JOE SEROCK WPT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PROFILE

Joe Serock

Joe Serock

nickname:
"floes"

hometown:
Las Vegas, NV

Career Stats

Earnings $1,106,622
Cashes 13
Final Tables 3
Titles 0
Tournaments Played 41

Current Standings

Ranking
10th

Payout
$47,587

Points
400

Chipcount History

Day 1
197,000

Day 2
261,300

Day 3
400,800

Day 4
244,000

Day 7
10th

 

Joe Serock Finds Out He Is the WPT Player of the Year

Level 25: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

Sorted In: Joe Serock, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
02:40 PM, 05/24/12

WPT Player of the Year: Moon Kim vs. Joe Serock

Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

4364 Moon Kim
The WPT Player of the Year race is almost over, but everything is in the hands of Moon Kim (pictured above).

Joe Serock is the current POY points leader with 2,200 points -- he entered this event with 1,800 points, and earned another 400 for his 10th-place finish yesterday.

Moon Kim entered this event with 1,200 points, and he'll need to finish fourth to earn 1,000 points to tie Serock. With a third-or-higher finish, Kim will win the WPT Player of the Year title outright.

Bottom Line: If Moon Kim is eliminated today, Joe Serock will be the Season X WPT Player of the Year. But if Kim survives to the televised final table, the POY title won't be decided until the final day of the season.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Moon Kim, Joe Serock, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
12:42 PM, 05/24/12

WPT World Championship, Day 5 Recap

Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

By BJ Nemeth


3067 Josh Arieh Eliminated 19th by Marvin Rettenmaier
Day 5 began with 19 players, but only 18 would finish in the money. It took about 20 minutes for the bubble to burst, and the unfortunate player was Josh Arieh (standing, center), who got it all in preflop with AdiamondJspade against the KclubKheart of Marvin Rettenmaier (left).


3085 Final 18 Players
The final 18 players redrew for seats at the final two tables. The chipleader at this point was Hafiz Khan with 2.1 million, while POY contender Joe Serock was one of the short stacks with only 12 big blinds. Serock would need to outlast three more players to catch Will Failla in the WPT Player of the Year race.


3109 Guillaume Darcourt Eliminated by Wil Wilkinson
Guillaume Darcourt (standing, right) smiles even as he is eliminated in 18th place by Wil Wilkinson (standing, left). With the board showing Aclub10diamond7heart8club on the turn, Darcourt raised all in with 9club7diamond (pair and a straight draw) against Wilkinson's 8diamond8spade (set of eights). Darcourt missed his straight draw and was out of the tournament.


3170 Joe Serock Doubles Thru Trevor Pope
With 17 players remaining, Joe Serock needed to outlast two more to pass Will Failla in the WPT Player of the Year race. But with only 15 big blinds in his chip stack, he couldn't afford to wait, and he moved all in preflop with Aclub10spade. Trevor Pope (foreground, right) called from the button with 9heart9spade.

The board came Aspade5heart3diamond4diamondKheart, and Serock (standing, background center) pumped his fist as he won the hand to double up in chips. Serock was still in the hunt for the WPT Player of the Year title.


3267 Rinat Bogdanov Eliminated 16th
WPT Venice Grand Prix champion Rinat Bogdanov (center right) threw up his hands as he was eliminated in 16th place in a three-way all-in situation against Matt Juttelstad and Ron Coury.

Coury was the short stack with 6heart6spade, Juttelstad was the big stack with AdiamondAheart, and Bogdanov was stuck in the middle with 10club10spade. There was a 6 on the turn to give Coury the triple up, while Juttelstad won the side pot to eliminate Bogdanov.


3187 Joe Serock Doubles Thru Trevor Pope
With Rinat Bogdanov's elimination in 16th place, Joe Serock was guaranteed 15th or higher place, and passed Will Failla for the points lead in the WPT Player of the Year race. But it wasn't over yet, because both Moon Kim and Matt Juttelstad could catch Serock if they went deep enough.


3331 Barry Shulman All In
Barry Shulman (pictured) was eliminated in 15th place when he moved all in with 9diamond9heart and ran into Trevor Pope's 10club10diamond.


3556 Ron Coury vs Trevor Pope
Short stack Ron Coury (left) moves all in after a flop against big stack Trevor Pope (right). Pope would fold, giving Coury another small pot to stay alive.


3586 Chipleader Hafiz Khan
After eliminating John Esposito in 12th place, Hafiz Khan (pictured) was the massive chipleader with more than 4 million.


3701 Trevor Pope
Trevor Pope didn't have as many chips as Hafiz Khan, but he was still among the big stacks with more than 2 million.


3757 Ron Coury
Ron Coury (standing, center) was eliminated in 11th place when he got it all in with Qspade8spade against the 10club10heart of Moon Kim (right) and never improved.


3785 Final 10 Players
With Ron Coury's elimination in 11th place, the final 10 players combined to a single table. In seat order: (1) Wil Wilkinson, (2) Michael Mizrachi, (3) Hafiz Khan, (4) Marvin Rettenmaier, (5) Steve O'Dwyer, (6) Nick Schulman, (7) Moon Kim, (8) Trevor Pope, (9) Joe Serock, and (10) Philippe Ktorza.


3816 NIck Schulman vs Trevor Pope
In the first hand at the 10-handed table, Nick Schulman (left) check-raised all in on the turn with the board showing Aclub9spade7diamond8diamond. Trevor Pope (right) tanked for more than a minute before he folded.


3850 Michael Mizrachi Doubles Thru Hafiz Khan
Hand #11: After a flop of Qclub6heart4diamond, Michael Mizrachi (center) check-raised all in with AdiamondQdiamond (pair of queens), and Hafiz Khan (standing, right) called with JdiamondJspade. It was a battle of big stacks, and whoever won this pot would be the chipleader.


3882 Michael Mizrachi Doubles Thru Hafiz Khan
Mizrachi turned another queen to win the pot with trip queens, taking the chip lead from Hafiz Khan.


3912 Nick Schulman vs Moon Kim
In Hand #23, Nick Schulman (center) and Moon Kim (right) were in a battle of the blinds and saw a flop of Adiamond10spade4spade. Schulman checked, Kim bet 120,000, Schulman check-raised to 260,000, and Kim moved all in. Schulman folded, and Kim showed one card -- the Aheart (top pair) -- as he collected the pot.


3963 Nick Schulman Doubles Thru Michael Mizrachi
In Hand #44, Michael Mizrachi (foreground, right) moved all in after a flop of Jdiamond3club3heart, and Nick Schulman (center) quickly called with KclubKspade. Mizrachi was caught bluffing with AclubQclub, and didn't improve. Schulman doubled up, and stacked his chips while Mizrachi discussed the hand with Hafiz Khan (left).


3991 Joe Serock Eliminated in 10th
In Hand #47, Joe Serock (standing, background center) could only scratch his head after being eliminated in 10th place by chipleader Marvin Rettenmaier (right). Serock moved all in for 18 big blinds with 9heart9spade, and Rettenmaier called with AdiamondKclub. Serock put on his backpack and began to walk away, fully expecting to lose the race.

The flop came Qspade7spade7club, and Serock slowed, perhaps showing some optimism. But the turn card was the Kheart, putting Rettenmaier way out in front, and the Qclub on the river was enough to eliminate Serock.

Serock leads the WPT Player of the Year race, but it isn' t locked up yet. Moon Kim can tie Serock with a fourth-place finish, and clinch the POY title with a third-or-higher finish.


4137 Nick Schulman vs Hafiz Khan
In the last hand of the night (Hand #52), Nick Schulman (standing, left) and Hafiz Khan (foreground, right) battled over a board of Jspade8club5club7spade4club. Schulman check-called the flop, bet the turn, and then checked the river. Khan moved all in at that point, and Schulman tanked for a few minutes before he folded.

Khan showed Qheart9heart for queen high (a missed double-gutshot straight draw) as he collected the pot, getting away with a big bluff in the last hand of the day.



There are nine players remaining, but only the top 18 will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $40,266. First prize is worth $1,196,858.

Here are the official seating and chip counts for Day 6:

Seat 1.  Wil Wilkinson  -  705,000  (14 BBs)
Seat 2.  Michael Mizrachi  -  3,124,000  (62 BBs)
Seat 3.  Hafiz Khan  -  1,641,000  (32 BBs)
Seat 4.  Marvin Rettenmaier  -  3,757,000  (75 BBs)
Seat 5.  Steve O'Dwyer  -  1,643,000  (32 BBs)
Seat 6.  Nick Schulman  -  1,350,000  (27 BBs)
Seat 7.  Moon Kim  -  1,139,000  (22 BBs)
Seat 8.  Trevor Pope  -  800,000  (16 BBs)
Seat 9.  Philippe Ktorza  -  977,000  (19 BBs)

Day 6 begins Thursday at 12:00 noon PT, when these players will battle for the six seats at Saturday's televised WPT Final Table. Return to WPT.com for complete hand-for-hand coverage the entire way.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Josh Arieh, Marvin Rettenmaier, Guillaume Darcourt, Wil Wilkinson, Joe Serock, Trevor Pope, Rinat Bogdanov, Barry Shulman, Ron Coury, Hafiz Khan, Steve ODwyer, Michael Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, Moon Kim, Philippe Ktorza, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
04:21 AM, 05/24/12

Hand #47: Joe Serock Eliminated in 10th Place ($47,587)

Level 23: 20,000-40,000, 4,000 ante

3991 Joe Serock Eliminated in 10th
Photo: Joe Serock (standing, background center) can only scratch his head after being eliminated by chipleader Marvin Rettenmaier (right).

Hand #47 - Michael Mizrachi raises to 88,000 from under the gun, Marvin Rettenmaier calls in middle position, and Moon Kim calls from the hijack.

Joe Serock is on the button and moves all-in for around 720,000 total. Mizrachi folds, then Rettenmaier reraises all-in, having both Serock and Kim covered. Kim folds.

Rettenmaier turns over AdiamondKclub and Serock is racing, as he holds 9spade9heart.

Serock puts his backpack on and starts to slowly saunter from the table as the dealer puts out the Qspade7spade7club flop. Seeing he is still ahead, Serock slows his gait. The Kheart on the turn puts Rettenmaier out front though, and Serock is a good ten feet from the table by the time the Qclub comes on the river.

Serock is eliminated on the hand, but there is still a chance for him to win something. He is the current leader in the WPT Player of the Year race with 2,200 points. The race isn't over just yet though. Season X Bay 101 Shooting Star Champ Moon Kim can tie Serock with a fourth place finish and can take the POY title outright with a third place showing or better.

Marvin Rettenmaier - 3,150,000 (79 BBs)
Joe Serock - eliminated in 10th place ($47,587)

Sorted In: Marvin Rettenmaier, Joe Serock, Featured Blog, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
08:58 PM, 05/23/12

Ron Coury Doubles Thru Joe Serock

Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Ron Coury moves all-in from under the gun for his last 217,000. Action folds to Joe Serock in the small blind and calls.

Serock turns over Aspade7club and Coury trails with Aheart3spade. The flop is a good one for Coury though as it comes Jclub4diamond3diamond, pairing Coury's trey. The 2spade on the turn puts a possible chop on the board, but the Kspade on the river ensures the pot belongs to Coury.

Ron Coury - 460,000 (15 BBs)
Joe Serock - 845,000 (28 BBs) 

Sorted In: Ron Coury, Joe Serock, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
05:38 PM, 05/23/12

John Esposito Shoves

Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

John Esposito raises to 45,000 on the button and Joe Serock calls from the big blind. The flop comes 6heart4spade2club and Serock checks. Esposito bets 55,000 and Serock calls.

The turn in the Qheart and Serock checks a second time. Esposito wastes little time moving all-in for around 400,000, Serock folds, and Esposito takes the pot.

John Esposito - 620,000 (31 BBs)
Joe Serock - 830,000 (42 BBs) 

Sorted In: John Esposito Jr, Joe Serock, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
03:26 PM, 05/23/12

Joe Serock Leads Player of the Year, But Not Locked Up Yet

Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

3187 Joe Serock Doubles Thru Trevor Pope
With a guaranteed 15th-place finish, Joe Serock (pictured) has passed Will Failla, and leads the WPT Player of the Year race. But it's not locked up yet.

WPT Bay 101 champion Moon Kim and WPT Seminole Lucky Hearts Open champion Matt Juttelstad are both still in the running, and Serock needs a sixth-place finish to guarantee a tie, and a fifth-place finish to clinch the POY title.

Juttelstad needs to not only win this tournament, but he needs Serock to bust 13th or 14th, and Kim to finish no higher than fifth. So it's a longshot.

We'll continue to monitor the POY race with updates as the players go deeper.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Joe Serock, Moon Kim, Matt Juttelstad, Will Failla, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
03:00 PM, 05/23/12

Joe Serock Doubles Thru Trevor Pope

Level 19: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

3177 Joe Serock Doubles Thru Trevor Pope
Photo: Joe Serock (standing, background center) pumps his fist as he wins the hand to double up thru Trevor Pope (foreground, right).

Joe Serock moves all-in from middle position for his last 242,000. Trevor Pope is on the button and thinks a minute before calling. Rinat Bogdanov is in the small blind and takes his time before folding. John Esposito is in the big blind and folds as well.

Pope turns over 9spade9heart and he is racing with Serock's Aclub10spade.

"Classic," Pope says. He then asks Serock, "You good at these?"

"Yep," Serock replies matter of factly.

The flop comes Aspade5heart3diamond and Serock gives a small fist pump at having outflopped his opponent. The 4diamond on the turn makes a chop possible, so Pope calls for a deuce on the river.

The river instead comes Kheart and Serock takes the pot to double up. He is now in much better shape in terms of the WPT Player of the Year race too, as he has over 500,000 chips and needs just two more players to bust before he takes the lead from Will Failla.

Joe Serock - 510,000 (32 BBs)
Trevor Pope - 1,475,000 (92 BBs)

Sorted In: Joe Serock, Trevor Pope, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
01:13 PM, 05/23/12

WPT World Championship, Day 4 Recap

Level 19: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

By BJ Nemeth


2449 Barry Shulman and RFGs Tugba Jeannie Brittany Ivy
Barry Shulman started Day 4 with a roughly average chip stack, and actually lost chips to end Day 5 with 353,000 -- about half the average stack. But still alive in the tournament, Shulman has plenty of reasons to smile -- including a photo with the Royal Flush Girls (left to right) Tugba Ercan, Jeannie Duffy, Brittany Bell, and Ivy Teves.


2713 Chipleader Joe Serock
The WPT Player of the Year race is really heating up. There were 12 contenders still in the field on Day 4, trying to catch POY points leader Will Failla. Four contenders survived to Day 5, though two of them need a victory here, and one needs at least fifth place.

The biggest thread to Failla's hold on Player of the Year is Joe Serock (pictured), who had the chip lead for a little while in the middle of the day. With 19 players remaining, Serock only needs to reach 15th place to pass Failla for POY. It's going to be a tense day for Failla, who can only wait for others to determine his fate.

Here are the four contenders for WPT Player of the Year, and how high they need to finish to catch Will Failla:

15th Place or better: Joe Serock
5th Place or better: Moon Kim
1st Place: Matt Juttelstad, Rinat Bogdanov


2522 Guillaume Darcourt vs Curt Kohlberg
Curt Kohlberg (right) entered the day as chipleader, but lost some pots early to fall back into the pack. Kohlberg was eliminated late in the day in 24th place. Guillaume Darcourt (left) has been among the chipleaders for a couple of days, but had a rougher time on Day 4, finishing below average in chips but still alive as he seeks his second WPT title.


2504 Antonio Esfandiari and RFG Jeannie Duffy
Antonio Esfandiari chats with Royal Flush Girl Jeannie Duffy between hands on Day 4. Esfandiari was one of the last players to register, but turned his late start around to start the day fourth in chips.


2440 David Sands Eliminated by Michael Mizrachi
David Sands (right) was one of the contenders for WPT Player of the Year who was eliminated on Day 4. Sands was on a short stack when he moved all in with Aspade6heart -- and ran into the KclubKspade of two-time WPT winner Michael Mizrachi (left).


2492 Matthew Waxman Eliminated by Michael Mizrachi
Matthew Waxman (left) was another contender for WPT Player of the Year, having won the WPT Grand Prix de Paris last September. But Waxman's day ended when he got it all in with AclubKspade against the QclubQspade of Michael Mizrachi (right). Waxman lost the race, and Mizrachi cleared another POY contender from the field.

At this rate, Failla might have to award Mizrachi an assist if he holds on to win WPT Player of the Year.


2543 Moon Kim vs John Esposito
WPT Bay 101 champion and POY contender Moon Kim (left) battles over a preflop pot against John Esposito (right). Esposito would win this reraising war to take the pot.


2748 Wil Wilkinson vs Joe Serock
POY contender Joe Serock (right) was put to the test by Wil Wilkinson (left) after a flop of 9club8spade2club. Wilkinson check-raised all in with a larger stack, and Serock tanked for a while before folding.


2773 Hoyt Corkins Eliminated by Josh Arieh
There was a battle of the short stacks as Hoyt Corkins (standing, left) moved all in, and Josh Arieh (right) moved all in over the top with a slightly larger stack. Nicolas Fraioli (not pictured) folded Jdiamond6club face up in the big blind to let the short stacks battle.

Corkins turned over 7club5club, and he'd need to improve to survive against Arieh's KclubQclub. If they hadn't been all in before the flop, there would have been fireworks after the flop of Aclub9club8club -- both players flopped flushes., though Arieh's was higher.

Someone pointed out that Corkins still had one out to a gutshot straight-flush, but Arieh reminded him that Fraioli already folded the 6club. Even if Corkins caught a runner-runner straight-flush with Jclub10club, Arieh would have a Royal Flush.

Corkins was eliminated as Josh Arieh built himself a small cushion with about 24 big blinds in his stack.


2806 Michael Mizrachi
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi already has two WPT titles under his belt, but is looking to become only the second player in history to win three WPT titles. (Gus Hansen is the only player with three titles.)


2883 Nicolas Fraioli
Nicolas Fraioli gives an interview to the WPT cameras after his elimination in 23rd place. Fraioli was eliminated by Hafiz Khan, who had recently taken the chip lead.


3005 Noah Schwartz Eliminated by Moon Kim
Noah Schwartz (left) has had some deep runs on the World Poker Tour lately, but is still searching for his first WPT title. With 22 players left, Schwartz moved his short stack all in with Kheart9diamond, but ran into the AheartAspade of WPT Bay 101 champion Moon Kim (foreground, right).

Schwartz was eliminated a few spots out of the money, while Kim was up among the chipleaders with more than 1.1 million in chips.


2825 Chipleader Marvin Rettenmaier
Marvin Rettenmaier (known as "Mad Marvin") signed a big endorsement deal shortly before the WPT World Championship, and it's working for him so far, as he finished the day second in chips with more than 1.8 million.


3014 Michael Mizrachi Busts Antonio Esfandiari and Jonathan Little
With 21 players remaining, there was a three-way all in between players who had all won multiple WPT titles -- Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Little, and Michael Mizrachi (seated, center).

Esfandiari was the short stack with about 170,000, Little had about 400,000, and Mizrachi had about 600,000. Here were their cards:

Michael Mizrachi: Q-J
Jonathan Little: A-K
Antonio Esfandiari: K-J

Little was the favorite to win a big pot, but a queen on the turn changed everything as the worst hand won for Mizrachi, eliminating Esfandiari in 21st place and Little in 20th place. With 19 players remaining, the field began hand-for-hand play on the money bubble.


2900 Hafiz Khan
Hafiz Khan finished Day 4 with a chipleading stack of 1,966,000. Khan is a regular on the poker circuit, with more than $2.3 million in earnings. He's still looking for his first WPT Final Table, but that may change here.



There are 19 players remaining, but only the top 18 will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $40,266. First prize is worth $1,196,858.

Here are the official seating and chip counts for Day 5:

TABLE 41
1. 
2.  Ron Coury  -  135,000  (8 BBs)
3. 
4.  Tom McCormick  -  186,000  (11 BBs)
5.  Barry Shulman  -  353,000  (22 BBs)
6.  Nick Schulman  -  1,315,000  (82 BBs)
7.  Rinat Bogdanov  -  278,000  (17 BBs)
8.  Guillaume Darcourt  -  571,000  (35 BBs)
9.  Hafiz Khan  -  1,966,000  (122 BBs)

TABLE 43
1.  Farzad Bonyadi  -  182,000  (11 BBs)
2.  Moon Kim  -  1,194,000  (74 BBs)
3. 
4.  Marvin Rettenmaier  -  1,870,000  (116 BBs)
5.  Josh Arieh  -  127,000  (7 BBs)
6.  Philippe Ktorza  -  86,000  (5 BBs)
7.  Joe Serock  -  244,000  (15 BBs)
8. 
9. 

TABLE 45
1. 
2.  John Esposito  -  1,080,000  (67 BBs)
3.  Matt Juttelstad  -  935,000  (58 BBs)
4.  Wil Wilkinson  -  1,197,000  (74 BBs)
5.  Michael Mizrachi  -  1,168,000  (73 BBs)
6. 
7.  Steve O'Dwyer  -  1,079,000  (67 BBs)
8.  Trevor Pope  -  1,300,000  (81 BBs)
9. 

Day 5 begins Wednesday at 12:00 noon PT, and action will continue for another five 90-minute levels, or until the field is down to six players, whichever comes first. Stay tuned to WPT.com for continuing live coverage.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Royal Flush Girls, Tugba Ercan, Jeannie Duffy, Brittany Bell, Ivy Teves, Barry Shulman, Joe Serock, Guillaume Darcourt, Curt Kohlberg, Antonio Esfandiari, David Sands, Michael Mizrachi, Matthew Waxman, Moon Kim, John Esposito Jr, Wil Wilkinson, Hoyt Corkins, Josh Arieh, Nicolas Fraioli, Noah Schwartz, Marvin Rettenmaier, Jonathan Little, Hafiz Khan, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
10:57 AM, 05/23/12

Joe Serock Will Pick His Spot Tomorrow

Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

 On the final hand of the night, Joe Serock raises to 25,000 and action folds to Marvin Rettenmaier in the small blind. Rettenmaier announces he is all-in having both Serock and the big blind, Josh Arieh, easily covered.

Arieh folds right away. Serock takes a good minute before deciding to do the same and play wraps up for the night.

Marvin Rettenmaier - 1,870,000 (156 BBs)
Joe Serock - 244,000 (20 BBs)

Sorted In: Marvin Rettenmaier, Joe Serock, Bellagio, WPT World Championship, Season X
08:50 PM, 05/22/12
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