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

Thursday, June 06, 2019 to Saturday, June 08, 2019

$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout (Event #17)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,237,950
  • Entries: 917
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:39 PM Local Time
Katz to Four Million, Apter at 30 Bigs

Brett Apter

Brett Apter raised to 55,000 from under the gun, Cary Katz called on the button, and Manuel Ruivo and Tommy Nguyen called from the blinds. Apter bet 85,000 on an     flop with Katz as the only caller. Both players checked the   on the turn.

The river was the   and Apter bet 375,000, met by a quick call from Katz. Apter showed    but was second best to Katz'   .

Cary Katz4,100,000600,000
Brett Apter755,000-545,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:33 PM Local Time
Apter Folds to Ruivo

Brett Apter raised to 55,000 from mid-position and Adrian Scarpa, in the hijack, called. Manuel Ruivo, in the big blind, three-bet to 250,000. Apter was the only one to stick around with a call.

On a flop reading    , Ruivo threw in a bet of 225,000 and Apter called.

The turn brought the  . Ruivo continued with another bet of 2,000,000 and Apter with only 1,300,000 behind, opted to let it go.

Manuel Ruivo3,900,000750,000
Brett Apter1,300,000-958,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:26 PM Local Time
Three for Katz

Cary Katz

Cary Katz limped in from the hijack, Tommy Nguyen called on the button, Brett Apter completed, and Anatolii Zyrin checked. Katz bet 45,000 on a     flop and only Zyrin called. The turn was the   and Zyrin check-folded to a 100,000 chip bet.

Nguyen won the next hand from Shintaro Baba, who check-folded a nine-high flop after defending his big blind. Katz was next to raise and Baba called the small blind. The Japanese player once again check-folded a low flop.

In the subsequent hand, Kenna James raised to 65,000 under the gun, Katz called, Zyrin called, and Adrian Scarpa called. James bet 90,000 on a     flop, Katz made it 200,000, and James was the only caller. On the   turn, James checked, Katz bet 350,000 and that was the end of the hand.

Cary Katz3,500,000800,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:13 PM Local Time
Nguyen's Bluff Gets Through

Tommy Nguyen

Kenna James opened to 60,000 on the cutoff and Tommy Nguyen, in the big blind, called.

A flop reading     was dealt. Nguyen check-called a bet of 80,000 from James.

The turn was the   and Nguyen checked-called another bet of 185,000 from James.

The   completed the board. This time, Nguyen led out with a bet of 500,000. James took a few minutes of reflection, and eventually let it go showing the  . Nguyen revealed    in return for a bluff.

"God that is good, nice hand," commented James.

Tommy Nguyen4,000,000700,000
Kenna James2,900,000-350,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:51 PM Local Time

The clock has been briefly paused to color-up the 1,000 chips.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:48 PM Local Time
Ruivo Tangles With Nguyen

Manuel Ruivo raised to 45,000 from the cutoff, Tommy Nguyen three-bet to 130,000 on the button, Ruivo came back with a four-bet to 425,000, and Nguyen called to see a flop.

The dealer put out     and Ruivo check-folded to a 300,000 bet from Nguyen.

Tommy Nguyen3,300,00040,000
Manuel Ruivo3,150,000-550,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:36 PM Local Time
Marko Maher Eliminated in 10th Place ($15,331)

Marko Maher

Marko Maher opened to 45,000 from middle position. Kenna James, in the small blind, three-bet to 110,000. Maher responded by moving all in for about 700,000. James snap-called, and the cards were tabled.

Marko Maher:   
Kenna James:   

The board came       and that was it for Maher, eliminated from the tournament in 10th place for $15,331.

Kenna James3,250,000680,000
Marko Maher0-600,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:01 PM Local Time

With the very deep stacks to start off the final table of the Shootout, all ten players made it to the first 15-minute break of the day.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:00 PM Local Time
Scarpa Doubles Through Maher

Adrian Scarpa

Adrian Scarpa raised to 34,000 from early position. Kenna James called from mid-position along with Brett Apter on the button, and Marko Maher in the big blind.

A flop of     was dealt. Action checked to Apter who bet 45,000. Maher and Scarpa check-called but James folded.

The turn brought the   and this time, Maher led out with a bet of 140,000. Scarpa responded by moving all in for 491,000. Apter folded, but Maher went into the tank for a long while, and eventually opted to call.

Adrian Scarpa:   
Marko Maher:   

Maher had turned two pair and Scarpa had a pair and a flush draw. The   river completed the board and Scarpa got his flush to double up.

Adrian Scarpa1,250,000665,000
Marko Maher600,000-500,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:58 PM Local Time
Aces for Baba

Shintaro Baba

Tommy Nguyen raised to 35,000 from early position, Shintaro Baba three-bet to 95,000 from the hijack and Nguyen called. Both players checked the     flop. Nguyen check-called 125,000 on the   turn.

The river brought the   and Nguyen checked. Baba thought for around a minute before checking behind and Nguyen revealed    for jacks with fours. Baba showed    for aces and jacks and took down the pot.

Shortly after, Nguyen defended his big blind with    against a middle position raise from Adrian Scarpa. Nguyen check-called 35,000 on the     flop and saw Scarpa check the   turn behind. Nguyen bet 100,000 on the   river, got a call, and won the hand.

Tommy Nguyen2,700,000455,000
Shintaro Baba2,550,000313,000
Adrian Scarpa585,000-185,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:46 PM Local Time
Scarpa Wins One

Marko Maher raised to 36,000 from the hijack and Adrian Scarpa, on the button, called.

The dealer fanned a flop of    . Maher bet 35,000 and Scarpa called, and on the   turn, Maher continued with another bet of 110,000 that Scarpa called once more.

The river brought the   and both players checked. Scarpa tabled    and Maher mucked.

Marko Maher1,100,000-300,000
Adrian Scarpa770,000120,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:26 PM Local Time
Maher vs. Nguyen in Four-Bet Pot

In the last hand of the previous level, Marko Maher raised to 28,000 from early position and Michael O'Grady called from the hijack. Tommy Nguyen, sporting a Toronto Raptors jacket and matching cap today, three-bet to 137,000 from the big blind. Maher four-bet to 288,000, O'Grady quickly released, and Nguyen peeled a flop.

The flop came     and last year's Monster Stack winner check-called 235,000 from Maher. Both players quickly checked the   on the turn, as well as the   on the river.

Nguyen tabled    for aces up and Maher mucked while shaking his head.

Tommy Nguyen2,245,000115,000
Marko Maher1,400,000-500,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:21 PM Local Time
Kings for Ruivo

Cary Katz raised to 28,000 from mid-position, and Manuel Ruivo, from one seat over, three-bet to 100,000. Marko Maher, on the button, called, and Katz let it go.

On a flop of    , Ruivo check-called a bet of 85,000 from Maher.

The dealer burned and turned the   and Ruivo check-called another bet of 185,000 from Maher.

The   completed the board and both players opted to check. Ruivo turned over    and Maher sent his hand to the muck.

Manuel Ruivo3,700,000380,000
Marko Maher1,900,000-250,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:10 PM Local Time
Katz Takes From Maher

Cary Katz

The atmosphere at the final table is relaxed, with almost all of the players settled in and comfortable with their deep stacks in front of them. Cary Katz is one of the players making small talk at the table and also raised to 25,000, with Marko Maher being the one to defend the big blind.

Katz kept the casual conversation going on a     flop while betting 35,000 and Maher called. On the   turn, Katz flung in 100,000, but Maher countered with a check-raise to 330,000. Katz quickly called and yelled "Go diamond!"

The river was indeed one, the  , and both players quickly checked. Katz rolled over the    for two pair and Maher mucked. After the hand, the players kept their casual conversation going and inquired about Maher's whereabouts, who hails from Slovenia, one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia.

Cary Katz2,885,000485,000
Marko Maher2,150,000-450,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:03 PM Local Time
Scarpa Folds to Maher

Marko Maher opened to 28,000 from early position. Adrian Scarpa, in middle position, three-bet to 88,000, and Cary Katz, on the cutoff called. Action folded back to Maher who added the remainder to call as well.

The flop came    , and Maher checked it to Scarpa who fired 90,000. Catz folded, and Maher check-raised to 275,000. Scarpa stuck around with a call.

The   filled up the river and Maher threw in a bet of 325,000. Scarpa thought for a long while, but opted to give up his hand.

Marko Maher2,600,000420,000
Adrian Scarpa650,000-600,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:51 PM Local Time
James Doubles With Set Over Set

Kenna James

Anatolii Zyrin raised to 25,000 and Adrian Scarpa called. Kenna James made it 70,000 on the button, Zyrin called, and Scarpa called as well. On the     flop, Zyrin and Scarpa checked to James who bet 80,000. The Russian folded, Scarpa called.

On the   turn, Scarpa checked, James bet 275,000 and Scarpa check-raised to 700,000. James chuckled, took around twenty seconds, then stacked all his chips and slid them forward for a total shove of 1,003,000. Scarpa quickly flicked in a calling chip.

Kenna James:   
Adrian Scarpa:   

There was only one out in the deck left for Scarpa to knock James out but the   wasn't the case trey. Just like that, James got his earlier lost chips back.

"What happened?" James' rail inquired.

"I got lucky with set over set," he explained.

"Wooo!" the rail cheered.

Kenna James2,570,0001,520,000
Adrian Scarpa1,250,000-1,036,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:38 PM Local Time
Ruivo Takes From James

Manuel Ruivo

Kenna James opened to 23,000 from early position. Manuel Ruivo, in middle position, three-bet to 75,000. Action folded back to James who four-bet to 223,000. Ruivo stuck around with a call.

A flop reading     was dealt. James threw in a bet of 300,000 and Ruivo called.

The turn came the  , and James continued with another bet of 500,000 that Ruivo called once more.

The   filled up the board and this time, James opted to check. Ruivo fired 500,000. James went deep into the tank for a few minutes, but eventually let it go.

Manuel Ruivo3,320,0001,075,000
Kenna James1,050,000-1,050,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:19 PM Local Time
One for Katz

Marko Maher raised to 25,000 from middle position and got calls from Kenna James and Cary Katz in the blinds. James led out 30,000 on a     flop and both Katz and Maher called.

On the   turn, James checked, Katz bet 104,000, Maher folded, and James folded as well.

Cary Katz2,400,000134,000
Marko Maher2,180,000-60,000
Kenna James2,100,000-103,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:13 PM Local Time
Zyrin Takes it on the Turn

Cary Katz opened to 22,000 from early position and Tommy Nguyen, in mid-position, called. Anatolii Zyrin, on the cutoff, three-bet to 85,000. Katz folded and Nguyen added the remainder to call.

The dealer spread a flop of     and Nguyen check-called a bet of 65,000 from Zyrin.

The turn brought the   and Nguyen checked once more. Zyrin fired another bet of 155,000, that was enough for him to claim the pot.

Anatolii Zyrin2,400,00094,000
Tommy Nguyen2,130,000-83,000
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:27 AM Local Time
The Final Table is Set for Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

Two years, two bracelets for Tommy Nguyen?

It looks so deceptively simple. Win your table and you advance to the next round. Win it again? You've made it to a World Series of Poker final table. Win that one? Congratulations, you're a WSOP gold bracelet winner! Three wins in a row, that's all it takes to win Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, and ten players have accomplished the first two goals. They each have at least $15,331 locked up for making it this far, but their sights are set on the first place prize of $238,824 that awaits the winner at the end of the night.

The beauty of the Shootout format is in its equality, as every single one of the ten final table players starts with more or less the same amount in chips. It's a level playing field — no chip leaders, no short stacks — and after what's likely to be a very long day, one of them will be able to call himself a WSOP champion.

As winning to advance twice was requisite to make it to the final table, it comes to no surprise that a table chock-full of talent will be duking it out on the Amazon Secondary feature table throughout the day. 2018 Monster Stack winner Tommy Nguyen, Cary Katz, Anatolii Zyrin, Manuel Ruivo, Kenna James, and Brett Apter are some of the familiar faces to take a seat. For Katz, the man behind PokerGO, a win here would be the perfect addition to s mouth-watering poker resumé consisting of nearly $20 million in lifetime winnings.

For Marko Maher and Shintaro Baba, however, this is their first taste of WSOP-success and they're looking to make a big splash right away. Rounding out the top ten are Adrian Scarpa and Michael O'Grady, who also conquered their two first tables to advance to the final ten.

Final Table Lineup

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Brett ApterUnited States2,258,000226 bb
2Anatolii ZyrinRussia2,306,000231 bb
3Marko MaherSlovenia2,240,000224 bb
4Shintaro BabaJapan2,237,000224 bb
5Adrian ScarpaUnited States2,286,000229 bb
6Michael O'GradyUnited States2,298,000230 bb
7Kenna JamesUnited States2,203,000220 bb
8Cary KatzUnited States2,266,000227 bb
9Manuel RuivoPortugal2,245,000225 bb
10Tommy NguyenCanada2,213,000221 bb

The blinds will kick off with 5,000/10,000 and a 10,000 big blind ante, giving players plenty of room to play as the day progresses. Levels will be 40 minutes throughout the final table and play will continue until the winner has been crowned. Follow along with PokerNews in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino throughout the day as a new champion is crowned at the 2019 World Series of Poker.

Cary Katz
PokerGO's Cary Katz is looking for his first bracelet