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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 16, 2016 to Saturday, June 18, 2016

Event #25: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $2,377,375
  • Entries: 1,045
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 18, 2016 4:34 PM Local Time


In the opening hand at the unofficial final table, Michael Scarborough raises to 65,000 from early position. The action folds around to Zu Zhou in the blinds, who bumps it to 190,000. Scarborough calls. 

The flop comes     and Zhou reaches bets 205,000. Scarborough moves all in for 705,000 and is snap-called. 

Scarborough tables his    but is at risk against Zhou's   .

No help comes for Scarborough as the board runs out the   and  , and he falls one place short of the official final table. 

Zu Zhou - 2,380,000
Michael Scarborough - Eliminated in 10th place

Saturday, June 18, 2016 4:27 PM Local Time

The unofficial final table of 10 players:

1. Daniel Cooke - 1,300,000 (42 bb)
2. Niall Farrell - 1,080,000 (36 bb)
3. Michael Gagliano - 955,000 (31 bb)
4. Zu Zhou - 1,400,000 (46 bb)
5. Darryll Fish - 2,400,000 (80 bb)
6. Michael Laake - 2,250,000  (75 bb)
7. Michael Scarborough - 900,000 (30 bb)
8. Remi Castaignon - 900,000 (30 bb)
9. Shankar Pillai - 1,225,000 (40 bb)
10. Gavin O'Rourke - 675,000 (22 bb)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 4:09 PM Local Time


Chad Layne is first to act and moves all in for 340,000. The action folds around to Michael Laake in the blinds, who snap-calls. 

Layne turns over    and is at risk against Laake's   .

The board runs out      . Laake's overpair holds and Layne exits in 11th place. 

The remaining ten players will now redraw for the unofficial final table. 

Michael Laake - 2,200,000
Chad Layne - Eliminated in 11th place

Saturday, June 18, 2016 4:06 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 5000
Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:46 PM Local Time
Players are on their second break of the day.
Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:46 PM Local Time


On a flop of [10]  , Daniel Cooke raises a bet by Zahari Petrov. Petrov moves all in and Cooke calls.


The turn brings the   and the river is the  . Cooke has the better kicker and Petrov is eliminated.

Daniel Cooke - 1,320,000
Zahari Petrov - Eliminated

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:34 PM Local Time

Juan Cortes

Shankar Pillai raises to 53,000 on the button. Juan Cortes is in the small blind and moves all in for his remaining 251,000. Michael Laake is in the big blind, and reraises to 529,000. Pillai quickly folds.

Laake shows    and Cortes tables   . Cortes needs to hit an ace to stay alive, and before the flop is dealt he says, "Ace, one time."

The flop comes    , giving Cortes the ace he asked for.

The turn is the  .

Before the river is dealt, Cortes exclaims, "No king!", and unfortunately for him, the   comes down on the river and he is eliminated.

Michael Laake - 1,900,000 (79 bb)
Juan Cortes - Eliminated in 13th place for $19,941

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:32 PM Local Time

Shankar Pillai and Zahari Petrov got all their chips in the middle preflop and its Pillai at risk.


The board runs out       and Pillai will double up.

Shankar Pillai - 1,250,000 (52 bb)
Zahari Petrov - 151,000 (6 bb)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:29 PM Local Time

Juan Cortes just doubled up to 95,000 in a prior hand, and now moves all in from middle position. He gets no action, and picks up the blinds and antes.

In the very next hand, a player announces raise, and Cortes immediately moves all in for 155,000. The original raiser did not put out a bet yet, and opted to put in a min-raise and then fold to Cortes' all in.

This allows Cortes to chip up to just over ten big blinds.

Juan Cortes - 251,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:23 PM Local Time

Juan Cortes is the small blind with just 7,000 behind after paying his ante, and he's soon all in.

Chad Layne, who took most of Cortes's stack in the hand before, calls, and the hands are tabled.


The board runs out      . Cortes catches a nine on the turn and he triples up.

Juan Cortes - 49,000 (2 bb)
Chad Layne - 464,000 (19 bb)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:20 PM Local Time

Chad Layne


Chad Layne is in middle position, and moves all in for his remaining 238,000.

Juan Cortes is in the big blind, and decides to call, having Layne covered by just 11,000.

Layne tables    and Cortes shows   .

The board runs out       and Layne doubles up.

Chad Layne - 475,000 (19 bb)
Juan Cortes - 11,000 (0 bb)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:16 PM Local Time

Darryll Fish Leads the Field

Darryll Fish raises to 60,000 from the hijack. Niall Farrell is in the cutoff, and puts in a three-bet to 165,000. Fish calls.

The flop is    . Fish checks, as does Farrell.

The turn is the  . Fish checks again, and this time Farrell bets 175,000. Fish calls.

The river is the  . Fish checks for a third time, and Farrell bets out 300,000. Fish asks for a count, and immediately tosses a couple of chips in the middle, indicating his call.

Farrell tables   , while Fish shows   , his pair of kings bringing the chips his way.

Darryll Fish - 2,600,000 (108 bb)
Niall Farrell - 1,130,000 (47 bb)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:04 PM Local Time


Michael Gagliano raises to 50,000 from late position before Taylor Paur moves all in for 404,000 from the button. Darryll Fish calls from the small blind as the action folds to Gagliano. He folds. 

Paur rolls over    and is at risk against Fish's   .

The board runs out       resulting in Fish holding with his over pair and Paur exits in 14th place. 

Darryll Fish - 1,800,000 (90 bb)
Taylor Paur - Eliminated in 14th place.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:02 PM Local Time


Tobias Peters moves all in for 323,000 and Michael Laake calls.


The flop comes    , which is no help to Peters. The turn brings the  , moving Peters into the lead, but the river   changes things again, giving Laake a set to send Peters to the rail.

Michael Laake - 1,500,000 (75 bb)
Tobias Peters - Eliminated

Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:52 PM Local Time

Michael Laake raises to 45,000 from middle position, Michael Scarborough calls from the next seat over, as does Daniel Cooke from late position. 

The three watch the flop come     before Laake leads out for 72,000. Cooke then splashes a raise to 175,000 before Scarborough even has a chance to make a decision. 

Scarborough folds and the bet from Cooke stands. Laake thinks for a minute before announcing an all-in for 792,000. Cooke goes into the tank for several minutes, and finally mucks. 

Michael Laake - 1,146,000
Daniel Cooke - 900,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:50 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 12000/24000
Ante: 4000
Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:39 PM Local Time


Jordan Young moves all in for 289,000 and Darryll Fish calls from the small blind.


The board runs out       and Fish hits his ace to eliminate Young from the tournament.

Darryll Fish - 1,150,000
Jordan Young - Eliminated

Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:35 PM Local Time

Niall Farrell raises to 45,000 from early position and is called by Gavin O'Rourke in late position as well as Darryll Fish in the blinds. 

The flop comes     and all three players check. 

The turn brings the   and again each of the players check. 

The   completes the board and Fish leads out for 85,000. Farrell calls and O'Rourke folds. 

Fish tables    for three-high before Farrell rolls over    for a straight. 

Darryll Fish - 734,000
Niall Farrell - 1,900,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:22 PM Local Time

Niall Farrel Leads


Niall Farrell came out swinging in Day 2 and ended the day with a healthy stack, even after losing a sizable pot toward the end of the day.

Today, Farrell has taken a commanding lead and continues to assert his dominance at the table.

Here, action folds to Farrell on the button, who raises it to 45,000. Zu Zhou is in the big blind and decides to defend.

The flop is    . Zhou checks, and Farrell bets out 68,000. Zhou thinks for about a full minute, and slowly pushes his cards into the muck.

Niall Farrell - 1,700,000
Zu Zhou - 960,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:17 PM Local Time


Shankar Pillai raises to 44,000 from early position. Sonny Franco then moves all in for 151,000 from middle position. The decision falls on Michael Scarborough in late position, who asks Pillai how much he is playing, before raising to 300,000. The blinds fold, followed by Pillai. 

Franco tables his    and is at risk against Scarborough's   .

The flop comes down    , giving Franco the lead with a pair of jacks. 

The   on the turn gives Scarborough some extra outs, but it's the   on the river which instead gives Scarborough the winning hand with a pair of aces. 

Michael Scarborough - 1,385,000
Sonny Franco - Eliminated in 17th place