Day 4 Completed
|Blinds||40,000 / 80,000|
Day 4 Completed
Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em returned Sunday with six players left to battle for the top prize of $323,472 and Longsheng Tan carried his chip lead into his first WSOP bracelet win after four levels of play the final day.
The real estate agent who also plays a lot of poker is originally from China but now makes him home in Las Vegas.
"When I have time, I sell a house. When I don't, I play poker."
His poker hobby is paying off a lot lately, as Tan has been cashing all over town for a total of 29 scores already this year for a total of $562,791, including four WSOP cashes.
He put together a dominating final table performance on the final day of play, keeping the turbos on and shifting gears when necessary.
"I just tried my best," said Tan. "As long as I played my best, I'll take whatever result. I had to stay calm. At one point, my chips went down to where almost everyone had almost the same stacks. I told myself to calm down, play my hands, and play my best. I was a little bit tilted but still I calmed down and got it in the end. I feel good right now."
Official Final Table Payouts
|1||Longsheng Tan||United States||$323,472|
|2||Lanny Levine||United States||$199,862|
|3||Jayaram Kovoorchathoth||United States||$142,785|
|4||Trey Brabham||United States||$103,212|
|5||Adam Laskey||United States||$75,497|
|6||Stephen Bierman||United States||$55,892|
|7||John Pannucci||United States||$41,884|
|9||Jason Paradis||United States||$24,409|
Final Table Action
Tan held the chip lead for much of the tournament, returning on Day 3 with the lead among the final 26 and ending the night back in the lead after losing it during the day. He then stayed at the top of the counts for the majority of the final table, keeping the pressure on his opponents and winning more than his fair share of pots to stay in command.
After 16 eliminations on Day 3, the field was down to the unofficial final table of 10 and players moved to their new home at the Poker Central Twitch feature table in Brasilia. Tan began dropping back in the counts, but then sent out Shyam Srinivasan in 10th, winning a flip.
The official nine was set and Adam Laskey was responsible for the next elimination, that of Jason Paradis. Paradis was behind with a flush draw against Laskey's top pair, and although he hit his flush on the turn, Laskey made a bigger flush on the river to send him out in ninth.
Laskey also eliminated the next two players, Georgios Tavoularis and John Pannucci, in eighth and seventh, respectively, to get the field down to six and to end play for the night. Tavoularis, who entered the final table as one of the shortest stacks, lost a flip to Laskey, and then Pannucci got it in with fours against Laskey's ace-king and couldn't hold.
Tan and Laskey entered Day 4 as the two big stacks, and both players kept the pressure on. The shortest stack to start the day belonged to Trey Brabham, and he was the first to get all in and at risk. He ran his king-queen on the button smack into the aces of Lanny Levine in the small blind, and politely asked for his "one time." He got it, flopping a queen and turning another to double through.
It would be Stephen Bierman to bite the bullet in sixth place after a very short Levine found a couple doubles to get back in the game. Bierman ran his ace-seven into the ace-ten suited of Jayaram Kavoorchathoth and both made a pair of aces, but Bierman was out-kicked.
Stacks began to even out in the next several hands, but a big confrontation between Laskey and Tan would change that. In a limped blind-versus-blind hand, Tan check-raised a five-six-nine flop, led the jack turn, and shoved when the six paired the board on the river. Laskey called all the way down with ace-nine for nines and sixes on the end, and Tan tabled pocket fives for a full house to eliminate Laskey in fifth and take a big lead in the final four.
Brabham found himself on the other side of a bad beat against Levine when they got it in on a five-eight-five flop, Levine's nine-eight outkicked by Brabham's king-eight. A nine on the river saved Levine, who doubled through and left Brabham short. Brabham busted soon after in fourth place, the first player in the event to earn five figures.
Tan kept the pressure on three-handed, and play continued this way for a while. Despite doubling through Tan once, Kavoorchathoth eventually committed his stack correctly, check-shoving with pocket fives on a queen-six-four flop against Levine, but Levine looked him up with king-jack and spiked a king on the turn to send Kavoorchathoth out in third.
Tan started heads-up with a 3:2 lead over Levine, and despite holding his own in the match, Levine fell in the 17th hand in a cooler. All the chips went in on the river of a board that read , and Levine's ten-seven for trips was no good against Tan's ace-seven for sevens full.
Levine had to settle for runner-up and a consolation prize of just under $200,000 while Tan took the gold and his best live cash of $323,472.
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Hand #159: Longsheng Tan raised to 200,000 from the button and Lanny Levine called.
The flop came on which both players checked to the on the turn. Levine check-called the 175,000 bet of Tan.
The river completed the board with the . Levine bet 400,000 and Tan raised to 1,400,000. Levine took a few seconds and then shoved for 2,930,000 in total. Tan snap-called.
Levine had flopped a pair of sevens just like Tan did. Tan improved to two pair on the turn, though, and made it even better by hitting a full house on the river to Levine's trip sevens.
Levine went home in second place for $199,862.
A full recap of today's action is to follow.
Hand #153: Longsheng Tan raised to 200,000 on the button and Lanny Levine folded his big blind.
Hand #154: Levine made it 200,000 to go on the button and Tan three-bet to 550,000. Levine quickly called and they saw a flop of . Tan continued for 525,000 and Levine let it go.
Hand #155: Tan raised to 200,000 on the button and Levine let it go. The third pot in a row goes to Tan.
Hand #156: Tan got a walk.
Hand #157: Tan raised to 200,000 on the button and Levine folded his hand.
Hand #158: Levine raised to 225,000 from the button and Tan called. The flop came and Tan check-called the 300,000-bet of Levine. The turn brought them the on which they both checked to the on the river. Tan took the pot with .
Hand #148: Lanny Levine raised to 225,000 from the button and Longsheng Tan folded.
Hand #149: Tan raised to 200,000 and Levine called. The flop came and they both checked. The turn brought them the , Tan raised the 250,000 bet of Levine to 625,000, and Levine called. The river completed the board with the . Levine checked. Tan considered his options while staring at the board. Tan decided to check. Tan showed for the missed straight draw. Levine took the pot with for the flopped pair of nines.
Hand #150: Tan quickly folded when he saw Levine wanted to raise on the button.
Hand #151: Tan raised to 200,000 from the button and Levine called. The flop came ., Levine check-folded to Tan's bet of 175,000.
Hand #152: Levine raised to 200,000 on the button and Tan folded.
Hand #143: In the first hand of heads-up, Lanny Levine folded his button and Longsheng Tan got a walk.
Hand #144: Floor staff realized the button hadn't moved so Levine started with the button again. Levine raised to 200,000 and Tan called. The flop was , Tan bet 250,000, Levine folded, and Tan won the pot.
Hand #145: Tan raised to 200,000 on the button and Levine folded.
Hand #146: Levine raised to 200,000 on the button and Tan folded.
Hand #147: Tan completed and Levine checked. The flop was and Levine bet 200,000. Tan let it go and Levine won the hand.
Hand #142: Levine raised to 210,000 from the button and Jayaram Kovoorchathoth called in the big blind. The dealer spread out on the flop, Kovoorchathoth check-shoved the 350,000 continuation-bet of Levine for 990,000 in total, and Levine snap-called.
Kovoorchathoth held a pair of fives and Levine had king high.
The rest of the board was completed with the on the turn to give Levine a pair of kings, and the on the river did not provide any help to Kovoorchathoth.
Hand #136: Action folded to Longsheng Tan in the small blind and he completed. Jayaram Kovoorchathoth checked his option and they took a flop of . Both players checked and the turn was the . Tan bet 80,000 and Kovoorchathoth called.
On the river, Tan bet 265,000 and Kovoorchathoth thought for a while before making the call.
Tan's for a rivered straight was good as Kovoorchathoth showed .
Hand #137: Lanny Levine got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #138: Tan got a walk.
Hand #139: Tan raised to 180,000 in the small blind and Kovoorchathoth folded his big blind.
Hand #140: Levine got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #141: Levine raised to 200,000 from the small blind and Tan called in the big blind. The flop came , Levine continued with a bet of 300,000, and Tan folded.
Hand #131: Jayaram Kovoorchathoth raised to 200,000 from the small blind and Lanny Levine called. The flop came , Kovoorchathoth bet 125,000, and Levine folded.
Hand #132: Kovoorchathoth raised to 180,000 from the button and Levine shoved in the small blind. Kovoorchathoth asked for a count and the dealer confirmed it was 1,670,000 in total. Kovoorchathoth folded.
Hand #133: Longsheng Tan raised to 200,000 from the small blind and Kovoorchathoth called. The flop came . Both players checked to the on the turn. Tan bet 225,000 and Kovoorchathoth called. The river completed the board with the . Tan now checked. Kovoorchathoth bet 250,000. Tan looked at the board and then folded.
Hand #134: Kovoorchathoth raised to 200,000 from the small blind and Levine called. The flop spread and Kovoorchathoth continued with a bet of 150,000. Levine called. The turn brought them the on which they both checked to the on the river. Kovoorchathoth now bet 250,000 and Levine shoved. Kovoorchathoth snap-folded.
Hand #135: A walk for Tan.
Hand #126: Longsheng Tan got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #127: Lanny Levine raised to 250,000 on the button and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #128: Tan opened to 180,000 on the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #129: Kovoorchathoth raised to 180,000 on the button, Levine folded, and Tan called in the big blind. The flop was and Tan checked. Kovoorchathoth continued for 80,000 and Tan check-raised to 240,000.
Kovoorchathoth let it go and Tan took the pot.
Hand #130: Levine raised to 200,000 on the button and both blinds folded.