Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:10 AM Local Time
Idaho pro scores a defining victory in one of the Circuit's largest-ever Main Events
Hammond, Indiana (October 25, 2016) – Dylan Linde is the newest champion on the WSOP Circuit, outlasting a huge field of 1,308 entries to claim the Main Event title at Horseshoe Hammond. Linde’s performance earned him his first gold ring, the top prize of $348,269, and a reserved seat in the 2017 WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Linde is a 35-year-old professional poker player from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He grew up playing video games and strategic card games, so poker was a relatively easy transition. “I was in college for six and a half years doing… nothing,” he said. “I stumbled into it.” Linde and fellow-Idahoan Kevin MacPhee became close friends along the way, and the two of them started to learn and progress in the game together. At first, they were mostly just chasing bonuses from online poker sites. “I was just folding every hand to try to get the hundred bucks,” Linde laughed. “Hell yeah, free hundred dollars? Thank you. But I’m so competitive that, eventually…,” he let the thought hang.
Eventually, Linde started to spend more time playing tournaments, both live and online, and he soon built enough of a foundation to feel comfortable pursing the game in a more serious way. His tournament stat sheet is full of results over the past decade, but none of them, to date, have been nearly as profitable as this one. This victory moves him well into seven figures in career live tournament earnings and into second place on Idaho’s all-time money list. There’s still, however, quite a gap between him and the leader on that list — Kevin MacPhee.
“This is fantastic,” a smiley Linde started his postgame interviews. “It’s nice to finally win a live tournament. I haven’t really had that much success live. I’ve had a lot of, like, 8th- through 18th-place finishes.” Not only is this Linde’s first significant live victory, it’s also his largest score ever, including some big results online.
It certainly didn’t come easy for the champ. Linde had a bit of a slow start out of the gate, and he needed all four of his available entries to advance to Day 2. “Four bullets,” he said. “Max pain. I busted my first two super fast on Day 1A. On Day 1B, I had stayed up really late and played this really good mixed game here. So I came back with no sleep.” Linde’s third bullet misfired nine minutes before the dinner break, and said he was pleased that he could at least beat the rush to the exit. He returned for his last entry after the break, and things finally started to click. “I came back after dinner and, yeah… bagged up one-twenty,” he said, as if it was the easiest thing in the world.
He was still in the middle of the pack by the time Day 2 ended with 28 players remaining, and he slowly picked his way through the remaining field as Day 3 whittled down toward the final table. He was seventh in chips with 10 players left, then got very lucky to stay alive with nine players remaining.
Linde first got his last 13 big blinds into the middle preflop with ace-jack, running into Brad Albrinck’s pocket jacks. The ace-jack-four flop left Linde dead to an ace, but he managed to find one of them on the river, as the Ace of Hearts peeled off to save his tournament life. The next level, he got himself in trouble again, this time running his pocket kings into Michael Campbell’s pocket aces. It takes a fair bit of luck to win a tournament, though, and Linde had a lot of good fortune on his side in this hand, flopping kings full of treys to once again stave off elimination.
Linde eventually found himself heads-up with Arif Rahim, a local high-stakes cash game grinder who was on a freeroll thanks to a promotional giveaway in the poker room. He had a big group of his local friends on the rail, while Linde was all alone at the table — a bit of an outsider on Rahim’s home turf. The two had a small amount of history together from the cash games downstairs, and Linde exuded a lot of respect for his opponent’s game after the fact. “I watched him play all day, and he was the player I least wanted to get heads-up with,” he said. “He’s a very, very good deep-stack player.”
The local grinder began the heads-up match holding nearly a 3:1 chip lead, but Linde made relatively quick work of erasing that deficit. About 90 minutes into the duel, Linde had Rahim on the ropes, and although the latter doubled up a couple times, he ultimately could not fend off defeat. On the final hand, Rahim took his stand with ten-three of spades, and Linde’s ace-seven ended up best as the board ran out full of blanks.
Linde has spent most of the last few years playing primarily in Europe, but he said he’s recently decided to spend more time exploring the broad slate of events on his home soil. This was, in fact, the first WSOP Circuit event he’s ever played, and so far, he’s batting a thousand in his Circuit career. “You’ll see a lot more of me in the American tournaments from now on,” he said. “Tournaments are like a drug.”
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:07 AM Local Time
Main Event Winner Dylan Linde
Dylan Linde raises to 540,000 on the button, Arif Rahim three-bets to 1,800,000 in the big blind, Linde moves all in, and Rahim calls. He started the hand with around 8,000,000 and Linde has him well-covered.
The board runs out . Linde's ace-high is good for the win, along with $348,269, a Circuit ring, and an entry into the Global Casino Championship.
Congratulations to 2nd place finisher Arif Rahim, who earns $215,820 for his performance in the Main Event.
A full recap of the event will be posted shortly.
2nd Place Finisher Arif Rahim
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:58 PM Local Time
Dylan Linde raises to 520,00 on the button and Arif Rahim calls.
The flop comes . Rahim checks, Linde bets 460,000, and Rahim calls.
The turn is the . Rahim checks again, and this time Linde bets 1,375,000. Rahim announces that he is all in, and Linde asks for a count. Upon hearing the 1,375,000 total, Linde calls.
Rahim: (pair of threes)
Linde: (gutshot straight draw)
The river does not change the hand, and Rahim doubles up.
Arif Rahim - 8,260,000 (34 bb)
Dylan Linde - 18,040,000 (75 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:50 PM Local Time
Dylan Linde goes all in on the button and Arif Rahim calls in the big blind for his remaining 2,450,000 chips.
The board runs out . Rahim finds trips on the turn to stay in the game and double up.
Arif Rahim - 4,980,000 (20 bb)
Dylan Linde - 21,180,000 (88 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:44 PM Local Time
Arif Rahim raises to 800,000 on the button and Dylan Linde calls in the big blind.
The flop is and both players check.
The turn is the and both players check again.
On the river, Linde bets 950,000 and Rahim calls.
Linde shows for two pair, good for the pot.
"Did you like the turn?" Rahim asks Linde.
Linde smiles and says, "Yes."
Dylan Linde - 23,145,000 (96 bb)
Arif Rahim - 3,015,000 (12 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:34 PM Local Time
Arif Rahim raises to 450,000 on the button and Dylan Linde calls.
The flop comes and both players check.
The turn is the . This time Linde bets 850,000, and it's Rahim's turn to call.
The river is the and Linde bets 2,400,000. Rahim calls.
Linde turns over for a full house and Rahim mucks without showing.
Dylan Linde - 20,650,000 (103 bb)
Arif Rahim - 5,650,000 (28 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:26 PM Local Time
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:25 PM Local Time
On a flop of , Dylan Linde checks in the big blind, Arif Rahim bets 650,000 on the button, Linde makes it 1,750,000, and Rahim moves all in for 5,180,000. Linde calls and they show down.
Rahim is ahead with his aces but Linde has a double gut-shot straight draw.
The turn is the and the river is the . Rahim is still good and he gets the double up.
Someone on the rail asks Linde why he is smiling and he responds, "It's still fun."
Arif Rahim - 11,125,000 (55 bb)
Dylan Linde - 15,035,000 (75 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:18 PM Local Time
Arif Rahim raises to 450,000 on the button and Dylan Linde calls.
The flop comes . Linde checks, Rahim bets 650,000, and Linde calls.
The turns is the . Linde bets out 950,000, and it's Rahim's turn to call.
The river is the . Linde bets out 4,250,000, and Rahim calls.
Linde turns over for a full house, and Rahim tosses his cards into the muck.
"So I guess I needed the river then?" Linde asks. Rahim nods in agreement.
Dylan Linde - 16,850,000 (84 bb)
Arif Rahim - 8,350,000 (41 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:08 PM Local Time
Dylan Linde raises on the button and Arif Rahim calls in the big blind.
The flop comes . Rahim checks, Linde bets 375,000, and Rahim calls.
The turn is the . Rahim checks, Linde bets 950,000, and Rahim calls.
Both players check the river. Rahim shows and Linde mucks.
Arif Rahim - 14,650,000 (73 bb)
Dylan Linde - 11,510,000 (57 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:03 PM Local Time
Arif Rahim raises to 450,000 on the button, Dylan Linde raises to 1,150,000 in the big blind, and Arif Rahim four-bets to 2,850,000. Linde calls and they head to the flop.
The flop is and both players check.
On the turn, Linde bets 3,200,000 and Rahim folds.
Dylan Linde - 13,485,000 (67 bb)
Arif Rahim - 12,675,000 (63 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 10:56 PM Local Time
Arif Rahim raises to 450,000 on the button and Dylan Linde defends.
The flop comes . Linde checks, and Rahim checks behind.
The turn is the . Linde checks, and Rahim checks as well.
The river is the . Linde checks a third time, and Rahim pauses before checking behind one final time.
"King high," Linde says.
Rahim tables for a pair of fours to take the pot.
Arif Rahim - 15,500,000 (72 bb)
Dylan Linde - 10,800,000 (54 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 10:47 PM Local Time
Arif Rahim opens to 450,000 on the button, Dylan Linde three-bets to 1,150,000 in the big blind, and Rahim calls.
On the flop, Linde leads out for 850,000 and after thinking for a little while, Rahim goes all in, putting Linde to a decision for all of his chips which total 6,210,000. Linde calls and they show down.
Linde's tens are ahead but Rahim has straight outs.
The turn and the river are not enough for Rahim and Linde doubles up.
Dylan Linde - 14,780,000 (73 bb)
Arif Rahim - 11,380,000 (56 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 10:40 PM Local Time
Dylan Linde raises to 450,000 on the button, Arif Rahim three-bets to 1,100,000 in the big blind, and Linde moves all in.
Rahim looks over Linde's stack briefly and folds.
Dylan Linde - 7,400,000 (37 bb)
Arif Rahim - 18,760,000 (93 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 10:28 PM Local Time
Dylan Linde raises to 450,000 on the button and Arif Rahim calls.
The flop comes . Rahim checks, Linde bets 530,000, and Rahim calls.
The turn is the . Rahim checks again, Linde bets 775,000, and Rahim calls.
The river is the . Rahim checks a third time, and this time Linde bets 1,250,000. Rahim opts to fold.
Dylan Linde - 9,500,000 (47 bb)
Arif Rahim - 16,500,000 (82 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 10:13 PM Local Time
Monday, October 24, 2016 9:52 PM Local Time
The final two players are now on a 15 minute break. For updated chip counts please see the chipcounts tab above.
Monday, October 24, 2016 9:51 PM Local Time
Zach Rieselman Eliminated
Arif Rahim raises to 350,000 on the button, Dylan Linde calls in the small blind, and Zach Rieselman goes all in for 8,315,000 in the big blind.
"You're all in?" Rahim asks Rieselman. Rieselman confirms.
Rahim pushes his whole stack forward and Linde gets out of the way.
"Give me an ace one time," Rieselman tells the dealer.
The flop comes . Rieselman gets his ace but he is drawing slim against Rahim's set of queens.
The turn and the river can't save Rieselman and he hits the rail. He takes home $158,392 for his 3rd place finish.
Arif Rahim - 17,765,000 (111 bb)
Zach Rieselman - Eliminated
Monday, October 24, 2016 9:48 PM Local Time
Ronald Sewell shoves all in from under the gun for 2,150,000. Dylan Linde folds on the button and Zach Rieselman shoves all in from the small blind. Arif Rahim looks at his cards and moves his remaining 3,440,000 forward as well.
"Well, I guess I walked into this one, didn't I?" Rieselman asks out loud.
The flop comes giving Rahim the lead with his pair of aces and king kicker.
The turn and river do not change the hand, and Sewell is eliminated in 4th place, taking home $119,682, while Rahim doubles through Rieselman.
Arif Rahim - 9,100,000 (56 bb)
Zach Rieselman - 11,500,000 (71 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 9:39 PM Local Time
Zach Rieselman raises to 400,000 on the button and Ronald Sewell calls in the big blind.
On the flop, Sewell leads out for 700,000. Rieselman goes all in and Sewell sends his hand to the muck.
Zach Rieselman - 15,150,000 (94 bb)
Ronald Sewell - 2,150,000 (13 bb)