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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Bicycle Casino $1,700 Main Event drew in 678 entries, creating a prize pool of $1,027,170. The event declared a winner in WSOP bracelet winner Sean Yu (cover image) who banked $210,585 in first-place prize money.
This win got Yu his second gold ring of the series and his seventh in total, taking his WSOP winnings to $716,987. Yu started as the chip leader on the final table and held on to his lead until the very end. Along the way, he orchestrated the eliminations of Zachary Gruneberg, Jordan Meltzer, Ben Moon, and Mateus Lessa, before meeting Andrew Moreno in the heads-up play. He ultimately bested Moreno to claim the top honors.
“I’ve been playing tournaments at the Bike since 2014, so like five years, and up till last year I had zero wins. I mean, I ran really bad here,” Yu said in the post-event interview. “I was like, ‘I got to try to break this.’ So, last December, at the Circuit stop, I won the H.O.R.S.E.”
“It came with the ring and that was really special to me because it was a mix game and a win at the Bike… I’m like, ‘okay, I can win here. The monkey off the back,” he continued.
Talking about his heads-up opponent Moreno, Yu said, “Yeah, I had a feeling Moreno was going to be my toughest opponent, so I thought we were going to go heads up. I thought we were going to, honestly, play for a long time. I thought it was going to drag on for like three, four hours, at least.”
A total of 72 players received payouts and the notable names included Mohsin Charania (15th for $12,890), Stephen Song (19th for $8,855), Paul Camby (34th for $4,250), Brett Murray (46th for $3,430), Aaron Massey (58th for $3,135) and Indian-origin Ankush Mandavia (64th for $2,875).
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
1. Sean Yu – 5,400,000
2. Andrew Moreno – 4,824,000
3. Ben Moon – 2,950,000
4. Scott Vener – 2,280,000
5. Mateus Lessa – 1,875,000
6. Jordan Meltzer – 1,800,000
7. Ralph Wong – 860,000
8. Aaron Messmer – 760,000
9. Bobby Suer – 530,000
Following Bobby Suer‘s 10th place elimination for $15,840, the nine-handed final table got underway.
Final Table Recap
Zachary Gruneberg (9th), Ralph Wong (8th) and Jordan Meltzer (7th) were the first few eliminations on the final table. While Sean Yu dismissed Gruneberg and Meltzer, Andrew Moreno took out Wong.
Next to depart was Scott Vener when his were busted by Ben Moon’s which bettered to two pairs on the runout .
Aaron Messmer soon joined Vener at the rail when his were outdone by Moreno’s .
Finishing in fourth place was WSOP bracelet winner Ben Moon. Moon pitted his against Yu’s . The board fanned out , and Yu paired his king to send Moon to the rail.
The only non-American player at the final table was Brazil’s Mateus Lessa. Less than 10 minutes after Moon’s eliminations, Lessa jammed with his , and Yu called holding . The board bricked, and Lessa was knocked out in third place.
The heads-up match between Sean Yu (12,800,000) and Andrew Moreno (7,450,000) began with Yu in the lead. By the end of level 30, Moreno had almost closed the chip gap, but in the end, he could not trounce Yu, and the latter ended up collecting his seventh gold ring.
On the final hand, Yu opened to 300,000 with , and Moreno called with . The flop fell , and Moreno checked, while Yu bet for 325,000. Moreno raised to 880,000 and Yu called to see the turn . Moreno led out for 2,100,000 and Yu moved all-in. Moreno called and on the river completed the board. Though Moreno flopped deuce pair, Yu found a set of sixes to seal the deal, relegating Moreno to the runner-up spot. Yu claimed the trophy along with a top prize of $210,585.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Sean Yu – $210,585
2. Andrew Moreno – $130,295
3. Mateus Lessa – $95,570
4. Benjamin Moon – $71,070
5. Aaron Messmer – $53,565
6. Scott Vener – $40,910
7. Jordan Meltzer – $31,655
8. Ralph Wong – $24,815
9. Zachary Gruneberg – $19,700
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