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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 08, 2015 to Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,489,400
  • Entries: 1,844
  • Remaining: 0

EVENT UPDATES

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:35 PM Local Time

Paul Ephremsen opens to 250,000, and Benjamin Zamani three-bets to 630,000 out of the small blind. Natasha Barbour folds her big blind and Ephremsen four-bet shoves for his last 1,500,000 total.

Zamani calls and reveals    to find himself racing against Ephremsen's   .

The flop hits Ephremsen's overcards, coming    , and his leads holds through the   turn and   river.

Paul Ephremsen - 3,250,000
Benjamin Zamani - 2,500,000

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:32 PM Local Time

Paul Ephremsen limps in from the small blind, Benjamin Zamani checks his option out of the big, and the flop is    .

Ephremsen check-folds to Zamani's 140,000 wager.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:31 PM Local Time

Natasha Barbour limps in from the small blind and Paul Ephremsen checks his option out of the big.

The flop is     and both players tap the table, bringing the   to the board on the turn. Barbour leads out for 125,000, Ephremsen calls, and the river is the  .

Barbour fires out for 500,000 this time and Ephremsen calls quickly with    for a runner-runner flush, only to see Barbour roll over    for a flopped full house.

Natasha Barbour - 7,500,000
Paul Ephremsen - 1,450,000

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:27 PM Local Time
Ben Zamani raises to 320,000 from the small blind and wins the blinds and antes.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:26 PM Local Time
Paul Ephremsen opens to 260,000 from the small blind and wins the blinds and antes.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:26 PM Local Time
Natasha Barbour calls from the small blind. Paul Ephremsen raises to to 370,000 from the big blind and Natasha Barbour announces she is all in. Ephremsen tanks for a moment and folds.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:25 PM Local Time

Ben Zamani completes the small blind and Natasha Barbour checks her option from the big blind. The flop comes     and both players check. The turn is the   and Barbour bets 175,000 after a Zamani check and he immediately check-raises to 350,000. Barbour calls.

The river is the   and both players check. Barbour shows    for a pair of kings and Zamani flashes the   and says he was trying to show the  .

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:23 PM Local Time
Ben Zamani gets a walk in the big blind.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:23 PM Local Time
Paul Ephremsen gets a walk in the big blind.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:22 PM Local Time
Natasha Barbour raises from the button and wins the blinds and antes.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:19 PM Local Time

Kevin MacPhee is under the gun and he open-shoves for approximately 1.3 million.

Natasha Barbour is next to act on the button and she asks for a rough count, and before a number is even declared she eyeballs MacPhee's stack and announces the call.

The blinds fold out and the two players show down.

MacPhee:   
Barbour:   

Both players find big aces but MacPhee's big slick has the dominant lead. The dealer fans the     flop and MacPhee adds a four-flush to reduce Barbour's outs, and the Broadway cards on board mean she now needs a king (of the non-heart variety) rather than a queen to catch up.

The turn comes down   and both players pair their aces, but the card essentially changes nothing.

River:  

Barbour's gin card arrives - much to her delight - while a stunned MacPhee can only shake his head at the three-out hit that costs him a chance at the bracelet.

Natasha Barbour - 6,200,000
Kevin Macphee - Eliminated

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:12 PM Local Time

Action folds to Natasha Barbour in the small blind, and she forces Paul Ephremsen off of his big blind with a raise to 300,000.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:10 PM Local Time

Wenlong Jin

It folds to Wenlong Jin in the small blind and he moves all in. Natasha Barbour looks at her cards and immediately calls and turns over   . Jin has   .

The flop comes     and Barbour runs over to her rail to celebrate the flopped set of jacks. The turn is the   and the river is the   and Jin is eliminated in 5th place for $103,857.

Natasha Barbour - 4,900,000
Wenlong Jin - Eliminated

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:07 PM Local Time
Wenlong Jin gets a walk in his big blind.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:02 PM Local Time
Level: 32
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 15,000
Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:54 AM Local Time

Ben Zamani leads the way into Day 4

In a little more than an hour, five players will return with their eyes on the biggest prize in poker - a World Series of Poker bracelet. Here's a look at the final five, their seat positions, and chip counts:

Seat 1: Natasha Barbour - 3,770,000 in chips (2 WSOP cashes, 1 WSOP Circuit Ring)
Seat 2: Paul Ephremsen - 2,695,000 in chips (2 WSOP cashes)
Seat 3: Ben Zamani - 4,535,000 in chips (13 WSOP cashes)
Seat 4: Kevin MacPhee - 1,720,000 in chips (23 WSOP cashes)
Seat 5: Wenlong Jin - 1,115,000 in chips (8 WSOP cashes)

Will it be Jin, the short-stack, who mounts the comeback to win the bracelet or MacPhee, the veteran pro, who turns it around to take down the title? Or what about the Brit in Seat 2 who fought back from a short stack to finish the day with a comfortable stack? Then there's Barbour who was doubling up what seemed like every hour yesterday on her way to moving into second in chips. However, they are all fighting an uphill battle against Zamani who controlled play yesterday from start to finish.

Those questions and more will be answered soon and wsop.com will be there to provide hand-for-hand coverage until there is a winner. Cards will be the air at 1 p.m. local time. Tune in to find out who it is!