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

Sunday, July 14, 2019 to Tuesday, July 16, 2019

$3,000 HORSE (Event #87)

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $812,700
  • Entries: 301
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:51 AM Local Time
Denis Strebkov Wins His First Bracelet and $206,173 Top-Prize in $3k H.O.R.S.E.

Denis Strebkov

Last year, Denis Strebkov stunned the world, winning unprecedented five titles in the online world championships. The well-versed Russian player arrived at 2019 World Series of Poker to showcase his versatility and he'd made it to three final tables during the recent few weeks.

He would eventually add a number four to his name, and it would be the most precious one. Strebkov joined the final mixed-game event of the series, the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. and he took it down, beating a field of 301 entries. Strebkov claimed the $206,173 first-prize and his first career bracelet, adding the handsome wristwear to his trophy cabinet.

Strebkov maybe didn't even expect to nab the title in the final hours of this year's WSOP. He was bound to be on a plane home, but the first two days of the H.O.R.S.E. event saw him navigate his way among the final 14.

"I had my flight booked for today, so I had to reschedule after Day 2," Strebkov said.

Still, his chances weren't too exciting. Strebkov was sitting third from the bottom when play resumed. But ultimately, the final outcome resembled a flipout, with the final table hitting a long stalemate following Albert Shim's elimination in ninth place.

Final table results:

1Denis StrebkovRussia$206,173
2Paul TedeschiFrance$127,419
3Nick GuagentiUnited States$85,265
4Brian HastingsUnited States$58,359
5Andrey ZaichenkoRussia$40,876
6Konstantin PuchkovRussia$29,316
7Jim CollopyUnited States$21,540
8Paul VolpeUnited States$16,224

The next two hours didn't bring any knockout and the stacks got incredibly shallow. It was anyone's game. A streak of two or three made hands could completely reshuffle the leaderboard. Ultimately, it was Paul Volpe who broke the deadlock, departing in eighth. Jim Collopy followed him to the rail shortly thereafter.

Strebkov himself experienced both of the extreme situations. He held the lead for a while, then he nearly touched the ground with five players left. Down to one big bet, Strebkov immediately bounced back with a double up, followed by a triple up.

Strebkov's fellow countrymen Konstantin Puchkov and Andrey Zaichenko went through similar swings. Puchkov was eventually knocked out in sixth and Zaichenko fell in fifth, courtesy of Strebkov.

While Puchkov and Zaichenko were denied a chance to pair their respective bracelets, Strebkov was eager to bring it home. Zaichenko stayed on the rail to support his friend.

"Andrey told me, 'You have to win!'" Strebkov said.

Strebkov played with a maximum concentration, but he knew that wouldn't be enough. With the average stack around eight big bets, the margin for error was very small.

"We were so shallow that it was about who would get lucky."

Strebkov credited all his opponents, saying they all played very well. It had to come down to good cards, and that was something that sank Brian Hastings' chance of a back-to-back victory.

Hastings couldn't win a hand for a few game rotations and he lost a huge portion of his stack. Nick Guagenti busted Hastings in fouth in stud hi-lo, and while Guagenti held the chip lead with three players left, he wouldn't make it to the heads-up match.

With the bracelet on the line, Strebkov and Paul Tedeschi both eyed their debut triumph at WSOP. Their chances very pretty much even.

Played in an electric atmosphere provided by the Italian and German rails at the centre stage (rooting for their favorites in the Main Event), Strebkov and Tedeschi needed to keep their focus.

"It was great. It was like at a football stadium. I enjoyed that," Strebkov said.

Strebkov pulled ahead and he had a solid chance to finish off Tedeschi in stud hi-lo, but Tedeschi found a double.

He was, however, still short stack and the tournament found its champion on the very next hand, with Strebkov hitting his flush draw in hold'em. The ace of hearts on the turn left Tedeschi drawing dead and the Frenchman knew that he would have to wait for his bracelet.

With most of the tables folded and chairs stacked up, Strebkov left the Amazon room for one last time this summer. This time, it was with a bracelet on his wrist.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:02 AM Local Time
Paul Tedeschi Eliminated in 2nd Place ($127,419), Denis Strebkov Wins ($206,173)

Paul Tedeschi


Paul Tedeschi raised, Denis Strebkov called and they got it in on the     flop.

Strebkov had a flush draw with    while Tedeschi hit a pair with   .

It was all over when the   landed on the turn as Strebkov filled his flush draw. The   river was a formality and Tedeschi was eliminated in 2nd place.

Strebkov wins his first bracelet in the final hours of 2019 WSOP, taking home the $206,173 first-prize.

Denis Strebkov6,020,0003,380,000
Paul Tedeschi0-380,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:59 AM Local Time
Tedeschi Doubles

Stud Hi-Lo

Denis Strebkov and Paul Tedeschi were all in on third street for Tedeschi's 170,000.

Strebkov:    /      /  
Tedeschi:    /      /  

Tedeschi finished with a pair of jacks and he doubled as Strebkov completely missed.

Denis Strebkov2,640,000-3,190,000
Paul Tedeschi380,000190,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:57 AM Local Time
Trips for Strebkov

Stud Hi-Lo

Paul Tedeschi had the bring-in and Denis Strebkov completed. Tedeschi called and then bet fourth and Strebkov raised.

Tedeschi called, and then bet fifth. Strebkov raised, Tedeschi re-raised, and Strebkov made it four bets to go. Tedeschi made it five bets and Strebkov just called.

Tedeschi bet sixth and seventh and Strebkov called each time.

Tedeschi:    /      /  
Strebkov:    /      /  

Tedeschi tabled his     for aces-up, but Strebkov revealed his     for trips and scooped the pot from Tedeschi.

Denis Strebkov5,830,0002,050,000
Paul Tedeschi190,000-2,050,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:54 AM Local Time
Tedeschi Folds on Seventh Street

Stud Hi-Lo

Denis Strebkov completed, Paul Tedeschi called and Tedeschi called a bet from Strebkov on fourth.

Strebkov paired his king on fifth while Tedeschi hit third low card. Strebkov bet and Tedeschi called and Strebkov received one more call on sixth.

The river saw Strebkov fire again and Tedeschi knuckled the felt in a sign of defeat, mucking his hand thereafter.

Strebkov:     /     
Tedeschi:     /     

Denis Strebkov3,780,000520,000
Paul Tedeschi2,240,000-520,000
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:51 AM Local Time
Strebkov Folds a Pair

Stud Hi-Lo

Denis Strebkov had the bring-in and Paul Tedeschi completed. Strebkov raised and Tedeschi called.

On fourth, Strebkov bet and Tedeschi check-raised. Strebkov called, and when Tedeschi bet fifth, Strebkov folded and flashed his  .

Strebkov:    /    
Tedeschi:    /    

Denis Strebkov3,260,000-470,000
Paul Tedeschi2,760,000470,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:46 AM Local Time
Tedeschi Shows Two Pair


Paul Tedeschi raised, Denis Strebkov called, and Tedeschi bet again on fourth. Strebkov called again.

Both checked fifth street and Tedeschi raised Strebkov's bet on sixth. Strebkov called.

Tedeschi fired on the river and Strebkov called but he mucked when Tedeschi showed     for two pair.

Strebkov:     /     
Tedeschi:     /     

Denis Strebkov3,730,000-610,000
Paul Tedeschi2,290,000610,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:42 AM Local Time
Two Pair for Strebkov


Paul Tedeschi had the bring-in and Denis Strebkov completed. Tedeschi raised, and Strebkov called.

Tedeschi bet fourth and fifth and Strebkov called each time before he bet sixth and Tedeschi called.

Tedeschi:    /      /  
Strebkov:    /      /  

On seventh, Strebkov bet and Tedeschi took several minutes to call.

Strebkov tabled his     for two pair, and Strebkov mucked.

Denis Strebkov4,340,000735,000
Paul Tedeschi1,680,000-735,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:36 AM Local Time
Strebkov Bets Out Tedeschi


Denis Strebkov completed, Paul Tedeschi raised, Strebkov three-bet, and Tedeschi called.

Tedeschi called another bet on fourth but he gave up to Strebkov's barrel on fifth.

Strebkov:    /    
Tedeschi:    /     (fold)

Denis Strebkov3,605,0000
Paul Tedeschi2,415,0000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:32 AM Local Time
Strebkov Wins on the Turn

Omaha Hi-Lo

Denis Strebkov raised the button and Paul Tedeschi called from the big blind.

The flop landed     and Tedeschi check-called a bet of 100,000.

The turn fell the   and Tedeschi checked. Strebkov bet 200,000 and Tedeschi check-raised to 400,000. Strebkov made it three bets to go and Tedeschi folded.

Denis Strebkov3,240,000905,000
Paul Tedeschi2,780,000-905,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:31 AM Local Time
Scoop for Tedeschi

Omaha Hi-Lo

Paul Tedeschi raised his button, Denis Strebkov three-bet and Tedeschi called.

Strebkov barrelled all streets of the       and Tedeschi called him down, showing      for a straight and a low. Strebkov had ace-deuce and he had to concede the whole pot.

Paul Tedeschi3,685,000765,000
Denis Strebkov2,335,000-765,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:30 AM Local Time
Strebkov Picks off Tedeschi


Denis Strebkov raised the button to 200,000 and Paul Tedeschi three-bet. Strebkov called, and then called a bet on the     flop.

The turn fell the   and both players checked. The river landed the   and Tedeschi bet 200,000 and Strebkov called.

Tedeschi tabled his    for king-high, and Strebkov revealed his winning   .

Denis Strebkov3,100,000765,000
Paul Tedeschi2,920,000-765,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:25 AM Local Time
Turn Bet Win for Tedeschi


Denis Strebkov raised the button and Paul Tedeschi three-bet the big. Strebkov called, and then called a bet on the     flop.

The turn fell the   and Tedeschi bet and Strebkov folded.

Paul Tedeschi3,480,000335,000
Denis Strebkov2,540,000-335,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:23 AM Local Time
Tedeschi Reclaims the Lead


Paul Tedeschi raised on the button and Denis Strebkov called in the big blind.

Strebkov checked the     flop, Tedeschi bet, and Strebkov check-raised. Tedeschi called.

The   turn saw Strebkov bet again and Tedeschi raised. Strebkov called.

The river landed   and Strebkov checked to Tedeschi who bet. Strebkov quickly laid his hand down.

Paul Tedeschi3,145,000295,000
Denis Strebkov2,875,000-295,000
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:23 AM Local Time
Strebkov Wins on Fifth


Denis Strebkov completed and Paul Tedeschi called. Strebkov barrelled on fourth and fifth, but Tedeschi decided to waive the white flag on fifth.

Strebkov:    /    
Tedeschi:    /     (fold)

Denis Strebkov3,170,000295,000
Paul Tedeschi2,850,000-295,000
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:02 AM Local Time
Short Break

Players opted to take a five-minute break before the start of their heads-up match.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:00 AM Local Time
Nick Guagenti Eliminated in 3rd Place ($85,265)

Nick Guagenti


Nick Guagenti had the bring-in and Denis Strebkov completed. Paul Tedeschi made it two bets to go, and both Guagenti and Strebkov called.

Strebkov bet fourth and both players called, and when Strebkov led fifth, Tedeschi called and Guagenti raised all in for 350,000 total. Strebkov and Tedeschi each called, and on sixth, Strebkov bet and Tedeschi called.

Guagenti:    /      /  
Strebkov:    /      /  
Tedeschi:    /      /  

On seventh, Strebkov bet and Tedeschi folded.

Strebkov tabled his     for a eight-seven low as Guagenti revealed his    before he squeezed his   to make a worse eight-low and would consequently be eliminated in third place for a $85,265 payday.

Denis Strebkov3,025,0001,425,000
Paul Tedeschi2,995,000-985,000
Nick Guagenti0-650,000
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 11:57 PM Local Time
Tedeschi Increases


Denis Strebkov completed and Paul Tedeschi called.

Both checked fourth and fifth street and Strebkov fired on sixth when Tedeschi paired his six. Tedeschi called.

Strebkov checked on the river and Tedeschi bet, forcing a fold from Strebkov.

Strebkov:    /      /   (fold)
Tedeschi:    /      /  

Paul Tedeschi3,980,000285,000
Denis Strebkov1,600,000-250,000
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 11:49 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 0
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 11:49 PM Local Time
Tedeschi Extending

Omaha Hi-Lo

Nick Guagenti raised the button and Paul Tedeschi defended his big blind and checked the     flop.

Guagenti bet 80,000 and Tedeschi check-raised to 160,000. Guagenti called, and then called a bet on the turn of the  .

The river landed the  , and Tedeschi bet 160,000 and Guagenti folded.

Paul Tedeschi3,695,000520,000
Nick Guagenti650,000-720,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander