Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:06 PM Local Time
Chen Gets Mizrachi to Fold
Matthew Gonzales opened 625,000 first to act and he picked up a call by chip leader Stephen Chidwick in the big blind. The flop fell and Chidwick check-folded to a bet of 325,000 by Gonzales.
James Chen raised to 625,000 from the cutoff and Robert Mizrachi called on the button. The flop came and Chen fired a continuation bet of 425,000, Mizrachi came along and they headed to the turn. Chen bet 1,100,000 and Mizrachi called to create a pot of 4,675,000 to the river.
Chen's third barrel was worth 2,200,000 for just under half the pot and he had about as much behind, which sent Mizrachi into the think tank. After more than two minutes in the think tank, Mizrachi asked Chen whether or not he would show if he folds, but didn't receive an answer.
"You are probably bluffing, this sucks," Mizrachi continued and double checked his cards once more before sending them into the muck.
"You will see on the stream," Chen replied while he dragged in the healthy pot and separated himself from Mizrachi with five players remaining.
|Stephen Chidwick||11,900,000||-800,000 |
|Alex Epstein||11,200,000||400,000 |
|James Chen||9,400,000||2,400,000 |
|Matthew Gonzales||4,800,000||500,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||4,500,000||-2,500,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:52 PM Local Time
Chidwick Three-Bets Mizrachi; Epstein Takes From Chen
Robert Mizrachi opened the action with a raise to 525,000 in the cutoff and found resistance in Stephen Chidwick, who three-bet to 1,300,000 on the button. That shut down all further action and the pot was sent to Chidwick.
In the next hand, Alex Epstein limped the small blind and James Chen checked from the big blind to see the flop free of charge. Epstein checked and Chen made it 300,000 to go, which Epstein called.
On the turn, the action went check, check, and the river completed the board. Epstein placed a bet of 350,000 and Chen surrendered.
|Stephen Chidwick||12,700,000||800,000 |
|Alex Epstein||10,800,000||300,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||7,000,000||-500,000 |
|James Chen||7,000,000||-500,000 |
|Matthew Gonzales||4,300,000||-400,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:46 PM Local Time
Erik Seidel Eliminated in 6th Place ($264,186)
Erik Seidel raised pot to 875,000 and James Chen called in the cutoff.
The flop was and Seidel moved all in for his remaining 225,000. Chen called.
The turn brought a flush draw for Seidel, but the river saw Seidel eliminated in sixth place for $264,186.
|James Chen||7,500,000||1,300,000 |
|Erik Seidel||0||-1,200,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:44 PM Local Time
Mizrachi Chips Up Against Chidwick
Robert Mizrachi limped the small blind and Stephen Chidwick raised the pot to 750,000 out of the big blind, which Mizrachi called. On the flop, Mizrachi opted to check and faced a continuation bet worth 500,000 by Chidwick. Mizrachi called and the appeared on the turn, which went check, check.
After the river, Mizrachi made it 1,350,000 to go and Chidwick released his cards into the muck.
|Stephen Chidwick||11,900,000||1,600,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||7,500,000||1,000,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:39 PM Local Time
Wasim Korkis Eliminated in 7th Place ($197,637)
Alex Epstein raised to 650,000 pre-flop and Wasim Korkis three-bet all in for 2,130,000. James Chen looked interested and asked for an exact count of Korkis' stack. Chen took a glimpse at Erik Seidel's four big blind stack to his immediate right, then back to Korkis' chips.
Eventually, Chen folded, as did Robert Mizrachi in the big blind. The action was back on Epstein who called.
Korkis, cigarette in his mouth as has been his custom throughout the entire tournament took a swig of water as he waited for the flop which was giving Korkis the lead with two pair.
However, the on the turn gave Epstein a set. Korkis would need to fill up with either an ace or a four, but the river was the and he was eliminated in seventh place.
|Alex Epstein||10,500,000||2,500,000 |
|Wasim Korkis||0||-2,100,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:34 PM Local Time
Chen Bests Epstein
Alex Epstein raised to 650,000 in the cutoff and picked up a call by James Chen in the big blind. The flop brought and both players checked to the turn. Chen checked once more and Epstein bet 650,000, which Chen called.
On the river, both checked again and the cards were briefly shown as Chen raked in the pot.
|Alex Epstein||8,000,000||-1,300,000 |
|James Chen||6,200,000||1,400,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:28 PM Local Time
Gonzales Quadruples Up in Big-stack Clash
Stephen Chidwick raised to 750,000 at the new blind level and Matthew Gonzales re-raised all in for 1,100,000 from the next position.
Alex Epstein eyed the 12 and five big blind stacks of Wasim Korkis and Erik Seidel behind him, as well as spying the stack of Chidwick who had opened.
Korkis then called out of the small blind, Seidel folded and Chidwick called the extra 350,000.
With over 4.5m chips in the middle and Gonzales all-in, the flop came . Korkis checked and Chidwick bet 1,000,000. Epstein took his time, asked how much was in the pot, and raised to 2,800,000. Korkis folded and action was on Chidwick.
Chidwick tanked and then moved all in for 10,300,00. Epstein looked into the distance and folded.
Chidwick held the nut flush draw against the aces of Gonzales who would need to hold to stay alive. The turn was the giving Chidwick extra gutshot outs.
The river was the and Gonzales quadrupled his stack, with Chidwick moving ahead of Epstein at the top of the counts.
|Stephen Chidwick||10,300,000||-1,200,000 |
|Alex Epstein||9,300,000||-3,900,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||6,500,000||0 |
|James Chen||4,800,000||0 |
|Matthew Gonzales||4,700,000||3,300,000 |
|Wasim Korkis||2,100,000||-1,100,000 |
|Erik Seidel||1,200,000||100,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:13 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:11 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|Alex Epstein||13,200,000||300,000 |
|Stephen Chidwick||11,500,000||-500,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||6,500,000||-300,000 |
|James Chen||4,800,000||0 |
|Wasim Korkis||3,200,000||0 |
|Matthew Gonzales||1,400,000||0 |
|Erik Seidel||1,100,000||0 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:01 PM Local Time
Seidel Chops to Stay Alive After Aces vs Aces
Erik Seidel raised pot to 700,000. Robert Mizrachi three-bet to 1,300,000 from the cutoff. The blinds both folded and Seidel got the rest of his chips in.
The flop was with both players still holding aces. The turn was the giving Seidel a gutshot and the river was the and the two chopped it up
|Robert Mizrachi||6,800,000||0 |
|Erik Seidel||1,100,000||150,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:56 PM Local Time
Epstein Takes the Lead
Matthew Gonzales raised to 400,000 and Alex Epstein three-bet the pot to 1,200,000 from one seat over. Once the action folded back to Gonzales, he spent some time in the think tank and eventually made the call for nearly half of his stack to see the flop. Gonzales checked and Epstein bet 450,000 to force a fold from Gonzales, who dropped to seven big blinds.
|Alex Epstein||12,900,000||1,500,000 |
|Matthew Gonzales||1,400,000||-1,200,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:51 PM Local Time
Seidel on Five Big Blinds; Mizrachi Takes From Epstein
James Chen min-raised to 400,000 from under the gun and Erik Seidel called out of the big blind to see a flop of . A check by Seidel was followed by a bet of 450,000 of Chen and Seidel folded to be left with five and a half big blinds.
Alex Epstein then raised to 550,000 in the cutoff and scooped the blinds. Epstein remained active and raised to 550,000 once more, but this time Robert Mizrachi stuck around from the big blind. The flop brought and both players checked to the turn. No betting action followed and the river saw Mizrachi lead for 650,000.
|Stephen Chidwick||12,000,000||0 |
|Alex Epstein||11,400,000||-300,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||6,800,000||700,000 |
|James Chen||4,800,000||200,000 |
|Wasim Korkis||3,200,000||-100,000 |
|Matthew Gonzales||2,600,000||0 |
|Erik Seidel||950,000||-550,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:43 PM Local Time
Epstein Turns a Straight and Gets Paid
Erik Seidel opened the action with a raise to 450,000 and he was called two ways by Alex Epstein and Wasim Korkis in the blinds. The flop was checked through and the turn triggered a bet of 550,000 by Epstein. Korkis sent his cards into the muck and Seidel stuck around to see the river.
Epstein made it 1,250,000 to go and Seidel, who had 3,700,000 behind, called after some reflection and was shown the for the ten-high straight to scoop the first big pot of the final table. Epstein also came within two big blinds of Stephen Chidwick at the top of the counts.
|Stephen Chidwick||12,000,000||0 |
|Alex Epstein||11,700,000||2,700,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||6,100,000||0 |
|James Chen||4,600,000||0 |
|Wasim Korkis||3,300,000||-400,000 |
|Matthew Gonzales||2,600,000||0 |
|Erik Seidel||1,500,000||-2,200,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:37 PM Local Time
Gonzales Takes it on the Turn
Robert Mizrachi min-raised the button to 400,000 and Stephen Chidwick came along from the small blind to see a . Chidwick checked his option and Mizrachi continued for 525,000. Chidwick gave it some consideration and elected to fold.
Matthew Gonzales had to forfeit his big blind in that hand and raised to 600,000 from the small blind the next hand, which Alex Epstein called. On a flop of , Gonzales led for 200,000 and Epstein called to see the appear on the turn. A second barrel by Gonzales for 300,000 followed and Epstein quickly let go,
|Stephen Chidwick||12,000,000||-300,000 |
|Alex Epstein||9,000,000||-800,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||6,100,000||600,000 |
|James Chen||4,600,000||-100,000 |
|Erik Seidel||3,700,000||0 |
|Wasim Korkis||3,700,000||0 |
|Matthew Gonzales||2,600,000||600,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:28 PM Local Time
First Three-Bet by Chen
Stephen Chidwick raised to 450,000 from the hijack and Erik Seidel called in the big blind. The flop brought and Seidel checked. Chidwick made it 750,000 to go and Seidel released his cards into the muck.
Alex Epstein then made it 550,000 from the cutoff and James Chen three-bet the pot to 1.75 million in order to force a quick fold from Epstein.
|Stephen Chidwick||12,300,000||400,000 |
|Alex Epstein||9,800,000||-500,000 |
|Robert Mizrachi||5,500,000||-25,000 |
|James Chen||4,700,000||1,600,000 |
|Erik Seidel||3,700,000||-600,000 |
|Wasim Korkis||3,700,000||0 |
|Matthew Gonzales||2,000,000||-300,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:20 PM Local Time
Gonzales Doubles Through Chidwick
In the second hand of the day, Matthew Gonzales raised the pot to 700,000 first to act and called all in for 1,100,000 when Stephen Chidwick in the big blind put him to the test.
Gonzales flopped top set on and Chidwick had a gutshot. Neither the turn nor the river changed anything and Gonzales doubled to 11 big blinds.
|Stephen Chidwick||11,900,000||-1,075,000 |
|Matthew Gonzales||2,300,000||1,200,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:15 PM Local Time
Seidel Takes First Pot
Alex Epstein raised to 500,000 in the hijack and was called by Wasim Korkis in the cutoff and Erik Seidel on the button. The flop came and all three players checked through to the turn. Action checked to Seidel and his bet of 800,000 won the pot right there.
|Alex Epstein||10,300,000||-500,000 |
|Erik Seidel||4,300,000||1,350,000 |
|Wasim Korkis||3,700,000||-525,000 |
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:13 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:04 PM Local Time
Final Preparations Underway
The remaining seven players are in their seats in the Thunderdome and the action is expected to kick off shortly.
Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:26 AM Local Time
A Champion Will be Crowned in Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
At 12 p.m. local time, the final seven players out of a record-breaking field of 278 entries will take their seats on the main stage of the Amazon room and determine a champion in Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. The most-prestigious Omaha event of the year once again set a new attendance record for the fifth year running and the lion's share of the $6,602,500 prize pool is still up for grabs.
Two seven-figure paydays are on the line and the biggest top prize of the 2019 World Series of Poker so far will be awarded, as today's eventual winner at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will receive $1,618,417 and the highly-prized gold bracelet.
British poker professional Stephen Chidwick is in prime position to claim his maiden WSOP bracelet, having amassed more than $2.2 million in WSOP cashes across 52 results. Chidwick enters the final day of his very first WSOP event of the summer with a stack of 12,975,000 good for a massive lead over almost all of his remaining opponents.
He is followed by Alex Epstein with 10,800,000, who only has one WSOP result to his name so far and kicked off the summer in Las Vegas with a victory in Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em. Robert Mizrachi will be railed by his family at the final table and will aim for his fifth bracelet to once again 'get even' with brother Michael Mizrachi. Robert Mizrachi starts third in chips with 5,525,000.
Another familiar face on the international poker circuit is Erik Seidel. The eight-time WSOP champion scored two late double ups on Day 3 to secure his seat for the final showdown and will return to 2,950,000, good enough for 15 big blinds when the action resumes.
Wasim "Wes" Korkis (4,225,000), James Chen (3,100,000) and Matthew Gonzales (1,100,000) will seek their first WSOP bracelet and the bragging rights that come along with it. Korkis is primarily known as a cash game player and entered his first major PLO tournament. Chen also has plenty of experience at mixed games and high stakes cash games, and Gonzales reached his second final table of the summer after finishing 7th in Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship.
Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Erik Seidel||United States||2,950,000||15|
|3||Robert Mizrachi||United States||5,525,000||28|
|4||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||12,975,000||65|
|5||Matthew Gonzales||United States||1,100,000||6|
|6||Alex Epstein||United States||10,800,000||54|
|7||Wasim Korkis||United States||4,225,000||21|
The final table is set to resume at 12 noon local time on the main feature stage, also commonly referred to as the 'Thunderdome', with blinds of 100,000/200,000 and the PokerNews team will provide all the action from start to finish. You can also follow the live stream with hole cards displayed on CBS All Access.
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1|| || ||$1,618,417|
|2|| || ||$1,000,253|
|3|| || ||$699,364|
|4|| || ||$497,112|
|5|| || ||$359,320|
|6|| || ||$264,186|
|7|| || ||$197,637|
|8||Ka Kwan Lau||Spain||$150,483|