The WSOPC Atlantic City is officially in the books. The 12-event series included the first-ever Online Circuit Ring Event in New Jersey) plus a Seniors Event, Ladies Event and of course the $1,675 Main Event.
Porbandarwala wins WSOPC Atlantic City Main Event
Soheb Porbandarwala claimed his second career circuit ring after outlasting 306 entries in the Main Event at Harrah’s. It was no easy task with some big names running deep into the tournament.
“The tournament may have been softer than usual because the field was split between Harrah’s and Parx, but there were a bunch of heroes left towards the end,” the eventual champ told WSOP.com reporters.
The final table was set late into Day 2 after Porbandarwala made the misclick of all misclicks – more on that later. The final table included Matt Glantz (4th), Kevin Grabel (8th), and Peter Vitantonio (2nd), to name a few.
Porbandarwala and Vitantonio battled heads-up for nearly two hours, with the chip lead swinging back and forth before Porbandarwala was holding all the chips, wearing a new ring and depositing $107,862 into his bank account.
“Heads-up was a lot of fun,” Porbandarwala told USPoker soon after the match concluded. “Peter is a high-caliber player and was obviously very determined, but I made hands when I needed them and got away with some stuff, too, which is always a nice combo.”
The win in Atlantic City is Porbandarwala’s second largest score, having secured his first ring and his largest paycheck nearly two years ago in a WSOPC Foxwoods preliminary event in his home state of Connecticut.
The Misclick Heard Around the Twitterverse
As exciting as the heads-up battle was, it was a misclick late in Day 2 that gave Porbandarwala the chip lead going into the final table.
With 10 players remaining and a 46 big-blind stack, Porbandarwala made a colossal mistake. Porbandarwala was multi-tabling, playing both the Main Event and the Online Circuit Ring Event.
He was dealt pocket kings online and queen-deuce at his actual live table when suddenly all of his chips were at risk in both tournaments.
Here’s what happened, according to WSOP.com:
Action comes around to Soheb Porbandarwala, who is simultaneously playing the online ring event on WSOP.com on his tablet. Porbandarwala is dealt pocket kings online, and he verbalizes, “All in.” The dealer repeats the bet, and Porbandarwala, not wanting to out himself, slides his stacks forward. When it folds back around to Siracusa, he instantly calls all in for what looks like 338,000.
Porbandarwala reveals his mistake now, admitting that he hasn’t yet looked at his live hole cards. He turns over Qd-2h, putting Siracusa and his Jc-Jd in a good spot to double.
The board runs out As9c5hQs3s, though, and Porbandarwala turns a queen to win the pot in most unlikely fashion.
Siracusa is less than pleased with the result, eliminated in 10th place.
“I meant to say ‘fold,'” Porbandarwala admitted afterward. “However, as action at the table was playing out, I was moving my chips all in on WSOP.com, and somehow the words slipped out. I was fortunate to even have one overcard in that spot, and even more fortunate that I hit.”
Everyone is aware that sometimes poker isn’t fair. And occasionally bad plays, misclicks, and bold moves win when they shouldn’t.
“I clearly should rethink multitasking,” he said.
After the WSOP update on the hand, everyone wanted to know if Porbandarwala’s kings held up. He replied on Twitter, “Of course, I run the best.”
But his best response was to Joey Ingram:
Surface pro, fwiw.
— Soheb (@Spewheb) March 19, 2018
WSOP.com Online Ring Event
Porbandarwala didn’t fare quite as well online, finishing outside of the money.
Overall, though, New Jersey’s first Online Ring Event was widely considered a success with 133 players paying $365 for the privilege of taking to the felt. Of those, 48 players rebought creating a total prize pool of $59,368.
The event took just over five and a half hours to complete. Here are the final table results.
|1||Paul 'runngood27' Scaturro||$16,623|
|2||Richard 'usmckid33' Allen||$10,092|
|3||Nick 'Maggs' Olivieri||$6,293|
|4||Sean 'str8flushguy' Lango||$5,105|
|5||Sergio 'vigano' Vigano||$4,511|
|6||Daniel 'juice' Buzgon||$3,146|
|7||Meir 'fingers911' Yedid||$2,552|
|8||Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro||$1,959|
|9||David 'AvidSmores' Somers||$1,602|
WSOP Fever is in the air
The WSOP might be over two months away, but the excitement is starting to build. Just being around the WSOP logo, even at circuit events, is enough to make the heart pound a bit faster.
What’s even more exciting is the WSOP is giving you a chance to play your way into the most prestigious tournament in the world.
Players have several chances to win every Sunday in March. Log on to WSOP.com to earn a seat or a package to the WSOP in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is the March 2018 satellite schedule.
|Satellite||Buy-In||Nevada Start Time (PT)||New Jersey Start Time (ET)|
|2018 WSOP Kick-off Weekend Package Satellite [R&A]||$30||Sundays - 4:45 p.m.||Not Available|
|$565 The Colossus at the 2018 WSOP Seat Satellite [R&A]||$10||Sundays - 5:45 p.m.||Sundays - 5:45 p.m.|
|$1,000 2018 WSOP Seat Satellite [Turbo, R&A]||$10||Sundays - 6:45 p.m.||Sundays - 6:45 p.m.|
|$10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat [Re-entry]||$320||Sundays - 7:00 p.m.||Sundays - 7:00 p.m.|
|$365 WSOP Online Bracelet Seat Satellite [Re-entry]||$10||Sundays - 7:30 p.m.||Not Available|
|2018 WSOP Kick-off Weekend Package Satellite [R&A]||$30||Sundays - 7:45 p.m.||Sundays - 7:45 p.m.|
|$565 WSOP Online Bracelet PLO Seat Satellite [R&A]||$10||Sundays - 8:00 p.m.||Not Available|
|$1,000 WSOP Online Bracelet Satellite [Turbo, R&A]||$15||Sundays - 8:30 p.m.||Not Available|