Main Event and a Turbo on Saturday

The second of two starting flights in the $1,675 Horseshoe Casino Main Event kicks off today at 12 p.m. CT. Action began yesterday with an opening field of 172 players in Flight A. Following 15 levels, just 33 bagged with Devon Ballard holding 349,000 chips and leading the way. Others to move on from Flight A include seven-time ring winner Ari Engel in second, Nathan Bjerno, Tripp Kirk and Kyle Cartwright.

Full end-of-day chip counts are available on WSOP.com.

Today’s Flight B follows the same schedule as Flight A and is expected to surpass the field of yesterday’s opener. Here’s a closer look at how the action plays out:

  • Flight B begins today at 12 p.m.
  • $1,675 buy-in gets players 20,000 chips
  • Players are permitted a total of one re-entry in any combination of start flights — A-A, A-B or B-B
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs after Level 9 (~6:30 p.m.)
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 13 (~9:45p.m.)
  • Day 1s conclude after Level 15 (~11:45 p.m.)
  • Levels 1-15 are 40 minutes, Levels 16-25 are 60 minutes, Levels 26+ are 75 minutes
  • Advancing players combine for Day 2 Sunday at 12 p.m.
  • Winner receives automatic entry into 2015 WSOP National Championship

Joining Flight B in the spotlight on Saturday will be Event 11, a $365 one-day no-limit hold’em tournament.

5 p.m. Event 11, $365 one-day no-limit hold’em

  • $365 buy-in gets players 10,000 chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open through Level 6 (~7:15 p.m.)
  • A 30-minute dinner break occurs after Level 18 (~11:30 p.m.)
  • All levels are 20 minutes in length
  • Tournament is set to play out in its entirety

Updates from the Tunica tournament floor will be available throughout the day right here on WSOP.com.

Here’s a look at the day’s non-ring events:

  • 9 a.m., $250 mega satellite re-entry in Main Event Flight B
  • 7 p.m., $135 nightly no-limit hold’em re-entry

Engel Headlines Main Event Flight A

Ari Engel

Ari Engel bagged up the second-biggest with 216,000 at the end of 15 levels of play at Horseshoe Tunica on Day 1A of the Main Event. Engel has banked more than $400,000 in a decorated career traveling the Circuit that’s resulted in seven rings, tied for second only behind Alex Masek’s eight. Engel’s most recent win was earlier this season at Horseshoe Hammond, where he captured the title and $17,921 for winning the $580 H.O.R.S.E. event.

Out of 172 total entrants, 33 were able to navigate through the day and bag up. Other survivors included chip leader Devon Ballard (349,000), Nathan Bjerno (158,000), Tripp Kirk (157,500), Jordan Smith (131,000), Kory Kilpatrick (109,500), Josh Mancuso (89,500), Dan Gilmer (84,500), and Kyle Cartwright (63,500). Cartwright is also among the all-time leaders in Circuit rings with five, while many of the other players listed are also former WSOP and/or WSOP Circuit champions.

Complete chip counts are available on WSOP.com.

Some of the players who failed to make it through the day included bracelet winner Jonathan Taylor, who fired two bullets, as well as Alex Greenblatt, Casino Championship points leader Scott Stewart, Ryan Tepen, Dan Lowery, Chris Conrad, and John Holley. All besides Taylor will be eligible to reenter for Day 1B, which starts on Saturday at noon.

Running alongside Flight B tomorrow will be Event 11, a $365 one-day no-limit hold’em tournament.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s complete schedule:

  • 9 a.m., $250 mega satellite re-entry in Main Event Flight B
  • 12 p.m., $1,675 Main Event, Flight B
  • 5 p.m., Event 11, $365 one-day no-limit hold’em
  • 7 p.m., $135 nightly no-limit hold’em re-entry

Tim Cullen Wins Event 9

Tim Cullen of Brentwood, Tenn. won Event 9, a $580 no-limit hold’em tournament, at Horseshoe Casino Friday evening. For the victory, Cullen went home with a $28,502 first prize as well as 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a Circuit gold ring.

While many Circuit victors use their new-found score to finance their next buy in, Cullen made it known the win marked the end of his poker playing for the weened — even as Flight A of the $1,675 Main Event played out behind him.

“I think we’re done for the weekend,” he laughed. “I think we’ve had enough excitement for one weekend.”

A full report on Cullen’s gold ring victory will be posted tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a look at the tournament’s final table results:

1st: Tim Cullen – $28,502
2nd: Alex Hencheck – $17,615
3rd: Gregg Merkow – $12,820
4th: James Cox – $9,481
5th: Timothy Shortell – $7,122
6th: Stephen Bierman – $5,432
7th: Anastasio Eason – $4,207
8th: Brian Mulrooney – $3,306
9th: Todd Bartlett – $2,637

Complete results available on WSOP.com.

Main Event Kicks off at Noon CT

Horseshoe Tunica

The first of two starting flights of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Miss. kicks off at noon CT. Gold ring events began at the Mid-South property just over one week ago and culminate with the $1,675 finale that’s set to conclude Monday.

Up for grabs in the Main Event is an expected six-figure first prize as well as a seat in the season-ending WSOP National Championship.

Here’s a break down of the schedule of play:

  • Flight A begins today at 12 p.m., Flight B Saturday at 12 p.m.
  • $1,675 buy-in gets players 20,000 chips
  • Players are permitted a total of one re-entry in any combination of start flights — A-A, A-B or B-B
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs after Level 9 (~6:30 p.m.)
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 13 (~9:45p.m.)
  • Day 1s conclude after Level 15 (~11:45 p.m.)
  • Levels 1-15 are 40 minutes, Levels 16-25 are 60 minutes, Levels 26+ are 75 minutes
  • Advancing players combine for Day 2 Sunday at 12 p.m.
  • Winner receives automatic entry into 2015 WSOP National Championship

Last year, Jonathan Gaviao outlasted 577 players in the Tunica Main Event and earned $181,757 along with his first gold ring. Notables alongside Gaviao deep in that tournament included runner-up Carter Myers, Cord Garcia (seventh), Duy Tran (11th), 2008 November Niner Dennis Phillips (12th), John Holley (20th) and Jake Bazeley (30th).

The Main Event isn’t the only show in town today. With just nine players remaining from 228 starting, Event 9 ($580 no-limit hold’em) restarts at 2 p.m. with a $28,502 first prize on the line. Tim Shortell leads the way and hopes to capture his first gold ring along with a confidence boost heading into the Main Event.

Here’s a closer look at Event 9:

2 p.m. Event 9, $580 no-limit hold’em, Day 2

  • Nine players remain
  • Tim Shortell leads, Al Hencheck third, Todd Bartlett seventh
  • All players assured ninth-place prize money of $2,637
  • Tournament’s winner takes home $28,502, a Circuit gold ring and 50 points toward Scott Stewart’s Casino Championship lead
  • Start of Day 2 chip counts available one post below
  • Up-to-date results available on WSOP.com.

Don’t forget, updates throughout the day will be available right here on WSOP.com.

$580 Chip Counts, Nine Remain

Tim Shortell of Melbourne, Fla. leads the nine remaining players in Event 9, a $580 no-limit hold’em tournament. Shortell transformed his 12,000-chip starting into 713,000 and is one of just two players over the 700,000 mark. The other, Tim Cullen, holds 704,000. Others still in the hunt include Al Hencheck in third with 618,000 and Todd Bartlett in seventh with 118,000.

Cards go in the air for Day 2 at 2 p.m. with blinds of 6,000/12,000 and a 2,000 ante. All players locked up ninth-place money of $2,637 while the tournament’s winner earns $28,502, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a Circuit gold ring.

Day 2 chip counts with seat assignments:

RankNameHometownChip CountSeat
1TIM SHORTELLMELBOURNE, FL713,0002
2TIM CULLENBRENTWOOD, TN704,0003
3AL HENCHECKCINCINNATI, OH618,0007
4STEVE BIERMANNEW ORLEANS, LA173,0008
5DARRELL COXGREENVILLE, SC161,0005
6GREGG MERKOWPLANO, TX144,0006
7TODD BARTLETTDALLAS CITY, IL118,0001
8BRIAN MULROONEYHUNTSVILLE, AL60,0004
9STACEY EASONJONESBORO, AR45,0009

Up-to-date results from the tournament are available on WSOP.com.

Next Up, the Main Event

With David Delaney in the winner’s circle and Event 9 ($580 no-limit hold’em) playing down toward the final table, Thursday is coming to a close. A full report on Delaney’s victory is available below while the Event 9 chip counts will be posted prior to the tournament’s 2 p.m. restart.

Headlining tomorrow’s action is the first of two starting flights in the $1,675 Main Event. Up for grabs in the Horseshoe Tunica finale is an expected six-figure first prize and a berth in the National Championship. A more indepth preview of the tournament is available HERE.

Here’s a closer look at Friday’s schedule:

  • 9 a.m., $250 mega satellite re-entry into the Main Event
  • 12 p.m., $1,675 Main Event Flight A
  • 2 p.m., Event 9, $580 no-limit hold’em, Day 2
  • 4 p.m., $250 mega satellite re-entry in the Main Event
  • 7 p.m., $135 nightly no-limit hold’em

Don’t forget, official updates from the Tunica tournament floor will be made available throughout the day right here on WSOP.com.

David Delaney Wins Event 8

Dave Delaney Winner

Event #8
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 254
Prize Pool: $76,200
January 28-29, 2015

Minnesota banker hauls in an $18,677 score and a gold ring on the eve of the Main Event.

David Delaney denied Duane Gerleman his second career gold ring and the Casino Champion points lead Thursday night in Event 8 of the Horseshoe Tunica World Series of Poker Circuit, a $365 no-limit hold’em tournament. Delaney faced off heads-up against Gerleman and came out on top to the tune of an $18,667 score and his first career gold ring.

“It’s great,” Delaney said of his trophy. “I’ve always wanted a ring. They look great. I love playing poker.”

More than just loving the game, Delaney loves the Mid-South poker scene. He first burst onto its radar in 2007 when he finished 11th in the $5,000 Grand Casino Tunica Main Event for $21,809. His score paled in comparison to the $560,000 first prize he had his eye on and he returned to the property years later still hungry.

“I love coming to Tunica,” Delaney said. “Everyone is pretty good at the final tables. It seems like in Tunica there are some new people every time. You don’t see that much where we live so I like coming here.”

He began the final table of Event 8 toward the middle of the pack and stood his ground all the way to four-handed play. At that time, he came out on the receiving end of some loose play by the eventual fourth-place finisher JP Kolb. Kolb got roughly 700,000 chips in the pot preflop holding a weak ace. Delaney called with a better ace and his hand held. When the stacks were counted down, it was revealed Delaney and had Kolb covered by less than 100,000. Delaney took a commanding chip lead while Kolb hit the rail.

Next to go was the start-of-day chip leader Jeff Evans leaving Delaney to face off against Gerleman. On top of his second career gold ring, a win would have given Gerleman the Casino Championship points lead through eight events. While he doubled through Delaney once, Gerleman met his match when his pocket aces ran into the Qh6s of Delaney on a QsQd9hTd board. They got it on the turn and a river Ks didn’t improve Gerleman. He busted second earning $11,535.

“He’s hard to play,” Delaney said of Gerleman. “He plays good cards, yet he’s not too tight. Of all the people at the table, he worried me the most.”

Delaney was quick to give a nod to his competitor’s game, but he’s no slouch himself. On top of the three WSOP-related cashes – none worse than 11th place – Delaney is a regular player in his home state of Minnesota. He admits he only plays a few times a months now, but it used to be an everyday occurrence.

Delaney is 51 years old and resides in Orono, Minn. where he is the president of First National Bank of the Lakes. When he isn’t working or trying his luck on the felt, he can be found flying his sea plane, fishing, golfing or spending time with his wife and two boys.

Event 8 was the eighth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Horseshoe Tunica. The $365 no-limit hold’em event attracted 254 players. The total prize pool came to $76,200 and the top 27 finishers were paid.

Final table results:

1st: David Delaney – $18,667
2nd: Duane Gerleman – $11,535
3rd: Jeff Evans – $8,334
4th: JP Kolb – $6,133
5th: Darrell Sisk – $4,595
6th: Ross Monteleone – $3,501
7th: Jerry Paskert – $2,713
8th: Broker Bob Roberts – $2,136
9th: Stewart Simpkins – $1,708

Complete results available on WSOP.com.

David Delaney Wins Events 8

David Delaney bested Duane Gerleman heads up in Event 8, a $365 no-limit hold’em tournament, at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Miss. Thursday night. Delaney earned $18,667, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a Circuit gold ring for the victory.

A full report on the tournament will be posted later this evening. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:

1st: David Delaney – $18,667
2nd: Duane Gerleman – $11,535
3rd: Jeff Evans – $8,334
4th: JP Kolb – $6,133
5th: Darrell Sisk – $4,595
6th: Ross Monteleone – $3,501
7th: Jerry Paskert – $2,713
8th: Broker Bob Roberts – $2,136
9th: Stewart Simpkins – $1,708

Complete results available on WSOP.com.

WSOP Circuit Heads to Florida

Palm Beach Kennel Club

The Palm Beach Kennel Club expects large fields for its second Circuit stop of the season.

West Palm Beach, Fla. (January 29, 2015) – The World Series of Poker Circuit returns to sunny West Palm Beach Wednesday for the second time this season. The Palm Beach Kennel club is the host of the 13th of 21 stops on the 2014-2015 Circuit schedule. The Kennel Club opened the Circuit season in late July and expects larger fields and bigger prize pools this time around. This stop has consistently drawn some of the largest fields on the Circuit, especially when it is hosted during the winter months.

The 13-day series kicks-off Wednesday, February 4 with a $1 million guaranteed event. Event #1 – $580 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry is the premier event of the series and one of biggest events on the entire Circuit. Players are allowed unlimited re-entry and may play in as little or as many of the five starting flights as they wish. They may only advance one chip stack through to Day 2.

Earlier this season, the Kennel Club hosted this same re-entry event, but with only half of the guarantee ($500,000) and there was more than $20,000 in overlay. The $1 million guarantee will attract a large field with the potential for overlay in the prize pool once again.

Here is a look at the Event #1 starting flight schedule:

  • Flight A – Wednesday, Feb. 4  – 11 a.m.
  • Flight B – Thursday, Feb. 5 – 11 a.m.
  • Flight C – Friday, Feb. 6 – 11 a.m.
  • Flight D – Friday, Feb. 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Flight E – Saturday, Feb. 7 – 11 a.m.

The Kennel Club series features 12 gold ring events, a Ladies Event, a Seniors Event and tons of side action, including daily tournaments and cash games.

Here is a look at the schedule for ring events #2-12:

 

A printable flyer of the ring schedule can be found on WSOP.com under the Event Information tab.

The series will conclude with the $1,675 Main Event. The four-day long Main Event will include two starting flights and players are allowed one re-entry. The winner of the Main Event winner will not only earn the top cash prize, but will also earn a berth to the National Championship where they will compete for an up-to $2 million prize pool and the first gold Bracelet of 2015.

World Series of Poker Bracelet winner, Tristan Wade, won the Main Event title the first time around at this stop. He pocketed $106,806 for his first place finish and captured his first gold ring.

The weather will be nice, the poker will be good, and the prize pools will be big at this stop on the Circuit. Don’t miss out on one of the most exciting stops the WSOP has to offer.

More information on the property, including lodging information and side action can be found on the Palm Beach Kennel Club’s website.