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2024 55th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, June 05, 2024 to Friday, June 07, 2024

Event #19: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship (8-Handed)

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,236,900
  • Entries: 133
  • Remaining: 0

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Saturday, June 8, 2024 2:17 AM Local Time (about 11 days and 2 hours ago)
John Racener Spins Shortest Stack Up to WSOP Gold in Event #19: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

John Racener

It wasn't quite a chip and a chair scenario but John Racener did come into Day 3 of Event #19: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship at the 2024 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas at the bottom of the chips list, in a field that contained nine WSOP bracelet winners, and a former champion in this event.

The result? His second gold bracelet to go along with $308,930 for first place.

"I am so blessed and grateful to be here" Racener said shortly after defeating Chad Eveslage in heads-up play to secure the win. "I am just so happy to be out here, being able to play and grind."

Racener attributes much of his success so far this summer to his wife, who takes care of their two sons, allowing him to be focused when he is on the road.

Another woman he made sure to mention was his late mother. "I know she is watching above me right now...she is happy as shit right now." When Racener won his first bracelet in 2017 in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice, he wore a shirt reading 'for mom' as a tribute. At the time, he said he "really wanted to win one for her" and today he doubled down.

Within the context of his poker career, Racener says this victory will help motivate him to pursue his main goal, the accolade of WSOP Player of the Year. He came close in 2017, finishing second to Chris Ferguson but with a win under his belt so early in the series, another golden opportunity has presented itself. "It's a huge start for me. Every day I'm in Vegas I'll be playing ."

Despite his goal, Racener was clear that family comes first and, above all else, "being with my kids is the most important for me."

Event #19: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1John RacenerUnited States$308,930
2Chad EveslageUnited States$205,954
3Marco JohnsonUnited States$142,245
4Anthony MarsicoUnited States$101,062
5Shyamsundar ChallaIndia$73,922
6Justin KusumowidagdoUnited States$55,715
7Ronnie BardahUnited States$43,311
8Andrew KelsallUnited States$34,759

Final Day Action

Several notable players fell early in the day, including Nick Schulman (13th-$21,992) and the winner of this event in 2019, Juha Helppi (10th-$24,740). The latter's elimination set the stage for the unofficial final table of nine.

Maxx Coleman was the first casualty of the final table after being on the wrong end of a nasty cooler against Marco Johnson.

Next to go was Andrew Kelsall, who had been hovering towards the lower end of the chip counts for much of the day before succumbing to the nines of Anthony Marsico. Not long after, Ronnie Bardah got his money in good with jacks but Johnson turned trips to send the player responsible for the infamous Miss Finland hand out in seventh.

Justin Kusumowidagdo had avoided large confrontations for much of the day but eventually the limits caught up to him and he was ultimately finished off by Eveslage.

One of the early chip leaders in the day was Shyamsundar Challa. He even came into the final table with a stack comfortably north of average, but from that point on, struggled to maintain his earlier momentum. The end came in fifth when his dominating ace was outflopped by Marsico.

Marsico was next out the door, first crippled by one of his opponent's nut flush, the rest taken soon after by Racener.

That left Johnson, Racener and Eveslage to battle it out, all starting with relatively even stacks. Due to the deep stack depth at that point, three handed play continued for quite a while. However, Johnson did end up busting in third, when his flopped open ender failed to hit.

Heads-Up Play

Both Racener and Eveslage still had plenty of big bets to work with but with the time getting late, they agreed to reduce blind lengths from 90-minutes to 45-minutes.

Racener proceeded to seize control of play, eroding Eveslage until eventually he was forced all in on the flop with bottom pair against Racener's top pair. Everything seemed poised for a Racener victory, that is until Eveslage turned two pair to double.

The next few hands also went in Eveslage's favor and it suddenly looked as if Racener was in danger of coming tantalizingly close to the bracelet only for it to be snatched away at the last moment.

Those concerns were allayed, however, when Racener managed to get Eveslage all in and at risk again, this time making two pair himself to secure the victory and condemn Eveslage to a runner-up finish and a healthy $205,954 consolation prize.

This concludes coverage of Event #19: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Be sure to follow PokerNews as it continues to provide comprehensive coverage of the 2024 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

Friday, June 7, 2024 11:36 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 4 hours ago)
Chad Eveslage Eliminated in 2nd Place ($205,954)

Chad Eveslage

Chad Eveslage moved all in on the button and John Racener quickly called.

Chad Eveslage:    [allin]
John Racener:   

Eveslage was behind and left drawing nearly dead following the     flop. The   turn confirmed his elimination in 2nd place prior to the inconsequential   river.

Stay tuned for a full tournament recap to follow.

John Racener7,980,0002,280,000
Chad Eveslage0-2,300,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 11:29 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Eveslage Fighting Back

Chad Eveslage raised on the button and was called by John Racener in the big blind.

Racener check bets on all three streets, on a       board.

At showdown, Eveslage showed    for a full house to take down the pot.

John Racener5,700,000-1,400,000
Chad Eveslage2,300,0001,400,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 11:26 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Level 25 started
Level: 25
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 0
Friday, June 7, 2024 11:19 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Eveslage Survives

Chad Eveslage had been whittled down to just a few big bets when he found himself all in and at risk against John Racener on a flop of    .

Chad Eveslage:    [allin]
John Racener:   

Eveslage was well behind and would need significant help to survive. The   turn immediately provided that help with the   river confirming a full double up for Eveslage.

John Racener7,100,000625,000
Chad Eveslage900,000-625,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 7, 2024 11:15 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Racener Closing in On the Bracelet

Chad Eveslage raised on the button and was called by John Racener in the big blind.

The flop came     and Racener check-called the bets from Eveslage on the flop, and the   turn.

On the river both players checked the   and Racener showed down    and Eveslage mucked his hand.

John Racener6,475,0001,125,000
Chad Eveslage1,525,000-1,125,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 11:10 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
PLO-Specialist Dylan Weisman Wins Bracelet #2
Friday, June 7, 2024 11:04 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
War of Attrition

Chad Eveslage and John Racener have been trading a number of pots without any real swing in momentum. Though Racener has opened up a somewhat significant chiplead, Eveslage has consistently fought back to keep himself in contention. A long heads-up match could very well be in the cards.

John Racener5,350,000-350,000
Chad Eveslage2,650,000350,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 10:52 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Racener Extends His Lead

John Racener raised on the button and was called by Chad Eveslage in the big blind.

The flop came     when Eveslage check raised the bet by Racener, who called the raise.

On the turn was the   and Racener called the bet from Eveslage.

The river was the   and Eveslage lead out for a bet and was raised by Racener. After thinking about his decision, Eveslage called and was shown    for a straight, and took down the pot to extend his lead.

John Racener5,700,000750,000
Chad Eveslage2,300,000-750,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 10:52 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Level 24 started
Level: 24
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 7, 2024 10:33 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Gap Emerging

John Racener opened on the button, then called a three-bet from Chad Eveslage in the big bind.

Eveslage continued his aggression with a bet on the     flop and received a call from Racener.

The same pattern was repeated on the   turn before Eveslage checked the   river. Racener decided to bet, putting Eveslage to the test. After some time, Eveslage did make the call but came up short against the    of Racener.

John Racener4,950,000800,000
Chad Eveslage3,050,000-800,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 10:22 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Racener in the Lead

John Racener raised on the button, and Chad Eveslage called in the big blind.

The flop came     when Eveslage check-raised Racener, who made the call.

On the turn Racener called the bet Eveslage put out after the   hit the felt.

The river was the   to complete the board. and Eveslage bet before Racener raised him. Eveslage announced call and before he could get the chips in, Racener flipped over    for top pair, top kicker. Eveslage threw his cards in the muck, and with that pot Racener has now taken the lead.

John Racener4,150,000650,000
Chad Eveslage3,850,000-650,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 10:09 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Eveslage Continues to Build

Chad Eveslage opened on the button and John Racener defended the big blind.

Racener check-called a bet from Eveslage on the     flop.

The   on the turn saw Racener check for a second time before calling when Eveslage bet.

The   river paired the board and Racener checked. Eveslage bet again, sending Racener into the tank. He emerged having decided on a fold to take another hit to his stack.

Chad Eveslage4,500,000-420,000
John Racener3,500,000440,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 9:59 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Eveslage With the Lead Heads Up

Chad Eveslage has opened up a small lead on John Racener after taking the first few hands of level 23.

In the last hand Eveslage limped on the button and Racener checked his option.

The flop came     and Racener check raised Eveslage bet, which Eveslage called.

The turn was the   and Racener lead out with a bet, and Eveslage put in a raise. Again, Racener called to see a river.

The river was the   and Racener check folded after Eveslage made a bet.

Chad Eveslage4,920,000120,000
John Racener3,060,000-40,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 9:52 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 7, 2024 9:46 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Change to Structure

Chad Eveslage and John Racener have agreed to reduce the blind levels from 90-minutes to 45-minutes for the remainder of the tournament.

Friday, June 7, 2024 9:44 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Break Time

The remaining two players have been sent on a short break.

Friday, June 7, 2024 9:43 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Racener All Smiles for His Rail
Friday, June 7, 2024 9:42 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Marco Johnson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($142,245)

Marco Johnson

Marco Johnson raised on the button and was called by John Racener in the big blind.

The Flop came     and Racener checked it to Johnson who bet. Racener then raised Johnson all in, and Johnson made the call.

Marco Johnson:    [allin]
John Racener:   

Racener was ahead but Johnson could hit a queen or make a straight with an 8 or king to stay alive in the tournament.

The turn was the   and the river was the   giving Racener trips, and eliminating Johnson in 3rd place.

John Racener3,100,000250,000
Marco Johnson0-200,000
Friday, June 7, 2024 9:30 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 7 hours ago)
Johnson On Fumes

Chad Eveslage opened on the button and received a call from Marco Johnson in the big blind.

Johnson checked then called a bet from Eveslage on the     flop.

The turn came  , prompting Johnson to check for a second time. Undeterred by the earlier call, Eveslage put in another bet. Once again, Johnson called.

The same betting action was repeated following the   river with Eveslage holding    for a winning straight, leaving Johnson on fumes.

Chad Eveslage4,800,0001,000,000
John Racener2,850,000-400,000
Marco Johnson200,000-250,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
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