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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - HARD ROCK (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Thursday, March 22, 2018 to Monday, March 26, 2018

Event #9A: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

EVENT IN PROGRESS:    Level: 16  |  Blinds: 1,500/3,000  |  Ante: 500
  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $0
  • Entries: 91
  • Remaining: 13
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03/22/18 10:41:34 PM PST (about 5 hours and 52 minutes ago)
Jonathan Poche Bags the Chip Lead on Day 1A of the Hard Rock Tulsa Main Event

Jonathan Poche

It wasn't until the last level that Jonathan Poche grabbed the chip lead in the Hard Rock Tulsa Main Event, but with some good luck he bounded from the middle of the pack to the top of the leaderboard. During that last level, Poche not only eliminated Susan Barlett when his king-jack outraced her pocket tens, but he also eliminated Wayne Lovell who was holding ace-queen against Poche's pocket kings. Poche found a bag with 379,000 in it and will return Sunday with the survivors from the other flights.

Some of the others returning to Day 2 include Joshua Turner, Justin Gardenhire, Colin Perry, Sergio Ramirez, and Charlie Nguyen. Nguyen started off the day quick flopping two pair against another player's top pair to nearly double and he never let off the gas after that. He tangled with Sergio Ramirez multiple times over the course of the day and picked off some big bluffs, eliminated multiple players and at the end of the night he found a bag with 314,000 in it, good enough for second place.

Players played 16 levels today and over the course of the first 12 levels, 91 players joined the tournament. At the end of the night, only 13 remained heading into Day 2. Some of those who fell today include the likes of Valentin Vornicu, Allen Kessler, Dan Lowery, David Hubbard, Hank Sitton, Pearce Arnold, Dejuante Alexander and the defending champion, Will Berry. Berry was eliminated when he moved all in with ace-nine against Shawn Roberts' ace-king and failed to catch up sending him to the rail.

Day 1B begins on Friday at 11 a.m. while Day 1C will kick on on Saturday at the same time. New players still have a chance to fire four more bullets on Day 1B or 1C and anyone who didn't make it through yet can still re-enter for a maximum of four total entries. Those who made it through Day 1A will return on Sunday at 12 p.m. WSOP.com will have updates from start to a winner so make sure you stay tuned in for all the updates.

03/22/18 10:31:59 PM PST (about 5 hours and 2 minutes ago)
Play Concludes
Day 1A is complete and players are bagging up their chips. A full recap of the day will be posted shortly.
03/22/18 10:23:42 PM PST (about 5 hours and 10 minutes ago)
Four More Hands
The clock has been stopped with 10 minutes remaining, and each table will play four more hands before bagging up for the night.
03/22/18 10:11:29 PM PST (about 5 hours and 22 minutes ago)
Joshua Turner Wins Battle of the Blinds

There's 18,500 in the pot, and two players involved.The flop is    . Joshua Turner bets 8,000 from the small blind and Jay Hunter calls from the big blind.

The turn is the   and Turner continues for 15,500. Hunter calls again.

The   completes the board on the river, and Turner moves all in. He has Hunter outchipped, and the bet is effectively for 92,000. Hunter folds, and Turner takes the pot.

Joshua Turner - 257,000
Jay Hunter - 92,000

03/22/18 10:07:09 PM PST (about 5 hours and 27 minutes ago)
Sergio Ramirez and Brandon Wilt Chop a Big Pot against Jacob Daniels

Jacob Daniels opens with a raise to 7,000 which earns a call from Sergio Ramirez, next to act, and Brandon Wilt in the big blind. 

The flop comes down     and Wilt checks. Daniels bets 12,000. Ramirez calls before Wilt shoves from the big blind for 35,000. Daniels thinks for a while before raising, enough to put Ramirez all in and Ramirez snap calls. 


The turn is the   which gives Wilt and Ramirez the same full house and the   on the river seals a chop pot for the two player. Ramirez and Wilt chop up the main pot, while Ramirez doubles some of his stack in the side pot with Daniels. 

Sergio Ramirez - 135,000
Brandon Wilt - 60,000
Jacob Daniel - 75,000

03/22/18 09:55:55 PM PST (about 6 hours and 38 minutes ago)
Wayne Lovell Eliminated by Jonathan Poche

Jonathan Poche and Wayne Lovell get all their chips in the middle preflop. Lovell is the all-in player, and he is at risk.

Poche has   , and Lovell will need help with his   .

The board comes      . Poche wins the pot with his queens, and Lovell is eliminated.

Jonathan Poche - 273,000
Wayne Lovell - Eliminated

03/22/18 09:49:40 PM PST (about 6 hours and 44 minutes ago)
Andy Hwang Eliminated

Andy Hwang moves all in for 11,500 from the hijack, and Sergio Ramirez calls from the button.


The board rolls out      . Ramirez wins with his pocket fours, and Hwang is eliminated.

Sergio Ramirez - 85,000
Andy Hwang - Eliminated

03/22/18 09:48:50 PM PST (about 6 hours and 45 minutes ago)
Jonathan Poche Knocks Out Susan Barlett

After an opening raise to 7,000, Jonathan Poche raises, making it 18,500 from the small blind. Susan Barlett is in the big blind and she moves all in for 41,500. The original raises folds, but Poche calls quickly.


The flop comes down     which gives Barlett a set, but Poche picks up an open-ended straight draw. The turn is the   which doesn't change anything, but the   on the river give Poche the winning straight and earns him the pot. 

Jonathan Poche - 175,000
Susan Barlett - Eliminated

03/22/18 09:46:35 PM PST (about 6 hours and 47 minutes ago)
Charlie Nguyen Picks Off a Bluff

Charlie Nguyen raises to 6,500 from the hijack, and Sergio Ramirez calls from the small blind.

The flop comes     and Ramirez checks. Nguyen continues for 7,000. Ramirez then check-raises to 20,500. Nguyen thinks for a minute and calls.

Both players check the   on the turn, and the river is the  . Ramirez leads out for 38,500. Nguyen calls.

Ramirez shows   , and Nguyen tables    to win the pot with queens up.

Charlie Nguyen - 250,000
Sergio Ramirez - 65,000

03/22/18 09:37:42 PM PST (about 6 hours and 56 minutes ago)
Jacob Daniels Doubles Through Andy Hwang

A preflop confrontation leads to Jacob Daniels calling Andy Hwang's shove, putting his tournament life at risk. 


The board runs out       which makes Daniel's hand best. After the stacks are counter, Daniels earns a full double up for 77,000 while Hwang is left with 12,000 chips. 

Jacob Daniels - 160,000
Andy Hwang - 12,000

03/22/18 09:32:28 PM PST (about 6 hours and 1 minute ago)
Level 16 Started
Level:16  Blinds:1,500/3,000  Ante:500
03/22/18 09:21:52 PM PST (about 6 hours and 12 minutes ago)
Final Break
Players are now on a 10-minute break. When they return, they'll play one more level (60 minutes), and then bag up for the night.
03/22/18 09:16:32 PM PST (about 6 hours and 17 minutes ago)
Elimination for Joshua Turner

After a raise to 5,500, Joshua Turner raises, making it 13,300. Action folds back to his opponent who moves all in for over 30,000. Turner grimaces, then calls. 


Despite his grimace, Turner leads by a significant margin and maintains that leads through the board runout of       sending another player to the rail and moving Turner's chip stack to almost 200,000.

Joshua Turner - 197,500

03/22/18 09:14:28 PM PST (about 6 hours and 19 minutes ago)
Marlon Gabriel vs. Justin Gardenhire

Justin Gardenhire raises to 5,000 from under the gun. Marlon Gabriel calls from his direct left, and the big blind also calls.

All three players check the     flop, and the turn is the  . The big blind checks again, and Gardenhire bets 10,000. Only Gabriel calls.

The river is the   and Gardenhire now checks. Gabriel bets 25,000. Gardenhire thinks for about a minute, then slides his cards to the muck.

Marlon Gabriel - 273,000
Justin Gardenhire - 121,000

03/22/18 09:07:35 PM PST (about 6 hours and 26 minutes ago)
Massive Pot for Justin Garenhire Pushes Him Over 100,000

Catching the action on the flop of     there is a bet of 6,300, a raise from Justin Gardenhire, and a second raise from the third player in the pot to 21,300. The original bettor folds, while Gardenhire just calls. 

The turn is the   and the player quickly moves all in for Gardenhire's stack of 34,700. Gardenhire snap calls. 


The river is the   which changes nothing and Gardenhire doubles up without a sweat.

Justin Gardenhire - 140,000

03/22/18 09:00:55 PM PST (about 7 hours and 33 minutes ago)
Sergio Ramirez Takes from Charlie Nguyen

Sergio Ramirez and Charlie Nguyen are contesting a pot. The board is       on the river and there's roughly 40,000 in the middle already.

Ramirez bets 29,700 from the cutoff. Nguyen goes into the tank. After about two minutes, he confirms the amount of the bet. And after about another minute, he pushes forward the chips to call.

Ramirez shows    for two pair, and Nguyen mucks his cards.

Sergio Ramirez - 150,000
Charlie Nguyen - 210,000

03/22/18 08:46:49 PM PST (about 7 hours and 47 minutes ago)
Joshua Turner Wins Six-Way Pot

Sue Barlett limps from under the gun. Wayne Lovell limps from the hijack, the cutoff limps, Joshua Turner limps from the button, the small blind completes, and the big blind checks his option.

The flop is     and it's checked around to Turner on the button. He bets 5,700 and all five of his opponents fold.

Joshua Turner - 148,000

03/22/18 08:44:57 PM PST (about 7 hours and 49 minutes ago)
Level 15 Started
Level:15  Blinds:1,200/2,400  Ante:400
03/22/18 08:44:34 PM PST (about 7 hours and 49 minutes ago)
Yordanos Mebrahtu Eliminated by Colin Perry

From early position, Yordanos Mebrahtu raises to 8,000. Action folds around to the big blind where Colin Perry moves all in with a slightly covering stack. Mebrahtu calls. 


The flop od     is safe for Mebrahtu but the   on the turn changes that quickly. The river is the   and that earns Perry the knockout while Mebrahtu is sent to the rail. Perry takes down the pot and after being down to just 5,000 a bit ago, has chipped back up to over 60,000.

Colin Perry - 62,000
Yordanos Mebrahtu - Eliminated

03/22/18 08:37:14 PM PST (about 7 hours and 57 minutes ago)
Big Pot Vaults Marlon Gabriel into the Chip Lead

With three-way action on a flop of    , Miguel Capriles is first to act. He bets 5,000.

"I guess I'll find out where I am," the player to his right says before raising to 13,000. Marlon Gabriel is last to act and he calls the 13,000 before Capriles moves all in for 27,300 more. The other player folds while Gabriel drops into the tank, cutting the bet out of his stack to see what it looks like before he finally decides to call. 


The turn is the   completing Gabriel's straight and locking up the pot for him right there. The river is the   but it changes nothing. Gabriel takes down the big pot while a very frustrated Capriles heads to the rail. 

"Unbelievable," Capriles says. "Great call." 

The other player in the hand claims that he folded pocket jacks, which only would've beaten Capriles. 

Marlon Gabriel - 195,000
Miguel Capriles - Eliminated

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