Welcome back to the final day of Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed which will start at noon local time on the ESPN Feature Table. The final six players will be battling it out for the coveted gold WSOP bracelet and the first-place prize of $378,743 here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Taking the lead for today will be one-time bracelet winner Joey Weissman with 3,683,000 in chips which is over 100 big blinds. But the rest of the table won’t let him take the win easily. There are three other bracelet winners on the table. Ryan D’Angelo (2,350,000) and Yue Du (796,000) are two other players trying to win their second WSOP bracelet. Bulgaria’s Ognyan Dimov is trailing Weissman in the chip counts with 2,560,000 and looks to be bringing a big Bulgarian rail with him in his campaign to victory. Antonio Barbato from Italy took 2,205,000 with him overnight to try and better his biggest live cash ever. He’ll be looking to surpass it by winning his first bracelet and the first for Italy this summer.
Two-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman has 29 big blinds with 861,000 in chips. He won his first bracelet in 2009 in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship and his second in the same tournament but in 2012. Will he win his first No-Limit Hold’Em bracelet today? Schulman is also known for his excellent commentary during the Super High Roller Bowl and many other occasions. Now it’s his turn to be commentated on as the final table will be streamed on PokerGO.
Play ended in Level 26 with almost 50 minutes to go. The players will return to finish that level which has a small blind of 15,000, big blind of 30,000, and a running ante of 5,000. It is expected that the action will be swift so make sure to keep an eye on the PokerNews updates as the winner will be crowned today, here in the Amazon Room.
Hand #1: Nick Schulman raised to 60,000 on the button and Yue Du called out of the big blind. The flop of was checked and the fell on the turn. Du checked and Schulman made it 110,000 to go, which then resulted in the check-raise all in of Du. Schulman called and the cards were tabled.
Yu was playing the nut flush draw versus Schulman's top pair. The on the river was a blank and Du was covered to join the rail in 6th place for $60,686.
Hand #27: Joey Weissman raised to 85,000 from the cutoff, Nick Schulman three-bet to 250,000 from the button. The blinds folded and Weissman called.
The flop came , Weissman checked, Schulman bet 120,000. Weissman decided to shove for 910,000 in total. Schulman looked pained while thinking through his options. Schulman shook his head and then thought about it a bit longer. He asked how much it was again and then decided to call.
Weissman needed another heart or queen or jack to double-up. The turn brought them the to give Weissman a pair of queens. The river completed the board with the to provide Weissman with the double-up.
Hand #62: Joey Weissman raised to 105,000 from the cutoff. Ognyan Dimov called in the big blind.
The flop came , Dimov checked. Weissman continued with a bet of 110,000 and Dimov called.
The turn brought them the , both Dimov and Weissman checked.
The river completed the board with the , Dimov checked for the last time. Weissman bet 250,000. Dimov glanced at Weissman and the board while going through his options in his head. Dimov shoved which put Weissman all-in. Weissman tanked while the other players left the table as the break had started. Weissman huffed and puffed a few times. After almost four minutes, Weissman called.
Dimov tabled for the flush and Weissman held for the pair of queens which wasn't good enough. Dimov's rail loudly cheered and Weissman defeatedly walked towards his rail for support. Weissman finished in 5th place for $83,396.
Dimov joined the other players for their second 15-minute break of the day.
Hand #76: Ryan D'Angelo raised to 135,000 from the under-the-gun position. Dimov shoved which would put both Antonio Barbato, Nick Schulman or D'Angelo all-in. Barbato and Schulman quickly folded. D'Angelo called for the 1,890,000 he had in front of him.
The board ran out to give Dimov two pair in the end to eliminate D'Angelo in fourth place for $116,118.
Hand #77: Nick Schulman limped in from the small blind and Ognyan Dimov moved all in, Schulman called for 1,850,000.
The flop failed to improve Dimov, but he picked up some chop outs on the turn. Instead of a chop, Dimov got there with the on the river and Schulman was eliminated in 3rd place for $163,785. There will now be a short break to set up the duel for the WSOP bracelet.
Down to his last 570,000, Antonio Barbato moved all in and Ognyan Dimov called to set up the showdown for the bracelet.
The flop paired up DImov and both the Bulgarian and Italian rail started chanting for the next card to come in each favor. After the turn, Barbato picked up a gutshot, but the on the river was a blank for the Italian. Barbato was eliminated in 2nd place and takes home $233,992 for his efforts.
Dimov becomes the third WSOP bracelet winner for Bulgaria and a recap of today's action is to follow.
The 2018 World Series of Poker has crowned yet another bracelet winner at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and it was Ognyan Dimov that took home the lion's share of the $2,245,050 prize pool and coveted gold bracelet in Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed.
Four former bracelet winners returned to the final table on the ESPN feature stage, but it was 2015 EPT Deauville Main Event champion Dimov that faced Antonio Barbato in an all-European heads-up. Both were supported by a boisterous rail and the Bulgarians ended up celebrating the third WSOP bracelet for their country, as Dimov followed in the footsteps of Nick Jivkov and Simeon Naydenov to claim his maiden bracelet and $378,743 for his efforts.
“I read up on all of the players. Of course, you don't expect to face bad players on the final table, that's what you expect, bracelet winners and big names in poker. I am not afraid of that," the Bulgarian said when asked about the stacked final table line-up.
Dimov was all smiles in the interview after his victory. “I tried to stay calm and felt good playing. Obviously, everyone saw that I ran pretty amazing, but you have to run like this to win a tournament. I can't complain.”
Four-handed, Dimov pulled into a commanding lead after hero-calling against Ryan D'Angelo before sending all his remaining opponents to the rail.
“I got hands in the right moments and made one sick hero call when we were four-handed, which was like 15 minutes ago.”
When asked about the clash with Nick Schulman shortly after, Dimov added the following.
“Well, it was pretty standard, I got lucky again.”
While Dimov has just won his first bracelet, the Bulgarian already has an EPT title to his name. “I love it here, I came here (Las Vegas) two years ago for the first time and also last year and this year, and I hope to come back to play. I come here to win bracelets and I am really happy that it came true.”
Dimov also confirmed that he will be playing the rest of the WSOP this summer and had a few remarks in jest for his Bulgarian rail, which ended up in a winner shot with two dozen countrymen.
“Well, that I am a really nice and good guy, everybody loves me. ... No, I am kidding, it is because they are really bad at poker and busted the Millionaire Maker (laughs). We are on the other side of the world and we are going to be a tight group and cheering for each other. Whoever was on the final table, the same people would appear and I really appreciate their help."
Before the event, his heads-up opponent Barbato had just shy of $38,000 in cashes on the live poker circuit and took home $233,992 for his efforts. Nick Schulman ended up third with fellow bracelet winners Ryan D'Angelo, Joey Weissman and Yue Du below him in the payouts.
Final Result Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
Prize (in USD)
About the event:
The tournament created a field of 1,663 entries and 264 hopefuls bagged up after Day 1 with Bart Lybaert in the lead and the money bubble looming, as just the top 250 spots were paid. It took only 20 minutes on Day 2 to ensure a min-cash of $2,249, and from there on out, the eliminations kept coming at an electric pace and just 27 players bagged up.
Among those to bust in the money on Day 2 were such big names as Chance Kornuth (184th, $2,342), Barry Greenstein (155th, $2,453), defending champion Anthony Marquez (120th, $2,835), Jeff Madsen (78th, $3,984), 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson (64th, $4,608), and Adrian Mateos (61st, $4,608).
The WSOP bracelet winners Adrian Buckley and Tristan Wade were among the first to depart on Day 3 and they were soon joined on the rail by Pierre Calamusa (13th, $19,469) and Hon Cheong Lee (12th, $25,342). After four casualties in half an hour including Day 1 chip leader Bart Lybaert (8th, $44,750), Day 3 came to an early end after just over six levels of play and the remaining six hopefuls including four WSOP bracelet winners and an EPT champion returned for an extra day to determine the champion.
Action on the Final Day
In the very first hand of the day, Yue Du defended his big blind against a button raise by Nick Schulman and check-shoved a jack-high turn with ace-deuce suited for the nut flush draw. Schulman called with king-jack for top pair and the river paired the board to eliminate Du in sixth place.
Start-of-day chip leader Joey Weissman had a rough first few levels and dropped to the bottom of the counts before he doubled through Schulman to get back into contention. Antonio Barbato doubled through Ognyan Dimov and Weissman sent over a big portion of his stack to Ryan D'Angelo before he hero-called a jam by Dimov on the river of a king-high board. Weissman was shown ten-four suited for a flush and his pocket queens ended up second-best to reduce the field to the final four with Dimov and D'Angelo at the top of the counts.
A failed bluff by D'Angelo vaulted Dimov into a commanding lead and he never looked back, sending all three remaining opponents to the rail in quick succession. In back-to-back hands, he claimed the stacks of D'Angelo and Schulman to enter heads-up with a 9-1 lead. D'Angelo lost a flip with pocket nines against king-jack, while Schulman's ace-ten was ahead of ace-eight until the river brought an eight to let the Bulgarian rail erupt in celebration.
The heads-up duel with Barbato lasted all but 16 hands and the Italian ended up moving all in for his last seven big blinds with ace-nine and Dimov called with king-six. A six on the flop and a king on the river sealed Barbato's fate and he couldn't pull off the miracle comeback.
That brings an end to the PokerNews live reporting for this event, but several other WSOP tournaments are already underway right now to determine another champion in Las Vegas.