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Friday, May 12, 2017 to Friday, May 12, 2017

Event #3: $365 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)

  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $96,600
  • Entries: 322
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:55 PM Local Time
Scott Adams

Local construction manager snags a gold ring and a career-best score in NOLA

Scott Adams scored one for the home team early Saturday morning. The recreational player from New Orleans outlasted a field of 322 entries in a $365 no-limit hold’em event, winning his first WSOP Circuit ring and the top prize of $22,705.

Adams is a 57-year-old construction manager for a local school system. “Basically, I build schools,” he said. “And I love it.” Born and raised in Dallas, Adams has been a resident of New Orleans since 1993, and he’s proud of both the city and the local poker community of which he’s a part.

“This is our home turf,” he began. “New Orleans is really developing some good poker players here. I don’t know if I consider myself in that group, but I try to be.”

Adams’ performance on Friday makes a good case for his inclusion in that list of talented locals.

It took more than 12 hours of play to shrink the starting field down to one table, and, after a double elimination, Adams entered the eight-handed final table with a commanding chip lead. He and Randy Andrews were responsible for five of the next six eliminations, so it’s little surprise they found themselves heads-up for the title in the wee hours of the morning. Adams would get the last knockout, though.

After making a comment about getting sleepy, Adams apparently found a source of energy as the clock ticked toward 3 a.m. “I was getting tired, but I put on Chet Atkins and started jamming out for about 30 minutes,” he said. “That gave me enough energy to come through.”

Atkins once famously said, “Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre,” and Adams was in no danger of a mediocre finish in this event. He and Andrews traded few big punches during the heads-up match, but Adams ultimately prevailed as the advancing blinds turned the duel into a push/fold match.

After nearly 16 hours of play, Adams was hard pressed to articulate his emotions in the postgame interview. “I won…” he said from behind tired eyes. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. I felt like I really played well, and that’s what I felt good about.”

Although it’s his largest cash on record, Adams sees this result as just another step in the growth of his game. “I’m not sure that I look at it as an end-all accomplishment,” he said. “Everyone wants to win a bracelet, and this is stepping stone. I’m building up every time. This year, I’ve really done the work, so it’s really satisfying.”

When asked what his end-all accomplishment would be, Adams was quick with the correct answer: “Win the WSOP Main Event,” he said, matter-of-fact. It sounds like he believes in his chances, too. “You’re not going have a Friday duffer going out and winning the U.S. Open,” he said. “It’s just not gonna happen. But that’s what’s great about poker. Everybody has a chance.”

Saturday, May 13, 2017 3:04 AM Local Time
Scott Adams

With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Randy Andrews gets himself all in for about 1,000,000 preflop with Scott Adams (pictured above) quickly putting him at risk.


The     flop gives Andrews some hope with the addition of a flush draw to his list of outs, though the   on the turn leaves him drawing dead to those nine remaining diamonds. The river is the blank  , and Adams wins the pot and the tournament with a pair of kings. He collects a career-best payday of $22,705 and his first gold ring.

Andrews (below) is eliminated as the runner-up, earning $14,036.

Randy Andrews
Saturday, May 13, 2017 2:37 AM Local Time

Randy Andrews quickly turned the tables on Scott Adams, moving into the lead and proceeding to whittle his opponent down into the danger zone. Adams will not go quietly, though, and Andrews has so far been unable to put him away.

In the most recent hand, Andrews opens the button to 125,000 (2.5x), and Adams three-bet shoves for 830,000 in the big blind. Andrews calls instantly, putting Adams at risk.


The board runs out      , and Adams doubles up with aces up.

Scott Adams - 1,670,000 (33 bb)
Randy Andrews - 1,550,000 (31 bb)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 2:11 AM Local Time
Mark Pertgen

Randy Andrews opens the button to 100,000, and Mark Pertgen (pictured) three-bet shoves for 310,000 in the big blind. Andrews calls, and he's flipping for the knockout.


The     flop is a disaster for Pertgen, leaving him dead to runner-runner. The   on the turn locks up the pot one card early for Andrews, and the two men are already exchanging congratulations as the   completes the board. Pertgen is eliminated in third place, leaving Andrews heads-up against Scott Adams for the ring.

Randy Andrews - 1,170,000 (29 bb)
Scott Adams - 2,050,000 (51 bb)
Mark Pertgen - Eliminated

Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:26 AM Local Time
Benjamin Salpietra

With the big blind at 24,000, Benjamin Salpietra gets his last 331,000 chips into the middle preflop against Randy Andrews.


The board runs out      , and Andrews comes from behind to win the pot with aces up. Salpietra is eliminated in third place.

Randy Andrews - 1,100,000 (46 bb)
Benjamin Salpietra - Eliminated

Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:08 AM Local Time
Austin Peck

Austin Peck (pictured) opens to 56,000 in middle position, and Scott Adams three-bets to 100,000 in the small blind. Benjamin Salpietra calls in the big blind, and Peck four-bet shoves for what looks like 541,000 total. Adams re-shoves with his chip-leading stack, Salpietra folds, and Peck is heads-up, at risk, and dominated.


The board runs out      , and Adams wins the pot with a pair of queens. Peck is eliminated in fifth place, earning 25 points to bring his season total to 145 and counting.

Scott Adams - 1,675,000 (70 bb)
Austin Peck - Eliminated

Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:02 AM Local Time
Jason Bullock

Action folds around to the blinds where Jason Bullock (pictured) moves all in for about 170,000 (~7 bb) in the small and Randy Andrews calls in the big to put Bullock at risk.


The board runs out      , and Andrews wins the pot with a pair of jacks. Bullock is eliminated in sixth place.

Randy Andrews - 675,000 (28 bb)
Jason Bullock - Eliminated

Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:10 AM Local Time
Ryan Pinell

Scott Adams opens the button to 40,000, and Ryan Pinell (pictured) three-bets to what looks like 76,000 in the small blind, leaving just 1,000 behind to cap his cards. From the big blind, Benjamin Salpietra four-bet shoves for about 205,000 total, and that chases Adams out of the way. Pinell drops his last chip into the pot, though, putting himself at risk.


The     flop misses both players, but the   on the turn gives Pinell a big lead with one card to come. Unfortunately for him, that card is the  , and Salpietra rivers a set of tens to win the pot. Pinell is eliminated in seventh place.

Benjamin Salpietra - 330,000 (21 bb)
Ryan Pinell - Eliminated

Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:04 AM Local Time
Wayne Lovell

Wayne Lovell (pictured) moves all in for 20,000 in middle position, Austin Peck three-bets to 49,000 next to act, and Scott Adams calls in the big blind to create side action.

The two live players check it all the way down as the board runs out      . "I can't win with that board," Lovell laments as all three players table their hands.


Adams wins the pot with aces up, and Lovell is eliminated in eighth place.

Scott Adams - 1,025,000 (64 bb)
Wayne Lovell - Eliminated

Friday, May 12, 2017 11:48 PM Local Time
Rebecca Campbell

In a double knockout, Rebecca Campbell (pictured) is eliminated in 10th place and Mark Holmes in ninth, and the eight remaining players are suddenly seated around the final table for Event #3. Here's the lineup:

Seat 1: Jason Bullock - 553,000
Seat 2: Randy Andrews - 508,000
Seat 3: Scott Adams - 960,000
Seat 4: Ryan Pinell - 107,000
Seat 5: Benjamin Salpietra - 268,000
Seat 6: Mark Pertgen - 159,000
Seat 7: Wayne Lovell - 244,000
Seat 8: Austin Peck - 405,000

It's quite an accomplished group that's gathered.

Bullock is appearing at his sixth final table of the Circuit season, and he's likely secured his Global Casino Championship seat with this deep run after entering the day with 145 points. Peck is a ring winner who started the day with 120 points, so a couple more eliminations would likely get him over the hump, as well. Lovell himself won a ring in this building in 2014, and Andrews is fresh off a victory in the big Seniors Event at Choctaw earlier this year.

Blinds are 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante in the current level, putting the average stack just under 35 big blinds. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $2,626, with a ring and a top prize of more than 10 times that amount reserved for the winner.

Friday, May 12, 2017 9:23 PM Local Time

The field was recently reduced to 33 players, bursting the bubble and guaranteeing those remaining a return on their investment this evening. Right near the tail end of Level 18, the field is further trimmed to 27, and they're drawing for seats around the final three tables.

Five of the remaining players are ladies, including Denise Pratt, and points contenders Dennis Phillips and Austin Peck are also among those still in contention.

Blinds are 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante for a few more minutes, putting the average stack just shy of 25 big blinds.

Friday, May 12, 2017 4:58 PM Local Time

Registration is closed for Event #3, and the numbers are in. This $365-buy-in event drew 322 entries, creating a prizepool worth $96,600. That money will be shared by the final 33 players, with a min-cash worth $577. The winner will collect the series' third gold ring later tonight in addition to $22,705 in cash.

There are just less than 100 players remaining right now, and action will continue this evening until there's just one.

Friday, May 12, 2017 2:59 PM Local Time

Level 8 is ticking off the clock, and this level represents the last chance to join (or re-join) the Day 1A field. There is a break following this level, after which registration will close for this flight. There are more than 300 entries so far.

Friday, May 12, 2017 1:04 PM Local Time

The first four levels are complete, and the field is on their first break of the day. The clock shows 251 entries already, setting a pace to easily outdraw the 275-entry turnout for this event's predecessor, Event #1.

Day 1A late registration and re-entry are available for another four levels.

Friday, May 12, 2017 11:05 AM Local Time

Event #3 is under way.

Friday, May 12, 2017 3:14 AM Local Time

Today is the second day of action at the WSOP Circuit Harrah's New Orleans. Frankly, though, it's a lot like the first. There are once again two events on the day's schedule, and the morning event is a carbon copy of Event #1 a day ago.

This second $365 no-limit hold'em event will run from start to finish today, a feat made possible by a structure that featues 30-minute levels for the duration. Thursday's event drew 275 entries and took about 15 hours to play to completion, and similar numbers can be anticipated today.

Here are the vitals:

  • This is a one-day event
  • Players begin with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Late registration and unlimited re-entry are available until the start of Level 9 (3:30 p.m.)
  • Levels are 30 minutes apiece

Cards go in the air at 11 a.m.