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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - BALLY'S (Las Vegas)

Thursday, February 25, 2016 to Monday, February 29, 2016

Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Unlimited Re-entry

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $324,600
  • Entries: 1,082
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 1:15 AM Local Time

Long Tran

Las Vegas (29 February 2016) – At the World Series of Poker Circuit at Bally’s Las  Vegas Monday night, Long Tran won the first Circuit ring of his career. He emerged victorious from a 1,082-entry field in Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry, earning $55,321.

Tran – known to his friends as “L.T.” – has never before cashed in a Circuit ring event.

Also cashing in this event was Doug “Rico” Carli. He finished in 26th place for $1,771. This is Carli’s 101st career WSOP Circuit cash. He currently holds the all-time record, and the next closest player (Woody Moore) is well behind with 66.

This tournament utilized a new payout system for the Circuit, designed for multi-flight events. Traditionally, with multiple starting flights, if roughly 10% of the field will make the money, the tournament is structured so 12% or more of the field advances to Day 2. A standard payout structure is produced for the full field.

With this new system, each starting flight has its own payout structure. A few players will cash in each flight, and monies not paid out go to a combined prize pool. That combined prize pool is used to pay out players who make Day 2 and beyond. This is the system that will be used for the Colossus II tournament at the World Series of Poker this summer. More information about this payout system is available here.

An ancillary effect of this approach is that it allows players to cash in a Day 1 flight, then re-enter a later flight and potentially cash more than once. A few players were able to take advantage of that. James Hoeppner cashed three times, but failed to advance to Day 2. Charlie Dawson cashed twice in Day 1 flights. Steve Mermelstein, Jesse Capps, and John Song all cashed in a Day 1 flight, re-entered a later flight and made it to Day 2.

Here’s the breakdown of each flight:



Players Advancing

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The tournament began on Thursday, February 25. There were two starting flights that day, then two more on Friday, and the last two were held on Saturday. From those six flights, 75 players advanced to Day 2. They returned Sunday at 3:00 p.m. and played down to a final table. The final nine players came back at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, and Tran secured his victory just before 8:30.

There were a total of 1,082 entries from all six starting flights, generating a prize pool of $324,600. Including both players who advanced to Day 2 and those who were eliminated in the money on Day 1, there were a total of 111 players paid out.

Full results from the event are available in the RESULTS Tab, above.
Monday, February 29, 2016 8:27 PM Local Time

Long Tran

Long Tran won his first WSOP Circuit ring in Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry. He earns $55,321 for his victory.

Full results are available in the RESULTS Tab, above.

A full report on the event will be posted on Tuesday.

Monday, February 29, 2016 7:57 PM Local Time


Long Tran (left) and Alexander Shelton are heads up for the ring.


There are now two players remaining. Long Tran (above left) holds a slight chip lead over Alexander Shelton (right).

Long: 5,300,000
Shelton: 4,900,000

Here are the recent eliminations:

6th Place - "Captain" Tom Franklin - $11,306
5th Place - Timothy McReynolds - $14,544
4th Place - Marc Foggin - $19,103
3rd Place - Ryan LaPlante - $25,398

Ryan LaPlante - 3rd Place

Monday, February 29, 2016 5:51 PM Local Time

After a little less than three hours, there have been three eliminations from the final table thus far:

9th Place - Kyle Arora - $5,488
8th Place - Josh Mlinek - $6,886
7th Place - Tom Kearney - $8,736

Here are the remaining six players (clockwise from upper left): Long Tran, Marc Foggin, Ryan LaPlante, Alexander Shelton, Timothy McReynolds, "Captain" Tom Franklin.

Monday, February 29, 2016 3:05 PM Local Time

Cards are in the air for Day 3, and the final table is officially underway.

Chip counts to start the day are available here.

Click the RESULTS Tab, above, for results so far.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, February 29, 2016 1:39 AM Local Time

Long Tran Leads Heading into Day 3

First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
Tom Franklin 2,000,000 1 1
Marc Foggin 2,085,000 1 2
Timothey McReynolds 1,140,000 1 3
Long Tran 2,255,000 1 4
Josh Miller 685,000 1 5
Ryan LaPlante 540,000 1 6
Alexander Shelton 1,285,000 1 7
Tom Kearney 910,000 1 8
Kyle Arora 390,000 1 9


Results so far are available in the RESULTS Tab, above. And a few explanatory notes can be found here.

Monday, February 29, 2016 1:22 AM Local Time

With the elimination of Jonathan Gerrick in 10th place ($4,425), there are now nine players remaining.

After a unanimous vote, the players have elected to bag up their chips and return Tuesday to play to a winner. Play will resume at 3:00 p.m. at the beginning of Level 26 (blinds 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante).

End of night chip counts will be posted shortly.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 10:24 PM Local Time
The remaining 15 players are now on dinner break. Play will resume in one hour at Level 24 (blinds of 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante).
Sunday, February 28, 2016 8:20 PM Local Time

Doug "Rico" Carli after the 27-player redraw

Doug "Rico" Carli is still in contention with 27 players left.

Carli is the all-time leader in WSOP Circuit cashes, and this tournament will be the 101st Circuit cash of his career.

Sunday, February 28, 2016 7:50 PM Local Time

Steve Mermelstein cashed on Day 1 in Flight C. He then re-entered in Flight F
and advanced to Day 2 before being eliminated in 49th place.

Results so far are available in the RESULTS Tab, above. A few notes:

  • Places 75 and better are players who advanced to Day 2.
  • Places 76 and up are players who were eliminated in the money during a Day 1 flight, but did not advance to Day 2.
    • These places are ordered by money earned.
    • Players with the same total money earned (but who did not advance to Day 2) are considered tied for the same place on the results.
  • James Hoeppner (76th place) cashed in three separate Day 1 flights.
  • Charles Dawson (77th place) cashed in two separate Day 1 flights.
  • Steve Mermelstein cashed in a Day 1 flight, and also advanced to Day 2. He was eliminated today in 49th place, and the payout listed reflects the total amount he earned in this tournament.
    • Two other players (not yet listed on the results) also cashed in a Day 1 flight and advanced to Day 2.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, February 28, 2016 4:37 PM Local Time

Cody Slaubaugh

Dennis Phillips - Former November Niner

Steve Foutty - 3-time Circuit Ring Winner

Robert Hankins - 4-time Circuit Ring Winner

Brandon Fish - 2-time Circuit Ring Winner

Cody Pack - 4-time Circuit Ring Winner

Sunday, February 28, 2016 3:52 PM Local Time

Val Vornicu

Val Vornicu (pictured top) was one of the last players to register for this event in the last starting flight. According to Vornicu, he drove out here from California, and got to the cashier with literally 20 seconds left before the start of Level 9, when registration would close. He then doubled up with pocket deuces early on, and ended last night with 275,000 in chips (10th place out of the remaining 75 players).

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson (pictured above) played in Flight D on Friday. With a few levels remaining in the night he found himself extremely short-stacked, down to 2,000. At the time it was about one big blind. After a series of double ups and other winning hands, he soon found himself up to 25,000, then 56,000, then over 100,000. He finished the flight with 161,500 and came back to Day 2 in 23rd place out of 75 players.

Sunday, February 28, 2016 2:04 PM Local Time

Steve Foutty - Start of Day 2 Chip Leader

After 6 starting flights, there are 75 players remaining heading into Day 2. Steve Foutty starts the day with the chip lead after bagging 378,500 in Flight C.

Full chip counts are available in the Reports Tab, above.

The payouts for the remaining 75 players have been determined. Every player who advances to Day 2 is guaranteed at least $1,101, and the eventual winner will earn $55,321.

Here are the final table payouts. A full list of payouts can be found in the Prizepool Tab, above.



Play resumes at 3:00 p.m., with 30 minutes left in Level 15 (blinds at 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante).

The plan is to play through the end of Level 28 tonight, with a dinner break after Level 24.

Sunday, February 28, 2016 3:19 AM Local Time

Duane Gerleman

Flight F has concluded, and 16 players bagged chips.

Two-time ring winner Duane Gerleman (pictured) leads the flight with 329,000. He's followed by Mike Zulker (276,000) and Val Vornicu (275,000). Here are the full chip counts from Flight F, and full counts from the combined flights are available in the Reports Tab, above.

First Last Chips Table Seat
Duane Gerleman 329,000 4 8
Mike Zulker 276,000 7 8
Valentin Vornicu 275,000 2 3
Steve Mermelstein 257,000 9 6
Timothy McReynolds 250,000 5 4
Jeremy Priest 139,000 3 2
Marc Foggin 132,500 7 2
Sam Harrington 123,500 3 7
Daniel Pickering 112,000 10 6
John Song 94,000 4 7
Kevin O'Donnell 78,000 1 6
Raymond Rife 74,000 6 9
Kimberly Gaither 72,500 4 3
Jorgen Johnson 59,000 10 4
Jesse Capps 53,500 5 6
Dean Stevens 46,500 9 4


Eight players were eliminated in the money in Flight f:

Place First Last Payout
17 Marco Palacios $906
18 Chip Ervin $906
19 Steven Heron $764
20 Jeff Dobrin $764
21 Albert Rayan $764
22 Brian Gerell Franklin $653
23 Celalettin Korman $653
24 Jacque Lavadour $653


Sunday, February 28, 2016 1:22 AM Local Time

Seven-time ring winner Val Vornicu

After simultaneous bustouts on different tables, Flight F is now in the money without any hand-for-hand play.

There are 24 players remaining, and they're each guaranteed a payout of at least $653.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, February 28, 2016 12:02 AM Local Time

Cody Slaubaugh Bagged the Most Chips in Flight E

Flight E is complete, and the remaining players have bagged up their chips.

The leader from this flight is Circuit ring winner Cody Slaubaugh, who will return for Day 2 with 359,500.

There are 19 players from this flight who survived the day, bringing the total number of advancing players up to 59 with one flight to go.

Here are the full chip counts from Flight E:

First Last Chips Table Seat
Cody Slaubaugh 359,500 10 7
Long Tran 283,000 3 4
Jose Pruneda 230,000 2 7
Josh Mancuso 216,000 4 9
Steve Spunt 212,000 10 9
Howard O'Leary 192,500 8 9
Michael Levine 180,000 6 8
Paul Heathcote 141,500 6 4
Ron Segni 135,500 5 7
Shawn Van Asdale 120,000 5 8
Russelll Powell 120,000 5 9
David Aker 115,000 3 8
Will Berry 105,000 9 3
Clayton Jiang 77,000 3 5
Pamela Wilson 60,000 6 7
Faye Sonntag 46,000 4 5
Colin Sato 45,500 3 9
Alex Johnson 39,000 8 2
Anne Chevalier 30,000 2 4


There are also eight players who were eliminated in the money from this flight. Here are their payouts:

Place First Last Payout
20 Andrew Crookston $867
21 Kurt MacDonald $867
22 Jerry Dabaneh $748
23 Joseph Conniff $748
24 Alonso Anthony $748
25 Michael Fong $654
26 Charles Dawson $654
27 James Hoeppner $654
Saturday, February 27, 2016 11:00 PM Local Time
Flight has started Level 18. There are currently 21 players left, and when Level 18 is complete, all remaining players will bag up their chips for Day 2.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:56 PM Local Time

Cody Slaubaugh on the bubble

After a lengthy bubble that lasted over an hour, Flight E is now in the money. There are 27 players left, and they've redrawn to three tables.

All remaining players in this flight are guaranteed a payout of at least $654.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:33 PM Local Time

Flight F is now on dinner break. There are 58 players remaining, and play will resume at roughly 10:35 p.m.

Across the room, there are 28 players left in Flight E, and they've been playing hand-for-hand on the bubble for nearly an hour now.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:11 PM Local Time

The payouts for Flight F have been announced. The 236 players created a $70,800 prize pool, and the top 24 players make the money. They'll stop for the night if they get down to 10 players, so at most 14 spots will be paid today:

11 $1,325
12 $1,325
13 $1,088
14 $1,088
15 $1,088
16 $906
17 $906
18 $906
19 $764
20 $764
21 $764
22 $653
23 $653
24 $653
Playtika - Jason Alexander