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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $565
  • Prizepool: $344,000
  • Entries: 688
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:25 PM Local Time

With the board showing     and nearly 85,000 in the pot, Michael Kahn checks to Phi Tran in the cut-off. Tran bets 31,000 and Kochalka calls from the button. Kahn thinks for nearly two minutes before signaling a call.

The turn is the   and the action checks to Kochalka. He bets 40,000 and Kahn and Tran each call without much hesitation.

The river is the  . Action slows and players check around as Kochalka announces, "I've got trip queens" as he turns over   . Kahn mucks right away before Tran checks his cards one last time and drops them into the muck.

Kochalka chips up to 350,000 and is playing as one of the bigger stacks in the room with 15 players remaining.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:20 PM Local Time

Brandon Barnette opens in late position to 25,000 and Jesse Kertland moves all-in for just under 120,000.

Barnette gets a count and calls, tabling   . He's way ahead, as Kertland holds   .

The board runs out       and Kertland is eliminated in 16th place.

Barnette is now playing close to 625,000.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:19 PM Local Time

Derek Shoemaker is eliminated in 17th place.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:16 PM Local Time

Doi Huynh raises in middle position and action folds around to Aiping Xue on the button. She raises all-in and Huynh makes the call.



Huynh can't improve and Xue's aces hold up to take down the pot.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:07 PM Local Time

There are now 18 players left, and they've redrawn to the final two tables:

Table 1
Player Chips
1 Jesse Kertland 130,000 
2 Aiping Xue 155,000 
3 Zachary Seufert 225,000
4 Derek Shoemaker 87,000
5 David Hong 180,000
6 Chris Jones 125,000
7 Doi Huynh 90,000
8 Thomas McFadden 220,000
9 Brandon Barnette 430,000 

Table 2
Player Chips
1 Phi Tran 245,000
2 Gary Kochalka 150,000
3 Robert Fechser 75,000
4 Craig Lahr 140,000
5 Michael Kahn 590,000
6 Billy Johnson 135,000
7 Greg Seiden 315,000
8 Johnny Gagelonia 90,000
9 Morton Davis 160,000
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:57 PM Local Time

Byran Corrigan moves all-in from the button for just over 65,000 and sees Zachary Seufert re-shove in the small blind.

The big blind folds and Corrigan is flipping for his tournament life, holding    to Seufert's   .

Corrigan picks up an open ended straight draw on the flop of     but the turn and river bring the   and   and improve Seufert to a full house.

Corrigan is eliminated in 19th place and the remaining players are now redrawing for their seats at the final two Event #1 tables.

Those seating assignments and chip counts will be posted shortly.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:52 PM Local Time

Phi Tran raises all-in from the button and Blake Robbins calls from the big blind. Tran shows    and Robbins shows    as he lets out a sigh and stands up to grab his things.

The board runs out       and Tran knocks out Robbins with a pair of kings.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:48 PM Local Time
Level: 21
Blinds: 5000/10000
Ante: 1000
Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:35 PM Local Time

Morton Davis moves all-in from early position and Phi Tran asks for a count in late position.

The dealer cuts down the all-in player's stack, with the count falling just over 85,000.

Tran takes a few moments to think, counting his own stack a few times before calling. The rest of the table folds and Davis turns over his   .

"You got it." Tran says, tabling   .

"I got it? Well then give it to me then!" Davis shouts to no one in particular.

The dealer does give it to him, as the board runs out       and Davis notches an extremely important double up.

When the dust settles, his count is just over 190,000 while Tran was cut down after taking in a huge pot earlier, playing just over 200,000.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:29 PM Local Time

Denver Combs is eliminated in 21st place by Derek Shoemaker. Shoemaker chips up to 120,000 after busting Combs.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:27 PM Local Time

Phi Tran raises to 10,000 in middle position and Nghia Nguyen raises all-in from the button. Tran asks for a count before he calls and tables   , putting Nguyen at risk with his   .

The board runs out clean for Tran's queens and he takes down the pot.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:19 PM Local Time

Sarah Lee was eliminated in 23rd place, in the same hand as Brian Baron.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:13 PM Local Time

Brian Baron

Both Brian Baron and Sarah Lee are at risk all in against Gary Kochalka.




The flop comes    , giving Lee plenty of outs to improve on the turn or river. None of these cards fell as the turn brings the   and the river the   to give Kochalka trips and score the double knockout.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:07 PM Local Time
Level: 20
Blinds: 4000/8000
Ante: 1000
Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:03 PM Local Time

Stephen Gilbert

After getting cut down by chip leader Michael Kahn, Stephen Gilbert was unable to recover.

He's eliminated in 25th place when his pocket sevens lose to the pocket jacks of Johnny Gagelonia on a run out of      .

Gagelonia is now playing just over 200,000.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:01 PM Local Time

Corey Emery

Zachary Seufert opens to 15,000 on the button and after the small blind folds, Corey Emery moves all-in for just over 50,000 from the big blind.

Seufert snap calls and tables   . He needs to hold against Emery's    and does, as the board runs out      .

Seufert locks up the knockout and Emery, who finished 2nd in this event last year, will make just over $2,300 for his second straight deep Event #1 run.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:49 PM Local Time

The action folds all the way around to David Hong in the small blind who raises all-in for his last 72,000 chips. Phi Tran calls and shows   , as Hong turns over   .

It didn't take very long to change the leader in this one.

The dealer spreads out the     flop and the hand was all but over. The other two nines stay in the deck and Hong scores a huge double up halfway through level 19.

Hong- 150,000

Tran- 95,000

Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:26 PM Local Time
Level: 19
Blinds: 3000/6000
Ante: 1000
Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:09 PM Local Time

The remaining 26 players are now on a 20 minute break, which is their first break of the day. 

They will return to Level 19 shortly. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:09 PM Local Time

Robert Ostler raises all in from the big blind and the action folds back around to Phi Tran on the button. Tran asks for a count before he calls and tables   . Ostler tables    and says, "Really? It took you that long to call with aces?".

The board runs out clean for Tran's aces and he scores a knockout here towards the end of level 18.

After Ostler left the table Morton Davis asks Tran, "What was you praying those aces hold up?"

Tran tells the table he only looked at one card when he initially asked for the count.

Tran is now playing 170,000 as the remaining field is on a 20 minute break.

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