Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||150,000 / 300,000|
Day 2 Completed
A champion has been crowned in the final event of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker! Britain’s Carl Shaw defeated Tony Dunst heads-up for $606,562 and his first-ever gold WSOP bracelet. The final starting event here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino attracted 608 players in total who created a prize pool of $2,827,200 with 92 players getting paid. With Shaw’s bracelet, the United Kingdom laid claim to four bracelets this summer. Ben Heath, Stephen Chidwick, and Luke Schwarz went before him.
This is Shaw’s fifth WSOP cash but only his second in Las Vegas with his first being a deep run in the Main Event this year when he finished in 101st place for $59,295 — his previous best tournament result until this win. But he’s no rookie on the poker circuit, with his first cash on The Hendon Mob recorded in 2013. This result brings his total live earnings to just over $750,000.
Shaw said he used his Main Event finish as motivation for the next tournament on his schedule: “I was a little bit disappointed to be honest, obviously as everyone would be busting that deep in the Main. It made me more hungry, to be honest. More hungry to be out here, winning more tournaments. I’m going to be back for more bracelets.”
Final Table Results
|1||Carl Shaw||United Kingdom||$606,562|
|2||Tony Dunst||United States||$374,886|
|3||Luke Graham||United States||$259,533|
|4||Jordan Cristos||United States||$182,575|
|6||Phil Hellmuth||United States||$97,899|
|7||Rami Mornel||United States||$70,156|
|8||Caufman Talley||United States||$52,760|
|9||Kevin Eyster||United States||$40,374|
The second and final day started at noon with 44 players in their seats. With the 30-minute blind levels, the eliminations were coming in from all over the place. In less than an hour, the field was reduced to the final three tables with Joe Cada, Mike Matusow, Michael Mizrachi, and Alexandru Papazian being amongst the first eliminations.
Kristen Bicknell, the two-time bracelet winner was eliminated by Jonathan Little when they had both flopped a flush draw but neither completed it. Little did however turn a pair to send the Canadian to the rail in 22nd place for $16,582. The Day 1 chip leader Liran Twito five-bet shoved into David “ODB” Baker with ace-queen and was called by pocket kings who held throughout the board. Baker and Shaw were both at the top of the chip counts when there were only two tables left but in a big pot, Shaw took over the chip lead from Baker when he had turned two pair.
Anatoly Filatov fell in eleventh place when he first doubled Luke Graham and then lost his last big blind to him too. The floor had decided already when there were 11 players left to combine the two tables at ten players and then move them to the other side of the Amazon room for partial coverage on PokerGO. Baker was the first to leave the unofficial final table after the defending champion, Phil Hellmuth had managed to double up twice.
Shaw said the following about the final table: “There were some tough players at the final table. I had to pick my spots and adjust my game. Obviously, I had a bit of luck on my side, so that helped.”
Shaw was responsible for eliminating Kevin Eyster, and Rami Mornel while Hellmuth took out Caufman Talley. Dunst then eliminated the Poker Brat who held five-trey while Dunst had the better hand with ace-ten. Dunst flopped top pair on the deuce-ten-four board but Hellmuth picked up the open-ended straight draw. The turn gave Dunst two pair and Hellmuth the wheel but the river gave Dunst the full house to send Hellmuth on his way to the ESPN commentary desk to do his Main Event duties.
Germany’s Lars Kamphues was supported all day by his Fuchsbau teammates which included Fabian Gumz who finished in eighth place in the Millionaire Maker but couldn’t better that result for the team as he also fell victim to Shaw’s amazing run. Jordan Cristos spent a lot of his day checking out the stacks of his opponents in the tournament and calculating their blinds but saw his deep run end in fourth place when Dunst took him out with a turned pair of deuces. Three-handed play only lasted five hands when Graham’s ace-six failed to win against the ace-eight of Shaw.
With just 60 big blinds heads-up, both players had to contend with short stacks and adjust their shoving and calling ranges. “It was really gamble(y) towards the end, but luckily for me, I was on the right side of the luck when it came to the flips. We both had short stacks so it was tricky for both of us,” Shaw remarked.
The double-ups were abundant back and forth with the chip lead alternating between them but in the end, Shaw was triumphant when he rivered a flush to see his rail run into the tournament area to celebrate his amazing victory. Shaw was cheered on all the way by family, friends and his girlfriend who were pressed tight up against the rail craning to see his every action at the final table.
“I think that made me want it more. Having everybody here; it’s my mum’s first time in America. I wanted to make her proud and I know I’ve done that now.”
Hand #116: Carl Shaw shoved on the button and Tony Dunst called for the 5,000,000 he had behind.
The flop came for Dunst to hit top pair.
The turn was the for Shaw to pick up the flush and Broadway draw.
The river completed the board with the to give him the flush indeed for Shaw to celebrate loudly, his rail to swarm the table to congratulate him. Dunst and Shaw hugged and congratulated each other with their results. Dunst made his way to the payout desk to collect $374,886 for finishing in second place while Shaw collects the first-place prize of $606,562.
A full recap of today's action is to follow.
Hand #109: Tony Dunst limped and Carl Shaw moved all in. Dunst folded.
Hand #110: Dunst received a walk.
Hand #111: Dunst limped and called a shove from Shaw.
The board came and Dunst dodged straight outs to double up for 5,150,000
Hand #112: Shaw moved all in and Dunst called.
"You call me with deuces bro?" said Shaw.
The board came and and Shaw doubled back for 7,650,000.
Hand #113: Shaw received a walk.
Hand #114: Shaw moved all in and Dunst called.
Dunst flopped a pair on the board and this time he doubled for 2,200,000.
Hand #115: Shaw received a walk.
Hand #101: Tony Dunst called on the button and Carl Shaw opted to check. The flop came Shaw check-called the 300,000 bet of Dunst to see the on the turn. Shaw check-folded to the bet of Dunst.
Hand #102: Shaw shoved on the button and Dunst folded.
Hand #103: A walk for Shaw.
Hand #104: A walk for Dunst.
Hand #105: Dunst called on the button and called again when Shaw raised to 1,200,000. The flop came , Shaw bet 1,000,000 which Dunst called. The turn was the and now Shaw check-folded to the 1,500,000 bet of Dunst.
Hand #106: Shaw raised to 700,000 from the button and Dunst called. The flop came for both players to check to the on the turn. Dunst check-folded to Shaw's bet.
Hand #107: Dunst called on the button but folded to Shaw's shove.
Hand #108: Shaw raised to 600,000 on the button and Dunst shoved with the bigger stack. Shaw called.
The flop came for Shaw to hit top pair but Dunst to pick up the flush draw. The turn was the which didn't change things and neither did the on the river.
Hand #94: Carl Shaw received a walk.
Hand #95: Shaw raised and took down the pot.
Hand #96: In a limped pot both players checked the flop and Shaw checked the turn to Tony Dunst who bet 300,000. Shaw check-raised to 1,200,000 and Dunst called. The pair checked the river and Shaw mucked.
Hand #97: Shaw raised and Dunst moved all in. Shaw mucked.
Hand #98: Shaw received a walk.
Hand #99: Shaw moved all in and took down the pot.
Hand #100: Dunst raised to 600,000 and Shaw called. The pair checked the flop and Shaw bet 1,500,000 on the turn. Dunst folded.
Hand #89: Carl Shaw limped and Tony Dunst made it 950,000. Shaw called and Dunst check-called 1,200,000 on the flop.
The turn was the and Dunst check-called 1,500,000. The river was the and both players checked. Dunst showed and won the pot.
Hand #90: Dunst limped and Shaw checked. Both players checked the flop and Shaw bet 600,000 on the turn. Dunst folded.
Hand #91: Shaw raised to 600,000 and Dunst called. Dunst check-folded to 1,000,000 on the flop.
Hand #92: Dunst limped and folded to a raise to 1,100,000.
Hand #93: Shaw raised to 600,000 and folded to a Dunst shove.
Hand #85: Carl Shaw shoved on the button and Tony Dunst tanked for a while and then called for the 2,910,000 he had behind.
The flop came for Dunst to hit top pair and Shaw two pair.
The turn was the which didn't change things but the on the river meant that Shaw's two pair got counterfeited and Dunst's eight-kicker came into play to give him the upper hand and double him up.
Hand #86: Dunst called on the button and Shaw opted to check. The flop came , Shaw check-called the 250,000 bet of Dunst. They both checked through the on the turn to the on the river. Shaw checked for the last time and Dunst bet 450,000 which was enough to get Shaw to fold.
Hand #87: Shaw shoved on the button and got no action.
Hand #88: Dunst called on the button and Shaw opted to check. The flop came , Shaw check-called the 250,000 bet but check-folded to the 700,000 continuation-bet of Dunst on the on the turn.
Hand #75: A walk for Tony Dunst.
Hand #76: Dunst shoved on the button and got no action.
Hand #77: Carl Shaw shoved on the button and got no action.
Hand #78: A walk for Shaw.
Hand #79: A walk for Dunst.
Hand #80: A walk for Shaw.
Hand #81: Shaw raised to 500,000 from the button and Dunst shoved for Shaw to fold.
Hand #82: Dunst called on the button and Shaw shoved for Dunst to fold.
Hand #83: Shaw shoved on the button and got no action.
Hand #84: Dunst shoved on the button and got no action.