February 19, 2021
One of the most recent additions to the World Series of Poker Circuit, the Planet Hollywood stop didn't become a permanent fixture until 2014. From that year it was held once per season, with the exception of 2017-18 when it received two stops.
On Wednesday, Planet Hollywood began "hosting" its online circuit for the current season. 12 ring events are to be awarded on WSOP.com.
With that in mind, PokerNews felt it was appropriate time to revisit the history of the Stop and see all the turnouts, Main Event winners and Casino Champions as part of the ongoing series that traces the history of the WSOP Circuit.
November 2014: Eames crosses the ocean for a title
Eames got the best score of his career.
The first run of the Planet Hollywood WSOP had an aggressive $ 1 million guarantee, but the 1,044 entries had no problem with it as they produced a prize pool of more than $ 1.5 million.
On the way to the final table, the big name of the powerhouse, Matt Berkey, looked like the man to beat with a huge chip lead early on the third day. The UK's John Eames, who had few blinds at the final table, managed to storm back and take him upstairs to win $ 289,706 after a long heads-up match.
Another notable result was that of Ping Liu. The future multi-WPT finalist would take third place for $ 133,110.
|1||John Eames||Southport, UK||$ 289,706|
|2||Matt Berkey||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 179,119|
|3||Ping Liu||Chicago, Illinois||$ 133,110|
|4th||Dustin Johns||Nappanee, Indiana||$ 100,067|
|5||Brad Libson||Annapolis, Maryland||$ 76,092|
|6th||Corey Emery||Simi Valley, California||$ 58,537|
|7th||Johnny Neckar||Mountain view, California||45,555 USD|
|8th||Quang Ngo||Lawrence, Kansas||$ 35,861|
|9||Michael Skomac||Henderson, Nevada||$ 25,864|
Kheang Tang took off the first ring, the first in the history of the property, at the great reentry. He won $ 71,000 for that one and finished second in another $ 365 event for $ 13,905. He took a little more money and it was enough for the casino champion award.
November 2015: Prize pool of nearly $ 2 million
Berrios won a whopping $ 347,000.
The next year, an even bigger field emerged, and the prize pool was just under $ 2 million thanks to 1,304 entries.
A typically tough Vegas field was full of pros who were equally at home in a major bracelet event, but it was a little-known player who emerged victorious for $ 347,192. Recreational player Sean Berrios won by far the biggest prize of his life for $ 347,192 after winning a final table with poker millionaires Ben Palmer (fifth for $ 91,052) and Peter Hengsakul (second for $ 215,160) stood at the top.
Berrios would fall short of a bracelet in the $ 10,000 limit event the following year, but the $ 347,000 remains a personal best.
A minor matter – ninth-placed Ali Fazeli eventually made headlines for a different reason when he was sentenced to prison in California in 2019 after pleading guilty to committing fraudulent crimes. He may have improperly funded his poker activities from his nefarious activities during around this time in 2015.
|1||Sean Berrios||St. Croix, US Virgin Islands||$ 347,192|
|2||Peter Hengsakul||Pasadena, California||$ 215,160|
|3||Antonios Roungeris||Los Angeles, California||$ 157,908|
|4th||Davis Aalvik||Long Beach, California||$ 119,316|
|5||Ben Palmer||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 91,052|
|6th||Brian Hansen||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 70,083|
|7th||Dennis Stevermer||St. Paul, Minnesota||$ 54,572|
|8th||Jonathan Chehanske||Brigantine, New Jersey||$ 42,993|
|9||Ali Fazeli||Houston, Texas||$ 34,269|
Regular WSOP player AJ Kelsall would receive the title of Casino Champion thanks to two high finishes. He finished runner-up in a small PLO event for $ 6,675 and then won the $ 365 turbo final for $ 16,576. That was his first ring, although he later added two more and then a bracelet in the 2020 Global Casino Championship, the first to be held online.
September 2016: Yu wins the second of eight
Yu would go for more Circuit success.
A new schedule for the September 2016-17 edition of the WSOP Circuit wouldn't be good for the numbers on Planet Hollywood. Possibly due to a partial overlap with two other stops, the turnout tumbled to just 528, bringing in $ 792,000 in the prize pool.
Even so, there was $ 170,000 to play upstairs and some really big names were competing at the final table. Jake Schindler, whose best résumé included an early circuit ring, would drop to sixth place for $ 32,710, little more than a buy-in for the stakes he's already played regularly.
The other star, Eli Elezra, would be promoted to heads-up play. However, he would not be able to beat rising circuit star Sean Yu, who has collected his second WSOPC ring. Yu would make a huge hit with six more rings, but even more impressive was converting his seat in the Global Casino Championship into a bracelet and $ 296,000 to kick off the following season.
|1||Sean Yu||Los Angeles, California||$ 170,286|
|2||Eli Elezra||N / A, Israel||$ 105,281|
|3||Daniel Needleman||Long Island City, New York||$ 76,911|
|4th||Arianna's son||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 57,016|
|5||Kevin Calenzo||New Harford, New York||$ 42,879|
|6th||Jake Schindler||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$ 32,710|
|7th||Brandon West||Las Vegas, Nevada||25,304 USD|
|8th||Keith Doering||Brownton, Minnesota||$ 19,855|
|9||Colin York||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 15,800|
Circuit superstar Josh Turner clinched the casino championship award, but the race was as close as possible. He and Kindah Sakkal both scored 75 points on the stop, with Turner snapping his fifth ring. It all came down to the tiebreaker, with Turner displacing Sakkal with winnings of $ 15,936 to $ 15,025.
November 2017: Galvan wins the first ring
Galvan topped Ali Imsirovic.
Back in its well-known November slot, voter turnout rose again in 2017. Not quite the old four-digit level, but 845 entries resulted in a prize pool of $ 1,267,000.
As it seemed usual in Planet Hollywood, another tournament superstar made his way to the final table. This time it was Ali Imsirovic, a high roller hero who was used to playing for millions of dollars instead of just hundreds of thousands. He took one of the shortest stacks to the final table but managed to move up to fourth place for $ 83,959.
The man who eliminated him, Fernando Galvan, had a hot run and just couldn't be stopped. He'd take off Chris Tam and Corey Hochman with three hands for his first – and still only – WSOPC ring and $ 247,160.
|1||Fernando Galvan||Denver, Colorado||$ 247,160|
|2||Corey Hochman||Phoenix, Arizona||$ 152,734|
|3||Chris Tham||San Francisco, California||$ 112,503|
|4th||Ali Imsirovic||Vancouver, Washington||$ 83,959|
|5||Bruce Kramer||Westminster, California||$ 63,476|
|6th||Melanie Banfield||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 48,609|
|7th||Mark Ioli||Bayside, New York||$ 37,695|
|8th||Danny Elmore||Sherwood, Oregon||$ 29,596|
|9||Neil Scott||Mammoth Lakes, California||$ 23,525|
A really exemplary performance brought Vegas regular player Arkadiy Tsinis the title of casino champion. Tsinis packed not one, not two, but three rings in order to use his other gold piece to increase his total to four. Tsinis has delivered two $ 365 hold 'em events and was also half of the tag team that won that event. He still had some cash to boot.
March 2018: Zamani adds Circuit titles to awards
Zamani added to a long list of achievements.
For the first time, the WSOP Circuit rolled through Planet Hollywood twice in the 2017/18 season. The run of the event in March drew a crowd that was more in line with the September races than the November races, as 610 entries were logged for a prize pool of $ 915,000.
It was a star-studded final table that emerged with the top tournament registries of Ben Zamani, Joseph Cheong and Barry Hutter, not to mention Jesse Yaginuma, Stephen Nussrallah and Ben Palmer who re-appeared after finishing fifth in 2016.
Cheong, Nussrallah and Yaginuma went down in the first half of the final table, but Hutter, Palmer and Zamani had the big prizes in the last three. The latter had everyone in an ICM hell for most of the latter stages and easily dusted off his remaining competition to add a WSOPC title to his two bracelets and WPT Player of the Year.
|1||Benjamin Zamani||Boca Raton, Florida||$ 192,152|
|2||Ben Palmer||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 118,849|
|3||Barry Hutter||Hollywood, Florida||$ 86,907|
|4th||Scott Powrie||Bothell, Washington||$ 64,489|
|5||Aaron McEvoy||Los Alamos, New Mexico||$ 48,522|
|6th||Jesse Yaginuma||Silver Spring, Maryland||$ 37,012|
|7th||Hank Mlekoday||N / A||$ 28,621|
|8th||Joseph Cheong||La Mirada, California||$ 22,436|
|9||Stephen Nutrallah||Alpharetta, Georgia||$ 17,824|
Samuel Lee didn't make any money at the stop until Event # 10, but from then on he accumulated 100 points to roar late for the casino champion award. After that win at a Six Max value of $ 13,860, Lee won the Main Event in 51st place and placed two post-lims in ninth and third in the final.
November 2018: Back to Once per cycle
Dorsey won the smallest of the Planet Hollywood Mains.
After the experiment with a double stay in Planet Hollywood last season, the Circuit 2018 fell once per season in its old, well-known November slot, when sister hotels Bally & # 39; s and Rio hosted it in the spring. A record turnout of 510 populated the venue with a prize pool of $ 784,770.
The smaller field did nothing to detract from the quality of the final table participants as well-known professionals Brent Roberts, Tim Reilly, Jared Griener, Daniel Strelitz and Ryan Tosoc made it.
The latter two would see a three-handed game, but neither could secure their first ring. Instead, each of the decorated professionals went to Travis Dorsey, who snatched his third ring and his biggest career cash, $ 168,722.
|1||Travis Dorsey||Boerne, Texas||168,722 USD|
|2||Ryan Tosoc||Chicago, Illinois||USD 104,319|
|3||Daniel Strelitz||Torrance, California||76,209 USD|
|4th||Zinan Xu||N / A, China||$ 56,496|
|5||Jared Griener||Huntington Beach, California||$ 42,487|
|6th||Tim Reilly||Natick, Massachusetts||$ 32,411|
|7th||Jody Fayant||Edmonton, Canada||$ 25,073|
|8th||Brent Roberts||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 19,674|
|9||Rafael Lebron||Puyallup, Washington||$ 15,656|
Romanian Cosmin Joldis made three final tables at the festival and that would be enough to steer clear of Josh Turner, deny him a second casino championship title, and send the global seat to Joldis. Joldis won his first and still only ring in a $ 600 event and then booked fourth and eighth places as well, ending up with 95 points.
November 2019: Trivett wins, Palmer makes third final table
Trivett won his first ring.
With a prize pool of $ 1,178,670, the numbers rose to 778 the following year.
The trend for Vegas pros to succeed continued, but this time the deal would be sealed at the final table. It was former mixed game pro Michael Trivett who triumphed for $ 215,943 and his first ring.
Trivett beat Zachary Donovan (fourth), Ryan Leng (seventh) and Ben Palmer at the final table. What was impressive was that it was the third time for Palmer, even though the evening was less than a decade old. However, he only managed to bring his second and fifth place from previous years to ninth place.
|1||Michael Trivett||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 215,943|
|2||James Petzing||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 133,462|
|3||Tzu Huang||Surrey, Canada||$ 98,912|
|4th||Zachary Donovan||Franklin, Massachusetts||$ 74,098|
|5||Casey Stewart||Santa Cruz, California||$ 56,116|
|6th||Jorge Arriola||Midland, Texas||$ 42,967|
|7th||Ryan Leng||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 33,266|
|8th||Rubin Chappell||Youngstown, Ohio||$ 26,046|
|9||Ben Palmer||Las Vegas, Nevada||$ 20,626|
Just two cashes were enough to secure the casino champion on this stop and Scott Cunningham was the man who came out on top by the quality of those two points. Cunningham finished third in a $ 400 event, then sent the penultimate Open event for $ 10,489 to secure a spot in the Global Casino Championship.
At a glance: History of the WSOPC Planet Hollywood
|Edition||Main Event Champ||price||Casino champion|
|November 2014||John Eames||$ 289,706||Kheang Tang|
|November 2015||Sean Berrios||$ 347,192||AJ Kelsall|
|September 2016||Sean Yu||$ 170,286||Josh Turner|
|November 2017||Fernando Galvan||$ 247,160||Arkadiy Tsinis|
|March 2018||Ben Zamani||$ 192,152||Samuel Lee|
|November 2018||Travis Dorsey||168,722 USD||Cosmin Joldis|
|November 2019||Michael Trivett||$ 215,943||Scott Cunningham|
Main photo courtesy of Larry D. Moore / Wikimedia Commons, winner photos courtesy of WSOP