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

Friday, June 30, 2017 to Sunday, July 02, 2017

Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $443,250
  • Entries: 197
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, July 2, 2017 2:16 AM Local Time
Jens Lakemeier Leads $2,500 Big Bet Mix Final Table

Jens Lakemeier

Thirty-seven players started Day 2 of Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix and just six reached the official final table by the end of play. Leading the pack is Jens Lakemeier who used a dynamic mix of aggression and level-headedness to bag 702,000 in chips, which will stand him in good stead for the final day tomorrow.

Close behind him is Jerry Wong (680,000) and Jason Stockfish (514,000). The final table is completed by Ashton Griffin (232,500), Andrew Kelsall (185,500), and Kenneth Fitzgerald (143,000).

The day started just seven eliminations away from the money, with John Moore and three-time bracelet winner Brian Rast two of the players unlucky to miss out on a $3,750 min-cash.

John Bunch was the unfortunate bubble boy. Coming into hand-for-hand play, he had a little under 300 in chips and, by the second hand of hand-for-hand, he was all in on a five-card draw hand. He drew four to a queen and, although he made two pairs, he was eliminated by Tuan Le who had trip sixes.

There was still a wealth of talent with 30 players remaining, including multiple bracelet winners in the shape of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, and Mike Matusow.

Mercier was the first of these to go, clashing with Jerry Wong in a PLO pot. Mercier's aces were good on the flop, but Wong had an open-ended straight draw and a flush draw. The turn completed his flush draw and Mercier was eliminated.

By the time play got down to three tables, the chip lead was taken in dramatic fashion by Jason Stockfish in a pot-limit 2-7 triple draw pot worth over 250,000 in which Stockfish made a number three and was paid off by Ryan Hughes.

Stockfish held onto this lead and had close to 500,000 in chips with two tables remaining. Negreanu was eliminated in 12th place in a pot-limit 2-7 triple draw hand against Ryan Hughes. With Negreanu holding     , he watched Hughes draw to     . Hughes drew a  , completing his wheel, eliminating Negreanu.

Another big name went in 11th. Mike Matusow moved all in on a flop with a flush draw and bottom pair and was called by the top two pairs of Andrew Kelsall. Matusow bricked the turn and the river and was eliminated.

Ten players went on dinner break and, upon their return, it took them just over a level to get down to an unofficial final table.

David "ODB" Baker fell in five-card draw, failing to outdraw the jacks of Wong when Baker held nines. Then, Ismael Bojang clashed with Jens Lakemeier and Kelsall in a three-way Big O pot which resulted in Lakemeier eliminating Bojang.

Finally, Marco Johnson, having worked his short stack masterfully since before the dinner break, was eliminated and the unofficial final table was set.

And there was still time for one more elimination. Ryan Hughes was eliminated in seventh place meaning that the following six players will return on Sunday at 2 p.m. to play it out for the $112,232 and a WSOP gold bracelet.

SeatNameCountryChip count
1Jerry WongUnited States680,000
2Kenneth FitzgeraldUnited States143,000
3Jens LakemeierAustria702,000
4Andrew KelsallUnited States185,500
5Ashton GriffinUnited States232,500
6Jason StockfishUnited States514,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 2:14 AM Local Time
Final Table Chip Counts
Jens Lakemeier702,000-118,000
Jerry Wong680,00065,000
Jason Stockfish514,00031,000
Ashton Griffin232,50042,500
Andrew Kelsall185,50065,500
Kenneth Fitzgerald143,000-12,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:58 AM Local Time
Fitzgerald Gets One Through With a Flush

Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

From the button Jason Stockfish opened to 25,000. Kenneth Fitzgerald called from the big blind. Fitzgerald took one then Stockfish took two.

Immediately Fitzgerald announced pot and Stockfish looked at his cards for a bit, then folded.

Fitzgerald flashed his cards quickly, then they were mucked.

"What did you show?" Stockfish asked. "Was that an eight?"

"Yeah but it was all spades," Ashton Griffin said.

"Yeah, it was an eight," Fitzgerald confirmed. "All spades though, I was still drawing."

Jason Stockfish483,000-12,000
Kenneth Fitzgerald155,00025,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:53 AM Local Time
Ryan Hughes Eliminated in 7th Place ($12,390)

Ryan Hughes

Pot-Limit Omaha

Ashton Griffin raised to 16,000. Kenneth Fitzgerald called from the button and Ryan Hughes called from the big blind.

On the flop of     Hughes moved all in for 60,400. Griffin moved all in over the top and Fitzgerald folded.


Griffin held a flush draw, and the   on the turn completed his flush. Hughes needed a king or a seven on the river, but it was the   and he was eliminated in 7th place for $12,390.

Ashton Griffin190,00040,000
Ryan Hughes0-130,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:51 AM Local Time
Kenneth Fitzgerald Doubles Up

Pot-Limit Omaha

Kenneth Fitzgerald announced pot from the small blind for 24,000 and Jens Lakemeier called.

The flop came     and Fitzgerald moved all in for 40,500. Lakemeier called and tried to muck when Fitzgerald showed      which had Lakemeier's      drawing almost dead.

The turn was the   and the river the   meaning Fitzgerald doubled up.

Jens Lakemeier820,000-10,000
Kenneth Fitzgerald130,00019,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:31 AM Local Time
Another Double For Stockfish

No-Limit 5 Card Draw

Kenneth Fitzgerald opened with a raise to 20,000. Action folded around to Jason Stockfish in the big blind who put in a raise to what looked like 55,000. With action back to Fitzgerald, he moved all in. Stockfish immediately called.

Fitzgerald, thinking it was already over turned up his cards, then quickly turned them back face down.

"Pat," Stockfish said having seen Fitzgerald's cards.

Fitzgerald then threw away two and revealed his     for everyone to see. Stockfish had       for a straight. Fitzgerald received a   and an   and that would seal the double up for Stockfish.

"I was card dead for two and a half hours," Stockfish said. "That's the worst I've ever been card dead."

Jason Stockfish495,000290,000
Kenneth Fitzgerald111,000-229,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:10 AM Local Time
Jason Stockfish Doubles Up

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Jason Stockfish raised to 20,500 from the cutoff and Jerry Wong three-bet from the button. Stockfish moved all in for 101,500. Wong called.

Stockfish stood pat and Wong drew one.

Stockfish showed      .

"I meant draw two," said Wong, showing     . Wong drew a   and Stockfish doubled up.

Jerry Wong615,000-105,000
Jason Stockfish205,000110,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:09 AM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Jens Lakemeier830,0000
Jerry Wong720,00015,000
Kenneth Fitzgerald340,000-5,000
Ashton Griffin150,000-20,000
Ryan Hughes130,000-45,000
Andrew Kelsall120,0000
Jason Stockfish95,000-115,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:08 AM Local Time
Andrew Kelsall Doubles Up

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Jens Lakemeier raised to 19,000 and Andrew Kelsall moved all in for 58,200. Lakemeier called. Both players drew one.


"You show first," said Kelsall, "See if I have to sweat it."

Lakemeier turned over the   completing his straight. For posterity's sake, Kelsall turned over an  .

"You should have gone first!" said Lakemeier, laughing, "Then you would have been tilted!"

"I'm probably the only player to have won with a pair of eights all tournament!"

Jens Lakemeier830,000-40,000
Andrew Kelsall120,00061,800
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:05 AM Local Time
Small Pot for Chip Leader Jens Lakemeier

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Jens Lakemeier raised to 19,000, and Ashton Griffin called in the big blind. Both players drew one. Griffin checked, and Lakemeier bet 34,000. Griffin called.

Lakemeier showed       and took down the pot.

Jens Lakemeier870,00078,000
Ashton Griffin170,000-70,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:00 AM Local Time
Level 20 started
Level: 20
Blinds: 5000/10000
Ante: 2500
Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:56 AM Local Time
Wong Climbs

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Jerry Wong raised to 22,000 from the hijack, and he was called by Kenneth Fitzgerald from the cutoff and Jens Lakemeier from the button.

Wong stood pat while Fitzgerald and Lakemeier both took one. Wong then bet 40,000, and Fitzgerald called quickly. Lakemeier threw his hand away.

"Ten-six," Wong said. He showed      , and Fitzgerald turned up a ten-seven that was no good.

Jerry Wong705,000185,000
Kenneth Fitzgerald345,000-85,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:39 AM Local Time
House Over House in Big O for Kenneth Fitzgerald

Kenneth Fitzgerald

Jens Lakemeier limped, as did Ryan Hughes, Andrew Kelsall, Jason Stockfish, and Jerry Wong before Kenneth Fitzgerald checked in the big blind.

The flop came    . It checked to Hughes, who bet 19,000, and Fitzgerald was the only caller. The turn was the  . Fitzgerald checked, and Hughes potted for 81,000. Fitzgerald called. Fitzgerald moved all in for his remaining 131,600 on the   river, and Hughes, after some deliberation and muttering to himself, called.

Fitzgerald showed       for a full house, sixes full of queens.

"Are you f***ing kidding me?" cried Hughes, "How does this f***ing s*** happen to me? Every f***ing time. God dammit!"

He showed       for a flopped full house and counted out his opponent's double-up.

Kenneth Fitzgerald430,000210,000
Ryan Hughes175,000-226,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:30 AM Local Time
First Big Scoop of the Unofficial Final Table Goes to Lakemeier

Jens Lakemeier

Big O

Jens Lakemeier opened to 15,500 from the cutoff. Ryan Hughes called from the button, and the two went heads-up to the flop.

On the     board, both players checked to see the   on the turn. Lakemeier fired 32,000, and Hughes called. The river was the  , and Lakemeier fired again, this time putting out a bet of 87,000. Hughes thought for a couple of minutes, then annoucned a call.

Lakemeier showed       for a Broadway straight and seven-six for a low. That earned him both sides of the pot as Hughes mucked his hand, and Lakemeier solidified his position as the chip leader.

Jens Lakemeier792,000147,000
Ryan Hughes401,000-104,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:10 AM Local Time
Chip Counts from the Unofficial Final Table
Jens Lakemeier645,000-5,000
Jerry Wong520,000-41,000
Ryan Hughes505,0000
Ashton Griffin240,00050,000
Kenneth Fitzgerald220,000-16,000
Jason Stockfish210,000-1,500
Andrew Kelsall130,0005,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:09 AM Local Time
Unofficial Final Table Redraw
SeatNameCountryChip Count
1Jerry WongUnited States520,000
2Kenneth FitzgeraldUnited States220,000
3Jens LakemeierAustria645,000
4Ryan HughesUnited States505,000
5Andrew KelsallUnited States130,000
6Ashton GriffinUnited States240,000
7Jason StockfishUnited States210,000
Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:07 AM Local Time
Marco Johnson Eliminated in 8th Place ($12,390)

Marco Johnson

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

On the first hand back from break, Ryan Hughes opened with a raise to 17,000. Action folded to Maco Johnson, who moved all in with a shorter stack. Before the dealer could finish counting, Hughes called.

Johnson stood pat.

"I have a straight, Hughes said, then took one.

Johnson showed       for a ten-eight smooth, while Hughes had     . He needed a nine, three, or two to eliminate Johnson. His last card was a   and that did it.

Johnson was eliminated in eighth place, collecting $12,390 for his efforts.

The final seven players are now redrawing for seats at the unofficial final table.

Ryan Hughes505,00065,000
Marco Johnson0-64,500
Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:59 PM Local Time
Level 19 started
Level: 19
Blinds: 4000/8000
Ante: 2000
Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:51 PM Local Time
Chip Counts at the Break

Players are going on a 15-minute break, their last of the evening. Here are the counts.

Jens Lakemeier650,00080,000
Jerry Wong561,000311,000
Ryan Hughes440,00035,000
Kenneth Fitzgerald236,00091,000
Jason Stockfish211,500-112,500
Ashton Griffin190,000-145,000
Andrew Kelsall125,000-215,000
Marco Johnson64,5004,500
Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:34 PM Local Time
Another Pot For Wong

Pot-Limit Omaha

First to act, Ashton Griffin raised to 14,000. He was called by Jerry Wong on the button and Jens Lakemeier in the big blind.

The flop came down    , and Lakemeier checked to Griffin. Griffin bet 16,000, and Wong called. Lakemeier folded. On the   turn, both players checked, then checked again on the   river. Griffin showed   , and Wong showed      for a better straight to take the pot.

Ashton Griffin335,000-40,000
Jerry Wong250,000-30,000