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Josh Kay Gives WPT Choctaw Day 3 Field the Business

 Josh Kay Gives WPT Choctaw Day 3 Field the Business

I will admit, I was a little surprised to wake up this morning and not see Michael Stashin’s name at the top of the chip counts for the final table of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw Main Event. After all, he had such a gigantic chip lead going into Monday that he had more chips than the three players directly behind him in the standings combined. So forgive me if I thought he might cruise into the final table with the lead. That said, he did cruise into the final table, adding a couple million chips to his stack to end up at 7.685 million, but he is now second behind Josh Kay, who has 11.105 million after a tremendous Day 3.

Kay began Monday in ninth place with 1.26 million chips, so he wasn’t in bad shape, but that is a far cry from the 11.105 he ended with. Were it not for a bit of luck, his day probably would not have gone as well (isn’t this really the case for all of us in life?). With 20 players left, according to the WPT.com report, Kay opened the betting pre-flop at 70,000 and Jordan Cristos called. On the flop of J-3-8, Kay bet 90,000, Cristos raised to 230,000 and Kay called. Kay then called when a 7 was dealt on the turn. Cristos, needing some time to think, used a time extension chip, as the Action Clock was in effect, limiting players to 30 seconds to act, and then shoved for 1.125 million chips. Kay tanked and used FIVE time extension chips (30 seconds each) before decided to put most of his stack at risk by calling.

Kay had K-J for top pair, but Cristos had him nailed with pocket Aces. The river, though, was a King, giving the hand to Kay and eliminated Cristos in 20th place.

That hand took Kay’s chip stack up to 2.945 million and while he fell back to 1.6 million by the time there were 16 players remaining, he eventually went on a huge run, tearing through the field. If this was a bounty tournament, Josh Kay would be the undisputed king. He knocked out Blair Hinkle in 16th place, Andrew Nguyen in 15th place, Adrian Garduno in 14th place, DJ Alexander in 13th place, Jason Emmons in 11th place (come on, did you think he was really going to eliminate EVERYONE?), Kamran Munaf in 10th place, and Daniel Nakic in 8th place.

Josh Kay’s five opponents at the final table can look at him in one of two ways: they can see him as the enemy with the big stack who stands in between them and WPT glory OR…thank him profusely for doing all the work on Monday, allowing them to move up on the money ladder.

The six-handed final table of the WPT Choctaw Main Event will begin at 3:00pm CT / 4:00pm ET on Tuesday.

2017 World Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts

1. Josh Kay – 11,105,000
2. Michael Stashin – 7,685,000
3. Jay Lee – 3,455,000
4. Eric Bunch – 2,020,000
5. Paul Fisher – 1,700,000
6. Jeb Hutton – 1,645,000

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2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

 2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

Late Thursday evening, the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event reached its second milestone. After becoming the third-largest WSOP Championship Event of all time (the first milestone), the first players to take a bit of the more than $ 67 million prize pool (and get a new mark on their Hendon Mob poker resumes) have been determined with the popping of the money bubble.

That didn’t look like it would happen when Day 3 started Thursday morning. 2600 players were still in contention when the cards hit the air, leaving some wondering if they would be able to make it to the money during Thursday’s play. Leading the pack when they went off the line was Artan Dedusha, but that Day 2 overall lead and a $ 1.50 would get him a cup of coffee and not much more until the money was reached.

More than half of the field that came back on Thursday left the Rio tournament poker arena with nothing more than shattered dreams. Of those that didn’t even come close to the money bubble, former World Champion Greg Raymer was one of the surprises. Coming back from the dinner break with a healthy stack of chips around 300K and looking to drive deep in the Championship Event once again, Raymer would get gutted in back to back hands that led to his demise. First, Raymer’s pocket tens were clipped by a rivered set of sixes to take about 40% of his stack, then saw his pocket Kings get topped by an opponent’s pocket pair of nines that found a third on the flop.

Raymer had plenty of company to join him on the rail to watch the bubble pop. 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, two-time World Champion Johnny Chan, 1983 World Champion Tom McEvoy, Brandon Shack-Harris, Brian Rast, Mike Matusow, Adrian Mateos, Pierre Neuville, Kristin Bicknell, Juha Helppi, Doug Polk (who will have much more time for commentary on the WSOP broadcasts now), Loni Harwood and Rainer Kempe all would be sent off before the money was in sight. They also weren’t part of the decision that faced WSOP players and officials late in the night.

The original plan for the day was to play five levels (at two hours each) and quit around roughly midnight, but tournament officials decided that, with only 18 players left to the 1084 players who would earn a cash, that one more level on the night would be enough. The players adjusted to this change and, befitting of the decision, battled it out through the two hours of the extra level with several players benefitting from the extra time.

Dominik Nitsche made his statement in the extra level, knocking off Jesus Maceira Gonzales to move his stack up to 745K, while Tom Cannuli aided the field in eliminating another player when his pocket Queens stood over his opponent’s Big Slick on an eight-high board. As the end of the level approached, there were two more players to eliminate to get to the money and WSOP officials decided to go hand-for-hand.

Just before that hand-for-hand process began, there was a particularly interesting hand between, surprisingly, two pros. On a Q-3-2-7-9 board and facing a 63K bet from former “November Niner” Antoine Saout into a healthy pot, Scott Seiver heard the tournament director call for hand-for-hand play as he made his decision. More thought didn’t seem to help Seiver as he could never find the reason for a call as he chucked his cards to the muck. Saout showed some larceny in his soul as he showed Seiver a J-4 for complete air as the table moved on to hand-for-hand action.

The very first deal of hand-for-hand action brought Day 3 to a close. Two players, former WSOP Championship Event final tablist “Tex” Barch and Jason Funke, were able to double up through their hands and stay in the tournament, but two others didn’t. Davidi Kitai rivered an unnecessary full house to eliminate Quan Zhou short of the money and, simultaneously, Roger Campbell couldn’t get a fourth heart on the board for his A as Kenny Shilh’s Queen-high flush eliminated him from the tournament.

With those two eliminations, the final 1084 were determined as a wild celebration ensued (Zhou and Campbell played one hand for a seat to next year’s WSOP Championship Event – Zhou would win that). As everyone celebrated the fact that they had $ 15,000 in their pockets, these players were looking to take much more than the minimum cash:

1. Patrick Lavecchia, 1.552 million
2. Pawel Brzeski, 1.546 million
3. Antoine Saout, 1.529 million
4. Jeremiah Fitzpatrick, 1.523 million
5. Derek Bowers, 1.376 million
6. Mickey Craft, 1.345 million
7. Edward Nassif, 1.345 million
8. Scott Blumstein, 1.34 million
9. Artan Dedusha, 1.288 million
10. Greg Dyer, 1.276 million

Bubbling under the Top Ten is one of last year’s “November Nine” combatants Kenny Hallaert (1.256 million, eleventh place), joined by such other notables as Kitai (1.116 million), Ben Lamb (1.016 million) and Andrey Pateychuk (1 million) over the million-chip mark. Sofia Lovgren (997K), Cannuli (990K), Nitsche (829K) and Jared Jaffee (811K) are all in good shape to make a long run.

Day 4 will begin at 11AM (Pacific Time) as the remaining players decide who gets what piece of the monstrous prize pool. While making it to this point is an achievement, all who are surviving – even Jeff Del Castilho, who sits with EXACTLY 2000 in chips to start the day – still have the dream of becoming poker’s next World Champion. That still is a long way away, however, as the 2017 World Series of Poker grinds onward.

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2017 World Series of Poker: Artan Dedusha Leads as Field Comes Together for Day 3

 2017 World Series of Poker: Artan Dedusha Leads as Field Comes Together for Day 3

The 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event is in full swing as, after the completion of Day 2C early this morning, Artan Dedusha will take the survivors towards the first day of action when all the competitors will be battling it out at the same time.

Dedusha started the day’s action with a decent 109,700 in chips, but it was going to be an arduous task to work through the 3300 players who came from Day 1C. Dedusha appeared to be up for the task, albeit with the assistance of some good fortune. The Brit saw some good fortune when his pocket fives flopped a set and busted an opponent’s pocket Kings, then rubbed the rabbit’s foot again when he flopped two pair against an opponent holding pocket Aces. These hands allowed Dedusha to rack up a 680,000-chip stack that not only led the Day 2C competitors but put him in the overall lead.

Dedusha’s work wasn’t the only surprise of the Day 2C action. The newlywed Merciers – Jason and Natasha – both came through the day’s carnage with a bit of a surprise. The six-months pregnant Natasha will hold bragging rights so far in the Mercier clan as she finished off Day 2C with 470,000 chips. As she was bagging those up, Jason was doing the same with his 101K in chips, an impressive feat considering he started Day 2C with just slightly more than half his tournament starting stack (28K).

Of course, with the good also comes the ugly – in poker terms, that means people being eliminated. Daniel Negreanu was one of those who had to make the long walk from the Rio tournament arenas after being eliminated on Day 2C. On what would be the hand that led to his demise, Negreanu showed an Ace after an A 3 5 flop, only to have his opponent show him merely a 6 3 for a wealth of draws but air for actuality.

Perhaps a bit steamed by that, Negreanu moved all in from early position with pocket sevens and found a dance partner in John Allan Hinds. Hinds’ pocket sixes were behind pre-flop, but four spades on the board along with Hinds’ 6♠ gave him a flush and defeated Negreanu, sending him to the rail in disappointment after an outstanding WSOP run.

Negreanu wasn’t the only one who had something to be disappointed about. Former World Champions Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen and Phil Hellmuth hit the rail, alongside other pros such as Maria Ho, Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen, Paul Volpe, Antonio Esfandiari and Gus Hansen. And there won’t be a rematch of the “Clash of 2016,” as both William Kassouf and Griffin Benger both were eliminated and won’t be around for Day 3.

Dedusha will be the overall leader with his stack on Day 3, but here’s how he came out against his other Day 2C combatants:

1. Artan Dedusha, 680,000
2. Marcin Chmielewski, 564,000
3. Michael Krasienko, 561,300
4. Sonny Franco, 546,700
5. Ryan Hughes, 510,100
6. Tyson Mao, 506,500
7. Denis Timofeev, 498,000
8. Alexander Yen, 490,000
9. Nick Petrangelo, 480,300
10. Natasha Mercier, 476,800

This was the Top Ten from the Day 2A/B battlefield:

1. Lawrence Bayley, 618,000
2. Mickey Craft, 608,100
3. Richard Gryko, 564,800
4. Scott Anderson, 560,000
5. Sergio Castelluccio, 548,500
6. Michael Sklenicka, 540,600
7. Joseph Conor, 511,100
8. Koen Breed, 480,800
9. Grayson Ramage, 471,000
10. Larry Smalley, 469,000

And this (according to WSOP reports) would be the overall leaderboard for the tournament after the completion of Day 2 action:

1. Artan Dedusha, 680,000
2. Lawrence Bayley, 618,000
3. Mickey Craft, 608,100
4. Richard Gryko, 564,800
5. Marcin Chmielewski, 564,000
6. Michael Krasienko, 561,300
7. Scott Anderson, 560,000
8. Sergio Castelluccio, 548,500
9. Sonny Franco, 546,700
10. Michael Sklenicka, 540,600

As stated previously, the field will come together for the first time today on the Rio tournament battlefields. There are 2600 players remaining from the original 7221 runners, but it still may be a bit difficult getting to the 1084 players who will make the minimum $ 15,000 cash and earn a flag on the Hendon Mob board late Thursday night/early Friday morning. There’s still quite a bit of work to be done before we begin speaking about the true contenders for the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event bracelet and the crown of World Champion, but that time is coming closer.

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2017 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day Four: Daniel Strelitz Tops Field for Second Straight Day

 2017 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day Four: Daniel Strelitz Tops Field for Second Straight Day

Daniel Strelitz went into Day 4 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic as the chip leader and ended it in the same spot as just 18 players remain in one of the WPT’s original tour stops. Finishing with 2.02 million chips, he nearly exactly doubled his chips from the start of the day to the finish.

After Day 3, Strelitz was the only player with more than 1 million chips. Similarly, he ended Day 4 as the only one with more than 2 million. The next closest player is Allan Le, with 1.68 million. After the two of them, just four other players have at least 1 million.

After the night was over, Strelitz spoke with WPT.com about his day, saying that he didn’t expect to be the chip leader again, as he had lost a large chunk of chips early. When asked how he ran his stack up again, Strelitz replied, “I just kept making lots of strong hands. I was opening a lot, and they were letting me kind of just win the blinds over and over, and then I made two straights, made a flush, and got paid off a bunch.”

Both of those straights came late in the evening. The first was against Visnja Luetic, who raised pre-flop to 35,000 and was called by Strelitz. The flop was J-9-5, at which point Luetic bet 75,000 and Strelitz called. The turn was a 7 and once again, Luetic bet 125,000 and was called by Strelitz. I think you can see what’s coming. It was the same betting on the river after a 4 was dealt and Strelitz showed T-8 for a straight, beating Luetic’s J-9, two pair. That hand got Strelitz over 2 million chips.

The second straight was ALSO against Luetic, though Luetic didn’t take as much damage this time. Luetic once again raised to 35,000 and both Strelitz and Rainer Kempe called. The flop was Q-8-8 and this time Luetic checked. Strelitz bet 55,000, Kempe bailed, and Luetic called. Both players checked the King on the turn. Luetic checked the river 9, but called Strelitz’s 140,000 chip bet. Strelitz showed J-T for a straight Luetic mucked her cards.

Strelitz could have finished Day 4 with even more chips, but doubled-up Matt Schultz late to retreat back to the 2 million mark.

One interesting, non-Strelitz note for the day: after the re-draw for the final three tables, Allan Le was seated next to his brother, Nam Le. After Nam was eliminated in 27th place (not by his brother), he told WPT.com of the experience having to compete directly against Allan, “It’s kind of awkward, but it’s bound to happen if we keep playing tournaments and get deep.”

Day 5 will begin at noon PT Wednesday and will conclude when the official six-handed final table is determined.

2017 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event – Day 4 Chip Counts

1.    Daniel Strelitz – 2,020,000
2.    Allan Le – 1,680,000
3.    Jesse Martin – 1,581,000
4.    Joe Serock – 1,157,000
5.    Matt Berkey – 1,118,000
6.    William Vo – 1,081,000
7.    John Cynn – 922,000
8.    Mike Sexton – 908,000
9.    Rainer Kempe – 798,000
10.    Richard Tuhrim – 753,000
11.    Donald Maloney – 727,000
12.    Jared Griener – 618,000
13.    Matt Schultz – 577,000
14.    Simeon Naydenov – 448,000
15.    Visnja Luetic – 365,000
16.    James Calderaro – 318,000
17.    Dzmitry Urbanovich – 288,000
18.    Dean Baranowski – 273,000

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2017 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic: Ben Wilinofsky Leads Record Field After Day One

 2017 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic: Ben Wilinofsky Leads Record Field After Day One

After a record field for the event flooded into the casino, “semi-retired” poker professional Ben Wilinofsky emerged as the chip leader following Day One of the World Poker Tour’s Fallsview Poker Classic in Canada last night.

Long a popular stop for poker players due to its proximity to the U. S./Canadian border and its beautiful surroundings, the Fallsview Casino was ready for a rush of players for this tournament, a $ 5000 buy in event with one rebuy should a player bust out of the event. Several top players were in attendance for the earlier events on the calendar, with Canadians Xuan Liu and Mike Leah taking down two of those preliminary engagements. This was the one the players were waiting for and, once the call to arms was made with the “shuffle up and deal,” the players immediately responded.

As soon as the bell sounded, roughly 350 players were on the tables in the Fallsview Casino tournament room. This was significant as, in the 2016 tournament, 423 entries were received to set the record. Depending on how deep the pockets were for the players – which included two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell, WPT Champions’ Club members Olivier Busquet, Anthony Zinno and Darren Elias, among others – there was a good chance that the record would be broken in this tournament. As Level 3 began, 373 entries had been received and the late registration was still going on.

Several players would play a bit looser than normal, taking advantage of the chance to either build up a stack or get back into the tournament with their one rebuy option. Mike Dentale was one of the players who took advantage of that rebuy option, his K-Q catching on a Q 8♣ 6 flop against his opponent’s K 10. After a blank turn, Dentale seemed to be primed for his double up, but a diamond on the river canceled that action, instead sending Dentale back to his wallet for another $ 5,000 for his “one time.”

After Level 6, the popularity of the Fallsview Casino and this particular WPT event were demonstrated. With late registration and the one rebuy option still on the table, there were 428 entries received to crack the 2016 record. With those actions available until the start of Level 10 following the dinner break, it became a question of just how high the numbers would go.

As the tournament worked into the late-night hours, the notable names began to drop to the side, either exhausting their two chances at glory or choosing to stick to one shot only. Such players as Marvin Rettenmaier, Mike Watson, Dietrich Fast, Nenad Medic and Leah were all out the door by the time the close of action came after Level 13. By the time the chips were bagged and the names were noted, Wilinofsky – who hadn’t even been noticed by tournament staff until they received his day’s work – was holding a decent Day One lead.

1. Ben Wilinofsky, 275,900
2. Mark Toulouse, 262,700
3. Carlo Alteri, 241,000
4. David Cloutier, 236,700
5. David Ho, 230,000
6. Jason James, 213,400
7. Anthony Dalpra, 199,600
8. Andy Zhang, 198,100
9. Aaron Massey, 196,200
10. Darren Elias, 195,000

Wilinofsky’s rise to the top isn’t surprising considering his talents. A former European Poker Tour champion with almost $ 1.4 million in tournament earnings, Wilinofsky has also been quite open about personal issues he has had that have kept him from pursuing live tournament poker full time. Those problems – depression and anxiety issues – have kept the Canadian online professional out of the casinos but, with the WPT in his backyard for a stay, he suspended his “semi-retirement” (his definition of his status in the game) to try to add another jewel to his poker resume.

Action resumes at noon with Day Two of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic. With 152 players remaining from the record-setting 489 entries that were eventually tallied (no prize pool or payouts have been announced yet), the money bubble will pop at some time on Friday, but there’s more to deal with than just popping the bubble. The serious work will be done on Friday as, with plans for the final table to play on Saturday, the field will be jammed to get down to the six-handed WPT final table.

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