Coconut Creek WSOPC in Review

Steven Sarmiento, WSOP Circuit Main Event winner

The September Coco WSOP Circuit series featured 13 primary tournaments along with a full slate of secondary events including the Seniors Event. The headline tournament was the $1,000,000 Guarantee Main Event and it featured a tough lineup. New Yorker Steven Sarmiento outlasted the 617-entry field to earn the title along with $188,158 along with a seat in the WSOP Global Casino Championship.

As far as settling the other GCC seat, it came down to the last final table of the last event of the series. Howard Mash, Scott Roberts, and Zachary Mullennix all made the final table of Event 13 with a chance to take top honors.

Mash cashed in seven of the 13 events but fell short at the Event 13 final table. Mullennix won the Monster Stack tournament but his seventh-place finish in Event 13 was not enough to lift him to the Casino Championship. Roberts, the Event 4 winner, finished in second place to lock up the top spot on the leaderboard for his seat in the Global Casino Championship.

Thank you once again to our loyal regulars and new friends who traveled to play. See you all next time!

Scott Roberts, Event 4 champion

Event 13: Rafay Asrar Wins Last WSOP Circuit Ring of the Series

2019 September WSOP Circuit
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Event 13
$250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 137
Prize Pool: $27,400
September 30, 2019

Rafay Asrar

The last event on the WSOP Circuit was a one-day $250 No Limit Hold’em ring event that had consequences beyond the ring and payout. There were three players at the final table, each with a chance to win the Casino Championship.

Zachary Mullennix needed a win and some help but fell short in seventh place. Howard Mash, thanks to seven cashes this series, was tied for the lead but had to settle for eighth place. That left Scott Roberts all alone. He finished second to wrap up the $10,000 Global Casino Championship seat.

Rafay Asrar continued a strong couple of days. He picked up his first career WSOP cash yesterday when he finished 18th out of 617 entries in the WSOP Circuit Main Event. Now Asrar turned around and won the final ring of the series along with $7,256 plus the WSOP Circuit ring.

Event 13 results:

1st: Rafay Asrar – $7,256 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: Scott Roberts – $4,486
3rd: Rick Kalgstein – $3,157
4th: Stephen Horniacek – $2,271
5th: Allan Bieler – $1,670
6th: Peter Walsworth – $1,256
7th: Zachary Mullennix – $966
8th: Howard Mash – $761
9th: David Moreno – $615
10th: Charles Petruzzi – $509
11th: John Burke – $509
12th: Jill Fiorentino – $509
13th: Mohammed Tarkmani – $432
14th: Marsha Wolak – $432
15th: Hyndi Khomutetsky – $432
16th: Kevin Blewitt – $376
17th: Dallas Bare – $376
18th: Matthew Bretzfield – $376
19th: Roberto Bendeck – $337
20th: Dell Taylor – $337
21st: Cindy Baumal-Muchnick – $337

Event 13: Final Table Lineup

$250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure Sheet | Payouts
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 137

The final table of the final tournament is underway in the Pavilion. Ten players trying to win the last WSOP Circuit ring and there’s a little more at stake for three of them.

Howard Mash, Scott Roberts, and Zachary Mullennix are the top three players on the Casino Championship leaderboard with Mash leading.

Seat 1: Stephen Horniacek – 308,000
Seat 2: Peter Walsworth – 52,500
Seat 3: Rafay Asrar – 100,500
Seat 4: Rick Kalgstein – 140,000
Seat 5: Howard Mash – 183,000
Seat 6: Scott Roberts – 254,000
Seat 7: Allan Bieler – 82,000
Seat 8: David Moreno – 130,000
Seat 9: Zachary Mullennix – 126,000
Seat 10: Charles Petruzzi – 31,000

Remaining payouts:

1st: $7,256 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: $4,486
3rd: $3,157
4th: $2,271
5th: $1,670
6th: $1,256
7th: $966
8th: $761
9th: $615
10th: $509

Results so far:

11th: John Burke – $509
12th: Jill Fiorentino – $509
13th: Mohammed Tarkmani – $432
14th: Marsha Wolak – $432
15th: Hyndi Khomutetsky – $432
16th: Kevin Blewitt – $376
17th: Dallas Bare – $376
18th: Matthew Bretzfield – $376
19th: Roberto Bendeck – $337
20th: Dell Taylor – $337
21st: Cindy Baumal-Muchnick – $337

Steven Sarmiento Wins WSOP Circuit Coco Main Event Championship

2019 September WSOP Circuit
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
$1,700 WSOP Circuit Coco Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 617
Prize Pool: $1,000,000
September 27-30, 2019

Steven Sarmiento, WSOP Circuit Main Event champion

The headline tournament on the WSOP Circuit schedule was the $1,000,000 Guaranteed Main Event. A four-day tournament with two starting flights and it drew 617 entries. Steven Sarmiento did not lead until late but he had all the chips at the end to become the WSOP Circuit Main Event champion while earning $188,158.

“I pretty much smooth sailed, it was a good few days,” Sarmiento commented after his win. “I’m super excited.”

Day 2 saw 121 players return with 93 of them set to get a piece of the $1,000,000 prize pool. The field quickly made it into the money before the first break of the day and only 11 players remained at the end of Day 2.

Nick Yunis held a big lead coming into the final day and everything was smooth for the Chilean pro until they were short-handed. The tournament saw seven players eliminated in the first two hours of Day 3 but play slowed down with the last four holding deep stacks. Neal Corcoran took the lead from Yunis for a bit until Sarmiento went on a heater.

Sarmiento eliminated Yunis in fourth and Russell Sullivan in third to create the heads-up match for the tournament. He had nearly a two-to-one lead before Corcorcan temporarily pulled back into the lead. That’s where the good news ended for Corcoran as Sarmiento pulled all the major pots from that point forward to take the title and $188,158 along with a seat in the WSOP Global Casino Championship.

“I really didn’t have any issues at any point until the end where I was heads-up,” Sarmiento said. “I had the chip lead on him but he took it back and then I had to battle back.”

Congratulations to Steven and thank you too all of our players for another great WSOP Circuit Main Event.

Final table results:

1st: Steven Sarmiento – $188,158 + GCC Seat
2nd: Neal Corcoran – $116,291
3rd: Russell Sullivan – $86,060
4th: Nick Yunis – $64,423
5th: Dominque Mosley – $48,789
6th: Matthew Yorra – $37,386
7th: Todd Mercer – $28,990
8th: Daniel Couzens – $22,752
9th: Thomas Macey – $18,075

Complete Main Event Results

Main Event: Steven Sarmiento Defeats Neal Corcoran for Main Event Win

$1,700 WSOP Circuit Coco Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
 | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante

Steven Sarmiento

Neal Corcoran raised his button to 275,000 and Steve Sarmiento three-bet to 700,000. Corcoran called, the flop was 8h6d4s, and Sarmiento bet 1,500,000. Corcoran double checked the count and moved all in to get a quick call.

Sarmiento: Ac8s
Corcoran: Td8d

Both players flopped a pair of eights but Corcoran had kicker issues. Neither the 7c turn nor the 2d river could improve Corcoran and he had to settle for second place money. He earned $116,291 while Sarmiento banked $188,158 for the win.

1st: Steven Sarmiento – $188,158 + GCC Seat
2nd: Neal Corcoran – $116,291

Neal Corcoran

Main Event: Steven Sarmiento Retakes the Lead

$1,700 WSOP Circuit Coco Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
 | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 617

Steven Sarmiento

With few huge pots, Steven Sarmiento retook the lead and expanded from where the counts were at the start of heads-up. Neal Corcoran will be looking to make a move to even things out.

Seat 7: Steven Sarmiento – 13,975,000 (116 bb)
Seat 8: Neal Corcoran – 4,535,000 (38 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $188,158 + GCC Seat
2nd: $116,291

Event 12: Hamid Izadi Wins Third WSOP Circuit Ring

2019 September WSOP Circuit
Seminole Casino Coconut  Creek
Event 12
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 80
Prize Pool: $26,400
September 29-30, 2019

Hamid Izadi

Event 12 on the WSOP Circuit schedule was one of the last chances to earn a ring and it drew a nice 80 entries to close out the series. The two-day tournament has seven players return for Day 2 and Hamid Izadi made quick work of the final table to capture his third ring along with $8,170.

Besides this title, Izadi also went deep in our February WSOP Circuit Main Event and finished in fourth place for $82,626.

Other notables making it deep in Event 12 were Fred Dabus, Jose Reyes, Ricardo Eyzaguirre, Nicholas Visconti, David Moses, and High Roller champ Zachary Mullennix.

Event 12 results:

1st: Hamid Izadi – $8,170 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: Andrew Lauer – $5,050
3rd: Fred Dabus – $3,448
4th: Walter Treccarichi – $2,425
5th: Ricardo Eyzaguirre – $1,758
6th: Jose Reyes – $1,315
7th: Nicholas Visconti – $1,017
8th: Steven Sanzaro – $813
9th: Nadeem Hirani – $673
10th: Christopher Barton – $577
11th: David Moses – $577
12th: Zachary Mullennix – $577

Main Event: Blinds Up; Neal Corcoran Back in Front

$1,700 WSOP Circuit Coco Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
 | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 617

Neal Corcoran

The blind levels were increased and Neal Corcoran took retook the lead over the first part of heads-up play. There are still plenty of chips in both stacks so they can use all their moves.

Seat 7: Steven Sarmiento – 7,350,000 (61 bb)
Seat 8: Neal Corcoran – 11,160,000 (93 bb)

Main Event: Neal Corcoran Closes the Gap

$1,700 WSOP Circuit Coco Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
 | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 617

Steven Sarmiento opened to 250,000 from the button, Neal Corcoran called, and the flop was Jd7s2s. Corcoran checked, Sarmiento bet 350,000 and Corcoran check raised to 800,000.

Sarmiento called, the turn was 3h, Corcoran checked, and Sarmiento bet an even 1,000,000. Corcoran called and both checked the Ah river. Corcoran shows Js7h for two pair jacks and sevens to take the big pot.

Neal Corcoran – 8,860,000 (89 bb)
Steven Sarmiento – 9,650,000 (97 bb)

Main Event: Heads-Up Underway

$1,700 WSOP Circuit Coco Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
 | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 617

The WSOP Circuit Main Event ring is on the table and heads-up play is underway. Steven Sarmiento holds nearly a two-to-one chip lead but Neal Corcoran has plenty of chips to use.

Seat 7: Steven Sarmiento – 12,310,000 (123 bb)
Seat 8: Neal Corcoran – 6,200,000 (62 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $188,158 + GCC Seat
2nd: $116,291

Tournament Series