2018 World Series of Poker

Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
Days: 4
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2018 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em

Day 4 Completed

Former Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson Set to Go the Distance in THE MARATHON

Level 25 : 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

After four long, long days, the field in Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em has been cut down to it's final nine. There were 60 players who started the day but that number was cut in half even before the dinner break hit today. Bagging up the chip lead at the end of the night was Mark Sleet who finished the day with 7,725,000. Sleet caught a flush towards the end of the night to scoop a monster pot from 888poker ambassador and former Main Event champion Martin Jacobson. It would give him the chip lead and he held onto it for just a bit longer to remain the chipleader heading into the final day of play.

Jacobson was really the star of the show today, though, as it seemed the Main Event champ couldn't lose a single pot. On the feature table, Jacobson climbed from 811,000 chips to nearly 10 million over the course of the day. Once the end of the live streamed portion of the day was reached, Jacobson dropped a few pots to drop down to 7,345,000, still good enough to lock up second place for the day.

In one of his biggest pots, Jacobson eliminated Javier Fernandez with aces against ace-king, and later he would eliminated Mike Azzaro with ace-queen on a queen-high flop against Azzaro's ace-king. Those two massive pots earned Jacobson more than four million chips and he would ride out the chip lead over the course of the next few hours.

Plenty more went the way of Azzaro and Fernandez though and headed to the payout desk today. Some of those who didn't make it through the day included Joe Elpayaa (57th - $9,616), Martin Staszko (49th - $11,329), Lee Markholt (48th - $11,329), Matt Affleck (44th - $13,520), Faraz Jaka (35th - $16,340), and Salvatore DiCarlo (20th - $19,997) to name a few.

The first to fall at the start of the day was another 888poker ambassador, Chris Moorman. Moorman got it in good against Matthew Davidow with pocket kings against ace-king, but Davidow made a four flush to send Moorman to the rail. For his 60th place finish, Moorman took home $9,616. Davidow would also meet his end later in the day.

Another former Main Event Champion and poker legend also graced this event with his presence and a deep run as well. The 1998 champion Scotty Nguyen made it as far as 46th place. On his final hand, Nguyen flopped a set of sevens, but Sameer Aljanedi turned a straight with pocket eights. The money got in on the turn and Nguyen didn't improve. He collected $11,329 for his deep run in the event.

After dinner break, it was a race to the final table. The final 27 players were witttled down to just 9 players in a little over two 100-minute levels. Players finished play for the day with one hour and thirty minutes still on the clock in level 25 with blinds at 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 5,000.

Four long days have created a stacked final table and is sporting a lot of poker talent. Some others that will return on Friday include Bart Lybaert, Mike Addamo, Cate Hall, Taylor Paur and Anton Morgenstern. Paur and Jacobson are both seeking a second bracelet for this event while everyone else is looking to lock up their first.

RoomTableSeatPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
BrasiliaFT1Michael Addamo6,165,000123
BrasiliaFT2Martin Jacobson7,345,000147
BrasiliaFT3Ihar Soika4,990,000100
BrasiliaFT4Taylor Paur4,815,00096
BrasiliaFT5Bart Lybaert7,155,000143
BrasiliaFT6Mark Sleet7,725,000155
BrasiliaFT7Cate Hall1,175,00024
BrasiliaFT8Ying Chan1,725,00035
BrasiliaFT9Anton Morgenstern1,800,00036

Players will return to the Brasilia feature table at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15, where the plan is to play down to a winner. The event will be live streamed with a delay, but you can follow along with the live updates here on PokerNews as well. Make sure to return at 1 p.m. as this is one final table you don't want to miss.

Bart Lybaert
Bart Lybaert

Tags: Anton MorgensternBart LybaertCate HallIhar SoikaMark SleetMartin JacobsonMike AddamoTaylor PaurYing Chan

Sameer Aljanedi Eliminated in 10th Place ($39,449)

Level 25 : 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Sameer Aljanedi
Sameer Aljanedi

Action folded to Bart Lybaert in the small blind who went all-in. Sameer Aljanedi, who had been nursing a short stack for hours, looked at his cards, and decided to call.

Sameer Aljanedi: {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Bart Lybaert: {Q-Clubs}{4-Hearts}

The board ran out {q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} to give Lybaert two pair on the flop before "improving" to a still winning higher two pair on the river. Another elimination for Lybaert and Aljanedi was sent home in tenth place.

The final nine players have now reached the official final table and have bagged and tagged their chips. The players will return at 1 p.m. local time, Friday, June 15, to the feature table in the Brasilia room.

A full chip count will follow and recap of today's action is to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
7,155,000 155,000
Sameer Aljanedi us
Sameer Aljanedi

Tags: Bart LybaertSameer Aljanedi

Unofficial Final Table Redraw

Level 25 : 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
4391Michael AddamoAustralia
4392Martin JacobsonSweden
4393Ihar SoikaBelarus
4394Taylor PaurUnited States
4395Bart LybaertBelgium
4396Sameer AljanediUnited States
4397Mark SleetUnited States
4398Cate HallUnited States
4399Ying ChanHong Kong
43910Anton MorgensternGermany

Jacobson Lets Go of a Set

Level 25 : 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Picking up the action on a flop of {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{2-Diamonds} Martin Jacobson was first to act and he checked over another player at the table who put in a continuation bet. Mark Sleet was on the button and he made it 225,000. Action was now back on Jacobson and he raised, three-betting to 675,000. Only Sleet called.

The turn was the {8-Spades} and Jacobson continued, betting 1,200,000. Sleet called.

On the {3-Diamonds} river, Jacobson checked. Sleet then moved all in. Jacobson snap folded, holding on a few moments before showing his {2-Clubs}{2-Hearts} for a flopped set.

Sleet who had pushed his cards forward pulled them back, and showed his {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a rivered flush, confirming that Jacobson did, in fact, make the correct laydown.

With that pot, Sleet moved over seven million while Jacobsen slipped to right around 7,250,000.

Player Chips Progress
Mark Sleet us
Mark Sleet
7,650,000 2,300,000
Day 4 Chip Leader
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
7,250,000 -1,250,000

Tags: Martin JacobsonMark Sleet

Jonas Mackoff Eliminated in 11th Place ($39,449)

Level 25 : 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Jonas Mackoff
Jonas Mackoff

Jonas Mackoff raised to 115,000 from the under-the-gun position and Bart Lybaert decided to three-bet to 375,000 from the button. The blinds quickly folded and Mackoff considered his options. Mackoff decided to shove for about 1,900,000. Lybaert snap-called.

Jonas Mackoff: {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}
Bart Lybaert: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}

The board ran out {8-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, no help for Mackoff as he was sent to the rail in 11th place.

The ten remaining players will now be redrawn onto one unofficial final table.

Player Chips Progress
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
7,000,000 2,100,000
Jonas Mackoff ca
Jonas Mackoff

Tags: Jonas MackoffBart Lybaert

Level: 25

Blinds: 25,000/50,000

Ante: 5,000

Soika Takes a Big Pot From Jacobson Before Break

Level 24 : 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Martin Jacobson opened with a raise to 85,000 on the button and Ihar Soika called from the big blind.

The flop was {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Soika checked to Jacobson. Jacobson bet, making it 125,000 and he met resistance in the form of a check-raise from Soika. Soika made it 390,000 and after a bit, Jacobson called.

The turn was the {Q-Hearts} and Soika continued, betting 620,000. Jacobson thought for a bit, then called.

On the {A-Clubs} river, both players checked. Soika showed his {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs} for a turned straight and Jacobson mucked quickly. That allowed Soika to take down the pot to chip up to nearly six million.

Player Chips Progress
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
8,500,000 -850,000
Ihar Soika by
Ihar Soika
5,800,000 1,150,000

Tags: Martin JacobsonIhar Soika


Level 24 : 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The eleven remaining players have just gone for their last break of the day and should be back in about fifteen minutes.