Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
It's a rarity to talk about back-to-back-to-back final tables, but Yueqi Zhu has proved once again that the $1,500 Omaha Mix could once be called Zhu Invitational. This is the third year that it has been featured among bracelet events and Zhu has been to the final table each time.
Following his sixth place in 2017, Zhu came out on top last year to nab his first WSOP wristwear (along with $211,781). Now he's defending his title as fiercely as he can.
Zhu is bidding for the gold again, making a solid wager towards the $199,838 prize reserved for the winner of this year's 771-strong contest.
Zhu has already made it to the top four and he will come back for the final day second in chips (2,735,000), trailing only Anatolii Zyrin (3,330,000).
Zyrin has been the most active player on the final table, contesting the majority of the pots. He was able to double his stack in the final two levels of the night, with the blinds and limits increasing.
The high limits might be the biggest concern for [Removed:146] (1,960,000) and, even more so, for James Van Alstyne (585,000). Former bracelet winner Van Alstyne nursed a short stack for most of the play at the final table, but he was always able to find a double in the critical moments. He will have to go through some early spins tomorrow if he wants to be a serious challenger for the title.
With the 120,000/240,000 limits coming up next, every pot is getting more and more important. A couple of scoops might drastically change the landscape of the leaderboard as there are only 36 big bets left in play.
It is virtually guaranteed that the home stretch will be a question of a few hours, so come back to PokerNews at 2 p.m. PDT for the final session as the $1,500 Mixed Omaha is only three eliminations away from crowning its champion.
Play has finished for the day as the remaining four players made it through level 30. They will return on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. PDT with the blinds of 30,000/60,000 and limits of 120,000/240,000.
A full recap of the day's action will follow shortly.
The flop was down , and three players checked to the turn. Zhu bet 300,000 from the button, and only Anatolii Zyrin called from the blinds.
The river was the , and Zyrin checked again. Zhu placed a stack worth 500,000 into the middle, and Zyrin folded after 30 seconds in the tank.
James Van Alstyne raised from the small blind, Anatolii Zyrin defended his big with a call and the rest of Van Alstyne's chips went in on the flop as he check-raised all in. Zyrin called off.
Zyrin had a flush draw and a gutter, but Van Alstyne's bottom set held as the rest of the board ran out and . Van Alstyne finished with a full house and Zyrin had to concede 355,000.
The board was down , and [Removed:146] saw his 200,000 bet called by Yueqi Zhu.
The river card was the , and Zhu again called a 200,000 bet.
Guerfi tabled and Zhu revealed . Guerfi won the high half of the pot, and the players chopped the low.
Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Yueqi Zhu made it 130,000 on the button and Anatolii Zyrin called in the big blind.
Zyrin checked to Zhu on and Zhu fired 200,000. Zyrin called.
Zhu slowed down on the turn and checked back and Zyrin led out 250,000 on the river. Zhu called right away.
Zyrin tabled for trip eights and eight-seven-five low and Zhu stared at his hand for a little while. He saw that he was scooped and mucked his own beholdings, and Zyrin dragged a decent pot to solidify his chip lead.
[Removed:146] raised to 125,000 from the cutoff, and Yueqi Zhu called from the button. Aron Dermer then put his final 240,000 into the middle from the big blind, and both players called.
The board fell , and both Guerfi and Zhu checked through to showdown.
Guerfi tabled and took the whole pot with a full house after both Dermer and Zhu mucked.
Dermer takes away $41,112 for his efforts.
Yueqi Zhu raised from the cutoff, Aron Dermer called in the small blind and so did Anatolii Zyrin from the big.
Dermer led out on and only Zhu called as Zyrin folded.
Dermer barrelled the turn and Zhu called again.
The landed on the river and Dermer bet one more time. Zhu raised and Dermer called.
Zhu showed for a nut flush and a nut low and Dermer flipped , knowing he wasn't getting any piece of the pot.
Dermer was down to last 160,000 but be chopped a three-way pot on the next hand, improving to 240,000.
Pot-Limit Blinds: 25,000/50,000