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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S CHEROKEE (North Carolina)

Friday, December 01, 2017 to Monday, December 04, 2017

Event #10A/B: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $1,435,500
  • Entries: 957
  • Remaining: 0
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12/04/17 11:45:27 AM PDT

James Moon opens from middle position with a raise to 125,000. Next to act is Trung Pham and he reraises, making it 350,000. David Jackson is next to act and he tanks for a couple of minutes before releasing his hand. Action folds back around to Moon and he shoves all in. Pham snap calls. 


"Ohhh!" Jackson says getting out of his seat. "I had two red tens."

The flop comes down     which gives Moon a full house immediately and puts Pham in a deep hole. He's left drawing dead when the   comes on the turn. The river is the   which seals the double up for Moon who moves close to 3 million chips. 

James Moon - 2,900,000 (58 bb)
Trung Pham - 2,450,000 (49 bb)

12/04/17 11:39:01 AM PDT

John Whitlow moves all-in for 505,000 from early position and Ed Yancey is in the hijack and asks for a count. After a brief moment, Yancey piles some chips in the middle to call.


Whitlow is miles ahead and stays there after the dealer runs a board reading      . Whitlow snags a much-needed double-up early on the unofficial final table of 10.

John Whitlow - 1,150,000 (23 bb)
Ed Yancey - 3,050,000 (61 bb)

12/04/17 11:31:44 AM PDT

The unofficial final table of 10 players has come together.

A full list of seating assignments and counts will be available as soon as the official final table starts up after the next elimination.

12/04/17 11:29:49 AM PDT


Floyd Arnold (pictured) is in the cutoff and shoves for his last 310,000. Action is on David Jackson in the big blind and he counts out his stack before deciding to call.


Arnold is ahead, but the dealer puts out a flop reading     and Jackson takes a commanding lead with two pair. Arnold has a gut-shot straight draw but the turn is the   and the river is the  , sending him to the rail in 11th place.

David Jackson - 2,300,000 (46 bb)
Floyd Arnold - Eliminated in 11th place

12/04/17 11:28:53 AM PDT

Ed Yancey opens with a raise to 175,000 from under the gun. David Jackson calls on the button. From the big blind, Floyd Aaron raises, making it 400,000. Yancey thinks for about 30 seconds before he moves all in over the top for 1,735,000. Jackson quickly folds his hand. Arnold thinks for a bit, then calls. 


The board runs out       keeping Yancey in the lead the whole way and allowing him to double up, as Floyd has him covered by just a few hundred thousand chips. 

Ed Yancey - 3,600,000 (72 bb)
Floyd Arnold - 375,000 (8 bb)

12/04/17 11:28:25 AM PDT

John Whitlow raises to 125,000 from the cutoff. Nathan Gentry shoves from the small blind. Whitlow calls after giving it some though


The board runs out       which gives keeps Whitlow in the lead the whole way and allows him to double up, leaving Whitlow as one of the shortest stacks left alive in the tournament. 

Nathan Gentry - 1,250,000 (25 bb)
John Whitlow - 400,000 (8 bb)

12/04/17 11:24:17 AM PDT


Floyd Arnold raises to 125,000 from under the gun and Elilton Gouveia (pictured) moves all-in for 335,000 from the cutoff. Arnold calls.


It's a coin flip with Gouveia being the player at risk. The flop comes     and Arnold pairs his ten to take the lead. The turn is the   and the river is the  , sending Gouveia to the rail in 12th place.

Floyd Arnold - 1,800,000 (36 bb)
Elilton Gouveia - Eliminated in 12th place

12/04/17 11:21:40 AM PDT

Elilton Gouveia moves all-in on the button for his last 145,000 and David Jackson calls from the big blind.


Gouveia has Jackson dominated and needs to dodge a deuce. The board runs out       and Gouveia doubles through.

Elilton Gouveia - 340,000 (6 bb)
David Jackson - 2,115,000 (42 bb)

12/04/17 11:16:35 AM PDT
Level:28  Blinds:25,000/50,000  Ante:5,000
12/04/17 11:04:00 AM PDT
The final 12 players are now on a 15-minute break and will return shortly. 
12/04/17 11:03:59 AM PDT

David Jackson raises to 100,000 from under the gun and Elilton Gouveia calls from the small blind.

The flop comes     and both players check to the   on the turn. Gouveia checks and Jackson bets 135,000. Gouveia calls.

The river is the  . Gouveia checks and Jackson asks to see Gouveia's stack. Gouveia moves his arm with a frustrated look on his face and says, "Whatever you do, I'm not going anywhere." He has 445,000 behind and Jackson follows with a bet of 295,000. Gouveia goes into the tank, cuts out a bet and calls after about a minute. Jackson tables    for fives full of kings. Gouveia shows    for fives full of tens and gives up the majority of his stack. He will be left with just three big blinds after the break.

David Jackson - 2,365,000 (59 bb)
Elilton Gouveia - 150,000 (3 bb)

12/04/17 10:53:33 AM PDT

Trung Pham opens with a raise to 105,000. He finds one call from Ryan Jones. 

The flop comes     and Jones checks. Pham bets 160,000 and Jones calls. 

Both players check on the   turn to see the   on the river. Jones checks again. Pham bets, this time firing 450,000. Jones thinks for a couple of minutes then folds. 

"Raising over there with eight-deuce," Charles Johnson says, which elicits some laughs from the table. 

"Or he could have the ace-four," Jones says. Pham smiles as he takes down the pot. 

Trung Pham - 4,700,000 (118 bb)
Ryan Jones - 1,050,000 (25 bb)

12/04/17 10:46:01 AM PDT

Action folds to David Jackson on the button and he opens the pot up to 90,000. Jon Hoellein is in the small blind and shoves all-in for his last 495,000. Jackson calls.


Hoellein is ahead and needs to dodge some paint. The flop comes     and Hoellein is still ahead with ace-high, while Jackson picks up a straight draw to go with his over-cards. The turn is the   and the river is the   to give Hoellein a much-needed double-up.

Jon Hoellein - 1,100,000 (27 bb)
David Jackson - 1,360,000 (34 bb)

12/04/17 10:43:11 AM PDT

There's about 200,000 in the pot on a board reading     and Trung Pham checks from the big blind. Krzysztof Stybaniewicz is on the button and bets 105,000. Pham calls.

The turn is the   and both players check. The river is the   and Pham fires out a bet of 400,000. Stybaniewicz counts out his stack and eventually slides one of his headphones back behind his ear.

"If I had 1.4 million I would shove 100 percent of the time" says Stybaniewicz, with a stack of about 950,000. "Are you making sense this hand?" asks Stybaniewicz, to which Pham does not respond. Stybaniewicz continues to talk, but Pham is having none of it. Eventually, he folds.

Pham is raking the pot in and Stybaniewicz asks, "What did you call the flop with?" Pham just smiles and stacks his chips.

Pham has stacked up to 4.3 million now and has more than 20 percent of the chips in play with just 12 players left.

Trung Pham - 4,300,000 (107 bb)
Krzysztof Stybaniewicz - 950,000 (23 bb)

12/04/17 10:32:28 AM PDT

Elilton Gouveia limps in from under the gun. Jon Hoellein calls from the small blind before Floyd Arnold raises from the big blind, making it 85,000 to play. Only Gouveia calls. 

The flop is     and Arnold leads out, betting 175,000. Gouveia calls. On the   turn, Arnold leads out again, this time betting 250,000. Gouveia calls once more. 

On the   river, Arnold decides to move all in, shoving for 465,000 total. Gouveia leans back and sighs. He tanks for nearly three minutes before eventually deciding to release his hand, and allowing Arnold to take down the big pot with no showdown. 

Floyd Arnold - 1,550,000 (39 bb) 
Elilton Gouveia - 800,000 (20 bb)

12/04/17 10:10:39 AM PDT
Level:27  Blinds:20,000/40,000  Ante:5,000
12/04/17 10:09:52 AM PDT

Ed Yancey opens from early position with a raise to 70,000. Jon Hoellein defends from the big blind with a call.

The flop comes     and Hoellein shoves all in for right around 400,000. Yancey sighs, then calls.


Both players had flopped flush draws, but Hoellein was well in the lead with his better flush draw and king-high to go along with it. 

The turn is the   and the river is the   which changes nothing. Hoellein remains in the lead and locks up the pot, earning him a double up.

Jon Hoellein - 900,000 (30 bb)
Ed Yancey - 2,100,000 (70 bb)

12/04/17 10:06:02 AM PDT


From under the gun, Trung Pham raises, making it 85,000. Next to act, Nathan Gentry calls. Action folds to the big blind where Nelson Robinson moves all in for 215,000 total. Pham calls, as does Gentry. 

The flop comes down     and Pham leads out betting 150,000. Gentry quickly folds so Pham and Robinson showdown. 


Pham leads with his pair of tens but Robinson still has two overs with his ace-jack. The turn is the   changing nothing, and the   comes on the river sealing the deal. Robinson is eliminated in 13th place for $17,255 while Pham takes down another pot, extending his chip lead. 

The remaining 12 players have all locked up a pay jump of right around $4,000. 

Trung Pham - 3,700,000 (123 bb)
Nathan Gentry - 525,000 (18 bb)
Nelson Robinson - Eliminated

12/04/17 10:00:11 AM PDT

With the recent elimination of Tyler Phillips in 14th place, David Jackson is the only remaining player in the Main Event who is still in contention for the Casino Champion race.

Jackson needs to finish in at least 8th place in order to win.

The winner of this race, along with the winner of the Main Event, will win a seat into the 2018 Global Casino Championship next August.

12/04/17 09:58:08 AM PDT


With about 750,000 in the pot on a board reading      , Trung Pham bets 600,000 from the small blind and Tyler Phillips (pictured) has 720,000 total behind and is under the gun. He goes into the tank for a long while and is clearly torn by the decision. Eventually, he calls.

Pham tables    for trip jacks and Phillips whips his cards into the muck. "God damn!" says Phillips. He is left with just 120,000 behind and is in the big blind next hand.

In the very next hand, John Whitlow raises to 60,000 from the hijack and Pham calls on the button. Phillips moves all-in from the big blind for 115,000 and both Whitlow and Pham call.

Both players on the side check down a board reading       and Phillips tables   . Whitlow shows    and Pham reveals   . Whitlow holds and Phillips is eliminated.

Trung Pham - 3,150,000 (105 bb)
John Whitlow - 1,000,000 (33 bb)
Tyler Phillips - Eliminated in 14th place