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2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, May 30, 2019 to Wednesday, June 05, 2019

BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em (Event #3)

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $13,509,435
  • Entries: 28,371
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:20 AM Local Time
Five-Time Bracelet Winner Cunningham Through to BIG 50 Day 4

Allen Cunningham

Twelve more levels are in the books at the end of Day 3 of the massive BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em. Just two more days remain before the 2019 World Series of Poker crowns the first Big 50 champion, and 127 players are still in contention.

Amer Torbay, coming from Venezuela and cashing here in only his second ever WSOP event, is the clear chip leader at the end of the night, finishing with a whopping 32,500,00 chips, good for 65 big blinds coming back to blinds at 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante.

The second spot on the leader board belongs to David Rasmussen (1,339,000), with 2018 bracelet-winner Diogo Veiga rounding out the top three stacks with 1,196,000 chips and looking for the second gold bracelet of his career.

Some of the notables who are still in the running for the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and first-place prize of $1,147,449 include Jason Wheeler (20,750,000), former WSOPE final tablist Andrei Konopelko (30,200,000) and Daniel Gamer (17,500,000).

David Rasmussen
David Rasmussen

"It feels like the Main Event!"

Cunningham, the owner of five WSOP bracelets, started the day with 500,000 and managed to climb and stay amongst the biggest stacks during the day. On one of the last hands on Day 3 he check-raised the flop and jammed the turn, getting a fold from his opponent to move above 20 million in chips.

"Today I've gone from 500,000 to 20 million!" said Cunningham. "Which is kind of bad as I wanted 40!"

"I didn't really expect anything out of this tournament, obviously with 28,000 people. But I just played one day at a time, hand after hand and suddenly sometimes you have like a zillion times what you started with."

Cunningham says he's been enjoying the atmosphere at the tables.

"It feels like the Main Event! You start with so many chips and it plays so long, I feel like I'm in some kind of big one! I look up and see $7,000 and I was expecting $700,000 by now."

The remaining players are guaranteed $7,169 when they start Day 4 on June 6th at 11am.

The Big 50 is down to 127 players
The Big 50 is down to 127 players

End of Day Recap

The day began with 1,597 players from a total of 28,371 entries between the four starting days, making this the biggest event in WSOP's history. It surpasses the 2015 Colossus (22,374 entries) as biggest-ever live tournament.

Tony Miles, who finished second to John Cynn in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event, winning $5,000,000 in the process, busted early today and cashed here in his first event at this 2019 WSOP. Another early elimination was 2017 WSOP Player of the Year Chris Ferguson.

With such a massive field, it's no surprise that some familiar faces made it in the money today, including Justin Liberto ($6,054) , Robert Brown ($7,169), Larry Wright ($6,054), Yaser Al-Keliddar ($6,054), reigning WSOP APAC champion Scott Davies ($4,397), Daniel Zack ($3,782), Ari Engel ($3,782), Upeshka De Silva ($3,782), Todd Witteles ($3,273) and Jeff Madsen ($1,744).

Jerald Williamson, chip leader at the beginning of the day and one of the fan favourites in the BIG 50 after stories of the Vietnam veteran's battle with cancer and poker history, busted on the last level against Daniel Ghobrial.

Day 4 begins at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, and players will battle it out to be down to six players with a 20-minute break every two levels and a 60-minute dinner break after Level 8.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:16 AM Local Time
End of Day Chip Counts
Amer Torbey32,500,00029,475,000
David Rasmussen32,125,0008,625,000
Diogo Veiga30,700,0006,700,000
Andrei Konopelko30,200,00015,200,000
John McAvoy30,000,00028,895,000
Evan Johnson29,400,00028,170,000
Cavan Chan29,050,00017,075,000
Vincent Meli [Sebastien Vincent]29,000,00029,000,000
Jesse Solano24,000,02523,180,025
Danny Ehrenberger23,800,00021,360,000
Femi Fashakin21,825,000-2,175,000
Khang Pham21,500,00020,470,000
Jason Wheeler20,750,000-1,050,000
Allen Cunningham20,575,00075,000
Daniel Budovsky19,400,0252,525,025
Jason Oloughlin18,300,00017,420,000
Daniel Gamer17,550,00013,250,000
Na Vue17,550,0003,550,000
Kirk Evans17,525,00016,780,000
Takuya Shimabukuro17,250,00016,205,000
Adrian Curry17,100,0006,300,000
Thanh Hoa17,000,00016,070,000
Filipe Goncalves16,175,0002,175,000
Travis Lutes15,500,00014,545,000
Daniel Ghobrial15,350,000-3,150,000
Phillip Elser15,000,00013,500,000
Mahesh Rathi14,800,00014,410,000
Dylan Lask14,550,00013,445,000
Payman Taheri14,300,0003,025,000
Morten Christensen13,900,000-1,050,000
David Ivers13,825,0008,325,000
Leopald Riola13,800,00012,705,000
Stewart Kirby13,700,00013,125,000
Julian Rugna13,375,00011,495,000
Gary Klein13,325,0008,525,000
Beau Battista13,025,00012,355,000
Carter Jones12,875,0002,375,000
DeeAngelo Seng12,650,0003,750,000
Christopher Fitzgerald12,625,00012,625,000
Lawrence Brandt12,500,0009,500,000
Ivan Ruban12,425,0001,925,000
David Finkel12,225,00012,225,000
Saya Ono12,200,0004,700,000
Daniel Hamdar12,200,00012,200,000
Andrew Mckenzie12,150,0000
Tim Gray12,075,000-2,525,000
Danny Wong12,000,000-1,000,000
Brandon Breceda11,925,00010,620,000
Henry Mlekoday11,825,000-2,175,000
Sarkis Paronyan11,800,0009,650,000
Sharavan Chhabria11,775,00010,580,000
Justin Quincannon11,725,00011,035,000
Rafi Elharar11,400,0000
Joshua Suyat11,400,0005,500,000
Bryant Bustamante11,025,0009,680,000
Luis Alberto Rocca Vazquez10,875,00010,875,000
Mindaugas Kerbelis10,375,0000
Jiehao Zhu10,170,0007,070,000
James Gilbert10,150,000650,000
Torn Saelee10,075,0009,700,000
Michael Souza10,000,0008,900,000
Jun Hong9,800,0009,045,000
Walter Atwood9,675,0009,115,000
Steven Vargas9,250,0007,880,000
Sebastian Crema9,175,0008,020,000
Peter Mylenki9,125,0007,740,000
Jason Baldridge9,000,000-2,100,000
Brandon Eisen8,925,0007,665,000
Terrell Cheatham8,850,0008,295,000
Aaron Frei8,725,0008,025,000
Michael Rowe8,300,000-50
Benjamin Mccoy8,250,0006,285,000
Giancarlo Gallego8,200,0006,590,000
Nicholas Chow8,100,0007,265,000
Paul Lentz8,025,000825,000
Kartik Ved7,875,000-5,125,000
Arlan Goldberg7,700,0000
Domingo Merejo7,675,0007,065,000
Tomas Morlet7,600,0007,080,000
Bryden Baxter7,550,0006,595,000
Johnathan Sanchez7,500,0006,315,000
Paul Cullen7,425,0006,210,000
Trevor Hills7,375,000-8,850,000
Timothy Adkison7,225,0007,225,000
David Soutter7,225,0006,840,000
Chad Dubik7,175,0000
Jason Lipiner7,150,0006,365,000
Gregory Fishberg6,925,0005,875,000
Lee Childs6,850,0006,290,000
Dylan Brock6,850,0005,565,000
Janet Andersen6,800,0006,485,000
Tam Nguyen6,750,0005,585,000
Toto Leonidas6,575,0005,025,000
George Lewkowski6,550,0005,980,000
Thomas Larson6,525,0005,700,000
Michael Needle6,325,000825,000
Michael Carter6,300,000800,000
Kathy Holz6,000,0254,450,025
Ioannis Angelou Konstas6,000,000100,000
Tai Tran5,750,0004,650,000
Yang Zhang5,750,0004,645,000
David Uvaydov5,600,0005,050,000
Kevin Calenzo5,450,000-2,050,000
Brenton Rincker5,375,0000
Robert Rodriguez5,300,0004,780,000
Eran Cohen5,175,0004,200,000
Jeremy Tinsley5,000,0004,265,000
Easton Oreman4,850,0003,865,000
Anthony Gugliuzza4,825,000-2,525,000
Eric Wong4,775,0003,465,000
Angel Castropinto4,700,0004,175,000
Sandro Burkhard4,625,0003,540,000
Rahul Bhave4,450,000950,000
Ricardo Klaassen4,400,0004,400,000
David Shifrel4,300,0003,315,000
Edward Slack4,100,000-6,000,000
Fabio Garofalo3,975,0003,350,000
Najar Karbalaeiali3,900,0003,299,995
Rocco Zarrillo3,350,0002,950,000
Prabhat Kumar Ranjan3,275,0001,920,000
Andrew Johnson2,775,000-2,725,000
Patrick Ellis2,600,0001,465,000
Mike Parekh2,500,0002,100,000
Joseph Webster2,450,0002,055,000
Fletcher Parkin2,350,0001,260,000
Azatbek Sultanbekov10,850-419,150
Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:14 AM Local Time
Cunningham With a Late Shove

On an     flop Allen Cunningham checked to an opponent who bet 2,000,000. Cunningham check-raised to 4,000,000 and his opponent called.

Cunningham then jammed the   turn and his opponent had a lengthy tank before folding.

Allen Cunningham20,500,0009,000,000
Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:05 AM Local Time
McKenzie Four-Bet Shoves

After Jay Zhu raised to 900,000 from middle position, it folded to Jonathan Sanchez who then three-bet to 3,400,000 from the small blind.

Andrew McKenzie then four-bet shoved from his blind, which prompted a quick fold from Zhu.

With action back on Sanchez, he tanked for well over a minute, shuffled and recounted his chips and then asked McKenzie if he wanted a call.

After McKenzie gave no response, Sanchez mucked the    face up and McKenzie scooped the sizable pot.

Andrew Mckenzie12,150,0003,950,000
Jay Zhu10,275,0007,975,000
Jonathan Sanchez6,700,0006,700,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:56 PM Local Time
Last Few Hands of the Day

It has just been announced that the remaining players will play three more hands and then bag and tag for the day.

Velo 690x150
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:43 PM Local Time
Clock Called on Goncalves

After Ioannis Angelou Konstas shoved all in for his last 2,450,000 from the middle position, action folded around to Felipe Goncalves in the big blind and he went deep into the tank.

So deep in fact, that a clock was called.

Once the floorperson came over and confirmed that it had been at least two minutes and the clock was started, Goncalves made the call and the players tabled their hands.

Ioannis Angelou Konstas:   
Felipe Goncalves:   

The runout of       was a safe one for Angelou Konstas, and gave him a much-needed double-up.

Felipe Goncalves17,050,000-2,950,000
Ioannis Angelou Konstas5,900,0001,900,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:33 PM Local Time
Veiga Scores Big Double Through Mckenzie

Diogo Veiga

Diogo Veiga opened to 850,000 and was three-bet by Andrew Mckenzie. Veiga called and the flop came    . Mckenzie continued for 3,500,000 and Veiga moved all in. Mckenzie called.

Diogo Veiga:   
Andrew Mckenzie:   

The turn   and river   changed nothing and Veiga scored a big double for 11,650,000 through Mckenzie.

Diogo Veiga24,000,00012,300,000
Andrew Mckenzie8,200,000-13,800,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:31 PM Local Time
Ledda Busts on the Last Level

Chip leader during the day with a stack over 14,000,000, Olivier Ledda was down to only 3,500,000 chips left when he busted from the tournament. According to the player, he moved all in middle position with    and got called by a player holding   . Ledda was in bad shape for a double up and a   fell on the river, improving his opponent's hand and eliminating him before the end of the day.

Olivier Ledda0-9,500,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:25 PM Local Time
Stressful Double Up for Bhave

Jason Wheeler opened from the cut-off for 900,000 and Rahul Bhave shoved in the small blind for around 1,500,000. The big blind player decided to reshove for a stack worth 9,800,000. Wheeler mucked his hand and the players revealed their cards:

Rahul Bhave:   
His opponent:   

Bhave kept his eyes closed while the dealer was bringing a board      , giving no bad surprise to Bhave as well as the double up.

Jason Wheeler21,800,000-3,200,000
Rahul Bhave3,500,0002,795,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:10 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 200000/400000
Ante: 400000
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:10 PM Local Time
Start-of-Day Chip Leader Williamson Eliminated

Jerald "Otis" Williamson

Jerald Williamson was spotted in his brightly covered overalls heading to the exit. Daniel Ghobrial was raking in the chips having sent the start-of-day chip leader to the rail.

"I was up to 20 million," said Ghobrial. "And then I lost kings against tens. Then a player opened and I three-bet aces. [Williamson] four bet from the big blind and just I called.

"He shoved for the rest on the flop with    and I called."

The Queen-Jack couldn't catch up and Williamson was eliminated.

Williamson has become a fan favourite in the BIG 50 after stories of the Vietnam veteran's battle with cancer and poker history were made known on PokerNews.

Daniel Ghobrial18,500,000-1,500,000
Jerald Williamson0-5,500,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:08 PM Local Time
Veiga Chipping Down

On his last hand, Diogo Veiga raised to 650,000 and one player made the call.

Both checked on the flop    . On the turn  , Veiga checked and called a bet from his opponent for 800,000. The river   went check-check.

Veiga's opponent showed    and Veiga quickly mucked his hand, revealing a  

Diogo Veiga11,700,000-13,800,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:04 PM Local Time
Ono Takes a Hit

Action was picked up on the flop, but preflop action was relayed by Morten Christensen.

Saya Ono raised to 650,000 in early position, and it folded around to Morten Christensen in the big blind, who made the call.

The flop came    , and Christensen checked over to Ono who continued for 1,800,000.

Christensen then check-raised all in and was called by Ono.

Morten Christensen:   
Saya Ono:   

Christensen's flopped set held through the   turn and   river, securing his double up.

Morten Christensen14,950,00012,890,000
Saya Ono7,500,000-6,400,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:56 PM Local Time
Big Preflop Pot for Rasmussen

The player under the gun opened to 700,000 and David Rasmussen three-bet to 1,650,000 from one seat over. It folded back to the initial player who announced a four-bet for 5,000,000 with around 12,000,000 left behind. Rasmussen considered it for a minute and moved all in, putting his opponent's tournament at risk. The latter chose to let it go.

David Rasmussen23,500,00022,870,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:42 PM Local Time
Up and Down for Vue

Carter Jones opened and a player called. Na Vue three-bet on the button for 1,600,000 and Jones announced all in for 8,300,000. The third player folded and Vue tanked for some time. He ended up folding as well and the pot was sent to Carter.

A short while later a player opened to 650,000 and got calls from Vue on the button and the big blind. The flop was    . It checked to the raiser who bet 700,000. Vue raised to 1,900,000. The big blind folded but the other player in the hand called.

The turn was the  . It checked to Vue who moved all in and his opponent folded.

"Good lay down," his opponent said after folding. "What did you have?"

"I had you beat," replied Vue.

Na Vue14,000,000-1,500,000
Carter Jones10,500,00010,105,000
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:40 PM Local Time
Brown Eliminated by Cunningham

It folded to Rob Brown on the button who pushed all in for a remaining stack worth 4,000,000. After some consideration, Allen Cunningham made the call.

Rob Brown:   
Allen Cunningham:   

Brown's hand was dominated and he found no help on a board      , giving the pot to Cunningham.

Allen Cunningham11,500,000600,000
Rob Brown0-5,200,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:28 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 150000/300000
Ante: 300000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:28 PM Local Time
Chip Counts from the Last Break of the Day
Felipe Goncalves20,000,000
Daniel Budovsky16,875,0004,295,000
Trevor Hills16,225,00014,380,000
Andrei Konopelko15,000,0005,500,000
Tim Gray14,600,00013,700,000
Danny Wong13,000,00012,000,000
Mindaugas Kerbelis13,000,000-700,000
Cavan Chan11,975,00011,325,000
Jason Baldridge11,100,0007,900,000
Allen Cunningham10,900,000800,000
Paul Lentz7,200,0002,225,000
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:08 PM Local Time
Last Break of the Day

The player are now on their last 20-minute break of the day.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:03 PM Local Time
Rollercoaster Hand Boosts Adkison

On a     flop Tim Adkison was facing an all-in bet of 2,575,000 from an opponent. Adkison eventually called.

Tim Adkison:   
All-in Player:   

Adkison had made the perfect call with nines against a flush draw, but the   turn completed his opponent's flush.

The river, however, was the   and Adkison rivered a full house to eliminate his opponent.

Tim Adkison9,500,0008,780,000
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