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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, July 5, 2015 to Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Event #68A: No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $0
  • Entries: 700
  • Remaining: 700
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7/5/2015 5:52:19 PM PST (about 3 minutes ago)
Ryan Franklin Check Raises the River

With 3,850 in the pot, the board is complete and shows . Ryan Franklin checks to his opponent who bets 2,000. Franklin check-raises to 7,000 and his opponent folds.

Franklin is coming off of his best World Series of Poker finish ever as he took sixth place in the WSOP.com online bracelet event which was good for a payday of $33,530.

Ryan Franklin - 49,850

7/5/2015 5:51:24 PM PST (about 4 minutes ago)
Scott Epstein Eliminated by Charles Sylvestre

Scott Epstein was recently eliminated.

According to Epstein's former tablemate Jason Huang, Epstein and Charles Sylvestre saw a flop of with two spades and Epstein, who at last count had around 13,000 chips, got all his chips into the pot. Epstein held for a combo draw and Sylvestre tabled . The pair of sixes held up against his opponent's draws and overcards and Epstein has made his exit.

Charles Sylvestre - 87,550
Scott Epstein - Eliminated

7/5/2015 5:51:01 PM PST (about 4 minutes ago)
Kenny Tran Arrives

Although players have slowly been rolling in as late registrants over the past few hours, the Brasilia Bronze section hasn't had notables take a late seat yet.

Until now.

Once regarded as one of the best and most entertaining players in the world, Kenny Tran was the highlight of WSOP broadcasts over the latter stages of the 2000s.

Tran may have drifted off the poker radar in recent years, but his results speak for themselves.

Tran collected a bracelet in the 2008 Heads-Up World Championship after final tabling the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E World Championship (as it was known before being renamed the Poker Players Championship) the previous year. Amazingly that year he finished 16th in both the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event and has another two Main Event cashes to his name to go along with nearly $2.3 million in lifetime winnings.

Hopefully Tran will be able to transform his late start here on Day 1a into another deep WSOP Main Event run.

7/5/2015 5:50:53 PM PST (about 5 minutes ago)
Chanracy Khun Ascends With a Straight

The board is and Chanracy Khun checks it over to Kyle Frey who bets 12,100 into a pot of about 16,000.

Khun wakes up with a check-raise all in for 38,275 total and action is back to Frey. He thinks over all of his options and calls after a few minutes. Khun turns over for a straight to double up and move to 83,000.

Kyle Frey - 14,125

7/5/2015 5:50:31 PM PST (about 5 minutes ago)
Schaffel Chipping Up

With the board reading , and a 2,100 pot in the middle, action is checked to Kevin Schaffel and he bets 1,300. The player to his left folds but the player opposite him in Seat 2 calls.

The turn is the and both players quickly tap the table. The river is the and Schaffel bets after his opponent checks. His opponent dwells for a short while before flicking his cards into the muck.

Kevin Schaffel - 111,300

7/5/2015 5:44:54 PM PST (about 11 minutes ago)
Gilulio Mascolo Straightens Out On The River

There is a raise from middle position to 700 and only Gilulio Mascolo, in the small blind, calls.

comes out on the flop and both players check.

The is the turn. Mascolo bets 775 and his opponent calls.

The river is the and Mascolo tosses out a 5,000 chip. His opponent confirms with the dealer that the bet is 5,000 and then he takes a minute to think. He tosses out a 5,000 chip for the call and Mascolo immediately flips over for the straight and his opponent mucks his hand.

Gilulio Mascolo - 52,000

7/5/2015 5:43:33 PM PST (about 12 minutes ago)
Mark Radoja Barrels Through an Ace-High Board

Mark Radoja opens to 700 under the gun. Thomas McTeer calls in the cutoff, and Timothy Converse defends his big blind to see a three-way flop.

It comes , and Radoja continues out for 1,500. McTeer calls quickly, Converse folds, and it's heads up to the turn. It's the , and Radoja bets 3,000. McTeer calls again. The river brings the and another bet from Radoja. It's 7,000 this time, and McTeer double-checks his hole cards before surrendering them into the muck.

Mark Radoja - 46,900

7/5/2015 5:41:52 PM PST (about 14 minutes ago)
A Winning Prediction

Joseph Lachiana bets 2,200 from the small blind and a player in middle position calls.

The flop falls . Lachiana, who has 51,000 in chips, bets 5,000. His opponent calls.

The turn is the , and Lachiana bets 10,000. His opponent, who has 22,000, tanks before folding.

Lachiana throws in his cards face up, showing .

Asked why he chose to show his hand, Lachiana says: "I'll tell you after I win the tournament."

Joseph Lachiana - 57,500

7/5/2015 5:41:51 PM PST (about 14 minutes ago)
Stutz Tops Sands in Battle of the Blinds

Action folds to Ken Stutz in the small blind and he raises to 750. David Sands defends his big blind and they see a flop of . Both players check and the falls on the turn.

Stutz bets 1,200 and Sands calls. The river is the and Stutz bets 3,600. Sands goes into the tank for a couple minutes and then verbally announces a call without putting any chips into the middle.

Stutz confirms that it's a call before tabling , good for two pair and Sands mucks his hand.

Ken Stutz - 53,000
David Sands - 21,800

7/5/2015 5:41:35 PM PST (about 14 minutes ago)
Jason Mo Doubles Up

There is a raise from middle position and the hijack three-bets to 1,800. Jason Mo moves all in for his last 6,800 and the original raiser five-bets to 12,500. The hijack folds and Mo is heads-up for his tournament life.

Mo shows and is up against his opponent's . The flop is , giving Mo a set and leaving his opponent drawing to runners. The turn is the , securing the pot for Mo and the river is the to give Mo a double up.

Jason Mo - 15,400

7/5/2015 5:39:53 PM PST (about 16 minutes ago)
Andy Black Cracks Kings Then Shows A Flush

Andy Black is in positon against one player and they check to the river of a board of . The river is the and Black's opponent bets 2,500. Black quickly calls. He is shown , but Black has that beaten by the river with his two pair .

Soon after, there is an open to 650 and Black calls in late positon and the big blind comes along to make it three ways to a flop of . No action and all three check the turn and river .

Action is checked to Black, and he bets 1,000. The big blind folds and the original raiser says, "You must have a flush." and folds.

"I'll show you a flush." Black says and reveals the with a grin.

Andy Black - 34,000

7/5/2015 5:39:41 PM PST (about 16 minutes ago)
Morgenstern Takes from Kopp

Anton Morgenstern opens the pot to 700 and Billy Kopp three-bets to 2,100.

Morgenstern calls, and then checks the flop before Kopp checks behind.

The turn is the and Morgenstern bets out 2,600 and Kopp quickly folds.

Anton Morgenstern - 41,000
Billy Kopp - 20,800

7/5/2015 5:38:48 PM PST (about 17 minutes ago)
Stephen Costello Over the 100,000 Mark

According to his table mate Michael Jensen, Stephen Costello has been playing great and has been involved in many large hands.

Costello's current chip count is 103,000 and, according to Jensen, Costello was involved in two very large hands that helped him get to that point.

Apparently, on a board Costello flopped quads holding against his opponent's . And in a hand shortly after he also raised preflop and had an opponent shove on him with resulting in Costello insta-calling with , eliminating a second person from their table in just a short time period.

Stephen Costello - 103,000

7/5/2015 5:38:01 PM PST (about 17 minutes ago)
Jonathan Gaviao Wins On the River Without Showing

Jonathan Gaviao and Jonathan Sherfy see a flop of and they both check. The turn comes and Gaviao checks it to Sherfy, who bets 1,100. Gavaio calls and the hits the river.

Gaviao checks again and Sherfy puts in 3,200. Gaviao calls without much hesitation and Sherfy mucks his hand, which leads Gaviao to do the same while he takes in the pot.

Jonathan Gaviao - 51,200
Jonathan Sherfy - 18,600

7/5/2015 5:36:25 PM PST (about 19 minutes ago)
"Stonerboner" Doubles Through Josh Arieh

With the board showing Ryan "Stonerboner" Franklin checks to Josh Arieh, who is on the button.

There is just over 15,000 in the pot and Arieh adds to that with a bet of 7,300. Franklin then check-raise shoves all-in for just over 20,000 total.

Arieh instructs the dealer to pull in his bet and he's faced with a bet of 12,650 more. He eventually does call, only to see Franklin table for a rivered nut flush.

Arieh takes a few moments to inspect the board and recheck his cards, shaking his head in disappointment the entire time before finally sending his cards into the muck.

Franklin, who recently made the Event #64 online bracelet event final table under the handle "Stonerboner" is now playing just under 50,000

Ryan Franklin - 49,000
Josh Arieh - 35,000

7/5/2015 5:36:20 PM PST (about 19 minutes ago)
The Magician is in the Building

A team of cameramen and microphones guys swarm over to the Blue section of the Pavilion, and upon walking over there, it appears Antonio Esfandiari has arrived. However, he wasn't here to play poker. Rather, the Magician is simply here greeting a few friends, casually talking to some of the players in today's field. He won't be playing in this flight, opting instead to play on Day 1B or 1C. Regardless, the sighting has a few of the rail birds feeling giddy and starstruck.

7/5/2015 5:34:31 PM PST (about 21 minutes ago)
Friendly Game

With slightly less than 10,000 in the pot and the board reading , William Kakon faces a bet of 5,000 from his opponent.

"Did you get lucky on the turn," Kakon asks his counterpart who responds "I did."

"I'll show it to you," Kakon's opponent says. That seems to be enough to convince Kakon to call, as he throws some chips into the middle.

"You probably made a good call," says Kakon's opponent as he shows for jack-high. Kakon tables for tens and threes and his opponent says, "you did. Congratulations." He then extends his hand to Kakon who smiles and shakes it. Kakon won his first World Series of Poker bracelet earlier this summer when he took down Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $196,055.

William Kakon - 64,800

7/5/2015 5:33:26 PM PST (about 22 minutes ago)
Jamie Staples Loses One

Jaime Staples opens to 800 from under the gun and is called by the player to his left as well as the players in middle position and the big blind.

The flop comes down and all four players check before doing the same thing after the on the turn.

After the completes the board, the player to Staples left bets out 1,300 after the action checks to him. The action then folds back to Staples, who calls.

Staples watches as his opponent rolls over for two pair, which is good enough to take down the pot.

Jaime Staples - 18,100

7/5/2015 5:30:06 PM PST (about 25 minutes ago)
Mosseri Flops Full House

With the board reading and the pot brewing at roughly 3,000, Abe Mosseri bets out 2,500 after being checked to.

After taking a few moments, Mosseri's opponent calls and then checks the on the river.

Mosseri bets out 6,000 and his opponent calls.

Mosseri tables his for a flopped full house and his opponent mucks.

Abe Mosseri - 54,200

7/5/2015 5:29:16 PM PST (about 26 minutes ago)
Holz Eliminates Opponent, Moves Over 100,000

With the board reading , action is on Fedor Holz. He bets 6,500 into a pot of 13,000 and his opponent calls.

The turn is the and Holz checks. His opponent dwells for some time before betting 6,500, and this sends Holz into the tank. The table is silent as Holz mulls his decision over for three minutes before moving all-in, easily covering his opponent, who has 20,150 back. This visibly shocks the gentleman, and he rocks back before rechecking his cards and counting his stack. He then goes into the tank for some time before sliding his remaining chips forward.

Holz rolls over and his opponent winces as he can only flip . There is no miracle two-outer on the river and the dealer shouts "Seat Open!" as Holz stacks the pot whilst his opponent slinks out of the Brasilia Room.

Fedor Holz - 107,000

7/5/2015 5:27:19 PM PST (about 28 minutes ago)
Check-Raise, Four Bet

Jason Huang raises to 800 from middle position and the action folds to Charles Sylvestre in the small blind. Sylvestre calls and Heather Sue Mercer folds the big blind. The dealer spreads a flop of and Sylvestre checks.

Huang bets 1,200 and Sylvestre check-raises to 2,900. Huang goes into the tank for twenty seconds and three-bets to 7,200. Now it's Sylvestre's turn to think things over. Sylvestre takes less time than before, and four-bets to 13,000.

Huang puts his head in his hand and stares at Sylvestre. Ten seconds pass while Huang tries to puzzle out what to do, then Huang sits up and flicks his cards away.

Charles Sylvestre - 84,200
Jason Huang - 33,650

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