Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||1,500,000 / 3,000,000|
Day 3 Completed
After almost six hours of play on Day 3, Jeremy Pekarek is victorious in Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack for $398,281 and his first gold World Series of Poker Bracelet.
Of the 6,151 entries in this event, just 582 players made it to Day 2, after which point the tournament staff decided to extend the event by one more day. A total of 923 players eventually made the money on Day 1, all snagging a piece of the $3,229,275 prize pool.
The Sycamore, Illinois native topped a field of a staggering 6,151 entries to earn his biggest career cash and fourth tournament win. Pekarek defeated Dan Kuntzman heads up in just two hands, followed by a wave of emotion after seven years of chasing his dream of winning a bracelet. "It's been an up-and-down journey. This was always the goal. Whenever I started playing poker I was like, I wanna win a bracelet and here I am," Pekarek told PokerNews.
Pekarek almost tripled his career earnings, with his biggest cash being over $44,000 before this win. "I just feel like this is a culmination of the past five years of just me learning more about myself. Self-awareness is everything in this game," he explained. "There was a lot of lessons I had to learn when I came out here. And I wasn't really ready for it. I learned a lot of hard lessons and I felt like I was ready."
In talking about his strategy coming in to the final table, Pekarek talked about being able to handle beats and persevere. "Just being relentless and hanging in there and fighting is key to these things. I mean Day 2 I was probably on ten big blinds for six hours or so. I really fought to make it here. I really am just kind of speechless," said an emotional Pekarek.
The newly-crowned champion was planning on playing a full schedule this summer, but things might change with this big win under his belt. "I feel like this was the first year I was actually prepared to play multiple events. I'm just gonna enjoy this, go home, celebrate, regroup."
Final Table Action
Day 3 began with nine players on the official final table with blinds at 400,000/800,000 with a big blind ante of 800,000. The average chip stack at the final table was 28 big blinds, meaning stacks were quite shallow.
It took two hours until David Elet got his remaining stack in the middle with ace-ten, well behind Juan Magana's pocket kings. Unfortunately for him he was unable to pick up even a sweat, and was eliminated in 9th place for $35,183. Remarkably, he was down to just 15,000 in chips late on Day 2 and spun his stack up, putting himself in the top three to start the day.
The chip lead changed several times throughout the final table, with almost everyone leading at some point. Benjamin Underwood took over the lead quickly in the day, with Noomis Jones hot on his heels, eventually taking the lead himself. Start-of-day chip leader Paul Jain also took an unexpected turn, and found himself at the bottom of the counts after about three hours of play.
John Skrovan was short and doubled, but then got his stack in the middle with ace-jack, up against Tan Nguyen's king-queen. The board ran out clean until a king hit the river, sending him home in 8th place for $45,418.
Soon after, Jain was still the short stack and jammed his final five big blinds in the middle with six-deuce suited, but was dominated by Magana's ace-six in the big blind. The flop came ace-high and Jain was eliminated in 7th place, pocketing $59,075 for his deep run.
After a slow start to the day, bust-outs were fast and furious. Nguyen put his final chips in the middle with ace-ten, in good shape against Kuntzman's queen-jack. Unfortunately for him, the flop came jack-high and he was unable to improve. Nguyen fought hard, eventually falling in 6th place for $77,418.
Jones was next to go in 5th place shortly after, flipping with jacks against Kuntzman's ace-queen. The dealer put out a queen-high flop and Jones couldn't recover, sending him to the cage to collect $102,216.
Almost immediately after, Underwood defended his big blind against a raise from Pekarek. The flop came nine-six-six and Underwood jammed all in, getting a quick call from Pekarek. Underwood revealed seven-five for a gut-shot, in rough shape against Pekarek's ace-nine for two pair. The board ran out dry for Underwood, sending him home in 4th place for $135,959.
Three-handed play lasted for a while, starting with a huge double for Magana. He called a four-bet from Pekarek for his tournament life and tabled ace-king, well ahead of ace-queen of clubs. The sweat was real when the flop brought two clubs, but the turn and river were bricks. Magana's rail went wild as he took a commanding lead over Pekarek and Kuntzman.
Kuntzman then doubled through Pekarek, and then Pekarek doubled through Magana in a whirlwind of action three-handed. Pekarek started to chip away again, until he was eventually in the lead once again. Eventually Magana put his stack in the middle as a huge favorite with ace-ten, up against Pekarek's ten-six suited. Unfortunately for him the flop paired Pekare's six and Magana was eliminated in 3rd place for $182,173.
Heads-up play between Pekarek and Kuntzman lasted just two hands. Pekarek took the first pot on the turn, and in the second and final hand, got it in with ace-king against pocket threes. Pekarek paired his ace on the turn and the rest was history.
Final Table Results
|1||Jeremy Pekarek||United States||$398,281|
|2||Dan Kuntzman||United States||$245,881|
|5||Noomis Jones||United States||$102,216|
|6||Tan Nguyen||United States||$77,418|
|7||Paul Jain||United States||$59,075|
|8||John Skrovan||United States||$45,418|
|9||David Elet||United States||$35,183|
Dan Kuntzman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($245,881); Jeremy Pekarek Winst $398,281 and First Gold Bracelet
Hand #110: Jeremy Pekarek raised to 36 million and Dan Kuntzman called for 33 million.
Kuntzman was at risk and flipping, needing to hold to stay alive in this heads-up battle. The flop came and Pekarek picked up some outs to counterfeit Kuntzman. The turn was the and Pekarek took the lead, while Kuntzman picked up a flush draw. The river was the and Kuntzman was eliminated in 2nd place.
Hand #109: Dan Kuntzman raised to 7.5 million from the button and Jeremy Pekarek called from the big blind. The flop came and both players checked to see the on the turn. Pekarek bet 10 million and Kuntzman tank-folded.
Jeremy Pekarek holds a commanding lead with 139.5 million chips, about to begin heads-up play against Dan Kuntzman with 44.5 million chips.
The two remaining players are guaranteed $245,881 but are playing for $398,281 and a World Series of Poker bracelet for the win.
Players are taking a quick break before heads-up play begins.
Hand #108: Jeremy Pekarek raised to 7 million from the button and Magana shoved for 24 million from the small blind. Pekarek asked for a count and decided to call.
Magana was at risk, well ahead of Pekarek. The dealer fanned a flop of and Pekarek took the lead, pairing his six. The turn was the to give Magana a straight draw now. The river was the and Magana was eliminated in 3rd place.
Both remaining players are guaranteed a payout of $245,881, playing for $398,281 and a coveted gold World Series of Poker bracelet for the winner.
Hand #102: Juan Magana raised to 7,500,000 from the small blind and Dan Kuntzman called from the big blind.
The flop was dealt and Magana continued with a bet of 5,000,000. Kuntzman was up next and he let go of his hand.
Hand #103: Jeremy Pekarek received a walk.
Hand #104: Pekarek limped from the small blind and Magana raised to 9,000,000 from the big blind. Pekarek three-bet to 22,000,000 and he was called by Magana.
The flop was dealt and Pekarek continued with a bet of 14,500,000. Magana folded after about a minute and Pekarek raked in the pot.
Hand #105: Pekarek raised to 6,000,000 from the button and that won him the pot.
Hand #106: Kuntzman raised to 6,500,000 from the small blind and big blind Pekarek defended.
The flop was spread out by the dealer and Kuntzman checked to Pekarek this time. Pekarek took over the betting initiative with a bet of 6,000,000. Kuntzman called.
The turn was the and Kuntzman checked again. Pekarek checked behind this time and the river card completed the board.
Kuntzman checked for the third time on the river and Pekarek took the opportunity to squeeze in one more bet of 12,500,000.
Kuntzman went into the tank and he ended up folding his hand.
Hand #107: Dan Kuntzman raised to 6.5 million from the button and Juan Magana tank-folded from the big blind.
Hand #100: Juan Magana raised to 6 million from the button and Dan Kuntzman three-bet to 15 million from the small blind. Jeremy Pekarek folded his big blind and Magana decided to call. The flop came , Kuntzman shoved for 32.5 million and Magana folded.
Hand #101: Kutzman raised to 6 million and took down the blinds and ante.
Hand #95: Juan Magana received a walk.
Hand #96: Dan Kuntzman received a walk.
Hand #97: Magana raised to 6,000,000 from the button and he picked up the blinds and ante.
Hand #98: Kuntzman raised to 6,000,000 and Jeremy Pekarek folded in the small blind. Big blind Magana thought about it for a bit before he three-bet to 15,000,000.
Kuntzman folded and the pot was awarded to Magana.
Hand #99: Pekarek raised to 6,000,000 and both players folded.