2018 WSOP Circuit

First-Ever WSOP Circuit Coco Concludes with 13 Gold Ring Winners, More than $2.7M Earned

The first ever World Series of Poker Circuit at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek kicked off Thursday, February 8 and concluded Monday, February 19. The 12-day series saw a total of 13 gold rings won and more than $2,700,000 in prizes earned.

Kammar Andries, Main Event Champion

Headlining the series as the Main Event champion was Kammar Andries of Ocoee, Florida. In addition to more than $240,000 in cash, he earned a berth in the $10,000 Global Casino Championship where he’ll compete for his share of a prize pool valued at at least $1,000,000. Joining him at the season-ending event will be Karthik Ramakrishan, the Coconut Creek Casino Champion.

Karthik Ramakrishnan, Casino Champion

Complete series results:

That concludes the WSOP Circuit, but please check back as we announce future majors here at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek!

Main Event: Kammar Andries Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event Title

2018 World Series of Poker Circuit
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek, Florida
$1,675 Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 827
Prize Pool: $1,240,500
February 16-19, 2018

The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event concluded late Monday night at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in South Florida. The $1,675 buy-in series headliner saw Kammar Andries of Ocoee, FL claim the title along with $241,898 and the tour’s token prize, a gold ring. In addition, he punched his ticket into the Circuit season-ending Global Casino Championship.

The 2018 WSOP Circuit marked the property’s first time to host the tour and the series went off without a hitch. In total, there were 13 gold ring events including a $365 re-entry opener with a total prize pool of over $525,000, a $3,250 buy-in High Roller that drew more than 70 entries and, of course, the $1,675 Main Event. With a $1,000,000 guarantee, the finale drew players from around the world. Over the course of two starting flights, the field topped out at 827 entries generating a total prize pool of more than $1,200,000.

Day 2 saw 155 players return to play for one of the 90 in-the-money spots including Mukul Pahuja, Matt Stout, Wally Maddah, Phil Hui, and Ian O’Hara. Andrew Pacifico returned with the lead but he was unable to ride it to the last day of the tournament. The bubble came and went as Florida’s Jerry Wong, TK Miles, Paul Balzano, Wally Maddah, and O’Hara were among those to finish in the money. The field narrowed to only 15 remaining by the time Day 2 wrapped and it was Altman that claimed the lead with Day 3 around the corner.

The decisive day moved fast to start as it took barely 90 minutes to trim the field to 10 and consolidate to the unofficial final table. Altman retained his lead until only three players remained. He lost a huge hand with queens versus kings for an unexpected exit against Andries.

Altman flopped a queen but Andries returned the favor with a king on the turn.

“I didn’t even flinch when the queen came out,” Andries said of the big hand. “The king came and I knew that was it.”

Andries went into a heads-up play with better than a two-to-one advantage against Mike Linster. The match was over after 16 hands and Andries had to take a moment away from The Pavilion to appreciate what he accomplished.

For Andries, the win marked a successful series that included a fourth, eleventh, and fourth place finish followed by his Main Event win.

“I took a week off from work to take a legit shot,” Andries said. “I wanted to be serious and I wanted to win a ring.”

“My wife stayed home with the kids,” he said of his wife Jackie. “She’s been supportive since I met her.”

Andries, a physical therapist by trade, finished off his big series with the WSOP Circuit Main Event win and he looks forward to taking part in the Global Casino Championship later in the year.

Congrats to Andries and everyone else for a great ending to the series.

Main Event final table results:

1st: Kammar Andries – $241,898
2nd: Mike Linster – $149,480
3rd: Brian Altman – $110,107
4th: Jason Hill – $82,171
5th: LaVann Williams – $62,124
6th: Dafney Adisson – $47,573
7th: Michael Foley – $36,892
8th: Kevin Schaffel – $28,966
9th: David Gunas – $23,024
10th: Dominique Mosley – $18,521

Main Event: Kammar Andries Defeats Mike Linster Heads-Up for Title

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante

Kammar Andries

Kammar Andries limped his button and Mike Linster raised to 400,000. Andries called to the kc4s3h flop and Linster bet 275,000. Andries called again and Linster checked the th turn.

Andries bet 500,000 and Linster announced “all in”. Andries quickly called and Linster said, “you got me.”

Andries: tc3d
Linster: 6c6s

Andries was head with tens up and Linster could not come back on the 2d river. Linster had to settle for the $149,480 runner-up payout while Andries collected $241,898 for the win along with the WSOP Circuit gold ring and seat in the Global Casino Championship.

1st: Kammar Andries – $241,898
2nd: Mike Linster – $149,480

Mike Linster

Main Event: Heads-Up Back Underway

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 827

Mike Linster (left) versus Kammar Andries (right)

The dinner break is over as Mike Linster and Kammar Andries take their seats to resume the heads-up match for the World Series of Poker Circuit title.

Seat 4: Mike Linster – 5,250,000 (53 bb)
Seat 9: Kammar Andries – 11,290,000 (113 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $241,898 + Gold Ring
2nd: $149,480

Main Event: Heads Up Counts on Dinner

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Return to Level 32: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 827

Soon after Brian Altman’s exit, the clock ran out on Level 31. Mike Linster and Kammar Andries decided to take their one-hour dinner break before resuming the heads-up match.

Seat 4: Mike Linster – 5,250,000 (53 bb)
Seat 9: Kammar Andries – 11,290,000 (113 bb)

Main Event: Brian Altman – 3rd Place ($110,107)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 827

Brian Altman

Brian Altman was left with a short stack after Kammar Andries’ big double and moved all in for 550,000 from the button. Mike Linster called from the big blind to put the former chip leader at risk.

Linster: qdth
Altman: jd8h

Altman had two live cards but blanked the entire 7s7d6hkc2h board for the shocking exit in third place.

Mike Linster – 4,900,000 (49 bb)
Brian Altman – Eliminated in 3rd place ($110,107)

Main Event: Kammar Andries Doubles Huge Through Brian Altman

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 827

Kammar Andries, kings for a bunch of chips

Brian Altman opened to 225,000 from the button and Kammar Andries three-bet to 750,000 from the small blind. Mike Linster released his big blind and Altman four-bet to 1,450,000. Andries moved all in for 5,595,000 and Altman called

Altman: qsqh
Andries: kskc

Andries was dealt another top hand but it looked bad on the qc7c4h. If Andries was unhappy, it didn’t last long. Only until the two-out kd on the turn. Altman could not find a one-out save on the 2d river to send the massive pot to Andries.

Kammar Andries – 11,100,000 (110 bb)
Brian Altman – 915,000 (9 bb)

Main Event: Jason Hill – 4th Place ($82,171)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 827

Jason Hill

Mike Linster opened to 225,000 and Kammar Andries called in the small blind. Jason Hill moved all in from the big blind for 1,065,000. Linster folded and Andries called.

Hill: asqc
Andries: ahtd

Both players hit the qststc flop but Andries stayed hot with trip tens. Hill added nine spade outs on the 2s turn but Andries made quads on the th river to send Hill out in fourth place.

Kammar Andries – 5,750,000 (57 bb)
Jason Hill – Eliminated in 4th place ($82,171)

Main Event: LaVann Williams – 5th Place ($62,124)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 827

LaVann Williams

Brian Altman opened to 205,000 from the button and LaVann Williams moved all in for 2,200,000 from the small blind. Kammar Andries reshoved for 2,400,000 and Altman folded.

Williams: askd
Andries: ahac

Williams ran into a big blind monster and Andries improved to top set on the ad9c5s flop. The ks turn left Williams drawing dead to the js river.

Kammar Andries – 4,800,000 (48 bb)
LaVann Williams – Eliminated in 5th place ($62,124)

Main Event: Dafney Adisson – 6th Place ($47,573)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 827

Dafney Adisson

Kammar Andries limped from middle position and short-stacked Dafney Adisson moved all in for 190,000 from the small blind. Brian Altman moved all in from the big blind and Andries called at risk after counting out his stack worth 1,300,000.

Adisson: as8s
Altman: qsjh
Andries: ahth

Andries was ahead and paired the td6d2s flop. Altman picked up an open-ended straight draw on the kd turn but the 4h sent the pot to Andries. Adisson was eliminated in sixth place while Andries more than doubled his stack.

Kammar Andries – 2,900,000 (29 bb)
Brian Altman – 5,000,000 (50 bb)
Dafney Adisson – Eliminated in 6th place ($47,573)

Main Event: Kammar Andries Doubles Through Dafney Adisson

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 827

Kammar Andries

Dafney Adisson moved all in from the cutoff for 1,000,000 and Kammar Andries called in the big blind for his 925,000 stack.

Andries: jcjd
Adisson: 5h5s

Adisson was in trouble with the fives and Andries celebrated his double up after the qh2s2dtd7s board.

Adisson was left with a single big blind and managed a quadruple up two hands later to give him something to use.

Kammar Andries – 1,850,000 (23 bb)
Dafney Adisson – 280,000 (4 bb)

Main Event: LaVann Williams Doubles Through Brian Altman

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 827

LaVann Williams

LaVann Williams moved all in from under the gun for 1,100,000 and everyone released until it reached Altman in the big blind. He called to put Williams at risk.

Altman: 9d9s
Williams: kckh

Williams continued to the table streak of big hands and his held on the 8h5s2cks7s board for a double.

LaVann Williams – 2,200,000 (27 bb)
Brian Altman – 6,300,000 (78 bb)

Main Event: Michael Foley – 7th Place ($36,892)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 827

Michael Foley

Brian Altman opened to 180,000 from under the gun and Michael Foley moved all in for 1,145,000 from the small blind. Mike Linster shoved from the big blind to get a fold from Altman.

Foley: 5s5h
Linster: qhqd

Another big pair at the final table and Foley, the second place stack at the start of the level, was in trouble with fives. Linster put a virtual lock on the hand after the qc8h7h flop. The case queen hit the qs turn and Foley was drawing dead to the 3s ri]ver for seventh place money.

Mike Linster – 3,070,000 (38 bb)
Michael Foley – Eliminated in 7th place ($36,892)

Main Event: Jason Hill Doubles Through Michael Foley

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 827

Jason Hill

Brian Altman opened to 175,000 from the hijack then picked up calls from Michael Foley and Jason Hill in the blinds. Foley checked the ts8c3s flop and Hill moved all in for 585,000. Altman folded and Foley called after a minute.

Foley: 9s9d
Hill: tc6c

Hill was ahead with flopped top pair and he earned his double after the 7d turn and 8s river completed the board.

Jason Hill – 1,650,000 (20 bb)
Michael Foley – 4,050,000 (50 bb)

Main Event: Kevin Schaffel – 8th Place ($28,966)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 827

Kevin Schaffel

Brian Altman opened to 175,000 from under the gun and Kevin Schaffel moved all in for 360,000 from the hijack. The rest of the table released and chip leader Altman called.

Altman: jsjd
Schaffel: 9s9h

Altman was ahead for another knockout and Schaffel was unable to catch up on the td4s4h4s2d board. The 2009 WSOP November Niner was eliminated in eighth place for $28,966.

Brian Altman – 6,050,000 (76 bb)
Kevin Schaffel – Eliminated in 8th place ($28,966)

Main Event: Break Counts

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 827

Main Event players took their second break of the day and cards are back in the air with Brian Altman and Michael Foley holding most of the chips.

Seat 1: Kevin Schaffel – 390,000 (5 bb)
Seat 2: Michael Foley – 4,155,000 (52 bb)
Seat 3: Jason Hill – 960,000 (12 bb)
Seat 4: Mike Linster – 1,955,000 (24 bb)
Seat 5: Dafney Adisson – 1,230,000 (15 bb)
Seat 6: Brian Altman – 5,380,000 (67 bb)
Seat 8: LaVann Williams – 1,030,000 (13 bb)
Seat 9: Kammar Andries – 1,440,000 (18 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $241,898 + Gold ring
2nd: $149,480
3rd: $110,107
4th: $82,171
5th: $62,124
6th: $47,573
7th: $36,892
8th: $28,966

Main Event: David Gunas – 9th Place ($23,024)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 827

David Gunas waits while everyone else makes their moves

While the rest of the table was going on break, David Gunas shoved all in from the hijack for his last 75,000 and LaVann Williams called in the cutoff. Kammar Andries raised to 300,000 from the button and Michael Foley raised again to 700,000. William quickly folded and Andries tossed his ackd into the muck with a flourish.

Gunas: 6h6c
Foley: 9s9s

Foley was far ahead and Andries let out an exclamation after the ah8c5h flop. It was no help to Gunas and he was eliminated after the 5s turn and as river.

Michael Foley – 4,155,000 (69 bb)
David Gunas – Eliminated in 9th place ($23,024)

Main Event: Dafney Adisson Versus Brian Altman

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 827

Dafney Adisson (left) versus Brian Altman (right)

Brian Altman opened to 135,000 from under the gun and Dafney Adisson defended in the big blind to the adtc7h flop. Adisson immediately moved all in for 830,000 and Altman thought for a minute.

He announced fold and then showed queens as Adisson pulled the pot.

Dafney Adisson – 1,200,000 (20 bb)
Brian Altman – 3,600,000 (60 bb)

Main Event: Brian Altman Versus David Gunas

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 827

Brian Altman

Brian Altman opened to 135,000 from the button and David Gunas three-bet to 370,000 from the small blind. LaVann Williams folded his big blind and Altmas called to the js9d9h flop.

Gunas continued for 225,000 and Altman called. Both players checked the ks turn and Gunas checked the 2s river. Altman bet 700,000 and Gunas quickly called. Altmas tabled trip nines ad9c for the big pot.

Brian Altman – 3,450,000 (58 bb)
David Gunas – 1,500,000 (25 bb)

Main Event: Jason Hill Doubles Through Kammar Andries

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 827

Jason Hill stacks up his double

LaVann Williams opened to 115,000 from the under the gun and Kammar Andries called. Jason Hill moved all in for 720,000 from the hijack to get a fold from Williams and call from Andries.

Andries: ackh
Andries: qsqd

It was another race and Hill celebrated his queens holding for the double on the js7d6c5stc run out.

Jason Hill – 1,555,000 (30 bb)
Kammar Andries – 1,820,000 (36 bb)

Main Event: Dominique Mosley – 10th Place ($18,521)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 827

Dominique Mosley

Dominique Mosley open-shoved for 285,000 from early position and the move made it around to Kevin Schaffel in the small blind. He reshoved for 720,000 and Michael Foley folded his big blind.

Schaffel: adjs
Mosley: as7s

Mosley was dominated and Schaffel made trip jacks on the asth8djhjd board to send him out in tenth place.

Kevin Schaffel – 1,105,000 (22 bb)
Dominique Mosley – Eliminated in 10th place ($18,521)

Main Event: LaVann Williams Doubles Through Dominique Mosley

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 827

LaVann Williams is happy after his double

Dominique Mosley opened to 100,000 from middle position and LaVann Williams moved all in for 650,000 from the button. The blinds released and Mosley called.

Williams: khkc
Mosley: adqd

Williams big pair put him in the lead and it stayed that way on the tc7h2d flop. Williams made a set on the ks turn but Mosley picked up some gutshot outs. The 5c river was a blank and Williams doubled.

LaVann Williams – 1,350,000 (33 bb)
Dominique Mosley –  350,000 (8 bb)

Main Event: Back from Break

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 827

David Gunas with the “Money Cape”

The first break has come and gone with ten players remaining and nine of them trying to catch Brian Altman at the top of the counts.

David Gunas is now sporting his traditional “money cape” at the final table. We first saw it when he won his first WSOP Circuit ring during the series at Hollywood and again when he finished second in Event 4 last week.

Main Event: Final Table Underway

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 827

The redraw is complete and players are in their seats ready to go with Brian Altman still leading.

Seat 1: Kevin Schaffel – 945,000 (24 bb)
Seat 2: Michael Foley – 2,025,000 (51 bb)
Seat 3: Jason Hill – 660,000 (17 bb)
Seat 4: Mike Linster – 1,600,000 (40 bb)
Seat 5: Dominique Mosley – 875,000 (22 bb)
Seat 6: Dafney Adisson – 1,570,000 (39 bb)
Seat 7: Brian Altman – 3,350,000 (84 bb)
Seat 8: David Gunas – 2,060,000 (52 bb)
Seat 9: LaVann Williams – 915,000 (23 bb)
Seat 10: Kammar Andries – 2,450,000 (61 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $241,898 + Gold Ring
2nd: $149,480
3rd: $110,107
4th: $82,171
5th: $62,124
6th: $47,573
7th: $36,892
8th: $28,966
9th: $23,024
10th: $18,521

Main Event: A.J. Kelsall – 11th Place ($18,521)

$1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 827

A.J. Kelsall

A.J. Kelsall was short after sending a double up to Dominique Mosley and moved all in for 215,000 from middle position. It folded around to Dafney Adisson and he called.

Adisson: jctc
Kelsall: 5h5c

Kelsall’s pair was in the lead but Adisson hit the khjd8s flop to move out front. The 4h turn was a blank and Kelsall was eliminated after the 2h completed the board.

Tournament staff paused the clock and they are redrawing seats for the final table.

Dafney Adisson – 1,500,000 (38 bb)
A.J. Kelsall – Eliminated in 11th place ($18,521)

Tournament Series