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

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 to Friday, July 07, 2017

Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,640,600
  • Entries: 1,956
  • Remaining: 0
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07/08/17 01:24:46 PM PST (about 137 days and 17 hours ago)
 
Chris Klodnicki Wins His First Bracelet in Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em ($428,423)
 

Winner Chris Klodnicki

What was scheduled as a three-day tournament, turned into a four-day long event. The field of 1,956 was dwindled down to just two after Day 3, with Emile Schiff and Chris Klodnicki returning for a heads-up duel on an impromptu fourth day of play.

After 61 hands of the mano-a-mano fight, Chris Klodnicki came out on top. Klodnicki, with $9,009,141 in live tournament earnings before the tournament began but no WSOP bracelets, doubled up in a big hand with ace-king against ace-ten and never surrendered the chip lead he gained there.

Klodnicki had a WSOP Circuit ring already and finished runner-up in two of the biggest events at the WSOP (second in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship in 2012 and second in $111,111 One Drop in 2013), but now he finally may call himself a WSOP bracelet winner. He's $428,423 richer for it.

"It definitely feels more like a relief," Klodnicki said after winning.

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Chris KlodnickiUnited States$428,423
2Emile SchiffJamaica$264,692
3Schuyler ThorntonUnited States$191,453
4Ben ZamaniUnited States$139,896
5Ulrich SchnetterUnited States$103,281
6Darren EliasUnited States$77,047
7Kenny HallaertBelgium$58,083
8Aditya SushantIndia$44,255
9Dylan HortinUnited States$34,083

Final Table Summary

On Day 3 of this event, which was planned as being the last day, 23 players returned from Day 2. The field quickly dwindled down to just 18 players. It took some time for the chip leaders to emerge from the pack, but when they did it was a furious battle. By the time the final tabled was reached, Klodnicki had a comfortable chip lead that he would not look back on for some time.

Dylan Hortin (ninth place - $34,083) was taken out by Klodnicki after his pocket nines were beaten on the river. After the dinner break, Aditya Sushant (eighth place - $44,255) was next to hit the rail after running his ace-king into the pocket aces of Schiff. Kenny Hallaert (seventh place - $58,083) put up a good fight on the final table, but just fell short. He was all in preflop against Schiff, but would end up losing to a straight.

Six-handed play lasted a couple levels until Darren Elias (sixth place - $77,047) got into a race scenario with jacks against Schuyler Thornton's ace-queen. Thornton made a flush and eliminated Elias. Ulrich Schnetter (fifth place - $103,281) stayed quiet for most of the night but eventually ran his ace-king into the pocket aces of Schiff again. Schnetter was unable to catch up and was sent to the rail.

Ben Zamani (fourth place - $139,896) fell victim to the Klodnicki comeback when he lost most of his chips with ten-eight suited against ace-four off. He was unable to connect with the board and was left with just one small blind. He was eliminated in the next hand. Then there was Thornton (third place - $191,453) who ran into the bulldozer of Schiff. He got all of his chips in the middle with ace-queen but Schiff rolled over kings. Thornton could not hit an ace and that led to the heads-up match between Schiff and Klodnicki.

After playing for a bit, they were presented with the option to play an extra level, or call it a day and return the next day. Klodnicki wanted the break: "I was kinda tired, my stamina is not what it used to be. I felt a little tired and I thought it would be better just going home and starting fresh."

They returned at noon with Schiff in the lead. Klodnicki, however, thought he had an edge. "Obviously, when the stakes are high, anything can happen. But I had a feel for his strategy, I started figuring it out a little bit. I developed my strategy based on it, and the cards worked in my favor."

Klodnicki won with ace-king to Schiff's ace-ten to double up and he stayed on top from there on out. With Schiff short, the shoving started. For some time, the all-ins went uncalled, but eventually, Klodnicki called with pocket threes. Shiff had nine-seven off and didn't improve.

"You gotta win these all-ins," Klodnicki said afterward, "No matter how good you play.

"I've been kind of having a bad summer," Klodnicki said. "I was making Day 2s lately, and I ended up winning this, which was shocking!" Klodnicki commented on his summer as a whole which improved massively toward the end with this win.

The latest WSOP bracelet winner won't jump straight into the Main Event; he plans to take some rest first. "I've done well in the Main Event and I'm sure I'll play fine. Hopefully [I can make] another deep run," Klodnicki said.

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07/08/17 12:30:01 PM PST (about 137 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Emile Schiff Eliminated in 2nd Place ($264,692)
 

Emile Schiff

Hand #260: Emile Schiff moved all in for 2,740,000 and Chris Klodnicki peeled his cards from the sides for a sweat. He turned over the   and then the   and quickly announced, "Call."

Schiff was at risk with    in a coin flip against Klodnicki's pocket threes.

The flop came     and Schiff picked up a gutshot straight draw to go with his two overcards. The turn was the   and the river was the   and Schiff had to settle for second place for a payout worth $264,692.

Chris Klodnicki14,700,0002,900,000
Emile Schiff0-2,900,000
07/08/17 12:27:50 PM PST (about 137 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #252-259: More Shoves, No Calls
 

Hand #252: Emile Schiff folded, giving Chris Klodnicki a walk.

Hand #253: Klodnicki open shoved. Schiff folded.

Hand #254: Schiff open shoved. Klodnicki folded.

Hand #255: Klodnicki opened for 400,000 and Schiff folded.

Hand #256: Schiff folded. Klodnicki got a walk.

Hand #257: Klodnicki opened for 400,000, but folded to Schiff's shove.

Hand #258: Schiff open-shoved for 2,735,000 and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #259: Klodnicki opened for 400,000 and Schiff folded.

Chris Klodnicki11,800,000-365,000
Emile Schiff2,900,000365,000
07/08/17 12:21:58 PM PST (about 137 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #245-251: More Shoves. More Folds.
 

Hand #245: Chris Klodnicki moved all in and Emile Schiff folded.

Hand #246: Klodnicki got a walk.

Hand #247: Klodnicki moved all in and Schiff mucked.

Hand #248: Schiff moved all in and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #249: Klodnicki moved all in and Schiff folded.

Hand #250: Schiff moved all in and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #251: Klodnicki raised to 400,000, Schiff moved all in, and Klodnicki folded.

07/08/17 12:16:37 PM PST (about 137 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #240-244: Shoves and Folds
 

Hand #240: Emile Schiff shoved and Chris Klodnicki folded.

Hand #241: Klodnicki opened for 400,000 and Schiff folded.

Hand #242: Schiff shoved and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #243: Klodnicki shoved and Schiff folded.

Hand #244: Schiff shoved and Klodnicki folded.

07/08/17 12:11:29 PM PST (about 137 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Level 33 started
 
Level: 33 Blinds: 100000/200000 Ante: 30000
07/08/17 12:05:51 PM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Break Time
 

The two players are on a short break with Chris Klodnicki holding a huge lead with 12,165,000 to Emile Schiff's 2,535,00.

Chris Klodnicki12,165,000765,000
Emile Schiff2,535,000-765,000
07/08/17 12:05:37 PM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Hands #235-239: Small Pots and One Shove
 

Hand #235: Chris Klodnicki opened the button for 325,000 and Emile Schiff folded.

Hand #236: Schiff limped in and Klodnicki checked. Both checked the flop of     as well and Klodnicki took down the pot with a 225,000 bet on the   turn.

Hand #237: Klodnicki opened for 325,000 and Schiff folded.

Hand #238: Schiff open-shoved and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #239: Klodnicki opened for 325,000 and Schiff called. Both checked the flop of     before Schiff check-folded to a bet of 350,000 on the   turn.

07/08/17 12:00:43 PM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Hands #230-234: Klodnicki Crosses the 10-Million Mark
 

Hand #230: Chris Klodnicki got a walk.

Hand #231: Klodnicki raised to 325,000 and Schiff called. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn was the  , Schiff bet 450,000, and Klodnicki called. The river was the  . Schiff checked and Klodnicki bet 1,000,000. Schiff mucked.

Hand #232: Schiff raised to 325,000 and Klodnicki called. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Both players checked to the   on the river. Klodnicki checked, Schiff bet 300,000, and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #233: Klodnicki raised to 325,000 and Schiff called. the flop came     and Schiff check-called a bet of 325,000 from Klodnicki. The turn was the   and both players checked. The river was the  . Schiff bet 425,000 and Klodnicki tank-called. Schiff mucked his cards and Klodnicki didn't have to show.

Hand #234: Schiff raised to 325,000, Klodnicki three-bet to 900,000 and Schiff folded.

Chris Klodnicki11,400,0001,800,000
Emile Schiff3,300,000-1,800,000
07/08/17 11:51:22 AM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Hands #224-229: A Bit More for Klodnicki
 

Hand #224: Emile Schiff opened for 325,000 and Chris Klodnicki called. Klodnicki check-called a bet of 325,000 on     and checked again on the   turn. Schiff checked back and the   on the river was seen for free. Klodnicki bet out 525,000 and Schiff called. Klodnicki showed    but his eight was no good as Schiff tabled    for the better kicker.

Hand #225: Klodnicki opened for 325,000 and Schiff folded.

Hand #226: Schiff opened for 325,000 and Klodnicki called. The flop came     and Klodnicki check-called a bet of 325,000. Both checked the   on the turn and   on the river and Klodnicki showed a winner with    to take down the pot.

Hand #227: Klodnicki opened for 325,000 but folded to Schiff's 875,000-three bet.

Hand #228: Schiff opened for 325,000 but folded to Klodnicki's three-bet which appeared to be to 900,000.

Hand #229: Klodnicki opened for 325,000 and Schiff called. Schiff then check-folded to a 300,000 bet on    .

Chris Klodnicki9,600,000190,000
Emile Schiff5,100,000-190,000
07/08/17 11:39:56 AM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Hands #219-223: Klodnicki Doubles to Snag His Biggest Lead
 

Chris Klodnicki

Hand #219: Chris Klodnicki raised to 325,000, Emile Schiff moved all in, and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #220: Schiff limped in and Klodnicki checked. The flop came     and Klodnicki check-called a bet of 175,000 from Schiff. The turn was the   and both players checked. The river was the   and players checked again. Klodnicki tabled    for two pair, sixes and fives, and Schiff mucked.

Hand #221: Klodnicki raised to 325,000 and Schiff called. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Schiff bet 375,000, Klodnicki raised to 875,000, and Schiff mucked.

Hand #222: Schiff limped in, Klodnicki raised to 500,000, and Schiff folded.

Hand #223: Klodnicki raised to 325,000 and Schiff three-bet to 900,000. Klodnicki moved all in for 4,705,000 and Schiff called.

Klodnicki was at risk and well ahead with   , up against Schiff's   . The flop came     and Klodnicki was still ahead. The turn was the   and the river was the  , giving Klodnicki a flush to double up.

Chris Klodnicki9,410,0005,610,000
Emile Schiff5,290,000-5,580,000
07/08/17 11:30:51 AM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Hands #213-218: The Shoving Started
 

Hand #213: Chris Klodnicki opened the button for 325,000 and Emile Schiff folded.

Hand #214: Schiff asked if Klodnicki was indeed playing around 3 million, and shoved all in once Klodnicki confirmed. Klodnicki folded right away.

Hand #215: Klodnicki opened for 325,000 and Schiff called. Schiff check-folded to a 300,000 bet on    .

Hand #216: Schiff limped in and Klodnicki checked. Both checked the flop of     and the   turn before Klodnicki took down the pot with a bet of 500,000 on the   river as Schiff folded.

Hand #217: Klodnicki opened for 325,000 and Schiff folded.

Hand #218: Schiff folded, giving Klodnicki a walk.

Emile Schiff10,870,000370,000
Chris Klodnicki3,800,000-370,000
07/08/17 11:23:42 AM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Hands #208-212: Queen-High is Good For Schiff
 

Hand #208: Emile Schiff limped in on the button and Chris Klodnicki checked. The flop came    , Klodnicki bet 100,000, and Schiff called. The turn was the   and both players checked to the   on the river. Both players checked and Klodnicki showed    for nine high while Schiff tabled    for queen high.

Hand #209: Klodnicki raised to 325,000, Schiff three-bet to 900,000, and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #210: Schiff limped in, Klodnicki raised to 500,000, and Schiff mucked.

Hand #211: Klodnicki raised to 325,000 and Schiff called. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn was the  , Schiff bet 375,000, and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #212: Schiff raised to 325,000 and Klodnicki folded.

07/08/17 11:18:29 AM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Hands #204-207: Schiff Extends His Lead
 

Hand #204: Emile Schiff opened his button for 325,000 and Chris Klodnicki called. Klodnicki checked on     and Schiff made a continuation bet of 230,000. Klodnicki check-raised to 600,000 and Schiff folded just about instantly.

Hand #205: Klodnicki opened for 325,000 and Schiff called. On    , Schiff check-folded to a bet of 300,000.

Hand #206: Schiff opened for 325,000 and Klodnicki folded.

Hand #207: Klodnicki opened his button for 325,000 and Schiff called. Schiff check-called a bet of 425,000 on     and another 1.3 million on the   turn. The river was the   and both players checked. Schuff showed    for top two and Klodnicki mucked.

Emile Schiff10,500,000740,000
Chris Klodnicki4,170,000-740,000
07/08/17 11:09:50 AM PST (about 137 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Hands #199-203: Getting Warmed Up
 

Hand #199: Chris Klodnicki raised to 325,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #200: Emile Schiff raised to 325,000 and Klodnicki called. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Klodnicki bet 800,000 and Schiff mucked.

Hand #201: Klodnicki raised to 325,000 and Schiff folded.

Hand #202: Klodnicki got a walk.

Hand #203: Klodnicki raised to 325,000, Schiff three-bet to 900,000 and Klodnicki folded.

07/08/17 11:02:20 AM PST (about 137 days and 20 hours ago)
 
Level 32 started
 
Level: 32 Blinds: 80000/160000 Ante: 20000
07/08/17 08:35:24 AM PST (about 137 days and 22 hours ago)
 
Emile Schiff Leads Chris Klodnicki as Heads-Up Play continues on Day 4 of Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
 

Emile Schiff and Chris Klodnicki Heads-Up

Day 4 of Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em begins at noon local time for an extra day to wrap things up.

Emile Schiff leads the way with 9,760,000 chips (61 big blinds), with Chris Klodnicki sitting on 4,910,000 (30 big blinds). The two players battled for a while last night, with Klodnicki coming back and building up to almost even in the last level. Schiff held a commanding lead for a good chunk of the final table and has held on for the most part.

The two players will come back to Amazon Gold on the feature table to wrap up the event. Both are guaranteed $264,692, battling for $428,423. Play will complete once a winner is crowned, and players will get a short break every two levels as usual.

Play will begin at Level 32 with blinds at 80,000/160,000 with a 20,000 ante.

Keep following along as PokerNews continues to bring hand-for-hand coverage until a winner is revealed. A full recap of this event will be posted at the conclusion.

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Emile SchiffJamaica9,760,00061
2Chris KlodnickiUnited States4,910,00030


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