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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 6:58 PM Local Time
Yang Falls Leaving Only Two Women Standing

According to Artur Koren, he opened from middle position and he was called by Alexandre Reard in the hijack as well as Xi Yang in the cutoff.

The flop came down     and action checked to Yang who bet 150,000. Action was back on Koren who made it 375,000 with a check-raise. Reard folded and Yang moved all in for about a million. Koren called quickly.

Artur Koren:   
Xi Yang:   

The board completed with the   and the   and that gave Koren quads to eliminated Yang, leaving Kelly Minkin and Natalie Teh as the last two women alive in this year's Main Event.

Artur Koren3,650,0001,415,000
Xi Yang0-1,000,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:55 PM Local Time
Cordell Doubles Through Blangenwitsch

With 600,000 in the pot, the dealer was running out the turn and river between Martial Blangenwitsch, under the gun, and Mike Cordell in middle position. Cordell held    and was crushing Blangenwitsch's   , with the king kicker holding on a final board of      .

Mike Cordell1,750,000445,000
Martial Blangenwitsch1,640,000-835,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:52 PM Local Time
Newport Eliminated by Fox

Jorden Fox opened to 120,000 from early position and Volodymyr Drokin called on the button. With the action on Nick Newport in the small blind, he three-bet to 485,000.

The big blind folded, and Fox announced he was all in and placed a stack of lavender 100,000-denomination chips into the pot.

Drokin folded, and rather quickly, Newport called all in for roughly 2,240,000.


It was the typical tournament coinflip, and once the ESPN cameras had arrived, the dealer was given the go-ahead to spread the     flop.

The turn landed the   to now see Newport needing to fade an ace, king, or queen to stay alive, but when the dealer dropped the   on the river, he would be eliminated in a pot that was close to 5 million in chips.

Jorden Fox5,800,000500,000
Volodymyr Drokin1,100,000-475,000
Nick Newport0-2,450,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:50 PM Local Time
Yang Doubles Through Rivers

Ryan Rivers opened for 85,000 and tank-called the shove of big blind Xi Yang, who had 450,000.

Ryan Rivers:   
Xi Yang:   

The board ran out      , good for a Yang double.

Ryan Rivers3,600,000-1,350,000
Xi Yang1,000,000260,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:48 PM Local Time
Ramon Picks Off Lynskey

Vicent Bosca Ramon bet 75,000 from the button on     and Alexander Lynskey check-raised to 230,000 in the big blind. Ramon reraised back to 390,000 and Lynskey peeled, seeing the  . Both checked and the   arrived. Lynskey bet 525,000 and Ramon called but he didn't have to show anything down as Lynskey just mucked.

Vicent Bosca Ramon3,325,000925,000
Alex Lynskey1,800,000-1,000,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:48 PM Local Time
Bain Eliminated by Le

Tristan Bain was all in for about 1,400,000 with   , racing with Nghia Le's   .

The board came down      , giving Le a pair of kings to eliminate Bain.

Nghia Le [Nghia Le (FL)]5,750,0001,450,000
Tristan Bain0-2,100,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:43 PM Local Time
McDermott Doubles Through Cikinas

All the money was in preflop with Timothy McDermott at risk for 515,000 against Matas Cikinas who had him covered.

Timothy McDermott:   
Matas Cikinas:   

"It's a flip, guys," McDermott said to his rail. "I like this part, I don't have to do anything."

The board ran out       and that gave McDermott a winning two pair, allowing him to double up through Cikinas who was left with just 640,000 chips.

Timothy McDermott1,100,000435,000
Matas Cikinas640,000-705,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:43 PM Local Time
Bercovici Loses Some to Adams

On a     flop, Hari Bercovici check-called a bet of 180,000 out of the small blind from Steven Adams in the big blind. The turn was the   and Bercovici bet 375,000. Adams called.

The river was the  . Bercovici checked and Adams bet 975,000. Bercovici quickly folded and Adams took down the pot.

Hari Bercovici5,650,000-220,000
Steven Adams4,000,000425,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:42 PM Local Time
Sejer Gets Rivered

Martin Sejer opened to 85,000 from the hijack and Seth Foster three-bet to 310,000 from the small blind. Noe Cantu came along from the big blind and Sejer also called. The flop came     and Foster led out for 1,100,000. Cantu quickly folded and Sejer called just as fast.

Seth Foster:   
Martin Sejer:   

Sejer was in the lead with his pair of queens and was poised for a double-up. The turn was the   but the river brought the  . Foster hit a pair of kings on the river and Sejer was eliminated.

Seth Foster2,700,0001,075,000
Noe Cantu1,100,000-500,000
Martin Sejer0-865,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:42 PM Local Time
Rean Scores Double KO

Bryce McVay opened to 80,000 from the hijack, Nirath Rean reraised to about 1,000,000 from the button, Mantas Bagocius called all in from the big blind for about 520,000, and McVay called all in for about 1,000,000.


The board came down      , giving Rean aces up to eliminate both of his opponents.

Nirath Rean4,250,0001,032,000
Bryce McVay0-1,150,000
Mantas Bagocius0-650,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:41 PM Local Time
Lynskey with the Razor on Ramon

The board of       was spread and roughly 300,000 sat in the middle.

Vicent Bosca Ramon checked from the big blind over to Alexander Lynskey who bet 575,000.

Ramon deliberated for a while, and then made the call.

Lynskey immediately revealed his    for trips, and Ramon mucked.

Alex Lynskey2,800,000-880,000
Vicent Bosca Ramon2,400,000-690,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:40 PM Local Time
Kipfer Doubles Through Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari raised to 90,000 from under the gun, and when the action folded around to Jacob Kipfer in the big blind, he moved all in for 570,000. Esfandiari made the call and put Kipfer's tournament life at risk.

Jacob Kipfer:   
Antonio Esfandiari:   


Kipfer saw the board brick for Esfandiari, and he secured a full double-up on the secondary feature table.

Antonio Esfandiari2,600,00030,000
Jacob Kipfer1,200,000515,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:40 PM Local Time
Quadzilla for Miller to Dub

On a completed board of      , James Obst checked and Cole Miller moved all in for 445,000. It looked to be less than a third of the massive pot between the three players, and Nikolaos Platis was in the tank from the cutoff. Finally, he dropped in calling chips and Obst folded.

Miller revealed    for quads and Platis mucked his   .

Nikolaos Platis4,600,000-400,000
Cole Miller2,600,0001,850,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:36 PM Local Time
Palumbo Loses His Crumbs

Rocco Palumbo

Rocco Palumbo stuck his last 90,000 in from the big blind on     and got called by Peter Nguyen, who held   . Palumbo was crushed with    and the   turn and   river ensured his demise.

Peter Nguyen1,600,000-270,000
Rocco Palumbo0-180,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:31 PM Local Time
Ballentine Doubles Through Palumbo

Rocco Palumbo opened to 90,000 from under the gun, action folded to Brent Ballentine in the cutoff, and he moved all in for 755,000. The action passed back to Palumbo and he called.


The board ran out       and Ballentine doubled through.

Brent Ballentine1,615,000775,000
Rocco Palumbo180,000-720,000
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Monday, July 9, 2018 6:26 PM Local Time
Rughani Doubles Through Cikinas in Cooler Pot

Matas Cikinas opened with a raise to 80,000 and he was called by Mike Cordell in the cutoff before Vivek Rughani made it 325,000 on the button. Action folded back to Cikinas who called while Cordell quickly got out of the way.

The flop came down     and Cikinas checked to Rughani. Rughani put out a bet of 300,000 and Cikinas thought for a bit before moving all in with a covering stack for 400,000 more, effective. Rughani snap-called.

Vivek Rughani:   
Matas Cinikas:   

Both players had overpairs to the board and Cinikas didn't catch up on the   turn or the   river, so Rughani earned a double.

Vivek Rughani2,200,0001,085,000
Matas Cikinas1,345,000-920,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:24 PM Local Time
Flynn Eliminates Borne

Jamie Flynn opened second to act and then called the shove of Brian Borne, who had 610,000 a couple of seats over. Flynn had    and was flipping against   . The       runout had Borne heading to payouts.

Jamie Flynn2,500,000895,000
Brian Borne0-720,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:23 PM Local Time
Bernabeu Doubles Through Yankov

Samuel Bernabeu

Samuel Bernabeu was one of the chip leaders toward the end of Day 2ab, and is still in contention with around 165 players remaining.

In this hand, he opened to 85,000 from the cutoff and Krasimir Yankov defended his big blind. The flop came     and both players checked. Yankov bet 155,000 on the   turn and Bernabeu called.

The river was the  . Yankov put Bernabeu all in for his last 725,000 and, after a lengthy tank, Bernabeu called. Yankov showed    for trip jacks, but Bernabeu had him outkicked with   .

Samuel Bernabeu2,150,000990,000
Krasimir Yankov1,725,000-1,260,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:23 PM Local Time
Kaplan Wins a Flip vs. Stein

Jaime Kaplan raised to 90,000 from middle position and Andres Jeckeln called in the hijack. Matthew Stein moved all in for 615,000 from the big blind and Kaplan tank-called. Jeckeln thought for a moment but elected to fold.

Matthew Stein:   
Jaime Kaplan:   

It was a coinflip heading to the flop which saw the    . Kaplan took the lead with a pair of jacks and the   on the turn improved him to two pair. The river was the   and Stein was eliminated with his pair of tens.

Jaime Kaplan5,300,000695,000
Matthew Stein0-625,000
Monday, July 9, 2018 6:22 PM Local Time
Kim is Excited

After an open in middle position to 90,000, Hyon Kim called in the small blind. Ivan Luca made it 360,000 in the big and it went three ways to    . Everyone checked, bringing the  . Kim checked, Luca bet 340,000 and only Kim called. The river was a   and both players checked. Kim slammed down    for a set, knowing it was good if Luca checked.

"Bang, baby!" he shouted before raking in the pot.

Hyon Kim3,470,000940,000
Ivan Luca1,560,000-490,000