Monday, June 3, 2019 2:44 PM Local Time
Level 18 started
Monday, June 3, 2019 2:22 PM Local Time
Second Break of the Day
Players in the Big 50 Day 2c are now on a 20 minute break. Guaranteed a payout of at least $853 for their already lengthy stint at the tables, Day 3 no longer looks so far away.
Monday, June 3, 2019 2:21 PM Local Time
Young Not Ready to Go Just Yet
Mark Young moved all in from under-the-gun for his last 28,000 and was called by a player in middle position.
Action folded to Casey Long on the button, and he three-bet to 80,000.
The middle position player tanked for several moments and then released his cards.
Long tabled , but was behind the of Young.
The board ran out , which gave Young the nine-high flush and extended his tournament life.
|Casey Long||644,000||192,000 |
|Mark Young||62,000||0 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 2:16 PM Local Time
Azzaro's Kings Better than Two Pairs of Jacks
Mike Azzaro is up to over 860,000 after picking up and finding two shorter-stacked players with pocket jacks. One of those players limped for 12,000, Azzaro raised to 40,000 and the second moved all-in for around 200,000. No countdown was requested by Azzaro who called as soon as the early position limper folded his hand. The all-in player showed .
"I had jacks too!" admitted the early limper.
"Well, put 'em on the flop for me - slide 'em out!" said the now-railing player.
The board ran out to bust another one (in the money - current payouts are worth $853).
|Mike Azzaro||860,000||665,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 2:03 PM Local Time
Everything is Coming Up Roses
A middle position player moved all in for his last 97,000 and was called by both Kevin Wang in the hijack and Nelson Rose from the cutoff.
The dealer spread a flop, Wang checked, Rose bet 100,000 and Wang check-raised to 255,000.
Rose tanked for about thirty seconds before he made the call.
After Wang checked the turn, Rose moved all in, and this time Wang tanked for a moment before making the call.
The three players then tabled their hands.
Rose was ahead and needed his hand to hold, which it did on the river, sending the huge pot his way and eliminating the all-in player.
|Nelson Rose||1,040,000||826,000 |
|Kevin Wang||500,000||-400,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 1:59 PM Local Time
Chip Updates and More Big Stacks
|John Utley||2,900,000||900,000 |
|Frank Almazan||1,200,000||954,000 |
|Tommy Bishop||1,080,000||1,079,999 |
|Ezequiel Waigel||1,040,000||385,000 |
|Leandro Padilla||980,000||-204,000 |
|Simon Deadman||545,000||280,000 |
|Barrett Lipkin||330,000||120,000 |
|Thomas Ward||0||-125,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||0||-180,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 1:41 PM Local Time
Kosakowski Doubles Through Misirian
After an initial preflop raise to 65,000 from John Misirian, Gary Kosakowski three-bet shoved his remaining stack.
After Misirian confirmed the total of 211,000, Kosakowski thought for a moment, made the call and both players tabled their hands.
Kosakowski saw that he was ahead and needed his hand to hold, which it did on the runout.
Misirian is sitting pretty in chips, so it was just a minor speed bump for him.
|John Misirian||900,000||531,000 |
|Gary Kosakowski||435,000||239,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 1:27 PM Local Time
Level 17 started
Monday, June 3, 2019 1:27 PM Local Time
Lewkowski Illustrates the "Chip and a Chair" Story
A rail of Australians (in full team shirt and gear) is supporting their countryman George Lewkowski in Day 2c of the Big 50 and they're having a high-octane Level 16. At the beginning of the level, their man in the field was down to two big blinds (according to them) and four big blinds (according to his table), but either way, what followed was an amazing comeback.
Under the gun just after the bubble, Lewkowski picked up pocket aces and a first double through. Then a huge cooler saw , , and dealt out in the same hand. While the betting took off, Lewkowski (with the pocket kings) was all-in again; the jacks folded preflop. The flop brought a king and a queen, leaving Lewkowski with top set and a more than triple-up.
Finally, the hand that really got his table talking. A player moved all-in with and when it folded round to Lewkowski, he asked, "All in?" as a query. But it didn't sound like that to the dealer or floor who made the ruling that Lewkowski had announced that he himself was all-in (and covered). He was made to put his newly-formed stack over the line with . A six on the board delivered him a stack of 600000, from 30,000 - in just four hands.
|George Lewkowski||600,000||308,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 1:19 PM Local Time
Emerging Big Stacks
|John Richards||1,300,000||980,000 |
|James Pete||1,010,000||682,000 |
|Jarod Einsohn||950,000||405,000 |
|Aldring Gomez||900,000||325,000 |
|Kevin Wang||900,000||305,000 |
|Rory Brown||900,000||408,000 |
|Darrel Daniels||890,000||332,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 1:17 PM Local Time
Reiter's Turn Shove Gets Through
Heads-up on a board reading and about 200,000 already in the pot, Robert Reiter shoved his remaining 133,000 chips.
The other player in the hand tanked for a moment, mucked his hand and then tapped the table, which sent the much-needed double-up to Reiter.
|Robert Reiter||320,000||-42,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 1:17 PM Local Time
Doubles for Lang and Goodwin
Two short stacks are less short after finding aces with higher kickers vs. larger stacked opponents. First up Ted Lang in the big blind picked up when the small blind had set him in with . He called quickly and the board kept his hand ahead.
The very next hand, Andrew Goodwin moved all-in for 39,000 in total after an under the gun raise to 23,000. It was not the under the gun player, however, who made the call, but another late position player who four-bet to 56,000, leaving him heads up with Goodwin.
The flop made pairs for both kickers: , and the turn and river changed nothing.
|Ted Lang||243,000||243,000 |
|Andrew Goodwin||240,000||69,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:52 PM Local Time
Reyes and Fall
Ramon Reyes is in jubilant form after getting through the bubble with a pretty short stack. Talking a happy blue streak he moved all-in in early position for 80,000, called in position by Chris Childers and one other player. "Come on, triple up one time!" came the request from Reyes.
On the flop, Childers saw off the other player and tabled to Reyes' . The came on the turn, however, and the on the river brought the wished for double through.
The very next hand, however, Reyes ran pocket queens straight into the pocket aces of Lucinda Gelinas who dropped him right back to where he started.
"I just get it and give it back to the lady!"
|Chris Childers||820,000||0 |
|Lucinda Gelinas||170,000||11,000 |
|Ramon Reyes||120,000||14,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:44 PM Local Time
While Others Bubble, Ono Doubles
Saya Ono was also in the precarious position of being all-in and covered on the bubble, but holding on a board, her palms can't have been too sweaty. She, like all all-ins at that period, kept her hand face-down until instructed. Her opponent Chris Childers finally saw the bad news and lost the pot which was a chunky one (480,000 in it before Ono's river shove).
|Saya Ono||850,000||690,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:43 PM Local Time
Bubble Bursts, Three Players Split the Money
During the hand-for-hand phase, three players bowed out at the same time. In the first hand, A player raised to 30,000 in middle position, Jeff Coffey three-bet to 80,000 in the big blind, Guerra four-bet shoved all in for 307,000 and Coffey called after tanking for a minute.
The was the first card to pop up, followed by to end the all-in player's bid with a story of how his aces got cracked on the bubble.
Shmuel Maman was the second one at risk, trying to survive with his last few crumbs against John Utley, who's behind one of the biggest stacks in the room. Maman was ahead with the against but found himself drawing dead after the turn when the board came down .
Dmitry Levin was the third and final player to leave the area. Down to just 5,000 in chips, he was all in with in the small blind. The big blind had and found a trey along the way to eliminate Levin.
As a result, all three players will chop the 1,078th place money and play resumes as normal.
|John Utley||2,000,000||1,170,000 |
|Jeff Coffey||1,000,000||1,000,000 |
|Shmuel Maman||0||-101,000 |
|Dmitry Levin||0||-300,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:39 PM Local Time
Bubble Has Burst
Three players busted at the same time to burst the bubble on Day 2C. Dmitry Levin, Shmuel Maman and a third player lost their chips during the hand-for-hand phase. They'll chop the 1,078th place prize money three-way.
Update of all hands to follow.
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:35 PM Local Time
Deeb Doubles During Pre-Bubble All-in Fest
Several all-in-and-a-calls are happening across the Pavilion White and Black sections with Shaun Deeb being one of the players to find himself at risk. Deeb was all in for his final 79,000 holding and received a call from a player with . The board came down to keep the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year in the race.
Kevin Hong was less fortunate as his succumbed to his opponent's during a rather brutal rundown. It took Hong a few moments to process it before he strolled out empty-handed.
|Shaun Deeb||180,000||-35,000 |
|Kevin Hong||0||-262,100 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:24 PM Local Time
Hand for Hand in the Big 50
With 1,078 players to be paid from the Day 2c field and 1,080 still left in it, we've gone hand for hand. It's quite something to see a huge room of dealers all standing up to indicate they're ready for the next hand like a commune of monochrome meerkats.
Two minutes will be taken off the clock for every hand dealt.
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:19 PM Local Time
Butler's 4-bet Shove Gets Through
The action folded to Andre Butler in the hijack and he raised to 25,000. John Schroeder then three-bet to 70,000 from the button. After action folded back around to Butler, he four-bet shoved all in.
Schroeder asked for a count, which the dealer confirmed was 367,000 in total.
Schroeder then mucked his cards, sending the pot to Butler and giving his stack a much-needed boost.
|John Schroeder||795,000||305,000 |
|Andre Butler||492,000||-9,000 |
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:14 PM Local Time
Tournaments Are So Brutal
So said a tablemate of a player whose tournament life came to an abrupt end after he got it all in with the preflop nuts: . The player with aces had moved in for 125,000 over an early position open from Kyle Dempsey. Dempsey asked for a count before throwing in the call (with over a million chips, his own stack was not in danger), showing down . The flop brought Dempsey a gutshot: and the turn filled it. No split-based escape with the river and another cracked pair of aces sent another player to the rail.
|Kyle Dempsey||1,200,000||828,000 |