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Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
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Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

James Calvo and Gaurav Raina to Battle for Bracelet in Event #29

zedmaster84 • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
James Calvo and Gaurav Raina to battle for the bracelet
James Calvo and Gaurav Raina to battle for the bracelet

Day 3 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em has come to a conclusion and two players out of a 1,086-entry field remain in contention for the gold bracelet and first-place payout of $456,822 that comes along with it.

James Calvo (9,600,000) and Gaurav Raina (4,000,000) are set to return at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday to determine the champion. The action will resume with 30 minutes left in level 31 at blinds of 60,000/120,000 and a running ante of 15,000.

Who are the two contenders for their respective maiden bracelet?

James “Jim” Calvo is from Quincy, Illinois and now lives in Naperville. Calvo is 51 years old, has four children and works as an attorney and real estate investor. He has two WSOP cashes so far for $17,099 in total.

Gaurav “Gary” Raina, born in Livingston, New Jersey, and currently resides in Athens, Georgia, is a 33-year-old poker pro who previously worked in sales. Thus far, Raina has two WSOP cashes for a combined total of $9,749.

They have something else in common: Calvo and Raina outlasted two former WSOP bracelet winners on this final table with Eddy Sabat bowing out in fourth place and Asi Moshe following in third place.

PlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
James CalvoUnited States9,600,00080
Gaurav RainaUnited States4,000,00033

A total of 30 players returned for Day 3 and three early casualties set up the last three tables. Among those to bust thereafter were Jonathan Abdellatif (27th), Curt Kohlberg (26th), Federico Butteroni (24th), John Dolan (22nd) and Day 1 chip leader Pablo Fernandez (19th) for $13,186 each.

Former Asian Player of the Year Pete Chen fell in 15th place after a roller coaster day that ultimately saw him run with ace-king into pocket aces. Chi Zhang followed in 13th place when his ace-jack found no help against the pocket tens of Asi Moshe on a nine-high board.

Fewer than 10 minutes later, the field was reduced to the last 10 hopefuls. Jamie Armstrong had a kicker problem with ace-four against ace-king and Tom Thomas ran with king-ten suited into the pocket aces of Griffin Abel. Thomas flopped a flush draw and turned a king, but a blank jack on the river was of no help. These quick elimination set up the following unofficial final table:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Asi MosheIsrael2,295,00077
2Sadan TurkerUnited Kingdom740,00025
3Griffin AbelUnited States1,285,00043
4Eric CloutierCanada875,00029
5Giuseppe PantaleoGermany1,850,00062
6[Removed:153]Sweden1,025,00034
7James CalvoUnited States1,275,00043
8Scott MargeresonUnited Kingdom755,00025
9Gaurav RainaUnited States1,040,00035
10Eddy SabatUnited States2,445,00082

Final Table Action So Far

Eddy Sabat and Asi Moshe were at the top of the counts, but the duo was soon separated when Moshe rivered trip jacks with ace-jack and took a big pot off Sabat. Moshe followed that up with another big pot with two pair versus inferior two pair, and suddenly Sabat dropped into the middle of the pack.

Sadan Turker lost the vast majority of his stack when paying off the rivered nut flush by Giuseppe Pantaleo and would soon after join the rail. Down to just over two big blinds, Turker pushed all in with pocket sixes and [Removed:153] reshoved with pocket sevens from middle position. The board ran out king-high and Turker had to settle for a payday of $25,728.

Scott Margereson became the first casualty on the official final table. He previously lost most of his chips with king-queen suited against ace-jack and lost a flip with pocket queens against the ace-king of Eric Cloutier when two aces appeared on the flop.

In hand #22 of the final table, second-placed Giuseppe Pantaleo clashed with chip leader Asi Moshe and got his stack in with jack-ten suited for the nut straight on the flop. Moshe looked him up with ace-seven suited for the bottom pair and nut flush draw. Pantaleo walked away from the table, fearing the worst, and the kind of diamonds immediately left him drawing dead.

[Removed:153] was the next to fall. He three-bet all in with pocket kings and Eric Cloutier as initial raiser called with ace-queen suited to flop an ace and send the Swede to the rail in 7th place. Cloutier's fortune would not last long, as he lost half of his stack in a three-way all in with pocket queens against the ace-king of Griffin Abel and the pocket nines of Eddy Sabat. A nine on the flop and king on the river let Sabat triple up, while Abel was left very short and busted the very next hand.

Only a few hands later, Eric Cloutier shoved with the ace-eight off suit and Asi Moshe quickly called with ace-king off suit out of the big blind. Cloutier picked up a gutshot on the turn, but his kicker ended up second-best to eliminate the Canadian in 5th place.

Eddy Sabat lost a big all in with ace-queen suited against the ace-ten of Gaurav Raina and the latter finished him off soon after. Raina pushed from the small blind with king-queen. Sabat called for his last 11 big blinds with king-nine and failed to get there.

Until then, Asi Moshe was cruising at the top of the counts but this changed in a matter of few hands. He first lost a few pots to James Calvo and called the five-bet shove of Calvo with ace-jack versus ace-queen to lose the vast majority of his stack. The very next hand, Moshe shoved from the button with nine-eight suited. Gaurav Raina called with ace-king in the big blind and the board ran out king-high.

What followed was more than 70 hands of heads-up play and it could have been over only two hands in, but Raina doubled. Calvo doubled back into the lead and had his foe at risk in hand #116 with pocket sevens versus ace-queen. A queen appeared on the river and Raina stayed in contention to see both bag up after ten full hours of play.

Final Table Results at a Glance

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1  $456,822
2  $282,276
3Asi MosheIsrael$199,718
4Eddy SabatUnited States$143,148
5Eric CloutierCanada$103,957
6Griffin AbelUnited States$76,506
7[Removed:153]Sweden$57,068
8Giuseppe PantaleoGermany$43,154
9Scott MargeresonUnited Kingdom$33,087

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the floor to provide hand-for-hand coverage until a winner is crowned, so make sure to tune back in when the heads-up recommences.

Tags: Asi MosheChi ZhangCurt KohlbergEddy SabatEric CloutierFederico ButteroniGaurav RainaGiuseppe PantaleoJames CalvoJamie ArmstrongJohn DolanJonathan AbdellatifPablo FernandezPete ChenSadan TurkerScott MargeresonTom Thomas

Hands #134-141: A Little More for Calvo; Play Concludes

Valerie.Cross • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #134: Gaurav Raina limped on the button, and James Calvo made it 520,000 in the big blind. Raina folded.

Hand #135: Calvo raised to 460,000 on the button, and Raina folded.

Hand #136: Raina limped on the button, and Calvo raised. Raina folded.

Hand #137: Raina got a walk.

Hand #138: Calvo got a walk.

Hand #139: Calvo raised to 435,000 on the button, and Raina folded.

Hand #140: Raina limped on the button, and Calvo checked. The flop came {J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, and they both checked. The turn was the {3-Hearts}, and Calvo checked. Raina bet 120,000, and Calvo folded.

Hand #141: In the last hand of the night before bagging, Calvo made it 460,000 on the button, and Raina called. On the {J-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop, Raina checked, Calvo bet 900,000, and Calvo folded.

James Calvo us
James Calvo
us 9,600,000 800,000
Gaurav Raina us
Gaurav Raina
us 4,000,000 -800,000

Tags: Gaurav RainaJames Calvo

Hands #123-133: More Small Pots Without Drama

zedmaster84 • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #123: James Calvo raised to 400,000, and Gaurav Raina called. On the {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{9-Spades} flop and the {Q-Spades} turn, both players checked. After the {9-Hearts} river, Raina bet 550,000 and claimed the pot uncontested.

Hand #124: Raina limped in, and Calvo checked his option. The {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop saw two checks. After the {6-Hearts} turn, Calvo bet 200,000, and Raina called before the {2-Clubs} triggered a bet of 500,000 by Calvo and a fold by Raina.

Hand #125: Calvo limped, and Raina checked. The {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop was checked. On the {7-Spades} turn, Raina bet 120,000, and Calvo folded.

Hand #126: Raina limped. On the {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} flop, Calvo checked and folded to a min-bet from Raina.

Hand #127: Calvo limped in, and Raina checked. The flop fell {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}, and Raina bet 120,000, Calvo folded.

Hand #128: A limp by Raina was followed by a check from Calvo. On the {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop, Calvo check-raised from 120,000 to 360,000, and Raina folded.

Hand #129: Raina received a walk.

Hand #130: Raina limped in, and Calvo checked his option. The flop was {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, which was checked by both players. On the {10-Diamonds} turn, there was no betting action either, and the {5-Hearts} river completed the board. Calvo bet 300,000, and Raina folded.

Hand #131: Raina received a walk.

Hand #132: Raina limped in, and Calvo checked. After two checks on the {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop, Calvo checked the {10-Clubs} turn and folded to Raina's bet of 120,000.

Hand #133: Calvo raised to 460,000, and Raina folded.

James Calvo us
James Calvo
us 8,800,000 -250,000
Gaurav Raina us
Gaurav Raina
us 4,800,000 250,000

Tags: Gaurav RainaJames Calvo

Hands #117-122: Back and Forth

Valerie.Cross • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #117: James Calvo raised to 350,000 on the button, and Gaurav Raina called in the big blind. The flop came {8-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades}, and Raina check-folded to Calvo's bet of 500,000.

Hand #118: Raina limped on the button, and Calvo checked his option. On the {K-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop, Calvo checked, Raina bet 125,000, and Calvo folded.

Hand #119: Calvo limped on the button, and Raina checked. They both checked the {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop and the {9-Clubs} turn. The river was the {7-Diamonds}, and Raina checked. Calvo bet 240,000, and Raina called.

Calvo showed {8-Spades}{5-Diamonds} for a runner-runner straight to the nine to win the pot.

Hand #120: Raina limped on the button, and Calvo raised to 520,000. Raina called, and the flop came {K-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. Calvo bet 600,000, and Raina called.

On the {3-Spades} turn, Calvo checked, Raina bet 900,000, and Calvo folded.

Hand #121: Calvo limped on the button, and Raina checked. The flop was {10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, and Raina bet 120,000. Calvo folded, and the pot went to Raina.

Hand #122: Raina limped on the button, and Calvo checked his option. The flop was {K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, and Calvo check-called a bet of 120,000 from Raina.

The turn was the {Q-Clubs}, and both players checked. On the {5-Diamonds} river, Calvo bet 400,000, and Raina called.

Calvo tabled {J-Clubs}{4-Spades} for a turned straight, good for the pot.

James Calvo us
James Calvo
us 9,050,000 10,000
Gaurav Raina us
Gaurav Raina
us 4,550,000 -10,000

Hands #115-116: Raina and Calvo One Card Away from the Title

zedmaster84 • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Gaurav Raina
Gaurav Raina

Hand #115: Gaurav Raina limped in, and James Calvo raised to 500,000, which Raina called. On the {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop, Calvo bet 600,000, and Raina called. The {J-Clubs} appeared on the turn, and Calvo bet 1,400,000. Raina called once more. After the {2-Spades} river, Calvo moved all in, and Raina called.

Calvo showed {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and Raina mucked {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}, then paid off his opponent for 3,150,000.

Hand #116: Calvo raised to 450,000, Raina moved all in, and Calvo called.

Gaurav Raina: {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}
James Calvo: {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}

"Hold, please," the rail of Calvo said while he paced around the table. The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades}{Q-Clubs}, and the river improved Raina, who doubled for 2,270,000.

James Calvo us
James Calvo
us 9,040,000 4,240,000
Gaurav Raina us
Gaurav Raina
us 4,560,000 -4,240,000

Tags: Gaurav RainaJames Calvo

Hands #106-114: Trading Small Pots

zedmaster84 • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #106: James Calvo raised to 350,000, and Gaurav Raina folded.

Hand #107: Raina limped in, Calvo raised to 450,000, and Raina called. On the {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop, Calvo bet 500,000, and Raina called. The {3-Hearts} turn and {6-Hearts} river were checked through, and Calvo showed {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} as the winning hand.

Hand #108: Calvo raised to 400,000, and Raina folded.

Hand #109: Calvo got a walk.

Hand #110: Raina got a walk.

Hand #111: Raina limped in, and Calvo checked. The {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop saw a check from Calvo and a bet from Raina for 100,000 to claim the pot.

Hand #112: Raina got a walk.

Hand #113: Raina limped, and Calvo checked. The {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{7-Clubs} flop was checked, and Calvo check-folded the {8-Diamonds} turn to a bet of 100,000.

Hand #114: Calvo limped in, and Raina checked his option. The {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop saw Raina bet 100,000 and Calvo fold.

Tags: Gaurav RainaJames Calvo

Hands #100-105: Gaurav Raina Extends Chip Lead

Valerie.Cross • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #100: Gaurav Raina got a walk.

Hand #101: Raina limped on the button, and James Calvo checked in the big blind. The flop came {Q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, and Calvo check-folded to Raina's bet of 125,000.

Hand #102: Raina got a walk.

Hand #103: Raina limped on the button, and Calvo checked. The flop was {Q-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, and they both checked. They also checked the {5-Hearts} turn, and the river was the {10-Clubs}. Calvo bet out 200,000, and Raina folded.

Hand #104: Calvo raised to 450,000 on the button, and Raina made it 1,200,000 in the big blind. Calvo called.

The flop was {K-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Spades} and Rain led out 700,000. Calvo folded, and Raina took down the pot.

Hand #105: Raina limped on the button, and Calvo checked. They both checked the {Q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{7-Spades} flop, and the turn was the {6-Clubs}. Calvo bet 225,000, and Raina called. On the {Q-Diamonds} river, Calvo checked, and Raina bet 575,000. Calvo folded, and the pot went to Raina.

Gaurav Raina us
Gaurav Raina
us 8,800,000 1,690,000
James Calvo us
James Calvo
us 4,800,000 -1,690,000

Hands #91-99: Many Limped Pots

zedmaster84 • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #91: Gaurav Raina limped in, and James Calvo checked. On the {10-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, Calvo checked, and Raina bet 125,000 to win the pot.

Hand #92: Raina got a walk.

Hand #93: Raina limped in, and Calvo raised to 450,000, which Raina called. On the {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{Q-Spades} flop, the duo checked. After the {5-Hearts} turn, Calvo bet 600,000, and Raina folded.

Hand #94: Raina got a walk.

Hand #95: Raina limped in, and Calvo checked his option. The flop fell {J-Spades}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts}, and both players checked. They did so again on the {4-Clubs} turn and the {9-Hearts} river. Calvo showed {Q-Hearts}{6-Spades}, and Raina won the pot with {K-Diamonds}{3-Spades}.

Hand #96: Calvo raised to 400,000, and Raina let go.

Hand #97: Raina limped in, and Calvo checked. The flop of {K-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{5-Clubs} brought no betting action. On the {2-Spades} turn, Calvo checked and folded to a bet of 100,000 by Raina.

Hand #98: Calvo raised to 450,000, and Raina folded.

Hand #99: Raina limped, Calvo made it 400,000, and that ended the hand.

Gaurav Raina us
Gaurav Raina
us 7,110,000 -300,000
James Calvo us
James Calvo
us 6,490,000 300,000

Tags: Gaurav RainaJames Calvo

Heads-Up Play Has Resumed

Valerie.Cross • Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The players are back in their seats, and play has resumed with two left.