Day 3 Completed
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Day 3 Completed
Hawrilenko tops a field of 928 that included many formidable online and live pros, just 16 of whom made it through to today's final day of play.
Among those who made it, Eugene Katchalov suffered some early bad luck and went out in 15th. Peter Feldman, another dangerous foe, was among the chip leaders when play began today, but he also suffered a couple of unfortunate hands and ended the day in 14th.
James St. Hilaire had built a sizable chip advantage by then, but he, too, ran into a couple of rough hands -- one huge one with Josh Brikis in which the latter spiked a queen on the river to win with A-Q versus St. Hilaire's A-K -- and went out in 9th.
Soon they had reached the seven-handed final table, from which Robert Kay (7th), Matthew Waxman (6th), and Jonas Wexler (5th) were the first to go. The remaining four battled for some time before Sean Keeton, after battling gamely with the short stack for some time, was finally eliminated by Hawrilenko. Three-handed then lasted another hour before Faraz Jaka took pocket queens up against Hawrilenko's ace-king, and Hawrilenko won the race.
Hawrilenko had just over 9 million to Brikis' almost 5 million when heads up began. And just four hands later it was suddenly all over. Congratulations to Matt Hawrilenko, who after a dozen WSOP cashes and four final tables has finally broken through to win his first WSOP gold bracelet!
Thanks for following our coverage of Event No. 56 on PokerNews, and be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 1a of the Main Event!
With a bunch of mixed callings from the rail, the board ran out and Josh Brikis is our 2nd place finisher.
In the second hand, Josh Brikis raised before the flop and Hawrilenko called. The flop came . Hawrilenko checked, Brikis bet 450,000, and Hawrilenko called. The turn was the , and both checked. The river was the . Hawrilenko checked, Brikis bet just 300,000, and Hawrilenko grabbed his water. After a few sips, he grabbed some chips, but then let it go.
In the third hand, Hawrilenko again raised from the button, and Brikis let it go.
The fourth hand... well, that was a doozy. Stay tuned.
Hawrilenko -- 9.025 million
Brikis -- 4.975 million
Jaka showed and Hawrilenko tabled . We had ourselves a classic race.
The board would run out and Mr. Jaka is our 3rd place finisher.
Hawrilenko is now in command with 9,025,000.
Brikis is now up to 4,625,000.
Faraz Jaka -- 5.15 million
Josh Brikis -- 3.5 million
"What did I do?" asked Hawrilenko, immediately realizing he'd folded unnecessarily. Jaka dragged the pot. "I wanted to see a flop, actually," Jaka said. "Sorry about that," answered Hawrilenko with a sheepish grin.
"Can't do that online, can you?" added Josh Brikis.