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2016 47th 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 2:13 PM Local Time


Hunter Frey moves all in from the button and Taylor Paur calls from the big blind.


The flop comes    , giving Frey a diamond draw. The turn brings the   giving Paur, a set and limiting Frey to only a non-nine diamond.

The river is the  , and Frey is eliminated.

Taylor Paur - 1,080,000 (54 bb)
Hunter Frey - Eliminated

Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:04 PM Local Time

With 18 players remaining, here is the two-table redraw:

Table 1

1. Zu Zhou - 1,000,000 (50 bb)
2. Gavin O'Rourke - 300,000 (15 bb)
3. Jordan Young - 335,000 (16 bb)
4. Hunter Frey - 400,000 (20 bb)
5. Michael Gagliano - 1,045,000 (52 bb)
6. Taylor Paur - 650,000 (32 bb)
7. Darryll Fish - 980,000 (49 bb)
8. Niall Farrell - 1,540,000 (77 bb)
9. Remi Castaignon - 600,000 (30 bb)

Table 2

1. Franco Sonny - 150,000 (7 bb)
2. Tobias Peters - 450,000 (22 bb)
3. Juan Cortes - 250,000 (12 bb)
4. Michael Laake - 895,000 (44 bb)
5. Michael Scarborough - 1,190,000 (59 bb)
6. Chad Layne - 240,000 (12 bb)
7. Daniel Cooke - 1,180,000 (59 bb)
8. Zahari Petrov - 730,000 (36 bb)
9. Shankar Pillai - 600,000 (30 bb)
Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:56 PM Local Time

Korenev Roman Eliminated

On a board reading    , with about 115,000 in the pot already, Korenev Roman checks and Michael Gagliano bets 50,000.

Roman instantly moves all in for a total of 339,000. Gagliano asks for a count, and tanks for about two full minutes before putting chips in the middle to call.

Gagliano turns over    for jack-high and a gutshot straight draw, while Roman tables    for eight-high and an open-ended straight draw.

The turn is the   and the river is the  , sending Roman to the rail.

Michael Gagliano - 1,040,000
Korenev Roman - Eliminated in 19th place for $12,955

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:55 PM Local Time

Darryl Fish raises to 50,000 from middle position as the action folds to Sonny Franco in the blinds. He calls for his last 23,000 and is all in. 

Franco is at risk holding    against Fish's   .

The board runs out      ; Franco spikes an ace on the flop and takes down the pot. 

In the following hand, Franco moves all in for 71,000 from the small blind. Hunter Frey calls from the big blind. 

This time Franco has the best hand, holding    against Frey's   .

The board runs out      , improving Franco to a full house and sending him to 161,000 in chips. 

Sonny Franco - 161,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:44 PM Local Time
Level: 23
Blinds: 10,000/20,000
Ante: 3,000
Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:41 PM Local Time


John Sova is all in for his last 111,000 and is up against Taylor Paur, who has him well covered.

Paur -   

The board runs out       and doesn't offer any help to Sova, who is eliminated from the tournament.

Taylor Paur - 600,000 (37 bb)
John Sova -Eliminated

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:29 PM Local Time

The first break of the day has begun, with 20 players remaining.

Play will resume at 1:45 p.m.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:29 PM Local Time

Sonny Franco raises to 35,000 from middle position and is called by Michael Laake in the blinds. 

The flop comes     and Laake checks. Franco bets out 35,000 and Laake calls. 

The turn brings the   and Laake leads out for 57,000. Franco calls. 

The   completes the board on the river and Laake tanks for a minute. Laake then slides out 153,000, Franco instantly moves all in for 330,000. Laake snap-calls for 304,000 total. 

Franco reluctantly rolls over    before Laake turns over his    for a straight. 

Michael Laake - 882,000
Sonny Franco - 26,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:28 PM Local Time


On a board reading    , with about 100,000 in the pot, Tommy Miller checks from the big blind and Darryll Fish bets 42,000.

Miller thinks for a moment, and then check-raises to 140,000. Fish deliberates for about two minutes before declaring he is all in. Miller looks back at his cards one more time, and then puts some chips in the middle to call for his remaining 480,000.

Fish turns over    for a flush and straight draw, while Miller tables    for two pair, tens and sevens.

The turn is the  , keeping Miller in the lead.

The river is the  , and Fish makes his flush, sending Miller to the rail.

Darryll Fish - 975,000
Tommy Miller - Eliminated in 21st place for $12,955

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:25 PM Local Time

Chad Layne raises to 35,000 from middle position. Michael Gagliano then moves all in for 277,000 from late position, action folds back around to Layne, and he calls. 

Gagliano is at risk but is in front with his   , against Layne's   .

The board runs out      , improving Gagliano's hand to a full house as he survives this showdown. 

Michael Gagliano - 582,000
Chad Layne - 285,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:22 PM Local Time


Three players see a     flop. Jude Ainsworth checks from the big blind, as does Shankar Pillai in late position. Niall Farrell then bets 62,000 from the button and the decision falls back on Ainsworth. He moves all in for 268,000, which sends Pillai into the tank. A minute passes and Pillai folds. Farrell asks for a count, then calls. 

Ainsworth is at risk, holding    for a straight draw against Farrell's    top pair. 

The   and   on the turn and river bring no help for Ainsworth, which sees him hit the rail in 22nd place. 

Niall Farrell - 1,320,000
Jude Ainsworth - Eliminated in 22nd place

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:18 PM Local Time


Daniel Rodriguez moves all in for 103,000 and is called by Hunter Frey in the big blind.


The board runs out      , the king on the river sends the pot to Frey and sends Rodriguez home.

Hunter Frey - 490,000
Daniel Rodriguez - Eliminated

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:05 PM Local Time

Michael Scarborough raises to 33,000 from under the gun, and Korenev Roman calls from early position.

The flop comes    . Scarborough checks, as does Roman.

The turn is the  . This time, Scarborough leads out for 38,000. Roman looks back at his cards, and quickly calls.

The river is the  . Scarborough leads out again, and bets 71,000. Roman promptly folds and Scarborough takes down the pot.

Michael Scarborough - 1,100,000
Korenev Roman - 420,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:02 PM Local Time

Korenev Roman raises to 35,000 from late position. Chad Layne is on the button and makes it 80,000. Roman calls.

The flop is    . Roman checks. Layne takes a look at Roman's stack, and opts to check back.

The turn is the  . Roman quickly reaches into his stack and cuts out a bet of 75,000.

Layne thinks about it for a minute and tosses his cards into the muck.

Korenev Roman - 475,000
Chad Layne - 590,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 12:47 PM Local Time

Justin Young limps from early position. Shankar Pillai limps from middle position, as does Gavin O'Rourke from the button. Jude Ainsworth is in the small blind and calls, and Tobias Peters checks his option in the big blind.

Five players are in for the minimum and see a flop of    . All players in the hand opt to check to the turn.

The turn is the  . Ainsworth, Peters and Young all check to Pillai in middle position, who bets 35,000. Everyone quickly folds, and Pillai takes down the pot.

Shankar Pillai - 600,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 12:45 PM Local Time

Niall Farrell


Action folds to Remi Castaignon in the small blind, and he decides to call. Niall Farrell is in the big blind and he checks his option.

The flop is    . Castaignon checks, and Farrell bets 22,000. Castaignon calls.

The turn is the  . Both players check.

The river is the  . Castaignon checks for a third time, and this time Farrell bets 72,000. Castaignon calls, and Farrell tables    for a straight to the ten. Castaignon mucks his cards, and Farrell scoops the pot.

Niall Farrell - 935,000
Remi Castaignon - 720,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 12:39 PM Local Time


The action starts with Adrian Mateos raising to 35,000 from middle position. The decision folds to Daniel Cooke in the blinds, who slides out 33,000 without noticing the prior raise. When corrected, he raises the minimum to 51,000. Mateos calls. 

The flop comes     and Cooke instantly bets out 85,000. Mateos calls. 

The turn brings the   and without hesitation, Cooke slides out two stacks equaling 200,000. Mateos thinks for a minute before announcing an all-in for around 300,000. Cooke snap-calls. 

Mateos tables his    for top pair and a flush draw but is at risk against Cooke's    for top two pair. 

The   completes the board, improving Cooke's hand to a full house, and resulting in Mateos being today's first casualty. 

Daniel Cooke - 1,050,000
Adrian Mateos - Eliminated in 24th place

Saturday, June 18, 2016 12:30 PM Local Time
Level: 22
Blinds: 8,000/16,000
Ante: 2,000
Saturday, June 18, 2016 12:22 PM Local Time

NIall Farrell raises to 26,000 from middle position and Shankar Pillai calls from the blinds. 

The flop comes     and Pillai checks. Farrell bets 30,000 and is called. 

The turn brings the   and Pillai bets 68,000. Farrell calls shortly after. 

The   completes the board and Pillai checks. Farrell contemplates for a minute before sliding out 62,000. Pillai snap-folds. 

Niall Farrell - 920,000
Shankar Pillai - 470,000

Saturday, June 18, 2016 12:00 PM Local Time
Cards are in the air, as 24 remaining players are completing the second half of Level 21, with blinds at 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante.