$2,200 High Roller

Event Info

Buy-in $2,200
Players 108
Players Left 108
Average Chip Stack 30,000
Total Chips 3,240,000

Level Info

Level 24
Blinds 10,000 / 25,000
Ante 25,000

Players Info - Day 2

Entries 24
$2,200 High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Gediminas Uselis Takes Down Choctaw's Inaugural High Roller for $60,710

AnthonyThompson • Level 24: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Gediminas Uselis
Gediminas Uselis

The first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit $2,200 High Roller at Choctaw Durant came to an end after two days of play, and Lithuania's Gediminas Uselis became the latest gold ring winner after topping a field of 108 entries. Uselis, who captured his first gold ring, overcame a tough lineup to take home the $60,710 first-place prize.

"It feels great to win a ring," Uselis said after his victory, one that was a rocky road.

Uselis came into the finale in the middle of the pack holding on to a stack with less than 100,000 for the majority of the day. He entered the final table last in chips but managed to spike key double-ups that allowed him to climb to the top as he eliminated five of the final eight players. The win adds to a resume that already had over $250K in career earnings.

"I got here Wednesday and busted the $600 but saved my luck for this one," said Uselis jokingly.

High Roller Results

1Gediminas UselisLoma Linda, Lithuania$60,710
2Aaron Van BlarcumDallas, Texas$37,523
3Clint TolbertNorman, Oklahoma$26,031
4Jeremy JosephBuffalo, New york$18,523
5Brian AltmanLong Meadow, Massachusetts$13,527
6Peter WalsworthSaratosa, Florida$10,145
7Viet VoPearland, Texas$7,821
8Mason VeithWindthrost, Texas$6,201

Final Day Action

The final day of the high roller saw 21 players return to action and an additional three jumped in as the late registration period was open until the start of play. Those three brought the total to 108 entries for the event, which created a total prize pool of $216,000 with the top 17 landing a payday of at least $3,305.

Play started with players getting new seating assignments as the first elimination brought about the three-table redraw within minutes. After the prize pool was released, it didn't take long for players to start dropping at a rapid pace before the bubble burst.

From there, eliminations continued like wildfire as Nick Yunis, Bryant Miller, Jason Daly and Adam Hendrix busted shortly after players were in the money.

The final day continued with the double-elimination of Brock Wilson and Marvin Rettenmaier after Clint Tolbert turned trip sevens to take out both in the same hand.

The eliminations of Andrew Watson and Chris Staats set the unofficial final table with Asaf Ben-Shushan falling soon after setting the main stage.

Final Table Action

Once the final table was set, all eight players were trailing Tolbert who held one-third of the chips in play. Play was tight for a few orbits until Mason Vieth and Aaron Van Blarcum got all their chips in the middle preflop. Vieth raised holding a pair of queens and Van Blarcum bumped it back after he woke up with kings from the small blind. It was all she wrote from there as Van Blarcum flopped a set to send Veith out in eighth place.

Almost one full 40-minute level passed before Viet Vo found the door. He got the rest of his chips in the middle after flopping an open-ended straight and was called by Brian Altman holding middle pair. Neither the turn nor river helped Vo and took home a seventh-place finish ($7,821).

Peter Walsworth was next on the chopping block after he lost half his stack in a flip against Jeremy Joseph and lost the other half to Van Blarcum. Walsworth exited in sixth place ($10,145).

Five-handed play saw Uselis start his reign of terror after getting a few lucky doubles and then dusting Altman out in fifth place with a set of eights.

Four-handed play was slow as each of the remaining players were evenly stacked. No one made a move until Joseph found himself a pair of ladies that couldn't hold against the suited ace of Uselis and he left the final table in fourth place ($18,523).

Uselis would continue his hot streak after his made hand of fours held against the ace-nine of Tolbert sending him home in third place good for 26,031.

Heads-up play ended within two hands as Uselis held a major chip lead over Van Blarcum, who got it in with king-queen off but was dominated after Uselis turned over ace-queen. Van Blarcum was eliminated in second place for a respectable $37,523 while Uselis took home the $60,710 first-place money along with his first gold ring.

That wraps it up for the PokerNews live coverage of the $2,200 High Roller but check out the $1,700 Main Event tomorrow at noon local time for Day 1b.


Tags: Aaron Van BlarcumAdam HendrixAndrew WatsonAndros IoakimidesAsaf Ben ShushanBrian AltmanBrock WilsonBryant MillerCarlos LovingChristopher StaatsClint TolbertCory BogertGary BlandGediminas UselisJason DalyJeff TrudeauJeremy JosephMarvin RettenmaierMason ViethNick YunisPeter WalsworthRobert KeelingViet Vo

Aaron Van Blarcum Eliminated in 2nd Place ($37,523)

AnthonyThompson • Level 24: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Aaron Van Blarcum
Aaron Van Blarcum

Aaron Van Blarcum got his remaining stack in the middle preflop and was called by Gediminas Uselis.

Gediminas Uselis: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Aaron Van Blarcum: {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

Van Blarcum was dominated and needed help after the {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}{j-Spades} flop.

The {2-Hearts} turn was no help to Van Blarcum and he needed a ten to fall on the river to stay alive.

Unfortunately for Van Blarcum, the river fell the {8-Spades} ending his run in second place.

Gediminas Uselis lt
Gediminas Uselis
lt 3,240,000 740,000
Aaron Van Blarcum us
Aaron Van Blarcum
us Busted

Tags: Gediminas UselisAaron Van Blarcum

Clint Tolbert Eliminated in 3rd Place ($26,523)

AnthonyThompson • Level 24: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Clint Tolbert
Clint Tolbert

Clint Tolbert open-jammed for 396,000 on the button and Gediminas Uselis came over the top from the small blind getting isolation.

Clint Tolbert: {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Gediminas Uselis: {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

Tolbert held two overs but couldn't find any help from the {q-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Hearts} run out and he was eliminated from the tournament.

Gediminas Uselis lt
Gediminas Uselis
lt 2,500,000 500,000
Clint Tolbert us
Clint Tolbert
us Busted

Tags: Clint TolbertGediminas Uselis

Jeremy Joseph Eliminated in 4th Place ($18,523)

AnthonyThompson • Level 24: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Jeremy Joseph
Jeremy Joseph

There was all in action preflop between Gediminas Uselis from under the gun and Jeremey Joseph on the button with Joseph at risk.

Jeremy Joseph: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Gediminas Uselis: {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}

Joseph was ahead with his made hand of ladies but it was short-lived as Uselis spiked the [as9sh] flop.

Joseph needed to spike a queen but neither the {7-Hearts} turn nor the {6-Clubs} were one and he was eliminated from the tournament.

Gediminas Uselis lt
Gediminas Uselis
lt 2,000,000 750,000
Jeremy Joseph us
Jeremy Joseph
us Busted

Tags: Jeremy JosephGediminas Uselis

Tolbert Doubles Through Van Blarcum

AnthonyThompson • Level 24: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Aaron Van Blarcum opened for 80,000 on the button and Clint Tolbert three-bet all in from the small blind. Gediminas Uselis folded his big and action was back on Van Blarcum who called.

Clint Tolbert: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Aaron Van Blarcum: {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}

Van Blarcum was dominated by Tolbert and nothing changed after the {6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} board ran out giving Tolbert the double up worth 428,000.

Clint Tolbert us
Clint Tolbert
us 906,000 671,000
Aaron Van Blarcum us
Aaron Van Blarcum
us 700,000 -600,000

Tags: Gediminas UselisClint TolbertAaron Van Blarcum

Brandon Wilson Secures Gold in Event #5: $400 NLH Bounty

AnthonyThompson • Level 24: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Brandon Wilson
Brandon Wilson

While PokerNews is here offering live updates from the Main Event and High Roller, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about the full schedule of side events that have been playing out over the past week at the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant.

In Event #5: $400 NLH Bounty, 261 runners created a $60,030 prize pool that was paid out to the top 41 players. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Michael Delavergne (10th - $958), Michael Lech (12th - $958), Brian Lee (14th - $795), Lauren Bunch (27th - $463), and Robert Keeling (34th - $388).

In the end, it was Brandon Wilson who outlasted the 261 player field to claim his first ring along with $13,706.

“I actually dropped out of college to pursue poker the year before Moneymaker won. I’ve been hooked ever since,” Wilson state about his background with the game.

Fortunately, on the first weekend of November, a sequence of events brought directed him to WSOP tournament poker where he flourished, joining the ranks of gold-ring champions.

Final Table Results

1Brandon WilsonDallas, Texas$13,706
2Vaughn BrozekFort Worth, Texas$8,470
3Daniel JonesKingwood, Texas$6,055
4Quinterol MalletteDallas, Texas$4,404
5Mark FisherDenison, Texas$3,261
6Charles BelcherRowlett, Texas$2,459
7Melisa SinghNew York, New York$1,888
8John HaddadPlano, Texas$1,477
9Jimmy BunchBokoshe, Oklahoma$1,178

Tolbert Takes from Joseph

AnthonyThompson • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Jeremy Joseph opened for 50,000 on the button and Clint Tolbert defended his big blind to see a {5-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{k-Hearts} flop.

Tolbert check-called Joseph's 75,000 bet to see the {7-Diamonds} fall on the turn. Tolbert lead out for 100,000 and Joseph quickly called to see the dealer drop the {3-Hearts} on the river.

Both players checked and Tolbert tabled {k-Spades}{10-Spades} to scoop the pot.

Clint Tolbert us
Clint Tolbert
us 920,000 96,000
Jeremy Joseph us
Jeremy Joseph
us 490,000 -285,000

Tags: Jeremy JosephClint Tolbert