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The long 2017-2018 WSOP Circuit schedule is moving along steadily. The tour is currently on its tenth stop of the season with a lot more in store.
The recent stop that is currently underway is the WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood taking place at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The series on November 21 wrapped up its highlight event, the $1,675 Main Event that boasted a $1 Million guarantee. The event garnered a healthy 845-player field and after four days of action, Fernando Galvan (cover image) came out on top to claim the $247,160 top prize along with the championship title.
The 26-year-old Mexico native, Galvan who recently started playing live tournaments has had an excellent year so far, with two victories already in his kitty. This one qualifies to become his third win that also earned him his first-ever circuit ring.
“I learned how to play poker with experience and reading books. Jonathan Little helped a lot,” explained the newly-crowned champion
The Day 3 of the tournament began with remaining 12 players taking down their seats. Galvan had a wide chip lead to start the day, however the road to victory wasn’t an easy one for him. Right in the beginning, he lost his chips and plunged down all the way to 16 big blinds.
The final table of 10 came together about 90 minutes into the day, following the eliminations of Roger Franco (12th – $18,924) and Event #1 winner Marcin Milde (11th – $18,924).
It was after Neil Scott’s elimination in ninth place and Danny Elmore’s in eight that Galvan regained his chip lead back.
Galvan then took on current chip leader, Ali Imsirovic in a big hand putting the former back in command with 7.1 million in chips.
Mark Ioli was next to hit the rail in seventh spot followed by Melanie Banfield in sixth. Galvan’s hand against Banfiled not only earned him the elimination but also helped him collect over half the total chips in play.
Next on the elimination radar was Bruce Kramer who was pitted against Corey Hochman, resulting in the formers elimination in fifth place.
Galvan once again came into the limelight taking the next two eliminations that paved the way for the heads-up duel. First it was Imsirovic who headed back to the rail in fourth spot, followed by Chris Tham who faced Galvan’s wrath and ended up settling for a third place finish.
Interestingly the two players who started the day at the opposite end of chip counts were now heads-up for the championship title. Galvan had a huge chip lead of 6-1 against Hochman and given the monstrous stack Galvan had, Hochman could not hold on to his chips for long.
The final hand saw Galvan limping from the button, Hochman moved all in and Galvan called. Galvan held against Hochman’s . The board opened crowning Galvan the champion!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Fernando Galvan – $247,160
2. Corey Hochman – $152,734
3. Chris Tham – $112,503
4. Ali Imsirovic – $83,959
5. Bruce Kramer – $63,476
6. Melanie Banfield – $48,609
7. Mark Ioli – $37,695
8. Danny Elmore – $29,596
9. Neil Scott – $23,525
10. Sunny Gandham – $18,924