$1,700 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,700
Prize Pool $1,007,475
Players 665

Level Info

Level 34
Blinds 125,000 / 250,000
Ante 250,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 13
$1,700 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Anthony Spinella Wins WSOPC Harrah's Las Vegas Main Event for $192,199

AnthonyThompson • Level 34: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Anthony Spinella
Anthony Spinella

Anthony Spinella is the latest champion of the 2019/2020 World Series of Poker Circuit season after he topped a field of 665 entries to walk away with the Harrah's Las Vegas $1,700 Main Event title, a $192,199 top prize, and a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

The win marks Spinella's 50th cash in WSOP events bringing his career earnings to over $1 million and marks his second WSOPC gold hardware, but his first live tournament win as his first WSOPC ring and bracelet came from online events. When asked if he prefers playing online over live play he answered, "They both have their appeal. It's nice to be able to play at home and be in the same vicinity as my son but it's also nice to get out and play live."

Spinella was very excited about his win and it came at a perfect time right before the holidays. "Yeah it feels amazing," Spinella said, "My son is definitely getting a new dinosaur."

Final Table Results

1Anthony SpinellaPlaya del Carmen, Mexico$192,199
2Nipun JavaLos Angeles, CA$118,764
3Jimmy LeeEdmonton, AB$87,339
4Raul MartinezLondon, UK$64,983
5Tim ReillyNatick, MA$48,923
6Adam OwenFolkestone, UK$37,275
7Kfir NahumSunnyvale, CA$28,746
8Stephen GranerHenderson, NV$22,442
9Benjamin CraigVeronon Hills, IL$17,738

Final Day Action

The final day of the Main Event saw 13 players return from Day 2, each guaranteed at least an $11,509 payday and play started with an early bust out after Matt Affleck lost a flip against Spinella. The very next hand saw James Hundt flop a set of snowmen but Kfir Nahum spiked his open-ended staright on the river ending Hundt's tournament run.

Next on the chopping block was Rene Lazaro when his pocket aces were cracked by Adam Owen's set of eights, setting the stage for the unofficial final table.

Final Table Action

After the elimination of Stan Jablonski a full level passed before the next body dropped when Benjamin Craig couldn't connect with his three-outer and fell to Nipun Java's pocket fours in ninth place.

Next up on was Stephen Graner who doubled up his short stack twice before getting it in once again. Unfortunately for Graner, a third double-up wasn't in the books for him and he took his exit in seventh place.

The very next hand saw Nahum's exit after an all-club flop gave him the flush. Nahum got all his chips in the middle against Spinella who held the ace of spades and it was an unfortunate river for Nahum as a fourth club fell on the river giving Spinella the nuts and ending Nahum's run in sixth place.

A few hands later would see Spinella's elimination train continue after he three-bet Owen's initial raise then called his four-bet jam holding the weapons of mass destruction while Owen heald ace-ten off. The flop gave Owen a glimmer of hope drawing to Broadway but he wouldn't complete eliminating him if sixth place ($37,275).

Once five-handed action began, it didn't take long for Tim Reilly to move his short stack in the middle holding a suited queen-eight and he was quickly called by Java from the big blind holding an ace-jack offsuit. Reilly was live and flopped a gut-shot staright-draw but couldn't connect with the turn nor river ending his run in fifth place ($48,923).

The four-way battle lasted two-full levels before Raul Martinez would hit the rail. Martinez grinded his short stack as long as he could before getting the rest of his chips in the middle holding a made hand of twos and was called by Spinella who held pocket sevens. Martinez was unable to find a third deuce on the runout ending his night in fourth place ($64,983).

The chips were dispersed evenly amongst the three remaining players until they returned from their 30-minute dinner when Jimmy Lee lost back-to-back hands to Java leaving him third in chips. A few orbits went by before Lee got the rest of his chips in holding a made hand of fives and was called by Spenilla who held an ace-ten offsuit. Lee's hand was good until Spinella turned an ace ending his tournament in third place ($87,339).


Nipun Java & Anthony Spinella
Nipun Java & Anthony Spinella

The heads-up battle saw not only two bracelet winners but also two ring winners slug it out in a battle of champions. Java started the match with a huge uphill battle as he walked in with only 3.5 million in chips while Spinella held majority of the chips in play with 16 million. The tussle last less than one full level before Nupa took his exit in second place for a respectable $118,764 while Spinella took home the $192,199 first-place money along with his second gold ring.

WSOPC Harrah's Las Vegas Ring Winners

Mark Liedtke
Mark Liedtke

Joining Spinella at the 2020 Global Casino Championship will be Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino Champion Mark Liedtke. He finished runner-up in the opening event, notched a cash in Event #3, and then won Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack for $17,309 and his first gold ring. Add in two more cashes, including 19th in the Main Event, and he ended atop the leaderboard with 112.5 points.

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $250 NLH Multi-Flight362$72,400Joe Walters$14,838
Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight219$75,000Haresh Thaker$17,520
Event #3: $600 NLH Multi-Flight188$100,000Jon Aldalur$24,298
Event #4: $400 NLH Monster Stack225$74,250Mark Liedtke$17,309
Event #5: $400 NLH Bounty86$19,780Steve Foutty$6,042
Event #6: $250 Seniors Event219$43,800Wayne Keller$10,301
Event #7: $400 HORSE120$39,600Christina Hill$10,956
Event#8: $400 NLH Double Stack331$109,230Ashraf Chehata$23,575
Event#9: $400 NLH Turbo170$56,100Al Cutler$14,100
Event #10: $2,200 NLH High Roller86$172,000Brett Apter$52,084
Event #11: $1,700 NLH Main Event665$1,007,475Anthony Spinella$192,199
Event #12: $400 NLH Turbo192$63,360Corey Paggeot$15,447
Event #13: $400 Mixed PLO/NLH96$31,680Conrad Simpson$8,978
Event #14: $400 NLH Turbo130$26,000Rene Lazaro$7,042

That wraps it up for the live coverage of the $1,700 Main Event at Harrah's Las Vegas but stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will return in 2020 bringing you all the live updates from the WSOP Circuit $1,700 Main Event Choctaw Durant.


Tags: Anthony SpinellaBenjamin CraigJames HundtJimmy LeeKfir NahumMatt AffleckNipun JavaRaul MartinezRene LazaroStan JablonskiStephen GranerTim Reilly

Nipun Java Eliminated in 2nd Place ($118,764)

TylerWarken • Level 34: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Nipun Java
Nipun Java

Nipun Java moved all in on the button for around 3,000,000 and Anthony Spinella called.

Nipun Java: {q-Spades}{j-Spades}
Anthony Spinella: {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

Spinella was still in the lead after the flop came {5-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. The {4-Clubs} on the turn changed nothing and the {6-Diamonds} river was not one of Java's outs and he was eliminated in second place.

Anthony Spinella us
Anthony Spinella
us 19,950,000 3,075,000
Nipun Java in
Nipun Java
in Busted

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Break Time

AnthonyThompson • Level 33: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

The final two players are on a 15-minute break.

Java Shows the Straight Flush

AnthonyThompson • Level 33: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Anthony Spinella limped in and Nipun Java checked his option to see a {q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} board runout.

Action was checked down to the river and with five diamonds on the board, Spinella tossed out a 300,000 bet.

Java raised to 750,000 getting a quick fold from Spinella and Java tabled {10-Diamonds}{x-} while scooping his pot with a smile on his face.

Anthony Spinella us
Anthony Spinella
us 15,600,000 -50,000
Nipun Java in
Nipun Java
in 3,950,000 50,000

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Spinella Widens The Gap

TylerWarken • Level 33: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Anthony Spinella raised to 400,000 on the button and Nipun Java called. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and Java check-called a bet of 300,000.

Both players checked the {2-Spades} turn and Spinella fired 1,000,000 on the {a-Hearts} river. Java thought for some time before throwing in one chip to call.

Anthony Spinella: {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

Spinella tabled ace-five for top pair and Java sent his hand to the muck

Anthony Spinella us
Anthony Spinella
us 15,900,000 2,700,000
Nipun Java in
Nipun Java
in 3,800,000 -2,900,000

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