2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #17: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Buy-in $5,000
Prize Pool $3,722,400
Players 792

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000

Scary Flop Suits Carroll


First to act, James Carroll made it 60,000 to play. Peter Gilmore called from the button, and Paul Foltyn followed them into the pot from the small blind to go three-handed to a flop.

The dealer put {A-Hearts} {K-Spades} {A-Spades} out there, and Foltyn checked. One bet of 135,000 from Carroll was enough to take it down, moving him up across the two-million chip mark again.

Tags: James CarrollPaul FoltynPeter Gilmore

Trickett Thinks Four Bets are in Order


Samuel Trickett opened with a raise to 58,000 from the hijack seat, only to see Jason DeWitt three-bet it up to 153,000 from the next seat over, the cutoff. When it folded back to Trickett, he four-bet all in, and that drew a snap-fold from his opponent to push the pot to his corner.

Trickett - 1.1 million
DeWitt - 1.28 million

Tags: Jason DeWittSamuel Trickett

Gilmore Wants None of It


Under the gun, Peter Gilmore made it 59,000 to skate. James Carroll called in position, and the two men went heads up to the flop.

The dealer spread out {4-Diamonds} {K-Hearts} {6-Diamonds}, and Gilmore check-folded to a 105,000-chip bet.

Easy game.

Tags: Peter GilmoreJames Carroll

A Milli for Foltyn


Paul Foltyn opened to 60,000 from early position before Jeff Williams three-bet to 170,000 in position. When it folded back to Foltyn, he moved all in for about 800,000 total. and the fold came instantly from Williams. That shove puts Foltyn right up to one million chips.

Tags: Jeff WilliamsPaul Foltyn

Yellowsub Strikes First


Peter Gilmore opened to 57,000 in middle position, and he found calling action from Jeff "yellowsub86" Williams' big blind.

The flop came out {4-Clubs} {K-Clubs} {J-Spades}, and both players checked to the {J-Clubs} turn. Williams led out into the pot now, slinging 80,000 chips into the middle of the felt. Gilmore quickly called, and the river {5-Hearts} completed the board. Williams fired 235,000 more chips, and Gilmore snap-called.

He turned up {K-Hearts} {Q-Clubs}, but his hand was second best. Williams flipped up {J-Hearts} {Q-Spades}, and his trip jacks earn him the pot and a chip boost to 2,000,000 straight. Gilmore has slipped back to about 1.85 million.

Tags: Jeff WilliamsPeter Gilmore

Final Table Chip Counts


Our finalists are in their chairs, and quite a crowd of spectators have assembled along the rails and up top in the Jack Link's Lounge. The introductions are under way, and it should be just a moment before we get this show on the road.

Peter Gilmore
Peter Gilmore
2,305,000 255,000
James Carroll us
James Carroll
us 1,893,000 133,000
Jeff Williams us
Jeff Williams
us 1,670,000
Jason DeWitt us
Jason DeWitt
us 1,440,000 -120,000
David Benefield us
David Benefield
us 1,433,000 13,000
Amit Makhija us
Amit Makhija
us 1,117,000 -33,000
Paul Foltyn gb
Paul Foltyn
gb 975,000
Samuel Trickett
Samuel Trickett
956,000 126,000
Manny Minaya
Manny Minaya
272,000 -68,000

Final Table Time


With Friedman's elimination, we have set our final table of nine. The chips have been bagged up, and this whole show is moving over to the secondary featured table in the corner of the room.

We're going to go set up shop over there; we'll be back when the cards go flying again.

Perry Friedman Eliminated in 10th Place ($49,024)

Perry Friedman - 10th Place
Perry Friedman - 10th Place

In early position, Amit Makhija opened to 60,000, and the table folded around to the blinds. In the big, Perry Friedman announced an all-in reraise for 533,000 total, and Makhija sunk in his chair. And began mumbling.

"...(incoherent)... but maybe I can fold to you, Perry. ...(incoherent)... would be a monster fold."

Makhija had Friedman just slightly covered, so the call would essentially be for his full stack as well.

Finally, he conceded, "I'm not good enough to fold this, I call." And with that, the cards were on their backs:

Makhija: {J-Spades} {J-Hearts}
Friedman: {A-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}

Makhija pumped his fist at the sight of his correct call, and the race was on for a seat at the final table.

The flop {6-Clubs} {6-Diamonds} {7-Clubs} didn't change much, but the {8-Diamonds} on the river opened up a flush possibility and the crowd of spectators leaned in across the rail to catch a glimpse of the river card:


That's a blank, and a quick recount of the chips confirms Friedman's demise. He's out in tenth place, taking him just shy of $50,000 and falling just shy of a spot at the final table.

Tags: Perry FriedmanAmit Makhija

(Almost) Final Table Lineup


Our final ten have redrawn and here's they will lineup. We must lose one more player before we reach our "official" WSOP final table and relocate to the main feature table of the Amazon Room.

Seat 1: Jason DeWitt
Seat 2: Manny Minaya
Seat 3: Peter Gilmore
Seat 4: Perry Friedman
Seat 5: Paul Foltyn
Seat 6: Amit Makhija
Seat 7: James Carroll
Seat 8: David Benefield
Seat 9: Jeff Williams
Seat 10: Sam Trickett

Jesse Chinni Eliminated in 11th Place ($49,024)

Jesse Chinni - 11th place
Jesse Chinni - 11th place

Jesse Chinni moved all in from early position for his last 300,000 or so chips but Peter Gilmore didn't waste any time in making the call.

Chinni: {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}
Gilmore: {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}

This time Gilmore held the aces and they held on the {8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Spades} board. Chinni departs in 11th place for $49,024 in prize money as Gilmore storms to the chip lead with over 2 million chips.

With that elimination the players are now redrawing for our final table of ten.

Tags: Jesse ChinniPeter Gilmore