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

Monday, July 01, 2019 to Tuesday, July 02, 2019

$1,000 Mini Main Event (Event #69)

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $4,968,900
  • Entries: 5,521
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 2:10 PM Local Time
Hands #51-55: Takagi Doubles Up

Koji Takagi

Hand #51: Jeremy Saderne shoved all in from the small blind and Andres Korn folded the big blind.

Hand #52: Saderne shoved all in again on the button and once again picked up the blinds and ante.

Hand #53: Yi Ma shoved all in from the small blind and Koji Takagi folded the big blind.

Hand #54: Takagi completed the small blind and Lula Taylor checked her option. The flop was     and Takagi checked, Taylor bet 5,000,000, Takagi check-raised to 19,000,000 and Taylor folded.

Hand #55: Takagi shoved all in for 17,000,000 on the button and Jeremy Saderne called all in from the big blind.

Koji Takagi:   
Jeremy Saderne:   

The     flop brought nothing for Saderne to work with and the   turn kept Takagi in the lead. The river   changed nothing and Takagi doubled up.

Lula Taylor100,000,000-3,000,000
Andres Korn72,000,0000
Jeremy Saderne65,000,000-3,000,000
Yi Ma54,000,0008,000,000
Koji Takagi40,000,000-4,000,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:59 PM Local Time
Stefan Widmer Eliminated in 6th Place ($121,586)

Stefan Widmer

Hand #50: Stefan Widmer pushed all in for 21,500,000 in the hijack and Jeremy Saderne called out of the big blind.

Stefan Widmer:   
Jeremy Saderne:   

The   in the window was promising for Widmer, but it was followed by the    on the flop. The   turn brought shouts from the entire rail for a queen or a deuce respectively, but it was neither; the   on the river ended Widmer's run in 6th place for $121,586.

Jeremy Saderne68,000,00023,500,000
Stefan Widmer0-21,500,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:57 PM Local Time
Hands #48-49: Korn and Ma Both Jam

Hand #48: Andres Korn pushed his stack forward from the cutoff and won the blinds and antes.

Hand #49: Yi Ma moved all in for 44,000,000 on the button, but no call followed.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:52 PM Local Time
Level 44 started
Level: 44
Blinds: 2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante: 4,000,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:51 PM Local Time
Hands #46-47: Last Hands of the Level

Hand #46: Yi Ma raised to 8,000,000 from under the gun and Andres Korn three-bet shoved 58,000,000 from the small blind. Ma looked up towards the ceiling, contemplating what to do. He counted out his stack, gave it some more thought, then folded his hand.

Hand #47: Lula Taylor raised to 10,000,000 from middle position and Ma called from the big blind. The flop was     and Ma checked. Taylor bet 9,000,000 and Ma folded.

Lula Taylor103,000,00014,500,000
Andres Korn72,000,00014,000,000
Yi Ma46,000,000-21,000,000
Jeremy Saderne44,500,0000
Koji Takagi44,000,0000
Stefan Widmer21,500,000-7,500,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:45 PM Local Time
Hands #41-45: Korn and Widmer Jam

Hand #41: Andres Korn jammed for 45,000,000 on the button and won the blinds and big blind ante.

Hand #42: Jeremy Saderne opened the action with a raise to 6,000,000 and Yi Ma three-bet to 16,000 out of the small blind to force a fold from Saderne.

Hand #43: Korn made it 7,000,000 to go in the hijack and Lula Taylor called in the big blind to see the     flop. Taylor checked and folded to a bet of 5,000,000 by Korn, who flashed the   .

Hand #44: Taylor min-raised to 6,000,000 out of the small blind and Saderne called in the big blind. On a flop of    , Taylor bet 5,000,000 and that won the pot right there.

Hand #45: Stefan Widmer pushed all in for 21,500,000 and found no caller.

Lula Taylor88,500,000-11,000,000
Yi Ma67,000,0006,000,000
Andres Korn58,000,00011,500,000
Jeremy Saderne44,500,000-6,500,000
Koji Takagi44,000,000-7,500,000
Stefan Widmer29,000,0000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:36 PM Local Time
Hand #40: Taylor Doubles Through Saderne

Lula Taylor

Hand #40: Koji Takagi raised to 6,000,000 and Lula Taylor called from one seat over. Jeremy Saderne spent some time in the think tank and three-bet all in for effectively 57,500,000, as that's what Takagi as the bigger stack had left.

Takagi folded and Taylor made the call.

Lula Taylor:   
Jeremy Saderne:   

Both Taylor's and Saderne's rail started shouting in support as the cards were turned over. Nothing changed on the     flop, and Taylor improved to a straight on the   turn. The French rail asked for a ten, but the   river came a blank and Taylor doubled for 37,000,000 and gave Saderne a hug while her stack was counted out.

"I love you, Anthony," Taylor said to the dealer and added, "well, that was exciting".

Lula Taylor99,500,00056,500,000
Koji Takagi51,500,000-6,000,000
Jeremy Saderne51,000,000-43,000,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:28 PM Local Time
Hands #35-39: Shoves Instead of Flops

Hand #35: Lula Taylor raised to 9,000,000 from middle position and everyone folded.

Hand #36: Yi Ma raised to 8,500,000 from the small blind and Koji Takagi folded his big blind.

Hand #37: Takagi, now in the small blind, raised to 9,500,000 and Lula Taylor defended the big blind. Takagi directly shoved it in on a     flop, putting Taylor to the test for her remaining stack of 35,500,000. She folded and showed the  .

Hand #38: Stefan Widmer raised all in for 21,500,000 from middle position and everyone folded.

Hand #39: Taylor shoved all in on the button for 35,500,000 and everyone folded.

Jeremy Saderne94,000,000-7,200,000
Yi Ma61,000,000-400,000
Koji Takagi57,500,0006,600,000
Andres Korn46,500,000-5,800,000
Lula Taylor43,000,000700,000
Stefan Widmer29,000,0005,600,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:18 PM Local Time
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 1,500,000/3,000,000
Ante: 3,000,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:12 PM Local Time
Hands #29-34: Korn Takes One on the Flop

Hand #29: Lula Taylor opened the action with a raise to 7,000,000 in the hijack and won the blinds and big blind ante.

Hand #30: Stefan Widmer pushed for 22,400,000 on the button and Yi Ma in the small blind asked for a count.

Ma folded, as did Koji Takagi in the big blind.

Hand #31: Andres Korn raised to 5,000,000 from the hijack and Taylor came along out of the big blind to the     flop. Taylor checked and Korn took down the pot with a bet of 3,700,000.

Hand #32: A walk for Jeremy Saderne.

Hand #33: Takagi raised to 5,200,000 from the cutoff and claimed the blinds and big blind ante.

Hand #34: Takagi limped the hijack and Taylor raised to 8,200,000 in the cutoff. Takagi sent his cards into the muck and the players headed into a short unscheduled break, in which some chips will be raced off.

Jeremy Saderne101,200,0000
Yi Ma61,400,000-6,000,000
Andres Korn52,300,0002,600,000
Koji Takagi50,900,000-2,400,000
Lula Taylor42,300,0005,800,000
Stefan Widmer23,400,000-200,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:01 PM Local Time
Philip Gildea Eliminated in 7th Place ($92,686)

Philip Gildea

Hand #28: Philip Gildea shoved all in for 7,400,000 from middle position and Jeremy Saderne called on the button.

Philip Gildea:   
Jeremy Saderne:   

The crowd got on their feet in anticipation of what was about to unfold. The flop     kept Gildea ahead with his queens. The   on the turn added a flush draw to Saderne's aces.

It was Saderne's original out, the  , that landed on the river and a boisterous French rail exploded in celebration. Gildea received $92,686 for his deep run.

Jeremy Saderne101,200,00026,100,000
Yi Ma67,400,0000
Koji Takagi53,300,0000
Andres Korn49,700,000-15,100,000
Lula Taylor36,500,0000
Stefan Widmer23,600,000-4,800,000
Philip Gildea0-7,400,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:58 PM Local Time
Hand #27: Saderne Takes From Korn

Hand #27: There was only a big blind after Ben Alloggio's elimination in the previous hand. Jeremy Saderne limped in on the button and Andres Korn checked his option. The flop was     and Korn checked. Saderne bet 2,400,000 and Korn called.

The turn was the   and Korn decided to lead out for 3,700,000 and Saderne called. The river was the   and Korn opted for a smaller bet of 3,000,000. Saderne called it off with    and was good against Korn's   .

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:48 PM Local Time
Ben Alloggio Eliminated in 8th Place ($71,199)

Ben Alloggio

Hand #26: Yi Ma raised to 5,200,000 and Ben Alloggio moved all in for the last 6,500,000 in the big blind, which Ma called.

Ben Alloggio:   
Yi Ma:   

The     flop gave Alloggio top pair while Ma had a gutshot straight draw. Nothing changed with the   turn, but Ma once again spiked magic with the   river to eliminate Alloggio in 8th place for $71,199.

Yi Ma67,400,00010,100,000
Ben Alloggio0-8,900,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:44 PM Local Time
Hands #23-25: Saderne Takes the Lead

Jeremy Saderne

Hand #23: Lula Taylor raised to 5,900,000 from under the gun and won the hand.

Hand #24: Stefan Widmer shoved for 23,400,000 from middle position and everyone folded.

Hand #25: Andres Korn raised to 4,500,000 from early position and Jeremy Saderne defended his big blind. The flop was     and Saderne checked. Korn bet 5,600,000 and Saderne called.

Saderne paused when the   came on the turn. After about 30 seconds, he led out for 7,000,000 and Korn instantly let it go.

Jeremy Saderne75,100,00011,100,000
Andres Korn64,800,000-10,100,000
Yi Ma57,300,0000
Koji Takagi53,300,000-1,000,000
Lula Taylor36,500,0000
Stefan Widmer28,400,0005,000,000
Ben Alloggio8,900,0000
Philip Gildea7,400,000-5,000,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:35 PM Local Time
Hands #18-22: Takagi Three-Bets Ma

Hand #18: Yi Ma raised to 5,300,000 and Koji Takagi three-bet to 15,300,000 from one seat over. The action folded back to Ma and he sent his cards into the muck.

Hand #19: Takagi limped in from middle position and Andres Korn checked his option in the big blind. The flop brought     and Korn checked, Takagi made it 4,000,000 to go and that ended the hand right there.

Hand #20: Korn open-shoved out of the small blind for effectively 26,400,000, as that's what Stefan Widmer in the big blind had left. Widmer gave it some consideration and folded.

Hand #21: Lula Taylor raised to 5,000,000 and found no resistance, her rail started clapping as the chips were pushed over.

Hand #22: Ma raised to 7,000,000 from the small blind and Takagi forfeited his big blind and big blind ante.

Andres Korn74,900,000-100,000
Jeremy Saderne64,000,0000
Yi Ma57,300,000-5,300,000
Koji Takagi54,300,00010,300,000
Lula Taylor36,500,0006,000,000
Stefan Widmer23,400,000-5,000,000
Philip Gildea12,400,0000
Ben Alloggio8,900,000-5,000,000
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:07 PM Local Time
Final Preparations Underway

The Amazon feature table is set with all players in their seats and at the same time, defending WSOP Main Event champion John Cynn is also taking care of the shuffle up and deal in the Amazon room as well. Action for the Mini Main Event is expected to kick off in a few minutes from now.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 11:05 AM Local Time
Who Will Claim the Gold Bracelet in Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event?

Andres Korn

While Day 1a of the most prestigious poker event of the year, the elusive and highly anticipated $10,000 WSOP MAIN EVENT, is about to kick off, eight players will shortly determine a new champion at the 2019 World Series of Poker in Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event.

Taking place for the very first time, the tournament drew a staggering 5,521 entries in a Freezeout format and the final eight will return to their seats on the Amazon feature table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino at noon local time to secure as big a portion as possible of the $4,968,900 prize pool.

All remaining hopefuls have parlayed their initial investment of $1,000 into a payday of $71,199 already, but all eyes are firmly set on the top prize of $628,654 and the coveted WSOP bracelet that comes along with it.

One of the final eight already has a WSOP bracelet to his name and Andres Korn will also be the chip leader heading into the final showdown after claiming 75,000,000 to his name. Close behind are France's Jeremy Saderne with 64,000,000 and Yi Ma from China with 62,600,000.

Koji Takagi may become the third player ever from Japan to claim WSOP gold and enters the final day with a stack of 44,000,000, while Lula Taylor continues her standout performance in the event and has 30,500,000 to her name. The final table line-up is completed by Stefan Widmer (28,400,000), Ben Alloggio (13,900,000) and Philip Gildea (12,400,000).

Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event Final Table

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ben AlloggioUnited States13,900,0007
2Andres KornArgentina75,000,00038
3Stefan WidmerSwitzerland28,400,00014
4Yi MaChina62,600,00031
5Koji TakagiJapan44,000,00022
6Philip GildeaIreland12,400,0006
7Lula TaylorUnited States30,500,00015
8Jeremy SaderneFrance64,000,00032

The action recommences with 17 minutes remaining in level 41 at blinds of 1,000,000/2,000,000 and a big blind ante of 2,000,000. Saderne has the button with a dead small blind and Alloggio as the single big blind, and the 30-minute level structure will certainly provide plenty of action in the hours to come.

Stay tuned to find out who joins the WSOP bracelet winner circle, as the PokerNews team provides hand-for-hand updates until a champion is crowned. You can also follow the live stream on CBS All Access as of 1 p.m. local time.

Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1  $628,654
2  $388,284
3  $287,219
4  $214,047
5  $160,715
6  $121,586
7  $92,686
8  $71,199
9James StewartUnited States$55,118