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WSOP Circuit Main Event - No Limit Hold'em Results & Report

World Series of Poker Circuit Event

WSOP Circuit Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
Harrah's Atlantic City
777 Harrahs Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ, 08401, US
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Matt Waxman Matt Waxman Wins WSOPC Main Event at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Florida Pro Waxes the Competition to Take Down $117,797 and the Harrah’s AC WSOPC Main Event Ring ATLANTIC CITY, NJ ...
Profile: Matt Waxman
Date: December 12, 2010 Time: 11:00 AM

Buy-In: $1,650
Prizepool: $512,160
Entries: 352
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Matt Waxman $117,797
2 USA Jesus Cabrera $72,824
3 USA Mark Sykes $53,126
4 USA Christopher Bonita $39,406
5 USA Dave Cubeta $29,685
6 USA Mike Summers $22,704
7 USA Tam Ly $17,618
8 USA Brandon Croft $13,869
9 USA Manish Patel $11,073
10 USA Joanne Dorin $8,958
11 USA Trevor Savage AKA "TreMomey" $8,958
12 USA Artie Smith $8,958
13 USA Bill Stradley $7,349
14 USA Yigal Hen $7,349
15 USA Lorne Kanover $7,349
16 USA Matt Glantz $6,110
17 USA Joanne Monteavaro $6,110
18 USA Paolo Nigris $6,110
19 USA Dany Dalal $5,147
20 USA Josh Brikis $5,147
21 USA Taemee Feuer $5,147
22 USA Robert Hwang $4,394
23 USA Jeff Pollard $4,394
24 USA Jeremy Schwartz $4,394
25 USA Nelson Robinson $3,800
26 USA Will Heger $3,800
27 USA Joe Gradowski $3,800
28 USA Warren Wiggins $3,329
29 USA Ed Koppe $3,329
30 USA Mike Schoultz $3,329
31 USA Jonas Wexler $2,950
32 USA Jeffrey Fielder $2,950
33 USA Rusty Boyker AKA "Rusty" $2,950
34 USA Joshua Kay $2,648
35 USA Christopher Tryba $2,648
36 USA Stanley Haythorne $2,648

Tournament Report

Matt Waxman Wins WSOPC Main Event at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

Florida Pro Waxes the Competition to Take Down $117,797 and the Harrah’s AC WSOPC Main Event Ring

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Matthew Waxman, a 25-year-old pro poker player from Parkland, FL won the WSOP Circuit Main Event Championship at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Tuesday evening. Waxman beat out 351 competitors in the $1,650 buy-in no limit hold’em tournament to take down the $117,797 first place prize. This year’s Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s AC was held over the course of three days and attracted a roster of top-brass poker talent including Amnon Filippi, Matt Glantz, Dwyte Pilgrim, Chris Bell, Paul Darden and Matt Brady among others.

Many of the event’s marquee players were eliminated before day one was over, however, including Pilgrim who was eliminated in the final hand of the night. 71 players made returned Monday to play down to the final nine. The final table bubble was Joanne Doris, who was eliminated in tenth. Heading into the event’s final table, Brandon Croft held the chip lead with Waxman not too far behind. Despite their comparable stacks, the two chip titans would see far varying results as the day went on.

Name Hometown Seat Chip Count

Tam Ly Landsdale, PA 1 738,000
Dave Cubeta Falls Church, VA 2 434,000
Christopher Bonita Winthrop, MA 3 339,000
Mark Sykes New Haven, CT 4 1,024,000
Brandon Croft Sumter, SC 5 1,397,000
Dennis “Mike” Summers Charlottesville, VA 6 469,000
Manish Patel Burlington, NJ 7 194,000
Jesus Cabrera Atlanta, GA 8 1,128,000
Matthew Waxman Parkland, FL 9 1,334,000

After Harrah’s Resort poker director John Arthur made the final table announcements shortly after noon Tuesday, (video of which can be seen here) play got underway with blinds and antes at 10,000/20,000/3,000. Croft had no reservations about mixing it up with the short stacks early into final table play. The early action did not go Croft’s way however after he doubled up two of the shorties, Mike Summers and Marish Patel.

Patel was also able to double up through Summers to stay alive, which he continued to do through three levels of play. All the while, Croft continued his decent, doubling up another short stack, this time, that of Christopher Bonita in a flip with A-K vs. Bonita’s pocket 4’s. Croft opened the next hand for 60k with [Ad][6c] and got a call from Matthew Waxman with [Ah][10h]. The two built up a 400k pot, which ultimately went to Waxman, leaving Croft with just over 400k. Patel finally got his remaining 270k in the middle with [Ah][10d] and Waxman obliged, turning over [Kh][Qh]. The flop was disaster for Patel - [5c][Qd][Qs]. The deuce and ten on the turn and river were not enough for Patel and after nearly three hours of play, he was the first elimination of the day. Patel is an IT consultant from Burlington, NJ. He picked up $11,073 for ninth.

With blinds now at the 15,000/30,000 level, Croft reraised Cabrera all-in for just over 300,000 holding [Qc][Jh]. Cabrera made the call, tabling [Ah][Qh]. Dominated, Croft stayed behind on the [2c][4h][6s][9s][7s] board and his day was cut well short. Although it was a disappointing finish for the 30-year-old adult club owner from Sumter, SC perhaps he can find some solace in that he is a 30-year-old adult club owner from Sumter, SC. Eighth place paid $13,869.

With Croft’s elimination, the dam burst as a flurry of players hit the rail in the level to follow (20,000/40,000). Tam Ly led the exodus after taking an unfortunate hit when his pocket kings failed to hold against Dave Cubeta, who was all in with 7-8. Ly was unable to regain his footing after that hand and made his final stand a while later, three-betting Cabrera all-in preflop with A-K. Cabrera made the call for a total of about 300,000. Unfortunately for Ly, the board offered him no help and he was out in seventh. Ly is from Landsdale, PA originally from Vietnam. He was paid $17,618 for seventh. Summers was soon all-in with [Qd][Jd] on a flop of [Ad][3d][5h] for half a million in chips. Waxman quickly made the call, tabling pocket aces. Summers missed his draw as hearts fell on the turn and river, ending his tournament run.

Summers is 36-years-old and hails from Charlottesville, VA. He has had a successful 2010 so far with nearly $100,000 in tournament winnings that include a 2nd place finish in the 2010 WPT Borgata open and a 5th place in March at the WSOP Circuit Event at Caesars Atlantic City. For his sixth finish at Harrah’s AC, Summers pocketed $22,704.

Cubeta went out a few hands later in a hand where Bonita opened to 95k, UTG and Mark Sykes re-raised to 200k. Waxman re-raised to 400k total and Cubeta called. Bonita and Sykes laid it down and Cubeta showed pocket tens only to discover he was far behind Waxman, who again had pocket aces. Aces held and Cubeta was sent to the payout table to cash out for fifth place prize money worth $29,685. Cubeta is a 59-year-old lawyer from Falls Church, VA. This was his fourth major tournament cash. Waxman now held a dominating chip lead over his remaining opponents.

The next couple of hands were unkind to Bonita as Waxman forced him to surrender a sizable amount of his chips in a pre-flop raising battle, after which Bonita ran A-10 all in vs. Cabrera’s A-K. The queen high flopped helped neither player and just like that, Bonita was out. Bonita is a former swimming pool salesman who now plays poker professionally. His decision to go pro has netted him great results, with final table finishes both at the WSOP and WSOP Circuit. His $39,406 fourth place finish today easily puts him over the half million dollar mark in lifetime tournament earnings.

The fifth elimination of the level was that of Sykes, who made a button all-in raise for nearly half a million chips holding [Qh][Tc]. Cabrera had a read on Sykes however, and after some deliberation made the call with [Qc][Jc] Cabrerra’s dominating hand held up through the 7-7-5-6-3 board to bust Sykes in third. Sykes has over $400,000 in lifetime tournament earnings. The 33-year-old from New Haven, CT added a nice sum of $53,126 to those figures.

Heads-up play between Cabrera and Waxman began at 4:30 pm with blinds and antes at 20,000/40,000. Waxman had about a 4-3 chip lead over Cabrera, which Cabrera narrowed to nearly even after a few hands. It looked to be all over however, after a raising war preflop that resulted in Cabrera all-in for his tournament life with A-9 vs. Waxman’s A-K. Cabrera found new life, however after a river nine shipped him the pot along with the chip lead. You can view the critical hand here.

Cabrera however, would find himself outmatched by his opponent, who in one hand called a huge bet from Cabrera on the river and took the pot with Jack high after Cabrera bluffed on a missed straight draw. Waxman soon surged to a dominating chip lead but Cabrera was once again able to double back to even. Waxman went back to work chipping up against Cabrera and with just under a 2-1 lead, he was all-in with pocket 3’s vs Cabrera’s pocket 6’s.

This time, it was Waxman’s turn to get lucky as he spiked the [3d] on the flop for bottom set, which held through a [Qc] turn and [5d] river to give him the win worth $117,797, the coveted diamond-encrusted WSOP Circuit gold ring and an automatic seat into the WSOP Circuit $1,000,000 freeroll national championship event to be held in May at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Cabrera is self-employed and lives in Atlanta, GA. The 46-year-old came to the United Sates by way of Havana, Cuba, when in the 1950’s, he and his family left the communist-ruled country. Cabrera began playing poker five years ago. For his runner-up finish in the Harrah’s Resort AC Main Event, he pocketed $72,824.

Waxman is among the fraternity of South Florida tournament pros that includes the Mizrachi brothers, Mike Beasley and Maurice Hawkins. After numerous tournament cashes, including eight in the last two WSOP’s, he says that while he’s always happy to cash, it’s good to finally take one down. “Relieved,” said Waxman after his win. “I’ve been winning a lot of major online tournaments, but only coming close in the live ones, so it really feels great to lock one up.” Waxman said that his friend, Bonita was the only player that he really worried about at the table. “Nothing against Cabrera, but if Bonita had been able to get a hold of some chips, it definitely would not have been as easy to get the win.”

Waxman’s win puts him over the million dollar mark in lifetime tournament earnings and while he isn’t at all bothered by his lack of notoriety, says he’s glad to get his name in the spotlight with his win at Harrah’s AC. “There are so many great players out there nowadays that it gets harder each year to stand out from the pack.” Still to come are five more official WSOP Circuit Events, including the Regional Championship which begins Sunday, December 19th.

Brandon Croft Leads Harrah’s Resort AC Circuit Main Event Final Table

Final Nine Resume Tomorrow at Noon to Play for $117,797 First Place Prize

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Day two of the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City came to an end Monday. Brandon Croft, a 30-year-old club manager from Sumter, SC, emerged as the chip leader heading into the final table of the $1,650 buy-in no limit hold’em tournament.

The three-day poker championship began Sunday morning with 352 hopefuls vying for their share of the over half million-dollar prize pool. Among them were such East Coast notables as “Miami” John Cernuto, Dwyte Pilgrim and Chris Reslock. 71 players made it through day one and returned Monday to play down to the final nine. Pros Josh Brikis and Matt Glantz did well to survive into day two near the top of the leader board, but their runs were cut short with Brikis’ elimination in 20th place and Glantz busting out seven shy of the final nine.

The last woman standing, Joanne Doris, succumbed to Croft all-in with 9-10 offsuit vs. Croft’s A-10 off just shortly before midnight Monday, setting the stage for the Main Event final table. Play will resume promptly at 12:00 pm EST Tuesday with the final nine playing for $117,797 first place prize money, the diamond-encrusted WSOP Circuit Main Event Championship ring and an automatic seat into the season culminating, WSOP Circuit $1,000,000 freeroll national championship event to be held in May at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The seventh of the 2010/2011 WSOPC season, the Circuit Events at Harrah’s Atlantic City have been a success so far midway through its duration. Much of this year’s success at Harrah’s AC and at the previous six events so far this year can be attributed to the revamped format of the WSOPC, which includes standardized, optimized structures, the introduction of four, televised regional championships and the season-ending, WSOPC national championship. This year’s opening event at Harrah’s AC attracted 1,250 players, an attendance record for the resort property.


WSOP Circuit Main Event Kicks off at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

2010/2011 Harrah’s AC Main Event Draws Healthy Sized Field of 352 Players

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City began today with 352 players each putting up the $1,650 buy-in, for a total prize pool of $512,160. 71 players survived the first 16 levels of day one play with Tam Ly sitting atop of the chip leader board with 287,600 chips. This year’s Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s AC attracted a roster of top-brass poker talent including Amnon Filippi, Matt Glantz, Dwyte Pilgrim, Chris Bell, Paul Darden and Matt Brady among others.

Many of the event’s marquee players were eliminated before the day was over, however, including Pilgrim who was eliminated in the final hand of the night. Pokernews is supplying live updates for the event which can be found at www.pokernews.com. Day two play resumes tomorrow at 12:00 pm EST with the remaining players still in the hunt for $117,797 first place prize money, the diamond-encrusted WSOP Circuit Main Event championship ring and an automatic seat into the season culminating, WSOP Circuit $1,000,000 freeroll national championship event to be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Full payouts are as follows:
1ST $117,797
2ND $72,824
3RD $53,126
4TH $39,406
5TH $29,685
6TH $22,704
7TH $17,618
8TH $13,869
9TH $11,073
10TH-12TH $8,958
13TH-15TH $7,349
16TH-18TH $6,110
19TH-21ST $5,147
22ND-24TH $4,394
25TH-27TH $3,800
28TH-30TH $3,329
31ST-33RD $2,950
34TH-36TH $2,648

The seventh of the 2010/2011 WSOPC season, the Circuit Events at Harrah’s Atlantic City have been a success so far midway through its duration. Much of this year’s success at Harrah’s AC and at the previous six events so far this year can be attributed to the revamped format of the WSOPC, which includes standardized, optimized structures, the introduction of four, televised regional championships and the season-ending, WSOPC national championship. This year’s opening event at Harrah’s AC attracted 1,250 players, an attendance record for the resort property.


End of Day 1 Players and Chip Counts

First Name Last Name Chip Count Table Seat
Mark Sykes 90,800 1 1
Stijepan Popovic 100,300 1 2
Paul Volpe 133,200 1 4
Dave Cubeta 73,900 1 5
Josh Brikis 211,000 1 6
Ariel Albitia 27,200 1 7
Manish Patel 61,500 1 8
Simon Auerbacher 33,400 1 9
Lorne Kanover 124,000 3 1
Ronnie Jackson 182,700 3 2
Adam Cook 39,600 3 3
Peter Mavro 27,300 3 4
Tam Ly 287,600 3 5
Jeff Pollard 40,700 3 6
Steven Tabb 37,900 3 7
Stanley Haythorne 63,000 3 8
Paul Paris 66,500 3 9
Josh Kay 59,200 5 1
Al Hoffman 48,900 5 2
Jeremy Schwartz 248,700 5 3
Dany Dalal 114,100 5 4
Raymond Callahan 23,100 5 5
Mike Leah 64,300 5 6
Russell Boyker 58,700 5 7
Joanne Monteavaro 78,900 5 8
Matthew Waxman 254,500 5 9
Yigal Hen 61,600 22 1
Paul Darden 33,500 22 2
Jesus Cabrera 210,500 22 3
Matt Glantz 162,200 22 4
Michael Michnik 37,900 22 5
Khaled Alwan 150,100 22 6
Feming Chan 31,000 22 7
Paolo Nigris 105,500 22 8
Albert Winchester 37,000 22 9
Mike Morgousky 68,000 24 1
Dan Hayden 83,800 24 2
Jeff Fielder 180,500 24 4
Will Heger 86,600 24 5
Robert Hwang 68,900 24 6
Artie Smith 217,600 24 7
Ari Engel 241,400 24 8
Chris Bonita 62,500 24 9
Bill Stradley 103,000 32 1
Mike Hug 102,200 32 2
Todd Terry 179,400 32 3
David Israelite 196,100 32 4
Harry White 33,500 32 5
Taemee Feuer 130,900 32 6
Jonathan Wein 72,500 32 7
Charles Croft 68,600 32 8
Yervand Boyadjian 185,000 32 9
Jonas Wexler 106,900 34 1
Nelson Robinson 70,300 34 2
Bryan Shelley 26,200 34 3
Trevor Savage 141,500 34 4
Chris Tryba 135,000 34 5
Benjamin Ludlow 52,000 34 6
Marthen Bone 84,000 34 7
Joanne Dorin 85,900 34 8
Harold Mahaffey 41,500 34 9
Joseph Neiman 145,800 36 1
Mike Summers 179,000 36 2
Warren Wiggins 102,900 36 3
Robert Fad 102,900 36 4
Mike Schoultz 30,300 36 5
Oscar Castagna 42,300 36 6
Ben Eilers 61,900 36 7
Joe Gradowski 128,600 36 8
Ed Koppe 47,800 36 9

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