Frank Lagodich Wins Debut WSOPC Grand Victoria Main Event for $275,896

The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) had its debut at Grand Victoria Casino in Chicago and saw Frank Lagodich taking down the $1,700 buy-in Main Event for $275,896. The Ohio native, who had $680,782 in live earnings heading into the event, picked up his first Circuit ring and also finished ninth in Event #11: $400 No-Limit Hold’em for $1,971.

The WSOPC Grand Victoria Casino stop consisted of 16 ring events and awarded plenty of big winners, including Dennis Laurence, who took down Event #2: $600 No-Limit Hold’em for $138,084, and Shouyi Gao, who won Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack for $64,239.

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The Main Event attracted a total of 1,070 entrants for a prize pool of $1.6 million, not a bad turnout for the first Grand Victoria Casino Circuit stop.

Lagodich didn’t have an easy path to victory and busted five times before he finally ran up his stack and got to a final table that included Kenneth Baime (8th – $32,790), Brek Schutten (5th – $71,040) and Timothy Gundrum (3rd – $125,964).

Frank Lagodich
Frank Lagodich

“I fired six bullets into this event (the max),” Lagodich told WSOP. I was able to build some moment(um) on my final bullet and felt really confident coming into both day two and day three.”

Lagodich made the final bullet count and got heads-up against Jill Bryant of Aurora, Illinois, who was after her second ring after she took down the a 2019 WSOPC Milwaukee Seniors Event for $14,524, the same year that she was the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event (116th place – $59,295).

Jill Bryant
Jill Bryant

According to WSOP updates, the two traded chip leads back and forth before the final hand where Bryant went all in with ace-four only to be dominated by the ace-jack of Lagodich, whose kicker held up to send Bryant out for a career-best $170,577.

After winning his first Circuit ring, Lagodich said he is looking forward to taking some time off for the holidays before hitting the tables again.

“I will eventually be heading to Florida to play more poker, but before that I will be heading home to spend Thanksgiving with my family,” he said. “I am really looking forward to getting to celebrate this with them.”

WSOPC Grand Victoria Casino Main Event Final Table Results

  1 Frank Lagodich Canton, OH $275,896
  2 Jill Bryant Aurora, IL $170,577
  3 Timothy Gundrum Sammamish, WA $125,964
  4 Renato Spahiu Lombard, IL $94,064
  5 Brek Schutten Grand Rapids, MI $71,040
  6 Aleksandar Cvijovic Carol Stream, IL $54,268
  7 Robert Kozik Chicago, IL $41,938
  8 Kenneth Baime Glenview, IL $32,790
  9 Richard Bai Schaumburg, IL $25,943

Other Ring Winners

An early highlight of the series was Dennis Laurence winning the second event of the series, which drew a huge 1,815 entrants for a prize pool of $748,875. The Dekalb, IL native picked up the top prize of $138,084 and his first Circuit ring, while Don Sarubbi finished runner-up for $85,341.

Later in the series, Virginia’s Shouyi Gao took down a $400 buy-in Monster Stack event for $64,239 and his first bracelet after navigating through a field of 1,069 runners and defeating Donovan Dean during heads-up play, who in turn took home $39,706.

Shouyi Gao
Shouyi Gao

Other winners at the WSOPC Grand Victoria Casino stop include Jason Mangold (Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack – $43,221), Aaron Flores (Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max – $25,415) and Kevin Krieter (Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold’em – $25,013).

After wrapping up in Chicago, WSOPC will head to North Carolina for WSOPC Harrah’s Cherokee, which will take place Nov. 24-Dec. 5.

A full list of ring winners at the WSOPC Grand Victoria Casino stop is available in the table below.

WSOPC Grand Victoria Casino Ring Winners

Shouyi Gao
Shouyi Gao captured two gold rings at the stop.

  WSOPC Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack 725 $239,250 Jason Mangold Chicago, IL $43,221
  WSOPC Event #2: $600 No-Limit Hold’em 1,815 $748,875 Dennis Laurence Dekalb, IL $138,084
  WSOPC Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 448 $147,840 Anwar Baig Hanover Park, IL $29,340
  WSOPC Event #4: $300 Seniors Event 660 $158,400 Thomas Hahne Wonder Lake, IL $29,354
  WSOPC Event #5: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 374 $123,420 Michael Moncek North Barrington, IL $25,679
  WSOPC Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max 355 $117,150 Aaron Flores Summit, IL $25,415
  WSOPC Event #7: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 290 $95,700 Greg Koutelidakis Buffalo Grove, IL $20,765
  WSOPC Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack 1,200 $314,531 Shouyi Gao Arlington, VA $64,239
  WSOPC Event #9: $250 Ladies Event 113 $22,600 Marnie Salerno La Grange, IL $6,400
  WSOPC Event #10: $1,700 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 1,069 $1,621,050 Frank Lagodich Canton, OH $275,896
  WSOPC Event #11: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 316 $104,280 Dimitre Dimitrov Elk Grove Village, IL $22,719
  WSOPC Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 370 $122,100 Gediminas Poska Palos Hills, IL $25,521
  WSOPC Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 359 $118,470 Kevin Krieter Hickory Hills, IL $25,013
  WSOPC Event #14: SENIORS Event 622 $149,280 William Blyth Chicago, IL $28,041
  WSOPC Event #15: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em 229 $223,275 Shouyi Gao Arlington, VA $52,837
  WSOPC Event #16: $400 Last Chance Double Stack 387 $127,710 Michael Parisi Elmhurst $26,332

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