Main Event Begins at Noon

It’s Friday at the Horseshoe and that means just one thing — Main Event time. The first of two starting flights in the property’s championship event kicks off at 12 p.m. Players begin the $1,675 finale with 20,000 chips and compete for a six-figure first prize along with a berth in the season-ending National Championship.

Running alongside the day’s headliner is Day 2 of Event 9, yesterday’s $365 Omaha Eight event, which begins at 2 p.m. Bracelet winner Nick Kost holds a commanding chip lead 10 handed, but has the likes of another bracelet winner, Aaron Steury, and Allen Kessler looking to gain ground.

Here’s a glance at Friday’s complete schedule:

12 p.m. Event 10, $1,675 Main Event, Flight A

  • $1,675 buy-in gets players 20,000 chips
  • Flight A begins today at 12 p.m., Flight B Saturday at 12 p.m.
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open through Level 12 (~9:45 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes after Level 15 (~11:45 p.m.)
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs after Level 9 (~6:30 p.m.)
  • Levels 1-15 are 40 minutes, Levels 16-25 are 60 minutes, Levels 26+ are 75 minutes
  • Players eliminated in Flight A may re-enter in Flight B
  • Advancing players combine for Day 2 Sunday at 12 p.m.
  • Winner to receive automatic entry into season-ending National Championship

2 p.m. Event 9, $365 Omaha eight, Day 2

  • 10 players remain, bracelet winner Nick Kost leads, fellow bracelet winner Aaron Steury, Allen Kessler remain
  • Min-cash earns $2,105, first goes home with $14,586, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a $1,675 Main Event seat
  • Full chip counts available below

The day’s non-ring events

  • 10 a.m. $255 mega satellite turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 2 p.m. $200 turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 5 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 7 p.m. $150 nightly, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 9 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added

Don’t forget to check back with us throughout the day for all official updates from the Horseshoe Hammond tournament floor!

Omaha Eight Counts, Bracelets Galore


2014 $1,500 Omaha hi-low bracelet winner Nick Kost holds more than 30 percent of the total chips in play following Day 1 of Event 9, a $365 Omaha eight tournament. Just 10 players remain and Kost, who turned his 10,000-chip starting stack into 572,000, leads a talented field that includes fellow bracelet winner Aaron Stuery (128,000) and Allen Kessler (52,000).

Cards go back in the air at 2 p.m. alongside Day 1A of the Main Event. All remaining players locked up $1,064 while $14,586, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event head to first.

Day 2 chip counts with seat assignments:

RankNameChip CountSeat
1Nick Kost572,0006
2James Davis244,0009
3Shirley Rosario240,0005
4David Mirshak193,0001
5Gwen Herrick160,0004
6Aaron Steury128,0008
7Stephen VanDalsen109,0003
8Roderick Yates101,0007
9Lonny Siegel86,0002
10Allen Kessler52,00010

Thursday Wraps, a Look at Friday

Sean Troha stole the headlines Thursday with his second gold ring of the Hammond series. Most recently, the 26-year-old Ohio pro navigated through a talented field in Event 8, a $1,125 no-limit hold’em tournament, to complement his first score with an additional $49,401 and a commanding lead in the Casino Championship.

A full report on Troha’s impressive victory is available below.

As Thursday’s ring event nears day’s end, we’re heading in for the night. Here’s a look at what you have to look forward to Friday at the Horseshoe. Don’t forget, Flight A of the Main Event kicks off at noon!

  • 10 a.m. $255 mega satellite turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 12 p.m. $1,675 Main Event, Flight A
  • 2 p.m. Event 9, $365 Omaha eight, Day 2
  • 2 p.m. $200 turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 5 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 7 p.m. $150 nightly, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 9 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added

Goodnight and see you in the morning.

Two for Troha, Sean Wins Again

Photo courtesy of Image Masters

Photo courtesy of Image Masters

Event #8
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,100 (+$125)
Total Entries: 190
Prize Pool: $190,000
October 22-23, 2014

26-year-old Ohio pro bests bracelet winners at each of his two final tables, takes a commanding lead in the Casino Championship with three cashes including two victories.

Troha bests 190 in $1,125 ring event, earns $49,401 and his second win of the series.

Hammond, Ind. (October 23, 2014) — Sean Troha earned his second ring of the World Series of Poker Circuit series at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. Thursday night. The 26-year-old Ohio pro maneuvered his way through a tough field for the second time in three days to come out on top in Event 8, a $1,125 no-limit hold’em tournament. In addition to $49,401 in prizes and his second career ring, the win gives him a commanding lead in the Casino Championship points race. Troha, who now lays claim to 102.5 points, leads the field by a margin of 52.5 with just three points-eligible events remaining on the Hammond schedule.

“It was on my mind a little bit,” Troha said of the points lead. “When we were eight or nine-handed I was thinking about it. Maybe just don’t do anything crazy, that kind of thing. Play a little tighter.”

Troha, who hadn’t recorded a WSOP-related cash prior to the Hammond series, now has two rings in two variations – no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha. Like his first win, which came at the hands of bracelet winner Owais Ahmed and three-time ring winner Josh Reichard, his second victory was a tough test of skill that saw him outlast decorated pros. The final table began with headliners like bracelet winner Tyler Patterson and 2012 Hammond Main Event champion Josh Williams. Williams made an early exit, busting eighth, while Patterson was a factor late in the event finishing fourth.

With Patterson’s elimination, play opened up and it was only a matter of time until Troha earned his unlikely second victory of the series.

“It all happened so quickly three-handed and heads-up was pretty short,” a noticeably stunned Troha said following his win. “I wasn’t even the chip leader three-handed. I took the chip lead and just ran with it. It was over in a flash.”

On the final hand, Troha lead on an AdTh9c board and his heads-up opponent David Plotkin raised him. Troha moved all in and Plotkin called. It was Plotkin who held the lead with AhKd for top pair but Troha had straight outs holding QsJc.

As it should for a player running as hot as Troha, the turn 8h completed his straight and spelled the end for Plotkin. He earned $30,516 for his runner-up finish.

“It’s crazy,” Troha said. “I guess you just get really lucky in spurts or something. A long time with no cashes then all the sudden it goes your way. I don’t know how to describe it.”

The victory comes on the eve of the $1,675 Main Event and Troha earns his second seat in the finale courtesy of the Horseshoe, though staff informed him the cash value of seat number two will be awarded in tournament buy-in chips. As for what’s next for the property’s hottest player and newest champion, he kept it pretty simple.

“Dinner and the Main Event tomorrow,” he said.

Event 8 was the eighth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Horseshoe Hammond. The $1,125 no-limit hold’em event attracted 190 players. The total prize pool came to $190,000 and the top 21 finishers were paid.

Final results:

1st: Sean Troha- $49,401
2nd: David Plotkin – $30,516
3rd: Jeremy Dresch – $22,034
4th: Tyler Patterson – $16,182
5th: Clinton Keown – $12,090
6th: Noomis Jones – $9,187
7th: Emerick Wiatrek – $7,097
8th: Emerick Wiatrek – $5,573
9th: Lance Jones – $4,446

Full results available on WSOP.com.

Sean Troha Wins Again

Event 4 winner Sean Troha did it again in Event 8, a $1,125 no-limit hold’em ring event, at the Horseshoe Casino Thursday night. The 26-year-old Ohio resident bested a tough field to earn his second ring of the 12-day Hammond series as well take a commanding lead in the Casino Championship and pocket $49,401 in prizes.

“It was on my mind a little bit,” Troha said of the points lead. “When we were eight or nine-handed I was thinking about it. Maybe just don’t do anything crazy, that kind of thing. Play a little tighter.”

He certainly didn’t play too tight as he went from an average stack three-handed to a two-time Circuit winner within about 45 minutes.

A full report on his impressive win will be made available shortly. While you wait, here’s a look at the final table results:

1st: Sean Troha- $49,401
2nd: David Plotkin – $30,516
3rd: Jeremy Dresch – $22,034
4th: Tyler Patterson – $16,182
5th: Clinton Keown – $12,090
6th: Noomis Jones – $9,187
7th: Emerick Wiatrek – $7,097
8th: Emerick Wiatrek – $5,573
9th: Lance Jones – $4,446

Full results available on WSOP.com.

$1K Update, Proha Among Final Three

Start-of-day chip leader Sean Proha has parlayed his stack into a berth among the final three of Event 8 and is assured at least 30 points toward the Casino Championship bringing his total to 82.5 — 32.5 ahead of the six-way tie for second. He currently holds 1,010,000 chips and trails the 1,570,000 of chip leader David Plotkin. Both players are comfortably in front of short stack Jeremy Dresch’s 270,000.

With 2012 Hammond Main Event champion Josh Williams (eighth), Event 5 fifth-place finisher Emerick Wiatrek (seventh) and bracelet winner Tyler Patterson (fourth) on the rail, Proha’s journey to the National Championship has gotten easier, but is far from over.

Here’s where we stand at the final table:

Three handed chip counts

  • David Plotkin – 1,570,000 (78 BBs)
  • Sean Troha – 1,010,000 (50 BBs)
  • Jeremy Dresch – 270,000 (13 BBs)

Remaining payouts

  • 1st – $49,401 + 50 points + $1,675 Main Event seat
  • 2nd – $30,516 + 37.5 points
  • 3rd – $22,034 + 30 points

Updated 10-handed results

  • 4th: Tyler Patterson – $16,182
  • 5th: Clinton Keown – $12,090
  • 6th: Noomis Jones – $9,187
  • 7th: Emerick Wiatrek – $7,097
  • 8th: Joshua Williams – $5,573
  • 9th: Lance Jones – $4,446
  • 10th: Jeffrey Blake – $3,604

Additional results available on WSOP.com.

Tomorrow’s $1,675 Main Event

James Dorrance

With last year’s 1,717-entry Main Event firmly in the history books and James Dorrance’s (pictured) $418,526 first-place check having long been cashed, we look ahead to this year’s Hammond finale which begins tomorrow at 12 p.m.

Officially recognized as ring Event 10, the $1,675 Main Event features two starting flights and permits a total of one re-entry. The property has done its part to feed the championship giving away numerous promotional seats each day prior to the tournament’s kick off. Most notably, Wednesday’s Stimulus and Second Chance Stimulus combined to put 27 players in by way of a $200 buy-in tournament. Additionally, each ring event prior to the finale boasts one seat added to the prize pool.

With a reputation that precedes itself paired with a plethora of satellites and then some, this year’s event is sure to be one of the best of the entire Circuit season.

Here’s a closer look at the 2014 finale:

  • $1,675 buy-in gets players 20,000 chips
  • Flight A begins Friday at 12 p.m., Flight B Saturday at 12 p.m.
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs after Level 9 (~6:30 p.m.)
  • Registration remains open through Level 12 (~9:45 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes after Level 15 (~11:45 p.m.)
  • Levels 1-15 are 40 minutes, Levels 16-25 are 60 minutes, Levels 26+ are 75 minutes
  • Players eliminated in Flight A may re-enter in Flight B
  • Advancing players combine for Day 2 Sunday at 12 p.m.
  • Winner to receive automatic entry into season-ending National Championship

More information on the series-ending event is available on the structure sheet outside the tournament room.

Here’s a look at satellite events still to come:

Today

  • 5 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 9 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added

Friday

  • 10 a.m. $255 mega satellite turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 5 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 9 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added

Saturday

  • 10 a.m. $255 mega satellite turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added

A look at the complete schedule is available on Horseshoe Hammond’s website.

Omaha Eight Prize Pool

Event 9, today’s 12 p.m. $365 Omaha eight tournament, drew 187 players generating a $56,100 prize pool. Each of the top 21 finishers head home with at least $622 while the lion’s share $14,586 fist prize goes to the eventual winner. In addition, the top spot pockets 50 points toward the Casino Championship, a Circuit gold ring and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.

The clock currently reads 162 players left with about 20 minutes remaining in Level 8. Notables still alive include seven-time ring winner Ari Engel and Allen Kessler. Day 1 is schedule to concluded following Level 21 (~1:30 a.m.) while Day 2 resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Full chip counts and updated results will be posted prior to the restart.

Full prize structure:

Prize Pool

$1K Unofficial Final Table

Tyler Patterson

2014 bracelet winner Tyler Patterson (pictured) headlines the Event 8 ($1,125 no-limit hold’em) unofficial final table along with chip leader Emerick Wiatrek, Event 4 winner Sean Troha and 2012 Hammond Main Event champion Josh Williams.

Patterson, who won his bracelet in a $1,500 pot-limit Omaha eight event, starts the final playing session toward the bottom of the counts following a late arrival to the restart. Troha, meanwhile, starts second in chips and hopes for a deep run to take a comfortable lead in the Casino Championship. Chip leader Wiatrek can also make some noise in the Casino Championship. He placed sixth in Event 5 for 22.5 points and a win today would go a long in way besting Troha’s pace.

Complete Casino Championship standings through seven events are available a few posts below.

Cards are in the air now with 16 minutes left in the 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante level. Each of the 10 participants is assured a score of $3,604, but all eye the $49,401 first prize, Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and $1,675 Main Event seat set to head to first.

Seating assignments with chip counts:

Seat 1: Jeremy Dresch – 512,000
Seat 2: Jeff Blake – 59,000
Seat 3: Lance Jones – 58,000
Seat 4: Clinton Keown – 271,000
Seat 5: Noomis Jones – 222,000
Seat 6: Tyler Patterson – 87,000
Seat 7: Josh Williams 246,000
Seat 8: Emerick Wiatrek – 580,000
Seat 9: Sean Troha – 484,000
Seat 10: David Plotkin – 342,000

Results available on WSOP.com.