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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - FOXWOODS RESORT (Connecticut)

Friday, August 14, 2015 to Monday, August 17, 2015

Event #10A/B: No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $693,113
  • Entries: 461
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, August 16, 2015 12:29 AM Local Time
James Magner Leads Heading into Day 2

Day 1B of the first Main Event of the 2015/2016 WSOP Circuit season is complete. After two starting days at Foxwoods, the chip leader is James Magner, who bagged up 391,000 in chips.

Magner jumped way ahead of the rest of the field in a hand when he knocked out two players. He already held a small lead before that hand, but afterward held about three times the amount of his closest competitor.

Magner is followed on the leaderboard by Tim Lahey (288,000), Cate Hall (248,500), Soukha Kachittavo (248,500), Rohan Long (220,000), and Joseph Johannsy (215,000), who led after Day 1A.

Others advancing include bracelet winner Chris Tryba (163,59), Ted Driscoll (159,000), Ness Reilly (60,500), her husband Tim (80,500), and Brad St. Vincent (143,000), who recently finished fourth in the 2015 WSOP National Championship.

The Reillys were the last couple standing in the WSOP Main Event last month in Las Vegas. Tim finished in 360th place, Ness finished 244th, and they have a chance to both cash here at Foxwoods as well.

Day 1A of the event attracted 171 entries on Friday, and another 290 registered on Day 1B for a total of 461 entries. Only 91 advanced to Day 2 (38 from Friday and 53 from Saturday). The top 54 players will make the money, and the winner will earn $149,020. A full payout structure is available here.

In addition to the first-place prize, the winner of the Main Event will earn a free entry into 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship. That invitation-only event will have a minimum prize pool of $1,000,000, and the free entry is valued at $10,000.

Play resumes Sunday at noon for Day 2.

Here are the top ten chip counts heading into Day 2. Full chip counts available here.

1 – James Magner – 391,000
2 – Tim Lahey – 288,000
3 – Cate Hall – 248,500
4 – Soukha Kachittavo – 248,500
5 – Rohan Long – 220,000
6 – Joseph Johannsy – 215,000
7 – Jeremy Meacham – 207,900
8 – Jay Sharon – 193,500
9 – Ernie Hou – 188,500
10 – James Campbell – 175,000

Saturday, August 15, 2015 11:29 PM Local Time
Players will now play the final five hands of the day. 
Saturday, August 15, 2015 11:28 PM Local Time

Carlo Seiannameo raised to 7,500 in early position, and the big blind called. 

The flop comes    .  The big blind shoves, and Seiannameo instantly called.  


The turn is the  , giving Seiannameo's opponent a big lead with his trip jacks.  But the   on the river gives Seiannameo the boat and secures the knockout.  

Carlo Seiannameo - 97,000

Saturday, August 15, 2015 11:25 PM Local Time

The button raised to 5,000 and the small blind made the call before Chris Leong moved all in from the big blind. The button took some time to think about his decision before calling. The small blind folded and Leong revealed   . The button needed some help as he had   . The board ran out       to earn Leong a double up in the last level of the night. He now sits on 69,000.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 11:10 PM Local Time

Cate Hall raised to 4,500, and an opponent behind shoved all for 12,000. Hall called.


The flop comes    , keeping her opponent in the lead, but giving Hall a lot of flush outs. Without waiting, the   came on the turn giving Hall the flush. The   came on the river, eliminating her opponent.

Cate Hall - 160,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:54 PM Local Time
Level: 15
Blinds: 1,200/2,400
Ante: 400
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:47 PM Local Time

Registration has officially closed, and there are a total of 461 entries. The prize pool is $693,113, and the top 54 players will be paid.

The winner will earn $149,020, and a min-cash is worth $2,633.

A full payout structure is available in the "Prizepool" tab.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:40 PM Local Time

Tony Marini raises to 3,500 on the button. A player in the small blind reraises to 8,000, and Marini calls.

The flop comes    . The small blind leads for 13,400, and Marini shoves all in. After a few moments of thinking, the small blind calls.

Small Blind:   

The   turn, and   give Marini the full house and a dull double up.

Tony Marini - 80,000

Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:31 PM Local Time

Ted Driscoll raises to 4,200 from the cutoff, and Mark Perry moves all in from the button for 23,400. Driscoll calls, and the players turn up their cards.


The board rolls out      , and Perry doubles up with his pair of queens.

Mark Perry - 52,000
Ted Driscoll - 47,000

Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:31 PM Local Time

On a board reading     , Ted Driscoll checks, Marc Podell shoves all in, and Driscoll goes into the tank.

After a few moments of thinking, Driscoll releases his hand.

Marc Podell - 40,000
Ted Driscoll - 90,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:23 PM Local Time
William Wachter is all in on a     flop against Andrew Badecker. Wachter has an overpair with his    but Badecker has flopped top two pair with his   . Wachter is about to get up but the dealer puts the   on the turn, giving him a king high straight. Badecker still has outs to a full house, but the   hits the river instead. Andrew has to pay off an all in of 23,400, leaving him with half of what he started the hand with.
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:21 PM Local Time
Level: 14
Blinds: 1,000/2,000
Ante: 300
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:21 PM Local Time

Brad St. Vincent raises to 3,500, and Bryan Leskowitz calls from the button. The flop comes    , and both players check.

The turn is the  , and St. Vincent bets 3,200. Leskowitz calls, and the   falls on the river. St. Vincent checks, and Leskowitz bets 10,600. St. Vincent thinks for a minute, then mucks his cards.

"Did you have King-Queen?" St. Vincent asks. Leskowitz turns over   , as the dealer pushes him the pot.

Bryan Leskowitz - 88,000
Brad St. Vincent - 121,000

Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:19 PM Local Time

On the last hand of 800/1,600 blinds, "The General" minraises and the player in the big blind moves all in for 18,500. "The General" makes the call with   , which wasn't too far behind his opponent's   . The     flop gave "The General" a chance at sucking out, and the   on the turn caused him to start celebrating. But the   river meant it was a suck-resuck, and "The General" will ship a chunk of his stack across the table. He is down to 72,000 after the hand.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:02 PM Local Time

A player in late position raises to 4,000, Joe Heinzmann reraises to 11,000, the original raiser shoves all in, and Heinzmann calls.


Late Position:   

The flop comes    . But Heinzmann takes the lead when the   hits the turn. The   comes on the river and Heinzmann eliminates his opponent. His opponent stood up and said, "Of course, why wouldn't it come," before walking away from the table.

Joe Heinzmann - 145,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:01 PM Local Time

Tarun Gulati raises to 3,500, and Daniel Needleman calls from the big blind.

The flop comes    , and Needleman checks. Gulati continues for 3,000, and Needleman folds.

Gulati is now up to 99,000 in chips.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:01 PM Local Time

Just before the last break, James Magner knocked out two players and took a big chip lead.

The hand started innocently enough, with James Magner - already the chip leader at that point - raising to 6,000 and getting three callers. The flop fell     and the small blind checked to Magner, who continued for 9,000. The opponent to his left raised to 20,000, and the small blind check-raised to 45,000. Magner declared himself all in, the next player called all in for around 67,000 total (less than Magner), and the small blind had a big decision for the rest of his chips. As the rest of the field went on their last break of the night, the small blind counted and re-counted his chips before finally deciding to call all in as well.

Small blind:   
Other player:   

The small blind had made a good call with his flopped flush, and there were only five diamonds left in the deck that could hurt him. The   promptly fell on the turn, leaving Magner with an higher flush. The meaningless   hit the river, and Magner's two opponents were sent to the rail.

Magner, who infamously folded a big pair preflop in the WSOP Main Event, is now up to 423,000 in chips.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 9:34 PM Local Time
Level: 13
Blinds: 800/1,600
Ante: 200
Saturday, August 15, 2015 9:24 PM Local Time
Players are now on their last break of the night. When play resumes, registration for this event will officially close.
Saturday, August 15, 2015 9:24 PM Local Time

On a board reading     , a player under the gun checks, David Kluchman bets 5,000, and his opponent raises to 15,000. After a few minutes of thinking, the clock is called. As the floor walks over to the table, Kluchman throws in the chips to call.

When the   hits the river, his opponent quickly shoves all in. Kluchman thinks for only a few seconds and then calls.

"I have a ten," said his opponent.

"So do I," replied Kluchman.

His opponent turns over   , and Kluchman shows   .

"I thought you had a set," Kluchman said.

"You thought I had a set, but you still called off your tournament life with middle pair?"

Kluchman is now sitting with 130,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander