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Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
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Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
Day 3 Completed

Extra Day in $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed; Yifrach Leads Mackey and Hasson

Webjoker • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Gal Yifrach (left), James Mackey (center), and Gary Hasson (right)
Gal Yifrach (left), James Mackey (center), and Gary Hasson (right)

Day 3 of Event 28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed was supposed to be the last day. But, not for the first time at the 2018 World Series of Poker, an extra day is needed to determine a winner as three players are left standing.

Going into 60,000/120,000, the following three players will battle it out on Saturday at noon for the coveted WSOP hardware with the following stacks:

Day 4 Seating and Chip Counts

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Gal YifrachUnited States6,965,000
2James MackeyUnited States3,100,000
3Gary HassonBelgium1,960,000

Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1  $461,798
2  $285,377
3  $193,716
4Aaron MermelsteinUnited States$133,731
5Darren RabinowitzUnited States$93,917
6Ana MarquezSpain$67,116

The day started with 20 remaining players and some big names were still in the mix. Most of them exited early on, with five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier being one of the first to bow out. Mercier started out winning some small pots but eventually ran pocket queens into the kings of Darren Rabinowitz to exit in fifteenth place.

Tony Dunst, another bracelet winner looking for more jewelry, lost with eights versus ace-king to go out in 13th place.

Anatoly Filatov (fours into kings), Luiz Duarte (fives into ace-ten), and Yorane Kerignard (ace-queen versus ace-king) all headed to the rail before Ben Palmer became the official final table bubble. Palmer got it in with ace-queen for top pair against the ace-five of Gary Hasson who had two pair by the time the chips got in the middle. No lucky river for Palmer and the tournament was down to a final table of six.

One of Spain's most accomplished players, Ana Marquez, found herself on the short stack. After hanging in for a bit, she eventually got it in with sixes versus nines. Her opponent, again Hasson, flopped a set and had Marquez drawing dead by the time the turn hit the felt.

Darren Rabinowitz, another longtime grinder looking for his first bracelet, was next to go. Squeezing with ace-king, he found a caller in Aaron Mermelstein with eights. The flop came eight-high and like Marquez, Rabinowitz was drawing dead by the time the turn hit.

While Mermelstein was the one to knock out Rabinowitz, he was the next in line at the payout desk. That, though, took quite some time as four-handed play lasted several levels. In the end, Mermelstein found himself short and in need of a double-up. He shoved with jack-seven suited but couldn't get passed the ace-queen of Gal Yifrach.

Three-handed play took nearly as long and as the clock struck midnight, the tournament staff announced the last level had started. Would the tournament not be heads-up before the end of the level, play would be stopped and the bags would come out. Despite several all-ins, three remained as the last seconds of level 30 ticked away.

Gal Yifrach, James Mackey, and Gary Hasson return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for an additional fourth day in this prestigious tournament. PokerNews, of course, will be on the floor to bring you all the updates from the conclusion of this event.

Gal Yifrach
Gal Yifrach leads the final 3 players

Tags: Aaron MermelsteinAna MarquezDarren RabinowitzGal YifrachGary HassonJames Mackey

Play Has Halted for the Day

Webjoker • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

With three players remaining, play has stopped for the day. They will return to the Amazon Room on Saturday at noon. A recap of today's action is to follow.

Hands #161-165: Hasson Finds a Double

SandraBarbour • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #161: Gal Yifrach raised to 400,000 from the small blind. James Mackey, in the big blind, gave up his hand.

Hand#162: Yifrach opened to 225,000 on the button. He got no action.

Hand #163: Gary Hasson moved all in in the small blind for 1,000,000. Yifrach, in the big blind, called.

Gary Hasson: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Gal Yifrach: {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}

The board came {q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and Hasson made a full house to double up.

Hand #164: Yifrach limped in the small blind. James Mackey, in the big blind, called.
The flop came {k-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. Yifrach checked. Mackey bet 125,000. Yifrach check-called. The turn came the {10-Hearts} and was checked around to the {7-Hearts} river. Yifrach threw in a bet of 300,000. Mackey called. Yifrach showed {a-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and Mackey showed {10-Spades}{7-Clubs} to take down the pot.

Hand #165: Mackey opened to 250,000 in the small blind. Hasson gave up his big blind.

Gal Yifrach us
Gal Yifrach
us 6,965,000 -1,735,000
James Mackey us
James Mackey
us 3,100,000 780,000
Gary Hasson be
Gary Hasson
be 1,960,000 360,000

Tags: Gary HassonGal YifrachJames Mackey

Hands #156-160: Double Up for Mackey

Webjoker • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #156: James Mackey moved all in from the small blind and Gary Hasson folded his big blind.

Hand #157: Gal Yifrach got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #158: Hasson limped on the button and small blind Yifrach completed. Big blind Mackey shoved for 1,085,000 and Hasson folded. Yifrach called.

James Mackey: {A-Spades}{3-Hearts}
Gal Yifrach: {K-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

The flop came {7-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}, not doing a whole lot for either. The {8-Clubs} on the turn, though, brought Yifrach a ton of outs. The {8-Spades} on the river, however, was a blank and Mackey doubled.

Hand #159: Mackey shoved from the small blind and Hasson folded.

Hand #160: Mackey raised to 225,000 from the button. Big blind Yifrach called but he check-folded to Hasson's 175,000 bet on {7-Spades}{Q-Spades}{5-Spades}.

Gal Yifrach us
Gal Yifrach
us 8,700,000 -1,300,000
James Mackey us
James Mackey
us 2,320,000 1,120,000

Tags: Gal YifrachGary HassonJames Mackey

Hands #152-155: Yifrach Applying Pressure

SandraBarbour • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #152: Gal Yifrach limped in the small blind. James Mackey three-bet shoved from the big blind. Yifrach let it go.

Hand #153: Mackey limped in the small blind. Gary Hasson checked his big blind. The flop was {10-Spades}{7-Spades}{9-Clubs}. Mackey checked. Hasson bet 100,000. Mackey folded.

Hand #154: Yifrach got a walk.

Hand #155: Hasson opened to 250,000 on the button. Yifrach called from the small blind. Mackey, in the big blind, called as well.
A flop reading {3-Spades}{q-Hearts}{3-Clubs} was dealt. The blinds checked. Hasson bet 225,000. Yifrach called. James folded. The turn was the {3-Hearts} and was checked around. The {q-Clubs} river completed the board. Yifrach bet 1,200,000. Hasson went deep into the tank before letting it go.

Gal Yifrach us
Gal Yifrach
us 10,000,000 1,700,000
Gary Hasson be
Gary Hasson
be 1,600,000 -650,000
James Mackey us
James Mackey
us 1,200,000 -750,000

Hands #143-151: Mackey Pushes

Webjoker • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #143: James Mackey got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #144: Gal Yifrach raised to 225,000 and won the blinds and antes.

Hand #145: Mackey limped in from the small blind and Gary Hasson completed from the small blind. Yifrach checked in the big. The flop came {2-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} and action checked to Mackey who bet 125,000. Hasson called, Yifrach folded. They both checked the {Q-Spades} on the turn and the {Q-Hearts} completed the board. Hasson bet 340,000 and Mackey folded.

Hand #146: Hasson raised to 250,000 and both blinds released.

Hand #147: Hasson received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #148: Hasson limped in from the small blind but folded as soon as Yifrach raised to 400,000.

Hand #149: Yifrach limped in from the small blind but folded to Mackey's push.

Hand #150: Mackey shoved for 1,325,000 from the small blind and Hasson folded.

Hand #151: Mackey limped in from the button and both blinds saw a flop as well: {2-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{3-Spades}. Hasson checked and Yifrach bet 175,000. Mackey and Hasson both folded.

Tags: Gal YifrachJames MackeyGary Hasson

Hands #130-142: Other Exchanges

SandraBarbour • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #130: James Mackey opened for 225,000 from the button and big blind Gal Yifrach called. Yifrach check-called 150,000 on {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} before they both checked the {10-Hearts} turn and {Q-Clubs} river. Mackey showed {A-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and chopped the pot with Yifrach who tabled {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

Hand #131: Gal Yifrach in the small blind, called. James Mackey, in the big blind, moved all in. Yifrach folded.

Hand #132: Mackey raised to 250,000 in the small blind. Gary Hasson, in the big blind, folded.

Hand #133: Mackey opened to 225,000 on the button. Yifrach, in the big blind, called.
The flop came {5-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. Yifrach check-called a bet of 150,000 from Mackey. The turn was the {q-Spades}. Yifrach checked again. Mackey bet 425,000. Yifrach let it go.

Hand #134: Hasson opened to 250,000 on the button. Yifrach called from the small blind.
The flop came {9-Spades}{2-Clubs}{4-Spades}. Yifrach checked. Hasson bet 210,000. Yifrach gave up his hand.

Hand #135: Hasson got a walk.

Hand #136: Hasson limped in the small blind. Yifrach, three-bet from the big blind to 375,000. Hasson folded.

Hand #137: Hasson opened to 250,000 on the button. Yifrach three-bet to 700,000. Hasson folded.

Hand #138: Hasson got a walk.

Hand #139: Mackey opened to 225,000 on the button. Yifrach, in the big blind, called. The flop was {6-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades} and was checked to the {2-Spades} turn. Yifrach bet 225,000. Mackey called. The {10-Spades} river completed the board. Yifrach bet 450,000. Mackey folded.

Hand #140: Mackey got a walk.

Hand #141: Mackey raised to 250,000 in the small blind. Hasson folded.

Hand #142: Mackey opened to 225,000 on the button. Yifrach in the big blind, called. The flop came {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{j-Clubs}. Yifrach bet 275,000 enough to take the pot.

Gary Hasson be
Gary Hasson
be 2,250,000 50,000
James Mackey us
James Mackey
us 1,950,000 250,000

Aaron Mermelstein Eliminated in 4th Place ($133,731)

Webjoker • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Aaron Mermelstein
Aaron Mermelstein

Hand #129: Down to just 385,000, Aaron Mermelstein shoved all in from first position. Right next to him, on the button, Gal Yifrach called. The blinds got out of the way.

Aaron Mermelstein: {J-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Gal Yifrach: {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}

The board ran out {K-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} {3-Clubs} and by the time the dealer had placed the river on the table, Mermelstein had already gotten up to pack his belongings.

Down to three players now, all guaranteed $193,716.

Gal Yifrach us
Gal Yifrach
us 8,300,000 700,000
Aaron Mermelstein us
Aaron Mermelstein
us Busted

Tags: Gal YifrachJames MackeyGary HassonAaron Mermelstein

Hands #127-128: A River Three-Bet

Webjoker • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #127: James Mackey opened under the gun for 225,000 and button Gary Hasson called. The flop came {3-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Mackey won the pot with a bet of 250,000. He showed {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} after hasson folded.

Hand #128: Gal Yifrach opened for 325,000 in the small blind and big blind James Mackey called. Both players checked the flop of {10-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{10-Spades} and the {A-Hearts} turn, but the {2-Hearts} would make for some action. Yifrach bet out 400,000 and Mackey raised to 950,000. Yifrach got back over the top for 2 million and Mackey tanked for some time before he eventually reluctantly called.

Yifrach showed {10-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} for the flopped full house. Mackey mucked {Q-Hearts}{8-Hearts} with a look of disgust on his face.

Gal Yifrach us
Gal Yifrach
us 7,600,000 1,395,000
Gary Hasson be
Gary Hasson
be 2,200,000 -100,000
James Mackey us
James Mackey
us 1,700,000 -1,600,000
Aaron Mermelstein us
Aaron Mermelstein
us 400,000 -50,000

Tags: Gal YifrachGary HassonJames Mackey