Season 16 – Event 16

Check this out – after 123 events spread over 9 seasons, Anthony is now a Syndicate winner!! Head’s up against Mark Sawkar began with relatively even stacks but Anthony was not going to let this chance at victory slip away. And in the final hand he busted Mark’s KK with a straight. Congratulations to Anthony!!

After Mark came Jon Trouble in 3rd, Farid in 4th and Keithy in 5th.

Final Table:

  1. Anthony
  2. Mark S
  3. Jon T
  4. Farid
  5. Keithy
  6. Matt B
  7. John B
  8. Bob C
  9. Paul R
  10. Kelsi

The season’s results are now final and our playoff field is set. Check the results page.

Season 16 – Event 15

Congratulations to Keith “A-9” Morgan for his best finish of the season. This was Keith’s first victory since season 14 when he won two events . This is Keith’s eighth overall Syndicate win since joining us back in season 5. In second place was John Borges with his best finish of the season (he has nine scores!). In third place was Dave Readman, who now moves well up into the playoff picture. In 4th place was Scott D; and Jonkey took 5th for the second tourney in a row.

Final Table:

  1. Keith
  2. John B
  3. Dave R
  4. Scott D
  5. Jonkey
  6. Bob C
  7. Bob W
  8. Anthony
  9. Tom B
  10. Jon T

Season 16 – Event 14

Congratulations to Jon Towers for his second win in just three events! We definitely live in crazy times! In second place was Scotty Storrs followed by Matt B, John B and Jonkey.

Final Table:

  1. Jon
  2. Scotty
  3. Matt B
  4. John B
  5. Jonkey
  6. Mona
  7. Chris Blake
  8. Mark S
  9. Donnie
  10. Farid

Please note – unless something significant happens, the leader-board prize projections are now set. We’ll have one guaranteed main event seat. Then seven guaranteed $1,500 seats; then four $1,500 seats awarded in the playoffs. The top three playoff winners will join the seven guaranteed seat winners to play in our bonus final-table tournament to award our other main event seat.

In order to send this many players (2 extra) we agreed that all winners will forego their up-front expense money. In the event that a player cashes then she/he will be able to take double what their stipend was going to be before splitting their prize with the Syndicate.

Season 16 – Event 13

And your favorite Syndicate Commissioner somehow won Event 13! This was Jonkey’s first win since Event 6 back in Season 13 and his eleventh regular season win overall. In 2nd place was Dalton, with his best finish in six events. And in 3rd place was Paul R. Newcomer Devon got 4th and Mona got 5th place to round out our money winners.

Final Table:

  1. Jonkey
  2. Dalton
  3. Paul R
  4. Devon
  5. Mona
  6. Wayne
  7. Chris
  8. Bob W
  9. Anders
  10. Don C

Season 16 – Event 12

The winner of our third major of the season is Jon “Trouble” Towers with what is surprisingly his first regular season Syndicate victory! In second place is Tom “The Kid” Brown and in third place is the best player in Syndicate history – Ranjit!

Final Table

  1. Jon Towers
  2. Tom B
  3. Ranjit
  4. Joy
  5. Keithy
  6. Scott D
  7. Christopher
  8. John B
  9. Tom E
  10. Wayne

Season 16 – Event 10

Finally!! After a gap of 2,236 days, one of the most celebrated players in Syndicate history – Paul “Pman” Hopkins – has returned to The Winner’s Circle! Paul began his Syndicate career back in Season 4 and represented the Syndi at the WSOP in six of his first eight seasons, including a Main Event seat in Season 8. Paul’s last win was Event 10 of Season 10. In 2nd place was Kelsi “Tik Tok” Burley with Dr. Bob coming in 3rd.

Final Table:

  1. Paul H
  2. Kelsi
  3. Bob W
  4. John B
  5. Matt B
  6. Patsy
  7. Bob C
  8. Jonkey
  9. Keithy
  10. Chris

Season 16 – Event 9

It’s official – Mark Ross has the best winning percentage in the Syndicate this season! In second place was Amy and in third was John Borges – both with their best ever Syndicate finishes. In 4th place was newcomer Donny L and in 5th place was David Benjamin.

Final Table:

  1. Mark Ross
  2. Amy
  3. John B
  4. Donnie L
  5. David Benjamin
  6. Dr. Bob
  7. Anders
  8. Tom B
  9. Farid
  10. Devon

Season 16 – Event 8

Back to back for Scotty D!! All that good karma he banks for helping set things up every tourney is starting to pay off! In second place was a new player, Kyle Sedlick. And in third was Matt “he can’t be that good” Burley. Oh, and everyone’s favorite Anthony – Anthony – came in 4th, followed by Mona in 5th.

Final Table:

  1. Scott Dennis
  2. Kyle S
  3. Matt B(ullshit!)
  4. Anthony!!
  5. Mona
  6. Cameron
  7. Amy
  8. Steve A
  9. ???????????
  10. ???????????
  11. Kelsi
  12. ???????????
  13. John Thursby
  14. ???????????
  15. ???????????

Please players – we had a problem with the computer after this tournament and I asked everyone who played what their finish was. Some did not answer so I have incomplete results for this one. Help me out!!!

Season 16 – Event 7

[remember we skipped Event 6 – that will be rescheduled sometime next year]

Season 16 – Event 7 Winner Scott Denis

Congratulation to Scott Denis for taking down Event 7 of the season. This is Scott’s second win since joining us back in Season 13. Spork, who’s been kind of part-timing it for awhile now came in 2nd place, which was his best finish since Season 11, Event 9 (!) when he also earned a 2nd place. In 3rd place was Christopher followed by Matt “what, I didn’t win again” Burley in 4th. Wayne came in 5th to round out our money winners.

Final Table:

  1. Scott Denis
  2. Spork
  3. Christopher
  4. Matt B
  5. Wayne
  6. Ranjit
  7. Anders
  8. Joey
  9. Paul H
  10. Keithy

Link to the Season 16 Leaderboard, Results, Stake and Schedule

Season 16 – Event 04

Season 16 – Event 4 Winner: Ranjit

So the good news for everyone else in the Syndicate is that Matt B didn’t win our first major of the Season. The bad news is that Ranjit won!! Congratulations to Ranjit on his third Syndicate win in just three seasons! In 2nd place was Gary B and David B came in 3rd place. Joy and Rene came in 4th and 5th respectively for their best finishes of the season.

Final Table:

  1. Ranjit
  2. Gary B
  3. David Benj
  4. Joy
  5. Rene
  6. Christopher
  7. Rick
  8. Matt B
  9. Dave Rdmn
  10. Paul H

Link to the Season 16 Leaderboard, Results, Stake and Schedule

Next up: we play a regular Deep Stack tourney THIS Saturday at 3pm.

New Syndicate Tournament Structure

We have always tried to approximate the structures that the WSOP and this season they began including antes from the very start of each tournament. The above structure that we are adopting is very close to what the WSOP is now using. One thing to note is that while antes now begin immediately there are new levels like 200/300 and 300/500 that help keep the tourney deep early. You’ll also notice that 800/1600 is gone and replaced by 1000/1500. In general this structure gets lower denomination chips off the table quicker while still increasing the levels at a reasonable pace.

Unless some tourneys go very late (like majors/re-entries) we will have the same structure at all regular season events. The first 6 levels will be 30 minutes long, followed by dinner. This will also mark the end of the re-entry period for those events. Then levels 7 through 18 will be 25 minutes long. Levels 19 (which will be about midnight) and higher will be 20 minutes in length. If we reach the final level of 50,000/100,000 it will go until the tourney is over. As always, there is no ante heads up and the 3rd place finisher MUST stay to deal until the end.

After dinner, the other breaks each occur one level after a chip-denomination is no longer needed. That gives the table one level for someone to buy up the chips and then we’ll remove them at the end of that level. These breaks will be as short as possible.

This is also a good time to remind players that they can arrive late but must be seated before the start of level 10. Unlike in the WSOP though you do start with a blinded down stack.

Season 16 – Event 3

Congratulations to Mark for winning the third event of the season. This is Mark’s second Syndicate win. Right behind him were Matt with only his third top-2 finish in three events, and Kelsi with her second top-3 finish in a row! Wayne and Scott D came in 4th and 5th place for their best finishes of the season.

The Final Table:

  1. Mark S
  2. Mr. Burley
  3. Mrs. Burley
  4. Wayne
  5. Scott D
  6. Tom
  7. Rene
  8. Mona
  9. Don B
  10. Amy

Link to the Season 16 Leaderboard, Results, Stake and Schedule

Next Up: We play this Saturday, the 13th, at 3PM! This a MAJOR deep stack tourney.

Season 16 – Event 2

Event 2 Winner Matt (r) and runner up Kelsi (l)

We’ve had several hubby-wife players in the Syndicate but we’ve never had them go heads-up for the win before! No surprise though, considering the results of this week’s WSOP Monster Tournament, that the first 1-2 duo would be Matt & Kelsi! Congratulations to both of you on this tournament’s results and your finishes in Vegas.

In 3rd place was Mona, for her best Syndicate finish. In 4th place was Jimmy X in his Season 16 debut. And Keith came in 5th for his second solid finish in two events this season.

We’re now two events in the season and Matt already has a 1st and 2nd place finish. It looks like someone has his sights set on next summer’s Main Event already!! You can check the Results page for the updated leaderboard and all the results.

The Final Table

  1. Matt B
  2. Kelsi
  3. Mona
  4. Jimmy X
  5. Keith
  6. Joy
  7. Joey
  8. CraigL
  9. Anders
  10. Amy

NEXT UP: We play this Saturday at 3PM! This is a regular deep-stack tournament. You can check the schedule page for the full schedule.

Season 16 – Event 1

Steve Alkema; Winner Season 16 – Event 1

And we’re back!! After a 25 month gap between season-openers, the Syndicate is back for Season 16! I’ll have some more information later this week about the new season but for now let’s congratulate Steve Alkema for taking down the first event! This is Steve’s first victory since his first season with us back in season 9 (2013!). In second place was one of our leaderboard denizens, Matt Burley. Matt also started with us back in Season 9 and since then has played in the WSOP for us in six of his seven seasons, including two Main Events and four $1,500 tourneys. In 3rd place was newcomer Brian “Cashman” Passman in his first Syndicate event. Congratulation Brian!! Jon Towers came in 4th and Bob Cosway took 5th place to round out our money winners.

Final Table:

  1. Steve A
  2. Matt B
  3. Brian P
  4. Jon T
  5. Bob C
  6. Bob W
  7. Ranjit
  8. Joy
  9. Don B
  10. Mark S

Next up is a re-entry event on October 9th. Please note our new start time of 2pm for the rest of the season. The Evite is out so reply early if you can.

Also, I made an announcement last night that Joy is going to help us further by being the Syndicate treasurer. I’ll have the spreadsheet up for the finances later this week once Joy and I get everything organized. Thanks Joy!

Here is a link for the updated Leaderboard, Results, Stake and Schedule

New Committee Member!

With all the energy going into restarting Season 15, organizing the Tiki, and preparing for Season 16, I forgot to make a major announcement: last month Joy Jennings joined Chad Mothe’, Paul Hopkins, Keith Morgan, Gary Fessia and Matt Burley on the Syndicate Committee. Joy joined the Syndicate back in Season 9 and has been an active and involved player ever since. Welcome Joy and thank you for your great ideas, assistance and friendship these past seven years!!

  • Jonkey
  • Chad Mothe’
  • Paul Hopkins
  • Keith Morgan
  • Gary Fesia
  • Matt Burley
  • Joy Jennings
  • Joy Jennings

Season 15 WSOP Team is Set!!

After 16 tournaments, 2 playoffs and 25 months our WSOP team is ready!!

  1. The winner of Season 15, Ranjit, has only played with us for two seasons but he is now two for two on winning Main Event seats. Last season he won the Main Event Bonus Tourney and this season he was the overall winner by 135 points! We spoke with him earlier today and he promised that he was going to go deeeeeeeeeep in his Main Event run this time!
  2. Our runner up this season, Wendi, has had a Syndicate career that led right to this moment. Wendi joined us back in season 10 when she only played a few events and came in 62nd place. In season 11 she moved up to 32nd place and in season 12 she made the playoffs in 21st. She made the playoffs again in season 13 with a 16th place finish and in season 14 she earned a guaranteed seat with a 7th place finish. So every season she has moved up the leaderboard until this season when she became the first woman in Syndicate history to win a WSOP Main Event seat. Congratulations Wendi!!
  3. Our third Main Event winner proved that all you have to do is make the playoffs to win a Main Event Seat! Jon Towers came from the playoff bracket and by winning a top-2 finish he earned a seat at our Bonus Main Event Final Table. Of course he won this tournament and will represent the Syndicate for the first time since joining our league back in season 8. Way to go Trouble!!

Our other winners:

4. David Benj – 3rd place, fifth Syndi seat w/ 2 Main Events (9 seasons)

5. Dana – 4th place, sixth Syndi seat with 2 Main Events (8 seasons)

6. Rowan – 5th place, second Syndi seat (3 seasons)

7. Matt B – 6th place, sixth Syndi seat with 2 Main Events (7 seasons)

8. Anthony – 7th place, first Syndi seat (8 seasons)

9. Farid – 8th place, first syndi seat (13 seasons)

10. Bob W – 9th place, first syndi seat (7 seasons)

11. Rene – 9th place, fourth syndi seat with 1 Main Event (9 seasons)

12. Matt H. – 11th place, first syndi seat (8 seasons)

13. Tom B – 15th place, first syndi seat (1 season)

14. Mark S – 23rd pace, first syndi seat (4 seasons)

15. Jonkey – 25th place, seventh syndi seat w/ 2 ME’s (15 seasons)

Huge congratulations to Anthony, Bob W, Matt H, Farid, Mark S and Tom B for winning their first Syndicate WSOP seats!!

Season 15 Main Event Final Table Tourney

We’ll have more info ready in a bit but here are the results of our Bonus Main Event Final Table tourney last night. We had 10 players – 8 with guaranteed seats and 2 that came from the previous night’s 18 player playoff.

All the players began with starting stacks based on their finish this season: David Benjamin, who came in 3rd place overall this season, began with 50 million chips. While Jon Towers and Mark Sawkar, who qualified the night before in the playoff tourney, started with 30 million chips each. The number of chips on the table – 360,400,000 – approximates a typical Main Event Final Table. As do the blinds that began at 200,000/400,000.

Here were the players and their starting stacks:

And the winner is:

Jon Towers, who came up from the playoffs the night before, took it down to earn his first Syndicate Main Event seat. Head’s up began with Dana holding a 220m to 140m chip lead, and the Wizard then extended that to 300m to 60m. But Jon stayed patient (the blinds were 3m/6m at this point) and just chipped away at Dana’s stack. After about 90 minutes of heads up play they got it all in on a flop of 8K7, with Dana holding AA and Jon with K8. It was an exciting finish to a very strange season for us. And it was all the more special for Jon as not only did he earn his seat by getting a top-2 finish the night before, but it was also his birthday!!

Here are the final results:

  1. Jon Towers
  2. Dana
  3. Farid
  4. Mark S
  5. Rowan
  6. Rene
  7. David Benjamin
  8. Anthony
  9. Matt B
  10. Bob W

Season 15 Final Table Bonus Tourney

Here’s the field for today’s Main Event Final Table. David Benjamin comes in as the big stack and Jon and Mark come in with the fewest chips. The 45 minute blinds start at 200k/400k. The action starts at 3pm at Joey’s Dance Hall – come on down and check it out!!

Season 15 Playoff Results

Last night Jon “Trouble Towers” and Mark “Jonny Quest” Sawkar took the top two spots in our playoff tourney and will join our guaranteed seat winners today in a winner take all tourney for our final Main Event seat. Matt H, Tom B and Jonkey won the other three $1500 seats..