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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, June 21, 2018 to Saturday, June 23, 2018

Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $2,808,000
  • Entries: 1,248
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, June 24, 2018 7:45 PM Local Time
Timur Margolin Wins Maiden Bracelet, Takes Down Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em ($507,274)

Timur Margolin - 2018 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Winner

A new champion has been crowned at the 2018 World Series of Poker and it was Israel's Timur Margolin that emerged victorious and lifted the coveted gold bracelet after defeating Ismael Bojang heads up in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em. The tournament had attracted a field of 1,248 entries to create a prize pool of $2,808,000, and the final six players returned for an extra day to determine the winner on the Twitch live stream table in the Brasilia room.

Eventually, it was Margolin that triumphed in front of an enthusiastic rail from Israel and claimed the first-place payout of $507,274. Bojang was once again denied his maiden bracelet after plenty of close calls and had to settle for second place and a payday of $313,444. The German, who now calls Vienna, Austria his home, is usually known as a mixed-game specialist, albeit three of his 15 WSOP final tables in the USA, Europe, and Australia come from no-limit hold'em tournaments.

Before the restart of the six-handed final, Margolin said, "I got second in this tournament in 2015. I am tired of second places," and it turned out to be a roller coaster ride to victory.

"I started with kind of a big chip lead, so I thought ... finally! But obviously, Ismael is a very strong player and it could go either way, and he had some strong hands. All of a sudden the stacks were opposite and he had a two-to-one lead. Oh my god, not again! Will this ever end?" Margolin said in the interview after his victory.

However, the short and very intense heads-up duel turned around quickly and soon after it was Margolin and his rail that had reason to celebrate.

"But I have just been playing like I have all tournament. I am feeling in a better place mentally nowadays, I am just happy to be here, happy for the experience anyways. I felt good, and I would do the same decisions, tried not to let it affect me, and then some cards came my way and that's it."

Down to the last four players, all short stacks ended up doubling and Margolin admitted that it could have gone either way. While cash games were his main focus in the last few years, tournaments have always been his game and Margolin already racked up a six-figure score earlier this year.

One crucial hand saw him double through Ferguson and the Israeli was in need of help as he got it in behind. A blank flop changed nothing, but Margolin predicted the card and the suit of turn and river, much to the surprise of the rail and himself, to get back into contention.

"That was a first for me. I don't ever get one card, but that's how I have been running in this one, calling out exact turn and river! I was sitting there and thought, 'What am I doing here?'"

Minutes later, Margolin also claimed the remainder of Ferguson's chips and sent Michael Marder as well as Bojang to the rail. He becomes the ninth player to win a bracelet for his home country of Israel and will boost his tournament earnings to more than $1.5 million.

He will take another shot at more glory during the 2018 WSOP. "I am going to play a lot. I will play the Main (Event)," Margolin confirmed before heading out to celebrate with his friends.

Timur Margolin - 2018 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Winner
Timur Margolin - 2018 Event #43 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Winner

Final Result Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

1Timur MargolinIsrael$507,274
2Ismael BojangGermany$313,444
3Michael MarderUnited States$223,564
4Chris FergusonUnited States$161,371
5Dylan LindeUnited States$117,894
6Ryan LaplanteUnited States$87,189
7Jeff HakimLebanon$65,284
8Andre HanebergGermany$49,498
9Josh BergmanUnited States$38,009

About the tournament

The money bubble burst on Day 2 and among those to head to the payout desk before the end of play were such big names as Nick Schulman (178th place, $3,743), Tony Dunst (122nd place, $4,216), Asi Moshe (94th place, $4,579), 2018 WSOP bracelet winner Michael Addamo (77th place, $5,653), Dutch Boyd (76th place, $5,653), Chance Kornuth (40th place, $10,226), and Taylor Paur (38th place, $10,226).

Only 34 hopefuls remained on Day 3 and Seth Davies was leading the pack. Davies narrowly missed out on the final table and bowed out in 10th place. Prior to that, Andreas Klatt (29th place, $12,345), David Peters (20th place, $15,051), and Frederik Jensen (11th place, $29,563) were sent to the rail. Andreas Haneberg made his first WSOP event ever count (8th place, $49,498), and Jeff Hakim (7th place, $65,284) became the last casualty of the day after almost eight full levels. Six-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson was at the top of the leader board by then.

Action of the final day

In just the third hand of the day, Ryan Laplante three-bet shoved for his last 12 big blinds out of the small blind, facing a raise by Chris Ferguson and a call by Timur Margolin. While Ferguson folded, Margolin snap-called and his ace-king suited remained ahead of Laplante's ace-jack throughout a ten-high board to reduce the field to the last five hopefuls.

Just half an hour later, the field was reduced to the last four. Dylan Linde, who entered the day with the second-shortest stack, moved all in with ace-ten and Ismael Bojang isolated with ace-jack from one seat over. Linde paired his ten, but Bojang got there with a straight on the river to eliminate Linde in fifth place.

Down to the last four, several double-ups took place with Margolin and Ferguson at the realm of the action. All four remaining players were at risk of elimination at one point, and a key hand that changed the outcome of the tournament was a double-up of Margolin through Ferguson. Margolin got it in behind with queen-ten suited against the ace-jack of Ferguson, but paired the queen on the turn. During the showdown, he even predicted the exact card and suit of the last two community cards: the queen of hearts and the eight of diamonds.

Shortly after, it was all over for Ferguson, and it was Margolin that finished the job he started a few minutes prior. Ferguson defended his big blind with king-deuce suited and check-shoved his nut flush draw. Margolin called with ace-queen for top pair and held up with two blanks on turn and river.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson Denied Bracelet #7

Down to the last three, Michael Marder doubled once through Bojang before the second attempt against Margolin wasn't crowned by success. Marder's queen-nine suited found no help against the ace-deuce suited of Margolin on a king-high board.

"I am happy to be here," Bojang said just before the start of the heads-up duel, and entered the battle for the coveted gold bracelet with an almost one-to-three chip deficit. Bojang quickly turned things around after doubling up and winning another big pot, before Margolin limp-shoved kings and doubled through Bojang's nines.

The showdowns didn't end just yet, as Bojang regained the lead only to lose the final two all-ins. First Margolin got there with queen-jack against ace-king suited, and one hand later it was all over. Bojang was all in with ace-deuce suited and Margolin looked him up with king-queen. A king appeared on the flop, followed by a queen on the turn, and Bojang's gutshot straight draw bricked off.

What followed was pure ecstasy for the Israelian rail and disappointment for the Germans. This concludes the PokerNews live reporting for the event, while many further WSOP events are left for the summer.

Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:52 PM Local Time
Ismael Bojang Eliminated in 2nd Place ($313,444)

Ismael Bojang

Hand #158: Ismael Bojang was first to act and shoved for 4,410,000. Timur Margolin glanced at his cards and called just about instantly.

Ismael Bojang:   
Timur Margolin:   

Bojang had the better hand but it was close.

Margolin's rail started calling for a king, which prompted Bojang's friends to ask for an ace; "As! As! As!"

The flop came     and Margolin's rail exploded. The flop was just about as good as it could come, but he wasn't home safe just yet.

The   on the turn was another good card for Margolin but he still needed to fade the non-spade threes in the deck.

The   completed the board and Margolin raised his arms to celebrate his victory. Bojang and Margolin shook hands. It was another close call for Bojang but he will have to do with the runner-up spot worth $313,444. Margolin is Israel's eighth bracelet winner as he takes home $507,274.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Timur Margolin15,600,0004,450,000
IsmaeI Bojang0-4,450,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:44 PM Local Time
Hand #157: Margolin Doubles Through Bojang

Hand #157: Timur Margolin limped in once more and Ismael Bojang raised to 775,000. Margolin gave it some thought and moved all in for 5,535,000 and Bojang called with the words, "Here we go again."

Timur Margolin:   
Ismael Bojang:   

The     flop gave Margolin a gutshot and his rail exploded on the   turn. Margolin asked for the   on the river, but was equally happy about the   on the river to double back into the lead.

Timur Margolin11,150,0005,550,000
IsmaeI Bojang4,450,000-5,550,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:40 PM Local Time
Hands #152-156: The Tables have Turned Again

Hand #152: Ismael Bojang opened for 550,000 and Timur Margolin folded.

Hand #153: Margolin limped the button and Bojang checked. Bojang check-called 250,000 on     before check-folding on the   turn to a 425,000 bet.

Hand #154: Bojang folded.

Hand #155: Margolin limped in and called as Bojang raised to 775,000. Bojang continued for 425,000 on     and Margolin folded.

Hand #156: Bojang opened for 550,000 and Margolin called. Bojang would continue to fire three bullets while Margolin check-called all three streets. Bojang bet 425,000 on    , 1.1 million on the   turn, and 2.5 million on the   river. Margolin mucked upon being shown    by Bojang.

IsmaeI Bojang10,000,0004,970,000
Timur Margolin5,600,000-4,970,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:30 PM Local Time
Hands #148-151: Margolin Doubles Into the Lead

Hand #148: Ismael Bojang limped in from the small blind and Timur Margolin raised to 800,000, Bojang moved all in and Margolin quickly folded.

Hand #149: Margolin now limped and Bojang checked. The     flop brought a check by Bojang and Margolin bet 240,000 to claim the pot right there.

Hand #150: Bojang raised to 550,000 and Margolin called. The     flop and   turn were checked. Margolin bet the   river for 420,000 and Bojang folded.

Hand #151: Margolin limped in and Bojang raised to 800,000. Margolin checked his stack and moved all in. Bojang called.

Timur Margolin:   
Ismael Bojang:   

The German rail was shouting for a nine, but their wish wasn't granted with a board of       to let Margolin double for 5,255,000 and into a two-to-one lead.

Timur Margolin10,570,0005,270,000
IsmaeI Bojang5,030,000-5,270,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:19 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 120000/240000
Ante: 40000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:19 PM Local Time
Hands #145-147: Bojang Flops a Straight

Hand #145: Timur Margolin opened the button for 420,000 and Ismael Bojang folded.

Hand #147: Bojang opened for 450,000 and Margolin called. Margolin then check-folded to Bojang's continuation bet on    .

Hand #146: Margolin opened for 420,000 and Bojang defended. Bojang check-called 425,000 on     before the   turn was checked through. Bojang led for 1.3 million on the   river and Margolin called. Bojang showed    for the flopped straight and Margolin mucked.

IsmaeI Bojang10,300,0002,400,000
Timur Margolin5,300,000-2,400,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:14 PM Local Time
Hands #141-144: Bojang Takes the Lead

Hand #141: Timur Margolin raised to 420,000 and Ismael Bojang called. On the     flop and the   turn, both players checked. On the   river, Bojang bet 750,000 and Margolin folded.

Hand #142: Bojang raised to 450,000 and Margolin moved all in to force an instant fold.

Hand #143: Margolin raised to 420,000 and Bojang called. The flop came     and Bojang checked, Margolin fired a continuation bet worth 275,000 and that won the pot right there.

Hand #144: Bojang made it 450,000 to go and Margolin called. The     flop went check, check, and Margolin also checked the   turn. Bojang bet 500,000 only to face a check-raise to 2,275,000 by Margolin. After some consideration, Bojang called.

On the   river, Margolin quickly checked and Bojang bet 1,000,000 out of a stack of around 2.4 million. Margolin folded.

IsmaeI Bojang7,900,0002,300,000
Timur Margolin7,700,000-2,300,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:04 PM Local Time
Hands #136-140: Bojang Doubles

Hand #136: Ismael Bojang limped in from the small blind and Timur Margolin checked. The flop came     and Margolin check-called 250,000. The   on the turn was checked by both and the   completed the board. Margolin checked and folded to the 600,000-bet that followed.

Hand #137: Margolin limped in and Bojang checked. Bojang check-called 200,000 on     and 550,000 on the   turn. The   river was checked by both and Bojang showed   . Margolin tabled    and took down the pot.

Hand #138: Bojang gave Margolin a walk.

Hand #139: Margolin limped in and Bojang checked. Bojang check-folded to a 200,000-bet on    .

Hand #140: Bojang shoved for around 2.7 million and Margolin called.

Ismael Bojang:   
Timur Margolin:   

The board ran out         and Bojang doubled.

Timur Margolin10,000,000-1,920,000
IsmaeI Bojang5,600,0001,920,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:49 PM Local Time
Michael Marder Eliminated in 3rd Place ($223,564)

Michael Marder

Hand #135: Michael Marder moved all in from the button and Timur Margolin in the small blind asked for a count. Marder's shove was for 2,110,000 and Margolin moved all in over the top. Ismael Bojang forfeited his big blind.

Michael Marder:   
Timur Margolin:   

"The same spot as before, queen-nine of clubs and he has ace-deuce of spades," Marder said to his rail.

The board came       and Marder failed to get there, heading to the rail in third place for $223,564.

There will be a short break before the heads-up duel for the gold bracelet gets underway and Margolin has nearly a three-to-one lead over Bojang.

Timur Margolin11,920,0002,920,000
IsmaeI Bojang3,680,000-420,000
Michael Marder0-2,500,000
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Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:46 PM Local Time
Hands #133-134: Two for Margolin

Hand #133: Timur Margolin moved all in from the button and claimed the blinds and antes.

Hand #134: A walk for Margolin.

Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:44 PM Local Time
Hands #125-132: Marder Doubles

Michael Marder

Hand #125: Timur Margolin received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #126: Margolin raised from the small blind and Ismael Bojang folded.

Hand #127: Margolin raised to 400,000 from the button and picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #128: Timur Margolin received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #129: Margolin made it 600,000 to go from the small blind and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #130: Michael Marder received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #131: Margolin received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #132: Down to fewer than six big blinds, Marder shoved from the button. Margolin folded his small blind but big blind Bojang called instantly.

Michael Marder:   
Ismael Bojang:   

The flop came    , giving Marder an open-ended straight draw. The   on the turn wasn't doing it for him yet, but the   on the river was. Double up for Marder.

Timur Margolin9,000,000300,000
IsmaeI Bojang4,100,000-1,100,000
Michael Marder2,500,000800,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:33 PM Local Time
Hands #118-124: Just One Flop in Sight

Hand #118: Timur Margolin moved all in first to act and Michael Marder forfeited his big blind.

Hand #119: A walk for Margolin, who flashed the  .

Hand #120: Margolin raised to 600,000 from the small blind and claimed the big blind and antes.

Hand #121: A walk for Marder.

Hand #122: Ismael Bojang moved all in from the button and scooped the blinds and antes.

Hand #123: Margolin made it 600,000 to go from the small blind and Bojang three-bet all in from the big blind. Margolin quickly folded.

Hand #124: Margolin opened the action with a raise to 420,000 on the button and Marder called in the big blind. On a flop of    , Marder checked and folded to a bet of 280,000 by Margolin.

Timur Margolin8,700,000100,000
IsmaeI Bojang5,200,000500,000
Michael Marder1,700,000-600,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:29 PM Local Time
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Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:26 PM Local Time
Chris Ferguson Eliminated in 4th Place ($161,371)

Chris Ferguson

Hand #117: Timur Margolin opened the button for 400,000 and Chris Ferguson called from the big blind, leaving himself 1.6 million behind (eight big blinds).

The flop came     and Ferguson checked. Margolin bet 320,000 and Ferguson moved all in. Margolin called instantly.

Chris Ferguson:   
Timur Margolin:   

The   hit the turn, giving Ferguson additional outs with now kings and deuces also good on top of the spades he already had.

"Too many outs syndrome," one Margolin fan shouted from the rail.

The   completed the board — the wrong kind of black card for Ferguson.

The remaining three players are each guaranteed $223,564.

Timur Margolin8,600,0002,950,000
IsmaeI Bojang4,700,000-945,000
Michael Marder2,300,000-435,000
Chris Ferguson0-1,660,000
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Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:22 PM Local Time
Hands #115-116: Margolin Calls With Queen-Six

Hand #115: Chris Ferguson moved all in from the button and everyone folded.

Hand #116: Timur Margolin limped in from the small blind and big blind Ismael Bojang checked. Margolin bet 200,000 on     and Bojang called. The   turn was checked by both before Margolin checked again on the   river. Bojang bet 350,000 and Margolin called. Bojang showed    and the pot went to Margolin who tabled   .

Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:13 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 30000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:03 PM Local Time

Another 15-minute break for the four remaining players.

Timur Margolin5,650,000150,000
IsmaeI Bojang5,645,00045,000
Michael Marder2,735,000-365,000
Chris Ferguson1,660,000-140,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:01 PM Local Time
Hands #111-114: Margolin Predicts Exact Turn and River; Doubles Through Ferguson

Timur Margolin

Hand #111: Michael Marder was not in his seat and forfeited the small blind. Chris Ferguson raised to 2.3 million from the button and Timur Margolin in the big blind sent his cards into the muck.

Hand #112: Margolin moved all in from the small blind to claim the big blind and antes.

Hand #113: Margolin moved all in from the button and Ferguson in the big blind eyed his stack, calling after some consideration.

Timur Margolin:   
Chris Ferguson:   

After the blank     flop, Margolin said, "How about the queen of hearts," and sure enough the magical   appeared on the turn to let the rail from Israel celebrate.

Margolin wasn't done with his predictions yet and had one particular card in mind for the river, the eight of diamonds.

Ismael Bojang replied, "Nah, the river is always a seven."

The final card was the ...   and Margolin said with a smile on his face, "I just called out both cards with the suit."

Margolin doubled for 2,170,000 and Ferguson was sent to the bottom of the counts once more.

Hand #114: First to act, Margolin opened for 325,000. Bojang called from the button, the blinds both folded. Margolin check-called a bet of 450,000 on     before leading for 675,000 on the   turn. Bojang folded and Margolin showed   .

IsmaeI Bojang5,600,000-1,100,000
Timur Margolin5,500,0003,400,000
Chris Ferguson1,800,000-1,900,000
Sunday, June 24, 2018 4:50 PM Local Time
Hands #109-110: Ferguson Doubles Back Through Bojang

Hand #109: Ismael Bojang shoved from the small blind and big blind Chris Ferguson folded.

Hand #110: Bojang opened the button for 375,000 and small blind Chris Ferguson shoved for 1,715,000. The big blind folded, Bojang called after giving it some thought.

Chris Ferguson:   
Ismael Bojang:   

The flop had the   in the window, followed by the   and  . The   on the turn and   on the river were blanks and Ferguson doubled back through Bojang.

IsmaeI Bojang6,700,000-1,530,000
Chris Ferguson3,700,0001,800,000
Michael Marder3,100,000-200,000
Timur Margolin2,100,000-200,000
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