Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:24 PM Local Time
Break For the Last Seven
The remaining seven players have been sent into their second 15-minute break of the day.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:22 PM Local Time
Mark Zullo Eliminated in 8th Place ($16,986)
Aces don't seem to be the winning hand on this final table. All players who have departed so far fell while holding the bullets in their hands. That also applied to the most recent casualty, Mark Zullo.
Zullo was in the third position and he raised pot, leaving himself only 13,000 behind. Igor Sharaskin called from the big blind and put his opponent at risk when the appeared in the middle of the table. Zullo had no option but call.
Zullo had flopped the top set but he needed to fade another club to stay ahead. The dealer was against that, though as he revealed the on the turn, completing Sharaskin's flush draw. Zullo now hoped for the board pairing, but the was a blank shot.
Mark Zullo walked away in the last hand before the break, taking $16,986 for eighth place. The remaining players are guaranteed at least $22,456.
|Igor Sharaskin||895,000||-125,000 |
|Mark Zullo||0||-105,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:21 PM Local Time
Zullo Pays Off Groth
Mark Zullo limped in from the cutoff, and Tyler Groth checked his option in the big blind. On the flop, Groth checked, and Zullo bet 25,000 in order to pick up a call by Groth.
The same action repeated on the turn, with a check, a bet of 60,000, and a call, before Groth bet the river for 125,000.
Zullo was in the think tank for a minute and sighed, then called the bet with less than that behind. Groth announced a full house and rolled over for kings over treys, which was good enough to win the pot.
|Tyler Groth||840,000||199,000 |
|Mark Zullo||105,000||-220,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:16 PM Local Time
Brown Spikes a Three
Neighbors on the final table, Mark Zullo and Adam Brown faced off in a pot while sitting in the blinds.
Zullo limped from the small blind, and Brown checked his option in the big. They both checked the flop, keeping the pot small.
The turn card was the , and Zullo bet 25,000. Brown called.
Zullo bet out another 60,000 on the river, and he received a snap-call. Zullo showed a bluff with , while Brown's improved to a full house on the turn, likely making the call-down much easier for him.
|Adam Brown||570,000||110,000 |
|Mark Zullo||325,000||-168,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:11 PM Local Time
Groth Takes from Zullo; Sharaskin from Taylor
Mark Zullo raised to 55,000, and Tyler Groth three-bet the pot to 201,000 on the button. Zullo double-checked the remaining stack of Groth and called, before checking the flop. Groth immediately moved all in, and Zullo folded after brief consideration to get shown .
One hand later, Darren Taylor limped in, and Igor Sharaskin raised to 72,000, which Taylor called. The flop came , and Taylor checked. Sharaskin continued for 76,000, and that ended the hand right there.
|Darren Taylor||1,080,000||-70,000 |
|Igor Sharaskin||1,020,000||79,000 |
|Tyler Groth||641,000||237,000 |
|Mark Zullo||493,000||-107,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:06 PM Local Time
Casey Carroll Eliminated in 9th Place ($13,026)
Right after the elimination of Bruno Politano, Casey Carroll raised the pot out of the small blind, and Tyler Groth reraised all in. Carroll called all in for slightly less.
"Oh my god," Groth sighed, but his emotions suddenly changed on the flop when he improved to a set. One ace remained in the deck, and Carroll also had a gutshot straight draw to avoid elimination. However, both the turn and river were blanks.
The stacks were counted, and Carroll had 174,000. Groth had that covered with 230,000, and Carroll was eliminated in ninth place for $13,026. All eight remaining players are guaranteed at least $16,986 for their efforts now.
|Tyler Groth||404,000||217,000 |
|Casey Carroll||0||-227,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:56 PM Local Time
Bruno Politano Eliminated in 10th Place ($10,129)
Coming back for the final day with the shortest stack, Bruno Politano fought bravely but his tally eventually couldn't last longer than until the unofficial final table.
Politano's final hand started with Allan Le's open from the lowjack. Le raised to 52,000 and Politano shoved all in from the button. He cut his chips so that everyone could make a quick count, and it was 179,000 total. Le didn't hesitate and called.
Politano had aces but Le held double suited one-gappers, seeking a drawy flop to have a chance for the knockout.
Le got more than that as the dealer rolled over the , hurting Politano's feelings. "He flopped a flush," Politano informed his fans in the rail, with a heart-broken voice.
The turn left Politano drawing that as he knew he was going to depart in 10th place before the landed on the river. The 888 Ambassador picked up $10,129 for his efforts and the tournament continues with the official nine-handed final table.
|Allan Le||1,215,000||205,000 |
|Bruno Politano||0||-310,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:47 PM Local Time
Zarin Doubles Through Taylor
Still shaking after the recent massive encounter, Darren Taylor raised to 52,000 from the hijack, only to see button Jonathan Zarin move all in for 158,000.
Taylor asked for a count, then called, and the cards were turned over.
Zarin's spades were higher Taylor's, strengthening his already-better hand. The board, however, wouldn't provide flush for any of the players, as only red cards hit the felt. The dealer revealed the , improving Zarin's hand to a king-high straight.
|Darren Taylor||1,150,000||-254,000 |
|Jonathan Zarin||352,000||167,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:34 PM Local Time
Massive Double for Taylor
In a three-way limped pot on a flop, Tyler Groth in the small blind, Darren Taylor in the big blind, and Mark Zullo checked to see the on the turn. Groth checked, Taylor bet 26,000, and Zullo called before Groth also called. The on the river saw a bet of 100,000 by Groth and a fold by Taylor, who was shown for the straight flush by Groth.
The very next hand, Groth limped the button, and Taylor raised to 96,000 in the small blind. Groth called, and the flop fell . Taylor checked, Groth bet 216,000, and Taylor subsequently check-raised all in. Groth asked for a count, and Taylor was at risk for 594,000, which Groth called by tossing in a single chip.
"He got kings and the six. The guy is dead, let's fucking go," the British rail of Taylor said. Technically, Groth was not drawing dead but needed running treys for quads to avoid a huge setback. The turn locked things up for Taylor, and the river was a mere formality.
|Darren Taylor||1,404,000||604,000 |
|Tyler Groth||187,000||-638,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:20 PM Local Time
Small Pots Toward the End of Level 23
While we saw some big moves during the first part of Level 23, the remaining 15 minutes were quiet. The biggest pot that emerged was when Allan Le raised to 45,000 and received two calls from Mark Zullo and Bruno Politano. Zullo called a tiny bet on the flop before firing 100,000 himself on the turn, taking down the pot.
Other than that, the play has been steady.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:09 PM Local Time
A Double for Spencer
After a few raise-and-take-its and a small pot for Tyler Groth in a battle of the blinds against Darren Taylor, it was Daniel Spencer who put his tournament life on the line. Spencer raised to 70,000, and Igor Sharaskin called in the big blind.
The flop fell , and Sharaskin bet 150,000. Spencer called all in for his last 47,000.
Both had flopped tens and sixes, but Spencer had a redraw to the straight and immediately got there with the turn. Sharaskin could still chop it with a ten or six, but the river was a blank, and Spencer doubled.
|Igor Sharaskin||941,000||-92,000 |
|Daniel Spencer||244,000||134,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:04 PM Local Time
Brown Scores a Double Through Zarin
Jonathan Zarin raised to 45,000 from the hijack and small blind Adam Brown announced "pot." The dealer informed him that the price was 155,000, and action returned to Zarin who called.
The flop brought the and Brown put in the remaining chips he had left, earning a quick call from Zarin.
Brown was in very solid shape with the top pair on the rainbow board as Zarin had only a middle pair and no flush or straight draws. The turn was a blank and so was the river. Zarin dropped more than a half of his stack in that hand.
|Adam Brown||460,000||210,000 |
|Jonathan Zarin||185,000||-295,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:57 PM Local Time
Sharaskin Back Above a Million
Tyler Groth raised to 45,000 and was called by Igor Sharaskin in the hijack, Mark Zullo in the small blind and Adam Brown in the big blind. The flop of was checked to Sharaskin, who bet 125,000. Only Zullo called and checked again the turn. Sharaskin bet almost the size of the pot with 308,000 behind and Zullo folded.
|Igor Sharaskin||1,033,000||215,000 |
|Mark Zullo||600,000||-150,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:51 PM Local Time
Does Anyone Really Like a Chopped Pot?
Allan Le raised to 46,000 from middle position and Casey Carroll, the shortest stack at the table, moved all in for what looked to be 122,000. The exact count wasn't needed at that point as Le called within seconds.
The flop increased chances for a split and the turn and river confirmed the tie.
On the very next hand, Carroll opened to 70,000 and faced Igor Sharaskin, who check-folded to Carroll's all-in on a flop. Carroll flipped over kings.
|Allan Le||930,000||130,000 |
|Casey Carroll||227,000||75,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:43 PM Local Time
Spencer Gets Short
The action has slowed down after the double of Bruno Politano.
In one recent hand, Allan Le check-called a bet of 35,000 from Darren Taylor on the cutoff after a flop of , then the turn and river were checked through. Le showed and won the pot with two pair.
In another, Igor Sharaskin opened to 45,000 in the hijack and Mark Zullo called in the small blind. Zullo check-folded the flop to a bet of 55,000.
The next hand after that, Tyler Groth raised to 45,000 from early position and Sharaskin called, as did Daniel Spencer in the big blind. Spencer checked the flop and Groth claimed the pot with a bet of 100,000 as both opponents folded.
Spencer raised the pot from the small blind the next hand and claimed the chips.
|Tyler Groth||825,000||105,000 |
|Allan Le||800,000||5,000 |
|Darren Taylor||800,000||-83,000 |
|Mark Zullo||750,000||5,000 |
|Daniel Spencer||110,000||-35,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:42 PM Local Time
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:34 PM Local Time
Brazil Remains Here
Bruno Politano was in middle position and he raised pot, making it 70,000. Action folded to Jonathan Zarin in the big blind, who asked Politano about his chip stack. "One-hundred-and-fifty total," Politano replied.
Zarin called and landed on the flop. Zarin didn't wait and shoved all in and Politano called.
Politano's tournament life was on the line as Zarin had flopped a set of sevens. Politano's disappointment didn't last long, however, as the appeared on the turn.
"Jack is good!" shouted the Brazilian November Niner. The on the river brought another set for Zarin, but that didn't matter.
"We got it! Brazil here!" celebrated Politano with genuine excitement, adding other weird noises similar to something you can hear in the Amazon rainforest.
|Jonathan Zarin||480,000||-125,000 |
|Bruno Politano||310,000||173,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:23 PM Local Time
Updated Counts After Level 22
|Darren Taylor||883,000||0 |
|Igor Sharaskin||818,000||-44,000 |
|Allan Le||795,000||-55,000 |
|Mark Zullo||745,000||-35,000 |
|Tyler Groth||720,000||0 |
|Jonathan Zarin||605,000||-28,000 |
|Adam Brown||250,000||0 |
|Casey Carroll||152,000||-32,000 |
|Daniel Spencer||145,000||10,000 |
|Bruno Politano||137,000||-33,000 |
Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:09 PM Local Time
Let Them Catch a Breath for 15 Minutes
Players are now on a 15-minute break.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:08 PM Local Time
Groth and Taylor Claim Pots before the Break
Allan le raised to 36,000 and Tyler Groth called in the small blind, then bet the flop for 35,000. Le called and the turn saw another bet worth 60,000 by Groth, which Le called. Groth checked the river and Le checked behind to get shown for a full house by Groth.
In the last hand of the level, Adam Brown limped in and Groth called on the button, as did Darren Taylor and Igor Sharashkin in the blinds. The flop fell and the action checked to Groth, who bet 32,000. Taylor check-raised to 118,000 and forced folds all around, triggering cheers from his rail.
|Darren Taylor||883,000||133,000 |
|Allan Le||850,000||-150,000 |
|Tyler Groth||720,000||-100,000 |
|Adam Brown||250,000||-16,000 |