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Joseph Cappello Wins WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Baltimore Main Event for $292,500

Joseph Cappello


  • Joseph Cappello topped a field of 894 to win WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Baltimore Main Event for $292,500.

Joseph Cappello, a player with more than $1.5 million in tournament cashes coming into the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Baltimore $1,675 Main Event, took home his first ring and $292,500 in prize money for winning the event.

Cappello outlasted a field of 894 and claimed the lion's share of a juiced-up prize pool — the event had a posted guarantee of $1.5 million, so there was an overlay of about $160,000.

Official Final Table Results

1Joseph CappelloNew Rochelle, NY$292,500
2Matt BondIrving, TX$180,750
3Alex RochaBrigantine, NJ$133,140
4Joe ReddickBronx, NY$99,360
5Bobby OboodiMorris Plains, NJ$75,120
6James CalderaroVenice, FL$57,525
7Nickolas KursmanBryn Mawr, PA$44,610
8Corey FrenchOdenton, MD$35,025
9Philip ShingBrooklyn, NY$27,840

The tournament paid out to 90 places. Some of the notables who made their into the money included Dennis Phillips (68th), Jared Jaffee (58th), Cornel Cimpan (46th), Tony Gregg (39th), Christian Harder (36th), Joe Kuether (32nd), Steve Dannenmann (17th), and Jake Schwartz (16th).

Cappello eliminated Schwartz early in the final day in a race, according to the live updates, and he took the second-biggest stack into the final table, trailing only Alex Rocha.

It was Rocha and Cappello taking down the majority of the pots as the first few eliminations hit at the final table, with both players staying above 50 big blinds. Former World Poker Tour champs went down in sixth and fifth as James Calderaro and Bobby Oboodi hit the rail, respectively. Calderaro called it off blind-versus-blind with {q-Spades}{10-Spades} and didn't improve against the {a-Clubs}{4-Hearts} of Matt Bond, while Oboodi shoved the {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} for his last seven big blinds and found himself outdrawn by Rocha's {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}.

Borgata $1 Million Deepstack winner Joe Reddick lost a crucial race for nearly all of his chips with ace-jack against the sevens of Matt Bond, and he busted shortly after being left with just two big blinds. Bond, who had just eight big blinds when four-handed began, was suddenly healthy with over 30.

The remaining players battled for a long while three-handed until a cooler went down, with Rocha's {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} falling to Bond's {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} after Cappello folded two tens. Rocha was left crippled and busted third.

The heads-up match began about even but it was Cappello taking the early lead and hanging on to it. On the final hand, Bond shipped with {q-Spades}{7-Spades} and Cappello called and flopped a set with {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. It was all over after a dead card hit the turn.

“It means more than any amount of money I’ve ever won,” Cappello said of his first ring. “To win an event like this with all these great players, 890 players, it feels excellent.”

*Image courtesy of WSOP.

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