$1K Prize Pool

Event 9, today’s 12 p.m. $1,125 ring event, drew 190 players generating a $190,000 prize pool. The top 21 finishers are set to head home with a minimum of $2,105. Payouts increase from there before topping out in a $49,401 first prize. In addition to the score, the winner pockets a gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.

The clock currently reads 130 players remaining toward the end of Level 7. Notables still alive include bracelet winner Keven Stammen, and Chicago pros Ravi Raghavan and Aaron Massey. Day 1 is set to conclude following Level 21 (~2 a.m.) and we’ll provide complete chip counts and updated results prior to tomorrow’s 2 p.m. restart.

Full prize structure:

Prize Pool

Six-Handed Update, Three Remain

Chris Karambinis Stack

Two-time ring winner Chris Karambinis’ stack (pictured) now totals more than 2,400,000 or nearly 70 percent of the chips in play with just three players remaining. He’s well out in front with Just Fadi Hamad and short stack Ron Slucker remain between Karambinis and his third career ring and a $37,960 score.

$580 six-handed final table update:

Three-handed chip counts

  • Chris Karambinis – 2,400,000 (100 BBs)
  • Fadi Hamad – 785,000 (32 BBs)
  • Ron Slucker – 315,000 (13 BBs)

Remaining payouts

  • 1st – $37,960 + 50 points + $1,675 Main Event seat
  • 2nd: – $23,456 + 37.5 points
  • 3rd: – $16,285 + 30 points

Updated seven-handed results

  • 4th: Yossi Azulay – $11,426
  • 5th: Kristopher Bradshaw – $8,103
  • 6th: Frank Kirkpatrick – $5,808
  • 7th: Julie Anna Cornelius – $4,208

Additional results available on WSOP.com.

Stimulus Prize Pool, $21K to First

Today’s $200 non-ring Stimulus event drew 684 entries generating a $106,020 prize pool. In addition to the six-figure pot generated by the players, the Horseshoe ponied up more than $30,000 in value in the form of 18 $1,675 Main Event seats set to be given to the final two tables. Each of the top 72 finishers earn prize money with the eventual winner complementing his Main Event seat with a $21,739 first prize.

The strong field is a good sign as we look ahead to this weekend’s $1,675 finale. If you remember, last year’s series closer drew a record 1,717 entries and saw the nearly $420,000 first prize land in the pocket of Pennsylvania’s James Dorrance.

Six-Handed Unofficial Final Table

Fadi Hamad

Two-time ring winner Chris Karambinis retains his chip lead as the 11-player restart in the $580 six-handed event has narrowed to seven players and consolidated to the unofficial final table. Karambinis chipped up to 914,000 but leads second place and fellow Chicagoan Fadi Hamad (pictured) by only about 150,000. Others at the final table include 2014 Palm Beach Kennel Club Casino Champion Kristopher Bradshaw, 31-time Circuit casher Yossi Azulay and the table’s short stack Julie Anna Cornelius.

The final playing session is underway with blinds set to increase to 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante shortly. Karambinis and his tablemates each locked up $4,208. However, anything but the $37,860 first prize and a third gold ring would undoubtedly be a disappointment to Karambinis.

Seating assignments with chip counts:

Seat 1: Fadi Hamad – 770,000
Seat 2: Julie Anna Cornelius – 79,000
Seat 3: Yossi Azulay – 186,000
Seat 4: Frank Kirkpatrick – 436,000
Seat 5: Kristopher Bradshaw – 364,000
Seat 6: Chris Karambinis – 914,000
Seat 7: Ron Slucker – 756,000

$1K Reg Open through Level 6

Starting up alongside Day 2 of Event 7 is Day 1 of Event 8, a $1,125 ring event. Action is underway now and players begin the tournament with a 15,000-chip starting stack. Registration remains open through Level 6 (~5:15 p.m.).

As of now, the clock reads more than 120 players at the beginning of Level 2. Here’s a more complete look at the event:

  • Action began at 2 p.m.
  • $1,125 buy-in gets players 15,000 chips
  • One (1) $1,675 Main Event seat added to the prize pool
  • Registration open through Level 6 (~5:15 p.m.)
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs after Level 12 (~8:30 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes following Level 18 (~1:45 a.m.)
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes, Levels 13-20 are 40 minutes, Levels 22-25 are 50 minutes, all remaining levels are 60 minutes
  • Advancing players return for Day 2 Thursday at 2 p.m.

Six-Handed Restart Underway

Chris Karambinis

We’re minutes into Day 2 of Event 7, a $580 six-handed ring event, with Chicago’s Chris Karambinis (pictured) out in front. Karambinis, a two-time ring winner, holds a convincing chip lead with nearly 25 percent of the total chips in play and 11 players remaining. He sets the pace with Chicago pros and ring winners Robert Edelstein, Yossi Azulay, Fadi Hamad and more hot on his trail.

Cards are in the air now just one elimination from an $800 pay jump. All players have locked up $2,279 while the winner stands to earn $37,960, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.

Play combines to the unofficial final table at seven. We’ll provide updated seating assignments as well as chip counts for each player at that time.

Complete start-of-day chip counts are available a few posts below.

Up-to-date results are available on WSOP.com.

Stimulus and a $1K on Wednesday

Day 7 of the Horseshoe Hammond Circuit series kicks off at 12 p.m. with the property’s signature Stimulus event. This $200 non-ring event plays out like a cash tournament but features 18 Main Event seats added to the prize pool. If you can’t make it for the noon start, a complementary Stimulus — a second-chance turbo — begins at 5 p.m. Like its big brother, the tournament features a $200 buy-in and plays out like a standard cash event. It features nine Main Event seats added and slightly shorter levels at 20 minutes a piece.

In addition to these unique events, Event 8, a $1,125 no-limit hold’em ring event, begins at 2 p.m. along with yesterday $580 six-handed restart.

Here’s a complete look at the day’s action including a breakdown of both non-ring Stimulus events:

12 p.m. $200 Stimulus, 18 Main Event seats added (non-ring)

  • $200 buy-in gets players 10,000 chips
  • 18 $1,675 Main Event seats added to the prize pool
  • Players permitted unlimited re-entry through the registration period
  • Registration open through Level 6 (~2:45 p.m.)
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • All levels are 25 minutes in length
  • This is a one-day event

2 p.m. Event 8, $1,125 no-limit hold’em, Day 1

  • $1,125 buy-in gets players 15,000 chips
  • One (1) $1,675 Main Event seat added to the prize pool
  • Registration open through Level 6 (~5:15 p.m.)
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs after Level 12 (~8:30 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes following Level 18 (~1:45 a.m.)
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes, Levels 13-20 are 40 minutes, Levels 22-25 are 50 minutes, all remaining levels are 60 minutes
  • Advancing players return for Day 2 Thursday at 2 p.m.

2 p.m. Event 7, $365 six-handed, Day 2

  • 11 players remain, Chris Karambinis leads, Yossi Azulay, Robert Edelstein remain
  • Each remaining player locked up $2,279, first earns $37,960, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a $1,675 Main Event seat
  • Full chip counts available below

5 p.m. $200 Mini Stimulus, nine Main Event seats added (non-ring)

  • $200 buy-in gets players 10,000 chips
  • Nine $1,675 Main Event seats added to the prize pool
  • Players permitted unlimited re-entry through the registration period
  • Registration open through Level 6 (~7:15 p.m.)
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • All levels are 20 minutes in length
  • This is a one-day event

The day’s other non-ring event

  • 7 p.m. $150 nightly, one $1,675 Main Event seat added

Don’t forget to check back with us throughout the day for all official updates from the Horseshoe Hammond tournament floor!

Six-Handed Counts, Chicago Strong

Chicago pro Chris Karambinis leads the final 11 in Event 7, yesterday’s $580 six-handed tournament. The 292-player field narrowed to just two tables following 21 levels of play and Karambinis accumulated 893,000 chips — nearly 25 percent of those in play — to lead second place Jacob Phillips by a margin of better than two-to-one. Others splashing in his wake include include fellow Chicago pros Fadi Hamada (350,000), Yossi Azulay (190,000) and Robert Edelstein (127,000).

Cards go back in the air for Day 2 at 2 p.m. with blinds of 6,000/12,000 and a 2,000 ante. Each remaining player locked up $2,279, but all eye the $37,960 first prize, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and Circuit gold ring set to head to first.

Day 2 chip counts:

RankNameChip CountTS
1Chris Karambinis893,000962
2Jacob Phillips389,000905
3Ronald Slucker378,000903
4Fadi Hamad350,000963
5Frank Kirkpatrick331,000902
6Kristopher Bradshaw242,000966
7Emard Alabsi231,000904
8Jeff Manza213,000964
9Yossi Azulay190,000906
10Julie Anna Cornelius161,000901
11Robert Edelstein127,000965

Updated results from the tournament available on WSOP.com.

See You for the Stimulus

Ari Engel stole the headline on Day 6 of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. as he broke through for his seventh career gold ring in Event 6, a $580 HORSE tournament. In addition to moving him into a tie for second all-time, the win earned Engel $17,921, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.

A full report on Engel’s win, as well as a look at the day’s other winner, James Hull, is available in the posts below.

We’re off to bed in preparation for tomorrow’s $200 stimulus event with 18 Main Event seats added. Action kicks off at 12 p.m. and it’s sure to not disappoint.

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

  • 12 p.m. $200 stimulus, 18 Main Event seats added
  • 2 p.m. Event 8, $1,125 no-limit hold’em, Day 1
  • 2 p.m. Event 7, $580 six-handed, Day 2
  • 5 p.m. $200 second chance mini stimulus turbo, nine Main Event seats added
  • 7 p.m. $150 nightly, one Main Event seat added

Event 7 full end-of-Day-1 chip counts and updated results will be made available prior to the tournament’s 2 p.m. restart.

Goodnight and see you in the morning!

Engel Claims Seventh Ring in HORSE

Ari Engel Winner

Photo courtesy of Image Masters

Event #6
H.O.R.S.E.
Buy-In: $500 (+$80)
Total Entries: 128
Prize Pool: $64,000
October 20-21, 2014

31-year-old pro moves to second on the all-time wins list, trails leader Alex Masek by one.

$580 HORSE tournament sees its champion pocket $17,921, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a spot in the record books.

Hammond, Ind. (October 21, 2014) — Ari Engel moved up one spot on the all-time Circuit wins list earning his seventh career ring Tuesday night in a $580 HORSE event. The 31-year-old pro joins Chris Reslock in a tie for second all-time, one victory behind current leader Alex Masek. Officially recognized as Event 6 of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., the win came at the hands of a 128-player field and earned Engel $17,921 along with 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a free seat in the property’s $1,675 Main Event.

“It definitely doesn’t get old,” Engel said of his continued success. “It’s nice to get a win. It’s been a little bit of time. I spend a lot of time grinding and you only very occasionally actually get a win. I’m trying to savor the moment.”

Engel’s victories date back to March of 2007 when he won a $300 no-limit hold’em event. In the years and months that followed he recorded five additional wins – four in no-limit hold’em and one in a pot-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha mixed variation. He came to Horseshoe Casino Tuesday night admittedly inexperienced in HORSE, but with the poker know-how to get the job done even without playing his preferred game.

“I always play online in the big series when they have big-field HORSE tournaments,” Engel said. “I have a fair amount of experience […] In a $500 HORSE tournament I felt pretty comfortable and I think I have somewhat of an edge in it.”

As mentioned earlier, Engel now trails the all-time wins leads of Masek by one. Like Engel, Masek has a young career that’s seen him take the Circuit by storm. Together, the pair has left its mark in the history books besting the pace set by Circuit legends like Chris Reslock, Mark Smith and Men Nguyen and setting the bar for up-and-comers like Valentin Vornicu and Kyle Cartwright.

“A combination [of][trophies][and][money],” Engel said of what motivates him. “Definitely the main thing is making a living [playing][poker]. One of the reasons I choose to play Circuit events is because I do have a lot of rings. I’m trying to catch [Masek]. I don’t know if I would have played a $580 HORSE tournament if it wasn’t a ring event.”

Engel began the second and final day of play in the HORSE event setting the pace with 19 players remaining. He retained his lead at the eight-handed final table and through many of the late stages of play. He watched as Jason Mayfield hit the rail eighth, Jean “Prince” Gaspard sixth and Robert Rasmussen fourth. With each elimination Engel’s stack grew and only briefly did he see second place David Speicher hold an advantage over him heads up. Humble even in victory, the Circuit’s newest champion closed by giving a nod to Masek.

“I really respect his game,” Engel said of Masek. “It’s great to try and get close to him, but he’s the man for now.”

Engel was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is 31 years old and travels the tournament circuit full time. His Event 6 victory marks his seventh career Circuit win, 37th cash and moves him over $400,000 in earnings on the Circuit alone.

Event 6 was the sixth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Horseshoe Hammond. The $580 HORSE event attracted 128 players. The total prize pool came to $64,000 and the top 16 finishers were paid.

Final table results:

1st: Ari Engel – $17,291 + $1,675 Main Event seat
2nd: David Speicher – $11,076
3rd: Ryan Paluf – $7,899
4th: Robby Rasmussen – $5,745
5th: Joe Jeffery – 115,000 – $4,260
6th: Jean “Prince” Gaspard – $3,220
7th: David Kowal – $2,479
8th: Jason Mayfield – $1,944
9th: Kevin Brewer – $1,551

Additional results available on WSOP.com.