Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Brandon Caputo Leads Final 7 of $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em; Michael Gathy Goes for Fifth Bracelet
The penultimate day of Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em has wrapped up with Brandon Caputo bagging the overnight chip lead with 7,280,000.
Caputo began the 10-handed unofficial final table in seventh chip position before scoring a huge double-up against Andrew Jeong near the end of the night. Caputo, who has 22 career WSOP cashes, will be seeking his first bracelet.
Right behind him on the leaderboard sits a player who's no stranger to closing out WSOP events. Michael Gathy takes 6,700,000 into the final day after knocking out Jeong to close out the night. Gathy already has four WSOP bracelets, all of them won in No-Limit Hold'em events since 2012.
Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout NLHE Final Table Seating and Chip Counts
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Harvey Mathews||United States||2,520,000||21|
|2||Gabriel Andrade||United States||4,900,000||41|
|3||David Lolis||United States||2,295,000||19|
|4||Girish Apte||United States||2,425,000||20|
|6||Craig Mason||United States||2,780,000||23|
|7||Brandon Caputo||United States||7,200,000||60|
He would make history should he emerge the champion tomorrow. Only 26 players have ever won five bracelets, and Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson are the only players with five No-Limit Hold'em bracelets.
Rounding out the leaderboard are Gabriel Andrade (4,900,000), Craig Mason (2,780,000), Harvey Mathews (2,520,000), Girish Apte (2,425,000), and David Lolis (2,295,000).
Action of the Day
Play began at 11 a.m. PST with 108 players remaining out of a starting field of 720. As the day wore on, several notables found their way to the payout cage, including Faraz Jaka (105th), Ben Yu (82nd), Darren Elias (68th), Christian Harder (33rd), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (32nd), and Niall Farrell (12th). Maria Konnikova, the last woman standing in the field, fell in 25th place.
The seven remaining players will return at Noon PST tomorrow to play down to a champion. On the line is $371,914 and, of course, the coveted WSOP bracelet, a dream all of these players except Gathy have never realized. The final table will be streamed live from the Mothership in the Amazon Room on PokerGo.
As always, PokerNews will be live providing updates and chip counts throughout the day until a new WSOP bracelet winner is crowned.
Andrew Jeong raised to 230,000 from the cutoff and Michael Gathy defended his big blind. On the flop of , Gathy checked, Jeong bet 275,000, Gathy raised to 700,000, and Jeong went over the top with an all-in shove.
Gathy snap-called and turned over for two pair, while Jeong showed for top pair. The board ran out and the Day 1 chip leader was knocked out in eighth place.
Play has ended for the night and the seven remaining players are currently bagging up their chips.
Michael Gathy raised to 200,000 from the button and Brandon Caputo defended his big blind. The flop came , and Gathy bet another 200,000 after Caputo checked it over.
Caputo called to see the on the turn. He checked to Gathy once more, and this time Gathy slid out a stack of chips and Caputo quickly folded.
Players have five minutes remaining in this level before they bag up for the night.
Brandon Caputo raised pre-flop and called when Jeong jammed his last 1,200,000. Caputo had , while Jeong showed .
The board ran out and Jeong won the pot with a pair of eights, with king and queen kickers to double back through Caputo.
Brandon Caputo just became the tournament chip leader after doubling up through Andrew Jeong.
Both players saw a flop of . Caputo bet 175,000 from early position, Jeong raised to 500,000 from the big blind, and Caputo called. Jeong bet again on the turn, this time for 675,000.
Caputo took his time with the decision, counting out the rest of his stack before calling. Jeong slowed down with a check on the river and Caputo moved all in for his remaining 2,075,000.
Now it was Jeong's turn to tank, spending several minutes on a call that would either make him the chip leader or put a huge dent in his stack. He decided to call but mucked when Caputo showed for the flush on the turn.
"What a turn," Caputo said as he stacked his new-found chips.
Michael Gathy and Craig Mason went heads-up to the flop in a limped pot. Gathy checked when the flop came , Mason bet 100,000, and Gathy came along with a call.
Both players checked the turn and saw the fall on the river. Gathy led out this time, betting 400,000, and Mason quickly folded.
Play has tightened up considerably since eight-handed play began, with few pots reaching past the flop.
Brandon Caputo raised to 160,000 from middle position before Freddy Heller jammed for his last 1,800,000 from the blinds. Caputo considered the decision for a moment before calling.
Heller started to celebrate when the came in the window, but it was followed by the to give Caputo a set. The rest of the board ran out and Heller's run came to an end in 9th place.