Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||60,000 / 120,000|
Day 3 Completed
Israel's Team Geiger Wins Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team NLHE for Three First-Time Bracelets and $168,395
After almost ten levels of play, Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end. The tournament was originally scheduled as a four-day event but crowned the champions a day early as Team Geiger with Ohad Geiger, Daniel Dayan and the main man Barak Wisbrod defeated Team Smith heads-up for three gold WSOP bracelets and the first-place prize of $168,395. The tournament attracted 976 teams in total during the first eight levels of play on Day 1 here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
"This is beyond amazing," said 25-year old Dayan just after the final congratulations were received from the rail. "This isn't about the money, it's about the WSOP bracelet, it's every poker player’s dream!"
"It's amazing, this year is our first year at the WSOP, I'm only 23, so it's a dream come true," remarked Wisbrod. "We are proud to represent Israel here."
Both Dayan and Geiger had a strategy in mind from the start: "We all agreed Barak would play the latter stages, as he is the best in our team for sure." Twenty-six-year-old Geiger, who is a cash game player by trade, was convinced by his tournament playing friends to play the Tag Team, his first ever WSOP event, and even had to jump into the action early on Day 2 after both Dayan and Wisbrod were unable to make the start of play.
$1,000 Tag Team Final Table Results
|1||Ohad Geiger - Daniel Dayan - Barak Wisbrod||$168,395|
|2||Jerod Smith - Matthew Moreno - Lawrence Chan||$104,025|
|3||John Hinds - Anthony Zinno||$73,329|
|4||Timothy Jurkiewicz - Zachary Gruneberg||$52,390|
|5||Richard Washinsky - Fabio Coppola||$37,944|
|6||Chahn Jung - Danny Wong - Steve Sung - Aaron Motoyama||$27,864|
|7||Michael Marder - Daniel Marder - Paul Steinberg||$20,750|
|8||Kenny Hallaert - Steven van Zadelhoff||$15,674|
|9||Shaotong Chang - Jie Xu||$12,011|
Final Day Action
At 1 p.m. local time, 35 teams returned to the 50th Annual World Series of Poker to battle it out for a bigger share of the $878,400 prize pool instead of the $3,970 they were all already guaranteed. Team Leng (Ryan Leng – Lisa Leng – Nikki Grandt – Ilana Grandt) was involved in some of the more remarkable eliminations of the day. He first took out Team Koon (Jason Koon – Sosia Jiang) and Team Miholich (Kyle Miholich – Jeff Madsen – Michael Cribier) when Madsen shoved with pocket sevens and Leng called. Koon also shoved from the big blind with pocket jacks and Leng also quickly called that shove with the rockets. The aces held for Leng to jump towards the top of the chip counts. Unfortunately for him, he found aces again later and got set up when he ran them into the pocket kings of Team Geiger who flopped a set to eliminate Leng's team.
There seemed to be a lot of pocket jacks and aces to be dealt throughout the day. Team Zhou (Jun Zhou – Zhe Li – Xilian Liu) and Team Jaffee (Jared Jaffee – Ralph Massey – Aaron Massey) both held pocket jacks and ran them into the aces of Team George (James George – Jonathan Walker). Team Zhou was sent to the rail, Team George more than doubled. The eliminations kept coming in at a steadily pace but it was Team Le (Tuan Le – Thanh Tran) who bubbled the final table. Le, the two-time bracelet winner shoved with ace-queen on the ace-six-jack flop and was called by Fabio Coppola of Team Washinsky who had flopped a set of sixes. Even though Le had top pair and a flush draw, he bricked the turn and river.
Final Table Action
It only took six hands before the first team could say their goodbyes, Team Chang (Shaotong Chang – Jie Xu) shoved their last 8 big blinds in from the small blind and was called by Team Smith who held ace-seven. Chang’s five-four didn’t find any help on the board as she was sent to the payout desk. Thirteen hands later, Team Hallaert (Kenny Hallaert –Steven van Zadelhoff) saw his aces being cracked by the jacks of Team Geiger. The jack on the turn meant the end of the run of these two best friends in eighth place.
Thirty minutes later the curtains fell for Team Marder (Michael Marder – Daniel Marder – Paul Steinberg) when their ace-four shove was called by Team Geiger who held pocket jacks again. Another thirty minutes later it was time to go for Team Jung (Chahn Jung – Danny Wong – Steve Sung – Aaron Motoyama), they got their final chips in with king-jack against the pocket sevens of Team Smith (Jerod Smith – Matthew Moreno – Lawrence Chan). They flopped two pair but Team Smith rivered a full house to seal the deal.
It would then take another hour of five-handed play before Team Washinsky was done for the day. Coppola four-bet shoved and was called by Team Hinds (John Hinds – Anthony Zinno) who held aces and didn’t encounter any danger on the board. Only five hands later, Team Jurkieiwcz (Timothy Jurkiewicz – Zachary Gruneberg) was sent home in fourth place holding ace-king. They couldn’t beat the pocket fives of Team Hinds even though they picked up a flush draw on the flop and a straight draw on the turn. Sixty-four hands later it was time to go heads-up as Team Hinds was eliminated by Team Geiger. Team Hinds’ pocket sixes failed to win against the ace-five of Team Geiger as the turned a higher pair and improved to trips.
Heads-up play only lasted twelve hands; Smith managed to double up in the tenth hand but lost it all in the end when he tried to bluff Wisbrod who had rivered a Broadway straight in the final hand. When the win was confirmed, Wisbrod celebrated loudly and his teammates and rail all stormed the table to join in with the fun.
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Hand #172: Jerod Smith raised to 300,000 from the button and Barak Wisbrod called.
The flop came , Wisbrod check-called the 250,000 continuation-bet of Smith.
The turn was the , Wisbrod checked again and now Smith fired a bet of 600,000 over the line which Wisbrod called.
The river completed the board with the , Wisbrod checked and Smith shoved for the 3,200,000 he had behind which Wisbrod snap-called with for a Broadway straight while Smith held .
The Israeli rail went nuts - fittingly given their final hand - while Smith was consoled by his rail. He and his teammates finish in second place for $104,025.
A full recap of today's action is to follow.
Hand #166: Jerod Smith moved all in from the button and Barak Wisbrod of Team Geiger folded.
Hand #167: Wisbrod raised to 250,000 and Smith folded.
Hand #168: Smith called, and Wisbrod checked his option to see a flop. The action went check-check, and the turn fell the . Wisbrod check-called a 150,000 bet from Smith, and the players checked to a showdown after the river revealed the . Smith held , and Wisbrod showed for a chop pot.
Hand #169: Wisbrod raised to 250,000 and Smith folded.
Hand #170: Smith called, and Wisbrod checked his option before the flop fell . Wisbrod checked, and Smith bet 150,000, Wisbrod then shoved, and Smith called for 1.8m.
Smith held the lead with ace high and the nut flush draw, but when the hit the turn, Wisbrod hit a pair and was on the verge on victory. Both players rails watched on as the hit the river, and Smith improved to the but flush to survive.
Hand #171: Wisbrod raised to 200,000 from the button, and Smith called. The flop came , Smith check-folded to the 220,000 continuation-bet of Wisbrod.
Hand #161: Barak Wisbrod of Team Geiger raised to 250,000 and Jerod Smith folded.
Hand #162: Smith raised to 300,000 and Wisbrod called. The flop fell , and Wisbrod check-called a 250,000 bet. Both players checked on the turn, before Wisbrod bet 420,000 on the river. Smith called and mucked after he saw Wisbrod table for two pair.
Hand #163: Wisbrod raised to 250,000 and Smith called. The flop fell , and both players checked to see the turn. Smith bet 200,000 and Wisbrod called. The river fell the and Smith check-folded to a 500,000 bet from Wisbrod.
Hand #164: Smith completed and Wisbrod checked his option to see a flop. Smith checked, Wisbrod bet 150,000 and the former folded.
Hand #165: Wisbrod raised to 250,000 and Smith called. Smith check-called a 235,000 continuation bet after the flop fell and both players checked on the turn. The river fell the , and they checked to showdown. Smith tabled , but Wisbrod took the pot holding .
Hand #160: Barak Wisbrod of Team Geiger moved all in, and John Hinds called in the big blind for 3m.
Hinds held his advantage on the flop, but the Team Geiger rail erupted when they saw the ace of diamonds hit the turn. The ace of hearts fell on the river for good measure, and Team Hinds was eliminated in 3rd place for $73,329.
Hand #157: Barak Wisbrod raised to 425,000 from the small blind and won the pot.
Hand #158: Wisbrod raised to 250,000 from the button and folded after John Hinds three-bet to 700,000.
Hand #159: Hinds raised to 250,000, and Wisbrod called in the big blind. The flop fell , and both players checked. The turn fell the , and Wisbrod checked before Hinds bet 300,000. Wisbrod responded with a raise to 1,300,000 and Hinds folded.
Hand #152: John Hinds raised to 400,000 from the small blind and Jerod Smith folded his big blind.
Hand #153: A walk for Barak Wisbrod of Team Geiger.
Hand #154: Wisbrod completed his small blind and John Hinds opted to check. The flop came , Wisbrod bet 120,000 and Hinds snap-folded.
Hand #155: Wisbrod raised to 250,000 from the button and Jerod Smith called in the big blind. The flop came , Smith check-called the 250,000 continuation-bet of Wisbrod. They both checked through the on the turn to the on the river. Both players checked again. Smith tabled but was beat by the of Wisbrod.
Hand #156: Smith completed his small blind and Wisbrod opted to check in the big blind. The flop came , Smith bet 130,000 and Wisbrod called. They both checked through the on the turn and the on the river. Wisbrod picked up the pot with for king-high.
Hand #150: Jerod Smith raised to 300,000 in the small blind and Daniel Dayan of Team Geiger defended his big blind. They both checked through the flop to the on the turn. Smith bet 250,000 which Dayan called. The river completed the board with the . Smith now checked and Dayan bet 750,000. Smith took a few seconds before making the call but mucked when Dayan tabled for the trip aces.
Hand #151: Smith raised to 250,000 from the button and John Hinds three-bet to 825,000 in the big blind. Smith shoved for 2,770,000 and Hinds snap-called.
The board ran out for them both to hit a straight on the river but Smith had the higher one and doubled up.
Hand #143: Barak Wisbrod of Team Geiger raised to 250,000 on the button and got no action.
Hand #144: John Hinds raised to 250,000 from the button and Wisbrod called in the big blind. The flop came , Wisbrod check-called the 300,000 continuation-bet of Hinds. The turn brought them the , Wisbrod now check-folded to the 525,000 bet of Hinds.
Hand #145: Jerod Smith raised to 250,000 from the button and that was enough to get the rest to fold.
Hand #146: Wisbrod raised to 250,000 from the button and got no action
Hand #147: Hinds raised to 250,000 from the button and Wisbrod defended his big blind. They both checked through the on the flop to the on the turn. Wisbrod check-folded to the 300,000 bet of Hinds.
Hand #148: Smith raised to 250,000 from the button and Hinds three-bet to 825,000 in the big blind for Smith to fold.
Hand #149: Hinds completed his small blind and Smith opted to check. The flop came , Hinds check-folded to the bet of Smith.