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Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 375
Prize Pool: $112,500
October 19-20, 2014
Chicago area amateur bests 375 players to earn $24,789, a Circuit ring and a seat in next weekend’s Main Event.
Hammond, Ind. (October 20, 2014) — Event 3 of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. concluded early Monday evening with Chicago resident Nicola Ditrapani in the winner’s circle. Ditrapani outlasted a tough, 375-player field in the $365 no-limit hold’em tournament to earn $24,789, his first gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.
“It feels great,” Ditrapani told the WSOP. “It was a long grind. There were a lot of good players at the final table. I’m just happy to have pulled it out.”
The good players he referred to included PokerNews.com tournament reporter and Day 2 chip leader Mo Nuwwarah as well as Charles Hayes, a driving force behind much of the final table action.
As we mentioned, Nuwwarah lead the way heading to the second and final day of play at the Horseshoe. With 12 players left, he picked up pocket queens and eliminated Chris Pinello 12th and Kenneth Garbowicz 11th to consolidate play to the 10-handed final table. From there, Nuwwarah struggled, surrendering a handful of small pots before his faced off against the of Loren Rosenberg.
In the preflop duel, Rosenberg got his last 191,000 in against Nuwwarah’s aces and the pair showed down. Nuwwarah was in the lead, but a flop gave Rosenberg more than a few outs as he headed to the turn needing a three or a club to snatch the pot.
The was no help to either player on fourth street, but Rosenberg’s unlikely club hit on the river as the dealer revealed the . Nuwwarah left the table in disgust as Rosenberg pushed his stack forward to be counted down.
The blow proved too much for Nuwwarah to overcome and he was eliminated fourth a few hands later when his pocket eights were outdrawn by the ace-queen of Hayes. The hand gave Hayes a sizable chip lead heading to three-handed play and it wasn’t long before he faced off against Ditrapani heads-up.
“I believe he eliminated four or five players,” Ditrapani said of Hayes’ strong play. “He had me a little over three-to-one going heads up, but I thought if I could just see some flops I could outplay him.”
Ditrapani saw just the flop he wanted when he held on a flop. Holding top pair in the form of , Hayes lead out for 50,000 and Ditrapani quickly made it 200,000. Hayes moved all in and, in his own words, Ditrapani snap called.
“I was just hoping he had ace-queen,” Ditrapani said of the hand.
The board completed no help to either player and suddenly Ditrapani held the three-to-one chip advantage that previously belonged to Hayes. Hayes would be eliminated second a few hands later earning $15,294 for his efforts.
Ditrapani is 38 years old and resides in Chicago, Ill. He owns his own tile company and insists that while poker supplements his income nicely, his real-world job tops his priority list.
“I’m hoping to get out to the WSOP Circuit events more often,” Ditrapani said. “My job is the number one thing, but I could always have other people do my work for me if [poker] ever takes off.”
The victory marks Ditrapani’s second WSOP-related cash and first gold ring.
Event 3 was the third of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Horseshoe Hammond. The $365 no-limit hold’em event attracted 375 players. The total prize pool came to $112,500 and the top 45 finishers were paid.
Final table results:
1st: Nicola Ditrapani – $24,789 + $1,675 Main Event seat
2nd: Charles Hayes – $15,294
3rd: Stephen VanDalsen – $11,176
4th: Mo Nuwwarah – $8,298
5th: Loren Rosenberg – $6,257
6th: Martin Madonia – $4,789
7th: Robert Rounsfull – $3,719
8th: Ahmed Hilal – $2,930
9th: Anthony Kastelic – $2,340
Full results available on WSOP.com.