Dia 2 Terminado
Dia 2 Terminado
The unofficial nine-handed final table of the 2018 World Series of Poker Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud is set and four former bracelet winners made it through in Chris Ferguson, Jeff Lisandro, Michael Moore and Frankie O'Dell. The lion's share of the $418,500 prize pool is still up for grabs and all nine hopefuls have already locked up $6,451, the winner can look forward to the elusive gold bracelet and a payday of $105,629.
Moore leads the way with a stack of 485,000, followed by Ferguson (325,000) and Lisandro (291,000). The other finalists include Paul Sexton (276,000), Steven Albini (270,000), Katherine Fleck (226,000), Esther Rossi (186,000), Stephen Rivers (143,000) and O'Dell (74,000). It is the second Day 3 for Fleck in a few days time, as she finished 16th in Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship and also has a 4th place in Event #49: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud at the 2016 WSOP to her name.
"The WSOP is the best time of the year, you get to play for a bracelet," O'Dell said in the late stages of the day and that's what he will be doing once again at the 2018 WSOP. O'Dell has two bracelets to his name and finished runner-up in Event #12: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed, then cashed in Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
While the two-time WSOP bracelet winner may be the shortest stack among the nine finalists with just under four big bets, an early double up may very well put mixed game specialist O'Dell right back into contention. The action is set to resume at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 16th, 2018, with level 21 and limits of 10,000/20,000.
Seat Assignments for the Final Day
|1||Stephen Rivers||United States||143,000||7|
|2||Paul Sexton||United States||276,000||14|
|3||Esther Rossi||United States||186,000||9|
|4||Katherine Fleck||United States||226,000||11|
|5||Chris Ferguson||United States||325,000||16|
|6||Frankie O'Dell||United States||74,000||4|
|8||Steven Albini||United States||270,000||13|
|9||Michael Moore||United States||485,000||24|
Action of the Day
Only 82 players out of a 310-entry strong field returned to the tables of the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino and almost half of the hopefuls had to leave empty-handed, as just the top 47 spots were paid. Among the big names to bust before the money were Barbara Enright, Scott Bohlman, Carol Fuchs, Brandon Shack-Harris, Tom McEvoy and Cory Zeidman. It was a rough beat for Zeidman, who lost all but one big bet with the spades nut flush against the straight flush of Maxwell Troy in one of the memorable early hands.
On the money bubble, Danny Scott got it in with two pair, aces and jacks, only to see Robert Campbell look him up with a set of eights. Two blanks later, the bubble had burst and the min-cash of $2,250 was secured. Adam Friedman was the first to bust in the money and he was quickly followed by such big names as Ben Yu (45th - $2,250), Shirley Rosario (40th - $2,398), Dzmitry Urbanovich (37th - $2,398) and Kevin Ioacofano (35th - $2,398).
After the eliminations of Mark Radoja and Ashton Griffin, the redraw of the final three tables was reached before the dinner break at the end of the sixth level of the day. Perry Friedman (21st - $2,982) was ousted in a big three-way all in with a set of tens against the straight of Julien Martini and the higher straight of Troy. Martini's bid to win a second bracelet at the 2018 WSOP came to an end in 17th place after he had to forfeit the vast majority of his stack to Jameson Painter; the remainder of his chips were sent the same way a few minutes later.
In the last two levels of the night, the field was thinned down further and the unofficial final table was set in the very last hand of the night. Among those to depart were Painter (14th - $4,155), Troy (13th - $4,155) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (11th - $5,110). Farhad Mobassery lost a big portion of his stack with two pair against the trips queens of Jeff Lisandro and his pair of jacks ended up second-best to the pair of queens of Moore.
Right after that the nine remaining players bagged and tagged for the night. The PokerNews live reporting team will provide continued updates from the floor until a champion is crowned.
In the third last hand of the night, Farhad Mobassery's stack took a massive hit when he called down bets of Jeff Lisandro and made two pair, sixes and fours on the river, only for Lisandro to show trips queens.
The very last hand of the night then reduced Mobassery's stack to zero after a clash with Michael Moore.
Michael Moore: / /
Farhad Mobassery: / /
Mobassery completed, Moore raised, Mobassery made it three bets and was called. Moore bet and Mobassery called on fourth before the remaining 14,500 of Mobassery went into the middle on fifth. Moore turned ober a pair of queens and Mobassery had pocket jacks, sixth and seventh bricked off to send Mobassery to the rail in 10th place for $6,451.
As a result, the field has been reduced to the last nine and they will redraw, bag up and return tomorrow for the unofficial final table. The full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to come.
Stephen Richards called, Paul Sexton completed and Bertrand Grospellier came over the top, raising with the . Action folded back to Sexton who looked at Grospellier's remaining stack and re-raised. Grospellier then moved all in for 1,000 and the race for his tournament life started.
Bertrand Grospellier: /
Paul Sexton: /
Both players had suited starting hands but neither of them made a flush. Sexton hit at least a pair of deuces while Grospellier completely bricked and bowed out in 11th place.
Paul Sexton: / /
Bertrand Grospellier: / /
Paul Sexton completed with the seven and Bertrand Grospellier called with a ten. Sexton bet fourth and fifth with Grospellier calling both times. Sexton then check-raised sixth and Grospellier called. On seventh, Grospellier bet and Sexton raised to force a fold.
Bertrand Grospellier: / /
Steven Albini: / /
Shortly after Grospellier was in action once more and had three diamonds showing until fifth. On sixth, Steven Albini bet with a four-card straight showing and Grospellier bet. Albini bet seventh and Grospellier folded with just over one big bet behind.
Moments later, a short-stacked Frankie O'Dell was all in against Sexton.
Frankie O'Dell: / /
Paul Sexton: / /
While Sexton had queens and deuces, O'Dell had kings and jacks to double and remain in contention.
Mark Barile was grinding a short stack for quite some time and his tally finally came to an end. He completed with a king and Katherine Fleck raised. Barile three-bet and Fleck put him all in for 3,000 more.
Barile had three Broadway cards but Fleck turned up split kings. Fleck hit trips on fifth street and Barile was drawing dead. Fleck's hand eventually improved into a full house but Barile was already on his way out.
Mark Barile: / /
Katherine Fleck: / /
Fortunately for Barile, he was able to make a pay jump as he finished in 12th place for $5,110, literally seconds after Maxwell Troy busted on the other table. Maxwell tangled with Paul Sexton with deuces in the hole while Sexton found buried sevens. Troy's runout wasn't strong enough and he was downed in 13th place for a $4,155 payday.
Maxwell Troy hasn't found any spot as of recently and his stack has taken a toll, only a few big bets remain for the former chip leader. And he is now joined by Frankie O'Dell after the latter had to fold in a three-bet pot against Stephen Rivers.
Frankie O'Dell: / fold
Stephen Rivers: /
Steven Albini completed with the and O'Dell raised, Rivers made it three bets and just O'Dell called. Rivers bet fourth and was called, another bet on fifth forced a fold, Rivers flashed the .
Mark Barile claimed a pot without showdown after pairing his king on fifth and forcing a fold from Farhad Mobassery, who then claimed the chips back in a hand with Michael Moore.
Michael Moore: / fold
Farhad Mobassery: /
Moore completed and Mobassery called. Moore bet again on fourth and received a call before checking fifth. Mobassery bet and Moore folded, he was shown one .
Jeff Lisandro: /
Michael Moore: / fold
Jeff Lisandro completed and Moore called. Lisandro bet again fourth and Moore called before Lisandro check-raised fifth, Moore called. Lisandro's bet on sixth with just 19,000 behind won the pot uncontested, and he flashed the .
Jameson Painter completed with an ace out and Katherine Fleck raised it up, having an ace in the door as well. Fleck barreled all following streets and Painter called the first two bets before raising all in on sixth. Fleck called.
Jameson Painter: /
Katherine Fleck: /
Fleck was ahead with split aces and she peeled a king to make Painter's chances even thinner. He could only hope for one of the two remaining queens but his river card was the , halting Painter's run in 14th place.