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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - PLANET HOLLYWOOD (Las Vegas)

Friday, November 17, 2017 to Monday, November 20, 2017

Event #11: $1,675 MAIN EVENT - $1M Guarantee

EVENT IN PROGRESS:    Level: 25  |  Blinds: 12,000/24,000  |  Ante: 4,000
  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $1,267,500
  • Entries: 845
  • Remaining: 16
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11/19/17 11:53:20 PM PST (about 4 minutes ago)
Cory Hochman Doubles Through Almedin Imsirovic

Action folds around to the blinds where Cory Hochman moves all in for 137,000 in the small and Almedin Imsirovic calls to put him at risk in the big.


The board runs out      , and Hochman doubles up with a pair of kings.

Cory Hochman - 302,000 (13 bb)
Almedin Imsirovic - 1,560,000 (65 bb)

11/19/17 11:30:19 PM PST (about 27 minutes ago)
Bryan Devonshire Eliminated in 16th Place ($12,688)

Bryan Devonshire (pictured) moves all in for 283,000 second to act, and Roger Franco re-shoves for around 650,000 right behind him. The rest of the table folds, and Devonshire is heads-up, at risk, and dominated.


The     flop keeps things interesting, as Devonshire trades three outs for nine to a flush. The   on the turn adds three more chop outs, too, but he can not catch up. The river is the  , giving the pot to Franco and sending "Devo" to the payout desk in 16th place.

Roger Franco - 1,005,000 (42 bb)
Bryan Devonshire - Eliminated

11/19/17 11:26:28 PM PST (about 31 minutes ago)
Last Level of the Night

The blinds have gone up to 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante and will be the last level of the night.

Players will then bag up their chips in preparation for Day 3 on Monday at 12:00 p.m.

11/19/17 11:25:25 PM PST (about 32 minutes ago)
Level 25 Started
Level:25  Blinds:12,000/24,000  Ante:4,000
11/19/17 11:23:21 PM PST (about 34 minutes ago)
Jonathan Hanner Eliminated in 17th Place ($12,688)


Jonathan Hanner moves all-in for 175,000 from the hijack and Roger Franco moves all-in on the button.

Hanner tables   , at risk against Franco's   .

The flop comes     and Hanner flops a pair of nines to take the lead. The turn is the   and the river is the   to counterfeit Hanner's two pair and send the pot to Franco.

Roger Franco - 675,000 (33 bb)
Jonathan Hanner - Eliminated

11/19/17 11:22:04 PM PST (about 35 minutes ago)
Stephen Buell Eliminated in 18th Place ($12,688)


Action is folded around to the blinds where Stephen Buell (pictured) completes in the small and Melanie Banfield checks her option in the big.

The flop is    , and Buell checks. Banfield bets 40,000, Buell check-raises all in for around 200,000 total, and Banfield calls to put him at risk.


Banfield's top pair has her in the lead, and the   turn and   river keep it that way. She wins the pot to cross into seven figures, eliminating Buell in 18th place.

Melanie Banfield - 1,090,000 (55 bb)
Stephen Buell - Eliminated

11/19/17 11:10:45 PM PST (about 46 minutes ago)
Sunny Gandham Continues to Lead With Two Tables Remaining

The final two tables have come together with just 18 players remaining in the Main Event. There is another level and a half to go before players bag their chips for Day 3 on Monday.

Sunny Gandham has carried his lead over to the final two tables with 2,140,000 chips.

Here is a look at the final 18 players:

Table 123
Seat 1: Brett Bader - 371,000
Seat 2: Bruce Kramer - 500,000
Seat 3: Jack Duong - 495,000
Seat 4: Steve Buell - 260,000
Seat 5: Melanie Banfield - 860,000
Seat 6: Fernando Galvan - 1,250,000
Seat 7: Neil Scott - 1,120,000
Seat 8: Sunny Gandha - 2,140,000
Seat 9: Eric Coffman - 1,560,000

Table 128
Seat 1: Roger Franco - 350,000
Seat 2: Corey Hochman - 260,000
Seat 3: Ali Almedin Imsirovic - 2,100,000
Seat 4: Danny Elmore - 750,000
Seat 5: Marcin Milde - 2,000,000
Seat 6: Chris Tham - 1,150,000
Seat 7: Mark Ioli - 1,450,000
Seat 8: Jonathan Hanner - 250,000
Seat 9: Bryan Devonshire - 300,000

11/19/17 11:05:54 PM PST (about 51 minutes ago)
Ankush Mandavia Eliminated in 19th Place ($10,571)

There is an open from the hijack and Ankush Mandavia shoves for 498,000 from the cutoff. Marcin Milde is on the button and re-shoves.


The board runs out       and Milde seals it on the turn with a flush to send Mandavia to the rail.

Marcin Milde - 2,000,000 (100 bb)
Ankush Mandavia - Eliminated

11/19/17 11:00:44 PM PST (about 57 minutes ago)
Jonathan Dimmig Eliminated in 20th Place ($10,571)

Jonathan Dimmig (pictured) opens with a raise in middle position, and Almedin Imsirovic calls next to act.

The flop is    . Dimmig continues for 50,000, and Imsirovic raises to what looks like 200,000. Dimmig shoves for about 950,000 total, and Imsirovic calls to put him at risk. It also puts the largest pot of the tournament up for grabs.


Imsirovic is two cards from a huge win, and the   turn ends the sweat one card early. Dimmig is already drawing dead to the   river, and he's eliminated in 20th place at the hands of the start-of-day chip leader.

Almedin Imsirovic - 2,125,000 (106 bb)
Jonathan Dimmig - Eliminated

11/19/17 10:57:20 PM PST (about 60 minutes ago)
Joe Reddick Eliminated in 21st Place ($10,571)

Joe Reddick (pictured) lost three consecutive pots, and the last of them sent him to the cashier in 21st place.

In the first hand, Reddick opens the button to 44,000, and Eric Coffman three-bets to 115,000 in the small blind. Reddick calls. The flop is    , and Coffman continues for 80,000. Reddick calls again, and they both check through the   turn. The river is the  , and Coffman bets 145,000. Reddick calls. Coffman shows    for a pair of aces, and his kicker makes it count. Reddick flashes the   as he mucks.

The next hand, Stephen Buell open-shoves for 123,000 under the gun with   , and Reddick puts him at risk with    in the cutoff. The board runs out      , and Buell rivers a straight to double up.

That leaves Reddick with just 119,000 chips after paying the ante on the next hand, and he three-bet shoves for that amount behind a Jack Duong open to 50,000. Duong calls the remainder, putting Reddick at risk.


Once again, it's jack-nine that takes Reddick's chips. The board runs out      , and Duong knocks him out with jacks up.

Eric Coffman - 1,100,000 (55 bb)
Jack Duong - 485,000 (24 bb)
Stephen Buell - 297,000 (15 bb)
Joe Reddick - Eliminated

11/19/17 10:55:37 PM PST (about 1 hour and 2 minutes ago)
Ryan Olisar Eliminated in 22nd Place ($8,911)


Fernando Galvan raises to 50,000 from early position and Jonathan Dimmig calls from middle position. Ryan Olisar is in the big blind moves all-in for 400,000. Galvan moves all-in over top and Dimmig pauses for a moment before deciding to fold.


The flop comes     pairing both of their aces, but Galvan holds the better kicker. The turn is the   and the river is the   to send Olisar to the rail.

Fernando Galvan - 1,150,000 (57 bb)
Ryan Olisar - Eliminated

11/19/17 10:43:00 PM PST (about 1 hour and 14 minutes ago)
Genki Nakano Eliminated in 23rd Place ($8,911)

Genki Nakano opens to 50,000 from early position and Mark Ioli three-bets to 125,000 from middle position. Nakano shoves for about 300,000 and Ioli calls.

Nakano tables   , well ahead of Ioli's   .

The flop comes     and Nakano is still ahead but Ioli flops a gut-shot straight draw to go with his over card.

The turn is the   and the river is the   to pair Ioli's ace and send Nakano to the rail.

Mark Ioli - 1,550,000 (77 bb)
Genki Nakano - Eliminated

11/19/17 10:40:09 PM PST (about 1 hour and 17 minutes ago)
Neil Scott Shoves the Flop

Neil Scott opens to 50,000 from middle position and Chris Tham puts in a three-bet to 225,000 from the big blind. Scott tank-calls.

The flop comes     and Tham leads out for 180,000. Scott wastes no time and shoves all-in, putting Tham to the test for his remaining stack. He eventually folds.

Scott now sits on 1.7 million chips, good for one of the top stacks.

Neil Scott - 1,700,000 (85 bb)
Chris Tam - 620,000 (31 bb)

11/19/17 10:34:24 PM PST (about 1 hour and 23 minutes ago)
Eric Baldwin Eliminated in 24th Place ($8,911)


Chip leader Harjinder Gandham limps under the gun, and Eric Baldwin raises to 60,000 next to act. A couple seats over, Joe Reddick four-bet shoves for his last 354,000. Gandham tanks and calls, and Baldwin re-shoves for what looks like 890,000 total. Gandham shrugs and calls again, putting both opponents at risk.


Baldwin is better than a coin flip against the two copy hands, but he can not stave off elimination. The board runs out      , and his two opponents chop up the main pot with the same hand, eights full of kings.

Gandham wins the side pot, as well, earning a big profit and sending Baldwin to the exit in 24th place.

Harjinder Gandham - 2,595,000 (130 bb)
Joe Reddick - 558,000
Eric Baldwin - Eliminated

11/19/17 10:20:06 PM PST (about 2 hours and 37 minutes ago)
Level 24 Started
Level:24  Blinds:10,000/20,000  Ante:3,000
11/19/17 10:13:44 PM PST (about 2 hours and 44 minutes ago)
Last Break For Day 2

The 24 remaining players are on their final 15-minute break of the night. They'll play two more levels when they return before the bags come out.

11/19/17 10:13:12 PM PST (about 2 hours and 44 minutes ago)
Jody Fayant Eliminated in 25th Place ($7,592)

Neil Scott opens the button to 40,000, and Jody Fayant three-bet shoves for just less than 500,000 in the big blind. Scott calls, flipping for the knockout in a huge pot.


The     flop keeps Fayant in the lead, but the   on the turn puts him one card from elimination. The river is the  , and Scott wins the pot to send Fayant to the rail in 25th place.

Neil Scott - 1,215,000 (76 bb)
Jody Fayant - Eliminated

11/19/17 10:11:00 PM PST (about 2 hours and 46 minutes ago)
Frank Schipono Eliminated in 26th Place ($7,592)

One hand after losing most of his stack, Frank Schipono moves all in for 62,000 in middle position, and Melanie Banfield calls to put him at risk from the big blind.


There's disaster on the turn for Schipono, and the       runout gives Banfield the pot with a pair of queens. Schipono is eliminated in 26th place.

Melanie Banfield - 875,000 (55 bb)
Frank Schipono - Eliminated

11/19/17 10:08:27 PM PST (about 2 hours and 49 minutes ago)
Mark Ioli Doubles Through Frank Schipono

Frank Schipono opens with a raise in middle position, and Mark Ioli defends his big blind.

The flop is    . Ioli checks, Schipono continues with a bet, and Ioli check-raises all in for 572,000. Schipono calls, having Ioli slightly covered and at risk.


Ioli has flopped trips, and Schipono can not catch back up. The   turn and   river complete the board to give Ioli a big double.

Mark Ioli - 1,295,000 (81 bb)
Frank Schipono - 64,000 (4 bb)

11/19/17 09:56:38 PM PST (about 2 hours and 1 minute ago)
Sunny Gandham Leads the Final Three Tables

Robert Valdez was eliminated in 27th place ($7,592) very quickly once 28th place was busted out. The final three tables of the $1,675 $1M GTD Main Event have come together and re-drawn for seats.The current chip leader is Sunny Gandham with 1.6 million chips, followed by Jonathan Dimmig (1,420,000) and Marcin Milde (1,380,000) to round out the top three.

Here is a look at the seating assignments and chip counts for the remaining 26 players:

Table 119
Seat 1: Jody Fayant - 370,000
Seat 2: Mark Ioli - 550,000
Seat 3: Melanie Banfield - 780,000
Seat 4: Chris Tham - 860,000
Seat 5: Jonathan Hanner - 340,000
Seat 6: Brett Bader - 170,000
Seat 7: Frank Schipono - 650,000
Seat 8: Neil Scott - 805,000
Seat 9: Bruce Kramer - 510,000

Table 123
Seat 1: Joe Reddick - 260,000
Seat 2: Genki Nakano - 340,000
Seat 3: Eric Coffman - 620,000
Seat 4: Bryan Devonshire - 290,000
Seat 5: Roger Franco - 530,000
Seat 6: Steve Buell - 205,000
Seat 7: Sunny Gandham - 1,600,000
Seat 8: Eric Baldwin - 890,000
Seat 9: Jack Duong - 415,000

Table 128
Seat 1: Corey Hochman - 170,000
Seat 2: Ryan Olisar - 240,000
Seat 3: Danny Elmore - 645,000
Seat 4: Fernando Galvan - 940,000
Seat 5: Empty
Seat 6: Jonathan Dimmig - 1,420,000
Seat 7: Ali Almedin Imsirovic - 595,000
Seat 8: Ankush Mandavia - 830,000
Seat 9: Marcin Milde - 1,380,000

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