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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to Saturday, May 30, 2015

Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $1,983,400
  • Entries: 422
  • Remaining: 39
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5/28/2015 11:05:58 PM PST (about 7 minutes ago)
Shaan Yuhas Eliminated in 40th Place ($9,381)

In the first hand Michael Brenden doubles-up with pocket queens against the from Shaan Yuhas. Now Shaan Yuhas sits on a stack of 9,500. When everybody folds he pushes all-in from the cutoff and gets a call from Tony Gregg.

Shaan Yuhas:
Tony Gregg:

The flop is bad for Yuhas. His tournament is over after the turn and river .

Michael Brenden - 135,000

41st - Adam Geyer ($9,381)
40th - Shaan Yuhas ($9,381)

5/28/2015 10:55:42 PM PST (about 17 minutes ago)
Rong Li Doubles Thru Michael Wang

In middle position, Michael Wang opens to 11,000, and action folds around to the blinds. In the big, Rong Li three-bets to 27,000, and Wang comes right back over the top with a four-bet to 63,000. Li moves all in for 342,000 total, and Wang tanks and calls with the covering stack.


The board runs , and Li's aces hold to earn him a huge double, moving him up into second place overall.

Rong Li - 701,000 (116 bb)
Michael Wang - 203,000 (33 bb)

5/28/2015 10:54:17 PM PST (about 18 minutes ago)
Hiren Patel Eliminated in 44th Place ($9,381)

After surviving the bubble with a timely double up, Hiran Patel has been eliminated by Long Nguyen in 44th place.

In middle position, Patel shoves all in for about 70,000 chips. In the big blind, Nguyen calls and shows . Patel flips over , and the flop comes . But the falls on the river giving Nguyen a set and Patel fails to improve his hand on the river .

Long Nguyen - 450,000 (75 bb)

45th - Hunter Frey ($9,381)
44th - Hiren Patel ($9,381)
43rd - Jeremiah Fitzpatrick ($9,381)
42nd - Dan Sindelar ($9,381)

5/28/2015 10:45:23 PM PST (about 27 minutes ago)
Level 18 Started
Level:18  Blinds:3,000/6,000  Ante:1,000
5/28/2015 10:45:17 PM PST (about 27 minutes ago)
Big Pot for Michael Wang
Brian Hastings checks on . His only opponent, Michael Wang, takes a step with a bet of 55,000. Brian checks again at the river . Michael Wang takes some chips, Hastings folds immediately.

Michael Wang - 547,000
Brian Hastings - 385,000
5/28/2015 10:40:54 PM PST (about 32 minutes ago)
No Hand-For-Hand Necessary; 45 Players Now in the Money

Sebastian Saffari was just eliminated from Table 347, bringing the field onto the direct bubble with 46 players remaining.

"All right, dealers hold up after this hand," the floorman announces.

There's a hand in progress at Table 348, though, as Zachary Gruneberg and Rong Li tangle in a preflop confrontation. It's Gruneberg who ends up all in for just less than 100,000, and the showdown news is not good for him.


The board runs out , and Gruneberg is eliminated on the bubble.

"Dealers, disregard that. Congratulations players, you're all in the money!"

Rong Li - 330,000 (66 bb)
Zachary Gruneberg - Eliminated

5/28/2015 10:35:23 PM PST (about 37 minutes ago)
Hiren Patel Breathes Again

Hiren Patel has only 36,000 (seven big blinds), when he shoves all-in after a 13,000 raise from Brian Hastings. Brian needs to call.

Hiren Patel:
Brian Hastings:

The board runs out .

Hiren Patel - 80,000

5/28/2015 10:17:33 PM PST (about 55 minutes ago)
Double Or Nothing for Justin Schwartz

Justin Schwartz opens with a raise to 10,000, and Bryn Kenney three-bets to 24,000 from the cutoff. When it folds back around to Schwartz, he makes his move.

"All right," he says. "One-eleven five." With that, he stacks the remainder of his chips into the pot. Kenney double-checks his cards, then makes the call with the covering stack. It's a race.


"Well," Schwartz says, "It's been a good start to the summer either way."

The board runs out , and Schwartz has doubled up.

Justin Schwartz - 235,500
Bryn Kenney - 149,000

5/28/2015 10:12:50 PM PST (about 60 minutes ago)
Randal Flowers Out In 48th

Randal Flowers has been eliminated in 48th position midway through Level 17.

Flowers who started the level with about 111,000 chips, pushes all in from the small blind after Long Nguyen opens from the button. Nguyen instantly calls and shows to Flowers's .

The board runs and Flowers is out just short of the money.

Long Nguyen - 305,000
Randal Flowers - Eliminated

5/28/2015 10:11:50 PM PST (about 1 hours and 1 minutes ago)
Nam Le Doubles Up

Ryan Olisar raises to 11,000 and get a call from Joe Ebanks. The action is then on Nam Le, and he pushes all-in for 81,500 with . Ryan Olisar makes the call with . No help for Olisar on the board what means Nam Le doubles-up short before the money.

Nam Le - 180,000
Ryan Olisar - 160,000

5/28/2015 10:06:21 PM PST (about 1 hours and 6 minutes ago)
Forty-Eight Remain

Three players have been sent off since the level began, reducing the field to 48. Only 45 of them will earn a share of the prizepool, though, and the money bubble is drawing near.

5/28/2015 10:02:59 PM PST (about 1 hours and 10 minutes ago)
Ausmus and His Aces

Under the gun, Amir Lehavot opens to 11,000, and Michael Brenden calls in middle position. From the small blind, Jeremy Ausmus squeezes in a reraise to 37,500, leaving about 115,000 behind. Lehavot folds out of the way, but Brenden moves all in over the top. Ausmus double checks his hole cards, then makes the call, putting his last 154,000 into the middle to put himself at risk.


The board runs , safe for Ausmus' aces. He's doubled up and then some.

Jeremy Ausmus - 317,000
Michael Brenden - 54,000

5/28/2015 9:56:14 PM PST (about 1 hours and 16 minutes ago)
Aaron Massey Eliminated by Doc Sands

Aaron Massey has less than 40,000 chips as he returns from dinner, and he doesn't waste much time moving in with . Around the table, Doc Sands squeezes out and makes the call for a significant chunk of his own stack.

The flop comes , but that's as close as Massey will get. The turn and river brick off, and Massey's after-dinner session is done.

Doc Sands - 125,000
Aaron Massey - Eliminated

5/28/2015 9:44:30 PM PST (about 1 hours and 28 minutes ago)
Level 16 Started
Level:16  Blinds:2,500/5,000  Ante:500
5/28/2015 8:46:31 PM PST (about 2 hours and 26 minutes ago)
Dinner Break

The last 50 players of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event have their dinner break. Everybody will be back in 60 minutes. We are getting short to the money. After the dinner break six players will be back for nothing. Soon you find out who these unfortunate players are. There will be an updated chip count during the dinner break as well.

5/28/2015 8:44:14 PM PST (about 2 hours and 28 minutes ago)
Alex Bolotin Doubles Thru Rong Li

"Oh my god!" Rong Li half-yelled across the room.

That's the cue to scurry over to the table, and here's the situation: There is almost 100,000 in the pot already, and the board shows . The hole cards are already turned face-up, too. Li began the hand with , flopping trips and turning a full house.

As the cards lay, though, Alex Bolotin has that beat. His appears to have come from behind to scoop the double, and Bolotin still has another 95,000 chips for Li to match. The total pot of about 300,000 goes to Bolotin, and Li, the one-time chip leader, has slipped back into the pack with about 35 big blinds.

Alex Bolotin - 300,000
Rong Li - 140,000

5/28/2015 8:43:33 PM PST (about 2 hours and 29 minutes ago)
Amir Lehavot Knocks Out Luis Duarte

Amir Lehavot has moved above the 300,000 chip mark following his knockout of Luis Duarte.

After Lehavot open raised on the button, Duarte, sitting in the big blind, moves all in for 99,000 more. Lehavot calls and shows . Duarte flips over .

The board runs and Lehavot's flopped set knocks out Duarte.

Lehavot - 333,000
Duarte - Eliminated

5/28/2015 8:33:10 PM PST (about 3 hours and 39 minutes ago)
Simon Deadman's Exit
5/28/2015 8:26:11 PM PST (about 3 hours and 46 minutes ago)
A Roller-Coaster Double For Cristos

In early position, Jordan Cristos open-shoves for 52,500. Seth Davies is on the button, and he verbally commits himself to the pot, though it's not clear if he calls or re-shoves. In any event, the others fold, and Cristos is at risk.


The is mostly safe for Cristos, but the turn changes things rather significantly. Cristos is now trailing Davies' straight, and he needs to improve to a full house or better to stay alive.

The river is the , just what Cristos was looking for. He earns a hard-fought double with his tens full.

Jordan Cristos - 115,000
Seth Davies - 79,000

5/28/2015 8:19:42 PM PST (about 3 hours and 53 minutes ago)
Steve Merrifield Knocks Out Jay Farber

Steve Merrifield's pocket aces held up against Jay Farber's to send Farber to the rail midway through Level 16.

After the pair got it all in preflop, the board ran out .

Merrifield - 130,000
Farber - Eliminated

5/28/2015 8:04:47 PM PST (about 3 hours and 8 minutes ago)
Brian Hastings Up to Over 600,000

When he's not joking around with tablemate Randal Flowers, Brian Hastings is building his stack and knocking out opponents.

Hastings is sitting around 610,000 in chips following a recent knockout. In early position, Hastings opens preflop before Mukul Pahuja shoves for about 75,000. Hastings snap calls and players show:


The board runs giving Hastings a pair of queens and the pot.

Hastings - 610,000
Pahuja - Eliminated

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