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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - HARD ROCK (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 to Friday, March 16, 2018

Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $126,600
  • Entries: 422
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, March 16, 2018 11:05 PM Local Time

Monster Stack Winner J.W. Lorett

Supported by a massive rail behind him, J.W. Lorett took down the $365 Monster Stack in his hometown in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is Lorett’s biggest score worth $27,853, along with his first ever Circuit ring. “It feels great. I really started playing poker when the Hard Rock opened (2009). Ever since, I have never left. Except to go to Choctaw and some other big tournaments.”

Lorett has made many final tables in his time but he said to a couple of other players: “This is the hardest final table I’ve ever been on.” He came in to the final table with one of the top stacks and managed to hold on. “It was very tough. I was down and then back up, down and then back up again. It was done on a lot of instinct. I’ve always said, any two cards can win” exclaimed a smiling Lorett.

The newly-crowned champion defeated Mark Van Keirsbilck after calling a shove with pocket tens. Keirsbilck tabled ace-seven off-suit and Lorett held on to take down the pot and the tournament.

The final table was a stacked one, with poker player and strategist Mike "Mad Genius of Poker" Caro finishing in fifth place ($7,041) for his first cash since 2009 after a long hiatus. Start-of-day chip leader, and eventually final table chip leader, Eric Bunch finished in sixth place for $5,389.

Official Report

Friday, March 16, 2018 3:00 PM Local Time

The unofficial final table of 10 has come together in the $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack, with start-of-day chip leader Eric Bunch still leading with 2,012,000 in chips.

Poker player and strategist Mike Caro is still in the mix with 1,064,000, making his debut back to the live poker scene and cashing for the first time in nine years.

All remaining players are in search of their first career World Series of Poker Circuit ring. First place is paying $27,853 and everyone is guaranteed $2,132.

Here is a look at how the final 10 players stack up:

Seat 1: Greg Jennings - 624,000
Seat 2: Hoan Nguyen - 344,000
Seat 3: Lee Kimzey - 598,000
Seat 4: Mike Caro - 1,064,000
Seat 5: Matt Ellis - 1,172,000
Seat 6: J.W. Lorett - 1,191,000
Seat 7: Eric Bunch - 2,012,000
Seat 8: Mark Van Keirsbilck - 400,000
Seat 9: Brian Woolard - 208,000
Seat 10: Robert Johnson - 920,000

Friday, March 16, 2018 11:00 AM Local Time

Mike Caro seeks his first Circuit ring

The final 15 players remaining in the opening ring event of the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Hard Rock Tulsa are back at 1:00 p.m. local time to play down to a winner.

Leading the way is Eric Bunch with 1,367,000 chips, with all remaining 15 players in search of their first Circuit ring.

Mike Caro, poker player and strategy expert, came back to the live tournament scene after a long hiatus and is in the money for the first time since 2009. He looks to book a win and make his return heard loud and clear with a win today.

The remaining players are guaranteed $1,750 but have their eyes on the first place prize worth $27,853.

Chip counts can be found under the Reports Tab and a list of chip counts will be made available once the final table comes together.