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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017

Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $402,300
  • Entries: 298
  • Remaining: 0
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06/30/17 10:44:29 PM PST
 
Tom Koral Wins His First WSOP Bracelet in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud ($96,907)
 

Tom Koral Wins Event 55!

With 53 World Series of Poker cashes and five final tables to his name, Tom Koral was well aware of the challenges a poker player faces in their attempt to win a bracelet. With a chance to capture that elusive first one on Friday, Koral was solely focused on accomplishing that feat. When the last card was dealt and he had finally done it, Koral was both appreciative of the moment and reflective of the long journey he had taken to get here.

"Honestly I still think it's going to take a little bit to soak in. I've been coming here since 2005, so 13 years I've played in the World Series and cashed in events and… finally, it happened. It's kind of funny it happened in the smallest prize pool of all the tournaments I play the entire summer for sure, but honestly, when people say it's not about the money, it definitely wasn't for me. It was about competition and the drive to want to win and be the best and outsmart your opponents. I love playing poker, I love the game, so it's really a blessing to have a World Series bracelet because I know after a 13-year journey how hard it is to get one."

Koral's five final tables made at the WSOP are all in different events, so it goes to show just how well-rounded he is at his craft. In fact, Stud isn't even all that high on the list of what Koral feels he is best at.

"In the H.O.R.S.E. lineup, it's probably my fourth or fifth best game. It's kind of ironic that I win my first bracelet in a game I feel I'm not as good at. Luck plays a very big factor in limit tournaments and I'm aware of that, and I'm very grateful, but I played my best. I definitely caught a really good run of cards heads up vs. him. With the way I was getting hit by the deck, it was going to be hard for him to win. I'm grateful for my luck and I'll take it and be happy with it. I'm just ecstatic that I won."

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPayout
1Tom KoralUnited States$96,907
2Tsong LinUnited States$59,894
3Yueqi ZhuChina$41,349
4Alexander FreundAustria$29,102
5Todd BuiUnited States$20,888
6Cheryl DenzikUnited States$15,297
7Daniel MogaveroUnited States$11,433
8Chris TrybaUnited States$8,726

Koral's road to victory in this 298-player field in Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud was a smooth one to start. He bagged the ninth biggest stack of the 68 Day 1 survivors, and immediately rose to the top of the chip counts on Day 2. He maintained a top-five stack as the field dwindled and as the final table approached, but it was eventual runner-up Tsong Lin who had seized control entering the final table. Lin finished Day 2 with more than a third of the chips in play as he led the final seven players, while Koral had slipped and was sixth in chips.

When Day 3 began it was more of the same, as within two hours Lin had doubled his stack. Koral had only moderately added to his, but with four players remaining Lin held 75% of the chips in play while Koral had just 12%. Eventually the two would meet heads up and Lin's control of the tournament looked to be insurmountable. Beginning heads-up play, Lin held a 17:1 chip lead. Fortunately for Koral, he was able to double up on the first hand. From there, Koral rode a hot rush of cards to even the match.

"Lin played really really good for a guy that just plays cash and hasn't played a ton of tournaments," Koral said. "He played really tough, but the one big advantage you have with Stud is that… in the Hold'em and Omaha games, you're kind of forced to action because the blinds are so big in relation to the streets that you're betting on later. So you're always getting pot odds to call. But in Stud you basically are anteing, so you're really not forced to play a big pot if you have enough chips, unless you want to.

"So a big part of my heads-up strategy was playing very aggressively with the hands I was going to play and basically trying to punish him as much as I could for him opening too many hands, and I was hoping that would lead to him playing a little bit more passively heads up and giving me some extra antes and helping me win pots without hands. So my heads-up strategy was definitely full pedal to the metal if I had anything reasonable worth playing and put the pressure on him, and then hopefully I could get some folds later in the hand even if I didn't catch so well.

"You're going to have to get pretty lucky at some point, and you really have to just trust your reads all the way through, because the second you stop trusting your reads is when you're gonna get run over by an aggressive player."

Koral's strategy worked, as he emerged victorious after the four-hour heads-up duel. His win also came one night after his friend and fellow Chicagoan Mohsin Charania won his first bracelet.

"Chicago breeds a lot of really talented poker players. I think people in the midwest ... they work hard, they're driven. We work hard, we keep improving. Even in this tournament I was constantly running equities on different hands. I probably looked up 40-50 different stud hands over the last 2-3 days just to make sure I'm not making mistakes. If I did make a mistake, I realize when that situation comes up in the future so I dont make it again."

"Even 13 years in I'm still trying to improve. "

06/30/17 08:43:48 PM PST
 
Tsong Lin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($59,894)
 

Tom Koral Wins Event 55!

Lin:   /    / 
Koral:   /    / 

Tsong Lin completed, Tom Koral raised, and Lin went all in. Koral called and Lin was at risk, and behind Koral's buried tens.

Koral made kings up on sixth street and Lin was drawing dead.

Lin is the 2nd place finisher, taking home by far his largest tournament score for $59,894.

Tom Koral2,235,000185,000
Tsong Lin0-185,000
06/30/17 08:41:39 PM PST
 
Koral on the Verge
 

Koral:    /      /   
Lin:    /      /   

Tsong Lin was the bring-in, Tom Koral completed, Lin raised, and Koral called. Lin bet fourth through sixth street, Koral called each time, then Lin checked on seventh street. Koral looked at his seventh card and bet, resulting in a fold from Lin.

Tom Koral2,050,000335,000
Tsong Lin185,000-335,000
06/30/17 08:30:30 PM PST
 
Level 27 started
 
Level: 27 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 10000
06/30/17 07:41:15 PM PST
 
Lin Gets a Little Back; Players Head to Dinner
 

Lin:   /    / 
Koral:   /    / 

Tsong Lin posted the bring-in and they checked all the way down. Lin showed     for a pair of kings, good for the pot.

Koral has around a 3:1 chip lead over Lin as the two take a one-hour dinner break. Play will resume at approximately 9:32 p.m.

Tom Koral1,715,000-95,000
Tsong Lin520,00095,000
06/30/17 07:36:35 PM PST
 
Koral Pulling Away
 

Koral:   /    / 
Lin:   /    / 

Tom Koral completed and Lin called. On fourth street, Koral bet, and Lin called. They both checked fifth street and Koral check-called a bet from Lin on sixth street. On seventh street, Koral bet and Lin folded.

Tom Koral1,810,000210,000
Tsong Lin425,000-210,000
06/30/17 07:30:05 PM PST
 
Koral With the Better Two Pairs
 

Tom Koral

Koral:    /      /  
Lin:    /      /  

Tsong Lin was the bring-in, Tom Koral completed, Lin raised, and Koral called.

Koral checked on fourth street, Lin bet, Koral raised, and Lin called.

Lin the took the on-board on fifth street and bet the rest of the way, with Koral calling him down.

Lin showed     for queens and nines, but Koral had it beat with     for kings and sevens to win the pot.

Tom Koral1,600,000375,000
Tsong Lin635,000-375,000
06/30/17 07:18:37 PM PST
 
Updated Heads-Up Counts
 

Tom Koral still holds a marginal chip lead over Tsong Lin.

Tom Koral1,225,00060,000
Tsong Lin1,010,000-60,000
06/30/17 06:57:34 PM PST
 
Lin's Trips Are Good
 

Koral:   /    / 
Lin:   /    / 

Tom Koral completed, Tsong Lin raised, and Koral called. Both players checked on fourth and fifth street, and, on sixth street, Koral bet and Lin called.

On seventh street, Koral checked and Lin checked back. Koral pointed to his board to indicate he just had a pair of queens and Lin tabled     for trip threes to win the pot.

Tom Koral1,165,000-105,000
Tsong Lin1,070,000105,000
06/30/17 06:41:41 PM PST
 
Lin Closes the Gap
 

Koral:    /     / - fold
Lin:    /     /

Tsong Lin was the bring-in, Tom Koral completed, and Lin called.

Koral bet on fourth street, Lin called, Koral checked on fifth street, Lin bet, and Koral folded.

Tom Koral1,270,000-135,000
Tsong Lin965,000135,000
06/30/17 06:35:45 PM PST
 
Updated Counts After Race-Off
 

The T$1,000 chips have been taken out of play. The level is up and Tom Koral still holds the chip lead as heads-up play continues.

Tom Koral1,405,000-43,000
Tsong Lin830,00042,000
06/30/17 06:35:12 PM PST
 
Level 26 started
 
Level: 26 Blinds: 40000/80000 Ante: 10000
06/30/17 06:29:24 PM PST
 
Lin Gets Two Folds on Fifth
 

Two hands in a row, Tsong Lin bet and Tom Koral folded on fifth street.

Hand #1:

Lin:   /   
Koral:   /    - fold

Koral completed and Lin called. On fourth street, Koral bet and Lin called. On fifth street, Lin bet with a pair of tens showing and Koral folded.

Hand #2:

Koral completed and Lin called. On fourth street, Koral check-called a bet from Lin. On fifth street, Lin bet and Koral folded.

Tom Koral1,448,000-52,000
Tsong Lin788,00052,000
06/30/17 06:20:54 PM PST
 
Koral's One Pair Wins
 

Koral:    /      /  
Lin:    /      /  

Tsong Lin was the bring-in, Tom Koral completed, and Lin called.

Koral checked on fourth street, Lin bet, Koral raised, Lin reraised, and Koral called.

Lin bet with the on-board lead on both fifth and sixth street, Koral called both, and both players checked on seventh street.

Lin showed     for just his open pair of sevens, while Koral tabled     for a pair of eights to win the pot.

Tom Koral1,500,000125,000
Tsong Lin736,000-125,000
06/30/17 06:15:03 PM PST
 
Lin Makes a Wheel
 

Lin:   /    / 
Koral:   /    / 

Tsong Lin posted the bring-in and both players checked fourth and fifth street. On sixth street, Lin bet with a pair of aces showing and Koral raised. Lin called and then Lin checked without looking at his last card on seventh street. Koral checked back and Lin revealed that he had made the wheel with    .

Koral mucked and Lin picked up the pot.

Tom Koral1,375,000-185,000
Tsong Lin861,000185,000
06/30/17 06:04:30 PM PST
 
Three Bets on Third
 

Koral:    /    
Lin:    /     - fold

Tsong Lin was the bring-in, Tom Koral completed, Lin made it two bets, Koral reraised it up to three bets, and Lin called.

Koral bet on fourth street, Lin called, Koral bet on fifth street, and Lin folded.

Tom Koral1,560,000140,000
Tsong Lin676,000-140,000
06/30/17 05:56:55 PM PST
 
Lin Takes One
 

Lin:   /   
Koral:   /    - fold

Tom Koral completed and Tsong Lin called. Lin bet fourth street and Koral called. On fifth street, Lin bet and Koral folded.

Tom Koral1,420,000-55,000
Tsong Lin816,00055,000
06/30/17 05:53:47 PM PST
 
Koral Extends
 

Tom Koral

Koral:    /      /  
Lin:    /      /  

Tom Koral was the bring-in and Tsong Lin called.

Lin bet on fourth and fifth street, Koral called both, then Koral bet with the on-board lead on sixth and seventh street, and Lin called.

Koral tabled     for tens and fives, besting Lin's holdings to win the pot.

Tom Koral1,475,000210,000
Tsong Lin761,000-210,000
06/30/17 05:51:23 PM PST
 
Koral Wins on Fifth
 

Koral:    /    
Lin:    /     - fold

Tom Koral was the bring-in, Tsong Lin completed, and Koral called. Lin bet on fourth, Koral raised, Lin called, then Lin check-folded to a Koral bet of fifth.

Tom Koral1,265,00090,000
Tsong Lin971,000-90,000
06/30/17 05:46:53 PM PST
 
Koral's Sevens Are Good
 

Lin:   /    / 
Koral:   /    / 

Tsong Lin completed, Tom Koral raised, Lin made it three bets, and Koral called. On fourth street, Lin bet and Koral called. Again on fifth street, Lin bet and Koral called. On sixth street, Koral took the betting lead with ace high showing and checked. Lin bet and Koral called.

On seventh street, Koral checked and Lin bet. Koral thought for a little while and called.

"Your sevens are good," Lin said, and he tabled     for a pair of sixes. Koral tabled     for a pair of sevens, just as Lin said, and it was good.

Tom Koral1,175,000333,000
Tsong Lin1,061,000-333,000
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