2016 WSOPC Caribbean: Cavallin Wins Main Event for $84,000
Only 12 players out of the 224-entry strong field returned to the tables of the Casino Royale and Jean-Luc Adam was leading the hopefuls into Day 3 of the $1,675 World Series of Poker Circuit Caribbean Main Event. Ultimately, it was Timothy Cavallin who emerged victoriously and scooped the first-place payout of $84,000 after a brief heads-up battle with Day 1a chip leader Luca Giovannone.
|4||Daniel Wojcik||United States||$28,000|
|5||Jean-Luc Adam||Sint Maarten||$21,000|
|7||Ian Gavlick||United States||$12,400|
|8||Martin Ryan||Trinidad & Tobago||$9,700|
The day started with a bang and after 15 minutes; the final table of the last nine was already set. Vaea Profit three-bet shoved the button with pocket queens and Howard Cheng A June called for less with jacks in the small blind only for Paul Benichou to wake up with aces in the big blind. The board changed nothing, and just like that, only 10 players were left. At the same time, Charlie Ciresi thee-bet jammed with nines into the aces of Ian Gavlick and found no help either.
While Benichou knocked out two opponents, he eventually became the first casualty on the final table. He lost a few hands and then Walter Treccarichi doubled through him. Benichou shoved soon after with queen-nine suited and Nicolas Salas isolated with pocket tens to reduce the field to eight.
By then, Martin Ryan had the first place in the Casino Championship points race locked up and shoved with king-jack. Cavallin called with ace-king on the button and the board ran out ten-high. Soon after, short stack Ivan Gavlick got his last few big blinds in with nine-seven suited and Adam isolated successfully with ace-deuce suited to win with an ace kicker on a king-high board.
Adam was still the dominating chip leader, but a series of bluffs saw his stack diminish. Treccarichi tripled up with king-jack to leave Nicolas Salas short and the latter then three-bet all in with pocket aces. Cavallin called with jack-ten and turned a straight.
It was all over for Jean-Luc Adam in fifth place when he shoved a seven-high flop with ten-five for a gutshot in a battle of the blinds against Daniel Wojcik. The American had four-nine suited for middle pair and a flush draw and called. Both turn and river blanked and the tournament was down to four. It would soon turn into a heartbreak for Wojcik, though, after Treccarichi four-bet shoved pocket sixes into his pocket queens and spiked a lucky six on the river to reduce the field to three.
Cavallin doubled into a commanding lead in a three-bet pot against Treccarichi when his pocket kings faced a flopped the Italian's set of sixes and the river provided one of the two remaining kings in the deck. The tale of kings continued when Cavallin turned the nut flush and jammed the river against Treccarichi, who tank-called with ace-jack for the second nut flush and was eliminated in third place.
The heads-up duel for the title lasted just 10 minutes. Giovannone four-bet all in with king-ten of clubs and Cavallin called with king-jack. A jack on the flop paired up the player from Barbados and he faded a gutshot to emerge victorious after an impressive performance at the final table.
Event 32: $365 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #32 saw 20 hopefuls out of a 96-entry strong field return to the tables and the winner was determined only minutes after the Main Event had finished. Jason Rivkin defeated Arman Bosnakyan heads up to claim his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring and a payday of $8,620.
Among those to bust before the top 12 spots were Olivier Robveille, Joe Gowder, Christopher Staats, John Yocca and Craig Rubinstein. The bubble then burst when Bosnakyan cracked the pocket kings of Robert Taylor with deuces, flopping a set. Brian Le, Dietmar Wapp and Robert Cheung missed out on the final table and had to settle for a min-cash while Vincent Distribue went from the shortest stack on the bubble to chip leader with nine left.
Gerard Henry, Mark Ali, and Dany Bailleux followed to the rail and start-of-the-day chip leader Ramon Rotardier had to settle for fifth. Charles Puglisi scored two very fortunate double ups and then ran out of chips within two consecutive hands. Distribue lost a big flip with sevens against the ace-ten of Rivkin and the remaining chips vanished with deuces against fives to Bosnakyan.
Less than half an hour later, the champion was crowned. Bosnakyan and Rivkin checked an eight-high flop and then got it in after a deuce on the turn. Bosnakyan showed eight-seven for top pair and a straight draw while Rivkin had turned the lower end of the straight with four-three and held up.
|1||Jason Rivkin||United States||$8,620|
|4||Charles Puglisi||United States||$2,760|
|6||Dany Bailleux||Sint Maarten||$1,540|
|7||Mark Ali||Trinidad & Tobago||$1,190|
|8||Gerard Henry||Sint Maarten||$930|
Event 35: $365 No-Limit Hold'em
The final ring event of the 2016 World Series of Poker Circuit Caribbean at the Casino Royale attracted a field of 68 entries for the $365 Turbo one-day event and it would last until 5 a.m. local time to determine a winner. Ultimately, Christophe Bouziane defeated Hank Sitton after an all-in festival on the final table and WSOP bracelet and WSOP Circuit ring winner Kevin Eyster had to settle for third place.
Sitton entered the nine-handed final table with a decent lead over the rest of the field and just the top seven spots were paid a portion of the $20,400 prize pool. Gerald Mortensen ultimately bowed out in ninth place. After several double ups, some players survived showdowns on the bubble with two or fewer big blinds. It was Aroon Maharaj who missed out on the money. All in for less with ace-nine, he was called by Pierre Legrand in the big blind with eight-five and a five appeared on the board.
The entertaining showdowns continued and it took some time to lose players once in the money. Eric Herbet, Legrand, Mark Ali and Richard London then fell in quick succession and Eyster picked the wrong timing to push from the small blind with king-six. Sitton called with ace-three and the board bricked.
Heads-up started almost even in chips and Sitton’s three-bet shove with ace-deuce, letting Bouziane double. The American had under a single big blind left. It took a few hands before he eventually bowed out with eight-nine versus jack-deuce and Bouziane was crowned the winner.
|2||Hank Sitton||United States||$4,400|
|3||Kevin Eyster||United States||$2,930|
|4||Richard London||United States||$2,070|
|5||Mark Ali||Trinidad & Tobago||$1,560|
On Nov. 16, two side events will take place with a $250 NLHE Event as of 6 p.m. local time and $135 Survivor Event as of 9 p.m. before the WSOPC Caribbean Festival officially concludes after almost two weeks of fun in the sun.
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