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2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, June 21, 2019 to Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Monster Stack - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Event #50)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $8,147,250
  • Entries: 6,035
  • Remaining: 0

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:12 PM Local Time
Kainalu McCue-Unciano Becomes the Latest Millionaire after Winning Event #50: Monster Stack - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Kainalu McCue-Unciano

A new millionaire has been crowned at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Event #50: Monster Stack - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Kainalu McCue-Unciano rose to the top through a field of 6,035 to capture his first ever WSOP gold bracelet after defeating Vincent Chauve in a back and forth heads-up match.

It took five long days of poker to earn himself a cool $1,008,850. Coming into the tournament, McCue-Unciano's largest cash was just over $75,000 with nearly $500,000 in career earnings. After today, the Hawaiian will top both of those numbers and he was at a loss for words after the win. "It feels great! This is the biggest final table I've ever been at and I just tried to not think about how much money I was playing for."

Going into the heads-up match with Chauve, McCue-Unciano held a commanding chip lead but Chauve was able to double in just the second hand. The Frenchman continued to chip away and even took over the lead at one point. The heads-up battle went on for over three hours with many twists and turns throughout. The blinds increased and soon enough they were both hovering around the 30 big blind mark.

McCue-Unciano opened up a huge lead after value betting third pair on a paired board and Chauve called with bottom pair. In the next hand, McCue-Unciano shoved all in with king-six suited and Chauve quickly called off his eight big blinds with pocket tens. McCue-Unciano flopped two pair and a full house on the turn left Chauve drawing dead.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano
Kainalu McCue-Unciano

The Hawaiian rail burst into cheers and there was no escaping the biggest smile in the room from McCue-Unciano. "I've got the best support behind me. My girlfriend is always there when I need her. My friends are just as stoked as I am." McCue-Unciano got a little choked up when asked what it meant to win a bracelet for his state of Hawaii. "Everyday I told myself that I would do it. It's just an unreal feeling," as he took a little pause to gather his thoughts. "It's only kicking in slowly, it's a crazy feeling."

When asked about his plans for the rest of the summer, McCue-Unciano said he will definitely be back to play in some more events. "I'll be playing the Main Event for sure. Definitely gonna be playing in some bigger events. Gotta get some more bracelets!" But for know, he'll be taking a little break from the Rio confines to enjoy some time with friends. "We're heading to Disneyland tomorrow for a few days. It's gonna be a little more fun now," he laughed.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Kainalu McCue-UncianoUnited States$1,008,850
2Vincent ChauveFrance$623,211
3Gregory KatayamaCanada$461,369
4Bart HansonUnited States$344,079
5Benjamin EctorUnited States$258,516
6Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine$195,687
7Bryan KimUnited States$149,247
8Andre HanebergGermany$114,694
9Javier ZarcoSpain$88,817

There was no shortage of action today as things got started with a bang in the very first hand. The start-of-day chipleader Benjamin Ector ran a triple-barrel bluff against Gregory Katayama who called him down with a set of sixes for all of his chips. That dropped Ector down to one of the shorter stacks for the time being.

Igor Yaroshevskyy came into the day with just over 10 big blinds and was unable to pick up any hands in the early going. He eventually moved all in for seven big blinds on the button with king-high and was called by McCue-Unciano's ace-high in the small blind. The former Main Event final tablist was unable to find any help on the board and was the first casualty of the day in sixth place.

Despite finding a small double up, Ector was unable to stay alive much longer. McCue-Unciano shipped all in on the button with jack-eight suited as one of the big stacks and Ector called it off with pocket sevens in the small blind. McCue-Unciano flopped a pair and flush draw and wrapped things up with a flush on the turn to eliminate Ector.

Bart Hanson was left on the short stack with four players remaining and he also had trouble picking up any good hands. Hanson got all of his chips in the middle with a dominated ace against Katayama. Hanson turned a straight draw but the river was no help to quickly bring the field down to three players before the first break of the day.

Bart Hanson
Bart Hanson

Once the players returned, Chauve became a bystander as the two big stacks continued to battle in monster pots against each other. Chauve's wish came true when McCue-Unciano and Katayama clashed in a monster pot. McCue-Unciano rivered a straight against Katayama's top set for the largest pot of the tournament by far. That dropped Katayama down to one of the shortest stacks while McCue-Unciano took a monster chip lead against his two opponents.

It wouldn't be long after when Katayama stuck in his last five big blinds with jack-four from the small blind only to be called by Chauve's queen-jack. A queen on the flop all but ended Katayama's hopes who was forced to head to the payout desk in third place. That left McCue-Unciano and Chauve to battle it out in a heads-up match that left both players on the edge of their seats.

That wraps up the PokerNews coverage from another event here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, but there is still plenty of action going on so keep it locked here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:20 PM Local Time
Vincent Chauve Eliminated in 2nd Place ($623,211)

Vincent Chauve

Hand #220: Kainalu McCue-Unciano shoved all in on the button and was quickly called by Vincent Chauve who had 38 million chips remaining.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano:   
Vincent Chauve:   

The flop came     to give McCue-Unciano the lead with two pair. The   landed on the turn to improve McCue-Unciano to a full house and leave Chauve drawing dead to the   on the river.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano312,000,00038,000,000
Vincent Chauve0-38,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:18 PM Local Time
Hands #218-219: McCue-Unciano Opens a Huge Lead

Hand #218: Kainalu McCue-Unciano limped in on the button and Vincent Chauve checked his big blind. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Chauve checked again and McCue-Unciano took down the pot with a bet of 7.5 million.

Hand #219: Chauve just called on the button and McCue-Unciano chose to see a flop of    . McCue-Unciano checked to Chauve who fired out a bet of 8 million. McCue-Unciano called and the   paired the board on the turn. Both players checked and the   hit the river.

McCue-Unciano pushed out a bet of 18 million and Chauve called. McCue-Unciano turned over    for two pair and Chauve held    for a smaller two pair.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano274,000,00046,000,000
Vincent Chauve38,000,000-46,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:11 PM Local Time
Hands #213-217: McCue-Unciano Bluff-Catching

Kainalu McCue-Unciano

Hand #213: Vincent Chauve called and Kainalu McCue-Unciano checked his option. After McCue-Unciano checked the     flop, Chauve bet 7 million and took down the pot.

Hand #214: After McCue-Unciano called and Chauve checked, Chauve then led out on the     flop for 8 million and McCue-Unciano made the call. Both players then checked the   turn and   river, and McCue-Unciano tabled    and took down the pot.

Hand #215: Chauve called and McCue-Unciano checked. Both players checked through to the river on a board of      , and after McCue-Unciano checked again, Chauve bet 7.5 million and was called by McCue-Unciano, who tabled    and took the pot.

Hand #216: McCue-Unciano called, Chauve shoved all in and McCue-Unciano folded.

Hand #217: Chauve called and McCue-Unciano checked his option. After McCue-Unciano checked the     flop, Chauve bet 5 million. McCue-Unciano check-raised to 20 million and Chauve folded.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano228,000,00044,500,000
Vincent Chauve84,000,000-34,500,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:57 PM Local Time
Hands #208-212: Three Shoves in a Row

Hand #208: Kainalu McCue-Unciano raised to 12.5 million on the button and Vincent Chauve folded his big blind.

Hand #209: Chauve limped in on the button and McCue-Unciano checked his option. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn and the   on the river. Two more checks and McCue-Unciano tabled    to claim the pot.

Hand #210: McCue-Unciano made it 12.5 million to go and Chauve three-bet to 39 million from the big blind. McCue-Unciano shipped all in for 123 million and Chauve asked for a count before folding.

Hand #211: Chauve opened to 12.5 million and McCue-Unciano defended his big blind. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. McCue-Unciano checked again and Chauve stuck in a bet of 17 million. McCue-Unciano check-raised all in and Chauve thought for a minute before letting his hand go.

Hand #212: McCue-Unciano raised it up to 12.5 million and Chauve jammed all in for 101 million. McCue-Unciano stood up from his seat as he pondered his decision but he ultimately decided to lay his hand down.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano183,500,00086,500,000
Vincent Chauve118,500,000-86,200,000
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:43 PM Local Time
Level 46 started
Level: 46
Blinds: 2,500,000/5,000,000
Ante: 5,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:36 PM Local Time
Break Time

The final two players are heading on another 15-minute break. The blinds will be increased to 2,500,000/5,000,000 with a 5,000,000 big blinds ante when they return.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:27 PM Local Time
Hands #202-207: Chauve Creating Some Distance

Hand #202: Vincent Chauve raised it to 8 million and Kainalu McCue-Unciano called. McCue-Unciano then check-folded to the bet of 12 million from Chauve on the     flop.

Hand #203: Chauve got a walk.

Hand #204: Chauve called and McCue-Unciano checked. McCue-Unciano checked the     flop, and then check-called the 6 million chip bet from Chauve. After both players checked the   turn   river, Chauve tabled    and took down the pot.

Hand #205: McCue-Unciano raised it 8 million and Chauve made the call. Both players checked to through to the river on a board of      , and after Chauve checked again, McCue-Unciano bet 8 million and took down the pot.

Hand #206: Chauve raised it to 11 million and McCue-Unciano made the call. After McCue-Unciano check-called Chauve's 15 million bet on the     flop, both players then checked the   turn, McCue-Unciano then led out for 26 million on the   river. Chauve tanked for about a minute before he made the call and both players tabled their hands to reveal a chopped pot.

Vincent Chauve:   
Kainalu McCue-Unciano:   

Hand #207: McCue-Unciano limped in on the button and Chauve checked his big blind. The flop came     and Chauve led out for 5 million which prompted a fold from McCue-Unciano.

Vincent Chauve204,700,00022,000,000
Kainalu McCue-Unciano97,000,000-22,300,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:12 PM Local Time
Hand #197-201: Chauve Nails a Set on the River

Vincent Chauve

Hand #197:Kainalu McCue-Unciano raised to 8 million on the button and Vincent Chauve called from the big blind. The flop came     and Chauve checked to McCue-Unciano who continued for 8 million. Chauve called and the   paired the board on the turn. Both players checked and the   completed the board. Chauve slid out a bet of 16 million and McCue-Unciano folded.

Hand #198: Chauve limped in on the button and McCue-Unciano opted to see a flop of    . McCue-Unciano checked to Chauve who tossed in a bet of 5 million and McCue-Unciano called. The turn was the   and both players tapped the table as the   hit the river.

McCue-Unciano checked for the third time and Chauve fired out a bet of 14 million. McCue-Unciano called and Chauve tabled    for a set of fours to open up his largest lead.

Hand #199: McCue-Unciano raised to 8 million and Chauve defended. The flop fell     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Chauve led out for 10 million and McCue-Unciano raised to 26 million. Chauve called and the   landed on the river. Both players knuckled the table and Chauve showed    for a missed straight draw. McCue-Unciano held    for the only pair to win back some chips.

Hand #200: Chauve just called on the button and McCue-Unciano checked his option. The flop fell     and McCue-Unciano check-folded to a bet of 6.5 million from Chauve.

Hand #201: McCue-Unciano made it 8 million to go and Chauve three-bet to 28 million. McCue-Unciano folded and Chauve earned the pot.

Vincent Chauve182,700,00021,000,000
Kainalu McCue-Unciano119,300,000-21,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:58 PM Local Time
Hands #192-196: Chauve in Control

Hand #192: Vincent Chauve called and Kainalu McCue-Unciano checked. After both players checked the     flop, and McCue-Unciano checked the   turn, Chauve bet 7 million and took down the pot.

Hand #193: After McCue-Unciano raised it to 8 million, Chauve three-bet to 29 million, which got a fold from McCue-Unciano.

Hand #194: Chauve called and McCue-Unciano checked his option. After McCue-Unciano checked the     flop, Chauve bet 4 million, and McCue-Unciano folded.

Hand #195: McCue-Unciano made it 8 million to go and Chauve came along. After Chauve checked the     flop, McCue-Unciano continued for 5 million and Chauve check-folded.

Hand #196: Chauve raised it to 11 million and McCue-Unciano folded.

Vincent Chauve161,700,00020,000,000
Kainalu McCue-Unciano140,300,000-20,000,000
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:46 PM Local Time
Hands #187-191: All Five Go to Chauve

Vincent Chauve

Hand #187: Kainalu McCue-Unciano folded his button and Vincent Chauve received a walk.

Hand #188: Chauve limped in on the button and McCue-Unciano checked his option. The flop came     and McCue-Unciano checked to Chauve who bet 6.5 million. McCue-Unciano folded and Chauve picked up the pot.

Hand #189: McCue-Unciano raised to 8 million and Chauve called. The flop fell     and Chauve checked to McCue-Unciano who continued for 6 million. Chauve check-raised to 23 million and McCue-Unciano quickly folded.

Hand #190: Chauve made it 11 million to go on the button and McCue-Unciano folded his big blind.

Hand #191: McCue-Unciano opened to 8 million and Chauve defended. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn and the   on the river. Chauve counted out a bet of 7 million and McCue-Unciano sent his cards to the muck again.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano160,300,000-40,000,000
Vincent Chauve141,700,00040,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:40 PM Local Time
Hands #182-186: Just Some Light Action

Hand #182: Vincent Chauve called and Kainalu McCue-Unciano checked his option. After McCue-Unciano checked the     flop, Chauve slid out a bet of 4 million, which was met with a check-raise to 26 million from McCue-Unciano. Chauve quickly mucked his cards.

Hand #183: McCue-Unciano raised it to 8 million, which got a fold from Chauve.

Hand #184: Chauve called and McCue-Unciano checked. McCue-Unciano then check-folded to the 6.5 million bet from Chauve on the     flop.

Hand #185: McCue-Unciano raised it to 8 million, Chauve called and both players saw a flop of    . After Chauve checked, McCue-Unciano bet 6 million and Chauve check-folded.

Hand #186: Chauve called and McCue-Unciano checked. McCue-Unciano then check-folded after Chauve bet 6.5 million on the     flop.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano200,300,00012,000,000
Vincent Chauve101,700,000-12,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:28 PM Local Time
Level 45 started
Level: 45
Blinds: 2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante: 4,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:27 PM Local Time
Hands #176-180: Big Check-Raise from McCue-Unciano

Kainalu McCue-Unciano

Hand #176: Vincent Chauve limped in on the button and Kainalu McCue-Unciano checked his big blind. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. McCue-Unciano checked again and Chauve stuck in a bet of 6 million. McCue-Unciano called and the   completed the board.

McCue-Unciano checked for the third time and Chauve slid in a bet of 10 million. McCue-Unciano check-raised to 45 million and Chauve reluctantly pushed his cards to the muck.

Hand #177: McCue-Unciano raised it up to 6 million and Chauve three-bet to 24 million which got a quick fold from McCue-Unciano.

Hand #178: Chauve made it 9 million to go on the button and McCue-Unciano shoved all in, putting Chauve to the test for his remaining 91.7 million chips. Chauve thought for a moment but decided to lay his hand down.

Hand #179: McCue-Unciano opened to 6 million and Chauve called to see a flop of    . Chauve checked to McCue-Unciano who continued for 4 million. Chauve check-raised to 14 million and McCue-Unciano snap-folded.

Hand #180: Chauve raised to 9 million and McCue-Unciano quickly folded.

Hand #181: McCue-Unciano raised to 6 million and Chauve called. The flop fell     and Chauve led out for 9 million. McCue-Unciano called and the   landed on the turn. Chauve slid out another bet of 14 million and McCue-Unciano quickly mucked.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano188,300,000-9,000,000
Vincent Chauve113,700,0009,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:16 PM Local Time
Hands #171-175: Some More Back and Forth

Hand #171: Kainalu McCue-Unciano raised to 6 million and Vincent Chauve made the call. Chauve then check-folded to the 4 million continuation bet from McCue-Unciano on the     flop.

Hand #172 Chauve called and McCue-Unciano checked his option. McCue-Unciano then check-folded to the 6 million chip bet from Chauve on the     flop.

Hand #173: McCue-Unciano made it 6 million to go and Chauve made the call. Chauve checked the     flop, and then check-called the 4 million chip bet from McCue-Unciano. After both players checked the   turn, Chauve led out for a bet of 18 million on the   river and took down the pot.

Hand #174 Chauve raised to 9 million and McCue-Unciano folded.

Hand #175: Chauve called a 6 million preflop raise from McCue-Unciano and then check-folded after McCue-Unciano continued for 4 million on the     flop.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano197,300,000-4,000,000
Vincent Chauve104,700,0004,000,000
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:03 PM Local Time
Hands #165-170: Chauve Folds Three In a Row

Hand #165: Kainalu McCue-Unciano folded his button and Vincent Chauve received a walk.

Hand #166: Chuave limped in on the button and McCue-Unciano made it 13 million to go from the big blind. Chauve folded and McCue-Unciano picked up the pot.

Hand #167: McCue-Unciano raised to 6 million and Chauve folded.

Hand #168: Chauve just called on the button and McCue-Unciano checked his option. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. McCue-Unciano led out for 5.5 million and Chauve folded.

Hand #169: McCue-Unciano made it 6 million on the button and Chauve called. The flop came     and Chauve led out for 9 million. McCue-Unciano called and the   landed on the turn. Chauve checked and McCue-Unciano stuck in a bet of 16 million. Chauve let his hand go once more and McCue-Unciano picked up another pot.

Hand #170: Chauve limped in on the button and McCue-Unciano raised it up to 13 million. Chauve called and the flop fell    . McCue-Unciano led out for 13 million and Chauve shipped all in for 58.7 million, forcing McCue-Unciano to quickly fold.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano201,300,0001,000,000
Vincent Chauve100,700,000-1,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 4:56 PM Local Time
Hands #160-164: McCue-Unciano Doubles Through Chauve

Kainalu McCue-Unciano

Hand #160: Vincent Chauve raised it to 9 million and Kainalu McCue-Unciano folded.

Hand#161: McCue-Unciano raised it to 6 million and Chauve made the call. Both players checked to the river on a board reading       and Chauve tabled    and took down the pot.

Hand #162: Chauve raised it to 6 million and McCue-Unciano three-bet to 24 million. With action back on Chauve, he four-bet to 95.9 million, which was enough to put McCue-Unciano all in and McCue-Unciano made the call.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano:   
Vincent Chauve:   

The board ran out      , which secured McCue-Unciano's double-up.

Hand #163: McCue-Unciano raised it to 6 million and Chauve made the call. After both players checked to the turn on a board reading     , Chauve bet 8 million and took down the pot.

Hand #164: Chauve called and McCue-Unciano checked his option. McCue-Unciano check-called a bet of 3 million from Chauve on the     flop. and then check-called another bet of 7 million on the   turn. After both players checked the   river, McCue-Unciano tabled    for the rivered flush.

Kainalu McCue-Unciano200,300,00089,400,000
Vincent Chauve101,700,000-89,400,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 4:37 PM Local Time
Hands #155-159: Chauve Building a Lead

Hand #155: Kainalu McCue-Unciano raised to 7 million on the button and Vincent Chauve called from the big blind. The flop came     and Chauve check-called a bet of 4.5 million from McCue-Unciano. The turn was the   and Chauve led out for 9 million which forced a fold from McCue-Unciano.

Hand #156: Chauve limped in on the button and McCue-Unciano checked his option. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. McCue-Unciano checked again and Chuave bet 5 million which McCue-Unciano called. The river was the   and McCue-Unciano checked one more time. Chauve checked it back and turned over    for the best hand.

Hand #157: McCue-Unciano opened to 6 million on the button and Chauve called. Both players checked the     flop and the   landed on the turn. Chauve led out for 12 million and McCue-Unciano laid his hand down.

Hand #158: Chauve limped in on the button and McCue-Unciano checked his option. The flop came     and McCue-Unciano check-called a bet of 6 million from Chauve. The turn brought the   and both players checked to the   on the river. Two more checks and McCue-Unciano turned over    to win the pot with a pair of nines.

Hand #159: McCue-Unciano made it 6 million to go and Chauve three-bet to 24 million which got McCue-Unciano to muck his cards.

Vincent Chauve191,100,00025,500,000
Kainalu McCue-Unciano110,900,000-25,500,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 4:26 PM Local Time
Level 44 started
Level: 44
Blinds: 1,500,000/3,000,000
Ante: 3,000,000
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 4:11 PM Local Time
Hand #154: Chauve Takes the Lead Into Break

Vincent Chauve

Hand #154: Vincent Chauve limped in on the button and Kainalu McCue-Unciano raised it up to 9.4 million in the big blind. Chauve called and the two players saw a flop of    .

McCue-Unciano led out for 6.2 million and Chauve called. The turn was the   and McCue-Unciano checked this time. Chauve counted out a bet of 9 million and McCue-Unciano shipped all in and Chauve called off his stack of 66 million.

McCue-Unciano turned over    for a flush draw while Chauve held    for the best hand currently. McCue-Unciano had a bunch of cards to end the match but the   on the river sent a double up to Chauve as he took over the chip lead.

The players are heading on another 15-minute break.

Vincent Chauve165,600,00084,000,000
Kainalu McCue-Unciano136,400,000-84,000,000
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