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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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Saturday, July 7, 2018 2:08 PM Local Time
Minkin Gets a Fold

There were about 50,000 chips already in the pot and the board read      when we got to the table. Kelly Minkin was on the button and heads-up against a player in middle position. He checked and Minkin bet 20,000, sending her opponent into the tank. After several minutes passed, Minkin called the clock, but her opponent folded before tournament staff could get to the table and she took the pot.

Kelly Minkin620,00030,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 2:07 PM Local Time
Fabre Busts One

Robert Fabre is on the seat that formerly belonged to Demostenes Kiriopoulos over in the Amazon Tan section and just sent a short stack to the rail when his    in the small blind held up against    from the under-the-gun position. The board came      .

Xuan Liu picked up aces to send table neighbour John Yanni to the rail and increased her stack slightly.

Over in the Amazon Orange section, Bruno Portaro faces some tough competition in Ranno Sootla and Barry Greenstein, but has managed to increase his stack on Day 3 thus far.

Joey Fabre480,000141,300
Barry Greenstein360,0000
Jessica Dawley270,00055,000
Bruno Portaro255,00075,100
Xuan Liu230,000-10,000
Nathan Henry230,000-220,000
Ranno Sootla130,00071,000
Scott Margereson0-197,000
Alfred Poon0-52,800
Demosthenes Kiriopoulos0-89,500
Mihai Manole0-70,000
John Yanni0-31,900
Saturday, July 7, 2018 2:03 PM Local Time
Timoshenko Pays Cash to See It

Yevgeniy Timoshenko

John Sun opened with a raise to 7,000 and Yevgeniy Timoshenko called from the button.

The flop was     and Sun continued with a bet of 6,000. Timoshenko took him time then called.

On the   turn, Sun bet again, making it 15,000. Timoshenko thought it over then called.

The river was the   and Sun fired again, betting 30,000. Timoshenko made a comment about the river being a bad card then decided to fold.

"Ten dollars to see it," Timoshenko offered to Sun. Immediately Sun turned up his    for a stone bluff which left Timoshenko shaking his head. "Wow."

Timoshenko took out his wallet and sent $10 over to Sun and Sun smiled raking in the pot and the extra cash bonus as well.

"You just wouldn't go away so I didn't know what to do," Sun said laughing. "I went on a suicide mission."

"Ten dollars for you too if you delete everything you just wrote," Timoshenko said to us.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko235,00048,700
John Sun162,00012,900
Saturday, July 7, 2018 2:02 PM Local Time
Salas Has Heaps...Literally

Damian Salas

Damian Salas was just recently moved to the Amazon Room and he brought with him a heavy bag of chips that he dumped in front of his seat. With over 50,000 chips already in the pot, three players were still in the hand with the action checked to the button. He tossed in a bet of 16,000 on a board of     . Damian Salas called from middle position and the cutoff folded.

The river was the   and Salas checked again. His opponent thought for a minute and then slid in a bet of 50,000. Salas instantly tossed a single chip into the pot to signify a call and his opponent tabled   . Salas revealed    for two pair and scooped another sizeable pot on the day.

About five minutes later, we returned to the table hoping Salas had stacked his chips up, but they have remained in a massive heap scattered all around him. He appears to have roughly doubled his stack from the start of the day, sitting around 650,000.

Damian Salas650,000335,400
Saturday, July 7, 2018 2:01 PM Local Time
Anderson Building his Own Way

The player in middle position opened to 5,000. Brian Graham, on the button, called. John Anderson, in the big blind, three-bet to 21,000. The original raiser and Graham made the call.

The flop was    . Anderson bet 45,000. The original raiser called. Graham shoved for around 200,000. Anderson reshoved for 220,000. The original raiser folded    face up.

John Anderson:   
Brian Graham:   

The   turn and   river completed the board and Anderson took down the pot, sending Graham to the rail.

John Anderson519,000285,700
Brian Graham0-140,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:55 PM Local Time
Flowers Takes Chip Lead with Elimination of MacKinnon

Frank Flowers

Following a raise from late position, DJ MacKinnon three-bet to 14,000 from the hijack. The action folded to Frank Flowers in the small blind, and he slid out a stack of chips amounting to a four-bet of 125,000. The original raiser folded, and MacKinnon called all-in for roughly that amount.


MacKinnon was at risk and racing for his tournament life, and when the dealer spread a     flop, he would need to find an ace or king to stay alive.

The turn of the   was the best possible card for MacKinnon that didn't give him the lead, as now he could win with any heart, ace, king, or queen.

Unfortunately for MacKinnon, the river landed the  , and was eliminated from the Main Event.

As Flowers scooped in the pot, and broke down his chip stack, he has now taken the chip lead.

Frankie Flowers725,000120,000
DJ MacKinnon0-116,600
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:54 PM Local Time
Brutal Turn Helps Gutierrez Double Through Winter

A brutal turn cared for Sean Winter has just seen him lose the majority of his stack after David Gutierrez hit a set.

The flop came down     before the turn came the  . The two players got all their chips into the middle and Winter saw that his two pair on the turn was behind to a set of tens.

Sean Winter:   
David Gutierrez:   

There was miracle river card for Winter, which meant Gutierrez doubled to 200,000 and Winter was left short.

David Gutierrez200,00031,000
Sean Winter40,000-70,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:52 PM Local Time
The Plan for the Rest of the Day

Charlie Ciresi introduced all remaining players for the tentative schedule of Day 3 including a color up of the T-100 chips at the end of the current level and a dinner break of 75 minutes as of approximately 8.05 p.m. local time. Especially that very announcement triggered applause in the Amazon Room, as the initial dinner break was only 60 minutes.

With another two levels planned after that, the money bubble may not burst, but they will try to reach the money and may play an additional level to do so, then bag right after the bubble has burst if the action continues beyond the full five levels.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:51 PM Local Time
Iodice Eliminates an Opponent

The player in the hijack opened to 5,500. The small blind three-bet to 21,200. Marco Iodice, in the big blind, four-bet to 50,000. The hijack folded. The small blind five-bet shoved for 130,000. Iodice quickly called.

Marco Iodice:   

The runout was       and Iodice won the pot, sending his opponent out.

Marco Iodice295,00025,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:46 PM Local Time
Zhuta vs. Ivey

Artim Zhuta checked to Phil Ivey on an     flop with about 12,000 in the pot. Ivey bet 5,000 and Zhuta called.

The   fell on the turn and both players checked.

The river brought the   and Zhuta bet 10,000. Ivey called and Zhuta turned over    for a flopped wheel to take the pot.

Phil Ivey305,00015,000
Artim Zhuta225,00065,100
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:45 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Brasilia Silver
Casey McCarrel575,00065,000
Chris Da Silva [Chris Dasilva]497,000212,000
Shawn Daniels450,00030,000
Michael Bailey350,000-3,000
Debby Perkins322,0002,000
Robert Salaburu320,00010,000
Cliff Josephy320,00030,000
Daniel Ott280,00015,000
Christian Soto250,00055,000
Adam Lippert120,000-110,800
Jake Cody120,0005,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:44 PM Local Time
ESPN Feature Tables Underway

The three ESPN feature tables in the second level of the day have started and the main stage belongs to Anatoly Filatov, John Smith, Jason Koon and Lacey Jones. Matthew Greenwald could only enjoy the experience for very few hands as he lost a flip for the last 15,800 with    against the    of Aaron Kweskin, the board came      .

The secondary feature has Ray Romano, Timothy Lau and Eric Froehlich, among others, while Phil Hellmuth is on the outer table along with Kevin Killeen and Peter Eichhardt.

Chip leader of the three feature tables at the start of level 12 is Lau, narrowly ahead of Amir Parvizian.

Timothy Lau427,400-14,700
Amir Parvizian413,000130,300
Lacey Jones312,700-2,300
Eric Froehlich312,400241,600
Phil Hellmuth240,000-5,000
Kevin Killeen128,00029,900
Jason Koon93,900-26,100
Peter Eichhardt90,000-26,800
John Smith83,600-41,400
Ray Romano52,100-19,300
Anatoly Filatov31,000-19,000
Matthew Greenwald0-50,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:43 PM Local Time
Cristos Shows the Queen

Jordan Cristos

Charles Hawkins opened to 5,200 from early position, and Jordan Cristos three-bet to 11,000 from two seats over.

The action folds round to Hawkins, and he called as the flop landed     and both players checked.

The turn fell the  , and Hawkins checked again to Cristos who very quickly bet out 10,000.

Hawkins folded, and Cristos showed the   and gathered the pot.

Jordan Cristos250,000-55,000
Charles Hawkins125,00047,800
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:39 PM Local Time
More Counts From Pavilion
Smain Mamouni700,000218,500
Brett Murray403,00059,800
Scott Davies310,00065,000
Peter Hengsakul195,00083,600
Steven Van Zadelhoff127,000-38,000
Ben Zamani95,00095,000
Joe Cada81,000-19,000
Jonathan Duhamel45,0003,600
JC Tran41,000-16,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:39 PM Local Time
Springael Over Gerrits; Verhaaf Loses a Bunch

The flop read     and both Joris Springael and Stefan Ivanov had checked their blinds. Martijn Gerrits bet 8,500 and was only called by Springael.

The turn brought them the   on which they both checked to the   on the river. Springael bet 30,000, Gerrits glanced at the board and then folded.

Michael Verhaaf lost a chunk of his stack in the last hand of the break when the board read       and he had checked from under the gun. His opponent in mid-position had shoved for 41,000 in total. After going through all his options, Verhaaf called with    for the rivered pair of sevens. Verhaaf's opponent tabled    for the overpair to double up.

Martijn Gerrits288,00080,000
Michael Verhaaf235,000-86,000
Joris Springael203,00052,000
Stefan Ivanov185,000-67,600
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:38 PM Local Time
Loeser Gets Value

The board was down      , and Manig Loeser was heads-up in middle position with the player on his direct left. There was around 33,000 in the middle at this point, and Loeser bet 30,000 on the river. His opponent stared at him for several seconds and counted the bet out before glaring once more. The call was made, and Loeser tabled    for a flush and swooped in the pot after his opponent had mucked.

Manig Loeser275,000152,600
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:37 PM Local Time
Some For Konnikova

Maria Konnikova

Maria Konnikova was facing off against one player from the big blind on a flop of     with about 13,000 in the pot already. Konnikova checked her option to her opponent who put out a small bet of 4,500. Konnikova called.

Both players checked on the   turn and the   river and Konnikova was able to take down the pot by showing her   .

With that pot, Konnikova moved over 200,000 chips, a good start from where she began the day.

Maria Konnikova202,00063,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:36 PM Local Time
Nanji Felts a Foe

A player in early position raised to 5,500, a player in middle position three-bet to 11,000, Fatima Nanji called from the small blind, and the original raiser called.

The flop came     and Nanji checked. The original raiser checked, the middle-position player bet 15,000, Nanji called, and the original raiser folded.

The   fell on the turn and Nanji checked. Her opponent shoved for what looked like 24,000 and Nanji called to put him at risk.

Fatima Nanji:   

Nanji had the best of it with the better pocket pair and her opponent needed to spike a ten on the river to survive. The   was the final card and Nanji took the pot.

Fatima Nanji157,500-1,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:35 PM Local Time
Another One for Defeo

Defeo opened to 5,100 from middle position. The player from one seat over called.

A flop reading     was dealt. Defeo bet 5,200. His opponent called. The turn brought the   and was checked through to the   river. Again, both players checked. Defeo showed    to win the pot. His opponent sent his hand to the muck.

Gregory Defeo260,00015,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:32 PM Local Time
Politano Spikes an Ace on the River to Score the Knockout

Bruno Politano in a previous WSOP event.

Stephen Kuehl raised to 6,000 from middle position and Bruno Politano re-raised to 20,500 from the button. It folded back to Kuehl who moved all in for about 60,000 and Politano called.

Bruno Politano:   
Stephen Kuehl:   

The dealer spread the     flop and Kuehl's pocket queens maintained the lead. The turn   gave some straight outs to Politano but Kuehl remained ahead and was just one card away from a double up.

The   hit the river and Politano spiked his ace to earn the pot and the knockout. Kuehl took the tough beat in stride shaking hands with Politano and they even posed for a quick selfie together before Kuehl made his exit from the Brasilia room.

Bruno Politano420,000247,600
Stephen Kuehl0-101,200
Playtika - Jason Alexander