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The 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit came visiting the Harrah’s in Las Vegas for the very first time on December 11. On the schedule are 14 featured events, and the series has already crowned 10 champions. The most prominent winner so far has been former WSOP bracelet winner Brett Apter (cover image), who came out on top of an 86-strong field in the $2,200 NLHM High Roller defeating Partick Truong heads-up to win $52,084.
WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Las Vegas Ring Winners
Event Winner Prize Event #1: $250 NLH Multi-Flight Joe Walters $14,838 Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight Haresh Thaker $17,520 Event #3: $600 NLH Multi-Flight Jon Aldalur $24,298 Event #4: $400 NLH Monster Stack Mark Liedtke $17,309 Event #5: $400 NLH Bounty Steve Foutty $6,042 Event #6: $250 Seniors Event Wayne Keller $10,301 Event #7: $400 HORSE Christina Hill $10,956 Event#8: $400 NLH Double Stack Ashraf Chehata $23,575 Event#9: $400 NLH Turbo Al Cutler $14,100 Event #10: $2,200 NLH High Roller Brett Apter $55,084
The two-day event brought together a star-studded field of 86 runners that helped put together $172,000 in the prize pool.
This was Apter’s sixth outright title and his second WSOP Circuit title. He had won Event #5 $400 NLHM 6-Max at WSOP Circuit – Milwaukee on February 4 earlier this year. The win boosted his WSOP earnings to over $700K and his lifetime live tournament earnings to over $1.4 million.
“I’m feeling on top of the world,” said Apter after his victory and added: “I’m so passionate about this game, I love it.”
“Somehow I get really lucky that I have my friends here when I win as well, it’s honestly the best feeling in the world,” he quipped, before posing for the winner pictures.
Seventy-seven players registered on Day 1, of which thirty returned to play Day 2. Some players who bought in but fell short included Arkadiy Tsinis, Ben Keeline, Mark Liedtke, Blake Battaglia, and Kyung Min Lee.
With registrations open until the start of play on Day 2, another nine players jumped in late. The top thirteen among them were guaranteed to cash for a minimum of $3,745, with an impressive $252,084 set aside for the winner along with the coveted gold ring.
Brian Mancilla, Aaron Massey, William Blais, Michael Rossitto, and Michael Marder were some notables who fell out empty-handed on Day 2.
Marle Cordeiro (10th for $4,447), Ricky Guan (11th for $3,982), Kevin Ayow (12th for $3,982), and Asher Conniff (13th for $3,745) were the last few eliminations before the unofficial final table was set.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Short-stacked Peter Park and Frederick Conforti were the first two eliminations on the final table, going out in ninth and eighth place, respectively.
The next level witnessed the elimination of Charlie Dawson in seventh place with his getting dominated by Ryan Hohner’s .
Pavel Milanov was the next one to hit the rail when his lost the flip against Ryan Hohner’s . A ten on the flop resulted in Milanov’s exit in sixth place.
After that, Joo Park lost two hands in quick succession before falling out in fifth place. Park`s failed to get close to Brett Apter’s .
The next two eliminations happened one after another. First to go was Ryan Hohner when his attempt to steal the blinds backfired. He shoved all-in from the small blind with , but unfortunately for him, Partick Truong in the big blind woke up with pocket sixes.
On the next hand, Ryan Awwad joined Hohner to the rails. His ran into Brett Apter’s on the flop . Both the players held top pair, but Apter`s better kicker won him the pot.
Apter entered the heads-up with a 2:1 chip lead over Partick Truong but lost the advantage within just twenty minutes of play.
Explaining the situation, Apter later said, “It was brutal, I started with a 2:1 chip lead but lost every hand to start the match and saw it reversed really quick.”
“The break was really key for me, I washed my face in the bathroom and told myself I wanted it more. I kind of drew in the mentality from my bracelet run where I was going to do anything to win because I want this more than anything right now,” he added.
After the break, the duo fought for over two hours with the chip lead exchanging hands more than a few times. Finally, Partick Truong missed his flush draw after Apter flopped a set of fours, that left the former with less than five big blinds. On the last hand of the tournament, Apter moved all-in with against Truong’s and held on to win the title!
Final Table Results
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