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The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is in its final week and the Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship is on the verge of declaring the new world champion. With the ultimate prize in poker on the line, three finalists, Tony Miles (238,900,000), John Cynn (128,700,000) and Michael Dyer (26,200,000), will return on the final Day 10 to not only claim the WSOP gold bracelet and the astounding first place prize money of $8,800,000, but also to find out who among them will become the new World Champion of poker!
Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee saw it’s second starting flight, Day 1B opened with 947 players, of which 96 have moved up to Day 2 with Jeffrey Tanouye (601,000) bagging the biggest stack, even as the third starting flight Day 1C is about to begin.
Team India’s Aditya Agarwal, Yudhishter Jaswal and Muskan Sethi were also seen in action. While Sethi made it into the money and finished 134th for $2,242 (₹1.53 Lakhs), Agarwal and Jaswal hit the rail empty-handed.
Meanwhile, Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. that saw 157 runners return on Day 2 is now down to the final 19 players and Brian Hastings (667,000) has bagged the overnight chip lead.
Event #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Big Blind Antes) started off with 128 runners including 31 re-entries and Mathias Eibinger (2,120,000) is taking maximum chips to Day 2 with only 32 making it to the second and final day of the tournament.
The grand finale of Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship is only hours away and what had started as the second-biggest Main Event in the history of the WSOP with 7,874 entrants, dwindled down to 9 runners at the start of Day 8. Following three more eliminations of Antoine Labat (9th for $1,000,00), Artem Metalidi (8th for $1,250,000) and Alex Lynskey (10th for $1,500,000), only six players remained to carry on the fight to Day 9.
Day 9 opened with six finalists as Michael Dyer (156,500,000) led from the front, alongside Nicolas Manion (72,250,000), John Cynn (61,550,000), Tony Miles (57,500,000), Joe Cada (29,275,000) and Aram Zobian (16,700,000).
Day 9 Recap
Three players were eliminated from the final table on Day 9. The first elimination of the day was the short-stacked Aram Zobian who shoved all-in with from small blind for 17.35 Million. Dyer snap-called from big blind with . The flop fell and Zobian had the outs for a diamond flush. on the turn ended that chance and Zobian was left drawing to a six to survive. Instead he found on the river and was railed in sixth place for $1,800,000.
On the 105th hand of the final table, Joe Cada raised from under-the-gun to 2.2 Million and Miles re-raised to 6.9 Million from the button. Cada went all-in for 47.65 Million. Miles tanked for several minutes but eventually called with and Cada tabled . The flop put Miles in the lead with a pair of kings. The on the turn gave Cada the possibility of a back-door straight, but the on the river missed Cada and the 2009 Main Event Champion’s dream of a second World Championship title win came to an end in fifth place for $2,150,000.
The final elimination of the day was Nicolas Manion. From the button Cynn raised to 3.8 Million and from the big blind Manion shoved for 23.8 million. Cynn promptly called and both players tabled their cards. Manion held against Cynn’s . The board ran , and Manion’s run finished in fourth place for $2,825,000 and with his elimination the day’s play came to end.
The day saw a lot of upheaval of the chip counts as Day 8 chip leader Dyer ended the day short-stacked, while Miles who was placed fourth in chips the previous day, is now topping the other two finalists and is ahead by quite a margin.
“It’s indescribable,”Miles said regarding his chip count, “It’s a dream come true. It’s truly magical.”
As Miles ended the day with a massive chip lead of 238,900,000, with Cynn (128,700,000) and Dyer (26,200,000) still in the running, the Main Event is gearing up for a nail-biting finish!
1. Tony Miles – 238,900,000
2. John Cynn – 128,700,000
3. Michael Dyer – 26,200,000
The second starting flight of 2018 WSOP Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee took off with 947 players and as the day concluded, only 96 have progressed further to Day 2. They will now be joined by the 54 players who made it to Day 2 from Day 1A and also those who move up the leaderboard from the third starting flight that is yet to begin.
From Team India, Team PokerStars pro`s Aditya Agarwal & Muskan Sethi and Yudhishter Jaswal entered the tournament.
Sethi’s run ended in 134th place and she banked $2,242 (₹1.53 Lakhs) for her efforts. Early in the day she chipped up when the player in middle position opened to 250, the player on the cutoff called, along with Sethi from the small blind and a player from the big blind. The flop was checked to the cutoff who bet 500. Here, Sethi called. The players on the big blind and middle position folded and when the turn brought the , action was checked around. The completed the board and Sethi threw in a bet of 500 that was enough for her to claim the pot.
Sethi subsequently took another pot hiking her stack to 19,200 and then later chipped up more to 21,100. However it was pretty swingy for Sethi who slid down to 10,800 and was later eliminated.
Nearly six hours into play, Agarwal opened to 1,300 under the gun. He was called by Jon Turner on the button. A flop reading opened and Agarwal bet another 1,000 on which Turner called. The turn brought the and Agarwal fired another bet of 3,000 on which Turner gave up his hand and Agarwal scooped the pot, to take his stack to 18,000.
As the play was on Agarwal updated his status on Twitter.
Event 75, 1500 closer, 15k at 300-600(100) #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) July 13, 2018
For Jaswal whose play in the event also ended in the starting flight, the day brought some good pots and he was on an upward trajectory before he faced a couple of challenging hands and fell out.
Early on, Jaswal eliminated an opponent when the player under-the-gun moved all in for 5,100 and Jaswal reshoved 25,000 from the middle position. He revealed and the opponent held . On the runout, Jaswal took down the pot.
In another hand, Jaswal moved all in for 13,300 from early position and the player on the button called for less. Jaswal turned against his opponent’s . The board ran and Jaswal won the pot, sending his opponent to the rail.
Jeffrey Tanouye (601,000) is leading the remaining 96 players and following him are Jerry Robinson (533,000), Kevin Wang (353,000), Michael Wasserman (349,000) and Chad Layne (332,000).
Familiar faces including Aaron Mermelstein (327,000), Tristan Wade (264,000), David “ODB” Baker (206,000), Scott Bohlman (134,000), Benny Glaser (94,000), Kelly Minkin (71,000), and 2014 Main Event winner Martin Jacobson (62,000) have also moved forward.
Earlier in Day 1A flight, 502 players had entered and the surviving 54 runners were led by Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier (583,000).
1. Jeffrey Tanouye – 601,000
2. Jerry Robinson – 533,000
3. Kevin Wang – 353,000
4. Michael Wasserman – 349,000
5. Chad Layne – 332,000
6. Aaron Mermelstein – 327,000
7. Tyler Patterson – 324,000
8. Mark Babekov – 316,000
9. Barry Hutter – 302,000
10. Tristan Wade – 264,000
A total of 354 players entered the popular Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. and after the second consecutive day of play, 19 remain in the field.
Brian Hastings (667,000) has bagged the biggest stack and when the play resumes to play down to a winner, he will have to wade off competition from other big stacks like Tim Marsters (572,000), Jeff Madsen (416,000) and Bruno Fitoussi (382,000).
Star players like John Hennigan (361,000), Dutch Boyd (347,000), Andrew Brown (190,000), Carol Fuchs (132,000), Tony Ma (56,000) and six-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro (51,000) are also in the fray for the top prize of $233,202 as well as the honor of winning the prized gold bracelet.
Day 2 the event featured many notables who despite making it in the money failed to advance further. The list of notable eliminations includes names like Phillip Hui (20th for $6,524), Benjamin Dobson (23rd for $6,524), Eli Elezra (24th for $6,524), Dan Heimiller (26th for $5,694), Brock Parker (35th for $5,105), Justin Liberto (36th for $5,105), David Singer (38th for $5,105), and Ben Yu (53rd for $4,462).
Brandan Shack-Harris became the bubble boy at the event after he lost to Richard Fuller’s (31st for $5,694) higher two pair and left in 55th place.
Though Ryan Himes (54th for $4,462) was eliminated in the same hand as Shack-Harris, he was the first player in the money since he held the larger stack at the time of his elimination.
1.Brian Hastings – 667,000
2. Tim Marsters – 572,000
3. Jeff Madsen – 416,000
4. Bruno Fitoussi – 382,000
5. Ben Landowski – 364,000
6. John Hennigan – 361,000
7. Dutch Boyd – 347,000
8. Hye Park – 321,000
9. Ray Henson – 315,000
10. Lee Markholt – 267,000
Introduced for the first time in the 2018 WSOP roster, Event #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Big Blind Antes) that featured shot clocks and big blind antes opened to 97 players and with 31 re-entries, saw 128 players competing for the title.
Many big names from poker were in the mix including former WSOP Main Event champion Chris Ferguson, Ryan Reiss, Joe McKeehen and Jonathan Duhamel. The likes of Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, David Kitai, Dominik Nitsche, Adrian Mateos, and Fedor Holz were also spotted in the race to claim one of the last bracelets on offer this year.
The prize pool of $6,144,000 will be distributed among the top 20 spots with a min-cash worth $74,623. Players to reach the final table will lock up $173,604 and the eventual champion will take home the top prize of $1,650,773.
Matthias Eibinger (2,120,000) has the biggest stack for Day 2. Jake Schindler (2,050,000), Isaac Haxton (1,955,000), Elio Fox (1,875,000) and Daniel Merrilees (1,865,000), all made Day 2 with big stacks.
1. Matthias Eibinger – 2,120,000
2. Jake Schindler – 2,050,000
3. Isaac Haxton – 1,955,000
4. Elio Fox – 1,875,000
5. Daniel Merrilees – 1,865,000
6. Juan Pardo Dominguez – 1,650,000
7. Stefan Schillhabel – 1,570,000
8. Nick Petrangelo – 1,500,000
9. Ben Yu – 1,500,000
10. Jason Koon – 1,450,000
Content and image courtesy: WSOP.com.
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