2018 World Series of Poker

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Days: 2c
Event Info

2018 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
2,000,000 / 4,000,000

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

Day 2c Completed

Day 3 Looms in the Main Event as Sanchez Bags the Chip Lead on Day 2c; Ivey Near the Top of the Counts

Level 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante
Ignacio Sanchez
Ignacio Sanchez

There were 3,480 survivors in Day 1c of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, but at the end of Day 2c, around half of them were still standing. In total, 1,655 players will advance from Day 2c. Leading the way at the end of play on Day 2c was Ignacio Sanchez who ended up bagging the overall tournament chip lead as well with 627,200 chips, more than Shawn Daniels, his Day 2ab counterpart, who bagged up 532,500.

Sanchez put together a hell of a day, climbing up the leaderboards early, and toward the end of the night taking down a big pot from Cliff Josephy to assume the tournament chip lead. In the hand, Sanchez made a flush on the turn and shoved all in against Cliff Josephy, who also had a big stack. Josephy eventually decided to fold, but the pot worth more than 100,000 chips pushed Sanchez above all of the other players in the field.

Sanchez is a farmer who says he only plays poker one time a year, which explains why he doesn’t have a lot of cashes in larger buy-in events, but this isn’t the first Main Event that he’s played. He cashed back in 2014 as well, finishing 582nd place for $20,228. Sanchez has fond memories of the Main Event though, one of them involving former Main Event Champion Phil Hellmuth bluffing him.

"He bluffed me but I've gotten better than then,” Sanchez said about Hellmuth.

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Speaking of Hellmuth, he spent much of his time in the spotlight at the Amazon feature tables on Friday as well. Hellmuth was able to run up his stack over the course of the day at the main feature table and finished the night with over 162,700 chips.

“It's the calmest I've ever been for a Day 2, I think,” Hellmuth said about his Day 2c performance. “Not to say I didn't get a little Poker Brat, but not bad. It's just a calmness... I felt like I knew where I was in a lot of hands. One guy, in particular, ended up beating me 13 or 14 hands, which was OK. I actually dealt with it well. I understand more than ever that my biggest enemy in the Main Event is myself. I need to stay calm. I need to understand just how much skill there is and how many big blinds I have at all times."

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

But after multiple years of hiatus, it was a different Phil who caught the public eye today. Phil Ivey bagged up one of the biggest stacks in the tournament at the end of play on Friday. Over the course of the day, Ivey made some sick calls, well-timed bluffs and value bets, and was able to bag up a stack of 434,200 chips to bring to Day 3. It’s been four years since Ivey’s last Main Event cash. In 2014 he came 430th for $25,756. He’ll look to break that streak this year.

Among others who bagged up big stacks on Day 2c were Ivan Luca (339,900), Samuel Touil (405,500), Jan-Eric Schwippert (338,600), Ludovic Geilich (333,900), and Cliff Josephy (285,400). Josephy is no stranger to success in the Main Event. It was in 2016 when Josephy made the final table of the Main Event for the first time, finishing third for $3,453,035 and, while it will take a lot for him to improve upon that finish, he’s putting himself in a position to do so by bagging a big stack on Day 2c.

“It was a lot different,” Josephy said about his Day 2. “Day 2 has been going wonderfully for me today, so it’s all good. It’s more than I could’ve hoped for. I’m very happy with everything that’s been going on.”

Mike McDonald and Veron Lammers are co-founders of the poker betting site PokerShares and have both made their way to Las Vegas for the WSOP Main Event. Not only are they sweating themselves, but they will also be sweating certain players that make deep runs in the tournament...and cheering against them. "The Main Event is the biggest time of year for us, we get the most amount of action on our site," McDonald said. "We'll be sweating all of the big bets on big players, and it's good for us when they bust," he said with a laugh.

Unfortunately, the site is not available to those residents in the United States, nor can you access the site while you are staying in Las Vegas. But hopefully, that will change with the new sports betting laws that are coming out. "We are just a small fish in the business right now but tapping into the American market would be huge for us," Lammers mentioned about the idea. "We will have to just wait and see what happens but it's definitely a great opportunity for us."

The next big event for the company will be the Big One for One Drop that will take place following the Main Event which brings a lot of traction to the site. "Lots of people can't play that tournament so for them to be able to buy some action is a nice sweat." McDonald made his living off poker tournaments in the past but has since turned to his new business and he is loving it. "I've played one tournament in between last year's Main Event and this year, so I'm a bit rusty."

McDonald will be returning with a stack of 43,800 while Lammers bagged up 54,700. Both will be looking to reach the money tomorrow but the real money for them comes from those who fail to cash.

In addition to all of those who made it through the day, there were those who fell as well. Some of those who didn’t make it include Steven Wolansky, Bart Hanson, Joe Serock, Andrey Zaichenko, Adrian Mateos Joseph Cheong, Vivian Saliba, Dominik Nitsche, David Williams, and Natalie Hof, just to name a few. Mark Newhouse, who has put together solid Main Event runs over the past few years, was also eliminated today and he’ll have to wait until next year to make another Main Event final table.

The day got underway at 11 a.m., July 6, with another five two-hour-long levels on the schedule. At the end of the night, less than 1,655 players of the starting 3,480 were left. The survivors will combine with survivors from Day 2a and 2b for a total of 2,786 players returning on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. again for another five levels of play. PokerNews will be back to cover from start to finish so make sure to stay tuned in.

Tags: Adrian MateosAndrey ZaichenkoBart HansonCliff JosephyDavid WilliamsDominik NitscheIgnacio SanchezJoe SerockJoseph CheongLudovic GeilichMark NewhouseNatalie HofPhil HellmuthPhil IveySamuel TouilShawn DanielsSteven Wolansky

End-of-Day Counts (full)

Level 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante

The full chip counts will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Ignacio Sanchez us
Ignacio Sanchez
627,200 4,200
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Eric Sfez fr
Eric Sfez
551,900 35,900
Matthew Klapstein CA
Matthew Klapstein
531,700 31,700
Victor Choupeaux fr
Victor Choupeaux
521,600 61,600
Collen Yamagishi CA
Collen Yamagishi
504,300 504,300
Farhad Jamasi us
Farhad Jamasi
503,400 302,700
Randy Eklund us
Randy Eklund
492,000 427,100
Nils Tolpingrud us
Nils Tolpingrud
475,400 -19,600
Cory Albertson us
Cory Albertson
475,100 421,700
Louis Boutin ca
Louis Boutin
434,600 342,900
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
434,200 52,200
Badge Title
Andrey Pateychuk ru
Andrey Pateychuk
434,200 59,200
Yueqi Zhu cn
Yueqi Zhu
429,200 84,200
Badge Title
Craig Trost us
Craig Trost
428,100 148,100
Daniel McAulay gb
Daniel McAulay
421,700 278,600
Nitesh Rawtani us
Nitesh Rawtani
409,500 323,300
Frankie Flowers US
Frankie Flowers
409,200 68,200
Samuel Touil fr
Samuel Touil
405,500 115,500
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Rohan Bhasin in
Rohan Bhasin
404,600 282,100
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
390,800 90,800
Michael Verhaaf nl
Michael Verhaaf
390,700 263,200
Fabrizio D'Agostino it
Fabrizio D'Agostino
381,300 146,400
Andrea Benelli it
Andrea Benelli
376,900 -23,100
Vi Do us
Vi Do
376,200 157,500
Tobias Ziegler de
Tobias Ziegler
373,000 3,000

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Sontheimer Loses Big in Last Hand of the Day

Level 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante
Steffen Sontheimer
Steffen Sontheimer

Steffen Sontheimer raised to 4,000 from early position, and two seats over, a player moved all in for 134,800. Sontheimer had a tough decision to make and started talking to the table.

"It feels like such a trap, but I can't fold. I hope we have the same hand."

Sontheimer called and tabled {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}, only to see his opponent open up {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {2-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and, despite rooting for clubs, Sontheimer was one short of making a flush, and lost a big pot right at the end of Day 2c.

Player Chips Progress
Steffen Sontheimer de
Steffen Sontheimer
210,000 -25,000

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Three Players at Half a Million in Amazon Room

Level 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante

Eric Sfez lost a few chips after being involved in a four-way pot to the {J-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop. On the {Q-Hearts} turn, Mark Davidoff bet 3,100 and was called three ways including Lauren Kling, while Sfez folded. On the {5-Hearts} river, Davidoff's bet was called by one opponent and he turned over the {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} to claim the pot.

Nils Tolpingrud and Matthew Klapstein have approached half a million as well, while Antonin Teisseire sent one opponent to the rail with {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} versus {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds}. The board came {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}.

Player Chips Progress
Eric Sfez fr
Eric Sfez
516,000 -34,000
Matthew Klapstein CA
Matthew Klapstein
500,000 60,000
Nils Tolpingrud us
Nils Tolpingrud
495,000 318,700
Mark Davidoff us
Mark Davidoff
345,000 85,000
Antonin Teisseire fr
Antonin Teisseire
170,000 60,000
Lauren Kling us
Lauren Kling
25,000 -22,000

Tags: Antonin TeisseireEric SfezLauren KlingMark DavidoffMatthew KlapsteinNils Tolpingrud

Shack-Harris Shows One

Level 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante
Brandon Shack-Harris
Brandon Shack-Harris

With a little over 30,000 in the pot already, Brandon Shack-Harris was on the button and facing a bet of 12,000 from his opponent in the cutoff. The board read {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{10-Hearts} and Shack-Harris made the call.

The river brought the {3-Clubs} and the cutoff splashed in another 26,000. Shack-Harris thought for a brief moment and then pushed in a stack of T$5,000 chips, which covered his opponent's stack. The cutoff wasted little time before sending his cards to the muck and Shack-Harris flashed him only the {9-Spades}.

Player Chips Progress
Brandon Shack-Harris us
Brandon Shack-Harris
189,000 71,500
Badge Title

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Sanchez Takes Massive Chip Lead

Level 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante
Ignacio Sanchez
Ignacio Sanchez

Ignacio Sanchez raised to 3,500 from early position and was called by the player in the hijack and Cliff Josephy on the button.

The flop came {3-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and Sanchez continued with a bet of 5,000. The player in the hijack called but Josephy raised to 22,000. Sanchez was the only one willing to call.

The turn brought them the {8-Clubs}, Sanchez checked, and Josephy bet 36,000. Sanchez responded with a shove which sent Josephy into the tank. The ESPN camera crew noticed the hand and swarmed the table. After a while, Josephy folded.

Cliff Josephy folds
Cliff Josephy folds

Sanchez showed {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for the turned flush and raked in the pot which takes him to the top of the chip counts with quite a big lead.

Player Chips Progress
Ignacio Sanchez us
Ignacio Sanchez
623,000 159,000
Badge Title
Cliff Josephy us
Cliff Josephy
329,000 -146,000
Badge Title

Tags: Cliff JosephyIgnacio Sanchez

Steinberg Has a Weaker Kicker

Level 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante

Five-way to the {7-Clubs}{9-Spades}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts} turn, a player in the big blind fired 2,500, earning a call from middle position. Danny Steinberg raised to 9,000 on the button, forcing out the initial aggressor, but the player in the middle position back-raised to 25,000. Steinberg called.

The river was the {4-Clubs} and Steinberg paid a small bet of 10,000 to see his opponent's cards. He showed {K-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Steinberg revealed that he was just behind, turning up {Q-Spades}{5-Spades}.

Player Chips Progress
Danny Steinberg us
Danny Steinberg
215,000 -60,000

Tags: Danny Steinberg

Touil Check-Raises Heidt

Level 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante

On a board reading {a-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Hearts}{9-Clubs}, the action was on Mitchell Heidt in middle position. Heidt tossed in a bet of 16,000 into a pot of around 24,000. Touil thought for a couple of minutes before check-raising all in from the big blind.

Heidt was put to the test for his remaining 120,000 plus chips and needed a minute to decide if he wanted to play for them all. He elected to lay his hand down but was allowed to pick one card from Touil. He turned over the {2-Spades} which sparked some oohs and ahhs from the table.

Player Chips Progress
Samuel Touil fr
Samuel Touil
290,000 72,000
Badge Title
Mitchell Heidt ca
Mitchell Heidt
121,000 -20,000

Tags: Mitchell HeidtSamuel Touil