Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||50,000 / 100,000|
Players Info - Day 3
Day 3 Completed
Twice as Nice: Richard Bai Wins the 2019 WSOPC Potawatomi Main Event for $138,317 and Second WSOPC Ring
The second World Series of Poker Circuit Potawatomi $1,700 Main Event of the year saw 447 entrants come and go, but it was Chicago's Richard Bai who navigated the field to earn a $138,317 payday, along with his second gold ring and a seat in the 2020 WSOPC Global Championship.
Bai, who made one previous WSOPC Main Event final table in 2015 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, found himself very short with four players left at the final table and described his rise from crumbs to the championship as, "Incredible. I got short, I had like nine or ten bigs, and I thought, y'know, I was destined for fourth."
Bai found himself short after his queens were two-outed on the river by James Pupillo's jacks after an all-in confrontation preflop. Bai tried to take the bad beat in stride, saying, "That hand is just super standard. I was frustrated, but I tried to not let it affect me, I kinda winged it and played my game."
Bai got those ten big blinds in with sevens against Pupillo and his Big Slick a few hands later, and an ace on the flop looked like it would send Bai home in fourth as he thought was his destiny. However, destiny was just playing tricks with him as a miracle seven on the river gave him enough chips to work his way to victory.
"To win that flip and then just find a heater, it feels great," Bai said about that fateful hand.
Final Table Results
|1||Richard Bai||Chicago, Illinois||$138,317|
|2||Matthew Levin||Northbrook, Arizona||$85,488|
|3||Henry Zou||Saginaw, Michigan||$62,298|
|4||James Pupillo||Scottsdale, Arizona||$46,017|
|5||Jorden Helstern||Oak Lawn, Illinois||$34,460|
|6||Nikolas Stone||Auburndale, Wisconsin||$26,167|
|7||Brett Apter||St. Petersburg, Florida||$20,151|
|8||Jack Torcolese||Niles, Illinois||$15,742|
|9||Michael Esquivel||Clarendon Hills, Illinois||$12,478|
|10||George Pappas||Park Ridge, Illinois||$10,037|
Day 3 Action
It took just one hand for the final table to shrink from seven to six, as WSOP Bracelet winner Brett Apter was the victim of a bad beat. He jammed his last 15 big blinds in with ace-queen, and Matthew Levin called with ace-jack. Levin spiked a jack on the flop to make Apter's Day 3 experience a brief affair.
Nik Stone was the next to go, and his exit came shortly after he made a brief run up the counts, before a huge clash with Bai. Stone got his last 26 big blinds in on the turn of a jack-high board with ace-jack, and was against Bai's nut flush draw and gutshot. The gutshot got there on the river, and Stone, who boasts a runner-up finish in the WSOPC Global Championship back in 2012, finished in sixth place.
The very next hand, Jorden Helstern got his last 24 big blinds in with ace-king, and Levin made the call with a suited ace-queen. For the third straight time on Day 3, the worst hand won, as Levin flopped a flush and straight draw, and made both on the river to send Helstern home with a career-best payday of $34,460 for his fifth-place performance.
Pupillo went on a tear for the next few levels, bringing Bai down to just under ten big blinds at one point while Pupillo took the chip lead. Bai managed a few doubles through Pupillo before a massive cooler saw both Pupillo and Bai flop sets, Bai with eights and Pupillo with fours.
Pupillo got his last chips in on the river and was snapped off by Bai, shocking the Arizona native, who had to settle for fourth place and a $46,107 payday that brings the 23-year-old's career earnings over the six-figure marker.
Henry Zou never seemed to get much traction going during Day 3, and his stack was whittled down to just over four big blinds when Bai jammed with ace-king from the small blind. Zou called off with ace-four, and the Michigan native failed to catch up, leaving Bai and Levin heads up.
Bai began the heads-up battle with 11.4 million to Levin's 2 million in chips, and with blinds at 50,000/100,000/100,000, Bai leaned on Levin until the final hand of the tournament, where Levin jammed for 1.05 million with queen-six of clubs, and Bai quickly called with ace-four. Levin flopped a gutshot, but improved no further, while Bai ended up with the nut flush and his second WSOPC ring.
Along with the cash and ring, Bai also gets a seat into the 2020 WSOPC Global Championship, a bonus that delighted Bai. "Super excited. I've never got to play it. I've known about this forever, and it's just a great opportunity."
Speaking of winning a 2020 WSOPC Global Championship seat, Shane Thorne also got one for finishing as the stop's Casino Champion thanks to six cashes and four final table appearances.
WSOP Circuit Potawatomi Ring Winners
|Event #1: $400 NLH Double Stack||256||$84,480||Nick Pupillo||$19,413|
|Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight||921||$303,390||Jacob Rich||$52,680|
|Event #3: $600 NLH||87||$44,805||Craig Trost||$14,834|
|Event #4: $400 NLH 6-Handed||138||$45,540||Bradley Jansen||$12,065|
|Seniors Event #1: $250 NLH||258||$51,600||Sam Rameshk||$11,856|
|Event #5: $250 NLH Multi-Flight||259||$51,800||Danny Dombrowski||$11,652|
|Event #6: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha||166||$54,780||Hao “John” Sun||$14,190|
|Event #7: $400 Monster Stack||353||$116,490||Nick DiTrapani||$25,400|
|Event #8: $1,125 NLH||121||$121,000||John Gallaher||$32,964|
|Event #9: $400 NLH (One-Day)||146||$48,180||Josh Reichard||$12,921|
|Event #10: $1,700 Main Event||447||$677,205||Richard Bai||$138,317|
|Event #11: $400 NLH (One-Day)||169||$55,770||Michael Moncek||$14,297|
|Event #12: $400 NLH (One-Day)||130||$42,900||Jeremy Jacobs||$11,529|
|Ladies Event: $135 NLH||55||$5,500||Robin Glaysher||$1,846|
|Seniors Event #2: $250 NLH||206||$41,200||John Michalak||$10,074|
Matthew Levin jammed for 1.05 million on the button, and Richard Bai snap-called in the big blind.
Levin added a gutshot to his outs on the flop, but the turn took some of his outs away, as Bai turned the nut flush draw. The river left Bai with the nut flush, and Levin finishes as our runner-up.
Richard Bai jammed from the small blind to put Henry Zou at risk for his last 425,000, and Zou called.
"Good hand," Zou told Bai after the flop left Zou drawing to running outs. The turn sealed Zou's elimination, and the completed the board on the river.
Bai and Matthew Levin are taking a short five-minute break before heads-up play begins.
The last few minutes of play have seen mostly preflop action, as Henry Zou has been all in a few times, while Richard Bai has ramped up the aggression and has taken down multiple pots. Bai now commands over two-thirds of the chips in play.
Henry Zou limped in from the small blind, and Matthew Levin raised to 330,000. Zou three-bet shoved for 1.975 million, and Levin tanked for a minute before folding.
"Ace-ten no good?" Levin asked Zou.
"Ace-ten? Maybe good." Zou said with a grin.