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Event 6: Matthew Zarcadoolas Wins Second WSOPC Ring

2019 February WSOP Circuit
Seminole Casino Coconut  Creek
Event 6
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 100
Prize Pool: $33,000
February 11-12, 2019

Matthew Zarcadoolas

Event 4 rolled the WSOP Circuit schedule into the new week and the $400 buy-in tournament drew an even 100 entries on a Monday evening. After an up and down Day 1, Seminole Hard Rock Poker regular Matthew Zarcadoolas earned his second WSOP Circuit ring in the last few months.

Zarcadoolas was way up early on Day 1 with 130K in the early going but that bullet did not last long.

“I lit on fire in like ten minutes,” he joked after his win.

“Then I run into my friend, Raminder Singh,” Zarcadoolas continued. “He says, ‘Matt, where are you going? Jump back in! Jump back in!'”

The second shot went much better.

The tournament had a $33,000 prize pool and the last 12 spots were set to be paid. They quickly made it to the money bubble where Zarcadoolas did the heavy lifting. He was in a three-way pot with Event 3 champ Eliezer Gonzalez and the eventual bubble player. He made kings up to crack aces and the field was in the money.

Zarcadoolas was in the middle of the pack at the final table for the start of Day 2 with a lot of talent between him and ring. Former WSOPC champs Jose Reyes and Arkadiy Tsinis were eliminated short of another title and Stanley “Kip” Williams hit the rail in fourth place to guarantee someone was getting another ring.

It was Zarcadoolas versus Pedro Aldave and Kevin Johnson, all three already owning one WSOPC victory. Johnson was the most recent winner after winning the Biloxi Main Event title in December but he dropped from the chip lead to out in third place.

The heads-up battle between Zarcadoolas and Aldave had some big swings. Aldave gave up the chip lead when he ran into Zarcadoolas’ aces and then Aldave returned the favor when he had aces against the kings of Zarcadoolas.

It was a minor set back for the Fort Lauderdale pro. A few hands later, he caught a fortunate river card to end the match. Aldave was unable to capture a second title but took home $6,119 as a consolation prize while Zarcadoolas added a second ring to the one he captured right here in August along with $9,901.

Event 6 results:

1st: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $9,901 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: Pedro Aldave – $6,119
3rd: Kevin Johnson – $4,357
4th: Stanley “Kip” Williams – $3,165
5th: Arkadiy Tsinis – $2,344
6th: Bryan Clark – $1,770
7th: Nicholas Visconti – $1,361
8th: John Van Arnam – $1,066
9th: Jose Reyes – $850
10th: Eliezer Gonzales – $689
11th: Mark Hodge – $689
12th: Steven Carswell – $689

Event 6: Matthew Zarcadoolas Defeats Pedro Aldave for the Win

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante

Matthew Zarcadoolas

Shortly after Pedro Aldave doubled, Matthew Zarcadoolas open-shoved his button and Aldave called off for 475,000.

Aldave: ad2c
Zarcadoolas: qc9c

Aldave had to sweat two suited live cards to double into the lead and the 8h5s2h flop was safe. The kc turn meant Aldave had to fade six outs on the river but the qd gave Zarcadoolas the hand.

Aldave earned $6,119 for second place while Zarcadoolas walked away with $9,901 and his second WSOP Circuit ring.

1st: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $9,901 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: Pedro Aldave – $6,119

Pedro Aldave

Event 6: Pedro Aldave Doubles Back

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 100

Matthew Zarcadoolas and Pedro Aldave took a quick break at the end of the level and returned for a monster. Aldave had his 245,000 stack in the middle, Zarcadoolas had him at risk, but it was a cooler for the chip leader.

Aldave: asah
Zarcadoolas: kdkc

Zarcadoolas needed help to win the tournament on this hand and picked up some outs on the adqsts flop. The 9s turn changed nothing and Aldave doubled after the 2h river.

Pedro Aldave – 500,000 (17 bb)
Matthew Zarcadoolas – 1,000,000 (33 bb)

Event 6: Matthew Zarcadoolas Doubles Big

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 100

Matthew Zarcadoolas

Pedro Aldave opened to 50,000 from the button and Matthew Zarcadoolas moved all in from the big. Aldave quickly called and saw the bad news.

Zarcadoolas: asad
Aldave: ah7d

Zarcadoolas woke up with a monster, dodged the qd9s2s flop, had a little sweat after the 7s turn, and had the massive double after the 4h river.

Zarcadoolas was all in for 621,000 and put Aldave down to ten bigs.

Matthew Zarcadoolas – 1,250,000 (52 bb)
Pedro Aldave – 250,000 (10 bb)

Event 6: Heads-Up Underway

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 100

Pedro Aldave (left) versus Matthew Zarcadoolas (right)

The WSOP Circuit ring is on the table and the heads-up match is underway for the title.

Seat 1: Matthew Zarcadoolas – 545,000 (23 bb)
Seat 7: Pedro Aldave – 955,000 (40 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $9,901 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: $6,119

Event 6: Kevin Johnson – 3rd Place ($4,357)

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 100

Kevin Johnson

The big swings continued and Kevin Johnson was on the wrong end the last time. Pedro Aldave open-shoved from the button, Matthew Zarcadoolas folded his small blind, and Johnson asked for a count from the big. Aldave was all in for 445,000 and Johnson took a minute before he called.

Aldave: ah6c
Johnson: khqc

Johnson needed to catch but Aldave stayed alive, and made a straight, on the th5h3s2c4c board. Aldave doubled, Johnson (the 2018 Biloxi WSOPC Main Event winner) was left with only 8,000 and he was eliminated on the next hand.

Pedro Aldave – 955,000 (40 bb)
Kevin Johnson – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,357)

Event 6: Matthew Zarcadoolas Doubles Through Kevin Johnson

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 100

Pedro Aldave folded his button and Matthew Zarcadoolas opened to 60,000 from the small blind. Kevin Johnson moved all in and Zarcadoolas quickly called at risk for 272,000.

Zarcadoolas: qhqd
Johnson: 9s9h

Zarcadoolas was in great shape to double back and the board ran jh7s2c3c8d to give him the pot, though that 8d river gave him a little pause with its close appearance to a bad news nine-ball.

Matthew Zarcadoolas – 553,000 (28 bb)
Kevin Johnson – 575,000 (29 bb)

Event 6: Johnson Doubles Through Zarcadoolas; Aldave Doubles Through Johnson

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 100

Pedro Aldave opened to 55,000 from the button and Matthew Zarcadoolas moved all in from the small blind with his chip leading stack. Kevin Johnson called for his last 430,000 and Aldave folded.

Zarcadoolas: 8h8d
Johnson: askc

It was a race and the eights stayed ahead on the qcjd6h. Johnson had a gutshot and overs and hit the ad turn to take the lead. The river finished 5d and Johnson doubled.

Kevin Johnson – 924,000 (46 bb)
Matthew Zarcadoolas – 285,000 (14 bb)

On the next hand, Zarcadoolas folded his button and Johnson announced: “all in”. Pedro Aldave had 290,000 behind and called at risk.

Aldave: adqc
Johnson: as6h

Aldave was in great shape but had some chop outs to avoid after the kcks5d flop. The 8h turn and th river finished the board and it was Aldave’s turn to double up.

Pedro Aldave – 589,000 (29 bb)
Kevin Johnson – 634,000 (32 bb)

Event 6: Stanley “Kip” Williams – 4th Place ($3,165)

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 100

Stanley “Kip” Williams

Stanley “Kip” Williams took a lot of chips off Matthew Zarcadoolas, but it did not take long for them to go back.

It folded to Williams in the small blind, he opened to 40,000 and Zarcadoolas came along to the kd9d9c flop from the big. Williams bet 125,000, Zarcadoolas called, and the turn was 5h. Williams moved all in for 185,000 and Zarcadoolas called.

Williams: ksqs
Zarcadoolas: qh9d

Zarcadoolas was ahead with trip nines versus kings up and Zarcadoolas improved to a boat on the qd river to send Williams out in fourth place.

Matthew Zarcadoolas – 745,000 (47 bb)
Stanley “Kip” Williams – Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,165)

Event 6: Stanley Williams Doubles Through Matthew Zarcadoolas

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 100

Stanley “Kip” Williams saw his stack slide over the first 20 minutes of the new level and moved all in for 183,000 from the small blind after it folded to him. Matthew Zarcadoolas took a look at his cards and quickly called.

Williams: qcth|
Zarcadoolas: ah7h

Williams had two live cards and paired the tc9d8d to take the lead. Zarcadoolas missed the 2s turn and 5c river to send a double across the table.

Stanley “Kip” Williams – 374,000 (23 bb)
Matthew Zarcadoolas – 350,000 (22 bb)