The long summer grind is over and as you probably could’ve guessed, the CLC Squad tore it up during the 2018 World Series of Poker.
CLC instructor and 2015 WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen kicked things off by making the final table of Event #3: $3,000 NLH Shootout for $101,766. Amazingly, he notched another third-place finish at the WSOP, adding $538,276 to his bankroll in Event #21: $1,500 Millionaire Maker.
Brandon Ageloff also made a final table in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, ultimately finishing in fifth place for $53,482. Not long after, Kurt Jewell finished 26th out of 13,070 entries in Event #7: $565 Colossus for $22,003.
Ryan Laplante always puts in a full-time grind during the WSOP and this summer he earned 11 cashes with his best being $87,189 for finishing sixth in Event #43: $2,500 NLH. He also won $15,000 for taking 1,088th in the WSOP Main Event.
In Event #34: $1,000 NLH Double Stack, Keith Ferrera just missed out on making the final table finishing in 11th place for $44,407. In Event #43: $2,500 NLHE, James Rann and Chris Edwards finished in 23rd and 22nd place respectively, each taking down $15,051.
We also want to mention Lebanon’s Rayan Chamas, who finished 23rd for $15,029 in Event #54: $3,000 NLHE, and Chris Conrad, who took fifth in Event #53: $1,500 PLO8 for $54,738 and also 18th in Event #75: $1,500 The Closer for $25,446.
Finally, in the WSOP Main Event, Sean Shah took 824th for $18,340; Martin Carnero busted in 510th place for $26,535; Robert Hankins finished 423rd for $29,625; Nick Jivkov made a deep run finishing 373rd out of 7,874 players for $33,305; and Clint Tolbert took 234th for $40,181.
A Pair of Bracelet Winners
Despite some close calls earlier in the summer, the CLC Squad had to wait until late June for their first bracelet. That is when Ryan Leng bested a 1,983-entry field to win Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty for $272,765 and his first piece of WSOP gold. It was redemption as he had finished runner-up in a WSOP event the year before.
“It’s amazing,” Leng said of his CLC coaching experience during his winner interview. “It’s forced me to analyze my own game. I still get coaching, too. Talking poker with these brilliant players is absolutely invaluable. I have a lot of really talented students. They’ll play hands in interested, creative ways that I didn’t think about. So as much as I’m coaching them, I’m still learning from them.”
Topping it all off, Leng also finished sixth in Event #72: $1,500 NLH/PLO Mixed for $31,942.
The other bracelet win came when CLC co-founder Chance “BingShui” Kornuth topped a field of 480 entries in Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. His win was good for $341,599 and his second piece of gold hardware, which allowed him to join Nipun Java as the only players to have a bracelet both live and online.
All told, Kornuth, who won his first bracelet back in 2010, had eight cashes this summer totaling $384,229.
Outside of the WSOP
The WSOP wasn’t the only place CLC represented. Over at the MSPT Venetian $1,100 Main Event, Ryan Gianquitti finished 43rd out of 4,411 entries (the largest tournament in both MSPT and Venetian history) for $12,042 and at the end of June took sixth in a Wynn Summer Classic $1,100 Event for $12,191. He also cashed the 2018 WSOP Main Event finishing 1,016th for $15,920.
Speaking of the MSPT Venetian, Alex Foxen took down the $5,000 Main Event after defeating his real-life girlfriend, Kristen Bicknell, in heads-up play. Foxen won $239,000 for the victory.
Michael Cohen, who finished 11th in the Colossus for $44,743, had a win in The Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series Event #90: $1,100 PLO 6-Max Bounty, good for $34,114. He also traveled down to Florida mid-June for the WPT DeepStacks Tampa where he finished runner-up for $79,350.
Minnesota’s John Reading was another player bouncing about town, winning $22,396 in various tournaments at places like The Venetian and Planet Hollywood. Likewise, Lisa Costello stayed on her Vegas grind and amassed $18,683 in cashes over the summer, while Mark Perry had a slew of cashes including a summer-best $12,000 for finishing 14th in The Venetian’s Summer Saver II.
Kobi Ribak also had a little luck toward the end of the summer finishing fourth in a Wynn Summer Classic $550 NLH event for $15,648 while Stewart Newman took fifth in The Venetian Summer Saver for $59,202. Nick Jivkov also made a deep run in the 100K Guarantee $1,100 Wynn Summer Classic taking 23rd for $13,081.
The WSOP and Vegas summer series may be over, but look for the CLC Squad to continue its dominance as 2018 rolls on!