06/19/17 02:11:34 AM PST
Vladimir Shchemelev Wins Second WSOP Bracelet ($193,484)
Vladimir Shchemelev burst onto the World Series of Poker stage in 2010 when he finished runner-up in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Although he had made a WSOP final table previously, his second-place finish on the national stage in the PPC proved to be a sign of things to come for the 44-year-old banker, as Shchemelev has amassed 27 WSOP cashes since then. Among those cashes have been eight more final tables made. He won his first bracelet in 2013 and has added a second piece of jewelry with his win in Event #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix.
When asked how winning his second bracelet felt in comparison to his first, Shchemelev said through a translator, "Very calm. Not as much pressure as the first time. The first bracelet was tough. It took me like nine final tables before I won my first bracelet. It was important for me to win my first bracelet, so I was kind of nervous. Today, I was very calm."
His first bracelet came in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, one of the three variants of Omaha Hi-Lo in this event, along with Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Big O. When asked which game he felt was his best, Shchemelev (via translator) said "I hate them all," drawing huge laughs from his rail. "I am kidding. I am very comfortable with all the games."
Shchemelev bagged a modest stack on Day 1 and was 72nd in chips of the remaining 224 players entering Day 2. He cruised into the money from that point and was 7th of 29 players remaining for Day 3. He steadily ascended the chip counts and was second when the final table was reached. He and eventual runner-up Howard Smith traded the chip lead back and forth throughout the final table before the inevitable heads-up battle began. Shchemelev began at a slight chip disadvantage but quickly took the chip lead. Smith battled back to get things even, but Shchemelev scored the victory shortly thereafter.
|2||Howard Smith||United Kingdom||$119,524|
|5||Usman Siddique||United Kingdom||$39,565|
|7||Erle Mankin||Unites States||$20,730|
|8||Jesse Simonelli||Unites States||$15,435|06/19/17 01:11:19 AM PST
Howard Smith Eliminated in 2nd Place ($119,524)
Vladimir Shchemelev limped on the button and Howard Smith checked his option.
The flop came down and Smith checked. Shchemelev bet 50,000, Smith check-raised pot to 230,000, and Shchemelev called.
The turn was the and Smith bet the pot of 500,000. Shchemelev raised, Smith called all in for roughly 700,000 and the hands were tabled.
Smith had a set of fives with a rough low, while Shchemelev had a lock on the low and was freerolling to a flush.
The river was the , giving Shchemelev the flush to scoop the pot and eliminate Smith in second place.
|Vladimir Shchemelev||5,160,000||1,060,000 |
|Howard Smith||0||-1,060,000 |06/19/17 12:57:17 AM PST
Shchemelev Extends Lead
Howard Smith raised to 120,000 from the button and Vladimir Shchemelev called from the big blind.
The flop fell and Shchemelev check-called 200,000 from Smith. Both players checked the turn and river.
Shchemelev showed for a king-high straight, Smith mucked, and Shchemelev won the pot. Along with a few other pots of similar size, Shchemelev has extended his lead to about 4:1.
|Vladimir Shchemelev||4,100,000||980,000 |
|Howard Smith||1,060,000||-980,000 |06/19/17 12:50:01 AM PST
Vladimir Shchemelev Gets a Fold
Vladimir Shchemelev called from the button and Howard Smith checked his option.
The flop came and Smith checked. Shchemelev bet 75,000 and Smith called.
The turn brought the and Smith bet 175,000. Shchemelev called.
The fell on the river and Smith checked. Shchemelev bet 450,000, and after brief consideration, Smith folded and Shchemelev took the pot.
|Vladimir Shchemelev||3,120,000||260,000 |
|Howard Smith||2,040,000||-260,000 |06/19/17 12:32:36 AM PST
Shchemelev's Straight is Better
Howard Smith raised from the button and Vladimir Shchemelev defended.
The flop fell and Shchemelev bet. Smith called, the turn fell and both players checked.
The river was the , Shchemelev bet and Smith called.
Shchemelev showed for a queen-high straight, besting Smith's for a jack-high straight.
|Vladimir Shchemelev||2,860,000||460,000 |
|Howard Smith||2,300,000||-460,000 |06/19/17 12:26:30 AM PST
Howard Smith Doubles Up
Howard Smith raised to 120,000 from the button, Vladimir Shchemelev three-bet to 240,000 from the big blind, Smith announced a pot-sized four-bet, Shchemelev jammed, and Smith called to put himself at risk.
The board ran out to secure the double-up for Smith.
|Howard Smith||2,760,000||1,380,000 |
|Vladimir Shchemelev||2,400,000||-1,380,000 |06/19/17 12:24:14 AM PST
Shchemelev Takes Big Lead
Vladimir Shchemelev limped from the button and Howard Smith checked his option.
The flop fell and Smith checked. Shchemelev bet 75,000, Smith check-raised pot to 305,000, and Shchemelev called. The the turn was the and Smith check-called 300,000 from Shchemelev. The river was the and Smith led for 500,000. Shchemelev called instantly.
Smith showed for tens and sixes, but Shchemelev tabled for a set of queens to win the pot.
|Vladimir Shchemelev||3,780,000||860,000 |
|Howard Smith||1,380,000||-860,000 |06/19/17 12:16:58 AM PST
Vladimir Shchemelev Scoops
Howard Smith raised from the button and Vladimir Shchemelev called from the big blind.
The flop came and Shchemelev checked. Smith bet, Shchemelev raised, Smith three-bet, and Shchemelev called.
The turn brought the , Shchemelev bet, and Smith called.
The fell on the river and Shchemelev bet again. Smith called and Shchemelev tabled for a queen-high flush and sixty-one low. Smith mucked and Shchemelev took the pot.
|Vladimir Shchemelev||2,920,000||545,000 |
|Howard Smith||2,240,000||-545,000 |06/19/17 12:11:27 AM PST
Shchemelev Stikes First
Howard Smith raised from the button and Vladimir Shchemelev three-bet from the big blind. Smith called.
The flop fell and Shchemelev bet. Smith called, the turn was the , and Shchemelev check-called a bet from Smith. The river was the and both checked.
Shchemelev showed for queens and threes and won the pot.
|Howard Smith||2,785,000||-360,000 |
|Vladimir Shchemelev||2,375,000||360,000 |06/19/17 12:06:18 AM PST
Heads-Up Chip Counts
|Howard Smith||3,145,000||-155,000 |
|Vladimir Shchemelev||2,015,000||540,000 |06/19/17 12:05:35 AM PST
Nikolai Yakovenko Eliminated in 3rd Place ($81,232)
Howard Smith and Nikolai Yakovenko got all the chips in the middle before the flop with Yakovenko at risk.
The board ran out to give Smith a straight and a live four to send Yakovenko to the cage.
|Nikolai Yakovenko||0||-530,000 |06/18/17 11:59:03 PM PST
Smith Crosses Three Million
Vladimir Shchemelev limped from the small blind, and Howard Smith checked his option.
The flop came down , and Shchemelev checked. Smith bet 60,000, Shchemelev check-raised to 150,000, Smith called, and the turn was the . Shchemelev bet 150,000, Smith raised to 500,000, Shchemelev called, and the river completed the board. Shchemelev checked, Smith bet the pot for 1,360,000, and Shchemelev folded.
|Howard Smith||3,300,000||600,000 |
|Vladimir Shchemelev||1,475,000||-380,000 |06/18/17 11:56:18 PM PST
Yakovenko Getting Short
Nikolai Yakovenko raised from the button to 85,000, and Howard Smith called from the big blind.
The flop fell , and Smith checked to Yakovenko, who bet 95,000. Smith check-raised pot, and Yakovenko folded.
|Howard Smith||2,700,000||340,000 |
|Nikolai Yakovenko||530,000||-420,000 |06/18/17 11:41:34 PM PST
Igor Sharaskin Eliminated in 4th Place ($56,187)
Vladimir Shchemelev called from under the gun, Howard Smith called from the button, Nikolai Yakovenko called from the small blind, and Igor Sharaskin moved his last 75,000 chips into the middle from the big blind. Shchemelev announced, "Pot," and pushed 285,000 into the middle. Smith quickly announced a pot-sized four-bet, and Shchmelev folded, leaving Sharaskin and Smith heads-up.
The flop fell to give Sharaskin Broadway and a commanding lead. The on the turn kept Sharaskin out in front, but the river gave Smith jacks full of queens to scoop the pot and end Sharaskin's run in this tournament.
|Howard Smith||2,360,000||790,000 |
|Vladimir Shchemelev||1,855,000||-325,000 |
|Nikolai Yakovenko||950,000||135,000 |
|Igor Sharaskin||0||-50,000 |06/18/17 11:35:52 PM PST
Howard Smith Nearly Felts Igor Sharaskin
Igor Sharaskin raised from the button, and Howard Smith called from the big blind.
The flop came , and Smith checked. Sharaskin bet, Smith check-raised, and Sharaskin called.
The turn brought the , Smith bet, and Sharaskin called.
The river was the , and Smith bet again, sending Sharaskin into the tank. He ultimately called, and Smith tabled for a set of queens and seven-six low. Sharaskin mucked and was left with only 50,000 chips.
|Howard Smith||1,570,000||140,000 |
|Igor Sharaskin||50,000||-625,000 |06/18/17 11:27:20 PM PST
Shchemelev Takes From Smith
Vladimir Shchemelev raised from the cutoff, Howard Smith called from the button, and Igor Sharaskin called from the big blind.
The flop came down , and Sharaskin checked to Shchemelev, who bet. Smith raised, Sharaskin folded, and Shchemelev called. The turn was the , Shchemelev checked, Smith bet, and Shchemelev called. The river was the , and both players checked.
Smith tabled for two pair, but Shchemelev showed for a king-high straight to win the pot.
|Vladimir Shchemelev||2,180,000||280,000 |
|Howard Smith||1,430,000||-270,000 |06/18/17 11:19:49 PM PST
Howard Smith vs. Igor Sharaskin
Igor Sharaskin raised from the button, and Howard Smith called from the big blind.
The flop came , and both players checked. The turn brought the , and Smith checked. Sharaskin bet, and Smith called. The river was the , and Smith bet. Sharaskin raised, Smith three-bet, and Sharaskin went into the tank. Ultimately, he folded, and Smith took the pot.
|Howard Smith||1,580,000||330,000 |
|Igor Sharaskin||675,000||-820,000 |06/18/17 11:06:07 PM PST
Level 29 started
|06/18/17 11:02:50 PM PST
Chip Counts at Break
The players are in the midst of their final 15-minute break of the night.
|Vladimir Shchemelev||1,635,000||-55,000 |
|Igor Sharaskin||1,495,000||0 |
|Howard Smith||1,250,000||0 |
|Nikolai Yakovenko||815,000||65,000 |06/18/17 11:01:09 PM PST
Sharaskin Takes More From Smith
Igor Sharaskin raised to 63,000 from the cutoff, and Howard Smith called from the small blind.
They checked to the turn of a board, where Sharaskin bet 80,000. Smith check-called to see the river, where he check-called another 225,000.
Sharaskin tabled for an eight-high straight with a seven-six low, Smith couldn't beat it, and Sharaskin won the pot.
|Igor Sharaskin||1,495,000||575,000 |
|Howard Smith||1,250,000||-450,000 ||