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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to Saturday, June 22, 2019

$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller (Event #45)

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  • Buy-in: $25,000
  • Prizepool: $6,602,500
  • Entries: 278
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:06 PM Local Time
Chen Gets Mizrachi to Fold

Robert Mizrachi

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 Chidwick11,900,000-800,000
Alex Epstein11,200,000400,000
James Chen9,400,0002,400,000
Matthew Gonzales4,800,000500,000
Robert Mizrachi4,500,000-2,500,000
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 Chidwick12,700,000800,000
Alex Epstein10,800,000300,000
Robert Mizrachi7,000,000-500,000
James Chen7,000,000-500,000
Matthew Gonzales4,300,000-400,000
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:46 PM Local Time
Erik Seidel Eliminated in 6th Place ($264,186)

Erik Seidel

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.

Erik Seidel:     
James Chen:     

The turn   brought a flush draw for Seidel, but the river   saw Seidel eliminated in sixth place for $264,186.

James Chen7,500,0001,300,000
Erik Seidel0-1,200,000
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 Chidwick11,900,0001,600,000
Robert Mizrachi7,500,0001,000,000
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:39 PM Local Time
Wasim Korkis Eliminated in 7th Place ($197,637)

Wasim Korkis

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.

Alex Epstein:     
Wasim Korkis:     

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 Epstein10,500,0002,500,000
Wasim Korkis0-2,100,000
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 Epstein8,000,000-1,300,000
James Chen6,200,0001,400,000
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:28 PM Local Time
Gonzales Quadruples Up in Big-stack Clash

Matthew Gonzales

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.

Matthew Gonzales:     
Stephen Chidwick:     

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 Chidwick10,300,000-1,200,000
Alex Epstein9,300,000-3,900,000
Robert Mizrachi6,500,0000
James Chen4,800,0000
Matthew Gonzales4,700,0003,300,000
Wasim Korkis2,100,000-1,100,000
Erik Seidel1,200,000100,000
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:13 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 125,000/250,000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:11 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Alex Epstein13,200,000300,000
Stephen Chidwick11,500,000-500,000
Robert Mizrachi6,500,000-300,000
James Chen4,800,0000
Wasim Korkis3,200,0000
Matthew Gonzales1,400,0000
Erik Seidel1,100,0000
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:01 PM Local Time
Seidel Chops to Stay Alive After Aces vs Aces

Erik Seidel

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.

Erik Seidel:     
Robert Mizrachi:     

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 Mizrachi6,800,0000
Erik Seidel1,100,000150,000
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 Epstein12,900,0001,500,000
Matthew Gonzales1,400,000-1,200,000
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 Chidwick12,000,0000
Alex Epstein11,400,000-300,000
Robert Mizrachi6,800,000700,000
James Chen4,800,000200,000
Wasim Korkis3,200,000-100,000
Matthew Gonzales2,600,0000
Erik Seidel950,000-550,000
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:43 PM Local Time
Epstein Turns a Straight and Gets Paid

Alex Epstein

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 Chidwick12,000,0000
Alex Epstein11,700,0002,700,000
Robert Mizrachi6,100,0000
James Chen4,600,0000
Wasim Korkis3,300,000-400,000
Matthew Gonzales2,600,0000
Erik Seidel1,500,000-2,200,000
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 Chidwick12,000,000-300,000
Alex Epstein9,000,000-800,000
Robert Mizrachi6,100,000600,000
James Chen4,600,000-100,000
Erik Seidel3,700,0000
Wasim Korkis3,700,0000
Matthew Gonzales2,600,000600,000
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 Chidwick12,300,000400,000
Alex Epstein9,800,000-500,000
Robert Mizrachi5,500,000-25,000
James Chen4,700,0001,600,000
Erik Seidel3,700,000-600,000
Wasim Korkis3,700,0000
Matthew Gonzales2,000,000-300,000
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:20 PM Local Time
Gonzales Doubles Through Chidwick

Matthew Gonzales

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.

Matthew Gonzales:     
Stephen Chidwick:     

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 Chidwick11,900,000-1,075,000
Matthew Gonzales2,300,0001,200,000
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 Epstein10,300,000-500,000
Erik Seidel4,300,0001,350,000
Wasim Korkis3,700,000-525,000
Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:13 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 0
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

Alex Epstein in contention for 2nd bracelet in 2019

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

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Erik SeidelUnited States2,950,00015
2James ChenTaiwan3,100,00016
3Robert MizrachiUnited States5,525,00028
4Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom12,975,00065
5Matthew GonzalesUnited States1,100,0006
6Alex EpsteinUnited States10,800,00054
7Wasim KorkisUnited States4,225,00021

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.

Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (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
8Ka Kwan LauSpain$150,483