Shiva Dudani Wins WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event ($258,078)

Shiva Dudani

"It feels so great when you run super hot!" Shiva Dudani said after taking down the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond $1,700 Main Event, a tournament that drew 989 entries. Dudani took home $258,078, his second WSOP Circuit ring, and a seat in the 2020 WSOP Circuit Global Championship for his efforts.

"I wanted to play as aggressively as I could. In tournaments, the momentum keeps changing, things keep changing."

"I'm so excited, it's so nice to win a tournament, especially as big as this one, and in Chicago, it means a lot to me," added Dudani, who has resided in Chicago for the last eight years. Dudani, who described himself as a pot-limit Omaha specialist to WSOP officials, spoke about the difference between playing PLO and tournaments. "It's more adjusting to the table here. I had aggressive players to start on my left, so I thought I should play tight to start. Then I had a big chip lead, and I wanted to play as aggressively as I could. In tournaments, the momentum keeps changing, things keep changing."

Dudani had to contend with the dangerous Casey Carroll in heads-up play, and the stacks were deep and nearly even at the start.

"I thought it would take a long time. He's a good player. I thought it was going to be a very long match, so I thought, 'Let's get comfortable,' and try to give myself the best shot to win." Dudani stuck to his game plan, and though it was a grind, he eventually wore down the talented Michigan native Carroll to notch the victory.

Dudani kept it simple and effective when asked about his plans for the prize money, which pushes his career earnings to just under a million dollars on Hendon Mob: "Spending money is easy, I'll find a way!"

Final Table Results

1Shiva DudaniChicago, Illinois$258,078
2Casey CarrollGrand Rapids, Michigan$159,494
3Bryan SkreensWinfield, Illinois$119,606
4Patrick SteeleChelsea, Michigan$90,543
5Sachin BhargavaSan Jose, California$69,197
6Evan BethyoBuffalo Grove, Illinois$53,394
7Firas SadouDetroit, Michigan$41,602
8Hussain SajwaniChicago, Illinois$32,732
9Nicola DitrapaniStreamwood, Illinois$26,010
10Voytek GlabDes Plaines, Illinois$20,876

Day 3 Action

Seventeen players returned to the felt for Day 3, and both of the Day 1 chip leaders found themselves out of the tournament immediately, as Day 1a chip leader David Jackson (17th - $13,862) and Day 1b chip leader Giedrius Bagdonas (16th - $13,862) were both unable to rally short stacks at the start of the day. William Webb (15th - $16,925), Jake Bazeley (14th - $16,925) and Josh Reichard (13th - $16,925) all busted in quick succession shortly afterward.

Gregory Wilson (12th - $20,876) was coolered by Firas Sadou to bust next, then a short-stacked Tom Bouziden (11th - $20,876) was unable to win a flip against Day 2 chip leader Evan Bethyo to fall one spot shy of the final table.

Final Table Action

Voytek Glab started the final table as the short stack and found no traction as his jacks were cracked by the ace-nine of Hussain Sajwani to fall in tenth. Nicola Ditrapani would follow Glab out the door a few minutes later in ninth, then two hours would pass before the next elimination. Sajwani had dwindled down to fifteen big blinds when he ripped it in with eights, only to run into Dudani and his kings to bust.

Firas Sadou would exit in seventh when his pair of threes couldn't overcome the pocket sevens of MSPT Hall of Famer Pat Steele. Next to exit was the start of Day 2 chip leader Evan Bethyo. Bethyo lost a massive pot with top pair against the flopped set of Bryan Skreens to get short, and despite a few double-ups, he succumbed in sixth after he lost with king-jack to the ace-ten of Dudani. Sachin Bhargava, who never seemed to get any real traction at the final table, did manage to find a few ladders before falling in fifth place.

Steele already had an excellent start to his year, taking down the MSPT Cleveland Main Event in January for $124,461. He nearly added a WSOP Circuit Main Event ring to his coffers, holding the chip lead at various times at the final table, but ultimately fell in fourth after his ace-jack couldn't overcome Dudani's ace-queen in a battle of the blinds.

In October's WSOP Circuit Hammond Main Event, Skreens was able to earn a ninth-place finish, and his second consecutive appearance at the Main Event final table went significantly further in this iteration, but he ultimately fell in third when his last fifteen big blinds went in the middle with ace-eight. Carroll called with king-queen, and both a king and a queen on the flop to stop Skreens two spots shy of his first WSOP Circuit ring.

Bryan Skreens
Bryan Skreens

Marathon Heads-Up Match

Dudani started heads-up play with a slight chip lead over Carroll, but the duo would trade that lead several times over the next few hours. Dudani would spike a set on Carroll to jump to a 2:1 lead, then Carroll would take a few pots down uncontested. Dudani reclaimed his 2:1 lead when he got paid off with a flush, then Carroll clawed his way back to nearly even again. The blinds began to catch up with the pair, however, and in Level 35 (150,000/300,000/300,000), the two found themselves locked in the last hand of the tournament.

Dudani called a raise from Carroll on the button with jack-ten, and found trip jacks on the flop. Carroll, who held ace-queen, also hit the flop with a queen. All the money went in on the turn, and Carroll was unable to find another queen on the river. Carroll, who finished third in this tournament last year, was down to just four big blinds at one point with seven players left. He was able to nearly complete a legendary comeback story but ultimately had to settle for second place and a $159,494 payday.

Guillermo Vargas Wins Casino Championship

Guillermo Vargas
Guillermo Vargas

Also doing well at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond stop was Guillermo Vargas, who claimed the Casino Championship title with 82.5 points. That meant he too earned a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

Vargas got off to a good start by finishing seventh out of 2,169 entrants in Event #1: $400 NLH Multi-Flight, good for $16,972. He then notched two more smaller cashes before besting a 179-entry field to win Event #11: $1,125 NLH for $45,048 and his first gold ring.

"I feel pretty good,” Vargas said after his win, “This was my first Circuit series I decided to grind, and it was really a good learning experience.”

WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond Ring Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 NLH Multi-Flight2,169$715,770Sudheer Some$103,923
Event #2: $250 NLH Double Stack541$108,200Xueying Zhao$21,031
Event #3: $400 Seniors275$90,750Simon Philip$21,034
Event #4: $400 NLH Bounty223$53,590Brad LaPayne$12,685
Event #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha167$86,005Emanuel Manioudakis$22,053
Event #6: $400 Monster Stack540$178,200Lukson Matthew$34,748
Event #7: $400 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better104$34,320Dragan Culafic$9,806
Event #8: $250 Multi-Bag Bonus1,039$250,000Andy Rogowski$40,166
Event #9: $400 HORSE86$28,380Brandon Nicholson$8,593
Event #10: $600 NLH 6-Handed190$97,850David Hengen$24,364
Event #11: $1,125 NLH179$179,000Guillermo Vargas$45,048
Event #12: $1,700 Main Event989$1,498,335Shiva Dudani$258,078
Event #13: $400 Seniors171$56,430Ken Baime$14,467
Event #14: $2,200 High Roller80$160,000Sergey Sergeev$49,518
Event #15: $400 NLH174$57,420Artem Zverkhovskyy$14,566

The WSOP Circuit stop at Horseshoe Hammond has come to an end, but our coverage of the circuit continues this weekend with updates from the WSOP Circuit St. Charles $1,700 Main Event.

  • Shiva Dudani topped a 989-entry field to win the @WSOP Circuit @HorseshoeHammnd Main Event for $258K.

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