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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - IP BILOXI (Mississippi)

Monday, September 12, 2016 to Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $38,100
  • Entries: 127
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:58 PM Local Time

Nate Bandy

Event #5
No-Limit Hold'em
Buy-in: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 127
Prizepool: $38,100

Former football player, Nate Bandy, cruises through a field of 127 players to claim his first WSOP gold ring.

Biloxi, Mississippi (September 13, 2016) – Nate Bandy won his first career gold ring in Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monday night by defeating a 127 player field. The tournament was scheduled as a two-day event, however Bandy only needed one day to claim his victory.

Being a former football player means Bandy is no stranger to competition. He played college ball at the University of Chattanooga Tennessee then professionally with the Scottish Claymores, an NFL Europe team. When asked if his competitive football background is a factor in his newfound poker career, Bandy offered some insight.

“One thousand percent; this, and golf, that’s all I can perform anymore so this is what I do,” Said Bandy. Familiar with the fortitude it takes to complete a grueling season, he understands the reality of tournament play. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint, especially in poker.”

Bandy is relatively new to live, tournament poker. Normally a cash game player, he only began playing live tournaments about eight months ago. He just started playing poker full-time after stepping away from his career at the D1 Sports facility in Chattanooga.

D1 Sports is a nationwide, athletic training company that boats a top-class group of professional athlete affiliations, such as Carmelo Anthony, Chipper Jones, and Peyton Manning. Both living in Chattanooga and associated with D1 Sports, Bandy and Manning have close ties. Maybe Bandy’s triumphant WSOP Circuit victory will inspire Peyton to take up a poker career in his retirement.

IP Biloxi is the fourth Circuit stop Bandy has participated in and he certainly made it a memorable one. On top of a gold ring and $10,668, Bandy was awarded 50 Casino Championship points. When asked if he will stay in Biloxi and make a run at being crowned the IP Casino Champion Bandy confidently responded with “Absolutely.” In fact, Bandy plans on continuing to follow the 2016/17 WSOP Circuit tour in hopes of qualifying for the Global Casino Championship.

here's a look at the final table results:

1st: Nate Bandy - $10,668
2nd: James Beetz - $6,595
3rd: Robert Coleman - $4,759
4th: Clinton Kripki - $3,497
5th: James Smith - $2,614
6th: Chris Edwards -  $1,988
7th: Jason Tulloss - $1,537
8th: Jerry Lucas - $1,207
9th: Brandon Newsome - $964

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:28 AM Local Time

Nate Bandy

Nate Bandy (pictured) has just won the first turbo event at the World Series of Poker IP Biloxi series. The ex-football player bested 127 players in the $365 No-Limit Hold'em event to pocket $10,668 and earn his first career WSOP Circuit gold ring. He also earns 50 Casino Championship points for his victory.

A full report on Bandy's win will be published Tuesday evening. In the meantime, here's a look at the final table results:

1st: Nate Bandy - $10,668
2nd: James Beetz - $6,595
3rd: Robert Coleman - $4,759
4th: Clinton Kripki - $3,497
5th: James Smith - $2,614
6th: Chris Edwards -  $1,988
7th: Jason Tulloss - $1,537
8th: Jerry Lucas - $1,207
9th: Brandon Newsome - $964

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:53 AM Local Time
Play is moving quickly and eliminations have been a common occurrence. Robert Coleman, who ended up eighth in Event #4 last night, improved his finish this go around. However, he still fell short of the gold ring, exiting in third place.
Monday, September 12, 2016 10:23 PM Local Time

The final table has been set for Event #5. After bringing in a field of 127, the tournament is down to its final nine. A little less than half of Level 17 remains and the average chip stack consists of 34 big blinds. There are two familiar faces at the final table. Robert Coleman and James Beetz both made the final table in their respective events last night. Chris Edwards currently holds the chip lead.

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

Seat 1: Brandon Newsome – 70,000 (17 bbs)
Seat 2: Nate Bandy – 192,000 (48 bbs)
Seat 3: James Smith – 98,000 (24 bbs)
Seat 4: Robert Coleman – 73,000 (18 bbs)
Seat 5: James Beetz – 285,000 (71 bbs)
Seat 6: Chris Edwards – 295,000 (73 bbs)
Seat 7: Clinton Kripki – 45,000 (11 bbs)
Seat 8: Jerry Lucas – 70,000 (17 bbs)
Seat 9: Jason Tulloss – 135,000 (33 bbs)

- 17 minutes remain in Level 17: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Monday, September 12, 2016 8:47 PM Local Time

After finishing eighth in the $365 NLHE Double Stack last night, Souther finds himself in the final 27 of Event #5.

Monday, September 12, 2016 6:27 PM Local Time

Registration for the fifth event of the IP series has come to a close and the prizepool has been announced. The tournament attracted 127 entries to generate a $38,100 prizepool. Of the five events thus far, this is the second largest. The eventual champion will earn $10,668, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points. The top 15 finishers will walk away with a cash-prize.

Here is a look at the payouts:


Monday, September 12, 2016 3:36 AM Local Time
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Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:55 PM Local Time

Day five here at the IP Biloxi Circuit will debut the fifth gold ring event at this 12-event series. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. is Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em. This regularly formatted tournament will last for two days, resuming play for Day 2 on Tuesday afternoon.

Here is a quick rundown of Event #5:

  • Buy-in: $365
  • Players start with 10,000 tournament chips
  • Blinds start at 25/50
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 9
  • There is a 45 minute dinner break after Level 12
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long, Levels 13-21 are 40 minutes long, and all Levels after that will be 50 minutes long
  • Day 2 begins on September 13th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Global Casino Championship points are awarded to all players earning a cash
  • The winner will receive a WSOP Circuit gold ring
  • Re-entry is not allowed

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