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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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Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:46 PM Local Time
Bicknell Loses Half of Her Stack

Picking up the action on the turn, Kristen Bicknell checked from the cutoff and the button moved forward a bet of 100,000. The board read      with around 180,000 in the middle already. Bicknell made the call and the   completed the board.

Bicknell checked again and her opponent quickly shoved all in for 170,000. "You won't believe what I'm going to fold here," Bicknell said as she looked back at her cards. A few seconds later, Bicknell did lay down her hand. "I know for sure you have ace-king or ace-queen," she continued. "I folded ace-jack."

"Why didn't you show?" her opponent asked.

"I lost the pot, I'm not supposed to show," Bicknell responded with a sarcastic laugh. "You won, you should show."

Kristen Bicknell220,000-295,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:44 PM Local Time
Updated Counts
Nirath Rean2,410,000480,000
Konstantin Beylin2,370,000970,000
Alexander Lynskey1,374,000174,000
James Akenhead1,320,00035,000
Yueqi Zhu1,170,000-155,000
Ludovic Geilich880,000240,000
Jake Schindler855,000-45,000
Jonathan Duhamel442,000-158,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:37 PM Local Time
Harvell Recovering Slowly

Action was three ways on a flop of     and Justin Harvell was first to act from the small blind. He checked and the second player in the hand checked before the third player put out a bet of 28,000. Harvell called while the other player folded.

Harvell and his opponent checked it down on the   turn and the   river and Harvell showed down his    for two pair, aces and kings, and it was enough to earn him the pot to chip back up to around 650,000 chips.

Justin Harvell650,000200,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:36 PM Local Time
Stone Moves Over a Million

The action folded to a player on the button and he raised to 25,000. Katie Stone defended her big blind and they went heads up to the     flop. Stone check-called a bet of 23,000 and the dealer burned and turned the  .

Stone led out with a bet of 55,000 and her opponent raised to 145,000. Stone called and both players checked the   river card. Stone turned over    for aces up and the player mucked and Stone moves over the million chip mark.

Katie Stone1,100,0000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:36 PM Local Time
Nguyen Doubles Through Kubaliak in Huge Flip

We found all the money getting pushed in between Loc Nguyen in middle position and Tomas Kubaliak on the button. The former had    and the latter   , so a massive flip worth nearly 1.5 million was in progress. The dealer ran out     , so Nguyen looked cooked, but the   river saved him and he pounded the table in celebration.

Kubaliak sent over 720,000, leaving himself with crumbs.

Loc Nguyen (AL)1,470,0001,469,999
Tomas Kubaliak45,000-955,000
Gorillla Gaming
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:26 PM Local Time
Josephy Takes from Alaei

Cliff Josephy raised to 28,000 from late position and Daniel Alaei called from the big blind. They went heads up to     flop and Alaei checked. The dealer burned and turned the   and Alaei checked.

Josephy threw out a bet of 64,000 and Alaei quickly folded.

Cliff Josephy1,750,000150,000
Daniel Alaei805,00060,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:26 PM Local Time
Todd Eliminated

On a board of     , Eugene Todd shoved all in for roughly a pot-size bet of 240,000.

His opponent immediately called, tabling his    to dominate Todd's   .

No jack came on the river for Todd as it was the  , and Todd headed to the rail.

Eugene Todd0-570,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:26 PM Local Time
586th - 603rd Place Finishers

These players earned $23,940 for their showing in the Main Event.

Robert Sherwood0-413,000
Elizabeth Montizanti00
Yannik Hofmann0-43,000
Alexander Kuzmin0-130,000
Jaideep Sajwan0-104,000
Andy Phan0-359,000
Robert Williams00
Vladimir Burstein0-135,000
Michael Zuckerman0-239,000
Mark Mazz00
Stefan Ivanov0-95,000
Toby Boas0-159,000
Samuel Welbourne0-285,000
Debby Perkins0-424,000
Michael Stokey0-437,000
Charles Nelson Robinson0-407,000
Gergely Kulcsar0-554,000
Alan Cutler0-390,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:26 PM Local Time
Bercovici Shoves Dark, Shows

Hari Bercovici shoved all in dark after he checked from under the gun and an opponent in the hijack checked back on     . It was about 450,000 into a pot of 260,000 and the river came a  . The hijack folded in short order and Bercovici turned over   .

Hari Bercovici3,215,000515,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:25 PM Local Time
Time Expires for the Magician

Antonio Esfandiari

Picking up the action on the turn with the board showing     , Andreas Kniep checked over to Antonio Esfandiari who put out a bet of an unknown amount. Kniep then decided to check-raise, making it 100,000 total, and Esfandiari called.

The river was the   and Kniep led out for 125,000 and Esfandiari dropped into the tank. He thought for several minutes before someone at the table called the clock. When the floor was called over, the dealer said he didn't think that Esfandiari had been given enough time yet, but several players at the table protested, saying he had at least four minutes to act already. Because of that, Esfandiari was given a 30-second countdown and he thought through the first 25 seconds without making a decision. As the floor began his five-second countdown, Esfandiari looked at him and asked a question.

"Wait, you don't give a 10-second countdown anymore?" he asked.

The floor paused to explain that players only get a five-second countdown now, with just two seconds remaining for Esfandiari to make a decision. The floor then declared Esfandiari's hand dead and he was forced to fold.

"That hurt," Esfandiari said. Kniep then agreed to show one card per some arrangement the table had made and he showed the  , for at least trips.

"What would you do if I just shoved," Esfandiari said. "Just rep the nines."

"I probably would've folded," Kniep said.

Antonio Esfandiari1,320,000-80,000
Andreas Kniep850,000130,000
Velo 690x150
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:22 PM Local Time
Tolpingrud Jams Into Hecklen

Henrik Hecklen made it 45,000 to go on the button and Nils Tolpingrud three-bet to 175,000 out of the big blind. Hecklen asked for the stack size of Tolpingrud at the start of the hand and made the call shortly after. The     flop brought a bet of 140,000 by Tolpingrud and Hecklen came along to see the   on the turn.

Tolpingrud almost immediately moved all in and Hecklen folded, leaving himself with just shy of a million.

Nils Tolpingrud1,450,000-270,000
Henrik Hecklen975,000186,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:22 PM Local Time
Elias Chipping Up

Darren Elias

The player in the cutoff raised and Darren Elias defended his big blind.

The flop came down     and Elias check-called 25,000 from his opponent. The turn was the  , both players checked, the river was the  , and Elias bet 85,000. His opponent called after a few moments.

Elias tabled    for queens full of kings, his opponent mucked, and Elias won the pot.

Darren Elias1,460,000665,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:20 PM Local Time
Mercurio Doubles Through Schindler

In a battle of button versus big blind, Matt Mercurio was all in and at risk for 159,000 with the    and Jake Schindler looked him up with the   . The board came       and Mercurio hit the seven on the turn to double and remain in contention.

Jake Schindler900,000-120,000
Matt Mercurio340,000-106,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:18 PM Local Time
Assorted Counts from Amazon Orange
Dennis Wilke2,020,000-80,000
Chanracy Khun1,600,000971,000
Konstantin Beylin1,400,00050,000
Ben Yu1,150,000100,000
Vi Do1,100,000-100,000
Ivan Luca1,050,000155,000
Amauri Grutka850,000300,000
Benjamin Pollak750,000-15,000
Dominik Panka600,000-5,000
Arturas Astrauskas481,000312,000
Sean Prendiville430,000300,000
Scott Davies420,000-60,000
Jean Gaspard400,000240,000
Barbara Enright360,0005,000
Maxim Panyak350,000-257,000
Rocco Palumbo280,000-30,000
Jake Schwartz210,000-53,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:15 PM Local Time
Rheem Spikes River and Takes the Chip Lead

Chino Rheem

Chino Rheem opened to 30,000 in middle position before his opponent three-bet to 79,000 from the cutoff.

The action folded back to Rheem, and he called and stated, "Action is on you, sir!"

The dealer spread a     flop, and with the action on the cutoff, he bet out 90,000 and responded, "Now the action is on you!"

Rheem paused, grabbed a stack of chips, and added, "Nope, it's back on you!"

Rheem had dropped in a stack of green 25,000-denomination chips amounting to a check-raise of roughly 600,000. His opponent immediately tossed in a few chips to signify he had called all in for 548,000.


The turn of the   changed little but reduce Rheem's outs by one, but when the   fell on the river, Rheem would eliminate his opponent and climb into the chip lead.

Chino Rheem3,493,000623,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:13 PM Local Time
604th - 615th Place Finishers

Here is the last batch of eliminated players who collected $21,750 for their efforts.

John Henwood0-269,000
David Eilers0-524,000
Stephen Chimelski0-148,000
Dejan Pustoslemsek0-32,800
James Romero0-470,000
Pierce Mckellar0-279,000
Keith Lutz0-361,000
Andrew Michael0-330,000
Johnny Chan00
Michael Cohen0-322,000
Scot Robinson0-140,000
Ken Einiger00
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:08 PM Local Time
Dub for Kanit

Mustapha Kanit shoved on the button for about 190,000 and the small blind reshipped to isolate. Matthew Smith tank-folded in the big blind.

Mustapha Kanit:   
Small blind:   

The flip went to Kanit as the       board just missed the small blind.

Mustapha Kanit410,00060,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:07 PM Local Time
Stephen Song Moves All In

Stephen Song

An early-position player raised to 27,000 and Paul Volpe called from the button. With the action on Stephen Song in the big blind, he moved all in for 386,000. The players quickly folded and Song took the pot.

Stephen Song464,00034,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:07 PM Local Time
Brunson Eliminated by Price

Todd Brunson

All the money went in before the flop between Todd Brunson and Oliver Price with Brunson all in for right around 150,000.

Todd Brunson:   
Oliver Price:   

There was no luck for Brunson when the flop fell    , leaving him in a massive hole drawing to running jacks. The turn was the   and that sealed the deal, rendering the   on the river meaningless. Brunson hit the rail while Price moved to a bit under 400,000 chips.

Oliver Price390,000169,000
Todd Brunson0-200,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:06 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Amazon Orange
Shankar Pillai1,670,000410,000
James Obst1,080,000440,000
Katie Stone900,000-25,000
Ivan Luca895,000145,000
Richard Gryko700,000-400,000
Eric Fields400,000-63,000
Brian Green390,0005,000
Sparrow Cheung365,000-101,000
Kane Lai350,00047,000
Matthew Reed325,00065,000
Tom Hall280,000-200,000
Jessica Dawley135,000-45,000
Brent Hanks0-386,000
Gorillla Gaming