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2012/13 WSOP Circuit - HORSESHOE HAMMOND (Chicago area)

Friday, October 19, 2012 to Monday, October 22, 2012

Event #10: No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $2,304,000
  • Entries: 1,523
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:20 AM Local Time

Josh Williams - Winner!

It's been a long few days in Hammond, Indiana for the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event, but all good things must come to an end. After a long, 18-hour day, Josh Williams finally emerged victorious to claim the $385,909 first-place prize.

When Day 3 began, 29 players remained. Everyone from the media to the tournament staff to the players knew it was going to be a long day on the felt, so the coffee was brewed in full force. Things got started off quickly, though, and hopes of a short day briefly hopped into the minds of everyone involved.

First to go on the day was Matt Newcombe. Then, Ralph Massey was out the door in 28th place before the players reworked themselves across three tables. Following a slew of eliminations that included Lee Childs (25th - $12,695), Nick Grippo (21st - $17,787), Adam Cook (20th - $17,787), Rob Zazay (15th - $25,805), Christopher Underwood (12th - $31,565) and Joshua Reichard (11th - $31,565), the field was down to just 10 players. All 10 of those competitors redrew to one table before they played to lose one more and officially set the final table.

Claudia Crawford spent most of 10-handed play flirting with the short stack, but she could never quite get herself back into the mix. Eventually, she was eliminated on the official final table bubble at the hands of Tripp Kirk.

With the blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000 in Level 30, Crawford raised all in from under the gun for 850,000. Kirk made the call on the button holding the   , and Crawford held the   . The board ran out      , and Crawford was sent to the rail despite picking up a promising flop. She earned $31,565 for her finish.

When the final table began, Josh Williams held the chip lead over Kirk in second place. The difference between the two was less than 500,000 as Williams had 5.575 million to Kirk's 5.13 million. No one else was over five million, but Shiva Dudani was almost at that mark in third place with 4.855 million.

Erik Roussakis began the final table as the third shortest stack and was looking to better his performance from last year in this event when he took third place. It was an amazing feat alone making to to back-to-back final tables in this event with such large fields, but unfortunately Roussakis was the first to go this time around.

After a raise to 160,000 from Brad Albrinck with the blinds at 40,000/80,000/10,000 in Level 32, Roussakis reraised all in for 1.145 million. Albrinck made the quick called holding the   . Roussakis held the   . The board ran out      , and Roussakis was eliminated. He earned $39,168 for his finish.

Much like Crawford did when play was 10-handed, Nick Guagenti nursed the short stack for the majority of eight-handed play. On his final hand, Guagenti moved all in from under the gun with the    for 915,000 when the blinds were at 50,000/100,000/10,000 in Level 33. Guagenti was called by Sean Szurko with the   . The board ran out       to send Guagenti to the rail. He collected $49,075.

After Guagenti's exit, Albrinck and Kirk played a massive pot worth over 10 million in chips. All the money had gone in preflop with Kirk's pocket kings running into Albrinck's pocket aces. Albrinck won the pot and crippled Kirk on the hand, but Kirk was able to battled back with a couple of doubles and get right back into the mix.

Dudani fell in seventh place, Albrinck headed out the door in sixth place and Zal Irani got bounced in fifth place. With Irani's elimination, Mike Leah had officially locked up the Casino Champion title and earned an automatic bid to the $1,000,000 National Championship presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof.

Szurko was then next player felted, and his elimination hand came immediately following Irani's during Level 34 with the blinds at 60,000/120,000/10,000. Szurko moved all in from the big blind after a raise from Ryan Riess out of the small blind. Riess called with the    to have Szurko's    dominated. The board ran out      , and Szurko was gone. For his finish, Szurko walked away with $137,088.

Three-handed play between Williams, Kirk and Riess lasted several long hours. Kirk was knocked short at one point, but battled back into the match, while the other two seemed to swap back and forth with the lead every now and then.

Finally, the three players discussed the option of shortening the levels on one of the breaks and ended up doing so. They cut the levels down to just 15 minutes in length, and that's when play really picked up. When the final hand came up, it was Riess who put the pressure on Williams, but Williams stood tough to the test.

Riess limped in from the button, and Williams checked his option in the big blind to see the flop come down    . Both players checked, and the turn brought the  . After Williams checked the turn, Riess bet 600,000. Williams called. The river completed the board with the  , and Williams checked. Riess moved all in, and Williams went into the tank.

"This would be the thinnest call of all time, but I think you have jack-ten," said Williams as he thought. Then, he called.

His call was correct as Riess held the    for ten high. Williams had the    for a pair of sevens and had won the pot. Riess was eliminated in second place and walked away with $239,063 for his effort.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize
1Josh Williams$385,909
2Ryan Riess$239,063
3Tripp Kirk$180,403
4Sean Szurko$137,088
5Zal Irani$104,371
6Brad Albrinck$80,179
7Shiva Dudani$62,438
8Nick Guagenti$49,075
9Erik Roussakis$39,168

Not only did Williams take home over $385,000 and the gold ring for first place, but he also earned a spot in the $1,000,000 WSOP Circuit National Championship presented by Southern Comfort to be held at the end of the season in New Orleans. That means this victory could turn into even more cash for Williams.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:17 AM Local Time

Ryan Riess - 2nd Place

Ryan Riess limped in from the button, and Josh Williams checked his option in the big blind to see the flop come down    . Both players checked, and the turn brought the  . After Williams checked the turn, Riess bet 600,000. Williams called.

The river completed the board with the  , and Williams checked. Riess moved all in, and Williams went into the tank.

"This would be the thinnest call of all time, but I think you have jack-ten," said Williams as he thought. Then, he called.

His call was correct as Riess held the    for ten high. Williams had the    for a pair of sevens and had won the pot. Riess was eliminated in second place and walked away with $239,063 for his effort.

Josh Williams30,720,0005,945,000
Ryan Riess0-6,000,000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:10 AM Local Time
Level: 41
Blinds: 250000/50000
Ante: 50000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:00 AM Local Time
Josh Williams24,775,00013,000,000
Ryan Riess6,000,000-1,750,000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:58 AM Local Time

Tripp Kirk - 3rd place

Josh Williams opened to 875,000 on the button, Tripp Kirk moved all in for 8.6 million from the big blind, and Williams went into the tank.

Finally, after re-checking his cards several times, Williams called.

Williams:   
Kirk:   

Williams held as the board ran out      , and Kirk was eliminated in third place, earning him $180,403.

Tripp Kirk0-8,225,000
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:53 AM Local Time

It's nearly 7:00 AM here in Hammond, Indiana, and the players are definitely feeling a bit tired. Just recently, Josh Williams was dealt a hand. He checked his hole cards, then looked at the dealer, than back to his hand, then up to the tournament director and then asked, "Is today Tuesday?"

Yes, Mr. Williams. Today is Tuesday, and you've been playing poker for nearly 18 hours.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:51 AM Local Time

Tripp Kirk was all in for 4.075 million with the    against the    for Ryan Riess. The flop, turn and river ran out      , and Kirk doubled.

Tripp Kirk8,225,0001,475,000
Ryan Riess7,750,000-4,850,000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:42 AM Local Time
Level: 40
Blinds: 200000/400000
Ante: 50000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:41 AM Local Time

Ryan Riess

Tripp Kirk opened to 600,000 on the button, Ryan Riess three-bet to 1.325 million from the big blind, and Kirk called.

The flop fell    , and Riess led out for 1.45 million. Kirk raised all in for effectively 4.975 million, and Riess snapped it off.

Kirk:   
Riess:   

"What a terrible hand for you to have," Kirk lamented.

"Give him a set!" someone on Kirk's rail shouted.

Neither the turn ( ) nor the river ( ) improved Kirk enough to win the hand, and Riess doubled through.

Ryan Riess12,600,0005,600,000
Tripp Kirk6,750,000-4,250,000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:29 AM Local Time
Level: 39
Blinds: 150000/300000
Ante: 25000
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:27 AM Local Time

Ryan Riess raised to 525,000 from the button and Tripp Kirk reraised to 1.375 million from the small blind. Riess called, and the flop came down    . Kirk bet 1.25 million, and Riess called.

The turn was the   to pair the board, and Kirk checked. Riess bet 1.6 million, and Kirk check-raised to 3.2 million. Riess folded.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:24 AM Local Time

Tripp Kirk raised to 500,000 on the button, Ryan Riess defended his big blind, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , and Riess led out for 375,000. Kirk called.

The river was the  , and Riess led again - this time for 625,000. Kirk released, and Riess showed his cards to his rail, then mucked.

The next hand, Riess raised to 575,000 in the small blind, and Kirk defended. The flop was    , and Riess led for 725,000. Kirk raised to 1.425 million, which is less than a min-raise - but it didn't matter because Riess quickly folded.

Jokingly, Kirk showed his cards to his rail.

Ryan Riess11,215,000-485,000
Tripp Kirk8,050,000775,000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:09 AM Local Time
Level: 38
Blinds: 125000/250000
Ante: 25000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:09 AM Local Time

From the small blind, Ryan Riess raised to 400,000. Tripp Kirk called from the big blind, and the flop came down    . Riess bet 400,000, and Kirk made the call.

The turn was the  , and both players checked to see the   land on the river. After Riess checked, Kirk fired 1.2 million and won the pot.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:50 AM Local Time

After an extended break, the players have returned. They've all opted to trim the levels down to just 15 minutes in length.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:49 AM Local Time
Level: 37
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 25000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:18 AM Local Time
Josh Williams11,775,000-775,000
Ryan Riess11,700,0001,950,000
Tripp Kirk7,275,000-1,045,000
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:13 AM Local Time

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Level 36 has come to a close and the players are on a short break.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:11 AM Local Time

Josh Williams limped in from the button, Ryan Riess called from the small blind, then Tripp Kirk was up to act out of the big blind. Kirk wanted to play for a bit more and made it 685,000 to go. Williams and Riess both folded, prompting the dealer to push the pot Kirk's way.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:09 AM Local Time

From the small blind, Josh Williams raised to 340,000. He was attacking Ryan Riess' big blind, but Riess pushed back with a reraise to 560,000. Williams called.

The dealer spread the     flop, and Williams checked. Riess bet 610,000, and Williams made the call.

The turn was the  , and Williams surprised Riess with an all-in shove for a ton of chips. Riess questioned why the bet was so large, but wound up folding with a shake of his head and letting Williams take the pot.

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