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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB (Florida)

Thursday, September 17, 2015 to Friday, September 18, 2015

Event #2: $365 HORSE

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $17,100
  • Entries: 57
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, September 18, 2015 11:56 PM Local Time


Event #2
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 57
Prize Pool: $17,100
September 17-18, 2015

Florida pro pockets $6,412 along with his first gold ring.

West Palm Beach, Fla. (September 18, 2015) — Matthew Ezrol of Coconut Creek, Fla. is the World Series of Poker Circuit’s most recent gold ring winner. Ezrol outlasted an intimate field of 57 players in Event #2 of the Palm Beach Kennel Club’s series, a $365 HORSE event. The victory yielded Ezrol a first prize of $6,412, catapulted him into a tie for first in the Casino Championship race and sent him home with his first gold ring.

“It feels great,” he said. “I was down to two big bets at one point and battled for four or five hours heads up with [Steve Allen].”

During the late stages of play, no one would have suspected the duel for gold would come down to Ezrol and Allen. The final table chip leader, Matthew Ehrlich, ran up a stack during the early stages of the finale and appeared to be in the process of running away with the title. From holding more than half of the chips in play six-handed, Ehrlich’s stack did nothing more than grow, grow, grow. The field narrowed around him, but his chips continued to go sky high. By the time three remained, Ehrlich held an advantage over Ezrol and Allen that bordered on insurmountable.

“He had like 400,000 [chips] of the 570,000 in play three handed and got third,” Ezrol recalled. “Me and [Allen] were playing pretty tight. [Ehrlich] pretty much doubled each of us up and gave it away over time. The next thing you know, [Allen and I] were heads up and [Ehrlich] was getting third.”

The third-place finish earned Ehrlich a consolation prize of $2,599 and left Ezrol and Allen to partake in what would be a heads-up marathon. In the end, Ezrol sent Allen home during a round of Omaha 8. Allen’s runner-up finish was good for $3,967.

The gold ring victory marks the first of Ezrol’s poker career. In addition to three Circuit cashes, Ezrol owns 11 WSOP cashes totaling more than $150,000.


Event #2 was the second of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. The $365 HORSE event attracted 57 players. The total prize pool came to $17,100 and the top six finishers were paid.

The tournament began Thursday, September 17 at 5 p.m. and Day 1 wrapped at about 2:15 a.m. Day 2 resumed Friday at 3 p.m. with seven players remaining and action concluded just after 10 p.m.

Final results:

1st: Matthew Ezrol - $6,412 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Steve Allen - $3,967
3rd: Matthew Ehrlich - $2,599
4th: Corey Goldsmith - $1,796
5th: Charles Janney - $1,317
6th: Robert Campbell - $1,009

Friday, September 18, 2015 10:07 PM Local Time

Matthew Ezrol bested fellow Floridian Steven Allen heads up in Event #2 of the Palm Beach Kennel Club Circuit series, a $365 HORSE event. The win marks Ezrol's first gold ring and earns him $6,412.

A full report on his victory will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here's a look at the tournament's final results:

1st: Matthew Ezrol - $6,412 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: Steve Allen - $3,967
3rd: Matthew Ehrlich - $2,599
4th: Corey Goldsmith - $1,796
5th: Charles Janney - $1,317
6th: Robert Campbell - $1,009

Friday, September 18, 2015 6:46 PM Local Time

The final table in the $365 HORSE event is down to three players. Steven Allen, who began the finale in second place but holding less than a third of the chips of leader Matthew Ehrlich, has flipped the script and claims a hefty advantage over both Ehrlich and current shorstack Matthew Ezrol. This marks Allen's third final table appearance in a Circuit HORSE event. Will it be the charm for the Bradenton, Fla. flooring contractor? Only time will tell.

Here's a look at where the final table stands:

Updated three-handed chip counts

Steve Allen - 340,000
Matthew Ehrlich - 130,000
Matthew Ezrol - 100,000

Remaining prizes

1st - $6,412 + Circuit gold ring
2nd - $3,967
3rd - $2,599

Updated results

4th: Corey Goldsmith - $1,796
5th: Charles Janney - $1,317
6th: Robert Campbell - $1,009

Friday, September 18, 2015 3:50 PM Local Time

HORSE chip leader, Matthew Ehrlich

During Omaha 8, Jason Brewer hit the rail seventh at the hands of start-of-day chip leader Matthew Ehrlich. With that, six remain and nothing has changed atop the counts except the size of Ehrlich's lead. Ehrlich, who's the CEO of, holds 286,000 chips, good for more than half the total chips in play.

Here's a look at the seating assignments and chip counts for the final six players followed by the prize structure:

Seat 1: Steve Allen - 85,500
Seat 2: Charles Janney - 34,000
Seat 3: Corey Goldsmith - 82,500
Seat 4: Matthew Ezrol - 49,000
Seat 5: Matthew Ehrlich - 286,000
Seat 6: Robert Campbell - 23,500

1st - $6,412 + Circuit gold ring
2nd - $3,967
3rd - $2,599
4th - $1,796
5th - $1,317
6th - $1,009

Friday, September 18, 2015 2:58 PM Local Time
The final seven players are in their seats and cards are in the air for the final playing session of yesterday's $365 HORSE tournament. We need to lose one more before all remaining are in the money. When we do, we'll provide updated chip counts for the final six. In the meantime, more on the restart is available one post below.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, September 18, 2015 8:56 AM Local Time

From 57 starting, just seven remain in yesterday's Palm Beach Kennel Club Event #2, a $365 HORSE tournament. Matthew Ehlich from Wellington, Fla. holds the chip lead with 175,000. The next closest player, Corey Goldsmith, has 107,500 while Steve Allen sits third with 87,000. The short stack belongs to Charles Janney.

Here's a look at the Day 2 seating assignments with chip counts:

Seat 1: Steve Allen - 87,000
Seat 2: Jason Brewer - 47,500
Seat 3: Charles Janney - 43,500
Seat 4: Corey Goldsmith - 107,500
Seat 5: Matt Ezrol - 51,000
Seat 6: Matthew Ehrlich - 175,000
Seat 7: Robert Campbell - 65,500

Cards go in the air for Day 2 today at 3 p.m. with only the top six players finishing in the money. Once they lose one player, all will be assured $1,009. The top prize of a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a $6,412 payday heads to the winner.

Complete prize pool information is available under the "Prizepool" tab above.

We will touch base with you again when cards go in the air for Day 2.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:36 PM Local Time

The clock currently reads 40 players remaining toward the beginning of Level 9. Day 1 is scheduled to log about five more hours of play before those still in contention bag and tag set to return for Day 2 tomorrow at 3 p.m. Complete chip counts will be posted in the morning prior to the restart.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:17 PM Local Time

Registration is closed and tournament staff has finalized the numbers in Event 2, a $365 HORSE tournament. This evening's 5 p.m. event drew a field of 57 players. The prize pool totals $17,100 and pays the top six finishers. The sixth-place finisher earns $1,009 while the tournament's winner, expected to be crowned tomorrow evening, pockets $6,412, a Circuit gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

Full prize structure:

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With about 15 minutes remaining in Level 8, the clock reads 48 players remaining.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:37 PM Local Time
Players in the $365 HORSE event are now on their first 15-minute break of the day. The clock currently reads 51 entered with late registration open until about 8:30 p.m. Complete prize pool information will be posted as soon as it's made available.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:01 PM Local Time

Cards are in the air for the second of 12 gold ring events on the Palm Beach Kennel Club schedule. Here's a closer look at how Day 1 of the $365 HORSE tournament will play out:

  • $365 buy-in gets players 10,000 chips
  • Registration remains open through Level 6 (~8:30 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes after Level 16 (~2:15 a.m.)
  • Levels 1-16 are 30 minutes, Levels 17-22 are 40 minutes, Levels 23-25 are 50 minutes, all remaining levels are 60 minutes
  • Advancing players return for Day 2 Friday at 3 p.m

Periodic updates from the event will be posted right here on

Good luck, players!

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, September 17, 2015 2:23 PM Local Time

Structure Sheet 2

$365 buy-in ($300 prize pool + $65 administrative fee)
Players will start with 10,000 in tournament chips

  • Additional levels will be added as needed.
  • This is a two-day tournament. Day 2 will resume at 3 p.m. Friday.
  • There will be breaks after levels 4, 8, 12, 19, 22 and 27. Breaks will be 15 minutes in duration.
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 7.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2:14 PM Local Time

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WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. — The World Series of Poker returns to the West Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. this Thursday for another installment of the brand’s famed Circuit series. The horn blows at noon ET with the first of 12 gold ring events, a $365 Monster Stack, and continues through Monday, September 28 when things conclude with the $1,675 Main Event. In between, the tournament for which the property has become known — a $580 re-entry event — headlines the schedule. With four starting flights beginning Friday and Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. respectively, the event is expected to draw players in droves and yield a six-figure first prize.

Here’s a look at the series’ 12 gold ring events:

  • Event #1: $365 Monster Stack (Thursday, September 17 - noon)
  • Event #2: $365 HORSE (Thursday, September 17 - 5 p.m.)
  • Event #3A: $580 Re-Entry (Friday, September 18 - noon)
  • Event #3B: $580 Re-Entry (Friday, September 18 - 6 p.m.)
  • Event #3C: $580 Re-Entry (Saturday, September 19 - noon)
  • Event #3D: $580 Re-Entry (Saturday, September 19 - 6 p.m.)
  • Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold’em (Sunday, September 20 - 3 p.m.)
  • Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold’em (Monday, September 21 - noon)
  • Event #6: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better (Monday, September 21 - 5 p.m.)
  • Event #7: $365 Six-Max (Tuesday, September 22 - noon)
  • Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold’em (Wednesday, September 23 - noon)
  • Event #9: $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em (Thursday, September 24 - noon)
  • Event #10A: $1,675 Main Event (Friday, September 25 - noon)
  • Event #10B: $1,675 Main Event (Friday, September 26 - noon)
  • Event #11: $365 No-Limit Hold’em (Sunday, September 27 - 3 p.m.)
  • Event #12: $365 Turbo (Monday, September 28 - noon)

A full schedule of events is available on PBKC’s website.

As with all Circuit events, two players from the PBKC series earn a seat in the season-ending Global Casino Championship. The first seat goes to the winner of the Main Event, while the second goes to the Casino Champion, a title bestowed on the player who earns the most points via in-the-money finishes in ring events.

Last season’s installment of the PBKC Circuit climaxed in Darryll Fish’s Main Event victory. Fish, a Florida pro, outlasted the likes of four-time ring winners and fellow Sunshine State pros Maurice Hawkins and Sam Panzica to earn more than $173,000 and a seat in the National Championship — a tournament he went on to finish third good for another $152,000.

Room rates at this year’s series start at $55. That and more is available on the WSOP’s PBKC landing page.