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

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 to Friday, June 09, 2017

Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $993,600
  • Entries: 736
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 10, 2017 1:05 AM Local Time
David Singer Wins Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E ($203,709)

David Singer

There were 18 players to start the day in Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and it was a star-studded field that returned. Multiple bracelet winners Max Pescatori, Brandon Shack-Harris, Ian Johns, Richard Ashby, James Richburg and David "Bakes" Baker were all looking to add another to their wrist. At the end of the day it was David Singer, another bracelet winner, who walked away with the bracelet and the $203,709 first place prize after a nearly six-hour heads-up battle.

Singer and Kevin LaMonica traded blows throughout the entire day, starting from the first level. It got to the point where LaMonica began calling Singer his nemesis because of how often they were involved, and how often Singer beat him in a pot. And Singer was able to survive mostly thanks to LaMonica. He doubled up through him multiple times, including once at the beginning of the final table where Singer made a straight and a low to scoop and survive. All of this culminated in one of the longest heads-up matches of the summer so far.

The day started fast and furious with players falling left and right very quickly. Jan Stein, Adam Crawford and Jon Seaman all dropped very quickly. Yuval Bronshtein and Richard Ashby hit the rail not long after, both eliminated by LaMonica during the razz round. "Razz has been my best friend this week," LaMonica said during heads up play, and it was during the Razz rounds that he built the most of his stack. It got to the point where LaMonica challenged Singer to play Razz against him. "Yeah, you play," he said. "But you don't gamble."

Ian Johns fell next, also to LaMonica in a hand of limit hold'em, where LaMonica's aces held up against Johns'   . LaMonica used his good fortune and monstrous chip stack to apply extreme pressure on his opponents. At the final table he was raising without looking at his cards, completing with tens, jacks, and kings up in Razz, calling with any four cards in Omaha. This relentless aggression would be the down fall of several players, including Shack-Harris and Pescatori.

It was Singer on the other side of the table who acted as the silent assassin. He spoke very little, but after doubling up through LaMonica he managed to take out four players. Between LaMonica and Singer, they eliminated every other player at the final table, almost as if they were destined to come to a showdown. Singer and LaMonica's heads-up match lasted for hours. LaMonica was so tired he asked to be comped a room, but he was told they couldn't accommodate him at the hotel. "I guess it's Circus Circus for me tonight," he said.

Eventually, Singer was able to wear down LaMonica, frustrating him with his slow, methodical, and tight play. LaMonica admitted to a friend going on break that Singer had put him on tilt and he was playing bad. Singer never let up though, he stayed steady with his play for the entire final table, and finally, in the final hand, took LaMonica down by making a boat in Omaha Hi-Lo.

"It was frustrating to play against that," Singer said about LaMonica's unorthodox playing style. "Every time he would do something like that I would have a big hand. Most of the time I played well, but I was getting unlucky in the big hands. It went back and forth for a while."

Singer's perseverance paid off. After being down to just one and a half big bets at one point he was able to come back and close out the tournament. "I was kind of frustrated," Singer said. "But I always think I have a chance to come back." And that he did. He was able to change the momentum of the heads up match and take home his second WSOP gold bracelet, after winning his first in 2008 in a $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event.

Final Table Results

1David Singer$203,709
2Kevin LaMonica$125,904
3Andrew Kelsall$88,221
4Max Pescatori$62,733
5Mike Coombs$45,281
6David "Bakes" Baker$33,184
7Kyle Loman$24,696
8Esther Taylor$18,669
Saturday, June 10, 2017 12:52 AM Local Time
Kevin LaMonica Eliminated in 2nd Place ($125,904)

Kevin LaMonica

Omaha Hi-Lo

Kevin LaMonica called and David Singer checked his option. On the     flop, Singer checked. LaMonica bet, Singer raised and LaMonica moved all in. Singer called and their hands were turned up.


The board completed with the   and the   and that gave Singer a boat and the victory. LaMonica finshed as the runner up collecting $125,904 for his run.

David Singer5,220,0001,000,000
Kevin LaMonica0-1,000,000
Saturday, June 10, 2017 12:30 AM Local Time
LaMonica Gets a Crucial Double Up

Kevin LaMonica

Omaha Hi-Lo

Kevin LaMonica raised and David Singer called. The two saw a flop of     and Singer checked to LaMonica who bet. Singer called.

The turn was the   and Singer checked again. LaMonica moved all in and Singer called.


The river was the   and LaMonica, thinking Singer had won tapped the table. "Good game," he said. "You win." But he was wrong. His pair of kings kept him in the lead and he scooped the pot, allowing him to double up.

David Singer4,220,000-250,000
Kevin LaMonica1,000,000250,000
Saturday, June 10, 2017 12:27 AM Local Time
Singer Trips up LaMonica

David Singer

Limit Hold'em

David Singer raised, Kevin LaMonica re-raised and was called.

On the     flop LaMonica led out and was called.

On the   turn he led out again, was raised and called.

On the   river LaMonica check-called and was shown    for Singer's trip threes. LaMonica showed    and mucked.

David Singer4,470,0002,075,000
Kevin LaMonica750,000-2,075,000
Saturday, June 10, 2017 12:16 AM Local Time
Singer Evens Out the Stack Sizes

Seven-Card Stud

LaMonica:   /    
Singer:   /    

LaMonica completed with the   and Singer called. On fourth, LaMonica bet, Singer raised, and LaMonica called. On fifth, LaMonica check-called a bet from Singer. On sixth, upon seeing Singers pair of threes, LaMonica folded before Singer could bet.

Kevin LaMonica2,825,000-645,000
David Singer2,395,000645,000
Saturday, June 10, 2017 12:03 AM Local Time
Singer Struggling


David Singer:    /      /  
Kevin LaMonica:    /      /  

On 5th street Singer bet, LaMonica raised and was called.

On 6th street Singer led out and was called.

On 7th street Singer check-called and mucked after he was shown LaMonica's     for a nine low.

Kevin LaMonica3,470,0001,190,000
David Singer1,750,000-1,190,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 11:51 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 120000/240000
Ante: 0
Friday, June 9, 2017 11:41 PM Local Time
Singer Singing

Limit Hold'em

Kevin LaMonica raised on the button and David Singer defended.

Both players checked the     flop and Singer check-called the   turn.

On the   river Singer check-raised and was called. He showed    for a straight and beat LaMonica's   

Omaha Hi-Lo

Singer raised on the button and LaMonica defended.

LaMonica proceeded to check-call all three streets on the       board and had      for jacks up. However Singer had      for aces up and won the pot.

David Singer2,940,000690,000
Kevin LaMonica2,280,000-690,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 11:37 PM Local Time

Players are on a 15-minute break and will return shortly.

Friday, June 9, 2017 11:25 PM Local Time
Two Pair Good For LaMonica

Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo

LaMonica:   /    / 
Singer:   /    / 

Kevin LaMonica completed only to see David Singer raise. LaMonica called. Singer bet again on fourth and LaMonica called again. Both players checked fifth street. On sixth street, LaMonica took the initiative and bet, and Singer called. He bet again on seventh, and Singer called once more. LaMonica showed     for two pair and that was good enough to take down the entire pot.

Kevin LaMonica2,970,000100,000
David Singer2,250,000-100,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 11:03 PM Local Time
LaMonica's Circus

Before the hand started, Kevin LaMonica had inquired about if there was a complimentary room he could have at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for the night. The floor man told him that it wasn't possible and suggested Bally's and LaMonica said "I guess Circus Circus here we come".

Omaha Hi-Lo

David Singer limp-called Kevin LaMonica's raise.

On the     flop LaMonica led out and was called.

On the   turn LaMonica led again but this time Singer raised and was called.

Both players checked the   river and LaMonica turned over      for aces and jacks and Singer mucked.

Kevin LaMonica2,870,000-330,000
David Singer2,350,000330,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 10:51 PM Local Time
Couple Pots to LaMonica

Seven-Card Stud

Hand #1:

LaMonica:   /    / 
Singer:   /    / 

Kevin LaMonica just called David Singer's bring in. Both players checked all the way down to seventh street where LaMonica bet and Singer called. LaMonica showed     for two pair.

Hand #2:

Singer:   /    / 
LaMonica:   /    / 

Singer brought in. LaMonica completed and Singer called. On fourth street, LaMonica bet, Singer raised, and LaMonica called. On fifth street, LaMonica check-called one bet. On sixth street both players checked. On seventh street, LaMonica bet. Singer thought about it, then folded. LaMonica then showed    for two pair and Singer patted the table, ending the round of stud.

"I'm glad that's over," LaMonica said. "I think I held my own there pretty well."

"Held your own?" Singer asked. "You won like 2 million that round."

Kevin LaMonica3,200,000530,000
David Singer2,020,000-530,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 10:45 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 0
Friday, June 9, 2017 10:37 PM Local Time
LaMonica Regains Lead


David Singer:    /      /  
Kevin LaMonica:    /      /  

Singer brought in, LaMonica completed and Singer called.

On 4th and 5th streets Singer led out and LaMonica called.

On 6th and 7th streets LaMonica led out but Singer folded at the end.

Kevin LaMonica2,670,000250,000
David Singer2,550,000-550,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 10:32 PM Local Time
Lucky Mistake for LaMonica

Omaha Hi-Lo

David Singer just called from the button. Kevin LaMonica announced a call, but before he announced the call, he put chips into the pot thinking he was just calling. Floor staff ruled that it would be counted as a raise. Singer called the raise.

The flop came     and LaMonica checked. Singer bet and LaMonica called.

The turn was the   and both players checked. On the   river, LaMonica led out. Singer thought for a while, then called.

"Nines full," LaMonica said, showing his      for a full house. Singer took one look then mucked his hand.

David Singer3,100,000-100,000
Kevin LaMonica2,420,000420,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 10:23 PM Local Time
Singer Wheels it in

Omaha Hi-Lo

David Singer limped and Kevin LaMonica checked his option.

On the     flop LaMonica bet, Singer raised, LaMonica re-raised and was called.

LaMonica led out on the   turn and was called again.

On the   river LaMonica check-called and Singer turned over      for the wheel, good for the nut high and low to scoop.

David Singer3,200,000230,000
Kevin LaMonica2,000,000-550,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 10:18 PM Local Time
Singer Retakes the Lead

Limit Hold'em

David Singer opened from the button. Kevin LaMonica reraised from the big blind. Singer called. The flop came     and LaMonica bet. Singer called.

On the   turn, LaMonica checked. Singer bet and LaMonica called. The river was the   and LaMonica check-called one more bet from Singer. Singer showed    and his full house was good to take down the pot. LaMonica showed    to Singer to show he had been outdrawn.

David Singer2,970,0001,370,000
Kevin LaMonica2,550,000-1,370,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 10:10 PM Local Time
Stud Singer

Seven-Card Stud

Hand 1:

Kevin LaMonica:    /      /  
David Singer:    /      /  

LaMonica brought in, Singer completed and was called.

On 4th street Singer bet, LaMonica raised and Singer called.

On 5th street Singer bet all in and was called.

Singer was ahead with a pair of nines and held when LaMonica could only muster sixes.

Hand 2:

LaMonica:    /      /  
Singer:    /      /  

LaMonica brought in, Singer completed, LaMonica raised and Singer called.

On 5th street Singer check-called.

On 6th street Singer led out and was called.

On 7th street Singer went all in and LaMonica showed a   for a pair of nines and folded.

Hand 3:

LaMonica:    /      /  
Singer:    /      /  

Both players checked 4th street and Singers lead on 5th street was called.

On 6th street Singer bet, LaMonica raised, Singer re-raised, LaMonica raised once more, Singer raised yet again and was called.

On 7th street Singer bet and LaMonica folded.

Kevin LaMonica3,920,000-1,250,000
David Singer1,600,0001,250,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 9:55 PM Local Time
Singer in the Danger Zone


LaMonica:   /    / 
Singer:   /    / 

Kevin LaMonica opened by completing with the  . Singer called. On fourth street LaMonica bet and Singer called. On fifth street LaMonica checked then called a bet from singer. On sixth street, LaMonica decided to bet. Singer called. LaMonica bet again on seventh and Singer called again.

LaMonica showed     for a seven-six low and that was good to take down the pot. Singer is now dangerously short stacked.

Kevin LaMonica5,170,000750,000
David Singer350,000-750,000
Friday, June 9, 2017 9:50 PM Local Time
LaMonica Wins Another Big One


Kevin LaMonica:    /      /  
David Singer:    /      /  

Singer brought in, LaMonica completed and then action ended up being capped.

On 4th, 5th and 6th streets LaMonica check-called.

Both players checked 7th and LaMonica turned over     for an eight-low and Singer mucked.

Kevin LaMonica4,420,0001,650,000
David Singer1,100,000-1,650,000