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Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

Buchanan Eyes His First Bracelet, Leads Final Eight in $5K No-Limit Hold'em Event

Jan_Kores • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Shawn Buchanan
Shawn Buchanan

He has three runner-up finishes under his belt, but the elusive WSOP bracelet is still missing from his showcase. Now he's making another push to change that and finally take home the gold. Shawn Buchanan is pacing the eight-handed final table in Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em, with $537,710 and a bracelet lying at the top.

Buchanan will bring 2,580,000 into the final day, equaling 64.5 big blinds. He had a rocket start into Day 3, dispatching Arne Ruge and Ran Ilani in the same hand, vaulting to the lead. And while he lost the pole position for a certain period, he restored his lead on the very last hand of the day when he knocked out Patrick Truong in ninth place.

It was a fast-paced tempo right off the bat. It took only five hours of play to see the 24-player field dwindle to just a third. David Peters was one of the shortest stacks but he quickly established himself near the top. He doubled through Kenny Smaron thanks to an ace on the river and then eliminated Kristen Bicknell in 24th place.

Bicknell's exit kicked off a bustout festival with Buchanan in the epicentre, scoring the aforementioned double knockout. Star players such as Seth Davies and Stephen Chidwick were sent to the rail while Asi Moshe and Truong battled on another table in preflop raising wars.

Moshe was pulling the strings on the last two tables with his big stack, but he'd eventually fall short of the final table. He bluffed a huge part of his stack in a clash against Jeremy Wien, overbetting the river with ace high. Wein picked him off with top two pair. Moshe's farewell bid came shortly after he ran with top two into a bottom set of John Amato which cost him almost all of his chips.

The players were originally supposed to unite at the last table with 10 players left, but Michael Gagliano busted simultaneously with Moshe, so they combined at nine. The official final table continued for another 30 minutes (or 12 hands).

It might seem that Buchanan has a preferable seat on the table, sitting directly to the left of Peters who is third in chips (1,925,000). But it isn't as comfortable position as one would think, with David Laka directly to Buchanan's left. Laka is an accomplished Spanish pro and being squeezed between such great players is never a walk in the park.

However, Buchanan himself is one of the most decorated players in online poker history. He's been regularly rubbing elbows with the toughest competition for a decade. On top of that, 2018 saw him in fine form as he's already notched a second place in the PCA Main Event.

But Buchanan will surely aim higher than for a silver medal this time, trying to finally scratch his name off of the annual list of the most talented players without a bracelet.

The final table continues June 11 at 12 p.m. local time and PokerNews will be on the ground to provide hand-for-hand live updates until the champion is crowned. So make sure to tune back before noon.

Seat Assignments for the Final Day

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Richard TuhrimUnited States625,00016
2John AmatoUnited States1,005,00025
3Eric BlairUnited States1,825,00046
4Jeremy WienUnited States2,455,00061
5Jake SchindlerUnited States880,00022
6David PetersUnited States1,925,00048
7Shawn BuchananCanada2,580,00065
8David LakaSpain1,655,00041

Tags: Asi MosheDavid LakaDavid PetersKristen BicknellShawn Buchanan

Patrick Truong Eliminated in 9th Place ($34,862)

Jan_Kores • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Patrick Truong
Patrick Truong

Hand #12: On the last hand of the day, Shawn Buchanan raised to 75,000 in the third position. Patrick Truong moved all in from the cutoff and Buchanan called it off.

Patrick Truong: {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}
Shawn Buchanan: {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}

The {4-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop gave Buchanan a top set, but Truong was still looking for a jack to make a straight. The turn was the {Q-Hearts} instead, leaving Truong drawing dead as Buchanan sealed it with quads. The {8-Diamonds} river made things official and Truong busted just before bagging.

The final eight players will return tomorrow at 12 p.m. local time to play down to a winner.

Shawn Buchanan ca 2,580,000 530,000
Patrick Truong us Busted

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Hands #10-11: Blair Doubles with Kings

Jan_Kores • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

Hand #10: David Laka raised in the cutoff and took the blinds and ante.

Hand #11: Shawn Buchanan made it 70,000 in a middle position and John Amato flatted in the small blind. Eric Blair squeezed to 330,000 out of the big blind, getting rid of Buchanan. But Amato woke up with a back-shove and Blair called after a quickly double-checking his cards.

John Amato: {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Eric Blair: {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}

The board of {3-Spades}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades} locked it up for Blair who doubled his 870,000.

Eric Blair us 1,770,000 870,000
John Amato us 1,000,000 -1,070,000

Tags: Eric BlairJohn Amato

Hands #5-9: Laka Check-Raises Buchanan

zedmaster84 • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

Hand #5: Shawn Buchanan raised to 75,000 first to act and was called by David Peters in the big blind. The duo checked down the {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades} flop and the {A-Hearts} turn. The {9-Spades} river was also checked through and Peters briefly flashed his cards, but couldn't bet the {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} of Buchanan.

Hand #6: John Amato made it 70,000 to go in late position and Jeremy Wien three-bet to 170,000 in the cutoff, which forced a fold from all opponents including Amato.

Hand #7: Buchanan limped in from the small blind and David Laka raised to 90,000 from the big blind. Buchanan folded.

Hand #8: Buchanan opened to 70,000 on the button and was called by Laka in the small blind and Patrick Truong in the big blind. On a flop of {10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{3-Hearts}, action checked to Buchanan and he bet 85,000. Laka check-raised to 215,000 and claimed the pot without further resistance.

Hand #9: Buchanan's raise to 75,000 in the cutoff was called only by Richard Tuhrim in the big blind. The flop came {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and both players checked. After the {Q-Hearts} turn brought no betting action either, Tuhrim checked the {8-Hearts} river and folded to a bet worth 80,000 by Buchanan.

Shawn Buchanan ca 2,050,000 360,000
David Peters us 1,925,000 -75,000
David Laka es 1,500,000 200,000
Patrick Truong us 540,000 -105,000

Tags: David LakaDavid PetersJeremy WienJohn AmatoPatrick TruongShawn Buchanan

Hands #1-4: Truong Cracks Queens to Double

Jan_Kores • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

Hand #1: David Peters raised to 70,000 in the middle position, earning a call from players in the next two seats: hijack Shawn Buchanan and cutoff David Laka. John Amato came along from the big blind and they went four-way to the {10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop. The action checked to Laka who fired 80,000 and only Peters called.

Both checked the {4-Diamonds} turn before Peters led out 335,000 on the {7-Clubs} river, scooping the pot.

Hand #2: Amato raised in the small blind and took Eric Blair's big blind and ante.

Hand #3: Buchanan made it 75,000 in the third position and David Laka called. Big blind Jeremy Wien joined as well but he folded on the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{A-Spades} flop where Buchanan continued for 80,000 and Laka called.

The {7-Spades} saw Buchanan check-call 130,000 and the {9-Hearts} river ceased fire. Buchanan showed {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} for the winner.

Hand #4: Patrick Truong jammed for 285,000 in the middle position and Blair reshoved on the button. Truong trailed with {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} versus {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}, but he hit a king on the {10-Spades}{K-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} texture which secured him a double.

David Peters us 2,000,000 290,000
David Laka es 1,300,000 -500,000
Eric Blair us 900,000 -375,000
Patrick Truong us 645,000 360,000

Tags: David LakaEric BlairPatrick TruongShawn Buchanan

Redraw of the Final Table

zedmaster84 • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

There are 30 minutes left in the current level and the remaining nine players have been informed that the chips will be bagged and tagged at the end of the level. The redraw of the nine-handed final table can be found below:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Patrick TruongUnited States285,00010
2Richard TuhrimUnited States685,00023
3John AmatoUnited States2,070,00069
4Eric BlairUnited States1,275,00043
5Jeremy WienUnited States2,515,00084
6Jake SchindlerUnited States910,00030
7David PetersUnited States1,710,00057
8Shawn BuchananCanada1,690,00056
9David LakaSpain1,800,00060
Jeremy Wien us 2,515,000
John Amato us 2,070,000
David Laka es 1,800,000
David Peters us 1,710,000 40,000
Shawn Buchanan ca 1,690,000 -10,000
Eric Blair us 1,275,000 -55,000
Jake Schindler us 910,000 70,000
Richard Tuhrim us 685,000
Patrick Truong us 285,000 -95,000

Michael Gagliano Eliminated in 10th Place ($27,208)

zedmaster84 • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Michael Gagliano
Michael Gagliano

The field was about to be combined to the 10-handed unofficial final table, but the current hand over on the other table wasn't finished yet, and it would end in yet another elimination. Short-stacked Michael Gagliano pushed all in for just over 200,000 and Shawn Buchanan on the button reshoved to isolate successfully.

Michael Gagliano: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}
Shawn Buchanan: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}

The board ran out {K-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades} and Gagliano exited in 10th place for $27,208.

Shawn Buchanan ca 1,700,000 -50,000
Michael Gagliano us Busted

Tags: Michael GaglianoShawn Buchanan

Asi Moshe Eliminated in 11th Place ($27,208)

zedmaster84 • Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Asi Moshe
Asi Moshe

Jeremy Wien raised to 80,000 first to act and Asi Moshe moved all in for 120,000 in the small blind, Wien called.

Asi Moshe: {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Jeremy Wien: {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The board came {10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and the ten on the flop spelled the end for Moshe in 11th place. The former bracelet winner takes home $27,208.

Jeremy Wien us 2,515,000 215,000
Asi Moshe il Busted

Tags: Asi MosheJeremy Wien