WSOPC Wraps at The Bike with Grinder Pros Jonathan Tamayo, Mike Shariati, and Pat Lyons Scoring Gold

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The 2018 WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino wrapped up this week with a triumvirate of well-known pros taking down the last three events. While one of them captured his fourth ring, the other two got their first taste of circuit gold.

Jonathan Tamayo began the final three against Vincent Moscati and Paul Lui as the short stack, but he battled back to win his fourth gold ring. (Image: WSOP)

You Say Tamayo, I Say Tamayo

Jonathan Tamayo hadn’t played a hand of pot-limit Omaha in two years, but that changed at the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino when he jumped in Event #11: $580 PLO. The tournament drew only 54 runners, and in the end, it was Tamayo emerging victorious to win $10,120 and his fourth ring.

“I ended up making the best hand on the river after getting it in a lot,” Tamayo told WSOP officials. “I had four cards. So, I was like ‘I have a flush draw and a gutter. Okay, let’s go.’ I had no idea what I was doing.”

In addition to the prize money, the 32-year-old Tamayo earned 50 points on the Global Championship leaderboard.

Final Table Results
1 Jonathan Tamayao (Humble, TX) $10,120
2 Paul Lui (Irvine, CA) $6,265
3 Vincent Moscati (Verplanck, NY) $4,105
4 John Misirian (North Hollywood, CA) $2,835
5 Jesse David (N/A) $2,080
6 Igor Zektser (Los Angeles, CA) $1,595

First-Time Winners

Mike Shariati (Image: WSOP)

The WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino, which saw David “The Dragon” Pham win the Main Event earlier this week, also crowned two first-time winners, albeit ones with plenty of World Poker Tour success.

The first was WPT Season 14 Player of the Year Mike Shariati, who bested a field of 116 entries to win Event #10: $1,125 NLHE Bounty for $17,405 and his first ring.

“It feels good,” said 43-year-old Shariati, who left Iran 25 years ago to pursue an education in the U.S. “Actually, I forgot how it feels. It’s been a while since I made a final table of a big tournament. I’m really happy because the WSOP is one of my favorite tournaments. I was fortunate to win it.”

Final Table Results
1 Mike Shariati (Irvine, CA) $17,405
2 Deborah Sternberg (Sacraento, CA) $10,755
3 Adam Swan (Goleta, CA) $7,655
4 Leopoldo Araneta (Monrovia, CA) $5,560
5 David Lilien (N/A) $4,120
6 Roy Salter (Porter Ranch, CA) $3,110
7 Joseph Cheong (La Mirada, CA) $2,395
8 Kyung Lee (Los Angeles, CA) $1,875
9 Avo Melkonyan (N/A) $1,875

The other first-time champ was Pat Lyons, who most know from winning the 2016 WPT Legends of Poker for $615,346. The 54-year-old Lyons navigated a field of 124 entries to win Event #12: $580 NLHE Re-Entry for $17,365.

Pat Lyons (Image: WSOP)

“I’m very, very happy because I have a lot of luck in LA and I have a lot of luck at the Bicycle Casino,” said Lyons. “I love World Series events. I look forward to it. I’m emotional because I’ve been playing professionally, playing these World Series events since 2005.”

He continued: “I wanted to get a World Series ring and I knew that whether I had the best hand or worst hand, I was going to get a ring. Winning it here at the Bicycle Casino means so much to me. I’m a NorCal pro, but they take me in here as one of their own. That ring, I love that ring. The money. The money is great, but the ring is better.”

In final WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino news, Ryan Buckholtz, who won Event #3:$365 NLHE for $10,615, earned a seat into the 2018 Global Casino Championship after earning 110 points at the stop. That was enough to give him Casino Championship honors.

Final Table Results
1 Pat Lyons (San Mateo, CA) $17,365
2 Phuoc Nguyen (San Jose, CA) $10,730
3 Daniel Jones (Fountain Valley, CA) $7,745
4 Ryan Buckholtz (Studio City, CA) $5,960
5 Kevin Eyster (Lafayette, LA) $4,225
6 Sterling Savill (Dover, FL) $3,225
7 Ramey McCullough (Oak View, CA) $2,500
8 Brian Snell (N/A) $1,965
9 Ben Keeline (Oswego, IL) $1,570

The WSOPC continue this weekend at both Harrah’s Atlantic City and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa. Later this month, the circuit returns to Las Vegas for a dozen ring events at Planet Hollywood.

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