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Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
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Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

Baldwin Eyeing Second Bracelet as $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Goes to Extra Day

MrCleverFox • Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Eric Baldwin
Eric Baldwin

Eric Baldwin won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2009, over nine years ago. Now, with just two left in Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, he is just inches away from his second. He holds nearly a four to one chip lead over Ian Steinman who is looking for his very first World Series of Poker bracelet. Steinman has a lot to overcome if he wants to lock it up, but in the game of poker, it's far from a long shot.

There were 20 players to begin the day in the event, but they fell very quickly as play started. The first to go was Gene Harrill who got it in with top pair against a set and he couldn't improve to survive. Following Harrill out the door was Zach Humprey who lost a coin flip to Gilsoo Kim to exit in 19th place.

This is around the time that Baldwin began to pick up some heat. He sent Ryan Goindoo to the rail in 18th place with pocket kings against Goindoo's ace-jack for a big pot, one that would put him among the tournament chipleaders. Thomas Kurtz fell next to Steven Song when he shoved his king-nine into Song's queens.

Bracelet winner Ryan Laplante fell in 16th place when he lost with ace-queen against [Removed:4]'s pocket nines. Jason Wheeler was eliminated not long after in 15th place with eight-six against Song's ace-four. All of these eliminations happened before the first break.

It took over a level for the next player to be eliminated and that was Kirk Banks. Baldwin sent Banks to the rail holding pocket aces against Kirk's nines. That pot would push Baldwin over a million chips, a mark he wouldn't look back from. Jay Farber, the former Main Event final tablist, bowed out next, falling to Steinman. Farber got the money in with ace-jack against Steinman's ace-queen and couldn't catch up.

JC Tran, who was also at the Main Event final table the same year as Farber, would bust next, falling to Aaron Massey when his pocket tens couldn't outrace king-queen. Geoffrey Lavinson's elimination in 11th at the hands of Eric Baldwin would bring players to the unofficial final table.

JC Tran
Two-time bracelet winner JC Tran just missed out on the final table

Jason Guarinello was the first to fall at the final table after losing a race to Michael Finstein. It took nearly 20 hands until Mathew Moore was sent home next. He lost a coinflip to Rudelitz to be sent home in 9th place. Kim dropped in 8th place after shoving pocket jacks into the pocket kings of Robert Georato. Song was the 7th place finisher when he shoved jack-seven and was called by Georato's ace-deuce and couldn't catch up.

This is about when Baldwin won a massive pot against Massey in a cooler situation to take the chip lead. Baldwin bet the flop, turn, and river on a board of {K-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and he was called down by Massey on the flop and turn. On the river, Baldwin shoved all in and Massey called. Baldwin went runner flush with ace-three of clubs to take down the pot and Massey showed the cooler as he was holding ten-nine of clubs for a lower flush. That vaulted Baldwin into the chip lead and allowed him to coast into heads-up play.

Finstein fell next in sixth place after choosing to play a flip against Baldwin. Baldwin's pocket threes flopped a set and sent Finstein home. Baldwin also eliminated Georato in another coinflip when his pocket nines held up once again, this time against king-ten. Massey was never quite able to recover from this cooler and he was sent home in fourth place, losing a flip to none other than Baldwin. This time, Baldwin's eights held up against king-ten. The final player to fall on Day 3 was Rudelitz, who got it in with ace-five against Steinman's queens and couldn't catch up.

Heads up play lasted for nearly two levels with Steinman and Baldwin both trading blow after blow with each other. For the most part, the match was a roller coaster ride, with Baldwin being down to the end of his rope but ending with Steinman down to just over two million chips of the nearly ten million in play. As the final level of the night ended, Steinman said he wanted to come back fresh tomorrow instead of playing out the optional extra level.

Ian Steinman
Ian Steinman

Final Table Results So Far:

PlacePlayerPayout 
1 $319,580 
2 $197,461 
3[Removed:4]$140,957 
4Aaron Massey$101,819 
5Robert Georato$74,434 
6Michael Finstein$55,077 
7Stephen Song$41,257 
8Gilsoo Kim$31,290 
9Mathew Moore$24,032 

The final two payers will return on Thursday, June 21 at 12 p.m. local time to crown a winner. Action will kick back off in level 31 with blinds of 50,000/100,000 and an ante of 10,000. PokerNews will be back with coverage of what will likely be an exciting heads-up match, so make sure to tune back in.

Play Concludes for the Night

MrCleverFox • Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Eric Baldwin and Ian Steinman have decided to bag for the night. They will return for play tomorrow at 12 p.m. where they will play down to a winner.

A full recap of today's action will be posted momentarily.

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Hands #198-202: Baldwin Takes a Commanding Lead

MrCleverFox • Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #198: Eric Baldwin raised to 225,000 on the button and he took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #199: From the button Ian Steinman raised to 175,000. Baldwin called on the button.

The flop was {J-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and Baldwin checked then folded to a bet of 150,000 from Steinman.

Hand #200: On the button Baldwin raised to 225,000. Steinman called in the big blind.

The flop was {J-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} and Steinman checked. Baldwin put out a bet of 200,000. Steinman then check-raised, making it 650,000. Baldwin quickly released.

Hand #201: On the button Steinman raised to 175,000. Baldwin popped it up to 750,000 from the big blind and Steinman quickly released.

Hand #202: From the button Baldwin raised to 225,000. Steinman called from the big blind.

The flop was {Q-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and Steinman checked. Baldwin continued with a bet of 150,000 and Steinman called.

The turn was the {7-Clubs} and Steinman checked. again. Baldwin put out a bet of 320,000 and Steinman called once more.

On the {7-Diamonds} river, Steinman checked a third time. Baldwin put out a bet of 1,220,000 and Steinman dropped into the tank. He thought for several minutes checking his cards multiple times before deciding to call.

Baldwin showed down his {5-Spades}{4-Spades} and Steinman mucked quickly. Baldwin raked in the big pot and took a commanding chip lead in the match.

Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 7,550,000 975,000
Ian Steinman us
Ian Steinman
us 2,200,000 -1,220,000

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Hand #194-197: Baldwin Pulling Away

MartianNews • Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #194: Eric Baldwin opened to 225,000 from the button and Ian Steinman called from the big blind. The flop came {j-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{6-Hearts} and Steinman check-called a bet of 150,000 from Baldwin.

The turn fell the {2-Diamonds} and both players checked. The river was the {9-Diamonds} and both players checked again. Steinman showed {6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and Baldwin mucked his hand.

Hand #195: Steinman raised to 175,000 from the button and Baldwin folded.

Hand #196: Baldwin opened to 225,000 from the button and Steinman made the call. The flop came down {4-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{8-Spades} and Steinman checked to Baldwin who bet 200,000. Steinman made the fold.

Hand #197: Steinman opened to 175,000 from the button and Baldwin called from the big blind. The flop came down {10-Spades}{5-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and Baldwin check-called a bet of 175,000 from Steinman.

The turn came the {a-Clubs} and both players checked. The river fell the {2-Hearts} and Baldwin bet 500,000. Steinman called and Baldwin showed {a-Spades}{9-Clubs} for a pair of aces. Steinman folded and Baldwin added to his lead.

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Hand #188-193: Baldwin Taking over

MartianNews • Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #188: Ian Steinman got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #189: Steinman opened from the button and Eric Baldwin called from the big blind. The flop came down {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Baldwin checked to Steinman who bet 150,000. Baldwin folded and Steinman won the hand.

Hand #190: Baldwin opened to 200,000 from the button and Steinman called from the big blind. The flop came down {6-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{k-Clubs} and both players checked.

The turn came the {10-Diamonds} and Steinman bet 150,000, Baldwin called. The river came the {8-Diamonds} and Steinman checked to Baldwin who bet 520,000. Steinman folded.

Hand #191: Steinman Raised to 175,000 and Baldwin folded.

Hand #192: Baldwin opened to 225,000 from the button and Steinman called. The flop came down {4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and both players checked.

The turn was the {5-Clubs} and Steinman checked to Baldwin who bet 300,000. Steinman made the call and the river came the {4-Hearts}. Both players checked and Steinman showed {k-Spades}{q-Hearts} for king high. Baldwin then showed {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} for a pair of tens and enough to win the pot.

Hand #193: Baldwin got a walk in the big blind.

Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 6,575,000 1,875,000
Ian Steinman us
Ian Steinman
us 3,420,000 -1,835,000

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Hands #181-187: Nearly Even

MrCleverFox • Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #181: Eric Baldwin got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #182: From the button, Eric Baldwin raised it up to 200,000. Ian Steinman called in the big blind.

The flop was {K-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades} and both players checked to the {4-Clubs}. Steinman checked again and Baldwin put out a bet of 140,000. Steinman called.

On the {J-Spades} river, Steinman checked again. Baldwin put out a bet of 460,000 and Steinman called. Baldwin showed down his {K-Spades}{5-Clubs} and that would earn him the pot.

Hand #183: On the button, Ian Steinman opened with a raise to 175,000. Baldwin called from the big blind.

The flop was {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} and Baldwin checked. Steinman bet 150,000 and it was enough to get through. He took down the pot.

Hand #184: Eric Baldwin opened with a raise to 200,000 and Ian Steinman called in the big blind.

The flop was {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and both players checked. On the {4-Hearts} turn, both players checked again.

The river was the {Q-Spades} and Baldwin led for 160,000. Steinman called. Baldwin showed down his {9-Spades}{5-Clubs} for nine high, but Steinman had him beat with {K-Hearts}{5-Spades} and he took down the pot with king high.

Hand #185: Baldwin received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #186: Steinman received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #187: From the button Steinman raised to 175,000. Baldwin called.

The flop was {10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and Baldwin checked. Steinman put out a bet of 150,000 and Baldwin called.

On the {7-Hearts} turn, both players checked.

The river was the {6-Clubs} and Baldwin led out with a bet of 410,000. Steinman thought for a moment then made it 1,100,000. Baldwin quickly released and Steinman took down the pot.

Ian Steinman us
Ian Steinman
us 5,255,000 -2,025,000
Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 4,700,000 2,025,000

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Hand #176-180: Baldwin Goes on a Heater

MartianNews • Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #176: Eric Baldwin opened to 175,000 from the button and Ian Steinman called from the big blind. The flop came {5-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Spades} and both players checked.

The turn came the {8-Spades} and Steinman bet 150,000. Baldwin called and the river came the {q-Clubs}. Steinman checked and Baldwin then bet 420,000. Steinman folded and Baldwin took down the pot.

Hand #177: Steinman opened to 175,000 from the button and Baldwin called from the big blind. The flop came {9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and Baldwin check-called a bet of 150,000 from Steinman.

The turn came the {9-Hearts} and both players checked to the {7-Clubs} on the river. Both players checked again and Baldwin showed {k-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} for a pair of kings, Steinman mucked.

Hand #178: Baldwin opened to 200,000 from the button and Steinman called. The flop came {2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and both players checked.

The turn fell the {10-Diamonds} and Baldwin bet 300,000. Steinman folded and Baldwin took in the pot.

Hand #179: Steinman ppened to 175,000 from the button and Baldwin made the call. The flop came down {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{8-Spades} and Baldwin checked. Steinman bet 150,000 and Baldwin then raised to 450,000. Steinman folded and Baldwin won another hand.

Hand #180: Baldwin opened to 200,000 from the button and Steinman three-bet to 650,000. Baldwin called and the flop came down {k-Clubs}{10-Spades}{4-Diamonds}.

Steinman bet 500,000 and Baldwin made the call. The turn came the {q-Diamonds} and both players checked. The river was the {5-Diamonds} and both players checked again. Steinman showed {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs} for a pair of fours and Baldwin showed {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} for a pair of tens and enough to win the pot.

Hands #168-175: Baldwin Doubles Back

MrCleverFox • Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Eric Baldwin
Eric Baldwin

Hand #168: Ian Steinman got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #169: From the button Ian Steinman raised to 175,000. Baldwin folded his big blind.

Hand #170 Steinman received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #171: Steinman raised to 175,000 on the button and Baldwin shipped it over the top for a bit over a million. Steinman folded.

Hand #172: Baldwin limped in on the button and Steinman raised to 300,000 from the big. Baldwin called.

The flop was {9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{5-Clubs} and Steinman led out with a bet of 250,000. Baldwin called.

Both players checked on the {Q-Diamonds} turn and the {K-Spades} river. Steinman showed down his {9-Spades}{4-Clubs} and it was enough to earn him the pot.

Hand #173:From the button Steinman raised to 175,000 and he took down the blinds and antes when Baldwin folded.

Hand #174: Baldwin moved all in on the button and after getting a count, Steinman called in the big blind.

Eric Baldwin: {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Ian Steinman: {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

The board ran out {2-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{4-Spades}{J-Hearts} and Baldwin made two pair to double up through Steinman to over two million.

Hand #175: Steinman raised to 175,000 on the button and Baldwin moved in over the stop. Steinman folded quickly.

Ian Steinman us
Ian Steinman
us 7,280,000 -975,000
Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 2,675,000 975,000

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Level:
30
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
10,000