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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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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:18 PM Local Time
Laak Gives Up

Phil Laak

It folded around to Darren Keyes on the button and he raised to 325. In the big blind was none other than Phil Laak and he defended his big blind.

The flop came down     and Laak lead out himself with a bet of 375. Keyes called and the   turn was added to the board. Laak checked this time and gave up after Keyes bet 675.

Darren Keyes51,00051,000
Phil Laak49,000-1,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:14 PM Local Time
Day 1b Field Approaching 2,000 Entries

While 925 players took part on Day 1a, today's field size has already climbed up to more than double of that with up to 1,905 entries. At least two players were eliminated in the Pavilion section mid-way through level one and the field size for the second of three starting days is expected to rise further in the hours to come.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:10 PM Local Time
Magner Misses But Still Connects

The board read     and James Magner bet 1,250 from the hijack into a pot around 2,000. The cutoff made the call and the turn came the  .

Both players checked, the   fell on the river and both players checked again. Magner turned over    for a missed flush draw but still had tens up, his opponent mucked.

James Magner55,400
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:08 PM Local Time
Pulford Builds Stack

Four players including Jay Pulford and Christopher Frank invested 350 each to see a flop of     and Kevin Ward bet 600 called, as did Ray Pulford, while Frank folded. Jason Paradis also came along to see the   turn and the action was checked by Pulford, Paradis made it 1,700 to go and Ward called. Pulford then raised it up to 5,000 and that won the pot without further resistance.

Ray Pulford55,000
Christopher Frank49,000-1,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:06 PM Local Time
Grossack Triumphs in Boat Over Boat Situation

When we arrived at the table Henry Liang had 11,850 in front of him and Adam Grossack had 6,500 in front of him. The board was already complete with       on the board.

After a while, Grossack grabbed back his 6,500 to put in 5 chips of 5,000 to bet 25,000. Liang instantly called, but he saw the bad news when he tabled    for a full house and saw Grossack open up   .

Grossack won over half of Liang's starting stack with this hand.

Adam Grossack77,000
Henry Liang23,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:06 PM Local Time
Late Registrations In Brasilia
Alex Foxen50,000
Dan Harrington50,000
Brian Altman50,000
Kevin MacPhee50,000
Andreas Klatt50,000
Kelly Minkin50,000
Boris Kolev50,000
Bas De Laat50,000
Akash Seth50,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:04 PM Local Time
Khuri Check-Raises Elezra

Eli Elezra and Radwan Khuri were heads-up on the      board. Khuri checked and Elezra bet 1,400 into a main pot of about 2,500. Khuri check-raised to 3,000 and Elezra called.

The river was the   and Khuri checked to Elezra who thought for a few moments. "I'm not going to bet this because I don't think it's good" said Elezra as he turned over   .

Elezra's read was correct and Khuri rolled over    for eights full of fours to take the pot.

Radwan Khuri55,000
Eli Elezra44,900-5,100
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:03 PM Local Time
Van Puffelen Flops Two Pair

Jesse Jones raised to 400 from the cutoff and was three-bet to 1,500 by Marijn van Puffelen in the small blind. Jamie Lunt folded his big blind so action was back on Jones who called.

The flop brought them the    , Van Puffelen continued with a bet of 1,200 and Jones called.

The turn came with the  , Van Puffelen bet another 3,500 into the pot and Jones called again.

The river completed the flush-draw on the board with the  . Van Puffelen fired another 5,500 over the line. Jones looked at the board and at Van Puffelen. Jones decided to call. Van Puffelen tabled    for the flopped two pair and took down the pot as Jones mucked his hand.

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner, Chris Bjorin is seated at the same table but wasn't involved in this hand.

Marijn van Puffelen60,000
Chris Bjorin50,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:59 AM Local Time
Other Notables in Brasilia Room

Many players took their seat in Brasilia Room, including Doug Polk, the winner of last year $111,111 HIGH ROLLER for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold'em, and Anthony Zinno, who won the $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha in 2015. Jeremy Perrin, recent winner of Event #6: GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em, is also among the field.

Vitaly Lunkin50,00050,000
Andrew Lichtenberger50,00050,000
Anthony Zinno50,00050,000
Fatima Nanji50,00050,000
Katie Swift50,00050,000
Melanie Weisner50,00050,000
Robert Kuhn50,000
Dillon Ott50,00050,000
Russell Rosenblum50,00050,000
Jeremy Perrin50,00050,000
Paul Volpe50,00050,000
Ryan Rogers50,00050,000
Doug Polk50,00050,000
Shaun Deeb50,00050,000
Stephen King50,00050,000
Kyle Hartree50,0000
Lily Kiletto50,00050,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:53 AM Local Time
Moss Off to a Good Start

The board read      and Matthew Moss had bet 1,300 from the hijack and was called by Robert Irby in the under-the-gun position.

The   on the river completed the board and Irby check-called the 3,000 bet of Moss. Moss tabled    for the rivered trip jacks to take down the pot.

Immediately following that hand, Moss raised to 400 from under the gun. Steve McCluskey called in the hijack and so did Irby in the big blind.

They all checked through the     on the flop to the   on the turn. Irby then check-called the 1,500 bet of Moss and McCluskey folded.

The river completed the board with the  , Irby now checked and Moss continued with a bet of 2,500 while watching the Columbia-England soccer game on the big screen. Irby considered his options for a while but then folded.

Matthew Moss60,00060,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:50 AM Local Time
Hastings Takes a Pot

Kenny Hallaert raised to 500 from under the gun and Paul Waring called. Brian Hastings called from the big blind and they went three handed to the     flop.

The action checked around and the dealer burned and turned the  . Hastings led out with a bet of 800, Hallaert folded and Waring called. They went heads-up to the   river and Hastings fired out a bet of 3,000. Waring released his hand and Hastings took the pot.

Brian Hastings51,0001,000
Paul Waring46,500
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:46 AM Local Time
Faces in Pavilion White

The following players have taken their seats at the tables here in the white section of the Pavilion room:

Blake Bohn50,00050,000
Antoine Saout50,00050,000
Dieter Dechant50,00050,000
Nick Petrangelo50,00050,000
Anatoly Filatov50,00050,000
Miguel Use50,00050,000
Pierre Neuville50,00050,000
Sergio Aido50,00050,000
Richard Dubini50,00050,000
Christophe De Meulder50,000
Shander de Vries50,00050,000
Blake Whittington50,00050,000
Jack Maskill50,00050,000
Mark Vanderloo50,00050,000
Jeff Lisandro50,00050,000
Pieter Aerts50,00050,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:43 AM Local Time
More Familiar Faces in Amazon Orange and Tan
Jonas Lauck50,000
Michael Gagliano50,000
Josip Simunic50,000
Christopher Frank50,000
Hiep Doan50,000
Phil Laak50,000
Anuj Agarwal50,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:41 AM Local Time
Plenty of Further Notables Arrive in Amazon Gold

The table of Noah Schwartz got even more notable after Matt Giannetti and Ryan D'Angelo, while other notables such as Mark Gregorich, Patrick Serda and Carol Fuchs also sat down in the Amazon Gold section.

Kenny Hallaert, tournament director and WSOP Main Event finalist, can be found there as well and claimed an early pot when betting the heads-up turn of      for 1,000 into a pot of 1,550 out of the big blind. His sole opponent was William Draper, who sent his cards into the muck.

Kenny Hallaert50,800
Ryan D'Angelo50,000
Matt Giannetti50,000
Patrick Serda50,000
Mark Gregorich50,000
Carol Fuchs50,000
Daniel Murphy50,0000
Perry Friedman50,0000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:40 AM Local Time
Baksi Makes the Call on the River

The board read       and Paul Baksi checked from late position. The player on the button bet 6,000 into a pot around 8,000 and Baksi quickly made the call.

His opponent turned over    for a missed flush draw and Baksi tabled    for two pair, securing the early in the day pot.

Paul Baksi61,200
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:36 AM Local Time
Meyers Fires and Gets a Caller

The board read       and Brandon Meyers put in a bet of 4,500 into a pot around 5,300. His opponent thought for just a moment and then made the call.

Meyers turned over    for tens full of sevens and his opponent mucked his hand.

Brandon Meyers58,1008,100
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:30 AM Local Time
Some More Notables In Brasilia
Kristen Bicknell50,00050,000
Justin Liberto50,00050,000
Mike Dentale50,00050,000
Daniel Ott50,00050,000
Michael Marder50,00050,000
Kyle Hartree50,00050,000
Simon Trumper50,00050,000
Sam Cohen50,00050,000
Johan Schumacher50,00050,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:28 AM Local Time
Players in Brasilia Room
Heidi May50,00050,000
Neil Blumenfield50,00050,000
Daiva Byrne50,00050,000
Chanracy Khun50,00050,000
Jake Schwartz50,00050,000
Julien Sitbon50,00050,000
Aaron Massey50,00050,000
Mike Sexton50,00050,000
Ludovic Riehl50,00050,000
Michael Comisso50,00050,000
Jared Griener50,00050,000
Calvin Anderson50,00050,000
Mustapha Kanit50,00050,000
Thomas Muhlocker50,00050,000
Jack Gong50,00050,000
Jay Farber50,00050,000
Nicolas Cardin50,00050,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:26 AM Local Time
Merson Wasting No Time

Greg Merson and Roman Valerstein got involved in a pot the very first hand of the deck. There was close to 4,000 in the pot on the river on the       board.

Valerstein checked and Merson tossed out a bet of 2,500. Valerstein folded and Merson was kind enough to turn over his   . "I had to show you the very first hand" Merson said.

"I appreciate you showing me that" replied Valerstein and Merson scooped the pot.

Greg Merson51,9001,900
Roman Valerstein48,100-1,900
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:20 AM Local Time
First Faces in Amazon Purple

Among those to take their seats in the Amazon Purple section were the one and only John Hesp, Barny Boatman, Tom Hall and Valentin Vornicu. Mike Krasienko is also in contention and got involved into an early pot. On the flop of    , Krasienko bet 1,100 and folded to a raise.

Alexis Fleur50,00050,000
Barny Boatman50,00050,000
Martin Staszko50,00050,000
John Hesp50,00050,000
Valentin Vornicu50,00050,000
Mike Krasienko48,500-1,500