2019 World Series of Poker

Main Event

Level Info

Level 25
Blinds 10,000 / 20,000
Ante 3,000

Players Info

Prize Pool $416,160

Day 2 Comes to a Close

Charles Moore
Charles Moore

Today the 64 surviving players of the original 289 entrants returned to play down to the final table. Among them were Day 1 chip leader Jorge Solorzano; WSOP Circuit National Championship point leader Shiva Dudani; WSOP bracelet winner Robert Cheung; and gold-championship ring winners Drazen Ilich, Tuan Bui Le and Kyle Knecht. Although some of these players managed to make the money, only Solorzano could ride his success all the way to the final table.

On an interesting Circuit note, Dudani’s 17th place finish added 20 points to his WSOP-C National Leaderboard total, bringing it to 145. With his closest competition sitting with only 90 points, Dudani may have punched his ticket to the National Championship in May. Likewise, Dudani and Tuan Bui Le’s eliminations ensure that Kevin Manley will finish as the biggest point earner at the Southern Indiana Circuit for which he will earn a spot in the Championship.

Heading into the final table, Charles “Woody” Moore is the chip leader with just over 1.2 million. He’ll have plenty of competition as a number of the finalist are hot on his heels. Here is how the final table looks heading into the third and final day:

Seat 1: John Holder - 825,000
Seat 2: Kevin Calenzo - 288,000
Seat 3: John Alfera - 636,000
Seat 4: Joel Merwick - 516,000
Seat 5: Charles "Woody" Moore - 1,233,000
Seat 6: Jorge Solorzano - 506,000
Seat 7: Kris Bradshaw - 251,000
Seat 8: Mike Foster - 850,000
Seat 9: Brian McKain - 677,000

The final table is set to commence at 1:00 p.m. local time. Who will take down the $99,878 first-place prize and a spot in the National Championship at the end of the season? Be sure to check back here for all the updates as PokerNews brings you all the action and eliminations from the WSOP-C Southern Indiana.

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Kenny Piel Eliminated in 10th Place ($7,420)

Kenny Piel - 10th Place
Kenny Piel - 10th Place

Mike Foster was on the button and raised to 50,000. Kenny "Bad Hat" Piel was in the small blind and moved all in for around another 100,000. Perhaps he was looking to be the fox in the henhouse and steal the goods, but Foster had other ideas and made the call.

Foster: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
Piel: {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

The board ran out {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Piel was knocked out of the tournament in 10th place. With his elimination the official final table has been reached and action is done for the night.

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New Table


The final ten players have been combined to a single table. Here is the seat draw:

Seat 1: John Holder
Seat 2: Kevin Calenzo
Seat 3: John Alfera
Seat 4: Joel Merwick
Seat 5: Charles "Woody" Moore
Seat 6: Jorge Solorzano
Seat 7: Kris Bradshaw
Seat 8: Mike Foster
Seat 9: Kenny "Bad Hat" Piel
Seat 10: Brian McKain

Alfera Shoves Big


Jorge Solorzano raised to 55,000 and then from the big blind, John Alfera reraised to 115,000. Solorzano didn't think twice and quickly called.

The flop came down {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and Alfera moved all in for 429,000. Solorzano tanked and tanked. Eventually, he removed the chip from protecting his holecards and slid them forward for the fold. Alfera scooped the pot.

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Garrett Utt Eliminated in 11th Place ($7,420)

Garrett Utt - 11th Place
Garrett Utt - 11th Place

Garrett Utt raised from the button all in for 113,000. Brian McKain made the call from the big blind claiming that he felt Utt would be doing that with any two cards. Utt held the {K-Spades}{9-Hearts} and McKain the {A-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}.

The flop came down {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Utt said, "Not the flop I had in mind."

The turn card brought the {7-Spades} and Utt pointed two fingers towards his head and pulled the trigger with his thumb, signaling, "Just shoot me."

The river then completed the board with the {7-Clubs} and Utt was sent to the rail in 11th place. He earned $7,420 for his finish. The remaining 10 players are now redrawing to one table for the unofficial final table.

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Big Stack Poker by Moore


All five players saw a flop of {2-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} and three of the players checked over to Charles "Woody" Moore, who bet 22,000. Joel Merwick, who was sitting directly to Moore's right, made the call and then checked the {2-Spades} on the turn. Moore followed suit as the {J-Spades} appeared on the river.

This is where things got interesting. Merwick put out a reasonable bet of 60,000 only to have Moore immediately announce that he was all in. Merwick, who had over 500,000 behind, was put to the test for his tournament life. "Wow," he said as he looked at Moore. Merwick tanked for a solid three minutes before saying, "I have such a big hand right here. I've got a monster. I flopped a flush."

After another couple of minutes Merwick called the clock on himself, which more often than not signals a fold. Sure enough, Merwick tossed his cards in the muck about halfway through the countdown. Moore revealed the {J-Diamonds} as he slid his cards to the dealer and scooped the pot.

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David Clough Eliminated in 12th Place ($7,420)

David Clough - 12th Place
David Clough - 12th Place

Action folded to David Clough in the cutoff and he moved all in for around 110,000. Joel Merwick was in the big blind and quickly called.

Clough: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}
Merwick: {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

Clough was racing for his tournament life as the flop came down {6-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Spades}. The {A-Diamonds} on the turn left Clough shaking his head as if he was resigned to defeat. The {5-Clubs} on the river provided no relief and Clough was eliminated from the tournament in 12th place.

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