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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - IP BILOXI (Mississippi)

Sunday, September 18, 2016 to Monday, September 19, 2016

Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $25,800
  • Entries: 86
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, September 19, 2016 9:36 PM Local Time

Jaymie Virtusio(1)

Event #12
No-Limit Hold'em (30 Minute Levels)
Buy-in: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 86
Prizepool: $25,800

Jaymie Virtusio, a recent medical graduate from the Philippines, defeats previous gold ring winners to secure her own.

Biloxi, Mississippi (September 19, 2016) – Jaymie Virtusio won her first career gold ring in Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold'em (30 Minute Levels) by defeating a field of 86 players. The tournament, which was the last event on the IP Biloxi Circuit schedule, lasted two days and ended Monday afternoon. The final four players consisted of three previous gold ring winners and one newcomer to the game, and yet the outcome was far from predictable.

Virtusio was a virtual underdog at the final table. When play got down to four-handed, her remaining opponents each had a gold ring to their name and a slew of WSOP cashes between them, as opposed to Virtusio who has only been playing poker for a couple years.

“It’s my second year playing,” said Virtusio. “I played one other big tournament... but this is actually my first World Series event.”

What a great way to start a World Series of Poker career. Virtusio played in the Ladies Event the same morning of Event #12’s starting day. After busting out of that, she barely squeaked into the $365 NLHE tournament by entering during the dinner break, just before registration closed.

Following a Day 2 restart, in which Virtusio came into as a shorter stack, and seven eliminations, she found herself heads up against Bob Beck. Beck is a Circuit regular with over $70,000 in WSOP earnings and a solo gold ring. The fateful, final hand was a heartbreaker for Beck. Virtusio moved all in on the turn with her pocket jacks and a backdoor flush draw. Beck called, and showed his queen, giving him top pair and the lead against Virtusio. However, the river card was a fourth heart, providing Virtusio with the runner-runner, knockout punch.

Along with a Circuit title and WSOP gold ring, Virtusio also earned herself a nice payday of $8,256. Since her recent graduation from medical school, Virtusio has been studying for her multiple Board exams and plans to apply for a residency program when she is through with those. Even with an undoubtedly busy schedule with her medical path, Virtusio has found time to play poker as a nice break from routine and will continue to do so.

“Poker will always be there, and this is a fun thing along the way,” said Virtusio.

Once her life outside of poker becomes more secure and stable, Virtusio hopes to maybe, one day pursue the game full time.

Here's a look at the final table results:

1st: Jamie Virtusio - $8,256
2nd: Bob Beck - $5,012
3rd: Mel Lyon - $3,572
4th: Russ Head - $2,602
5th: Greg Hunter - $1,914
6th: Marco Palacios - $1,430
7th: Clay Henry - $1,147
8th: Robert Heard - $956
9th: Ben Biedenharn - $821

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

Monday, September 19, 2016 5:26 PM Local Time

Jaymie Virtusio(3)

Jaymie Virtusio (pictured) has just won the last event here at the IP Biloxi Circuit stop. Virtusio has just topped Event #12: No-Limit Hold'em (30 Minute Levels), outlasting a field of 86 players. She defeated three previous gold ring winners to win a gold ring of her very own, which is the first of her young poker career. Along with the Circuit gold ring, Virtusio also takes home the $8,256.

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

1st: Jamie Virtusio - $8,256
2nd: Bob Beck - $5,012
3rd: Mel Lyon - $3,572
4th: Russ Head - $2,602
5th:Greg Hunter - $1,914
6th: Marco Palacios - $1,430
7th: Clay Henry - $1,147
8th: Robert Heard - $956
9th: Ben Biedenharn - $821

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

Monday, September 19, 2016 5:24 PM Local Time


After an unlucky turn and river card, which gave Jaymie Virtusio a flush, Bob Beck has to settle for a second place finish. Beck just misses out on bagging his second Circuit title and gold ring. He does however take away $5,012 and now has nearly $80,000 in WSOP earnings.

Monday, September 19, 2016 1:41 PM Local Time

The final table is underway in Day 2. Two early exits left the field at seven players. Then, only moments ago, the dealer announced "double payout."

Clay Henry and Marco Palacios go out in seventh and sixth position.

Only five players remain in contention for the Circuit title.

Monday, September 19, 2016 2:32 AM Local Time

End of Day 1

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Monday, September 19, 2016 2:32 AM Local Time

The first day of the No-Limit Hold'em (30 Minute Levels) has reached its stopping point. There are 9 players that survived the day out of the 86 who entered. Currently leading the pack is Hunter Gregory from Memphis, TN. Play will resume at Level 19 with blinds at 3,000/6,000 and a 1,000 ante.

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

1st: Hunter Gregory - 169,000
2nd: Bob Beck - 164,000
3rd: Melvin Lyon - 87,000

Complete Day 1 chip counts can be found above under the "Reports" tab.
Monday, September 19, 2016 1:35 AM Local Time
The money bubble burst when Dr. Brett Feder was sent home in 10th place. The remaining nine players will all finish in-the-money and receive points towards the Casino Championship.
Monday, September 19, 2016 1:16 AM Local Time

The unofficial final table has been set. There are three, previous gold ring winners still in the hunt, Bob Beck, Russ Head, and Mel Lyon. The event is scheduled for two days. Play will end at the condlusion of Level 18 and Day 2 will resume at 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final 10 players:

Seat 1: Bob Beck – 122,500 (30 bbs)
Seat 2: Clay Henry – 130,000 (32 bbs)
Seat 3: Mel Lyon – 100,000 (25 bbs)
Seat 4: Dr. Brett Feder – 82,000 (20 bbs)
Seat 5: Marco Palacios – 65,000 (16 bbs)
Seat 6: Ben Biedenharn – 28,500 (7 bbs)
Seat 7: Robert Heard – DNR
Seat 8: Jaymie Virtusio – 89,500 (22 bbs)
Seat 9: Hunter Gregory – 130,500 (32 bbs)
Seat 10: Russ Head – 23,000 (5 bbs)

- 25 minutes remain in Level 17: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Sunday, September 18, 2016 11:56 PM Local Time
Players are finishing up a 15 minute break. There are only 12 players left.
Sunday, September 18, 2016 11:55 PM Local Time

Following the close of registration, the pirzepool was finalized. The tournament attracted 86 entries to generate a $25,800 prizepool. The eventual champion will earn $8,256, a WSOP Circuit gold ring, and 50 Casino Championship points. The top 9 finishers will take home a profit on their buy-in.

Here is a look at the full payouts:


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Sunday, September 18, 2016 3:13 PM Local Time
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Sunday, September 18, 2016 3:12 PM Local Time

Day eleven here at the IP Biloxi Circuit marks the start of the last gold ring event at this 12-event series. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. is Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry. The tournament will run for two days and allows unlimited re-entry up until the beginning of Level 9. All levels will be a fairly quick, 30 minutes long. The eventual champion will take home a coveted, Circuit gold ring.

Here is a quick rundown of Event #11:

  • Buy-in: $365
  • Players start with 10,000 tournament chips
  • Blinds start at 25/50
  • Unlimited re-entry is allowed during the registration period
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 9
  • There is a 45 minute dinner break scheduled after Level 12
  • All levels will be 30 minutes long
  • Scheduled to be a two-day tournament
  • Day 2 will resume September 19th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Global Casino Championship points are awarded to all players earning a cash
  • The winner will receive a WSOP Circuit gold ring

As this event progresses, this updates page will include prizepool information, end of the night chip counts and the winner's report.