Tuesday, March 17, 2015 11:35 PM Local Time
March 17, 2015 (Los Angeles) - It took 10 and a half hours to crown a winner on the final day of the Main Event at the World Series of Poker Circuit at the Bicycle Casino. When the last card was dealt, Gevork Kasabyan had all the chips in front of him. The Los Angeles resident wins his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and over $200,000.
Kasabyan entered Day 3 fifth in chips out of 14 players. When they combined to a single table, Kasabyan was 8th out of ten players. But a single key hand shifted his fortunes. On the 61st hand of the final table, he was all in on a flop holding . He was up against Marty Cohen’s king-queen. The on the turn gave Kasabyan the pot. He actually tripled up on the hand. It catapulted him into the lead, and he stayed at or near the top of the chip counts until the end of the tournament.
Kasabyan’s heads-up opponent already didn’t have to build his stack at the final table. Adam Weinraub accomplished yesterday during Day 2 play. He finished yesterday with the chip lead and over 25% of the chips in play even though there were 14 players remaining. He still held the lead when the final table began. The final table was a rollercoaster ride for him, though, and when Marty Cohen was eliminated in 3rd place, Weinraub was at a severe chip disadvantage to Kasabyan. He had just over 600,000 in chips, and Kasabyan had about 13 million. But a few hands and a few double-ups later, Weinraub had almost 5 million to Kasabyan’s 8.5 million. The comeback fell short, though, as Kasabyan won the next all in and earned the ring.
The tournament featured two starting days, held on Saturday and Sunday, and those days attracted 661 entries. Players were also able to register on Day 2 before cards went in the air, and another 8 players took advantage of that option, even though it meant entering the event with only seven big blinds. For some players, that approach is a recipe for success. Ashton Griffin entered on Day 2, quickly built up his stack, and ended up busting out in 41st place ($3,715). Another Day 2 entrant didn’t fare quite so well. WSOP bracelet winner Dan Heimiller still wasn’t in his seat when play began on Monday. He reportedly had been driving to the Bike from a WPT event in northern California, and wasn’t able to make it for the start of play. By the time he arrived, his stack had been blinded down to 5,000, and he was unfortunately eliminated on his first hand.
The 669 entries produced a prize pool of $1,003,500. The top 72 places were paid, and Kasabyan won $205,720 for first place. The money bubble was reached early on Day 2, and after Jesse Capps was eliminated in 73rd place, all remaining players were guaranteed a minimum payout of $2,810.
Three of the top four finishers in the 2014 version of this event finished in the money this year: Shane Schleger (19th place, $8,650), David Chase (24th, $7,295), and Danny Illingworth (72nd, $2,810). Other in-the-money finishers include Chris DeMaci (53rd, $3,350) and Maria Ho (52nd, $3,350).
In addition to his WSOP Circuit ring and the prize money, Gevork Kasabyan earns a free entry into the 2015 WSOP National Championship, which will a minimum prize pool of $1,000,000.
Here are the final table results from the Main Event at the Bike. Full Results are available in the “Results” tab, above.
1 – Gevork Kasabyan - $205,720
2 – Adam Weinraub - $127,295
3 – Martin Cohen - $93,365
4 – Robert Suer - $69,430
5 – Richard Munro - $52,335
6 – Hermilo Vargas - $39,970
7 – Nick Phoenix - $30,930
8 – Brett Murray - $24,245
9 – Joshua Jackson - $19,245
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 11:01 PM Local Time
Adam Weinraub (pictured below) raises to 480,000 on the button and Gevork Kasabyan (pictured above) moves all in out of the big blind. Weinraub calls and tables and is in the lead against Kasabyan's .
The flop is and Weinraub flops a pair, but needs to fade overs and a straight draw from Kasabyan. The turn is the and now Kasabyan takes the lead and is one card from Circuit gold.
The river is the and Kasabyan locks up over $205,000, a Circuit ring and a seat into the National Championship. He grabs a few bricks of money on the table and waves them in the air at his rail in celebration. Adam Weinraub takes home $127,295 for his runner-up finish in Los Angeles.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:54 PM Local Time
Gevork Kasbyan raises to 480,000 on the button and wins the pot.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:54 PM Local Time
Adam Weinraub raies to 400,000 on the button and Gevork Kasabyan calls out of the big blind. The flop is and Kasbyan checks.
Weinraub bets 400,000 and Kasabyan check-folds.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:53 PM Local Time
This time it comes in the form of a walk after Gevork Kasabyan folds his button.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:52 PM Local Time
Adam Weinraub moves all in on the button and takes the blinds and antes.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:51 PM Local Time
Gevork Kasabyan moves all in on the button and Adam Weinraub calls out of the big blind. Kasabyan tables and is behind Weinraub's . Weinraub has a hammer lock on the hand as the dealer spreads a flop of .
The turn is the , leaving Kasabyan a little hope, but the river is the to give Weinraub another double up.
Adam Weinraub - 4,600,000 (28 BBs)
Gevork Kasabyan - 9,100,000 (56 BBs)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:48 PM Local Time
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:47 PM Local Time
Adam Weinraub moves all in from the button and takes the pot.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:46 PM Local Time
Gevork Kasabyan raises all in on the button and Adam Weinraub calls off his stack from the big blind. Kasabyan tables and is in great shape to take home the title against Weinraub's .
Weinraub takes the lead on a flop of and Kasabyan can't catch up on the turn and the river.
Adam Weinraub - 2,300,000 (20 BBs)
Gevork Kasabyan - 11,400,000 (95 BBs)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:41 PM Local Time
Andrew Weinraub has to take a one-hand penalty for exposing his hand too early. Gevork Kasabyan wins the big blind.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:39 PM Local Time
Gevork Kasabyan raises to 320,000 on the button and Adam Weinraub says "call" and tables his hand, thinking his is all in. Weinraub shows and he calls the 320,000. The flop is and Weinraub gets his remaining 375,000 into the middle against Kasabyan's . The turn is the and the river is the and Weinraub doubles up.
Adam Weinraub - 1,300,000 (11 BBs)
Gevork Kasabyan - 12,400,000 (103 BBs)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:26 PM Local Time
Martin Cohen raises on the button to 350,000 and Gevork Kasabyan moves all in from the big blind. Cohen calls and hates to see what is turned over.
Kasabyan tables and has Cohen's dominated. Cohen yells to his rail that he is going to get a jack as the dealer spreads a flop of .
"Give me the lady," yells Cohen. "I want his chips."
The turn is the and the river is the to eliminate Cohen in third and leave Kasabyan heads-up with with a monsterous chip lead.
Gevork Kasabyan - 12,900,000 (107 BBs)
Martin Cohen - Elimianted
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:22 PM Local Time
Gevork Kasabyan raises on the button, again, after technically being the cutoff with a dead button the previous hand, to 400,000. Martin Cohen calls out of the blind and the flop is . Cohen check-folds after Kasabyan bets 400,000.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:13 PM Local Time
Gevork Kasabyan raises to 240,000 on the button and Martin Cohen calls out of the small blind. The flop is and Cohen check-calls 500,000 from Kasabyan. The turn is the and Cohen check-folds after Kasabyan bets 800,000.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:09 PM Local Time
Martin Cohen raises to 350,000 under-the-gun and Adam Weinraub three-bets to 700,000 on the button. Robert Suer moves all in from the big blind for his last 770,000 and Cohen moves all in over the top. Weinraub folds and the cards are tabled.
Cohen shows and is in bad shape against Suer's . The flop gives Cohen a couple extra outs on a flop of . The turn is the and it leaves Cohen drawing to an ace or a jack to eliminate Suer in fourth place. The river is the and Suer's pair gets counterfeited and Cohen wins the pot with ace-high.
Martin Cohen - 3,000,000 (25 BBs)
Robert Suer - Eliminated
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:05 PM Local Time
Robert Suer Moves all-in from under-the-gun and is called by Adam Weinraub out of the small blind and Gevork Kasabyan out of the big blind.
The flop is and Weinraub bets 175,000. Kasabyan calls and the turn is the . Both players check the turn and Weinraub moves all in on the river. Kasabyan calls and all three players chop the pot with a straight on board.
Weinraub shows , Kasabyan tables and Suer shows .
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:59 PM Local Time
Robert Suer moves all in from the big blind for his last 260,000 and Gevork Kasabyan calls out of the big blind. Suer shows and needs to fade an ace against Kasabyan's .
The flop is and Kasabyan vaults into the lead. The turn is the , but the river is the to give Suer a set of kings and the pot.
Robert Suer - 660,000 (5 BBs)
Gevork Kasabyan - 8,500,000 (70 BBs)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:56 PM Local Time
Robert Suer moves all in from the small blind and Martin Cohen calls from the big blind. Cohen tables and is flipping against Suer's .
"Where's my ace?" asked Cohen to the dealer.
The board runs out and Cohen turns an ace to win the flip and double up. Cohen is all in for 1,270,000 after the dealer counts down the stacks.
Martin Cohen - 2,620,000 (21 BBs)
Robert Suer - 280,000 (2 BBs)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:53 PM Local Time
Adam Weinraub raises to 250,000 on the button and Gevork Kasabyan three-bets to 700,000 out of the small blind. Weinraub folds.