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Event #20 – Big Blind Antes $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) started with 518 participants, but after four days of play only eight players made it to the final table. It was Jeremy Wien (cover image) who emerged as the front-runner, winning his maiden WSOP gold bracelet along with the top prize of $537,710.
This poker player from Mount Kisco, New York, made his first appearance at the WSOP in 2007 in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event where he ran deep and placed 78th for $7,957. Since then the New Yorker has collected 11 WSOP cashes and accumulated $155,278 in winnings in the process.
Notable eliminations at the event included Patrick Truong (9th place for $34,862), Michael Gagliano (10th place for $27,208) and Asi Moshe (11th place for $27,208). Englishman Stephen Chidwick, currently ranked 1st in the Global Poker Index, was eliminated in 19th place for $14,572, while Ran Ilani (22nd place for $14,572) and Arne Ruge (23rd place for $14,572) were both busted simultaneously by Shawn Buchanan.
Final Day Recap
The eight-handed final table consisted of Shawn Buchanan, Jeremy Wien, David Peters, Jake Schindler, David Laka, Eric Blair, John Amato and Richard Tuhrim. Buchanan entered the final table as the chip leader with a stack of 2,580,000, followed closely by Wien with 2,455,000 and Peters with 1,925,000.
Richard Tuhrim became the day’s first elimination in eighth place. He shoved from the middle position with against Jeremy Wien who then 3-bet with . Rest of the table folded and the board revealed giving Wien the pot with a pair of aces.
On the 88th hand, one-time WSOP bracelet winner David Peters shoved from the button with and David Laka called off from big blind with . The flop showed not benefitting either player. But the turn gave Laka a pair of queens which left Peters hoping for a king on the river. Unfortunately, the river ran dashing Peters’ hopes and ousting him in seventh place.
Next to go was Shawn Buchanan in sixth place. He went head-to-head with pocket fives against Laka’s . With the community cards missing both players, Buchanan’s decade long dream of a WSOP bracelet came to an end.
John Amato followed Buchanan out to the rail the very next hand. He open-jammed from the button with which was countered by Eric Blair from small blind with . The flop ran giving both players a pair. But the turn and river helped neither player and Blair’s pair of aces overthrew Amato in fifth place.
Jake Schlinder departed approximately 40 minutes later in fourth place. Schindler 3-bet all-in from the small blind with pocket kings, prompting David Laka to move all-in with . The flop and turn were in Schlinder’s favour, but the river brought Laka a pair of aces that ultimately sent Schlinder to the rails.
51 hands later, Eric Blair was eliminated in third place. He moved all-in with against Laka who held . The rundown gave Laka a pair of jacks to bring play down to the heads-up finale.
The heads-up finalists David Laka and Jeremy Wien battled it out for several hours with the chip lead changing hands several times. On the final hand, Wien check-raised and Laka shoved all-in, pressuring him to call. However, Wien eventually prevailed when his overpowered Laka’s pocket queens with the showdown not affecting either player.
Talking about his strategy against the Spaniard, Jeremy Wien said, “I had a plan which was to be more deliberate and folding my button. We were joking that they announced that David got a walk for a 100th time. He did tell me at the last break that he’s a heads-up specialist.”
When asked about competing against the likes of poker giants such as Peters and Schindler, he said, “Obviously, I know who Jake Schindler and David Peters are. I have a style that’s very different than them. I’m very nitty. It’s a little different heads-up but in general, throughout the tournament, I played pretty tight and tried to pick my spots. It worked this week.”
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Jeremy Wien – $537,710
2. David Laka – $332,328
3. Eric Blair – $228,307
4. Jake Schindler – $159,575
5. John Amato – $113,510
6. Shawn Buchanan – $82,199
7. David Peters – $60,618
8. Richard Tuhrim – $45,538
Content & image courtesy: WSOP.com
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