Monday, January 22, 2018

Hafiz Khan - @WSOP Circuit @Thunder_Valley Champ - $188,686

Hafiz Khan dominated most of Day 2 play in the #TVWSOPCircuit Main Event.

He began the day as chipleader, eliminated six players from his starting table, 3 in the first level of play, and early in the day had twice as many chips as second place with 100 players left.

Khan didn't lose the chiplead until there was 15 players remaining. He ran solid the rest of Day 2 and throughout today's final table, collecting $188,686 as the champion, moving his TVPokerRoom tournament earnings to more than $300k.

Khan had a competitive stack for most of final table play, but it was Roland Shen who took a dominant lead 3-handed. Shen took two massive pots from Greg Guth, then eliminated Guth in 3rd to start heads-up play with a 4-1 lead over Khan.

It took more than an hour for Khan to be all in and be called, doubling through Shen. Khan was behind 10-1 in chips just before that double. An orbit later, Shen tanked for more than 5 minutes before folding to a river shove from Khan, and the lead was down to close to 2-1 and play changed considerably.

Khan gained control heads-up after another 45 minutes and went to to earn the win in a match that lasted just a few minutes shy of four hours. Khan earned the $188,686 payday, a WSOP Circuit ring and an automatic entry in the 2018 WSOP Global Championship Million Dollar Freeroll.

Khan was 3rd last weekend in the 1,511-entry $300,000 Guaranteed $365 opening event of the series, 8th at the WPTDeepStacks Season Championship Million Dollar Guarantee here last month and also 5th at the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event here last March.

Shen earns $116,706 as runner-up. He flopped a pair, all-in preflop on the final hand, only to see Khan river Broadway for the victory.

Monster Stack ring winner Michael Scott was 5th ($47,647).

Other notable cashes included circuit cash number 101 for Charles 'Woody' Moore, 17th for WPT Champions Club member Lee Markholt, 27th for WSOP Colossus champ Ben Keeline (3rd in the WPTDeepStacks Season Championships here last month), 30th for 2017 WSOP Global Champion Sean Yu, 51st for former Ante Up World Champ Justo Avalos and 61st to last month's WPTDeepStacks Season Champ at TVPokerRoom, Jeff Fielder.

Here are the final results.

1/19-22/18$1,675 Main EventWSOP Circuit
599Entries$500,000 GTD
$898,500Prize Pool
63Places Paid
1HafizKhanStockton, CA$188,686
2RolandShenSF, CA$116,706
3GregGuthYuba City, CA$85,340
4ElisaNakagawaSan Jose, CA$63,326
5MichaelScottElk Grove, CA$47,647
6JohnChaseNapa, CA$36,344
7StevenMichaelisSan Jose, CA$28,105
9JoshuaPragerYuba City, CA$17,503
10WiltonAlejandroRoseville, CA$14,088
11GregWagnerRedding, CA$14,088
12SpartacusPincombeRedwood City, CA$14,088
13RyanLeungFremont, CA$11,483
14RobertHuntGilroy, CA$11,483
15ThomasZanotPhoenix, AZ$11,483
16DanielEvansChico, CA$9,479
17LeeMarkholtTacoma, WA$9,479
18TaylorTuElk Grove, CA$9,479
19CarloCastagnettoMilpitas, CA$7,925
20CaseyMcCarrelWalnut Creek, CA$7,925
21KhoaTranSacramento, CA$7,925
22CharlesMooreLas Vegas, NV$6,712
23JoshMorrowChico, CA$6,712
24NipunAjmaniEl Cerrito, CA$6,712
25SteveFirestoneSan Diego, CA$5,750
26RobertGibsonWalnut Creek, CA$5,750
27BenKeelineOswego, IL$5,750
28KathyStahlManteca, CA$4,987
29MartyWongNapa, CA$4,987
30SeanYuLA, CA$4,987
31KenJorgensenRancho Cord, CA$4,385
32BensonXuSF, CA$4,385
33TokoLuuSan Jose, CA$4,385
34KaoSaechaoPortland, OR$3,899
36GarrettGruenerBerkeley, CA$3,899
37JonathanCohenCampbell, CA$3,504
38RichardElsonTracy, CA$3,504
39TravisFujisakaWalnut Creek, CA$3,504
40BlakeBoris-SchacterSF, CA$3,504
41RaviUdayakumarSan Jose, CA$3,504
42NIcholasGetzenPortland, OR$3,504
43BradfordJensenFremont, CA$3,504
44GrantlandHillmanOakland, CA$3,504
46KindahSakkalSeattle, WA$3,190
47HarunBegicRocklin, CA$3,190
48BrandonButlerRedmond, OR$3,190
49MarcDanaiSan Jose, CA$3,190
50MichaelTurchinSeattle, WA$3,190
51JustoAvalosElk Grove, CA$3,190
52AlanBittikoferDublin, CA$3,190
53RandallChamberlainSan Jose, CA$3,190
54LyndaHernandezChico, CA$3,190
55TommyChenS. Lake Tahoe, CA$2,938
56SoumitraNagarSan Jose, CA$2,938
57TonyBracyW. Sac, CA$2,938
58AmirTurkzadehWalnut Creek, CA$2,938
59Did NotReport $2,938
60CraigGoldBelmont, CA$2,938
61JeffreyFielderDes Moines, IA$2,938
62JoeFernandezTurlock, CA$2,938
63DavidKnutsenSF, CA$2,938

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