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

Monday, June 10, 2019 to Saturday, June 15, 2019

$2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon (Event #26)

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  • Buy-in: $2,620
  • Prizepool: $2,553,714
  • Entries: 1,083
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:40 PM Local Time
Hands #166-171: All Raise and Takes

Hand #166: Jared Koppel opened to 250,000 from under the gun and picked up the blinds and ante.

Hand #167: Joe Curcio shipped all in for 1,140,000 from under the gun but could not find any other action.

Hand #168: Roman Korenev raised to 275,000 in the cutoff and the rest of the table folded.

Hand #169: Dong Sheng Peng received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #170: Joe Curcio moved all in for 1,140,000 on the button and both of the blinds folded.

Hand #171: Korenev made it 400,000 to go from the small blind and Francis Anderson folded his blind.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:37 PM Local Time
Joseph Liberta Eliminated in 6th Place ($79,957)

Joseph Liberta

Hand #165: Dong Sheng Peng needed to be wired up before being able to take his seat at the televised table and had to miss this hand as well. It got folded around to Joseph Liberta in the small blind, who shoved all in for 1,980,000 from the small blind. Roman Korenev called off the shove in the big blind.

Joseph Liberta:   
Roman Korenev:   

The   splashed in the window but the   quickly followed it, along with the  . The turn was the  , leaving Liberta with just two jacks as outs. The river was the   and Liberta was gone in sixth for $79,957.

Joseph Liberta
Joseph Liberta shaking hands as he walks off the stage
Jared Koppel12,800,0000
Dong Sheng Peng5,400,000-100,000
Roman Korenev5,200,0001,900,000
Francis Anderson3,500,000200,000
Joe Curcio1,100,000-100,000
Joseph Liberta0-2,100,000
Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:35 PM Local Time
Hands #163-164: Dong Sheng Peng Arrives

Joe Curcio & Dong Sheng Peng's empty bag

Hand #163: Joseph Liberta raised to 250,000 from under the gun and won the hand.

Hand #164: Francis Anderson raised to 250,000 from middle position and Liberta defended the big blind. The flop was     and Liberta checked. Anderson continued for 250,000 and Liberta folded.

After the hand, Dong Sheng Peng finally made his way onto the Amazon Thunderdome stage.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:29 PM Local Time
Hands #158-162: Curcio Receives a Sweat on the First Hand

Joe Curcio

Hand #158: Francis Anderson raised to 250,000 from the hijack and Joe Curcio shipped all in for 1,540,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Anderson quickly called to put Curcio at risk.

Francis Anderson:   
Joe Curcio:   

It looked inevitable that the pot would be chopped but the flop of     gave Curcio a flush draw. The   on the turn and the   on the river changed nothing as the two players took their chips back.

Hand #159: Jared Koppel opened to 250,000 in the hijack and Joseph Liberta called from the small blind. The flop came     and Liberta check-folded to a bet of 175,000 from Koppel.

Hand #160: The action folded to Roman Korenev in the small blind who announced all in. Francis Anderson quickly folded his big blind and Korenev took the pot.

Hand #161: Joe Curcio opened to 250,000 from under the gun and Jared Koppel defended from the big blind. Both players checked the     flop and the   landed on the turn. Koppel led out for 175,000 and Curcio mucked his cards.

Hand #162: The action folded around to Joe Curcio in the small blind who had minimal work to do to win the pot with Dong Sheng Peng still missing in the big blind.

Jared Koppel12,800,0001,100,000
Dong Sheng Peng5,500,000-300,000
Roman Korenev3,300,000-10,000
Francis Anderson3,300,000-395,000
Joseph Liberta2,100,000-440,000
Joe Curcio1,200,000-340,000
Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:24 PM Local Time
Cards in the Air

Cards are in the air without Dong Sheng Peng, who still hasn't shown up. The final table of the Marathon is underway.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:18 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 60000/120000
Ante: 120000
Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:10 PM Local Time
"DSP" Missing

Five players have arrived and started the unbagging process, but Dong Sheng Peng hasn't arrived yet. The start has been slightly delayed.

Dong Sheng Peng not here
Dong Sheng Peng's stack, unattended
Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:47 AM Local Time
The Finish Line is in Sight; Who Will Claim Gold in the Marathon?

Can Jared Koppel retain his lead and outlast his opponents?

Throughout history, the Marathon has challenged their contestants' tenacity, inspired fear, and has been a prime contender to tick off one's bucket list. Whether it lies in its heroic origins — the Greek messenger Pheidippides dropping stone dead after running all the way from Marathon to Athens to report the victory — or the tales of modern-day champions such as the Czech locomotive Emil Zapotek and current world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge, the Marathon has always been a birthing ground for inspiring stories.

Poker's equivalent of the legendary 26.2-mile distance is no different. With a $2,620 buy-in, 26,200 chips to start with and 100-minute blind levels throughout, the six remaining players are already battle-weary from five full days in the trenches. They clashed and clawed their way through Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon, the second slowest tournament the WSOP has to offer (after the Main Event). Each of them made it through a field of 1,083, who created a total prize pool of $2,553,714. The event surely has lived up to its moniker, with 157 hands already clocked at the final table just to get from nine to six.

The lion's share of that money will be awarded today, including a jaw-dropping $477,401 payday for the champ, and it's Jared Koppel (11,700,000) who's out in front, dwarfing his nearest challenger Dong Sheng Peng (5,800,000) by nearly 2:1. Despite the lead, Koppel needs to draw on his stamina, as the 100-minute blind level structure provides plenty of play for the others to catch up and withhold him from his first bracelet.

Francis Anderson (3,695,000), Roman Korenev (3,310,000), and Joseph Liberta (2,540,000) all have more than 20 big blinds when action resumes in level 30 with blinds at 60,000/120,000 and a big blind ante of 120,000. With 53 minutes left on the clock in this level alone, there's time for them to pick a good spot to get themselves back in contention. The only one who has to make up some distance is Joe Curcio (1,540,000), but with a strong kick, anything is possible in the final stages.

Action recommences at noon local time in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and PokerNews will be back on the floor to report hand-for-hand as a new WSOP bracelet winner is crowned today. The live stream with hole cards up will kick off at 1 p.m. on CBS All Access (USA, Canada & Australia) and PokerGO (other countries). Make sure to check back regularly to see who sprints for the line to grab the gold today.

Marathon Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountsBig Blinds
1Joseph LibertaUnited States2,540,00021
2Roman KorenevRussia3,310,00028
3Francis AndersonUnited States3,695,00031
4Jared KoppelUnited States11,700,00098
5Joe CurcioUnited States1,540,00013
6Dong Sheng PengChina5,800,00048
Roman Korenev
Roman Korenev