Goodnight from the Horseshoe

Day 9 of the Horseshoe Casino Circuit series saw David Mirshak outshine bracelet-winning stars like Aaron Steury and Nick Kost at the Event 9 ($365 Omaha eight) final table. The victory earned Mirshak, an Illinois-based carpenter, $14,586, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a berth in the $1,675 Main Event.

A full recap on Mirshak’s win is available one post below.

In addition to Mirshak’s Event 9 restart, Day 9 action saw Flight A of the Main Event kick off. The first of two starting flights in the $1,675 finale drew 544 entries and sets the pace heading to tomorrow’s Flight B.

Recap the action from the the opening flight on WSOP.com.

Here’s a complete look at what to look forward to Saturday at the Horseshoe:

  • 10 a.m. $255 mega satellite turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 12 p.m. $1,675 Main Event, Flight B
  • 3 p.m. $300 pot-limit Omaha
  • 7 p.m. $150 nightly

Goodnight and see you in the morning!

Mirshak Wins Omaha Eight Event

David Mirshak Winner

Photo courtesy of Image Masters

Event #8
Omaha Hi-Low Eight or Better
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 187
Prize Pool: $56,100
October 23-24, 2014

Illinois carpenter earns $14,586 and first gold ring following $365 Omaha eight victory.

Bracelet winners Aaron Steury and Nick Kost grace the final table before relinquishing the headline to amateur David Mirshak.

Hammond, Ind. (October 24, 2014) — David Mirshak broke through for an unlikely gold ring victory Friday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. The win, which came in a $365 Omaha hi-low eight or better tournament, came at the hands of two bracelet winners – Aaron Steury (eighth) and Nick Kost (third). Mirshak, an amateur, bested the pair of headliners to the tune of $14,586, his first gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a berth in the $1,675 Main Event.

“It feels great. I started off short stacked and I ended up making a few hands and this is the outcome.”

While Mirshak nursed his short stack, Kost was sizing his ring finger. The 2014 Omaha hi-low bracelet winner began the final table with 30 percent of the total chips in play and was the odd-on favorite to nab a complementary gold trophy. He watched as Steury hit the rail ninth, Allen Kessler eighth and Shirley Rosario sixth. With those heavy hitters on the rail, Kost had just a handful of recreational players between him and the title.

In the end, it would be those recreational players that spelled his demise as he hit the rail third leaving Gwen Herrick to fend for herself against Wirshak. The heads-up battle was short lived and it was just a few minutes before Wirshak eliminated Herrick to score his first gold ring along with the five-figure prize and a seat in the Main Event.

“It’s always a pleasure playing with guys like that,” Wirshak said of the bracelet winners. “I look up to those guys. They have a lot of experience and to be able to beat those guys feels fantastic.”

Running alongside Day 1A of the Main Event, the Event 9 final table served as a satellite of sorts for the property’s finale. Kessler and Steury bought in immediately following their eliminations while Wirshak’s $1,675 voucher is good for tomorrow’s Flight B.

“I’m actually really excited about [the][Main][Event],” Wirshak said. “I was thinking about playing it before, now I’m definitely going to be able to play it.”

Wirshak is 36 years old and has four children. He works as a carpenter in his hometown of Belvidere, Ill. and says he plays cards as a hobby.

Event 9 was the ninth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Horseshoe Hammond. The $365 Omaha hi-low eight or better event attracted 187 players. The total prize pool came to $56,100 and the top 21 finishers were paid.

Final table results:

1st: David Mirshak – $14,586
2nd: Gwen Herrick – $9,010
3rd: Nicholas Kost – $6,506
4th: James Davis – $4,778
5th: Steven VanDalsen – $3,570
6th: Shirley Rosario – $2,712
7th: Lonnie Siegel – $2,095
8th: Allen Kessler – $1,645
9th: Aaron Steury – $1,313

Additional results available on WSOP.com.

David Mirshak Wins Omaha Eight

David Mershak outlasted the likes of bracelet winners Aaron Steury (ninth) and Nicholas Kost (third) to win his first ring in Event 8 of the Horseshoe Hammond Circuit series, a $365 Omaha eight event. In addition to the trophy, the victory earns Mirshak $14,586, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event.

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

1st: David Mirshak – $14,586
2nd: Gwen Herrick – $9,010
3rd: Nicholas Kost – $6,506
4th: James Davis – $4,778
5th: Steven VanDalsen – $3,570
6th: Shirley Rosario – $2,712
7th: Lonnie Siegel – $2,095
8th: Allen Kessler – $1,645
9th: Aaron Steury – $1,313

Complete results available on WSOP.com.

Omaha Eight Final 10 Underway

Nick Kost

The final 10 players from yesterday’s 187-player starting field in Event 9, a $365 Omaha eight ring event, are in their seats and cards are in the air for Day 2. Nick Kost (pictured), 2014 $1,500 Omaha hi-low bracelet winner, holds 572,000 chips — more than 30 percent of the those in play — and has a commanding lead heading to today’s finale. While his lead is substantial, no advantage is safe with the likes of fellow bracelet winner Aaron Stuery (128,000) and Allen Kessler (52,000) on his heels.

Each of the 10 remaining players locked up $1,064 while $14,586, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event head to first. Cards are in the air now with blinds of 6,000/12,000 and limits of 12,000/24,0000.

Full start-of-day chip counts area available a few posts below.

Updated results are available on WSOP.com.

We will touch base with you again when we have a winner.

Main Event Begins at Noon

It’s Friday at the Horseshoe and that means just one thing — Main Event time. The first of two starting flights in the property’s championship event kicks off at 12 p.m. Players begin the $1,675 finale with 20,000 chips and compete for a six-figure first prize along with a berth in the season-ending National Championship.

Running alongside the day’s headliner is Day 2 of Event 9, yesterday’s $365 Omaha Eight event, which begins at 2 p.m. Bracelet winner Nick Kost holds a commanding chip lead 10 handed, but has the likes of another bracelet winner, Aaron Steury, and Allen Kessler looking to gain ground.

Here’s a glance at Friday’s complete schedule:

12 p.m. Event 10, $1,675 Main Event, Flight A

  • $1,675 buy-in gets players 20,000 chips
  • Flight A begins today at 12 p.m., Flight B Saturday at 12 p.m.
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open through Level 12 (~9:45 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes after Level 15 (~11:45 p.m.)
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs after Level 9 (~6:30 p.m.)
  • Levels 1-15 are 40 minutes, Levels 16-25 are 60 minutes, Levels 26+ are 75 minutes
  • Players eliminated in Flight A may re-enter in Flight B
  • Advancing players combine for Day 2 Sunday at 12 p.m.
  • Winner to receive automatic entry into season-ending National Championship

2 p.m. Event 9, $365 Omaha eight, Day 2

  • 10 players remain, bracelet winner Nick Kost leads, fellow bracelet winner Aaron Steury, Allen Kessler remain
  • Min-cash earns $2,105, first goes home with $14,586, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a $1,675 Main Event seat
  • Full chip counts available below

The day’s non-ring events

  • 10 a.m. $255 mega satellite turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 2 p.m. $200 turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 5 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 7 p.m. $150 nightly, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 9 p.m. $255 mega satellite, 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!

Omaha Eight Counts, Bracelets Galore


2014 $1,500 Omaha hi-low bracelet winner Nick Kost holds more than 30 percent of the total chips in play following Day 1 of Event 9, a $365 Omaha eight tournament. Just 10 players remain and Kost, who turned his 10,000-chip starting stack into 572,000, leads a talented field that includes fellow bracelet winner Aaron Stuery (128,000) and Allen Kessler (52,000).

Cards go back in the air at 2 p.m. alongside Day 1A of the Main Event. All remaining players locked up $1,064 while $14,586, a Circuit gold ring, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a seat in the $1,675 Main Event head to first.

Day 2 chip counts with seat assignments:

RankNameChip CountSeat
1Nick Kost572,0006
2James Davis244,0009
3Shirley Rosario240,0005
4David Mirshak193,0001
5Gwen Herrick160,0004
6Aaron Steury128,0008
7Stephen VanDalsen109,0003
8Roderick Yates101,0007
9Lonny Siegel86,0002
10Allen Kessler52,00010

Thursday Wraps, a Look at Friday

Sean Troha stole the headlines Thursday with his second gold ring of the Hammond series. Most recently, the 26-year-old Ohio pro navigated through a talented field in Event 8, a $1,125 no-limit hold’em tournament, to complement his first score with an additional $49,401 and a commanding lead in the Casino Championship.

A full report on Troha’s impressive victory is available below.

As Thursday’s ring event nears day’s end, we’re heading in for the night. Here’s a look at what you have to look forward to Friday at the Horseshoe. Don’t forget, Flight A of the Main Event kicks off at noon!

  • 10 a.m. $255 mega satellite turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 12 p.m. $1,675 Main Event, Flight A
  • 2 p.m. Event 9, $365 Omaha eight, Day 2
  • 2 p.m. $200 turbo, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 5 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 7 p.m. $150 nightly, one $1,675 Main Event seat added
  • 9 p.m. $255 mega satellite, one $1,675 Main Event seat added

Goodnight and see you in the morning.

Two for Troha, Sean Wins Again

Photo courtesy of Image Masters

Photo courtesy of Image Masters

Event #8
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,000 (+$125)
Total Entries: 190
Prize Pool: $190,000
October 22-23, 2014

26-year-old Ohio pro bests bracelet winners at each of his two final tables, takes a commanding lead in the Casino Championship with three cashes including two victories.

Troha bests 190 in $1,125 ring event, earns $49,401 and his second win of the series.

Hammond, Ind. (October 23, 2014) — Sean Troha earned his second ring of the World Series of Poker Circuit series at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. Thursday night. The 26-year-old Ohio pro maneuvered his way through a tough field for the second time in three days to come out on top in Event 8, a $1,125 no-limit hold’em tournament. In addition to $49,401 in prizes and his second career ring, the win gives him a commanding lead in the Casino Championship points race. Troha, who now lays claim to 102.5 points, leads the field by a margin of 52.5 with just three points-eligible events remaining on the Hammond schedule.

“It was on my mind a little bit,” Troha said of the points lead. “When we were eight or nine-handed I was thinking about it. Maybe just don’t do anything crazy, that kind of thing. Play a little tighter.”

Troha, who hadn’t recorded a WSOP-related cash prior to the Hammond series, now has two rings in two variations – no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha. Like his first win, which came at the hands of bracelet winner Owais Ahmed and three-time ring winner Josh Reichard, his second victory was a tough test of skill that saw him outlast decorated pros. The final table began with headliners like bracelet winner Tyler Patterson and 2012 Hammond Main Event champion Josh Williams. Williams made an early exit, busting eighth, while Patterson was a factor late in the event finishing fourth.

With Patterson’s elimination, play opened up and it was only a matter of time until Troha earned his unlikely second victory of the series.

“It all happened so quickly three-handed and heads-up was pretty short,” a noticeably stunned Troha said following his win. “I wasn’t even the chip leader three-handed. I took the chip lead and just ran with it. It was over in a flash.”

On the final hand, Troha lead on an AdTh9c board and his heads-up opponent David Plotkin raised him. Troha moved all in and Plotkin called. It was Plotkin who held the lead with AhKd for top pair but Troha had straight outs holding QsJc.

As it should for a player running as hot as Troha, the turn 8h completed his straight and spelled the end for Plotkin. He earned $30,516 for his runner-up finish.

“It’s crazy,” Troha said. “I guess you just get really lucky in spurts or something. A long time with no cashes then all the sudden it goes your way. I don’t know how to describe it.”

The victory comes on the eve of the $1,675 Main Event and Troha earns his second seat in the finale courtesy of the Horseshoe, though staff informed him the cash value of seat number two will be awarded in tournament buy-in chips. As for what’s next for the property’s hottest player and newest champion, he kept it pretty simple.

“Dinner and the Main Event tomorrow,” he said.

Event 8 was the eighth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Horseshoe Hammond. The $1,125 no-limit hold’em event attracted 190 players. The total prize pool came to $190,000 and the top 21 finishers were paid.

Final results:

1st: Sean Troha- $49,401
2nd: David Plotkin – $30,516
3rd: Jeremy Dresch – $22,034
4th: Tyler Patterson – $16,182
5th: Clinton Keown – $12,090
6th: Noomis Jones – $9,187
7th: Emerick Wiatrek – $7,097
8th: Emerick Wiatrek – $5,573
9th: Lance Jones – $4,446

Full results available on WSOP.com.

Sean Troha Wins Again

Event 4 winner Sean Troha did it again in Event 8, a $1,125 no-limit hold’em ring event, at the Horseshoe Casino Thursday night. The 26-year-old Ohio resident bested a tough field to earn his second ring of the 12-day Hammond series as well take a commanding lead in the Casino Championship and pocket $49,401 in prizes.

“It was on my mind a little bit,” Troha said of the points lead. “When we were eight or nine-handed I was thinking about it. Maybe just don’t do anything crazy, that kind of thing. Play a little tighter.”

He certainly didn’t play too tight as he went from an average stack three-handed to a two-time Circuit winner within about 45 minutes.

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

1st: Sean Troha- $49,401
2nd: David Plotkin – $30,516
3rd: Jeremy Dresch – $22,034
4th: Tyler Patterson – $16,182
5th: Clinton Keown – $12,090
6th: Noomis Jones – $9,187
7th: Emerick Wiatrek – $7,097
8th: Emerick Wiatrek – $5,573
9th: Lance Jones – $4,446

Full results available on WSOP.com.