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Starting with a player pool of 114, Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) ultimately found its champion in former bracelet winner Scott Seiver (cover image), who topped the 14 final day participants to win the top prize of $296,222.
Seiver won his first bracelet in Event #21: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em in 2008 for $755,891 and has since been a regular at the WSOP and his consistency shows as he has accumulated 42 cashes and total earnings of $4,289,207 in the past decade.
In the post-event interview, when asked about winning his second WSOP gold bracelet, Seiver said, “I’ll be honest. It matters a lot to me. It really does. I feel that I’ve really accomplished most things that I’ve set out to do in poker so far and honestly, even more than that.”
Final Day Recap
Day 3 began with 14 runners who all came back rearing to go for the WSOP gold along with the top heavy prize money. But it took 4 more eliminations before the final table was formed. Starting with Brock Parker (14th for $17,000), Bryce Landier (13th for $17,000) and Maria Ho (12th for $20,253), while Nick Schulman (11th for $20,253) bubbled the final table.
Final Table Recap
The ten-player final table commenced with Scott Seiver (935,000) commanding the chip lead, followed by Christopher Chung (918,000), Anthony Zinno (915,000), Michael Moore (738,000), Matt Szymaszek (515,000), Dan Zack (482,000), Matt Glantz (460,000), Philip Cordano (347,000), Ken Deng (285,000) and Benny Glaser (97,000).
Short-stacked Benny Glaser was the first of the final ten to go. Glaser countered Matt Szymaszek’s 3-bet with a 4-bet holding pocket nines. But with the board not running in his favour, Szymaszek’s pocket tens dismissed Glaser in tenth place.
About an hour later, Ken Deng followed suit. Christopher Chung raised from the cutoff and Deng 3-bet from the big blind. Chung 4-bet and Deng moved all-in with his remaining 99,000. The community cards opened . Deng’s wasn’t enough to win him the pot against Chung’s , as the latter was able to flop two pairs, sending Deng packing in ninth place.
Chung once again raised from the middle position and received a 3-bet from Michael Moore in the small blind. The flop revealed prompting Moore to bet and Chung raised for his last 14,000. Moore called and both players tabled their cards. Moore had against Chung’s . The turn and river brought both players a flush but Chung`s better flush was able to edge out Moore in eighth place.
Next up, Dan Zack raised and was met with a re-raise from Matt Glantz from small blind. Zack called and the flop was dealt. Glantz bet and Zack called. On the turn , Glantz bet again and Zack shoved, getting the call. In the end, Zack’s fell flat against Glantz’s , with the river completing the rundown. Zack had to depart in seventh place.
Finishing in sixth place was Philip Cordano. When Glantz raised from cutoff, Cordano went all-in and Chung called from big blind. The flop fell and Chung check-folded. Glantz was in the lead with as Cordano trailed behind with . The turn did not help Cordano and the river gave Glantz trip queens and the pot.
Soon thereafter, faced with an open-raise from Seiver, Matt Glantz moved all-in with his remaining 150,000. Seiver snap-called and the hands were tabled. Glantz had and Seiver held . The flop fanned out the and Seiver clipped top pair of tens with flush and straight draws. The last two streets brought the and and Glantz was busted in fifth place.
The fourth-place prize money was collected by Christopher Chung. Szymaszek raised and Chung shoved from the button for 215,000. Anthony Zinno joined in with a call and Szymaszek increased the stakes further with another raise. Zinno called to see the flop open . Szymaszek bet and Zinno folded. Holding , Szymaszek had flopped a pair of queens against Chung’s . Chung was looking for a five, or his backdoor straight to fall through to double up but instead he got and that confirmed his exit in fourth place.
With only three players remaining, Seiver completed the blind as Anthony Zinno raised. Seiver called to make it two-way to the flop . Seiver check-called and after the turn was dealt, action was checked around. Zinno bet and Seiver raised to 305,000. Zinno tanked for a while and eventually decided to call putting his tournament life at risk with . Seiver held and hit a pair of threes on the flop. The river missed both players and Zinno was busted in third place.
The two finalists Matt Szymaszek and Scott Seiver fought for another hour before the final hand was dealt.Szymaszek shoved on the flop with against Seiver’s . The turn further narrowed Szymaszek’s chances and it all ended when the completed the board.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Scott Seiver – $296,222
2. Matt Szymaszek – $183,081
3. Anthony Zinno – $129,186
4. Christopher Chung – $93,009
5. Matt Glantz – $68,352
6. Philip Cordano – $51,296
7. Daniel Zack – $39,329
8. Michael Moore – $30,821
9. Ken Deng – $24,700
10. Benny Glaser – $20,253
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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