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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 2:41 PM Local Time
Palumbo Boats Up to Best Federspiel

Rocco Palumbo

Steven Federspiel raised from under the gun to 65,000 and Rocco Palumbo defended his big blind.

The flop came     and both players checked. Palumbo checked the   turn and Federspiel put out a delayed continuation bet of 55,000. Palumbo check-raised to 180,000 and Federspiel called.

Palumbo bet 355,000 on the   river and was promptly called by his opponent.

"I have a boat," said Palumbo confidently, tabling    and taking down the pot. He moves up over two million in chips, and is vying for the chip lead at his table alongside Ognjen Sekularac, with Mark Stockton not far behind him. Here are the counts for the rest of his table.

Ognjen Sekularac2,600,000779,000
Rocco Palumbo2,300,000850,000
Mark Stockton1,900,000-353,000
Jake Toole1,400,000-357,000
Brent Ballentine1,050,000653,000
Adam Levy975,000-355,000
Nicolas Manion950,000-240,000
Steven Federspiel550,000-577,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:39 PM Local Time
Bell Eliminates Wong After Sick Turn

Brian Altman checked from the big blind and Kerry Bell bet 225,000 from early position on    . Alexander Wong called on his left and Altman made it three to the   turn. Action checked to Wong, and he bet 440,000. Altman folded but Bell quickly announced all in. Wong had about 1.1 million back and he called after thinking very briefly.

Both had a queen but Wong's    was in rough shape against    for queens full. The   river had Bell pumping his fist in celebration.

Brian Altman4,800,000600,000
Kerry Bell4,380,0002,479,957
Alexander Wong0-1,916,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:37 PM Local Time
Souza Doubles Through Julius

Kyle Julius raised to 65,000 from late position and Ricardo Souza moved all in for 320,000 from the cutoff. It folded back to Julius who called and the hands were shown.

Ricardo Souza:   
Kyle Julius:   

The dealer fanned the     flop giving Souza top set and Julius picked up a gutshot straight draw. The turn   and river   were no help to Julius and Souza earned the double up.

Kyle Julius1,050,000275,000
Ricardo Souza730,000-1,178,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:35 PM Local Time
Cikinas Takes One Down in the Big Blind

Richard Lee raised from early position to 60,000 and he was called by Jeff Trudeau in the small blind and Matas Cikinas in the big blind.

The flop came down     prompting checks from all three players to see the   hit the turn. There, Trudeau checked while Cikinas bet 140,000. Lee folded while Trudeau called.

The river was the   and Trudeau checked again. Cikinas put out a bet of 300,000 and Trudeau promptly folded, so Cikinas took down the pot.

Jeff Trudeau3,500,000400,000
Matas Cikinas1,350,000830,000
Richard Lee900,000225,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:34 PM Local Time
Top Pair for Lowery

Mason Barrell opened to 70,000 in middle position and Randy Lowery called in the cutoff, as did Kwong Ip in the big blind.

The flop landed    , and action checked to Lowery who bet 150,000. Ip called, but Barrell folded.

The turn and river of the   and   were checked through, and Lowery tabled his   . Ip mucked, and Lowery was pushed the pot.

Mason Barrell2,115,000615,000
Randy Lowery1,450,000589,000
Kwong Ip1,000,000-380,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:32 PM Local Time
Do's River Bet Wins

Michael Dyer bet 85,000 from the big blind on      and Vi Do made it 285,000 on the button. Dyer called and the river was a  . Dyer checked and Do bet what looked like 350,000. It wasn't cut down because Dyer folded in short order.

Vi Do1,935,000-165,000
Michael Dyer1,000,000-767,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:29 PM Local Time
226th - 238th Place Finishers
Chino Rheem
Chino Rheem

These players collected $42,980 for their respective finishes.

Michael Schneider00
Robert Gussoni00
Alexandro Tricarico00
Timothee Scotti0-1,537,000
Chino Rheem00
Yang Zhang0-505,000
Jack Kashishian0-462,000
Eric Coffman00
Robert Goldbaum00
Chi Chan0-340,000
Aymon Hata0-870,000
Tobias Peters0-1,150,000
Axel Hallay0-832,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:26 PM Local Time
Play Resumes

The cards are back in the air.

At the end of this 120-minute level, there will be a 60-minute dinner break.

Monday, July 9, 2018 2:25 PM Local Time
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 5000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:10 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining players are heading on a 15-minute break.

During this break, there will be a color-up of the yellow 1,000-denomination chips.

There are 223 players remaining in the Main Event, and they are guaranteed a $49,335 payday.

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Monday, July 9, 2018 2:09 PM Local Time
Lawson Doubles through Bagocius

Scott Davies opened to 50,000 from middle position, and Ted Lawson called in the cutoff, as did Mantas Bagocius in the small blind, and Paulo Goncalves in the big blind.

The flop landed     and action checked to Lawson who moved all in for 252,000. Bagocius called, and both Goncalves and Davies mucked.


The turn and river landed the   and  , and Lawson secured a double.

Paulo Goncalves3,300,0002,385,000
Scott Davies1,290,000477,000
Mantas Bagocius845,000-1,359,000
Ted Lawson736,000-114,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:08 PM Local Time
Lack Eliminates Gussoni to Move Over 5 Million

The action folded around to Robert Gussoni in the cutoff, and he moved all in for 404,000. Robert Gussoni reshoved from the small blind and the player in the big blind folded.

Randall Lack:   
Robert Gussoni:   


Both players hit two pair, but Lack's king kicker played to eliminate Gussoni shortly before the end of the level. Lack continued his excellent start to the day and moved up to 5.5m.

Randall Lack5,500,0001,300,000
Robert Gussoni0-502,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:07 PM Local Time
Harvell Fades Lee's Trap

Justin Harvell

Stanley Lee opened with a raise to 55,000 and he found resistance from Justin Harvell in the form of a three-bet in late position to 165,000. Action folded back to Lee and he called.

The flop came down     and both players checked to see the   on the turn. There, Lee checked again. Harvell put out a bet of 255,000 and Lee just called.

Lee checked again on the   river and Harvell checked behind.

"I thought for sure you were jamming on that river," Lee said after letting out a sigh. He showed his    for a full house and Harvell mucked his hand.

Stanley Lee4,520,0001,800,000
Justin Harvell950,000-940,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:05 PM Local Time
Rollercoaster Ride for Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari

After a series of preflop raises, Antonio Esfandiari got all of his chips in the middle against Daniel Tang. Esfandiari was all in for 1,415,000 which was about half of Tang's stack.

Antonio Esfandiari:   
Daniel Tang:   

Esfandiari had a comfortable lead with his pocket kings against Tang's one overcard. However, the flop came     and Tang spiked an ace to take the lead. The dealer burned and turned the   on the turn and Esfandiari jumped out of his seat as screams could be heard throughout the room.

Esfandiari just realized that it wasn't over yet as he came rushing back to the table to see the river card. Tang would need to hit a ten on the river but it was the   that completed the board. Esfandiari scored a huge double up to keep his Main Event hopes alive.

Antonio Esfandiari2,900,0001,390,000
Daniel Tang1,827,000-1,868,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:01 PM Local Time
Rheem Eliminated by McVay

Chino Rheem was standing up waiting for a payout clerk and after he left the tournament Bryce McVay told us how he bested the former final tablist with    against Rheem's pocket nines on a       runout.

Bryce McVay1,450,000647,000
Chino Rheem0-600,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:00 PM Local Time
Tobias Peters Eliminated

Dutchman Tobias Peters was down to slightly below a million in chips when his Main Event run came to an end in one big hand. Peters relayed he had raised to 55,000 in middle position and had received two calls from the blinds. The flop was     and Peters continued for 93,000. The small blind check-raised to 255,000, Peters three-bet shoved around 900,000 and his opponent snap-called with   .

Peters opened up    and received no help on neither turn nor river to bow out in 237th place ($42,980).

Tobias Peters0-1,150,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 2:00 PM Local Time
Maruf Doubles Through Zajmovic

We didn't see when the money went in but Ema Zajmovic on the button had    in front of her and Taha Maruf in the big blind had   . The board had come       and Maruf counted down his stack for a double of 691,000.

Taha Maruf1,450,000511,000
Ema Zajmovic900,000125,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 1:59 PM Local Time
Saechao Shoves On Josephy

William Kopp raised to 50,000 from the button and Cliff Josephy called from the small blind. Kao Saechao re-raised to 150,000 from the big blind and Josephy called.

They went heads up to the     flop and Josephy led out with a bet 200,000. Saechao instantly moved all in for about 800,000 and Josephy released his hand.

Cliff Josephy2,200,000-200,000
Kao Saechao1,425,000825,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 1:53 PM Local Time
Coffman Taken Out by Shaw

The action folded around to Sharukh Shaw in the cutoff, and he raised. Eric Coffman moved all in from the small blind, and only Shaw called.

Sharukh Shaw:   
Eric Coffman   


Shaw's lead held on the flop, but Coffman increased his outs with an up-and-down straight draw. The turn gave Shaw a set, and river was no help to Coffman, and he was eliminated.

Sharukh Shaw2,000,0001,171,000
Eric Coffman0-389,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 1:53 PM Local Time
Ved Doubles Through Deeb

While the action is unknown Kartik Ved was all in for a bit over 500,000 and he had been called by Shaun Deeb who had a covering stack.

Shaun Deeb:   
Kartik Ved:   

The board showed       and that meant that Ved would earn a full double from Deeb to over one million. Deeb, on the other hand, was left with about 1.2 million after sending over the chips.

Shaun Deeb1,200,000-350,000
Kartik Ved1,135,000525,000