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2013 44th Annual World Series of PokerThe Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, May 30, 2013 to Saturday, June 1, 2013

Event #3: No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $2,847,600
  • Entries: 3,164
  • Remaining: 0
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6/2/2013 12:38:00 AM PST
 
Charles Sylvestre Wins Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em ($491,360)
 

Charles Sylvestre, Winner WSOP Event 03

It didn't take long to close out the last 38 players of Event #3. Players were flying off the walls from start to finish. At the end of it all, it was Charles Sylvestre holding the bracelet and $491,360.

That being said, the event had no shortage of storylines. On Day 2, we saw a rematch of last year's head-up competitors for this event, Amanda Musumeci and Ashkan Razavi. We saw Ryan Olisar make the final table. finishing sixth in this event after finishing fourth last year in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. We saw David "ODB" Baker's brother Seth Baker take his first step into World Series stardom by just narrowly missing the final table and finishing 10th for his third WSOP cash.

The field had plenty of big names but we watched them drop one by one as the day went on. We lost Scott Seiver first (33rd for $11,361), followed by Jonathan Tamayo (26th for $14,067), Ryan Tepen (18th for 17,598), and Nam Le (17th for $17,598). By the time we reached the final table, it was Ruben Ybarra, a new face, leading the way.

The first to go at the final table was Ping Liu, who was eliminated by William Guerrero when he shoved his into Guerrero's .The flop came , but the turn brought a for a mighty river sweat. Unfortunately for Liu, the river was the , and he became the first player eliminated at the final table.

Next up was the man who started the final table as the chip leader, Ruben Ybarra. Ybarra had steadily lost several pots to different players at the table and ended up getting in an all in situation against Seth Berger. In the hand, Berger opened to 60,000. He was only called by Ybarra in the big blind. The flop fell and Ybarra decided to check. Berger made a continuation bet of 65,000 and Ybarra made the call. The turn came out the . Ybarra checked again. Berger bet out 100,000. This time, Ybarra put in a check raise to 500,000. Berger tanked for a bit before making the call. The river came the and immediately Ybarra moved all in. Berger quickly made the call with for the turned nut flush. Ybarra showed his inferior for just top pair.

Finishing in seventh place was Darren Rabinowitz. Rabinowitz moved all in prefop for 180,000 chips. Action folded to Binh Ta in the small blind who made the call. Seth Berger folded his big blind and the cards were turned on their backs. Ta was holding while Rabinowitz was just a bit behind with . The board ran out and Rabinowitz could not catch up.

Falling in sixth place was Ryan Olisar. Action folded to Binh Ta, who raised to 90,000 in the cutoff. Charles Sylvestre jammed all in from the small blind, and Ryan Olisar went into the tank in the big blind. Finally, he called off his stack, and Ta folded. Sylvestre was ahead with but he still needed to outrun Olisar's . Sylvestre pulled ahead when the flop came . He kept his lead on a turn. Paint landed on the river, but it was the , and Olisar was sent to the rail after final tabling this event for a second year.

Our fifth place finisher was Binh Ta. Ta moved all in from the cutoff for 545,000 chips. Action folded to Michael Cooper in the big blind. He only thought for a moment before making the call and turning over his . Binh was holding the and his two cards were behind, but live against Cooper's ace-high.

The flop rolled out , giving Cooper a major sweat, but the on the turn and the on the river were none of Ta's outs and he was sent to the rail.

Michael Cooper was eliminated in fourth place. Cooper raised to 85,000 preflop, and action folded to Charles Sylvestre in the big blind. Sylvestre decided to make a reraise to 225,000. Cooper called, and the flop fell . Sylvestre bet out 225,000, Cooper decided to put in a raise to 565,000, and Sylvestre moved all in. Cooper took a few seconds to think, but then called. Cooper was holding the for an open-ended straight draw but was well behind Sylvestre's . The turn was the , taking out the possibility of running outs, and the river was the , eliminating Cooper from the tournament.

William Guerrero was next to fall in third place after he came into the final three as the shortest stack. In Guerrero's final hand, Charles Sylvestre raised to 100,000 on the button. Guerrero moved all in from the small blind, and Seth Berger folded. Sylvestre made the call for just under 1,000,000, saying "light call," as he did so. Sylvestre held while Guerrero was ahead with .Guerrero's lead quickly evaporated when the flop rolled out . The turn and river did nothing, and Guerrero was finished.

Both Berger and Sylvestre came into the heads-up match relatively even, but Sylvestre's aggression proved to much for Berger, who eventually fell in second place. In one of the first hands, Sylvestre quickly moved ahead by forcing Berger to an all in decision. It wasn't long after that Berger fell.

In the last hand, Sylvestre raised to 150,000 from the button, and Berger called. The flop came , and Sylvestre's continuation bet of 225,000 was called by Berger. After Berger checked the turn, Sylvestre kept up the aggression with a bet of 500,000. Berger called once again and checked the river. "All in," Sylvestre said immediately. Berger thought briefly, before saying, "call." Sylvestre tabled , and Berger only shook his head and flicked his cards face down toward the dealer.

And just like that it was over. Charles Sylvestre received $491,360 for his win, along with his first gold bracelet.

FinishPlayerPrize
1Charles Sylvestre$491,360
2Seth Berger$303,952
3William Guerrero$215,107
4Michael Cooper$155,706
5Binh Ta$114,017
6Ryan Olisar$84,459
7Darren Rabinowitz$63,273
8Ruben Ybarra$47,925
9Ping Liu$36,705

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6/2/2013 12:06:38 AM PST
 
Seth Berger Eliminated in 2nd Place ($303,952)
 

Seth Berger - 2nd Place.

Well, that didn't last long.

Just a few hands into heads-up play, Charles Sylvestre raised to 150,000 from the button, and Seth Berger called.

The flop came , and Sylvestre's continuation bet of 225,000 was called by Berger. After Berger checked the turn, Sylvestre kept up the aggression with a bet of 500,000. Berger called once again and checked the river.

"All in," Sylvestre said immediately. Berger thought briefly, before saying, "call." Sylvestre tabled , and Berger only shook his head and flicked his cards face down towards the dealer.

Seth Berger0-2,755,000
6/1/2013 11:55:13 PM PST
 
Sylvestre Takes First Big Heads Up Pot
 

Preflop, Seth Berger limped in on the button. Charles Sylvestre then raised to 175,000 from the big blind.

The flop fell and Sylvestre bet out 225,000. Berger made the call.

On the turn, Sylvestre bet 450,000. Berger took this opportunity to raise it to 1,100,000. Sylvestre didn't take long to move all in. Berger sighed, took a few seconds to think, then folded his hand.

Charles Sylvestre6,680,0002,080,000
Seth Berger2,755,000-1,995,000
6/1/2013 11:49:58 PM PST
 
William Guerrero Eliminated in 3rd Place ($215,107)
 

Charles Sylvestre raised to 100,000 on the button. William Guerrero moved all in from the small blind, and Seth Berger folded. Sylvestre made the call for just under 1,000,000, saying "light call," as he did so.

Sylvestre:
Guerrero:

Guerrero's lead quickly evaporated, as came on the flop. The turn and river did nothing, and Guerrero was finished.

Berger and Sylvestre are now heads up, and their cheering sections are engaged in a loud yelling battle as the players prepare to fight for the bracelet.

Charles Sylvestre4,600,000700,000
William Guerrero0-900,000
6/1/2013 11:42:26 PM PST
 
Tea Time's Over
 

The final three players have now returned from their 20 minute break and cards are back in the air.

6/1/2013 11:21:55 PM PST
 
Tea for Three
 

It's break time for the final three players, we'll be back in 20 minutes.

6/1/2013 11:21:19 PM PST
 
Final Three Players Chip Counts
 
Seth Berger4,750,0002,450,000
Charles Sylvestre3,900,0001,200,000
William Guerrero900,000-200,000
6/1/2013 11:19:57 PM PST
 
Michael Cooper Eliminated in 4th Place ($155,706)
 

Michael Cooper, WSOP 2013 Event 3 Day 03 Final Table

We are now three handed in "The Mothership," after losing Michael Cooper.

Preflop Cooper raised to 85,000. Action folded to Charles Sylvestre in the big blind. Sylvestre decided to make a reraise to 225,000. Back on Cooper, he made the call.

The flop fell , and this is when a raising war erupted between Cooper and Sylvestre. Sylvestre bet out 225,000 chips. Cooper decided to put in a reraise to 565,000. Sylvestre didn't budge tho. He decided to put in another reraise, this time all in. Cooper took a few seconds to think, but then called.

Cooper:
Sylvestre:

Cooper needed to catch a or a or running outs to survive as Sylvestre had him covered. The turn was the though, taking out the possibility of running outs, and the river was the eliminating Cooper from the tournament.

We will have chip counts for the final three players momentarily.

Michael Cooper0-2,400,000
6/1/2013 11:00:19 PM PST
 
Cooper Wins Raising War
 

Charles Sylvestre opened to 80,000, and got two callers in Michael Cooper (button) and Seth Berger (big blind).

The flop came . Berger checked, and Sylvestre fired 125,000. Cooper dropped a stack worth 270,000 in the middle. Berger folded, and Sylvestre came back over the top to the tune of 440,000. Cooper say up in his chair, looked at the dealer, and twirled his finger over his stack to indicate it was all in play. Sylvestre relented, folding his hand.

Charles Sylvestre2,700,000-450,000
Michael Cooper2,400,000550,000
6/1/2013 10:54:23 PM PST
 
Binh Ta Eliminated in 5th Place ($114,017)
 

Binh Ta, WSOP 2013 Event 3 Day 03 Final Table

Preflop Binh Ta moved all in from the cutoff for 545,000 chips. Action folded to Michael Cooper in the big blind. He only thought for a moment before making the call and turning over his . Binh was holding the and his two cards we're behind, but live against Cooper's ace high.

The flop rolled out giving Cooper a major sweat, but the on the turn and the on the river were none of Ta's out and he was sent to the rail, but not before collecting his six-figure payday.

Michael Cooper1,850,000980,000
Binh Ta0-845,000
6/1/2013 10:42:12 PM PST
 
Ryan Olisar Eliminated in 6th Place ($84,459)
 

Ryan Olisar - 6th place.

Action folded to Binh Ta in the cutoff, who raised to 90,000. Charles Sylvestre jammed all in from the small blind, and Ryan Olisar went into the tank in the big blind. Finally, he called off his stack. Ta folded.

"Please say you're light," Olisar said. Sylvestre confirmed he was indeed.

Sylvestre:
Olisar:

Off to the races we went, and Sylvestre pulled ahead when the flop came . He kept his lead on a turn. Paint landed on the river, but it was the , and Olisar, who notched a final table finish for the second straight year here at the WSOP, was sent to the rail.

Charles Sylvestre3,150,0001,950,000
Ryan Olisar0-750,000
6/1/2013 10:36:02 PM PST
 
Darren Rabinowitz Eliminated in 7th Place ($63,273)
 

Darren Rabinowitz, WSOP 2013 Event 3 Day 03 Final Table

Preflop Darren Rabinowitz moved all in for 180,000 chips. Action folded to Binh Ta in the small blind who made the call. Seth Berger folded his big blind and the cards were turned on their backs.

Ta:
Rabinowitz:

The board ran out and Rabinowitz could not catch up. He was eliminated in 7th place and collected $63,273.

Binh Ta845,000-190,000
Darren Rabinowitz0-225,000
6/1/2013 10:30:12 PM PST
 
Sylvestre Fighting Back
 

Charles Sylvestre seems to be the only player capable of slowing Seth Berger's momentum, as he continues to open pots aggressively. In a recent hand, Sylvestre three-bet an 85,000 open from Berger to 225,000. After Berger called, Sylvestre followed up with a continuation-bet of the same size on a flop, to which Berger folded.

6/1/2013 10:09:35 PM PST
 
Ruben Ybarra Eliminated in 8th Place ($47,925)
 

Ruben Ybarra , WSOP 2013 Event 3 Day 03 Final Table

Ruben Ybarra started the final table as the chip leader but he no longer has any chips after tangling with Seth Berger.

In the hand Berger opened to 60,000 chips. He was only called by Ybarra in the big blind. The flop fell and Ybarra decided to check. Berger made a continuation bet of 65,000 and Ybarra made the call.

The turn came out the . Ybarra checked again. Berger bet out 100,000. This time, Ybarra put in a check raise to 500,000. Berger tanked for a bit before making the call.

The river came the and immediately Ybarra moved all in. Berger quickly made the call with for the turned nut flush. Ybarra showed his inferior for just top pair and he was sent to the rail, with $47,925 for his troubles.

6/1/2013 9:57:17 PM PST
 
Olisar Doubles
 

Charles Sylvestre raised to 60,000 from middle position, and Ryan Olisar shipped it from his immediate left. Everyone else folded, and Sylvestre put in the 335,000 total to call.

Sylvestre:
Olisar:

Olisar was in a dominating position, and further tightened his hold on the hand when he flopped a set on . A turn left Sylvestre drawing dead, and he knuckled the table in submission as the finished out the board.

Charles Sylvestre1,200,000-400,000
Ryan Olisar750,000100,000
6/1/2013 9:51:18 PM PST
 
Binh Ta Doubles Up
 

Preflop Daren Rabinowitz raised to 60,000. Binh Ta moved all in over the top for 475,000 total. Action folded back around to Rabinowitz who snap called.

Rabinowitz:
Ta:

The board ran out giving Ta a full house and a double up to just over 1,000,000 chips. Rabinowitz was just left just over 200,000 chips.

Binh Ta1,035,000635,000
Darren Rabinowitz225,000-475,000
6/1/2013 9:40:00 PM PST
 
Sylvestre's Boat Good
 

Binh Ta limped from early position, Charles Sylvestre limped along, and Darren Rabinowitz checked his option

The flop fell , and Ta bet 50,000. Sylvestre called. The turn was the , and both players checked to see a river. Ta checked, and Sylvestre bet 90,000. Ta came out with a check-raise to 250,000. Sylvestre made a quick call, and Ta showed him .

Sylvestre's was good for a full house, and he scooped the pot, much to the delight of a rail section that includes 2010 Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel.

Charles Sylvestre1,600,000330,000
Binh Ta400,000-300,000
6/1/2013 9:20:39 PM PST
 
Chip Up
 

Players just finished a 10 minute chip color up break and cards are now in the air. T1,000 chips are no longer in play.

6/1/2013 9:12:06 PM PST
 
Berger Takes Massive Pot from Ybarra
 

Seth Berger opened for 50,000 from the cutoff, and Ruben Ybarra called him from the big blind.

The flop came , and Ybarra checked and called 52,000. The turn was the , and Ybarra once more checked. Berger fired 85,000 this time, only to see Ybarra check-raise to 285,000. Berger called immediately. Ybarra fired out 300,000 more on the river, and Berger began thinking. A short time later, he made the call.

Ybarra:
Berger:

Berger's kicker barely played, and he gathered the biggest pot of the tournament.

Seth Berger2,300,000635,000
Ruben Ybarra1,600,000-800,000
6/1/2013 9:04:42 PM PST
 
"He WILL Win the Hand."
 

Preflop, Darren Rabinowitz raised to 50,000 from the cutoff. He was only called by Seth Berger in the big blind.

The flop fell and both players checked.

On the turn, Berger checked. Rabinowitz bet out 62,000. Then, Berger put in a check raise to 160,000. Rabinowitz took his time before mucking face up. Berger did not show his hand.

"Seth will win the hand," the dealer announced as Berger scooped the pot.

"He WILL win the hand!" one of Berger's rail birds yelled after him, which got the table laughing a bit.

Seth Berger1,665,000185,000
Darren Rabinowitz500,000-156,000
6/1/2013 8:57:36 PM PST
 
Ping Liu Eliminated in 9th Place ($36,705)
 

Ping Liu, WSOP 2013 Event 3 Day 03 Final Table

Charles Sylvestre raised it up to 50,000 from middle position. Ruben Ybarra three-bet to 120,000, Ping Liu shoved all in from the button for 506,000, and big blind William Guerrero also went all in for 569,000. Sylvestre and Ybarra got out of the way.

Guerrero:
Liu:

The flop came , but the turn brought a for a mighty river sweat. Unfortunately for Liu, the river was the , and he became the first player eliminated at the final table.

William Guerrero1,100,000435,000
Ping Liu0-550,000
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