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

Saturday, June 24, 2017 to Monday, June 26, 2017

Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,175,000
  • Entries: 125
  • Remaining: 0
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06/27/17 01:42:00 AM PST
 
Chris Vitch Wins Bracelet No. 2 in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($320,193)
 

Chris Vitch Wins His Second WSOP Bracelet

For the second consecutive summer, Chris Vitch has won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Last summer, he topped a field of 236 entries in a $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw. Early Tuesday morning, he bested a field of 125 players in Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.

For the 34-year-old Vitch, it's more than just the money and the second bracelet.

"It feels different," Vitch said of winning bracelet No. 2. "(The first one) was in Mixed Triple Draw, which is probably my best game. I also consider Stud-8 to be a really good game of mine, but I've never done super well in a $10K before, so I was really proud to win a $10K because the quality of play in the entire field is just so high, and I really feel like it's a different accomplishment. To get one in a $10K makes me feel like I really can compete against the elite fields, and that makes me feel great. "

An elite field it was, and a predictably stacked final table it was as well, but Vitch navigated his way to victory when all was said and done.

"Things went really smoothly for me all day. I mostly had plenty of chips throughout the whole thing. It was just one of those days where everything really went my way."

Vitch ascended the chip counts and found himself three-handed with three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser and two-time bracelet winner Abe Mosseri. A tumultuous battle ensued that saw each player trade turns as chip leader and short stack. However, Vitch rode a mini heater and took big pots off both Glaser and Mosseri to get himself in prime position for heads-up play.

"I felt really comfortable short handed. I used to play a lot of short-handed Stud Eight-or-Better online, so to me it's a very comfortable game. I made a lot of good hands, so it made everything seem easy."

The battle with Glaser was intense; a four-hour heads-up duel that saw Glaser survive six all-in hands. In fact, Glaser overcame a nearly 15:1 chip lead to battle back and take the chip lead during heads-up play. Vitch had nothing but praise for his heads-up opponent.

"He played great. I really wanted to put him away because I knew that anything could happen, and then it looked like anything was going to happen because he had me outchipped at times, but I was prepared. I feel like the fact that I won one last year, I was a lot more comfortable with the heads up. I was a lot more ready to play as long a time as needed. I really never felt like it got away from me, and I just knew it was going to be a battle. He's a great player. He told me he's never lost heads-up at the WSOP, so I'm glad to say that I was the first one to beat him heads up, but really I just had the cards at the end. Either one of us could have won because the levels were just so high at the end."

A key moment in the heads-up duel was a big fold that Vitch made, showing two pair on seventh street when Glaser didn't have a pair showing.

"It was a huge pot but I almost think I put in too many bets, because when I made a pair of open kings and he still called me on fifth street, I think I should have been a little bit more concerned about what he might have, and the fact that I even put in a bet and called his raise on sixth street...I just wasn't totally confident in what he had. I never expected to get raised. It's such an unlikely thing for him to raise against my strong board, but in the end I hadn't seen him do anything really crazy the entire heads-up play. We played for a while, so I decided on the end that he simply had to have some sort of three-of-a-kind, and I made the fold."

Glaser took the lead with that hand, but Vitch made a bold call with just one pair a few hands later to regain control of the match.

"That was a really interesting hand. There was really no point in the hand I think I could have folded before the river, because I kept catching overcards in case he had some sort of pair, and these pots get so big so quickly. I picked up a straight draw on sixth street, and then I caught a deuce on the end, which is obviously a good card for me because it makes it less likely he has three of a kind. He had been playing pretty cautiously on the end with two pair, so I kind of thought he was either going to show me some kind of a monster, which would be understandable, or maybe just a low. I was hoping to chop, and of course for him to miss everything...I was fortunate to scoop that, but in heads-up play obviously you get stubborn with pairs and hope for the best, and that's part of why I feel like I ran so well, to have a hand like that hold up is definitely lucky."

Luck or not, Vitch earned his second bracelet in one of the toughest tournaments and fields of the summer.

PlacePlayerCountryPayout
1Chris VitchUnited States$320,193
2Benny GlaserUnited Kindom$197,838
3Abe MosseriUnited States$138,608
4Jameson PainterUnited States$99,342
5Jonathan DuhamelCanada$72,876
6Andrew KelsallUnited States$54,748
7Brock ParkerUnited States$42,146
8Alex LuneauFrance$33,265
9Phil HellmuthUnited States$26,938
06/27/17 12:47:05 AM PST
 
Benny Glaser Eliminated in 2nd Place ($197,838)
 

Benny Glaser

Vitch:    /  
Glaser:    /  

Glaser completed from the bring in. Vitch made it two bets and Glaser moved all in. Vitch had    under while Glaser was holding   . Their board completed like so:

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      /  

Vitch filled up on seventh street and Glaser couldn't improve to win. With that Glaser was eliminated in 2nd place and received $197,838 for his run in this tournament.

Chris Vitch6,255,000310,000
Benny Glaser0-310,000
06/27/17 12:45:03 AM PST
 
Glaser on Fumes
 

Benny Glaser

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      /  

Benny Glaser had the bring in, Chris Vitch completed, and Glaser called.

Glaser check-called a bet on fourth street, then called bets from Vitch on fifth and sixth, before folding to a bet on seventh street.

Vitch showed     for jacks full, while Glaser said he had two-three-four-five that didn't get there.

Chris Vitch5,945,0001,240,000
Benny Glaser310,000-1,240,000
06/27/17 12:30:23 AM PST
 
Level 26 started
 
Level: 26 Blinds: 150000/300000 Ante: 30000
06/27/17 12:29:44 AM PST
 
Vitch Widens the Gap
 

Vitch:    /    
Glaser:    /     — Folded

Benny Glaser completed then called a two-bet from Vitch. Glaser check-called a bet from Vitch on fourth street. On fifth street, Glaser checked again. Vitch bet and Glaser let it go.

Chris Vitch4,705,000380,000
Benny Glaser1,550,000-380,000
06/27/17 12:23:42 AM PST
 
Vitch Calls Glazer Down and Wins With One Pair
 

Chris Vitch

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      /  

Benny Glaser was the bring in, Chris Vitch completed, Glaser raised, and Vitch called.

Glaser made an open pair on fourth street and bet. Vitch called, then called Glaser's bets on every street the rest of the way.

"You got it," said Glaser, who showed     for a pair of deuces.

Vitch tabled     for a pair of sixes to win the pot.

Chris Vitch4,325,0001,270,000
Benny Glaser1,930,000-1,270,000
06/27/17 12:17:43 AM PST
 
Vitch Fights Back
 

Chris Vitch

Vitch:    /      / 
Glaser:    /      / 

Vitch completed and was called by Glazer. Vitch then bet on fourth and fifth and Glaser called twice. On sixth both players checked. Vitch then led out and seventh and Glaser called.

"Queens up," Vitch said. He showed     and that was good to earn him the whole pot.

Benny Glaser3,200,000-905,000
Chris Vitch3,055,000905,000
06/27/17 12:13:59 AM PST
 
More For Glaser
 

Glaser:    /      /  
Vitch:    /      /  

Benny Glaser was the bring in, Chris Vitch completed, and Glaser called.

Vitch bet on fourth street, Glaser called, and both players checked on fifth street. Glaser bet on sixth with the open pair, Vitch called, Glaser bet seventh, and Vitch folded.

Benny Glaser4,105,000600,000
Chris Vitch2,150,000-600,000
06/27/17 12:07:03 AM PST
 
Vitch Folds Two Pair
 

Glaser:    /      /  
Vitch:    /      /  

Chris Vitch completed and Benny Glaser called. Vitch then bet on fourth and fifth and Glaser called twice. On sixth, Vitch bet again but this time Glaser made it two bets. Vitch called. Vitch checked and Glaser bet on seventh.

Vitch thought for a long time, rubbing his chin and lip while thinking. Eventually he let his hand go, showing the   for kings and fours. Glaser smirked then scooped in the pot.

Benny Glaser3,505,0001,265,000
Chris Vitch2,750,000-1,265,000
06/26/17 11:49:12 PM PST
 
Vitch With the Full House to Take the Lead
 

Chris Vitch

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      /  

Chris Vitch was the bring in, Benny Glaser completed, Vitch raised, and Glaser called.

Glaser check-called a bet on fourth street before leading out on fifth street. Vitch called, then bet with his open pair on sixth street. Glaser called and both players checked on seventh strteet.

Vitch showed     for nines full of sevens, Glaser mucked, and Vitch won the pot.

Chris Vitch4,015,0001,460,000
Benny Glaser2,240,000-1,460,000
06/26/17 11:38:56 PM PST
 
Little Back For Vitch
 

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      /  

Benny Glaser completed and was called by Chris Vitch. Vitch checked on fourth and Glaser bet. Vitch called. Vitch then bet on fifth, sixth, and seventh, and Glaser called all three streets.

Vitch showed     for a pair of sixes and a six low. Glaser flashed     for a worse low, and Vitch was able to scoop the pot.

Benny Glaser3,700,000-1,055,000
Chris Vitch2,555,0001,055,000
06/26/17 11:31:57 PM PST
 
Glaser Extends
 

Glaser:    /      /  
Vitch:    /      /  

Benny Glaser was the bring in, Chris Vitch completed, Glaser raised, and Vitch called.

Glaser bet all the way up until sixth street when Vitch opted to fold.

Benny Glaser4,755,000955,000
Chris Vitch1,500,000-955,000
06/26/17 11:29:30 PM PST
 
Level 25 started
 
Level: 25 Blinds: 120000/240000 Ante: 30000
06/26/17 11:21:56 PM PST
 
Glaser Wins a Massive Pot, Back in the Lead
 

Benny Glaser

Glaser:    /      /  
Vitch:    /      /  

Chris Vitch completed and was two bet by Benny Glaser. Vitch called. On fourth, Glaser checked, then called a bet by Vitch. Glaser checked again on fifth. Vitch bet again, but this time Glaser check-raised. Vitch called. Glaser bet on sixth and Vitch called. Glaser bet once more on seventh, and Vitch thought about it for a whiel before calling.

Glaser showed     for a full house and that was good for him to take down the massive pot.

The next hand Vitch open folded and Glaser showed rolled up fours.

"Two hands in a row?" Vitch said. "Wow."

Benny Glaser3,800,0001,075,000
Chris Vitch2,455,000-1,075,000
06/26/17 11:16:24 PM PST
 
Vitch With the Scoop
 

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      -  

Chris Vitch was the bring in, Benny Glaser completed, Vitch raised, and Glaser called.

Glaser proceeded to check-call bets the entire way down.

Vitch tabled     for a ten-high straight with an eight-seven low, Glaser mucked, and Vitch won the pot.

Chris Vitch3,530,000875,000
Benny Glaser2,725,000-875,000
06/26/17 11:13:29 PM PST
 
Glaser Wins Two
 

Glaser:    /      -  
Vitch:    /      /  

Benny Glaser was the bring in, Chris Vitch completed, Glaser raised, and Vitch called.

Vitch bet fourth street, Glaser called and then check-called fifth street. Glaser took the on-board lead on sixth and bet, Vitch called, and then both players checked seventh.

Glaser showed     for nines and fours, Vitch mucked, and Glaser won the pot.

Glaser:    /      -  
Vitch:    /      /  

Vitch defended his bring in, then check-called bets the entire way down.

Glaser showed     for a flush, besting Vitch's holding to win the pot and retake the chip lead.

Benny Glaser3,600,0001,350,000
Chris Vitch2,655,000-1,350,000
06/26/17 11:05:26 PM PST
 
Benny Gives, Benny Takes
 

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      /  

Chris Vitch completed and Benny Glaser made it two bets. Vitch called. Glaser then proceeded to bet every street and Vitch called him down all the way.

"Two pair," Glaser said.

"Which two," Vitch asked, not for the first time this heads-up match.

"The worst two," Glaser said. He showed    from his hand, but Vitch quickly showed     for a better two pair.

"What a terrible question to hear," Glaser said after the hand.

The very next hand:

Glaser:    /      /  
Vitch:    /      /  

Vitch completed and Glaser called. Vitch then check-called a bet on fourth. On fifth, Vitch bet and Glaser called. Vitch then check-called bets on sixth and seventh.

Glaser showed     for two pair and a low and that was good for him to take down the pot, evening him back to about where he was.

Chris Vitch4,005,000125,000
Benny Glaser2,250,000-125,000
06/26/17 10:58:34 PM PST
 
Vitch Wins the Biggest Pot of Heads-Up Play
 

Chris Vitch

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      -  

Benny Glaser was the bring in, Chris Vitch completed, and Glaser called.

Glaser check-called a bet on fourth before betting his open pair on fifth. Vitch raised, Glaser called, and Glaser bet again on sixth with the better board. Vitch raised again, Glaser called, and both players checked on seventh.

Vitch tabled     for trip tens, Glaser mucked, and Vitch won the sizable pot.

Chris Vitch3,880,0001,125,000
Benny Glaser2,375,000-1,125,000
06/26/17 10:55:25 PM PST
 
Glaser Back Ahead
 

Benny Glaser

Glaser:    /      -  
Vitch:    /      /  

Chris Vitch was the bring in, Benny Glaser completed, and Vitch called.

Vitch check-called bets on fourth and fifth, called a bet on sixth, and then folded on seventh.

Benny Glaser3,500,000730,000
Chris Vitch2,755,000-730,000
06/26/17 10:47:54 PM PST
 
Vitch Back into the Lead
 

Vitch:    /      /  
Glaser:    /      /  

Benny Glaser completed and Chris Vitch called. Glaser checked on fourth then called a bet from Vitch.

Glaser decided to bet on fifth and Vitch called. Both players checked on sixth. On seventh Glaser checked again. Vitch bet.

Glaser started to talk himself through the hand, trying to figure out what Vitch's possible holdings were. Eventually, he decided to call. Vitch showed     for a pair of tens and it was good enough to take down the pot.

Chris Vitch3,485,000730,000
Benny Glaser2,770,000-730,000
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