After 10 hours of poker, a winner could not be decided in Event #39: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em so the three survivors will be back tomorrow to fight it out; Jacob Schindler is the chip leader on 3,860,000, second is Ryan Jaconetti with 3,410,000, and Sean Dempsey is in third with 1,660,000.
At the start of what was supposed to be the final day of Event #39, 26 players returned at 1 p.m. to play 10 one-hour levels of poker. By the end of the first four levels of play, the unofficial final table of 10 was set after a series of quick bust outs.
Clyde Walters fell not long after when he ran the into the the of Sean Dempsey and the official final table of nine was set.
By then, Ryan Laplante was in the lead just ahead of Sean Dempsey, with Nam Lee bringing up the rear. Dempsey grabbed the lead from Laplante just before the dinner beak with a well-disguised on a final board of where Laplante had the . That put Dempsey on 3,055,000 and moved Schindler into second place on 1,565,000.
A series of double ups in the first half hour after the break even things up somewhat. Then followed a number of bust outs as first Andrew Becker’s shove with the was beaten by Laplante holding the , and Becker fell in ninth.
Takashi Yagura three-bet shoved with the and got a call from Schindler with the . The cards ran out with the river giving Schindler a flush and sending Yagura to the rail in eighth.
Layne Flack was the seventh-place finisher, so no seventh bracelet for him, and he was eliminated shortly after his shove with the ran into the of Jaconetti to cripple him.
The sixth-place finisher was Nam Le, who had rocked the short stack for most of this tournament, getting a double up here and there, but his run finally came to an end when his lost out to the of Schindler on a final board of .
Laplante’s great run came to an end in fifth when he got it in preflop with the versus the of Schindler. The final board of busted Laplante and shot Schindler into the chip lead.
Ryan Olisar hadn’t played many pots to this point, but seemed to pick his spots very well until at last he was coolered. He moved all in and Dempsey moved all in behind him. Olisar had the and Dempsey the . The cards fell , which wasn't even a sweat as the aces of Dempsey held and Olisar had to settle for fourth place.
If the game had got down to two players then there would have been the option of one more level of heads-up play, but it was not to be. The rail chanted for ”one more level,” and it nearly happened, but on the last hand of the night Ryan Jaconetti doubled up through Schindler when he found the and was called by the .
With that, three players will return at 3 p.m. tomorrow to finally crown a winner.
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