Foxwoods Wraps Up


Yesterday, the last 3 ring events at Foxwoods each played down to a winner, marking the end of this Circuit stop.

The biggest winner at Foxwoods was Allen Kessler, who won the Main event for $170,031. This is Kessler’s third Circuit ring. Along with the ring and prize money, Kessler receives a free entry into the 2015 WSOP National Championship. He’ll be joined there by Randal Sklar, who earned Casino Champion honors at Foxwoods on the strength of 3 final table performances.

Here are the 12 ring winners from Foxwoods:

EVENT #1: James Watt defeated 588 players ($365 No-Limit Hold’em) for $35,235.
EVENT #2: Bassioni Hammouda defeated 143 players ($1,125 No-Limit Hold’em) for $40,199.
EVENT #3: Bill Delsanto defeated 140 players ($365 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better) for $11,788.
EVENT #4: Joseph Delgobbo defeated 451 players ($365 No-Limit Hold’em) for $29,158.
EVENT #5: William Kopp defeated 352 entries ($580 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry) for $40,836.
EVENT #6: Matt Smith defeated 255 players ($365 No-Limit Hold’em) for $18,787.
EVENT #7: Jesse Mercado defeated 148 players ($580 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em) for $18,787.
EVENT #8: Michael Thibeau defeated 281 players ($365 No-Limit Hold’em) for $20,280.
EVENT #9: Randal Sklar defeated 176 players ($580 No-Limit Hold’em) for $23,969.
EVENT #10: Allen Kessler defeated 526 entries ($1,675 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event) for $170,031.
EVENT #11: Nissim Orfaly defeated 197 players ($365 No-Limit Hold’em) for $15,403.
EVENT #12: Chris Senape defeated 170 players ($365 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em) for $13,803.

The next stop on the Circuit Schedule is IP Biloxi, starting Sept. 4 and running through Sept. 15. And in May, the Circuit returns to Foxwoods to wrap up the 2014-2015 season.


Kessler WinnerAfter 3 days of intense competition the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Foxwoods is complete, and the winner is Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler. Kessler adds to a prolific poker resume that already included two WSOP Circuit rings and over $1.3 million in WSOP-related earnings. Now, he adds another $170,031 to his earnings total and he boasts a third ring.

Almost from the start, the tournament room was filled with excitement, and much of the buzz came from the appearance of November Niner William Pappaconstantinou, better known as Billy Pappas. Pappas is a professional foosball player, and is preparing for the final table of the WSOP Main Event in a few months. He entered Flight B of the Main Event here at Foxwoods, wearing his trademark green Yoshi hat while playing. He made it to Day 2, but bowed out just before the first break of the day.

The November Nine is an exclusive club, with only 63 members since its inception in 2008. Even so, Pappas had company here at Foxwoods. Michael Esposito, who made the November Nine in 2012, also played this event. Like Pappas, he made it to Day 2, but busted out before the money.

The tournament here brought attention to the WSOP’s official charity partner as well, as a few of the players have made deep runs in the One Drop events. Ted Driscoll finished runner up in the Little One for One Drop last month, and Lawrence Greenberg finished in 10th place in the $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller Event in 2013. Both made the money here at Foxwoods. Driscoll finished in 31st place, and Greenberg in 16th.

The tournament attracted 526 entries, generating a prize pool of $790,841. The top 54 places were paid. Day 2 started with 171 remaining players. Play on Day 2 ended soon after Greenberg’s elimination, and 15 players returned on Monday for Day 3.

Kessler did very little to set himself apart from the pack during those first two days. He was never near the top of the leaderboard, and he credits patience with bringing him to Day 3 and the final table. “I was hovering around 200,000 forever and just waited and waited and waited,” Kessler said. His strategy paid off, and he managed to accumulate enough chips before the end of Day 2 to give him some breathing room on the final day.

Day 3 play started at a breakneck pace, and four players busted out within the first hour. In fact, the pace of play remained fast until there were only four players remaining: Kessler, Mark Dube (2nd place), Greg White (3rd), and Hilary Dombrowski (4th). At that point, the players traded chips, and the stacks evened out. They played four-handed for about three hours before Dombrowski was eliminated.

Heads-up play was also a marathon. It last well over two hours, and neither player was willing to give an inch. “It was very tough,” Kessler said after winning the ring. “I started out with a huge chip deficit. Then I won a big race to get even.” Kessler was very complimentary of Mark Dube, and said after the tournament that he was willing to take more chances than he normally would because he knew Dube was a highly skilled player, and it would be difficult to outplay him. “I tried to trap a few times. And neither time he went for it.”

Along with the Circuit ring and first-place prize money, Kessler wins a free seat in the 2015 WSOP National Championship.

Here are the final table payouts:

1 – Allen Kessler – $170,031
2 – Mark Dube – $105,103
3 – Greg White – $76,791
4 – Hilary Dombrowski – $56,940
5 – Alex Rocha – $42,785
6 – Mike Quibble – $32,662
7 – Kevin Darouvar – $25,306
8 – Matt Zola – $19,851
9 – Michael Lavoie – $15,837

Randal Sklar Eliminated from $365 No-Limit Hold’em – Moves into Casino Champion Lead

Randal Sklar was all in preflop against David Kurtz and Chris Milano. Sklar held QQ against Kurtz’s JJ and and Milano’s 99. A nine on the river gave Milano a winning set, busting both Kurtz (9th place) and Sklar (8th place).

Kurtz had fewer chips than Sklar, so Kurtz takes 9th place and Sklar finishes in 8th. This gives Sklar a total of 82.5 points in the Casino Champion race, putting him in the lead pending the results of the Turbo $365 event.

Early Foxwoods Casino Champion Update

Bob Lauria was just eliminated from the Main Event in 13th place. He earns 20 points for that finish, which puts him at 62.5 points total. That moves him into 3rd place on the leaderboard. If Lauria had finished in 5th place or higher, he would have had a chance to move into the lead, depending on how his competitors perform today.

We’ll have more updates as the race comes into focus throughout the day.

Foxwoods Circuit Stop Concludes Today

Bryan Leskowitz EOD2Welcome to the final day of the WSOP Circuit at Foxwoods.

The Main Event concludes today. There are 15 players remaining, led by Bryan Leskowitz (pictured) with 1,228,000 in chips. Full chip counts are available on

The winner will earn over $170,000, a WSOP Circuit ring, and a free entry into the 2015 WSOP National Championship.

Play resumes at noon, and we’ll be providing live updates throughout the final day of the Main Event.

There are two other events today as well. Event #11: $365 No-Limit Hold’em began yesterday and played down to a final table. Nissim Orfaly holds a substantial chip lead, with more than double his closest competitor. Play resumes at 1 p.m.

Lastly, the final event of the series, the Turbo $365 No-Limit Hold’em, begins at 11 a.m.

The Casino Champion will be determined today. It’s grown into a tight race. Yesterday, the leader was James Watt with 75 points. However, Randal Sklar made the final table of Event 11. He already had 65 points, and he’ll earn at least 15 more in this event, so he’ll take the lead when it’s finished. Bob Lauria has 42.5 points, and he’s still alive in the Main Event. He can overtake Watt with a 6th-place finish or better, but it’s still not clear how high he needs to finish to surpass Sklar. There are also 50 points up for grabs in the Turbo event, so anyone with 30 points or higher has a theoretical chance to take over top spot.

Goodnight from Foxwoods

There is now only one more day left at the Foxwoods Circuit stop. There will be three ring events on Monday, highlighted by the conclusion of the Main Event.

The final 9 players in Event #11 return as well to play down to a winner. Randal Sklar is currently 8th in chips, and he’s involved in a tight contest for Casino Champion.

The final ring event of the series, the $365 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em, begins at 11 a.m. This is the last chance at this Circuit stop to earn points for Casino Champion or for the National Leaderboard.



Only one day remains until the next World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event winner is determined. Day 2 of the Main Event at Foxwoods ended late Sunday night with 15 players remaining, led by Bryan Leskowitz with 1,228,000 in chips. Tomorrow, Leskowitz and his 14 competitors return to compete for the $170,000 first-place prize and a WSOP Circuit ring.

When late registration closed, there were a total of 526 entries in this tournament, and 171 of them took their seats at the start of Day 2. Among the sea of people at the tables, one face stood out, capped with a distinctive green Yoshi hat. William Pappaconstantinou, better known as Bill Pappas, made the look famous over the summer during his deep run in the WSOP Main Event. Pappas is now a member of the 2014 November Nine, and will be at the WSOP Main Event final table when it’s televised live on ESPN on November 10th. He didn’t fare quite as well in this tournament, and was eliminated just before the first break. Pappas wasn’t the only November Niner in the field. Michael Esposito, who made the November Nine in 2012, also survived Day 1, but like Pappas, he was eliminated before the money.

The charity events at the WSOP were well represented in this field. Ted Driscoll, who finished runner up in the Little One For One Drop tournament last month, finished 31st here at Foxwoods. And Lawrence Greenberg was the 10th place finisher at last summer’s $111,111 One Drop High Roller tournament. He was the last player eliminated tonight, finishing the Foxwoods Main Event in 16th place.

There are four Circuit ring winners returning for Day 3: Alex Rocha, Bob Lauria, Gary Wong, and Allen Kessler.

Lauria is in the midst of a tight race for Foxwoods Casino Champion. He cashed in two preliminary events here at Foxwoods, including a 2nd-place finish. He’s currently in 12th place in the Casino Champion standings, and will overtake the leader, James Watt, with a 6th-place finish or better in the Main Event. However, Randal Sklar, who is just behind Watt, made the final table of today’s $365 No-Limit Hold’em event and will earn more points when that tournament is over.

Here are the Main Event chip counts heading into Day 3. Payouts are available here.

1 – Bryan Leskowitz – 1,228,000
2 – Patrick Donnelly – 1,019,000
3 – Guy Smith – 971,000
4 – Alex Rocha – 965,000
5 – Mark Dube – 958,000
6 – Kevin Darouvar – 927,000
7 – Bob Lauria – 829,000
8 – Michael Quibble – 811,000
9 – Matt Zola – 724,000
10 – Hilary Dombrowski – 560,000
11 – Allen Kessler – 451,000
12 – Michael Lavoie – 381,000
13 – Greg White – 276,000
14 – Chris Lovett – 273,000
15 – Gary Wong – 112,000

Final Table in $365 No-Limit Hold’em

Today’s $365 No-Limit Hold’em event at Foxwoods (Event #11) is down to 9 players. They’ll return Monday at 1 p.m. to play the final table.

Among the final tablists is Randal Sklar who moves into first place in the Casino Champion race by finishing in at least 9th place.

Here are the final table seats and chip counts.

1Nissim Orfaly849,000
2Brian Graham95,000
3F. “Tre” Monteiro146,000
5Randal Sklar53,000
6David Kurtz42,000
7Harold Loman305,000
8David Labriola296,000
9Chris Milano90,000

Foxwoods Casino Champion Update

SklarJames Watt still leads the Casino Champion race at Foxwoods with 75 points. He returned for Day 2 of the Main Event today, but failed to cash.

Meanwhile, Randal Sklar (currently in 2nd place with 65 points – pictured above) is alive in Event #11: $365 No-Limit Hold’em as the tournament plays hand-for-hand on the money bubble. If he cashes, he’s guaranteed at least 2.5 points. He needs to finish in 9th place or better to take over the lead from James Watt.

John Matson is also still in the $365 event. He 52.5 points, and can take over the lead with a 5th place finish or better.

Robert Lauria has 42.5 points, and is in the Main Event. He needs to finish in 6th place to take the lead.

Dena Pearlman has an outside chance to take over the Casino Champion lead. She’s in the Main Event with 36 players remaining. She has 30 points right now, and she needs to finish in exactly 2nd or 3rd place to surpass Watt.

There’s still one more chance to earn points tomorrow in the $365 Turbo No-Limit tournament (Event #12), which begins at 11 a.m. Anyone with 27.5 points or more has a chance to take over the lead with a victory.