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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - THE BICYCLE CASINO (Los Angeles)

Saturday, December 12, 2015 to Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Event #11: Main Event No-Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $961,500
  • Entries: 641
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 12:03 AM Local Time

Michael Zelman - Chip Leader

This morning marked the beginning of Day 2 of the $1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event at The Bicycle Casino where a total of 130 total players battled it out for one of the top 72 in-the-money spots. Most of those players made it to Day 2 by bagging in either Flight 1A or Flight 1B.  An additional 12 players chose to directly buy into Day 2 and begin with a 20,000 chip stack at the 1,500/3,000 blind level.

There will be 11 players returning to play Day 3 tomorrow.  Michael Zelman leads the way with 2,585,000 in chips.  Just behind him is Valentin Vornicu who ended with 2,520,000.  Rounding out the top three is Josh Pollock with 1,410,000. Full chip counts can be found in the Reports Tab.

The prizepool was released after the start of play due to the allowed pre-start of day buy-ins, totaling $961,500 to shared by the 72 cashing players, with first place paying $197,110.  The bubble burst in the third level of the day in a series of two back to back hands.

A few of the more notable players that unfortunately finished shy of the money today included Matt Salsberg who bought directly into Day 2 and was eliminated in the first few minutes of play, actor and poker player Bill Fagerbakke, WSOP Colossus winner Cord Garcia, and Circuit regular Jesse Capps. 

Roland Israelashvili came into Day 2 first in chips with 252,000.  Coming in second and third respectfully were Jose Mendoza (243,000) and Matthew Herrera (240,500).  None of these players made it through to Day 3.  Mendoza took 26th place ($5,970), Herrera 17th ($9,940), and Roland Israelashvili 12th ($14,825).

A few additional notables that finished in the money today were Circuit regular Neil Scott (65th, $2,690), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Tuan Le (36th, $3,980), and nine-time Circuit ring winner Alex Masek (31st, $4,500).  Perhaps one of the more interesting cashes of the day belonged to Piotr Brodzik.  Brodzik was one of the players that chose to buy directly into Day 2 this morning and start the day with seven big blinds.  Brodzik spun those chips up over the course of the day and ultimately finished in 19th place, cashing for $8,290.

The final day of the Bicycle WSOP Circuit Main Event in 2015 will kick off at 12 noon PST tomorrow, and you can follow all of the action here at The remaining eleven players are guaranteed to take home $14,825 for their efforts, but each one has their sights set on the $197,110 first prize payout, the coveted gold ring, and a seat into the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship.

Day 3 Chip Counts:

2,585,000 – Michael Zelman
2,520,000 – Valentin Vornicu
1,410,000 – Josh Pollock
1,230,000 – Salvatore DiCarlo
985,000 – Joseph Deluca
980,000 – Hermilo Vargas
835,000 – Geffrey Klein
670,000 – Shawn Busse
660,000 – Erhart Edquist
490,000 – Orlando Romero
365,000 – Michael Schwartz

Monday, December 14, 2015 11:51 PM Local Time

Roland Israelashvili moves all in under-the-gun for 558,000 and Michael Zelman calls in middle position. Action folds around to Hermilo Vargas in the big blind, who goes into the tank for several minutes before finally folding    face-up.

"Good fold," said Sal DiCarlo before the other cards are exposed.

Israelashvili shows   , but Zelman shows    and has Israelashvili in bad shape. The flop is     and Israelashvili picks up a straight draw to give him some outs. The turn is the   and the river is the   to keep Zelman's rockets in the lead and send Israelashvili home just shy of a final table appearance.

Zelman drags the pot and takes a slight chip lead into the final day.

Michael Zelman - 2,585,000 (107 bb)
Roland Israelashvili - Eliminated

Monday, December 14, 2015 11:39 PM Local Time

Josh Pollock raises to 55,000, and Orlando Romero moves all in for an additional 161,000. Pollock calls.


The flop comes    , pairing Romero's three, but also giving Pollock a flush draw. The turn is the  , improving Romero to two pair, and the river is the  , giving him a winning full house and a double up.

Orlando Romero - 492,000
Josh Pollock - 1,400,000

Monday, December 14, 2015 11:30 PM Local Time

Simultaneously with Geffrey Klein doubling up, Michael Zelman raises from under-the-gun and Craig Varnell moves all in for about 400,000 from the cutoff. Zelman calls with pocket queens and has Varnell's pocket sixes dominated.

Varnell couldn't find a miracle and Zelman's queens hold up. Varnell is eliminated in 13th place and takes home $12,065.

Monday, December 14, 2015 11:27 PM Local Time

Geffrey Klein moves all in on the button for 429,000 and Valentin Vornicu calls from the small blind. Klein is in bad shape with his    against Vornicu's   .

The flop is     and Klein goes from worst to first in the blink of an eye, leaving Vornicu drawing to runners. The turn is the   and the river is the   to give Klein a double up.

"I can't win my flips," said Vornicu as the pot gets pushed to Klein.

Geffrey Klein - 885,000 (36 bb)
Valentin Vornicu - 2,200,000 (91 bb)

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Monday, December 14, 2015 11:23 PM Local Time

Ben Keeline

Ben Keeline gets the last of his chips in the middle preflop against Michael Zelman. Zelman holds   , and Keeline turns over   .

The board comes      , and Zelman wins the pot.

Keeline is eliminated in 13th place, earning $12,065.

Michael Zelman - 1,550,000
Ben Keeline - Eliminated

Monday, December 14, 2015 11:19 PM Local Time

Vu Quing

Vu Quing moves all in for his last 93,000. Joey Deluca reraises to 205,000, and everyone else folds.


The board rolls out      , and Deluca wins with his ace-king.

Quing is eliminated in 15th place for $12,065.

Joey Deluca - 960,000
Vu Quing - Eliminated
Monday, December 14, 2015 11:13 PM Local Time

Hermilo Vargas raises to 55,000 under-the-gun and Craig Varnell calls from the cutoff. Sal DiCarlo defends his big blind and they are three-handed to a flop of    . Action checks to Varnell, who bets 88,000. DiCarlo folds and Vargas calls.

The turn is the   and Vargas checks again. Varnell bets 203,000 and Vargas snap-calls. The river is the   and Vargas quickly moves all in.

"How much is it?" asked Varnell.

Vargas counts out his chips and announces "194," as he is all in for 194,000. Varnell slams the table with some chips and goes into the tank. After a minute in the tank, Varnell folds and Vargas collects the pot.

Hermilo Vargas - 900,000 (37 bb)
Craig Varnell - 460,000 (19 bb)

Monday, December 14, 2015 11:10 PM Local Time

On a flop of    , Erhart Edquist checks from the small blind and Joey Deluca checks from early position. Hermilo Vargas bets 75,000 from the cutoff and Michael Zelman calls on the button.

Edquist and Deluca both fold and the turn is the  . Vargas checks and Zelman bets 110,000 and Vargas check-calls. The river is the   and Vargas checks again. Zelman bets 165,000 and Vargas calls. Zelman shows Ad3d, good for the nut flush and Vargas flashes pocket kings as he mucks his hand.

Hermilo Vargas - 525,000 (17 bb)
Michael Zelman - 1,340,000 (55 bb)

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:59 PM Local Time

Steve Merrifield

After a raise from Val Vornicu, Steve Merrifield shoves all in for over 400,000. Vornicu calls, and the players turn up their cards.


The board comes      . Vornicu wins with his trip queens and eliminates Merrifield in 16th place. He earns $9,940 for his efforts.

Val Vornicu - 2,210,000 (91 bbs)
Steve Merrifield - Eliminated

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:55 PM Local Time

Orlando Romero moves all in from under the gun, and Shawn Busse calls from his direct left. Everyone else folds.


The board runs out      . Romero wins with his flush and doubles up.

Orlando Romero - 470,000 (19 bbs)
Shawn Busse - 510,000 (21 bbs)

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:49 PM Local Time

Matthew Herrera moves all in from the cutoff for about 260,000 and Josh Pollock calls out of the big blind. Herrera is in bad shape with his    against Pollock's   .

The board runs out       and Pollock's jacks hold up to eliminate Herrera in 17th place. Pollock overtakes the chip lead from Vornicu with that pot.

Josh Pollock - 1,840,000 (76 bb)
Matthew Herrera - Eliminated

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:47 PM Local Time

Dustin Murphy moves all in from under-the-gun for about 200,000 and Valentin Vornicu calls out of the big blind. Murphy shows    and is up against Vornicu's   .

The board runs out       and Vornicu has Murphy drawing dead on the turn to send him home in 18th place. Murphy takes home just shy of $10,000 for his deep run and Vornicu continues to chip up.

Valentin Vornicu - 1,700,000 (70 bb)
Dustin Murphy - Eliminated

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:44 PM Local Time

Salvatore DiCarlo raises to 42,000 in middle position, and Vu Quing calls in the small blind.  Both players check the     flop. 

When the   comes on the turn, Quing leads for 80,000, and DiCarlo calls. 

When the   comes on the river Quing bets 120,000.  DiCarlo thinks for a few moments, asks how much Quing has behind, and eventually calls the 120,000. 

Quing turns over    for a pair of tens, but DiCarlo shows    for a straight to scoop the pot. 

Salvatore DiCarlo - 1,400,000
Vu Quing - 200,000

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:38 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 12,000/24,000
Ante: 4,000
Monday, December 14, 2015 10:37 PM Local Time

Josh Pollock

Matthew Herrera raises to 45,000 from early position, and Josh Pollock three-bets to 105,000 from the cutoff. Herrera calls, and the flop comes    . Both players check, bringing the   on the turn. Pollock bets 135,000, and Herrera calls.

The river is the  . Pollock bets another 235,000, and Herrera goes into the tank. After thinking for about three minutes, he tosses out a single chip to indicate a call. Pollock turns over   . Herrera taps the table, says, "Nice hand," and pushes forward the rest of the chips to call.

Josh Pollock - 1,645,000
Matthew Herrera - 345,000

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:24 PM Local Time

Michael Zelman raises to 45,000 in middle position, and Craig Varnell calls in the cutoff. 

The flop comes    .  Zelman bets 45,000, Varnell raises to 145,000, and Zelman calls. 

Zelman checks the   turn, Varnell shoves all in, having Zelman covered, and Zelman quickly calls. 

Zelman turns over    for a flopped set.  Upon seeing Zelman's cards, Varnell shows   , says, "You win," and tosses his cards into the muck. 

The   comes on the river, and Zelman is awarded a full double up. 

Michael Zelman - 900,000
Craig Varnell - 660,000

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:08 PM Local Time

With Brodzik's elimination, there are now 18 players remaining, and they've redrawn to the final two tables.

Table 1
1 - Josh Pollock - 1,070,000
2 - Steve Merrifield - 700,000
3 - Roland Israelashvili - 570,000
4 - Orlando Romero - 375,000
5 - Shawn Busse - 530,000
6 - Matthew Herrera - 900,000
7 - Geffrey Klein - 480,000
8 - Val Vornicu - 1,500,000
9 - Dustin Murphy - 220,000

Table 2

1 - Ben Keeline - 425,000
2 - Salvatore DiCarlo - 1,040,000
3 - Hermilo Vargas - 1,200,000
4 - J.J. - 290,000
5 - Michael Zelman - 370,000
6 - Erhart Edquist - 520,000
7 - Vu Quing - 320,000
8 - Craig Varnell - 1,050,000
9 - Joey Deluca - 780,000

Monday, December 14, 2015 9:59 PM Local Time

The board reads     on the flop, and Matthew Herrera bets 62,000. Piotr Brodzik calls, and the turn is the  . Herrera continues for 92,000, and Brodzik calls again. The river is the  , and Herrera moves all in. Brodzik calls, and Herrera tables   . Brodzik shows   , and he is eliminated in 19th place for $8,290.

Matthew Herrera - 900,000 (45 bbs)
Piotr Brodzik - Eliminated

Monday, December 14, 2015 9:56 PM Local Time

Josh Pollock raises to 43,000, and Steve Spunt three-bets to 118,000. Pollock moves all in, and Spunt calls.


The board runs out      . Pollock pairs his ace, eliminated Spunt in 20th place. He earns $8,290.

Josh Pollock - 1,280,000
Steve Spunt - Eliminated