Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
Boukai Closing on Second Bracelet in $1,500 Eight Game as Heads Up Goes Into Extra Day
It was an incredibly eventful day in the Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix, but the climax is yet to come as Rami Boukai and John Evans bagged their chips after 20 hours of mixed-game poker. They are heads up for the bracelet and $177,294, having left 610 players behind them in their wake and will return as the quest for the title concludes in the Amazon Room on Wednesday, June 12th at 2 p.m. local time.
It's currently a lopsided heads-up match with Boukai holding a 3-to-1 chip lead. Moreover, Boukai already has an experience of closing things out at the World Series of Poker. The Saudi Arabia-born California resident emerged victorious in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha bracelet event back in 2009.
Heads-up chip counts:
|1||Rami Boukai||United States||4,565,000|
|2||John Evans||United States||1,545,000|
Evans entered the event with only one cash from a WSOP main series to his name, but he's already managed to outlast some true mixed-game greats. His best chance might also be that there are just over 30 big bets left in play. A couple of home runs could change the script in a matter of minutes.
The extra day looked to be a three-player affair but Chris Klodnicki busted just before the buzzer, adding a third place to his fifth from last week's $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event.
Philip Long provided a remarkable storyline as he returned to the final table after conquering this very event in 2018. Long held a huge chip lead on the last two tables and remained a strong contender until there were only four players left. However, a streak of losses stopped the back-to-back dreams right there and this time Long had to settle for fourth place.
Another could-have-been was Allen Kessler's push for his maiden gold bracelet. Following 73 WSOP cashes and four runner-up finishes, Kessler had another attempt at bringing it home for the first time in his career. He even took the final table chip lead for a short stint, but cash number 74 was eventually confirmed as a fifth-place finish, mostly due to his stud encounter with Klodnicki in which he ran with two pair into Broadway.
After a lot of ups and downs today, including those on the final table, the $1,500 8-Game is still one elimination away from crowning a new champion. Will Boukai ride home his advantage or can underdog Evans pull off a stunning comeback? The answer will come on Wednesday from 2 p.m. PDT. Make sure to come back to PokerNews for the home stretch as the live updates from the conclusion will be right here.
Day 3 Concludes; Boukai and Evans to Continue on June 12 at 2 p.m. PDT
With ten levels played in the level, Rami Boukai and John Evans had the option to play an extra level before bagging. Evans preferred to get some rest so the play has been halted for the day. They will return to the Amazon Room on Wednesday, at 2 p.m. to play it out for the bracelet.
A full recap of today's action will follow shortly here on PokerNews.
Chris Klodnicki Eliminated in 3rd Place ($72,933)
2-7 Triple Draw
Rami Boukai opened from the button and Chris Klodnicki defended his big blind. Klodnicki chucked three and Boukai threw out one. Klodnicki bet after the first draw and Boukai raised him all in, Klodnicki called.
The second draw saw Klodnicki pull one and Boukai stand pat. Klodnicki pulled another on the third draw and Boukai tabled for an eighty-six. Klodnicki showed the as he threw his cards into the muck and was eliminated in third place.
Klod Down to a Nub
2-7 Triple Draw
Rami Boukai raised on the button and Chris Klodnicki called in the big. Klod took three and Boukai one. Boukai bet, Klodnicki called and drew two. Boukai patted and fired again. Klodnicki countered with a check-raise and Boukai paused before calling.
They patted the last draw and Klodnicki bet. Boukai, however, raised and Klodnicki leant back in his chair, smelling troubles. He had only two big bets behind and decided to keep them, folding.
Boukai Pulling Away from Competitors
Rami Boukai: / /
john Evans: / /
Rami Boukai completed and John Evans called. Boukai check-called until sixth street when he paired his eight. Boukai bet on sixth and seventh, Evans called. Boukai tabled for three eights and Evans mucked, sending the pot to Boukai.
Evans Takes from Klod
Chris Klodnicki raised on the button and John Evans called in the big blind. The flop fell and Evans let Klodnicki fire then check-raised. Klodnicki called and Evans checked the turn again. Klodnicki bet, Evans called and the was tapped by both players.
Klodnicki tabled for a top pair but Evans had him beat as he held the top kicker, revealing .
"Good hand," Klodnicki said when he saw his opponent's hole cards.
Evans Starts to Drift Away from the Pack
Chris Klodnicki opened from the button and John Evans called in the big blind. The dealer spread out as the flop and Evans check-called a bet from Klodnicki.
The fell as a turn card and both players checked to the river. Evans checked to Klodnicki who pushed in a bet and Evans tank-folded, sending the pot to Klodnicki.
Philip Long Eliminated in 4th Place ($49,531)
Philip Long raised under the gun, John Evans called from the small blind and Long's remaining 40,000 went in on the . He was significantly ahead with versus , but the turn gave Evans some hopes for a chop.
More importantly, a deadly landed on the river to give Evans trips along with the nut low and, just like that, the defending champion was eliminated in fourth.
Rolled Up Aces for Evans Against Klodnicki's Kings
John Evans: / /
Chris Klodnicki: / /
John Evans completed and fired until fifth street where he checked to Chris Klodnicki who bet the next two streets. Evans called down both streets and the two turned over their hands.
Klodnicki tabled for three kings and Evans showed for a higher three of a kind in his aces. Klodnicki asked "Were you rolled up?" and Evans just nodded his head as he scooped in the pot.