Troha Defeats Wiora in $580 PLO

Sean Troha overcame Ben Wiora’s heads-up chip lead in Event 4, a $580 pot-limit Omaha tournament, to earn his first gold ring and $20,789. In addition to Wiora’s substantial chip advantage, Troha outlasted three-time ring winner Josh Reichard (sixth) and bracelet winner Owais Ahmed (third) at the final table.

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

1st: Sean Troha – $20,789 + $1,675 Main Event seat
2nd: Ben Wiora – $12,848
3rd: Owais Ahmed – $9,248
4th: Stanley Statkiewicz – $6,778
5th: Brad Sailor – $5,056
6th: Joshua Reichard – $3,837
7th: Stephen Laymon – $2,961
8th: George Dietz – $2,323
9th: Jovon Williams – $1,853
10th: James Kasputis – $1,501

Full results available on WSOP.com.

Wiora Leads PLO, Ahmed Short

The Event 4 ($580 pot-limit Omaha) final table is chugging along as just three players remain following about four hours of play. Three-time ring winner and start-of-day chip leader Josh Reichard never caught any traction on Day 2 and relinquished his lead in the form of a sixth-place finish earning him $3,837. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Owais Ahmed, meanwhile, began the final table toward the bottom of the counts and grinded his way to a three-handed berth. Unfortunately, he remains the table short stack.

Ben Wiora holds a commanding chip lead with 1,120,000 of the 1,848,000 chips in play. He leads second place Sean Troha by a margin of two-to-one.

Here’s where we stand at the final table:

Three-handed chip counts

  • Ben Wiora – 1,120,000 (56 BBs)
  • Sean Troha – 615,000 (30 BBs)
  • Owais Ahmed – 115,000 (5 BBs)

Remaining payouts

  • 1st – $20,789 + 50 points + $1,675 Main Event seat
  • 2nd – $12,848 + 37.5 points
  • 3rd – $9,248 + 30 points

Updated 10-handed results

  • 4th: Stanley Statkiewicz – $6,778
  • 5th: Brad Sailor – $5,056
  • 6th: Joshua Reichard – $3,837
  • 7th: Stephen Laymon – $2,961
  • 8th: George Dietz – $2,323
  • 9th: Jovon Williams – $1,853
  • 10th: James Kasputis – $1,501

Additional results available on WSOP.com.

Ditrapani Scores Gold in Event 3

Nicola Ditrapani Winner

Photo courtesy of Image Masters

Event #3
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 375
Prize Pool: $112,500
October 19-20, 2014

Chicago area amateur bests 375 players to earn $24,789, a Circuit ring and a seat in next weekend’s Main Event.

Hammond, Ind. (October 20, 2014) — Event 3 of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. concluded early Monday evening with Chicago resident Nicola Ditrapani in the winner’s circle. Ditrapani outlasted a tough, 375-player field in the $365 no-limit hold’em tournament to earn $24,789, his first gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.

“It feels great,” Ditrapani told the WSOP. “It was a long grind. There were a lot of good players at the final table. I’m just happy to have pulled it out.”

The good players he referred to included PokerNews.com tournament reporter and Day 2 chip leader Mo Nuwwarah as well as Charles Hayes, a driving force behind much of the final table action.

As we mentioned, Nuwwarah lead the way heading to the second and final day of play at the Horseshoe. With 12 players left, he picked up pocket queens and eliminated Chris Pinello 12th and Kenneth Garbowicz 11th to consolidate play to the 10-handed final table. From there, Nuwwarah struggled, surrendering a handful of small pots before his AsAd faced off against the Ac3h of Loren Rosenberg.

In the preflop duel, Rosenberg got his last 191,000 in against Nuwwarah’s aces and the pair showed down. Nuwwarah was in the lead, but a Tc9c3c flop gave Rosenberg more than a few outs as he headed to the turn needing a three or a club to snatch the pot.

The 6s was no help to either player on fourth street, but Rosenberg’s unlikely club hit on the river as the dealer revealed the 7c. Nuwwarah left the table in disgust as Rosenberg pushed his stack forward to be counted down.

The blow proved too much for Nuwwarah to overcome and he was eliminated fourth a few hands later when his pocket eights were outdrawn by the ace-queen of Hayes. The hand gave Hayes a sizable chip lead heading to three-handed play and it wasn’t long before he faced off against Ditrapani heads-up.

“I believe he eliminated four or five players,” Ditrapani said of Hayes’ strong play. “He had me a little over three-to-one going heads up, but I thought if I could just see some flops I could outplay him.”

Ditrapani saw just the flop he wanted when he held 6s3s on a Qs6d3c flop. Holding top pair in the form of AhQc, Hayes lead out for 50,000 and Ditrapani quickly made it 200,000. Hayes moved all in and, in his own words, Ditrapani snap called.

“I was just hoping he had ace-queen,” Ditrapani said of the hand.

The board completed no help to either player and suddenly Ditrapani held the three-to-one chip advantage that previously belonged to Hayes. Hayes would be eliminated second a few hands later earning $15,294 for his efforts.

Ditrapani is 38 years old and resides in Chicago, Ill. He owns his own tile company and insists that while poker supplements his income nicely, his real-world job tops his priority list.

“I’m hoping to get out to the WSOP Circuit events more often,” Ditrapani said. “My job is the number one thing, but I could always have other people do my work for me if [poker] ever takes off.”

The victory marks Ditrapani’s second WSOP-related cash and first gold ring.

Event 3 was the third of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Horseshoe Hammond. The $365 no-limit hold’em event attracted 375 players. The total prize pool came to $112,500 and the top 45 finishers were paid.

Final table results:

1st: Nicola Ditrapani – $24,789 + $1,675 Main Event seat
2nd: Charles Hayes – $15,294
3rd: Stephen VanDalsen – $11,176
4th: Mo Nuwwarah – $8,298
5th: Loren Rosenberg – $6,257
6th: Martin Madonia – $4,789
7th: Robert Rounsfull – $3,719
8th: Ahmed Hilal – $2,930
9th: Anthony Kastelic – $2,340

Full results available on WSOP.com.

Nicola Ditrapani Wins Event 3

Nicola Ditrapani won Event 3 ($365 no-limit hold’em) of the Horseshoe Casino Circuit series Monday night to earn $24,780 along with his first gold ring. The self-employed Chicago resident’s journey to the winner’s circle was an unlikely one that saw him overcome sizable chip leads and flop two pair at just the right time.

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

1st: Nicola Ditrapani – $24,789 + $1,675 Main Event seat
2nd: Charles Hayes – $15,294
3rd: Stephen VanDalsen – $11,176
4th: Mo Nuwwarah – $8,298
5th: Loren Rosenberg – $6,257
6th: Martin Madonia – $4,789
7th: Robert Rounsfull – $3,719
8th: Ahmed Hilal – $2,930
9th: Anthony Kastelic – $2,340

Additional results available on WSOP.com.

Nuwwarah Eliminated, Three Remain

Former chip leader and PokerNews.com tournament reporter Mo Nuwwarah experienced more than his fair share of troubles at the Event 3 ($365 no-limit hold’em) final table. After sacrificing a portion of his stack over the course of a number of small pots, he played a big preflop pot with Loren Rosenberg that saw Rosenberg all-in holding Ac3h against the AsAd of Nuwwarah. As you could guess, the Tc9c3c6s7c runout was an unfavorable one for Nuwwarah as it saw Rosenberg make a flush to double through the former chip leader.

A few hands later, Nuwwarah busted fourth when his pocket eights were outdrawn by the ace-queen of Charles Hayes after Hayes spiked a queen on the river. For Nuwwarah, the finish marks his third WSOP-related cash and earns him $8,298.

Here’s a look at where the Event 3 final table stands following Nuwwarah’s elimination:

Three-handed chip counts

  • Charles Hayes – 2,700,000 (90 BBs)
  • Nicola Ditrapani – 865,000 (28 BBs)
  • Stephen VanDalsen – 185,000 (6 BBs)

Remaining payouts

  • 1st – $24,789 + 50 points + $1,675 Main Event seat
  • 2nd – $15,294 + 37.5 points
  • 3rd – $11,176 + 30 points

Updated 10-handed results

  • 4th: Mo Nuwwarah – $8,298
  • 5th: Loren Rosenberg – $6,257
  • 6th: Martin Madonia – $4,789
  • 7th: Robert Rounsfull – $3,719
  • 8th: Ahmed Hilal – $2,930
  • 9th: Anthony Kastelic – $2,340
  • 10th: Dominick Cantore – $1,895

Additional results available on WSOP.com.

$580 HORSE Underway Shortly

We’re just minutes away from Event 6 of the Circuit series at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. The $580 HORSE event, likely one of the only $580 buy-ins we’ll see for the HORSE variation this year, begins at 5 p.m. and players take their seats to stacks of 12,000. Registration for the event remains open through Level 6 or until about 8:15 p.m. local time.

Here’s a closer look at the series’ sixth tournament:

  • Cards go in the air at 5 p.m.
  • $580 buy-in gets players 12,000 chips
  • One (1) $1,675 Main Event seat added to the prize pool
  • Registration open through Level 6 (~8:15 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes following Level 16 (~1:45 a.m.)
  • Levels 1-16 are 30 minutes, Levels 17-21 are 40 minutes, Levels 22-25 are 50 minutes, all remaining levels are 60 minutes
  • Advancing players return for Day 2 Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Event 5 Prize Pool

Event 5, today’s 12 p.m. $365 ring event, drew 366 players generating a $109,800 prize pool. Each of the top 45 finishers earn a payday with the tournament’s 45th-place player pocketing $496. The eventual winner scores an impressive $24,161, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a $1,675 Main Event seat courtesy of the Horseshoe.

The clock currently reads 200 players remaining toward the middle of Level 8. Day 1 is set to wrap following Level 21 (~2 a.m.) or at the nine-handed final table, whichever comes first. Updated results and chip counts will be provided prior to tomorrow’s 2 p.m. restart.

Final table payouts:

Prize Pool

Full payout structure available on WSOP.com.

Bracelet Winner Among PLO Final 10

Owais Ahmed

Vince Cho busted on the first hand of the Event 4 ($580 pot-limit Omaha) restart narrowing the field to 10 and giving us the unofficial final table. World Series of Poker bracelet winner and 2011 Poker Player’s Championship fourth-place finisher Owais Ahmed (pictured) didn’t make up any ground in the lone hand his table played, but still finds himself among the final 10 and within earshot of a piece of complementary gold jewelry.

Ahmed begins the final playing session seventh of the 10 remaining players and trails chip leader and three-time ring winner Josh Reichard by a margin of roughly two-to-one. Reichard claims 337,000 chips and records his fourth final table appearance of the 2014/2015 Circuit season.

Cards are in the now with 35 minutes remaining in the 3,000/6,000 level. On the line is a $20,789 first prize, 50 points toward the Casino Championship, a Circuit gold ring and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.

Ten-handed seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Owais Ahmed – 181,000
Seat 2: Ben Wiora – 211,000
Seat 3: Sean Troha – 205,000
Seat 4: James Kasputis, Jr. – 212,000
Seat 5: Steven Laymon – 197,000
Seat 6: George Dietz – 80,000
Seat 7: Josh Reichard – 337,000
Seat 8: Jovon Williams – 129,000
Seat 9: Stanley Statkiewicz, Jr. – 60,000
Seat 10: Brad Sailor – 250,000

Event 3 Unofficial Final Table

Mo Nuwwarah

Start-of-day chip leader Mo Nuwwarah’s (pictured) pocket queens sent Christopher Pinello to the rail 12th and Kenneth Garbowicz 11th in a double elimination barely five minutes into Day 2 of Event 3, a $365 ring event. Nuwwarah, a parttime PokerNews reporter typically on the other side of the notepad, now holds 1,069,000 of the 3,750,000 chips in play 10 handed and has a commanding lead as cards are in the air for the unofficial final table.

Roughly 40 minutes remain in the 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante level and players are dueling it out for a $24,748 first prize, 50 points toward the Casino Championship, a Circuit gold ring and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.

Ten-handed seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Ahmed Hilal – 92,000
Seat 2: Dominick Cantore – 271,000
Seat 3: Stephen VanDalsen – 511,000
Seat 4: Loren Rosenberg – 448,000
Seat 5: Anthony Kastelik – 240,000
Seat 6: Mo Nuwwarah – 1,069,000
Seat 7: Charles Hayes – 675,000
Seat 8: Robert Rounsfull – 135,000
Seat 9: Martin Madenia – 193,000
Seat 10: Nicola Ditrapani – 177,00