Friday, June 7, 2019 12:41 AM Local Time
Femi Fashakin Leads Final Table of Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 4 of BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em ended with 7 players still alive and all are looking to become the first Big 50 champion. The remaining players are guaranteed a minimum cash of $182,192 but all have their sights on the $1,147,449 top prize and the prestigious gold bracelet.
It's Femi Fashakin who will be returning in pole position tomorrow, Friday June 7th for the live final table bagging up a stack of 314,000,000 million in chips. With $59,706 in carrer earnings according to Hendon Mob, Fashakin will sign here the first WSOP cash of his career and his biggest live cash.
The day wasn't an easy ride for Fashakin. "It was a tough day, I ran good earlier and I faced difficult spots but fortunately I was able to come back and be there tomorrow for the final table!"
Fashakin surged to the top with some late wins, including a huge hand on the last level when he left Morten Christensen with crumbs thanks to flopped trip nines.
Fashani is followed shortly in the counts by Walter Atwood with 297,000,000 and Rafi Elharar with 227,500 who complete the podium.
There were 127 players that began the day with a bag out of the 28,371 initial entries. Some familiar faces were lost along the way such asJason Baldridge (123th for $7,169), Michael Souza (112th for $7,169), Jason Wheeler ($10,233), Daniel Gamer (41th for $27,620) or Amer Torbey, the chipleader at the end of day 3 who ended 25th for $42,788.
The five-time bracelet winner Allen Cunningham, one of the biggest stacks at the beginning of the day, was down to a few blinds and went all in with . He fell against Adrian Curry holding and earned $22,383 for his 47th place.
The action will pick up again at 12pm local time, and will play down to a winner. There will be a 15-minute break every 2 levels.
End of Day Recap
Diogo Veiga, winner of the 2018 $ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em and long time amongst the chipleaders during the day, got eliminated in 11th place in dramatic fashion, holding pocket jacks on a flop versus aces in Atwood's hand. Veiga first checked and Atwood continued for 16,500,000. Veiga announced all in for a stack of 71,000,000 left with and Diogo tanked for a few minutes before calling with. Unfortunately for Veiga a fell on the turn giving a set of aces to Atwood. The river bricked and Veiga was left with only 300,000 after that hand. He managed to double up a few times but got eliminated by Andrei Konopelko in 17th place for $53,714.
Waltwood, in very good shape at this table, found aces again a few hands later to eliminate Danny Ehrenberger holding ace-eigh.
Kathy Holz, the last woman standing in the tournament, ended up in 13th place for $67,813 when she raised all in for 27,400,000 from the hijack and Rafi Elharar called from the small blind with pocket nines, leading Holz's pocket sevens, and found no help on the board. She was followed by Evan Johnson, David Uveydov and Andrew Mckenzie, who all reached their biggest live cash ever.
Walter Atwood, chipleader at the beginning of the final table, lost a huge pot against Paul Cullen in an all in confrontation with versus for Cullen. Atwood took some chips back on the last hand, eliminating Morten Christensen in 8th place for $141,126 with ace-king against height-seven.
PokerNews will have all of your updates then, including hand-for-hand coverage of the final table, so be sure to come back and enjoy the action!
Friday, June 7, 2019 12:18 AM Local Time
End-of-Day Chip Counts
|1||Femi Fashakin||United States||314,000,000|
|2||Paul Cullen||United States||191,500,000|
|3||Adrian Curry||United States||126,000,000|
|5||Walter Atwood||United States||297,000,000|
|7||Nicholas Chow||United States||170,000,000|
|Femi Fashakin||314,000,000||0 |
|Walter Atwood||297,000,000||2,000,000 |
|Rafi Elharar||227,500,000||22,500,000 |
|Paul Cullen||191,500,000||-43,500,000 |
|Nicholas Chow||170,000,000||-26,000,000 |
|Adrian Curry||126,000,000||-42,000,000 |
|Daniel Ghobrial||101,000,000||-9,000,000 |
Friday, June 7, 2019 12:17 AM Local Time
Hands #40-43: Fashakin Seizes the Chip Lead to Close Day 2
Hand #40: Walter Atwood limped from the small blind and Rafi Elharar checked his option in the big blind.
They checked to the turn of a board where Atwood check-called 6,000,000 from Elharar. The river was the and both players checked.
Atwood tabled for a flush, Elharar mucked and Atwood won the pot.
Hand #41: Daniel Ghobrial raised to 20,500,000 from the cutoff and got no action.
Hand #42: Rafi Elharar raised to 13,000,000 from the button and Femi Fashakin called from the big blind.
They checked to the turn of a board where Fashakin bet about 15,000,000. Elharar called. The river was the , Fashakin bet 25,000,000 and Elharar folded.
Hand #43: Nicholas Chow raised to 15,000 from the button, Femi Fashakin three-bet to about 43,000,000 from the small blind and Chow folded.
|Femi Fashakin||314,000,000||64,000,000 |
Friday, June 7, 2019 12:08 AM Local Time
Hands #37-39: Morten Christensen Eliminated in 8th Place ($141,126)
Hand #37: Walter Atwood raised to 12,000,000 from early position and won the blinds and ante.
Hand #38: Rafi Elharar raised to 13,000,000 from early position and Daniel Ghobrial called from the big blind.
The flop came down , Ghobrial checked, Elharar bet 12,000,000 and Ghobrial folded.
Hand #39: Morten Christensen raised all in for 20,500,000 from the cutoff and Walter Atwood called from the big blind with , leading Mortensen's .
The board ran out , no help to Mortensen, ending his run in eighth place for $141,126.
|Walter Atwood||295,000,000||15,000,000 |
|Morten Christensen (SG)||0||-23,000,000 |
Friday, June 7, 2019 12:00 AM Local Time
Hands #34-36: Fashakin Soaring, Christensen Crippled
Hand #34: Morten Christensen raised to 14,000,000, and got called by Daniel Ghobrial in middle position and Femi Fashakin from his big blind. The players checked to the turn on a board reading , Christensen bet 15,000,000, and only Ghobrial called. Both players then checked the river, and when Christensen tabled Ghobrial folded his hand.
Hand #35: Ghobrial raised to 20,000,000 and took down the blinds and ante.
Hand #36: Femi Fashakin raised to 14,000,000 from the button and Morten Christensen defended his big blind. Christensen checked the flop, and after Fashakin put out a bet of 10,000,000, he check-raised to 25,000,000 and was called by Fashakin. After again checking on the turn, Christensen then check-shoved all in after Fashakin bet 40,000,000. Fashakin was visibly concerned, even remaking about it being a really bad cooler, but he reluctantly made the call and the players tabled their hands.
The river secured the double-up for Fashakin and left Christensen on fumes, with about 23,000,000 in chips.
|Femi Fashakin||250,000,000||84,000,000 |
|Morten Christensen (SG)||23,000,000||-134,000,000 |
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:46 PM Local Time
Hands #29-33: Chow Puts Pressure
Hand #29: Rafi Elharar opened to 13,000,000 and Allen Cullen called from the button. The flop fell and Cullen folded after Elharar continued for 14,000,000.
Hand #30: Elharar bet 13,000,000 and Adrian Curry called from the blinds. The flop came and Curry bet 16,000,000, called by Elharar. The turn was checked.
The river showed a and Curry bet another 16,000,000. Elharar let it go.
Hand #31: Nicholas Chow raised to 15,000,000 and it was called by Walter Atwood in the big blind. The flop brought and Altwood check-folded Chow's bet of 28,000,000.
Hand #32: Cullen bet 12,000,000 and Elharar called in the blinds. appeared on the flop and Elharar check-folded Cullen's bet of 15,000,000.
Hand #33: Daniel Ghobrial bet 13,000,000 from the cutoff and Elharar raised it to 43,000,000 in the small blind. After some thoughts, Chow announced all in and his opponents folded.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:32 PM Local Time
Hands #27-28: Cullen Flops a Set
Hand #27: Daniel Ghobrial raised to 12,000 from early position, Nicholas Chow called from the cutoff and Morten Christensen called from the big blind.
The flop came down and action checked to Chow who bet about 20,000,000. Both opponents folded and Chow won the pot.
Hand #28: Femi Fashakin raised to 14,000,000 from the cutoff and Paul Cullen called from the big blind.
Both players proceeded to check down a board of . Cullen showed for a set of nines and Fashakin mucked.
"I was hoping he was going to bet at some point," remarked Cullen.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:31 PM Local Time
David Rasmussen Eliminated in 9th Place ($109,922)
Hand #26: Action folded to Rafi Elharar and he raised to 14,000,000. It was then folded to David Rasmussen, who three-bet shoved all in for 47,000,000 from his big blind and Elhara made the call.
The board ran out , with Elhara hitting one of his two overcards on the turn, and ending Rasmussen's deep run.
|Rafi Elharar||205,000,000||10,000,000 |
|David Rasmussen||0||-125,000,000 |
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:17 PM Local Time
Level 44 started
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:16 PM Local Time
Hands #22- 25: Rasmussen in Danger
Hand 22: Adrian Curry raised to 12,000,000 on the button and Walter Atwood raised to 26,000,000. Curry folded.
Hand 23: David Rasmussen opened to 13,000,000 and got called by Daniel Ghobrial on the button. The flop came and Rasmussen bet 9,000,000, called by Ghobrial. On the turn , Rasmussen continued for 15,000,000 and faced a raised to 40,000,000 from Ghobrial. Rasmussen folded.
Hand 24: Rasmussen pushed all in for around 40,000,000 and everybody folded.
Hand 25: Curry opened to 12,000,000 and no one called.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:11 PM Local Time
Hands #18-21: Aces for Curry
Hand #18: Rafi Elharar raised to 11,000,000 from the hijack, Nicholas Chow called from the cutoff and Femi Fashakin three-bet to 40,000,000 from the button. Both Elharar and Chow folded, giving Fashakin the pot.
Hand #19: Femi Fashakin raised from the cutoff and collected the blinds and ante.
Hand #20: Nicholas Chow raised to 12,500,000 from middle position and got no action.
Hand #21: Walter Atwood raised to 12,000,000 from under the gun, Adrian Curry three-bet to about 43,000,000 from the small blind and Atwood folded.
Curry showed as he collected the pot.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:07 PM Local Time
Atwood Applies Big Stack Pressure
Hand #16: Rafi Elharar completed the small blind and Nicholas Chow checked his option in the big blind. On the flop Elharar bet 6,000,000 and Chow made the call. After Elharar checked the turn, Chow bet 12,000,000 and took down the pot.
Hand #17: Femi Fashakin got a walk in his big blind and folded face up.
Hand #18: Daniel Ghobrial raised to 14,000,000, current chipleader Walter Atwood then three-bet to 31,5000,000, which got a fold from Ghobrial.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:05 PM Local Time
Hands #13-15: Wheel for Christensen
Hand #13: Nicholas Chow raised to 12,500,000 from middle position and won uncontested.
Hand #14: Adrian Curry raised to 12,000,000 from the button and Walter Atwood called from the big blind.
The flop was and Atwood check-called 12,000,000 from Curry. The turn was the and Atwood check-called another 12,000,000 from Curry. The river was the and both players checked.
Curry tabled for tens and fives, Atwood mucked and Curry won the pot.
Hand #15: Morten Christensen raised to 12,000,000 from the hijack and Rafi Elharar called from the big blind.
The flop came down and Elharar check-called 12,000,000 from Christensen. The turn was checked by both player, landing the river. Elharar checked, Christensen bet 15,000,000 and Elharar called.
Christensen tabled for a wheel, Elharar mucked and Christensen won the pot.
|Rafi Elharar||195,000,000||-69,000,000 |
|Morten Christensen (SG)||157,000,000||22,500,000 |
Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:54 PM Local Time
Hands #9-12: Cullen Doubles Through Atwood
Hand #9: Walter Atwood raised to 12,000,000 from the hijack and David Rasmussen called from the big blind.
The flop was and Rasmussen check-folded to Atwood's continuation bet of 12,000,000.
Hand #10: Walter Atwood opened to 12,000,000 from middle position, Paul Cullen three-bet to 45,000,000 from the big blind, Atwood four-bet to effectively 97,000,000 and Cullen called all in with , leading Atwood's .
The board ran out , giving Cullen a set of queens to double up.
Hand #11: Adrian Curry raised from under the gun and got no action.
Hand #12: Atwood raised from early position and Adrian Curry called from the big blind.
The flop was , Curry led for 12,000,000 and Atwood called. The turn was the and Curry check-called 20,000,000 from Atwood. The river was the and both players checked.
Curry showed for a pair of kings, but Atwood held for Broadway to win the pot.
|Walter Atwood||245,000,000||-47,000,000 |
|Paul Cullen||201,500,000||131,500,000 |
Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:45 PM Local Time
Hands #6-8: Atwood Adds More to His Stack
Hand #6: Nicholas Chow raised to 12,000,000 from under-the-gun and it folded around to Walter Atwood who made the call from his small blind, and Elharar folded his big blind. After Atwood checked the flop, Chow continued for 12,000,000 and Atwood called. Both players then checked the turn and river. Atwood tabled and Chow flashed the before sending his cards to the muck.
Hand #7: Paul Cullen raised to 12,000,000 and took down the blinds and ante.
Hand #8: Daniel Ghobrial raised to 11,000,000 and Femi Fashakin defended his big blind. They went headsup to a flop of , and after Fashakin checked, Ghobrial put out a bet of 14,000,000, which was enough to take down the pot.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:28 PM Local Time
Level 43 started
Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:04 PM Local Time
Final Break of the Day
The players are now on their last scheduled 20-minute break of the evening.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:03 PM Local Time
Hands #1-5: Chow Chipping Up
Hand #1: Nicholas Chow raised to 9,500,000 from the cutoff and David Rasmussen made the call. The flop came and went check-check, so did the turn .
The river was the and Rasmussen bet 11,500,000. Chow tanked for a few minutes and made the call with for ace high. Rasmussen sent into the muck.
Hand #2: Adrian Curry raised to 11,000,000 and no one called.
Hand #3: Chow raised to 9,500,000 and Morgen Christensen called in the small blind. The flop appeared and was checked.
On the turn , Christensen check-called Chow's bet for 10,500,000. The river brought no betting action. Chow tabled for a pair of jacks and Christensen folded .
Hand #4: Curry opened to 13,000,000 from the small blind and Daniel Ghobrial three-bet. Curry snap-folded.
Hand #5: Paul Cullen raised to 12,000,000 and Curry called on the button, as well as Walter Atwood.
The flop came and Cullen announced all in for about 49,000,000 after Atwood checked. Curry and Atwood mucked their hands.
|Nicholas Chow||125,000,000||53,000,000 |
Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:54 PM Local Time
Final Table Redraw
|Seat||Player||Country||Approximate Chip Count|
|1||Femi Fashakin||United States||166,000,000|
|2||David Rasmussen||United States||125,000,000|
|3||Paul Cullen||United States||70,000,000|
|5||Adrian Curry||United States||168,000,000|
|7||Walter Atwood||United States||292,000,000|
|9||Nicholas Chow||United States||72,000,000|
|Walter Atwood||292,000,000||2,000,000 |
|Rafi Elharar||264,000,000||-41,000,000 |
|Adrian Curry||168,000,000||48,000,000 |
|Femi Fashakin||166,000,000||24,000,000 |
|Morten Christensen (SG)||134,500,000||0 |
|David Rasmussen||125,000,000||29,000,000 |
|Daniel Ghobrial||110,000,000||36,600,000 |
|Nicholas Chow||72,000,000||14,500,000 |
|Paul Cullen||70,000,000||-36,900,000 |
Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:46 PM Local Time
Andrew McKenzie Eliminated in 10th Place ($86,096)
After action folded to Andrew McKenzie he shoved all in, which got immediate folds from Daniel Ghobrial on the button and Nicholas Chow in his small blind. From the big blind, Morten Christensen, with a chipstack close to McKenzie's, then went into the tank.
After about a minute he made the call, the players tabled their hands, and Mortensen was relieved to see that he was ahead.
Mortensen would stay ahead through the runout, and after the stacks were counted it was actually McKenzie who had the slightly shorter stack and he was eliminated just shy of the final table.
|Morten Christensen (SG)||134,500,000||23,500,000 |
|Andrew Mckenzie||0||-125,000,000 |