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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, July 3, 2015 to Sunday, July 5, 2015

Event #67: $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,015,200
  • Entries: 108
  • Remaining: 12
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7/5/2015 3:05:00 AM PST (about 3 hours and 15 minutes ago)
Twelve Remain in $10,000 Dealer's Choice; Rep Porter Leads, Madsen Looks for Bracelet #5

Rep Porter

Rep Porter leads the final 12 players

And then there were 12.

On Friday, the final preliminary event of the 2015 World Series of Poker continued as 61 players returned to the felt in Event #67: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship. After a full day of poker, the bubble burst on the last hand of the night leaving the final 12 players in contention. Rep Porter bagged up the biggest stack at the end of the night with 558,500.

Play on Day 2 lasted more than the scheduled ten levels, as the field concluded the allotted time for Level 20 during hand-for-hand play. This extended play another 30 minutes into the night until the bubble was burst. Each of the returning 12 players is now guaranteed a payday of at least $21,908.

Porter had a successful day as he roes to the top of the stacked field to claim the Day 2 chip lead. The WSOP.com Live Reporting team tracked caught a hand early in the day where Porter was knocked down to just 19,000 in chips. He was able to rebound and successfully thrive in the last few levels of the night. Recent four-time bracelet winner Jeff Madsen bagged up second in chips with 455,500. Madsen, who won Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, will return to the felt looking for his fifth career bracelet. Rounding out the top three is Jussi Nevanlinna who put 398,500 in the bag.

Jeff Madsen

The day began with poker's elite returning to the felt with the hopes of winning the inaugural $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship bracelet. Unfortunately for a vast majority of the field, these hopes were dashed by the end of the day. Players like Phil Hellmuth, John Hennigan, Bart Hanson, Mike Leah, John Cernuto, Jen Harman, Mike Gorodinsky, Maria Ho, and James Obst were among those to hit the rail on Day 2.

As the field was whittled down to the final three tables, played slow. Andrey Zaichenko, Justin Bonomo, Shawn Buchanan, Shaun Deeb, and Randy Ohel were all among the players to reach the final three tables. Unfortunately for each of those five players, they were forced to the rail by their opponents and left empty handed. Perhaps the worst fate was given to Russian Aleksandr Denisov who stone bubbled the event. Denisov held the chip lead for a large portion of the day but was unable to seal the deal as the night came to a close.

The final 12 players will return at 2 p.m. on Sunday to play to a champion. Play will take place in the Gold section of the Amazon room. As always, be sure to keep your browsers locked on WSOP.com as this exciting event reaches its conclusion.

7/5/2015 2:49:02 AM PST (about 4 hours and 31 minutes ago)
Aleksandr Denisov Bubbles the Dealer's Choice Championship

Aleksandr Denisov

Aleksandr Denisov - From chip leader to bubble boy

Omaha Hi-Low

Aleksandr Denisov raises from under the gun and calls after Jens Lakemeier three-bets from the next seat. The flop comes and Denisov commits his last 3,000. Call. The players sit and wait for a couple of minutes while action plays out at another table and then they flip up their hands.


The board runs out to make Lakemeier a winning pair of kings and sends the Russian player home with nothing.

7/5/2015 2:49:01 AM PST (about 4 hours and 31 minutes ago)
Abdalla at Risk, Quartered

Big O

On the final hand of the night, Jussi Nevanlinna raises to 17,500 from the button. Jake Abdalla raises the pot from the big blind and Nevanlinna moves all in immediately. Abdalla calls for his tournament life of not too much more and the hands are tabled.


The board runs out , allowing both players to play their aces for the high. Nevanlinna plays ace-five for the low and takes three quarters of the pot. Abdalla gets quartered and will return tomorrow with just 47,500 in chips.

7/5/2015 2:23:47 AM PST (about 4 hours and 57 minutes ago)
We're Back
Cards are back in the air for an extension of Level 20.
7/5/2015 2:23:02 AM PST (about 4 hours and 57 minutes ago)
Play Resumes
The remaining three tables are back into hand for hand play. Limits are staying the same.
7/5/2015 2:15:51 AM PST (about 4 hours and 5 minutes ago)
Take Ten
The scheduled ten levels of the day have come to an end. As to not finish on the bubble, however, tournament staff has allowed the field to play an additional level until the bubble bursts. Players are taking a ten-minute break and then they'll be back to the action at the same level.
7/5/2015 2:14:58 AM PST (about 4 hours and 6 minutes ago)
Denisov Getting Shorter

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Denisov: (X)(X) / / (X)
Dehkharghani: (X)(X) / / (X)

Aleksandr Denisov brings it in with the and Ray Dehkharghani completes his . Action folds back to Denisov and he calls. Both players pull an ace on fourth and Dehkharghani fires out a bet. Denisov calls.

On fifth street, Dehkharghani pairs jacks and bets out again. Denisov calls and pairs deuces on sixth. He calls another bet from Dehkharghani and the two are dealt their seventh street cards.

Both players check the final betting round and Dehkharghani shows for aces up. Denisov tables a worse two pair and Dehkharghani takes the pot.

Ray Dehkharghani - 215,000
Aleksandr Denisov - 50,000

7/5/2015 2:07:31 AM PST (about 4 hours and 13 minutes ago)
Porter Extends Lead

David Chiu two-bets off the button and calls when Rep Porter three-bets from the big blind. Porter stand-pats all the way as Chiu draws one each time. Porter bets all the way and opens a Badugi when his last bet is called. Chiu mucks.

Rep Porter - 475,000
David Chiu - 118,000
7/5/2015 1:57:17 AM PST (about 4 hours and 23 minutes ago)
Chiu Bests Porter

2-7 Triple Draw

David Chiu opens his button with a raise and Rep Porter comes along from the big blind. At the draw, Porter takes three and Chiu opts for two. Porter comes out swinging with a bet and Chiu calls.

On the second draw, Porter takes just one card while Chiu once again takes two. Porter bets, Chiu comes over the top with a raise and Porter calls. Porter takes one at the final draw while Chiu stands pat. Porter checks, Chiu bets, and Porter releases his hand.

David Chiu - 217,000
Rep Porter - 361,000

7/5/2015 1:53:46 AM PST (about 4 hours and 27 minutes ago)
Friedman Scoops in Big O
Big O

In the fifth hand of the bubble Adam Friedman completes from the small blind and Jussi Nevanlinna checks his option. Both players check the flop before Friedman bets 5,000 on the turn. Nevanlinna calls and calls another bet on the river.

Friedman opens and scoops the pot.

Adam Friedman - 325,000
Jussi Nevanlinna - 225,000
7/5/2015 1:46:34 AM PST (about 5 hours and 34 minutes ago)
Denisov Short on the Bubble

With just 30 minutes left on the clock for Level 20, Aleksandr Denisov is currently representing the shortest stack in the field. Despite holding the chip lead for a solid portion of the day, Denisov now sits on about 95,000. Porter currently leads the field with 430,000 to his name.

Here's a look at the current chip counts on the bubble:

Rep Porter - 430,000
David Benyamine - 368,000
Jeff Madsen - 360,000
Jens Lakemeier - 315,000
Adam Friedman - 282,000
Jussi Nevanlenna - 251,000
Jake Abdalla - 233,000
Stuart Rutter - 190,000
Ray Dehkarghani - 180,000
David Chiu - 178,000
Paul Volpe - 170,000
Quinn Do - 143,000
Aleksandr Denisov - 95,000

7/5/2015 1:35:13 AM PST (about 5 hours and 45 minutes ago)
Hand-for-Hand Play Begins
With 13 players remaining, the field has entered hand-for-hand play. Just one more player will leave empty handed in the last preliminary event of the 2015 World Series of Poker. After the bubble bursts, the remaining 12 players will be guaranteed a payday of at least $21,908.
7/5/2015 1:33:20 AM PST (about 5 hours and 47 minutes ago)
Deeb Eliminated by Friedman

Shaun Deeb

2-7 Triple Draw

Picking up with the action just after the second draw, Adam Friedman bets out and Shaun Deeb calls. Both players stand pat for the final draw and Friedman fires. Deeb flings out a call and Friedman shows a winning . Deeb mucks his hand and is left with 11,500 in chips.

The very next hand, Friedman raises his button. Deeb calls all in from the small blind for his last 10,500 and Jussi Nevanlinna comes along from the big blind. Deeb and Nevanlinna take three cards while Friedman announces that he's pat. Nevanlinna checks the side action and Friedman fires. Nevanlinna calls.

At the second draw, Deeb takes one while Nevanlinna takes two. Friedman is pat and bets again when action checks his way. Nevanlinna kicks it, leaving two players to the final draw.

Deeb takes one and Friedman pats, allowing the cards to be turned over.


Friedman has a pat eight-perfect while Deeb is drawing live with his seven-six draw. Deeb pulls the , however, ending his run in this tournament. Deeb's elimination puts the field into hand-for-hand play on the money bubble.

Adam Friedman - 275,000
Jussi Nevanlinna - 256,000
Shaun Deeb - Eliminated

7/5/2015 1:25:45 AM PST (about 5 hours and 55 minutes ago)
Abdalla Leapfrogs Nevanlinna


Jake Abdalla raises from under the gun and calls after Jussi Nevanlinna three-bets from the small blind.

Nevanlinna draws two to Abdalla's one and both check. Both draw the same amount and Nevanlinna check-calls a bet. Abdalla stands-pat after he sees Nevanlinna draw two again. Abdalla bets again and Nevanlinna a painful looking tank check-call.

Abdalla opens and Nevanlinna mucks.

Jake Abdalla - 285,000
Jussi Nevanlinna - 280,000

7/5/2015 1:19:41 AM PST (about 5 hours and 1 minutes ago)
Level 20 Structure

Antes in

NLH, NL2-7,

and Stud Games

Low/High Card


Small Blind



Big Blind

Limit Flop/Draw Games
- 5,000 10,000 10,000/20,000
Stud Games
2,000 3,000 10,000 10,000/20,000
No-Limit/Pot-Limit Games
2,500 5,000 -
7/5/2015 1:18:17 AM PST (about 5 hours and 2 minutes ago)
Level 20 Started

Level:20 Limits:10,000/20,000

7/5/2015 1:17:58 AM PST (about 5 hours and 3 minutes ago)
Lakemeier Scoops into Chip Lead

Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Denisov: (X)(X) / / (X)
Lakemeier: (X)(X) / / (X)
Madsen: (X)(X) / / (X)

Picking up with the action on seventh street, Jens Lakemeier checks and Jeff Madsen does the same. Aleksandr Denisov bets out on the river and Lakemeier calls. Madsen drops out a call as well and the hands are turned over.

Denisov shows for a pair of fives. Lakemeier rolls over for aces and fours. Madsen looks down at his hole cards for a moment before dropping them into the muck. Lakemeier drags the entire pot and now holds the chip lead with 400,000.

Jens Lakemeier - 400,000
Jeff Madsen - 230,000
Aleksandr Denisov - 132,000

7/5/2015 1:00:43 AM PST (about 5 hours and 20 minutes ago)
Buchanan Falls Three Off the Money


Before the final draw, Shawn Buchanan moves all in for his last few thousand chips and Rep Porter calls.

Porter opens and his draw card is the .
Buchanan opens and fails to make a Badugi hand as he opens the .

Rep Porter - 317,000
Shawn Buchanan - eliminated in 15th.

Shawn Buchanan
Shawn Buchanan - 15th place

7/5/2015 12:55:57 AM PST (about 5 hours and 25 minutes ago)
Eight-Badugi for Volpe


David Chiu raises the button and Paul Volpe makes it three bets from the small blind. Shawn Buchanan folds his big and Chiu calls to see a draw.

Volpe stands pat and Chiu takes one new card. Volpe bets and Chiu calls to see the second draw. Volpe remains pat and Chiu once again pulls one new card. Chiu calls a bet from Volpe and both stand pat for the final draw.

Volpe bets one last time and Chiu tosses in calling chips. Volpe instantly fans for a pat-eight badugi and he takes down the pot.

Paul Volpe - 166,000
David Chiu - 235,000

7/5/2015 12:47:51 AM PST (about 6 hours and 33 minutes ago)
Porter Takes Out Ohel in 16th

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Rep Porter raises to 10,000 and calls when Randy Ohel three-bets all in for 40,000 from the next seat. Porter stands-pat and Ohel draws one.


Ohel squeezes out his last card and reveals the to fell in 16th place.

Rep Porter - 340,000
Randy Ohel - Eliminated

Randy Ohel
Randy Ohel - 16th

7/5/2015 12:43:21 AM PST (about 6 hours and 37 minutes ago)
Rutter Doubles
No-Limit Hold'em

Aleksandr Denisov raises to 7,500 from under the gun and is called by Jens Lakemeier in the next seat before Stuart Rutter squeezes to 17,000 from the big blind. Denisov folds but Lakemeier sets Rutter in for his last 49,000. Snap call.


The board runs .

Stuart Rutter - 112,000
Jens Lakemeier - 140,000
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