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Monday, October 30, 2017 7:02 PM Local Time
California grinder collects first win at third final table in Lake Tahoe
After coming close twice before, Jonathan Libiran won his first WSOP Circuit ring. Libiran topped a field of 149 entries in Event #5, claiming the top prize of $12,516. It was his third final table appearance in the last four seasons at Harveys Lake Tahoe.
Libiran, 50, is a resident of Fremont, California by way of The Philippines. He was disabled on the job, so he has a little unexpected free time to play poker. He’s always in attendance when the Circuit comes to Tahoe.
Curiously, Libiran was playing this event on a complete freeroll after winning a promotional tournament hosted by a Bay Area real estate company. His prize was an entry into this event, and he parlayed that into a career-best score.
“I always do good in Lake Tahoe,” Libiran said after his win. “Every time I come down here, I finish fifth, second… and now first!”
All five of Libiran’s career WSOP cashes have come at Harveys Lake Tahoe, and three of them have culminated in final table appearances. This result, though, is the one he was waiting for.
Monday, October 30, 2017 1:54 AM Local Time
The last 11 minutes have ticked off the clock, and the 10 remaining players are bagging up for the night. Here's how they ended up as the clock expired:
Seat 1: Gil Aboodi - 265,000
Seat 2: Alejandro Avila - 95,000
Seat 3: Anthony Rosa - 101,000
Seat 4: Dustin Murphy - 216,000
Seat 5: Spencer Bennett - 355,000
Seat 6: Jeremy Lordge - 72,000
Seat 7: Lu Wang - 77,000
Seat 8: Jonathan Libiran - 141,000
Seat 9: Sergio Vargas - 98,000
Seat 10: Ryan Kaplan - 92,000
Gil Aboodi is appearing at his second final table of the week, looking to improve on his eighth-place finish in Event #3. He, like everyone else at the table, is chasing what would be his first Circuit ring.
They'll return to 3,000/6,000 blinds with a 1,000 ante, which trims the average stack down under 25 big blinds. The series' fifth gold ring and a top prize of $12,516 will go to the winner on Monday.
Day 2 begins at 1 p.m.
Monday, October 30, 2017 1:41 AM Local Time
Just a few minutes before the end of Day 1, the field is trimmed to 10 players. They've just redrawn for new seats for the last time, sitting at the last table still in action in the room.
Here's the lineup:
Seat 1: Gil Aboodi - 180,000
Seat 2: Alejandro Avila - 117,000
Seat 3: Anthony Rosa - 81,000
Seat 4: Dustin Murphy - 220,000
Seat 5: Spencer Bennett - 360,000
Seat 6: Jeremy Lordge - 49,500
Seat 7: Lu Wang - 94,500
Seat 8: Jonathan Libiran - 146,000
Seat 9: Sergio Vargas - 108,000
Seat 10: Ryan Kaplan - 145,000
Blinds are 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante, putting the average stack close to 30 big blinds. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $916.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:15 PM Local Time
With registration closed, the official numbers have been released.
A total of 149 entries turned up for this $365 event, creating a prizepool worth $44,700. That money will be shared by the final 15players, with a min-cash worth $755.
The series' fifth gold ring and a top prize of $12,516 is reserved for the winner.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 11:46 AM Local Time