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Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em
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Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em
Day 4 Completed

Cheong Takes Huge Step Towards Winning First Bracelet in Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack NLHE

poolshir • Level 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Joseph Cheong
Joseph Cheong

After a bit more than seven and a half hours of play, Day 4 of Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end with six players making it to the final day. Joseph Cheong takes a humongous chip lead into the final table with 100,300,000 in chips, which is worth 100 big blinds, when the remaining players return at noon local time on Wednesday, June 19. They will all be guaranteed at least $133,970 but will be targeting that first-place prize of $687,782 and the elusive gold WSOP bracelet.

Cheong has over $6,000,000 in WSOP cashes and three WSOP Circuit rings but is still chasing his maiden bracelet. He has put himself in a fantastic position to do so when play resumes. Cheong is followed by David Ivers who bagged 60,400,000. This will only be Ivers’ sixth ever WSOP cash and according to The Hendon Mob, this will also be his biggest live cash ever, no matter what happens. Closing the podium is Day 3 chip leader, Zinan Xu with 53,900,000 in chips which is still way above average. Xu already has eleven cashes in the WSOP branded tournaments and he’s already guaranteed to more than double his lifetimes WSOP cashes with whatever payout he picks up in this tournament.

Italy’s Andrea Buonocore collected 17,800,000 in his bag at the end of the night. He cashed twice already in the 50th Annual World Series of Poker but will be looking to claim the first bracelet this summer for his home country. Ido Ashkenazi has a lot of work to do with 11,700,000 in his overnight bag but he’s no stranger to the final table stage and will do his utmost best to turn things around. Arianna Son is sitting with the shortest stack of all. She managed to survive the day with 4,500,000 and will be facing an uphill battle to try and be the first woman this summer to win a bracelet. And it would be a great warm-up for her as the Ladies Event starts in two days.

Final Six Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ido AshkenaziUnited States11,700,00012
2Andrea BuonocoreItaly17,800,00018
3Joseph CheongUnited States100,300,000100
4Zinan XuChina53,900,00054
5David IversUnited States60,400,00060
6Arianna SonUnited States4,500,0005

Out of the 6,214-strong field, 40 players returned to the felt at noon to try and get to the final table stage but this wasn’t cut out for everyone. Within the first twenty minutes of the day, four players were eliminated and the field was reduced to the final four tables of the tournament. Less than an hour later it was already time for a total redraw as there were 27 players left. The 2018 WSOPE Main Event champion, Jack Sinclair was sent to the rail when his ace-six couldn’t beat the pocket tens of Xu. Naor Slobodkoy ran his ace-king into the kings of David Dibernardi.

Tim West
Tim West was eliminated in 20th place for $23,701

Tim West went southwards when his shove with pocket fours was called by Ivers who held pocket nines. West flopped a set but Ivers turned the higher set and even improved to quads to seal the deal. Guay scored the only double knock-out of the day when he took on James Pupillo and Andrew Hawskby with a pair of queens. Pupillo’s ace-king and Hawksby’s pocket jacks both picked up loads of outs when the dealer spread out the ace-queen-five-ten board but the five on the river dashed both their hopes as they were eliminated.

Noah Bronstein got his last ten big blinds in with jack-seven and once again it was Ivers who notched another elimination as he held pocket queens. Matthew Wantman also ran into queens but this time it was Ashkenazi who held them. Twenty minutes later Ashkenazi found queens again and he took out Edgardo Rosario. Dibernardi was railed by his parents all day today and yesterday too but ended up bubbling the final table.

Eight hands into the final table, Brock Wilson called for eleven big blinds with ace-queen after Ivers, who held jack-seven, had shoved. Ivers flopped a pair to send Wilson - who had been short for most of the day - to the rail.

Ivan Deyra managed to double up but then lost it all again when his pocket sixes couldn’t beat the king-queen of Cheong. It would then take another ninety minutes before the day would end as Guay was eliminated. He flopped a pair of fives and shoved, unfortunately for him, Ivers held an overpair to bring the day to an end as no further help came on the board for the Canadian.

When the players return to the Amazon room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, they will play the 25 minutes and 30 seconds that are left in Level 39, which has a small blind of 500,000, big blind of 1,000,000, and a big blind ante of 1,000,000. Play will continue until someone has won their first ever WSOP bracelet and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to provide you coverage of every single hand that will be played on the final table until the final all-in has been won.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1  $687,782
2  $424,791
3  $314,875
4  $235,099
5  $176,820
6  $133,970
7David GuayCanada$102,258
8Ivan DeyraFrance$78,638
9Brock WilsonUnited States$60,930

Tags: Andrea BuonocoreArianna SonBrock WilsonDavid DibernardiDavid IversEdgardo RosarioIdo AshkenaziIvan DeyraJack SinclairJames PupilloJoseph CheongMatthew WantmanNoah BronsteinTim WestZinan Xu

David Guay Eliminated in 7th Place ($102,258)

poolshir • Level 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
David Guay
David Guay

Hand #94: David Ivers raised to 2,000,000 from under the gun and David Guay called in the big blind.

The flop came {5-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}, Guay shoved for 4,000,000 and Ivers snap-called.

David Guay: {k-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
David Ivers: {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}

Guay flopped a pair of fives but was up against the overpair of Ivers.

The turn was the {6-Clubs} which didn't change the situation and neither did the {10-Clubs} as Guay was eliminated in seventh place for $102,258.

The six remaining players have now bagged up for the night and will return at noon on Wednesday, June 19. A recap of today's action is to follow.

Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 100,300,000 11,700,000
David Ivers us
David Ivers
us 60,400,000 7,400,000
Zinan Xu cn
Zinan Xu
cn 53,900,000 -7,100,000
Andrea Buonocore it
Andrea Buonocore
it 17,800,000 -5,200,000
Ido Ashkenazi us
Ido Ashkenazi
us 11,700,000 -9,500,000
Arianna Son us
Arianna Son
us 4,500,000 -11,500,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca Busted

Tags: David GuayDavid Ivers

Hands #89-93: Raise and Folds

poolshir • Level 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante

Hand #89: David Guay shoved from the button for 4,500,000 and got no action.

Hand #90: Zinan Xu raised to 2,200,000 from the hijack and got no callers.

Hand #91: Joseph Cheong raised to 2,100,000 from under the gun and Xu called in mid-position. The flop came {9-Spades}{2-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}, Cheong bet 2,000,000 and Xu called. The turn was the {7-Diamonds}, Cheong bet 7,500,000 and Xu snap-folded.

Hand #92: Cheong got a walk.

Hand #93: David Ivers raised to 2,000,000 from mid-position and picked up the blinds and ante.

Tags: David GuayDavid IversJoseph CheongZinan Xu

Hands #84-88: Divers Three-bets, Cheong Wins Two

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Hand #84: Zinan Xu raised to 2,300,000 from middle position. David Divers three-bet to 7,000,000 on the cutoff and action folded back to Xu who gave up his hand as well.

Hand #85: Xu limped under the gun and Joseph Cheong checked from the big blind. A flop of {10-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Hearts} was dealt and checked through to the {6-Hearts} turn. Cheong fired 3,000,000 and Xu folded.

Hand #86: Cheong limped from the small blind and Xu checked. The dealer fanned a flop of {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Cheong fired 2,000,000. Xu called. The turn brought the {q-Clubs} and was checked to the {9-Diamonds} river. Both players checked again. Cheong showed {a-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Xu revealed {a-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} for them to chop the pot.

Hand #87: David Guay got a walk.

Hand #88: Cheong raised to 2,100,000 on the cutoff and Ivers called from the big blind. A flop of {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} was dealt and Ivers checked. Cheong threw in a bet of 1,600,000, that was enough to claim the pot.

David Ivers us
David Ivers
us 53,000,000 -11,600,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca 5,000,000 500,000

Tags: David GuayJoseph CheongZinan Xu

Hands #79-83: More for Cheong and Xu, Guay Super Short

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Hand #79: Joseph Cheong completed his small blind and Zinan Xu opted to check. The flop came {7-Spades}{k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}, Cheong bet 1,000,000 and Xu called. The turn was the {8-Diamonds}, Cheong now bet 3,500,000 and Xu called again. The river completed the board with the {4-Clubs}, Cheong check-folded to the 7,200,000 bet of Xu.

Hand #80: Cheong raised to 3,000,000 from the button and David Guay called, leaving himself with 5,000,000 behind. Guay check-folded when Cheong put him all-in on the {3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{8-Clubs} flop.

Hand #81; Cheong raised to 2,500,000 from the cutoff and David Ivers called in the big blind. The flop came {a-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Spades}, Ivers check-folded to the 1,600,000 continuation-bet of Cheong.

Hand #82: Xu raised to 2,400,000 from the cutoff and got no action.

Hand #83: Cheong raised to 2,100,000 from mid-position and got no callers.

Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 88,600,000 8,000,000
Zinan Xu cn
Zinan Xu
cn 61,000,000 13,000,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca 4,500,000 -6,600,000

Tags: David GuayDavid IversJoseph CheongZinan Xu

Hands #74-78: Xu Gets a Fold from Cheong

SandraBarbour • Level 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante

Hand #74: Joseph Cheong raised to 2,500,000 on the cutoff and David Ivers called from the big blind. The flop came {6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and was checked through to the {a-Clubs} turn. Ivers check-called a bet of 4,500,000 from Cheong. The {2-Diamonds} filled up the river and Ivers checked once more. Cheong bet 15,000,000 and Ivers folded.

Hand #75: Ivers moved all in from the small blind and Arianna Son gave up her big blind.

Hand #76: Andrea Buonocore moved all in under the gun and got no action.

Hand #77: Ivers raised to 2,000,000 on the cutoff and Buonocore called from the big blind. A flop of {j-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} was dealt and Buonocore checked. Ivers fired 1800,000 and Buonocore check-raised all in. Ivers folded.

Hand #78: Zinan Xu raised under the gun and Buonocore called from the small blind along with Cheong in the big blind. The flop was {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and was checked through to the {7-Hearts} turn. Cheong fired 2,000,000. Xu called and Buonocore folded. The {10-Clubs} completed the board. This time, Cheong checked. Xu bet 8,000,000 and Cheong let it go.

Andrea Buonocore it
Andrea Buonocore
it 23,000,000 6,000,000

Tags: Andrea BuonocoreArianna SonDavid IversJoseph CheongZinan Xu

Level:
39
Blinds:
500,000/1,000,000
Ante:
1,000,000

Hands #71-73: Xu Shoves on Cheong

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Hand #71: Andrea Buonocore completed his small blind and Joseph Cheong opted to check. The flop came {6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Buonocore check-folded to the 1,500,000 bet from Cheong.

Hand #72: Arianna Son shoved from the hijack and got no action.

Hand #73: Cheong raised to 2,000,000 from the button and Zinan Xu called in the small blind. The flop came {k-Spades}{6-Hearts}{q-Hearts}, Xu check-called the 3,500,000 continuation-bet from Cheong.
The turn brought them the {a-Clubs}, Xu checked again. Cheong looked at Xu's stack and decided to lead out for 7,500,000. Xu counted out his stack, took a few seconds and then decided to shove for 27,700,000 in total. Cheong asked for a count and the dealer confirmed the amount. Cheong tanked for a while and then let his hand go.

Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 80,600,000 5,600,000
Zinan Xu cn
Zinan Xu
cn 48,000,000 11,500,000

Tags: Andrea BuonocoreArianna SonJoseph CheongZinan Xu

Hands #65-70: Ashkenazi Doubles Through Xu

SandraBarbour • Level 38: 400,000-800,000, 800,000 ante

Hand #65: David Ivers raised to 1,600,000 from early position and Joseph Cheong called from the small blind. A flop of {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{2-Spades} was dealt and both players checked it to the {8-Diamonds} turn. Cheong threw in a bet of 3,400,000, that was enough to claim the pot.

Hand #66: Ido Ashkenazi moved all in from the hijack for 9,800,000 and Zinan Xu called from the small blind.

Ido Ashkenazi: {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Zinan Xu: {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

The board ran {6-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{j-Hearts} and Ashkenazi doubled up.

Hand #67: Cheong raised to 1,700,000 on the cutoff and Ivers called from the big blind. The flop was {q-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Ivers checked to Cheong who bet 1,500,000. Ivers folded.

Hand #68: David Guay moved all in on the button and got no action.

Hand #69: Cheong raised to 1,700,000 from the hijack and everyone folded.

Hand #70: Cheong raised to 1,700,000 under the gun and got no action.

Zinan Xu cn
Zinan Xu
cn 36,500,000 -18,500,000
Ido Ashkenazi us
Ido Ashkenazi
us 21,200,000 6,400,000

Tags: David GuayDavid IversIdo AshkenaziJoseph CheongZinan Xu