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Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon
Day 5 Completed

Koppel Takes Huge Chip Lead into the Final Day of Event #26: $2,620 NLHE Marathon

poolshir • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Jared Koppel
Jared Koppel

Six players are left in Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold’Em Marathon after almost five and a half levels of 100 minutes each on Day 5 here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Taking the overnight chip lead is Jared Koppel with 11,700,000 in chips. Koppel is followed by China’s Dong Sheng Peng with less than half of what Koppel bagged, 5,800,000. Closing the podium is Francis Anderson with 3,695,000 in chips here at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker.

Day 5 started with 16 players in their seats, spread out over the two feature tables in the Amazon room. It would take almost 40 minutes before the first elimination if the day was a fact when bracelet winner Preston Lee’s ace-king couldn’t beat the pocket nines of Peter Hong. Shortly after it was time for the other bracelet winner, Daniel Park, to say his goodbyes to the table when he shoved with ace-eight and saw he was behind against the ace-jack of Anderson.

Timothy Miles was next to go when he held ace-jack but he was up against the pocket eights of Joe Curcio who held throughout the runout of the board. Soon after Frances’s Johan Guilbert was sent to the payout desk to collect $21,208 when he ran his pocket treys into the rockets of Sergio Fernandez. Vladimir Revniaga got coolered by Peng and then ran his last chips into the ace-queen of Koppel while holding pocket jacks. The ace on the flop sealed the deal for him as he was eliminated in 12th place.

Yichen Xu got stuck in a three-way all-in situation with ace-nine. He was up against the pocket fours of Gustavo Darosamuniz and the ace-king of Roman Korenev. With a four on the flop, Xu was sent to the rail while Darosamuniz more than doubled. Half an hour later, it was finally time for the final table to be set up as Fernandez was eliminated by Koppel.

final table
The Marathon Final Table

Marathon Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1  $477,401
2  $295,008
3  $208,726
4  $149,605
5  $108,646
6  $79,957
7Matt RussellUnited States$59,645
8Gustavo DarosamunizBrazil$45,100
9Peter HongUnited States$34,580

It would take 45 hands before the first player was sent away from the official final table, Hong ran almost ten big blinds into the ace-jack of Curcio while holding ace-seven himself. Thirty minutes later, the rail got a bit quieter as the Brazilians saw their hopes being dwarfed by Anderson. Darosamuniz got it in good preflop with pocket aces. Anderson held ace-king and flopped a Broadway. The queen on the turn gave the Brazilian some hope but he bricked the river.

The marathon honored its name as it took almost four hours before the Day 3 chip leader, Matt Russell would be eliminated to end the day. After 104 hands of seven-handed play, Russell jammed his last eight big blinds in with ace-deuce and was called by Peng who held pocket sixes. He held on to the lead throughout the board for Russell to fall at the final hurdle today with the finish line in sight.

When the six remaining players return at noon local time on Saturday, June 16, they will continue with Level 30 which features a small blind of 60,000, big blind of 120,000, and a big blind ante of 120,000. There are 53 minutes left in the level and then they will move on to playing full levels of 100 minutes each again with a 15-minute break between each level. Play will continue until a winner has been crowned in the Thunderdome and you can follow all the action right here as the PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing them to you without delay.

The action will also be streamed on CBS All Access with hole-cards and at least 30 minutes delay due to game security reasons.

Marathon Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountsBig Blinds
1Joseph LibertaUnited States2,540,00021
2Roman KorenevRussia3,310,00028
3Francis AndersonUnited States3,695,00031
4Jared KoppelUnited States11,700,00098
5Joe CurcioUnited States1,540,00013
6Dong Sheng PengChina5,800,00048

Tags: Dong Sheng PengFrancis AndersonGustavo DarosamunizJared KoppelJoe CurcioJohan GuilbertMatt RussellPeter HongRoman KorenevSergio FernandezTimothy MilesVladimir Revniaga

Matt Russell Eliminated in 7th Place ($59,645)

poolshir • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Matt Russell
Matt Russell

Hand #157: Matt Russell shoved from the button and Dong Sheng Peng was sitting in the big blind. He looked at his cards and asked for a count. Russell confirmed he had 925,000 behind and Peng called.

Matt Russell: {a-Hearts}{2-Spades}
Dong Sheng Peng: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}

The board ran out {7-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{j-Spades} for Russell to not get any help off the board as he was eliminated in seventh place for $59,645.

The six remaining players have now bagged up their chips for the final day on Saturday, June 16. A recap of today's action is to follow.

Jared Koppel us
Jared Koppel
us 11,700,000 540,000
Dong Sheng Peng CN
Dong Sheng Peng
CN 5,800,000 910,000
Francis Anderson us
Francis Anderson
us 3,695,000 -1,145,000
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
ru 3,310,000 -300,000
Joseph Liberta us
Joseph Liberta
us 2,540,000 650,000
Joe Curcio us
Joe Curcio
us 1,540,000 980,000
Matt Russell us
Matt Russell
us Busted

Tags: Dong Sheng PengMatt Russell

Hands #151-156: Curcio Doubled Up

DegenOnTour • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Joe Curcio
Joe Curcio

Hand #151: Francis Anderson raised to 250,000 from early position and big blind Joseph Liberta pushed all in for his last 1,670,000. Anderson folded after about a minute.

Hand #152: Anderson raised to 250,000 but folded when Matt Russell pushed his last 1,355,000 in the middle.

Hand #153: Liberta pushed all in but everyone folded.

Hand #154: Joe Curcio pushed his last 600,000 in the middle from early position but everyone folded.

Hand #155: Russell pushed all in for effectively 740,000 from the small blind and big blind Curcio called for his tournament life.

Joe Curcio: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Matt Russell: {k-Hearts}{j-Clubs}

The board ran out {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} and Curcio avoided elimination and doubled up.

Tags: Francis AndersonJoe CurcioJoseph LibertaMatt Russell

Hands #145-150: Koppel Above Eleven Million; Curcio Really Getting Short

poolshir • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Hand #145: Joseph Liberta completed his small blind and Roman Korenev opted to check. They both checked through the {j-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{9-Spades} on the flop and the {10-Spades} on the turn to the {3-Hearts} on the river. Liberta bet 150,000 and Korenev called. Liberta mucked immediately.

Hand #146: Jared Koppel raised to 250,000 from under the gun and everyone else folded.

Hand #147: Korenev called on the button and Koppel opted to check in the big blind. The flop came {6-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{3-Spades}, Koppel check-folded to the 160,000 bet of Korenev.

Hand #148: Francis Anderson raised to 250,000 from the button and picked up the blinds and ante.

Hand #149: Koppel put in a stack of his purple 100,000-value chips from the button and got the rest to fold.

Hand #150: Liberta raised to 250,000 from under the gun and got no action.

Jared Koppel us
Jared Koppel
us 11,160,000 1,160,000
Dong Sheng Peng CN
Dong Sheng Peng
CN 4,890,000 -310,000
Francis Anderson us
Francis Anderson
us 4,840,000 190,000
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
ru 3,610,000 710,000
Joseph Liberta us
Joseph Liberta
us 1,890,000 -410,000
Matt Russell us
Matt Russell
us 1,225,000 -475,000
Joe Curcio us
Joe Curcio
us 560,000 -340,000

Tags: Francis AndersonJared KoppelJoseph LibertaRoman Korenev

Hands #140-144: Koppel at Ten Million, Curcio Below One

DegenOnTour • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Jared Koppel
Jared Koppel

Hand #140: Jared Koppel received a walk.

Hand #141: Francis Anderson raised on the button to 250,000 and Matt Russell called from the big blind.

The flop was dealt {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Anderson bet 240,000 when it checked to him. Russell called the continuation bet and the {4-Hearts} rolled off the deck on the turn. They both checked and they did so as well on the river.

Anderson showed {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and that was enough to take the pot against the {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} of Russell.

Hand #142: Roman Korenev bet 275,000 from the hijack and only big blind Joe Curcio called. Curcio left himself with less than a million behind and he check-folded on the {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop when Korenev bet 220,000.

Hand #143: Anderson raised to 250,000 from the hijack but he folded when Jared Koppel three-bet to 750,000.

Hand #144: Koppel raised to 275,000 from the hijack and big blind Joseph Liberta called. The flop was {a-Clubs}{q-Spades}{9-Hearts} and Liberta check-called a bet of 175,000 on the flop. The turn was the {j-Diamonds} and both checked. They also checked on the {j-Spades} river and Koppel won the pot with {a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}.

Jared Koppel us
Jared Koppel
us 10,000,000 1,035,000
Dong Sheng Peng CN
Dong Sheng Peng
CN 5,200,000 -100,000
Francis Anderson us
Francis Anderson
us 4,650,000 125,000
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
ru 2,900,000 250,000
Joseph Liberta us
Joseph Liberta
us 2,300,000 -630,000
Matt Russell us
Matt Russell
us 1,700,000 -400,000
Joe Curcio us
Joe Curcio
us 900,000 -415,000

Tags: Francis AndersonJared KoppelJoe CurcioJoseph LibertaMatt RussellRoman Korenev

Hands #135-139: Some Chips for Peng

poolshir • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Dong Sheng Peng
Dong Sheng Peng

Hand #135: Dong Sheng Peng raised to 275,000 from under the gun and was called by Matt Russell in the small blind. The flop came {q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} for Russell to check-fold to Peng's continuation-bet.

Hand #136: Peng got a walk.

Hand #137: Francis Anderson raised to 250,000 from mid-position and Russell three-bet to 580,000 from the cutoff for everyone, including Anderson himself, to fold.

Hand #138: Joseph Liberta completed his small blind and Roman Korenev opted to check. They both checked through the {3-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{7-Spades} flop and the {5-Diamonds} on the turn to the {6-Spades} on the river. Liberta bet 260,000 and Korenev quickly folded.

Hand #139: Korenev completed his small blind but folded when Anderson raised to 420,000 in the big blind.

Jared Koppel us
Jared Koppel
us 8,965,000 -235,000
Dong Sheng Peng CN
Dong Sheng Peng
CN 5,300,000 365,000
Francis Anderson us
Francis Anderson
us 4,525,000 -580,000
Joseph Liberta us
Joseph Liberta
us 2,930,000 170,000
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
ru 2,650,000 -415,000
Matt Russell us
Matt Russell
us 2,100,000 110,000
Joe Curcio us
Joe Curcio
us 1,315,000

Tags: Dong Sheng PengFrancis AndersonJoseph LibertaMatt RussellRoman Korenev

Hands #130-134: Curcio Jams but Doesn't Get Called

DegenOnTour • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Hand #130: Matt Russell raised to 310,000 from the cutoff and the other players folded.

Hand #131: Joseph Liberta limped his small blind and big blind Roman Korenev checked his option. The flop was {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and Liberta check-folded to a one-big-blind bet.

Hand #132: Liberta raised to 250,000 from the button and big blind Francis Anderson called.

The dealer put out the {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop and Anderson checked to Liberta who continued with a bet of 275,000. Andrson folded his hand.

Hand #133: Roman Korenev limped from the button and Anderson limped from the small blind. Jared Koppel checked in the big blind and the {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop was dealt.

All three players checked and the {6-Hearts} turn was dealt. It checked to Koppel who took the pot down with a bet of 150,000.

Hand #134: Joe Curcio put his last ten big blinds in the middle but he didn't get a call.

Tags: Francis AndersonJared KoppelJoe CurcioJoseph LibertaMatt RussellRoman Korenev

Level:
30
Blinds:
60,000/120,000
Ante:
120,000

Hands #125-129: Koppel Takes Bigger Chip Lead Before the Break

poolshir • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Jared Koppel
Jared Koppel

Hand #125: Roman Korenev completed his small blind and Francis Anderson opted to check. The flop came {4-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{8-Spades}, Korenev check-folded to the 150,000 bet of Anderson.

Hand #126: Matt Russell raised to 215,000 from under the gun and Jared Koppel called in the big blind. The flop came {2-Spades}{j-Spades}{k-Clubs}, Koppel check-called the 240,000 continuation-bet of Russell. They both checked through the {7-Hearts} on the turn to the {a-Hearts} on the river. Koppel check-called the 535,000 bet of Russell who immediately mucked after the call.

Hand #127: Korenev raised to 225,000 from the cutoff and Russell called in the big blind. The flop came {a-Spades}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, Russell check-called the 220,000 continuation-bet of Korenev. They both checked through the rest of the board which came {8-Spades} on the turn and the {3-Clubs} on the river for Korenev to pick up the pot with {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}.

Hand #128: Anderson raised to 210,000 from the cutoff and was called by Koppel on the button. The flop came {9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} for Anderson to check-fold to the 200,000 bet of Koppel.

Hand #129: Joe Curcio completed his small blind and Dong Shen Peng opted to check. They both checked through the {7-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{3-Hearts} on the flop and the {a-Hearts} on the turn to see the {4-Hearts} complete the board and bring a flush on the table. Curcio check-folded to the 100,000 bet of Peng.

The players were sent for the last 15-minute break of the night.

Jared Koppel us
Jared Koppel
us 9,200,000 2,200,000
Francis Anderson us
Francis Anderson
us 5,105,000 505,000
Dong Sheng Peng CN
Dong Sheng Peng
CN 4,935,000 -65,000
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
ru 3,065,000 365,000
Joseph Liberta us
Joseph Liberta
us 2,760,000 160,000
Matt Russell us
Matt Russell
us 1,990,000 -2,210,000
Joe Curcio us
Joe Curcio
us 1,315,000 -435,000

Tags: Jared KoppelFrancis AndersonJoe CurcioMatt RussellRoman Korenev