Sean Yu Wins WSOPC Bicycle for $210,585 and Ring No. 7
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The World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle stop wrapped up on Wednesday, and one of the most successful players on the Circuit in recent years continued his torrid pace on the tour with a win in the $1,700 Main Event.
Sean Yu topped a field of 678 to win $210,585 and ring No. 7. Not only did he move into a tie for 10th on the all-time list, but even more impressively, they've all come since 2014 and the wins include three victories in main events. He had also won a $400 event for another ring earlier in the series.
In 2017, his Circuit dominance reached the highest level of the tour when he won the Global Casino Championship for nearly $300K and his only bracelet.
WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event Final Table
|1||Sean Yu||Los Angeles, California||$210,585*|
|2||Andrew Moreno||Las Vegas, Nevada||$130,295|
|4||Benjamin Moon||San Diego, California||$71,070|
|5||Aaron Messmer||Whittier, California||$53,565|
|6||Scott Vener||Los Angeles, California||$40,910|
|7||Jordan Meltzer||Delray Beach, Florida||$31,655|
|8||Ralph Wong||West Chester, Pennsylvania||$24,815|
|9||Zachary Gruneberg||Boalsburg, Pennsylvania||$19,700|
*also won seat to $1 million Global Casino Championship
The tournament's 678 entries produced a prize pool just north of $1 million, paying out 72 places. Some of those who cashes included Ankush Mandavia, Aaron Massey, Allen Kessler, Scott Stewart, Joe Serock and Mohsin Charania.
Yu held the chip lead going into the final day, according to the live updates, and an early hand where his ace-queen cracked kings for an elimination only moved him further ahead.
Final Table Action
Yu kept it rolling at the official final table when he opened with kings and held up against a three-bet shove from Zachary Grunberg, whose ace-ten improved with a flopped ace but it was no match for a set of kings.
Another big stack belonged to Andrew Moreno, and he scored the next knockout when his queens held up against a three-bet shove from Ralph Wong, who managed to flop trip nines with . However, a queen on the turn sent the pot Moreno's way.
Yu would then flop another set, this time with fours against a short-stacked Jordan Meltzer’s to knock him out in seventh.
Scott Vener then took a bad beat when his ace-queen failed to hold against ace-ten for 20 big blinds, leaving him with crumbs. He was eliminated shortly thereafter, with Aaron Messmer following when Moreno's tens trumped his nines.
Yu and Moreno continued to battle as they exchanged the lead several times, but it was Yu who would take the edge into heads-up play as he eliminated Ben Moon and Mateus Lessa.
Both players had 100 big blinds after Moreno won an early pot, but what looked like a possibly long match proved short as a cooler hit shortly thereafter. Moreno defended big blind with and flopped bottom two pair, only to have Yu flop a set of sixes. Moreno bet-called the turn for all of his chips but got the bad news that he was drawing dead and had to settle for second.
Other Results from the Bike
While the big story coming out of the Bicycle stop was Yu's dominance, plenty of other rings were awarded — 12 more, to be exact.
Over the course of the series, of course, players racked up points in those rings events and one of those winners, Massoud Eskandari, took down Casino Champion honors to book a seat alongside Yu in the $1 million Global Casino Championship to take place after the season ends. Eskandari squeaked by Ari Engel, who booked a pair of runner-up finishes, to take the honors.
Here's a look at all of the ring winners from the stop:
WSOPC Bicycle Ring Winners
|$400 Monster Stack||Paul Camby||Guernville, California||$100,150|
|$400 NLHE||Gladys Landegger||Tarzana, California||$9,300|
|$400 Double Stack||Emil Mactal||Burbank, California||$17,565|
|$400 Omaha Hi-Lo||Denis Bilodeu||Orange, California||$11,380|
|$400 NLHE||Sean Yu||Los Angeles, California||$13,225|
|$400 H.O.R.S.E.||Alan Myerson||Sherman Oaks, California||$12,475|
|$1,125 NLHE||Kevin Eyster||Lafayette, Louisiana||$40,875|
|$250 NLHE||Matthew Elsby||Los Angeles, California||$31,795|
|$600 NLHE||Massoud Eskandari||Mission Viego, California||$28,835|
|$400 NLHE||Mark Jeans||Hermosa Beach, California||$8,750|
|$3,250 High Roller||Erick But||Brooklyn, New York||$84,595|
|$250 NLHE||Brian Snell||Honolulu, Hawaii||$19,440|
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