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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day 9 Completed

Ensan Remains Commanding Chip Leader With Three Remaining; Livingston and Sammartino Advance to Final Day

zedmaster84 • Level 40: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
Dario Sammartino, Hossein Ensan and Alex Livingston
Dario Sammartino, Hossein Ensan and Alex Livingston

The 2019 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event is just one day away from crowning a champion as the final trio remains out of a field of 8,569 entries with a clear odds-on favorite to claim the most-prestigious poker title of the year, the WSOP Main Event bracelet and the payday of $10,000,000 that comes along with it.

Hossein Ensan finished Day 7 and 8 at the top of the leaderboard and made it three in a row by establishing a commanding lead at the end of Day 9. Ensan increased his stack by more than 50% on the day and bagged up 326,800,000.

That's nearly two times as many chips as Alex Livingston (120,400,000) and Dario Sammartino (67,600,000) have combined at their disposal, and Livingston was the other big mover on the penultimate tournament day after going from second-bottom stack to second in chips when it came to bagging and tagging for the night.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Hossein EnsanGermany326,800,000163
2Dario SammartinoItaly67,600,00033
3Alex LivingstonCanada120,400,00060

There is 1:32:05 remaining in Level 40 (1,000,000/2,000,000, with a 2,000,000-big blind ante).

With all bags wrapped up and plenty of pictures taken, Ensan's focus was already on the next day and how to approach it.

“I have to prepare for tomorrow. There are three left and I think I will continue my same game. I have respect for all the players, but I have chips. When I lose one pot, I don't like it, but it can happen.”

When asked if he considers Sammartino or Livingston as the more dangerous player, Ensan immediately said “both.” and added the following right after.

“I have more chips than both players and this is my advantage. Playing deep is easier than as a short stack. Dario is a big name, for sure, and Alex has played very good. We have three left and anything can happen. Garry [Gates] was second chip leader and now he is out. In poker, anything can happen.”

Livingston already showcased his talent in the Main Event with a 13th place in 2013, and he has locked up at least $4,000,000 for his efforts so far, moving up the ranks by claiming a lot of pots on Day 9.

"When I'm playing the tournament, I'm as confident as ever. I've always wanted to compete on the highest stage. I don't play a lot of no-limit hold'em these days because I don't like the tanking, I don't like the headphones and I don't like all of that stuff. But, the Main Event's an exciting event. It's filled with amateurs and obviously a lot of tough pros. It just brings me back to the old days of playing live cash and just looking at people and making reads. That's what I like to do."

One of those spot-on reads saw Livingston take a big pot off eventual fourth-place finisher Garry Gates with ace-jack suited on a four-card straight board, in which he rivered top pair, and he had the following to say about his thought process.

"That one was interesting. He's a fairly tight player preflop. I thought he played really solid, by the way. But I don't think he defends many hands that have a six in them. When he bets that size on the river, I don't think he goes thin with two pair. So, I think that's very polarized to a six, which he doesn't have that many combos of... I didn't expect to see king-jack but I expect to see nine-ten, ten-jack and jack-nine."

Alex Livingston
Alex Livingston

It is still a mountain to climb for Livingston, who will enter the final day with 60 big blinds, while Sammartino follows with 33 big blinds on the biggest stage of poker. Livingston is not too worried about his chip deficit, however, and expects a tough battle on the final day.

"Just to make the last day of the Main Event is pretty cool. As for my chip position, I have tons of big blinds to work with. So, I don't really care how many chips Hossein has. He has a ton of chips which is great for him. But, it's gonna be a long day tomorrow because we're all pretty deep. Today obviously went about as well as I could have asked for," Livingston added.

For Gates, an amazing Main Event run ended in 4th place when he jammed his last 14 big blinds with sixes and Livingston snap-called with pocket queens. No miracle six or straight appeared and the final three bagged up right after. While they were still busy on the main feature table, a very emotional Gates was accompanied out of the room by an enormous rail, which chanted his name for the entire Amazon room to hear.

The rail of Kevin Maahs was as loud when it came to supporting their favorite and Maahs' run came to an end in fifth place half an hour prior to the departure of Gates. In a classic flip, Maahs failed to connect with ace-ten suited against the pocket nines of Ensan, who cemented his status as the runaway chip leader throughout the day.

How did they get the final three there?

DayHossein EnsanAlex LivingstonDario Sammartino
1180,000159,000121,000
2209,000360,600522,700
3336,000681,000552,000
43,250,000660,0002,302,000
57,100,0003,935,000860,000
634,500,0002,800,00019,850,000
7177,000,00037,800,00033,400,000
8207,700,00045,800,00023,100,000
9326,800,000120,400,00067,600,000
Progress on the Final Table
Progress on the Final Table

The final three will return to the feature table of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino at 5.30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, to play down to a champion. PokerNews will provide hand-for-hand updates from start-to-finish and you can also watch the action on ESPN on a 30-minute delay.

Results and Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1  $10,000,000
2  $6,000,000
3  $4,000,000
4Garry GatesUnited States$3,000,000
5Kevin MaahsUnited States$2,200,000
6Zhen CaiUnited States$1,850,000
7Nick MarchingtonUnited Kingdom$1,525,000
8Timothy SuUnited States$1,250,000
9Milos SkrbicSerbia$1,000,000

Tags: Alex LivingstonDario SammartinoGarry GatesHossein EnsanKevin MaahsWorld Series of Poker

Garry Gates Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,000,000)

mnuwwarah • Level 40: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
Garry Gates
Garry Gates

Hand #120: Garry Gates shoved all in for 29.2 million in the small blind and Alex Livingston woke up to {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} in the big blind.

Gates was dominated with {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

The {5-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop brought some backdoor chances for Gates. The {10-Hearts} turn closed those off so it was down to needing a river six for Gates. Though his rail chanted enthusiastically for one, the dealer delivered the {10-Spades} instead, harmlessly pairing the board.

Still, Gates' rail chanted his name.




Garry Gates
Garry Gates
Garry Gates
Garry Gates
Alex Livingston ca
Alex Livingston
ca 120,400,000 29,200,000
Garry Gates us
Garry Gates
us Busted

Tags: Alex LivingstonGarry Gates

Hands #118-119: Gates Picked Off By Queen-High

mnuwwarah • Level 40: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante

Hand #118: Alex Livingston made it 4.5 million on the button. Dario Sammartino defended the big blind. On the {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop, Sammartino check-folded to 4 million.

Hand #119: Sammartino completed and Garry Gates checked. They saw a board of {6-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{7-Clubs} for the minimum until Gates bet 2 million on the end. Sammartino called with {q-Spades}{3-Spades} after some tanking and the queen-high was good.

Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 326,800,000 -1,000,000
Alex Livingston ca
Alex Livingston
ca 91,200,000 7,500,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 67,600,000 -500,000
Garry Gates us
Garry Gates
us 29,200,000 -6,000,000

Tags: Alex LivingstonDario SammartinoGarry Gates

Hands #115-117: Ensan's Lead Grows

123md • Level 40: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante

Hand #115: Hossein Ensan raised to 4,000,000 from the button and Garry Gates called from the big blind.

The flop was {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and Gates check-folded to Ensan's bet of 3,000,000.

Hand #116: Dario Sammartino raised to 4,500,000 from the button and Alex Livingston called from the big blind.

The flop was {k-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Spades}, Livingston checked, Sammartino bet 3,500,000 and Livingston folded.

Hand #117: Alex Livingston limped from the small blind and Hossein Ensan checked his option.

The flop came down {k-Spades}{7-Spades}{3-Spades} and Livingston check-called 2,000,000 from Ensan.

The turn was the {a-Clubs} and Livingston check-called 5,000,000 from Ensan.

The river was the {q-Diamonds}, Livingston checked, Ensan bet 9,500,000 and Livingston called.

Ensan tabled {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for aces and treys, Livingston mucked and Ensan won the pot.

Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 327,800,000 25,500,000
Alex Livingston ca
Alex Livingston
ca 83,700,000 -25,000,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 68,100,000 6,500,000
Garry Gates us
Garry Gates
us 35,200,000 -7,000,000

Tags: Alex LivingstonDario SammartinoGarry GatesHossein Ensan

Hands #112-114: Ensan and Livingston Tangle Twice

zedmaster84 • Level 40: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
Hossein Ensan
Hossein Ensan

Hand #112: First to act, Hossein Ensan raised to 4,500,000 and Alex Livingston came along out of the big blind. On a {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts} flop, Livingston checked and Ensan quickly tossed in a continuation bet for 2,500,000. Livingston made the call and checked again the {9-Diamonds} turn, Ensan fired a second barrel for 7,000,000 and that won the pot right there.

Hand #113: Livingston limped the small blind and Ensan checked the big blind. The {q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop brought a check-call for 2,000,000 by Livingston, who checked again the {10-Spades} on the turn. Ensan bet 5,400,000 and picked up a call to go to the {6-Spades} river.

Both checked and Livingston tabled {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} for the second pair to win the pot.

Hand #114: Livingston raised the button to 4,500,000 and Dario Sammartino called from the big blind. The flop came {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Sammartino check-raised a bet of 3,000,000 by Livingston to 9,000,000. No call followed and the pot was shipped to Sammartino.

Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 302,300,000 -2,400,000
Alex Livingston ca
Alex Livingston
ca 108,700,000 -5,100,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 61,600,000 8,500,000
Garry Gates us
Garry Gates
us 42,200,000 -1,000,000

Tags: Alex LivingstonDario SammartinoHossein Ensan

Kevin Maahs Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,200,000)

mnuwwarah • Level 40: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 2,000,000 ante
Kevin Maahs
Kevin Maahs

Hand #111: Hossein Ensan raised to 4 million second to act. Kevin Maahs jammed in the small blind for 30.3 million and Ensan called.

Hossein Ensan: {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Kevin Maahs: {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The {j-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop brought only backdoors for Maahs. The {j-Spades} turn meant Maahs needed help on the river, but the {4-Hearts} didn't do it for him.

Maahs took home $2,200,000 for his fifth-place finish.




Kevin Maahs and Hossein Ensan
Kevin Maahs and Hossein Ensan
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 304,700,000 34,300,000
Kevin Maahs us
Kevin Maahs
us Busted

Tags: Hossein EnsanKevin Maahs