Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:06 PM Local Time
Nathan Gamble Wins Event #46: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo for $223,339
In one of the most dominant final table performances of the year, Nathan Gamble took down Event #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $223,339.
"This bracelet's going to my dad," said an emotional Gamble after his victory. "My dad puts together tournaments, just home-game tournaments, and he's always supported me. Honestly, he doesn't have a chance of getting one, so this one goes to him!
"It means the world to me."
Gamble took a monster chip lead into four- and three-handed play and took down the heads-up battle in a single hand to secure his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Twenty-one players returned for the final day of the proceedings in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and they were led by Millard Hale. Among the early bustouts were Christopher O'Rourke and Bernardo Dias, and the field lost two of its highest-profile names shortly before the final table.
First, Barry Greenstein was eliminated after a pot involving him and Fernando Macia. He was left short and lost his remaining chips to exit in 14th place ($9,513).
Joining him on the rail just short of a place at the final table was fellow bracelet winner Barny Boatman. After chipping up steadily, Boatman got his stack in three ways and saw his remaining chips chopped up after failing to make a winning high or low. He finished in 12th place ($12,034).
Once the final table was set with Jason Riesenberg's 10th-place finish ($12,034), Wendy Weissman was the first casualty in ninth place ($15,470). Then followed a quiet period, with the eight remaining players trading chips back and forth, none of them able to make a considerable enough dent in the others' stacks.
However, Gamble began to forge his chip lead. He made a nut flush against overnight chip leader Millard Hale to bust his opponent in eighth ($20,205), and then watched as Day 1 chip leader Fernando Macia was eliminated by Ray Henson in seventh ($26,803).
By that point, Gamble had around a third of the chips in play, and watched as the likes of Henson and Adam Hendrix tried to catch up to him. Hendrix's cause was helped by the elimination of Miguel Use in sixth ($36,106), but Gamble pressed his chip lead again when he knocked out Marco Johnson in fifth place ($49,379). The result was Johnson's second-consecutive deep run in this event, following his third-place finish in this event last year.
Gamble chipped up twice through Michael Gross before busting him by making quads, with Gross leaving in third place ($68,544).
On the first hand of heads-up play against Hendrix, after checking in the big blind, Gamble remarked, "Let's get this done in one hand." And it was.
|1||Nathan Gamble||United States||$223,339|
|2||Adam Hendrix||United States||$137,992|
|3||Ray Henson||United States||$96,555|
|4||Michael Gross||United States||$68,544|
|5||Marco Johnson||United States||$49,379|
|7||Fernando Macia||United States||$26,803|
|8||Millard Hale||United States||$20,205|
|9||Wendy Weissman||United States||$15,470|
Speaking after his victory, Gamble said that his deep run in the 2016 Main Event, where he finished 176th for $42,285, helped him to victory.
"I made it to Day 5 [in the Main Event] where they put me on the secondary feature table. That got my nerves. I had Greg Raymer on my left, and having that exposure and having that time in a game I'm extremely comfortable with really helped a lot."
Gamble put in a dominant run of form to see off a tough final table which included last year's third-place finisher Marco Johnson.
"I absolutely ran good," Gamble said. "Coming into day, I had 250,000, which was good enough for 17th place out of 21. I just destroyed the first table, because I felt I was playing better than them. I hit a one-outer to get us to two tables. Ever since then, it's been like everything I needed came true."
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:55 PM Local Time
Adam Hendrix Eliminated in 2nd Place ($137,992)
In the very first hand of heads-up play Adam Hendrix limped and Nathan Gamble checked.
"Let's get this done in one hand," said Gamble as the pair saw a flop of . Gamble bet 120,000, and Hendrix raised pot and was all in. Gamble called, and the hands were turned over.
The turn was the and the river the . Just like that, Gamble finished off his last rival, eliminating Hendrix in second place for a $137,992 payday.
|Nathan Gamble||6,225,000||590,000 |
|Adam Hendrix||0||-590,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:50 PM Local Time
Ray Henson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($96,555)
Nathan Gamble's avalanche is still raging. Gamble just added another knockout to his collection, sending Ray Henson to the rail in third place.
The action was quick and simple. Henson potted from the button, Gamble put in enough chips to cover everyone, and Henson called all in for about 400,000 total.
The board favored Gamble, just like many of the previous ones.
"Good game, Ray," Gamble said, shaking Henson's hand.
Henson took the bronze medal, pocketing $96,555 for his efforts. He started the ten-handed finale with the second-shortest stack, and he stuck around for much longer than most of his opponents may have expected.
Gamble now has a devastating chip lead heading into the final duel for the bracelet.
|Nathan Gamble||5,635,000||835,000 |
|Adam Hendrix||590,000||-380,000 |
|Ray Henson||0||-475,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:34 PM Local Time
Michael Gross Eliminated in 4th Place ($68,544)
Nathan Gamble raised to 125,000 from under the gun. Michael Gross moved all in for around 300,000 from the big blind, and Gamble called.
The board ran out , giving Gamble quads and eliminating Gross.
"Do you ever get tired of making quads?" asked Henson.
Gross took home $68,544 for his fourth-place finish.
|Nathan Gamble||4,800,000||400,000 |
|Michael Gross||0||-230,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:33 PM Local Time
Michael Gross Down After River Call
Ray Henson raised to 150,000. Michael Gross called in the small blind, as did Nathan Gamble in the big blind.
The flop came , and all three players checked. They also checked through the on the turn, and the river was the . Gross checked to Gamble, who bet 200,000. Henson folded, and Gross called.
Gamble showed , and that was good enough to take down the pot and leave Gross with less than 250,000 in chips.
|Nathan Gamble||4,400,000||500,000 |
|Ray Henson||475,000||-590,000 |
|Michael Gross||230,000||-350,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:30 PM Local Time
Gamble's Foot Firmly on the Pedal
Michael Gross found himself unlucky in a spot against Nathan Gamble when they got it in preflop. Gross held double-suited aces with , but he couldn't scoop Gamble's as they chopped.
The two players tangled again a few moments later. Gamble opened to 125,000, and Gross called from the big blind.
Gross check-called another 275,000 on the flop, leaving himself with less than a pot-sized stack. The turn brought a check from Gross, and Gamble kept pushing. He placed in a pile of the most valuable chips worth 100,000 apiece, covering Gross' belongings. Gross took a deep breath and folded.
|Nathan Gamble||3,900,000||875,000 |
|Michael Gross||580,000||-310,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:09 PM Local Time
Marco Johnson Eliminated in 5th Place ($49,379)
Marco Johnson's second-consecutive deep run in this tournament has come to an end at the hands of the runaway train that is Nathan Gamble.
Gamble raised to 125,000, Johnson three-bet all in, and Gamble called.
Jonson looked to be fairly live for at least half the pot on the flop. The on the turn limited those possibilities somewhat, and the on the river slammed the door shut, giving Gamble quad sevens and eliminating last year's third-place finisher in fifth place for $49,379.
|Nathan Gamble||3,025,000||25,000 |
|Marco Johnson||0||-420,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 9:56 PM Local Time
Gross Makes a Huge Laydown
Nathan Gamble is guarding a monster stack, and he's using it as dominant leverage. Gamble demonstrated that in a recent pot against Michael Gross.
The hand started with Gross opening to 125,000. Gamble called in position, and they went to the flop. While Gross didn't bet on the flop, he did bet the turn, and Gamble paid 150,000 to see the river. The river card slowed Gross down, and Gamble perhaps smelled blood. He bet 480,000. Gross took only about 30 seconds and then folded, showing the .
After pressuring Gross off his trips, Gamble soared to 3,000,000 in chips.
|Nathan Gamble||3,000,000||460,000 |
|Michael Gross||890,000||-340,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 9:41 PM Local Time
Level 27 started
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:44 PM Local Time
Chip Counts on Dinner Break
Players are going on a 60-minute dinner break. Here are the chip counts for the five remaining players:
|Nathan Gamble||2,540,000||40,000 |
|Michael Gross||1,230,000||30,000 |
|Ray Henson||1,065,000||-35,000 |
|Adam Hendrix||970,000||-30,000 |
|Marco Johnson||420,000||-80,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:41 PM Local Time
Miguel Use Eliminated in 6th Place ($36,106)
Miguel Use raised pot to 140,000, and Adam Hendrix called.
The flop came . Use moved all in, and Hendrix called.
Hendrix had flopped two pair and was ahead. The turn was the and the river the , and Use was eliminated in sixth place for $36,106.
|Adam Hendrix||1,000,000||325,000 |
|Miguel Use||0||-160,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:39 PM Local Time
Miguel Use Stays Alive Thanks to His 'Emergency High'
Miguel Use raised pot from the cutoff, and Michael Gross repotted from the button to put Use all in. Use called.
The board ran out , giving Gross the eight-four low. Use's deuce gave him a pair, though, and he took the high half to stay alive.
|Michael Gross||1,200,000||-160,000 |
|Miguel Use||160,000||-20,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:37 PM Local Time
Use and Henson Chop Gross' Chips
Ray Henson raised to 120,000 from the cutoff, and small blind Miguel Use placed in his remaining 120,000. Michael Gross called from the big blind. By the time Gross had put in the required amount, Henson had already matched Use's all in, as well.
Henson and Gross checked all three streets of the board, and all players showed their cards.
"I have ace-three and a nine," Gross said, but neither his low nor high was enough to get any piece of the pot.
Use had for aces up, while Henson turned up his for nut low. Gross remained the only losing player in the hand, as Use and Henson chopped his chips.
|Miguel Use||180,000||-80,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:26 PM Local Time
Ray Henson Chips Up Through Nathan Gamble
Ray Henson raised to 100,000, and Nathan Gamble called in the big blind.
Both players checked through the flop. The turn was the , and Gamble bet 130,000. Henson called. The river was the , and both players checked.
"You're good," said Gamble, showing . Henson showed for a straight and took down the pot.
|Nathan Gamble||2,500,000||-350,000 |
|Ray Henson||1,100,000||320,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:24 PM Local Time
Fernando Macia Eliminated in 7th Place ($26,803)
Ray Henson raised to 80,000, and Fernando Macia moved all in for his last 210,000. Henson called.
The board ran out , and Henson scooped with two pair, aces and jacks with an eight kicker.
Macia took home $26,803 for his seventh-place finish.
|Ray Henson||780,000||620,000 |
|Fernando Macia||0||-300,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:21 PM Local Time
Millard Hale Eliminated in 8th Place ($20,205)
After a long wait for a truly giant clash, the players finally delivered.
Millard Hale started the hand by raising pot from early position. He received a call from the chip leader, Nathan Gamble, sitting in the cutoff. The next player to act was another big stack, Adam Hendrix. Hendrix squeezed to 420,000, and Hale decided to move all of his chips in — 510,000 total. Gamble wasn't willing to step back, and he called fairly quickly. Hendrix's face showed a little bit of confusion, but he had no option to bump up the pot any more. While he technically still could leave the pot, the odds made a clear option for him; he called.
With over 1.5 million in the pot, neither Gamble nor Hendrix were interested in increasing that giant sum as they checked through the board.
"Nut flush," Gamble announced, and Hendrix shook his head in frustration. Hale knew he was on his way to payouts as Gamble rolled over his . As per the rules of an all-in situation, all players have to expose their hands, even though Hale and Hendrix knew they weren't getting any piece of the massive pot.
Hendrix held , while Hale's last hole cards in the tournament were . Hale, who entered the final day in chip lead, walked away in eighth place for $20,205.
Gamble extended his lead, now maneuvering nearly half of the total chips in play.
|Nathan Gamble||2,850,000||1,050,000 |
|Adam Hendrix||675,000||-470,000 |
|Millard Hale||0||-475,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:12 PM Local Time
Use Doubles Through Hendrix
Down to peanuts, Miguel Use moved all in from the hijack for exactly three big blinds. Adam Hendrix had already one in front of him, and he paid off the remaining two-thirds of the offered price.
The board didn't connect with Hendrix's low cards at all, and Use doubled up.
|Adam Hendrix||1,145,000||-255,000 |
|Miguel Use||260,000||-15,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:03 PM Local Time
Millard Hale Doubles Through Chip Leader Nathan Gamble
Millard Hale raised to 140,000. Miguel Use called, and Nathan Gamble also called.
The flop came . It checked to Hale, who moved all in for his last 45,000. Use folded, and Gamble called.
The turn was the and the river the , giving Hale a pair of aces to win the pot.
|Nathan Gamble||1,800,000||-200,000 |
|Millard Hale||475,000||275,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 7:55 PM Local Time
Gross Shoves on Macia
With slow action at the final table, one of the more entertaining pots played out between Michael Gross and Fernando Macia, who defended his big blind against Gross' 100,000-chip opening raise from the cutoff.
Both players checked the flop, and Macia decided to lead out on the turn. He first cut out around 200,000 chips, then he took some off from the chunk and added some of another denomination to eventually bet 165,000.
Gross looked at Macia in order to see how much he had left, and Macia leaned back, opening his hands to let Gross see. Gross then moved all in, putting Macia at risk. An instant fold followed, and the river card remained a mystery.
|Michael Gross||1,360,000||360,000 |
|Fernando Macia||300,000||-225,000 |
Sunday, June 25, 2017 7:41 PM Local Time
Level 26 started