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

Thursday, June 07, 2018 to Sunday, June 10, 2018

Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,043,400
  • Entries: 111
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, June 10, 2018 4:00 PM Local Time
Congratulations to Adam Friedman, Winner of the Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice ($293,275)!

Adam Friedman

One of the more prestigious events on the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule needed an extra day to see Adam Friedman collect his second career WSOP bracelet in the Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice.

Dealer's Choice tournaments gives players a unique opportunity to play some games at a high-stakes level that are never ordinarily present in tournament poker. The format appears to have a solid following as this very event has flirted between 118 and 102 players over the four years it's been on the WSOP schedule. This year saw a small twist as players were allowed to register all the way up until the start of Day 2 and consequently, a field size of 111 players was set. That marked the second highest attendance overall.

Day 1 saw the field cut down to 41 players before eight more took a seat on Day 2. Just 13 players entered the planned final day of play all eyeing the WSOP bracelet that awaited the last man standing. Immediately Aditya Prasetyo fell in 13th place and a re-draw of the final two tables would occur. Once play resumed, players were a little concerned over the fast paced structure, and although a vote to slow things down was planned, it was quickly vetoed by WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. On the main feature table Joey Couden (12th), Dylan Linde (11th), Jesse Martin (10th), Ryan Miller (9th), and Anthony Zinno (8th) were all eliminated before the unofficial final table of seven was set.

Fairly quickly the tournament was down to six when Nikolai Yakovenko was the 7th place finisher when his top pair and low draw was beaten by Friedman's set and low-wrap during Big O. With the final table now officially set, Marco Johnson exited in 6th place just a few minutes later when his aces couldn't survive Friedman's wrap and low draw.

Five-handed play continued for several hours before David "ODB" Baker exited in 5th place during Stud Hi-Lo. Baker held a low draw and a pair, but was up against Friedman's trip sevens and never managed to improve. Chris Klodnicki was the most adventurous player at the final table when considering game options, but his demise would occur during 2-7 Triple draw when he wrapped pat with a queen. Friedman had a draw to an eight, and ripped the jack to end Klodnicki's run in 4th place.

Now down to three-handed play, play would continue for another 30 minutes before the clock was paused and the players bagged and tagged for the night. Friedman had sat in second place on the leaderboard on both Day 1 and 2, but at the end of Day 3, he was the top dog with over half the chips in play and roughly 12.5 big bets. Russia's Alexey Makarov held a slight advantage over the United Kingdom's Stuart Rutter with 5.5 big bets to Rutter's 5 big bets heading into Day 4 on Sunday.

Once play on Day 4 resumed, it was Rutter roaring out of the gate finding a double through Makarov, before he took the chip lead off Friedman. For Makarov, he was unable to climb off the short stack and was eliminated in his game choice of Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw when he ran head first into Rutter's pat       to be eliminated in 3rd place.

Rutter held a slight chip advantage entering heads-up play, but with big betting limits, anything was likely. Immediately, Friedman scooped Rutter in a Stud Hi-Lo Regular hand before continually applying pressure before the final hand of the tournament occurred in Stud Hi-Lo. Rutter found himself all in on sixth holding a pair and a low draw against Friedman's queens-up. Rutter was unable to find a low card for a chop, or trips for a scoop, and the Brit was eliminated in 2nd place.

Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1stAdam FriedmanUnited States$293,275
2ndStuart RutterUnited Kingdom$181,258
3rdAlexey MakarovRussia$127,487
4thChris KlodnickiUnited States$90,713
5thDavid "ODB" BakerUnited States$65,308
6thMarco JohnsonUnited States$47,579

For Friedman, this was his second career WSOP bracelet after he won the $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo back in 2012 for $269,037. The win in this Dealer's Choice event was true validation for Friedman among his peers as this event is one of the most prestigious mixed game tournament outside of the Poker Player's Championship.

"In terms of the $10K, this one is right up there. You need to know how to play 20 games. How many people are at least competent in at least 20 games. Not many. I think this takes as much skill as any other event." stated Friedman when discussing the toughness of this tournament. With game choices being a key skill in a tournament such as this, Friedman added, "To be honest, I don't want to give too much away because I think a good amount of people don't pick the games right and it's as much of a key as anything else. I will say this. You need to pick games not strictly based on, not your ability, and not even necessarily your opponents ability and what they are good or bad at. You need to think about chip sizes and certain ICM considerations. I've probably put more thought into game choice than anybody else in this field. I really have. From early stages to middle stages, all the way to the end."

When discussing poker as his career, Friedman stated, "The whole point of doing this for a living is to be able to put yourself in a better standing. To be able to provide for yourself and the people around you. And eventually accumulate wealth."

$10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Past Results

YearChampionCountryPlayersPrize PoolFirst Prize
2018Adam FriedmanUnited States111$1,043,400$293,275
2017John RacenerUnited States102$930,600$273,962
2016Jean GaspardUnited States118$1,109,200$306,621
2015Quinn DoUnited States108$1,015,200$319,792

Congratulations to Adam Friedman for winning the Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice bracelet. He joins an elusive list of mixed game tournament winners, while also joining the two-time WSOP bracelet winners club.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:44 PM Local Time
Final Game Choices of the Final Table

Game Selection Card

After three game choices during heads-up play, Adam Friedman and Stuart Rutter decided to begin choosing games randomly. Those games appear in italics.

PlayerChoice 9Choice 10Choice 11Choice 12Choice 13
Alexey MakarovBig OStud Hi-Lo RegularPot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw----
Stuart RutterNo-Limit Hold'emStud Hi-LoPot-Limit Hold'emStud Hi-Lo RegularStud
Adam FriedmanNo-Limit 2-7 Single DrawNo-Limit 2-7 Single DrawStud Hi-Lo RegularRazzNo-Limit 2-7 Single Draw
PlayerChoice 14Choice 15Choice 16Choice 17 
Stuart RutterA-5 Triple DrawBadacey Limit Hold'emPot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 
Adam Friedman2-7 Triple DrawOmaha BadugiStud Hi-Lo 

Here are the game choices from the final table action on Day 3.

PlayerChoice 1Choice 2Choice 3Choice 4
Chris KlodnickiNo-Limit Hold'emNo-Limit Hold'emStudOmaha
Alexey MakarovBig OBadeuceyBadeuceyBadeucey
Stuart RutterOmaha Hi-LoOmaha Hi-LoOmaha Hi-LoStud Hi-Lo
David BakerBadugiStud Hi-Lo RegularStud Hi-Lo RegularPot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Marco Johnson--------
Adam FriedmanBadeuceyBig OBig O2-7 Triple Draw
PlayerChoice 5Choice 6Choice 7Choice 8
Chris KlodnickiStud Hi-Lo RegularNo-Limit 2-7 Single Draw----
Alexey MakarovBig OStud Hi-LoBadeuceyBig O
Stuart RutterStud Hi-LoStud Hi-LoNo-Limit Hold'em2-7 Triple Draw
David Baker--------
Marco Johnson--------
Adam Friedman2-7 Triple Draw2-7 Triple DrawBig OStud
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:38 PM Local Time
Stuart Rutter Eliminated in 2nd Place ($181,258)

Stuart Rutter and Adam Friedman

Stud Hi-Lo

Stuart Rutter had the bring-in and Adam Friedman completed to 150,000. Rutter responded with a raise back to 300,000 and Friedman called.

Friedman led out for 150,000 on fourth street, and Rutter raised. Friedman called and then led on fifth for 300,000 as Rutter called.

On sixth street, Friedman bet out 300,000, and Rutter called all in for 290,000.

Stuart Rutter:    /     
Adam Friedman:    /     

Friedman held queens-up, while Rutter was all in and at-risk holding a low-draw and a pair of deuces.

On seventh, Friedman's hand remained the same as he found the  , and now Rutter would need help to stay alive.

Any six, five, four, or ace would guarantee Rutter half, while a deuce would see him scoop the entire pot.

Unfortunately for the Brit, his final card would be the   giving him a less superior two-pair, and consequently force him to the rail in 2nd place for a $181,258 payday.

Adam Friedman5,550,0001,255,000
Stuart Rutter0-1,255,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:30 PM Local Time
Rutter Doubles with Aces

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Adam Friedman raised pot on the button and Stuart Rutter moved all in from the big blind for 625,000. Friedman called, and the cards were tabled.

Adam Friedman:     
Stuart Rutter:     

The board ran out       and Rutter's aces held to ensure him of a double to over 1.2 million.

Adam Friedman4,295,000-625,000
Stuart Rutter1,250,000625,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:25 PM Local Time
Game Choices at the Final Table

As mentioned, players are now choosing games randomly, and the games in italics, are the random choices.

PlayerChoice 9Choice 10Choice 11Choice 12
Alexey MakarovBig OStud Hi-Lo RegularPot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw--
Stuart RutterNo-Limit Hold'emStud Hi-LoPot-Limit Hold'emStud Hi-Lo Regular
Adam FriedmanNo-Limit 2-7 Single DrawNo-Limit 2-7 Single DrawStud Hi-Lo RegularRazz
PlayerChoice 13Choice 14Choice 15Choice 16
Stuart RutterStud A-5 Triple DrawBadacey Limit Hold'em
Adam FriedmanNo-Limit 2-7 Single Draw2-7 Triple DrawOmaha Badugi

To view the game choices from all six players at the final table on Day 3, click here.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:23 PM Local Time
Friedman Approaches Five Million

Limit Hold'em

Stuart Rutter raised to 300,000 and Adam Friedman made it 450,000 from the big blind.

Rutter called, and the dealer spread a     flop.

Friedman bet out 150,000 and Rutter called as the   landed on the turn.

Friedman bet 300,000 and Rutter folded.

Adam Friedman4,920,000300,000
Stuart Rutter625,000-300,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:22 PM Local Time
Rutter Under One Million


From the button, Stuart Rutter limped and Adam Friedman raised. Rutter called, and the dealer spread a     flop.

Friedman bet, Rutter mucked, and Friedman won another pot.

Adam Friedman4,620,000300,000
Stuart Rutter925,000-300,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:20 PM Local Time
Friedman Applying the Pressure


Adam Friedman raised on the button and Stuart Rutter called from the big blind.

The flop landed     and both players checked.

The turn landed the   and Rutter led out for 300,000 and Friedman called.

The river fell the   and Rutter bet 300,000 before Friedman raised to 600,000. Rutter folded, and Friedman scooped the pot.

Adam Friedman4,320,000875,000
Stuart Rutter1,225,000-875,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:16 PM Local Time
Friedman Back in the Lead


Adam Friedman raised the button and Stuart Rutter called.

Rutter drew three cards, while Friedman drew just two and both players checked.

Both players drew two and Rutter led out for 300,000 with Friedman making the call and drawing one after Rutter stood pat.

Rutter checked, Friedman bet, and Rutter called.

Friedman fanned his       and Rutter mucked.

Adam Friedman3,445,000850,000
Stuart Rutter2,100,000-850,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:13 PM Local Time
Rutter Back Ahead

2-7 Triple Draw

Stuart Rutter limped the button and Adam Friedman checked.

Both players drew three and Friedman check-called a Rutter bet.

Friedman drew two and Rutter drew just one. Friedman checked, Rutter bet 300,000, and Friedman folded and Rutter took back the chip lead.

Stuart Rutter2,950,000250,000
Adam Friedman2,595,000-250,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:12 PM Local Time
One for Rutter

2-7 Triple Draw

Adam Friedman raised to 300,000 on the button and Stuart Rutter called in the big blind as both players drew two.

Rutter led out for 150,000 and Friedman called. Rutter drew one and Friedman drew two.

Rutter bet 300,000, and Friedman mucked.

Adam Friedman2,845,000-570,000
Stuart Rutter2,700,000570,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:10 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts and Seating Draw
SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig BlindsBig Bets
3Stuart RutterUnited Kingdom2,130,000277
6Adam FriedmanUnited States3,414,0004311.5
Adam Friedman3,415,00055,000
Stuart Rutter2,130,000-55,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:07 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 150000/300000
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:00 PM Local Time
Game Choices at the Final Table

Adam Friedman suggested to Stuart Rutter that they randomly choose the game going forward.

Rutter agreed, and Friedman randomly chose Razz.

PlayerChoice 9Choice 10Choice 11Choice 12
Alexey MakarovBig OStud Hi-Lo RegularPot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw--
Stuart RutterNo-Limit Hold'emStud Hi-LoPot-Limit Hold'emStud Hi-Lo Regular
Adam FriedmanNo-Limit 2-7 Single DrawNo-Limit 2-7 Single DrawStud Hi-Lo RegularRazz

To view the game choices from all six players at the final table on Day 3, click here.

Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:59 PM Local Time
Friedman Scoops Rutter

Stud Hi-Lo Regular

Adam Friedman had the bring-in and Stuart Rutter completed. Friedman called, and then led out on fourth street with Rutter calling.

On fifth, Rutter bet and Friedman called, while sixth street saw Friedman bet and Rutter called.

Adam Friedman:    /      /  
Stuart Rutter:    /      /  

On seventh, Rutter checked, Friedman bet, and Rutter called.

Friedman tabled his     for queens-up and a queen-nine low, and Rutter mucked.

Adam Friedman3,360,0001,080,000
Stuart Rutter2,185,000-1,080,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:53 PM Local Time
Some Pot-Limit Hold'em Time

Pot-Limit Hold'em

Adam Friedman raised the button to 120,000 and won the pot.

On the final hand of the game, Stuart Rutter raised to 130,000 and collected the pot.

Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:51 PM Local Time
Two Final Hands of 2-7

Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Adam Friedman raised to 120,000 from the button and won the pot.

On the final hand of this game, Friedman found a walk and announced he had an eight.

Stuart Rutter3,265,000-120,000
Adam Friedman2,280,000120,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:47 PM Local Time
Heads Up Play Begins

Stuart Rutter and Adam Friedman are now playing heads up for the coveted WSOP gold bracelet, and the $293,275 first prize.

Stuart Rutter3,385,000595,000
Adam Friedman2,160,000-60,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:46 PM Local Time
Alexey Makarov Eliminated in 3rd Place ($127,487)

Alexey Makarov - 3rd place

Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

From the button, Alexey Makarov raised pot to 210,000 and Stuart Rutter called in the small blind.

Rutter stood pat and Makarov drew two. Rutter bet out a stack of chips and Makarov called all in for roughly his last 260,000.

Rutter again stood pat, and Makarov drew two. On the final draw, Rutter stood pat, and Makarov drew one.

Stuart Rutter:      
Alexey Makarov:     

Rutter had Makarov drawing dead as the Russian found the   and headed to the rail in 3rd place for a $127,487 payday.

Alexey Makarov0-570,000
Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:40 PM Local Time
Which Game Alexey?

With the game choices on Alexey Makarov, he first decided to play Stud Hi-Lo Regular and tossed out that game plaque.

Makarov then decided to change his mind and picked Pot-Limit Omaha.

Just as the dealer was about to deal the hand, Makarov changed one more time and chose Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw.

Playtika - Jason Alexander