Casino Championship

NamePointsRingsCashedEarnings
1 flag Daniel Buzgon75 pts02$32,131
2 flag Malik Boney72.5 pts12$20,746
3 flag John Jones65 pts12$18,248
4 flag Derek Blenman50 pts11$33,606
5 flag Jeffrey Jarosz50 pts11$17,859

The chart above shows the top players in the Casino Championship race. Daniel Buzgon is sitting at the top of the leaderboard with his two runner-up finishes to begin the series.

The winner of the the Casino Championship will win a free seat to this year’s National Championship. It is a seat valued at $10,000. The tournament will have an up-to $2 million prize pool and award the first gold bracelet of 2015.

More information on the National Championship and a full leaderboard can be found on WSOP.com.

Note that the Casino Championship standings online are update through Event #6, but they do not include Event #5 results. The standings will be updated to include Event #5 results tomorrow.

Charette Wins One for the Canadians

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Canadian native, Daniel Charette, wins the first turbo ring of the series for $12,877.

Atlantic City, N.J. (December 17, 2014) – Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City is hosting three separate turbo events at their WSOP Circuit series and the first one was won last night by Daniel Charette. Charette took down the title in just over ten hours of play. He earned $12,877 and his first WSOP gold ring for his first place finish.

Charette is from Joliette, Quebec and owns a golf equipment business. He is the first Canadian to win a ring this series. He also is the first Canadian to reach a final table this series. He defeated a tough final table that included a bracelet winner and two ring winner’s from previous events in this series.

Charette defeated bracelet winner, Jason Young, heads-up for the first place title and gold ring. Young was also in pursuit of his first gold ring. In 2008 Young won a WSOP gold bracelet in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout event in Las Vegas for $335,565.

Other tough players at the final table included the two ring winner’s from previous events at this series. They were Malik Boney and John Jones. Boney won the opening event of the series and Jones won Event #3. Boney bowed out in sixth  place while Jones was the first player eliminated from the final table in ninth place.

Charette’s path to the ring was not an easy one with all of the tough opponents he was up against, but he was still able to get the job done to win his first ever WSOP gold ring. This marks Charette’s second WSOP cash.

Event #6 was the sixth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament attracted 159 players generating a $47,700 prize pool. The top 18 players were paid.

Final table results:

1st:  Daniel Charette – $12,877
2nd:  Jason Young – $7,959
3rd:  Anthony Maio – $5,729
4th:  Michael Forca – $4,199
5th:  Jim Kilarjian – $3,132
6th:  Malik Boney – $2,377
7th:  Scott Riuiger – $1,835
8th:  Brian Adragna – $1,439
9th:  John Jones – $1,148

 

CASINO CHAMPION PROFILE: TAVISH MARGERS

Tavish Margers Won Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em at Harrah's SoCal

Tavish Margers Won Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Harrah’s SoCal

San Diego (December 17, 2014) – After 12 event at Harrah’s Southern California for the World Series of Poker Circuit, Tavish Margers earned the title of Casino Champion. Margers cashed in three events, including one victory and a final-table performance in the Main Event.

For Margers, a 42-year old software engineer from Santee, Calif., poker isn’t just about money and competition. It’s an opportunity to spread the word about a good cause. He always plays wearing a Team Challenge sweatshirt, hoping to get a chance to talk about it with other players. Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. Margers’s 12-year old son has Crohn’s disease, and he wears the shirt and supports the program to help his son and others with the disease.

“I wear this every day,” he explained after his victory. “I’ve been with Team Challenge for four years now. What we do is we raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation to help fund research and spread awareness. We do endurance training, we do half-marathons, we do triathlons and stuff like that. My son did his first half-marathon with me back in November in Las Vegas. We both decided to do crazy mohawks for the race, running up and down the strip, so we could fit in with all the crazies in Vegas.” And in fact, Margers was still sporting the mohawk a month later at Harrah’s SoCal, dyed blue and yellow during his ring victory, and then bright orange during the Main Event.

It was a tight competition for Casino Champion, and Margers never led the race until the last day of the Circuit stop. Vincent Moscati jumped out to the early lead by winning the first event and earning 50 points. Then Adam Sadick, who finished runner up to Moscati, finished in fourth place in the very next event. The two final table finishes gave him 65 points, surpassing Moscati for the lead. However, Moscati retook the lead in Event #3: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry. He finished in fourth place, overtaking Sadick. Moscati later had one more cash for 82.5 points total, and he held onto the lead almost to the end.

That last cash for Moscati was in Event #11: $365 No-Limit Hold’em, and the event was won by Tavish Margers. Margers had also cashed in the re-entry event, and after his victory he had 60 points, well behind Moscati. His deep run in theMain Event pushed him to the top, though. He finished in 6th place, bringing his point total to 95. Even then, the competition wasn’t over. Sean Berrios, who had 50 points from 3 cashes when Margers was knocked out of the Main Event, was still alive at the final table of the last tournament at this Circuit stop, a one-day Turbo event. If he won the ring, he’d shoot up to 100 points and ahead of Margers. Berrios’s late run fell short, though, as he exited the turbo in 4th place, guaranteeing Margers would be Casino Champion.

More information and full points standings for the year-long race are available on WSOP.com.

Here are Tavish Margers’s results from Harrah’s Southern California:

Event #3: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry, 526 entries, 17th place - $1,720
Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold’em, 113 entries, 1st place – $10,172
Event #10: $1,675 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, 6th place – $19,264

Six Max Prize Pool

The Event #7 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max prize pool has been announced. The event drew 238 entries to create a prize pool of $71,400. The top 24 players will cash with the 24th place finisher taking home $640. First place will earn $19,278, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.

The clock currently reads that there are 72 players remaining with 25 minutes left in Level 11. Players will take their one hour dinner break after Level 12. The tournament is scheduled to have Day 1 end tonight at the conclusion of Level 21 or when the final table is reached, whichever is first. The restart for Day 2 is scheduled for tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Final table payouts:

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Full payouts for this event can be found on WSOP.com.

Zekus Wins his First Gold Ring

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Brian “Zeke” Zekus runs over the the Omaha 8 final table to earn his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Atlantic City, N.J. (December 17, 2014) – There was no stopping Brian Zekus late Tuesday night in Event #5 – $365 Omaha 8 or Better. Once Zekus gained control of the chip lead, he never let up and went on to eventually win the tournament. This was only the second time Zekus has played in an Omaha 8 tournament, but both times he has made the final table.

Zekus entered the final table fourth place in chips. It did not take long for him to take control of the chip lead, and from there he coasted to victory. His victory earned him his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and $10,801.

“I rolled up on good cards. In the blinds I was hitting cards and people were raising. It kind of worked out and flowed. It all just came together,” said Zekus on his winning performance.

Zekus has been in the military for the past 16 years as a member of the Unite States Coast Guard. The 37-year-old plans to retire in June of next year to pursue a career as a professional poker player.

Zekus will be able to play more tournaments and will look to add to his new gold ring collection. Prior to Event #5, Zekus’ only WSOP cash was at this summer’s WSOP in a $1,000 gold bracelet event. He finished in 104th place for $2,374.

This was a 1-day event that began at noon and played until 3:30 a.m. Part of Zekus’ success was that he was able to maintain focus during the long grind. He was able to find the endurance to come away with victory.

Event #5 was the fifth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The $365 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament attracted 120 players generating a $36,000 prize pool. The top 12 players were paid.

Final table results:

1st:  Brian Zekus – $10,801
2nd: Juan Mendoza – $6,675
3rd: Danny Chang  – $4,753
4th:  Mark Giannone – $3,452
5th:  Edward Betlow – $2,557
6th:  Menachem Rosenberg – $1,931
7th:  Steven Gray – $1,485
8th:  David Coppola – $1,163
9th:  Samoeun Mon – $927

Last Chance to Qualify Online

This is this last satellite to the Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Main Event that will be hosted by WSOP.com. The Main Event features two starting flights. The first one begins Friday, December 19 and the second begins Saturday, December 20. The winner of the satellite will get to choose which starting flight they would like to play. More information on the satellite can be found on the link above.

Day 7 Features the Six Max

Today will begin one of the toughest and more prestigious tournaments of the series in Event #7 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max. It will begin at noon and is scheduled as a two-day event. Here is a closer look at the event:

Event #7 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max — 12 p.m.

  • The entire tournament will be played six-handed
  • Players start with 10,000 chips
  • Blinds start at 25/50
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long. Levels 13-21 are 40 minutes long. Levels 22-25 are 50 minutes long and all levels after that are an hour long.
  • Registration will remain open until the beginning of Level 7 (~3:25 p.m.)
  • Day 1 will play through Level 21 or until a final table is reached
  • There will be a one hour dinner break after Level 12 (~6:45 p.m.)
  • Day 2 will resume tomorrow at 3 p.m.

 

Day 6 Finally Ends – Three Rings Awarded

Daniel Charette wins the first turbo event of the series.

Daniel Charette wins the first turbo event of the series.

 

Day 6 was a long day at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. The day began at noon with the start of Event #5 – $365 Omaha 8 or Better. The same event ended later that night at 3:35 a.m. In between the start and finish of that event, two more events finished and awarded gold rings.

The first ring winner today was Jeffrey Jarosz who won Event #4 -$365 No-Limit Hold’em for $17,859. The other ring winner was Daniel Charette. Charette defeated a field of 159 players in just over 10 hours of time to win Event #6 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo. Charette earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and $12,877.

The last ring winner of the day was Brian Zekus. He won Event #5 for $10,801 and his first gold ring. It took 15 and half hours of play on Day 6 for the tournament to complete, but finally Zekus was able to get a hold of all of this chips for the victory and the gold ring.

Play fires back up tomorrow with Event #7 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max tomorrow at noon. This is six-handed event that will produce a lot of action. The six max ring is always one of the most prestigious rings to win at the series.

Brian Zekus Wins Event #5

Brian Zekus earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The member of the United State Coast Guard bested a field of 120 players to earn $10,801 and 50 Casino Championship points.

A full report on Zekus’ victory will be made available tomorrow. He plans on playing in tomorrow’s six max event.

Daniel Charette Wins Event #6

Daniel Charette earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring late Tuesday night at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Canadian native bested a field of 159 players to earn $12,877  and 50 Casino Championship points.

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

1st:  Daniel Charette – $12,877
2nd:  Jason Young – $7,959
3rd:  Anthony Maio – $5,729
4th:  Michael Forca – $4,199
5th:  Jim Kilarjian – $3,132
6th:  Malik Boney – $2,377
7th:  Scott Riuiger – $1,835
8th:  Brian Adragna – $1,439
9th:  John Jones – $1,148