Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
There were only 28 players in contention at the end of Day 2 and Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed is now down to just two hopefuls. Romania's Alexandru Papazian and [Removed:172] from Germany will come back 1 p.m. Wednesday to finish their fight for a whopping $888,888 first-place prize and the honor of joining the WSOP champions club. Papazian has a commanding lead with 50,725,000 while Kramer has 14,225,000.
While Kramer entered the unofficial nine-handed final table with the biggest stack, the following stage was dominated by Papazian, who stormed through the rest of the day until he and Kramer decided to bag up before 1 a.m., leaving their final duel for tomorrow.
The lead up to the final table belonged to Kramer, who knocked out WSOP bracelet winner Eric Baldwin in 12th place when Baldwin four-bet shoved with ace-three only to run into Kramer's kings. Kramer also took care of Randy Pfeifer in 10th place, forming the last table.
The final table boasted many top European players but the only two-time bracelet winner among the final nine was Nevada's own Ben Yu. Unfortunately for Yu, he couldn't find any luck as he lost a vast majority of his chips when he got it in good, only to get three-outed by James Cappucci. Yu lost his remaining bits a few moments later, running into Harry Lodge's aces.
Kramer maneuvered his big stack with an aggressive approach, but he doubled Lodge twice and Cappucci once. Papazian took over the chip lead just before the dinner break, and his one-man show started thereafter.
After two levels without any bust outs, Papazian finally knocked out Guillaume Diaz in eighth place. His ace-king held strong against Diaz' ace-queen, eliminating the French player for a $86,888 payday.
Papazian's next casualty was Michael Tureniec who departed after pushing in his remaining seven blinds over Papazian's raise but his ace-deuce found no luck against pocket eights. Tureniec collected $112,888 for his efforts.
Papazian was steamrolling over the final table, and his heater had no mercy for his fellow countryman Vlad Darie. Both dressed in a Romanian national soccer team shirts and cheered by a loud rail, Papazian and Darie tangled preflop. Papazian's ace-king bested Darie's pair of jacks, sending Darie to the payouts for the $146,888 sixth-place prize.
Two hands later, Papazian added yet another casualty to his list as James Cappucci, who laddered several pay jumps with his short stack, finally saw his fate. Papazian had two live cards in their all-in confrontation, and he turned a flush to bust Cappucci in fifth place for a $193,888.
Papazian's streak continued with the elimination of Ioannis Angelou Konstas, who shoved ace-deuce of spades only to find Papazian calling with eights. Konstas picked up $257,888 after busting in fourth.
Harry Lodge and [Removed:172] were sitting in their chairs, watching Papazian destroying the table. With the tournament down to the last three players, Papazian had already accumulated 80-percent of all chips in play.
Papazian didn't add the sixth name among his scalps as Lodge and Kramer clashed with each other. Lodge had ace-eight of clubs and out flopped Kramer's kings but Kramer caught a king on the river to send the English player out. Lodge received $344,888 for third place.
Papazian and Kramer quickly agreed to wrap up the night before playing a single hand heads up. They'll play it out tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. PDT. While the WSOP bracelet is always an extra motivation, this heads-up match will also have a huge pay jump on the line. Both contenders are guaranteed $463,888 but the champion will reach much bigger reward - $888,888.
There are 16 minutes and 20 seconds left to play in Level 36 with the blinds of 200,000/400,000 and an ante of 50,000. Come back to PokerNews to see the hand-by-hand live coverage of the final battle.
Final table results so far:
|3||Harry Lodge||United Kingdom||$344,888|
|4||Ioannis Angelou Konstas||Greece||$257,888|
|5||James Cappucci||United States||$193,888|
Harry Lodge shoved 4,775,000 from the button and [Removed:172] declared his interest in clashing with Lodge, asking for the number of his chips. Kramer then re-shoved and Papazianu folded.
Kramer found a monster in his hand, and Lodge's tournament life was on the edge. He hoped for an ace-high board, and he would get one as the landed on the flop.
The turn pushed Lodge closer to the double, but the river was a hammer to his plans. Kramer spiked one of his two outs and eliminated Lodge in third place.
While Lodge collected $344,888 for the bronze, Papazian and Kramer agreed to call it a day. They bagged their chips, leaving the heads-up battle for tomorrow, starting at 1 p.m. PDT.
Hand #119: [Removed:172] shoved from the button. Alexandru Papazian released his hand quickly but Harry Lodge had a tougher decision to make. He counted his short stack and thought about calling. However, he eventually let this one go.
Hand #120: Kramer received a walk.
Hand #121: Alexandru Papazian got a walk...
Hand #122: ...and Harry Lodge received a walk, as well.
Hand #123: Papazian shoved from the button and both of his opponents folded.
Ioannis Angelou Konstas moved all in from the first position and Alexandru Papazian made the call.
Ioannis Angelou Konstas:
Papazian was ahead but the flop paired Konstas' deuce. He needed more outs when the turn had appeared, but the river bricked and Konstas' run was halted.
Papazian scored another knockout, keeping his hundred percent record on the final table.
Konstas took home $257,888 for his efforts, leaving the tournament in fourth place.
Hand #109: Alexandru Papazian raised to 800,000 and [Removed:172] defended his big blind. On the flop, Kramer checked and folded to a bet worth 900,000.
Hand #110: Papazian received a walk.
Hand #111: Papazian raised to 10,000,000 from the small blind to force a fold from Ioannis Angelou Konstas in the big blind.
Hand #112: Papazian's raise to 10,000,000 from the button won the blinds and antes.
Hand #113: Konstas shoved the button for 5,700,000 and all opponents folded.
Hand #114: Another walk for Papazian.
Hand #115: Kramer raised to 850,000 on the button, scooping the blinds and antes.
Hand #116: Kramer raised to 850,000 first to act, Papazian called on the button. On the flop, Kramer checked and Papazian bet 800,000. Kramer called, then check-folded the turn to a bet worth 3,100,000.
Hand #117: Papazian shoved and forced folds all around.
Hand #107: Alexandru Papazian moved all in from the button to claim the blinds and antes.
Hand #108: Papazian moved all in from the cutoff and James Cappucci called in the small blind for around 5,500,000.
The flop gave Cappucci top pair and Papazian a flush draw, and his rail from Romanian began calling for a diamond. Sure enough, the on the turn completed Papazian's flush and Cappucci was left drawing dead. This made the river a formality and Cappucci had to settle for 5th place and a payday of $193,888.
Vlad Darie raised to 800,000 from the hijack and chip leader Alexandru Papazian slid in a big tower of the most valuable chips, covering all other stacks. Darie called immediately.
The Romanian finalists tangled in a fair race but the final table has been all Papazian so far. The flop gave him a flush draw and the turn pushed his hand ahead of Darie's jacks. Darie could only hope for the jack of spades but the appeared on the river instead.
Darie shook hands with Papazian, leaving the tournament in sixth place worth $146,888.
Hand #102: Alexandru Papazian opened to 800,000 and his opponent on the left, Ioannis Angelou Konstas moved all in from the hijack. It was for 4,625,000 total but Papazian wasn't willing to pay.
Hand #103: [Removed:172] (under the gun) raised to 850,000 and the action returned back to him when Papazian (hijack) three-bet to 2,400,000. Kramer fired back, moving all in for just over 10 million. Papazian folded.
Hand #104: Konstas raised to 850,000 and Kramer defended big blind. The saw Konstas continue for 675,000 and Kramer gave up.
Hand #105: Papazian got a walk.
Hand #101: Alexandru Papazian raised to 800,000 from the cutoff and short stack Michael Tureniec moved all in for 2,800,000 out of the big blind. Papazian quickly tossed in a chip for the call and the cards were turned over.
The board of failed to improve Tureniec despite picking up a gutshot and flush draw on the turn. Tureniec was eliminated in 7th place for $112,888 and that guarantees all remaining six players at least $146,888.