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Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT



Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT
Day 2 Completed

Two Main Event Champions Remain in Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT

MartianNews • Level 25: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Joe Cada
Joe Cada

The second round of matches have been completed in Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT, which started with 50 players spread out over 10 tables at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. A total of 10 players moved onto Day 3, including 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada, who will be looking to hold up his third bracelet at the end of the day.

Cada already has two bracelets, 29 cashes, and over $10 million in earnings during the WSOP in his career. He had to go through a tough table of well-known players that included the likes of Arne Ruge, Bryce Yockey, Alexander Lynskey, and Chad Wassmuth. Ruge and Cada got all in when both players flopped a flush draw that resulted in Cada getting a big chip lead right before the second break of the day.

The 2014 EPT Barcelona €10,000 + 300 High Roller 8Max Champion Ihar Soika came out on top of a tough table that included 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and three-time bracelet winner Eli Elezra. Soika overcame a lot of talk about being "young and too aggressive" by Hellmuth and Elezra. He showed patience and well-timed aggression as he eliminated both from his table, moving onto Day 3 and will now be in the hunt for his first WSOP bracelet.

Joe McKeehen
2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen still in contention

Harry Lodge was the first to advance on Day 1 and would be the last to advance on Day 2 after a long up and down battle with Arkadiy Tsinis. Lodge spent most of the three-handed play as the short stack and showed a lot of patience as he waited for his spots. He hit an eight on the river to complete a set versus Tsinis during heads-up play, leaving his opponent with just under one big blind. He secured his way to Day 3 on the very next hand and will be looking for his first bracelet.

Other notable players include 2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen, 2005 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Champion Anthony Reategui, 2014 €5,000 + 300 EPT Main Event runner-up Sam Phillips, and Joshua Turner who is a well know grinder that has 58 career cashes in the WSOP.

Day 3 will be starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and the blind levels will be 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante. There will be a 15-minute break after every three rounds of play and an added 60-minute dinner break after the ninth level.

The PokerNews team will be covering this and every other event during WSOP this summer.

Final Table Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
AmazonFT1Jeffrey TrudeauUnited States534,00089
AmazonFT2Sam PhillipsUnited States547,00091
AmazonFT3Ihar SoikaBelarus534,00089
AmazonFT4Harry LodgeUnited Kingdom521,00087
AmazonFT5Anthony ReateguiUnited States548,00091
AmazonFT6Joe McKeehenUnited States522,00087
AmazonFT7Joshua TurnerUnited States534,00089
AmazonFT8Taylor WilsonUnited States547,00091
AmazonFT9Jack MaskillUnited Kingdom546,00091
AmazonFT10Joe CadaUnited States549,00092
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth will not be winning bracelet no. 15 in this one

Tags: Alexander LynskeyArkadiy TsinisArne RugeBryce YockeyChad WassmuthEli ElezraHarry LodgeIhar SoikaJoe CadaJoe McKeehenJoshua TurnerPhil HellmuthSam Phillips

World Series of Poker Boss: Jack Effel Running the Show

mavsusc • Level 25: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel talks to [Removed:139] about running the extravaganza that is the WSOP.

The Caesars Entertainment Vice President of International Poker Operations (he says just call him, "Jack the Poker Guy") dives into everything that makes the massive tournament series work at the Rio.

Big Blind Ante talk? You got it. Effel discusses what he likes about the big blind ante, and his plans for introducing it into the World Series of Poker tournament lineup work this summer.

Also, the WSOP TD explains the value of the partnership with Poker Central, and why viewers this summer will be very pleased.

Lodge Last to Advance

poolshir • Level 25: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Harry Lodge
Harry Lodge

Arkadiy Tsinis was all in for his last 8,000 after having paid the ante. Harry Lodge called.

Arkadiy Lodge: {6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Harry Lodge: {K-Spades}{6-Clubs}

The board ran out {3-Spades}{J-Clubs}{9-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} — no help for Tsinis — and he was eliminated in the end. After finishing his table first, Lodge now was the last one to make it through to the next day.

Harry Lodge gb
Harry Lodge
gb 521,000 9,000
Arkadiy Tsinis us
Arkadiy Tsinis
us Busted

Tags: Arkadiy TsinisHarry Lodge

Lodge Leaves Arkadiy with Almost Nothing

poolshir • Level 25: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Harry Lodge was first to advance to Day 2 and Arkadiy Tsinis was second to last to finish his table yesterday.

Lodge limped in and Tsinis shoved all in with a similar stack. Lodge called.

Harry Lodge: {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Arkadiy Tsinis: {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}

The board ran out {10-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. Even though Tsinis flopped top pair, the river gave Lodge a set of eights. After counting the stacks, Tsinis was left with 9,000.

Harry Lodge gb
Harry Lodge
gb 512,000 275,000
Arkadiy Tsinis us
Arkadiy Tsinis
us 9,000 -274,000

Tags: Arkadiy TsinisHarry Lodge

Turner's Nickels Secure a Seat

MartianNews • Level 25: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Jan-Eric Schwippert limped the button and Joshua Turner moved all in. Schwippert had around 138,000 behind and thought for a few moments before making the call. Players turned over their hands and Shippert was at risk.

Joshua Turner: {5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}
Jan-Eric Schwippert: {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The flop came {5-Clubs}{j-Spades}{2-Clubs} and Schippert needed some help, but the {j-Clubs} on the turn had him drawing dead to the {8-Spades} on the river.
Turner has now locked up a seat in the final 10 and will be looking for his first WSOP bracelet.

Joshua Turner us
Joshua Turner
us 534,000 174,000
Jan-Eric Schwippert de
Jan-Eric Schwippert
de Busted

Tags: Jan-Eric SchwippertJoshua Turner


Soika Eliminates Elezra

poolshir • Level 24: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ihar Soika
Ihar Soika

Eli Elezra shoved all in for 116,000 in total and Ihar Soika called.

Eli Elezra: {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts}
Ihar Soika: {A-Clubs}{8-Spades}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. Even though Elezra picked up a flush draw on the turn, the four on the river meant that Soika hit a straight in the end to complete the story for his win.

Ihar Soika by
Ihar Soika
by 534,000 180,000
Eli Elezra il
Eli Elezra
il Busted

Tags: Eli ElezraIhar Soika

Wilson Advances to the Final

MartianNews • Level 24: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The board read {9-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{j-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} and Taylor Wilson checked to Matt Stout who bet 35,000. Wilson check-raised to 85,000 and Stout quickly moved all in for around 205,000. Wilson snap-called and players turned over their cards.

Stout showed {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} for trips and Wilson turned over {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for a turned straight. The {6-Diamonds} on the river did not change anything and Wilson secured his seat on Day 3.

Taylor Wilson us
Taylor Wilson
us 547,000 225,000
Matt Stout us
Matt Stout
us Busted

Tags: Matt StoutTaylor Wilson