2019 World Series of Poker

Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day: 2a
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
15,000,000 / 30,000,000

Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 2a Completed

Vilkov Takes Day 2a Chip Lead; Thibodaux, Kolev, Makhija Also Bag Big

Level 20 : 10,000/25,000, 25,000 ante
Joshua Thibodaux
Joshua Thibodaux

After the start of Day 2a of Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold’em had been delayed by almost two hours, action finally kicked off with 1,580 players returning to the tables out of the 6,095 entries on the first out of four starting flights. After eight levels of play, Mikhail Vilkov claimed the chip lead with 3,475,000 in chips.

This is Vilkov’s fourth cash on the WSOP Circuit already but he will be looking to improve on what he has right now. Joshua Thibodaux follows Vilkov closely in the chip counts with 3,215,000. He got some of those chips when his four-bet was called by his opponent while he held pocket aces. All the chips went over the line when he shoved on the four-king-nine flop and was called by the pocket jacks. Thibodaux held on to his lead to take his stack to over 3 million.

Other notable players who have bagged big include Amer Torbey, Yuliyan Kolev, and Amit Makhija. Also in the mix are Upeshka De Silva, Diogo Veiga, and Joseph Di Rosa Rojas who have all won bracelets before and probably wouldn’t mind adding another one to their collection. Players like Matt Glantz, Ismael Bojang, and Tony Miles are through but have some work ahead of them as they bagged a below average stack.

There was no hand-for-hand play before the bubble as it burst when the tournament clock was paused. Three players were eliminated in the final hand and they would split $1,500 among themselves evenly. The rest of the field all cashed for at least $750.

Not everyone made it to Day 3 and were eliminated throughout the day, some of them cashing, some of them not. These notable players like Roberly Felicio, Antoine Saout, Greg Mueller, Jonathan Tamayo, Steven van Zadelhoff, Maurice Hawkins, Jacob Baumgartner, Loni Harwood, and the Massey brothers, Aaron and Ralph.

When the players return for Day 3 on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m. local time, they will be combined with all the surviving players from Day 2b, 2c, and 2d. Day 2b will take place on Saturday, June 1 and is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. while Day 1c is also taking place. Day 1d will be the last chance for players to make it to a second day.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be there throughout the whole event to bring you all the action from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and this record-breaking tournament.

Tags: Amer TorbeyAmit MakhijaAntoine SaoutDiogo VeigaGreg MuellerIsmael BojangJacob BaumgartnerJonathan TamayoJoseph Di Rosa RojasJoshua ThibodauxLoni HarwoodMatt GlantzMaurice HawkinsMikhail VilkovRoberly FelicioSteven van ZadelhoffTony MilesUpeshka De SilvaYuliyan Kolev

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 20 : 10,000/25,000, 25,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Mikhail Vilkov ru
Mikhail Vilkov
3,475,000 3,003,000
Day 2A Chip Leader
Joshua Thibodaux us
Joshua Thibodaux
3,215,000 55,000
Amer Torbey ve
Amer Torbey
3,025,000 25,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Jose Chavez us
Jose Chavez
2,915,000 2,354,000
Justin Powell us
Justin Powell
2,905,000 -1,095,000
Yuliyan Kolev bg
Yuliyan Kolev
2,800,000 -400,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Christopher Battenfield us
Christopher Battenfield
2,755,000 2,374,000
Julian Pineda co
Julian Pineda
2,655,000 2,240,000
Victor Dieguez us
Victor Dieguez
2,600,000 2,315,000
Bao Le us
Bao Le
Omer Mecica ca
Omer Mecica
2,555,000 1,525,000
Virab Zakaryan us
Virab Zakaryan
2,365,000 2,197,000
Richard Marcy us
Richard Marcy
2,260,000 2,029,000
Amit Makhija us
Amit Makhija
2,245,000 1,745,000
Christopher Smith us
Christopher Smith
2,160,000 2,117,000
Arash Ghaneian us
Arash Ghaneian
WSOP 1X Winner
Qikun Chen us
Qikun Chen
2,105,000 1,753,000
Fitzgerald Christopher us
Fitzgerald Christopher
2,095,000 1,939,000
Marcio Bicalho us
Marcio Bicalho
2,085,000 1,879,000
Christian Pham us
Christian Pham
2,040,000 2,040,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Matt Saincome us
Matt Saincome
2,020,000 1,896,000
Steven Williams us
Steven Williams
2,015,000 -50,000
Osman Ihlamur tr
Osman Ihlamur
2,010,000 1,501,000
Anthony Marquez us
Anthony Marquez
2,005,000 -295,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Anton Morgenstern de
Anton Morgenstern
2,000,000 -100,000

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Powell Eliminates a Player

Level 20 : 10,000/25,000, 25,000 ante

On a flop of {3-Spades}{4-Spades}{j-Spades} the player in the small blind moved all in for his remaining 520,000 into a pot of 200,000 and Justin Powell in the big blind snap called. The player in the button tanked for a long time before folding {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} face-up.

Justin Powell: {8-Spades}{4-Clubs}
Opponent: {j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

The board ran out {a-Clubs}{7-Spades} giving Powell a flush on the river and eliminating another player as he builds his chip lead to 4 million in chips.

Powell then said, "I snap-called because I didn't notice he had 100,000 chips".

Player Chips Progress
Justin Powell us
Justin Powell
4,000,000 3,605,000

Tags: Justin Powell

Thibodaux at the Top of the Chip Counts

Level 20 : 10,000/25,000, 25,000 ante

Joshua Thibodaux raised to 60,000 from under the gun and action folded to the button who three-bet to 150,000. The blinds quickly folded and Thibodaux four-bet to 360,000. The button called.

The flop came down {4-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, Thibodaux shoved and his opponent snap-called with the shorter stack.

Button: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Joshua Thibodaux: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}

The rest of the board was completed with the {4-Clubs} and the {6-Spades} for Thibodaux to hold and eliminate his opponent to take him to over 3,000,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Joshua Thibodaux us
Joshua Thibodaux
3,160,000 3,027,000

Tags: Joshua Thibodaux

Uzunov Doubles Through Reilly

Level 20 : 10,000/25,000, 25,000 ante

Tim Reilly raised to 60,000 from under the gun and Ivan Uzunov three-bet to 170,000 from the lojack. Action folded back to Reilly who took a few seconds and then asked the dealer to confirm how much the three-bet was for. The dealer confirmed the amount and Reilly decided to shove. Uzunov looked at his cards once more before he called for the 860,000 he had behind.

Ivan Uzunov: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}
Tim Reilly: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

The board ran out {8-Spades}{q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts} for Uzunov to hold with the pocket rockets to double up and leave Reilly behind with just 200,000 chips.

Player Chips Progress
Ivan Uzunov bg
Ivan Uzunov
1,780,000 980,000
Tim Reilly us
Tim Reilly
200,000 -750,000

Tags: Ivan UzunovTim Reilly

Hurtt Eliminates another Player

Level 20 : 10,000/25,000, 25,000 ante

On the flop of {10-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and already a big pot the player in the small blind moved all in and Derrick Hurtt made the call.

Derrick Hurtt: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-Spades}{j-Spades}

The turn and river came {j-Clubs}{k-Clubs} and it was no help to his opponent. Hurtt is inflicting pain on his opponents and now sits among the leaders in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Derrick Hurtt us
Derrick Hurtt
1,900,000 1,620,000

Tags: Derrick Hurtt

Morgenstern Takes One Down

Level 20 : 10,000/25,000, 25,000 ante
Anton Morgenstern
Anton Morgenstern

The player in early position opened and was called by Anton Morgenstern on the button and the player in the big blind.

The flop came {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} on which both of Morgenstern's opponents checked. He decided to bet 75,000, the big blind raised to 275,000 and the other player got out of their way. Morgenstern jammed for a million and the big blind called with the slightly shorter stack.

Anton Morgenstern: {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}
Big Blind: {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}

The rest of the board was completed with the {5-Diamonds} on the turn and the {j-Hearts} on the river to seal the deal en give Morgenstern another bustout to his name.

Player Chips Progress
Anton Morgenstern de
Anton Morgenstern
2,100,000 500,000

Tags: Anton Morgenstern