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

Friday, June 14, 2024 to Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Event #38: $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $11,618,505
  • Entries: 8,703
  • Remaining: 8703

EVENT UPDATES

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024 11:23 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 14 hours ago)
Pedro Neves Holds Massive Chip Lead with Seven Left in Event #38: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em

Pedro Neves

Day 4 of Event #38: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em has concluded here at the Horseshoe Las Vegas. Of the 55 competitors who started the day, the final seven players will return for Day 5, where the tournament will play down to a winner.

The last seven players standing navigated through a mammoth field of 8,704 entrants to arrive at the final table and capture a piece of the $11,619,840 prizepool. They will be competing for the $1,098,220 first-place prize, along with the coveted World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet.

The overwhelming chip leader heading into the start of Day 5 is Pedro Neves (172,200,000), who is on the hunt for his first WSOP bracelet. Neves, who has had plenty of success and big wins in events outside of the WSOP, has already locked up the biggest WSOP cash of his career. With a first-place finish, he looks to add his second seven-figure score to his resume.

Neves, who was down to less than six big blinds at one point during the first level of the day, started his comeback with a double up against Federico Castaing. He then doubled up again, this time through Noel Eicher. Neves continued to chip up throughout the day as the action played down to the final two tables.

A key turning point in Neves' rise was a hand in which he doubled up through Jonas Christensen, with set over set. Right before the final table, Neves propelled his stack even higher, when he spiked a queen to score a double knockout in which he eliminated two opponents in the same hand.

End of Day 4 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Pedro NevesPortugal172,200,00086
2Aaron Johnson (MN)United States101,000,00051
3Brian RoffUnited States50,800,00025
4Jerry MaherUnited States29,800,00015
5Tim ReillyUnited States28,900,00014
6Jose Carlos BritoPortugal27,000,00014
7Guangming LiUnited States25,500,00013

Aaron Johnson, who is also seeking his first piece of gold, will enter Day 5 as the other big stack at the table with 101,000,000. He will begin with double that of Brian Roff (50,800,000), who sits in third.

Aaron Johnson (MN)
Aaron Johnson (MN)

Day 4 Action

Day 4 set a fast tempo, with the field slimming down to the final three tables quickly. John Duthie (51st - $25,355) made an early exit when his pocket kings were cracked by the ace-jack of Leonel Mendoza. Euan McNicholas (48th - $25,355) was short-stacked and all in with queen-ten and fell to Federico Castaing's ace-nine. Nadya Magnus couldn't find a king against Arnaud Enselme and was eliminated in 34th ($37,689).

Martin Kabrhel's quest for his third bracelet was cut short when he ran into pocket kings and was knocked out in 26th ($46,448). Joao Simao exited shortly after when he ran into queens and aces and was eliminated in 22nd ($46,448). Wayne Harmon (17th - 57,652) suffered a devastating bad beat when he got it all in preflop with pocket kings versus jacks. Fausto Valdez (11th - $90,719) also was a victim of a brutal runout when his aces were cracked by Neves' queens.

With that, the final table was set with only ten players remaining and it wasn't long until just seven prevailed to bag up for the night.

Fausto Valdez
Fausto Valdez

Remaining Payouts

PlacePrize
1$1,098,220
2$732,329
3$550,920
4$417,213
5$318,077
6$244,137
7$188,660

Action will begin on Day 5 at 12 p.m. local time on Thursday, June 20, at the Horseshoe Las Vegas, where a champion will be crowned.

The tournament will resume at Level 40, with blinds at 1,000,000/2,000,000 with a 2,000,000 big blind ante. The level will resume with 37 minutes and 25 seconds remaining. Levels will be 60 minutes in length, with 15-minute breaks every two levels, and a dinner break to be determined.

Streaming will begin at 1 pm on PokerGO (subject to change), and PokerNews will be providing updates on delay in sync with the stream so as to not spoil any of the tournament as it progresses.

Be sure to follow PokerNews throughout the remainder of this event, as well as future coverage throughout the summer.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:48 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 15 hours ago)
Seat Draw for the Final Day
CasinoTableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
Horseshoe11Aaron Johnson (MN)United States101,000,00051
Horseshoe12Brian RoffUnited States50,800,00025
Horseshoe13Tim ReillyUnited States28,900,00014
Horseshoe14Jeremy MaherUnited States29,800,00015
Horseshoe15Pedro NevesPortugal172,200,00086
Horseshoe16Guangming LiUnited States25,500,00013
Horseshoe17Jose BritoPortugal27,000,00014
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:47 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 15 hours ago)
Day 4 Comes to a Close

Day 4 of the tournament has come to a close with 7 players remaining.

A full recap of the day's action will follow shortly.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:46 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 15 hours ago)
End of Day Chip Counts (Full)
Pedro Neves172,200,0002,200,000
Aaron Johnson (MN)101,000,00021,000,000
Brian Roff50,800,000-7,200,000
Jerry Maher29,800,0005,800,000
Tim Reilly28,900,000-8,100,000
Jose Carlos Brito27,000,000100,000
Guangming Li25,500,000-9,000,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:41 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 15 hours ago)
Bret Martin Eliminated in 8th Place ($146,789)

Bret Martin

Bret Martin shoved all in from under the gun for 12,700,000, and Pedro Neves called from middle position. The rest of the table folded.

Bret Martin:   
Pedro Neves:   

Martin never managed to improve on the       runout which meant he was eliminated.

Pedro Neves170,000,00016,000,000
Bret Martin0-28,700,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:38 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Neves' Stack Grows

Jerry Maher limped in from the small blind and Pedro Neves checked the big blind.

On the     flop, Maher bet 2,000,000, and Neves called.

Both checked the   turn to see the   river. Maher checked, Neves bet 7,500,000, and Maher called.

Neves tabled    for a pair of aces, and Maher mucked.

Pedro Neves154,000,0003,000,000
Jerry Maher24,000,000-8,500,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:25 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Roff Picks Up Aces at the Right Time

The action folded to Aaron Johnson in the small blind who shoved all in. Brian Roff was in the big blind with 28,400,000 chips and as soon as he peeked at his cards, he pushed all of his stack into the middle.

Brian Roff:   
Aaron Johnson:   

Roff had found aces with perfect timing and had no sweat after he flopped top set on the       runout.

Aaron Johnson (MN)80,000,000-15,000,000
Brian Roff58,000,00028,000,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:14 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 1,000,000/2,000,000
Ante: 2,000,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:03 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Players on Break

Players are now on a 15-minute break and will return to blinds at 1,000,000/2,000,000 with a 2,000,000 big blind ante.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:02 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Robin Guillaumot Eliminated in 9th Place ($114,998)

Robin Guillaumot

Robin Guillaumot moved all in from the cutoff for about 5,500,000 and Jerry Maher reshoved from the small blind to isolate. Pedro Neves folded in the big blind.

Robin Guillaumot:   
Jerry Maher:   

The flop came    , offering little help to Guillaumot. The   turn gave him some hope, gaining additional outs for a straight or flush. The   was a blank, eliminating Guillaumot from the tournament.

"What a turn card," mentioned Maher, as he dragged in the pot.

Jerry Maher32,500,0005,500,000
Robin Guillaumot0-9,500,000
Gorilla Gaming
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:01 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Roff Lands a Double-Up Before the Break

Aaron Johnson opened the hijack to 3,000,000 and Brian Roff shoved for around 15,000,000 from the cutoff. It folded back to Johnson who made the call which put Roff at risk.

Brian Roff:   
Aaron Johnson:   

Roff's hand held up on the       board and he doubled up.

Aaron Johnson (MN)95,000,000-15,000,000
Brian Roff30,000,00014,300,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 9:00 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Manuel Estol Eliminated in 10th Place ($90,719)

Manuel Estol

Manuel Estol raised to 3,000,000 from the cutoff and Aaron Johnson three-bet to 8,000,000 on the button. When it got back to Estol, he shoved for around 28,000,000, and Johnson called.

Manuel Estol:   
Aaron Johnson:   

The board ran in Johnson's favor as his jacks held up on the       board, which sent Estol out in 10th.

Aaron Johnson (MN)110,000,00046,000,000
Manuel Estol0-42,300,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:56 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Neves Continues with the Aggression

Jerry Maher opened in the hijack to 3,000,000 and Pedro Neves three-bet to 7,500,000 in the cutoff.

After some thought, Maher tossed his cards into the muck.

Pedro Neves151,000,0007,000,000
Jerry Maher27,000,000-3,000,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:53 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Guillaumot Doubles Through Neves

Robin Guillaumot moved all in for his last 3,500,000 in the cutoff and Pedro Neves called from the big blind.

Robin Guillaumot:   
Pedro Neves:   

The board of       ran out safe for Guillaumot, who doubled up to stay alive.

Pedro Neves144,000,000-2,000,000
Robin Guillaumot9,500,0001,500,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:41 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 16 hours ago)
Johnson Gets Value on the River

Aaron Johnson raised the button to 3,000,000 and Tim Reilly called from the big blind.

Both players checked to the river on the       board and Johnson fired a bet of 4,500,000 once Reilly checked. After some time thinking, Reilly made the call.

Johnson confidently tabled    for a flush, and Reilly mucked.

Aaron Johnson (MN)64,000,0009,100,000
Tim Reilly37,000,000-9,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:39 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 17 hours ago)
Day 4 Update

The tournament director has informed the players that play will stop when there are 7 remaining, with the survivors then bagging up their chips for Day 5 tomorrow. The scheduled plan of playing ten levels today will also be followed if there are more than 7 remaining at the end of Level 41.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:22 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 17 hours ago)
Final Table Redraw and Chip Counts
SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Aaron Johnson (MN)United States54,900,00037
2Brian RoffUnited States15,700,00010
3Tim ReillyUnited States46,500,00031
4Robin GuillaumotFrance8,000,0005
5Bret MartinUnited States28,700,00019
6Jerry MaherUnited States30,000,00020
7Pedro NevesPortugal146,000,00097
8Guangming LiUnited States34,500,00023
9Jose Carlos BritoPortugal26,900,00018
10Manuel EstolArgentina42,300,00028
Pedro Neves146,000,00016,000,000
Aaron Johnson (MN)54,900,00011,900,000
Tim Reilly46,500,000-2,500,000
Manuel Estol42,300,000-1,700,000
Guangming Li34,500,0004,500,000
Jerry Maher30,000,0008,000,000
Bret Martin28,700,000-100,000
Jose Carlos Brito26,900,000900,000
Brian Roff15,700,000-7,300,000
Robin Guillaumot8,000,000-11,000,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:14 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 17 hours ago)
Final Table is Set

There will be a short break while the final ten players are redrawn and seated at the final table.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:12 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 17 hours ago)
Fausto Valdez Eliminated in 11th Place ($90,719); Alex Abariotes Eliminated in 12th Place ($72,066)

Fausto Valdez

Pedro Neves opened to 3,000,000 from the hijack, and Alex Abariotes shoved for 8,500,000 on the button. Fausto Valdez made the call out of the big blind, and Neves shoved all in behind. Valdez quickly called.

Alex Abariotes:   
Fausto Valdez:   
Pedro Neves:   

Valdez was in a great spot to almost triple-up but the flop of     dampened his plans as Neves improved to top set. Abariotes needed running cards to survive and was half way there when the   hit the turn as any four would complete his straight. However, the   river was a brick which meant both Abariotes and Valdez were eliminated.

Alex Abariotes
Alex Abariotes
Pedro Neves130,000,00022,000,000
Fausto Valdez0-22,000,000
Alex Abariotes0-13,800,000
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 8:08 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 17 hours ago)
Estol Powers Through Flop

Manuel Estol raised 3,000,000 before the flop and action folded to Fausto Valdez in the big blind, and Valdez called.

The dealer fanned     on the flop, and Valdez checked. Estol then bet 2,500,000 and fireworks began.

Valdez was deliberate in his actions, studying the board and looking at Estol. Valdez then check-raised to 7,500,000.

This time, it was Estol's turn to be deliberate with his actions.

Estol shuffled his chips, peeked at his cards twice, and took up to a minute before announcing an all-in bet.

Valdez immediately folded.

Manuel Estol44,000,0004,800,000
Fausto Valdez22,000,000-3,800,000
Gorilla Gaming