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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 6:02 PM Local Time
Assorted Counts

James Calderaro entered the fray not long ago and immediately got involved in the action in a three-bet pot, in which Calderaro and his sole remaining opponent, Martin Carnero, invested 2,000 each. They checked the     flop and the   turn, and Calderaro check-folded to a bet of 3,000 on the   river.

Further assorted counts can be found below.

Martin Carnero95,00038,000
Kevin Boudreau90,00036,000
Govert Metaal85,0007,000
Jake Schindler75,00023,500
Josh Arieh70,000-5,000
Florian Duta68,00068,000
Jameson Painter60,000-16,500
Ema Zajmovic50,00050,000
James Calderaro48,00048,000
Stephen Chidwick41,0004,200
Maria Konnikova40,000-14,000
Guillaume Diaz25,000-17,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:56 PM Local Time
Phan Gets Value From McKeehen

The board was       and Joe McKeehen faced an 8,500 bet from Quyen Phan. The pot was already around 24,000 and McKeehen counted out the amount for a call.

As soon as McKeehen had counted it out, he put the chips back on his stack and took another peek at his cards. Then he decided to call and put the chips in, but he sent his hand to the muck when Phan showed him   .

Quyen Phan80,00028,000
Joe McKeehen38,000-18,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:50 PM Local Time
Fraser Busts Andler Set Over Set

Chris Fraser

The action started with a raise to 750 by Brian Rast and Chris Fraser from one seat over bumped it up to 2,100. Christopher Andler called on the button and Rast also came along to see a flop of    . Rast checked and Fraser bet 5,000. Andler raised it up to 15,000 and Rast quickly folded, but Fraser called.

On the   turn, Fraser checked and Andler moved all in for what appeared to be 40,000, Fraser snap-called by tossing in a single chip.

Christopher Andler:   
Chris Fraser:   

While Andler flopped best, he only had one out to remain in contention with Fraser turning the superior set, and a blank   on the river was of no help for the Swede. Fraser, in the meantime, has jumped up to more than three times the starting stack, trailing only Matt Berkey in the Gold section.

Matt Berkey180,00060,000
Chris Fraser172,000172,000
Brian Rast14,000-36,000
Christopher Andler0-80,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:46 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Randall Emmett82,00032,000
Juha Helppi66,250-8,750
Justin Bonomo56,850-5,650
Chris Bolek54,0004,000
Dejuante Alexander46,000-2,500
Nick Cassavetes43,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:44 PM Local Time
Hachem Straightens Out His Opponent

Joe Hachem

A player in middle position limped in and Joe Hachem raised to 1,200 from the button. The small blind called and the middle-position player called behind. They went three-handed to the     flop and the action checked around.

The turn was the   and it checked to Hachem who bet 2,000. The small blind called and they went heads-up to the   river. The small blind checked and Hachem bet 4,000. After giving it some thought, the player called and Hachem tabled    for a turned straight to take the pot.

Joe Hachem68,0008,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:43 PM Local Time
McKeehen's Jacks Get Paid

Joe McKeehen

Joe McKeehen opened to 800 on the cutoff. Anderson Ireland in the small blind and John Beauprez in the big blind called.

A flop reading     was dealt. Ireland and Beauprez checked. McKeehen bet 1,200 and Ireland was the only caller.

The turn came the   and was checked through to the   river. McKeehen threw in a bet of 4,200. His opponent called. McKeehen tabled    to take down the pot and his opponent tossed his hand in the muck.

Joe McKeehen56,00056,000
Anderson Ireland55,00055,000
John Beauprez25,000-1,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:42 PM Local Time
Griffin Eliminates Black, Adds to His Already Healthy Stack

The board read      , Robert Black bet around 6,000, and Gavin Griffin moved him all in for his remaining 23,500. Black thought for a few moments and then made the call.

Black tabled    for a pair of queens and Griffin turned over    for the nut straight, eliminating Black and securing the pot.

Gavin Griffin is the first player ever to win a WSOP, WPT, and EPT event for a triple crown. He will be looking to make a deep run and add Main Event champ to his resume.

Gavin Griffin164,000164,000
Robert Black00
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:36 PM Local Time
Frasca Keeps Building

John Beauprez opened to 800 under the gun. Quyen Phan, in middle position, called, along with Brian Frasca in the hijack, the player on the cutoff, and the blinds.

The flop came    . The blinds checked and Beauprez bet 2,100. Phan and Frasca called, along with the player on the cutoff. The small blind folded and the big blind called.

The turn brought the  . The player in the big blind, Beauprez, and Phan checked. Frasca bet 4,500. Phan was the only one to stick around with a call.

The river came the  . Phan checked. Frasca fired 14,500 and Phan went deep into the tank, but proceeded to make the call. Frasca tabled    for a rivered full house. Phan sent her hand to the muck.

Brian Frasca154,000154,000
Quyen Phan52,000-23,000
John Beauprez26,000-26,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:35 PM Local Time
Turner Busts Hauptman

Two players departed in quick succession over on Table 461 and one of the vacated seats was soon filled by Thomas Lutz, while Jonathan Little remains on the same table with below starting stack. Responsible for the second elimination was Dann Turner, who held up with    on a queen-high board. The cards of Michael Hauptman were already in the muck.

Dann Turner65,00065,000
Thomas Lutz41,00041,000
Jonathan Little36,000-14,000
Roger Jensen00
Michael Hauptman00
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:32 PM Local Time
Seymour Calls With Two Pair

Richard Seymour

Antonio Payne raised to 900 from late position and Richard Seymour called from the button. The player in the small blind called as well and the     flop came down.

All three players checked on the flop to see the   turn and the big blind checked to Payne. Payne put in a bet of 1,000 and Seymour raised to 3,000. The player in the big blind folded and the action was back on Payne and he went for a three-bet of 10,200. Seymour took his time and called.

The river was the   and Payne lead out for 12,000. Seymour called and Payne rolled over   . Seymour then tabled    for two pair and he took down the pot.

One table over, Jennifer Harman sat down and she seems to have lost some chips already.

Richard Seymour51,00023,000
Jen Harman42,00042,000
Antonio Payne17,000-1,800
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:27 PM Local Time
Gavin Scoops a Pot

Lexy Gavin

There was already close to 8,000 in the main pot on a      board. The action checked to Lexy Gavin who bet 4,100 and a player in middle position called.

They went heads-up to the   river and the player checked. Gavin threw out a bet of 7,100 and her opponent quickly folded.

Lexy Gavin62,0005,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:20 PM Local Time
Pupillo's Kicker is Best

Nicholas Pupillo

A player in late position limped in and the player on the button raised to 2,200. Nick Pupillo called from the small blind and the late-position player called.

They went three-handed to the     flop and the action checked around. The turn was the   and again all three players knuckled the felt. The river was the   and Pupillo led out with a bet of 10,000.

The late-position player called and the button folded. Pupillo turned over    and his opponent flashed only the   before throwing his hand into the muck.

Nick Pupillo51,00010,500
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:17 PM Local Time
Margets All In on the Flop

Leo Margets

The flop showed    , Leo Margets checked from the small blind, and Fadi Barakeh checked as well from the big blind. An opponent in late position bet 2,000 and Margets raised to 6,500.

Fadi Barakeh called, the late-position opponent three-bet to 15,000, and Margets moved all in for 39,875. Fadi Barakeh thought for several moments, making the call for his remaining 24,150, and the late-position opponent folded    face up.

Margets turned over    for a flopped set and Barakeh showed    for a nut flush draw. The turn made Margets shake her head as it came a spade, but it was the   that hit the table and she quickly smiled after realizing it gave her a dominating full house.

Margets now had Barakeh drawing dead to the   on the river and she scooped in a nice pot with her full house, eliminating Barakeh from the tournament.

Leo Margets86,50044,500
Fadi Barakeh00
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:13 PM Local Time
Maudlin Takes From Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari has bounced back from a mediocre start here on Day 1a and climbed back to starting stack before losing a pot against David Maudlin on the main feature stage.

Esfandiari had raised to 775 and was called by Maudlin in the small blind and Robert Stuve in the big blind. The trio checked through the     flop. On the   turn, Maudlin bet 1,375 and Stuve folded, but Esfandiari called. Maudlin bet again on the   river for 3,200 and received a call by Esfandiari. Maudlin rolled over    for trips jacks to win the pot.

Robert Stuve65,000-24,000
David Maudlin63,00015,000
Frank Kassela50,0002,000
Antonio Esfandiari41,0003,000
Kalidou Sow18,000-17,500
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:10 PM Local Time
Assorted Counts
Toby Joyce125,000
Matt Berkey120,00010,000
Aymon Hata115,00025,000
Peyman Luth90,0005,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff84,0002,000
Juha Helppi75,0002,000
Katie Stone65,00012,000
Joe Hachem60,000-5,500
Victor Ramdin55,00015,000
Ben Lamb54,0002,500
Matt Glantz50,000
Silviu Baltateanu42,0007,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:09 PM Local Time
Kruk Chops it Up

When we arrived at the table, Christopher Kruk was already all in. There was about 50,000 in the pot and Kruk was all in for 35,000. The board read      . Kruk's opponent was deep in the tank and Owen Crowe called the clock on him.

When the floor arrived, they told the player he had 25 seconds plus a five-second countdown to make his decision. After a couple seconds, he asked who called clock and then made the call.

Kruk turned over    and the player that called had a matching   . They chopped up the pot and proceeded to the next hand.

Christopher Kruk70,000-17,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:05 PM Local Time
Turn Raise Works for Strelitz

Daniel Strelitz opened to 800 from early position. Noe Cantu, on the button, called along with Paul Lee in the small blind and Hassan Mechammil in the big blind.

The flop came    . Lee and Mechammil checked. Strelitz bet 2,000 and Lee was the only caller. The turn came the   and Lee led for 2,500. Strelitz raised to 20,000. Lee snap-folded.

Daniel Strelitz92,000-13,000
Noe Cantu57,00057,000
Hassan Mechammil48,000-7,000
Paul Lee12,20012,200
Monday, July 2, 2018 5:01 PM Local Time
Chanthabouasy Calls Hurlbut's River Bet

The board read       and Rodney Hurlbut bet 6,000 into a pot around 4,500. Steve Chanthabouasy thought for several moments before making the call and the two then revealed their hands.

Hurlbut turned over    for flopped trip kings and Chanthabouasy turned over    for trip kings with a higher kicker. Chanthabouasy let out a sigh of relief as he scooped in the pot.

Steve Chanthabouasy85,40085,400
Rodney Hurlbut54,60054,600
Monday, July 2, 2018 4:56 PM Local Time
Laieta Scoops a Big One

A player in early position raised to 600 and it folded to Chris Laieta in the big blind who reraised to 2,600. The original raiser called and they went heads-up to the     flop.

Laieta checked and his opponent threw out a bet of 4,500. Laieta called and the dealer burned and turned the  . Laieta check-called a bet of 6,500 and the   hit the river.

Laieta checked for a third time and his opponet bet 17,000. Laieta called and the player shook his head, turning over   . Laieta tabled    for aces and jacks and dragged in the pot.

Chris Laieta82,00082,000
Monday, July 2, 2018 4:49 PM Local Time
Defending Champion Blumstein Eliminated on Feature Table

Scott Blumstein

The ESPN feature tables kicked off at the start of Level 3 and among those to take a seat in the main spotlight were Jean Montury, Lacey Jones, defending champion Scott Blumstein, and Brian Yoon. The latter two tangled in a big pot that left the defending champion devastated, as he was sent to the rail early on.

Blumstein raised to 800 and Yoon three-bet to 3,700 in late position, which Blumstein called. On the     flop, Blumstein check-called a bet of 3,000 and did so again on the   turn for 10,000. The   appeared on the river and Blumstein checked with 27,350 behind. Yoon moved all in and Blumstein called it off with the    only for Yoon to turn over    for the back door nut flush.

Brian Yoon131,00048,000
Jean Montury46,000-6,000
Lacey Jones40,000-8,000
Scott Blumstein0-45,000