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Chris Ferguson Leads the Final 6 in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em as he Looks for 7th WSOP Bracelet

Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:31 PM PDT

Chris Ferguson

Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em is down to the final six players, and to say that it's a stacked WSOP final table could be an understatement. Leading the way is 2017 WSOP Player of the Year and six-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris "Jesus" Ferguson with a staggering 5,680,000.

Ferguson picked his spots throughout the day and steadily climbed the chip counts until a massive pot at the final table vaulted him out in front. A short-stacked Seth Davies was all in for 465,000 and Ismael Bojang isolated all in over the top for over 2,000,000.

Ferguson called for just over 1,500,000, turning over    against the    of Bojang and the    of Davies. The board ran out clean for Ferguson who moved into the lead and never looked back.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Chris FergusonUnited States5,680,00095
2Michael MarderUnited States1,765,00029
3Timur MargolinIsrael3,520,00059
4Dylan LindeUnited States1,330,00022
5Ryan LaplanteUnited States700,00012
6Ismael BojangGermany2,360,00039

Seat #2 at the final table will be filled be New Jersey native Michael Marder who has amassed nearly $750,000 in live career poker earnings.

Marder, who is primarily an east coast tournament grinder, has already notched his first WSOP tournament cash here in Event #43. He will return fourth in chips as he looks to turn his first WSOP cash into his first WSOP bracelet and $507,274.

Seat #3 is filled by Israel's Timur Margolin who ranks eighth on Israel's all-time money list and is no stranger to this very event. Margolin earned his largest career tournament cash in the2015 WSOP Event #47 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em. He narrowly missed winning his first WSOP bracelet, finishing second to Matthew O'Donnell but taking home $341,338 for his runner-up finish.

Margolin caught fire at the final table and will come back to Day 4 second in chips with 3,520,000.

Dylan Linde will return in Seat #4 and he is just days removed from a fourth-place finish in the WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout (Event #39) for more than $76,000. Linde jumped right off the stage in the Brasilia room just two days ago to enter this event and he will return to that same stage tomorrow in search of his first WSOP bracelet.

WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Laplante will return to Day 4 in Seat 5, and Day 3 was more of a game of patience for Laplante. For much of the day, Laplante grinded a short stack, but he stayed focused and kept his cool putting 700,000 in the bag.

Germany's Ismael Bojang rounds out the final table in Seat 6 and he is another accomplished tournament pro. Bojang has earned more than $2,800,000 throughout his illustrious poker career and ranks 25th on Germany's all-time money list. Bojang will come back to Day 4 third in chips with 2,610,000.

The final six players will return to the Brasilia Twitch stage at 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, and play down to a winner with one of them taking home the $507,274 first prize along with the most coveted jewelry in the game.

End of the Day Chip Counts

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:56 PM PDT

Chris Ferguson5,680,00030,000
Timur Margolin3,520,0000
Ismael Bojang2,610,0001,360,000
Michael Marder1,765,000465,000
Dylan Linde1,330,000-1,435,000
Ryan Laplante700,000-775,000

Jeff Hakim Eliminated in 7th Place ($65,284)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:55 PM PDT

Jeff Hakim

Hand #32: Jeff Hakim had been nursing a short stack for some time and was in the big blind when Timur Margolin set him all in from the small blind. Hakim made the call and they tabled their cards.

Jeff Hakim:   
Timur Margolin:   

It was a flip as they headed to the flop. It came down     and Margolin pushed into the lead. Neither the   turn or the   river could turn things around for Hakim and he leaves in sixth place.

Timur Margolin3,520,000720,000
Jeff Hakim0-765,000

Hands #30-31: Ferguson Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:50 PM PDT

Hand #30: Timur Margolin opened the action from under the gun, making it 125,000 to play. Chris Ferguson called in the small blind, taking them to a     flop.

Ferguson checked and Margolin continued for 150,000. Ferguson went over him to 450,000. After thinking for a minute or so, Margolin upped it again, three-betting to 950,000. With the action back on Ferguson, he took a little time before pushing his mountain of chips over the line. Margolin snap-folded and Ferguson scooped the chips.

Hand #31: Ferguson opened the button to 130,000, and with no callers, he took another little pot to add to his mammoth stack.

Chris Ferguson5,650,0001,110,000

Hands #22-29: Ferguson Extends His Lead

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:38 PM PDT

Chris Ferguson

Hand #22: Timur Margolin raised to 125,000 from early position and the table folded.

Hand #23: Ismael Bojang raised to 140,000 from the button and took the blinds.

Hand #24: Chris Ferguson raised to 130,000 from the button and Margolin called from the big blind. They saw a flop of     and both checked. The turn was the   and Margolin check-called a bet of 160,000.

The river was the   and Margolin checked. Ferguson bet 500,000 and Margolin quickly folded.

Hand #25: Bojang raised to 125,000 and Margolin reraised to 500,000 from the small blind. Bojang folded and Margolin took the pot.

Hand #26: Ryan Laplante shoved for 690,000 under the gun and the table folded.

Hand #27: Margolin raised to 125,000 from the cutoff and took the blinds.

Hand #28: Jeff Hakim moved all in from the cutoff for 325,000 and took the blinds.

Hand #29: Hakim shoved for over 400,000 and the table folded.

Chris Ferguson4,540,000990,000

Hands #17-21: Back and Forth

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:26 PM PDT

Hand #17: Michael Marder limped blind versus blind against Timur Margolin. Margolin upped it to 200,000. The board ran out       and on the river, Marder check-called a 190,000 bet with   , which was good against Margolin's   .

Hand #18: Marder won the next small pot too. It was opened by Ismael Bojang in middle position and Marder called behind on the button. No chips were committed postflop and Marder took it down with    on a       board.

Hand #19: Bojang opened the following hand too, raising 135,000. Dylan Linde defended his big blind and the flop came out    . Both players checked and the turn was a  . It went check-check again and finally the river card was dealt. Linde led out for 110,000 and Bojang called, showing   . The pocket pair was good to win the pot against Linde's   .

Hand #20: Everyone gave Ryan Laplante a walk. When he peeked at his cards, he showed   .

Hand #21: Margolin opened middle position and was called by Linde on the button. Margolin didn't continue on the     flop but did bet 160,000 on the   turn and 420,000 on the   river and Linde called both. He mucked, though, on seeing Margolin's    two pair.

Andre Haneberg Eliminated in 8th Place ($49,498)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:08 PM PDT

Andre Haneberg

Hand #16: Timur Margolin raised to 140,000 from under the gun and Andre Haneberg moved all in from the cutoff for 875,000. Ismael Bojang re-shoved all in from the button for 1,485,000 and Margolin folded.

Ismael Bojang:   
Andre Haneberg:   

It was a cooler for Haneberg as Bojang woke up with pocket kings behind him on the button. The board ran out       and Bojang's kings held up to earn him the elimination.

This was Haneberg's first WSOP tournament and he parlayed his $2,500 entry fee into an eighth-place finish for $49,498.

Timur Margolin2,800,000-150,000
Andre Haneberg0-1,625,000

Hands #13-15: Raise, Take It Down

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:02 PM PDT

Hand #13: Timur Margolin raised to 125,000 from the cutoff and took the blinds.

Hand #14: Jeff Hakim moved all in for 500,000 and the table folded

Hand #15: Margolin raised to 125,000 from early position and the table folded.

Level 28 started

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:00 PM PDT

Level: 28 Blinds: 30000/60000 Ante: 10000

Hands #11-12: Ferguson Continues to Build

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:53 PM PDT

Chris Ferguson

Hand #11: Michael Marder raised to 110,000 on the cutoff and Timur Margolin three-bet to 350,000, which Marder folded to.

Hand #12: Andre Haneberg opened from under the gun to 125,000. He got one call from Chris Ferguson and they ended up playing a hand that was bet across all three streets. Most notably, Haneberg check-called Ferguson's 300,000 turn and 500,000 river bets but mucked when he saw Ferguson's   .

Josh Bergman Eliminated in 9th Place ($38,009)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:51 PM PDT

Josh Bergman

Hand #10: Andre Haneberg raised to 105,000 from middle position and Josh Bergman moved all in for 1,275,000. It folded to Timur Margolin in the big blind who called and Haneberg folded.

Timur Margolin:   
Josh Bergman:   

The board ran out       and Margolin's pocket jacks held up to earn him the pot and the knockout. Bergman is the ninth-place Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em finisher and takes home $38,009 for his efforts.

Timur Margolin2,950,0001,050,000
Josh Bergman0-915,000

Hand #9: Bergman Doubles Through Margolin

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:49 PM PDT

Hand #9: Josh Bergman moved all in from the cutoff for 590,000 and Timur Margolin called from the big blind. Bergman showed    but was dominated by the    of Margolin.

The board ran out       and Bergman improved to trip sevens to double his stack.

Hands #5-8: A Three-Bet All In, Two Raise-and-Takes, and One Flop

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:46 PM PDT

Hand #5: Timur Margolin opened to 110,000 and Ismael Bojang three-bet all in and took it down.

Hand #6: Andre Haneberg opened the button to 125,000 and got it through.

Hand #7: Haneberg opened the cutoff to 104,000 and everyone folded.

Hand #8: Margolin opened to 110,000 and Michael Marder defended his big blind. The flop was     and it went check-check. The   turn saw Marder lead and take the pot.

Hands #1-4: Bojang Straightens Out Laplante

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:35 PM PDT

Hand #1: Chris Ferguson raised to 110,00 from the button and Timur Margolin called from the big blind. They went heads up to the     flop and Margolin check-called a bet of 100,000 from Ferguson.

Both checked the   and the   river. Margolin showed    and his ace high was enough to take the pot.

Hand #2: Ryan Laplante raised to 120,000 from early position and Michael Marder reraised to 325,000 from the button. Laplante folded and Marder took the pot.

Hand #3: Margolin raised to 110,000 from the button and took the blinds.

Hand #4: Bojang raised to 115,000 from early position and Laplante called from the big blind. They saw a flop of     and both players checked. The turn was the   and again both players checked.

The river was the   and Laplante checked for a third time. Bojang bet 160,000, sending Laplante into the tank for nearly two minutes. He eventually called and Bojang tabled    for a turned straight to take the pot.

Official Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Underway

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:17 PM PDT

With the elimination of Seth Davies in 10th place, the official Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em final table is set. We will now be picking up on all of the hand-for-hand final table action.

Seth Davies Eliminated in 10th Place ($29,563)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:16 PM PDT

Seth Davies

It folded round to Seth Davies in middle position and with 465,000 left, he moved all in. When the action reached Ismael Bojang, he isolated all in over the top for around 2,700,000. As as if that wasn't enough action, Chris Ferguson looked at his holding in the small blind, and after a brief pause, he made the call too.

Chris Ferguson:   
Ismael Bojang:   
Seth Davies   

The runout came       and the pocket kings held for Ferguson. The hand sends him soaring into the lead, with nine players remaining. We have now reached the official final table.

Chris Ferguson3,550,0001,685,000
Ismael Bojang1,250,000-1,150,000
Seth Davies0-450,000

Bojang Bets the River

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:10 PM PDT

Ismael Bojang raised to 115,000 and Seth Davies called from the small blind. They went heads up to the     flop and Davies checked. Bojang bet 70,000 and Davies called.

The turn was the   and both players checked. The   completed the board and Davies checked to Bojang who bet 135,000. Davies quickly folded and Bojang scooped the pot.

Ismael Bojang2,400,00050,000
Seth Davies450,000-205,000

Linde Moves Ahead

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:01 PM PDT

Dylan Linde

Andre Haneberg opened early to 105,000 and only Dylan Linde in the big blind called.

The flop was     and Linde check-called Haneberg's 90,000 continuation.

The turn was a   and once again Linde check-called a bet of 130,000. The river came   and Linde checked once more, as did Haneberg.

Linde showed    and it was good to take the pot. He had been in joint first position prior to the hand but this pot pushes him further into the lead.

Dylan Linde2,765,000405,000
Andre Haneberg1,625,000-325,000

Four More Eliminations and Done for the Night

Saturday, June 23, 2018 6:59 PM PDT

We have just been informed that the Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em players will be playing until just six remain. When they are down to the final six players, Day 3 will come to an end.

They will then bag their chips and return tomorrow June 24 at 12 p.m. local time to resume play on the main stage in the Brasilia room and play down to a winner.

Play Resumes

Saturday, June 23, 2018 6:50 PM PDT

The final 10 players of Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em have returned from their dinner break and the cards are back in the air. PokerNews will be bringing you all of the final table hand-for-hand updates with the elimination of just one more player.