squeezes in a raise to 57,000. Castaneda moves all in for just about 200,000, Perez folds, and Conrad calls.
The king in the window is pretty bad news for the at-risk Castaneda, and the fails to deliver any salvation. He's been eliminated in 14th place, and his first career cash is worth $10,620.
Chris Conrad - 905,000 (37 BBs)
Roy Castaneda - Eliminated
Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:02 PM Local Time
David Nicholson opens jams under the gun for 393,000. It's on John Lauve on his direct left and he reshoves for roughly 860,000. The remaining players in the hand fold and Nicholson is at risk holding against the of Lauve.
The runout comes and Nicholson stands from the table.
"What they wanna talk about now?! Did I win?" he laughs.
Nicholson did, in fact win the pot, and doubles through Lauve.
David Nicholson - 860,000 (35 BBs)
John Lauve - 630,000 (26 BBs)
Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:01 PM Local Time
From middle position, Jared Ingles opens with a min-raise to 48,000, and Steven Moore flats in the cutoff. In the small blind, Kwong Ip squeezes all in for just about 350,000. Ingles re-shoves over the top, Moore folds, and Ip is at risk and behind.
Ip fails to improve on the board, and that's the end of his Main Event. For his efforts this week, he'll take home 15th-place money worth $10,620.
Jared Ingles - 1,450,000 (60 BBs)
Kwong Ip - Eliminated
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:53 PM Local Time
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:49 PM Local Time
Hugo Perez is under the gun and opens for 50,000. Steve Moore defends his big blind and they're off to the flop.
Both players check the flop.
The turn is the and Moore leads for 60,000. Perez calls.
The river is the and Moore turns up the heat, making it 100,000. Perez shifts uneasily in his chair. He rechecks his hole cards and calls.
"Nice call," Moore concedes just before tabling for a bluff. Perez shows for a pair of queens and takes the pot.
Hugo Perez - 1,945,000 (97 BBs)
Steve Moore - 850,000 (42 BBs)
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:43 PM Local Time
Hugo Perez opens to 50,000 in early position, and Corey Hochman calls on the button. In the big blind, Troy Thornton squeezes all-in for just over 200,000. Perez calls, Hochman folds, and Thornton is at risk.
There's no help on board for Thornton, and the runout sends him off the stage and toward the cashier's desk. His 16th-place finish is worth $8,767.
Hugo Perez - 1,600,000
Troy Thornton - Eliminated
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:39 PM Local Time
Steven Moore opens to 55,000 in early position, and Jared Ingles three-bets to 120,000 from the big blind. Moore calls, and off they go.
The flop comes , and Ingles checks. Moore bets 125,000, Ingles calls, and the turn brings the . Check-check this time. The river is the , and now Ingles announces that he's all-in. It's 218,000 total, and Moore considers briefly before calling. Ingles tables , and Moore mucks. Both all-in hands must be shown, so the dealer exposes his before sending the pot over to Ingles' corner.
Jared Ingles - 957,000 (47 BBs)
Steven Moore - 1,085,000 (54 BBs)
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:34 PM Local Time
In a blind-versus-blind battle, Andy Moon is in the small blind holding against the of Chris Conrad. Conrad is all in and flipping for his tournament life.
The flop hits both players when it comes improving Conrad to a set and giving Moon the nut flush draw.
The turn is the improving Moon to a pair but leaving him in need of more on the river.
Fifth street falls the and Moon loses the pot. He's left with just 14,000 chips and busts 17th the very next hand earning $8,767.
Chris Conrad - 465,000 (23 BBs)
Andy Moon - Eliminated
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:27 PM Local Time
In the span of two hands, Fadi Massaad (pictured) has gone from his spot among the chip leaders to standing in line at the payout desk.
In the first hand, action folds around to the button where Massaad open-shoves for nearly 600,000. John Holley quickly calls all-in for 366,000 from the small blind, and he's happy with his choice once the cards are shown down.
The board runs out , and Holley doubles up, knocking Massaad down to 215,000.
On the next hand, Massaad moves that remainder in, this time from the cutoff. Damian Radanov is in the big blind, and he calls with the covering stack. Massaad is dominated, his needing some help to keep him alive against Radanov's . The board comes , and Massaad is out in 18th place.
John Holley - 779,000
Damian Radanov - 575,000
Fadi Massaad - Eliminated
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:18 PM Local Time
Kwong Ip opens for 45,000 and Roy Castenada shoves the cutoff for 168,000. The remaining players fold and it's back on Ip. He calls.
The runout comes and Castenada doubles through Ip.
Roy Castenada - 390,000 (19 BBs)
Kwong Ip - 385,000 (19 BBs)
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:12 PM Local Time
With Terry Moore's Elimination, there are now 18 players left, and they've redrawn to the final two tables:
Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Andy Moon - 200,000
2 - Chris Conrad - 200,000
3 - Roy Castaneda - 220,000
4 - Corey Hochman - 790,000
5 - Jared Ingles - 460,000
6 - Troy Thornton - 230,000
7 - Steve Moore - 1,500,000
8 - Hugo Perez - 1,540,000
9 - Kwong Ip - 595,000
Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Tai Cao - 892,000
2 - Joe Alesna - 380,000
3 - Fadi Massaad - 650,000
4 - John Holley - 435,000
5 - Tony Sanchez - 330,000
6 - Damian Radanov - 325,000
7 - David Nicholson - 696,000
8 - John Lauve - 915,000
9 - Brennan Benglis - 620,000
Sunday, May 10, 2015 10:08 PM Local Time
Steven Moore limps in from the button, Terry Moore completes from the small blind, and Joseph Alesna checks his option in the big.
The flop comes , and action checks to the button. Steven Moore bets 50,000, Terry Moore check-raises all-in for about 200,000, Alesna folds, and Steven Moore calls.
Steven Moore turns up for top pair and a flush draw, and that's bad news for the other Moore. "Wow, I'm just about dead," Terry realizes as he tables .
The turn is the and the river the , and Terry Moore has been eliminated in 19th place. With his exit, Terry Moore has retaken the chip lead, and the field is being redrawn around the final two tables.
Steven Moore - 1,725,000 (86 BBs)
Terry Moore - Eliminated