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Both the virtual and live felts have been abuzz with intense tournament action off late. The WSOP.com Online Circuit ran its course in the U.S recently, awarding 13 gold rings. Capping off the series was the $525 Main Event that was taken down by William Romaine for $92,400.
At the 2019 888poker LIVE Bucharest Main Event, Romania’s Darius Neagoe reached a heads-up deal with Bogdan Nicolae to claim the title and €62,300 in prize money.
Meanwhile, at Foxwoods, the Foxwoods Poker Classic $600 Opening Event attracted 1,823 entries and winning the top prize was Ralph Macri who reached a four-way deal and subsequently made another heads-up deal with Kyle Merron to bag the title along with $87,000 in prize money.
WSOP.com Online Circuit Gives Away 13 Rings & $1.7 Million
The annual run of stops by the world’s leading poker brand, World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) is well underway. Recently, with two major WSOP Circuit events running concurrently at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles and the Harrah’s Atlantic City respectively, gathering steam online was the WSOP.com Online Circuit that awarded an unprecedented number of gold rings, 13 in all to poker players in the U.S.
The online series saw a total $1,719,280 awarded to players and culminated on Sunday with the $525 buy-in Main Event that attracted 770 runners to the field and was taken down by William Romaine of Connecticut for $92,400. Romaine, who previously had a modest $20,000 in WSOP winnings, walked away with his first gold ring.
“The online circuit events are proving to be exceptionally popular with players,” said WSOP Head of Online Poker Bill Rini. “We experimented a bit with limiting the number of re-entries in certain events and we’re seeing that this is a popular option, resulting in even bigger prize pools than in some of the unlimited re-entry events.”
The top 100 finishers earned payouts. Coming into the final table, Romaine had to engage with Joe Cappuccio, Brad Albrinck, online phenom Anthony Maio and AJ Kelsall.
Maio may have fallen short of the Main Event title, eventually finishing in fifth place but managed to clinch a gold ring in the Pot-Limit Omaha that he took down for $15,390.
Final Table Results (USD)
Darius Neagoe Wins 2019 888poker LIVE Bucharest Main Event
The 2019 888poker LIVE Bucharest Main Event crowned a champion in Darius Neagoe who defended the trophy for Romania, emerging as the second Romanian to bag the title, after Andrei Racolta, who had won the event last year.
Neagoe’s heads-up opponent was fellow countryman Bogdan Nicolae. Both are accomplished online players. In the event, the duo reached a heads-up deal that saw them lock in their payouts, with the title left to battle for. Neagoe won eventually, pocketing €62,300 along with a 2019 WSOP Main Event package worth $12,600.
The Main Event was hosted at InterContinental Bucharest, in cooperation with Pokerfest Romania. A 505-strong field ensured a prize pool of 387,638 was created. The nine-handed final table saw representation from six different nationalities.
The top 63 spots were paid, and only 12 returned on the final day. Notables earning payouts included Raoul Iancovici (11th for €5,900), Jose Manuel Planells Castillo (12th for €5,070), Toni Judet (13th for €5,070), Radu Lungu (20th for €3,540), 888poker ambassador Sofia Lovgren (22nd for €3,140), and Mihai Niste (61st for €1,740).
Neagoe had a tough run on his way to the title, having lost twice to Aldo Monteleone and Mihai Gheonu, that saw him plunge to the bottom of the stacks. He scored a crucial double on the final table against Monteleone who eventually finished in ninth place. Neagoe went on to consolidate his position.
The heads-up match between Neagoe and Bogdan Nicolae lasted for nearly 30 minutes before the two players halted play to discuss a deal. Based on their chip counts their payouts were locked up, with the trophy and the WSOP package left in play for the eventual winner. In the final hand, Neagoe held king-jack versus Nicolae’s pocket tens and flopped a jack to win the event.
Final Table Results (EURO)
*denotes heads-up deal
Foxwoods Poker Classic $600 Opening Event Culminates in 4-Way Chop
The Foxwoods Poker Classic $600 Opening Event pulled in an impressive 1,823 entries and topping the rankings were four players who reached the finale and ended up chopping the payouts to each return with more than $80,000 added to their bankrolls!
Ralph Macri won the title after reaching another deal with Kyle Merron, while Andrew Cooper took third and Matthew Sedgemen finished in fourth place.
For Macri, it was his 16th recorded live win, and his poker resume now boasts of over $900,000 in live winnings.
The multi-flight event saw a prize pool of $933,000 generated across 6 starting flights.
Indian origin player Tarun Gulati also reached the final table and finished in eighth place for $14,004. Seasoned runners like Vinny Pahuja and Greg Himmelbrand managed to make the top 100 but fell short of the final table.
An unscheduled Day 3 was added to the event`s schedule that allowed the 10 finalists some shut-eye before they came back one last time to play down to a winner.
Michael Bagdasarov departed in 10th place, leading to the final table. Bustouts on the final table saw the field trimming down to four-handed play reasonably quickly.
The four finalists then agreed to a deal that saw them locking up payouts with $20,000 and the title kept in play. Though Macri and Merron were the shorter stacks, they outlasted Matt Sedgeman who busted in fourth place and Andrew Cooper who left in third place.
At this point, Macri and Kyle Merron made another deal that had Merron adding $8,000 to his payout, while Macri took home the trophy along with an additional $12,000 in cash prize!
Final Table Results (USD)
*denotes 4-way deal
+denotes heads-up deal