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Keeping with its trend of crowning first-time bracelet winners, the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) found yet another maiden champion in Preston Lee (cover image), who topped Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout for the top prize worth $236,498. Boasting of a prize pool of $1,225,800 and a player pool of 908 on the opening day, many poker heavyweights competed in the event including Phil Hellmuth (17th for $5,227), Jesse Sylvia (26th for $5,227), Scott Blumstein (46th for $5,227) and Justin Liberto (87th for $5,227).
Lee outlasted several former bracelet to emerge victorious on the big stage of poker. With total live earnings of $263,932 and three WSOP cashes, this is his career best performance till date. In the post-event interview, Lee talked about the heads-up play saying, “Ya, it was long. Both of us were all in multiple times and we both just kept winning. I don’t even know what time it is.”
Three members from Team India, Raghav Bansal, Yudhishter Jaswal and Muskan Sethi, had also participated in the event. While Bansal (21st for $5,227) and Jaswal (77th for $5,227) made it to the money, Sethi (108th) busted out on Day 1. This was Bansal’s third score at the WSOP this year, while it was Jaswal’s first.
Final Day Recap
The day began with a ten-person final table comprising of Endrit Geci, Bas de Laat, Alexander Lakhov, Royce Matheson, Young Phan, Jesse Kertland, Dylan Linde, Anthony Reategui, Corey Dodd and Preston Lee with Matheson (668,000) leading the way, followed by de Laat (661,000) and Lakhov (654,000).
Final Table Recap
The first to go was Endrit Geci who exited in tenth place. Holding , Geci went against Anthony Reategui who held . The rundown revealed giving Geci a pair of eights but it wasn’t enough against Reategui’s rivered straight.
12 hands later, Bas de Laat joined Geci at the rail. de Laat’s were up against Reategui’s , With the board favoring Reategui, de Laat had no choice but to depart in ninth place.
Play went on for another hour before Alexander Lakhov was dismissed in eighth place. Lakhov shoved from the hijack with pocket fours which was called by Preston Lee in the big blind. Lee’s hit a pair of kings when the community cards showed eliminating Lakhov.
On the 76th hand Lee went all-in from hijack with pocket tens. Royce Matheson countered the call with . On the showdown Lee hit a set of tens thereby ousting Matheson in seventh place.
20 hands later, it was Young Phan’s turn to hit the rails. Phan moved all-in from small blind with and was called by Reagetui holding . Reagetui clipped a set on the runout and took down the pot while Phan was busted in sixth place.
The 135th hand saw Jesse Kertland leave the felt in fifth place. Kertland jammed from the small blind with against Dylan Linde who called from the big blind with . The flop brought pairs for both players with Linde taking the lead with his pair of queens. The turn and river didn’t bring much luck to Kertland, leading to his departure.
Dylan Linde however couldn’t stay at the table for long and finished in fourth place. Pitting his pocket tens against Corey Dodd’s pocket kings, he was sent packing as Dodd took home the pot.
Anthony Reategui was the last player to be eliminated before the heads-up match was set up. With the board fanning , Reategui went all-in with against Lee but came up short as the latter held pocket rockets, ending Reategui’s deep run in third place.
Another 120 hands were played between the finalists Corey Dodd and Preston Lee, before Dodd finally succumbed on the 302nd hand when his failed to stand against Lee’s . The boardfanned out bringing Lee a pair of fives and Dodd had to settle for a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Preston Lee – $236,498
2. Corey Dodd – $146,146
3. Anthony Reategui – $105,307
4. Dylan Linde – $76,829
5. Jesse Kertland – $56,763
6. Young Phan – $42,476
7. Royce Matheson – $32,198
8. Alexander Lakhov – $24,728
9. Bas De Laat – $19,245
10. Endrit Geci – $15,180
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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