Regional Championship

End of Day 1 Chip Counts

Ryan Julius
Ryan Julius
Jonathan Tamayo us
Jonathan Tamayo
us 186,300
Bernard Lee us
Bernard Lee
us 137,400
Gordon Vayo us
Gordon Vayo
us 137,400
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
us 131,500
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
us 130,000
Timothy Morgan
Timothy Morgan
David Paredes us
David Paredes
us 120,300
Dave Sands
Dave Sands
Chad Brown us
Chad Brown
us 110,100
Musa Taher
Musa Taher
David Sesso
David Sesso
Michael Kelly us
Michael Kelly
us 103,900
Ryan Welch us
Ryan Welch
us 103,700
Mark Owens
Mark Owens
Nenad Medic us
Nenad Medic
us 96,700
Frank Gu
Frank Gu
Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams
Full Tilt Red Pro
us 92,100
Christopher Underwood us
Christopher Underwood
us 89,600
Kevin Schulz us
Kevin Schulz
us 86,000
Mike Phan
Mike Phan
Joseph Elpayaa us
Joseph Elpayaa
us 82,500
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 82,200
Daniel Thomas us
Daniel Thomas
us 81,000
Owen Crowe ca
Owen Crowe
ca 81,000

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Regional Championship
Day 1 Completed

Day 1 Complete

Ryan Julius
Ryan Julius

Day 1 of the $10,000 World Series of Poker Circuit Regional Championship at the Horseshoe Hammond has come to a close. A field of 226 came to play today and 114 will return tomorrow for Day 2. Shortly after the dinner break, Ryan Julius won a massive pot with aces against kings to vault to a huge chip lead, ending the day with 265,000. Jonathan Tamayo bagged up a stack of 186,300, and is in second place. Also ending the day with six figures were Bernard Lee (139,400), Shannon Shorr (131,500), Vanessa Selbst (130,000), Dave Sands (113,700), and Chad Brown (110,100).

Among those that will not be back for Day 2 include WSOP Player of the Year leader Frank Kassela, Jeff Madsen, Sorel Mizzi, and many others. Play will resume at 1:00pm local time tomorrow. Be sure to join us then as the $10,000 World Series of Poker Circuit Regional Championship gets closer to the final table.

Good night from Indiana!

Tags: Ryan Julius

Monkey Hits the Rail, Tamayo Four Flushes Aces vs. Aces and Shorr Smacks a Flush

Shannon Shorr
Shannon Shorr

Ace High Wins for Stout - 11:45 PM

From the small blind, Brett Richey raised to 1,800 and Matt Stout called from the big blind. The flop came down {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{5-Spades} and Richey fired 2,600. Stout called the the turn brought the {2-Hearts}. Both players checked to see the {J-Hearts} fall on the river. Both players checked again.

"Queen," announced Richey, but he then mucked when Stout tabled the {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} to win the hand.

Selbst Folds to Cutler - 11:48 PM

Alan Cutler raised and Vanessa Selbst reraised. Cutler made the call and the flop came down {9-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. Cutler check-called a bet on the flop of 4,000 from Selbst to see the {5-Diamonds} peel off on the turn. Cutler counted out his chips and then fired all in for 23,500. Selbst didn't look too happy about the bet and tanked. She eventually folded her hand and someone else at the table ask ed Cutler to show the bluff.

"I haven't bluffed since 1986," responded Cutler.

Lee Check-Raised On Turn - 11:52 PM

The flop was {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and Barry Greenstein checked. The next player bet 2,800 and then Bernard Lee made the call. Greenstein got out of the way.

The turn brought the {A-Hearts} and the first player checked to Lee, the Foxwoods poker room spokesperson. Lee fired 4,100 and then his opponent check-raised all in for 15,000. Lee thought for a few moments before letting it go and dropped back to 82,500.

DeWitt Eliminates Souther - 12:07 AM

Will Souther raised to 2,500 in the hijack and Jason DeWitt re-raised to about 14,000 from the small blind, having Souther covered. After about a minute Souther called all in with {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, trailing DeWitt’s {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {K-Clubs}{7-Spades}{3-Spades}{4-Hearts}{9-Spades}, ending Souther’s tournament and upping DeWitt’s stack to about 35,000.

You Say Tomato, I Say Tamayo - 12:15 AM

Jonathan Tamayo reraised to 6,100 after a player opened with a raise to 2,100. The player then reraised to 24,000 before Tamayo shipped all in for 94,300. His opponent quickly called and had the exact same amount in chips.

Tamayo: {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}

The flop contained three clubs, which favored Tamayo's rockets. The turn brought a blank, but after a fourth club on the river, Tamayo was awarded the pot and saw his stack vault to nearly 190,000.

Sands Busts Fish12:26 AM

Dave Sands raised to 2,100 from early position and found calls from Barry Greenstein in the hijack and the player on the button. Darryll Fish went all in from the big blind for an additional 20,100 and Sands re-raised to isolate. The others folded and Sands turned over {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}, leading Fish’s {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. The board came down {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Fish was eliminated. Sands upped his stack to about 97,000.

Richey and Stout with Back-to-Back All-In Battles - 12:27 AM

Brett Richey raised from the small blind to 2,500 and then Matt Stout went all in from the big blind for a 18,500. Richey hemmed and hawed and then called. Both players tabled the {A-}{7-} and chopped the pot after the board ran out without any flush possibilities.

On the very next hand, Richey raised from the button to 2,100 and Stout jammed from the small blind. Richey called and turned up the {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. Stout held the {A-Diamonds}{4-Spades}.

This time there would be no chop as the board ran through {Q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{9-Diamonds} in favor of Stout, who made the higher diamond flush and doubled up to 40,000.

Another Battle Between Jewell and Medic - 12:29 AM

On the flop of {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, Nenad Medic checked to Kurt Jewell. Jewell fired 3,300 and Medic made the call. The turn brought the {6-Hearts} and both players checked. The river then completed the board with the {7-Diamonds} and both checked again.

Medic tabled the {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for a flopped nut flush and Jewell mucked with a smirk.

Oh Hi Shannon Shorr - 12:40 AM

Shannon Shorr and an opponent got into a raising war preflop which saw Shorr five-bet shove the {J-Hearts}{7-Hearts} and run into the pocket queens for his opponent. The board ran out {J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and the poker gods were with Shorr as he made a heart flush to double to about 130,000 and stick around in a big way for Day 2.

Tags: Alan CutlerBarry GreensteinBernard LeeBrett RicheyDarryll FishDave SandsJason DeWittMatt StoutVanessa SelbstWill Souther


DeWitt Doubles, Sands Squeezes, and a Monster Chip Leader Emerges

Ryan Julius
Ryan Julius

Table Talk - 10:35 PM

"I doubt you'll find a 10/25 game. It's Monday night, ya know," Brett Richey said to a player on his right, obviously looking for some action after Day 1 ends. "Maybe 5/10 no-limit."

After another moment, he added, "There's always blackjack," with a wry smirk.

Bell Gets That Shove-y Feeling - 10:40 PM

We walked up to a flop of {K-Diamonds} {7-Spades} {10-Spades} to see the first player check. Chris Bell was second, and he put out a bet of 3,300 into a pot of about that much. Next door, Chad Batista called, and the action was back on the first checker. He snuck in a check-raise to 11,000, but Bell was having none of it. The pro moved all in with a covering reraise to about 50,000 total. Batista quickly mucked, and the check-raiser tanked and folded away as well.

Mark Bell down for close to 70,000 now.

DeWitt Doubles Through Souther10:42 PM

Will Souther raised to 1,600 from middle position and Jason DeWitt went all in for 8,150 from the cutoff. Action folded around to Souther and he went into the tank for about three minutes. Finally, he decided to flip one of his card protectors to determine whether to call or not, but on the first attempt it bounced off the table. On attempt #2, it landed on the call side and Souther revealed {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. DeWitt smoothly rolled over {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} and successfully doubled through when the board ran out a safe, though not without a sweat, {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}.

DeWitt: Up to about 20,000
Souther: Down to about 23,000

One Good Hand Deserves Another - 10:49 PM

We made it to the table on the turn as the board read {Q-Clubs} {9-Spades} {6-Diamonds} {10-Clubs}. Keven Stammen checked to Jason Mercier, then called a bet of 5,350, just about pot-sized from the looks of it. Stammen flatted, and the {2-Clubs} landed on the river. Stammen let Mercier bet it again, 13,700 this time before shooting a smirking glare across the table. After a minute, he called.

"Tens," said Mercier, and it looked like he flashed {10-Diamonds} {10-Spades} for a set. It was no good, though; Stammen tabled {7-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} for the straight, and Mercier tapped the felt as he shipped him the pot.

Both men are right around 64,000 now.

Sands Doubles Through Brown11:01 PM

Dave "Doc" Sands opened the pot with a raise from early position and next to act, Bernard Lee made it 4,100 to go. Chad Brown popped it to 12,100 from the cutoff and action folded back around to Sands. He shoved for an additional 19,900 and Lee folded. Brown went into the tank for about three minutes and called, showing {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}. Sands tabled {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} and won the race when the board ran out {K-Clubs}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{6-Spades}.

Sands: Up to about 65,000
Brown: Down to about 105,000

Squeeze for Sands - 11:06 PM

Barry Greenstein was in middle position and raised to 1,500. The cutoff seat and small blind called before Dave "Doc" Sands reraised from the big blind to 6,800. Greenstein and the other two folded allowing Sands to squeeze out a pot and increase to 69,000 in chips.

Berg Loses One - 11:09 PM

On the board of {K-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs}{A-Clubs}, one player checked to Eli Berg. Berg fired 5,000 and his opponent called. The river brought the {3-Hearts} and both players checked. Berg mucked his hand after he saw the {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} from his opponent and dropped back to 34,000 in chips.

BoostedJ Makin' Moves - 11:15 PM

Four players were in action on the flop of {J-Clubs}{10-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Ryan Welch checked and Justin Smith checked. The next player checked and then the last player fired 2,550. Welch made the call before action got back to Smith and he went into the tank. After his thought process was complete, Smith put in a raise to 8,400. The player behind him folded before the original bettor made the call. Welch also folded.

The turn was the {A-Spades} and Smith tanked for quite some time. Eventually he tossed out a bet of 18,000 and that sent the other player into the tank. A couple minutes went by and then the player folded. Smith picked up the pot and moved his stack to 93,000.

Jewell and Medic Chop - 11:19 PM

After Nenad Medic raised from the hijack seat to 1,600, Kurt Jewell reraised from the button to 4,050. Medic made the call and the flop came down {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}. Both players checked to see the {9-Spades} fall on the turn.

Medic checked the turn and Jewell fired out 4,500. Medic made the call.

The river was the {6-Diamonds} and Medic checked. Jewell fired out 8,600 and Medic tank-called. When the hands were revealed, both players tabled the {A-}{10-} and chopped up the pot.

Souther Still Heading South11:20 PM

We caught up with the action on a {K-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop. The first player checked and Will Souther bet 2,200. Tom Koral called and the other player folded, landing the {7-Clubs} on the turn. Souther bet 3,500 and Koral called again, leading to the {10-Spades} river card. Souther bet 6,000 and Koral tried to get a little information from Souther, who gladly told Koral that he had air. Whether that led to it or not, Koral called and upon seeing Souther’s {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, showed {J-Clubs}{J-Spades} to win the pot and move to about 62,000. Souther slipped to roughly 18,000.

Monster Pot Ends the Level - 11:25 PM

Blair Hinkle raised to open the pot to 1,600, and Ryan Julius made the call next door. Around on the button, a third player squeezed in a raise to 4,900 total, and Hinkle called. That sent the action back to Julius, and he wasn't going anywhere either. Looking at the re-raiser on the button, he asked, “How much you playing there, buddy?” When the player moved his hands out of the way, Julius cut out a reraise to 16,900 and slid it forward. The button five-bet right back to 37,000, folding the monkey in the middle and once again sending the action back to Julius. “All in,” he said after a moment, the ol' six-bet.

A sour look came across the button's face like he'd just bitten into a lemon. He had about 130,000 total chips to start the hand, among the chip leaders. In fact, Julius was one of the only players in the room who had him covered. After a moment to make sure, he double-checked his hole cards and slid all of his chips into the middle. With about 450bb up for grabs, the cards were on their backs:

Julius: {A-Diamonds} {A-Hearts}
Button: {K-Clubs} {K-Spades}

Julius saw the {K-Hearts} first, but it wasn't as bad as it looked. The full flop rolled out a very exciting {K-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} {A-Spades}, giving both men their sets and putting the button two cards from the exit. He would need the case king to avoid that fate. The turn and river were both deuces, however, the spade and the diamond respectively, and we've thusly lost one of our big stacks.

We've traded it for a massive stack, though, as Ryan Julius is now firmly in command of this Day 1. He looks to have about 285,000 right now, but we'll have to get a better count when he tidies up his stacks.

Tags: Barry GreensteinBrett RicheyChad BatistaChad BrownChris BellDave SandsEli BergJason MercierJustin SmithKurt JewellNenad MedicRyan JuliusRyan WelchTom KoralWill Souther


Welch Doubles and Main Event Champion Jewell Is Shining

Kurt Jewell
Kurt Jewell

Welch Doubles with Ducks - 9:38 PM

On the board of {K-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs}{8-Spades}, Andrew Frankenberger bet 16,000 and then Ryan Welch moved all in for 27,675. Frankenberger called with the {A-Spades}{K-Spades}, but was behind the {2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for Welch. The river completed the board with the {6-Diamonds} and Welch doubled up to more than 70,000 in chips.

Table Talk - 9:40 PM

We apparently walked up to the table just after a pot between Kevin Saul and Darryll Fish, but we were right on time for the table talk.

Saul: “You were supposed to double me up.”

Fish: “I don't do what I'm supposed to very often. Like when I'm supposed to win at poker... yeah, I don't do that.

Fish Thinks He's Slick9:41 PM

Just moments after that exchange with Kevin Saul, Darryll Fish and the gentleman to his right tangled up in a pot that left the unknown player all in for 15,000. He held {A-Diamonds} {4-Hearts}, and he was in bad shape against Fish's {A-Hearts} {Q-Spades}.

The flop brought an unexciting ace for both players as it came {A-Spades} {7-Spades} {9-Hearts}.

“Put a four out there!” Saul said from across the table.

Fish smirked. “If you do, I'm gonna come across this table and --”

Turn: {4-Clubs}. Fish was stopped in mid sentence, and the whole table reacted to Saul's sick call. Even Fish had to smirk at the sight of his opponent's three-outer laying there on board. The river {5-Diamonds} wasn't the king Fish was looking for, and he's granted a double up to slip back to 43,000.

“Gonna be hard for me to double you up if I keep losing,” Fish groaned at Saul.

Stout Folds Turn - 9:43 PM

Matt Stout raised to 1,300 and the button made the call. The flop came down {Q-Clubs}{J-Spades}{7-Spades} and Stout fired a continuation bet of 2,000. The player on the button made the call.

The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and Stout check-folded to a bet of 4,000 from his opponent.

Main Event Champion Jewell Shows Bluff - 9:46 PM

Early this morning at around 4:30 a.m. local time, Kurt Jewell won the WSOP Cicuit Hammond Main Event for over $242,000. Along with the title came a seat in this event and Jewell's doing well once again. He's up to about 100,000 chips and just picked a nice spot to bluff in order to add a good chunk to his stack.

Four players saw the flop for 2,100 each and it came down {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. The preflop raiser fored 3,600 and David "Bakes" Baker folded before the next player called. Jewell was next up and raised to 8,750. Everyone folded and Jewell showed the old {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for the bluff.

“Bluffed It” - 9:55 PM

We've been watching Kenny Nguyen meander around the tournament floor for a couple minutes now, so we presumed him to be busto. It's hard to tell with Kenny, though, a can't-sit-still kind of guy. He began to make his way towards the double exit doors finally, and Amnon Filippi was the last man to shake his hand on the way out.

“Kenny, how many chips you got?” Fillipi asked.

“Bad,” was the reply from Nguyen, starting to walk away. He turned back around to yell, “Bluffed it,” as he headed back downstairs to the poker room or the pits.

Aguiar Ousted - 10:08 PM

Jonathan Aguiar got his last ~25,000 chips into the middle on a flop of {Q-} {10-} {4-}. Faraz Jaka was more than willing to put him to the test with a set, turning up pocket fours to put Aguiar and his ace-queen in a bad way. No help on the turn meant Aguiar was drawing dead, and he's been sent to the exit just before the break.

Ty Reiman Doubles - 10:09 PM

A short-stacked Ty Reiman was all in for 4,900 with {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} and was racing against an opponent’s {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. The board ran out {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades}, securing the double for Reiman to a little more than 11,000.

Tags: David BakerJonathan AguiarKurt JewellMatt StoutRyan WelchTy Reiman


Kassela Eliminated, Zolotow Doubles and Lee Busts Leah... Aces Everywhere!

Bernard Lee
Bernard Lee

Williams Chips Up8:22 PM

On a {J-Hearts}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop, two players checked to David Williams and he bet 2,500. Both opponents came along to see the {4-Hearts} turn card and again checked to Williams. This time he bet 6,500 and chased one opponent out, but Mike Mustafa called. The {4-Diamonds} hit the river and Mustafa checked for a third time. Williams bet 12,000 and was quickly called, showing {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}. Mustafa mucked and dropped to about 45,000, while Williams upped his stack to about 71,000.

Smith Eliminates Raghavan8:25 PM

Ravi Raghavan raised to 1,100 in the hijack and Justin Smith popped it to 3,300 on the button. When the action folded back to Raghavan, he got out of his chair and put his backpack on. Then he dropped in his remaining 11,000 or so into the middle Smith called with {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}, racing with Raghavan’s {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. The {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades} flop put Raghavan out in front, but the {10-Diamonds} hit the turn and left him drawing dead. Smith is up to about 50,000.

Rivera Sends Kassela Home8:29 PM

Jordan Morgan started things off with a raise to 1,025 from early position. Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and current WSOP Player of the Year leader Frank Kassela was in middle position and reraised. He made it 3,225 to go and action folded over to Anthony Rivera on the button. Rivera has a WSOP gold bracelet of his own, coming back in 2008 when he won the $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event. He four-bet to 7,500 from the button. The two blinds and Morgan folded before Kassela was back up. Kassela tanked before deciding to put it all at risk, moving all in for about 10,500. Rivera quickly called with the {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. He had Kassela’s {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} in bad shape.

The board ran out {J-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{6-Clubs} and that was the end of the line for Kassela. He exited the tournament while Rivera won the pot and pushed his stack to 52,000 chips.

Zolotow Rockets to a Double8:41 PM

A player opened with a raise from under the gun to 2,100. Steve Zolotow reraised to 4,700 from middle position and the original raiser made the call.

After a flop of {4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, the first player check-called a bet of 5,250 from Zolotow. The turn then brought the {9-Diamonds} and the first player checked again. Zolotow fired all in for an even 20,000 and his opponent called. Zolotow tabled the {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and his opponent the {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}.

Zolotow was able to dodge a king on the river when the {4-Spades} fell and successfully doubled up to greater than 60,000 in chips.

Selbst Doubles Andrzejewski8:41 PM

Pawel Andrzejewski bet 3,725 from the small blind on a {J-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} flop and Vanessa Selbst called from the cutoff, landing the {8-Clubs} on the turn. Andrzejewski bet 7,700 and Selbst asked to see what Andrzejewski had behind. Upon seeing it was about 25,000, Selbst raised enough to cover Andrzejewski;’s stack, but he quickly called and revealed {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}. Selbst was making a move with {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and the {Q-Clubs} river card was not enough to help her. She dropped to about 45,000 while Andrzejewski shot up to roughly 76,000, but then dropped back to 30,000 a few minutes later.

Bernard Lee’s Turn for Aces to Bust Mike Leah with Queens8:51 PM

From under the gun, Kevin Saul raised to 900. Darryll Fish flatted in the cutoff seat and then Mike Leah reraised from the button to 3,600. Bernard Lee was in the big blind and tanked after action got to him. He then put in another reraise to 10,500. Saul and Fish both folded before it was Leah’s turn to tank. He tanked for a minute or so and then made the call.

Well over 20,000 chips were already in the middle between Leah and Lee when the flop came down {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. Lee was up first and took his time before betting out 13,600. Leah thought and then announced that he was all in. Lee quickly called and turned up the {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}. Leah held the {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}.

The turn brought the {5-Diamonds} and then the river completed the board with the {10-Hearts}. Lee’s aces held up and at final count, his 34,800 chips were more than what Leah had in his stack. Leah was eliminated while Lee soared to about 117,000 in chips.

Jaka Grants a Double Up, Still Comes Out Ahead - 9:03 PM

A player in the hijack seat (we'll call him “Hijack” since we don't know his name) opened to 1,100, and Faraz Jaka made the call next door. On the button, a player we know as “Button” moved all in for just over 15,000. Hijack promptly re-shoved over the top, and the decision was back on Jaka. He would take a good long soak in the think tank before calling all in himself, creating a three-way showdown for a big pot:

Hijack: {A-Spades} {K-Clubs} (covering stack)
Jaka: {J-Clubs} {J-Hearts}
Button: {K-Diamonds} {Q-Spades}

The flop brought a queen for the button as it came {9-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} {6-Clubs} to pull him into a big lead. The {7-Hearts} turn was a good card for Jaka as he was the only player with a live flush draw heading to the river. Jaka couldn't find an out, though, and the {3-Spades} river secured a big triple up for Mr. Button. After paying off his debt, Jaka had 19,550 with which to take the side pot, doubling that up to 39,100 and ending up slightly ahead in that shakeout.

Players Eliminated

Matt Brady
Bryn Kenney
Thomas Marchese
James Mackey
Josh Brikis
Peter Jetten

Tags: Anthony RiveraBernard LeeDarryll FishFrank KasselaJordan MorganKevin SaulMike LeahSteve Zolotow