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

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,071,600
  • Entries: 114
  • Remaining: 0
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EVENT UPDATES

06/28/18 03:55:17 AM PDT (about 86 days and 10 hours ago)
 
Scott Seiver Wins Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($296,222)
 

Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver has done about all there is to do in poker. He's conquered online poker, crushing in both tournament and cash games. He's become a regular player in live high-stakes cash games and won a WSOP bracelet among $23 million in live tournament earnings.

But he admitted winning a piece of WSOP gold still matters, and that's exactly what he did when he won his second bracelet, defeating a field of 114 in Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.

"I'll be honest," he said. "It matters a lot to me. It really does. I feel that I've really accomplished most things that I've set out to do in poker so far and honestly, even more than that."

PlaceNameCountryPrize (USD)
1Scott SeiverUnited States$296,222
2Matt SzymaszekUnited States$183,081
3Anthony ZinnoUnited States$129,186
4Christopher ChungUnited States$93,009
5Matt GlantzUnited States$68,352
6Philip CordanoUnited States$51,296
7Dan ZackUnited States$39,329
8Michael MooreUnited States$30,821
9Ken DengUnited States$24,700

Seiver's motivation to grind at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has appeared to wane in recent years, something he admitted has been the case as lucrative summer cash games have drawn his attention. He went for a mere $3 in the $25K fantasy draft after insisting to peers he'd be scarce at the Rio for the fourth or fifth consecutive year, planning to play only four or five events.

However, in a lull in the Stanley Cup finals — Seiver counts himself an avid hockey fan and said he attended all of the Las Vegas Golden Knights home games — Seiver squeezed in a shot in $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball. He got second to Johannes Becker, a result that didn't set well.

"I was so upset that I didn't get a bracelet," Seiver said. "If I either won that tournament or didn't cash, I probably wouldn't have played another tournament all summer."

So, Seiver has been a regular presence once again, and he made a run despite last-minute registering the Limit Hold'em Championship. Upon making Day 3, he decided he'd like to don something special if he made the final table to celebrate the upset victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a New York Democratic primary.

"I believe she'd be the first-ever active registered socialist to make it to U.S. Congress," said Seiver, who actively shares his political thoughts and opinions on Twitter. "I've been a really big fan of her and her message."

So, he called up Alan Sass 30 minutes before play. Less than an hour later, a courier arrived bearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the prospective Congresswoman's face. A surprised Seiver admitted he was impressed by the amazing speed of the delivery and he stored it away in case he made the final table.

Scott Seiver
Seiver had a special shirt made for his final-table appearance.

Seiver challenged for the chip lead early but by the time play was five-handed, he found himself at the bottom of the counts with Matt Glantz. Seiver said ICM implications slowed him down at that point.

"Honestly, I got somewhat lucky that he went out somewhat soon-ish and I was able to play more for the win at that point," Seiver said. "I made a couple big hands which is really what you need in this game and it helped catapult me up out of the danger zone."

Seiver leaned on his skill and experience playing big-limit cash poker — he's a participant in many of the biggest games in Vegas — and climbed up into the lead. He hit a three-outer to bust fellow bracelet winner Anthony Zinno, who led for most of the day. That left Seiver heads up with Matt Szymaszek.

Though the match was short, it proved very swingy. Seiver started off down 2-1 in chips but went on a dominant rush and had Szymaszek down to a couple of bets. Down nearly 10-1, Szymaszek erased that deficit and moved back into the lead.

"My heart was going about a thousand miles a second," said Seiver, who certainly turned serious for heads-up play after laughing and joking for much of the final table.

Heads Up
Scott Seiver and Matt Szymaszek battle for the bracelet.

Seiver picked off a big bluff and then won another pot with jacks up. With limits so big — less than 30 big bets remained on the table — that was all it took to take another big lead and finish off Szymaszek.

While limit hold'em is generally considered to be an old-school game, Seiver's win continues an embrace of limit poker that began in his post-Black Friday years when he moved to Las Vegas to more fully explore the live poker scene.

"I really became enchanted with the mixed games," he said. "Honestly, it's exciting to learn new games and try new things. I think it's a natural progression for almost every single poker player.

"I really enjoy all the different aspects of the different games. I like the feel of a limit table better. It's more friendly, it's more camaraderie. There's a lot of laughing and joking throughout the day. I really just enjoy limit more and I've done well and I'm happy with that."

The WSOP schedule, of course, remains populated with limit and mixed events. And with Seiver's ever-increasing skill in those formats, it seems it's only up to him whether he will add to his bracelet count. As long as he can find time to step away from the cash games, he'll be a favorite in just about anything he enters — starting with the $10,000 Razz Championship, which he said he plans to register after sleeping off the win.

And to hear Seiver tell it, the motivation to grind for bracelets is back for the moment.

"I feel I like to be judged by what my peers think of me more than my actual results," he said. "But, the World Series still has a certain panache that you don't find in other situations. So, this is very special to get this bracelet and I hope to get many more in the future."

06/28/18 02:21:32 AM PDT (about 86 days and 11 hours ago)
 
Matt Szymaszek Eliminated in 2nd Place ($183,081)
 

Matt Szymaszek

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver three-bet. Szymaszek called and Seiver bet all three streets on      . Szymaszek called down but Seiver had gotten there on the river with   .

Left with crumbs, Szymaszek got them in on     the next hand. He had    but some of his outs were dead against   . The   further narrowed Szymaszek's chances and the   ended it just as the level closed.

Scott Seiver5,700,0001,200,000
Matt Szymaszek0-1,200,000
06/28/18 02:18:32 AM PDT (about 86 days and 11 hours ago)
 
Two Pair for Seiver
 

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver three-bet. Szymaszek called and the dealer spread the     flop. Seiver led out with a bet and Szymaszek called. The turn was the   and Seiver checked, Szymaszek bet and Seiver check-raised.

Szymaszek called and the river was the  . Seiver bet, Szymaszek called and Seiver showed    for two pair to take the pot.

Scott Seiver4,500,000900,000
Matt Szymaszek1,200,000-900,000
06/28/18 02:11:33 AM PDT (about 86 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Szymaszek Takes One
 

Scott Seiver raised and Matt Szymaszek called. Szymaszek check-raised the     flop and bet the   turn and   river. Seiver folded to the river bet.

Scott Seiver3,600,000-600,000
Matt Szymaszek2,100,000600,000
06/28/18 02:11:26 AM PDT (about 86 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Seiver Picks Off Szymaszek in a Monster Pot
 

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver called. They saw a flop of     and Seiver check-called a bet from Szymaszek. The turn was the   and Seiver checked.

Szymaszek threw out a bet and Seiver check-raised. Szymaszek put in a third bet and with the action back on Seiver he four-bet. Szymaszek called and the river was the  . Seiver checked and Szymaszek slid out a bet.

Seiver called and Szymaszek tabled his    for just queen high. Seiver showed    for two-pair and scooped the monster pot to move back into the lead.

Scott Seiver4,200,000600,000
Matt Szymaszek1,500,000-600,000
06/28/18 02:03:21 AM PDT (about 86 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Seiver Pulls Ahead
 

Scott Seiver raised and Matt Szymaszek called. Szymaszek check-raised the     flop and an   arrived. Szymaszek bet and Seiver raised. Szymaszek didn't take long to fold.

Scott Seiver3,100,000700,000
Matt Szymaszek2,600,000-700,000
06/28/18 01:58:52 AM PDT (about 86 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Szymaszek Takes the Lead
 

Matt Szymaszek

Scott Seiver raised and Matt Szymaszek called. They saw a flop of     and Szymaszek check-called a bet from Seiver. The turn was the   and Szymaszek led out with a bet.

Seiver raised and Szymaszek put in a three-bet. Seiver called and Szymaszek led out again when the   hit the river. Seiver called and Szymaszek turned over    for a turned straight. Seiver threw his hand away and Szymaszek scooped the pot to move back into the chip lead.

Matt Szymaszek3,300,0001,100,000
Scott Seiver2,400,000-1,100,000
06/28/18 01:52:00 AM PDT (about 86 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Szymaszek Inches Closer
 

Scott Seiver raised and Matt Szymaszek called. The flop came     and Seiver bet, with Szymaszek calling. On the   turn, Szymaszek check-raised and Seiver mucked.

The next hand, Szymaszek raised and Seiver called. Seiver check-raised on     and Szymaszek stuck around. On the   turn, Seiver just check-folded.

Scott Seiver3,500,000-900,000
Matt Szymaszek2,200,000900,000
06/28/18 01:50:10 AM PDT (about 86 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Szymaszek Trips Up Seiver
 

Matt Szymaszek

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver called. They saw a flop of     and Seiver check-called a bet from Szymaszek. The turn was the   and Seiver checked. Szymaszek bet and Seiver made the call.

The river was the   and Seiver checked for a third time. Szymaszek moved all-in, Seiver called and Szymaszek showed    for trip sevens to earn the double-up.

Scott Seiver4,400,000-100,000
Matt Szymaszek1,300,000100,000
06/28/18 01:43:59 AM PDT (about 87 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Szymaszek Doubles
 

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver called. Seiver check-called the     flop and check-raised the   turn. Szymaszek called off for 310,000 and saw he was ahead with    against   . The river was the   and Szymaszek collected a double to stay afloat.

Scott Seiver4,500,000-600,000
Matt Szymaszek1,200,000600,000
06/28/18 01:42:51 AM PDT (about 87 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Another Pot Goes to Seiver
 

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver called. The dealer spread the     flop and Seiver check-called a bet. The turn was the   and again Seiver check-called a bet from Szymaszek.dou

The river was the   and both players knuckled the felt. Seiver tabled his    for a rivered flush and Szymaszek double checked his hole cards one last time before throwing them away.

Scott Seiver5,100,000200,000
Matt Szymaszek600,000-200,000
06/28/18 01:34:51 AM PDT (about 87 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Seiver Pulls Farther Ahead
 

Scott Seiver raised and Matt Szymaszek called. Szymaszek check-called the     flop and the   turn. He checked the   river and a final bet from Seiver convinced him to give it up.

Scott Seiver4,900,000300,000
Matt Szymaszek800,000-300,000
06/28/18 01:33:22 AM PDT (about 87 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Seiver Gets Three Streets
 

Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver raised and Matt Szymaszek called. The dealer fanned the     flop and Szymaszek check-called a bet from Seiver. The turn was the   and Szymaszek checked.

Seiver bet, Szymaszek called and the   completed the board. Szymaszek checked and Seiver fired a third bullet. Szymaszek called, Seiver tabled his    and Szymaszek mucked.

Scott Seiver4,600,000500,000
Matt Szymaszek1,100,000-500,000
06/28/18 01:25:50 AM PDT (about 87 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Seiver Strikes Again
 

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver called. They saw a flop of    , Seiver checked and Szymaszek bet. Seiver check-raised and Szymaszek called.

The turn was the   and Seiver led out with a bet. Szymaszek called and the   completed the board. Seiver fired out another bet and Szymaszek called. Seiver showed    for top pair and Szymaszek threw his hand into the muck.

Scott Seiver4,100,000600,000
Matt Szymaszek1,600,000-600,000
06/28/18 01:21:28 AM PDT (about 87 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Seiver Gets Three Streets
 

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver three-bet. Szymaszek called and then called all three streets but lost to   , good for top pair on the king-high board.

Scott Seiver3,500,000700,000
Matt Szymaszek2,200,000-700,000
06/28/18 01:18:09 AM PDT (about 87 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Level 30 started
 
Level: 30 Blinds: 100000/200000 Ante: 0
06/28/18 01:16:48 AM PDT (about 87 days and 12 hours ago)
 
Seiver Evens the Score
 

Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver raised and Matt Szymaszek called. The dealer spread the     flop and Szymaszek check-called a bet from Seiver. The turn was the   and Szymaszek checked again to Seiver who bet.

Szymaszek called and the river was the  . Szymaszek checked, Seiver bet and Szymaszek snap called. "Two pair" announced Seiver turning over    and Szymaszek mucked.

Matt Szymaszek2,900,000-900,000
Scott Seiver2,800,000900,000
06/28/18 01:12:06 AM PDT (about 87 days and 13 hours ago)
 
Szymaszek Takes the First Heads-Up Pot
 

Matt Szymaszek raised and Scott Seiver called. They saw a flop of     and Seiver check-called a bet. The turn was the   and Seiver checked again. Szymaszek threw out a bet and it was enough to get a quick fold from Seiver.

Matt Szymaszek3,800,000400,000
Scott Seiver1,900,000-400,000
06/28/18 01:07:51 AM PDT (about 87 days and 13 hours ago)
 
Anthony Zinno Eliminated in 3rd Place ($129,186)
 

Anthony Zinno

Scott Seiver completed the blind and Anthony Zinno raised. Seiver called and they saw a     flop. Seiver check-called. The turn was the   and Seiver checked. Zinno bet and Seiver set him in with a raise to 305,000. Zinno went deep into the tank.

Eventually, he said he couldn't fold and called with   . Seiver had flopped a three-outer with    and Zinno missed the river when the   hit.

"Good game," Zinno said.

Matt Szymaszek3,400,000-300,000
Scott Seiver2,300,000800,000
Anthony Zinno0-1,200,000
06/28/18 01:00:06 AM PDT (about 87 days and 13 hours ago)
 
Szymaszek Continues to Climb
 

Scott Seiver raised and Matt Szymaszek called from the big blind. The dealer spread the     flop and both players checked. The turn was the   and Szymaszek check-called a bet from Seiver.

The river was the   and Szymaszek checked. Seiver threw out a bet and Szymaszek called. "No pair" said Seiver throwing his hand into the muck and Szymaszek turned over his    for middle pair to take the pot.

Matt Szymaszek3,700,000300,000
Scott Seiver1,500,000-500,000
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