Main Event Flight A Complete

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Maryland’s first ever World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event kicked off on Friday afternoon and 279 players put up the $1,675 with hopes of winning a Circuit ring.

At the end of 12, 40 minute levels, the field dwindled down to just 90 players with Ryan Van Sanford leading the field, bagging 159,100 chips. Joining him at the top of the chip count are Kenneth Zuspan, John Kostelac and John Moore, who finished the day with 152,400, 151,500 and 142,400, respectively.

Other well-known pros to make it through the day include Justin Liberto, Dj MacKinnon, James St. Hillaire, Casey Yontz, Amanda Musumeci, Darryll Fish and Austin Buchanan. Not everybody was so fortunate though, with plenty of pros falling by the wayside and busting before the final hand was dealt.

13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth fired a bullet in today’s flight, but was eliminated early in the day. According to his twitter, he will fire his second bullet on Saturday and look to earn his first Circuit cash.

Vinny Pahuja fired both of his bullets today and was eliminated on both of his entries. Other notables who were eliminated, but still have the option to play tomorrow afternoon include Ralph Massey, Jesse Cohen, six-time bracelet winner TJ Cloutier, Jake Schwartz, Dennis Phillips and Thomas Midena.

Day 1B will get cards in the air on noon on Saturday and play the same schedule as Day 1A. The survivors will combine with the Day 1A survivors and play Day 2 on Sunday at noon.

Complete Flight A chip counts can be found on WSOP.com.

Jason Sandling Captures Ring #2

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Jason Sandling earns his second career gold ring in only his third WSOP cash ever.

Baltimore, Md. (March 6, 2015) — Jason Sandling grinded out a second gold ring late Thursday night and took home a first place prize of $14,505. Sandling’s victory came after he managed to survive a marathon final table that lasted nearly nine hours long. The main reason the final table lasted so long was because four-handed play lasted four hours long.

Sandling returned for Day 2 of the tournament with a sizable chip lead. He had more than double the chips of the second place competitor. With only 16 players remaining, the ring was in sight for Sandling. Amazingly, seven players were lost in the first hour of play and the final table was quickly reached. Sandling knocked out one of the larger stacks and added to his chip lead by the time the final table was reached.

Play continued to move swiftly with players steadily being eliminated from the tournament. When Kenneth Brannon was eliminated in fifth place that all changed. Four-handed play lasted an astounding four hours long. The chip lead was lost by Sandling during four-handed play. The players took a short 30 minute dinner break. Shortly after returning and four hours into four-handed play, a player was finally eliminated. Sandling knocked out two-time gold ring winner, Michael Ratcliff, holding ace-king against Ratcliff’s queen-nine suited. The very next hand, Sandling knocked out Casey Goodin in third place with ace-king against Goodin’s pocket eights. These two knockouts gave the chip lead back to Sandling.

Sandling was up against Jonathan Abla for the gold ring. Abla won his gold ring earlier this season in November at the Harrah’s Cherokee stop, the same place where Sandling won his first gold ring. Sandling won his first career gold ring by taking down the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event in April of 2014 for over $200,000.

Sandling and Abla battled it out for another two hours. Sandling never relinquished his chip lead and eventually got the best of Abla. This marks Sandling’s first WSOP cash of the season and third of his career. For Abla, this marks his eighth WSOP cash of the season and fifth final table. It is safe to say Abla has secured an at-large bid to the National Championship with this runner-up finish.

Event #9 was the ninth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at the Horseshoe Baltimore. The $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament attracted 186 players generating a $55,800 prize pool. The top 21 players were paid.

Final table results:

1st:  Jason Sandling – $14,505
2nd: Jonathan Abla – $8,962
3rd:  Casey Goodin – $6,471
4th:  Michael Ratcliff – $4,752
5th:  Kenneth Brannon – $3,551
6th:  Adam Harrow –  $2,698
7th:  Sean Gomez – $2,084
8th:  Elise Moscati – $1,637
9th:  Michael Monter – $1,306

Flight A of the Main Event Begins Today

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The first of two starting flights in the Horseshoe Baltimore $1,675 Main Event begins today at noon. The property’s Circuit series began last week and kicked off with a re-entry event that drew a massive 2,403 player field. It was the largest poker tournament ever hosted in the state of Maryland. Since then the series began nine days ago, there have been nine different players win WSOP Circuit gold rings with the latest being Jason Sandling. Sandling won the Cherokee Main Event in April of 2014 and looks to pickup what now be his third gold ring int this Main Event.

Here is a closer look at the $1,675 Main Event:

  • Flight A begins Friday at noon, Flight B begins Saturday at noon
  • Players start with 20,000 chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • There is no dinner break on Day 1
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 13. Players are allowed to register Saturday up until the start of play on Day 2.
  • Day 1s conclude after Level 12 (~8:45 p.m.)
  • Levels 1-15 are 40 minutes, Levels 16-25 are 60 minutes, Levels 26+ are 75 minutes
  • Players are permitted a total of one re-entry and play in any combination of flights. A-A, A-B or B-B
  • Players may use one of their entries to buy-in after Day 1 is complete and before Day 2 begins.
  • Advancing players combine for Day 2 Sunday at 12 p.m.
  • Winner receives automatic entry into 2015 WSOP National Championship
  • Structure sheet

This is the first ever WSOP Circuit Main Event at the brand new Horseshoe Baltimore. Live updates will be made throughout the entire event right here on WSOP.com.

Good luck, players.

Day 8 Concludes – Main Event Tomorrow

Jason Sandling wins his second career gold ring in Event #9 at the Horseshoe Baltimore. - Photo courtesy of IMPDI 2015

Jason Sandling wins his second career gold ring in Event #9 at the Horseshoe Baltimore. – Photo courtesy of IMPDI 2015

Day 8 is in the books at the Horseshoe Baltimore and that means it is time for the Main Event. The Main Event begins tomorrow at noon with Flight A. The Main Event has a buy-in of $1,675 and features two starting flights. The second starting flight begins Saturday at noon. Players are allowed a maximum two entries total in the Main Event and may in any combination of starting flights.

Today no new gold ring events began, but two finished. Jeromy Bittan won Event #8 – $580 No-Limit Hold’em for $19,600 and Jason Sandling won Event #9 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em for $14,505.

The Main Event is the only gold ring event running tomorrow, but there are a couple of Main Event satellites running along side it.

Here is a look at tomorrow’s Main Event satellite schedule:

  • 5 p.m. $240 Mega Satellite
  • 7 p.m. $150 Super Satellite w/$100 re-buys

Both of these satellites will award one seat to the Main Event for every $1,675 in the prize pool. These earned seats can be used to buy into Day 1B of the Main Event, which begins Saturday at 12 p.m.

Jason Sandling Wins Event #9

Jason Sandling earned his second WSOP Circuit gold ring Thursday night at the Horseshoe Baltimore. The now two-time gold ring winner bested a field of 186 players to earn $14,505 and 50 National Championship points.

Sandling was able to survive a final table that lasted 8 hours and 45 minutes. He defeated gold ring winner, Jonathan Abla, for the win.

A full report on Sandling’s victory will be made available tomorrow. Here is a look at the final table results:

1st:  Jason Sandling – $14,505
2nd: Jonathan Abla – $8,962
3rd:  Casey Goodin – $6,471
4th:  Michael Ratcliff – $4,752
5th:  Kenneth Brannon – $3,551
6th:  Adam Harrow –  $2,698
7th:  Sean Gomez – $2,084
8th:  Elise Moscati – $1,637
9th:  Michael Monter – $1,306

Complete results from this event can be found on WSOP.com.

Jeromy Bittan Wins $19,600 in Event #8

Photo courtesy of IMPDI 2015

Photo courtesy of IMPDI 2015

Jeromy Bittan enters the final day of play last in chips and leaves with a gold ring.

Baltimore, Md. (March 5, 2015) — Jeromey Bittan is the latest gold ring winner at the Horseshoe Baltimore. The odds of winning were slim for Bittan as he came into the final table as the short stack and with several tough opponents still in contention.

Bittan doubled up early through gold ring winner, Steve Karp, early at the final table. Karp entered the final table seventh in chips and was left short stacked after that hand. Play was slow after that with only two players being eliminated in the first few levels of play. Then in less than an hour, four players were eliminated leaving Bittan, Karp and Ryan Van Sanford the only ones remaining in the tournament. The three players came into the final table as the three shortest stacks.

Van Sanford was eliminated in third place and then after two hours of heads up play, Bittan eliminated Karp and earned the Event #8 gold ring.

“Well I called my friend up this morning and said, I am not driving out there, I don’t have enough chips,” said Bittan about coming into Day 2 as the short stack.

Of course Bittan was just joking and he made his way through the snowy Baltimore weather to see if he could spin up his short stack into a bigger payday than the ninth place money. Originally, the goal was to move up a few pay jumps, but things turned out much better for Bittan and according to him, “he took the whole darn thing.” His first place victory earned him his first career WSOP Circuit gold ring and a cool $19,600.

Event #8 was the eighth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at the Horseshoe Baltimore. The $580 No-Limit Hold’em tournament attracted 140 players generating a $70,000 prize pool. The top 15 players were paid.

Final table chip results:

1st: Jeromy Bittan – $19,600
2nd: Steve Karp – $12,114
3rd: Ryan Van Sanford – $8,744
4th: Mike O’Dea – $6,425
5th: Peter Nigh – $4,803
6th: Daniel Gilmer – $3,652
7th: Michael Kaiser – $2,823
8th: Michael Sheldon – $2,218
9th: Elizabeth Hymel – $1,770

Jeromy Bittan Wins Event #8

Jeromy Bittan earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring Thursday evening at the Horseshoe Baltimore. The Baltimore native bested a field of 140 players to earn $19,600 and 50 National Championship points.

A full report on Bittan’s victory will be made available shortly. Here is a look at the final table results:

1st:  Jeromy Bittan – $19,600
2nd: Steve Karp – $12,114
3rd:  Ryan Van Sanford – $8,744
4th:  Mike O’Dea – $6,425
5th:  Peter Nigh – $4,803
6th:  Daniel Gilmer –  $3,652
7th:  Michael Kaiser – $2,823
8th:  Michael Sheldon – $2,218
9th: Elizabeth Hymel – $1,770