Wednesday, May 31, 2023 6:03 PM Local Time
Back From Break
The final 14 players have returned from their dinner break in Level 27 with blinds at 40,000/80,000 with an 80,000 ante.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:58 PM Local Time
Time for Dinner
The remaining 14 players have stepped out for a 60-minute dinner break. Players are expected to return at ~5:55 p.m. local time.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:56 PM Local Time
Under The Gun and Over Exposed
Bruce Jiang had opened under the gun but when he pulled his hand back from dropping the chips, he accidentally exposed the to Michael Mcfadden who was sitting in the big blind.
Floor was called and it was the Tournament Director's ruling that Jiang would be forced to play with his hand exposed. He did not offer any further penalty to Jiang, as it was an obvious accident. The TD later went on the say, "I'm not penalizing you because you punished yourself".
The table then folded around, explaining they would act as if they hadn't seen his hand. However, once it was folded to the big blind, Mcfadden did go all-in, forcing Jiang to fold.
Mcfadden showed the , explaining he wouldn't have made a move with a random weak hand in this particular circumstance. Jiang made light of the situation and requested that Pokernews report the incident, as it was a funny turn of events.
|Michael Mcfadden||1,310,000||135,000 |
|Bruce Jiang||935,000||275,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:55 PM Local Time
Kevin Kivela Eliminated in 15th Place ($2,915)
Michael McFadden opened to 150,000 before seeing Kevin Kivela three-bet shove for not much more. After making the call, the cards were turned on their backs.
The board ran out , sending Kivela to the rail in 15th place for $2,915 as the tournament breaks for dinner.
|Michael Mcfadden||1,175,000||-1,675,000 |
|Kevin Kivela||0||-1,200,000 |0
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:49 PM Local Time
Eric Zavodnik Eliminated in 17th Place; Guitong He Eliminated in 16th Place ($2,915)
Guitong He went all-in from early position, only to be called by Peter Thai in the small blind and Sean Balfour in the big blind.
All three players saw a flop of . Thai bet 175,000 into Balfour and he called.
The turn brought the , which Thai checked. Balfour then went all-in, forcing Thai out of the pot.
He was drawing dead and the river was an inconsequential brick, eliminating He in 16th place for $2,915.
Meanwhile, Eric Zavodnik was eliminated in 17th place.
|Peter Thai||3,500,000||700,000 |
|Sean Balfour||2,100,000||95,000 |
|Guitong He||0||-2,100,000 |
|Eric Zavodnik||0||-1,395,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:17 PM Local Time
Kenneth Weinstein Eliminated in 18th Place ($2,411)
Kenneth Weinstein was all in and at risk after raising from the button and getting reraised by Peter Thai in the small blind, ultimately leading them both getting all-in preflop.
The flop brought the and a brick on the turn and river sent Weinstein to the payouts.
|Peter Thai||2,800,000||400,000 |
|Kenneth Weinstein||0||-800,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:58 PM Local Time
Aces Hold to Double Up Kivela
Bruce Jiang opened to 125,000 in late position and was met with a three-bet shove from Kevin Kivela two seats to his left. Jiang went into a very short tank before asking, "Do you want a call?" to which Kivela responded, "Yes."
Jiang put in calling chips and the cards went onto their backs.
The board ran out which was safe for Kivela who found a much needed double.
|Kevin Kivela||1,200,000||400,000 |
|Bruce Jiang||660,000||-125,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:57 PM Local Time
McCormack Finds The Double
Keith McCormack was all-in and at risk against Peter Thai.
It's unclear how the action went but the board laid out was , providing a much needed double to McCormack.
|Peter Thai||2,400,000||950,000 |
|Keith McCormack||675,000||-825,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:52 PM Local Time
Zavodnik Cracks Aces to Double
Bruce Jiang opened to 125,000 and was called by Eric Zavodnik in the big blind to see a flop of .
Zavodnik checked to Jiang who bet out 300,000. Zavodnik check-shoved for the rest of his chips and was quickly called by Jiang.
The turn and river ran out and , giving Zavodnik a full double.
|Eric Zavodnik||1,395,000||1,035,000 |
|Bruce Jiang||785,000||-515,000 |0
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:40 PM Local Time
Michael Gibbs Eliminated in 19th Place ($2,411)
Benson Tam opened to 150,000 from under the gun. Action folded to Michael Gibbs in the cutoff who called for less.
The board of was no help to Gibbs who was eliminated in 19th place for $2,411.
|Benson Tam||1,770,000||-930,000 |
|Michael Gibbs||0||-580,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:39 PM Local Time
Randall Blair Eliminated in 20th Place ($2,411)
There was a three-way all-in preflop between Guitong He, Paul Blanchette, and Randall Blair - the latter being the player at risk.
The board ran out , awarding the pot to the eager Paul Blanchette, nearly tripled up. Randall Blair was eliminated in 20th place and awarded $2,411 for his deep run.
|Guitong He||2,100,000||300,000 |
|Paul Blanchette||650,000||25,000 |
|Randall Blair||0||-650,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:31 PM Local Time
Kurt Haiss Eliminated in 21st Place ($2,411)
Kurt Haiss went all-in preflop off from a short stack and was called after an extended tank from Sean Balfour. Unfortunately for Balfour, he was unable to coax the blinds into coming along.
The board ran out , leaving Haiss sweating until the river to no avail.
|Sean Balfour||2,005,000||130,000 |
|Kurt Haiss||0||-360,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:15 PM Local Time
Jacob Norman Eliminated in 22nd Place ($2,411)
Jacob Norman shoved his last 125,000 from late position and was called by Mark Kawamoto and Lisa Eckstein.
The flop came and Kawamoto shoved and received a call from Eckstein.
The turn and river came and pairing the board a second time and splitting the pot between Kawamoto and Eckstein while Norman was eliminated in 22nd place for $2,411.
|Lisa Eckstein||1,700,000||300,000 |
|Mark Kawamoto||955,000||55,000 |
|Jacob Norman||0||-200,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 3:02 PM Local Time
Mario Romera Eliminated in 23rd Place ($2,411)
Mario Romera shoved his remaining chips in from the button and was isolated by Keith McCormack in the small blind.
The board ran out sending Romera to the rail in 23rd place for $2,411.
|Keith McCormack||1,500,000||500,000 |
|Mario Romera||0||-100,000 |0
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:38 PM Local Time
Time for a Break
The final 23 players are now on another 15-minute break.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:37 PM Local Time
Jason Pupillo Eliminated in 24th Place ($2,411)
Jason Pupillo open-shoved for 330,000 from middle position and was called by Guitong He to his immediate left.
The board ran out giving He a flush and sending Pupillo home in 24th place for $2,411.
|Guitong He||1,800,000||700,000 |
|Jason Pupillo||0||-340,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:30 PM Local Time
Joshua Vallejo Eliminated 25th Place ($2,411)
Joshua Vallejo went all in from early position for 160,000. The small blind and big blind, who both covered, ended up going all in as well.
The board ran out and left the blinds chopping up Vallejo's chips, eliminating him in 25th place for $2,411.
|Joshua Honegger||1,250,000||350,000 |
|Michael Gibbs||580,000||130,000 |
|Joshua Vallejo||0||-160,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:28 PM Local Time
Stephen Combs Eliminated in 26th Place ($2,411)
Stephen Combs shoved his remaining 215,000 in early position and was called by Sean Balfour in the cutoff.
The board ran out to send Combs home in 26th place for $2,411.
|Sean Balfour||1,875,000||575,000 |
|Stephen Combs||0||-200,000 |
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:24 PM Local Time
Final Three Tables
|Horseshoe 673||1||Eric Zavodnik||360,000|
|Horseshoe 673||2||Joshua Vallejo||160,000|
|Horseshoe 673||3||Benson Tam||2,700,000|
|Horseshoe 673||4||Jacob Norman||200,000|
|Horseshoe 673||5||Mark Kawamoto||900,000|
|Horseshoe 673||6||Lisa Eckstein||1,400,000|
|Horseshoe 673||7||Michael Gibbs||450,000|
|Horseshoe 673||8||Joshua Honegger||900,000|
|Horseshoe 673||9||Kenneth Weinstein||800,000|
| || || || |
|Horseshoe 678||1||Peter Thai||1,450,000|
|Horseshoe 678||2||Paul Blanchette||625,000|
|Horseshoe 678||3||Randall Blair||650,000|
|Horseshoe 678||4||Bruce Jiang||1,300,000|
|Horseshoe 678||5||Kevin Kivela||800,000|
|Horseshoe 678||6||Zaen Qatan||2,400,000|
|Horseshoe 678||7||Jason Pupillo||340,000|
|Horseshoe 678||8||Guitong He||1,100,000|
|Horseshoe 678||9||Michael Mcfadden||2,850,000|
| || || || |
|Horseshoe 679||1|| || |
|Horseshoe 679||2||James Urbanic||470,000|
|Horseshoe 679||3||Sean Balfour||1,300,000|
|Horseshoe 679||4||Joe Pavan||1,850,000|
|Horseshoe 679||5||Carlton Fitzgerald||185,000|
|Horseshoe 679||6||Mario Romera||100,000|
|Horseshoe 679||7||Keith Mccormack||1,000,000|
|Horseshoe 679||8||Stephen Combs||200,000|
|Horseshoe 679||9||Kurt Haiss||360,000|
|Michael Mcfadden||2,850,000||1,050,000 |
|Benson Tam||2,700,000||1,100,000 |
|Zaen Qatan||2,400,000||1,250,000 |
|Joe Pavan||1,850,000||600,000 |
|Peter Thai||1,450,000||200,000 |
|Lisa Eckstein||1,400,000||-300,000 |
|Bruce Jiang||1,300,000||495,000 |
|Sean Balfour||1,300,000||360,000 |
|Guitong He||1,100,000||320,000 |
|Keith McCormack||1,000,000||-300,000 |
|Mark Kawamoto||900,000||-200,000 |
|Joshua Honegger||900,000||-400,000 |
|Kenneth Weinstein||800,000||453,000 |
|Kevin Kivela||800,000||5,000 |
|Randall Blair||650,000||308,000 |
|Paul Blanchette||625,000||-80,000 |
|James Urbanic||470,000||-630,000 |
|Michael Gibbs||450,000||-200,000 |
|Eric Zavodnik||360,000||22,000 |
|Kurt Haiss||360,000||-209,000 |
|Jason Pupillo||340,000||-30,000 |
|Jacob Norman||200,000||35,000 |
|Stephen Combs||200,000||200,000 |
|Carlton Fitzgerald||185,000||-252,000 |
|Joshua Vallejo||160,000||-365,000 |
|Mario Romera||100,000||-290,000 |0
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:04 PM Local Time
Mcfadden Sniffs It Out
Action picked up on the river on and Michael Mcfadden checked from the small blind. John Vournas then cut out a bet of 285,000. Mcfadden went deep into the tank trying to puzzle the hand together.
Eventually, he found the call and Vournas showed for a bluff. Mcfadden quickly showed to scoop the pot and soar up in the chip counts.
|Michael Mcfadden||1,800,000||600,000 |
|John Vournas||485,000||-185,000 |