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2013/14 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S ATLANTIC CITY (New Jersey)

Saturday, December 07, 2013 to Monday, December 09, 2013

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

  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $867,000
  • Entries: 578
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, December 9, 2013 1:46 AM Local Time

Day 2 of the 2013-14 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Resort Atlantic City Main Event has come to a close! By the time registration closed at the start of the day, the registration list read 578 total entries. Almost 200 players returned today to do battle on the felt for a spot on the elusive final able. After an 11.5 hour day, the final nine players were set with Fabrizio Sarra leading the way. At the end of the night, Sarra bagged up 2 million of the 11.5 million in play.

The day saw many notable players return to the felt only to fall before the money was reached. Ari Engel and Chad Brown held the second and third largest stacks to begin the day and yet both were quickly eliminated. Other players to fall without cashing include Matt Matros, Michael Esposito, Rex Clinkscales, Andy Spears, and DJ MacKinnon.

The money bubble burst halfway through the day and the top 63 players in the tournament were guaranteed a payday. Bracelet winners Loni Harwood and Chris Tryba both managed to make the money, but could not find enough traction to propel themselves to a deep finish.

Here's a look at how tomorrow's final table stacks up:

Seat 1: Fabrizio Sarra - 2 million
Seat 2: Joseph Wertz - 1.945 million
Seat 3: Kevin Kernan - 549,000
Seat 4: John Jones - 878,000
Seat 5: James Dorrance - 1.944 million
Seat 6: Keith Donovan - 1.049 million
Seat 7: Melad Marji - 1 million
Seat 8: Joseph LaPinta - 817,000
Seat 9: Jeremy Wien - 1.341 million

Play kicks off at 12 p.m EST so be sure to return here for all of the latest updates as the tournament reaches its exciting conclusion!

Monday, December 9, 2013 1:24 AM Local Time
Action folds around to Tim Bishop in the small blind. He moves his short stack of about 200,000 all in and Joseph Wertz snaps him off.


The board falls       and despite pairing sixes, Bishop is unable to improve to beat Wertz's pocket sevens. Bishop is eliminated in tenth place and his elimination seals our official final table.
Monday, December 9, 2013 1:09 AM Local Time
Melad Marji gets his last 463,000 all in before the flop against Jeremy Wien. Marji holds    and is racing with Wien's   .

The board falls down      , giving Marji a pair of kings on the river to double up and keep play at the unofficial final table going.

Jeremy Wien - 1.02 million
Melad Marji - 950,000
Monday, December 9, 2013 1:04 AM Local Time
Unofficial Final Table

Seat 1: Fabrizio Sarra - 2.325 million
Seat 2: Timothy Bishop - 275,000
Seat 3: Joseph Wertz - 1.85 million
Seat 4: Kevin Kernan - 500,000
Seat 5: John Jones - 725,000
Seat 6: James Dorrance - 1.37 million
Seat 7: Keith Donovan - 1.2 million
Seat 8: Melad Marji - 460,000
Seat 9: Joseph LaPinta - 950,000
Seat 10: Jeremy Wien - 1.51 million
Monday, December 9, 2013 12:56 AM Local Time
Arkadiy Tsinis is all in and at risk before the flop for his last 310,000. He holds    and is racing with Fabrizio Sarra. The flop falls     and Sarra's pocket fours remain in the lead. Sarra strikes gold with the   on the turn and Tsinis is eliminated in 11th place after the   finishes off the board on the river.

Tsinis' elimination has prompted the final re-draw for the unofficial final table of ten.

Arkadiy Tsinis - eliminated
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 9, 2013 12:52 AM Local Time
John Nelson ships all in for his last 281,000 and finds a call from Melad Marji. Action is then on Jeremy Wien who moves all in over the top for over 1 million in chips. Marji goes into the tank and eventually folds.


A dramatic flop of     falls, giving Wien top pair but leaving Nelson with a pair and an open-ended straight draw. Despite the outs, Nelson fails to get there as the   and   finish off the board.

John Nelson - eliminated
Monday, December 9, 2013 12:47 AM Local Time
Melad Marji opens with a raise from late position and Arkadiy Tsinis cuts out a three-bet from the small blind. Marji announces an all in bet and Tsinis calls for his tournament life of 156,000.


The board runs out       and Tsinis is able to secure a double up.

Melad Marji - 800,000
Arkadiy Tsinis - 350,000
Monday, December 9, 2013 12:39 AM Local Time
The final 12 players have returned from their 15-minute break. Fabrizio Sarra currently holds the chip lead with 1.99 million in chips. The returning players will be spending the next hour playing 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante.
Monday, December 9, 2013 12:33 AM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 10,000/20,000
Ante: 3,000
Monday, December 9, 2013 12:25 AM Local Time

A flurry of eliminations just occurred at a rapid pace just before the break. First, Christopher Larrea was eliminated in 15th place in unknown action. Simultaneously on the other table, Louis Lynch found himself all in before the flop for about 190,000 against Joseph Lapinta.

Lynch held    and was looking to improve against Lapinta's   . Unfortunately for Lynch, the board ran out       and he was eliminated in 14th place.

Soon after, Jing Wang fell in 13th place when his    was unable to improve against the    of Fabrizio Sarra during a preflop all in.

Christopher Larrea - eliminated
Louis Lynch - eliminated
Jing Wang - eliminated

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 9, 2013 12:09 AM Local Time
Sean Carter was just eliminated from play after shoving king-jack into an opponent's ace-jack. The flop brought an ace and Carter was eliminated from play in 16th place.
Monday, December 9, 2013 12:07 AM Local Time
The flop reads     and after a series of unknown actions, Maggie Morris finds herself all in for about 600,000 against Joseph Wertz.


Both players hold diamond flushes, though Wertz is in a commanding position with both a higher draw and a pair. Wertz makes two pair with the   on the turn and Morris is eliminated after the   finishes off the board.

Joseph Wertz - 1.55 million
Maggie Morris - eliminated
Sunday, December 8, 2013 11:50 PM Local Time
Maggie Morris raises to 40,000 from the cutoff and action folds to Jeremy Wien who three-bets to 120,000 from the small blind. Morris is the only caller and the two see a     flop. Wien checks and Morris checks behind, allowing the   to hit the turn. Wien checks again and Morris announces an all in bet for 488,000. Wien goes into the tank.

After talking himself through the hand, Wien decides to fold    face up. Morris tabled    for merely ace-high.

"I'm just playing the player," said Morris, which is met with a rousing chorus of "ooohs' from every other player at the table.

"I've been playing a lot longer than Vanessa Selbst," Morris says with a grin as she stacks her newly earned chips. She now sitting on about 730,000.

Jeremy Wien - 960,000
Maggie Morris - 730,000
Sunday, December 8, 2013 11:17 PM Local Time
Level: 23
Blinds: 8,000/16,000
Ante: 2,000
Sunday, December 8, 2013 11:11 PM Local Time

Table 1

1. Christopher Larrea - 280,000
2. James Dorrance - 1.59 million
3. Arkadiy Tsinis - 190,000
4. John Jones - 710,000
5. Kevin Kernan - 350,000
6. Sean Carter - 180,000
7. Jing Wang - 245,000
8. Keith Donovan - 745,000
9. Timothy Bishop - 210,000

Table 2

1. Joseph Lapinta - 880,000
2. Baruch Thaler - 280,000
3. Fabrizio Sarra - 1.395 million
4. John Nelson - 710,000
5. Joseph Wertz - 775,000
6. Louis Lynch - 240,000
7. Maggie Morris - 670,000
8. Melad Marji - 1.2 million
9. Jeremy Wien - 780,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:56 PM Local Time
With the elimination of Robert Miller in 19th, the field is now re-drawing for seats at the final two tables. As always, a seat draw with chip counts will be posted as soon as possible.
Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:55 PM Local Time
Jeremy Wien opens to 32,000 from the button and a short-stacked Robert Miller, who only has about 25,000 behind, calls for his tournament life. Wien shows    and is crushing Miller's   .

Wien further extends his lead on the     flop and that's all she wrote on the turn after the   falls. The   completes the community cards and Miller is eliminated from play.

Robert Miller - eliminated
Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:46 PM Local Time
Richard Lombardi moves all in for about 100,000 from the button and Joseph Wertz calls from the small blind. Melad Marji calls from the big blind and the three players take a flop with Lombardi awaiting his fate against two opponents.

The flop comes     and Wertz fires out 50,000. Marji calls and the   falls on fourth street. Both players check and the   completes the board. Wertz moves 120,000 forward and Marji goes into the tank for over a minute before letting go of his cards. Wertz shows    for two pair and Lombardi's hand gets pulled into the muck.

Joseph Wertz - 630,000
Richard Lombardi - eliminated
Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:31 PM Local Time
Michael Sneideman gets his short stack of roughly 100,000 all in before the flop against Melad Marji. The hands are turned over to show Marji with    against Sneideman's   .

The board falls down       and Sneideman is eliminated from play in 21st place. Marji pulls in the pot and now has about 1.15 million in chips.
Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:22 PM Local Time
Immediately upon returning from the break, Fabrizio Sarra engaged in a hand with Aaron Mermelstein that saw the latter find elimination. The two got it all in when Sarra held a flopped set of deuces while Mermelstein held ace-jack for top two pair. Mermelstein failed to improve and he was eliminated from play.

Simultaneously, on the other side of the room, Adam Teasdale was also sent packing.

Fabrizio Sarra - 1.41 million
Aaron Mermelstein - eliminated
Adam Teasdale - eliminated
Playtika - Jason Alexander