07/12/18 07:44:53 PM PDT
Denis Timofeev Wins Event #73: $1,000 Double Stack Turbo
Denis Timofeev has won his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #73: $1,000 Double Stack Turbo after besting a field of 1,221 players.
Timofeev beat experienced Spanish pro Leo Margets heads-up to secure the $199,586 payday in a swingy see-saw heads-up battle which saw the chip lead change hands with a series of all-in showdowns.
"I don't understand what's happened!" said Timofeev, "I like to play Turbos and Hypers online, and it's good in live tournaments too because you don't need to play for a lot of days to win the big money. I just played my game, sometimes I was very lucky."
With two tables left, Timofeev got very lucky indeed, moving all in with queen-ten suited against pocket queens, only for Timofeev to flop the nut straight.
"The tournament is fast and it's difficult to make huge mistakes," said Timofeev with a smile. "Of course sometimes you shove queen-ten into queens, but it's OK if you know some maths.
"This WSOP has been no good for me. This is only my second ITM. My first was for $600 in The GIANT, so this is a nice comeback to finish off the Series!"
Final Table Results
|3||Evan Lipshultz||United States||$87,831|
|4||Ben Yu||United States||$63,327|
|5||Justin Young||United States||$46,221|
|6||Juan Carlos Martin||Spain||$34,157|
|7||Hien Nguyen||United States||$25,560|
|9||Jason Johnson||United States||$14,871|
Final Day Recap
With 54 players returning, over half the field was eliminated in the very first four levels of the day, with the tournament getting down to just three tables. Start-of-day chip leader Evan Lipshultz was still in contention having grown his stack from the start of the day, but the likes of Michael Gallagher, Justin Young, and Hien Nguyen would soon join him with seven-figure stacks.
Former Main Event final tablist Jake Balsiger was a notable elimination in 14th place, taking home $9,155, with Denis Timofeev and Justin Young sitting on stacks of over two million at this point.
The action was fast-paced with an all-in almost every hand at the final two tables. So fast was the action that we went from 11 to nine in two hands at separate tables, with the eliminations of Eli Loewenthal and Michael Gallagher in 11th and 10th, respectively, with both players taking home $11,566.
Timofeev and Lipshultz led the pack with nine remaining, with Leo Margets the table shortstack. However Justin Johnson was the first elimination, with Brazilian bracelet winner Thiago Nishijima close behind him, shoving a suited ace into the kings of Timofeev.
Margets doubled through Hien Nguyen, with Nguyen busting shortly in seventh place, with Timofeev busting two players in a row.
Young would add another elimination sending the other Spaniard Juan Carlos Martin to the rail in sixth, but Margets would double through Young leaving him short. He got his remaining chips in with ace-eight against the king-queen of Ben Yu. Young would flop a pair, but Yu turned a straight to eliminate Young in fifth place.
The stacks were fairly level four-handed, and as the action slowed and the pace of play caught up with the blinds the average stack was around 30 big blinds compared to close to 20 at the start of play. Timofeev led, but Lipshultz would double through him to take over the lead.
Timofeev would then double through Yu, and the two-time bracelet winner would bust in third place, his third deep run of this year. A short while later, start-of-day chip leader Lipshultz moved all in from the small blind and was called by Timofeev, sending Lipshultz to the rail in third.
Margets doubled up a total of six times at the final table, including twice in succession heads-up against Timofeev to go from 2.3 million to 8.3 million, with just over 12 million chips in play. However, Timofeev would battle back and secure the vital double when he cracked the deuces of Margets with ace-seven.
And just when Margets looked to grab another double to extend this already lengthy heads-up battle, Timofeev rivered a flush to secure the title, prize money, and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
07/12/18 07:44:41 PM PDT
Leo Margets Eliminated in 2nd Place ($123,297)
Hand #113: Denis Timofeev moved all in from the small blind for 9,950,000. Leo Margets, in the big blind, quickly called, putting at risk her last 2,250,000.
The board ran and Timofeev rivered a flush to win the tournament and the WSOP gold bracelet, eliminating Margets in second place for $123,297.
|Denis Timofeev||12,200,000||2,400,000 |
|Leo Margets||0||-2,400,000 |
07/12/18 07:42:26 PM PDT
Hand #107-112: Three Walks
Hand #107: Leo Margets received a walk.
Hand #108: Denis Timofeev received a walk.
Hand #109: Timofeev limped and Margets checked. The pair checked a flop and turn of and Margets check-called a bet of 350,000 on the river. Timofeev showed and took down the pot.
Hand #110: Margets moved all in and Timofeev folded.
Hand #111: Timofeev limped and Margets moved all in. Timofeev folded.
Hand #112: Timofeev received a walk.
|Denis Timofeev||9,800,000||300,000 |
|Leo Margets||2,400,000||-300,000 |
07/12/18 07:39:03 PM PDT
Hands #100-106: Timofeev Doubles Up
Hand #100: Leo Margets got a walk.
Hand #101: Margets moved all in from the small blind and Denis Timofeev called, putting at risk his last 4,705,000. Margets made the call.
The board ran and Timofeev doubled up.
Hand #102: Timofeev moved all in for 9,410,000 from the small blind. Margets folded.
Hand #103: Margets moved all in for 2,500,000 from the small blind. Timofeev folded.
Hand #104: Timofeev limped from the small blind. Margets checked.
The flop came . Margets checked. Timofeev threw in a bet of 250,000, and that was enough to claim the pot.
Hand #105: Margets moved all in from the small blind for 2,300,000. Timofeev folded.
Hand #106: Margets got a walk.
|Denis Timofeev||9,500,000||5,600,000 |
|Leo Margets||2,700,000||-5,600,000 |
07/12/18 07:23:32 PM PDT
Hands #95-99: Action Slows Once More
Hand #95: Leo Margets limped and folded to a bet of 650,000 from Denis Timofeev.
Hand #96: Timofeev limped and Margets checked. The pair checked the flop. Margets limp-folded to a bet of 240,000 on the turn.
Hand #97: Margets limped and Timofeev checked. The pair checked down an entire board of and Timofeev showed for a flush.
Hand #98: Timofeev moved all in and took down the flop.
Hand #99: Timofeev received a walk.
07/12/18 07:19:18 PM PDT
Level 35 started
07/12/18 07:18:46 PM PDT
Hands #91-94: Margets Doubles Up Twice
Hand #91: Leo Margets moved in from the small blind for 2,400,000. Denis Timofeev, in the big blind, folded.
Hand #92: Timofeev raised to 400,000 from the small blind. Margets, in the big blind, three-bet shoved for 2,345,000. Timofeev made the call.
The board ran and Margets made a straight to double up.
Hand #93: Margets raised to 450,000 from the small blind. Timofeev, in the big blind, shoved. Margets gave up her hand.
Hand #94: Timofeev raised to 400,000 from the small blind. Margets called.
The flop was . Margets checked. Timofeev bet 275,000. Margets check-called.
The turn brought the . Margets checked. Timofeev continued for 950,000. Margets check-raised for 3,565,000. Her opponent went deep into the tank but proceeded to call.
The river filled up the board and Margets doubled up again.
|Leo Margets||8,300,000||5,900,000 |
|Denis Timofeev||3,900,000||-5,900,000 |
07/12/18 07:09:06 PM PDT
Hands #86-90: Timofeev Opens Up a Gap
Hand #86: Denis Timofeev limped and Leo Margets checked. The pair checked down the entire board of and Timofeev won with for ace high.
Hand #87: Timofeev received a walk.
Hand #89: Timofeev limped and Margets checked. The pair checked down the entire board of and Timofeev won with for jack-high.
Hand #90: Timofeev received a walk.
Hand #91: Timofeev moved all in and took down the pot.
|Denis Timofeev||9,800,000||700,000 |
|Leo Margets||2,400,000||-700,000 |
07/12/18 07:05:39 PM PDT
Hands #82-85: Small Pots to Start Heads-Up
Hand #82: Denis Timofeev limped and Leo Margets checked. Timofeev check-called a bet of 200,000 on the and the pair checked the runout. Margets showed and won the pot.
Hand #83: Margets limped but folded to a shove from Timofeev.
Hand #84: Timofeev limped but folded to a shove from Margets
Hand #85: Margets limped and Timofeev checked. Timofeev checked and Margets bet 200,000. Timofeev check-raised to 600,000 and took down the pot.
07/12/18 07:03:14 PM PDT
Evan Lipshultz Eliminated in 3rd Place ($87,831)
Hand #81: Evan Lipshultz moved all in from the small blind for 2,500,000. Denis Timofeev made the call from the big blind.
The runout was and Timofeev took down the pot, eliminating Lipshultz in third place for $87,831.
|Denis Timofeev||8,100,000||4,100,000 |
|Leo Margets||3,100,000||100,000 |
|Evan Lipshultz||0||-5,000,000 |
07/12/18 06:54:35 PM PDT
Hands #73-80: Shoves and Folds
Hand #73: Denis Timofeev raised to 400,000 from the small blind. Leo Margets called from the big blind.
The flop came . Timofeev bet 300,000. Margets folded.
Hand #74: Timofeev raised to 400,000 on the button. He got no action.
Hand #75: Timofeev got a walk.
Hand #76: Evan Lipshultz moved all in for 1,900,000 on the button. Everyone folded.
Hand #77: Timofeev shoved for 6,500,000 on the button. He got no action.
Hand #78: Margets moved all in for 2,900,000 on the button. Everyone folded.
Hand #79: Lipshultz moved all in for 2,100,000 on the button. He got no action.
Hand #80: Timofeev raised to 400,000 on the button. Everyone folded.
07/12/18 06:48:17 PM PDT
Level 34 started
07/12/18 06:46:05 PM PDT
Hands #68-72: Chips Exchanging Hands
Hand #68: Leo Margets limped and Evan Lipshultz checked. The pair checked the turn and river. Margets bet 200,000 on the river and Lipshultz called. Margets showed and took down the pot.
Hand #69: Lipshultz limped and Denis Timofeev made it 450,000 from the big blind. Lipshultz called and then check-called 275,000 on the flop. The pair checked the turn and the river was the . Lipshultz check-called a bet of 575,000 and was shown the from Timofeev.
"Rivered," remarked Lipshultz.
Hand #70: Timofeev limped and Margets checked. TImofeev bet 160,000 on the flop and Margets called. The turn was the and Margets folded to a bet of 500,000.
Hand #71: Margets moved all in from the small blind and took down the pot.
Hand #72: TImofeev received a walk.
07/12/18 06:38:23 PM PDT
Hands #65-67: Margets Doubles Up
Hand #65: Denis Timofeev raised to 325,000 on the button. Even Lipshultz, in the big blind, called.
A flop reading was dealt. Lipshultz checked. Timofeev threw in a bet of 200,000, and that was enough to claim the pot.
Hand #66: Leo Margets moved all in on the button for around 1,400,000. Timofeev, in the big blind, called.
The runout was for Margets to double up.
Hand #67: Lipshultz opened to 325,000 on the button. Margets called from the big blind.
The flop was . Margets checked. Lipshultz bet 160,000. Margets check-raised to 500,000. Her opponent gave up his hand.
|Evan Lipshultz||5,000,000||-630,000 |
|Denis Timofeev||4,000,000||-1,400,000 |
|Leo Margets||3,000,000||1,270,000 |
07/12/18 06:33:15 PM PDT
Yu Eliminated in 4th place ($63,327)
Hand #64: Ben Yu moved all in on the button for 795,000. Denis Timofeev, in the small blind, reshoved for 4,600,000.
The board ran and that was it for Yu, eliminated in fourth place for $63,327.
|Denis Timofeev||5,400,000||1,600,000 |
|Ben Yu||0||-1,200,000 |
07/12/18 06:23:44 PM PDT
Hands #59-63: Timofeev Doubles Through Yu
Hand #59: Ben Yu shoved small to big, and for the second time at this final table, Denis Timofeev woke up with kings in the big blind. Yu showed and the board came and Timofeev doubled up.
Hand #60: Timofeev limped and Leo Margets checked her big blind. Timofeev bet 160,000 on the flop and Margets folded.
Hand #61: Timofeev raised to 320,000 and took down the pot.
Hand #62: Evan Lipshultz raised all in and Yu folded his big blind.
Hand #63 Margets moved all in and took down the pot.
|Denis Timofeev||3,800,000||1,940,000 |
|Ben Yu||1,200,000||-1,795,000 |
07/12/18 06:13:59 PM PDT
Level 33 started
07/12/18 06:01:40 PM PDT
The four remaining players have been sent for a break and will be back around 7:13 p.m.
07/12/18 06:01:02 PM PDT
Hands #56-58: Lipshultz Takes Chip Lead Back
Hand #56: Evan Lipshultz raised to 200,000 from under the gun and Denis Timofeev shoved in the big blind. Leo Margets folded her big blind and Lipshultz snap-called.
The board ran out for Lipshultz's pocket tens to hold to double up for the 2,695,000 he had in front of him.
Hand #57: A walk for Lipshultz.
Hand #58: Margets raised to 250,000 from the button and Ben Yu called. The flop came , and Yu check-called the 400,000 bet of Margets. They then both checked through the on the turn and the on the river. Margets tabled for the flopped pair of nines but was beaten by Yu who held for the flopped two pair.
|Evan Lipshultz||5,630,000||2,930,000 |
|Ben Yu||2,995,000||745,000 |
|Denis Timofeev||1,860,000||-2,840,000 |
|Leo Margets||1,730,000||-820,000 |
07/12/18 05:47:55 PM PDT
Hands #51-55: Chips for Timofeev
Hand #51: Ben Yu limped in the small blind and Denis Timofeev three-bet to 320,000. Yu re-raised all in and Timofeev folded.
Hand #52: Timofeev limped and called a raise from Leo Margets. Timofeev check-called a bet of 325,000 on the flop. The turn was checked by both players. Timofeev bet 525,000 on the river and Margets quickly folded.
Hand #53: Timofeev raised to 240,000 and took down the pot.
Hand #54: Timofeev raised to 240,000 but folded to a shove from Evan Lipshultz.
Hand #55: Yu limped in the small blind and called a raise to 320,000 from Timofeev in the big blind. The pair checked the flop and turn of and Yu check-folded to a bet of 275,000 on the river.
|Denis Timofeev||4,700,000||550,000 |
|Evan Lipshultz||2,700,000||1,120,000 |
|Leo Margets||2,550,000||-1,340,000 |
|Ben Yu||2,250,000||-330,000 |