2017 World Series of Poker

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

2017 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
1,500,000 / 3,000,000

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

Day 4 Completed

Kenny Hallaert Building Toward Another Possible Final Table Run After Day 4

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante
Kenny Hallaert
Kenny Hallaert

When Mark Newhouse made back-to-back World Series of Poker Main Event final tables in 2013 and 2014, it was lauded as one of the most improbable accomplishments in poker history. It was a first in the era of 6,000-plus player fields, and many figured it wouldn't happen again for years if it ever did.

However, Kenny Hallaert is threatening to pull the double just three years after Newhouse logged his last November Nine appearance. He finished Day 4 of the 2017 Main Event with 4,145,000, the third biggest stack left in the 297-player field.

The 35-year-old Belgian veteran grinder and part-time tournament director finished sixth last year for just under $1.5 million, and he called it "an indescribable feeling" to make that final table. There's still a long way to go, but with less than five percent of the field remaining, it's conceivable to start dreaming on a repeat.

Hallaert's pacing well ahead of this point last year, when he said he bagged 1.6 million. However, he knows better than perhaps anyone left how much of the grind still remains.

"I don't want to focus too much on going back to back final table," he said. "The way to the final table is still so long. We need to play three full days. I can just finish 250th tomorrow, it can happen. I don't have high hopes just yet."

Hallaert put together his crushing day despite being seated at one of the toughest tables in the tournament. Few would voluntarily choose to sit with the likes of Charlie Carrel and Max Silver, but Hallaert had to deal with the former for much of his Day 4 and the latter for the later stages of the night.

Carrel tried getting the better of Hallaert just before bagging time, but all he did was contribute to the Belgian's monstrous stack. Hallaert flopped top pair with queen-jack and bet the flop, only to have Carrel raise him in position. Hallaert called and then called a sizable turn bet, and Carrel gave up when an ace of hearts hit that completed a three-flush. The Brit lost almost 1 million to Hallaert by the time the hand finished.

Hallaert also dragged a major pot with a set of eights when he faded an opponent's ace-high flush draw.

"Luckily my hand held up, the story of my WSOP really," he said. "In all the big pots, my hand held up. An important part of being successful is your big hands holding up."

The only players finishing ahead of Hallaert were Damian Salas (4,678,000) and Sebastien Comel (4,198,000). JP Kelly (3,923,000), Richard Gryko (3,559,000), Jonas Mackoff (3,076,000) and Ben Lamb (2,746,000) also tote sizable stacks into Day 5.

Another player to bag chips was 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche. The three-time bracelet winner has 1,404,000. Not one of the biggest counts left by any means, but still plenty with the big blind sitting at 20,000.

"I'll take it!" he said. "It's OK. There were never any big pots, just lots of small ones."

Dominik Nitsche

Not only does Nitsche find himself still in contention for a top prize in excess of $8 million, along with over $35,000 locked up at the current payout level, he won a little prize from 888poker for being the last Ambassador standing. He outlasted fellow Ambassador Sofia Lovgren, who made a deep run but busted late in Day 4. Nitsche will receive a package to WSOP Europe in Rozvadov.

"So much fun," he said. "And even if I lost, even if somehow I lost, I could still just say that I've still won more bracelets. That's a joke by the way, make sure people know that it's a joke!"

Everyone who busted during Day 4 did so in the money, as the bubble burst to end Day 3. Former Main Event champs, Carlos Mortensen, Joe Cada and Scotty Nguyen were all among those falling during the course of play. The latter went out 549th when he jammed the last of his chips in with ace-seven and ran into ace-king, thus ensuring there will be a new winner crowned this year as he was the last former winner remaining.

The remaining players return Saturday at 11 a.m. for Day 5, where they will play up to six levels. Coverage can be found here on PokerNews, with delayed streaming on ESPN2 up until 1 p.m.

Tags: Kenny HallaertDominik Nitsche

Seat Draw Day 5

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Brasilia11Artan DedushaUnited Kingdom1,752,00088
Brasilia12Andrew OstapchenkoUnited States1,716,00086
Brasilia13Dilovan HusseinCanada890,00045
Brasilia14Christian PhamUnited States511,00026
Brasilia15Joshua TiemanUnited States982,00049
Brasilia16Manuel SadornilSpain600,00030
Brasilia17Yuan-Yuan LiCanada1,208,00060
Brasilia18Igor ZektserUnited States552,00028
Brasilia19Rodrigo PortaleoniBrazil2,040,000102
Brasilia21Leonardo TobiasBrazil432,00022
Brasilia22Martin FingerIreland1,658,00083
Brasilia23Ian JohnsUnited States1,000,00050
Brasilia24Sergi ReixachUnited Kingdom1,529,00076
Brasilia25Eugene KotlyarevskiyUnited States2,070,000104
Brasilia26Patryk PoterekPortugal590,00030
Brasilia27Wesley PantlingUnited States2,147,000107
Brasilia28Alexandre ArsenaultCanada235,00012
Brasilia29Eoghan O'DeaIreland1,467,00073
Brasilia31Patrick LavecchiaUnited States174,0009
Brasilia32Dario SammartinoItaly1,769,00088
Brasilia33Brian ValentineUnited States910,00046
Brasilia34Michael BenvenutiUnited States749,00037
Brasilia35Richard TuhrimUnited States1,403,00070
Brasilia36Joe HanrahanUnited States1,405,00070
Brasilia37Ruslan GazaevRussia1,709,00085
Brasilia38Valentin MessinaFrance2,979,000149
Brasilia39Kathy LiebertUnited States684,00034
Brasilia7001Kevin SongUnited States698,00035
Brasilia7002Mike LinsterUnited States2,396,000120
Brasilia7003Zu ZhouUnited States656,00033
Brasilia7004Thomas WardUnited Kingdom999,00050
Brasilia7005Minh LyUnited States374,00019
Brasilia7006Barry SchmiessUnited States1,191,00060
Brasilia7007Daniel HalletUnited States658,00033
Brasilia7008Jerry GiroirUnited States821,00041
Brasilia7009Alex SmithUnited States2,203,000110
Brasilia7011Matan KrakowUnited States1,476,00074
Brasilia7012Sukhpaul DhaliwalCanada1,574,00079
Brasilia7013Jonas MackoffCanada3,076,000154
Brasilia7014Richard GrykoUnited Kingdom3,559,000178
Brasilia7015Scott BlumsteinUnited States2,016,000101
Brasilia7016Jake AbdallaUnited States614,00031
Brasilia7017Mark AmabileUnited States519,00026
Brasilia7018Alexander GambinoUnited States915,00046
Brasilia7019Gyeongbyeong LeeUnited States1,635,00082
Brasilia7021Matthew DiehlUnited States719,00036
Brasilia7022Charles La BoissonniereUnited States619,00031
Brasilia7023Michael SklenickaCzech Republic1,600,00080
Brasilia7024Johannes BeckerGermany1,401,00070
Brasilia7025Harold LilieUnited States578,00029
Brasilia7026Schuyler ThorntonUnited States706,00035
Brasilia7027Justas VaiciulionisUnited States1,989,00099
Brasilia7028Frank CrivelloUnited States2,490,000125
Brasilia7029Kyle PikorzUnited States538,00027
Brasilia7031Reed HenselUnited States1,690,00085
Brasilia7032Samuel PhillipsUnited States1,880,00094
Brasilia7033Matthew GiannettiUnited States383,00019
Brasilia7034Max SilverUnited Kingdom1,000,00050
Brasilia7035Cory GrovijohnUnited States2,260,000113
Brasilia7036Daniel HarmetzUnited States600,00030
Brasilia7037Derek BowersUnited States873,00044
Brasilia7038Taylor BlackUnited States1,057,00053
Brasilia7039Kyle BowkerUnited States1,500,00075
Brasilia7041Matthew HumphreyUnited States1,117,00056
Brasilia7042Jesse VilchezUnited States968,00048
Brasilia7043Benjamin KoziolUnited States501,00025
Brasilia7044Greg MuellerCanada1,267,00063
Brasilia7045Charlie CarrelUnited Kingdom1,598,00080
Brasilia7046Jared PalmerUnited States494,00025
Brasilia7047Michael KrasienkoUnited States1,896,00095
Brasilia7048Alexander GreenblattUnited States1,578,00079
Brasilia7049Ben RichardsonAustralia1,903,00095
Brasilia7051Robin WilliamGermany2,550,000128
Brasilia7052Ian SearingUnited States1,583,00079
Brasilia7053David PhamUnited States543,00027
Brasilia7054Istvan ToroHungary317,00016
Brasilia7055Joris RuijsUnited States403,00020
Brasilia7056Nicolas FountotosUnited States777,00039
Brasilia7057Hans Joaquim HeinGermany1,505,00075
Brasilia7058Bob ShaoUnited States563,00028
Brasilia7059Liam HeUnited States228,00011
Brasilia7061Sai WangUnited States1,040,00052
Brasilia7062Yin LiuChina535,00027
Brasilia7063Nick GuagentiUnited States560,00028
Brasilia7064Zachary HirstUnited States513,00026
Brasilia7065Robert [Removed:292]United States1,147,00057
Brasilia7066Ben LambUnited States2,746,000137
Brasilia7067Jacob BazeleyUnited States1,225,00061
Brasilia7068Keanu TabaliUnited States267,00013
Brasilia7069Guy TaylorUnited Kingdom826,00041
Brasilia7071Nick SchwarmannUnited States2,507,000125
Brasilia7072Hans WinzelerUnited States785,00039
Brasilia7073Jason JamesCanada1,742,00087
Brasilia7074Matthias De MeulderBelgium1,927,00096
Brasilia7075Joseph DipascaleUnited States1,700,00085
Brasilia7076Graydon KowalCanada1,210,00061
Brasilia7077Sung Joo HyunSouth Korea888,00044
Brasilia7078Andrew MagbualUnited States2,214,000111
Brasilia7079Sean GibsonUnited States2,234,000112
Brasilia7081Travis LutesUnited States1,054,00053
Brasilia7082Arash GhaneianUnited States1,299,00065
Brasilia7083Mark RadojaCanada488,00024
Brasilia7084Sixiao LiChina777,00039
Brasilia7085Jonathan DwekCanada1,445,00072
Brasilia7086Vincent ChungUnited States628,00031
Brasilia7087Chino RheemUnited States529,00026
Brasilia7088Benjamin PollakFrance218,00011
Brasilia7089Aliaksei BoikaUkraine1,885,00094
Brasilia7091Damian SalasArgentina4,678,000234
Brasilia7092Romain ArkiFrance193,00010
Brasilia7093Scott HiltonUnited States216,00011
Brasilia7094Antonio Della SciuccaCanada503,00025
Brasilia7095Jon MaclellanUnited States477,00024
Brasilia7096Robert SlezakUnited States480,00024
Brasilia7097Jon HoelleinUnited States517,00026
Brasilia7098John Allan HindsUnited States300,00015
Brasilia7099Mario VojvodaCroatia992,00050
Brasilia7101Daniel PearlmanUnited States269,00013
Brasilia7102Tracy NguyenUnited States855,00043
Brasilia7103Joshua MarvinUnited States2,166,000108
Brasilia7104Ryan FranklinUnited States1,026,00051
Brasilia7105David GuayCanada2,440,000122
Brasilia7106Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom1,457,00073
Brasilia7107Shyam SrinivasanCanada1,450,00073
Brasilia7108Chris DombrowskiUnited States1,105,00055
Brasilia7109Davidi KitaiUnited States594,00030
Brasilia7111Gary FloydUnited States527,00026
Brasilia7112Jae HwangUnited States1,723,00086
Brasilia7113Jesus Javier Sanchez BlancoSpain1,391,00070
Brasilia7114Vuong DoUnited States924,00046
Brasilia7115Daniel OttUnited States2,196,000110
Brasilia7116Aaron MasseyUnited States532,00027
Brasilia7117JP KellyUnited Kingdom3,973,000199
Brasilia7118Vitaly LunkinRussia671,00034
Brasilia7119Bryan PiccioliUnited States1,994,000100
Brasilia7121Mickey CraftUnited States2,389,000119
Brasilia7122Alessandro BorsaItaly816,00041
Brasilia7123Sean KenneyUnited States631,00032
Brasilia7124James CavanaughUnited States480,00024
Brasilia7125Robert SchulzAustria1,180,00059
Brasilia7126Nick MaimoneUnited States1,350,00068
Brasilia7127Antoine SaoutFrance2,318,000116
Brasilia7128Clint TolbertUnited States1,826,00091
Brasilia7129Jessica NguSingapore850,00043
Brasilia7131Paul Vas NunesUnited Kingdom2,440,000122
Brasilia7132Jeremiah FitzpatrickUnited States433,00022
Brasilia7133Luther TranUnited States714,00036
Brasilia7134Hiren PatelUnited States2,700,000135
Brasilia7135Tom MiddletonUnited Kingdom1,053,00053
Brasilia7136Georgios ZisimopoulosGreece583,00029
Brasilia7137Justin LibertoUnited States600,00030
Brasilia7138Paawan BansalIndia514,00026
Brasilia7139Michael AmatoUnited States505,00025
Brasilia7141Brandon ShaneUnited States536,00027
Brasilia7142Lars JohanssonNorway1,572,00079
Brasilia7143Jeffrey GallowayUnited States880,00044
Brasilia7144Dan ChalifourUnited States1,090,00055
Brasilia7145Eyal MaaraviUnited States3,030,030152
Brasilia7146Alex MassmanUnited States515,00026
Brasilia7147Roger TeskaUnited States586,00029
Brasilia7148Jake BalsigerUnited States1,562,00078
Brasilia7149Kelly JohnsonUnited States674,00034
Brasilia7151Robert CowenUnited Kingdom478,00024
Brasilia7152Jian ChenChina393,00020
Brasilia7153Thissa DesilvaUnited Kingdom2,563,000128
Brasilia7154Amir KaikhahUnited States1,254,00063
Brasilia7155Iverson SnufferUnited States516,00026
Brasilia7156Rachid Ben CherifNetherlands1,387,00069
Brasilia7157Ryan LengUnited States1,592,00080
Brasilia7158Austin BuchananUnited States243,00012
Brasilia7159Joshua HortonUnited States2,140,000107
Brasilia7161Joseph WertzUnited States2,609,000130
Brasilia7162John HespUnited Kingdom1,394,00070
Brasilia7163Oliver WulfGermany487,00024
Brasilia7164Michael RuaneUnited States1,564,00078
Brasilia7165Fadi HamadUnited States1,962,00098
Brasilia7166Nikolay LosevRussia1,030,00052
Brasilia7167Thai HaUnited States394,00020
Brasilia7168Laurent PatroniFrance802,00040
Brasilia7169Chip JettUnited States202,00010
Brasilia7171Ping LinCanada365,00018
Brasilia7172Caufman TalleyUnited States1,200,00060
Brasilia7173Sam ChartierCanada765,00038
Brasilia7174Nicholas CushmanUnited States1,124,00056
Brasilia7175Jan NakladalCzech Republic820,00041
Brasilia7176Daniel RuddUnited Kingdom373,00019
Brasilia7177Kevin CalenzoUnited States1,776,00089
Brasilia7178Nicolas CardynFrance1,728,00086
Brasilia7179Paul SenatUnited States945,00047
Brasilia7181Brandon EisenUnited States806,00040
Brasilia7182Colin MoffattCanada3,086,000154
Brasilia7183Sergio CastelluccioItaly2,320,000116
Brasilia7184David PattersonUnited States968,00048
Brasilia7185Dominik NitscheGermany1,404,00070
Brasilia7186Daniel TurnerUnited States361,00018
Brasilia7187Zo KarimUnited States683,00034
Brasilia7188Adam HsuUnited States1,076,00054
Brasilia7189Chris WallaceUnited States1,605,00080
Brasilia7191Randolph PisaneUnited States2,955,000148
Brasilia7192Joshua TekeskyUnited States570,00029
Brasilia7193Raffi KingUnited States405,00020
Brasilia7194Gregory GoldbergUnited States2,000,000100
Brasilia7195Jean BenoitCanada643,00032
Brasilia7196Brandon MeyersUnited States1,353,00068
Brasilia7197Kory KilpatrickUnited States919,00046
Brasilia7198Ngoc TranUnited States379,00019
Brasilia7199Jody HoweCanada441,00022
Brasilia7201Gordon CampbellUnited States1,788,00089
Brasilia7202Ihar SoikaBelarus1,546,00077
Brasilia7203Joseph PergolaUnited States614,00031
Brasilia7204Neil PatelUnited States2,098,000105
Brasilia7205Fabio SousaBrazil1,476,00074
Brasilia7206Lawrence BarbettaUnited States317,00016
Brasilia7207Evan KrentzmanUnited States423,00021
Brasilia7208Zinan XuCanada921,00046
Brasilia7209Timothy AdamsCanada432,00022
Brasilia7211Cosmin JoldisRomania3,500,000175
Brasilia7212Pawel BrzeskiPoland801,00040
Brasilia7213Adam SwanUnited States388,00019
Brasilia7214Joel EttedgiUnited Kingdom1,500,00075
Brasilia7215Andrey PateychukRussia958,00048
Brasilia7216Joseph PalmaUnited States955,00048
Brasilia7217Paul OttoUnited Kingdom2,801,100140
Brasilia7218Tom CannuliUnited States515,00026
Brasilia7219Isaac HaxtonUnited States1,436,00072
Brasilia7221Richard DubiniArgentina1,125,00056
Brasilia7222Jingwei ZhangChina2,651,000133
Brasilia7223Rahul ByrrajuIndia1,320,00066
Brasilia7224Edmund ChanCanada417,00021
Brasilia7225Tomas SoderstromSweden1,030,00052
Brasilia7226Alistair HillUnited Kingdom270,00014
Brasilia7227Kenneth RayUnited States1,435,00072
Brasilia7228Phil MaderUnited States435,00022
Brasilia7229Matthew ZarcadoolasUnited States1,400,00070
Brasilia7231Aaron BeenUnited States1,617,00081
Brasilia7232Shawn DanielsUnited States925,00046
Brasilia7233Jeffrey DambrosiaUnited States621,00031
Brasilia7234Michael SassenNetherlands2,634,000132
Brasilia7235Randy LewUnited States1,055,00053
Brasilia7236Benjamin JacobsUnited States810,00041
Brasilia7237Sebastien ComelIreland4,198,000210
Brasilia7238Jeffrey RothsteinUnited States1,668,00083
Brasilia7239Florian LohnertGermany1,350,00068
Brasilia7241Shyam RavindranUnited States547,00027
Brasilia7242Justin BondUnited States1,488,00074
Brasilia7243Pedro OliveiraPortugal1,292,00065
Brasilia7244Richard RobinsonUnited States1,281,00064
Brasilia7245Eric BermanUnited States2,005,000100
Brasilia7246Avdo DjokovicUnited States373,00019
Brasilia7247Shiguang ZengChina253,00013
Brasilia7248Daniel SammarcoUnited States579,00029
Brasilia7249Kenny HallaertBelgium4,145,000207
Brasilia7251James SalmonUnited States1,081,00054
Brasilia7252Michael AddamoAustralia1,006,00050
Brasilia7253Matthew MossUnited Kingdom2,186,000109
Brasilia7254Nima SalehizadehUnited States1,880,00094
Brasilia7255Sammy LafleurCanada2,957,000148
Brasilia7256Miltiadis KyriakidesCyprus1,175,00059
Brasilia7257Sergey TikhonovRussia764,00038
Brasilia7258Connor DrinanUnited States703,00035
Brasilia7259Joseph MichaelUnited States1,472,00074
Brasilia7261Donald BlumUnited States999,00050
Brasilia7262Tobias HariefeldUnited Kingdom823,00041
Brasilia7263Joseph MiglioreUnited States1,481,00074
Brasilia7264Ankush MandaviaUnited States545,00027
Brasilia7265Scott StewartUnited States1,929,00096
Brasilia7266John MarianoUnited States629,00031
Brasilia7267Sonke JahnUnited States1,020,00051
Brasilia7268Ari EiblumUnited States851,00043
Brasilia7269Steve McKoyUnited States2,164,000108
Brasilia7271William BlaisCanada346,00017
Brasilia7272Michael ZelmanUnited States1,145,00057
Brasilia7273Brian EnglandUnited States832,00042
Brasilia7274Karen SarkisyanRussia1,170,00059
Brasilia7275Jesse DeckerUnited States734,00037
Brasilia7276Kenny ShihUnited States614,00031
Brasilia7277Hyon KimSouth Korea2,347,000117
Brasilia7278Noel EicherUnited States985,00049
Brasilia7279Edward NassifUnited States672,00034
Brasilia7281Max PescatoriItaly429,00021
Brasilia7282Camillo BaggianiBrazil720,00036
Brasilia7283Ryan GoindooTrinidad And Tobago1,670,00084
Brasilia7284Wen ZhouUnited States182,0009
Brasilia7285Michael CloudUnited States1,273,00064
Brasilia7286Alexandre ReardFrance1,000,43250
Brasilia7287Mark EvangelistaUnited States749,00037
Brasilia7288Peter TarsiewiczUnited States318,00016
Brasilia7289Sam SteinUnited States1,098,00055
Brasilia7291Matthew WakemanAustralia780,00039
Brasilia7292Kfir NahumUnited States1,405,00070
Brasilia7293Aaron OvertonUnited States2,525,000126
Brasilia7294Kevin LorfingUnited States540,00027
Brasilia7295Michael ZachariasUnited States495,00025
Brasilia7296Gustavo LopesBrazil448,00022
Brasilia7297Marcel LuskeNetherlands1,159,00058
Brasilia7298Andrew GrimasonIreland310,00016
Brasilia7299Donald DombachUnited States481,00024

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
4,678,000 -122,000
Day 4 Chip Leader
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
Sebastien Comel fr
Sebastien Comel
4,198,000 98,000
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
JP Kelly gb
JP Kelly
3,973,000 50,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Richard Gryko gb
Richard Gryko
3,559,000 659,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Cosmin Joldis ro
Cosmin Joldis
3,500,000 2,376,000
Colin Moffatt ca
Colin Moffatt
3,086,000 986,000
Jonas Mackoff ca
Jonas Mackoff
3,076,000 876,000
Eyal Maaravi il
Eyal Maaravi
3,030,030 820,030
Valentin Messina fr
Valentin Messina
2,979,000 546,000
Sammy Lafleur ca
Sammy Lafleur
2,957,000 972,000
Randy Pisane us
Randy Pisane
2,955,000 605,000
Paul Otto gb
Paul Otto
2,801,100 1,051,100
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
2,746,000 346,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Hiren Patel us
Hiren Patel
2,700,000 30,000
Jingwei Zhang cn
Jingwei Zhang
2,651,000 2,275,000
Michael Sassen nl
Michael Sassen
2,634,000 1,074,000
Joseph Wertz us
Joseph Wertz
2,609,000 2,263,000
Thissa Desilva gb
Thissa Desilva
2,563,000 2,563,000
Robin Hegele de
Robin Hegele
2,550,000 2,550,000
Day 5 Chip Leader
Aaron Overton us
Aaron Overton
2,525,000 1,741,000
Nick Schwarmann us
Nick Schwarmann
2,507,000 297,000
Frank Crivello us
Frank Crivello
2,490,000 90,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
2,440,000 1,500,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Paul Vas Nunes gb
Paul Vas Nunes
2,440,000 40,000

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How Much Ya' Got? Mickey Craft Wants to Know

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante

Mickey Craft had what you might call a roller coaster day, but never dipped below 2-million. He was very active all day and played three of the last five hands of the evening.

Craft raised to 65,000 preflop and called a 150,000 three-bet. The flop came with two spades, {a-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}.

Craft asked his opponent, "how much do you have?"

"Well you won't have it in a minute," he said and he went all in.

His opponent folded and Craft showed {k-Spades}{j-Spades}.

Player Chips Progress
Mickey Craft us
Mickey Craft
2,389,000 -611,000

Tags: Mickey Craft

Carrel Tries to Bluff Hallaert

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante

Just before the announcement that five hands were to be played, Kenny Hallaert opened for 45,000 under the gun plus one. Max Silver called in middle position and so did his neighbor Charlie Carrel.

The flop came {J-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} and Hallaert bet 100,000. Silver folded and Carrel raised to 325,000. Hallaert called, and check-called another 475,000 on the {10-Spades} turn. The river {A-Hearts} saw both players check.

"Flush?" Carrel asked, "Top set?"

Hallaert tabled {J-Spades}{Q-Hearts} and Carrel mucked while letting out a big sigh and laugh.

Player Chips Progress
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
4,145,000 1,200,000
Charlie Carrel gb
Charlie Carrel
1,660,000 -740,000

Tags: Charlie CarrelKenny HallaertMax Silver

Kelly Wins a Massive Pot to Close the Day

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante

As the bagging and tagging began, JP Kelly was seen with a massive stack, a lot more than he had when we checked on him minutes before. Kelly told us the details of the hand that got him up to almost 4 million.

A player in late position opened for 45,000 and the cutoff called, and so did Kelly on the button, and the player in the big blind. Action checked to Kelly on {K-}{J-}{10-} with two hearts. Kelly bet 160,000 and the big blind gave up. The initial raiser called, the cutoff folded.

The {8-Hearts} hit the turn and the initial raiser checked. Kelly bet 275,000 and saw his opponent shove all in for about 1.5 million more. Holding {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} for the straight and flush, Kelly called. His opponent tabled {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}, leaving him no river in the deck that could save him.

Player Chips Progress
JP Kelly gb
JP Kelly
3,923,000 1,763,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: JP Kelly

Joseph Migliore Finds a Late Double

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante

Antoine Saout raised to 50,000 from the cutoff and got a call from the player in the small blind. Joseph Migliore was in the big blind and three-bet to 185,000. Saout asked how much and weighed his options but opted to fold. The small blind looked at how much Saout had behind and eventually moved all in. Migliore threw his hands up in the air in disbelief, but still piled in his stack to call.

Migliore was at risk with {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}, well ahead of the small blind's {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}.

The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Migliore doubled through in the last few hands of the night.

Player Chips Progress
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Joseph Migliore
1,500,000 1,363,000

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Salas Keeps Firing

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante

With about 150,000 already in the middle and the board reading {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, the small blind checked to Damian Salas on the button and he bet 81,000. After brief consideration, the small blind called.

The {J-Clubs} fell on the river and the small blind checked. Salas bet what looked like 101,000 and the small blind tossed his hand into the muck.

Player Chips Progress
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Damian Salas
4,800,000 500,000
Day 4 Chip Leader
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner

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Five More Hands

Level 20 : 8,000/16,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament director has announced that the remaining players are playing five more hands before bagging and tagging for Day 5 tomorrow.