Tournament Tracker: Weinraub, Baldwin Triumph on the West Coast

Baldwin has already cashed more than a dozen times this year

The tournament circuit may be quiet this week, but it isn’t silent. Thanks to tournament series in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, there are a few more opportunities for US players to sharpen their game before the World Series of Poker gets underway. Caesars Palace, Commerce in LA, and Bellagio have all been active this week. We’ve got the highlights and biggest winners from those series in this edition of Tournament Tracker:

The WPT Championship doesn’t get underway until Saturday, but the Bellagio has been bustling for over a week. Eric Baldwin can fill you in on what’s been happening at the Las Vegas casino–he’s spent basically every day at one final table or another. So far this series, Baldwin has posted two firsts, two ninths, and a fifteenth place showing for more than $30,000. Baldwin’s two ninth place finishes came in two of the bigger $1,000 prelim events.

In one of those $1,000 events, Jason Berilgen prevailed over the rest of a 96-player field to bank a win and a more than $30,000. In the other, it was Jake Nguyen who defeated BLUFF POY contender Joe Kuether for top honors and more than $27,000.  The $1,500 buy-in No Limit Bellagio event saw Kirill Kruglov battle it out against Sam Stein heads-up. Kruglov prevailed to earn the biggest payday of the prelims so far–$51,488. The $5,000 prelim event started on Thursday and there will be two $5,000 postlim Bellagio events too, so expect even bigger paydays on the horizon.

Thursday also marked the start of the $2,080 buy-in Main Event of the Cal State Poker Championship at Commerce. One player in the field of that event is Adam Weinraub, who earned a seat thanks to a heads-up deal in the $1,070 event. Weinraub earned just shy of $17,000,  a Cal State Main Event seat, and the golden bear trophy while the runner-up finisher Marc Lebowitz picked up a comparable payday of $18,000. That final table was a stacked one and also included Jerry Yang (3rd), Amit Makhija (4th), and Gavin Griffin (6th).

The results from the Main Event at Commerce and more Bellagio side event action will be available in next week’s edition of Tournament Tracker. Until then, here are the final table results from the major events from this busy week of West Coast poker action:

Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic $1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $151,320
Entrants: 104

1st: Kirill Kruglov – $51,448
2nd: Sam Stein – $34,804
3rd: Blake Kelso – $21,941
4th: Daryl Katz – $12,106
5th: Frank Rusnak – $9,836
6th: Sameer Aljanedi – $7,566
7th: Ignacio Aiza – $5,296
8th: Steven Goldberg – $4,540
9th: Thomas Erlanger – $3,783

Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $93,120
Entrants: 96

1st: Jason Berilgen – $31,660
2nd: Michael Dyer – $21,418
3rd: Ngoc Bul – $13,502
4th: Tim Chauser – $7,450
5th: Scott Epstein – $6,053
6th: Sargon Shiba – $4,656
7th: Joshua Skaggs – $3,259
8th: Mike Landers – $2,794
9th: Eric Baldwin – $2,328

Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $79,540
Entrants: 82

1st: Jake Nguyen – $27,044
2nd: Joe Kuether – $18,294
3rd: Michael Hunsucker – $11,533
4th: Adam Ross – $6,363
5th: Gary Haglund – $5,170
6th Paul Lieu – $3,977
7th: Tim Bullard – $2,784
8th: Stan Fulton – $2,386
9th: Eric Baldwin – $1,989

Commerce Casino Cal State Poker Championships $1,070 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $59,170
Entrants: 61

1st: Adam Weinraub – $16,910 + $2,080 Main Event seat*
2nd: Marc Lebowitz – $18,000*
3rd: Jerry Yang – $7,990
4th: Amit Makhija – $5,620
5th: Timothy Stearns – $4,440
6th: Gavin Griffin – $3,550
7th: Andy Bick – $2,660

* denotes a heads-up deal

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