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

Saturday, June 23, 2018 to Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Event #48A: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK

EVENT IN PROGRESS:    Level: 3  |  Blinds: 75/150  |  Ante: 0
  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $0
  • Entries: tbd
  • Remaining: 2520
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EVENT UPDATES

06/23/18 12:48:36 PM PST (about 9 minutes ago)
 
Quads For O'Kearney
 

Dare O'Kearney

Dara O'Kearney was up against the player on the button when the board read     . O'Kearney check-called a bet to see the   river and bet 2,000.

HIs opponent gave himself 30 seconds to think before he made the call. O'Kearney tabled    for quads to win the pot and move up to 23,500.

Dara O'Kearney23,5006,775
06/23/18 12:31:47 PM PST (about 26 minutes ago)
 
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06/23/18 12:28:17 PM PST (about 29 minutes ago)
 
Level 3 started
 
Level: 3 Blinds: 75/150 Ante: 0
06/23/18 12:07:17 PM PST (about 50 minutes ago)
 
First Break of the Day
 

Players will now be taking their first 20-minute break of the day and the blinds will then resume at 75/150.

06/23/18 11:59:28 AM PST (about 58 minutes ago)
 
More Notables Jumping in Before End of Second Level
 
Anthony Reategui15,00015,000
Ihar Soika15,00015,000
Paul W Lee15,00015,000
Marc MacDonnell15,00015,000
Zachary Smiley15,000
06/23/18 11:54:18 AM PST (about 1 hour and 3 minutes ago)
 
Turner gets Paid with Sixes
 

There was       showing on the board and Joshua Turner bet 2,300 into a pot around 3,500. His opponent thought for several moments but in the end called.

Turner tabled    for a set and his opponent mucked his hand. Turner took down the pot and started to add to his chip stack.

Joshua Turner19,600
06/23/18 11:42:32 AM PST (about 1 hour and 15 minutes ago)
 
Walsh Doubles With Aces
 

Luke Walsh has started well after he was able to secure a double-up with Aces in his first WSOP event.

Walsh was in the small blind and up against his opponent in the big blind on a     flop. Walsh's opponent called a bet, and the turn came the  . Walsh continued to bet and was called once more.

On the   river, he moved all in for around 13,000. He had his opponent covered and put him to the test. After a minutes or so thought Walsh got the call and saw the good news.

Luke Walsh:   
Opponent:   

Both players held two pair but it was Walsh's overpair to the board that was the winner, and his opponent was sent to the rail.

Walsh moves up to 27,000 for a perfect start to Day 1a, and by coincidence, the WSOP cashiers put his ticket name down as 'Luck Walsh' rather than 'Luke,' so maybe it was meant to be for him.

Luke Walsh27,00027,000
06/23/18 11:33:17 AM PST (about 1 hour and 24 minutes ago)
 
Rughani Pushes Hard on the Turn
 

The board read      and an opponent bet 2,000 from the big blind position, into a pot around 2,000. Vivek Rughani then moved all in for 7,875 and his opponent thought for a moment before making the fold.

Vivek Rughani13,100
06/23/18 11:28:36 AM PST (about 1 hour and 29 minutes ago)
 
Notables to Take a Seat
 
Antoine Saout15,000
Dutch Boyd15,000
Adam Lippert15,000
Kenna James15,000
Bradley Butcher15,000
06/23/18 11:05:41 AM PST (about 2 hours and 52 minutes ago)
 
Level 2 started
 
Level: 2 Blinds: 50/100 Ante: 0
06/23/18 11:04:32 AM PST (about 2 hours and 53 minutes ago)
 
Lightbourne Loses to a Set
 

Iaron Lightbourne

Iaron Lightbourne was in early position and up against two opponents, one in the under the gun position and the other in the cutoff.

The flop read     and all three players checked to see the   turn. The first player to act bet and Lightbourne raised. The cutoff folded and Lightbourne was called to go heads-up to the river.

Lightbourne's opponent checked and he also checked for showdown. Lightbourne, who has $672,918 in WSOP earnings, saw his opponent reveal    for a set and he let his hand go into the muck.

Iaron Lightbourne13,00013,000
06/23/18 11:04:22 AM PST (about 2 hours and 53 minutes ago)
 
Povatchuk Hits the River
 

The board read      and Julie Povatchuk checked to the button who bet 1,000 into a pot around 2,000. Povatchuk then moved all in for 5,250 and the button opponent called.

Her opponent tabled    for flopped trips and Povatchuk showed    for a flush draw. The   came on the river, giving Povatchuk her flush and a much needed double up.

Julie Povatchuk12,700
06/23/18 10:57:29 AM PST (about 2 hours and 60 minutes ago)
 
Daubenfield Doubles Early
 

The board read     and Guy Daubenfeld checked to the cutoff who then bet 550. Daubenfeld made the call and the turn came the  . Daubenfeld then led for 1,000 and the cutoff opponent made the call..

The river fell the   and Daubenfeld bet 2,800, the cutoff then raised to 8,000. Daubenfeld moved all in for 13,200 and his opponent called with fewer chips than him.

His opponent tabled    for a full house and Daubenfeld then showed    for a higher full house. Daubenfeld took down the pot and is off to a great start on Day 1A of the Monster Stack.

Guy Daubenfeld33,000
06/23/18 10:47:55 AM PST (about 2 hours and 9 minutes ago)
 
The Field is Rising
 

Over 2,000 players have taken a seat in the first level of Day 1a, with late registration open until the end of level eight.

Last year, this same flight achieved 2,420 entrants, so it remains to be seen if that will be beaten today.

06/23/18 10:42:42 AM PST (about 2 hours and 15 minutes ago)
 
Familiar Faces
 

Across the other poker rooms in the Rio players like Sam Cohen, Greg Raymer, Pok Kim, Renato Namura and Mike Leah have taken their seats.

Sam Cohen15,00015,000
Greg Raymer15,00015,000
Pok Kim15,00015,000
Renato Nomura15,00015,000
Mike Leah15,00015,000
06/23/18 10:21:23 AM PST (about 3 hours and 36 minutes ago)
 
Brasilia Room Faces
 

Dare O'Kearney

Among the faces in the packed Brasilia room are Dara O'Kearney, Jon Kyte, T.J. Cloutier and Arkadiy Tsinis.

Dara O'Kearney15,00015,000
Jon Kyte15,00015,000
T.J. Cloutier15,00015,000
Arkadiy Tsinis15,00015,000
06/23/18 10:06:03 AM PST (about 3 hours and 51 minutes ago)
 
Shuffle Up and Deal
 

The tournament director has now informed the dealers to shuffle up and start pitching the cards.

06/23/18 10:06:00 AM PST (about 3 hours and 51 minutes ago)
 
Level 1 started
 
Level: 1 Blinds: 25/50 Ante: 0
06/23/18 09:06:26 AM PST (about 4 hours and 51 minutes ago)
 
Welcome to Day 1a of Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK
 

Brian Yoon won the Monster Stack in 2017

Today will see thousands of hopeful players descend upon the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino with the aim of turning $1,500 into a potential $1,000,000 as Day 1a of Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK gets underway.

Last year, Brian Yoon won $1,094,349 after he came through a 6,716 player field to take away the biggest share of the $9,066,600 prize pool and a coveted gold bracelet.

Players will sit down with 15,000 chips, which is twice the regular WSOP starting stack, with blinds at 25/50. Ten 60-minute levels will be played out with 20-min breaks every two levels and a 75-min dinner break after the 6th level.

The five-day MONSTER STACK event will have two starting flights, with players having to select one to play. There are no re-entries allowed, and players are restricted to playing in just one starting flight..

The players who progress from Day 1a and tomorrow's Day 1b will come together for Day 2 on Monday, June, 25 at 11 am.

MONSTER STACK History

YearEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrize
20147,862$10,613,700Hugo PingrayFrance$1,327,083
20157,192$9,709,200Perry ShiaoUnited States$1,286,942
20166,927$9,351,450Mitchel TownerUnited States$1,120,196
20176,716$9,351,450Brian YoonUnited States$1,094,349

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