Penultimate Day at Foxwoods

Welcome back to the WSOP Circuit at Foxwoods.

There are two ring events in action today. The big attraction is Day 2 of the Main Event, which begins at noon. Yesterday, over 500 entries started the event in two starting flights, and a total of 162 bagged chips.

Here are the top 5 chip counts:

  • Alias Mourtadh – 207,200
  • Mike Delfino – 183,000
  • Konstantinos Mitsopoulso – 169,100
  • Mike Pasquale – 161,400
  • Michael Quibble – 159,800

Among the other survivors is Billly Pappas, current November Niner.

Play will resume at Level 13, with blinds at 800-1,600 and a 200 ante. Levels 13-15 are 40 minutes in length. After that, levels with be an hour each.

Registration is still open until the start of play today, so official prize pool information is not yet available. However, estimates are that 54 players will make the money, so about two thirds of the players who return for Day 2 will go home empty handed.

Today’s other event is the last $365 of the series (Event #11). Which kicks off at 11 a.m.

  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips.
  • Blinds begin at 25/50.
  • Late registration is permitted through the end of Level 6 (approximately 2:10 p.m.)
  • Play is schedule for 21 levels today, and will end at roughly 12:40 a.m.
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes in length. Levels 13-21 are 40 minutes.
  • There will be a 60-minute dinner break at the end of Level 12.
  • There will be 10-minute breaks every two hours.
  • For players who bag chips at the end of the night, Day 2 begins on Monday at 1 p.m.

Billy Pappas Advances to Day 2 of Foxwoods Main Event. Alias Mourtadh Leads.

Billy Pappas

November Niner Billy Pappas Advanced to Day 2 of the Main Event at Foxwoods.

The first day of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Foxwoods is in the books, and the chip leader is Alias Mourtadh, from Yonkers, NY. Mourtadh’s 207,200 in chips is well ahead of second place, Mike Pasquale, who finished the day with 161,400. The tournament attracted 507 entries across two starting flights, and there are unofficially 164 players returning for Day 2.

The big buzz in the room, though, wasn’t the big stacks. It was caused by the appearance of November Niner William Pappaconstantinou, better known as Billy Pappas. Pappas is a professional foosball player, and is preparing for the final table of the WSOP Main Event in a few months. He entered Flight B on the Foxwoods event, playing wearing his trademark green Yoshi hat. He built his stack for most of the day before a downswing near the end of the night, and he finished with 25,800 in chips.

One of the flight A competitors knows exactly what Pappas is experiencing as he readies himself for the big stage of the November Nine. Michael Esposito made the November Nine two years ago, eventually bowing out in 7th place. He entered Flight A of the Foxwoods event, and ended the day with 118,500.

A few other players who have seen success at the WSOP entered the tournament as well. Ted Driscoll finished in 2nd place in the Little One for One Drop Event at the World Series this summer, and Ryan Eriquezzo won the 2012 National Championship. Both players are in the field here at Foxwoods, and both will return for Day 2.

The Foxwoods Main Event shone a spotlight on the Casino Champion race. James Watt, who won the first event at this Circuit stop and finished 5th in another, currently sits atop the leaderboard with 75 points. He survived to Day 2, and is looking to add to his point total. Randal Sklar is in 3rd in the Casino Champion race right now with 65 points. He entered both flights today, but was unable to advance. If he wants to catch Watt, he’ll have to do it in one of the two remaining ring events here at Foxwoods. Bassinioni Hammouda also has a chance to catch Watt. Hammouda won a ring in the $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em tournament last week, and he returns for Day 2 with

Day 2 begins on Sunday at noon. Registration is still open until the start of play on Day 2, and official prize pool information will be available at that time.

Foxwoods Casino Champion Update

James Watt_EV8FTThe only ring event in action today is the Main Event, so the standings haven’t changed since the end of Event #9: $580 No-Limit Hold’em yesterday.

James Watt (pictured) holds the lead with 75 points. Randal Sklar is in 2nd with 65 points.

Sklar was recently eliminated from Flight A of the Main Event. There’s no official word yet on whether he’ll fire another bullet. James Watt is currently seated in Flight B of the Main Event.

After the Main Event, there are still two more chances to earn points. Tomorrow, the last standard $365 No-Limit Hold’em begins, and then on Monday Foxwoods will host the last ring event of the series, the $365 Turbo No-Limit.

Day 10 at Foxwoods – Main Event Begins


There is only one tournament on the schedule today at Foxwoods: The Main Event!

There are two starting flights. Flight A begins at 11 a.m. Flight B starts at 5 p.m. Both flights are scheduled to play twelve 40 minute levels. Late registration is open until the beginning of Level 13, so players can also register before the start of Day 2 play on Sunday.

Players who are eliminated may re-enter a later flight or Day 2, but no same-flight re-entry is permitted, and no one will be allowed to fire more than two bullets total.

The winner of the Main Event, along with taking home the lion’s share of the prize pool, will win a free entry into the 2015 WSOP National Championship. Dates and venue for the national championship will be announced at a later date.


Goodnight from Foxwoods. Main Event Starts Tomorrow.

Today’s ring events are complete, highlighted by Randal Sklar’s victory in the $580 No-Limit Hold’em event.

The Ladies Event and the Seniors event will play down to their respective winners tonight, and tomorrow, the $1,650 Main Event begins. Here is the pertinent info for the Main:

  • There are 2 starting flights.
  • Flight A starts at 11 a.m. Flight B starts at 5 p.m.
  • Both flights will play twelve 40-minute levels.
  • Late registration is open until the start of Level 13 (before play begins on Day 2)
  • Players who are eliminated may re-enter in a later flight or on Day 2, but there is no same-flight re-entry and no player may fire more than two bullets.
  • Players start with 20,000 in chips.
  • Blinds start at 25-50.
  • Day 2 will resume at noon on Sunday.

Randal Sklar Wins $580 No-Limit Hold’em ($23,969)

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Randal Sklar celebrates his WSOP Circuit ring with friend.

Four Days ago, Randal Sklar sat at a final table at Foxwoods. It was his first final table of this World Series of Poker Circuit season, and like each of his opponents, he had his eye on winning a WSOP Circuit ring and the first-place prize money. Unfortunately for Sklar, his deep run was cut short. He was the first player eliminated from the final table, finishing in 9th place. Today, though, he earned vindication, finishing in 1st place in the $580 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. It was the first Circuit win of his career, earning him $23,969.

Sklar took a positive attitude toward his earlier final table experience, and it served him well today. “Getting 9th in that first one was a good warm-up for the series,” Sklar said after his victory. “It felt great. I had a lot of confidence coming into this final table.” He entered the final table second in chips, and stayed near the top most of the day. When Alex Foxen, who started the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in 4th place ($7,812), Sklar held the chip lead, and after one more quick elimination, he was heads up against Jeff Hall.

Sklar held a chip lead of about 3-1 when heads-up play began, and he immediately started chipping away at his opponent’s stack, a little at a time. He said later that was strategy. “I wanted to play small ball. I didn’t think there was any need to get it all in preflop, and I just wanted to wither him away.” It worked, and before long, Hall was all in and at-risk. He ended up turning a straight, though, and Sklar went to work chipping away at his stack again. A few minutes later, it seemed like history was repeating itself. Once again, the players were all in, and Hall turned a straight. “It’s a little frustrating,” Sklar said, “when you get down to heads up, and wither your opponent away, and win all the small pots, and then he wins the big ones. You feel like everything’s working against you, but you just have to get back in the saddle, and keep doing what was working before to get back to that same spot.” Sklar’s did exactly that, and won the third all-in confrontation when his pocket aces held up against Hall’s ace-jack.

The victory vaults Sklar into second place in the Casino Champion race at Foxwoods. He earned 50 points for his win, and now has 65 points total. James Watt is still in the lead with 75 points.

Here are the final table payouts:

1Randal Sklar$23,969
2Jeff Hall$14,816
3Thomas Walsh$10,662
4William Foxen$7,812
5Chris Jenkins$5,832
6Tim Lahey$4,421
7Dmitri Pidvysotski$3,418
8K Papapnikos$2,681
9Derek Chin$2,142

Casino Champion Update: Sklar Jumps into 2nd

sklar_winnerAfter 9 events at Foxwoods, James Watt retains the lead in the Casino Champion race with 75 points. Watt won the first event here at Foxwoods, and finished 5th yesterday in a $365 No-Limit Hold’em event.

Earlier today, Randal Sklar (pictured above) won the $580 No-Limit Hold’em tournament (Event #9), earning 50 points and taking over 2nd place. Sklar also made a final table earlier in the series. He finished 9th in that event, and now has a total of 65 points.

After Sklar, there are three players tied with 52.5 points: Michael Nye, Matt Smith, and John Matson.