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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 5:25 PM Local Time
Salas Falls, Puente Survives

Just moments after Damian Salas hit the rail after losing a flip, Jose Puente was on the ropes as well for 140,000. He was up against Keith Block and the two players were off to the races.

Jose Puente:   
Keith Block:   

The board ran out       and Puente's pocket jacks held on to secure him a double-up. Block was left with just 84,000 after the hand, which is under 10 big blinds.

Jose Puente316,00041,000
Keith Block84,000-166,000
Damian Salas0-170,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:23 PM Local Time
Good Advice from Ben Yu
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:20 PM Local Time
Hirschfield Sets Up Khoury

Four players saw a flop of     and it checked to Mazin Khoury who bet 40,000 into a main pot of about 130,000. Larry Hirschfield raised to 100,000 and it folded back to Khoury who moved all in for just over 400,000.

Hirschfield snap-called, turning over    for bottom set, and Khoury showed    for the nut flush draw and a gutshot straight draw. The turn   and river   sealed the deal for Hirschfield and Khoury was sent to the rail.

Larry Hirschfield1,250,000929,000
Mazin Khoury0-325,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:18 PM Local Time
Rean Sitting With Piles

Nirath Rean three-bet to 50,000 out of the small blind after the cutoff opened. That player called and they checked the flop to a board of     . Rean bet 50,000 and his opponent called. On the   river, Rean bet 85,000 and again received a call.

Rean showed    and took it down with the underfull.

Nirath Rean1,930,0001,522,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:16 PM Local Time
Amazon Purple Chip Counts
Cliff Josephy1,600,000920,000
Bart Lybaert1,600,000-100,000
Shannon Shorr1,365,00035,000
Cory Albertson1,320,000-160,000
In Sun Geoum980,000-120,000
Sylvain Loosli970,00070,000
Dan Heimiller960,000-345,000
Frankie Flowers950,000-1,150,000
Ognjen Sekularac950,000310,000
Paul Volpe920,000-67,000
Carter Swidler800,000-70,000
Daniel Alaei745,000360,000
Martin Zamani706,000-34,000
Martijn Gerrits620,000-130,000
Ralph Massey620,0005,000
Andrew Kelsall600,000253,000
Adam Geyer570,000-621,000
Chris Bjorin500,000280,000
Daniel Fuhs500,000-170,000
Roland Israelashvili470,00020,000
Stephen Song430,000140,000
Bruno Politano405,00035,000
Anthony Maio380,0005,000
Brad Albrinck230,000-265,000
SuperDraft - Free Sportsbook
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:14 PM Local Time
Akenhead Gives Perry the Worst Sweat

Greg Perry opened in middle position with a raise to 22,000 before James Akenhead reraised, making it 65,000 from the cutoff. Action folded back to Perry who four-bet, making it 150,000, and Akenhead asked for a look at his stack before moving all in for more. Perry quickly called.

James Akenhead:   
Greg Perry:   

The flop came down     which gave both players a pair but made it so Akenhead could be the only player to win the pot. The turn was the   which now gave Akenhead a realistic chance of taking it down, but the river was the   meaning both players would chop the pot.

"Why you gotta make me sweat like that?" Perry asked after the hand. "That was not fun."

Akenhead, as well as some of the other members of the table, let out some laughs before he offered Perry a fistbump, which was returned with a laugh.

James Akenhead1,285,000-135,000
Gregory Perry405,000-48,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:12 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Amazon Orange
Hari Bercovici2,600,0002,381,000
Dennis Wilke1,800,00040,000
Chris Da-Silva1,800,000959,000
Samuel Touil1,660,000647,000
Richard Gryko1,100,0000
Ben Yu1,050,000310,000
Jesse McVicker800,000227,000
Joe Kuether584,000149,000
Justin Harvell450,0000
Matthew Reed260,000-207,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:10 PM Local Time
Kaplan Climbing with River Raise

On a flop of    , Jaime Kaplan was confronted with an under-the-gun bet of 52,000. Kaplan was in the cutoff, and he made the call as the   rolled off on the turn.

Kaplan's opponent continued for 94,000 and Kaplan called as the river landed the  .

Kaplan's opponent bet 116,000, and Kaplan cut out a raise amounting to 400,000. Kaplan's opponent went deep into the tank for several minutes before eventually finding a fold.

Jaime Kaplan2,736,000254,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:04 PM Local Time
667th- to 690th-Place Finishers

This is the final batch of eliminated players who earned $19,900 for their efforts.

Paul Degiulio0-132,000
Martin Stoyanov0-59,000
Harold Evans0-133,000
Freddy Caisson0-244,000
Chun Yam0-343,000
Jim Collopy00
Michael Shelton0-250,000
Luiz Carnasciali0-262,000
Vegard Andreassen0-239,000
Nitesh Rawtani0-130,000
Stuart Taylor0-219,000
Bradley Berman0-500,000
Ryan Pignatelli0-395,000
Mathieu Clavet0-214,000
David Cabrera Polop00
Fatima Nanji0-78,000
Bryan Ngo00
Timothy Cramer00
Eugene Katchalov0-360,000
Allan Le0-340,000
Maxx Coleman0-290,000
Erik Lemarquand0-292,000
Matthew Gordon0-91,000
David Konsky0-151,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:02 PM Local Time
Takayama Loses Loads to Lavenburg

Michael Lavenburg

A big pot was brewing between Mike Takayama and Michael Lavenburg, and the other players, including Ema Zajmovic, were waiting with their chips already racked up, as the table was the next to break. According to Zajmovic, Takayama had raised first to act and picked up one caller in the cutoff, Lavenburg raised on the button, and Takayama was the only caller.

On the     flop, Takayama check-called a bet to head to the   turn, and there, the first bracelet winner from the Philippines checked once more. Lavenburg now made it 175,000 to go and Takayama called. On the   river, the board paired and Takayama checked the third street in a row.

Lavenburg bet 450,000 and hid his face behind sunglasses and a cap, staring at the middle of the table while trying not to give away any emotion. Takayama stared over for more than two minutes before announcing the call and Lavenburg turned over    for aces and sevens. That was good enough to win the pot, as Takayama tapped the table in defeat before heading to his new table.

Michael Lavenburg2,650,0001,294,000
Mike Takayama440,000-965,000
Gorillla Gaming
Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:00 PM Local Time
Minkin Takes a Big One from Galinec

Kelly Minkin

Ivan Galinec opened the action and Kelly Minkin three-bet. It folded back to Galinec who called and they went heads up to the     flop. Galinec led out with a bet of 135,000 and Minkin raised to 270,000.

Galinec called and the dealer burned and turned the  . Galinec checked and Minkin slid out a bet of 250,000. Galinec threw his hand into the muck and Minkin slammed down her    face up as she dragged in the pot.

Kelly Minkin1,900,000600,000
Ivan Galinec890,000-103,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:58 PM Local Time
Second Pair is Good for Altman

Brian Altman opened to 23,000 from early position and Navot Golan three-bet to 70,000 from middle position. The action folded back to Altman who called to see a flop of    . Altman checked to Golan who continued for 57,000 and Altman still called.

The turn was the   and Altman checked again. Golan checked behind and the   completed the board. Altman checked one more time and Golan followed suit. Altman tabled    and that proved to be good enough to win the pot.

Here is how the secondary feature tables lines up.

Brian Altman1,400,000433,000
Ronnie Day1,000,000640,000
Phil Ivey976,000-124,000
Adam Rude892,000-408,000
Juan Vecino515,000-468,000
Shinya Shimada456,000112,000
Navot Golan364,000-1,000
Ryan Lenaghan300,00085,000
Dermot Blain259,000-203,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:55 PM Local Time
Further Counts From Amazon Orange
Chris Da-Silva [Chris Da Silva]1,500,000659,000
James Akenhead1,420,000220,000
Konstantin Beylin1,350,0000
Ema Zajmovic1,100,000665,000
Richard Gryko1,100,000-150,000
Mantas Bagocius1,060,000282,100
Samuel Bernabeu1,050,000-40,000
Artur Rudziankov1,000,000211,000
Kristen Bicknell950,000197,000
Kiryl Radzivonau900,000175,000
Jans Arends880,000692,000
Gavin Cochrane830,000-440,000
Katie Stone800,000-50,000
Tobias Ziegler725,000-23,000
Ludovic Geilich640,000-60,000
Jonathan Duhamel600,000-70,000
Smain Mamouni350,00065,000
Fabian Gumz320,000-33,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:51 PM Local Time
Montizanti Eliminated by Kaplan in 2.4 Million Chip Pot

Elizabeth Montizanti

From the hijack, Elizabeth Montizanti opened to 24,000 and both the small blind, and Jaime Kaplan called in the big blind.

The flop landed     and both the small blind and Kaplan check to Montizanti who continued for 30,000. The small blind folded, but Kaplan check-raised to 95,000. Montizanti called, and when the turn landed the  , Kaplan checked the action over to her again.

Montizanti pushed out a stack of orange 5,000-denomination chips for a bet of 100,000, and Kaplan responded with another check-raise; this time amounting to 300,000.

Montizanti announced she was all in for 1,060,000, and Kaplan quickly called having her covered with his 1,151,000 in chips.


In a cruel set-over-set situation for Montizanti, no one-outer would follow on the river as it fell the  , and Montizanti was eliminated from the Main Event while Kaplan soared to nearly 2.5 million in chips.

Jaime Kaplan
Jaime Kaplan
Jaime Kaplan2,482,0001,452,000
Elizabeth Montizanti0-1,216,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:46 PM Local Time
691st - 715th Place Finishers

These players collected $19,900 for their respective finishes.

Nick Maimone0-65,000
Peter Splettstoesser0-266,000
Nicholas Ricciardi0-116,000
Hanh Le0-29,000
Stephane Lacas0-120,000
Adrian Lopez0-463,000
Yvonne Mcquillan0-125,000
Gerald Siemienas0-516,000
Richard Howe0-88,000
Austin Wentling0-447,000
Harley Thrower0-220,000
Scott Watson0-323,000
Hans Joachim Hein0-163,000
Peter Treglia0-269,000
Marvin Rosen0-152,000
Alex Bolotin0-100,000
Kenneth Stacy0-90,000
Chris Grigorian0-132,000
Gary Leibovitz0-731,000
Craig Gonzales0-292,000
Wesley Brockhoeft0-232,000
Brian Wood0-214,000
James Burns00
Bruce Vernet0-155,000
David Rounick0-188,000
Velo 690x150
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:45 PM Local Time
Geilich and Duhamel See Lots of Spades

Ludovic Geilich and Jonathan Duhamel saw a     flop and Geilich bet 37,000 from his spot under the gun. Duhamel, on his left, put in a call. Both checked the   and the river was a  . Geilich slid in 87,000 and after getting the count, Duhamel folded.

Ludovic Geilich700,000-40,000
Jonathan Duhamel670,000-190,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:40 PM Local Time
Chan Eliminated by Wilke

Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan moved all in for what appeared to be 120,000 out of the big blind and Dennis Wilke on the button quickly called.

Johnny Chan:   
Dennis Wilke:   

The board came       and Wilke claimed the pot to send the poker legend to the rail.

Dennis Wilke1,760,000560,000
Johnny Chan0-240,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:40 PM Local Time
More Chip Counts from Amazon Orange
Alexander Gross1,450,0001,053,000
Blake Whittington1,440,000110,000
Drazen Ilich870,0000
William Tonking650,000-100,000
James Obst640,000-40,000
Dominik Panka605,000430,000
Tom Hall480,000-255,000
Sparrow Cheung466,00066,000
Justin Harvell450,000-940,000
Brian Green385,000-515,000
Tony Hartmann285,000135,000
Craig Trost285,0005,000
Ryan Van Sanford245,00052,000
Ray Henson185,00055,000
Jessica Dawley180,000-1,000
Manig Loeser130,000-265,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:38 PM Local Time
Updated Counts From Amazon Orange
Daniel Engels1,605,000-235,000
Mike Takayama1,405,000-195,000
Aram Zobian1,375,000725,000
Yueqi Zhu1,325,000821,000
James Akenhead1,200,000-120,000
Eric Sfez1,200,000-985,000
Jeff Trudeau861,000271,000
Benjamin Pollak765,000335,000
Kristen Bicknell753,000193,000
Ludovic Geilich740,00087,000
Per Hildebrand265,000265,000
Johannes Becker253,000-173,000
Andrew Yeh230,000-450,000
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:34 PM Local Time
Mach Shows the Bluff

Farukh Tach and Jan Mach were heads up on the     flop and Tach checked. Mach tossed out a bet of 45,000 into a main pot of about 175,000.

Tach check-raised to 120,000 and Mach called. The dealer burned and turned the   and Tach fired out a bet of 117,000.

Mach called and the   completed the board and Tach checked. Mach moved all in for 386,000 and after giving it some thought Tach folded. Mach turned over his    for a stone cold bluff and scooped the pot.

Farukh Tach1,750,000-300,000
Jan Mach1,100,000150,000
Velo 690x150