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2017 48th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, June 30, 2017 to Sunday, July 02, 2017

Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $443,250
  • Entries: 197
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, July 2, 2017 6:39 PM Local Time
Jens Lakemeier Ends Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix in Stunning Fashion, Capturing His First World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet ($112,232)

Jens Lakemeier

In a span of less than 20 hands, Jens Lakemeier single-handedly brought Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix from five players down to one to take down his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

Lakemeier started the final day as the chip leader but very quickly fell from that pole position. As soon as he regained the lead, though, he put the pedal to the metal and, with his aggressive play, removed each of his final four opponents.

Of course, play was slow and steady at first, with no one wanting to be the first to leave. That unfortunate honor went to Kenneth Fitzgerald, who lost a coin flip to Ashton Griffin. Fitzgerald exited in sixth place, taking home ($16,793) for his finish.

Play really slowed down after Fitzgerald's exit, with the players trading pots back and forth for almost four hours. At one point, Lakemeier fell down to the shortest stack. He was able to double without a showdown by taking down several pots in a row, then finally doubled through Jerry Wong in a hand of Big O to take back the chip lead. He used that chip lead aggressively, raising relentlessly and putting immense pressure on his oponnents.

It wasn't until a stunning 5 Card Draw hand that fireworks finally exploded. Ashton Griffin opened with a raise to 55,000 from the cutoff, and Wong shoved from the cutoff. Lakemeier called from the big blind, and Griffin called all in, as well. Lakemeier was only drawing to four outs with one card to come. Griffin had a better two pair than him, but Lakemeier binked his queen to make a full house and eliminate Wong and Griffin in the same hand.

Andrew Kelsall fell immediately after when Lakemeier turned a straight in Pot-Limit Omaha to leave Kelsall drawing dead.

Heads-up play, too, was a quick ordeal, as Jason Stockfish lasted less than 10 hands. Lakemeier had an overwhelming chip lead, and the two got it all in during a Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo hand. Lakemeier held top pair, while Stockfish had middle pair and a straight draw. The turn and the river bricked out, and that earned Lakemeier the victory.

Lakemeier has had some success in live tournaments in Europe, but this is his first World Series of Poker bracelet and by far his biggest WSOP cash, as well as his first cash this summer. For his win, he locked up his first gold bracelet and the $112,232 first prize.

Full Final Table Results:

1Jens LakemeierGermany$112,232
2Jason StockfishUnited States$69,359
3Andrew KelsallUnited States$47,239
4Jerry WongUnited States$32,804
5Ashton GriffinUnited States$23,235
6Kenneth FitzgeraldUnited States$16,793
Sunday, July 2, 2017 6:30 PM Local Time
Jason Stockfish Eliminated in 2nd Place ($69,359)

Jason Stockfish

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Jason Stockfish raised to 60,000, and Jens Lakemeier called.

The flop came    , and Lakemeier checked. Stockfish bet 120,000. Lakemeier announced, "Pot," and the pair got their chip stacks in.

"I'm good," said Lakemeier, showing     .

Stockfish showed     .

"We need a four," said Stockfish.

The turn was the   and the river the  , and Stockfish was eliminated in second place for $69,359.

Jason Stockfish0-320,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 6:16 PM Local Time
Action Resumes

Players are now seated, and action is back under way.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 6:00 PM Local Time
Short Break

Players are now taking a short break and will return to play at the current level.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:59 PM Local Time
Chip Counts Heads-Up
Jens Lakemeier2,150,0000
Jason Stockfish320,000-235,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:59 PM Local Time
Andrew Kelsall Eliminated in 3rd Place ($47,239)

Andrew Kelsall

Pot-Limit Omaha

Jens Lakemeier raised to 60,000 from the small blind, Andrew Kelsall announced, "Pot," and Lakemeier called.

The pair got the remaining chips in on the     flop, and the cards were turned over.


The turn was a  , giving Lakemeier the nut straight and leaving Kelsall drawing dead. He was eliminated in third place for $47,239 after a blank hit the river.

Jens Lakemeier2,150,000350,000
Andrew Kelsall0-250,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:58 PM Local Time
Ashton Griffin Eliminated in 5th Place ($23,235); Jerry Wong Eliminated in 4th ($32,804)

Jens Lakemeier Wins a Startling 3-Way All In

No-Limit 5 Card Draw

In a stunning hand, Jens Lakemeier just eliminated both Jerry Wong and Ashton Griffin at the same time.

Ashton Griffin opened from the cutoff with a raise to 55,000. Jerry Wong then moved all in from the small blind with a covering stack. Next to act was Jens Lakemeier, and he called the all-in from the big blind.

Ashton Griffin stood up from his chair, motioned his chips into the pot, pulled them back for a second, then plopped them down, calling, as well.

Wong took three, Lakemeier took one, and Griffin took one.

Griffin turned up      for two pair while Lakemeier was drawing thin with     . Wong was left drawing practically dead with   . He needed to draw three of a kind to improve to a full house, which he did not do; he showed    , making him a worse two pair.

Griffin turned up his last card, showing the   and keeping his hand the same.

Lakemeier then sheepishly turned over his last card. It was the   making him a full house and scoring him the double knockout.

With that hand, Lakemeier moves into the overwhelming chip lead. Griffin takes fifth place with the shortest stack for $23,235, and Wong takes fourth for $32,804.

Jens Lakemeier1,800,0001,130,000
Jerry Wong0-400,000
Ashton Griffin0-610,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:39 PM Local Time
Andrew Kelsall Finds a Fold

Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Ashton Griffin raised to 40,000, and Andrew Kelsall called.

Kelsall drew one and Griffin two. Kelsall announced, "Pot," and bet 125,000. Griffin called

Kelsall stood pat, and Griffin stood pat behind. Kelsall checked, and Griffin bet 133,000.

"Draws two, hands are shaking, stands pat," said Kelsall, "That's not good for me."

Eventually Kelsall mucked, and Griffin took down the pot.

Ashton Griffin610,000135,000
Andrew Kelsall250,000-165,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:36 PM Local Time
Jerry Wong Battles Back

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Jerry Wong limped the small blind, and Jens Lakemeier defended his big blind.

The flop came    , and both players checked. Wong bet 20,000 on theh   turn. and Lakemeier called. The river was the  , and Wong bet 25,000. Lakemeier called.

Wong showed      and won the pot.

Jens Lakemeier670,000-135,000
Jerry Wong400,000105,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:18 PM Local Time
Level 24 started
Level: 24
Blinds: 12000/24000
Ante: 6000
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Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:17 PM Local Time
Lakemeier Applying Agression

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Jens Lakemeier has taken an agressive strategy of raising almost every pot and betting when given the chance. For the most part, he's met little resistance, but he has been up and down, trading pots with the players at the table. In a recent Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo hand, he took on Andrew Kelsall.

Lakemeier limped from the small blind, and Kelsall checked his big blind.

On the     flop, both players checked to see the   on the turn. There, Lakemeier bet 39,000, and Kelsall called. The river was the  , pairing the board. Lakemeier slowed down with a check. Kelsall took the opportunity to bet 68,000. Lakemeier thought for a minute then plopped out a raise of what looked like 275,000. Kelsall didn't take too long to fold, and Lakemeier took down the pot.

Lakemeier has regained his chip lead in the tournament and is using it to apply a lot of pressure to his opponents.

Jens Lakemeier805,000-95,000
Andrew Kelsall415,00090,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:54 PM Local Time
Jens Lakemeier Regains Chiplead vs. Jerry Wong

Jens Lakemeier

Big O

Jerry Wong raised to 40,000 and Jens Lakemeier announced pot to 144,000 from the next position. Wong called and the flop came    .

Wong announced pot and Lakemeier moved all in. The cards were turned over.


The turn was the   and the river the  , meaning Lakemeier scooped with aces up and no low. The start-of-day chip leader now sits on around 900,000 in chips.

Jens Lakemeier900,000470,000
Jerry Wong295,000-440,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:47 PM Local Time
Three PLO Pots For Lakemeier

Pot-Limit Omaha

Hand #1: Jason Stockfish opened from the cutoff to 40,000. Jerry Wong called on the button. Jens Lakemeier was in the small blind and he potted it, making it 186,000 to play. Stockfish folded quickly and Wong thought for a long time before releasing his hand, awarding the pot to Lakemeier.

Hand #2: Lakemeier opened to 38,000 from the button. Ashton Griffin called from the big blind.

On the     flop, Griffin checked to Lakemeier. Lakemeier bet 38,000 and Griffin folded.

Hand #3: Jens Lakemeier opened from under the gun to 38,000. Jerry Wong called from the big blind.

The flop was     and both players checked to see the   on the turn. Wong checked to Lakemeier who made it 38,000 and Wong folded.

With those three pots, Lakemeier was effectively able to double up without a showdown.

Jens Lakemeier430,000235,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:28 PM Local Time
Andrew Kelsall Hits One Outer; Doubles Up

Andrew Kelsall

Five Card Draw

Jens Lakemeier raised to 52,000 and Andrew Kelsall three-bet all in for 155,000. The blinds both folded and Lakemeier called.

Lakemeier drew two.

"That's not good," said Kelsall, deliberating. He eventually drew three.

Lakemeier showed     and Kelsall   . Lakemeier couldn't improve on his trip threes, showing   .

Kelsall peeled each of his cards in turn. "We need paint," he said. "Well that's not paint!" He turned over the  .

"That's paint," he said after peeling his second card. "We'll put that over there for later."

His last card was the  , meaning he would need a king to double up. Ashton Griffin said that he folded a king.

"Yesss!" said Kellsall before triumphantly slamming the   on the table to double up. "I only learnt how to peel cards this year! That was fun!"

Andrew Kelsall325,000150,000
Jens Lakemeier195,000-155,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:19 PM Local Time
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 10000/20000
Ante: 5000
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Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:09 PM Local Time
Chip Counts at the Break
Jerry Wong735,000-20,000
Jason Stockfish555,00035,000
Ashton Griffin475,000-230,000
Jens Lakemeier350,000-50,000
Andrew Kelsall175,000-30,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:08 PM Local Time
Jason Stockfish vs. Jens Lakemeier

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Jens Lakemeier raised to 37,000 and Jason Stockfish defended his big blind.

Stockfish drew one and Lakemeier two. Stockfish checked and Lakemeier bet 68,000. Stockfish called.

Lakemeier showed       and Stockfish won with      .

Jason Stockfish520,000160,000
Jens Lakemeier400,000-120,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 3:58 PM Local Time
Miracle Deuce Earns Lakemeier a Double

Jens Lakemeier

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Jerry Wong opened from the cutoff with a raise to 44,000. Next to act was Jens Lakemeier and he moved all in from the button. Andrew Kelsall immediately capped his cards and dropped into the tank from the small blind.

"I couldn't wait for it to get to me," Kelsall said. "My chips were gonna be in there so fast."

"You guys act like my raises mean nothing," Wong said.

"This is the third time this has happened to me," Kelsall said. Eventually Jason Stockfish called the clock and, with 10 seconds left, Kelsall folded.

"Call. Pat." Wong said in immediate succession.

Lakemeier groaned. He looked at his hand and couldn't decide what to do. Eventually he pitched one in.

"Jack-seven?" Ashton Griffin asked. Lakemeier nodded.

"Good break," Wong said. He turned up      .

Lakemeier was holding      and needed a two, a nine, or a ten to stay alive. He flipped up the last card and revealed a  , securing him a double-up through Wong.

"Nice break," Wong said again. A relieved Lakemeier stacked his new found chips from his double up.

Jerry Wong755,000-225,000
Jens Lakemeier520,000310,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 3:50 PM Local Time
Lakemeier Gets Shorter

No-Limit Hold'em

Jerry Wong limped in from the small blind and Jens Lakemeier checked his option from the big blind.

The flop came down     and Wong led out for 12,000. Lakemeier called.

On the   turn both players checked to see the   on the river. Wong let out for 28,000 and after about 30 seconds Lakemeier called. Wong showed    and Lakemeier mucked quicky.

Jerry Wong980,000140,000
Jens Lakemeier210,000-50,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 3:35 PM Local Time
Jens Lakemeier Getting Short

Big O

Jason Stockfish raised to 31,000 from the button. Jens Lakemeier defended his big blind and the pair saw a flop of    .

Lakemeier check-called a bet of 42,000 on the flop, but, on the   turn, Lakemeier check-folded to a bet of 150,000.

Jason Stockfish360,00020,000
Jens Lakemeier260,000-150,000
Velo 690x150