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The 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Planet Hollywood Main Event was held over a period of three days, attracting a total of 518 entries and generating a prize pool of $784,770. Texan pro Travis Dorsey (cover image) emerged as the victor and added $168,722 to his bankroll, including a seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship.
A circuit regular, Dorsey had won the gold ring on two previous occasions at the 2014 WSOPC Harrah’s New Orleans, namely EVENT #9: $580 No-Limit Hold’em for $35,992 and EVENT #12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em for $18,750. He presently has total WSOP earnings of $228,467.
Dorsey started the final table with the third largest stack, but went on to eliminate Brent Roberts, Jared Griener and Daniel Strelitz, overtaking the chip lead. In the heads-up play, his opponent Ryan Tosoc was unable to bridge the chip deficit, ultimately leading to Dorsey securing his third WSOPC gold ring.
Talking about his run at the final table, Dorsey said, “I was catching a lot of cards, it’s easy to feel confident whenever you are catching a lot of cards. The set of fours against Brent Roberts, ace eight against Zinan Xu really started my rally and I started playing way more hands, getting into a momentum.”
Several big names were seen in action at the Main Event, but only the top 54 places were assured payouts. Among the runners who finished in the money were Barry Shulman (12th for $12,627), Eric Blair (14th for $10,328), Indian-origin player Jaspal Brar (17th for $8,554), Ben Palmer (19th for $7,181) and Indian-origin player Ankush Mandavia (34th for $3,633).
Jordan Meltzer finished 11th for $12,627 and became the final table bubble boy.
1. Brent Roberts – 3,400,000
2. Ryan Tosoc – 2,150,000
3. Travis Dorsey – 1,900,000
4. Daniel Strelitz – 1,800,000
5. Tim Reilly – 1,500,000
6. Zinan Xu – 1,400,000
7. Jared Griener – 825,000
8. Jody Fayant – 740,000
9. Rafael Lebron – 640,000
10. Scott Weiss – 610,000
Short-stacked Scott Weiss was the first casualty of the nine-handed final table. He opened for 85,000 from middle position with and Tim Reilly called from the big blind with . The dealer opened the on the flop and Weiss bet 175,000. Reilly called to see the turn . Reilly led out for 150,000 and Weiss moved all-in for 575,000. Reilly called to see the river completing the board. Reilly’s straight took down the pot eliminating Weiss in tenth place.
Next to go was Rafael Lebron when his ran into Brent Roberts’ . The board spread out and both players flopped a pair of queens. However, Roberts ace-high kicker held strong, packing Lebron off in ninth place.
Just before the first 15-minute break of the day, Travis Dorsey raised from middle position. Jody Fayant called from hijack and Brent Roberts called from the big blind. The flop fell , Roberts checked and Dorsey bet 160,000, while Fayant folded. Roberts called, and the turn revealed . Roberts checked, and Dorsey bet 375,000. Roberts moved all-in and Dorsey called.
The on the river was inconsequential as Dorsey’s flopped set of fours were good enough to send Roberts to the rail in eighth place.
Towards the end of level 29, two back-to-back eliminations saw Jody Fayant and Tim Reilly make their way to the rail. Fayant pitted his against Zinan Xu’s . The latter’s hand improved to a set of treys when the board opened , which effectively ended Fayant’s run in seventh place.
Reilly locked horns with Ryan Tosoc, but unfortunately Reilly’s fell short against Tosoc’s , bringing about his sixth place exit.
Down to five-handed play, Jared Griener jammed from the cutoff with and Dorsey called from big blind with . The community cards brought and Dorsey picked up two pairs of aces and fours, eliminating Griener in fifth place.
Finishing in fourth place was Zinan Xu when he moved all-in from under-the-gun with and Dorsey called from small blind holding . On the rundown , Dorsey found two pairs of aces and eights on the turn, railing Xu in the process.
About 20 minutes later, Dorsey limped the small blind with and Daniel Strelitz raised to 400,000 from the big blind with . Dorsey announced a raise and before he could even put in a bet, Strelitz moved all-in. Dorsey called and the board missed both players. Dorsey’s king-kicker sealed Strelitz fate in third place.
The final showdown between the remaining two players began with Travis Dorsey (9,500,000) clearly in the lead against Ryan Tosoc (6,100,000). However, the heads-up play did not last for long.
On the final hand, Dorsey opened to 360,000 from the button holding and Tosoc raised to 800,000 from the big blind with . Dorsey shoved all-in. Tosoc tanked for a while before deciding to call. The community cards fanned out and Dorsey took down the event with ace-high, while Tosoc ended his deep run as the runner-up!
1. Travis Dorsey – $168,722
2. Ryan Tosoc – $104,319
3. Daniel Strelitz – $76,209
4. Zinan Xu – $56,496
5. Jared Griener – $42,487
6. Tim Reilly – $32,411
7. Jody Fayant – $25,073
8. Brent Roberts – $19,674
9. Rafael Lebron – $15,656
10. Scott Weiss – $12,627