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2017 48th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Sunday, June 18, 2017 to Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
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06/21/17 04:42:24 PM PST
 
Nadar Kakhmazov Wins Event #35: No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed for $580,338
 

Nadar Kakhmazov

Nadar Kakhmazov took down Event #35: No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed for $580,338 to win his first bracelet and Russia's third of the 2017 World Series of Poker after Vladimir Shchemelev's victory earlier this week and Igor Kurganov's win as part of the tag-team event.

After coming into the day third in chips, he took advantage of other players faltering and stamped his trademark aggression and unreadability on proceedings, taking a huge chip lead into heads-up play, and besting a final table including bracelet winner Sam Soverel, November Niner Kenny Hallaert, and Faraz Jaka.

Six-handed play started with Faraz Jaka chip leading, but it didn't take long for Hunichen to get his chips in the middle in search of a double-up. Eventually, he was called by Jaka, and Hunichen's pocket jacks held against the overnight chip leader, leaving Jaka in search of a double.

Although Jaka was the table short stack, it was Christian Rudolph who was eliminated next when his king-queen failed to overcome the ace-queen of then chip leader Hunichen. Rudolph would take home $79,611 for his sixth-place finish.

It was then the turn of Jaka to look for a spot to double up. He got ace-nine in against Kenny Hallaert's ace-king and, although there was a nine on the flop, there was a king as well, and Jaka failed to find another nine, exiting in fifth place ($112,585).

With this elimination, Hallaert closed the gap on Hunichen's chip lead, and, when Sam Soverel doubled through Hunichen, it was Nadar Kakhmazov who took over the chip lead. The Russian would grow his chip lead until the elimination of Sam Soverel in fourth place ($162,257).

Soverel held pocket sevens against the pocket tens of Hallaert and, with no help on the flop, play was down to three-handed with Hallaert and Hunichen holding fairly equal stacks and Kakhmazov out in front.

Kakhmazov had already pushed his lead out further before the elimination of Hallaert. On a deuce-five-four-six board, Kakhmazov moved all in, putting the Belgian at risk. Hallaert eventually called with pocket sevens, but Kakhmazov had a set of fours. There was no help for Hallaert on the river and he exited in third place ($238,855).

Heads-up play started with Chris Hunichen doubling through his Russian opponent, but, after some aggressive play, the Russian forged another big lead in chips and finally closed it out for the title, WSOP bracelet, and nearly $600K in prize money.

FinishPlayerCountryPrize
1Nadar KakhmazovRussia$580,338
2Chris HunichenUnited States$358,677
3Kenny HallaertBelgium$238,855
4Sam SoverelUnited States$162,257
5Faraz JakaUnited States$112,585
6Christian RudolphGermany$79,611

"I am very happy," said Kakhmazov after his victory. "I have wanted to do this for three years but every time I lose two big pots deep in the tournament. I like it. I'm happy."

This has been a great summer for Kakhmazov, having taken down an event at the Venetian earlier this month for $440,029 and now his success here at the World Series.

"I try all the time to play better and better," he said. "It's great for Russian poker.

"I'm going to play the 10K 6-Max now, and then the 25K PLO, the Main Event. I'm feeling too good!"

06/21/17 04:38:49 PM PST
 
Chris Hunichen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($358,677)
 

Chris Hunichen all in

Hand #114: Chris Hunichen raised to 225,000 and Nadar Kakhmazov called.

The flop was     and Kakhmazov check-raised a bet of 225,000 from Hunichen to 650,000. Hunichen called.

The turn was the  . Kakhmazov checked and Hunichen bet 975,000. Kakhmazov moved all in for 8,990,000 and Hunichen asked for a count.

"Why you want count?" said Kakhmazov. "I have more than you."

"Want to know what I have?" continued Kakhmazov. "You will know in 30 minutes."

"Or right now," replied Hunichen, who had 2,690,000 behind.

"Right now is better," said Kakhmazov. "If you fold and show, I will show you."

Eventually, Hunichen called.

Hunichen:   
Kakhmazov:   

The river was the   and, after the floor briefly announced that it was a chop pot, they soon realised that Kakhmazov's   played, which meant Hunichen was eliminated in second place for $358,677.

Nadar Kakhmazov14,350,0004,550,000
Chris Hunichen0-4,555,000
06/21/17 04:38:34 PM PST
 
Hand #113: One for Hunichen
 

Hand #113: Nadar Kakhmazov limped and Chris Hunichen raised to 350,000. Kakhmazov called. The flop was     and Hunichen bet 320,000. Kakhmazov folded.

Nadar Kakhmazov9,800,000-365,000
Chris Hunichen4,555,000365,000
06/21/17 04:26:36 PM PST
 
Hands #108-112: Kakhmazov Finds a Call with One Pair
 

Heads Up Chris Hunichen & Nadar Kakhmazov

Hand #108: Chris Hunichen raised to 225,000. Nadar Kakhmazov three-bet to 800,000. Hunichen folded.

Hand #109: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000. Hunichen three-bet to 675,000. Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #110: Hunichen raised to 225,000. Kakhmazov called. The flop was    . Kakhmazov checked and Hunichen bet 250,000. Kakhmazov called.

Kakhmazov checked the   on the turn and the river came the  . Kakhmazov bet 760,000. Hunichen folded.

Hand #111: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000. Hunichen called. The flop was    . Hunichen checked and Kakhmazov bet 200,000. Hunichen folded.

Hand #112: Chris Hunichen limped and Nadar Kakhmazov checked. The flop was    . Kakhmazov check-called a bet of 100,000 from Hunichen. The turn was the  . Both players checked. The river was the  . Kakhmazov bet 200,000. Hunichen raised to 625,000.

"Too fast," said Kakhmazov, "Your raise."

The Russian called and Hunichen showed him   . Kakhmazov showed    and took down the pot.

Nadar Kakhmazov10,165,0001,570,000
Chris Hunichen4,190,000-1,570,000
06/21/17 04:19:06 PM PST
 
Updated Chip Counts
 
Nadar Kakhmazov8,595,000930,000
Chris Hunichen5,760,000-930,000
06/21/17 04:17:10 PM PST
 
Hands #104-107: More of the Same
 

Hand #104: Chris Hunichen raised to 200,000 and Nadar Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #105: Kakhmazov raised the button and Hunichen folded.

Hand #106: Hunichen raised to 225,000 and Kakhmazov called as the flop landed     and both players checked.

The turn landed the   and Kakhmazov bet 250,000 with Hunichen calling.

The river landed the   and both players checked. Kakhmazov tabled his    and won the pot.

Hand #107: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000 and Chris Hunichen called.

The flop landed the     and Hunichen check-called 200,000 as the turn lande the  .

Hunichen checked, Kakhmazov bet 400,000, and Hunichen folded.

06/21/17 04:06:13 PM PST
 
Hands #102-103: Chris Hunichen Doubles Through Nadar Kakhmazov
 

Chris Hunichen

Hand #102: Chris Hunichen raised to 250,000. Nadar Kakhmazov called. Kakhmazov checked the     flop and Hunichen bet 175,000. Kakhmazov called. The turn was the   and both players checked. The river was the   and both players checked. Kakhmazov showed    and took down the pot.

Hand #103: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000. Hunichen three-bet to 700,000. Kakhmazov called. The flop was    . Both players checked. The turn was the  . Hunichen bet 800,000 and Kakhmazov called.

The river was the  . Hunichen moved all in for 1,830,000. Kakhmazov called.

Hunichen showed    for a set of nines and Kakhmazov showed   . Hunichen doubled up.

Nadar Kakhmazov7,665,000-2,700,000
Chris Hunichen6,690,0002,700,000
06/21/17 03:58:00 PM PST
 
Updated Chip Counts
 
Nadar Kakhmazov10,365,000330,000
Chris Hunichen3,990,000-330,000
06/21/17 03:57:26 PM PST
 
Hands #96-101: Even Play after Frantic Start
 

Hand #96: Chris Hunichen raised to 225,000. Nadar Kakhmazov called. The flop came     and Kakhmazov checked to Hunichen who bet 250,000. Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #97: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000 and Hunichen three-bet to 800,000. Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #98: Hunichen raised to 250,000. Kakhmazov called. The flop was    . Both players checked. The turn was the  . Both players checked. The river was the  . Kakhmazov bet 300,000. Hunichen folded.

Hand #99: Kakhmazov raised to 250,000 and Hunichen folded.

Hand #100: Hunichen limped and Kakhmazov raised to 300,000. Hunichen called. The flop was     and Kakhmazov bet 400,000. Hunichen folded.

Hand #101: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000. Hunichen folded.

06/21/17 03:51:08 PM PST
 
Hands #90-95: Hunichen Shoves on Kakhmazov
 

Hand #90: Chris Hunichen raised from the button to 350,000 and Nadar Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #91: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000 and Hunichen folded.

Hand #92: Kakhmazov got a walk.

Hand #93: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000 and Hunichen called. On a     flop, Kakhmazov bet 150,000 and Hunichen called. The turn was the  . Both players checked and the river was the  . Both players checked again and Kakhmazov won with   .

Hand #94: Hunichen raised to 250,000. Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #95: Kakhmazov raised to 225,000 and Hunichen called. The flop was     and both players checked. The turn was the   and Hunichen bet 325,000. Kakhmazov raised to 760,000. Hunichen moved all in and Kakhmazov folded.

Nadar Kakhmazov10,035,000-660,000
Chris Hunichen4,320,000660,000
06/21/17 03:43:30 PM PST
 
Heads-Up Play Begins
 

Heads Up Chris Hunichen_Nadar Kakhmazov

Following the elimination of Kenny Hallaert in third place on the last hand of the level, both Nadar Kakhmazov and Chis Hunichen will begin heads-up play at the beginning of Level 30.

Here is how the two will line up as they battle for the $580,338 first prize and WSOP gold bracelet:

PlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Nadar KakhmazovRussia10,695,000107
Chris HunichenUnited States3,660,00037
Nadar Kakhmazov10,695,0000
Chris Hunichen3,660,0000
06/21/17 03:43:21 PM PST
 
Level 30 started
 
Level: 30 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 15000
06/21/17 03:33:11 PM PST
 
Break
 

Players are going on a schedule 20-minute break and will return to start heads-up play at around 16:45 local time.

06/21/17 03:32:39 PM PST
 
Kenny Hallaert Eliminated in 3rd Place ($238,855)
 

Kenny Hallaert elimination

Hand #89: Nadar Kakhmazov raised to 160,000 and Kenny Hallaert three-bet to 500,000. Kakhmazov called. The flop came     and Hallaert bet 700,000. Kakhmazov called.

The turn was the  . Hallaert checked and Kakhmazov moved all in for around 5.3M. Hallaert had 2,950,000 behind. Hallaert called.

Hallaert:   
Kakhmazov:   

The river was the   and Hallaert was eliminated in third place for $238,855.

Nadar Kakhmazov10,695,0004,165,000
Kenny Hallaert0-3,810,000
06/21/17 03:28:05 PM PST
 
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06/21/17 03:27:20 PM PST
 
Hands #86-88: Two Pots for Hallaert.
 

Hand #86: Chris Hunichen called in the small blind and Kenny Hallaert raised to 255,000. Hunichen called and the flop came    . Hunichen checked and Hallaert bet 275,000. Hunichen folded.

Hand #87: Kenny Hallaert raised from the small blind to 260,000. Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #88: Nadar Kakhmazov limped from the small blind and Chris Hunichen checked his big blind. The flop came    . Kakhmazov bet and Hunichen folded.

06/21/17 03:13:26 PM PST
 
Hands #83-85: Big Turn Bets from Kakhmazov
 

Hand #83: Nadar Kakhmazov raised to 160,000. Kenny Hallaert called. The flop was    . Hallaert check-raised Kakhmazov's bet of 180,000 to 450,000. Kakhmazov called.

The turn was the   and Hallaert check-folded to a bet of 580,000 from Kakhmazov.

Hand #84: Chris Hunichen raised to 180,000. Nadar Kakhmazov called. The flop was    . Kakhmazov check-folded to a bet of 165,000.

Hand #85: Kenny Hallaert raised to 165,000 from the button and Nadar Kakhmazov three-bet to 530,000. Hallaert called. The flop was    . Both players checked. The turn was the  . Kakhmazov bet 640,000 and Hallaert folded.

Nadar Kakhmazov6,530,0001,110,000
Chris Hunichen4,060,000100,000
Kenny Hallaert3,810,000-1,210,000
06/21/17 03:02:23 PM PST
 
Hands #81-82: Two in a Row for Kakhmazov; Becomes New Chipleader
 

Hand #81: Chris Hunichen raised to 180,000. Nadar Kakhmazov called. The flop was    . Kakhmazov check-called a bet of 185,000 from Hunichen.

The turn was the   and Kakhmazov checked again. Hunichen bet 385,000 Kakhmazov called. The river was the   and Kakhmazov checked for a third time. Kakhmazov turned over    and won the hand.

Hand #82: Kenny Hallaert raised to 170,000 and both Nadar Kakhmazov and Chris Hunichen called. The     was dealt on the flop and it checked to Hallaert who bet 230,000. Kakhmazov called and Hunichen folded.

The turn was the   and both players checked. The river was the   and Kakhmazov bet 560,000. Hallaert folded.

Nadar Kakhmazov5,420,0001,400,000
Kenny Hallaert5,020,000-460,000
Chris Hunichen3,960,000-940,000
06/21/17 02:51:55 PM PST
 
Hands #77-80
 

Hand #77: Nadar Kakhmazov opened to 180,000. Chris Hunichen three-bet to 575,000 and Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #78: Nadar Kakhmazov received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #79: Nadar Kakhmazov called in the small blind and Chris Hunichen raised to 280,000. Kakhmazov folded.

Hand #80: Nadar Kakhmazov raised to 160,000. Kenny Hallaert called in the big blind.

The flop was    . Hallaert check-called a bet from Kakhmazov of 160,000. The turn was the   and both players checked. The river was the  . Both players checked again. Hallaert showed    and took down the pot.

Kenny Hallaert5,480,000230,000
Chris Hunichen4,900,000320,000
Nadar Kakhmazov4,020,000-550,000
06/21/17 02:43:03 PM PST
 
Sam Soverel Eliminated in 4th Place ($162,257)
 

Sam Soverel Elimination

Hand #66: Kenny Hallaert raised to 170,000. Sam Soverel three-bet all in for 2,475,000 and Hallaert called.

Hallaert:   
Soverel:   

The flop was    . The turn was the  . The river was the   and Soverel was eliminated in fourth place for $162,257.

Kenny Hallaert5,250,0002,435,000
Chris Hunichen4,580,000100,000
Nadar Kakhmazov4,570,000-450,000
Sam Soverel0-2,085,000
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