Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
The final six players have bagged up their chips after just seven levels in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed. The chipleader heading into the official final table will be none other than Jean-Robert Bellande who made sure everyone knew that he bagged a whopping 5,050,000 chips.
The man they call "JRB" entertained the railbirds throughout the latter half of the day, popping bottles of wine at the table, cracking jokes, and jamming to his music. All the while, he was slowly gathering chips and throwing knockout punches to many of his opponents. Heading to the final day of the tournament, Bellande holds around 33% of the chips in play as he searches for his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
While Bellande has over $2.2 million in career tournament earnings, he has yet to find himself at the top of the podium in a WSOP event. He has finished in second place twice and will be looking to improve on that tomorrow. There will be some stiff competition, however, as the other five players at the table all have the same goal in mind.
Dean Lyall finished the day in second place with 2,700,000 chips while Kacper Pyzara made a late rally to round out the top three with 2,605,000 chips. Andrew Graham came into the day as the chipleader and had a rollercoaster of a day, still managing to put 2,430,000 in the bag. Tay Nguyen (1,485,000) and Eric Blair (1,310,000) round out the final six players and will have their work cut out for them when the action resumes.
Final Table Seating Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Eric Blair||United States||1,310,000||22|
|2||Andrew Graham||United States||2,430,000||41|
|3||Tay Nguyen||United States||1,485,000||25|
|5||Jean-Robert Bellande||United States||5,050,000||84|
|6||Dean Lyall||United Kingdom||2,700,000||45|
There were 27 players that returned for the start of Day 3, but that number quickly dwindled as the short stacks fell early and often. On the verge of merging down to the final three tables, former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson was eliminated in 19th place for $21,018. It was a quick jump from three to two tables as Bellande made short work of his tablemates, amassing a stack upwards of 3,000,000 chips which was easily at the top of the leaderboard.
When the final 12 players assembled at two tables, Jimmy Guerrero (12th Place - $34,545) was the first to fall when he ran his pocket fives into the pocket aces of Lyall. The next to make his way to the payout desk was Dave Stefanski (11th Place - $34,545) who was unable to improve his king-queen against Pyzara's pocket jacks.
Arsenii Karmatakii (10th Place - $45,764) was left on the short stack and got the rest of his chips in the middle against Sergio Aido. Aido held the dominating hand, and although both players made a pair of aces on the flop, the Spaniard's kicker held on to eliminate Karmatakii. Aido (9th Place - $45,764) lost a huge flip moments later and left himself with just one big blind. He tripled up, then doubled up, but it wasn’t enough as he shoved with jack-nine and was called by Nguyen's pocket eights.
James Mackey (8th Place - $61,931) just missed out on the unofficial final table in what was a rollercoaster of a hand. He shoved all in on the button with king-ten and was snap-called by Eric Blair holding pocket kings. Mackey turned a straight but Blair countered with a full house on the river. That left the final seven players to meet up at the final table. Chips moved back and forth but it was Bellande who took the lead on dinner break. It took a whole level until the final bustout of the day occurred when Arthur Morris (7th Place - $61,931) ripped his 20 big-blind stack in with nine-seven. He was called by Bellande's pocket tens and the board provided no help for Morris.
There is still plenty of money up for grabs with the top five finishers each earning a six-figure payday. The winner will be taking home $616,302 along with that coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Final Table Payouts
The action will resume at 2pm tomorrow on the feature table inside the Brasilia Room. The blinds will kick off on level 28 at 30,000/60,000 and a 10,000 ante. There will be a live stream available with a 30-minute delay on Twitch. Tune in to the PokerNews coverage again to find out who will be crowned the champion and take home their first-ever WSOP title.
Jean-Robert Bellande raised it up to 110,000 from early position and the action folded to Arthur Morris in the big blind. Morris shipped all in for 1,030,000 and Bellande announced a call.
Morris was in rough shape heading to the flop, holding two undercards to Bellande's pocket pair. The flop came providing no help to Morris. The on the turn meant Morris was drawing dead to the on the river.
While Morris headed to the payout desk to collect his seventh-place prize, and the remaining six players all bagged up their chips to finish the final table tomorrow. A full recap and chip counts will be posted shortly.
Kacper Pyzara opened to 100,000 from early position and Dean Lyall three-bet to 275,000 from the cutoff. The action was back on Pyzara who shoved all in for 1,250,000 and Lyall called.
It was a coin flip between the two players and the board ran out . Pyzara's pocket jacks held on to double through Lyall and the action continued on.
Jean-Robert Bellande opened to 105,000 two hands in a row, and each time Dean Lyall three-bet to 285,000 directly to his left. In the first hand, Bellande laid his hand down, but the second time around Bellande made the call.
"You again?" Bellande piped up. "I'm gonna call just because if I hit, you won't know what hit you."
The flop came and Bellande checked in the dark. Lyall threw in a bet of 200,000 and that got a quick fold from Bellande.
"Just wait for 17 hands until I make it 105,000 and three-bet me. It's a free 105,000 chips for you," Bellande continued as he seems to be the only one chatting at the table.
Kacper Pyzara opened the hijack to 105,000. It folded round to Andrew Graham in the big blind and he three-bet to 350,000 and Pyzara called.
The flop was a low and Graham opted to lead for 200,000. Pyzara moved all in over the top and he had Graham covered. It was a snap-call and they turned their cards on their backs.
Pyzara was a long way behind and he couldn't find help on the turn or river. Pyzara is now the shortest stack at the table with less than 20 big blinds.
The action folded around to Andrew Graham in the small blind who just limped in. Tay Nguyen checked his option and the flop came . Graham led out for 60,000 and Nguyen made the call.
The turn brought the and both players checked to the on the river. Graham checked again and Nguyen tossed in a bet of 130,000. Graham called and Nguyen turned over for a pair of queens. Graham sent his cards to the muck and is now the only player under 1,000,000 chips at the table.
Andrew Graham min-raised to 100,000 and only found one caller, Eric Blair who defended his big blind.
The flop was and Blair check-called the 55,000 bet. The turn saw a check apiece and the river saw Blair check a third time. Graham put 125,000 over the line and it was a quick call from Blair whose hit top pair against Graham's second pair with .