Monday, September 18, 2017

Bortmas Scores Inaugural @WSOP @TVPokerRoom Ring


From 11BB at the start of a marathon 5-hour final table to the Last Player Standing, Darren Bortmas of Roseville is the winner of the first-ever WSOP Circuit event held at Thunder Valley.

Play began back on Thursday morning with a surprisingly large 202-entry field, followed by 154 more Thursday night to get the first day of play started with 356 entries. Friday saw with a staggering 560 entries recorded in the single Saturday flight, pushing the total to 1,406 entries.

The $250,000 Guarantee was covered Friday, with Saturday's massive field pushing the prize pool to $421,800. 191 Players qualified from the starting flights to come back Sunday for the final day of play.

Sunday took just 45 minutes of play for 153 players to reach the money.

Al Sanchez bagged 356,000 from the Thursday night flight, and that stack held as the biggest stack moving on from the five starting flights. Sanchez started slow on Sunday, but built back and made the final table, finishing 6th for a $14,742 cash.

Jaroslaw Markowiak was eliminated in 15th place, but reappeared moments later when he wasn't really knocked out, it was only the error by the blogger (me) that had him listed as a KO for about 4 minutes. He became chipleader for a while and wrapped up play in 3rd place, a $33,073 cash.

Sasha Sabbaghian never appeared to be in trouble at the FT, maneuvering his way through the field to being heads-up against Bortmas. He lost a huge flip, KQ < 22, for 75 percent of his chips and never recovered, finishing 2nd for $45,133.

Bortmas was the short stack when 10-handed play began, sitting with just 11BB. He picked up a double, then began catching cards at the right time, igniting a Heater that resulted in multiple eliminations and adding more than 11x to his stack, reaching 6 million at one point with 5 players left.

Once he doubled up 22 > Kq to take a 2.5-1 chiplead, he kept the pressure on, flopping a full house to the flopped trips of Sabbaghian to bring the tournament to an end.

Here are the full payouts

9/14-17/17
Event 1 - $365 with $250,000 Guaranteed
1,406 Entries
$421,800 Prize Pool
153 Places Paid


1 Darren Bortmas Roseville, CA $72,754
2 Sasha Sabbaghian El Dor. Hills, CA $45,133
3 Jaroslaw Markowiak Ukiah, CA $33,073
4 Lay Saelee Oroville, CA $25,143
5 Benson Xu San Jose, CA $19,141
6 Albert  Sanchez Penryn, CA $14,742
7 Clinton Baskin Stockton, CA $11,486
8 Mitchell Gamble Santa Barbara, CA $9,052
9 Gregory Armand Santa Barbara, CA $7,217
10 Bryan Topacio Hercules, CA $5,821
11 Wilson Sam Fremont, CA $5,821
12 Anthony Benavidez Sacramento, CA $5,821
13 Thomas Emerson Roseville, CA $4,745
14 Charisse Case Sacramento, CA $4,745
15 Peter  Tran Elk Grove, CA $4,745
16 Lance Donnell Reno, NV $3,910
17 Steven Geralis Stockton, CA $3,910
18 Mario Lopez Cloverdale, CA $3,910
19 Tri Huynh Milpitas, CA $3,261
20 Anthony Willett Stockton, CA $3,261
21 Elliot Lamson LA, CA $3,261
22 Ray  Gonzalves Fair Oaks, CA $2,746
23 Arish Nat Elk Grove, CA $2,746
24 Isaac Choi SF, CA $2,746
25 Tom Masinter Dublin, CA $2,337
26 Thanh Nguyen Sacramento, CA $2,337
27 Henry Gurnick Pleasanton, CA $2,337
28 Matthew Rosanbalm Oregon City, OR $2,012
29 Brian Halloran n/a $2,012
30 George Ramos SF, CA $2,012
31 Randy Pollack Sacramento, CA $1,750
32 Robert Rooney Oakland, CA $1,750
33 Alex Foster Sacramento, CA $1,750
34 Joga Sahota Yuba City, CA $1,540
35 Craig Buchmiller Lakeport, CA $1,540
36 Akran Suleiman San Jose, CA $1,540
37 George Cabrey Elk Grove, CA $1,367
38 David Olson Applegate, CA $1,367
39 Deryl Taylor Auburn, CA $1,367
40 David Wong Sunnyvale, CA $1,367
41 Kwan Kong Oakland, CA $1,367
42 Simon Sun Rohnert Pk., $1,367
43 Eyyal Altar Walnut Crk., CA $1,367
44 Jerome Williams Lodi, CA $1,367
45 John Velasquez San Jose, CA $1,367
46 Adam Labuga Turlock, CA $1,227
47 Daniel Evans Chico, CA $1,227
48 Pedro Rodriguez Ukiah, CA $1,227
49 Brett Murray Santa Rosa, CA $1,227
50 Derek Croswell El Dor. Hills, CA $1,227
51 Steven To  Castro Valley, CA $1,227
52 Robert Nicholson Castro Valley, CA $1,227
53 John Ramil SF, CA $1,227
54 Richard Balistreri Auburn, CA $1,227
55 Danilo Fernandez  Rocklin, CA $1,114
56 Hieu Le Elk Grove, CA $1,114
57 Dominic Ruiz Tracy, CA $1,114
58 Steve Nevius Reno, NV $1,114
59 Hoang To  Elk Grove, CA $1,114
60 Dinh Le  Suisun City, CA $1,114
61 Balal Safder Stockton, CA $1,114
62 David Valdez Vacaville, CA $1,114
63 Loc Tran Fresno, CA $1,114
64 Chunyu Li SF, CA $1,017
65 Wilson Tolon Elk Grove, CA $1,017
66 John Carey SF, CA $1,017
67 Manh Tran Sacramento, CA $1,017
68 Ian Steinman Mountian View, CA $1,017
69 Michael Campos Chico, CA $1,017
70 Daniel Fruge Sacramento, CA $1,017
71 Scott Williams Napa, CA $1,017
72 Warren Asher Tahoe City, CA $1,017
73 Carlos Ramirez, Jr, Cameron Pk, CA $936
74 Ryan Jones Roseville, CA $936
75 Nathan Fitzgerald Fairfield, CA $936
76 Michael Postle Citrus Hgts., CA $936
77 Cornell Cimpan Sacramento, CA $936
78 Andrew Villegas Modesto, CA $936
79 Kim Pham Campbell, CA $936
80 Anthony Bloesch Walnut Crk, CA $936
81 Justin Clark Nevada City, CA $936
82 David Taylor Santa Clara, CA $860
83 William Suoja San Ramon, CA $860
84 Mark Lehnert Sonora, CA $860
85 Iris Kuzu Kelseyville, CA $860
86 Shannon Kahahane Lincoln, CA $860
87 Nelson Laino Rnch. Cordova, CA $860
88 Morris Esteres Fairfield, CA $860
89 Jeffrey Wakamiya Carmichael, CA $860
90 Robert Anderson Grass Valley, CA $860
91 James Brown Jacksonville, FL $793
92 George Saca Sacramento, CA $793
93 Ryan Takao Piedmont, CA $793
94 Thai Chareun Rnch. Cordova, CA $793
95 Jamie O'Sullivan Brookfield, WI $793
96 Erik Eichmann Fair Oaks, CA $793
97 Rolando Torres Sacramento, CA $793
98 Thomas Williams Sacramento, CA $793
99 Dashiell Thompson Novato, CA $793
100 Clifford Anderson Vacaville, CA $730
101 Michael DeGroot Marina, CA $730
102 Seng Yang Oakboro, NC $730
103 Ivin Arquiza Vallejo, CA $730
104 Chanta Phlang Elk Grove, CA $730
105 Patrick Wall McKinleyville, CA $730
106 Amir Turkzadeh Walnut Crk, CA $730
107 Dylan Davis Oakland, CA $730
108 Jason Stoddard Concord, CA $730
109 Michael Diaz San Pablo, CA $671
110 Shanin Shojaeyan Newark, CA $671
111 Phillip Phongsaiphonh Roseville, CA $671
112 Robert Peltecci Roseville, CA $671
113 Craig Dixon Pine Grove, CA $671
114 Jeffrey Farnes Dalles, OR $671
115 Tracy Oto Sacramento, CA $671
116 James Murray Oroville, CA $671
117 Stephen Kujubu Sacramento, CA $671
118 Jacob Arguello Reno, NV $616
119 Asa Martinez El Dor. Hills, CA $616
120 Matthew Betti Campbell, CA $616
121 Sylvia Day Hillsboor, OR $616
122 Gilbert  Amaro Hayward, CA $616
123 Jeffrey Beachy Greenfield, NY $616
124 Sheila  Triggs Hillsboro, OR $616
125 Jose  Hernandez Chico, CA $616
126 William Phu n/a $616
127 Jasthi Kumar San Ramon, CA $616
128 Christopher Probst Novato, CA $616
129 James Moree Salinas, CA $616
130 Oscar Villasenor Tracy, CA $616
131 Hien Tran Sacramento, Ca $616
132 David Marcelo SF, CA $616
133 Terry Wheeler Granite Bay, CA $616
134 Mark Klinle n/a $616
135 Jonathan Paulson Mammoth Lk., CA $616
136 Todd Harrison Stockton, CA $565
137 Erik White Los Altos, CA $565
138 Andrew Greenawalt S. Lake Tahoe, CA $565
139 Michael Nelson Sacramento, CA $565
140 Vien Chan n/a $565
141 Pradeep Rajasakaran Santa Clara,CA $565
142 Payam Ataie San Jose, CA $565
143 Michael Abratique Suisun City, CA $565
144 Dennis Morgan Berry Creek, CA $565
145 Angelo Kratsas SF, CA $565
146 Xong Khang Sacramento, CA $565
147 Raymond Yee Sacramento, CA $565
148 Craig Gold Belmont, CA $565
149 Jeffrey Griffiths Alameda, CA $565
150 Ryan Forward Campbell, CA $565
151 Joseph Kenney San Rafael, CA $565
152 James Minghini S. Lake Tahoe, CA $565
153 Wilbert Chun San Mateo, CA $565

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