Travis Dorsey Wins WSOPC Planet Hollywood Main Event for $169k

Travis Dorsey Triumphs at WSOPC Planet Hollywood Main Event

The Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas played host to the World Series of Poker Circuit from November 14-27. Its eleven event schedule subsequently drew to a close with its $1,700 Main Event, which attracted 518 players and was eventually won by Texas player Travis Dorsey.

Dorsey went on a heater after progressing all the way through to the final table, and never let up on his opponents until the final hand was played. Commenting later on his victory, Dorsey stated:

“I was catching a lot of cards, it’s easy to feel confident whenever you are catching a lot of cards.”

Three Times A WSOPC Winner

Dorsey is a regular on the WSOP Circuit, with his latest gold ring completing a trilogy of victories. The player’s other accolades both came in 2014 at the WSOPC Harrah’s New Orleans, after taking down its $580 Event for $35,992, and its $365 Event for $18,750. Following the biggest score of his career, Dorsey now boasts $228,467 in live earnings.

$1,700 Main Event

The $1,700 Main Event ultimately produced a prize pool worth $284,770 in excess of its initial guarantee. Among the notable pros booking a cash was Nick Pupillo in 54th ($1,507), Ben Keeline in 52nd ($3,014), Ankush Mandavia in 34th ($3,633), Dan O’Brien in 21st ($7,181), and 2-times WSOP bracelet winner Barry Shulman in 12th ($12,627).

Final Table Recap

First to exit the final table was WSOP bracelet winner Rafael Lebron (Q-9), who was eliminated in 9th place by Brent Roberts (A-Q), before being sent to the rail himself in 8th by Travis Dorsey.

During five-handed play, Dorsey (A-4) followed up by calling Jared Griener’s (K-J) all in shove and sending him packing after the dealer laid out an A-5-4-10-6 board. Dorsey then made a similar move against Zinan Xu’s K-8, and found two pair on an A-J-10-8-5 board to continue his dominating run at the final table.

Around twenty minutes later, Dorsey (A-K) sent Daniel Strelitz (A-9) packing from the competition in 3rd, and in the process ushered in the final showdown between himself and WSOP bracelet holder Ryan Tosoc.


Travis Dorsey started heads-up with a 9.5m to 6.1m chip advantage over his remaining opponent. Furthermore, Dorsey managed to maintain his lead until the final hand was played. In the deciding hand, Dorsey (A-J) four-bet shoved all in and received a call from Tosoc (K-J), with the ensuing 10-3-3-3-Q board swiftly bringing the contest to an end. Tosoc’s $104,319 runner-up prize now pushes his career winnings past the $4 million mark.

In the meantime, Dorsey was crowned the 2018 WSOPC Planet Hollywood Main Event champion. Commenting later on his impressive performance, Dorsey explained:

“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.”

Final Table Results

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

Next Stop

The WSOP Circuit has now kicked-off at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina where the venue will host a total of 13 events. Its $1,700 Main Event is scheduled to start on December 1st, before crowning a winner three days later. In April, the tournament attracted a total of 1,060 players, and was eventually won by Dylan Wilkerson, who defeated poker veteran Erick Lindgren heads-up to claim an impressive $294,152 top prize.

Next month also sees the WSOP Circuit make stops at the Bicycle casino in Los Angeles from Dec. 1-12, and at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Mississippi from Dec.6-17, before breaking for the holiday period. On January 2nd, WSOP Circuit action subsequently resumes at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma.

Currently topping the WSOP Circuit all time leaderboard is Valentin Vornicu with 12 rings, followed close behind by Maurice Hawkins (11), Joshua Reichard (10), and then Robert Hankins and Ari Engel tied on 9 rings a piece.