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

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 to Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Event #30: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack

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  • Buy-in: $600
  • Prizepool: $1,709,010
  • Entries: 3,351
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 13, 2024 1:02 AM Local Time (about 11 days and 3 hours ago)
Alen Bakovic Laughs His Way to the WSOP Event #30 $600NLHE/PLO Title

Alen Bakovic

An explosive final table in Event #30: $600 Mixed: No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack came to a close after only four hours, with Alen Bakovic overcoming Brian Keith Etheridge after a back-and-forth heads-up battle.

The Canadian was a popular winner. After winning over the crowd and fellow players with his table talk throughout the day, he pocketed $207,064 for first place and, of course, a coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

Smashing last year's already impressive numbers, the event was another record-breaker, with a turnout of 3,351 entries, which generated a prize pool of $1,709,010.

Event 30 Final Table Results

1Alen BakovicCanada$207,064
2Brian Keith EtheridgeLatvia$138,051
3Olegs BuikoUnited States$101,682
4Sergio BensoItaly$75,518
5Quan TranUnited States$56,557
6Marcus RuizUnited States$42,715
7Joseph CoudenUnited States$32,537
8Daniel GoldbergUnited States$24,997
9Jianqiang YuChina$19,371

Bakovic started the day with 1,460,000 and continued to grind towards the final table. Chips moved around the final table until, finally, Bakovich and Etheridge started to pull away from the pack. Once heads up, the two traded chips while laughing and joking in a show of good sportsmanship. Ultimately, it was Bakovich who finished the day to take down his maiden WSOP Bracelet.

Winner's Reaction

It was an emotional scene as Bakovic was surrounded by friends and mentors as he added a bracelet to his already impressive cabinet of WSOP Rings.

"These guys made it easy for me," said Bakovic, referring to his rail who cheered him on to victory. "I remember thinking, why am I so calm? And I knew it was because of them."

Bakovic told PokerNews that he plans to stay for the whole WSOP. He even won a Main Event seat through an online satellite and was hugely grateful for the support and guidance from his friends and family.

"I've been playing poker since 2006. Pot-Limit Omaha is kind of new to me, but I love the challenge of learning new games. There are so many people who helped me become the player that I am today."

Alen Bakovic
Alen Bakovic

Final Day Action

Just 145 players returned for the final day, and the field was down to three tables after just five hours. Bakovic was the second-shortest stack at the three-table redraw but battled his way back into contention.

As well as his poker skills, also on display was Bakovic's humor as he shared stories and jokes with those around him Many of the players he was competing against saw his jokes and humility as a breath of fresh air under normally intense circumstances.

And by the time the final table was reached, Bakovic sat atop the pile, with clear water to Brian Keith Etheridge in second place. Bakovic eliminated Jianqiang Yu in ninth to extend his chip lead, before Daniel Goldberg hit the rail in eighth.

Joseph Couden and Marcus Ruiz both then hit the rail in quick succession as they failed to run up their short stacks.

Brian Keith Etheridge
Brian Keith Etheridge

Bakovic would see Olegs Buiko double through him before Quan Tran scored a double of his own. Tran had sent Goldberg to the rail, but he finally hit the rail at the hands of Etheridge in Pot Limit Omaha.

Etheridge then finished off another short stack, as Sergio Benso was eliminated before Bakovic soared into the chip lead once more after tripling through Etheridge after rivering a flush in Pot Limit Omaha.

However, Etheridge would find himself only slightly out-chipped heads-up after notching another elimination as Buiko hit the rail in third. However, Etheridge's run would come to an end heads-up, with Bakovic flopping a set to end the tournament and seal victory.

This ends PokerNews coverage of this event, but be sure to stay tuned as we bring you all the action for the rest of the World Series of Poker.

Alen Bakovic
Alen Bakovic
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 11:25 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 4 hours ago)
Brian Keith Etheridge Eliminated in 2nd Place ($138,051)

Brian Keith Etheridge

Pot-Limit Omaha

Alen Bakovic raised the pot preflop, enough to cover Brian Keith Etheridge, who made the call, putting himself at risk.

Brian Keith Etheridge:     
Alen Bakovic:     

Etheridge was in the lead with his pair of nines, but the flop of     put Bakovic way in the lead with his set of threes. The runout of    changed nothing and the pot was shipped over to Bakovic while Etheridge was eliminated as the runner-up.

Alen Bakovic100,530,00042,530,000
Brian Keith Etheridge0-42,000,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 11:15 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 4 hours ago)
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 1,500,000/3,000,000
Ante: 3,000,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 11:13 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 4 hours ago)
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Wednesday, June 12, 2024 11:06 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Bakovic Wins with Superior Ace-High

Alen Bakovic opened to 6,200,000 and Brian Keith Etheridge called to see the flop of    . Bakovic continued for 4,700,000 and Etheridge called to continue to the turn  , which saw a check from both players.

The action then checked through the river   and Etheridge announced ace-high and tabled    but then Bakovic flipped over    for his ten-kicker to play and he was awarded the pot.

Alen Bakovic58,000,0006,000,000
Brian Keith Etheridge42,000,000-6,000,000
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 10:40 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Level 42 started
Level: 42
Blinds: 1,200,000/2,400,000
Ante: 2,400,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 10:37 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Bakovic Shoves River to Take Lead

Brian Keith Etheridge opened to 5,000,000 and Alen Bakovic made the call to see a flop of    . Etheridge continued for 3,000,000 and Bakovic called to continue to the turn  .

Both players then decided to check and went to the river  , which saw a bet of 7,000,000 from Etheridge.

After around 30 seconds, Bakovic announced he was all in, and then it was Etheridge's turn to go into the tank.

After thinking it over for around a minute, he slid his cards to the dealer to award the pot to Bakovic.

Alen Bakovic52,000,00017,500,000
Brian Keith Etheridge48,000,000-18,000,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 10:25 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 5 hours ago)
Bakovic Battles Back

Alen Bakovic

No-Limit Hold'em

After a devastating blow to his stack, Alen Bakovic jammed all in for 17,400,000 from the small blind. Brian Keith Etheridge made the call and both players revealed their hands.

Alen Bakovic:   
Brian keith Etheridge:   

The board ran clean for Bakovic as it came       for him to find the double.

Brian Keith Etheridge66,000,00018,500,000
Alen Bakovic34,500,000-18,000,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 10:09 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,000,000/2,000,000
Ante: 2,000,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:52 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Olegs Buiko Eliminated in 3rd Place ($101,682)

Olegs Buiko

No-Limit Hold'em

Olegs Buiko jammed all in from the button for 9,800,000. Brian Keith Etheridge called from the big blind and both players revealed their hands.

Olegs Buiko:   
Brian Keith Etheridge:   

The board ran out       for Etheridge to take the pot.

Alen Bakovic52,500,00033,700,000
Brian Keith Etheridge47,500,000-15,500,000
Olegs Buiko0-19,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:50 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 800,000/1,600,000
Ante: 1,600,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:50 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Bakovic Drills River for Massive Triple into Chip Lead

Alen Bakovic

On a three-way limped family flop of    , Brian Keith Etheridge led for 3,000,000 and was called by both Olegs Buiko and Alen Bakovic.

The turn came the   and Etheridge checked, Buiko bet the pot of 15,400,000, and Alen Bakovic moved all in for a slightly less amount of 13,400,000.

After some thought, Etheridge made the call to put both players at risk, the gold bracelet on the line.

Alen Bakovic:     
Olegs Buiko:     
Brian Keith Etheridge:     

Buiko had the lead with his nut straight, but both of his opponents held two pair with opposing flush draws.

And just like that, the   smacked down on the river to give Bakovic the nut flush to win the massive main pot while Buiko took the side with his straight.

Bakovic and his rail went wild as he was pushed the monstrous pot to rocket him into the chip lead.

Alen Bakovic52,500,00033,700,000
Brian Keith Etheridge38,500,000-24,500,000
Olegs Buiko6,800,000-12,700,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:42 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Sergio Benso Eliminated in 4th Place ($75,518)

Sergio Benso

Sergio Benso opened to a pot sized bet of 4,200,000. Both Brian Keith Etheridge and Olegs Buiko made the call from the blinds.

The flop came    , and Etheridge along with Buiko checked. Benso jammed all in for 1,300,000 and Etheridge raised to 3,000,000. Buiko folded and both players revealed their holdings.

Sergio Benso:     
Brian Keith Etheridge:     

The board completed    for Benso to be eliminated.

Brian Keith Etheridge63,000,0009,500,000
Olegs Buiko19,500,0004,000,000
Alen Bakovic18,800,000-3,200,000
Sergio Benso0-6,500,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:30 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Quan Tran Eliminated in 5th Place ($56,557)

Quan Tran

Pot-Limit Omaha

Quan Tran opened to 4,200,000 preflop and was called by Brian Keith Etheridge to see a flop of    .

"I'm all in," announced Etheridge as he set out a stack, covering Tran.

"Man... such a bad flop," Tran sighed, but still made the call to put himself at risk.

Quan Tran:     
Brian Keith Etheridge:     

Etheridge was a big favorite with his flopped two pair, and the runout of    changed nothing to eliminate Tran in fifth.

Brian Keith Etheridge53,500,00021,500,000
Quan Tran0-6,400,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:23 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Tran Finds a Double

Quan Tran

No-Limit Hold'em

Sergio Benso jammed all in from the button and Quan Tran called from the small blind with less.

Quan Tran:   
Sergio Benso:   

The board came       for Tran to find the double

Brian Keith Etheridge46,000,00014,000,000
Alen Bakovic22,000,0000
Olegs Buiko15,500,0000
Quan Tran6,500,000100,000
Sergio Benso6,500,000-9,500,000
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:13 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 6 hours ago)
Buiko Doubles Thru Bakovic

No-Limit Hold'em

After an open to 2,400,000 by Alen Bakovic, Olegs Buiko moved all in for 5,700,000.

"Alright, let's do it," Bakovic announced as he made the call to put Vuiko at risk.

Olegs Buiko:   
Alen Bakovic:   

Bakovich would need some help to score a knockout here, but the runout of       did no such thing and Buiko scored the double.

Alen Bakovic22,000,000-15,000,000
Olegs Buiko15,500,0007,300,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:00 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 7 hours ago)
Level 39 started
Level: 39
Blinds: 600,000/1,200,000
Ante: 1,200,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8:47 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 7 hours ago)
Break Time

The five remaining players are now on a quick 15-minute break and will return to action shortly.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8:43 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 7 hours ago)
Marcus Ruiz Eliminated in 6th Place ($42,715)

Marcus Ruiz

No-limit Hold'em

Marcus Ruiz raised to 4,025,000 accidently leaving behind a single 25,000 chip. Olegs Buiko called as both players saw a flop.

The board came     and both players were eager to check.

While the turn peeled the  , Ruiz checked to Buiko who put him all in. He folded leaving the single chip behind.

A few hands later, Ruiz went all in and three players called the big blind.

The hand was checked down and Brian Keith Eldridge made the nut straight on the river to eliminate Ruiz.

Brian Keith Etheridge32,000,0001,500,000
Olegs Buiko8,200,0004,050,000
Marcus Ruiz0-9,100,000
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8:31 PM Local Time (about 11 days and 7 hours ago)
Joseph Couden Eliminated in 7th Place ($32,537)

Joseph Couden

Joseph Couden opened to 2,500,000 and action folded to Sergio Benso who moved all in to cover. When it got back to Couden he made the call, putting himself at risk.

Joseph Couden:   
Sergio Benso:   

Benso was already ahead with his king-high, and the runout of       only improved him to a pair of jacks on the river to eliminate Couden in 7th place.

Sergio Benso16,000,0003,400,000
Joseph Couden0-3,900,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander