Donnelly vs. Champeaux in Event 7

Event 7, today’s $365 no-limit hold’em ring event restart, is down to two players following less than four hours of final table play. Chip leader Dan Lowery stumbled and now watches from the rail as Johnny Donnelly takes on Christopher Champeaux heads up for $17,711, a Circuit gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

For Champeaux, a win would mark his first gold ring. For Donnelly, it would be his second.

Final table update:

Heads-up chip counts

  • Johnny Donnelly – 1,470,000 (73 BBs)
  • Christopher Champeaux – 940,000 (47 BBs)

Remaining payouts

  • 1st – $17,711
  • 2nd – $10,945

Updated 10-handed results

  • 3rd: Isaac Do – $7,907
  • 4th: Kevin Alexander – $5,819
  • 5th: Daniel Lowery – $4,360
  • 6th: Mark Sebesta – $3,322
  • 7th: Rodney Spriggs – $2,574
  • 8th: Cody Pettit – $2,027
  • 9th: Omar Nawim – $1,621
  • 10th: Christopher Lawson – $1,317

Additional results available on

Yancik Earns Gold in Six-Max Event

Stewart Yancik Winner

Event #6
Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 379
Prize Pool: $113,700
January 12-13, 2015

Pot-limit Omaha cash game player enticed by six-max format outlasts 379 players to earn $27,281 and his first gold ring.

Stewart Yancik earned his first gold ring Tuesday night at Choctaw Casino Resort in Event 6 of the property’s World Series of Poker Circuit series. For his performance in the $365 six-handed event, Yancik went home with a $27,281 first prize and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

The short-handed tournament boasted one of toughest fields we’ve seen at this year’s series. The Day 2 restart may have only been nine players, but among them were Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Main Event champion Jesse Wilke, 2013 Choctaw Main Event champion Jeff Fielder, two-time ring winner John “Cowboy” land as well as ring winners Michael Sanders Jason Tulloss.

It took barely 30 minutes for the field to trim itself from nine to the unofficial seven-handed final table, and as Yancik alluded to in his post-tournament interview, the eventual champion had his work cut out for him.

“I had the worst seat at the final table,” he told the WSOP.

With Fielder, Sanders and Wilke on his left, and Land and Tulloss coming along for the ride, Yancik put his nose to the grindstone and got down to business. Land was the first to go in sixth, then Fielder in fifth. Sanders followed soon after in fourth. In no time, just Yancik, Wilke and a shorstacked Tulloss remained. Tulloss hit the rail third leaving Yancik holding the chip lead against Wilke.

“He was definitely the best player remaining in the field on Day 2 in my opinion,” Yancik said of Wilke. “However the cards were going to fall was what was going to happen heads up. He played very well.”

The cards fell in Wilke’s favor a few times and he took the chip lead. They fell back in Yancik’s favor a few hands later and he regained the lead. In no time they’d fall in Wilke’s favor again evening the stacks. Eventually, Yancik turned a pair of kings to best Wilke’s flopped pair of queens spelling the end of Wilke’s hopes for a follow-up gold ring. He earned $16,854 for his second-place finish.

“It’s my first ring ever,” Yancik said after the win. “I’ve played a number of Circuit events so it feels good to finally get the first one. That’s what a lot of people come out here for, to have [a][ring] to take with them.”

Yancik is a 29-year-old poker pro from Blue Springs, Mo. His WSOP resume boasts at least one cash at the World Series each summer – including five in 2011 – dating back to 2008. Primarily a pot-limit Omaha cash player, Yancik has impressively carded three HORSE cashes at the WSOP including a final table appearance in a $1,500 event this past summer.

“I don’t really play hold’em very often, actually,” Yancik said. “I typically only play hold’em if it’s a tournament. I [mainly][play] pot-limit Omaha cash games. I enjoy the HORSE tournaments that the World Series [of][Poker] offers because they’re great and it’s a different change of pace. I’m ok at them. I’m not great, but I enjoy them so I play them.”

Following his Event 6 win, Yancik’s WSOP resume includes 22 cashes totaling more than $170,000 in earnings.

Event 6 was the sixth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Choctaw Casino Resort. The $365 six-handed no-limit hold’em event attracted 379 players. The total prize pool came to $113,700 and the top 42 finishers were paid.

Final table results:

1st: Stewart Yancik – $27,281
2nd: Jesse Wilke – $16,854
3rd: Jason Tulloss – $11,795
4th: Michael Sanders – $8,341
5th: Jeff Fielder – $5,964
6th: John Land – $4,309

Complete results available on

Stewart Yancik Wins Six-Handed Ring

Stewart Yancik earned his first career gold ring Tuesday night in Event 6 ($365 six-handed no-limit hold’em) of the World Series of Poker Circuit series at Choctaw Casino Resort. The victory, which came after a hard fought heads-up battle against this year’s Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Main Event champion, Jesse Wilke, earned Yancik $27,281 along with 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

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

1st: Stewart Yancik – $27,281
2nd: Jesse Wilke – $16,854
3rd: Jason Tulloss – $11,795
4th: Michael Sanders – $8,341
5th: Jeff Fielder – $5,964
6th: John Land – $4,309

Complete results available on

Event 7 Unofficial Final Table

Daniel Lowery

The Event 7 restart, which began today at 2 p.m. with 30 players remaining, is down to the final 10 and consolidated to the unofficial final table. Dan Lowery (pictured right) is all smiles as he holds the chip lead with 398,000. Hot on Lowery’s trail are Christopher Champeaux with 394,000 and Cody Pettit with 350,000. Others still in contention include Isaac Do, Chris Dawson and John Donnelly.

Each remaining player has played their to a $1,317 payday but all are just a few eliminations away from the $17,711 first prize. Cards are in the air for the final playing session now with 30 minutes left in the 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante level

Seating assignments and chip counts:

  • Seat 1: Isaac Do – 315,000
  • Seat 2: Cody Pettit – 350,000
  • Seat 3: Chris Lawson – 122,000
  • Seat 4: Johnny Donnelly – 257,000
  • Seat 5: Daniel “Duma” Lowery – 398,000
  • Seat 6: Mark Sebesta – 3,000
  • Seat 7: Christopher Champeaux – 394,000
  • Seat 8: Rodney Spriggs – 316,000
  • Seat 9: Kevin Alexander – 136,000
  • Seat 10: Omar Nawim – 119,000

Event 8 Prize Pool

Event 8, today’s 12 p.m. $365 ring event, drew 281 players generating an $84,300 prize pool. Each of the top 30 finishers earn prize money with the 31st-place player pocketing $572. From there, payouts steadily increase before topping out in the form of a $20,233 first prize. On top of the money, the tournament’s eventual winner heads home with a Circuit gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

Complete payout structure:

Prize Pool

As of now, the clock reads 120 players remaining with 20 minutes left in Level 10. Those still alive include bracelet winner David “ODB” Baker, Sam Panzica, Michael Sanders, Austin Buchanan, Ryan Tepen, Matt Kirby, Ben Reason and the record-breaking re-entry winner Ray Henson.

Day 1 is set to wrap following Level 21 around 2 a.m. local time.