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

Monday, July 02, 2018 to Saturday, July 14, 2018

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $74,015,600
  • Entries: 7,874
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, July 2, 2018 7:10 PM Local Time
Updated Feature Table Counts

Antonio Esfandiari appears to be the far shortest stack on the three feature tables right now and John Vossoughi has become the biggest stack ahead of Brian Yoon and Julian Stuer. Qui Nguyen is no longer featured and joined the list of former Main Event champions on the rail.

John Vossoughi182,000182,000
Brian Yoon124,000-7,000
Julian Stuer106,00043,000
Gaelle Baumann87,00039,200
Chance Kornuth65,00011,500
Aditya Sushant51,00051,000
Robert Stuve37,000-28,000
Kalidou Sow34,0001,000
Antonio Esfandiari14,000-21,000
Qui Nguyen0-17,500
Monday, July 2, 2018 7:10 PM Local Time
Perfect Turn Card for Metaal

The board read      and a player checked from early position. Govert Metaal bet 5,000 from middle position and his opponent called.

The   landed on the river, the early-position player bet 5,000, Metaal raised to 17,000, and his opponent thought for several moments before making the call.

Metaal tabled    for the nut flush and his opponent said, "So unreal!" as he turned over    for the second-nut flush. Metaal took down the pot with his flush and will be looking to add a lot more to his stack by day's end.

Govert Metaal119,000-4,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 7:06 PM Local Time
Aylor Falls to Perrone

Michael Perrone opened to 1,000 from middle position. Lisa Pickell in the cutoff called, along with Don Aylor in the small blind.

The flop came    . Aylor bet 1,000 and Perrone raised to 2,500. Pickell folded, but Aylor three-bet to 5,000. Perrone called.

The turn came the  . Aylor moved all in for 11,400 and Perrone called. Aylor tabled   , but that wasn't good enough as Perrone showed   . The   river completed the board and Aylor was eliminated.

Lisa Pickell90,000-5,000
Michael Perrone47,00047,000
Don Aylor00
Monday, July 2, 2018 7:04 PM Local Time
Berkey Continues to Climb

Matt Berkey

Matt Berkey got off to a red-hot start and he was one of the first players to cross the century chip mark. He has been involved in plenty of pots and his aggressive strategy is paying off.

Berkey is showing no signs of slowing down as he continues to add to his stack and he is now sitting behind a mountain of 217,000 chips.

Matt Berkey217,00027,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 7:04 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Gavin Griffin131,000-33,000
Alexandru Papazian126,00036,000
Juha Helppi74,5008,250
Felipe Ramos45,800-4,200
Jonathan Little20,800-3,200
Monday, July 2, 2018 7:02 PM Local Time
Hamati Eliminates Hammerschmidt With Kings

A player raised to 1,000 and Toby Lewis called. One seat over, Ernest Hammerschmidt pushed all in for a total of 54,300. George Hamati was in the next seat and he wanted a count. When the amount was confirmed, Hamati called and the blinds and other players in the hand folded.

George Hamati:   
Ernest Hammerschmidt:   

The board ran out       and Hamati took down the 270-big-blind pot with a full house.

George Hamati120,00068,000
Ernest Hammerschmidt00
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:56 PM Local Time
Rast Eliminates Virga

Brian Rast

Brian Rast and Bruce Virga were heads-up on the     flop and both players checked. The turn was the   and Rast led out with a bet of 2,600 into a main pot of about 9,000.

Virga called and the river was the  . Rast fired out a bet of 8,500 and Virga moved all in for 10,125. Rast quickly called, turning over    for a set of nines and Virga showed   . Rast dragged in the pot and Virga was eliminated.

Brian Rast43,00029,000
Bruce Virga0-78,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:54 PM Local Time
Turn Bet Wins It

Christopher Cobb limped from middle position. Charles Barker, in the hijack, raised to 1,200. Stig Billgren called on the button.

Players saw a flop of    . Cobb checked and Barker bet 1,400. Billgren and Cobb called. The turn brought the   and Cobb checked again. Barker checked. Billgren fired a bet of 3,250 and that was enough to claim the pot.

Charles Barker47,00047,000
Stig Billgren43,00043,000
Christopher Cobb34,00034,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:47 PM Local Time
Assorted Stacks in Amazon Purple

"I am a live newcomer," David Lehnen said, as he doesn't have any WSOP cashes yet. The first three levels have been kind to the German as he jumped up to almost three times the starting stack.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Little, also seated in the Purple section, has experienced quite the opposite.

"I lost the minimum with top pair, top kicker against a set and lost kings to aces." Little will enter the fourth level of the day with half the starting stack.

David Lehnen145,000145,000
Govert Metaal90,0003,000
Alexandru Papazian90,00090,000
Thomas Lutz80,00039,000
Michael Moore80,00030,000
Georgios Karakousis60,00060,000
David "Bakes" Baker38,000-15,000
James Calderaro38,000-10,000
Albert Daher30,000-29,000
Jonathan Little24,000-12,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:42 PM Local Time
Level 4 started
Level: 4
Blinds: 200/400
Ante: 50
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:27 PM Local Time
Some Chip Counts at Break
Jermaine Gerlin65,000
Justin Bonomo61,5004,650
Jordan Young54,000-3,000
Maria Konnikova44,3004,300
Ryan Yu35,50013,500
Olivier Busquet23,5007,500
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:26 PM Local Time
Third Break of the Day

The players have been sent into their third break of the day. Once they return to their seats in 20 minutes, the registration for Day 1a will close. So far, there have been 913 entries, and among the latest to take their seats just before the break were Lena Evans and Felipe Ramos.

Felipe Ramos50,00050,000
Lena Evans50,00050,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:25 PM Local Time
Schindler Busts Fair

The cards were all but rushed away, but the ESPN crew was there to witness Ryan Fair's elimination after he called the shove of Jake Schindler on a jack-high turn with pocket aces. Schindler had flopped an open-ended straight draw with the    and got there on the turn to leave Fair drawing dead.

Jake Schindler110,50035,500
Ryan Fair00
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:21 PM Local Time
Chip Counts Amazon Orange
Brian Frasca158,0004,000
Owen Crowe105,00037,000
Seth Davies83,000-7,000
Vincent Gabel74,0001,000
Ryan Leng72,00042,000
Mikiyo Aoki70,0007,000
Quyen Phan70,000-10,000
Justin Young65,00014,000
Ray Romano56,0001,000
Art Papazyan55,00010,000
Tom Marchese54,000
Scotty Nguyen54,000
Dan O'Brien53,0006,000
Erik Seidel52,0004,000
Richard Seymour50,000-1,000
Romain Lewis45,00010,000
Arne Ruge43,000-17,000
Daniel Reijmer43,0001,000
Jason Koon42,000-17,000
Joe McKeehen38,0000
Toby Lewis38,0006,000
Christopher Kruk37,000-33,000
Cary Katz31,000-14,000
Jen Harman30,000-12,000
Gordon Vayo22,000-37,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:17 PM Local Time
O'Brien Gets a Fold

Stephen Roselius opened to 900 from middle position and Dan O'Brien called from the hijack.

The dealer spread a flop of     and Roselius bet 1,200. O'Brien called. The turn brought the   and Roselius checked. O'Brien bet 1,800 and Roselius check-called. The   river completed the board. Roselius checked again. O'Brien fired 6,000 and his opponent tanked for a while, but proceeded to give up his hand.

Dan O'Brien47,000-5,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:13 PM Local Time
Russell Wins the Raising War

Bruce Russell and his opponent were heads-up on the     flop. Russell bet 900 into a main pot of about 3,000 and his opponent raised to 2,000. With the action back on Russell, he made it 5,000 and his opponent folded.

"I'll show just this once," said Russell, turning over    for top pair and the nut flush draw as he dragged in the pot.

Bruce Russell143,000143,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:10 PM Local Time
Feature Table Stack Update

There have been no further casualties on the three feature tables and Brian Yoon remains the biggest stack on them thus far, while Frank Kassela and Kalidou Sow have been able to increase their stacks.

Brian Yoon131,0000
Jonathan Ingalls85,00085,000
Frank Kassela66,00016,000
David Maudlin61,000-2,000
Lacey Jones51,00011,000
Jean Montury48,0002,000
Antonio Esfandiari35,000-6,000
Kalidou Sow33,00015,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:08 PM Local Time
Van Sanford Makes a Huge Call on the River

Ryan Van Sanford

The board read      at the turn and Ryan Van Sanford checked to Kilian Loeffler who bet 10,000 into a pot of about 50,000. Van Sanford made the call and the river fell the  .

Van Sanford checked again. Loeffler moved all in for almost 30,000 — enough to cover Van Sanford. After several minutes of thought, Van Sanford made the call for his remaining 28,375 and showed    for kings over twos.

His opponent said, "Nice call," as he mucked    face up, and Van Sanford took down the pot, leaving his opponent with crumbs.

Ryan Van Sanford122,750122,750
Kilian Loeffler1,2001,200
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:04 PM Local Time
Jacks Are Good

Anthony Newman opened to 900 from middle position. Seth Brown called on the button.

The dealer spread a flop of     and Newman continued for 1,000. Brown called. The turn was the   and was checked around to the   river. Both players opted to check again and Newman showed   . Brown revealed    to rake in the pot.

Seth Brown51,00051,000
Anthony Newman40,00040,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 6:03 PM Local Time
Stone Takes from Shak

A player in early position raised to 1,000 and Katie Stone called. Dan Shak called from the big blind and they went three-handed to the     flop. It checked to Stone who threw out a bet of 1,000 and Shak called.

They went heads-up to the   turn and Shak check-called a bet of 1,000. Both players checked the   river and Stone turned over    for queens and sevens with a jack kicker. Shak flashed only his   and Stone took the pot.

Katie Stone78,00013,000
Dan Shak45,00045,000