Event #64: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em
Event #64: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em
Dia 3 Terminado

Saliba and Darie Highlight Crazy Eights Final 10 as Rusinovas Scoops Substantial Lead

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Aleksandras Rusinovas
Aleksandras Rusinovas

Only 10 players made it through three days of the action-packed Event #64: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em, leaving thousands of players behind as this year's edition drew a record-breaking field of 10,185 entries. The remaining group will return on Wednesday, July 3, at 12 p.m. local time to continue their quest for the $888,888 top-prize and the WSOP wristwear.

The lineup is led by Aleksandras Rusinovas who had a strong push during the final levels of Day 3. Rusinovas' rampaging run saw the Lithuanian vault to 114,625,000, more than a quarter of all chips in play and twice as much as his nearest competitor (Thomas Dravis with 58.6 million).

Rusinovas finished the day with a double knockout, bringing the field down to 10 in the dying minutes of the last level. The hand secured an $18,000 pay jump for those who avoided Rusinovas' razor-sharp.

While Rusinovas holds a commanding lead, Vivian Saliba and Vlad Darie boasted the loudest support from their railbirds today. 888poker ambassador Saliba doubled with kings against ace-king during the home stretch, climbing to 43,500,000 by the time for bagging.

She will return to the final day with the third-biggest stack, and if there is one thing that's guaranteed when it comes to deep stages of poker events held in the Amazon Room, it's that the Brazilians will be heard.

Darie, who has already been to the final table of this event — he finished 6th in 2017 — was aiming for the chip lead, but he was a victim of a few preflop all-in contests, particularly when his kings couldn't hold against Dravis' queens.

Darie is, however, an experienced pro with a strong online background, and he showed multiple times during this tournament that he is able to recover and grind his way back. He will start the final day with 26,750,000 (just over 20 big blinds), which puts him in seventh place on the leaderboard.

Add Mark Radoja and Patrick Clarke among the accomplished poker sharps featured in the remaining 10, and it becomes clear that whoever wins the title will have shown some serious poker prowess.

The next blinds will be 600,000/1,200,000 with a 1,200,000 big blind ante and considering the few shallow stacks in the field, it might be a question of no more than a few orbits to bring the tournament down to one table. Make sure to come back to PokerNews at noon for more live updates to keep up with the action.

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon14Thomas DrivasUnited States58,600,00049
Amazon15Keun KwakUnited States12,000,00010
Amazon16Vlad DarieRomania26,750,00022
Amazon17Mark RadojaCanada36,100,00030
Amazon18Mario HoflerUnited States15,200,00013
Amazon21Vivian SalibaBrazil43,500,00036
Amazon22Rick AlvaradoUnited States21,150,00018
Amazon23Aleksandras RusinovasLithuania114,625,00096
Amazon26Patrick ClarkeIreland36,000,00030
Amazon27Uselis GediminasUnited States43,400,00036
Vivian Saliba
Vivian Saliba

End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts (Completo)

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The remaining 10 players will continue to play on Wednesday, July 3, at 12 p.m. PDT.

Aleksandras Rusinovas lt 114,625,000 625,000
Thomas Drivas us 58,600,000 1,700,000
Vivian Saliba br 43,500,000 2,700,000
Uselis Gediminas lt 43,400,000 -5,500,000
Mark Radoja ca 36,100,000 9,600,000
Patrick Clarke ie 36,000,000 400,000
Vlad Darie ro 26,750,000 5,500,000
Rick Alvarado us 21,150,000
Mario Hofler at 15,200,000 -10,500,000
Keun Kwak us 12,000,000 -1,000,000

Play Has Halted for the Day

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The remaining 10 players have bagged for the night. End-of-day chip counts and a recap will follow shortly.

Arsenii Karmatckii Eliminated in 12th Place ($64,311); Ming Zhu Eliminated in 11th Place ($64,311)

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Arsenii Karmatckii
Arsenii Karmatckii

Aleksandras Rusinovas raised to 2,000,000 on the cutoff and Arsenii Karmatckii three-bet shoved for 5,000,000 on the button. Ming Zhu, in the big blind, reshoved for about 26,750,000. Rusinovas made the call.

Arsenii Karmatckii: {q-Clubs}{j-Spades}
Ming Zhu: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Aleksandras Rusinovas: {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

The board was {8-Spades}{6-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and Rusinovas scooped the pot with his jacks sending Karmatckii to the rail in 12th place and Zhu in 11th place.

Ming Zhu
Ming Zhu
Aleksandras Rusinovas lt 114,000,000 39,000,000
Arsenii Karmatckii ru Eliminado
Ming Zhu us Eliminado

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Kwak Finds a Dub

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Uselis Gediminas minraised under the gun and Keun Kwak slid forward his last 5,250,000. Gediminas called but his {a-Hearts}{4-Spades} trailed Kwak's {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}.

The dealer spread out a board of {q-Spades}{j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Kwak doubled up.

Uselis Gediminas lt 48,900,000 -15,100,000
Keun Kwak us 13,000,000 2,050,000

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Lucky Turn Gives Drivas Big Double

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Thomas Drivas
Thomas Drivas

Thomas Drivas raised to 2,200,000 under the gun, Vlad Darie three-bet from the hijack, and Drivas four-bet shipped his 27,200,000. Darie had no problem to call as they met in a cooler.

Drivas: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Darie: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

Darie could seize a huge chip lead, should his hand hold, but the {2-Spades}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{9-Spades} board was a nasty one for Darie who had to watch the large pot, possibly worth six-figure equity, move to the other side of the felt.

Thomas Drivas us 56,900,000 18,400,000
Vlad Darie ro 21,250,000 -11,200,000

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Jeanpierre Besancon Eliminated in 13th Place ($50,707)

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Jeanpierre Besancon
Jeanpierre Besancon

Aleksandras Rusinovas moved all in from the small blind and Jeanpierre Besancon snap-called for less from the big blind putting at risk about 10,000,000.

Jeanpierre Besancon: {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Aleksandras Rusinovas: {q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

Besanco was ahead but the runout was {4-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{7-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Rusinovas made two pair to win the pot, ending Besancon's run in 13th place for $50,707.

Aleksandras Rusinovas lt 75,000,000 21,000,000
Jeanpierre Besancon fr Eliminado

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Saliba Coolers Alvarado

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Vivian Saliba
Vivian Saliba

Vivian Saliba raised to 2,000,000 from the button, Rick Alvarado three-bet on her left, and Saliba four-bet shoved for 19,400,000. Alvarado immediately called.

Saliba: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Alvarado: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Saliba faded an ace on the board of {4-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{j-Spades} and vaulted over a 40-big blind stack while Alvarado dropped under 10 bigs.

Vivian Saliba br 40,800,000 13,800,000
Rick Alvarado us 9,500,000 -21,000,000

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