Friday, February 15, 2019 9:42 PM Local Time
Curtis Day wins the Coconut Creek High Roller for $73,500
Six hours is all it took for businessman and recreational poker player Curtis Daye to win the $3,250 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller on Day 2 at Coconut Creek for his first ever World Series of Poker cash and biggest career win for $73,500. The Jamaican native topped a field of 70 entries across two days to seal the deal and win his first ring. "This is my first Circuit event and I really appreciate that" said a proud Daye.
In the final hand, Daye got his chips in the middle with an almost 7-to-1 chip lead with ace-jack of hearts, up against WSOP bracelet and Circuit champion Phil Hui's ace-queen. Both players hit their kickers on the flop, but it was Daye who rivered another jack to eliminate a tough competitor in Hui. For his efforts, Hui took home $45,421, bringing his overall career cashes to an impressive $1.6 million.
"I started yesterday really pretty steady, I must say. And I came this morning, came up today, with good intentions. And it was a little bit challenging - the guys played well, but in the end I had my focus and the goal in mind. I just called my girlfriend and I was like, I need a ring and I was determined and I did it" laughed Daye.
Day 2 began with 24 entries, 19 of which played on Day 1 combined with five Day 2 entries. In less than an hour, the field was down to the final two tables and closing in on the elusive final table and money bubble. Nine-time WSOP Circuit champion Martin Ryan came in to the day with a healthy stack but found himself on the rail in the first hour of the day. On the other end of the spectrum was Jake Schwartz who bought in on Day 2 and spun it up quickly to put himself in a good position to cash. Unfortunately for him, his kings were cracked and he was eliminated in 11th, just shy of the final table.
After the elimination of Randy Humphries, the final table of nine was set. Jonathan Kramer came in with the lead, with Curtis Daye and Phil Hui hot on his heels. Five-time ring winner Jeff Trudeau was the first to be eliminated, putting the remaining players on the direct money bubble. A short-stacked Corey Burbick found himself on the ropes with ace-nine suited, but was unable to improve against Kramer's ace-ten suited and was the bubble boy for this event. The remaining 7 players guaranteed themselves at least $10,790.
Once the bubble burst, Sam Ganzfried had his kings cracked by Kramer's pocket jacks after a jack hit the river, and he was followed by Chad Eveslage who had his aces cracked by the two pair of Daye. Hui went on to put his foot on the gas and crossed the million-chip mark before Anthony Utnage ran his ace-queen of diamonds into Kramer's two black aces, seeing him eliminated in 5th place. Soon after, the reigning champion Dominique Mosley was unable to win a flip with pocket fives and fell in fourth place for $21,319.
Three-handed play went on for a short while before Kramer was unable to get a bluff through. He check-raised the turn with ace-high and moved all in on the river against Daye. Unfortunately for him, Daye rivered trips and Kramer had to settle for third place and a tidy sum of $30,116.
A full list of results can be found here.
Friday, February 15, 2019 8:33 PM Local Time
In the very first hand of heads-up play, Phil Hui manages to get his stack of 355,000 in the middle and Curtis Daye calls.
Hui is at risk and well ahead with , up against Daye's .
The flop comes and both players pair their kickers, with Hui still well in the lead and looking good to double. The turn is the and the river is the to give Daye trip jacks and eliminate Hui in second place for $45,421.
Daye locks up his first ever World Series of Poker cash and title all in one shot.
Curtis Daye - Coconut Creek High Roller Champion ($73,500)
Phil Hui - Eliminated in 2nd Place ($45,421)
Friday, February 15, 2019 8:25 PM Local Time
Curtis Daye enters heads-up play with a dominating lead, with decorated Circuit ring and bracelet winner Phil Hui looking to claw his way back.
Curtis Daye - 2,450,000
Phil Hui - 355,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 8:23 PM Local Time
Curtis Daye raises to 40,000 on the button and Jonathan Kramer defends his big blind. The flop comes , Kramer checks, Daye bets 35,000 and Kramer calls.
The turn is the and Kramer checks again. Daye bets 35,000 and this time Kramer check-raises to 155,000. Daye calls. The river is the and Kramer shoves all in for about 430,000. Daye snap-calls and tables for trip jacks. The dealer flashes Kramer's for ace high and mucks his hand, sending him to the payout desk in 3rd place.
Curtis Daye - 2,445,000
Phil Hui - 355,000
Jonathan Kramer - Eliminated
Friday, February 15, 2019 8:16 PM Local Time
Phil Hui moves all in for 217,000 on the button and Jonathan Kramer calls from the small blind.
Hui tables , needing to improve against Kramer's .
The flop comes and Hui takes the lead, pairing his ten. The turn is the and the river is the to send to the pot to Hui.
Phil Hui - 500,000
Jonathan Kramer - 900,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 8:10 PM Local Time
Curtis Daye raises to 55,000 on the button and Phil Hui calls from the small blind. The flop comes , Hui checks, Daye bets 65,000 and Hui calls.
The turn is the and both players check to the on the river. Hui leads out for 140,000 and Daye tank-calls.
Hui tables for six-high, and Daye shows for the winner.
Curtis Daye - 1,400,000
Phil Hui - 217,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 7:57 PM Local Time
Friday, February 15, 2019 7:48 PM Local Time
The final 3 players in the High Roller are on another break, resuming in 10 minutes.
Jonathan Kramer - 1,075,000
Phil Hui - 875,000
Curtis Daye - 850,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 7:40 PM Local Time
Phil Hui opens to 35,000 from under the gun and Dominique Mosley shoves all in for 350,000 on the button. Jonathan Kramer re-shoves from the small blind and Hui folds.
Mosley tables , flipping against Kramer's . "Yes! Five!" says Mosley after seeing Kramer's hand. Unfortunately for him, the flop comes and Kramer takes the lead, pairing his king. The turn is the and the river is the to send the defending champion to the rail in 4th place.
Jonathan Kramer - 1,100,000
Phil Hui - 1,000,000
Curtis Daye - 750,000
Dominique Mosley - Eliminated in 4th place for $21,319
Friday, February 15, 2019 7:18 PM Local Time
Jonathan Kramer opens to 36,000 from the cutoff and Anthony Utnage shoves for about 175,000 on the button. Action folds back to Kramer and he snap-calls.
Utnage is at risk and welll behind, needing to improve to stay alive in the tournament. The flop comes and Utnage is still behind. The turn is the and seals it, bringing the insignificant on the river to send Utnage to the rail in 5th place.
Jonathan Kramer - 540,000
Anthony Utnage - Eliminated in 5th place for $16,050
Friday, February 15, 2019 7:14 PM Local Time
Phil Hui opens to 35,000 from under the gun and Curtis Daye three-bets to 116,000 from the big blind. Hui asks to see his stack and then four-bets to 235,000. Daye calls and the dealer puts out a flop of . Daye checks, Hui shoves and Daye tank-folds.
Phil Hui - 1,300,000
Curtis Daye - 490,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 7:07 PM Local Time
Friday, February 15, 2019 7:05 PM Local Time
Phil Hui piles a stack of chips in the middle on the button, and Dominique Mosley calls all in for 176,000.
Mosley is at risk with , ahead of Hui's . The board runs out and Mosley improves to a wheel to double up, still in contention to go back-to-back and defend his title from a year ago.
Dominique Mosley - 370,000
Phil Hui - 1,050,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:53 PM Local Time
Phil Hui opens to 30,000 from under the gun and Jonathan Kramer three-bets to 90,000. Hui calls.
The flop comes , Hui checks, Kramer bets 50,000 and Hui calls.
The turn is the and Hui leads for 150,000. Kramer calls.
The river is the and Hui shoves, putting Kramer to the test for his remaining 400,000 in chips. Kramer folds.
Phil Hui - 1,250,000
Jonathan Kramer - 400,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:34 PM Local Time
With 200,000 in a three-bet pot, the flop comes and Curtis Daye bets 100,000 from under the gun. Phil Hui is in the cutoff and calls.
The turn is the and Daye goes into the tank for a full minute, all while bopping his head to his music in the process. Eventually, he checks. Hui checks back and the two players see the on the river. Both players check and Daye reveals a pair of queens with . Unfortunately for him it's no good against Hui's for the best kicker.
Hui now has a million in chips for a commanding lead.
Phil Hui - 1,000,000
Curtis Daye - 560,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:25 PM Local Time
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:18 PM Local Time
The final 5 players are on break for 10 minutes.
Phil Hui - 760,000
Jonathan Kramer - 750,000
Curtis Daye - 720,000
Anthony Utnage - 280,000
Dominique Mosley - 240,000
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:08 PM Local Time
On a board reading , Chad Eveslage is all in for 160,000 from the big blind and Curtis Daye gives him action on the button.
Eveslage tables , but is behind Daye's for two pair. The river is the and Eveslage can't catch up, sending him to the rail in 6th place.
Curtis Daye - 770,000
Chad Eveslage - Eliminated in 6th place for $12,804
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:03 PM Local Time
Sam Ganzfried raises to 20,000 from late position and Jonathan Kramer three-bets to 65,000 from the cutoff. Ganzfried four-bet shoves all in for 258,000 and Kramer tank-calls.
"Jack is coming" says Kramer. The board runs out and sure enough, Kramer spikes a jack on the river to eliminate Ganzfried in 7th place.
Jonathan Kramer - 800,000
Sam Ganzfried - Eliminated in 7th place for $10,790
Friday, February 15, 2019 5:52 PM Local Time
Corey Burbick raises to 60,000 from early position and Jonathan Kramer three-bets to 110,000. Burbick calls for 85,000 total.
Burbick is at risk and behind with , up against Kramer's .
The flop comes and Burbick still needs to improve to stay alive on the bubble. The turn is the to give Burbick a flush draw, but the river is the and he is eliminated.
Jonathan Kramer - 640,000
Corey Burbick - Eliminated
All remaining players are guaranteed a payout of $10,790.