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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018

Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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Saturday, June 16, 2018 12:59 AM Local Time
Extra Day in $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed; Yifrach Leads Mackey and Hasson

Gal Yifrach (left), James Mackey (center), and Gary Hasson (right)

Day 3 of Event 28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed was supposed to be the last day. But, not for the first time at the 2018 World Series of Poker, an extra day is needed to determine a winner as three players are left standing.

Going into 60,000/120,000, the following three players will battle it out on Saturday at noon for the coveted WSOP hardware with the following stacks:

Day 4 Seating and Chip Counts

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Gal YifrachUnited States6,965,000
2James MackeyUnited States3,100,000
3Gary HassonBelgium1,960,000

Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1  $461,798
2  $285,377
3  $193,716
4Aaron MermelsteinUnited States$133,731
5Darren RabinowitzUnited States$93,917
6Ana MarquezSpain$67,116

The day started with 20 remaining players and some big names were still in the mix. Most of them exited early on, with five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier being one of the first to bow out. Mercier started out winning some small pots but eventually ran pocket queens into the kings of Darren Rabinowitz to exit in fifteenth place.

Tony Dunst, another bracelet winner looking for more jewelry, lost with eights versus ace-king to go out in 13th place.

Anatoly Filatov (fours into kings), Luiz Duarte (fives into ace-ten), and Yorane Kerignard (ace-queen versus ace-king) all headed to the rail before Ben Palmer became the official final table bubble. Palmer got it in with ace-queen for top pair against the ace-five of Gary Hasson who had two pair by the time the chips got in the middle. No lucky river for Palmer and the tournament was down to a final table of six.

One of Spain's most accomplished players, Ana Marquez, found herself on the short stack. After hanging in for a bit, she eventually got it in with sixes versus nines. Her opponent, again Hasson, flopped a set and had Marquez drawing dead by the time the turn hit the felt.

Darren Rabinowitz, another longtime grinder looking for his first bracelet, was next to go. Squeezing with ace-king, he found a caller in Aaron Mermelstein with eights. The flop came eight-high and like Marquez, Rabinowitz was drawing dead by the time the turn hit.

While Mermelstein was the one to knock out Rabinowitz, he was the next in line at the payout desk. That, though, took quite some time as four-handed play lasted several levels. In the end, Mermelstein found himself short and in need of a double-up. He shoved with jack-seven suited but couldn't get passed the ace-queen of Gal Yifrach.

Three-handed play took nearly as long and as the clock struck midnight, the tournament staff announced the last level had started. Would the tournament not be heads-up before the end of the level, play would be stopped and the bags would come out. Despite several all-ins, three remained as the last seconds of level 30 ticked away.

Gal Yifrach, James Mackey, and Gary Hasson return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for an additional fourth day in this prestigious tournament. PokerNews, of course, will be on the floor to bring you all the updates from the conclusion of this event.

Gal Yifrach
Gal Yifrach leads the final 3 players
Saturday, June 16, 2018 12:26 AM Local Time
Play Has Halted for the Day

With three players remaining, play has stopped for the day. They will return to the Amazon Room on Saturday at noon. A recap of today's action is to follow.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 12:22 AM Local Time
Hands #161-165: Hasson Finds a Double

Hand #161: Gal Yifrach raised to 400,000 from the small blind. James Mackey, in the big blind, gave up his hand.

Hand#162: Yifrach opened to 225,000 on the button. He got no action.

Hand #163: Gary Hasson moved all in in the small blind for 1,000,000. Yifrach, in the big blind, called.

Gary Hasson:   
Gal Yifrach:   

The board came       and Hasson made a full house to double up.

Hand #164: Yifrach limped in the small blind. James Mackey, in the big blind, called.
The flop came    . Yifrach checked. Mackey bet 125,000. Yifrach check-called. The turn came the   and was checked around to the   river. Yifrach threw in a bet of 300,000. Mackey called. Yifrach showed    and Mackey showed    to take down the pot.

Hand #165: Mackey opened to 250,000 in the small blind. Hasson gave up his big blind.

Gal Yifrach6,965,000-1,735,000
James Mackey3,100,000780,000
Gary Hasson1,960,000360,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 12:12 AM Local Time
Hands #156-160: Double Up for Mackey

Hand #156: James Mackey moved all in from the small blind and Gary Hasson folded his big blind.

Hand #157: Gal Yifrach got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #158: Hasson limped on the button and small blind Yifrach completed. Big blind Mackey shoved for 1,085,000 and Hasson folded. Yifrach called.

James Mackey:   
Gal Yifrach:   

The flop came    , not doing a whole lot for either. The   on the turn, though, brought Yifrach a ton of outs. The   on the river, however, was a blank and Mackey doubled.

Hand #159: Mackey shoved from the small blind and Hasson folded.

Hand #160: Mackey raised to 225,000 from the button. Big blind Yifrach called but he check-folded to Hasson's 175,000 bet on    .

Gal Yifrach8,700,000-1,300,000
James Mackey2,320,0001,120,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 12:06 AM Local Time
Hands #152-155: Yifrach Applying Pressure

Hand #152: Gal Yifrach limped in the small blind. James Mackey three-bet shoved from the big blind. Yifrach let it go.

Hand #153: Mackey limped in the small blind. Gary Hasson checked his big blind. The flop was    . Mackey checked. Hasson bet 100,000. Mackey folded.

Hand #154: Yifrach got a walk.

Hand #155: Hasson opened to 250,000 on the button. Yifrach called from the small blind. Mackey, in the big blind, called as well.
A flop reading     was dealt. The blinds checked. Hasson bet 225,000. Yifrach called. James folded. The turn was the   and was checked around. The   river completed the board. Yifrach bet 1,200,000. Hasson went deep into the tank before letting it go.

Gal Yifrach10,000,0001,700,000
Gary Hasson1,600,000-650,000
James Mackey1,200,000-750,000
COPAG USA
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:59 PM Local Time
Hands #143-151: Mackey Pushes

Hand #143: James Mackey got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #144: Gal Yifrach raised to 225,000 and won the blinds and antes.

Hand #145: Mackey limped in from the small blind and Gary Hasson completed from the small blind. Yifrach checked in the big. The flop came     and action checked to Mackey who bet 125,000. Hasson called, Yifrach folded. They both checked the   on the turn and the   completed the board. Hasson bet 340,000 and Mackey folded.

Hand #146: Hasson raised to 250,000 and both blinds released.

Hand #147: Hasson received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #148: Hasson limped in from the small blind but folded as soon as Yifrach raised to 400,000.

Hand #149: Yifrach limped in from the small blind but folded to Mackey's push.

Hand #150: Mackey shoved for 1,325,000 from the small blind and Hasson folded.

Hand #151: Mackey limped in from the button and both blinds saw a flop as well:    . Hasson checked and Yifrach bet 175,000. Mackey and Hasson both folded.

Friday, June 15, 2018 11:51 PM Local Time
Hands #130-142: Other Exchanges

Hand #130: James Mackey opened for 225,000 from the button and big blind Gal Yifrach called. Yifrach check-called 150,000 on     before they both checked the   turn and   river. Mackey showed    and chopped the pot with Yifrach who tabled   .

Hand #131: Gal Yifrach in the small blind, called. James Mackey, in the big blind, moved all in. Yifrach folded.

Hand #132: Mackey raised to 250,000 in the small blind. Gary Hasson, in the big blind, folded.

Hand #133: Mackey opened to 225,000 on the button. Yifrach, in the big blind, called.
The flop came    . Yifrach check-called a bet of 150,000 from Mackey. The turn was the  . Yifrach checked again. Mackey bet 425,000. Yifrach let it go.

Hand #134: Hasson opened to 250,000 on the button. Yifrach called from the small blind.
The flop came    . Yifrach checked. Hasson bet 210,000. Yifrach gave up his hand.

Hand #135: Hasson got a walk.

Hand #136: Hasson limped in the small blind. Yifrach, three-bet from the big blind to 375,000. Hasson folded.

Hand #137: Hasson opened to 250,000 on the button. Yifrach three-bet to 700,000. Hasson folded.

Hand #138: Hasson got a walk.

Hand #139: Mackey opened to 225,000 on the button. Yifrach, in the big blind, called. The flop was     and was checked to the   turn. Yifrach bet 225,000. Mackey called. The   river completed the board. Yifrach bet 450,000. Mackey folded.

Hand #140: Mackey got a walk.

Hand #141: Mackey raised to 250,000 in the small blind. Hasson folded.

Hand #142: Mackey opened to 225,000 on the button. Yifrach in the big blind, called. The flop came    . Yifrach bet 275,000 enough to take the pot.

Gary Hasson2,250,00050,000
James Mackey1,950,000250,000
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:39 PM Local Time
Aaron Mermelstein Eliminated in 4th Place ($133,731)

Aaron Mermelstein

Hand #129: Down to just 385,000, Aaron Mermelstein shoved all in from first position. Right next to him, on the button, Gal Yifrach called. The blinds got out of the way.

Aaron Mermelstein:   
Gal Yifrach:   

The board ran out         and by the time the dealer had placed the river on the table, Mermelstein had already gotten up to pack his belongings.

Down to three players now, all guaranteed $193,716.

Gal Yifrach8,300,000700,000
Aaron Mermelstein0-400,000
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:34 PM Local Time
Hands #127-128: A River Three-Bet

Hand #127: James Mackey opened under the gun for 225,000 and button Gary Hasson called. The flop came     and Mackey won the pot with a bet of 250,000. He showed    after hasson folded.

Hand #128: Gal Yifrach opened for 325,000 in the small blind and big blind James Mackey called. Both players checked the flop of     and the   turn, but the   would make for some action. Yifrach bet out 400,000 and Mackey raised to 950,000. Yifrach got back over the top for 2 million and Mackey tanked for some time before he eventually reluctantly called.

Yifrach showed    for the flopped full house. Mackey mucked    with a look of disgust on his face.

Gal Yifrach7,600,0001,395,000
Gary Hasson2,200,000-100,000
James Mackey1,700,000-1,600,000
Aaron Mermelstein400,000-50,000
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:31 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 10000
Jostens Fan Collection
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:28 PM Local Time
Hands #120-126: Hasson Doubles Up

Hand #120: Aaron Mermelstein moved all in for 500,000 on the button. He got no action.

Hand #121: Yifrach opened to 175,000 on the button. Everyone folded

Hand #122: Yifrach raised to 175,000 on the cutoff. Gary Hasson, in the small blind, called. The flop came    . Hasson checked. Yifrach bet 150,000. Hasson folded.

Hand #123: Mermelstein moved all in for 450,000 in the small blind. Yifrach gave up his big blind.

Hand #124: Yifrach limped in the small blind. James Mackey checked his big blind. The flop was    . Yifrach checked. Mackey bet 125,000. Yifrach folded.

Hand #125: Mackey moved all in for 4,400,000 in the small blind. Hasson gave up his big blind.

Hand #126: Mackey moved all in for 4.500,000 on the button. Hasson, in the small blind, went deep into the tank but proceeded to call.

James Mackey:   
Gary Hasson:   

The board ran       and Hasson found his double up.

James Mackey3,300,000-300,000
Gary Hasson2,300,000640,000
Aaron Mermelstein450,000-5,000
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:12 PM Local Time
Hands #114-119: Double for Hasson

Hand #114: James Mackey limped in from the small blind and big blind Gary Hasson checked. Mackey took down the pot with a 90,000 bet on    .

Hand #115: Mackey raised to 175,000 from the button and small blind Hasson called. They both checked the flop of     and the   turn before the   river made for a double paired board. Hasson checked and called instantly as Mackey bet 325,000. Mackey showed    for the flopped nuts and Hasson mucked.

Hand #116: Aaron Mermelstein limped in from the small blind and Gal Yifrach checked his option in the big blind. Mermelstein bet 80,000 on the     flop and 210,000 on the   turn. Yifrach called both streets. The river came the   and both players checked. "King-high" Mermelstein announced. Yifrach showed    and took down the pot.

Hand #117: Mackey received a walk.

Hand #118: Mackey moved in from the small blind and Hasson folded his big blind.

Hand #119: The action folded to Gary Hasson in the small blind and he shoved all in for 810,000. Mermelstein asked how much it was and called.

Gary Hasson:   
Aaron Mermelstein:   

The board ran out         and Hasson doubled with his rivered flush, leaving Mermelstein severely short.

Gary Hasson1,660,000850,000
Aaron Mermelstein455,000-1,345,000
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:01 PM Local Time
Hands #106-113: A couple of More Walks

Hand #106: Gary Hasson got a walk. He showed   .

Hand #107: James Mackey opened to 175,000 on the button. Aaron Mermelstein, in the big blind, called. A flop reading     was dealt and was checked through to the   turn. Mermelstein bet 230,000, enough to claim the pot.

Hand #108: Hasson opened to 185,000 on the button. Everyone folded.

Hand #109: Hasson raised to 200,000 on the cutoff. James Mackey, in the big blind called. The players saw a flop of    . Mackey checked. Hasson bet 290,000. Mackey folded.

Hand #110: James Mackey, in the small blind, raised to 250,000. Hasson, in the big blind, folded.

Hand #111: Yifrach opened to 175,000 on the cutoff. Mermelstein, in the big blind, called. The flop came    . Mermelstein checked. Yifrach threw in a bet of 150,000. His opponent folded.

Hand #112: Yifrach got a walk.

Hand #113: Yifrach limped in the small blind. Mackey raised to 255,000 from the big blind. Yifrach called.

The flop was     and was checked around to the   turn. Again, both players checked. The   river completed the board. Yifrach bet 150,000. Mackey called. Yifrach showed    and Mackey tabled    to win the pot.

James Mackey3,600,000300,000
Aaron Mermelstein1,800,000485,000
Gary Hasson1,350,000-150,000
Friday, June 15, 2018 10:46 PM Local Time
Hands #100-105: Yifrach and Mackey Tangle

Hand #100: James Mackey opened under the gun for 175,000. Big blind Gal Yifrach called. They both checked on     and the   hit the turn. Yifrach bet 175,000 and Mackey called. They both checked the   river and Yifrach showed   . That proved no good as Mackey tabled   .

Hand #101: Yifrach opened to 250,000 from the small blind and Mackey folded.

Hand #102: Yifrach opened the button for 175,000 and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #103: Yifrach made it 175,000 to go once more and again took down the pot uncontested.

Hand #104: Mackey raised to 175,000 first to act and Yifrach called from the big blind. Yifrach check-called a bet of 150,000 on     before they both checked the   turn. The river came the   and Yifrach bet 225,000. Mackey called and beat Yifrach's    with    for a rivered pair of jacks.

Hand #105: Yifrach opened the small blind to 225,000 and Mackey called from the big blind. Yifrach bet 125,000 on     and Mackey called. They both checked the   on the turn and   on the river. Yifrach showed    for a set of nines. Mackey showed    with a big smile just before mucking.

Friday, June 15, 2018 10:35 PM Local Time
Hands #95-99: Mackey Building Back

Hand #95: Action folded to James Mackey on the button who opened to 175,000. The blinds folded.

Hand #96: Mackey opened to 175,000 on the cutoff. Gary Hasson, on the button, three-bet to 500,000. Mackey four-bet shoved for 2,635,000. Hasson went deep into the tank for a few minutes, but proceeded to let go of his hand.

Hand #97: Gal Yifrach limped in the small blind. James Mackey, in the big blind, checked.

The flop was    . Yifrach checked. Mackey bet 120,000. His opponent folded.

Hand #98: Yifrach opened to 175,000 on the button. He got no action.

Hand #99: Yifrach opened to 175,000 on the cutoff. Everyone folded.

James Mackey3,300,000745,000
Gary Hasson1,500,000-640,000
COPAG USA
Friday, June 15, 2018 10:25 PM Local Time
Hands #92-94: Double Up for Hasson

Hand #92: James Mackey opened under the gun for 175,000. Aaron Mermelstein three-bet to 500,000 from the small blind and the big blind gave it up right away. Mackey shoved for 1,975,000 and Mermelstein folded.

Hand #93: James Mackey received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #94: Aaron Mermelstein was first to act and raised to 160,000. Small blind James Mackey called and big blind Gary Hasson shoved for 970,000. Mermelstein instantly announced all in as well and Mackey folded, claiming to lay down pocket eights.

Gary Hasson:   
Aaron Mermelstein:   

The board ran out         and Hasson doubled.

James Mackey2,555,000575,000
Gary Hasson2,140,0001,140,000
Aaron Mermelstein1,315,000-1,520,000
Friday, June 15, 2018 10:14 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 10000
Friday, June 15, 2018 10:00 PM Local Time
Break

Players are now on a 15-minute break.

Gal Yifrach6,205,000-195,000
Aaron Mermelstein2,835,000-595,000
James Mackey1,980,000260,000
Gary Hasson1,000,000-100,000
Friday, June 15, 2018 9:55 PM Local Time
Hands #81-91: Back and Forth

Hand #81: James Mackey got a walk.

Hand #82: Mackey, in the small blind, moved all in for 1,800,000. Gary Hasson, in the big blind, folded.

Hand #83: Hasson limped in the small blind. Aaron Mermelstein, in the big blind, moved all in. Hasson let it go.

Hand #84: Mermelstein limped in the small blind. Gal Yifrach, in the big blind, checked. The flop came    . Mermelstein bet 80,000. Yifrach called. The turn brought the  . Mermelstein continued for 115,000. Yifrach folded.

Hand #85: Mackey got a walk.

Hand #86: Mermelstein opened to 115,000 on the cutoff. Hasson, in the big blind, called.
A flop of     was dealt. Hasson checked. Mermelstein bet 175,000. Hasson check-raised all in for around 1,100,000. Mermelstein let it go.

Hand #87: Yifrach opened to 130,000 on the cutoff. James Mackey raised all in to 1,800,000 on the button. Yifrach gave up his hand.

Hand #88: Mermelstein limped in the small blind. Yifrach, in the big blind, checked.
The flop came     and was checked through to the   turn. Mermelstein checked again. Yifrach bet 100,000. Mermelstein check-called. The river was the  . Both players checked. Mermelstein tabled    to win the pot.

Hand #89: Mermelstein raised to 135,000 on the button. Yifrach, in the small blind, raised to 460,000. Mermelstein folded.

Hand #90: Mermelstein opened to 140,000 on the cutoff. Yifrach, on the button, called, along with Hasson in the big blid.
The flop came    . Hasson checked. Mermelstein bet 175,000. Yifrach called. Hasson folded. The turn was the   and was checked around. The river brought the  . Again, both players checked. Yifrach revealed    to take down the pot.

Hand #91: Yifrach opened on the cutoff to 125,000. Mermelstein, in the big blind called. The flop was    . Both players checked. The turn brough t the  . Mermelstein checked. Yifrach bet 150,000. Mermelstein raised to 500,000. Yifrach called. The   river completed the board. It was checked around. Mermelstein tabled   . His opponent mucked.

Friday, June 15, 2018 9:48 PM Local Time
Hands #76-80: Yifrach Keeps Building

Hand #76: James Mackey opened under the gun for 125,000 and Gal Yifrach called from the big blind. The two of them checked down the board of         and Yifrach took it down with the   .

Hand #77: Aaron Mermelstein opened the button for 125,000 and Mackey called from the big blind. Mackey check-called a bet of 125,000 on     and check-called another 325,000 on the   turn. The river came the   and it went check-check. Mackey took it down showing    for a rivered two pair.

Hand #78: Mermelstein opened under the gun for 120,000 and took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #79: Gal Yifrach was first to act and raised to 125,000. Mackey called from the button, Mermelstein called from the big blind. The three of them checked     before the   hit the turn. Mermelstein checked again and Yifrach bet 225,000. Mackey called. Mermelstein folded.

The river came the   and Yifrach checked. Mackey didn't take the bait and checked behind. Yifrach showed    for trips. Mackey mucked.

Hand #80: Gary Hasson opened the button for 145,000 and Yifrach called from the big blind. Yifrach checked on     and folded instantly as soon as Hasson reached for chips.

Gal Yifrach6,400,000500,000
Aaron Mermelstein3,430,00080,000
James Mackey1,720,000-180,000
Gary Hasson1,100,00050,000
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