2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
$1,100 Thursday Thrilla
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $1,100
Players 224

Level Info

Level 25
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 50,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 224
$1,100 Thursday Thrilla
Day 2 Completed

Ashley Sleeth Wins First Run It Up Reno Trophy w/ $1,100 Thursday Thrilla Victory!

BrandonTemple • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Ashley Sleeth
Ashley Sleeth

Ashley Sleeth's second bullet in the $1,100 Thursday Thrilla turned out to be a sound investment, as she navigated a field of 224 entrants to earn one of the biggest victories of her career. Sleeth took home $27,000 plus "around six" bounties with her victory, along with her first Run It Up Reno trophy at the Peppermill Reno.

"You run really hot," Sleeth said about her road to success from a short stack on the money bubble. "I got a couple of jams through to get me through the bubble. As soon as we made the money, the next hand, I got aces and doubled up, and it just kept happening. It was a crazy run."

The crazy run included the final table; "I got kings three times, people had hands that they needed to get in with. That really helped."

"It feels awesome, it feels so awesome," a jubilant Sleeth told PokerNews after her victory. "Any time you can even final table a tournament, it's amazing. This final table was really fun, and Run It Up is really fun." Sleeth's rail during the final day of play included her fiance, former WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia. When asked when she was going to fire in the ongoing $600 Main Event, Sleeth said, "Tomorrow. I'm going to celebrate right now. It's not every day you win a tournament!"

Final Table Results

PlaceNameCountryPrize Money
1Ashley SleethUnited States$27,000
2Jeremy PekarekUnited States$15,410
3Ryan MeyerUnited States$10,690
4Lucas HillUnited States$8,020
5Phil BeesleyUnited States$6,400
6Valerie HanleyUnited States$5,270
7Maxwell YoungUnited States$4,410
8Adam JohnsonUnited States$3,680
9Patrick PrestonUnited States$3,000

Final Table Action

The start of the day saw Patrick Preston get his kings cracked by Lucas Hill and his aces to exit the final table around a half-hour into play. Ninety minutes ticked by before an absolute flurry of eliminations took place, bringing the field from eight to two in a flash.

Adam Johnson fell in eighth, the victim of a queens-versus-kings cooler against Sleeth. After Max Young's elimination in seventh a few hands later, one of the most pivotal hands in the tournament took place. Jeremy Pekarek raised preflop with ace-nine, and start-of-the-day chip leader Valerie Hanley accidentally clicked it back with a min-raise. Pekarek four-bet, and Hanley called. Hanley jammed her last 34 big blinds on the six-five-eight flop with ace-three, and Pekarek somehow found the call with his ace-nine, possibly influenced by a Day 1 hand where Hanley forced Pekarek to fold the best hand in a big spot. Pekarek's ace-nine high ended up being the winner, and Hanley left the table in sixth place.

Valerie Hanley
Valerie Hanley

The elimination train wasn't quite done yet, as Phil Beesley, Hill, and Ryan Meyer all fell within minutes of each other just after Hanley's bust out, leaving Pekarek and Sleeth heads up with a whopping 224 big blinds still in play. Pekarek started with a 3:2 chip lead over Sleeth, but the stacks were almost dead even when the final hand of the tournament took place.

Sleeth and Pekarek clashed on a eight-eight-four flop with two spades, and Pekarek got his last 1.9 million chips in with the ace-six of spades. Sleeth called with ace-four offsuit, and Pekarek was unable to improve, leaving the 2019 WSOP Bracelet winner with $15,410 and bounties as a consolation prize.

PokerNews coverage of the $1,100 Thursday Thrill is over but we're still offering live updates from the Run It Up Reno IX $600 Main Event, which you can follow here.

Tags: Adam JohnsonAshley SleethJeremy PekarekJesse SylviaLucas HillPatrick PrestonPhil BeesleyRyan MeyerValerie Hanley

Jeremy Pekarek Eliminated in 2nd Place ($15,410)

BrandonTemple • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Jeremy Pekarek
Jeremy Pekarek

Jeremy Pekarek raised to 100,000 on the button, and Ashley Sleeth three-bet to 325,000 in the big blind. Pekarek called.

The {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{4-Spades} flop saw Sleeth bet 260,000, and Pekarek jammed for 1.9 million. Sleeth snap-called, having Pekarek covered by a single 5k chip!

Jeremy Pekarek: {a-Spades}{6-Spades}
Ashley Sleeth: {a-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}

Sleeth was ahead at the moment with her eights and fours, but Pekarek could take the lead with a spade, ace or six. The {j-Hearts} turn added some chop outs for Pekarek, but the {9-Diamonds} river sent Sleeth the Run It Up Reno IX $1,100 Thursday Thrilla title, along with the final two bounties in the tournament.

Ashley Sleeth us
Ashley Sleeth
us 4,480,000 2,100,000
Jeremy Pekarek us
Jeremy Pekarek
us Busted

Tags: Ashley SleethJeremy Pekarek

Level:
25
Blinds:
25,000/50,000
Ante:
50,000

Trips For Sleeth

BrandonTemple • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Jeremy Pekarek raised to 95,000 on the button with {k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, and Ashley Sleeth called in the big blind with {q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}.

Sleeth checked the {7-Spades}{k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} flop to Pekarek, who quickly bet 50,000 with top pair. Sleeth called with bottom pair.

Sleeth bet 150,000 when she turned trips with the {7-Clubs}, and Pekarek quickly called.

The {3-Spades} hit the river, and Sleeth bet 450,000. Pekarek called, and Sleeth's trips brought her the chip lead.

Ashley Sleeth us
Ashley Sleeth
us 2,380,000 800,000
Jeremy Pekarek us
Jeremy Pekarek
us 2,100,000 -800,000

Tags: Ashley SleethJeremy Pekarek

Big Slick Does the Trick For Sleeth

BrandonTemple • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Ashley Sleeth raised to 90,000 from the button with the {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}, and Jeremy Pekarek called in the big blind with the {5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}.

The {8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{8-Spades} flop was checked through, and Pekarek bet 75,000 on the {4-Spades} turn with bottom pair. Sleeth called. The {a-Spades} hit the river, and Pekarek bet 40,000. Sleeth raised to 200,000 with her aces-up, and Pekarek tanked for a bit, standing up at one point, before folding.

Jeremy Pekarek us
Jeremy Pekarek
us 2,900,000 -100,000
Ashley Sleeth us
Ashley Sleeth
us 1,580,000 100,000

Tags: Ashley SleethJeremy Pekarek

Tiny Bets Get Paid For Pekarek

BrandonTemple • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Ashley Sleeth raised to 85,000 on the button with {k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, and Jeremy Pekarek called in the big blind with {9-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}.

Pekarek bet 85,000 on the {k-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Spades} flop with bottom pair, and Sleeth called with top pair.

The {9-Spades} fell on the turn, and Pekarek bet 50,000 with two pair. Sleeth called.

The {7-Hearts} hit the river, and Pekarek bet 40,000. Sleeth called and Pekarek crested three-million with the win.

Jeremy Pekarek us
Jeremy Pekarek
us 3,000,000 100,000
Ashley Sleeth us
Ashley Sleeth
us 1,480,000 -100,000

Tags: Ashley SleethJeremy Pekarek

Pekarek Steals One From Sleeth

BrandonTemple • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Jeremy Pekarek raised to 85,000 from the button with {j-Spades}{10-Diamonds}, then called a three-bet to 260,000 from Ashley Sleeth and her {a-Clubs}{3-Spades} in the big blind.

Sleeth bet 200,000 on the {9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop, and Pekarek called with his gutshot.

Both players checked the {k-Spades} turn, and the {k-Diamonds} fell on the river. Sleeth checked and Pekarek bet 350,000 with his missed double-gutter. Sleeth folded.

Jeremy Pekarek us
Jeremy Pekarek
us 2,900,000 600,000
Ashley Sleeth us
Ashley Sleeth
us 1,580,000 -600,000

Tags: Ashley SleethJeremy Pekarek

Level:
24
Blinds:
20,000/40,000
Ante:
40,000

Big Hands Collide

BrandonTemple • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

Ashley Sleeth raised to 70,000 from the button with {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, and Jeremy Pekarek called in the big blind with {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}.

The {4-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} flop hit both players, and Pekarek checked his combo draw. Sleeth bet 85,000 with top pair and Pekarek called.

Sleeth hit top two pair on the {j-Hearts} turn, and Pekarek check-called a bet of 150,000 from Sleeth.

Pekarek bricked the {2-Spades} river, and he tanked for a minute before checking. Sleeth bet 400,000, and Pekarek folded.

Jeremy Pekarek us
Jeremy Pekarek
us 2,300,000 -300,000
Ashley Sleeth us
Ashley Sleeth
us 2,180,000 300,000

Tags: Ashley SleethJeremy Pekarek