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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 9, 2018 1:13 AM Local Time
Hutter and Altman Bag Big in the Main Event; 310 Remain After Day 4

Barry Hutter

Less than five percent of the field remains in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event at the close of Day 4, with 310 players of the 7,784 runners remaining in contention at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Two notable American pros finished in the top three at the close of a long day that saw the players grind through five-and-a-half levels of play and walk out the doors more than 13 hours after they showed up. Barry Hutter has the lead with 5,597,000, with Brian Altman sitting third with 4,861,000. Alexander Haro sits between them with 5,031,000.

Hutter was the first to surpass four million and then went on a rush during the last hour of the night to finish ahead of Haro and Altman, who said he "caught some heat" toward the end of the night as well.

Altman scored the most notable elimination of the day when he sent superstar Phil Ivey packing from the feature table about midway through the day. Ivey opened for 22,000 at 5,000/10,000/1,000 from middle position and Altman three-bet to 75,000 in the hijack. Ivey continued and check-called a bet on the queen-jack-high flop that featured two spades. Both players checked the eight of spades on the turn and Ivey check-jammed for 629,000 over 195,000 on the three of diamonds river.

Altman found the call button with queen-jack for top two and Ivey's bluff was revealed as he held pocket nines with the nine of spades.

"Given the spot, I took a relatively short amount of time for the river call, probably 90 to 120 seconds," Altman said when asked about the hand. "My hand was just too strong to fold. I thought he was very capable of turning hands like and black tens and black nines into bluffs as well as something with the ace of spades in it. So, I just went with my gut."

Brian Altman
Altman eliminated Phil Ivey en route to bagging big to end Day 4.

Altman had a big stack in last year's Main Event but let it slip away as he didn't even manage to make the money. He said he's focusing one hand at a time and just trying to make as many correct decisions as he can. He came into the Main Event ice cold but finds himself in a spot where he can make it all up with a big result.

"I was actually 0 for 35 in tournaments," he said of his recent skid. "So, it's kind of nice to have a glimmer of hope in this one, the most meaningful tournament of the year. I'm very happy to be in this spot."

Others bagging big included Kelly Minkin (3,459,000), Brian Yoon (3,228,000), Benjamin Pollak (2,765,000) and James Obst (2,560,000).

Minkin made a huge calldown for stacks with second pair of kings during the penultimate level of the night, being shown bottom pair on the flop by her daring but caught opponent.

"I was prepared to make that call when I called the turn bet," she told PokerNews on break. "I'm like, 'All right, I'm gonna call, I think he's bluffing.' He had jack-eight for fourth pair so that was nice to win that pot."

With the tournament being in the money after a long bubble the previous night, the pace of bustouts was furious early on and didn't slow down much as over 800 were eliminated and paid. Some notables hitting the rail were David Yan, Scott Clements, Jamie Kerstetter, Barry Greenstein, Patrik Antonius, Johnny Chan, Kristen Bicknell, Tom McEvoy and Jonathan Duhamel.

The elimination of Duhamel leaves 2009 winner Joe Cada as the last former champ remaining.

Players return for another grueling day on Monday, July 9, at 11am with blinds and antes still at 10,000/20,000/3,000 for another hour. Come right back to PokerNews then for more coverage of the Main Event.

Monday, July 9, 2018 12:53 AM Local Time
End-of-Day Chip Counts

Barry Hutter spent a good portion of the day as chip leader and while he hovered in the low 4 million range for a while during the final stages of the night, a late rush saw Hutter increase his stack to more than 5.5 million to seize the chip lead to close Day 4.

Barry Hutter5,597,000747,000
Alexander Haro5,031,000951,000
Brian Altman4,861,000111,000
Andres Jeckeln4,506,0006,000
Hari Bercovici3,510,000760,000
Kelly Minkin3,459,00099,000
Franklin Azevedo3,410,0002,818,000
Ubaid Habib3,300,000200,000
Nick Newport3,269,0002,019,000
Krasimir Yankov3,264,0002,125,000
Shannon Shorr3,243,0001,293,000
Brian Yoon3,228,000628,000
Shaun O'Donnell3,145,000495,000
Stanley Lee3,134,000284,000
Alexander Ziskin3,090,000990,000
Nirath Rean2,981,0001,781,000
Michael Feil2,965,0002,242,000
Mark Zullo2,944,0001,024,000
Daniel Tang2,901,0001,901,000
Benjamin Pollak2,765,000985,000
Peter Campo2,692,000-408,000
Frederik Salari2,664,0002,464,000
Ryan Rivers2,652,000902,000
Dan Wilson2,599,0001,929,000
James Obst2,560,000585,000
Nils Tolpingrud2,472,000472,000
Aram Zobian2,464,000394,000
Andrew Ostapchenko2,394,0001,511,000
Tony Miles2,358,000398,000
Roger Lussier2,315,0001,733,000
Jonathan Hilton2,300,000225,000
Fredrik Kaarem2,282,0001,974,000
Brian Borne2,275,014745,014
Martijn Gerrits2,259,000159,000
Chanracy Khun2,253,000653,000
Clayton Fletcher2,245,0000
Mantas Bagocius2,204,0001,144,000
John Anderson2,193,0001,494,000
James Akenhead2,187,000-213,000
Nikolaos Platis2,177,000177,000
Shaun Deeb2,175,000645,000
Martin Sejer2,167,000567,000
Konstantin Beylin2,151,000-649,000
Shankar Pillai2,141,000-459,000
Alexandre Reard2,121,000301,000
Daniel Merrilees2,120,000-470,000
Roman Lanzerstorfer2,102,0001,402,000
Jonathon Prested2,100,0002,041,000
Daniel Wolf2,100,0001,512,000
Scott Einiger2,083,0001,781,000
Eric Wasylenko2,064,000454,000
Cliff Josephy1,985,000-140,000
Takashi Ogura1,975,0001,669,000
Alexander Gross1,961,000-639,000
Jaime Kaplan1,954,0004,000
Alex Livingston1,941,000-409,000
Ming Xi1,933,0001,083,000
John Cynn1,931,0001,222,000
Chris Da-Silva1,930,000-1,175,000
Phillip Mighall1,918,0001,538,000
Alexander Wong1,916,00076,000
Ricardo Souza1,908,000808,000
Kerry Bell1,900,0431,544,043
Chino Rheem1,900,000225,000
Sean Marshall1,873,0001,447,000
Bas De Laat1,866,000386,000
Nicholas Cushman1,857,000974,000
Laurynas Levinskas1,855,0001,293,000
Vi Do1,842,000322,000
Adam Rude1,836,000176,000
Sylvain Loosli1,803,000743,000
Nghia Le (FL)1,800,8701,800,870
David Miscikowski1,780,000214,000
Michael Dyer1,767,0001,074,000
Jeff Trudeau1,745,000-1,575,000
William Kopp1,735,000720,000
Mark Stockton1,723,0001,264,000
Matthew Stein1,713,0001,138,000
Brandon Abbaspour1,703,0001,378,000
Tristan Bain1,697,0000
James Romano1,683,000-117,000
Aleksandr Shevelev1,664,0001,115,000
Tobias Ziegler1,654,000104,000
Richard Robinson1,639,0001,123,000
Gregory Defeo1,635,000-805,000
Alexander Lynskey1,635,000-105,000
Santiago Soriano1,634,000424,000
Victor Pedote Dos Santos1,626,0001,416,000
Steven Adams1,620,000917,000
Hyon Kim1,610,0001,484,000
Jason Maeroff1,600,000-560,000
Xi Yang1,595,000345,000
Thomas Lutz1,581,000866,000
Jorden Fox1,569,0000
Randall Lack1,563,0001,113,000
Tyler Witteman1,548,0001,232,000
Jake Toole1,544,000416,000
Timothee Scotti1,537,000704,000
Ben Jackson1,536,0001,474,000
Artem Metalidi1,518,0001,452,000
Martial Blangenwitsch1,513,000-37,000
Peter Nguyen1,505,500610,500
Jack Duong1,502,000152,000
Eric Sfez1,438,000738,000
John Botticello1,437,0001,328,000
Samuel Bernabeu1,415,000320,000
Jared Palmer1,400,000590,000
Kwong Ip [Jared Kwong]1,380,0001,380,000
Brian Green1,375,000240,000
Henrik Hecklen1,370,000-472,000
Tobias Peters1,369,000-27,000
Chou Chou1,368,000538,000
Antoine Labat1,359,0001,174,000
Ben Yu1,350,000370,000
Eric Froehlich1,344,00044,000
Samuel Touil1,318,000-736,000
Robert Goldbaum1,313,0001,011,000
Ricky Pyne (FL)1,300,0000
Ivan Demidov1,290,000829,000
Timothy McDermott1,285,000-15,000
Barry Faecher1,280,000945,000
Stefan Huber1,269,000509,000
Antonio Esfandiari1,260,000-390,000
Bradley Rhodes1,254,0004,000
Thomas Macdonald1,251,000-239,000
Hector Dominguez-Depaz1,233,0001,233,000
Danny Qutami [Ayman Qutami]1,229,0001,229,000
Paulo Goncalves1,209,000655,000
Daniel Engels1,198,000-962,000
Shigeho Yoshioka1,192,00072,000
Artur Koren1,182,000383,000
Martin Zamani1,182,00076,000
Eric Liebeler1,178,000401,000
Nishant Sharma1,172,000488,000
Andreas Kniep1,171,000271,000
Michael Lavenburg1,158,000-142,000
Karen Sarkisyan1,157,000-493,000
Umang Dattani1,148,000-202,000
Noe Cantu1,130,000-400,000
Brent Ballentine1,120,000992,000
Yueqi Zhu1,117,000-43,000
Evan Sandberg1,106,000132,000
Andrew Hinrichsen1,100,000709,000
Kartik Ved1,096,000951,100
Alexandro Tricarico1,077,000-123,000
Jan Mach1,076,000-24,000
Vivek Rughani1,076,000979,000
Jeff Hobrecker1,075,0001,075,000
Paul Volpe1,070,000-330,000
Justin Harvell1,066,000-314,000
Peter Cross1,053,000691,000
Nicolas Manion1,051,0001,051,000
David Chen1,049,000729,000
Bruno Politano1,048,000348,000
Chad Ryan1,039,000963,000
Sharukh Shaw1,024,000841,000
William Simpson1,021,000545,000
Volodymyr Drokin1,016,000531,000
Michael Reardon1,014,000952,000
Daniel Ospina1,000,000-140,000
Mason Barrell999,000284,000
Paulino Uemura997,000242,000
Jake Schwartz987,000-198,000
Ludovic Geilich985,000-385,000
Jurgen Wenigwieser984,000100,000
Jonathan Greenbaum982,000-158,000
Ralph Massey976,000-4,000
Rifat Palevic975,000597,000
Loc Nguyen (TX)974,000274,000
Cory Williams974,0000
Nick DiVella972,000-253,000
Jeremy Ansher965,000616,000
Taha Maruf939,000832,000
Bart Lybaert935,000210,000
Tomas Novotny934,000-86,000
Farukh Tach929,000129,000
Jonathan Plens923,000273,000
Daniel Alaei916,000-19,000
Brendon O'Neal914,000519,000
Chris Moorman907,000-41,000
Jacob Kipfer905,000905,000
Pablo Fernandez Campo905,000155,000
Carter Swidler902,000-79,000
Rocco Palumbo889,000339,000
Rodeen Talebi878,000475,000
Jamie Flynn865,000-85,000
Mario Mosbock861,0001,000
Randy Lowery861,000698,000
Anthony Marsico857,0000
Ema Zajmovic851,000-69,000
Ryan Phan850,000395,000
Philip Chun845,000335,000
Matthew Klapstein839,000189,000
Axel Hallay832,000-36,000
Christopher Fitzgerald823,000522,000
Andrea Buonocore816,000649,000
Mike Cordell812,000812,000
Bryce McVay803,000343,000
Scott Wilson803,000675,000
Julius Colman802,0002,000
Vicent Bosca Ramon800,000105,000
Cole Miller795,000-127,000
Richard Gryko793,000-257,000
Crystal Utley789,0006,000
Steven Federspiel786,000645,000
Jordan Cristos782,00082,000
Kyle Julius775,00085,000
Ivan Luca774,000-76,000
Carlos Gonzalez774,000365,000
Jimmy Fedorkevich765,100182,100
Joey Fabre [Robert Fabre]762,000762,000
Stephan Sieber753,000619,000
Cory Albertson748,000-502,000
Kilian Loeffler745,000683,000
Richard Lee744,000238,000
Matas Cikinas731,00092,000
Michael Schneider731,000109,000
Aymon Hata723,000533,000
Seth Foster712,000166,000
Ofir Mor711,000-589,000
Ted Lawson710,000-60,000
Erwin Fonacier704,000-296,000
Eric Kepper698,000625,000
Robert Gussoni693,000-107,000
Brett Silverman687,000502,000
Mike Brady686,000-54,000
Joseph Melancon683,000203,000
Joep Raemaekers678,000152,000
Kao Saechao672,000217,000
Mohamed Mokrani662,000602,000
Scott Franklin662,000501,000
Takashi Matsushita642,000350,000
Andrew Rose627,000232,000
Pierre Gentil623,000278,000
Jason Gooch620,000-80,000
Robert Brown618,000559,000
Rhys Jones616,000236,000
Paul Balzano602,000372,000
Yang Zhang601,000121,000
Sunil Verma600,200-49,800
Dustin Nelson592,000-48,000
Jans Arends589,000-291,000
Bradley Myers588,00044,000
Federico Quevedo580,000326,000
Ahmed Amin572,00062,000
Joshua Jackson570,000-302,000
Arsenii Karmatckii566,000226,000
Gregory Perry562,00060,000
Joe Cada559,000314,000
Oliver Weis556,00036,000
Anthony Desai554,000228,000
Matthew Reimers553,000-29,000
Gavin Cochrane550,000-280,000
Christopher Ahrens547,000330,000
Drazen Ilich543,000-189,000
Brad Albrinck542,000-508,000
Brayden Gazlay541,000185,000
Adam Geyer538,00058,000
Howard Mash529,00054,000
Matt Sabia524,000184,000
Kenneth Watson523,000200,000
Erwin Dewald501,000330,000
Juan Pardo500,000500,000
Anatoly Filatov500,000-130,000
Natalie Teh481,000-424,000
Adam Levy479,000-141,000
Richard Ali478,000219,000
Jake Schindler476,00024,000
Roland Israelashvili475,000115,000
Nicholas Treppiedi474,00031,000
Michael Bailey469,000130,000
Billy Pilossoph468,000-22,000
Simon Thwaites452,000123,000
Tommy Townsend444,000-386,000
Victor Chu444,000-146,000
Craig Trost436,000-334,000
Michael Haddad421,000-529,000
Beau Wilshire419,00041,000
William Hickey419,000-721,000
John Bolton392,000210,000
Ashley Locker389,000109,000
Eric Coffman389,000218,000
Robert Welch387,000334,000
Ognjen Sekularac362,000-328,000
Tom Cannuli356,000-40,000
Matt Mercurio350,00010,000
Scott Davies347,00097,000
Justin Nguyen345,000234,000
Chris Bjorin344,000-216,000
Kunal Patel342,000112,000
Chi Chan340,000-266,000
Yashuo Chin339,00059,000
Zakarya Wolgamott334,000-106,000
Jeffrey Benhart331,0000
Jack Kashishian325,000250,000
Frederik Jensen324,000-156,000
Dong Kim315,000-95,000
Johan De Graaff313,00032,000
Chris Brand307,000-136,000
Joe Kuether297,000-53,000
Govert Metaal287,000-353,000
Mina Greco282,000-278,000
Barbara Enright275,0005,000
Mike Jukich272,000-478,000
Brian Saltus247,000-293,000
Sparrow Cheung222,000-132,000
Sung Yi221,000-85,000
Ignacio Lopez De Maturana185,000-100,000
Nicholas Petitti47,300-156,700
Loc Nguyen (AL)1-1,129,999
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:49 AM Local Time
Lee Doubles Through Tach

After a series of raises, Stanley Lee was all in from the button for about 1,400,000 with    against Farukh Tach in middle position with   .

The board came down      , safe for Lee to double up.

Stanley Lee2,850,0001,475,000
Farukh Tach800,000-900,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:33 AM Local Time
Four More Hands

Four more hands will be dealt at each table before the players bag and tag for the night.

Monday, July 9, 2018 12:32 AM Local Time
Hutter Takes From Perry

Following the river of a       board with about 215,000 in the middle, Barry Hutter checked from the small blind. Ralph Perry bet 200,000 from the hijack and Hutter mulled it over for a bit before he called.

Perry mucked and Hutter collected the pot without showing.

Barry Hutter4,850,000670,000
Ralph Perry770,000-700,000
Velo 690x150
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:29 AM Local Time
Zobian Swears He Had Nines

A player raised under the gun to 55,000 before Aram Zobian three-bet to 160,000 on the button. The player dropped into the tank as the bet was for a large portion of his remaining stack.

"What do you have?" Zobian asked. "Like ace-jack?"

The player said nothing but continued thinking. He did call after some thought.

The flop came down     and the player under the gun checked. Zobian moved all in and the player doubled checked his hand and quickly folded.

"Did you have ace-jack?" the player asked.

"I had nines," Zobian said.

"No way," Jak Schwartz said. "Show it."

"I don't want to show it because the blogger is right here, but I swear I had two nines," Zobian said. "Nine of clubs, nine of diamonds."

Regardless, Zobian scooped the pot and moved over two million chips.

Aram Zobian2,070,000220,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:25 AM Local Time
One for Duong

With roughly 120,000 in the pot, Jack Duong checked on a flop of     and his one opponent checked it back.

The turn was the   and this time Duong led out with a bet of 50,000. His opponent called.

The river was the   and Duong led out again, betting 75,000. His opponent tanked for almost a minute but ultimately decided to fold so Duong scooped the pot.

Jack Duong1,350,000-120,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:23 AM Local Time
Altman Just Keeps Rising

A player in middle position opened for 50,000 and Brian Altman called from the big blind after the player on the button came along. Action checked to the button on the     flop and the player there bet 100,000. Altman called. Both checked the   and the   completed the board. Altman bet 215,000 and won the pot in short order.

Brian Altman4,750,000420,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:21 AM Local Time
Levy Shoves on Kniep

With      on the board, Andreas Kniep checked from under the gun and Adam Levy jammed for 350,000, a little over the size of the pot. Kniep thought a bit and folded, conceding the pot to "Roothlus."

Andreas Kniep900,000-30,000
Adam Levy620,00090,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:19 AM Local Time
Rheem Pays Off Hecklen

The TV crews swarmed around the table with a big pot brewing between Chino Rheem and Henrik Hecklen. The board read       and Rheem checked to Hecklen who tossed in a bet of 330,000.

Rheem was in the tank but still chatting up a storm. "One more second guys, I promise. I'm just really hoping he shows be ace-ten. That's all I can beat." Hecklen sat silently waiting for Rheem to make a decision.

After a few more seconds, Rheem banged his chips into the pot and Hecklen showed him the bad news. "Flush," he said as he turned over    to scoop a healthy pot from Rheem.

Henrik Hecklen1,842,000242,000
Chino Rheem1,675,000-571,000
Velo 690x150
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:15 AM Local Time
Zajmovic Finds Aces and a Chop

Ema Zajmovic opened to 45,000 from middle position and found a call from the player on the button, along with Kyle Julius in the small blind.

With the action on the big blind, he cut out a three-bet to 205,000, and when it was back on Zajmovic, she moved all in for roughly 850,000. The button, and Julius folded, and the big blind called.


The dealer spread a       board, and Zajmovic and her opponent chopped it up.

Ema Zajmovic920,000-1,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:13 AM Local Time
Volpe Check-Shoves the River

Paul "The Main Event" Volpe

Paul Volpe and Daniel Alaei were heads up on the river on the       board. Volpe checked and Alaei bet 200,000 into a main pot of over 300,000.

Volpe check-raised all in for 934,000 sending Alaei deep into the tank. Alaei stared across the table at Volpe and after nearly two minutes he released his hand and Volpe took the pot.

Paul Volpe1,400,000-60,000
Daniel Alaei935,000-815,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:13 AM Local Time
Jeckeln's Nine-Four Suited Doesn't Win

Andres Jeckeln raised to 40,000 from middle position, the player in the small blind reraised all in for 153,000 and Jeckeln called with   , trailing his opponent's   .

The board came down      , giving Jeckeln's opponent eights full of jacks to double up.

Andres Jeckeln4,500,000-200,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:13 AM Local Time
Green Picks off Haro's Bluff

Brian Green

Three players were in the hand when the dealer spread the flop of    . The action checked to Alexander Haro on the button who bet 75,000. The small blind called and Brian Green called from the big blind.

The turn was the   and all three players checked quickly. The river brought the   and both of the blinds checked again. Haro took a shot at the pot with a bet of 150,000 and the small blind laid his hand down. Green, however, quickly called and Haro acknowledged a good call. Green tabled    and raked in the pot.

Alexander Haro4,080,000-370,000
Brian Green1,135,000585,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:07 AM Local Time
More Piles for Altman

Brian Altman looked to have put in a wager of 305,000 on a     board from the hijack, only to have his opponent in the cutoff make it 805,000. Altman shoved all in for 1.8 million or so more and the player in the hijack picked up his cards, drew them to his body to give them a last look and then dumped them with a shake of the head.

Brian Altman4,330,000930,000
Velo 690x150
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:06 AM Local Time
Odonnell Takes a Big One and Shows Quads

Picking up the action with a huge pot already in the middle of the table nearing one million chips, Shaun Odonnell was facing off against one other player who was in the small blind. The board showed       and the player who was first to act put out a bet of what looked like 345,000.

Odonnell dropped into the tank and thought for a bit, then asked to see the other players stack before moving all in with more chips. The other player promptly folded his hand.

"I mean I have quads and the guy is betting into me," Odonnel said after the hand showing his   . He scooped the massive pot and moved over 2.5 million chips.

Shaun O'Donnell2,650,0002,062,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:01 AM Local Time
Gross Ousts Another

A player in the cutoff was all in for about 200,000 and at risk when we got to Alexander Gross' table, with Gross having called with   . The cutoff had    for a slight edge but that evaporated on the     flop. The   turn gave the at-risk player a gutter but the   didn't do it.

Alexander Gross2,600,000330,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 11:59 PM Local Time
Big Stacks in Amazon Purple
Alexander Haro4,750,000125,000
Andres Jeckeln4,700,000-110,000
Barry Hutter4,180,000360,000
Kelly Minkin3,360,000-22,000
Peter Campo3,100,000100,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 11:57 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Amazon Orange
Jeff Trudeau3,320,000470,000
Daniel Engels2,160,000285,000
Tony Miles1,960,00070,000
Shannon Shorr1,950,000-450,000
Jack Duong1,470,000520,000
Nirath Rean1,200,000-600,000
Yueqi Zhu1,160,000260,000
Ted Lawson770,000560,000
Craig Trost770,000370,000
Drazen Ilich732,000-32,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 11:50 PM Local Time
Josephy Takes Another One

Cliff Josephy

We caught up to the three handed action on the river on the       board. Ivan Luca led out with a bet of 128,000 into a main pot of close to 300,000. Cliff Josephy called and Daniel Alaei called behind.

Luca instantly threw his hand face down into the muck and Josephy turned over    for kings and eights. Alaei double checked his hole cards one last time before he mucked and Josephy took the pot.

Cliff Josephy2,125,000405,000
Daniel Alaei1,750,000-100,000
Ivan Luca850,000-290,000
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