That’s a Wrap from Mississippi

IP Biloxi

The 2014 IP Biloxi Circuit wrapped Monday night with the crowning of the Main Event champion Mohammad Moeini. Moeini bested 301 entries in the series finale to earn his first gold ring, $106,101 and a berth in the National Championship.

Joining Moeini at the season-ending National Championship will be the IP Biloxi Casino Champion Anthony Gray. Gray earned 100 points in the form of two gold ring victories (Event 2 and 11) and bested second place Mark Fink by 12.5 points

Here’s a look at the 12 IP Biloxi ring winners:

EVENT #1: Mark Fink defeated 125 players ($365 NLH) for $10,500
EVENT #2: Anthony Gray defeated 153 players ($365 NLH Turbo) for $12,391
EVENT #3: John Holley defeated 631 entries ($365 NLH Re-Entry) for $38,813
EVENT #4: Josh Reichard defeated 119 players ($365 NLH) for $10,709
EVENT #5: Valentin Vornicu defeated 151 players ($365 NLH) for $12,231
EVENT #6: Michael Prock defeated 74 players ($365 PLO) for $7,548
EVENT #7: Rodney Sermons defeated 138 players ($365 NLH Six Handed) for $11,799
EVENT #8: Daniel Lowery defeated 143 players ($365 NLH) for $12,014
EVENT #9: Pete Lawson defeated 164 players ($365 NLH) for $13,284
EVENT #10 The Main Event: Mohammad Moeini defeated 301 entries ($1,675 NLH) for $106,101
EVENT #11: Anthony Gray defeated 93 players ($365 NLH) for $8,370
EVENT #12: Kenneth Christopher defeated 92 players ($365 NLH Turbo) for $8,277

Circuit action has conluded at the IP, but cards go back in the air for the next series October 2 at Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana.

See you next year, IP!

Moeini Victorious in Main Event

Mohammad Moeini WinnerThe Main Event
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,500 (+$175)
Total Entries: 301
Prize Pool: $451,500
September 12-15, 2014

Gulfport, Miss. local earns $106K and National Championship berth on his home turf.

Biloxi, Miss. (September 15, 2014) — Mohammad Moeini was the last man standing following a three-hour heads-up battle with Brandon Newsome Monday night in the IP Biloxi Main Event. The victory came at the hands of a 301-entry field and earned Moeini $106,101, his first gold ring and a berth in the season-ending National Championship.
The 44-year-old Gulfport, Miss. resident is an avid participant of the IP’s series and lays claim to five Circuit cashes including three final tables at the property. Moeini says his Main Event victory goes down as his crowning achievement thus far, but he hopes for many future successes in his hometown.

“The last two years I’ve been getting lucky,” Moeini said referencing his good fortune.

Moeini lays claim to three other tournament victories but his largest previous score of $55,103 pales in comparison to the six-figure haul he nabbed Monday night. He came to the final table with the chip lead but hit some bumps in the road before catching a hot streak and laying claim to the title.

Those who had a front-row seat for his championship performance included Corrie Wunstel (ninth) and Timothy Miles (third). Miles was unquestionably the most decorated player at the finale with one gold ring and more than $400,000 in earnings at the WSOP. He began the final table second in chips and in great position for another trophy, but succumbed to the tournament’s eventual runner up, Newsome.

Notables joining Miles in the money included Daniel Lowery (33rd), the 2011 IP Biloxi Main Event champion Jerry Monroe (32nd), Christopher Conrad (31st), Blake Barousse (23rd) and Tim Burt (18th).

Moeini is Iranian-born and immigrated to the United States 20 years ago. He currently resides in Gulfport, Miss. with his wife and two children where he works as a hotel owner and investor. The Main Event victory marks his first Circuit title and brings his career earnings at the WSOP to just under $120,000.

The series-ending Main Event came on the heels of an incredibly successful IP Circuit that enjoyed attendance increases in many preliminary tournaments. Most notably, a $365 re-entry event kicked off opening weekend and set a record for the property as 631 entries competed for their share of the impressive prize pool. Florida’s John Holley went on to win that tournament, his third ring and the $38,813 first prize that came along with it.

Joining Moeini at the season-ending National Championship will be the property’s Casino Champion – Anthony Gray. Gray went an impressive two-for-two at the IP earning his first two career cashes in the form of gold ring victories. He started hot, winning the series’ second tournament, then finished even hotter breaking through again in Event 11 and besting Mark Fink atop the Casino Championship leaderboard.

The Main Event was the last of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at IP Biloxi. The $1,675 no-limit hold’em event attracted 301 players. The total prize pool came to $451,500 and the top 33 players were paid.

Main Event final table results:

1st: Mohammad Moeini – $106,101
2nd: Brandon Newsome – $65,603
3rd: Timothy Miles – $47,647
4th: Anthony Smith – $35,194
5th: Lance Jones – $26,422
6th: Thomas Doussan – $20,150
7th: Larry Hirons – $15,608
8th: Corrie Wunstel – $12,272
9th: Roger Morris – $9,793

Full results available on WSOP.com.

Circuit action resumes Thursday, October 2 when the first of 12 gold ring events kicks off at Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana. You can follow the action all year long on the Circuit Blog at blog.wsop.com.

A Look at Yesterday’s Ring Winner

Kenneth Christopher WinnerEvent #12
No-Limit Hold’em Turbo
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 92
Prize Pool: $27,600
September 14, 2014

Kenneth Christopher Wins Final IP Biloxi Ring

Mobile, Ala. semi-pro records third cash of the series; comes up shy of Casino Championship.

Doug “Rico” Carli finishes sixth marking 117th WSOP-related cash.

Biloxi, Miss. (September 14, 2014) — Kenneth Christopher’s third cash of the IP Biloxi Circuit came in the form of his first gold ring win in Event 12, the series’ final ring event. Christopher made his way through 92 entries in the $365 turbo event in less than 10 hours to claim the $8,277 first prize and 50 points toward the Casino Championship – a race he finished third with 82.5 points.

Running alongside Day 2 of the Main Event, the Event 12 field was littered with talented players unable to make the money in the property’s championship. Among them were model and actress Trishelle Cannatella, three-time ring winner Jessie Bryant, and of course, Christopher.

Cannatella began Day 2 of the Main Event toward the middle of the pack but went on to bust just shy of the money before late registering Event 12. Unfortunately, she experience the same heartbreak busting 13th, one spot shy of the money. Bryant, on the hand, began the Main Event restart as one of just 21 players over the 100,000 mark, but lost a flip to get crippled before he late registered. Bryant would run hot in Event 12, recording his 10th career Circuit final table appearance in the form of a sixth-place finish.

As far as the Main Event goes, Christopher did the worst of our notables busting Day 2 just a few hands into the restart before late registering Event 12. He used his head start to amass a head of steam and required less than two hours to make his way through the nine-handed final table.

“I’d rather be playing in the Main [Event],” a bittersweet Christopher said following his win.

Joining the notables in the Event 2 field was Doug “Rico” Carli. Carli’s claim to fame comes in the form of the all-time record for WSOP-related cashed. An Ohio-based retiree, Carli has amassed 117 career cashes dating back to a 2005 Atlantic City Circuit event. With two rings already, Carli was hopeful for a third, but finished sixth and relinquished the headline to Christopher.

Christopher is a semi-professional poker player from Mobile, Ala. He grinded the tournament circuit a few years ago and acquired six figures worth of earnings before taking some time away from the game. His return to poker and to the WSOP Circuit was a successful one, earning $13,096 in the form of two final table appearances and three cashes at IP Biloxi.

Event 12 was the last of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at IP Biloxi. The $365 no-limit hold’em turbo event attracted 92 players. The total prize pool came to $27,600 and the top 12 players were paid.

Event 12 final results:

1st: Kenneth Christopher – $8,277
2nd: Kevin Davis – $5,118
3rd: Bertah Verduin – $3,644
4th: John Gwinn – $2,647
5th: Jessie Bryant – $1,961
6th: Douglas Carli – $1,480
7th: Richard Langdon – $1,139
8th: Gordon Guy – $892
9th: Christopher Taylor – $711
10th: Jeffery Zelko – $577
11th: David Schreiner – $577
12th: Daniel Bachert – $577

IP’s Final Final Table

Seating Chart

It’s the final day of the 2014 IP Biloxi Circuit series and it’s going out in style with the Main Event final table as the day’s only headliner.

Nine players remain and Robert Moeini leads the field with 1,645,000. He’s trailed by perennial WSOP casher and ring winner Timothy Miles who holds 1,107,000. Other notables at the finale include Brandon Newsome (403,000) and Corrie Wunstel (385,000).

A full seating chart with chip counts is available above.

Each of the remaining players is guaranteed $9,793, but all eye the $106,101 first prize and Circuit gold ring set to go to first. In addition to the six-figure score and Circuit trophy, the eventual winner earns an automatic berth in the National Championship where they’ll join IP Biloxi Casino Champion Anthony Gray to play for their piece of an up-to $2 million prize pool and a gold bracelet.

Cards go in the air for the restart at 12 p.m. with blinds of 12,000/24,000 and a 3,000 ante. A full recap on the action thus far is available on WSOP.com.

And don’t forget, live updates from the series-closing event are available throughout the day on the events page!

Good luck, players!

Miles Leads Final Nine in Main Event

Timothy Miles Main Event
Mohammad Moeini leads with a $106K first prize and National Championship berth on the line.

Biloxi, Miss. (September 14, 2014) — On Sunday, the World Series of Poker Circuit continued with Day 2 of the IP Biloxi Main Event. After nine full levels of play, the field reached an official final table of nine with Mohammad Moeini bagging up the chip lead of 1.645 million.

Moeini emerged as a force to be reckoned with roughly halfway through the day, building his stack quickly and assuming the chip lead. As the day progressed, Moeini remained active and, thanks to a few key confrontations, continued his dominance. In one such confrontation, Moeini flopped top pair and turned it into two pair on the fourth street. The last woman standing Antoinette Fiorenza shipped into him, he instantly called, and held through the river to bring his stack just under one million.  This event marks Moeini’s fifth cash on the Circuit, all of which have occurred at IP Biloxi.

While Moeini holds the lead coming into the final day, Circuit ring-winner and tournament regular Timothy Miles is hot on his heels. Miles, a ring winner, earned his trophy during the 2007/08 season in a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event. He bested a field of 260 players to take home a prize of over $80,000. His biggest WSOP-related cash, however, came later that series when he finished runner-up in the $5,000 Main Event for over $210,000. Miles will bring a stack of 1.107 million to the final table.

Also appearing at the final table is tournament regular and ring winner Corrie Wunstel. Wunstel will have his work cut out for him on Day 3 with the shortest stack of the remaining nine. Wunstel bagged 385,000.

The day began with 67 returning players taking their seats with the immediate goal of making the money. Registration closed after cards hit the air, and one new entrant brought the total number of players to 68. As the day progressed, notable players fell one by one while attempting to secure a spot among the top 33 and a guaranteed payday of $2,695. Some of the players to fall before the money was reached include WSOP bracelet winner Corey Harrison, Trishelle Cannatella, Ross Bybee, Sean Small, and Jessie Bryant.

The money was reached in rapid fashion, with Daniel Smethurst assuming the role of bubble boy. Smethurst was on par to score his fifth cash of the series with this Main Event, but came up just short at the hands of Lance Jones.

Some notable players to fall within the money include Daniel Lowery (33rd), 2011/12 IP Biloxi Main Event champion Jerry Monroe (32nd), Chirs Conrad (31st), Day 2’s only new entrant Charles Isham (27th) start-of-day chip leader Blake Barousse (23rd) and Tim Burt (18th).

Play resumes Monday at 12 p.m. local time where the final nine return to play until a champion is reached. Each remaining player is assured $9,793 but all eye the $106,101 first prize, a Circuit gold ring and a berth in the season-ending National Championship.

Here’s a look at the seating chart heading into Day 3:

Seat 1: Mohammad Moeini – 1,645,000 (68 BBs)
Seat 2: Thomas Doussan – 516,000 (21 BBs)
Seat 3: Lance Jones – 500,000 (20 BBs)
Seat 4: Roger Morris – 454,000 (18 BBs)
Seat 5: Anthony Smith – 606,000 (25 BBs)
Seat 6: Brandon Newsome – 403,000 (16 BBs)
Seat 7: Larry Hirons – 416,000 (17 BBs)
Seat 8: Corrie Wunstel – 385,000 (16 BBs)
Seat 9: Timothy Miles – 1,107,000 (46 BBs)

Anthony Gray Captures Casino Championship with Event 11 Victory

Tony Gray WinnerEvent #11
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 93
Prize Pool: $27,900
September 13-14, 2014

Coker, Ala. amateur wins two rings during 12-day series, bests Mark Fink atop Casino Championship leaderboard.

Biloxi, Miss. (September 14, 2014) — Anthony Gray’s Event 11 victory came at the hands of runner up Kip Jones, but it was Mark Fink who took the biggest blow when the Coker, Ala. amateur earned his second ring of the IP Circuit. Fink laid claim to the Casino Championship lead through the majority of the 12-day series and needed to fade a Gray win in Event 11 to capture his second berth in the season-ending event.

Gray had other plans, though. He parlayed a Day 2 berth into a spot at the final table and ran hot from there winning every all in and sending player after player to the rail. Gray knew where he stood from the start. A runner up finish would match Fink’s 87.5 points but if that were the case, Fink would win the title via the money-earned tie breaker. Thus, it was a win and a win only that would do the job for Gray.

“It’s incredible,” Gray said after his win. “I just wanted to get in the money, really. Then finally I said you know, it would be really nice to make two final tables. Then when I made the final table I was still short stacked. I played some of the best poker I’ve probably ever played. Of course, you have to win a couple races to get this far. I’m just excited. I can’t believe it.”

In addition to bringing his series earnings to more than $20,000, the victory awarded Gray 50 points toward his title topping him out at an even 100, 12.5 ahead of Fink.

The Event 11 final table was a fun ride for the shortstacked Gray. He caught pocket aces at the right time against Quan Nguyen (sixth) and ran hot against ring winners Robert Lauria (eighth), Will Souther (third) and Jones.

“What turned everything around is… [Nguyen] was to my right,” Gray said of his hot streak. “He had been making big bets every time. He goes all in on my big blind and I woke up with pocket aces and put him out of the tournament. That was a turnaround right there.”

Gray’s son, Brad, was among the Event 11 field but busted two hours into Day 1 when his aces were cracked. Brad stayed behind to sweat his father while Gray’s wife, Norma, and daughter, Kristy, followed the action from home.

“I’m so glad he could be here,” an emotional Gray said of his son.

Gray is a 49-year-old retiree. Following his Event 11 victory, he is two-for-two in WSOP-related cashes. That is, his only two career in-the-money finishes go down as gold ring victories. He earned $20,761 during the 12-day IP Biloxi series.

As Casino Champion Gray earns an automatic berth in the season-ending National Championship set to take place in the spring of 2015. There, he’ll compete alongside the IP Biloxi Main Event champion for his share of an up-to $2 million prize pool and a gold bracelet. As in past years, the action will be filmed for ESPN and aired at a yet-to-be-determined date. More information on the one-of-a-kind event is available on WSOP.com.

Event 11 was the 11th of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at IP Biloxi. The $365 no-limit hold’em event attracted 93 players. The total prize pool came to $27,900 and the top 12 players were paid.

Event 11 final results:

1st: Anthony Gray – $8,370
2nd: Kip Jones – $5,173
3rd: Will “Monkey” Souther- $3,683
4th: John Henderson – $2,676
5th: Matthew Silva – $1,982
6th: Quan Nguyen – $1,496
7th: Randall Reese – $1,151
8th: Robert Lauria – $901
9th: Sean Hansen – $719
10th: John Scarpulla – $583
11th: David Walter – $583
12th: Clay Henry – $583

Anthony Gray Wins Event 11 to Capture Casino Championshp

Anthony Gray and Son

Anthony Gray celebrates with his son.

Anthony Gray earned Casino Champion honors at IP Biloxi Sunday night following his second gold ring victory of the series. Gray won Event 2 and Event 11 good for 100 points, more than $20,000 in earnings and an automatic berth in the National Championship.

It was do or die in Event 11 for Gray who needed first place and first place only to take the title from Mark Fink. Fink, the previous leader in the clubhouse with 87.5 points, held the money-earned tie break were Gray to finish runner up. Instead, Gray sent Will Souther to the rail third and Kip Jones second, nabbed the 50-point score and captured his second ring all under the watchful eye of his son.

A full report on Gray’s Event 11 victory and his impressive run to the Casino Championship will be made available later this evening. While you wait, here’s a look at the complete tournament results:

1st: Anthony Gray – $8,370
2nd: Kip Jones – $5,173
3rd: Will “Monkey” Souther- $3,683
4th: John Henderson – $2,676
5th: Matthew Silva – $1,982
6th: Quan Nguyen – $1,496
7th: Randall Reese – $1,151
8th: Robert Lauria – $901
9th: Sean Hansen – $719
10th: John Scarpulla – $583
11th: David Walter – $583
12th: Clay Henry – $583

The Last of the Rings at IP Biloxi

Action on Day 11 kicks off at 12 p.m. with the last of the 12 gold ring events scheduled for the IP Biloxi series. Players begin the $365 turbo closer with 10,000 chips and play 20-minute levels throughout. Action is expected to conclude late tonight or early Monday morning.

Running alongside the turbo tournament will be Day 2 of the Main Event. Blake Barousse leads a talented field and eyes his third gold ring and first WSOP six-figure score.

Finally, Event 11, yesterday’s $365 tournament, restarts at 3 p.m. with 17 players remaining and just the top 12 finishing in the money.

Here’s a look at the day’s full schedule:

12 p.m. Event 12 no-limit hold’em turbo

  • $365 buy-in gets players 10,000 chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • All levels are 20 minutes in length
  • Registration remains open through Level 9 (~3:15 p.m.)
  • One-hour dinner break occurs after Level 18 (~6:30 p.m.)
  • This is a one-day event

12 p.m. $1,675 Main Event, Day 1

  • 67 players remain, Blake Barousse leads, Ross Bybee, Jessie Bryant, Sean Small Dan Lowery, Jerry Monroe and others still alive
  • Registration closes when cards go in the air, full prize pool posted shortly after
  • Live updates available on WSOP.com

3 p.m. Event 12 $365 no-limit hold’em, Day 2

  • 17 remain, Quan Nguyen leads
  • Top 12 finishers earn prize money
  • $8,370, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a Circuit gold ring to first
  • Full chip counts available below

The day’s non-ring events:

  • 10 a.m. $65 satellite into Event 12
  • 4 p.m. $250 Ladies no-limit hold’em
  • 7 p.m. $130 no-limit hold’em

Good luck, players!

Blake Barousse Leads Main Event Heading to Day 2

Blake BarousseOn Saturday, Day 1B of the 2014/15 World Series of Poker Circuit IP Biloxi Main Event wrapped up its second and final starting flight. Blake Barousse holds the chip lead heading into Day 2 where the final 67 players will return in an attempt to claim Circuit glory.

Barousse is no stranger to success on the WSOP Circuit, already having two gold rings to his name. The first of Barousse’s trophies came at this very stop just two years ago, when he conquered a $365 No-Limit Hold’em field for over $15,000 in tournament winnings. Barousse rode the hot streak, winning his second ring about a month later in Horseshoe Hammond where he bested yet another $365 No-Limit Hold’em field and pocketed over $43,000 in prize money. Since then, Barousse has amassed over $113,000 in prize money on the Circuit and looks to just about double that with a victory in Biloxi.

While Barousse bagged up the overall chip lead with his performance on Day 1B, others are hot on his trail. Chander Jain, for example, bagged up the top stack on Day 1A, putting 190,500 in the bag. Other top stacks heading into Day 2 include Hiep Doan (205,500), Gerardo Parada (196,000), and Steve Galey (189,500).

Day 1A drew 119 players with 25 of those players advancing. Day 1B had 181 total entries, XX of which advanced. Combined, the field saw a grand total of 300 entries with 67 advancing players. Registration will remain open until the start of Day 2, giving players a chance to try and build up a stack close to the money. Once registration closes on Day 2, a full prize pool will be announced with a list of payouts.

Along with the to-be-determined first place prize, the eventual winner will earn a gold Circuit ring and is guaranteed a seat to the season-ending National Championship in May of 2015.

The chip leaders will be joined by several notable players on Day 2, each looking for their piece of the Main Event prize pool. Players returning for Day 2 include Corrie Wunstel (151,500), Ross Bybee (146,500), Jesse Bryant (105,000), Sean Small (84,500), Daniel Lowery (78,500), Tim Burt (64,000), Trishelle Cannatella (51,500) BJ McBrayer (49,500), and Chris Conrad (38,500).

Also returning to the felt is 2011/12 IP Biloxi Main Event champion Jerry Monroe. Monroe battled through the day and bagged up a stack of 61,500. Monroe looks to seize victory once more and earn what could potentially be his third Circuit ring.

Day 2 kicks off at 12 p.m. local time in the Studio B tournament area of IP Biloxi.

A full look at the Day 2 chip counts can be found here.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts heading into Day 2:

1. Blake Barousse – 268,000
2. Hiep Doan – 205,500
3. Gerardo Parada – 196,000
4. Chander Jain – 190,500
5. Steve Galey – 189,500
6. Curtis Terry – 172,000
7. Roger Morris – 170,000
8. Sam Ansley – 167,000
9. David Tarbet – 166,500
10. Fred Sigur – 152,000

Event 11 Chip Counts

The 93-player starting field in Event 11, today’s 5 p.m. $365 ring event, is down to 17 following 15 Levels on Day 1. Quan Nguyen leads all players with 187,200. Notables hot on his trail include Casino Championship contender Tony Gray as well Glen Goldsmith who will be in limbo between Day 2 of the Main Event and this restart.

Play resumes Sunday at 3 p.m. with blinds of 800/1,600 and a 200 ante. Just the top 12 finishers earn prize money with the tournament’s winner pocketing $8,370, a gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

Day 2 chip counts:

RankNameChip CountTableSeat
1Quan Nguyen187,200268
2Sean Hansen97,900251
3Matt Silva76,500258
4John Henderson75,300262
5David Walterss69,600261
6Tony Gray60,700257
7Russel Duval48,500254
8John Scarpulla45,200266
9Randall Reese43,400264
10Will Souther41,000253
11Clay Henry40,900265
12Bob Lauria28,100269
13Ronald Brown28,000256
14Glen Goldsmith27,700263
15Kip Jones25,300259
16Edwin Jacobo24,000252
17Shawn Coluit16,100255