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Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event
Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event
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WSOP Bracelet Winner Andres Korn Leads Final Eight in Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event

zedmaster84 • Level 41: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
Andres Korn
Andres Korn

After almost 20 levels of fast-paced action, the inaugural Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event has been cut down to the final eight players out of a massive field of 5,521 and it is an international mix of poker pros and recreational players that will be back on the Amazon feature table tomorrow at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to determine yet another bracelet winner at the 2019 World Series of Poker.

Seven different nationalities will be represented and it Andres Korn that enters the final day in the lead with 75,000,000. Korn already knows what it feels like to lift a gold bracelet for the winner photos in Las Vegas after taking down Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em in 2017 for his first gold bracelet and a payday of $618,285.

Sitting in second place on the leaderboard is French poker pro Jeremy Saderne with 64,000,000, China's Yi "Cameron" Ma is in third with 62,600,000. Koji Takagi will aim to win the third WSOP bracelet for Japan and enters the eight-handed showdown with a stack of 44,000,000. Lula Taylor, who led the field after Day 1, continued to entertain the table opponents and rail alike with her unorthodox playing style and straight forward chat on the way to claiming 30,500,000 chips.

Lula Taylor
Lula Taylor

The remaining finalists are Stefan Widmer (28,400,000), Ben Alloggio (13,900,000) and Philip Gildea (12,400,000). Action resumes at 12 noon local time with 17 minutes remaining at blinds of 1,000,000/2,000,000 and a big blind ante of 2,000,000. The button will be on Saderne with a dead small blind and Alloggio as the single big blind.

All eight hopefuls are already guaranteed at least $71,199 for their efforts, but one of them will walk home with the coveted gold bracelet and a top prize of $628,654 that comes along with it.

Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event Final Table

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ben AlloggioUnited States13,900,0007
2Andres KornArgentina75,000,00038
3Stefan WidmerSwitzerland28,400,00014
4Yi MaChina62,600,00031
5Koji TakagiJapan44,000,00022
6Philip GildeaIreland12,400,0006
7Lula TaylorUnited States30,500,00015
8Jeremy SaderneFrance64,000,00032

Action of the Day

What started with 546 hopefuls returning to their seats in the Pavilion White section soon turned into an all in festival as 100 players headed to the payout desk in the first 30-minute level of the day. The seat open announcements came so frequently that a line of several dozen people emerged at the payout desk in the first few hours of the day.

Among those waiting in line were the WSOP bracelet winners Yuval Bronshtein, David Peters, Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson and Adrian Buckley to name just a few. Ferguson saw his hopes of an even deeper run destroyed when he ran with tens into the pocket queens of Truong Nguyen.

Other big names that fell before the dinner break were Tim Finne, Nick Pupillo, Stephen Song, and Aleksandr Merzhvinskii. With rapidly increasing blind limits, the casualties continued to pile up and Nipun Java was among those to bow out before the dinner, too. Only 33 still had chips to their name and Yi Ma was at the top of the leaderboard after he had scored a triple knockout and entered a three-way all in the very next hand.

Blair Hinkle, Jamila von Perger, and Jamees Dempsey were among those to bow out shortly after returning to their seats as the chips went flying left and right with the redraw of the last three and two tables a matter of levels and not hours. Jeff Madsen was among the shorter stacks and mounted an impressive comeback with a double, triple and another double up in quick succession. However, the four-time WSOP bracelet winner busted in unfortunate fashion in 14th place when his king-jack suited with clubs flush draw ended up second-best against the queen-ten of Andres Korn.

Jeff Madsen
Jeff Madsen

Jeremy Saderne went from shorter stack to chip leader by doubling through Juan Endara, sending Endara to the rail and also winning a flip with sevens against the king-queen suited of Atrayon Trevino. Korn would beat Saderne to the top spot after forcing a fold from Lula Taylor and James Stewart failed to hold up in his second consecutive all in showdown to become the final casualty of the night.

With 165 big blinds in play and 30-minute levels until a champion is crowned, the action will remain fast-paced on the final table and you can follow the live stream action and all updates from start to finish right here on PokerNews at the same time as Day 1a of the $10,000 Main Event kicks off.

Tags: Adrian BuckleyAleksandr MerzhvinskiiAndres KornAtrayon TrevinoBarry GreensteinBen AlloggioBlair HinkleChris FergusonDavid PetersJames StewartJamila Von PergerJeff MadsenJeremy SaderneJuan EndaraKoji TakagiLula TaylorNick PupilloNipun JavaPhilip GildeaStefan WidmerStephen SongTim FinneTruong NguyenYi MaYuval Bronshtein

James Stewart Eliminated in 9th Place ($55,118)

zedmaster84 • Level 41: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
James Stewart
James Stewart

Hand #17: Yi Ma raised to 6,000,000 from middle position and James Stewart pushed for his last five big blinds out of the big blind, Ma called and Stewart was all in and at risk for the second hand in a row.

James Stewart: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Yi Ma: {k-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}

The Chinese rail and Ma celebrated on the {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop, and the {8-Clubs} turn and {3-Diamonds} river ended Stewart's tournament in 9th place for $55,118. The remaining eight players will now bag and tag for the night with the chip counts and a recap of today's action to follow.

Yi Ma CN 62,600,000 16,600,000
James Stewart us Busted

Tags: James StewartYi Ma

Hand #16: Stewart Doubles Through Saderne

zedmaster84 • Level 41: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante

Hand #16: James Stewart pushed first to act and Jeremy Saderne called from the big blind.

James Stewart: {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Jeremy Saderne: {5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}

The board came {j-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and Stewart doubled for 5,200,000.

"Split pot" Yi Ma joked and Stewart sat back down, thinking he had indeed chopped before he was told that top pair was good.

Jeremy Saderne fr 65,000,000 -3,500,000
James Stewart us 12,400,000 7,200,000

Tags: James StewartJeremy SaderneYi Ma

Hands #11-15: Stewart Survives, Widmer Makes a Move

LisaY • Level 41: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante

Hand #11: Lula Taylor limped in middle position. Andres Korn and Stefan Widmer defended in the small and big blinds. The flop was the {4-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{q-Spades} and Korn lead for 2,000,000, which got both opponents to fold.

The blinds increased to 1,000,000/2,000,000 with a 2,000,000 big blind ante.

Hand #12: Koji Takagi made it 5,000,000 under the gun and James Stewart got 800,000 all in. The board ran out {2-Hearts}{3-Spades}{j-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{j-Spades} and Stewart survived with {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} against Takagi's {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}.

Hand #13: Takagi got a walk.

Hand #14: Ben Alloggio opened to 5,500,000 and Widmer tanked and three-bet all in 16,500,000. Everyone else passed and when it came back to Alloggio, he folded {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs} face up.

Hand #15: Saderne opened to 4,000,000 under the gun and folded to Andres Korn's 13,000,000 three-bet.

Andres Korn ar 75,000,000 13,000,000
Jeremy Saderne fr 68,500,000 -2,500,000
Koji Takagi jp 47,000,000 -4,000,000
Stefan Widmer ch 28,400,000 6,650,000
Ben Alloggio us 13,500,000 -5,500,000
James Stewart us 5,200,000 4,400,000

Tags: Andres KornJames StewartKoji TakagiLula TaylorStefan Widmer


Hands #6-10: Chip and a Chair for Stewart; Korn Jams Into Taylor

zedmaster84 • Level 40: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante

Hand #6: Andres Korn raised to 3,700,000 and won the blinds and big blind ante.

Hand #7: Yi Ma raised to 6,500,000 and all opponents folded.

Hand #8: Ben Alloggio raised to 4,000,000 and the action folded to James Stewart in the big blind. He slid a portion of his stack forward and exposed his {k-Clubs}{7-Hearts}, thinking he would be all in. The flop brought {j-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Alloggio bet out of turn while Stewart, which his king-high exposed was to act. Stewart checked and folded to the bet of Alloggio, who flashed {a-Spades}{j-Spades}.

Hand #9: Lula Taylor placed a bet of 2,500,000 and had to min-raise to 3,200,000, which won the blinds and big blind ante.

Hand #10: Taylor raised to 3,200,000 from the hijack and Korn called in the big blind. On the {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Spades} flop both checked and Korn bet the {3-Diamonds} turn for 2,500,000, Taylor called. On the {k-Hearts} river, Taylor attempted to bet out of turn, Korn checked and Taylor bet what appeared to be 8,000,000.

Korn moved all in and Taylor folded with the words "Okay, I believe you." She was shown the {7-Spades}.

Andres Korn ar 62,000,000 21,000,000
Lula Taylor us 40,000,000 -13,000,000
Ben Alloggio us 19,000,000 1,500,000
James Stewart us 800,000 -6,200,000

Tags: Andres KornBen AlloggioJames StewartLula Taylor

Hands #1-5: Korn Bets Big

LisaY • Level 40: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante

Hand #1: Jeremy Saderne opened to 3,500 on the button and Andres Korn called the big blind. On the {a-Spades}{3-Clubs}{a-Clubs} flop, Korn check-called 2,200,000. The {j-Spades} turn went check-check and the river was the {9-Hearts}. Korn led for 10,300,000 and Saderne folded.

Hand #2: Korn limped the small blind and Stefan Widmer checked his option. The flop was the {j-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} and Widmer checked to Korn's bet.

Hand #3: Koji Takagi opened to 4,000,000 and took it down.

Hand #4: Yi Ma opened the small blind and Takagi folded.

Hand #5: Saderne raised to 3,500,000 and everyone folded.

Jeremy Saderne fr 71,000,000 -2,000,000
Andres Korn ar 41,000,000 3,000,000

Tags: Andres KornJeremy SaderneKoji TakagiStefan WidmerYi Ma

Redraw of the Unofficial Final Table

zedmaster84 • Level 40: 800,000-1,600,000, 1,600,000 ante
SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ben AlloggioUnited States17,500,00011
2Andres KornArgentina38,000,00024
3Stefan WidmerSwitzerland21,750,00014
4Yi MaChina46,000,00029
5Koji TakagiJapan51,000,00032
6Philip GildeaIreland22,200,00014
7Lula TaylorUnited States53,000,00033
8Jeremy SaderneFrance73,000,00046
9James StewartUnited States7,000,0004
Jeremy Saderne fr 73,000,000
Lula Taylor us 53,000,000 5,000,000
Koji Takagi jp 51,000,000 6,500,000
Yi Ma CN 46,000,000 3,000,000
Andres Korn ar 38,000,000 7,000,000
Philip Gildea ie 22,200,000
Stefan Widmer ch 21,750,000 -14,650,000
Ben Alloggio us 17,500,000 -1,000,000
James Stewart us 7,000,000 -10,100,000