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2012 43rd 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 11:37 AM Local Time
Gustafson Calls Down Rheem

Chino Rheem opened to 4,200 from early position and Keith Gustafson called from the big blind. The flop came     and Gustafson check-called a bet of 5,000 from Rheem.

The turn was the   and Gustafson checked again. Rheem tossed in a bet of 7,500 but Gustafson stuck around to see the   on the river. Gustafson checked one more time and Rheem splashed in 25,000. Gustafson thought for a brief moment and made the call. Rheem tabled    but it wasn't enough to beat Gustafson's   .

Chino Rheem348,600-42,200
Keith Gustafson118,50036,900
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:36 AM Local Time
Cada Gets a Shove Through on Cho

Picking up the action after what looked like a three-bet on the button from Arden Cho to 13,700, action folded to the Joe Cada in the big blind. Cada thought for a bit then moved all in with his stack for 85,500 and Cho dropped into the tank.

"I think it's a flip," Cho says, still thinking through the hand. She shuffled some chips in her hand as she contemplated the call.

"I think I have the best hand," Cho said after about a minute. As she spoke she pushed her cards forward and let go of her hand.

With that, the former Main Event champion took down the pot and chipped up to a bit over 100,000 chips.

Arden Cho425,000-38,700
Joe Cada100,0006,200
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:35 AM Local Time
Russell Picks Off Flowers

Three players saw the turn on the      board and the action checked around. The river was the   and Frank Flowers led out with a bet of 22,000 into a main pot of about 40,000. Matt Russell called and after giving it some thought the player on the button folded.

"Just a jack" said Flowers and Russell turned over his    to take the pot. "Your call made me fold ace queen" said the player on the button as Russell stacked his chips.

Frankie Flowers385,000-24,200
Matt Russell170,00079,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:34 AM Local Time
Tarsiewicz's Shove Get Through

Peter Tarsiewicz opened to 4,000 from early position. Mike Heshmati, on the button, called, along with the big blind.

The flop came    . The big blind checked. Tarsiewicz bet 4,500. Heshmati raised to 17,000. The big blind folded. Tarsiewiz took a few seconds of reflection before moving all in for around 40,000. His opponent quickly folded.

Mike Heshmati160,0001,300
Peter Tarsiewicz65,000-60,600
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:32 AM Local Time
Saechao Doubles Through Kruk on the River

With around 21,000 in the middle and the completed board reading      , the action was on Kao Saechao in the big blind. Saechao led out for 13,000 and Kruk pushed in a raise to 44,000.

Saechao thought for a minute and then shoved all in for 132,700. Kruk leaned back in his seat in disbelief and needed some time to think. A few minutes later, Kruk made the call and Saechao turned over    for the nut flush. Kruk's cards went to the muck and Saechao earned a full double up.

Kao Saechao287,000123,800
Christopher Kruk174,000-196,500
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Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:32 AM Local Time
JC Tran Squeezes

A player in middle position opened to 5,100, Tom Hall called from the button, and after a bit of time in the tank, JC Tran three-bet shoved from the small blind. The original raiser folded and Hall did the same shortly thereafter.

"I know I'm supposed to raise there," said Tran as the dealer pushed the pot his way. "I'm good at flips."

He showed    and he stacked his newly acquired chips.

Tom Hall276,500276,500
JC Tran68,00037,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:30 AM Local Time
Kasputis Eliminated by Cristos

James Kasputis was all in for roughly his last 25,000 against Jordan Cristos.


The board ran out       and Kasputis was eliminated from the Main Event.

Jordan Cristos305,0001,000
James Kasputis0-35,000
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:30 AM Local Time
Smith Takes From Deeb

The board read      and there was already around 45,000 in the middle. John Smith had bet 15,100 from the hijack and Shaun Deeb was up for the decision. After considering all his options, Deeb called.

The   completed the board and both Smith and Deeb checked. Smith showed    for the flopped pair of eights and that was enough to get Deeb to muck his hand.

Shaun Deeb180,000-38,300
John Smith170,00039,900
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:27 AM Local Time
Waxman Folds Turn

On the turn with the board reading      and roughly 25,000 in the middle, Maged Botros checked from the small blind over to Matt Waxman under the gun who bet 13,500.

Botros responded with a check-raise to 30,000, and after a lengthy deliberation, Waxman folded.

Maged Botros240,00022,400
Matt Waxman64,100-34,800
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:26 AM Local Time
Metaal Loses Chunk to Dashineau

Nicholas Dashineau raised to 5,000 from the button and Govert Metaal three-bet to 14,000 in the big blind. Dashineau called.

The flop came     and Metaal continued with a bet of 10,000 which Dashineau called.

The turn brought them the  , Metaal fired another 27,000 and Dashineau called once more.

The river completed the board with the  , Metaal barreled another 66,000 bet over the line. Dashineau looked at the bet and called. Dashineau flipped over    for the rivered straight to take down the whole pot as Metaal mucked his hand.

Nicholas Dashineau290,000118,100
Govert Metaal238,000-117,400
Gorilla Gaming
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:26 AM Local Time
Henry Forces Fold

Among those to bust on Day 3 in the Amazon Tan section were Michael Kirkpatrick and Grant Foster, the former mentioning an ace-king into aces exit on the way out.

Prince Cassell won a flip for his last 27,100 with    against the    of Kai Cai on a board of      .

Last but not least, Oystein Stai bet the      turn for 50,000 with less than that behind and Nathan Henry moved all in with his big stack. Stai gave it some thought and folded.

Nathan Henry430,00058,600
Kai Cai100,000-29,500
Prince Cassell60,00033,500
Oystein Stai47,000-26,700
Michael Kirkpatrick0-34,000
Grant Foster0-15,100
Mark Gardner0-17,300
Aleks Dimitrov0-43,800
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:22 AM Local Time
Altman Eliminates Rocaberte

Brian Altman

Brian Altman raised to 4,500 from middle position and it folded to John Rocaberte in the big blind. Rocaberte moved all in for 50,200 and after verifying the chip count Altman called.

Brian Altman:   
John Rocaberte:   

It was a classic coin flip situation with Rocaberte at risk for his tournament life. The board ran out       and Altman pocket tens held up to earn him the pot and the knockout.

Rocaberte was eliminated and Altman climbed over the half million chip mark.

Brian Altman526,40049,900
John Rocaberte0-50,800
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:22 AM Local Time
One for Ashton

We picked up the action on the turn with the board showing      with roughly 23,000 already in the middle of the table. Matthew Ashton was first to act from the big blind and he checked it over to Mike Lancaster who decided to check behind.

The river was the   and this time Ashton led out with a bet of 14,000. Lancaster tanked for a bit but eventually decided to fold. The former Poker Players Championship winner's stack is still down from where he started today but picking up this pot sent Ashton back in the right direction.

Matthew Ashton161,500-13,600
Mike Lancaster95,000-13,300
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:21 AM Local Time
Ioffe Eliminated By Aces

Vyacheslav Ioffe was on the button and up against Ryan Rivers in the big blind. Both players got all their chips into the middle, and Ioffe was at risk of elimination.

Vyacheslav Ioffe:   
Ryan Rivers:   


Rivers was a huge preflop favorite and held to send Ioffe to the rail within the first 10 minutes of the day.

Ryan Rivers335,00031,200
Vyacheslav Ioffe0-77,700
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:17 AM Local Time
Lin Takes From Merdinger

Frank Lin opened to 5,000 from the hijack. Felix Merdinger, on the button, called.

A flop reading     was dealt. Lin bet 7,000. Merdinger called. The turn brought the  . Lin checked. Merdinger bet 13,000. Lin called. The river brought the   and Lin checked again. Merdinger bet 16,000. Lin check-called.

Merdinger showed    and Lin tabled    to win the pot.

Felix Merdinger310,000-45,000
Frank Lin112,00044,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:14 AM Local Time
Mercier Eliminated by Dombrowski's Quads

Jason Mercier (from Day 2)

The action folded to Jason Mercier in the small blind, and he completed for 2,000. Chris Dombrowski plonked out a stack of chips to effectively put Mercier all-in, and the five-time WSOP bracelet winner snap-called for his 33,400 total.


The dealer spread a     flop to render Mercier drawing to just a jack to stay alive.

The turn of the   changed little but gave Dombrowski outs to a flush, and when the river landed the   to give him quads, Mercier was headed out the door early here on Day 3.

Chris Dombrowski165,00043,600
Jason Mercier0-42,900
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:09 AM Local Time
Kling Scores an Early Double

The cards of Adam Goldberg were already in the muck and he had just paid off the 20,500 of Lauren Kling, who doubled with ace-queen high holding the    on a board of      .

David Goodman was less fortunate and became one of the early casualties in the Amazon Tan section.

Adam Goldberg67,000-21,700
Lauren Kling50,00025,000
David Goodman0-29,200
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:09 AM Local Time
Leng is Punishing the Limpers

Avi Drori limped in under the gun and action folded around to the button where recent bracelet winner Ryan Leng raised, making it 7,100. Action folded back to Drori and he called.

The flop was     and both players checked to the   on the turn. There, Drori put out a bet of 8,000 and Leng called.

On the   river, Drori slowed down with a check. Leng put out a bigger bet of 26,600 and Drori quickly folded so Leng took down the pot to chip up early here on Day 3.

Ryan Leng123,00017,000
Avi Drori105,000-10,100
Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:06 AM Local Time
Allen Eliminated by DiVella

Nick DiVella opened under the gun with a raise to 4,500 before Jack Allen shoved next to act for 40,800 total. The action folded back to DiVella, and he called.


The board ran out       and DiVella eliminated Allen on the first hand of the day.

Nick DiVella335,00042,400
Jack Allen0-41,100
Saturday, July 7, 2018 8:55 AM Local Time
The Field Combines For the First Time on Day 3 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event

Phil Ivey

Over the course of three starting days, as well as two Day 2's, the second-largest World Series of Poker Main Event field has been whittled down from 7,874 players to 2,786 hopefuls. For the first time, all players will join together to create one big field, spread across the AMAZON, BRASILIA and PAVILION rooms of the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While the new WSOP Main Event champion will not be decided before July 14th, the first monetary rewards are looming on the horizon. Last year, an elongated bubble phase on Day 3 lasted until 1 a.m. before the bubble finally burst, guaranteeing all remaining players $15,000 on bagging. The same $15,000 awaits 1,182 players this year, but with the second-largest field ever, the money might not be reached tonight, bursting on Day 4 in the early stages instead.

Leading the way after two days is Ignacio Sanchez, who will start the day with 627,200 in chips. Holding the nut flush, Sanchez dragged a big pot off Cliff Josephy in the late stages of Day 2c to claim the overnight chip lead. Eric Sfez (551,900), Shawn Daniels (532,500), Matthew Klapstein (531,700) and Eric Liebeler (531,000) round out the top five after two days of playing.

Ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey had a strong showing on Day 2c and wields a commanding stack of 434,200. Yueqi Zhu (429,200), Richard Gryko (344,900), Ivan Luca (339,900) and Simeon Naydenov (338,400) are other bracelet winners that find themselves high in the standings. Team 888poker is represented by Pedro Correa (249,300), Billy Chattaway (242,400), Chris Moorman (220,000), Georgy Philippovich (200,500), Marti Roca de Torres (104,100), Daria Feshchenko (87,100), Ana Marquez (48,400) and Parker Talbot (27,600).

Play gets underway at 11 a.m. again, with blinds at 1,000/2,000 with a 300-ante. Another 5 levels are on top, each of them lasting 120 minutes in length. A 60-minute dinner break is scheduled after level 14, which is around 8:05 p.m. Live streaming of this event will take place on ESPN2 (3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) and PokerGO (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.).

Day 3 schedule

LevelDurationSmall BlindBig BlindAnte
11120 minutes1,0002,000300
 20-minute break   
12120 minutes1,2002,400400
 20-minute break   
13120 minutes1,5003,000500
 20-minute break   
14120 minutes2,0004,000500
 60-minute break   
15120 minutes2,5005,000500
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