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Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Event Info

Prize Pool $418,500
Players 310

Level Info

Level 28
Limits 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000
Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Day 3 Completed

Steven Albini Denies Jeff Lisandro in Heads-Up of Event #31: $1,500 Stud

Jan_Kores • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Steven Albini
Steven Albini

The $1,500 Stud event has found its champion at the 2018 World Series of Poker and what a climactic finale it was. Chicago's Steven Albini emerged victorious after outlasting an incredibly experienced competition including two six-time bracelet winners. Albini takes home his first gold and the $105,629 top-prize.

"I've been playing stud my whole life. I love it, so I'm very comfortable playing stud. And I ran pretty f***ing good as well," Albini said.

While he called himself a mediocre player, Albini proved that he can successfully measure his skills with the heavyweights. Albini conquered a heads-up match against as tough of an opponent as it gets. He topped Jeff Lisandro, one of the all-time greats who has been decorated in stud events multiple times.

The final duel started with a practically even chip-spread. A two-hour battle followed with Albini and Lisandro switching the lead back and forth. Albini had a slow start to the heads-up as Lisandro was on the better side of board runouts. Lisandro was getting closer to becoming the first non-American player to win seven bracelets, but Albini had a tough skin. He bounced back, took over the lead and eventually finished Lisandro off, denying his historic coronation.

"I don't have that much heads-up stud experience," Albini admitted. However, he had an excellent mentor in former Poker Players' Championship winner Matt Ashton. "He and I had some conversation about what raising ranges would look like. I was using the sort of thumbnail version of his heads-up stud game strategy."

Networking has been Albini's advantage through endless years of playing poker. "There's a very active mixed game community in Chicago," Albini said, crediting Brandon Shack-Harris, Eric Rodawig and Matt Grapenthien for his development as a player. "Stud has been popular forever in Chicago. It's one of the places where people actively choose to play stud."

To find a city where stud games are pulsing isn't easy these days and Albini is grateful for the opportunity he's been given. Now he converted his amassed knowledge into engraving his name among the poker greats. "I owe an awful lot of my own development as a player to my peer group, to my group of friends," Albini said.

Albini wasn't scared of a final table competition that involved three multiple WSOP winners including last year's Player of the Year Chris Ferguson. Ferguson was a huge leader at the first stage, but a key hand towards the end of the fourth level saw Albini bite into his stack and take over the chip lead. Albini's board looked like a flush but he made a full house against Ferguson's ace-high flush in an inflated pot that saw Ferguson three-bet on the river.

"There was a hand that we played on Day 2 when he rivered aces full with a board that was very similar. In that hand, he whiffed a check-raise on the river. The way the hand played out was almost identical," Albini revealed. The dynamics of the previous confrontation convinced him to just call as he saw no value in four-betting, thinking that Ferguson wouldn't call with worse.

Ferguson was eventually coolered one more time and bowed out in fourth place. He was soon followed to the rail by Katherine Fleck who managed to outlast Ferguson in a battle of short stacks, laddering to the bronze place.

The final table also featured two-time bracelet winner Frankie O'Dell who came with the shortest stack. O'Dell kept successfully doubling and sailed through to fifth place for $21,035, finishing ahead of Paul Sexton (6th for 15,096), Michael Moore (7th for $11,095), Esther Rossi (8th for $8,355) and Stephen Rivers (9th for $6,451).

Event #31: $1,500 Stud final table results:

1Steven AlbiniUnited States$105,629
2Jeff LisandroAustralia$65,282
3Katherine FleckUnited States$43,765
4Chris FergusonUnited States$29,999
5Frankie O'DellUnited States$21,035
6Paul SextonUnited States$15,096
7Michael MooreUnited States$11,095
8Esther RossiUnited States$8,355

Tags: Brandon Shack-HarrisChris FergusonEsther RossiFrankie O'DellJeff LisandroKatherine FleckMatt AshtonMatt GrapenthienMichael MoorePaul SextonStephen RiversSteven Albini

Jeff Lisandro Eliminated in 2nd Place ($65,282)

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Jeff Lisandro
Jeff Lisandro

Within two hands, the short stack of Jeff Lisandro has melted and Steven Albini was crowned the champion with the words "this is fuckin' awesome"!

Hand #1:

Jeff Lisandro: {X-}{X-} / {8-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{3-Spades} / {X-}
Steven Albini: {X-}{X-} / {7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} / {X-}

In a limped pot, Lisandro bet fourth and Albini called before doing so again on fifth to seventh. Albini announced two pair and showed the {K-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs} for two pair, Lisandro mucked the {K-Hearts}{8-}{5-Hearts} for a pair of eights.

Hand #2:

Jeff Lisandro: {6-Hearts}{2-Hearts} / {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{10-Spades} / {9-Clubs}
Steven Albini: {10-Clubs}{9-Spades} / {A-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} / {J-Diamonds}

Lisandro was down to last 40,000 and he put them into the middle on the next hand. Albini was slightly ahead with ace-high and caught a pair of tens to improve. Lisandro bricked the whole run out and has to settle for second place and a payday of $65,282. Albini will shortly be posing for the winner shots, gets his first gold bracelet and $105,629 for his efforts.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Steven Albini us 2,325,000 425,000
Jeff Lisandro au Busted

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Albini Can't Pull the Trigger

Jan_Kores • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Jeff Lisandro raised when Steven Albini completed and it looked that the money would go in. Lisandro continued on fourth and Albini called again. Lisandro blasted another barrel on fifth, leaving himself just one extra shell. Albini, however, let his hand go and Lisandro picked up some vital chips without opening his hole cards.

Jeff Lisandro: {X-}{X-} / {7-Hearts}{6-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}
Steven Albini: {X-}{X-} / {9-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{7-Spades} - fold

Steven Albini us 1,900,000 100,000
Jeff Lisandro au 450,000 -80,000

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Albini Closer to the Pinnacle

Jan_Kores • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Steven Albini turned it around and now sits on 1.8 million while Jeff Lisandro maneuvers less than a third of that.

Albini won some more chips in a pot that saw Lisandro bet on fourth and fifth before Albini paired his eight on sixth. No other bets were made and Albini took it down with eights and fours.

Jeff Lisandro: {X-}{X-}{X-} / {9-Hearts}{10-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}
Steven Albini: {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts} / {8-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}

Steven Albini us 1,800,000 245,000
Jeff Lisandro au 530,000 -240,000

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Albini Jumps Into Bigger Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Jeff Lisandro: {X-}{X-} / {6-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{10-Diamonds} / {X-}
Steven Albini: {X-}{X-} / {8-Spades}{J-Hearts}{5-Spades}{J-Clubs} / {X-}

Steven Albini completed with the eight and Jeff Lisandro called with a six. Both checked on fourth and Lisandro bet fifth, Albini called. On sixth, Albini paired his jack and bet, Lisandro called. There was no betting action on seventh and Albini showed {Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} to win the pot.

Steven Albini us 1,555,000 355,000
Jeff Lisandro au 770,000 -430,000

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And They're Tied Again

Jan_Kores • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Steven Albini bounced back after winning a few smaller pots. With only 23 big bets in play, any given situation can have a tremendous impact on the final outcome. Albini has been often utilizing a raise against Jeff Lisandro's complete and his recent run helped him to climb back to even.

He went for it again with the {5-Clubs} out and Lisandro called with a nine. Albini continued on fourth and fifth and Lisandro couldn't call the second barrel.

Jeff Lisandro: {X-}{X-} / {9-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Spades} - fold
Steven Albini: {X-}{X-} / {5-Clubs}{K-Spades}{6-Diamonds}

Jeff Lisandro au 1,200,000 -270,000
Steven Albini us 1,200,000 345,000

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Lisandro Pushing Forward

Jan_Kores • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Jeff Lisandro has won a few smaller pots in a row and tackled Steven Albini down to last six big bets.

Lisandro's latest bite came in a hand that started with the Australian completing with {A-Spades} and calling when Albini raised the {2-Clubs}.

Lisandro got a more favorable runout in {Q-Spades} and {J-Clubs} and elected to lead on both streets. Albini called on fourth but threw his cards away on fifth.

Jeff Lisandro: {X-}{X-} / {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}
Steven Albini: {X-}{X-} / {2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{K-Hearts}

Jeff Lisandro au 1,730,000 350,000
Steven Albini us 595,000 -350,000

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Decent Runout for Lisandro

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

While the vast majority of pots as of recently failed to get past fifth, Jeff Lisandro clawed back most of them and established a small lead once more.

Jeff Lisandro: {X-}{X-} / {6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{4-Spades}
Steven Albini: {X-}{X-} / {5-Spades}{J-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts} fold

This very hand was a prime example of the run good of Lisandro, who called the completion of Albini and did so on fourth when facing a bet. Lisandro paired his four and bet fifth, received a call and then further improved to trips fours in order to bet and force an instant fold.

Jeff Lisandro au 1,380,000 180,000
Steven Albini us 945,000 -255,000

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