Saturday, January 20, 2018

36 Advance from Day 1A


Last September's 6-max ring winner Sean Yu (above) jumped to about 80,000 after 6 levels of play in today's Day 1A of the $500,000 #TVWSOPCircuit Main Event.

He slid back to under 25,000 after dinner break, but turned the final three levels in to a serious heater, bagging 158,000.

Ben Keeline (184,500) and Event x winner Michael Scott (219,000) also built big stacks, yet it was Soumitra Nagar at 246,000 who tops the leaderboard after 15 levels of play.

Among the players who came for Day 1A but did not find a bag was Rep Porter, Lee Markholt, Allen Kessler, Dan O'Brien, Dann Turner, Erick Lindgren, Bob Mather, Joe Nguyen, Hafiz Khan, Casey McCarrell, Ron Brown and Brett Murray.

Day 1B starts Saturday at Noon, with registration closing at 10pm when Level 13 begins.

Here's all the 36 players - from a starting field of 207 - who bagged a Day2Stack.


SoumitraNagarSan Jose, CA246,000
MichaelScottElk Grove, CA219,000
HarunBegicRocklin, CA213,500
BenKeelineOswego, IL184,500
JohnChaseNapa, CA163,500
SeanYuLA, CA158,000
GregGuthYuba City, CA155,500
MartyWongNapa, CA152,500
KathyStahlManteca, CA151,500
TaylorPollardCorcord, CA150,000
RandyGilRoseville, CA148,000
PeterTruongSacramento, CA145,500
VijayRamaniRedwood City, CA141,500
JonCohenCampbell, CA130,500
AlexGreenblattAtherton, CA129,500
ArchieSniderAtherton, CA119,000
MosheGavrieliOakland, CA118,000
ToddRebelloOak Bluffs, MA116,000
LaVonneJoycen/a113,500
TravisFujisakaWalnut Creek, CA106,000
JordanMeltzerDelray Beach, FL102,000
RickTroendlyNapa, CA98,500
ShaneGonzalesConcord, CA98,500
NormRousseveMorgan Hill, CA84,700
RichElsonTracy, CA83,500
ErleMankinSacramento, CA78,000
JohnNewmerzhyckyMcKinleyville, CA77,500
JimViglizzon/a66,500
JeffFielderIowa63,500
KaoSaechaoPortland, OR62,500
JasonCn/a50,500
AlanMasticReno, NV50,500
RayMarchiEureka, CA46,000
WilliamHigginsSaline, MI46,000
RandallChamberlainSan Jose, CA39,000
BillMurraySF, CA31,000

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Closing Up Shop


15 minutes to go in Day 1A of the $500,000 Guaranteed #TVWSOPCircuit Main Event and the board shows 43 players remaining - among that number is Jeff Fielder, Ben Keeline, Sean Yu (above), Alex Greenblatt, Randy Gil, Cherie Wallace, Travis Fujisaka, Erle Mankin, Archi Snider, Rich Elson and Michael Scott.

We'll be back in about 40 minutes with final Day 1A chipcounts, then back at Noon tomorrow for Day 1B coverage.

Level - 15
Blinds - 1200/2400
Antes - 400
Remaining - 43/207

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8-Max and High Roller Sunday


There's 2 MORE #TVWSOPCircuit rings available - along with the Main Event - and both events start Sunday.

11am - $365 8-max - Casino Champion @BrettMurray555 took this down.

4pm - $2,200 High Roller - @JCTran23 took this down last September.

The 8-max features 10,000 stacks and 30-minute levels

The High Roller features 25,000 chips and 40-minute levels.

Check out both structure sheets here.

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Main Event GrindIsReal


Two full 40-minute levels before Day 1A players can head home ... Grind Time in the $500,000 Guaranteed #TVWSOPCircuit Main Event.

Among the players looking for the Day2Bag is defending champ Nick Pupillo, Kevin O'Donnell, Sean Yu, Jeff Fielder, Alex Greenblatt, Jeff Day, Travis Fujisaka, Hieu Le, Kirk Rexford, Rich Elson, Michael Scott, Kathy Stahl, Kao Saechao and Mike Riddle.

Level - 14
Blinds - 1k/2k
Antes - 300
Remaining - 56/207

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You Can't Make These Up


Some stories are a wee bit of a stretch o'reality, some are outright fabrications .. and then there's ones that simply can't be made up, they're too good to be anything but, well, but what really happened.

Ladies and Gentlemen ... Jeff Day ...

Jeff's story goes like this ...

Back In The Day .. when Full Tilt Poker was one of THE places to play online ... in a $5 tournament awarding t-shirt bounties that read, "I knocked out a Full Tilt Poker Pro," Jeff won a shirt for eliminating Erick Lindgren.

Fast forward more than a few years to here, TVPokerRoom, today, just a few moments ago.

Day is in Seat 1 at table 7, Seat 2 is open and who comes over to claim the open seat???

Yep ...

Erick Lindgren.

While he didn't get a second bustout of Day, he did defeat Lindgren Jack_High vs. Jack_High in a hand that led to Lindgren's bustout a few hands later ...

Wanna see the t-shirt? You have to wait, Jeff is still grinding Day 1A and it is his undershirt ... photo coming after Level 15.

Level - 13
Blinds - 800/1600
Antes - 200
Remaining - 72/207

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207 for Day 1A


Registration has closed on the first of two starting flights in the $500,000 Guaranteed @WSOP Circuit $1,675 Main Event and the board shows 207 total entries.

Play continues for three more 40-minute levels, the Bag-N-Tag taking place just before Midnight at the end of Level 15.

Players with chips remaining after 15 levels return Sunday at Noon to play 60-minute levels all the way down to the final table, with Monday Noon the scheduled starting time for the Final Table (No LiveStream).

Saturday's final starting flight - Day 1B - begins at Noon, with 20,000 starting stacks, 40-minute Day 1 Levels, a 75-minute Dinner Break at 6:30pm and registration (plus one re-entry per player available) until 10pm at the start of Level 13.

Level - 13
Blinds - 800/1600
Antes - 200
Entries - 207

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Satellite Successes


Tonight's 6pm #TVWSOPCircuit $250 Satellite in to the Main Event drew 233 entries, creating a prize pool awarding 27 Main Event seats.

Add this to the Thursday Evening (17) and Friday morning (12) satellite and in just 24 hours, player buy-ins have created 56 Main Event seats via satellites.

Tonight's 9pm TURBO satellite - with a 3-Main-Event-seat guarantee - is running now, with 35 payers already seated. Registration in the 9pm satellite closes at the start of Level 7 at about 10:45pm

The Last Chance TURBO Satellite goes tomorrow at 9am, also a 3-seat guarantee.

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Kings Crack Aces


Well, you see, what happened was ...

@AllenKessler and one challenger - Kao Saechao - go to the flop.

The board goes 8-T-7, Saechao takes a considerable amount of time before committing his entire stack - according to Kessler - and Kessler obliges with a call, creating about a 100,000-chip pot.

The challenger ... pocket_Kings
Kessler --- pocket_Aces

Turn ... 3

River ... King

Aces are not always a player's best friend.

Left with fumes, Kessler is eliminated a few hands later

Level - 11
Blinds - 500/1k
Antes - 100
Entries - 204

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Wow


The flop comes out 8-T-J and before anything else can take place, both Kirk Rexford and Sasha Sabbaghian have all their chips in the middle, Rexford at risk.

Rexford shows 9-T for middle pair and an open-ended straight.
Sabbaghian shows Ace-Jack for TopTop.

Rexford turns his straight when the 7 hits the board.

River

... 9 ...

Chop it up
Nothing to see here, folks.

Level - 11
Blinds - 500/1k
Antes - 100
Entries - 204

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Riddle KO's Murray


Brett Murray moves all in preflop for his last 17,000-or-so chips and Mike Riddle makes the call.

Murray has pocket Sixes but he just ran in to pocket Aces.

The flop in three clubs, but neither 6 belonging to Murray is a club ...

The board runs out Seven_Deuce and Murray is out in Level 10, setting up to make a run tomorrow in Day 1B of the $500,000 Guaranteed Main Event.

Level - 10
Blinds - 400/800
Antes - 100
Entries - 202

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Open Until 10


Registration is open until ~10pm - the start of Level 13 - for Day 1A of the $500,000 Guaranteed #TVWSOPCircuit Main Event.

Play concludes for the night - the the Bag-N-Tag - at the end of Level 15 at about midnight.

Same schedule for tomorrow's final starting flight - Day 1B - with cards in the air at Noon, Dinner Break at 6:30pm, end of registration at 10pm and end-of-play at midnight.

Level - 10
Blinds - 400/800
Antes - 100
Entries - 202

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115,000 for @GreenBlatt1 Leads on Dinner


There's still about 15 minutes left in dinner break in Day 1A of the $500,000 Guaranteed #TVWSOPCircuit Main Event. We went around the poker tournament area on break and guesstimated a number of chipstacks, finding Alex Greenblatt as the TopStack right now



AlexGreenblatt115,000
DavidMallett100,000
AlSanchez85,000
ArchieSnider73,000
SeanYu73,000
BobMather72,000
RafaelGonzalez70,000
TravisFujisaka64,000
WiltonAlejandro60,000
BenKeeline60,000
AllenKessler57,000
KirkRexford49,000
RobAnderson47,000
JustoAvalos47,000
NickPupillo47,000
CheireWallace47,000
CaseyMcCarrell47,000
LeeMarkholt45,000
ErleMankin43,000
SashaSabbghian41,000
RandyGil38,000
MichaelScott38,000
WalterRobertson37,000
BeastValdez37,000
JoeNguyen36,000
SharonHelldorfer34,000
KathyStahl31,000
RIchElson30,000
JamesMatz...29,000
BrettMurray28,000
KevinO'Donnell27,000
IanKalman26,000
EricLindgren23,000
WarrenKashiwagi22,000
IanSteinman22,000
JeffDay20,000
ChetSickle20,000
CyWilliams20,000
CraigBuchmiller17,000
StephenWorland16,000
HafizKhan13,000
GaryPisarek13,000
SharonSanchez13,000
ChadVitale13,000
MikeRiddle11,000
KindahSakkel10,000
HieuLe5,000

When dinner break ends, action moves to

Level - 10
Blinds - 400/800
Antes - 100
Entries - 197

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Renovation Update 1/19


As the ALl-New @TVPokerRoom continues to take shape, we see some of the fine details taking form.

- The televisions have started to find their place all around the poker room.



- When you take a look around the room, you will notice every detail from the floor to the ceiling has been carefully picked.


- Take a look at the bar that you will be immediately greeted with upon entering the new smoke-free room!

Dinner Break


The 115 or so players remaining in Day 1A of the $500,000 Guaranteed #TVWSOPCircuit Main Event have left the poker room for 75 minutes to go enjoy a nice meal at High Steaks Steakhouse, Red Lantern, The Buffet, Thunder Cafe, FatBurger, Subway or Panda Express.

We'll be doing updated chipcounts on break.

Meanwhile, the $250 Main Event Satellite with 10 seats guaranteed is going on right now, registration open until 9:25pm or so, the start of Level 7, and there's a ton of players so that guarantee is gonna fall big time.

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Kessler Chips up Fast


@AllenKessler flops a set against a flopped two pair of his challenger for a full double.

The very next hand, the same two players, Kessler flops another set and all his challenger's chips are now in front of Kessler.

Allen Kessler - 52,000

Level - 9
Blinds - 300/600
Antes - 100
Entries - 193

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2 Down for Rep


"That's twice today, you get your chips in ahead and the other guy gets there."

Rep Porter's Day 1A has come to a close in #TVWSOPCircuit Main Event, both his original registration and his one available re-entry for this flight gone.

Each player has two available entries today and two more tomorrow (Maximum 4 for the tournament, 2 maximum per flight). in the Main Event.

We'll see Rep - who has one $1650 TVPokerRoom Main Event title on his resume - back in tomorrow.

Level - 9
Blinds - 300/600
Antes - 100
Entries - 193

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Tough Spots


A few of the table draws here in Day 1A of #TVWSOPCircuit $500,000 Guaranteed Main Event are, well, kind'a tough.

How about $15 million in Career earnings at Table 14 just between
-- Erick Lindgren
-- Dan O'Brien
-- Kevin O'Donnell
-- Toss in Ron Brown who has already won two Circuit Rings this week

Then there's this table, with
-- HPT Black Hawk champ Alex Greenblatt
-- WTP Shooting Star Runner-up Joe Nguyen
-- WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Casino Champ Brett Murray
-- Toss in Tony Bracy with a $175,000 WSOP Main Event cash

That's just from two tables ... this field, well, yeah, every table is tough today ...

Level - 8
Blinds - 250/500
Antes - 75
Entries - 191

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2nd Break Chipcounts


Six levels are in the books in Day 1A of #TVWSOPCircuit $500,000 Guaranteed Main Event and players are on their second 15-minute break of the day.

There's a 75-minute dinner break at the end of the next level - starting at 6:30pm and ending at 7:45pm - with registration closing at 10pm and the Bag-N-Tag taking place at midnight.

Here's some chipcounts gathered during Level 6.


DavidMallett78,000
ArchieSnider73,000
IanKalman59,000
NickPupillo49,000
MikeHarvey47,000
TravisFujisaka46,000
BobMather44,000
NoelRodriguez43,000
MikeRiddle42,000
KevinO'Donnell40,000
RobAndreson37,000
BenKeeline34,000
SharonHelldorfer34,000
RafaelGonzalez33,000
AlexGreenblatt30,000
WalterRobertson30,000
AlSanchez29,000
EricLindgren28,000
AllenKessler28,000
KathyStahl28,000
CheireWallace28,000
SeanYu28,000
KindahSakkel27,000
GaryPisarek27,000
JeffDay26,000
MikeHeshmati26,000
GregArmand26,000
HafizKhan24,000
JasthiKumar24,000
JoeNguyen24,000
ChetSickle24,000
DerekFarrington24,000
DannTurner23,000
AmberChatwin23,000
ChadVitale21,000
JustoAvalos20,000
KirkRexford20,000
JasonGooch19,000
ClarissaBushman18,000
CyWilliams18,000
WarrenKashiwagi18,000
LeeMarkholt18,000
BrettMurray17,000
RandyGil16,000
RIchElson16,000
CraigBuchmiller16,000
JarodMInghini15,000
RonBrown14,000
WiltonAlejandro14,000
TonyBracy13,000
HieuLe12,000
SharonSanchez9,000
IanSteinman8,000
TomEmerson7,000
BeastValdez7,000

When play resumes, action is at

Level - 7
Blinds - 150/300
Antes - 25
Entries - 176

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