Scott Stewart Wins Casino Champion at the Bike, his 2nd Casino Champion Title This Year

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Stewart earned Casino Champion Honors at the Bike after winning his 3rd ring of the year.

Bell Gardens, Calif. (March 27, 2015) – For the second time this WSOP Circuit Season, Scott Stewart won the title of Casino Champion. He earned the title at the Bicycle Casino after making two final tables. He finished 6th in one event, and won the ring in the other.

Just a month earlier, Stewart became Casino Champion at the Horseshoe Tunica. At that stop, he also earned a ring and finished 6th in another event, and also made a deep run in the Main. Obviously, Stewart’s been on an impressive hot streak this season. In addition to his accomplishments at Tunica and at the Bike, he has two other final tables, including a victory. In total, for the season so far he’s made 7 final tables, won 3 rings, and earned over $100,000.

Stewart is a jovial, fun-loving player who constantly keeps both himself and his opponents entertained at the table. He credits this attitude and approach to life with helping him achieve his recent success. Just a few months ago, he was working full-time selling cards. Then he decided it was time for a change. He said after his win, “Now that I’ve quit my job and just said ‘I can do this,’ I think when you’re traveling and having such a good time doing it, good things happen.”

Of course, Stewart’s skill, experience, and practice have helped him get to this point, too. When asked what gives him an edge in tournaments like this, he explained, “A lot of people are inexperienced later in tournaments. But I know what I’m doing at every stage of the tournament.”

Stewart jumped into the lead in the Casino Champion race after earning his ring in Event #5 ($1,125 NLHE). Combined with his previous final table performance, that gave him 72.5 points and pushed him ahead of Edward Liu. Liu had 60 points from a ring victory and a 10th place finish. After Stewart took over the lead, neither he nor Liu earned any more points, and they eventually finished first and second, respectively.

Usually, the title of Casino Champion carries with it a free entry into the WSOP National Championship. Since Stewart has already earned his entry—thanks to his previous Casino Champion run at Tunica—an extra at-large entry will be added, based on the season-long leaderboard.

Here are Stewart Scott’s results from the Bicycle Casino:

  • Event #2: $580 No-Limit Hold’em (92 entries)—6th place for $2,465 + 22.5 pts
  • Event #5: $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em (85 entries)—1st place for $27,205 + 50 pts

Sara Elwood Wins First WSOP Circuit Ring in $365 NLHE

Sara_Elwood_winnerElwood Finished on top in her first Circuit cash.

Bell Gardens, Calif. (March 18, 2015) – Sara Elwood earned both her first World Series of Poker cash and her first Circuit ring today in Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold’em. Elwood earned $10,665 for her victory.

Elwood’s path to the ring involved navigating a tough final table that included the all-time WSOP Circuit rings winner, Alex Masek. Masek made two final tables at the Bike, but is still waiting to earn his ninth ring and extend record. Also at the final table were Jesse Capps (fourth place) and Tom Braband (second place). It was the third Circuit final table of Braband’s career, and his highest finish to date. For Capps this was the fifth final table of the 2014-2015 Circuit season, and his fourth-place finish earned him enough points to likely secure a spot in the 2015 WSOP National Championship.

The tournament was played over two consecutive days, starting Tuesday, March 17.

Of the 127 entrants, only 4 returned on Wednesday for Day 2. Day 2 started at 1 p.m., and Elwood secured her victory at about 5:30 p.m.

Full results from the event are available on WSOP.com.

David Zarrin Wins First WSOP Circuit Ring in $365 NLHE

David Zarrin_EV9Runner-Up Raney Stanczak Falls Just Short of Second Ring.

Bell Gardens, Calif. (March 18, 2015) – David Zarrin earned his first cash on the World Series of Poker Circuit on Monday. It was a special performance for a first cash, as Zarrin finished in first place, winning his first Circuit ring and $13,135.

It was not an easy path to victory for Zarrin, even though he started Day 2 of the tournament with chip lead and only two more opponents between him and the title. But after Todd Zacharias was eliminated in third place, ring winner Raney Stanczak gave him a tough heads-up battle that lasted several hours. On multiple occasions, Stanczak overtook the chip lead and seemed on the verge of taking the last of Zarrin’s chips. Zarrin refused to go easily, though, and in the end defeated Stanczak for the ring and the first-place prize money.

The tournament was played over two consecutive days, starting Sunday, March 15.

Of the 162 entrants, only 3 returned on Saturday for Day 2. Day 2 started at 1 p.m., and Zarrin secured his victory at about 7:00 p.m.

Full results from the event are available on WSOP.com.

Steve Foutty Wins 6-Max at Bike

Steve_Foutty_winner_rpThis is Foutty’s second ring and third final table so far this Circuit Season.

Bell Gardens, Calif. (March 15, 2015) – Steve Foutty won his second World Series of Poker Circuit ring on Saturday at the Bicycle Casino. Foutty bested a field of 173 players in Event #7: $365 No-Limit Hold’em, earning $14,525 for his victory.

Foutty is riding a hot-streak on the Circuit this year. He said afterward he hasn’t played many Circuit events, but a quick look at his results show he’s making the most of the events he plays. He has four cashes this season, including three final tables and now two rings. He also won Casino Champion honors at Harveys Lake Tahoe in November and secured a berth in the 2015 WSOP National Championship.

Five of the 173 players returned for Day 2 of the event. For Foutty, the final day all played out according to play. “Me and Shawn [Motameni] came in the top two stacks,” he recalled after the tournament. “And everyone else come in fairly short-stacked between 10 and 15 big blinds, so it wasn’t a surprise they were ready to gamble. Lucky for us, they got eliminated pretty quick and we got to go heads up. And our heads up match lasted a while. I think we were both content with small ball, and it just worked out for me.”

One of those shorter stacks coming back for Day 2 was Alex Masek, whose eight Circuit rings put him at the top of the all-time list. He entered the day last in last place, though, and was unable to overcome that chip deficit for ring number nine.

The tournament was played over two consecutive days, starting Friday, March 13.
Of the 173 entrants, only 5 returned on Saturday for Day 2. Day 2 started at 1 p.m., and Foutty secured his victory at about 5:15 p.m.

Full results from the event are available on WSOP.com.

Dylan Davis Wins Last Ring at the Bike

DylanDavis_winnerCongratulations to Dylan Davis, winner of Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo at the Bike.

It was the first Circuit event Davis has ever played, and he now has a Circuit gold ring and $11,845 for his first-place finish. Full results are available at WSOP.com, and a full recap on the event will be posted later this week.

This was the last ring event at the Bike. The Circuit season will resume in a few weeks at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

Bike Circuit Wraps on Wednesday

ring_logo_RpIt’s the final day here at the Bike. Yesterday, Gevork Kasabyan won the Main Event for over $200K. And two other ring events got started. Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold’em has four players remaining, led by Brandon Wallace. And Event #11: $365 PLO wrapped up last night with six players remaining, led by Josh Hale.

Both those events will restart at 2 p.m. Full chip counts are available here.

Also today, the last ring ring, the $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo, started at noon. There are currently 121 entrants, and late registration is open until 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday Night at the Bike. Just One Day Left.

The big news today at the bike was the conclusion of the Main Event. Gevork Kabasyan won his first WSOP Circuit ring and $205,720.

While the Main Event was playing down to a winner, two other events were in action as well.

Event #10: $365 No-Limit Hold’em started at noon and ended with four players remaining. They’ll return at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to determine a winner. Here are the remaining players’ chip counts:

Sara Elwood          340,000
Jesse Capps          297,000
Brandon Wallace          394,000
Tom Braband          240,000

Then at 4 p.m., Event #11: $365 PLO started. At the end of the night, 6 players remained. They will also return at 2 p.m. to play down to a winner.

Taylor Black            46,000
Jeff Chvala            31,000
Josh Hale          295,000
Stefan Christopher          111,000
David Consolazio          153,000
Paul Manaster          154,000

Gevork Kasabyan Wins Main Event at the Bike

Gevork_vertMarch 17, 2015 (Los Angeles) – It took 10 and a half hours to crown a winner on the final day of the Main Event at the World Series of Poker Circuit at the Bicycle Casino. When the last card was dealt, Gevork Kasabyan had all the chips in front of him. The Los Angeles resident wins his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and over $200,000.

Kasabyan entered Day 3 fifth in chips out of 14 players. When they combined to a single table, Kasabyan was 8th out of ten players. But a single key hand shifted his fortunes. On the 61st hand of the final table, he was all in on a playing card: qcplaying card: jhplaying card: 5h flop holding playing card: jdplaying card: tc. He was up against Marty Cohen’s king-queen. The playing card: ts on the turn gave Kasabyan the pot. He actually tripled up on the hand. It catapulted him into the lead, and he stayed at or near the top of the chip counts until the end of the tournament.

Kasabyan’s heads-up opponent already didn’t have to build his stack at the final table. Adam Weinraub accomplished yesterday during Day 2 play. He finished yesterday with the chip lead and over 25% of the chips in play even though there were 14 players remaining. He still held the lead when the final table began. The final table was a rollercoaster ride for him, though, and when Marty Cohen was eliminated in 3rd place, Weinraub was at a severe chip disadvantage to Kasabyan. He had just over 600,000 in chips, and Kasabyan had about 13 million. But a few hands and a few double-ups later, Weinraub had almost 5 million to Kasabyan’s 8.5 million. The comeback fell short, though, as Kasabyan won the next all in and earned the ring.

The tournament featured two starting days, held on Saturday and Sunday, and those days attracted 661 entries. Players were also able to register on Day 2 before cards went in the air, and another 8 players took advantage of that option, even though it meant entering the event with only seven big blinds. For some players, that approach is a recipe for success. Ashton Griffin entered on Day 2, quickly built up his stack, and ended up busting out in 41st place ($3,715). Another Day 2 entrant didn’t fare quite so well. WSOP bracelet winner Dan Heimiller still wasn’t in his seat when play began on Monday. He reportedly had been driving to the Bike from a WPT event in northern California, and wasn’t able to make it for the start of play. By the time he arrived, his stack had been blinded down to 5,000, and he was unfortunately eliminated on his first hand.

The 669 entries produced a prize pool of $1,003,500. The top 72 places were paid, and Kasabyan won $205,720 for first place. The money bubble was reached early on Day 2, and after Jesse Capps was eliminated in 73rd place, all remaining players were guaranteed a minimum payout of $2,810.

Three of the top four finishers in the 2014 version of this event finished in the money this year: Shane Schleger (19th place, $8,650), David Chase (24th, $7,295), and Danny Illingworth (72nd, $2,810). Other in-the-money finishers include Chris DeMaci (53rd, $3,350) and Maria Ho (52nd, $3,350).

In addition to his WSOP Circuit ring and the prize money, Gevork Kasabyan earns a free entry into the 2015 WSOP National Championship, which will a minimum prize pool of $1,000,000.

Here are the final table results from the Main Event at the Bike. Full results are available in the Results section of the live updates.

1 – Gevork Kasabyan – $205,720
2 – Adam Weinraub – $127,295
3 – Martin Cohen – $93,365
4 – Robert Suer – $69,430
5 – Richard Munro – $52,335
6 – Hermilo Vargas – $39,970
7 – Nick Phoenix – $30,930
8 – Brett Murray – $24,245
9 – Joshua Jackson – $19,245