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Monday, August 28, 2017

Caleb Clarke Wins $3,250 High Roller Event ($50,625) Write Up:

Caleb Clarke - High Roller Winner - $50,625

After falling short three times this series, Caleb Clarke is now a World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner. Clarke won the High Roller event at Foxwoods, earning $50,625 and his first Circuit ring.
Clarke is a 24-year old professional poker player from Mashpee, MA. Clarke started playing poker just three years ago, and he transitioned to a full-time professional player just one year ago.

Clarke had a wonderful series at Foxwoods, securing not only four cashes, but four final table appearances. He started off his run taking 4th place in Event #4 ($580 Six Max) for $7,992, he then went on to take 8th in Event #6 ($580 No-Limit Hold’em). He thought he would finally secure a ring in Event #9 ($365 No-Limit Hold’em), but ultimately was eliminated in 4th place for $4,699. Today in Event #11, he was finally able to secure the win he had come so close to.

“This was the fourth final table. The first three I came up a little short, a couple of them were a little brutal. I was happy to get some good scores in there, but I really wanted a ring this series, and after some pretty close calls it was great to finally take one down, especially in the biggest event that I played,” Clarke said after his win.

Clarke finished Day 1 as the chip leader, but said that Day 2 he was relatively card dead, and that things didn’t pick back up for him until the middle of the final table. He eventually made it to heads-up play with Dave Stefanski, but it only lasted two hands. Clarke called Stefanski’s all-in holding top pair against Stefanski’s gutshot straight draw. Clarke held, and was awarded his first ring and the $$50,625 top prize.

In addition to the prize money and the Circuit ring, Clarke also won 50 points in the Casino Champion race, and those additional points ensured him the free seat into the 2017/2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship event.

The high roller tournament started with 45 entries, and the top 5 made the money. Here is a look at all of the players that cashed:

1: Caleb Clarke - $50,625
2: Dave Stefanski - $31,293
3: Jonathan Pratt - $21,789
4: David Davenport - $16,889
5: Victor Nissim - $14,404

Event #12 ($365 Turbo) - Robert Palazzo Leads Unofficial Final Table of Ten

Event #12, the $365 no-limit hold'em event, has reached the unofficial final table of Ten. The players have redrawn for their new seats, and are now playing level 21 with 5,000/10,000 blinds, and a 1,000 ante.

Robert Palazzo leads the final ten players, with 254,000. The next closest players is Daniel Bunker, with 253,000. The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $1,088, and the first place prize is $14,898.

Here is a look at the seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Soukha Kachittavong - 220,000
Seat 2: Phousith Nersavanh - 131,000
Seat 3: Daniel Bunker - 253,000
Seat 4: Francisco Frias - 219,000
Seat 5: Robert Palazzo - 254,000
Seat 6: Henry Cameron - 62,000
Seat 7: Anthony Harris - 208,000
Seat 8: James Dabkowski - 193,000
Seat 9: Xing Li - 232,000
Seat 10: David Lane - 150,000

Event #12 ($365 Turbo) - Prizepool Information

Registration is closed for Event #12, $365 no-limit hold'em. This event drew a total of 191 entries, generating a prizepool of $57,300.

The top 21 spots will get paid with a min-cash worth $636. The top spot will take home $14,898, the gold Circuit ring, and 50 Foxwoods Casino Champion points.

Here is a look at the payouts:

Place:  Payout:
1 $14,898
2 $9,203
3 $6,647
4 $4,876
5 $3,644
6 $2,768
7 $2,137
8 $1,679
9 $1,347
10-12 $1,088
13-15 $893
16-18 $750
19-21 $636

Event #11 ($3,250 High Roller) - Prizepool Information

Foxwoods Casino Championship Info: Live Updates can be found here:

Registration is closed for Event #11, $3,250 High Roller no-limit hold'em. This event drew a total of 45 entries, generating a prizepool of $135,000.

The top 5 spots will get paid with a min-cash worth $14,,404. The top spot will take home $50,625, the gold Circuit ring, and 50 Foxwoods Casino Champion points.

Here is a look at the full prizepool:

Place: Payout: 
1 $50,625
2 $31,293
3 $21,789
4 $16,889
5 $14,404

Schedule For Monday August 28th - Foxwoods WSOP Series

9 AM - $60 No-Limit Hold'em

11 AM - Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo 
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips.
  • Blinds start at 25/50
  • All levels are 30 minutes in length
  • Late registration is open until the start of level 9 (~3:30 p.m.)
  • Players are allowed one re-entry while registration is open
  • There are 15 minute breaks after levels 4, 8, 12, 18, 22, and 26
  • There is a 60-minute dinner break after level 16
  • This is a one day event, and will be played to a conclusion today
  • Structure sheet can be found by clicking THIS LINK

12 PM - Event #10: $1,675 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event **DAY 3**
  • For the list of Day 3 players, please see THIS LINK 

    2 PM - $120 No-Limit Hold'em

    2 PM - Event #11: $3,250 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller  **DAY 2**
    • For the list of day 2 players, please see THIS LINK

    6 PM - $100 No-Limit Hold'em Semi-Turbo

    8:30 PM - $100 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty Tournament

    A full schedule of all August 2017 Foxwoods WSOP events can be found HERE.
    A full schedule of all Foxwoods Poker Tournaments, including daily tourneys can be found HERE.

    High Roller - End of Day 1 Recap, Caleb Clarke Leads Link:

    Day 1 of the $3,250 High Roller event at Foxwoods is now in the books. There were a total of 41 entries over the course of the first day, and by the end of the night, only 14 players remained. But the total number of entries, and Day 2 players, is likely to increase because registration is open until the start of play tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
    Caleb Clarke is the leader of the pack heading into Day 2. Clarke won a large pot off of Solomon Yi in the eight level of the day, jump starting his chip lead. Clarke rivered a flush against Yi's straight to get him to the 150,000 chip mark, and he held onto those chips, and built as the night went on. Yi held the early day chip lead in level 3 having hit quad fours to take out Zach Donovan and quad twos to eliminate Scott Mair just a few hands later. When Clarke joined Yi's table, Yi struggled for the second half of the day, and ultimately was eliminated in the last level of the night.
    The last female standing was Denise Pratt. Pratt was eliminated the first time when she shoved all in with AJ♦ against Dave Stefanski holding A♠A. Pratt quickly re-entered and was seated at her son Jonathan's table. She stayed there until the second to last level of the night when she was ultimately eliminated by Brett Apter after flopping  a set of sevens, Apter turning a flush and a straight.
    Pratt's son Jonathan is heading into Day 2 6th in chips (91,500). Jonathan lost a sizable pot the very last hand of the night when he called Houston Baker's all-in with kings, and ran into Baker's aces. Despite the late night setback, Jonathan still has a good size stack coming into Day 2. 
    Here are the top five chip stacks from Day 1:
    1: Caleb Clarke - 183,200
    2: Eric Siegel - 121,100
    3: Jack Duong - 115,600
    4: David Davenport - 115,000
    5: Bryan Rowland - 96,800
    For a full look at all of the surviving players' chip stacks and seating assignments, please see the Reports tab on  
    Day 2 begins at 2:00 pm tomorrow, and will resume at Level 13 (1,000/2,000 blinds with a 300 ante). All prizepool information will be posted after registration closes.  

    Main Event - End of Day 2 Recap, Mike Azzaro Leads

    WSOP Link:

    There were 81 players to start the day but only 9 were left at the end of Day 2. Players quickly played down past the money bubble, breaking it in the third level of the day. All in all it took just a little over ten hands and it was Jamey Kramer who was the unfortunate bubble boy. Kramer managed to survive once on the bubble by quadrupling up, but it wasn’t enough. His pocket sevens fell to Mike Azzaro’s queen-nine off suit and that would do it, brining the remaining 54 players into the money.
    That hand would also kick off a massive heater for Azzaro who eventually finished with the chip lead. He abused the bubble in a big way and increased his stack by several hundred thousand during that time, then picked up a second heater right on the verge of the final table, winning several big pots and eliminating players left and right. Jeremy Meacham is right behind Azzaro on the leaderboard. He made the final table of this event last year and finished in 3rd place, and will look to improve upon that finish on the penultimate day.
    Some notables who didn’t make it through the money bubble include Baseem Nsier, Pearce Arnold, and David Davenport each of whom was able to bag a big stack coming out of Day 1. But there were plenty more who made it into the money but not much further, such as Andrew Ostapchenko (40th for $3,061) who had a hot start early but failed to hold on to his chips, Jack Duong (29th for $4,301) who couldn’t out race Galen Hall and was eliminated, Long Tran (26th for $4,884) who made the final table of this event last year, and one of the Day 1b big stack Kevin Calenzo whose pocket jack fell to the hot run of Mike Azzaro (13th for $9,622).
    The final table bubble boy was Cory Waaland when Bobby Corcione and he fell in rapid succession. Waaland got it all in preflop with pocket tens, but they did not hold up against Hall’s ace-jack, and that brought the last ten players down to the final table. David Mock was the only player to fall after that. He was also eliminated by Hall when his pocket jacks ran into Hall’s pocket queens on a six high flop.
    The final nine players are all guaranteed at least $14,602 but area all gunning for the $156,735 first place prize as well as the WSOP Gold Circuit Ring. Play will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. EST in level 26 with blinds of 15,000/30,000 and an ante of 5,000.
    Final Table Chip Counts and Seat Draw
    Seat 1: Fabio Dagata - 280,000 (9 bb)
    Seat 2: Ralph Massey - 700,000 (23 bb)
    Seat 3: Galen Hall - 1,000,000 (33 bb)
    Seat 4: Larry Greenberg - 1,440,000 (48 bb)
    Seat 5: Mike Azzaro - 2,690,000 (90 bb)
    Seat 6: Phil Stavrakis - 205,000 (7 bb)
    Seat 7: Bob Ricciuti - 970,000 (32 bb)
    Seat 8: Jeremy Meacham - 1,500,000 (50 bb)
    Seat 9: Sean Thomson - 935,000 (31 bb)