Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:30 AM Local Time
Salt Lake's Robert Mitchell Wins Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack ($297,537)
It took three days for a field of 2,808 to be whittled down to one, and in the end, it was Salt Lake's Robert Mitchell who captured his first ever WSOP gold bracelet in Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack. The 41-year old claimed the first-place prize of $297,537, the largest slice the nearly $2,000,000 prize pool had to offer. The American caught a hot streak of cards early on the final day and rode it all the way to the eventual gold.
Not for the first time this summer, the tournament was finished off in style: holding pocket aces, Mitchell's sole remaining opponent Marco Bognanni raised it up with pocket threes. Mitchell put in a three-bet with the blades, and Bognanni whispered the two words everyone holding aces wants to hear:
The four-bet shove was for more than fifty big blinds and a pot of nearly all the chips in play. Sweated by a large group of friends, after each of them hastily made their way to the Amazon room to rail their buddy, they saw five blanks roll off the deck. Mitchell jumped in the arms of his ecstatic rail, high-fived every single one of them and was lifted onto their shoulders.
The accomplishment means Mitchell can now call himself a WSOP gold bracelet winner. Validation is the first thing that sprung to the new champ's mind, although his love for the game outweighs the now-complete chase for the gold.
"Obviously, the money is surreal, but that's what poker players play for - the bracelet. To have one now on my resumé feels good and it gives me more validation as a poker player."
With someone sporting a love for the game as Mitchell does, his plans with the unexpected windfall of nearly $300k are clear: it's business as usual.
"I'll be here for the rest of the series. I'll just be grinding, going back at it."
Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Table Results
|1||Robert Mitchell||United States||$297,537|
|7||Benjamin Moon||United States||$42,524|
|8||Zachary Mullennix||United States||$32,561|
Mitchell was coming off a 17th place in Event #17: No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, which meant he won his first table and got close to winning the second.
"Actually, that Shootout helped me a lot, getting so close to a bracelet," Mitchell said. "I kind of played a little too fast three-handed, here I realized I was gonna pick my time, be in the moment, and play my best game. That tournament helped me win this one."
Whereas others may feel a deep run like that may not happen on short notice - or ever again - the Shootout bolstered Mitchell's spirits that he was close to winning the big one.
"One-hundred per cent it did. I knew I was going to have another shot at it. I've been playing poker for a long time and felt like it was long overdue. It's awesome."
Action of the Day
While his spirit was high, the cards certainly fell Mitchells way too. Especially in the early stages, it seemed he could do no wrong as the field of 26 that started the day quickly got whittled down to 12 in the early stages. Mitchell, who started the day with just 20 big blinds, quickly working up his way to the biggest stack overall after winning several key coin flips.
Start-of-the-day chip leader Hamid Feiz was one to fall to Mitchell and finished in 15th place when Mitchell check-raised a king-high flush all in on the river. Feiz called, mucked his cards, and saw a depressing day for him come to an end before the big money was divided.
The final table officially consisted of two previous bracelet winners - Nick Jivkov and Benjamin Moon - but it would only be the latter that took a seat on the Amazon Thunderdome stage. Jivkov was knocked off at the same time Josh Boulton busted at another table, and Jivkov took ninth place without playing a hand at the final table. There would be no repeat performance for Moon either, as he ran his pocket nines into Axel Hallay's pocket tens to bust in seventh.
Six players made themselves up for a final table live streamed on CBS All Access. Despite the deep-stacked play allowed by the structure, Kamel Mokhammad quickly fell to Mitchell by jamming his jack-ten into Mitchell's ace-ten. Bognanni then snapped off Benjamin Underwood in fifth with a flopped full house against a rivered straight. Not too long after, Francois Evard bowed out in fourth after whiffing ace-queen versus Hallay's fives.
That left Hallay, Bognanni, and Mitchell to duke it out three-handed with deep stacks. The trio did so for hours on end, with nearly equal stacks at some point. About 60 hands after Evard's bust, it would be Hallay who'd be the first to break. The Frenchman, backed by a boisterous rail of countrymen as is tradition, three-bet shoved ace-jack over a Mitchell open, only to be snapped off by ace-king. Five blanks later, the field was heads-up.
With more than fifty bigs for each player and hour-long levels, a long grind seemed to loom ahead for both. Instead, some perfect timing with aces gave Mitchell his victory soon into the heads-up battle. There was only one thing he could think of; he ran to his rail and celebrated the improbably-quick victory with his friends.
"It's such a surreal feeling to have everybody here on the side. I've known the guys for a long time, throughout the Salt Lake community, it was an awesome feeling. I was so happy I could win it for them too."
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:16 AM Local Time
Marco Bognanni Eliminated in 2nd Place ($183,742)
Hand #137: Marco Bognanni aised to 3,000,000 on the button, Robert Mitchell three-bet to 10,000,000 in the big blind, Bognanni four-bet shoved all in for 53,000,000 and Mitchell snap-called him off.
Just like that, 106 out of the 112 big blinds left in play were in the middle.
"Hooold!" Mitchell's rail yelled. He ran over to them and high-fived them in advance. The flop came down to keep him way ahead, and after the turn Mitchell only needed to fade the treys to win his first-ever WSOP bracelet.
The dealer burned and turned the on the river and Mitchell ran over to his ecstatic rail. He high-fived every one of them before one of his friends took him on their shoulders in celebration.
Bognanni's amazing run in Event #37 came to an end in second place, parlaying an $800 investment into a $183,742 score.
Stay right here for a full recap of the day's action.
|Robert Mitchell||112,320,000||52,920,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||0||-53,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:13 AM Local Time
Hands #132-136: More Small Pots
Hand #132: Robert Mitchell called and Marco Bognanni checked behind and then bet out 1,5 million on the flop, which took down the pot.
Hand #133: After Bognanni called and Mitchell checked, Mitchell then check-called a bet of 1.5 million from Bognanni, but then check-folded to Bognanni's 4.1 million bet on the turn.
Hand #134: Mitchell raised to 3 million but folded after Bognanni three-bet to 10.3 million.
Hand #135: After Bognanni called and Mitchell checked, the two players then checked it down to the river on a board of and Mitchell took the pot.
Hand #136: Mitchell raised it to 2.5 million and Bognanni made the call. After both players checked to the turn on a board of , Bognanni bet out 4.2 million and Mitchell folded.
|Robert Mitchell||59,400,000||-9,400,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||53,000,000||9,400,000 |
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:02 AM Local Time
Hands #129-131: Small Pots
Hand #129: Marco Bognanni limped in and Robert Mitchell checked. Bognanni's bet of 1,500,000 on the flop did the trick.
Hand #130: Mitchell raised to 2,500,000 and Bognanni called. The flop was and Mitchell won it with a bet of 3,000,000.
Hand #131: Bognanni limped in and Mitchell shook him out with a raise to 4,200,000.
|Robert Mitchell||68,800,000||2,500,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||43,600,000||-2,500,000 |
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:59 AM Local Time
Hands #123-128: Grid Locked
Hand #123: Robert Mitchell got a walk.
Hand #124: Mitchell limped in, Marco Bognanni raised to 4,200,000 and Mitchell folded.
Hand #125: Bognanni raised to 2,600,000, Mitchell three-bet to 8,000,000 and Bognanni folded.
Hand #126: Mitchell raised to 2,500,000 and Bognanni folded.
Hand #127: Bognanni raised to 2,600,000 and Mitchell was the first in five hands to see a flop. The flop came down and both players checked. On the turn, Mitchell checked, Bognanni bet 2,000,000, and Mitchell folded.
Hand #128: Mitchell raised to 3,500,000 and Bognanni called. The flop came and Bognanni check-called 2,000,000 from Mitchell. The turn went check/check.
The river completed the club draw and both players checked. Mitchell flung open for a pair, which was good enough to win.
|Robert Mitchell||66,300,000||1,200,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||46,100,000||-1,200,000 |
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:58 AM Local Time
Hands #117-122: A Little back and Forth
Hand #117: Robert Mitchell got a walk.
Hand #118: Marco Bognanni's turn to walk.
Hand #119: After Bognanni just called preflop and Mitchell checked his big blind, Mitchell then check-called Bognanni's bet of 1.5 million on the flop. Both players then checked the turn and river and Mithcell scooped the pot.
Hand #120: Mitchell decided to just call and it was then Bognanni's turn to check in his big blind. Bognanni then check-called a 1.2 million chip bet from Mitchell. Both players checked the turn, and after Bognanni led out for 3.2 million and Mitchell made the call, Bognanni tabled for the winner.
Hand #121: Bognanni raised to 2.6 million, Mitchell three-bet to 8 million and Bognanni folded.
Hand #122: Mitchell made it 3 million to play and Bognanni called. Bognanni check-called Mitchell's 2.5 million bet on the flop, and after both players checked the turn, Bognanni bet out 5 million on the river and took down the pot.
|Robert Mitchell||65,100,000||-5,800,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||47,300,000||5,800,000 |
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:41 AM Local Time
Hands #111-116: Testing the Waters
Hand #111: Marco Bognanni limped in and Robert Mitchell checked. Mitchell bet 1,000,000 on the flop and got called. He check-folded the turn against a bet of 2,500,000.
Hand #112: Mitchell raised to 2,500,000 and Bognanni folded.
Hand #113: Bognanni raised to 2,500,000 and Mitchell called. On the flop, Mitchell check-folded to a bet of 2,000,000.
Hand #114: Limp Mitchell, check Bognanni. The flop was and Bognanni check-folded to a bet of 1,200,000.
Hand #115: Bognanni raised to 3,000,000 and Mitchell called. The flop came and got checked twice. The rolled off on the turn and got checked again.
On the river, Mitchell took it with a bet of 2,500,000.
Hand #116: Mitchell raised to 2,500,000 and Bognanni saw a flop. The flop was and once again, two quick checks. The turn didn't entice the players to move either, but the on the river did. It was Bognanni who bet 3,000,000 and that was the end of it.
|Robert Mitchell||70,900,000||-1,600,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||41,500,000||1,600,000 |
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:35 AM Local Time
Level 40 started
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:19 AM Local Time
Axel Hallay Eliminated in 3rd Place ($134,817)
Hand #110: Robert Mitchell raised to 2,000,000 on the button and Marco Bognanni folded the small blind. Axel Hallay three-bet shoved 18,300,000 from the big blind and Mitchell called it off.
Mitchell had Hallay dominated and the Frenchman needed one his jacks if he was going to survive. The flop brought and the French railed yelled for a "Trois", a three, to chop the pot.
Neither the turn nor river was what he was looking for, and now it was Mitchell's rail who erupted in cheers. Hallay shook his two opponent's hands and made his way off the stage in 3rd place, receiving a payday of $134,817.
|Robert Mitchell||72,500,000||17,300,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||39,900,000||11,000,000 |
|Axel Hallay||0||-28,300,000 |
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:15 AM Local Time
Hands #105-109: Bognanni With a Back-Raise
Hand #105: Marco Bognanni calls from the button and Robert Mitchell checked his blind. Both players checked to the turn on a board of , Mitchell then check-called a 1 million chip bet from Bognanni. Both players then checked the river, Mitchell tabled and raked in the pot.
Hand #106: Hallay called from the button, and then folded after Mitchell raised it to 4.5 million from his small blind.
Hand #107: After both Mitchell and Bognanni limped preflop, Hallay raised it up to 4.5 million and Mitchell made the call. Bognanni then three-bet shoved for 24.9 million, which got an instant fold from Hallay, but Mitchell asked for a count. He then went into the tank for about a minute before he decided the amount was too much too call and he mucked his cards.
Hand #108: Hallay called in the small blind and after Mitchell checked his option, both players saw a flop of . Hallay bet 1 million and got called by Mitchell. After both players checked the turn, and Hallay again checked on the river, Mitchell decided to take a shot at the pot with a bet of 2 million, which was enough because Hallay folded.
Hand #109: After Mitchell raised it to 3.5 million and Bognanni made the call, both players checked to the river on a board of . Mitchell then bet out 2 million, only to be check-raised to 15.2 million by Bognanni, which got a quick fold from Mitchell.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:03 AM Local Time
Hands #98-104: Bognanni Shortly Below Twenty Bigs
Hand #98: Robert Mitchell limped the button, Marco Bognanni called the small blind, and Axel Hallay checked. The flop was and saw three checks. The turn was another jack, the , and Hallay bet 2,500,000. Mitchell folded, and Bognanni called.
The river brought the and Bognanni checked. Hallay bet 6,000,000 this time, and Bogdanni went in the tank. He tried chatting his opponent up to get a read on him, but Hallay didn't respond and remained deeply buried in his hoodie. The Italian eventually gave it up and the French rail cheered.
Hand #99: Bognanni limped the button and Mitchell checked. Mitchell came out with a bet of 1,000,000 on the flop. Bognanni raised to 3,000,000 and Mitchell called. The turn was the and Mitchell checked. Bognanni opted for the check behind this time.
The prompted a bet of 3,900,000 from Mitchell. Bognanni called it off and Mitchell showed him for a pair of queens. Bognanni nodded and mucked to slip below the 20 big blind mark.
Hand #100: Mitchell limped the small blind in and Bognanni checked. An all-diamond flop of was spread and Mitchell bet 1,000,000. Call from Bognanni.
The turn brought another and Mitchell checked. Bognanni bet 1,500,000 and Mitchell quickly winged it.
Hand #101: Bognanni raised to 3,200,000 in the small blind and Hallay folded.
Hand #102: Bognanni popped it to 2,200,000 on the button this time and big blind Mitchell wanted to see a flop. The prompted a check from Mitchell, 1,800,000 from Bognanni, and a fold.
Hand #103: Hallay raised to 2,000,000 on the button, Bognanni three-bet shoved 25,900,000 from the big blind and Hallay threw it away.
Hand #104: A walk for Hallay.
|Robert Mitchell||55,200,000||1,700,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||28,900,000||-1,700,000 |
|Axel Hallay||28,300,000||0 |
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:02 AM Local Time
Hands #92-97: Hallay Goes From Short Stack to Contender
Hand #92: After Marco Bognanni limped from his small blind, Axel Hallay raised to 3 million from his big blind. Bognanni then three-bet to 16.9 million, which was more than enough to put Hallay all in if he made the call, which he did without hesitation.
The board ran out , which gave Hallay his third double-up at the final table.
Hand #93: After Hallay called from the small blind and Robert Mitchell checked from his big blind, both players then checked to the river on a board of . Hallay slid out a bet of 1 million, Mitchell made the call, tabled and raked in the pot.
Hand #94: Hallay raised to 2 million, which got a call from Bognanni. Both players checked through to the river on a river, Mitchell bet 2.1 million and Hallay folded.
Hand #95: After Bognanni limped in from the small blind, Hallay raised it to 3.5 million and took down the pot.
Hand #96: After Hallay limp-called Mitchell's raise of 3.5 million from his big blind, Hallay then check-folded to Mitchell's bet of 3 million on the flop.
Hand #97: Mitchell bumped it up to 3.5 million from his small blind and Bognanni folded his big blind.
|Robert Mitchell||53,500,000||11,500,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||30,600,000||-21,900,000 |
|Axel Hallay||28,300,000||10,400,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:30 PM Local Time
Hands #87-91: First Skirmishes After Break
Hand #87: Marco Bognanni limped in on the button, Axel Hallay called and Robert Mitchell checked.
The flop and turn got checked around. Bognanni bet 3,000,000 on the river and netted two folds with it.
Hand #88: Mitchell limped the small blind, and Bognanni checked. The flop got checked. Mitchell bet 1,000,000 on the turn and won the hand.
Hand #89: Mitchell raised to 2,000,000 on the button, Hallay three-bet shoved 15,400,000 from the big blind and got it through.
Hand #90: Bognanni limped and Halley completed. Mitchell raised to 4,500,000 and got the others out of the way.
Hand #91: Mitchell limped and Bognanni checked. On the flop, Mitchell bet 1,000,000 and Bognanni called. The turn brought a check from Mitchell. Bognanni bet 2,700,000 and Mitchell called.
The river was the and both players checked. Bognanni won the hand on showdown with , having paired the flop. Mitchell's paired nine on the turn wasn't enough and Bognanni bumped his lead to 10.5 million over Mitchell.
|Marco Bognanni||52,500,000||5,800,000 |
|Robert Mitchell||42,000,000||-4,700,000 |
|Axel Hallay||17,900,000||500,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:21 PM Local Time
Level 39 started
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:04 PM Local Time
The three remaining players are on a 15-minute break.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:04 PM Local Time
Hands #82-86: Hallay Doubles Again
Hand #82: Axel Hallay raised it to 1.6 million and got a call from Marco Bognanni. After both players checked the flop, Bognanni led out for 2.6 million on the turn and Hallay made the call. When Bognanni continued the aggression with a bet of 4.8 million on the river, Hallay had enough and folded his hand.
Hand #83: Robert Mitchell raised it to 2 million and got a call from Hallay. Both players checked the flop, and Halley then check-folded to Mitchell's 1.5 million bet on the turn.
Hand #84: Hallay shoved from his small blind and Mitchell folded his big blind.
Hand #85: Hallay folded his limp to the raise to 3.1m from Mitchell, which the American made with pocket eights. Bognani got out of the way too, and Mitchell took another.
Hand #86: Bognanni raised to 8.3 million from his small blind, which was enough to put Hallay all in if he made the call, which he did, and both players tabled their hands.
The flop was a great one for Hallay, and the turn pretty much secured his double up even before the dealer fanned the on the river.
|Marco Bognanni||46,700,000||-7,300,000 |
|Robert Mitchell||46,700,000||3,600,000 |
|Axel Hallay||17,400,000||2,100,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:52 PM Local Time
Hands #76-81: Hallay Doubles Up
Hand #76: Robert Mitchell completed the small blind and Marco Bognanni checked his option. The flop brought and Mitchell bet 800,000. Bognanni called. The turn was the and Mitchell checked. Bognanni bet 2,200,000, and Mitchell called.
The river brought the fourth diamond. Mitchell came out blazing with a bet of 8,500,000. Bognanni surrendered and gave it to Mitchell.
Hand #77: Mitchell raised to 2,000,000 on the button, Hallay three-bet shoved 8,100,000 from the big blind and Mitchell called.
The flop kept the Frenchman in the lead. The turn did so as well, even slashing an out from Mitchell. The river was the and Hallay doubled up under thunderous cheers from the French rail.
Hand #78: Bognanni made it 2,000,000 on the button, Hallay, three-bet shoved 17,400,000 and Mitchell and Bognanni folded.
Hand #79: Walk for Bognanni.
Hand #80: Bognanni raised to 2,200,000 in the small blind and won the hand.
Hand #81: Hallay limped the small blind, Mitchell checked the big blind. The flop came and Hallay bet 800,000. Mitchell called the bet.
The turn was the and Hallay kept blasting with a bet of 2,500,000. Mitchell, however, raised to 10,000,000, and Halley folded.
|Marco Bognanni||54,000,000||-5,000,000 |
|Robert Mitchell||43,100,000||-1,400,000 |
|Axel Hallay||15,300,000||6,400,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:48 PM Local Time
Hands #72-75: Big Pot Results in Big Chop
Hand #72: Marco Bognanni raised it to 2 million and Robert Mitchell called. Both players then checked to the river on a board of , and after Mitchell checked for a third time, Bognanni slid out a 2 million chip bet and took down the pot.
Hand #73: Mitchell called from his small blind, but Bognanni decided he wanted to play for a little more, and bumped it up to 2.9 million, which was too much for Mitchell and he mucked his cards.
Hand #74: Mitchell raised it to 2 million, which was upped to 6.5 million by Bognanni. Mitchell made the call, and then called again when Bognanni continued for 4.8 million on the flop. After both players checked the turn] Bognanni put out a big bet of 11.4 million on the river, which was called by Mitchell and both players tabled their hands and revealed that they had both just chopped the biggest pot of the tournament up to that point.
Hand #75: After Halley called from his small blind and Mitchell checked his option from the big blind, both players then checked through to the river on a board of , and after Hallay checked again, Mitchell put out a bet of 1.5 million and took down the pot.
|Marco Bognanni||59,000,000||4,800,000 |
|Robert Mitchell||44,500,000||-500,000 |
|Axel Hallay||8,900,000||-4,300,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:23 PM Local Time
Hands #67-71: Bognanni Puts in Two Big River Check-Raises
Hand #67 Axel Hallay raised to 1,600,000 on the button and Marco Bognanni called. The flop was and Bognanni checked. Hallay bet 3,000,000 and Bognanni called. The turn went check/check.
The river was the and after Bognanni checked, Hallay now bet 6,000,000. Bognanni considered it for thirty seconds while Hallay solemnly stared at the board. The Italian then check-raised all in and Halley let it go to be left with 21 big blinds.
Bognanni flashed the and mucked the other card.
Hand #68: Mitchell made it 2,000,000 on the button and Bognanni called from the small blind. The flop came and Mitchell bet 1,500,000, which Bognanni called.
The on the turn brought four to a wheel and both players followed with a check. The river prompted a check from Bognanni. Mitchell bet 3,000,000 but Bognanni came up with another big river check-raise, this time to 13,000,000, followed by a snap-release from Mitchell.
Hand #69: Bognanni limped the button and won it with a 1,000,000 bet on the flop.
Hand #70: Bognanni made it 2,400,000 in the small blind and won the hand.
Hand #71: Bognanni got a walk.
|Marco Bognanni||54,200,000||23,100,000 |
|Robert Mitchell||45,000,000||-8,900,000 |
|Axel Hallay||13,200,000||-14,200,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:20 PM Local Time
Hands #61-66: A Few Family Pots
Hand #61: Robert Mitchell called in the small blind and Marco Bognanni checked his option. Mitchell led out for 600,0000 on the flop and Bognanni made the call. Mitchell then check-called the 1.5 milion bet from Bognanni on the turn, and after both players checked the river Mitchell tabled and took down the pot.
Hand #62: Axel Hallay got a walk.
Hand #63: After Bognanni called, Hallay called and Mitchell checked his option. After both Hallay and Mitchell checked the flop, Bognanni bet out and took down the pot.
Hand #64: Hallay raised to 1.6 million and both Mitchell and Bognanni made the call. Mitchell led out on the flop for 1.5 million and took down the pot.
Hand #65: Mitchell raised to 2 million and Halley called. After Hallay checked the flop, Mitchell bet 1.5 million and Hallay folded.
Hand #66: After Hallay limped in preflop from the small blind, Mitchell raised it up to 2.8 million and Hallay folded.
|Robert Mitchell||53,900,000||10,100,000 |
|Marco Bognanni||31,100,000||-4,600,000 |
|Axel Hallay||27,400,000||-5,500,000 |