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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 to Thursday, June 07, 2018

Event #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,763,100
  • Entries: 1,306
  • Remaining: 0
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06/08/18 04:18:39 PM PDT
Benjamin Moon Takes Down the 2018 $1,500 Big Blind Antes Tournament for $315,346

Benjamin Moon - 2018 $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold'em Winner

After four days of play, Benjamin Moon can call himself the first ever winner of the $1,500 Big Blind Antes Tournament at the World Series of Poker. Moon got to take home his first ever gold WSOP bracelet and $315,346 for finishing in first place out of 1,306 total entries.

"I'm trembling, I'm just so excited! It's hard to explain. I only just started playing at the beginning of the year after taking a hiatus. Decided to try and go pro in October, playing the cash games in San Diego and then the tournaments in Los Angeles. Got a good start at the beginning of the year, since then cash has been going well and I decided to give it a shot here at the WSOP. And we're here now."

Moon was dominating the table and he had the following to say about it: "Kinda. I think that might be a bit of an understatement. My table draw was really fortunate. Colin (Robinson) was my biggest threat and I had position on him. I knew that there was so much pressure on everyone with these pay jumps so I just stayed aggressive the whole time."

Benjamin Moon - 2018 $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold'em Winner
Benjamin Moon - 2018 $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold'em Winner

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Benjamin MoonUnited States$315,346
2Romain LewisFrance$194,837
3Colin RobinsonUnited States$138,938
4Steven SnyderUnited States$100,268
5Nhathanh NguyenUnited States$73,242
6Bohdan SlyvinskyiUnited States$54,160
7Eric PolirerUnited States$40,549
8Raymond HoUnited States$30,742
9Dutch BoydUnited States$23,605
Final Table Event 13 Big Blind Antes
Final Table Event 13 Big Blind Antes

Action of the final day

The final table started six-handed today with 28 hands being played yesterday to cut the number of players down from nine to six. The players still needed to play about 20 minutes of the level they finished in yesterday and nothing really happened until near the end of the second level of the day. Bohdan Slyvinskyi was first to say goodbye to the rest when he ran his ace-seven into the ace-queen of Colin Robinson in the 56th hand of the final table which was broadcasted on Twitch.TV, thanks to PokerCentral.

Even though Nhathanh Nguyen doubled up through Moon at first, two hands later, Nguyen's deep run was done for today when his king-jack couldn't win against Moon's ace-seven. Nguyen got to take home $73,242 for his efforts and his first ever recorded live tournament cash. It would then take another 30 minutes for Moon to add another victim to his list. Steven Snyder shoved his king-four into the ace-ten of Moon for less than six big blinds. Snyder picked up a straight draw on the turn but the river didn't bring it for him.

Only fifteen minutes later, Robinson's run was over when he shoved with eight-five on the queen-four-six flop into the queen-six of Moon. Even though Robinson had a flush and straight draw, he couldn't beat the two pair of Moon, even after the turn and river had been dealt.

Romain Lewis had the loudest and biggest rail with all the French people coming over to the Brasilia stage to cheer him on for every pay jump he managed to grab. But in hand #91 of the final table, Lewis got it in with ace-deuce suited against the ace-jack of Moon. The four-nine-trey flop gave Lewis a straight draw, the eight on the turn added even more outs for Lewis as he now also had a flush draw. But eight of clubs on the river wasn't any of the outs he needed and Lewis cashed in for $194,837 for finishing as the runner-up which surpasses his biggest live cash ever.

Romain Lewis
Romain Lewis

The big blind ante is a new format that the WSOP is trialing this summer and Moon seemed very pleased about it: "I love the big blind ante. They do it in Los Angeles, all the tournaments I played there have mostly been big blind ante. So, it makes it way faster. There is only one negative if there was any. It's for short stack play, you seem to get punished more. Otherwise, it's great."

Moon will be back tomorrow, Saturday, June 9th, for the bracelet ceremony which will take place around 2:40 p.m. local time on the same Brasilia stage where he has just won. Keep following the PokerNews updates as the live reporting team will be here all summer to bring you all the action from the floor!

06/08/18 03:16:11 PM PDT
Romain Lewis Eliminated in 2nd Place ($194,837)

Romain Lewis

Hand #91: Benjamin Moon opened to 250,000 and called a three-bet jam from Romain Lewis to put the bracelet o the line.

Romain Lewis:   
Benjamin Moon:   

The board ran out       and Moon faded both straight and flush draws to win Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold'em for $315,346.

Lewis banked $194,837 for second place.

Benjamin Moon9,800,0002,750,000
Romain Lewis0-2,750,000
06/08/18 03:10:55 PM PDT
Hands #87-90: Moon on the Brink

Hand #87: Benjamin Moon opened to 200,000 and Romain Lewis made the call. The flop fanned out     and Lewis check-folded to a bet from Moon.

Hand #88: Lewis opened to 325,000 and Moon folded.

Hand #89: Moon limped and Lewis checked to see a     flop. Moon bet and Lewis folded.

Hand #90: Lewis limp-folded to a raise of 350,000 from Moon

06/08/18 02:50:15 PM PDT
Level 31 started
Level: 31 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 100000
06/08/18 02:42:42 PM PDT
Time for a Break

The final two players have been sent on a 15-minute break.

06/08/18 02:41:33 PM PDT
Hand #85-86: Lewis Takes Two

Hand #85: Benjamin Moon raised to 200,000 and Romain Lewis called. The flop came    , Lewis checked, Moon bet 175,000. Lewis raised to 450,000 and Moon quickly folded.

Hand #86: Lewis called and Moon opted to check. The flop came    , Moon check-raised to 375,000 when Lewis bet 100,000. Lewis called. They both checked through the   on the turn to the   on the river on which they both checked again. Moon tabled    for the missed straight draw. Lewis showed    for the flopped pair of tens and the pot.

Benjamin Moon7,050,000-850,000
Romain Lewis2,750,000950,000
06/08/18 02:34:56 PM PDT
Hands #81-84: Couple Pots for Each Player

Hand #81: Benjamin Moon opened to 160,000 and Romain Lewis defended. The flop came down     and Lewis check-called a bet of 150,000.

Both players checked down an    run out and Lewis claimed the pot with the   .

Hand #82: Lewis limped and Moon checked to see a     flop. Two more checks saw the   on the turn and another two checks brought the   on the river. Lewis bet 310,000 and Moon check-folded.

Hand #83: Moon opened to 200,000 and folded to a three-bet jam from Lewis.

Hand #84: Lewis limped in and called a raise of 160,000 from Moon. An     flop was dealt and each player checked to bring the   on the turn.

Moon fired 250,000 and Lewis called. The   completed the board and Moon took down the pot with a bet of 450,000.

Benjamin Moon7,900,000200,000
Romain Lewis1,800,000-300,000
06/08/18 02:25:42 PM PDT
Colin Robinson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($138,938)

Colin Robinson

Hand #80: Romain Lewis limped in from the button and Colin Robinson opted to complete his small blind. Benjamin Moon checked his hole cards and decided to check in the big blind.

The flop came    , Robinson checked, Moon bet 150,000. Lewis considered his options for a bit and then called. Robinson glanced at the board once more and then decided to shove for about 1,300,000. Moon called and Lewis quickly got out of their way.

Colin Robinson:   
Benjamin Moon:   

Robinson had flopped a flush draw and gutshot straight draw. Moon, on the other hand, he had flopped top two pair with queens and sixes.

The turn brought them the  , Robinson needed another diamond or a seven to stay alive but the   on the river wasn't that and Robinsons was eliminated in 3rd place for $138,938.

Benjamin Moon7,700,0001,200,000
Romain Lewis2,100,000600,000
Colin Robinson0-1,700,000
06/08/18 02:19:38 PM PDT
Hand #74-79: Lots of Folds

Hand #74: Benjamin Moon got a walk.

Hand #75: Moon raised to 160,000 from the small blind and Romain Lewis shoved for 1,210,000 and Moon folded.

Hand #76: Lewis shoved from the small blind and both Colin Robinson and Moon folded.

Hand #77: Robinson completed his small blind, Moon raised to 200,000 and Robinson folded.

Hand #78: Moon raised to 160,000 from the small blind and Lewis shoved in the big blind. Moon folded.

Hand #79: Moon raised to 160,000 from the button and the two other players folded.

06/08/18 02:12:40 PM PDT
Steven Snyder Eliminated in 4th Place ($$100,268)

Steven Snyder

Hand #73: Benjamin Moon opened to 160,000 under the gun and Steven Snyder moved all in from the big blind for 455,000. Moon called to put Snyder at risk.

Steven Snyder:   
Benjamin Moon:   

A       board fanned out and Snyder was sent o the rail in fourth place.

Benjamin Moon6,500,000500,000
Steven Snyder0-575,000
06/08/18 02:07:29 PM PDT
Hands #70-72: Robinson Shoves

Hand #70: Romain Lewis opened to 190,000 under the gun and cleared the table.

Hand #71: Benjamin Moon opened to 240,000 in the small blind and Lewis called from the big blind. Moon led a     flop and Lewis folded.

Hand #72: Lewis limped from the small blind and folded to a shove from Robinson in the big blind.

06/08/18 02:02:23 PM PDT
Hand #67-69: Lewis Doubles Through Snyder

Hand #67: Colin Robinson raised to 180,000 from the under-the-gun position and everyone else folded.

Hand #68: Benjamin Moon raised to 160,000 from the button and both blinds folded.

Hand #69: Romain Lewis shoved all in from the button for 685,000 in total. Steven Snyder called in the big blind.

Romain Lewis:   
Steven Snyder:   

The board ran out       to give Lewis a flopped pair of queens to double up.

Benjamin Moon6,000,000300,000
Colin Robinson1,700,000-100,000
Romain Lewis1,500,000615,000
Steven Snyder575,000-725,000
06/08/18 01:59:33 PM PDT
Nhathanh Nguyen Eliminated in 5th Place ($73,242)

Nhathanh Nguyen

Benjamin Moon raised to 160,000 from the small blind and Nhathanh Nguyen shoved all in from the big blind. Moon asked for a count and the dealer confirmed Nguyen had 640,000 in front of him. Moon called.

Nhathanh Nguyen:   
Benjamin Moon:   

The flop came     to give Moon trip aces. The turn brought them the   which meant that Nguyen was now drawing dead. Before the   was even dealt on the river, the rest of the table got up to shake his hand. Nguyen was sent to the payout desk to collect his cash of $73,242 for finishing in 5th place.

Benjamin Moon5,700,000600,000
Nhathanh Nguyen0-665,000
06/08/18 01:51:39 PM PDT
Hands #61-65: Nguyen Doubles Through Moon

Hand #61: Colin Robinson opened to 200,000 and folded to a three-bet from Benjamin Moon worth 550,000.

Hand #62: Romain Lewis was given a walk.

Hand #63: Lewis open-shoved for 725,000 in the small blind and Robinson folded in the big.

Hand #64: Moon opened to 160,000 under the gun and called a three-bet jam from Nhathanh Nguyen in middle position for 260,000.

Nguyen:   
Moon:   

The board ran out       and Nguyen scored the double up.

Hand #65: Moon was given a walk.

Benjamin Moon5,100,000200,000
Colin Robinson1,800,000-400,000
Steven Snyder1,300,000-200,000
Romain Lewis885,000200,000
Nhathanh Nguyen665,000232,000
06/08/18 01:46:03 PM PDT
Level 30 started
Level: 30 Blinds: 40000/80000 Ante: 80000
06/08/18 01:42:52 PM PDT
Hand #57-60: Moon Keeps Rising

Hand #57: Benjamin Moon shoved on the button and both Nhathanh Nguyen and Romain Lewis folded in the blinds.

Hand #58: Moon raised to 120,000 from the cutoff and was called by Colin Robinson in the big blind. The flop came    , Robinson check-called the 125,000 bet of Moon. They both checked through the   on the turn to the  . Robinson bet 275,000 and Moon raised to 650,000. Robinson quickly folded.

Hand #59: Moon raised to 120,000 from the under-the-gun position and everyone else folded.

Hand #60: Steven Snyder completed his small blind and Moon opted to check. The flop came    , Snyder check-folded to the 85,000 bet of Moon.

Benjamin Moon4,900,000900,000
Colin Robinson2,200,000-600,000
Steven Snyder1,500,000-200,000
Romain Lewis685,000-150,000
Nhathanh Nguyen433,000-150,000
06/08/18 01:27:15 PM PDT
Bohdan Slyvinsky Eliminated in 6th Place ($54,160)

Bohdan Slyvinskyi

Hand #56: Bohdan Slyvinsky open-jammed for 560,000 from under the gun and Colin Robinson put him at risk, after shoving from the cutoff to clear the rest of the table.

Bohdan Slyvinskyi:   
Colin Robinson:   

The board ran out       and Slyvinskyi became the first casualty of Day 4.

Colin Robinson2,800,000700,000
Bohdan Slyvinskyi0-560,000
06/08/18 01:22:23 PM PDT
Hand #50-55: Deuces For Moon

Hand #50: Steven Snyder raised to 130,000 from the button and Benjamin Moon called in the small blind. The flop came    , Moon bet 120,000 and Snyder called. The turn brought them the  , Moon continued with a bet of 400,000 and Snyder folded.

Hand #51: Moon bet 150,000 from the button and the blinds folded.

Hand #52: Colin Robinson raised to 140,000 from the under-the-gun position and everyone else folded.

Hand #53: Snyder raised to 130,000 from the under-the-gun position and everyone folded.

Hand #54: Robinson raised to 220,000 from the small blind and Snyder shoved in the big blind. Robinson folded.

Hand #55: Romain Lewis raised to 125,000 from the hijack and Moon called in the big blind. They both checked through the     on the flop to the   on the turn. Moon bet 120,000 and Lewis called. They both checked again on the   on the river. Moon tabled    which was good enough to take the pot.

Benjamin Moon4,000,000300,000
Colin Robinson2,100,000-300,000
Steven Snyder1,700,000300,000
Romain Lewis835,000-265,000
Nhathanh Nguyen583,0000
Bohdan Slyvinskyi560,000-30,000
06/08/18 01:09:02 PM PDT
Hands #45-49: Slyvinskyi Doubles Through Nguyen

Hand #45: Benjamin Moon opened to 120,000 on the button and Romain Lewis defended his big blind. The flop fanned out     and Lewis check-folded to a continuation bet from Moon.

Hand #46: Moon opened from the cutoff and everyone folded.

Hand #47: Nhathanh Nguyen bumped it up to 130,000 from the cutoff and called a three-bet jam from Bohdan Slyvinskyi in the small blind totaling 295,000.

Slyvinskyi:   
Nguyen:   

The board ran out       giving Slyvinsky a flush and the double up.

Hand #48: Lewis open-shoved from the cutoff and everyone folded.

Hand #49: Steven Snyder limped in from the small blind and called a raise worth 157,000 from Moon in the big blind. Snyder check-folded on the flop of a     board.

Benjamin Moon3,700,0001,030,000
Colin Robinson2,400,0000
Steven Snyder1,400,000-530,000
Romain Lewis1,100,000-200,000
Bohdan Slyvinskyi590,000175,000
Nhathanh Nguyen583,000-817,000
06/08/18 12:52:01 PM PDT
Hand #40-44: Snyder Doubles Through Moon

Hand #40: Benjamin Moon raised to 130,000 from the hijack and everyone else folded.

Hand #41: Colin Robinson got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #42: Moon raised to 125,000 from the under-the-gun position and everyone else folded.

Hand #43: Moon got a walk.

Hand #44: Steven Snyder raised to 130,000 from the button. Moon three-bet to 500,000 in the small blind and Snyder shoved. Moon asked for a count and the dealer confirmed it was 905,000 in total. Moon called.

Steven Snyder:   
Benjamin Moon:   

The flop came     to give Moon a straight draw. The   on the turn didn't change the situation and Snyder was still ahead. The   on the river completed the board and gave Snyder the much needed double-up.

Benjamin Moon2,670,000-130,000
Colin Robinson2,400,000-300,000
Steven Snyder1,930,000830,000
Nhathanh Nguyen1,400,0000
Romain Lewis1,300,0000
Bohdan Slyvinskyi415,000-175,000