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Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em



Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

Andres Korn Leads International Final Table of Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

KaleGozer • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Andres Korn
Andres Korn

The stage is set! After three days of play in Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em, nine players will come back on Sunday, July 2nd at 1 p.m. local time to play it out for $618,285 and the WSOP gold bracelet.

It took a litte over six hours on Day 3 to get from 32 to nine. It will be an international affair on Sunday, with no less than six different countries represented at the final table. With most of the $2,896,950 prize pool still up for grabs, it's promising to be an interesting final day.

Andres Korn from Argentina, leads the way with 4,040,000. Korn holds a small lead over his nearest rival, Thomas Boivin (Belgium), who finished the day with 3,190,000. Hungarian Marton Czuczor sits in third with 1,750,000, followed by Americans Mike Sowers (1,630,000), Simon Lam (1,450,000), and Mark Zullo (975,000). Pete Chen, from Taiwan, has 910,000, and Spain's Sergio Cabrera has 890,000. Rounding out the final table is the fourth American, Andy Spears, who will start the final table with 740,000 in chips, or 15 big blinds.

Final Table Seat Assignments

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Pete ChenTaiwan910,00018
2Andres KornArgentina4,040,00081
3Mike SowersUnited States1,630,00033
4Thomas BoivinBelgium3,190,00064
5Andy SpearsUnited States740,00015
6Sergio CabreraSpain890,00018
7Mark ZulloUnited States975,00020
8Simon LamUnited States1,450,00029
9Marton CzuczorHungary1,750,00035

At 12 p.m. local time, 32 players returned to play a relatively short third day toward the final nine. The short stacks refused to bust in the first level of the day, and it took the better part of Level 21 before Guy Pariente busted as the first casualty. Aditya Agarwal quickly followed him to the rail after losing ace-four to Juha Helppi's king-jack.

In Level 22, the bustouts ramped up in quick succession. Julian Stuer, Carlos Chang, Matt Stout, Huihan Wu, Dong Zhao, and Dietrich Fast all fell in the second level of the day. Fast was among the big stacks at the start but trended down during the second hour. With ace-king, Fast failed to improve against Pierre Neuville's pocket nines, and he finished in 25th place.

Damian Salas got his aces cracked in the third level of the day to finish 24th. Salas got it all in against Simon Lam's king-jack and saw Lam spike two jacks to knock him out. Finnish high-stakes regular Juha Helppi followed him in 23rd place by losing king-eight to ace jack.

One of the pivotal hands of the day followed shortly thereafter. Barny Boatman opened the action, Andres Korn called, Simon Lam three-bet, Yaron Zeev Malki four-bet, Pierre Neuville tank-folded, Boatman tank-folded, Korn five-bet shoved, Lam folded, and Malki called. Korn held pocket kings and doubled through Malki's pocket jacks. After the hand, Neuville claimed to have folded pocket queens, Boatman claimed pocket tens, and Lam claimed ace-king!

Barny Boatman busted shortly thereafter against Korn, followed by Yaron Zeev Malki, Mike Watson, Pascal Hartman, [Removed:14], and Ravi Raghavan. Matt Affleck busted in 16th place after shoving ace-queen into the ace-king of Mike Sowers.

Pierre Neuville's run ended in 15th place. The 2015 November Niner called all in with king-six in the big blind after Marton Czuczor had open-shoved. Czuczor had jack-deuce and got there when a jack hit the flop. Neuville was quickly followed to the exit by Mike Vanier.

Ari Engel, who started off the day second in chips, fell in 13th place. Darren Rabinowitz limped in from the small blind with ace-queen, Engel raised himself committed from the big blind with king-four, Rabinowitz moved all in, and Engel had to call it off. No help on board spelled the end for the Canadian.

Donis Agnelli missed out on the final table after suffering a bad beat with pocket kings. On a seven-high flop, Korn check-raised all in, and Agnelli called. Korn held just nine-seven for a pair of sevens but hit a seven on the turn to send Agnelli to the payout desk.

After busting Ari Engel, Darren Rabinowitz found himself on the downward slope, and he ended up busting in 11th place. Rabinowitz was all in with king-ten against Thomas Boivin's pocket eights, and the latter spiked a set to end Rabinowitz' run. The final table was set when James Hughes was eliminated at the unofficial final table. Hughes lost a crucial coin flip with ace-king against Korn's pocket tens, which settled Korn into the end-of-the-day chip lead.

Action will resume at 1 p.m. local time with 52 minutes left in Level 27. Blinds are at 25,000/50,000 with a running ante of 5,000. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on the floor to provide live updates until a new WSOP bracelet winner is crowned.

Tags: Aditya AgarwalAndy SpearsAri EngelBarny BoatmanCarlos ChangDamian SalasDarren RabinowitzDietrich FastDong ZhaoDonis AgnelliGuy ParienteHuihan WuJames HughesJuha HelppiJulian StuerMark ZulloMarton CzuczorMatt AffleckMike SowersMike VanierMike WatsonNorberto KornPascal HartmanPete ChenPierre NeuvilleRavi RaghavanSergio CabreraSimon LamThomas BoivinYaron Zeev Malki

James Hughes Eliminated in 10th Place ($31,968)

KaleGozer • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
James Hughes
James Hughes

Andres Korn opened to 105,000 in early position, James Hughes shoved all in for 490,000 a few seats over, and Korn instantly called.

Andres Korn: {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
James Hughes: {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}

Hughes failed to find any help during the {8-Hearts}{9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} runout and finished in 10th place. Collecting $31,986, Hughes earned his second significant cash of the summer after finishing in second place in Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em ($180,919).

With that elimination, the final table is set, and Day 3 comes to an end.

Andres Korn ar
Andres Korn
ar 4,040,000 590,000
James Hughes us
James Hughes
us Busted

Tags: James HughesAndres Korn

Boivin Takes From Spears

123md • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Andy Spears raised to 80,000 from under the gun, and Thomas Boivin called from the small blind.

The flop came down {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, and Boivin checked to Spears, who continued for 125,000. Boivin called to see the {10-Spades} turn, which both players checked. The river was the {5-Diamonds}, and both players checked again.

Boivin showed {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}, Spears mucked, and Boivin took down the pot.

Thomas Boivin be
Thomas Boivin
be 3,100,000
Andy Spears us
Andy Spears
us 950,000

Unofficial Final Table Redraw

KaleGozer • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Event 56 Unofficial Final Table
Event 56 Unofficial Final Table
1Pete ChenTaiwan
2Norberto KornArgentina
3Mike SowersUnited States
4Thomas BoivinBelgium
5James HughesUnited States
6Andy SpearsUnited States
7Sergio CabreraSpain
8Mark ZulloUnited States
9Simon LamUnited States
10Marton CzuczorHungary

Darren Rabinowitz Eliminated in 11th Place ($31,968)

123md • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Darren Rabinowitz - 11th Place
Darren Rabinowitz - 11th Place

Darren Rabinowitz raised all in for 480,000 from under the gun, and Thomas Boivin isolated the pot with a shove of his own from the hijack.

Rabinowitz: {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Boivin: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

The board came down {8-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, giving Boivin a set of eights to eliminate Rabinowitz in 11th place for $31,968.

Thomas Boivin be
Thomas Boivin
be 2,680,000 180,000
Darren Rabinowitz us
Darren Rabinowitz
us Busted

Tags: Darren RabinowitzThomas Boivin

Donis Agnelli Eliminated in 12th Place ($31,968)

KaleGozer • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Donis Agnelli
Donis Agnelli

Donis Agnelli raised to 90,000 from under the gun, and Norberto Korn defended his big blind. The flop was {6-Spades}{2-Spades}{7-Clubs}, and Korn checked. Agnelli bet 65,000, Korn check-raised all in, and Agnelli quickly put the extra chips in.

Agnelli: {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Korn: {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}

The Venezuelans gathered on the rail to see their hero with a big lead after the flop. Much to their dismay, the {7-Spades} landed on the turn to improve Korn to trip sevens. Agnelli suddenly needed one of the remaining kings to survive but failed to catch one on the {2-Clubs} river.

Agnelli made his fourth cash of the series and took home $31,968 for his deep run.

Andres Korn ar
Andres Korn
ar 3,300,000 400,000
Donis Agnelli it
Donis Agnelli
it Busted

Tags: Donis AgnelliNorberto Korn

Zullo Finds a Chop Against Lam, Then Doubles Through Him

123md • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

In a battle of the blinds, Mark Zullo was all in from the small blind for about 410,000 with {A-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} against Simon Lam in the big blind with {A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. The board came down {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, giving both players tens and nines with an ace to chop the pot.

Two hands later, Zullo raised all in for 435,000 from the cutoff and Lam isolated from the button with {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, racing with Zullo's {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}.

The board ran out {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{4-Clubs}, giving Zullo a set of threes to double up.

Simon Lam us
Simon Lam
us 1,000,000 -435,000
Mark Zullo us
Mark Zullo
us 960,000 650,000

Tags: Mark ZulloSimon Lam