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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, June 08, 2018 to Monday, June 11, 2018

Event #20: Big Blind Antes $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $2,408,700
  • Entries: 518
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Monday, June 11, 2018 3:20 PM Local Time
Hands #77-81: Amato Hits an Ace to Survive

John Amato

Hand #77: Jake Schindler made it 120,000 under the gun and John Amato shoved his last 295,000 on the button. Schindler called it off.

John Amato:   
Jake Schindler:   

The dealer rolled out a     flop, pushing Amato ahead. Schindler couldn't hit a seven on the   and   runout and Amato doubled while Schindler dropped to the bottom of the leaderboard.

Hand #78: Shawn Buchanan made it to 135,000 but Amato was ready to play for his stack again, jamming 740,000. Buchanan wasn't interested.

Hand #79: David Peters got a walk.

Hand #80: Eric Blair raised to 140,000 in the hijack and Jake Schindler three-bet to 425,000, putting in the majority of his belongings. Blair let it go.

Hand #81: Peters made it 130,000 on the button and David Laka called in the big. The flop came     and Peters took it down with a 90,000-chip continuation-bet.

Jeremy Wien3,500,0000
Shawn Buchanan2,300,000-200,000
Eric Blair2,200,000-300,000
David Laka1,500,000-200,000
David Peters1,500,000100,000
John Amato1,000,000260,000
Jake Schindler1,000,000-200,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 3:13 PM Local Time
Hands #72-76: Laka Doubles Up Through Amato

David Laka

Hand #72: Jake Schindler raised all in for 1,060,000 from the small blind and David Peters folded the big blind.

Hand #73: David Laka raised all in from under the gun for 765,000, getting no calls and taking the pot uncontested.

Hand #74: Shawn Buchanan raised to 855,000 cutoff and the rest of the table folded.

Hand #75: Jeremy Wien raised to 160,000 from early position and took the pot with everyone folding.

Hand #76: David Laka shoved all in from the button for 765,000 and John Amato made the call.

Amato showed    and would need help against Laka's better   .

Laka's double-up chances further improved on a flop of    .

The turn was the   and river   to secure the needed double for Laka, leaving Amato as the new short stack at the table.

David Laka1,700,000935,000
John Amato740,000-460,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 3:03 PM Local Time
Hands #69-71: Schindler Can't Pull Off the Final Call

Hand #69: Eric Blair received a walk.

Hand #70: Jake Schindler made it 120,000 and Blair pumped it to 410,000 in the small blind. Schindler took over a minute but eventually threw his cards into the muck.

Hand #71: David Peters raised to 130,000, earning a call from Jake Schindler (big blind) who checked the     flop. Peters pushed forward a small 80,000-bet and Schindler called.

Peters priced the   turn card at 200,000 and Schindler check-called again so they came to the   river where he checked again. Peters shoved all in for 480,000 and Schindler was visibly pained, twisting in his chair, trying to figure out a correct move. He tanked for a few minutes before someone called a clock on him. Then he eventually folded and the 11-minute hand was over.

Jeremy Wien3,500,000-200,000
Shawn Buchanan2,500,0000
Eric Blair2,500,000300,000
David Peters1,400,000510,000
Jake Schindler1,200,000-500,000
John Amato1,200,000-100,000
David Laka765,0000
Monday, June 11, 2018 2:49 PM Local Time
Hand #68: Peters Doubles Up Through Laka

Hand #68: David Peters jammed all in from the cutoff for 385,000 and David Laka three bet all in as well for 1,115,000 from the small blind to isolate.

Peters showed   , dominating Laka's    Laka grabbed the lead, however, on a flop    . But Peter's rail cheered with the turn   giving the edge back to David. The river bricked with a   and Peters received a full double-up.

David Peters890,000505,000
David Laka765,000-435,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 2:44 PM Local Time
Hands #63-67: Laka Makes Moves, Peters Slipping Further

Hand #63: David Laka was in the cutoff, making it 120,000. Jeremy Wien moved all in out of the big blind and Laka gave up.

Hand #64: Laka moved all in for 820,000 and his shove got through.

Hand #65: Shawn Buchanan made it 125,000 in early position. Jake Schindler flatted in the small blind and David Peters folded. The     flop ceased fire, then the   turn saw Schindler lead 235,000. Buchanan called and the   completed the board. Both players checked and Buchanan showed    for the winner.

Hand #66: Action folded to Peters who gave Buchanan a walk.

Hand #67: In the cutoff, Jake Schindler raised to 150,000 and big blind David Laka pushed all in for 910,000. Schindler folded.

Jeremy Wien3,700,000400,000
Shawn Buchanan2,500,000200,000
Eric Blair2,200,000-300,000
Jake Schindler1,700,000-600,000
John Amato1,300,0000
David Laka1,200,000260,000
David Peters385,000-335,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 11, 2018 2:35 PM Local Time
Hands #58-62: Schindler Chips Up

Hand #58: Shawn Buchanan raised to 120,000 from under the gun, then Jake Schindler shoved all in for 1,530,000 from the small blind. Buchanan didn't take too long to throw his hand into the muck and Schindler took it down.

Hand #59: Jake Schindler limped on the button, David Peters called the small blind and Buchanan checked. The flop came    . It checked to Schindler who bet 125,000 and the others folded.

Hand #60: Eric Blair opened to 125,000 with Jeremy Wien putting in a three-bet directly after him to 325,000. Blair thought for a few seconds before conceding his hand to the muck.

Hand #61: Jake Schindler opened to 120,00 from the hijack with John Amato defending the big blind. The flop came    . Schindler bet 125,000 and Amato called. On the   turn Amato checked again before facing another bet of 350,000 from Schindler. Amato mucked and Schindler added the chips to his stack.

Hand #62: David Laka limped the button with Eric Blair checking the big blind. The two saw a flop of     and Laka bet 85,00 when Blair checked to him. Blair folded and Laka won the hand.

Jake Schindler2,300,000800,000
John Amato1,300,000-400,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 2:10 PM Local Time
Hands #52-57: Schindler Turns the Nut Straight Before a Break

Hand #52: Shawn Buchanan received a walk.

Hand #53: A walk for David Laka.

Hand #54: Jake Schindler made it 100,000 and John Amato called in the big blind. They checked the       board until the showdown where Amato's    lost to Schindler's   .

Hand #55: Jeremy Wien scooped the pot with a raise to 130,000.

Hand #56: David Peters open jammed his 595,000 in the middle from the second position and found no competitor.

Hand #57: David Laka raised to 100,000 in the hijack and Jake Schindler defended out of the big blind. Laka bet 90,000 again on the     flop and Schindler stuck around, check-calling.

The turn was the   and Laka fired a second barrel worth 235,000. Schindler called again and the   hit the river. Schindler checked for one last time and Laka didn't pull off another bet, saving himself from a further damage as Schindler opened    for a turned straight.

That was the last hand before the players headed for a 15-minute break.

Eric Blair2,500,000-100,000
Shawn Buchanan2,300,000-100,000
John Amato1,700,000-100,000
Jake Schindler1,500,000600,000
David Laka940,000-460,000
David Peters720,000100,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 2:05 PM Local Time
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Monday, June 11, 2018 1:57 PM Local Time
Hands #47-51: Peters Still on the Slopes

Hand #47: Shawn Buchanan raised on the button and both blinds folded.

Hand #48: Buchanan raised to 125,000 again and small blind John Amato reraised to 375,000. Buchanan folded.

Hand #49: Under the gun, Jake Schindler placed in the minimum raise and that was enough to win the pot preflop.

Hand #50: David Peters made it 110,000 under the gun and his opponent on the left Shawn Buchanan pumped the price to 280,000. Peters released his hand and dropped under 16 bigs.

Hand #51: David Laka opened to 100,000 and Peters called in the big blind. Laka continued for 60,000 when the     hit the felt and Peters folded.

Jeremy Wien3,300,0000
Eric Blair2,600,000-200,000
Shawn Buchanan2,400,000300,000
John Amato1,800,000100,000
David Laka1,400,000100,000
Jake Schindler900,0000
David Peters620,000-260,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 1:48 PM Local Time
Hands #43-46: Blair Doubles Through Peters

Eric Blair

Hand #43: Jeremy Wien raised all in for 800,000 effective from the small blind, putting Jake Schindler at risk in the big blind. Schindler folded and Wien collected the pot.

Hand #44: Jake Schindler limped from the small bind with David Peters checking his option in the big. The flop fell     and Schindler bet 425,000 and Peters folded rather quickly.

Hand #45: Everyone folded to Shawn Buchanan in the big blind who received a walk.

Hand #46: Eric Blair opened to 115,000 from early position. David Peters fired a three-bet of 290,000 on the button and Blair made the call. On a     flop Blair checked to Peters who checked behind.

The turn was the   and after Blair bet 300,000 Peters made the call. The   river was dealt with Blair checking to Peters who thought for couple of minutes before assembling a bet of 725,000, enough to put Blair all in to call. Blair did call, showing    for a pair of queens which bested Peters's    and Blair doubled up leaving Peters a stack of only 16 big blinds.

Eric Blair2,800,0001,500,000
David Peters880,000-1,420,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 11, 2018 1:33 PM Local Time
Hands #38-42: Wien Extends His Lead

Hand #38: Eric Blair made it 110,000 in the hijack and Shawn Buchanan came along from the big blind. Buchanan let Blair continue for 135,000 on the     flop and called. The   turn was quickly checked by both players and the   river saw Buchanan fire 225,000. Blair quickly called with the winning hand, although it wasn't clear which exact hole cards he opened.

Hand #39: David Peters raised to 115,000 on the button, but folded after David Laka moved all in for 1.15 million out of the big blind.

Hand #40: Peters repeated his previous raise, and this time it went through uncontested.

Hand #41: Buchanan raised to 125,000 in the cutoff and John Amato flatted in the small blind. A Broadway flop landed as the dealer rolled out    . Amato check-called 125,000 and then checked the   turn. Buchanan checked back to see a blank   river. Amato fired 415,000 and Buchanan let it go.

Hand #42: Eric Blair completed in the small blind and called when Jeremy Wien made it 155,000. They both checked the     flop, then Blair led out 255,000 on the   turn. Wien called and the   paired the board. Blair checked and folded to Wien's bet of 275,000.

Jeremy Wien3,300,000300,000
David Peters2,300,0000
Shawn Buchanan2,100,000-700,000
John Amato1,700,000200,000
David Laka1,300,000100,000
Eric Blair1,300,0000
Jake Schindler900,000-100,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 1:19 PM Local Time
Hands #35-37: Peters Gets Paid by Blair

David Peters

Hand #35: John Amato opened to 110,000 from button and both blinds folded.

Hand #36: Shawn Buchanan opened to 125,000 from early position. He received no customers, however, with everyone folding and Buchanan taking it down.

Hand #37: Eric Blair opened to 110,000 from the cutoff and after pausing for a few seconds Jake Schindler called from small blind with David Peters also coming along from the big blind.

On a     flop the action checked to Blair who bet 180,000. Schindler folded with Peters tossing in the call. The   turn fell with the action going check-check.

On a   river Peters fired a hefty bet of 470,000, sending Blair into the tank. Blair eventually tossed in the call and Peters tabled    for a flopped two pair. Blair mucked and Peters collected the over one million-chip pot.

David Peters2,300,000800,000
Eric Blair1,300,000-700,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 1:10 PM Local Time
Hands #31-34: Blair over Laka

Hand #31: Jake Schindler limped from the button, David Peters completed out of the small blind, and Shawn Buchanan checked his option from the big blind to see the     flop. Peters and Buchanan checked to Schindler who fired 80,000, earning a call from Peters and a fold from Buchanan.

The   turn was checked through and Peters checked the   river as well. Schindler reached to his stack and slid forward a 180,000 bet. Peters paused for over a minute and then finally decided to fold.

Hand #32: Second to act, Eric Blair made it 90,000 and only big blind David Laka called. Laka led out 85,000 when the     flop landed and Blair matched the price.

They continued to the   turn where Laka slowed down, checking. Blair fired 260,000 and Laka quickly folded.

Hand #33: Blair raised to 90,000 again and earned three callers: Schindler (hijack), Peters (cutoff), and John Amato (big blind). The     flop was checked and they went four-way to the   turn. Amato led out 185,000 and all remaining players gave up.

Hand #34: Laka raised to 80,000 on the button and Blair defended his big. Blair check-called 70,000 on the     flop before both players tapped the   turn and   river. Blair showed    and Laka mucked.

Eric Blair2,000,000200,000
David Peters1,500,000-100,000
John Amato1,500,000400,000
David Laka1,200,000-400,000
Jake Schindler1,000,000-200,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:56 PM Local Time
Richard Tuhrim Eliminated in 8th Place ($45,558)

Richard Tuhrim

Hand #30: Richard Tuhrim shoved all in for 425,000 from middle position with Jeremy Wien then three-betting to 1,720,000. Everyone else folded the hands were turned up.

Tuhrim showed    and was dominated by Wien's   . The board ran out       giving Wien a pair of aces and busting Tuhrim in eighth place.

Jeremy Wien3,000,000400,000
Richard Tuhrim0-425,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:54 PM Local Time
Hands #28-29: Peters Takes From Buchanan

Hand #28: Shawn Buchanan limped from middle position and Jeremy Wien checked his option in the big blind. On a flop of     Buchanan bet 50,000 after Wien checked. Wien took a few seconds before releasing his hand into the muck.

Hand #29: From under the gun Peters opened to 90,000 with Shawn Buchanan making the call. Jake Schindler put in a call from the big blind as well. The flop came    , and the action checked to Buchanan who bet 125,000. Schindler folded and Peters tossed in a call. The   fell on the turn with the action checking through.

On a   river Peters checked to Buchanan who took a few seconds before checking back. Peters rolled over    for a pair of nines, Buchanan couldn't beat it and Peters won the hand.

Shawn Buchanan2,800,000-200,000
David Peters1,600,000200,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:44 PM Local Time
Hands #23-27: Blair Four-Bet Shoves on Peters

Hand #23: David Laka min-raised under the gun and claimed the pot without contest.

Hand #24: Jake Schindler made it 100,000 in the cutoff and everyone behind him folded.

Hand #25: This time Eric Blair started the action with a raise to 90,000 in early position. David Peters countered with a three-bet to 260,000 from the cutoff. Blair, however, moved all in for 1,490,000 and Peters gave up.

Hand #26: Schindler raised to 80,000 in middle position and Laka called on the button before big blind John Amato squeezed to 350,000. Schindler and Laka both backed off.

Hand #27: Another raise and take, this time for Shawn Buchanan.

Shawn Buchanan3,000,000100,000
Jeremy Wien2,600,000145,000
Eric Blair1,800,000-25,000
David Laka1,600,000-55,000
David Peters1,400,000-200,000
Jake Schindler1,200,000-100,000
John Amato1,100,00095,000
Richard Tuhrim425,000-200,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:36 PM Local Time
Hands #18-22: Deuces Good Good Enough for Buchanan

Hand #18: Shawn Buchanan raised to 80,000 from the cutoff and John Amato called from the big blind. The flop came     and Amato check-called a bet of 55,000 from Buchanan.

The turn was the   and action went check-check. On the river   Buchanan fired 350,000 and Amato mucked.

Hand #19: David Peters raised to 90,000 from middle position with Shawn Buchanan calling directly to his left and David Blair coming along from the big blind. The flop came    . The action checked to Buchanan who fired a bet of 100,000. Blair called and Peters folded. On the   turn Blair checked with Buchanan checking back.

The   river fell with Blair checking and after a few seconds Buchanan checked again. Buchanan showed    which was good enough to take it down.

Hand #20: John Amato raised to 80,000 from the button and everyone folded.

Hand #21: David Peters opened to 90,000 from under the gun with Shawn Buchanan calling behind him and Jake Schindler defending from the big blind. On the     flop, Peters put out a bet of 110,000. Buchanan and Schindler both mucked and Peters was awarded the pot.

Hand #22: On the button Jeremy Wien opened to 85,000 and David Peters called in the big blind. The flop fell [8sac6] with Peters checking to Wien who bet 100,000. Peters mucked and Wien collected the pot.

Shawn Buchanan2,900,000320,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:19 PM Local Time
Hands #13-17: Schindler Makes a Boat

Hand #13: Under the gun, David Peters raised to 90,000 and Jake Schindler defended his big blind. The flop came     and Schindler check-called another 90,000-bet. They continued to the   turn where Schindler checked again. Peters checked back.

The   completed the board and both players knuckled. Schindler turned up    for a full house and raked in the pot.

Hand #14: Shawn Buchanan made it 90,000 and took the blinds and ante.

Hand #15: This time David Laka opened in the first position, min-raising. Schindler flatted on the button and Buchanan came along from the big blind.

The     hit the felt and all players checked to the   turn. Schindler fired 185,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #16: Eric Blair opened to 90,000 in the third position, earning three folds before David Laka three-bet to 310,000 out of the big blind. Blair laid his hand down.

Hand #17: Jeremy Wien raised to 85,000 in the middle position and scooped the pot.

David Peters1,600,000-325,000
Jake Schindler1,300,000420,000
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:04 PM Local Time
Shuffle Up and Deal

The cards are in the air as we begin the third and final day of Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em.

Monday, June 11, 2018 11:46 AM Local Time
Buchanan, Peters, Schindler and Co. Return for Final Table of Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Shawn Buchanan

The cream rises to the top, they say. A look at the final eight-men lineup in the Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em is certainly in line with the statement. Some of the world's most prolific players will take the centre stage in the Amazon Room, playing for the $537,710 first-place prize and, of course, the bracelet.

There's Shawn Buchanan, an accomplished Canadian player on both live and virtual felts. He's been trying to claim a bracelet for well over a decade. After several narrow misses including three second-place finishes, Buchanan still has a goose egg next to his name when it comes to the WSOP titles. But he's cashed in 46 tournaments and hopes he'll finally close it out with his 47th.

Buchanan sits at the top of the leaderboard after a brilliant Day 3. Having a better starting position than anyone else is one thing, but there are still seven other contenders challenging "Bucky".

Two of them belong to the heavyweight category. David Peters and Jake Schindler are regularly playing the largest and most expensive events all around the world. They have won over $40 million combined. Both of them have been performing strongly in the last two years. But there is one significant difference between Peters and Schindler: Peters is already a member of the WSOP winners' club while Schindler is yet to bink his first gold.

The three aforementioned stars from North America will be joined by four other U.S. players: Jeremy Wien, Eric Blair, John Amato and Richard Tuhrim. The only player from across the pond is Spanish pro David Laka who currently resides in the United Kingdom. Laka will collect his first WSOP cash today and he'll surely do everything in his power to start his collection with a top notch.

With all these players taking back to the felt, it's almost guaranteed that the final day will offer some tremendous battles. PokerNews live reporting team will be on the ground, providing hand-for-hand updates so make sure to come back at 12 p.m. local time to see the climax of one of the toughest events on the WSOP schedule.

Seat Assignments for the Final Day

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Richard TuhrimUnited States625,00016
2John AmatoUnited States1,005,00025
3Eric BlairUnited States1,825,00046
4Jeremy WienUnited States2,455,00061
5Jake SchindlerUnited States880,00022
6David PetersUnited States1,925,00048
7Shawn BuchananCanada2,580,00065
8David LakaSpain1,655,00041
Playtika - Jason Alexander