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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - IP BILOXI (Mississippi)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 to Thursday, September 15, 2016

Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $68,700
  • Entries: 229
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, September 16, 2016 12:32 AM Local Time


Event #8
No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
Buy-in: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 229
Prizepool: $68,700

Coasting through Event #8, the young poker pro, David "Andrew" Hines went on to win his first career gold ring.

Biloxi, Mississippi (September 14, 2016) – Andrew Hines outlasted a field of 229 players in Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack to win his first Circuit gold ring. The tournament lasted two days and concluded Thursday evening on the IP main stage.

Previously a poker dealer, Hines has transitioned to poker playing being his full-time profession. This win could be a sign of good things to come for the 24-year-old. The career switch seems to be working out so far.

Hines had already made a solid statement before this first place finish. During the 2015/16 WSOP Circuit tour, Hines took sixth in the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event in December. When asked to compare his Cherokee conquest to his newly prized gold ring win, Hines did not hesitate with an answer.

“I like the other one better,” Hines responded.

A gold ring is a great accomplishment, but there was a noticeable difference between the two payouts in question. Hines’ Main Event finish in Cherokee netted him a cool $56,631, while his most recent prize money was $17,174. Although Hines preferred the bigger payday, he still understood the great significance in acquiring a WSOP gold ring.

There was no real danger during Hines’ tournament play. He coasted to the final table where he held the chip lead for majority of the time it took to compete.

“I never really got low. I never really had to panic, or make any moves. I just played A B C the whole way,” said Hines.

The final table was one of the slowest during the series thus far. Hines chalked it up to simply being a tough table with a lot of good players. One of these solid players was Mark Fleddermann, who was Hines’ eventual heads up foe. Fleddermann, a seasoned pro, has two rings to his name already, but could not claim a third. It was Andrew Hines' day to shine and he will look to continue his good play. He plans to visit the next WSOP in Cherokee.

here's a look at the final table results:

1st: Andrew Hines - $17,174
2nd: Mark Fleddermann - $10,616
3rd: Jeter Brock - $7,726
4th: Jim Luna - $5,714
5th: Morton Davis - $4,292
6th: Billy Zibilich -  $3,274
7th: Greg Besse - $2,535
8th: Trey Walton - $1,992
9th: Tommy Zhu - $1,589

Complete results can be found above, under the "Results" tab.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:51 PM Local Time


Andrew Hines (pictured) has just won the Monster Stack event here at the World Series of Poker IP Biloxi series. The 24-year-old poker player outlasted a large, 229 player field in the $365 No-Limit Monster Stack event to pocket $17,174 and claim his first career WSOP Circuit gold ring. He also earns 50 Casino Championship points for his triumph.

A full report on Hines' win will be published later tonight. In the meantime, here's a look at the final table results:

1st: Andrew Hines - $17,174
2nd: Mark Fleddermann - $10,616
3rd: Jeter Brock - $7,726
4th: Jim Luna - $5,714
5th: Morton Davis - $4,292
6th: Billy Zibilich -  $3,274
7th: Greg Besse - $2,535
8th: Trey Walton - $1,992
9th: Tommy Zhu - $1,589

Complete results can be found above, under the "Results" tab.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:31 PM Local Time


Long time Circuit pro, Mark Fleddermann just misses out on his third gold ring. Fleddermann finishes as runner-up in the Monster Stack event. He takes home $10,616 and 37.5 Casino Championship points.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:26 PM Local Time


Jim Luna has been eliminated in third place, taking home $7,726 and 30 Casino Championship points.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:47 PM Local Time


Jim Luna busts out in fourth place, taking home $5,714 and 27.5 Casino Championship points.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:44 PM Local Time


While the Mega Satellite into Event #10 was on break, players gravitated to the enduring, Monster Stack final table. A couple knockouts took place as spectators watched. Billy Zibilich went out in sixth place ($3,274) and Morton Davis in fifth place ($4,292).

Thursday, September 15, 2016 5:52 PM Local Time

The field has made it to another 15 minute break. Only one elimination has occurred since the last pause in play. Greg Besse walked away with $2,535 in seventh place.

There is a clear imbalance in the chip stacks. Mark Fleddermann and Andrew Hines hold a large majority of the chips left in play. Currently, there are three players with less than 10 big blinds left.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:02 PM Local Time

Players are taking a 15 minute break. There have been two knockouts since the final table began. Tommy Zhu went out in ninth place, pocketing $1,589. Shortly following, Trey Walton was eliminated in eighth, taking home $1,992.

It seems that Mark Fleddermann has retaken the chip lead. He now sits with a stack around 1.5 million chips.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 3:29 PM Local Time

The official final table has been reached. Tommy Zhu makes his second final table appearance of the series, but is left with only 15 big blinds. Mark Fleddermann, the chip leader after Day 1, has now dropped to second in chips. Andrew Hines finds himself with the current lead, holding 1,400,000 chips, while Morton Davis is the short stack.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final 9 players:

Seat 1: Morton Davis – 171,000 (10 bbs)
Seat 2: Greg Besse – 280,000 (17 bbs)
Seat 3: Mark Fleddermann – 777,000 (48 bbs)
Seat 4: Jim Luna – 332,000 (20 bbs)
Seat 5: Andrew Hines – 1,400,000 (87 bbs)
Seat 6: Tommy Zhu – 243,000 (15 bbs)
Seat 7: Jeter Brock – 424,000 (26 bbs)
Seat 8: Trey Walton – 399,000 (25 bbs)
Seat 9: Billy Zibilich – 497,000 (31 bbs)

- 37 minutes remain in Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:24 PM Local Time

Day 2 of the Monster Stack has already seen three bust outs. With 11 players remaining, the exit of only one more player will prompt a move to the main stage and the unofficial final table.

There is 24 minutes left in Level 22.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:00 AM Local Time

End of Day 1

Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:54 AM Local Time

The first day of the No-Limit Hold'em Monster stack has reached its stopping point. There are 14 players that survived the day out of the 229 that entered. Leading the pack at the end of the day was Mark Fleddermann from St. Louis.  He will enter Day 2 of the tournament looking to hold his position and earn a final table berth. Also gunning for a final table appearance, which would be his second of the series, is Tommy Zhu. Play will resume tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. with blinds at 6,000/12,000 and a 2,000 ante.

Here is a look at the top five chip counts after Day 1:

1st: Mark Fleddermann - 909,000
2nd: Andrew Hines - 681,000
3rd: Billy Zibilich - 539,000
4th: Kenneth Craig - 423,000
5th: Jim Luna - 385,000

Complete first leg chip counts can be found above under the "Reports" tab.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:31 AM Local Time

Players have redrawn seats to set up the final two tables.

There are 20 minutes left in Level 20. The end of Level 21 will see Day 1 come to a close.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:28 PM Local Time
A double knockout ends the money bubble, which lasted nearly half an hour. The somewhat unusual turn of events essentially created two bubble boys instead of one. Both players will split the 24th place money ($634), leaving them both with a $317 payday.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:49 PM Local Time


The dreaded money bubble has arrived with 25 players left. Each of the final three tables are playing hand for hand. Although Level 18 has come to an end, the blinds will not be raised until the bubble has burst.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:13 PM Local Time

Just as Level 18 began an elimination prompted a three table redraw. Players have consolidated their chips and found there new location. There are still 28 players still in the hunt for a gold ring.

Two players from last nights Six Max final table have made another deep run in this Monster Stack event. Tommy Ming Zhu and Jonathan Hart look to accumulate some more Casino championship points and see if they can improve their finish from the night before.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:46 PM Local Time
At the moment, players are on a one hour dinner break. The field has dipped to under 100 players remaining. After refueling, the tournament will play out through Level 21, which marks the end of Day 1.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:29 PM Local Time

Registration has been finalized for the eighth event of the IP series and the prizepool has been announced. The tournament attracted 229 entries to generate a $68,700 prizepool. A good turnout makes this Monster Stack event the second largest field thus far. The eventual champion will earn $17,174, a WSOP Circuit gold ring, and 50 Casino Championship points. The top 24 finishers will finish in-the-money, with a minimum cash-prize of $634.

Here is a look at the final table payouts:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:13 PM Local Time

There is still time to enter into the No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack, Event #8. The tournament field has already reached 219 players and is still on the rise.

Level 6 is coming to a close with three minutes remaining. Registration closes at the start of Level 9.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:07 AM Local Time
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