Monday, September 19, 2016 11:32 PM Local Time
No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Buy-in: $1,500 (+$175)
Total Entries: 382
Once the number one online poker player in the world, Chris Savage, bagged himself a huge victory in the IP Biloxi Main Event.
Biloxi, Mississippi (September 19, 2016) – Chris Savage navigated through three days of grueling, tournament poker and a field of 382 players to win his first Circuit gold ring. His crowning achievement came in Event #10, the No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, nonetheless. The tournament featured two starting flights. To claim the victory Savage had to get through a tough final table with notable poker pros, such as Tim “T.K.” Miles and Caufman Talley. Savage shed some light on the mindset needed to play against the aggressive, young guns, such as Talley.
“I can change gears with the best of them. You have to adapt to his style,” said Savage.
Talley was the predominant chip leader throughout a majority of the later stages of the tournament and the final table. He lost a large portion of his stack by doubling up Lytle Allen when play was five-handed. Shortly after, a pivotal hand occurred. Talley moved all in on the button with pocket nines, Steve Bierman, with a big stack, shoved as well with ace king suited, and Savage, holding pocket aces, happily called both his opponents. The rockets held, eliminating Talley and crippling Bierman. The hand left Savage with a commanding chip lead, which eventually carried him to victory.
Savage, who is a businessman and father of twins, explained that he does not play poker on a permanent basis, but did once upon a time.
“I used to play professionally. I stopped when my kids were born in ’05,” said Savage. “I’ve always been in business, so for me it was easy for me to step away and get back to the family life and just play recreationally.”
Even though he claims a part-time role in poker over the last decade, Savage’s résumé is still an impressive one. When it comes to live tournaments, Savage sticks to playing the bigger ones exclusively. He has won some other Main Events, outside of the WSOP, and took first place at the Jack Binion World Poker Open in Tunica, Mississippi.
His biggest claim to fame, however, came in the virtual realm. Savage was the number one online player in the world for six to eight months back in 2004/05. He humbly explained that his ranking came during the time before online poker blew up and a younger crowd flooded the scene. Savage mentioned that his number one ranking was eventually relinquished by “JohnnyBax” (Cliff Josephy), another seasoned veteran, who Savage will be routing for when the “November Nine” face off for the 2016 WSOP Main Event Championship.
“The old guard, online people, are pulling for him. I’ll be pulling hard for him at the final table of the World Series of Poker Main,” exclaimed Savage. “I struck for the old school,” said Savage, alluding to his victory being in solidarity with his long time peers.
It was a big win to say the least. Not only did Savage walk away with a Main Event gold ring, he also banked $126,059, which surpasses any of his tournament payouts to date. Savage was also awarded an automatic bid to the 2016/17 Global Casino Championship. He will be one of two, IP Biloxi horses in the prestigious tournament.
Here's a look at the final table results:
1st: Chris Savage - $126,059
2nd: Lytle Allen - $77,899
3rd: Steve Bierman - $56,922
4th: Caufman Talley - $42,264
5th: David Lee - $31,870
6th: Bobby Gunter - $24,393
7th: Tim "T.K." Miles - $18,943
8th: Fikret Kovac - $14,921
9th: Jeffrey Trudeau Jr. - $11,918
Complete results can be found above, under the "Results" tab.
Monday, September 19, 2016 4:44 PM Local Time
Chris Savage - Main Event Winner - $126,059
Lytle Allen raises to 200,000 on the button, and Chris Savage shoves all in. Allen calls, and the players table their hands.
The board runs out , awarding Savage the pot, and eliminating Allen in second place.
A full winner story and recap will be posted later this evening.
Chris Savage - 7,600,000
Lytle Allen - Eliminated in 2nd Place, for $77,899
Lytle Allen - 2nd Place - $77,899
Monday, September 19, 2016 4:32 PM Local Time
Lytle Allen lost a big hand and was put to the test three hands in a row after that, leaving him short on chips and at risk.
Allen raises to 200,000 on the button, and Chris Savage shoves all in from the big blind. Allen calls for his 650,000 stack and the players table their cards.
The flop comes , leaving Allen's ace high in the lead. That lead was increased drastically when the comes on the turn giving Allen a pair of aces. The river is safe for Allen and he doubles up.
Lytle Allen - 1,400,000 (23 bb)
Chris Savage - 6,200,000 (103 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 4:18 PM Local Time
Monday, September 19, 2016 4:16 PM Local Time
Chris Savage raises to 150,000 on the button and Lytle Allen calls.
The flop comes , and both players check.
The turn is the and both players check a second time.
The river is the . Savage checks, Allen bets 300,000, and Savage calls.
Allen turns over for the straight. Savage says, "Oh shit, I let you get there."
Lytle Allen - 5,075,000 (84 bb)
Chris Savage - 2,525,000 (42 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 3:58 PM Local Time
Steve Bierman - 3rd Place - $56,922
"I feel your demise is coming this hand," Chris Savage predicts to Steve Bierman.
"Really? Because I don't feel it," Bierman responds with a smile on his face.
"You are gonna open shove light, and I am gonna wake up with a monster," Savage says.
"I do not open shove light. Haven't you figured that out by now?" Bierman asks Savage.
Lytle Allen folds on the button, Bierman looks down at his cards and says, "Alright, I am gonna shove."
Savage snap calls and turns over . Bierman shows and says, "Two live cards."
Unfortunately for Bierman the board runs out , awarding Savage the pot and eliminating Bierman in third place after Savage's prediction became a reality.
Chris Savage - 3,850,000 (64 bb)
Steve Bierman - Eliminated in 3rd Place, for $56,922
Monday, September 19, 2016 3:56 PM Local Time
Steve Bierman raises to 150,000 on the button. Chris Savage and Lytle Allen both call.
All three players go to the flop, which comes . After two checks the action is on Bierman who says "all in."
Savage folds and Allen calls the shove.
Bierman flips over and Allen reveals top pair with his .
The turn comes the and the river is the .
Allen banks a huge double up.
Lytle Allen - 3,800,000 (63 bb)
Steve Bierman - 710,000 (11 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 3:45 PM Local Time
Steve Bierman shoves all in from the small blind for 1,215,000 and Chris Savage quickly calls in the big blind.
The board runs out .
"Oh, I didn't even see you had a king," Savage says to Bierman as the chips are passed over to him.
Steve Bierman - 2,460,000 (41 bb)
Chris Savage - 3,200,000 (53 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 3:40 PM Local Time
Caufman Talley - 4th Place - $42,264
Chris Savage opens under the gun for 150,000. Caufman Talley re-raises for all his chips, which is around 900,000. Steve Bierman leans back, looks at both players and moves all in himself. Bierman has the other two covered in chips. Action moves back to Savage and he does not hesitate to call both opponents.
Players table their hands.
A relatively tame flop comes . The turn is the giving Bierman a nut-flush draw and opportunity to score a double knockout.
The river card is the and the pocket rockets hold for Savage, eliminating Talley and leaving Bierman with a short stack.
Chris Savage - 5,500,000
Steve Bierman - 890,000
Caufman Talley - Eliminated
Monday, September 19, 2016 3:22 PM Local Time
Monday, September 19, 2016 3:21 PM Local Time
It's been a relatively slow level of play as the chip stacks have started to equal out among the last four players.
Lytle Allen raises to 125,000 on the button and Steve Bierman defends his big blind.
The flop comes and both players check.
The turn is the . Bierman bets 150,000, and Allen calls.
The river is the . Bierman sets a stack out in front of him totaling 500,000, and Allen tosses in a chip to call.
Bierman shows and Allen shows . Both players have straights and will chop the pot.
Steve Bierman - 3,250,000 (65 bb)
Lytle Allen - 1,900,000 (38 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 2:37 PM Local Time
Lytle Allen raises to 125,000 on the button and Steve Bierman shoves all in from the big blind for 1,185,000. Allen throws in a chip to call and the players table their hands.
Bierman has the lead until the flop comes giving Bierman a pair of jacks. The turn and river do not change the hand and Bierman doubles up.
Steve Bierman - 2,415,000 (48 bb)
Lytle Allen - 2,500,000 (50 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 2:29 PM Local Time
David Lee - 5th Place - $31,870
David Lee shoves all in from the cutoff for around 500,000, and Lytle Allen calls on the button.
The board runs out , awarding Allen the pot and eliminating Lee from play in 5th place.
Lytle Allen - 3,750,000 (75 bb)
David Lee - Eliminated in 5th Place, for $31,870
Monday, September 19, 2016 2:26 PM Local Time
Caufman Talley raises to 100,000 from under the gun and Lytle Allen defends his big blind.
The flop comes . Allen checks, Talley bets 100,000, Allen raises to 300,000, and Talley pauses before announcing that he is all in. Allen tosses in a chip to call and the players table their hands.
Allen: (two pair)
Talley: (pair of tens)
The turn and river are safe for Allen and he doubles up.
Lytle Allen - 3,200,000 (64 bb)
Caufman Talley - 1,050,000 (21 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 2:16 PM Local Time
Monday, September 19, 2016 2:10 PM Local Time
Players are now on their first 15 minute break of the day. They will return to play 25,000/50,000 blinds with a 5,000 ante.
Here are the final five players chip stacks and the number of big blinds upon return:
Lytle Allen - 1,500,000 (30 bb)
Caufman Talley - 2,500,000 (50 bb)
Steve Bierman - 1,525,000 (30 bb)
Chris Savage - 1,500,000 (30 bb)
David Lee - 450,000 (9 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 1:56 PM Local Time
Bobby Gunter - 6th Place - $24,393
Caufman Talley raises to 100,000 on the button, and Bobby Gunter moves his remaining three big blinds into the middle to call.
The flop comes , giving Talley a pair of nines to take the lead. That lead is maintained when the turn comes the , but the turn also prompts Gunter to call for a spade.
The river does not improve Gunter's hand and he is eliminated from play in 6th place, taking home $24,393.
Caufman Talley - 3,300,000
Bobby Gunter - Eliminated in 6th Place, for $24,393
Monday, September 19, 2016 1:56 PM Local Time
Caufman Talley raises to 80,000 from under the gun. Chris Savage, on the button, moves all in for 665,000 and Talley calls.
It's Talley's versus Savage's .
The board runs out , giving Savage two pair and the double up.
Talley - 2,700,000
Savage - 1,700,000
Monday, September 19, 2016 1:24 PM Local Time
Caufman Talley raises to 80,000 in the cutoff, and Bobby Gunter shoves all in from the small blind.
"What is it, about 200?" Talley asks Gunter. He eyes the stack and then calls.
"It's a fair fight," a player at the table says as the flop is placed.
The turn is the increasing Gunter's lead to a set.
The river is the and Gunter says, "Thank you sir," to Talley as the dealer counts out his 230,000 in chips.
Bobby Gunter - 505,000 (12 bb)
Caufman Talley - 3,050,000 (76 bb)
Monday, September 19, 2016 1:22 PM Local Time
Tim Miles - 7th Place - $18,943
Tim Miles opens to 65,000 in the cutoff position. Bobby Gunter calls on the button. Action moves to Chris Savage in the small blind who shoves, which is enough to put both of his opponents all in. Miles announces his own all in and Gunter gets out of the way. Players show their hands.
The flop of improves Miles to a set of eights, however gives Savage some outs with an open ended straight draw.
The turn is the , which adds the chance of a ten completing a straight on the board for a chop.
In the end a comes on the river making a straight for Savage and ending Miles' Main Event run.
Chris Savage - 2,100,000
Tim Miles - Eliminated