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

Thursday, July 12, 2018 to Sunday, July 15, 2018

Event #75: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $4,212,000
  • Entries: 3,120
  • Remaining: 0
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07/16/18 01:29:20 AM PDT
Joe Cada Wins His Fourth Career Bracelet in Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em for $612,886

Joe Cada

Joe Cada capped off an incredible summer by winning his second bracelet of the year and the fourth of his lifetime in Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em just days after finishing fifth in the Main Event. The 2009 Main Event champion bested a field of 3,120 entries to claim the $612,886 top prize.

"I feel amazing. What a way to cap it off!" Cada said. "I've been running good and deep in every tournament, and the tournaments I busted, I feel good about how I played. I haven't played many tournaments this summer, and I'm kind of upset that I didn't play more, but it feels good to close it out." When asked about whether or not he would attend the World Series of Poker Europe this fall, Cada said it was unlikely since he's still not close to approaching Shaun Deeb in the Player of the Year race. "It just goes to show how good some summers end up and how good some of these players are." Deeb also took his seat for the final day of this event but busted within minutes after cards were in the air.

Final Table Results:

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Joe CadaUnited States$612,886
2Paawan BansalIndia$378,765
3Jeffrey TanouyeUnited States$278,774
4Richard AliUnited States$206,813
5Eric AfriatCanada$154,660
6Richard CoxUnited States$116,595
7Jimmy PoperUnited States$88,615
8Brayden GazlayUnited States$67,904
9Joshua TurnerUnited States$52,465

This event played out over the course of four days; there were three starting flights and all 331 surviving players combined for Day 2 action. Cada began the day with a viable stack of 31 big blinds and chipped up rather steadily. Although the action was fast and furious throughout the day, Cada was rarely all-in and at risk once the final table was reached.

While this event drew players from all across the poker spectrum, Cada wasn't the only familiar face to make it deep. Two-time bracelet winner Benjamin Zamani departed in 22nd place when he got his stack in on the flop with top pair of jacks only to see his opponent pair his king on the river. Leif Force was the next to go in 21st; he lost a crucial coin flip holding pocket eights that left him with less than 2 big blinds and his ace-eight couldn't overcome Joshua Turner's ace-nine the following hand.

Chris Conrad was dispatched in 18th place by the eventual champion in a massive three-way all-in where Cada doubled up in addition to stacking Conrad. Tristan Wade fell in 17th when his eight-seven suited failed to sufficiently improve against Turner's pocket eights (the case card showed up on the flop).

German crusher Martin Finger made his exit in 13th place when he couldn't beat Richard Cox's trip kings. Shortly thereafter, the unofficial final table was reached. Cada carried about 4 million chips into ten-handed play but doubled through Brayden Gazlay almost immediately. After Sam Simmonds busted in tenth when his aces got cracked on the river by Eric Afriat, who held pocket kings, the remaining nine players took a dinner break and reconvened at about 11:00 p.m. PDST.

It took just 12 hands for the first player at the official final to fall. Joshua Turner got his chips in with king-queen against Cox's king-ten suited only to see Cox spike a ten. Gazlay departed the very next hand in eighth place when he lost a coin flip holding queen-jack of diamonds against Eric Afriat's pocket sevens.

Shortly thereafter, Jimmy Poper hit the rail when his six-five suited couldn't get there against Paawan Bansal's ace-four suited. The action slowed for about 20 minutes thereafter until Cox got his stack in with pocket jacks against Richard Ali's pocket tens and saw a ten show up on the flop (the turn and river brought no help). Bansal built a fairly large stack over the course of the level, and shortly after Afriat busted in fifth when his kings were cracked by ace-eight, Cada doubled up through Bansal to seize the chip lead. In a battle of the blinds, Bansal shoved holding jack-seven, Cada called to put himself at risk with ace-eight, and his hand held up.

The final few bustouts came at a frantic pace. Ali departed in fourth when he got his stack in with pocket fours against Cada's pocket eights and the board provided no help for either player. The very next hand, Tanouye was eliminated in third holding ten-eight against Bansal's pocket queens and got no help from the deck.

Heads-up play lasted exactly one hand. Bansal and Cada got the chips in before the flop with Bansal holding nine-eight of diamonds and Cada holding two red tens. Although the nine-high flop gave Bansal a bit of hope, Cada turned a set and rivered quads to end the tournament. His enthusaistic rail exploded in cheers and numerous hugs and high-fives predictably ensued. Here's a look at Cada's bracelet wins over the years:

YearEventPrize
2009$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em$ 8,546,435
2014$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed (Event #32)$ 670,041
2018$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout (Event #3)$ 226,218
2018$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em - The Closer (Event #75)$ 612,886

Although the action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is drawing to a close, The Big One For One Drop is still ongoing with two days left to play, so be sure to keep it here for all the updates from the PokerNews Live Reporting team.

07/16/18 12:13:20 AM PDT
Paawan Bansal Eliminated in 2nd Place ($378,765), Joe Cada Wins for $612,886!

Paawan Bansal

Hand #71:

On the first hand in heads-up play, Paawan Bansal raised to 2,200,000, Joe Cada three-bet to 7,000,000 and Bansal four-bet ripped. Cada had no trouble making the call.

Bansal:   
Cada:   

The flop came     and Bansal spiked five outs to get ahead. Cada's rail asked for a deuce to reduce some of Bansal's outs but the dealer had even better card up his sleeve. He turned up the   turn, leaving Bansal drawing dead and Cada's triumph got a cherry on top in the   river for quads. Bansal was rewarded $378,765 for his runner-up finish.

After making the final table in the Main Event, Joe Cada provided another fabulous story, winning his fourth career bracelet and the $612,886 top-prize.

Joe Cada47,000,00023,000,000
Paawan Bansal0-23,000,000
07/16/18 12:06:47 AM PDT
Jeffrey Tanouye Eliminated in 3rd Place ($278,774)

Jeffrey Tanouye

Hand #70:

Jeffrey Tanouye raised all in from the small blind and Paawan Bansal looked him up in the big. Bansal turned up a monster with    while Tanouye had only   .

Bansal hit heavy on     and the   turn officially eliminated Tanouye. The meaningless   completed the board and Bansal almost tied Cada in chips ahead of the heads-up match.

Joe Cada24,000,0000
Paawan Bansal23,000,00021,500,000
Jeffrey Tanouye0-8,000,000
07/16/18 12:03:05 AM PDT
Richard Ali Eliminated in 4th Place ($206,813)

Richard Ali

Hand #69: Richard Ali moved all in from the first position and Joe Cada repushed in the small blind.

Ali:   
Cada:   

Cada had a superior pair and prevailed on the board of      , eliminating Ali in fourth place.

Joe Cada24,000,0005,000,000
Jeffrey Tanouye8,000,0001,250,000
Paawan Bansal1,500,000-15,600,000
Richard Ali0-6,200,000
07/16/18 12:01:25 AM PDT
Hands #64-68: Cada Doubles Through Bansal

Hand #64: Action folded around to the blinds, Paawan Bansal shoved from the small, and after a bit of time in the tank, Cada called to put himself at risk.

Paawan Bansal:   
Joe Cada:   

Cada had the preflop edge and Bansal needed to improve in order to win the pot. The board ran out       and Cada doubled up.

Hand #65: Cada called from the small blind and Jeffrey Tanouye checked his option. The flop came    , Cada bet 600,000, and Tanouye called. They both checked the   turn and   river. Cada showed    and his hand was good enough to win the pot.

Hand #66: Richard Ali got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #67: Paawan Bansal got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #68: Ali shoved from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Joe Cada19,000,0009,200,000
07/15/18 11:53:15 PM PDT
Eric Afriat Eliminated in 5th Place ($154,660)

Eric Afriat

Hand #63: Eric Afriat shoved from the cutoff and Jeffrey Tanouye called from the button to put Afriat at risk.

Eric Afriat:   
Jeffrey Tanouye:   

Afriat had a commanding lead and Tanouye needed to improve in order to stack him. The board ran out       and Tanouye took the pot to end Afriat's deep run in this event.

Eric Afriat0-3,525,000
07/15/18 11:45:48 PM PDT
Hands #56-62: Tanouye Doubles

Hand #56: Eric Afriat pushed in the small blind and Jeffrey Tanouye peeled    so he called for his last 3,125,000. Afriat held    and the       runout didn't help him.

Hand #57: Joe Cada shoved in the cutoff and took the pot.

Hand #58: Paawan Bansal got a walk.

Hand #59: Tanouye jammed in the cutoff and it came through.

Hand #60: Bansal raised the button to 1.4 million and scooped the pot preflop.

Hand #61: Afriat shoved 2,425 from the small blind but Tanouye couldn't press the call button.

Hand #62: Under the gun, Bansal made it 1.7 million and nobody was interested.

Jeffrey Tanouye6,750,0004,150,000
Eric Afriat3,525,000-3,175,000
07/15/18 11:37:52 PM PDT
Hands #53-55: Afriat Doubles Through Tanouye

Hand #53: Richard Ali shoved from the small blind and won the pot without a fight.

Hand #54: Eric Afriat shoved from under the gun and Jeffrey Tanouye called from the cutoff with a covering stack.

Eric Afriat:   
Jeffrey Tanouye:   

Tanouye had the best of it preflop and Afriat needed to improve to survive. The board ran out       and Afriat doubled up with a flush.

Eric Afriat6,700,0001,600,000
Jeffrey Tanouye2,600,000-6,920,000
07/15/18 11:33:21 PM PDT
Hands #46-52: Bansal Jams on Afriat

Hand #46: Paawan Bansal made it 1.3 million in the cutoff and Jeffrey Tanouye called in the big blind. They checked the       board and Bansal's    beat the    in the showdown.

Hand #47: Eric Afriat made it 1.5 million on the button and won the pot.

Hand #48: Afriat limped in the cutoff, Ali completed, and Bansal checked to see the    . Afriat bet 1.3 million in position and Bansal check-shoved. Afriat let it go.

Hand #49: Joe Cada received a walk.

Hand #50: Tanouye shoved under the gun and found no customers.

Hand #51: Bansal open-shoved in the cutoff and won the pot.

Hand #52: Ali received a walk.

07/15/18 11:28:31 PM PDT
Level 39 started
Level: 39 Blinds: 300000/600000 Ante: 100000
07/15/18 11:26:20 PM PDT
Hands #40-45: Bansal Shoves on Afriat

Hand #40: Jeffrey Tanouye raised to 1.1 million from under the gun, Joe Cada three-bet to 2.6 million from the small blind, and Tanouye folded.

Hand #41: Richard Ali shoved for 6.15 million from under the gun and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #42: Eric Afriat called from the button, Tanouye completed his small blind, and Ali checked his option. The flop came     and both blinds checked. Afriat bet 800,000 and both of his opponents folded.

Hand #43: Joe Cada raised to 1.15 million under the gun and won the blinds and antes.

Hand #44: Afriat raised to 1.8 million from under the gun and took the pot without a fight.

Hand #45: Paawan Bansal raised the button to 1.2 million and Afriat called from the big blind. The flop came     and Afriat bet 1.3 million. Bansal shoved, putting Afriat to a decision for his stack. He folded and Bansal took the pot.

Paawan Bansal17,100,0003,200,000
Eric Afriat5,100,000-4,400,000
07/15/18 11:13:42 PM PDT
Hands #34-39: Three in a Row for Bansal

Hand #34: Paawan Bansal raised all in from the small blind and took it down.

Hand #35: Bansal raised to 1.2 million and claimed the pot.

Hand #36: Bansal shoved and found no resistance.

Hand #37: Richard Ali got a walk.

Hand #38: Joe Cada raised to 1,150,000 in the hijack and Jeffrey Tanouye three-bet shoved on the button, making it 7,250,000. Cada thought for a bit and then threw his cards away.

Hand #39: Eric Afriat made it 1.6 million under the gun and all of his opponents folded.

07/15/18 11:09:07 PM PDT
Hands #31-33: Bansal Doubles Through Ali

Hand #31: Joe Cada raised the button to 1.15 million and took the pot uncontested.

Hand #32: Paawan Bansal shoved from under the gun for 4.225 million and Richard Ali called from the big blind with a covering stack.

Paawan Bansal:   
Richard Ali:   

Bansal had the preflop edge in the coin flip and Ali needed to improve to win the pot. The board ran out       and Bansal doubled.

Hand #33: Eric Afriat raised to 1 million from the cutoff, Ali called from the small blind, and Bansal called from the big.

The flop came     and action checked around.

The turn brought the  , Ali bet 1.2 million, Bansal called, and Afriat folded.

The   fell on the river, Ali bet 1.5 million, and Bansal called. Ali tabled    but it was no good against Bansal's    for two pair.

Paawan Bansal13,900,0008,900,000
Richard Ali6,200,000-2,350,000
07/15/18 11:01:11 PM PDT
Richard Cox Eliminated in 6th Place ($116,595)

Richard Cox

Hand #30: Richard Cox jammed from the first position and Richard Ali reshoved in the cutoff. Cox was ahead with    against    but he finished second on the board of      .

Richard Cox0-6,200,000
07/15/18 10:59:05 PM PDT
Hands #27-29: Double for Ali

Hand #27: Richard Cox raised all in on the button and won the blinds.

Hand #28: Richard Ali moved all in from the small blind and Paawan Bansal said, "Let's go!"

Ali:   
Bansal:   

The       gave Ali kings up and he doubled to 8,550,000.

Hand #29: Joe Cada received a walk.

Richard Ali8,550,0004,000,000
Paawan Bansal5,000,000-3,600,000
07/15/18 10:56:12 PM PDT
Level 38 started
Level: 38 Blinds: 250000/500000 Ante: 50000
07/15/18 10:55:51 PM PDT
Hands #25-26: Tanouye Doubles Through Afriat

Hand #25: Joe Cada raised to 800,000 from the button and Richard Cox called from the big blind. The flop came    , Cox bet 1.2 million, and Cada called. The turn was the  , Cox checked, Cada bet 1.3 million, and Cox folded after some consideration.

Hand #26: Eric Afriat raised the button to 800,000 and Jeffrey Tanouye called from the big blind.

The flop came     and Tanouye checked. Afriat bet 800,000, Tanouye jammed, and Afriat called with a covering stack.

Tanoyue:   
Afriat:   

Afriat had the edge and Tanouye needed to improve to survive. The   on the turn made Tanouye's straight and left Afrait drawing thin. The   river changed nothing and Tanouye doubled.

Jeffrey Tanouye9,520,0005,400,000
Eric Afriat9,500,000-3,300,000
07/15/18 10:49:02 PM PDT
Hands #19-24: Ali Shoves Twice

Hand #19: Eric Afriat completed in the small blind but folded when Richard Cox raised it up.

Hand #20: Joe Cada shoved out of the cutoff and won the pot without contest.

Hand #21: Afriat raised to 800,000 in the cutoff and Richard Ali defended his big blind with a call. Ali, however, laid his hand down after Afriat continuation-bet the     flop.

Hand #22: Ali moved all in from the small blind and won preflop.

Hand #23: Ali shoved again and took it down preflop again.

Hand #24: Cada limped in the small blind, Afriat checked and Cada min-bet the     flop. Afriat called and they checked down the   turn and   river. Cada showed    but Afriat had the best hand with   .

07/15/18 10:44:55 PM PDT
Hands #17-18: Raise-and-Takes

Hand #17: Jeffrey Tanouye shoved from the cutoff and took the pot uncontested.

Hand #18: Paawan Bansal raised to 1 million from the button and the blinds both gave up.

07/15/18 10:42:54 PM PDT
Jimmy Poper Eliminated in 7th Place ($88,615)

Jimmy Poper

Hand #16: Action folded around to the blinds, Jimmy Poper shoved from the small, Paawan Bansal called from the big to put Poper at risk, and the two players tabled their hands.

Jimmy Poper:   
Paawan Bansal:   

Bansal had the preflop edge and Poper needed to improve to survive. The board ran out       and Bansal took the pot to end Poper's run in this event.

Paawan Bansal8,600,000600,000
Jimmy Poper0-4,250,000