The Main Event is Here

It’s Main Event Friday at Horseshoe Casino and some of the game’s best are filing onto the tournament floor for their shot at Circuit gold and a seat in the National Championship.

Here’s a look at everything you need to about today’s schedule including a breakdown of play for the $1,675 finale:

12 p.m. Main Event, $1,675 no-limit hold’em, Day 1A

  • $1,675 buy-in gets players 20,000 chips
  • Flight A begins Friday at 12 p.m., Flight B Saturday at 12 p.m.
  • Registration remains open until the start of Day 2
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Levels 1-15 are 40 minutes, Levels 16-25 are 60 minutes, Levels 26+ are 75 minutes
  • Day 1 concludes after Level 12 (~8:45 p.m.)
  • There will be no dinner break on Day 1
  • Players are permitted a total of one (1) re-entry into either flight
  • 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 no-limit hold’em, Day 2

  • Nine players remain, Ernest Smith leads
  • Charles Moore, Luther Lewis still alive
  • $1,198 assured to each remaining player, $13,446, a Circuit gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship to first
  • Full start-of-day chip counts available below

The day’s non-ring events

  • 10 a.m. $250 turbo mega satellite
  • 3 p.m. $250 daily turbo (one $1,675 Main Event seat added)
  • 7 p.m. $130 super satellite with re-buys

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

Good luck, players!

Event 9 Chip Counts

Event 9, yesterday’s $365 ring event, played from 166 starting to just nine remaining following nearly 19 levels of play. Ernest Smith made the biggest impression, bagging 616,000 of the 1,660,000 chips in play and leading those still alive by a margin. Notables on his heels includes Charles Moore as well as the table’s shortstack Luther Lewis.

Cards go back in the air for Day 2 today at 2 p.m. with six minutes left in the 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante level. Each of the remaining players locked up $1,198, but all eye the $13,446 first prize, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and Circuit gold set to head to first.

Chip counts with seating assignments:

RankNameChip CountSeat
1Ernest Smith616,0009
2Nathan Burgess226,0007
3John Cain206,0005
4Charles Moore158,0001
5Harold Evans119,0002
6Jeffrey Traynor110,0006
7Chad Graves96,0003
8Joshua Snodgrass70,0004
9Luther Lewis60,0008

Main Event Begins Tomorrow

Bob Chow gave himself a head start heading to tomorrow’s $1,675 Main Event by winning Event 8, Thursday’s lone ring event. The gold ring win complements his previous victory, a 2011 Hammond Main Event, and earned him $14,418 along with 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

A full report on Chow’s win is available one post below.

Meanwhile, Event 9, today’s 12 p.m. $365 ring event, is down to the final two tables and Day 1 is nearing the end. Complete updated chip counts will be posted prior to tomorrow’s 2 p.m. restart.

Here’s a closer look at Friday’s schedule:

  • 10 a.m. $250 turbo mega satellite
  • 12 p.m. $1,675 Main Event Flight A
  • 3 p.m. $250 daily turbo (one $1,675 Main Event seat added)
  • 7 p.m. $130 super satellite with re-buys

Goodnight and see you tomorrow for the series’ championship event!

Bob Chow Back in the Winner’s Circle

Bob Chow Winner

Event #8
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 178
Prize Pool: $53,400
October 8-9, 2014

2011 Hammond Main Event champion finds success at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Chow scores second gold ring along with $14,318 and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

Three Circuit Main Event champions grace the final table, Zal Irani finishes sixth, Josh Williams second.

Elizabeth, Ind. (October 9, 2014) — Bob Chow burst onto the tournament scene in his first year as a touring pro back in 2011 when he bested a then-record 1,615 entries in the Horseshoe Hammond Main Event. The performance earned him $393,584 along with his first ring and a title that would stick forever – Hammond Main Event champion.

In the years since his win, Chow has remained relevant on the Circuit recording nine additional cashes and three final appearances. A retiree, Chow’s resume would suffice for many in his position, but just one breakthrough performance wasn’t good enough for the Chicagoan. He continued to travel the Circuit in pursuit of titles, which in his words, is what he enjoys to do.

Chow’s quest for follow-up gold brought him about five hours south of his hometown to Elizabeth, Ind. and the Horseshoe Casino. He entered Event 8, a $365 no-limit hold’em ring event, and played his way to a final table berth where he’d face off against the likes of defending Southern Indiana Main Event champion Zal Irani (sixth), last year’s Circuit points leader Yossi Azulay (fifth), commanding chip leader Tim McCarthy (third) and fellow Hammond Main Event champion Josh Williams (second).

Together, this five-headed monster not only accounted for one of the most decorated final tables of the season, but marked a nearly all Chicagoan finale as each hails from the Windy City area.

“I felt that it was going to be a real tough final table,” Chow said. “I knew [McCarthy] was the most aggressive player so I just stayed out of his way. I picked spots and let him run over me.”

Chow got run over to the tune of a 10-big-blind stack before he won two 60/40s in a row to pull into contention. As McCarthy’s stack shrank, Chow’s grew and he dealt the final blow flopping a set against McCarthy’s top pair. The hand gave Chow a stranglehold on the chip lead going into heads-up play against Williams and he won his second ring and $14,318 just a few minutes later.

“These guys today, that was a very tough table,” Chow said. “We had three WSOP Circuit champions at the table. I felt I was running good and I’m playing well. I feel pretty confident when I’m doing that that I can play with anybody.”

Chow retired from the corporate business world seven years ago and has been traveling the Circuit for the last four years. He resides in Schaumberg, Ill. and has two children — one son and one daughter.

“[My][savings] allow me to do what I enjoy doing right now, which is to travel the Circuit and play. I could afford to play a lot higher, but I don’t,” Chow said. “I’m really good about managing my bankroll. I find winning a [smaller][event] is just as exciting as winning a much bigger one. I feel like I have the skill and ability to play with anybody.”

Chow’s victory comes on the eve of the property’s $1,675 Main Event and means an already confident player heads to the series finale with an even more more significant head of steam.

Event 8 was the eighth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at HSI. The $365 no-limit hold’em tournament drew 178 players generating a $53,400 prize pool. The top 18 players were paid.

Final results:

1st: Bob Chow – $14,418
2nd:Josh Williams  – $8,910
3rd: Tim McCarthy – $6,414
4th: Jay Kelley – $4,701
5th: Yossi Azulay – $3,506
6th: Zal Irani – 2661
7th: Richard Wessling – $2,054
8th: James Eisenhut – $1,611
9th: Jason Osburn – 1285

Full results available on WSOP.com.

Bob Chow Wins Event 8

2011 Hammond Main Event winner Bob Chow added a second Circuit ring to his collection Thursday night in Event 8, a $365 no-limit hold’em tournament. Chow, a Chicago area player, bested fellow Chicagoans Zal Irani, Yossi Azulay, Tim McCarthy and Josh Williams to earn $14,418 and 50 points toward the Casino Championship along with his newest trophy.

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

1st: Bob Chow – $14,418
2nd:Josh Williams  – $8,910
3rd: Tim McCarthy – $6,414
4th: Jay Kelley – $4,701
5th: Yossi Azulay – $3,506
6th: Zal Irani – 2661
7th: Richard Wessling – $2,054
8th: James Eisenhut – $1,611
9th: Jason Osburn – 1285

Full results available on WSOP.com.

Hammond Winners HU in Elizabeth

Bob Chow

Bob Chow (pictured) set just eliminated Tim McCarthy third in Event 8, and with that, two Hammond Main Event winners are squaring off for Circuit gold in Elizabeth, Ind. Chow, who won his Main Event in 2011, holds about 1,300,000 chips and leads 2012 winner Josh Williams with about 500,000.

Both players lay claim to just under $500,000 in earnings at the WSOP and one Circuit ring. Here’s a look at what they’re playing for tonight:

1st – $14,418 + 50 points
2nd – $8,910 + 37.5 points

Event 9 Prize Pool

Event 9, today’s 12 p.m. $365 ring event, drew 166 players generating a $49,800 prize pool. The top 18 spots pay with a min-cash worth $668. The tournament’s eventual champion, set to claim the title tomorrow alongside Day 1A of the Main Event, goes home with $13,446, a gold ring and 50 points toward the Casino Championship.

The clock currently reads 72 players remaining at the beginning of Level 10. Day 1 is set to wrap at the nine-handed final table with Day 2 resuming tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Full prize structure:

Prize Pool

Event 8 Final Table Update

Josh Williams has taken control of a talented final table that at one time included three Circuit Main Event champions and 29-time Circuit casher Yossi Azulay. One of the Main Event champions, Zal Irani, hit the rail care of Williams when his pocket kings were bested by Williams’ jacks all-in pre-flop. Azulay followed him to the rail as did Jay Kelley and we’re now three handed with a $14,418 first prize on the line.

Williams, the 2012 Hammond Main Event champion leads Tim McCarthy and the table’s shortstack, 2011 Hammond Main Event champion Bob Chow.

Three-handed chip counts

Josh Williams – 881,000 (55 BBs)
Tim McCarthy – 669,000 (41 BBs)
Bob Chow – 230,000 (14 BBs)

Remaining payouts

1st – $14,418 + 50 points
2nd – $8,910 + 37.5 points
3rd – $6,414 + 30 points

Updated final table results

4th: Jay Kelley – $4,701
5th: Yossi Azulay – $3,506
6th: Zal Irani – 2661
7th: Richard Wessling – $2,054
8th: James Eisenhut – $1,611
9th: Jason Osburn – 1285

Additional results available on WSOP.com.

McCarthy Leads Stacked Final Table

Tim McCarthy

Cards are in the air for the Event 8 final table with chip leader Tim McCarthy (pictured) holding nearly 40 percent of the total chips in play. While his lead is substantial, no advantage is safe when facing off against a final table that includes Hammond Main Event champions Josh Williams and Bob Chow, defending Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event champion Zal Irani as well as 29-time Circuit casher Yossi Azulay.

Each of the nine remaining players is assured $1,285, but all eye a $14,418 first prize, 50 points toward the Casino Championship and a Circuit gold ring.

Action is underway now at the beginning of the 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante level. Complete start-of-day chip counts are available a few posts below while updated results are available on WSOP.com.

We’ll touch base with you again as the final tables shears itself of a few players and we near the crowning of the property’s eighth Circuit winner.