Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
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
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Richard Tuhrim||United States||625,000||16|
|2||John Amato||United States||1,005,000||25|
|3||Eric Blair||United States||1,825,000||46|
|4||Jeremy Wien||United States||2,455,000||61|
|5||Jake Schindler||United States||880,000||22|
|6||David Peters||United States||1,925,000||48|
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.
The flop gave Buchanan a top set, but Truong was still looking for a jack to make a straight. The turn was the instead, leaving Truong drawing dead as Buchanan sealed it with quads. The 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.
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.
The board of locked it up for Blair who doubled his 870,000.
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 flop and the turn. The river was also checked through and Peters briefly flashed his cards, but couldn't bet the 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 , 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 and both players checked. After the turn brought no betting action either, Tuhrim checked the river and folded to a bet worth 80,000 by Buchanan.
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 flop. The action checked to Laka who fired 80,000 and only Peters called.
Both checked the turn before Peters led out 335,000 on the 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 flop where Buchanan continued for 80,000 and Laka called.
The saw Buchanan check-call 130,000 and the river ceased fire. Buchanan showed for the winner.
Hand #4: Patrick Truong jammed for 285,000 in the middle position and Blair reshoved on the button. Truong trailed with versus , but he hit a king on the texture which secured him a double.
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:
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Patrick Truong||United States||285,000||10|
|2||Richard Tuhrim||United States||685,000||23|
|3||John Amato||United States||2,070,000||69|
|4||Eric Blair||United States||1,275,000||43|
|5||Jeremy Wien||United States||2,515,000||84|
|6||Jake Schindler||United States||910,000||30|
|7||David Peters||United States||1,710,000||57|
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.
The board ran out and Gagliano exited in 10th place for $27,208.
Jeremy Wien raised to 80,000 first to act and Asi Moshe moved all in for 120,000 in the small blind, Wien called.
The board came and the ten on the flop spelled the end for Moshe in 11th place. The former bracelet winner takes home $27,208.