Event 1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em has concluded for the day. The field stopped play a little more than 10 minutes into the final level of the night as the unofficial final of ten very quickly became the final table of nine. The official final table bubble boy was none other than ring-holder Nolan Burton. While Burton became the last casulaty of the day, it was Huy Quach who finished the day thriving. Quach bagged up 645,000 which is good for the biggest stack at the final table.
Here's a look at Event 1's final table seating chart:
| Seat || Player || Chips |
| 1 || Anthony Nguyen || 637,000 |
| 2 || Robert Gau || 68,000 |
| 3 || Tom Bockynski || 236,000 |
| 4 || Mike Maarup || 275,000 |
| 5 || Jesus A. Sanchez || 105,000 |
| 6 || Alex Greenblatt || 200,000 |
| 7 || Cludo Georgiadis || 145,000 |
| 8 || Kirt Suihkonen || 143,000 |
| 9 || Huy Quach || 654,000 |
That does it from the tournament floor on the first day of the Circuit stop at the Bicycle Casino. Tomorrow's festivities will kick off at 12 p.m. with what looks to be a very large, multi-day $365 No-Limit Hold'em re-entry event. Event 1 will resume at 1 p.m. and will play to a champion.
The opening event has been whittled down to the top 27 players, each of whom are guaranteed a payday of $595. There are still four hours of play left in the day so the field will almost certainly hit the final table before the night ends.
Event 1 has reached its final four tables with 36 players remaining. This means that the field just needs to shave away one more table before the money bubble is burst. The top 27 runners make the money and a min-cash is worth $595.
Kirt Suihkonen currently sits on the largest stack in the room and there are several notable players still alive in the field including Mike Leah, IP Biloxi ring winner Nolan Burton, Michael Souza, Brian Gorman, and John Zentner.
With the 2013/14 Bicycle Casino stop on the World Series of Poker Circuit upon us, it feels appropriate to reflect upon some of the lives that were changed one year ago when twelve different players were awarded rings.
During the 2012/13 Bicycle Casino stop, Nathan Bjerno made a significant splash into WSOP territory. In what was his second ever WSOP-related tournament, Bjerno conquered the field in Event 5: $580 No-Limit Hold'em to pocket $21,180 in first-place winnings and grab hold of his first Circuit ring. Bjerno has since continued to run deep in tournaments and has amassed over $289,000 in total live tournament winnings.
Noted tournament professional Ray Henson has live cashes dating as far back as 2003. Nine years later, he finally grabbed hold of his first piece of WSOP-related jewelry. Henson bested his peers in Event 7: $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em and took home a prize of $42,390. This was the start of a Circuit tear for Henson, who since was able to add two more ring victories to his resume. Henson can now boast being a three-time ring winner which is a nice little accent to the more than $1.4 million he holds in career tournament earnings.
Alexandru Masek also made history last year, winning Event 9: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo and becoming the first player to reach six rings. Since then, Masek was able to win his seventh ring and is still at the top of the ring leaderboard. The only player to match Masek's feat since is Chris Reslock who also is the owner of seven rings.
Finally, Baptiste Chavaillaz rose to the top of the 721-player $1,675 Main Event to lay claim to the largest prize of the stop. Chavailaz pocketed $216,275 for his impressive victory, besting a final table that included the aformentioned Bjerno. Chavaillaz is ready and searching for a repeat in success this year as we've already seen him at the tables for Event 1.
Here's a look at the complete ring event schedule for The Bicycle Casino Circuit series:
- Event 1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em, Thursday, March 6, 12 p.m. ($50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)
- Event 2A: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry, Friday, March 7, 12 p.m. ($100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)
- Event 2B: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry, Saturday, March 8, 12 p.m. ($100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)
- Event 3: $580 No-Limit Hold'em, Sunday, March 9, 12 p.m.
- Event 4: $365 Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better, Sunday, March 9, 4 p.m.
- Event 5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em, Monday, March 10, 12 p.m.
- Event 6: $365 No-Limit Hold'em, Tuesday, March 11, 12 p.m.
- Event 7: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed, Tuesday, March 11, 4 p.m.
- Event 8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em, Wednesday, March 12, 12 p.m.
- Event 9: $580 No-Limit Hold'em, Wednesday, March 12, 12 p.m.
- Event 10: $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em, Friday, March 14, 12 p.m.
- Event 11: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo, Friday, March 14, 4 p.m.
- Event 12A: $1,675 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event, Saturday, March 15, 12 p.m ($1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)
- Event 12B: $1,675 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event, Sunday, March 16, 12 p.m. ($1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)
- Event 12C: $1,675 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event, Monday, March 17, 12 p.m. ($1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)
Despite it being only the first day of this stop, there is already excitement buzzing about the room in regard to the Main Event. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Main Event has to deal with the re-entry policy. Tournament staff has recently informed us that players are allowed to fire up to 2 bullets into the Main Event.
Players are given opportunities to buy in on Days 1a, 1b, 1c, and the start of Day 2. This give players four chances to enter the event but it must be noted that they are only allowed to do so two times. Tournament staff has expressed that they have heard several people talking about firing three-bullets, but want to make it known that each player is limited to two bullets maxiumum.
Prize pool information for Event 1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em has officially been released. The event saw a grand total of 245 entires which allowed for a total prize pol of $73,500. This number exceeds the $50,000 guarantee placed on the event and allows the first-place finisher to walk home with $18,000 in winnings. The top 27 players will make the money and a min-cash is worth $595. Here's a look at the full prize pool:
| Place || Prize |
| 1 || $18,000 |
| 2 || $11,125 |
| 3 || $8,040 |
| 4 || $5,915 |
| 5 || $4,430 |
| 6 || $3,375 |
| 7 || $2,615 |
| 8 || $2,060 |
| 9 || $1,650 |
| 10-12 || $1,340 |
| 13-15 || $1,105 |
| 16-18 || $925 |
| 19-21 || $785 |
| 22-24 || $680 |
| 25-27 || $595 |
Players in Event 1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em have recently returned from their first break. With that, registration for the first event has officially closed. The event saw a total of 245 entries, approximately 180 of which are still alive. Circuit regulars Ryan Tepen, Chris Conrad, and Ralph Massey are among those still remaining in the field. Also still alive is Casino Lac-Leamy Main Event fifth-place finisher Mike Leah.
The start of a Circuit stop is always an exciting time, as it levels the playing field in terms of Casino Championship points and paves the way for a new champion to emerge and lay claim to their seat in the National Championship. As with each stop on the Circuit, seats to the National Championship are awarded to both the Casino Champion (the player who racks up the most points over the course of the 12 ring events) and the winner of the Main Event.
This year, the National Championship will take place on the felt in Atlantic City. The three-day event will begin Thursday, May 22nd and the final table will be taped and televised by EPSN. If you haven't yet qualified for the chance to win this prestigious bracelet, be sure to find a seat at one of the remaining stops on this year's Circuit.
While Main Event winners and Casino Champions will comprise a portion of the field, another 50 seats are made available to the top finishers in the season-long at-large points race.
Yossi Azulay currently leads the National Championship points race with 215 points. Austin Buchanan sits in second place with 195 and Joshua Evans rounds out the top three with 192.5. A more detailed look at the points race can be found here.