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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, June 01, 2018 to Sunday, July 01, 2018

Event #6: GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em

EVENT IN PROGRESS:    Level: 21  |  Blinds: 12000/24000  |  Ante: 4000
  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $1,021,500
  • Entries: 3,405
  • Remaining: 55
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06/16/18 04:08:54 AM PST (about 4 days and 7 hours ago)
Mathieu Philbert Bags Chip Lead on Day 1c of the the $365 GIANT


On a packed day in the Rio All-Suited Hotel & Casino a total of 1,148 entries showed up for Day 1c of Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold'em. Just 55 of them found a bag by the end of 21 levels. Chipleader at the end of the night was Mathieu Philbert of France who bagged an impressive 1,940,000.

Philbert won a pot for over 1.5 million during the final six hands of play. The hand was against Matt Telepo who tried to pull a fast one on Philbert with an ill-timed bluff. Philbert saw through it and soared towards the top of the standings with the massive pot.

This flight had a total of five players that broke the million mark, including Kevin Ninkovich (1,505,00), bracelet winner Arkadiy Tsinis (1,495,000), Terry Kelley (1,035,000), and well-known English pro Artan Dedusha (1,025,000).

Some other notable stacks moving on from this flight include Jett Blackwell (975,000), Alexander Allegranza (875,000), Jeremy Brown (820,000), bracelet winner Peter Eichhardt (780,000) and Gary Lucci (715,000).

There were several bracelet holders that were in this flight but did not manage to find a bag including Phil Laak, Benjamin Yu, Kathy Liebert and Canada's Calen McNeil. Some other well-known players that did not manage to make it through include Sandeep Vasudevan, Bradley Butcher and Allen Kessler.

The money bubble was popped by Jordan Polk who also made it through to Day 2 with 725,000. The remaining 173 players were then guaranteed a min-cash of $556 dollars. After the bubble burst, the tournament turned into a haotic shove fest of people trying to either build up a stack or bust and return next Friday to try and spin up a stack on that flight.

The tournament has now completed it's third of five flights and players will have two more shots to run up a stack for Day 2 on June 30th. The last two remaining flights will be on June 22nd and June 29th, with everyone returning on June 30th for Day 2.

The PokerNews team will be bringing full coverage of this and every other WSOP event this summer.

06/16/18 03:36:36 AM PST (about 4 days and 8 hours ago)
End of Day Chip Counts
Mathieu Philbert1,940,0001,376,000
Kevin Ninkovich1,505,0001,505,000
Arkadiy Tsinis1,495,000437,000
Terry Kelley1,035,000410,000
Artan Dedusha1,025,0001,025,000
Jett Blackwell975,000-51,000
Alexander Allegranza875,000875,000
Jeremy Brown820,000154,000
Peter Eichhardt780,00035,000
Mark Jun770,000123,000
Alan Marks740,000740,000
Brett Beck730,000142,000
Jordan Polk725,000586,000
Gary Lucci715,00080,000
Linglin Zeng685,000685,000
Robert Mahlmann670,000
Jesse Mason655,000613,475
Rickey Lee605,000
Jon Traver570,000
Kindah Sakkal540,000
Matthew Crooks540,000
Bret Weeks505,000
Park Yu Cheung505,000
Christopher Bonita490,000
Rolando Soria485,000321,000
Matthew Smith430,000
Manuel Reyes410,000
Mike Shariati405,000
Rimvydas Plenys395,000
Michael Hubbs395,000
Larry Rogers390,000
Nipun Java385,000-487,000
Tolga Ural365,000
Dominykas Mikolaitis360,000-125,000
Bryden Baxter355,00067,000
James Acock345,000
Roger Franco320,000
Ronald Chovanec300,000
Kevin Rines290,000-31,000
Karl Myburgh285,000
Walter S Shew285,000
Steve Simmons280,000
Roger Campbell265,000
David Petrus240,00065,000
Abhishek Rathod240,000
Johan Lees225,000
Libo Zhu210,000
Dana Marcolongo205,000
Robert Madafferi190,000
Christopher Montoya180,000
Jared Foley175,000
Mike Puskarich170,000
Matthew Rudig110,000
Spencer Wyndham90,000
John Gaughan55,000
06/16/18 03:08:20 AM PST (about 4 days and 8 hours ago)
Tournament is Down to Six More Hands

The clock has been paused at five minutes and each table will now deal six more hands, with all remaining at the end of those moving on to Day 2.

06/16/18 03:06:57 AM PST (about 4 days and 8 hours ago)
Jun Takes Two Down with Runner-Runner

There were three players that found themselves all in preflop and Mark Jun was one of them.

Mark Jun:   
Opponent One:   
Opponent Two:   

The flop came down     and Jun needed some help. The turn came the   and Jun was now drawing to a straight or flush. The river was the   and Jun completed his flush to eliminate two opponents near the end of Day 1c.

Mark Jun647,000
06/16/18 02:58:58 AM PST (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Marcolango Takes Out Two

Dana Marcolango found himself all in for 123,000 and had two people move all in after for less. The three then turned over their hands.

Dana Marcolango:   
Opponent One:   
Opponent Two:   

The board ran out       and Marcolango's turned pair of aces took down the pot.

Dana Marcolango358,000
06/16/18 02:55:34 AM PST (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Level 21 started
Level: 21 Blinds: 12000/24000 Ante: 4000
06/16/18 02:44:22 AM PST (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Updated Chip Counts Late in the Day
Arkadiy Tsinis1,058,000377,000
Jett Blackwell1,026,000170,000
Nipun Java872,000341,000
Peter Eichhardt745,000305,000
Jeremy Brown666,000666,000
Gary Lucci635,00050,000
06/16/18 02:43:01 AM PST (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Beck Wins with Cowboys

An early position player moved all in for around 70,000 and Brett Beck moved all in over the top for a little over 500,000. The two players turned over their hands.

Brett Black:   

The board ran out       and Beck's kings held on for the pot.

Brett Beck588,000291,000
06/16/18 02:32:13 AM PST (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Level 20 started
Level: 20 Blinds: 10000/20000 Ante: 3000
06/16/18 02:31:59 AM PST (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Baxter Holds Against Snowmen

A late position player moved all in for around 80,000 and Bryden Baxter made the call. Both players then turned over their hands.

Bryden Baxter:   

The board ran out       and Baxter's tens held on for the pot.

Bryden Baxter288,00027,000
06/16/18 02:23:13 AM PST (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Blackwell wins a Big Pot Towards the End of the Night

The board read     and the cutoff bet 75,000 into a pot around 100,000. Jett Blackwell raised to 150,000 from the button, the cutoff then moved all in for enough to cover Blackwell.

Blackwell snap-called and turned over    for a flopped straight. His opponent tabled    for top pair and the turn then came the  . Blackwell would need to dodge the full house outs of his opponent and he did so as the   came on the river.

Blackwell is now the leader of the pack for the moment being.

Jett Blackwell856,000501,000
06/16/18 02:14:30 AM PST (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Level 19 started
Level: 19 Blinds: 8000/16000 Ante: 2000
06/16/18 01:52:53 AM PST (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Players are now on Break

The remaining 129 players will now be taking their last 20-minute break of the night. The blinds will resume at 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante.

06/16/18 01:50:46 AM PST (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Updated Chip Counts Going into Break
Arkadiy Tsinis681,000297,000
Matt Telepo667,000587,500
William Haggerty591,000-123,000
Gary Lucci585,00097,500
Mathieu Philbert564,000204,000
Nipun Java531,000
Jett Blackwell355,000
Bryden Baxter261,000104,600
06/16/18 01:37:19 AM PST (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Level 18 started
Level: 18 Blinds: 6000/12000 Ante: 2000
06/16/18 01:35:09 AM PST (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Haggerty Wins Big Before the Money Bubble Pops

The board read      and William Haggerty bet 60,000 into a pot around 130,000. David Kolbeck then raised to 120,000 and Haggerty thought for several moments before moving all in for 231,500.

Kolbeck took a few moments and then made the call, leaving himself around 40,000 behind. Haggerty tabled    for two pair and Kolbeck showed    for a straight draw.

The river bricked out and Haggerty took down the big pot before the money bubble popped.

David Kolbeck busted the very next hand with    against Jordan Polk's   . The board ran out       and Kolbeck would be the bubble boy.

William Haggerty714,000
Jordan Polk139,000
David Kolbeck42,000-301,000
06/16/18 01:15:17 AM PST (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Hand-for-Hand has now Started

The tournament director has now announced hand-for-hand play has been activated.

06/16/18 01:12:12 AM PST (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Updated Chip Counts
Terry Kelley625,000242,000
Gary Lucci487,500125,500
Dominykas Mikolaitis485,000
Arkadiy Tsinis384,000359,000
Mark Dube379,000236,500
Mathieu Philbert360,000
Kevin Rines321,000
Brett Beck297,000
06/16/18 01:04:25 AM PST (about 4 days and 11 hours ago)
The Money Bubble Approaches

The tournament is now ten away from the money and a min-cash will be paying $556.

06/16/18 01:01:58 AM PST (about 4 days and 11 hours ago)
Level 17 started
Level: 17 Blinds: 5000/10000 Ante: 1000
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