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2015/2016 WSOP Circuit - BALLY'S (Las Vegas)

Monday, February 29, 2016 to Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Event #5: $580 Big O

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  • Buy-in: $580
  • Prizepool: $56,500
  • Entries: 113
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 7:20 PM Local Time

Karen Sarkisyan

Las Vegas (2 March, 2016) – Tuesday evening, Karen Sarkisyan won his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring when he emerged victorious in the Big O tournament at Bally’s Las Vegas. He earned $17,516 for the win.

Big O is a variant of Omaha poker, played with five hole cards instead of four. It’s an unusual, but increasingly popular tournament game.

The tournament began Monday at 4:00 p.m. Twelve players advanced to Day 2, and Fink was the leader at the time, followed by Pender. Pender would go on to finish in fifth place ($3,302). Sarkisyan was third at the time.

Play resumed Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. When they reached heads-up play, Sarkisyan faced off against three-time ring winner Mark Fink. Sarkisyan held a substantial chip lead at the time. Fink was unable to overtake him, and Sarkisyan secured his victory just before 8:30.

Another three-time ring winner, Allen Kessler, finished in fourth place ($4,647).

Full results from the event are available in the Results Tab, above.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 8:29 PM Local Time

Karen Sarkisyan

Karen Sarkisyan has won the $580 Big O event, earning $17,516 and his first WSOP Circuit ring.

Results from the tournament are available in the Results tab, above.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 5:22 PM Local Time

After two hours of play, the field is down to four players. Karen Sarkisyan currently holds the chip lead.

Karen Sarkisyan - 623,000
Mark Fink - 399,000
Kevin Iacafano - 185,000
Allen Kessler - 100,000

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 3:10 PM Local Time

The 12 remaining players have unbagged their chips, and Day 2 is now underway.

Josh Pender starts Day 2 second in chips

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 3:23 AM Local Time

Day 1 is now complete. Mark Fink leads the field with 234,000 in chips, followed by Josh Pender with 221,000.

Play resumes Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

Here are the full chip counts heading into Day 2:

First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
Mark Fink 234,000 5 2
Josh Pender 221,000 5 6
Karen Sarkisyan 211,000 6 5
Joe Brandenburg 142,000 5 5
John Wilson 132,000 6 1
Allen Kessler 81,000 5 4
Brian Pygon 67,000 6 3
Kevin Iacofano 65,000 6 6
Duane Gerleman 64,000 6 7
Matt Grisham 57,000 6 2
MJ Cooper 42,000 5 7
J.R. Flournoy 40,000 5 3
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 2:25 AM Local Time

After a lengthy bubble, there are now 14 players remaining and they are all guaranteed a payout of at least $1,147. There is exactly one level left to play tonight.

Allen Kessler, Duane Gerleman, and Josh Pender are among the players still in contention.

Monday, February 29, 2016 11:11 PM Local Time

Players are now on a dinner break.

There are 28 players remaining, and they'll resume about about midnight.

Monday, February 29, 2016 8:59 PM Local Time

The late registration window has closed, and there are officially 113 players entered.

The total prize pool is $56,500, and the top 14 players make the money. A min-cash is worth $1,147, and the winner will earn $17,516.

Here are the full payouts.

Monday, February 29, 2016 6:22 PM Local Time

Heading into the first break, the clock shows 108 players.

Late registration is open for another two hours.

Monday, February 29, 2016 5:57 PM Local Time

John Holley - Fresh off a victory in the non-ring HORSE event here at Bally's

Doug "Rico" Carli - now going for his 102nd WSOP Circuit cash

Josh Pender

Sam Abernathy

Rex Clinkscales

Ting Ho

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, February 29, 2016 3:20 PM Local Time

Event #5: $580 Big O begins today at noon.

  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips.
  • Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 (about 8:15 p.m.).
  • Blinds start at 25/50. See a full structure sheet here.
  • Day 1 is scheduled for 16 levels.
  • There is a 60-minute dinner break after Level 12 and shorter breaks every two hours.
  • Players who advance to Day 2 will return at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to play down to a winner.