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Event 1: Roberto Bendeck Scores Gold in WSOP Circuit South Florida Opener

Below is a recap for Event 1 of the WSOP Circuit at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek which concluded just before 4am Friday

2019 February WSOP Circuit
Seminole Casino Coconut  Creek
Event 1
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 269
Prize Pool: $88,770
February 7, 2019

(Coconut Creek, FL) — The first event of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek concluded during the early morning hours of Friday. The series opener was a $400 buy-in one-day event with $50,000 guaranteed. The 269-entry field easily bested that figure with an $88,770 prize pool. Following roughly 15 hours of play, it was Roberto Bendeck that earned the title along with $21,749 and a WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Bendeck’s family came to the States from Honduras and he was born in Miami. He has been in South Florida fulltime for five years and resides with his wife and two children. Friday morning’s Event 1 win moved the recreational grinder’s career earnings to just under $175,000 and marked another highlight in recent successes that included a 7th-place finish in Hollywood’s November $3,500 WPT Championship.

“It was a very tough final table,” Bendeck said of Event 1. “Heads up, from the start, Nick Yunis had the chip lead and he was directly to my left. He made everything miserable for me. But, the flips held and I made some good calls and some good lay downs — some bad ones, too. Things ran my way.”

Yunis has had some recent success, too, finishing in 10th place in Hollywood’s $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event last month.

Event 1 at Coconut Creek drew a strong field with multiple gold bracelet winners among the crew. Bendeck ultimately can hang his hat on having outlasted notable pros like Athansios Polychronopolous, Chris Tryba, Jonathan Hilton and Jason Young. The top 27 players finished in the money with Ory Hen (11th), Young (15th), Hilton (16th) and Raminder Singh (27th) joining Bendeck as cashers in the tournament.

Tournament results:

1st: Roberto Bendeck – $21,749 + Gold ring
2nd: Nick Yunis – $13,438
3rd: Matthew Lambrecht – $9,709
4th: Jermie Anderson – $7,145
5th: Arkadiy Tsinis – $5,353
6th: Bryan Clark – $4,079
7th: Bryce McVay – $3,160
8th: Stanislav Angelou – $2,488
9th: Matthew Bretzfield – $1,990

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Event 1: Roberto Bendeck Doubles Again; Defeats Nick Yunis for Title

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 30: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1

Roberto Bendeck

Roberto Bendeck played a patient game, doubled up once as the heads-up short stack, and then did it again. Shortly after his first double, he took the lead when his 3c3s held against Yunis’ ah7c.

Yunis dropped to 1,100,000 and moved all in from the button to get a quick call from Bendeck.

Yunis: kdjd
Bendeck: acks

A tough spot for Yunis with his suited face cards outkicked. The board ran 8d4h3htc5h and Bendeck never had a sweat as he earned his first career WSOP Circuit ring.

1st: Roberto Bendeck – $21,749 + Gold ring
2nd: Nick Yunis – $13,438

Nick Yunis
Roberto Bendeck, Event 1 champion

A full report on the event will be posted Friday before 1pm. In the meantime, here’s a look at the tournament’s final results:

1st: Roberto Bendeck – $21,749 + Gold ring
2nd: Nick Yunis – $13,438
3rd: Matthew Lambrecht – $9,709
4th: Jermie Anderson – $7,145
5th: Arkadiy Tsinis – $5,353
6th: Bryan Clark – $4,079
7th: Bryce McVay – $3,160
8th: Stanislav Angelou – $2,488
9th: Matthew Bretzfield – $1,990
10th: David Katz – $1,617
11th: Ory Hen – $1,617
12th: Jennifer Fitzgibbon – $1,617
13th: David Stokes – $1,333
14th: David Moreno – $1,333
15th: Jason Young – $1,333
16th: Jeff Rodriguez – $1,117
17th: Jaroslaw Osinski – $1,117
18th: Truyen Nguyen – $1,117
19th: Eric Leinwand – $950
20th: Shamica Lamar – $950
21st: Jeffrey Satinoff – $950
22nd: Mark Kottler – $819
23rd: Juan Madrid – $819
24th: John Freidkes – $819
25th: Steven Carswell – $717
26th: Jonathan Hilton – $717
27th: Raminder Singh – $717

Event 1: Roberto Bendeck Doubles Through Nick Yunis

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 30: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 269

Roberto Bendeck

Roberto Bendeck was getting shorter and Nick Yunis was making a lot of shoves to pick up the small pots. Sitting on the button again, Yunis put Bendeck all in again and this time it was called for Bendeck’s last 690,000.

Bendeck: kd4h
Yunis: qs9d

Bendeck was ahead for the needed double and moved further out front on the adkc3d flop. The 6h turn and 7h river were safe for the double.

“Whew,” Bendeck joked. “That hand locked like aces at this point.”

Seat 1: Roberto Bendeck – 1,400,000 (18 bb)
Seat 2: Nick Yunis – 2,625,000 (33 bb)

Event 1: Nick Yunis Extending His Lead

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 29: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 269

There were no major hands over the next level but Nick Yunis continued to apply the pressure against Roberto Bendeck. Yunis put him all-in on several hands but Bendeck did not bite but the chips flowed to the 2-seat.

Seat 1: Roberto Bendeck – 925,000 (15 bb)
Seat 2: Nick Yunis – 3,100,000 (52 bb)

Event 1: Nick Yunis Takes the Lead

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 269

Nick Yunis

Nick Yunis began to claw his way back to the lead before catching a big hand. He limped his button, Robert Bendeck checked his option, and the flop came 9h5d4c. Bendeck checked, Yunis bet 50,000 and Bendeck called to see the jh turn.

Bendeck checked, Yunis bet 100,000 and Bendeck check-raised to 330,000. Yunis checked his cards, called the raise, and the river was ah. Bendeck checked one more time, Yunis put out a big stack for a 565,000 bet, and Bendeck tossed in a calling chip.

Yunis: acjd
Bendeck: jc9s

Yunis was good with his rivered aces up to top Bendeck’s turned two pair.

Seat 1: Roberto Bendeck – 1,425,000 (29 bb)
Seat 2: Nick Yunis – 2,600,000 (52 bb)

Event 1: Matthew Lambrecht – 3rd Place ($9,709)

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 269

Matthew Lambrecht

Matthew Lambrecht limped from the small blind and Roberto Bendeck moved all in from the big blind with the chip lead. Lambrecht checked his cards and called at risk for ~850,000.

Lambrecht: 4s4h
Bendeck: ac5c

It was an unconventional race that saw Bendeck take the lead on the adqh6c flop. The 6h turn did not help and Lambrecht was eliminated in third place after the 8h river.

Roberto Bendeck – 2,800,000 (70 bb)
Matthew Lambrecht – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($9,709)

Event 1: Jermie Anderson – 4th Place ($7,145)

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 269

Jermie Anderson

Shortly after the break, Jermie Anderson opened to 105,000 and Roberto Bendeck shipped in from the big blind. Anderson quickly called with a race to double.

Anderson: adqh
Bendeck: tdts

Anderson needed to catch but blanked the all-low 9s8h5s7h2s board to exit in fourth place.

Roberto Bendeck – 1,650,000 (41 bb)
Jermie Anderson – Eliminated in 4th Place ($7,145)

Event 1: Break Time Counts

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 269

The four remaining players took a quick ten-minute break to pull the remaining 1K chips out of play. Jermie Anderson is the short stack with not a lot of difference between the other three.

Seat 1: Roberto Bendeck – 1,125,000 (28 bb)
Seat 2: Nick Yunis – 1,075,000 (27 bb)
Seat 3: Jermie Anderson – 550,000 (14 bb)
Seat 4: Matthew Lambrecht – 1,330,000 (33 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $21,749 + WSOP C ring
2nd: $13,438
3rd: $9,709
4th: $7,145

Event 1: Arkadiy Tsinis – 5th Place ($5,353)

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 269

Arkadiy Tsinis

On the heels of Bryan Clark going out, Arkadiy Tsinis open-shoved from the hijack for ~500,000 and Roberto Bendeck moved all in as well with a slightly bigger stack from the cutoff. The button and blinds released and the hands were tabled.

Bendeck: ahkc
Tsinis: khqc

Tsinis was dominated and could not come from behind on the td4c3h6h2s run out to fall short of another WSOP Circuit ring.

Roberto Bendeck – 1,125,000 (38 bb)
Arkadiy Tsinis – Eliminated in 5th Place ($5,353)