2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
WSOP Circuit Main Event
$1,675 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $1,356,000
September 29-October 2, 2017
The big event on the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit schedule was the $1,000,000 Guarantee Main Event to close out the series. The $1,675 buy-in tournament drew talented players from around the world and it was Joseph Gotlieb taking the title after defeating former WPT World Champion Asher Conniff for more than $250,000.
This year’s WSOP Main Event drew 7,221 players. It is the largest field since 2010 and the third-largest field in WSOP history. The Main Event is also the massive cherry on top of a summer that already set a new attendance record with 116,604 entries with one last bracelet event to go. Across the summer, WSOP generated over $227 million in.
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- Over the five-year period preceding the 2017 WSOP Main Event, attendance has been relatively consistent, with a low of 6,352 entries and a high of 6,737 entries. The average attendance over that span was 6,558 entries. WSOP Main Event attendance in 2017 bested that five-year average by nine percent.
The Main Event drew 904 entries across two starting flights and they were limited to a single re-entry for each flight. They combined to push the $1,000,000 guarantee up to a $1,356,000 prize pool when registration closed.
We saw former WSOP bracelet champs, WSOP Circuit ring winners, SHRP regulars, and amateurs all playing side-by-side. Of those 904 entries, 162 players booked their seats for Day 2 where they would burst the money bubble when only 99 remained.
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Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah slid into the money but was the first sent out after the bubble. He was followed by former SHRP champs Chris Bolek, Nicolas Mahabee, and Paul Balzano.
Conniff began Day 2 with only 19K, good for six big blinds when they put cards back in the air. He ran his short stack up as the day progressed and the field dropped lower. Conniff’s run continued until he held the chip lead when Day 2 ended with 14 players.
The final day was on a quick pace from the beginning with Jason Appel hitting the exit in one of the first hands followed by Steven McKoy, Brad Ruben, and Juan Martinez to form the final table ten.
Mauricio Ameller was the leader at the start of the final table and he was closely trailed by Conniff and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings. Michael Amato and Daniel Genachte hit the rail early from the final table followed by Jack Shea and poker pro Chad Eveslage.
Former SHRP champ Brett Bader had a rollercoaster final table, he spent time as the leader and time as the short stack. He rode the ride but had to settle for a fifth-place finish. Hastings dropped from first in chips to a fourth-place payout after several big hands against Gotlieb and Ameller left the final table on his heels.
The heads-up battle kicked off with Conniff holding an 11-to-7 chip lead but Gotlieb turned the tables after a few hands. The final pot saw 95% of the chips go in the middle in a race between Conniff’s and Gotlieb’s . Gotlieb made a river boat to finish off the tournament.
Conniff earned $159,357 for his runner-up finish while Gotlieb banked $257,638 along with the personalized WSOP Circuit Main Event ring and custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of Image Masters.
Goltlieb is a local business owner, Hollywood resident, and regular in the poker room. He has several tournament cashes on property plus a deep run this summer in a $1,500 World Series of Poker event. This is by far the biggest cash of his career and he said this was a good opportunity for him to go pro with the bankroll boost.
Congrats to Gotlieb on the big score and thanks to our players for the great turnout for the WSOP Circuit Main Event.
WSOP Circuit Main Event final table results:
1st: Joseph Gotlieb – $257,638 + Gold Ring and $10K GCC Seat
2nd: Asher Conniff – $159,357
3rd: Mauricio Ameller – $117,619
4th: Brian Hastings – $88,004
5th: Brett Bader – $66,675
6th: Chad Eveslage – $51,148
7th: Jack Shea – $39,717
8th: Daniel Genachte – $31,229
9th: Michael Amato – $24,842
7,221 players entered the 2017 Main Event, making it the third-largest field in history. The 7,221 entries also makes the 2017 WSOP Main Event the biggest in eight years.
4,262 players entered Day 1C – the last day for registration – helping secure this year’s ME place in history. The last time this many players participated was 2010, when 7,319 entries turned out.
“It’s amazing on all fronts, the third-largest Main Event ever,” said tournament director Jack Effel.
“It’s such a great tournament, and I’m really happy to see the number so high,” said WSOP champ Eric Baldwin. “It’s a great field, all the characters really show up for this one, and it’s a fun atmosphere.”
Brandon-Shack Harris, another WSOP winner, also discussed the large field size.
“I think it’s awesome!” he said. “It’s great that the fields keep growing. I’m pretty acclimated to the endurance it takes to try to stay sharp. I try not to ever look at the field, and just focus on my table. And I turn around every now and then and see there are fewer tables. But I try not to think about it at all when I’m playing.”
Day 1C is a Record
The 4,262 players who signed up for Day 1C is a Main Event record for a single-day field.
The previous record was the 4,240 entries on Day 1C of the 2016 ME.
The 2017 Main Event got off to a mediocre start, with 795 players turning out for Day 1A. On Day 1B, 2,164 players registered. But the record-setting Day 1C is what pushed this year’s field to impressive heights.
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2017 WSOP Main Event Prize will be 10th Largest Ever
Thanks to all the entries, the 2017 ME champion will take home $8,150,000 – the 10th-largest payout in Main Event history.
The all-time record is the $12,000,000 payout that Jamie Gold won in 2006. Not coincidentally, this year also set the record for most Main Event entries with 8,773.
Record for Players Cashing
The reason why the 2017 field second ranks third overall, and the top prize ranks 10th all time, is due to the WSOP’s flatter payout structure.
Many players voiced their opinion that they’d rather see more payouts made than astronomical prizes at the top. And they’ll get their wish in 2017, with a record-1,084 players getting paid.
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