Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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Level 26
Blinds 50,000 / 10,000
Ante 0
Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
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Yaser Al-Keliddar is the New Champion of Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

• Level 26: 50,000-10,000, 0 ante
Yaser Al-Keliddar
Yaser Al-Keliddar

After six hours of play, Yaser Al-Keliddar has taken down Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The US player walked away the proud owner of his first bracelet and is $154,338 better off after beating a 221-strong field.

Al-Keliddar started the day as joint chip leader with Juha Helppi and the pair had three-times more chips than their nearest rival when they sat down to play in the Amazon room earlier. It was little surprise that the eight remaining players were quickly picked off one by one throughout the day.

Official Final Table Results

PlacePlayer NameCountryPrize
1Yaser Al-KeliddarUnited States$154,338
2Juha HelppiFinland$95,380
3Justin ThurlowUnited States$62,187
4Andrew YipCanada$41,665
5Mike SchneiderUnited States28,708
6Barry GreensteinUnited States$20,358

It began with an eighth-place finish for Joao Vieira who cashed for $14,871 after getting the last of his chips in with queen high versus Mike Schneider's king high. This took the final seven to the unofficial final table and, about an hour later, Won Lee was the next to hit the rail. He got it in good on an ace-high board with ace-queen against Justin Thurlow's ace-three, which also had an open-ended straight draw. Lee didn't manage to dodge, as a three came on the river and he finished in seventh place for $14,871.

With the official final table reached, the next to fall was Barry Greenstein. Greenstein had less than five big blinds when he ran pocket sixes into Al-Keliddar's pocket kings. He finished in sixth place for $20,358. Mike Schneider wasn't far behind him and got the last of his chips in from the button with jack-nine against Helppi's ace-eight suited. He couldn't find any help and left in fifth place for $28,708.

After making it to the top four, it took another two hours to lose another player. This time it was Andrew Yip who won $41,665 for his fourth-place finish. Just as with most of the other players before him, he was very short and got it in with king-nine against Justin Thurlow's ace-king. With no nine on the board, he made his way to the payouts desk.

Justin Thurlow couldn't make it beyond third place and will take home $62,187 for his efforts. He opened the button with pocket deuces and both his opponents called. He had less than a full-size bet left and got it in ahead of Helppi's ace-eight but didn't manage to hold all the way to the river, which left Al-Keliddar and Helppi heads up.

Al-Keliddar was the two-to-one favorite as the pair began their battle for the crown, and over the course of 45 minutes, his stack went up and down until the last hand, where Al-Keliddar's raise committed him to his all-in. It was ten-four against Al-Keliddar's pocket fours, and with the runout favoring the preflop favorite, the Finn narrowly missed out on the top prize, having to settle for second place and $95,380 in prize money.

Juha Helppi
Juha Helppi

That left Al-Keliddar the last man standing. Speaking in an interview afterward, he explained what it meant to him to win the event.

"I'm relieved because I was tied for the chip lead heading into the day, so to have blown it would have been rough. I had a lot of friends from back home who were really supportive, cheering me on, and that helped a lot. I didn't want to let anyone down. Apparently, my home casino back in the D.C. area is excited for me, which is great. First bracelet. I wasn't gonna play this thing until an hour and a half before."

Born in England, Al-Keliddar moved to Washington, D.C. at two years old. He is a self-described "business guy" with "some rental properties" who plays a lot of poker, has been to law school and even had a spell as a stand-up comedian.

The comedy is something that Al-Keliddar thinks adds to his game: "I like to have a lot of fun at the table and joke around, especially if my chip stack is doing well. I just like to have fun at the table I think it's important to stay loose. If you make your opponents laugh, that's good. It helps you get people to play with you over and over again."

After spending six weeks in Vegas, Al-Keliddar hopes to take some time off. A huge congratulations go to the newest WSOP bracelet winner, here's hoping he enjoys some well-deserved time off.

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Juha Helppi Eliminated in 2nd place ($95,380)

• Level 26: 50,000-10,000, 0 ante
Juha Helppi
Juha Helppi

Hand #197: Yaser Al-Keliddar raised in the small blind. Juha Helppi called from the big blind the last of his last chips.

Yaser Al-Keliddar: {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}
Juha Helppi: {10-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

The board ran {k-Spades}{6-Spades}{7-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{8-Spades} and Al-Keliddar won the tournament and the WSOP gold bracelet, eliminating Helppi in second place for $95,380.

Yaser Al-Keliddar 3,315,000 1,110,000
Juha Helppi fi Ausgeschieden

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A Lot of Walks

• Level 26: 50,000-10,000, 0 ante

Hand #180: Juha Helppi raised in the small blind and Yaser Al-Keliddar in the big blind called.

A flop reading {k-Hearts}{7-Spades}{9-Clubs} was dealt. Al-Keliddar bet. Helppi called. The turn brought the {q-Spades}. Al-Keliddar checked. Helppi bet. Al-Keliddar check-called. The {5-Spades} river completed the board. Al-Keliddar checked. Helppi bet. Al-Keliddar raised and Helppi folded.

Hand #181: Al-Kellidar folded his small blind.

Hand #182: Helppi raised in the small blind. Al-Keliddar called. The flop came {j-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}. Al-Keliddar bet and Helppi folded.

Hand #183: Al-Keliddar raised in the small blind. Helppi folded.

Hand #184: Helppi raised in the small blind. Al-Keliddar called. The flop was {4-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{k-Diamonds}. Al-Keliddar bet and Helppi called. The turn was the {2-Diamonds} and was checked around. The {a-Hearts} river completed the board. Both players checked. Al-Keliddar took down the pot with {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

Hand #185: Al-Keliddar raised. Helppi folded.

Hand #186: Helppi raised in the small blind and Al-Keliddar called.

The flop came {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. Al-Keliddar checked. Helppi bet. Al-Keliddar called. The turn brought the {q-Clubs}. Al-Keliddar bet. Helppi raised. Al-Keliddar three-bet. Helppi called. The {7-Clubs} river filled up the board and was checked around. Al-Keliddar showed {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for a flush to win the pot.

Hand #187: Helppi got a walk.

Hand #188: Helppi raised from the small blind. Al-Keliddar folded.

Hand #189: Al-Keliddar raised from the small blind and Helppi folded.

Hand #190: Al-Keliddar got a walk.

Hand #191: Helppi got a walk

Hand #192: Helppi raised from the small blind. Al-Keliddar called. The flop was {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Al-Keliddar checked. Helppi bet. Al-Keliddar folded.

Hand #193: Helppi got a walk.

Hand #194: Helppi limped in the small blind. Al-Keliddar raised. Helppi called.

A flop reading {9-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{5-Spades} was dealt. Al-Keliddar bet. Helppi called. The turn brought the {k-Spades}. Al-Keliddar bet again. Helppi called. The {k-Diamonds} river filled up the board. Al-Keliddar checked. Helppi bt. Al-Keliddar called and showed {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs} to win the pot.

Hand #195: Al-Keliddar raised in the small blind. Helppi called for his last chips.

Juha Helppi: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Yaser Al-Keliddar: {q-Spades}{3-Clubs}

The baord ran {8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{a-Spades} and Helppi doubled up.

Hand #196: Al-Keliddar got a walk.

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Hands #171-179: Not Much Change in the Way of Chips

• Level 26: 50,000-10,000, 0 ante

Hand #171: Juha Helppi got a walk.

Hand #172: Helppi opened the button and Yaser Al-Keliddar defended. The flop came {3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Al-Keliddar check-called Helppi's bet. He check-folded the bet on the {7-Hearts} turn.

Hand #173: Al Keliddar opened the button and Helppi called. There was only a continuation bet on the {3-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} flop and the {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} turn and river were checked down. Helppi took it with {q-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

Hand #174: Helppi raised the button and Al-Keliddar defended but he check-folded to a bet on the {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop.

Hand #175: Al Keliddar opened and Helppi three-bet in the big blind, which was called. It fell {j-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and Helppi bet the minimum, which Al-Keliddar called. The {k-Spades} turn saw a 100,000 barrel and a call and the {a-Diamonds} completed the board. Helppi barreled once more and took it down.

Hand #176: Helppi raised the button and Al-Keliddar called. On the {7-Hearts}{a-Spades}{7-Spades} flop, it went check-call. It went check-check on the {10-Clubs} turn and Al-Keliddar led on the {5-Spades} turn, which was enough to convince Helppi to fold.

Hand #177: Al-Keliddar called the button and Helppi checked his option. The board came {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{q-Spades} and there was no betting on the flop but a bet by Al-Keliddar took it on the turn.

Hand #178: Helppi opened and took the pot with a bet on a {j-Spades}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop.

Hand #179: Al-Keliddar limped and Helppi checked. The flop was {8-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and Helppi lead, which Al-Keliddar called. The {2-Clubs} turn was check-called by Helppi but he check folded on the {j-Clubs} river.

Yaser Al-Keliddar 2,205,000 -95,000
Juha Helppi fi 1,100,000 85,000

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Level:
26
Blinds:
50,000/10,000
Ante:
0

Hands # 164-170: Give and Take

• Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 0 ante

Hand #164: Yaser Al-Keliddar called on the button and Juha Helppi raised in the big blind. On the {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} flop, Helppi continued and took it down.

Hand #165: Helppi raised the button and Al-Keliddar called. The {7-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{6-Spades} board was checked all the way down and the players chopped with king high.

Hand #166: Al-Keliddar opened the button and Helppi called. Helppi check-folded the {9-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{j-Spades} flop.

Hand #167: Helppi got a walk.

Hand #168: Al-Keliddar opened and took it down.

Hand #169: Helppi raised the button and Al-Keliddar called. The {j-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{k-Spades} flop was checked. The {8-Hearts} turn saw Al-Keliddar bet and Helppi called and it was the same action on the {3-Hearts}. Al-Keliddar showed {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for the ace-high flush, while Helppi mucked.

Hand #170: Helppi raised the button and Al-Keliddar defended. Helppi won with a continuation bet on the {q-Spades}{4-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop.

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Justin Thurlow Eliminated in 3rd place ($62,187)

• Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 0 ante
Justin Thurlow
Justin Thurlow

Hand #163: Justin Thurlow raised on the button. Yaser Al-Keliddar and Juha Helppi in the blinds called.

A flop reading {4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} was dealt. Al-Keliddar checked. Helppi bet. Thurlow called with the last of his last chips. Al-Keliddar folded.

Juha Helppi: {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Justin Thurlow: {2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}

The {9-Diamonds} turn and {8-Spades} river filled up the board for Helppi to win the pot, eliminating Thurlow in third place for $62,187.

Yaser Al-Keliddar 2,300,000 570,000
Juha Helppi fi 1,015,000 315,000
Justin Thurlow us Ausgeschieden

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Hands #153-162: Thurlow Survives

• Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 0 ante

Hand #153: Justin Thurlow raised in the small blind. Yaser Al-Keliddar, in the big blind, called.

The flop came {2-Clubs}{10-Spades}{2-Diamonds}. Thurlow bet. Al-Keliddar gave up his hand.

Hand #154: Thurlow raised on the button. Juha Helppi, in the big blind, called.

On a flop of {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs}, Helppi checked. Thurlow bet. Helppi check-called. The turn brought the {2-Diamonds} and was checked around to the {6-Spades} river. Helppi bet. Thurlow folded.

Hand #155: Al-Keliddar raised on the button. Thurlow, in the big blind, called.

A flop of {10-Hearts}{6-Spades}{9-Diamonds} was dealt. Thurlow checked. Al-Keliddar bet. Thurlow folded.

Hand #156: Al-Keliddar got a walk.

Hand #157: Al-Keliddar raised in the small blind. Juha Helppi, in the big blind, three-bet. Al-Keliddar called.
On a flop of {9-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{6-Hearts}, Al-Keliddar checked. Helppi bet. Al-Keliddar check-called. The turn brought the {6-Clubs}. Al-Keliddar checked. Helppi bet. Al-Keliddar folded.

Hand #158: Thurlow got a walk.

Hand #159: Thurlow raised in the small blind. Al-Keliddar, in the big blind, called.

On a flop of {a-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts}, Thurlow bet and Al-Keliddar called. The turn brought the {4-Diamonds}. Thurlow bet. Al-Keliddar tank-called. The {2-Hearts} river filled up the board. Thurlow bet. Al-Keliddar raised. Thurlow gave up his hand.

Hand #160: Thurlow raised all in on the button. Al-Kellidar, in the small blind and Helppi, in the big blind, called.

The flop came {8-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. Al-Keliddar bet. Helppi called. The turn was the {7-Diamonds}. Al-Keliddar bet again. Helppi called. The {k-Spades} river filled up the board and was checked around. Helppi showed {8-Clubs}{5-Hearts}, Al-Keliddar revealed {q-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and Thurlow tabled {k-Clubs}{9-Hearts} to survive.

Hand #161: Thurlow got a walk

Hand #162: Thurlow raised in the small blind. Al-Keliddar, in the big blind, three-bet. Thurlow called.

The dealer spread a flop of {8-Spades}{5-Clubs}{j-Hearts}. Thurlow checked. Al-Keliddar bet. Thurlow gave up his hand.

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Hands #142-152: Helppi Gets a Double

• Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 0 ante
Juha Helppi
Juha Helppi

Hand #142: Juha Helppi got a walk.

Hand #143: Justin Thurlow got a walk.

Hand #144: Yaser Al-Keliddar got a walk.

Hand #145: Thurlow opened button and Al-Keliddar called in the small blind. On the {4-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, Al-Keliddar led and Thurlow called. The turn and river were both checked and each player turned over ace-six for a chop.

Hand #146: Al-Keliddar opened the button and Thurlow called in the big blind. Thurlow then check-folded the flop.

Hand #147: Thurlow made up the small blind and Al-Keliddar checked his option. It was an {a-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{6-Spades} flop and both players checked. The {3-Spades} turn saw Thurlow bet 80,000 and Al-Keliddar came along. The {8-Clubs} river went check-bet-fold and Al-Keliddar took it down.

Hand #148: Thurlow opened button and took it down.

Hand #149: Helppi raised in the small blind and Thurlow three-bet. The flop came {10-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and the players ended up four-betting to the tune of Helppi's all-in. Helppi had {10-Spades}{8-Clubs} versus Thurlow's pocket {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} with one card to come. It was a {3-Clubs} on the river and Helppi got a double.

Hand #150: Helppi opened the button and everyone folded.

Hand #151: Al-Keliddar called in the small blind and Helppi checked. It fell {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} on the flop and Al-Keliddar check-folded.

Hand #152: Thurlow got a walk.

Juha Helppi fi 700,000 330,000
Justin Thurlow us 450,000 -470,000

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