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
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
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.
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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