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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 8:32 PM Local Time
Kepper Eliminated by Haro

Alexander Haro raised from early position, Eric Kepper reraised all in for 740,000 from middle position, and Haro called with   , slightly trailing Kepper's   .

The board ran out      , giving Haro a pair of kings to eliminate Kepper.

Alexander Haro5,550,000265,000
Eric Kepper0-430,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:31 PM Local Time
Esfandiari's 2018 Main Event Comes to an End

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari opened to 115,000 in the hijack and Bas De Laat flat-called on the button. The two players went heads-up to a flop of    . Esfandiari led out for 135,000 and De Laat raised to 345,000. Esfandiari called to see the   on the turn.

Esfandiari checked this time and De Laat slid in a bet of 415,000. Esfandiari thought for a minute and moved all in for around 1,500,000. De Laat instantly called and Esfandiari got the bad news.

De Laat tabled    for a set of fours and Esfandiari was drawing dead with   . The chips were verified and it was confirmed that De Laat had Esfandiari covered. The cameras followed him out the door as 'The Magician' saw his 2018 Main Event hopes come to an end.

Bas De Laat4,320,0003,020,000
Antonio Esfandiari0-2,100,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:30 PM Local Time
Ved Getting Short

Kartik Ved raised to 100,000 from under the gun and Rifat Palevic defended his big blind. Palevic check-called a bet of 100,000 on the     flop and the turn was the  . Both players checked and the river was the  . Palevic bet 260,000 and Ved called.

Palevic showed    for two pair and took down the pot.

Rifat Palevic4,700,000560,000
Kartik Ved450,000-350,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:30 PM Local Time
Xi Doubles Through Beylin

All the money went in preflop with Ming Xi all in and at risk against Konstantin Beylin for 490,000.

Ming Xi:   
Konstantin Beylin:   

The board ran out       and that gave Xi the winning pair of aces and allowed him to double to over one million chips.

Konstantin Beylin3,890,000640,000
Ming Xi1,010,000570,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:30 PM Local Time
Drokin Doubles Through Bell

Volodymyr Drokin got his stack of 335,000 in on the button with    and was in need of a hold against    held by small blind Kerry Bell. The board ran out      , no help to Bell.

Kerry Bell3,175,000-1,275,000
Volodymyr Drokin765,000-335,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:28 PM Local Time
A Few More Updated Chip Counts
Cole Miller4,900,0002,300,000
Randall Lack4,700,000-1,300,000
Mark Stockton3,900,0001,810,000
Ognjen Sekularac3,800,000565,000
Steven Federspiel3,350,0001,920,000
Clayton Fletcher3,300,000-150,000
Tony Miles3,080,00080,000
Peter Nguyen1,600,0000
Nicolas Manion1,210,000-185,000
Brent Ballentine1,100,000-515,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:28 PM Local Time
Mosbock Takes From Minkin

Kelly Minkin raised from middle position and Mario Mosbock defended his big blind. Mosbock then check-called a bet on the     flop before he again called a bet from Minkin on the   turn, this time for 365,000.

When the river came the   both players checked and Mosbock, who has played professional soccer in Austria, took the pot at showdown with   .

Kelly Minkin2,700,000-700,000
Mario Mosbock2,700,000700,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:27 PM Local Time
Chun Wins Off Da-Silva

Alexander Ziskin opened to 115,000 from early position and Chris Da-Silva called from the hijack. The action was on Philip Chun on the button, and he three-bet to 385,000 total.

Ziskin folded, but Da-Silva called as the flop landed     and Da-Silva checked.

Chun bet out 335,000, and Da-Silva deliberated for several minutes before eventually finding a fold.

Philip Chun5,700,0002,900,000
Alexander Ziskin4,700,000440,000
Chris Da-Silva3,350,000-450,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:21 PM Local Time
A Few Updated Chip Counts
Bart Lybaert9,300,000-200,000
Frederik Jensen7,150,000150,000
Brian Yoon6,900,0001,315,000
Paulo Goncalves6,400,000180,000
Nirath Rean5,700,000-600,000
Thomas Macdonald4,750,000480,000
Roger Lussier4,000,000-660,000
Artur Koren3,560,000-90,000
Sharukh Shaw2,900,000-1,570,000
Brian Altman2,700,000-180,000
Jared Palmer2,600,000-205,000
Matt Sabia2,500,000-565,000
Vicent Bosca Ramon2,500,000-825,000
Franklin Azevedo1,800,000-200,000
Sylvain Loosli1,700,000500,000
Alex Lynskey1,700,000-15,000
Michael Feil1,650,000570,000
Nils Tolpingrud1,600,000640,000
Ralph Massey1,475,000120,000
Richard Robinson1,400,00025,000
Jordan Cristos1,350,000160,000
Ryan Phan1,350,000-500,000
Adam Rude1,200,000-620,000
Scott Davies565,000-255,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 8:16 PM Local Time
Play Resumes

The cards are back in the air.

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Monday, July 9, 2018 8:15 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Level: 25
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 5000
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:57 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Jaime Kaplan6,100,000-200,000
Alexander Gross5,915,000290,000
Andres Jeckeln5,900,000400,000
Barry Hutter5,000,000-600,000
Kao Saechao4,725,000565,000
Peter Campo4,600,000-100,000
Daniel Tang4,400,000700,000
Shannon Shorr4,200,000-200,000
Jan Mach3,875,000525,000
Michael Dyer3,405,0002,475,000
Kelly Minkin3,400,000200,000
Cliff Josephy2,630,000-905,000
Ricky Pyne2,200,000200,000
Seth Foster2,100,000-500,000
Antonio Esfandiari2,100,000-300,000
Cory Williams2,000,000-200,000
Mario Mosbock2,000,000600,000
Alexandre Reard1,955,000-1,145,000
Ahmed Amin1,900,000600,000
Natalie Teh1,710,000-470,000
Bas De Laat1,300,000-300,000
Henrik Hecklen1,300,000-300,000
William Kopp1,265,000-135,000
Jason Maeroff1,100,000470,000
Jacob Kipfer985,000-215,000
Thomas Lutz690,000690,000
Noe Cantu650,000130,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:56 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining 132 players are heading on a 20-minute break.

Monday, July 9, 2018 7:56 PM Local Time
Lybaert Nearing the 10M Mark

In the last hand before the break, Alexander Lynskey opened from the hijack and Bart Lybaert defended his big blind. The flop was     and Lybaert check-called 50,000 from Lynskey.

The turn brought the   and Lybaert opted to lead out for 400,000, more than the size of the pot. Lynskey called the bet in position.

The hand caught the ESPN crew's attention and the camera's swooped in as the rest of the field already went on break. The river brought the   and Lybaert checked to Lynskey. The Australian cut out a bet of 675,000, and Lybaert quickly flicked in two chips to indicate a call.

Lynskey turned over    for Broadway, but it was second best as Lybaert revealed    for the nut flush to scoop up the sizable pot and extend his lead even further.

Bart Lybaert9,500,0001,000,000
Alex Lynskey1,715,000-85,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:56 PM Local Time
Qutami Doubles Through Xi

After an open to 90,000 from early position, Ming Xi made it 365,000 a couple of seats over. Danny Qutami jammed in the cutoff for 1,330,000 and Xi thought a bit and slid in a call.

Ming Xi:   
Danny Qutami:   

The jacks held as       rolled off the deck.

Danny Qutami2,850,000-1,850,000
Ming Xi440,000-1,415,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:55 PM Local Time
Ostapchenko Eliminated by Goncalves

On a flop of    , Andrew Ostapchenko found himself all in for his last 2,250,000 against Paulo Goncalves.


Ostapchenko found himself in a great shape to double through as Goncalves had to fade an ace or running spades.

The dealer delivered the   on the turn to give Goncalves some hope, and when the   completed the board on the river, Ostapchenko would find himself at the wrong end of a bad beat and was eliminated from the Main Event.

Paulo Goncalves6,220,0002,320,000
Andrew Ostapchenko0-2,555,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:50 PM Local Time
Lowery Tries a Move on Da-Silva

Randy Lowery checked a board of      from under the gun and Chris Da-Silva bet 70,000. Lowery made it what looked like 225,000 and Da-Silva shoved all in for Lowery's last 950,000 or so. He instantly folded.

Chris Da-Silva3,800,0001,320,000
Randy Lowery950,000-730,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:43 PM Local Time
Lybaert Moves into Chip Lead

Bart Lybaert

Belgian Bart Lybaert has been using the MyStack app, and we caught up with him briefly after his stack jumped up to 8,500,000.

According to Lybaert it all came down to two hands. First, a player opened and Lybaert raised to 300,000 on the button. His opponent called. The flop came     with two clubs. Lybaert continued for 350,000 and his opponent moved all in for 1,200,000. Lybaert called with    for the nut flush draw, and the   on the turn helped him best the    of his opponent.

Then in a different hand, Lybaert raised from under the gun to 100,000 and got one caller before the cutoff squeezed to 400,000. Lybaert four-bet to 900,000 and the caller folded.

The cutoff then five-bet all in for 2,500,000 and Lybaert called. Lybaert held    and his opponent   .

"And aces held?" we asked Lybaert.

The Belgian smiled and pointed towards his stack. "What do you think?"

Bart Lybaert8,500,0000
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:42 PM Local Time
Demidov Eliminated by Luca

Ivan Demidov has just been eliminated from the Main Event.

Speaking to tablemate Chris Da-Silva, he detailed to PokerNews the Demidov elimination.

Demidov raised in early position and Ivan Luca three-bet from the big blind. Demidov called, and on the     flop, saw the last of his chips enter the pot.


The turn and river landed   and  , and Demidov was eliminated from the Main Event.

Ivan Luca3,840,0001,740,000
Ivan Demidov0-1,600,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 7:39 PM Local Time
Altman Doubles Through Zhu

Brian Altman defended big blind from a Yueqi Zhu hijack open and checked the     flop. Zhu bet 80,000 and Altman made it 200,000. Zhu called after some thought and the   fell. Altman bet 325,000 and Zhu quickly shoved all in for 880,000 more. Altman snapped it off with    for trips, and Zhu was drawing thin with   , having turned a pair. The   river sent the pot to Altman.

Ralph Massey wandered over and said something we didn't hear to Altman.

"Easy come, easy go," Altman said with a smile.

Brian Altman2,880,0001,230,000
Yueqi Zhu1,450,000130,000