Event #66: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
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Event #66: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
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Six Remain in $1,500 Limit Hold'em; David "ODB" Baker Keeps the Chip Lead After Day 3

• Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante
David ODB Baker
David ODB Baker

Day 3 of Event #66: $1,500 Limit Hold'em has concluded. A total of 541 hopefuls sat down to play at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino three days ago but now the final table has been reached and only six remain.

Everyone who returns for the final day, running Tuesday, July 2, has won at least $24,574 but all have their eyes on the top prize of $161,139, the title and a prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.

Returning as chip leader in the hunt for a second bracelet is David “ODB” Baker with a massive stack of 2,493,000. Baker, who also ended Day 2 in the chip leader position, managed to stay at the top of the leaderboard throughout the day to bag almost one million more than the second largest stack, Japan's Ruiko Mamiya, who sits with 1,551,000.

Baker kept building his stack through numerous hands, including one against Matt Glantz. Baker raised and called a three-bet from Glantz, who was situated in the blinds, before calling Glantz’s continuation bet on a king-high flop. The turn fell a four and this time Glantz check-called. The river bricked and Baker called one last bet, holding ace-king of hearts while Glantz folded. Glantz was left with crumbs after that hand and busted a few minutes later in 15th place for $6,473.

Brian Kim will return third in chips tomorrow (1,106,000). In fourth place is Dominzo Love (620,000). Completing the final six is none other than 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson (246,000), who doubled up twice through Love during the last level of play, with Chicong Nguyen returning as the shortest stack (152,000).

Daniel Negreanu was the second bust out of the day, finishing in 20th for $4,360, pushing his last chips in the middle preflop with ace-nine of diamonds and getting called by Baker and Kim, the latter of whom hit a set of queens on the board. Ronald Piccioli, the eldest of the Day 3 players, hit the rail in 19th ($4,319) before the two table redraw and confessed he lived his dream during those three days of play, after having played poker for more than 50 years.

Final Table Action

At the unofficial final table, Nicholas Pupillo busted in 10th place ($8,132) in a massive hand involving Mamiya and Love. Pupillo four-bet shoved with pocket queens preflop and was called by Mamiya and Love. Things heated between the two remaining active players, as Mamiya found a full house on the turn while Love hit the nut flush river, and Mamiya climbed above the one million chips after the hand.

Joining Pupillo on the rail shortly after was three-time bracelet winner Greg Mueller in 9th place ($10,418). Mueller, who lost a few pots against Baker and Mamiya, was down to less than one big blind in the small blind position and called all-in with ace-three, running into Baker's ace-king. Mueller found no help on the board and had to renounce a chance at a fourth bracelet.

Greg Mueller
Greg Mueller

Next to leave was Danny Woolard 8th ($13,609). Woolard moved all in on the turn on a paired board with king-high and a straight draw while Baker had two pair and improved his hand into a full house on the river.

Kenneth Donoghue was out next in 7th ($18,118). He was down to three big blinds due to an unfortunate hand against Love, who rivered a straight while Donoghue held a set of kings. A few minutes later he called all in on a five-high flop with jack-ten and was facing Mamiya who had king-queen. Two nines completed the board and Donoghue had to say goodbye.

Play resumes on Tuesday, July 2, at noon on the main feature table. Players will come back in level 25 with blinds at 30,000/ 60,000 to contest for the bracelet.

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1David "ODB" BakerUnited States2,493,000100
2Brian KimUnited States1,106,00044
3Ruiko MamiyaJapan1,551,00062
4Dominzo LoveUnited States620,00025
5Chicong NguyenUnited States152,0006
6Chris FergusonUnited States246,00010

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Tags: Brian KimChicong NguyenChris FergusonDaniel NegreanuDanny WoolardDominzo LoveGreg MuellerKenneth DonoghueMatt GlantzNicholas PupilloRonald PiccioliRuiko Mamiya

Play Has Halted for the Day

SandraBarbour • Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante

The remaining 6 players have bagged for the night and will be returning at noon local time tomorrow to continue to battle it out. The final day of this event will be airing on CBS All Access and PokerGO as this event is simulcast on both platforms with equal access for the subscribers of those platforms at 1 p.m. local time. A full recap of the day will follow shortly.

David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
us 2,493,000 193,000
Ruiko Mamiya jp
Ruiko Mamiya
jp 1,551,000 51,000
Brian Kim us
Brian Kim
us 1,106,000 26,000
Dominzo Love US
Dominzo Love
US 620,000 -280,000
Chris Ferguson us
Chris Ferguson
us 246,000 26,000
Chicong Nguyen US
Chicong Nguyen
US 152,000 -518,000

Kenneth Donoghue Eliminated in 7th Place ($18,118)

• Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante
Kenneth Donoghue
Kenneth Donoghue

Hand #45: After some thinking, Kenneth Donoghue raised in the cutoff for 50,000 and Ruiko Mamiya three-bet in the blinds. Donoghue quickly called.

The flop {5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} appeared and Mamiya bet 25,000, putting Donoghue at risk for his last 20,000 chips. The latter called and the players revealed their cards:

Kenneth Donoghue: {j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Ruiko Mamiya: {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}

Mamiya held the best hand and Donoghue found no help on the {9-Spades} turn and {9-Hearts} river to be eliminated from the tournament in 7th place for $18,118.

Ruiko Mamiya jp
Ruiko Mamiya
jp 1,500,000 200,000
Kenneth Donoghue US
Kenneth Donoghue
US Ausgeschieden

Tags: Kenneth DonoghueRuiko Mamiya

Hand #44: Baker Takes the Blinds

• Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante

Hand #44: David "ODB" Baker raised on the button and the blinds folded.

Danny Woolard Eliminated in 8th Place ($13,609)

• Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante
Danny Woolard
Danny Woolard

Hand #43: Danny Woolard raised in the hijack and David "ODB" Baker called in the blinds.

The flop fell {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Baker check-raised a bet from Woolard, who ended up calling.

When a {5-Clubs} showed up on the turn, Baker bet 50,000 and called the all-in raise from Woolard for a few more chips to create the following showdown.

Danny Woolard: {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}
David "ODB" Baker: {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

Woolard had king-high while Baker held two pair with the nines, after a {9-Diamonds} completed the board improving Baker's hand into a full house, Woolard was eliminated in 8th place for a $13,609 payday.

Danny Woolard us
Danny Woolard
us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Danny WoolardDavid "ODB" Baker

Hands #32-42: Ferguson Finds Second Double Through Love; Love Rivers Straight on Donoghue

• Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante

Hand #32: David "ODB" Baker raised and took down the blinds.

Hand #33: Dominzo Love raised in the cutoff and the table folded.

Hand #34: Kenneth Donoghue got a walk.

Hand #35: Chicong Nguyen raised in the cutoff and won the pot.

Hand #36: Baker raised his small blind and Brian Kim completed. The flop fell {k-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and Kim called Baker's bet. On the {10-Spades} turn, Baker first checked and folded after Kim bet 50,000.

Hand #37: Ruiko Mamiya got a walk.

Hand #38: Baker raised in the cutoff and it was enough to win the pot.

Hand #39: Mamiya raised on the button and the blinds folded.

Hand #40: Mamiya raised in the cutoff and earned the blinds.

Hand #41: Love raised in the cutoff and Chris Ferguson called in the blinds.

The flop came {k-Spades}{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} and Ferguson bet 25,000, called by Love. On the {8-Spades} turn, Ferguson moved all in for a remaining stack around 50,000 and Love called with {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. Ferguson showed {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and got his double up with a pair of eights after the river fell the {7-Diamonds}.

Hand #42: Love raised and Kenneth Donoghue three-bet in the big blind. The flop appeared {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Love called a continuation bet from Donoghue.

The {2-Hearts} came on the turn and Donoghue bet once more for 50,000, before calling a raise to 100,000 from Love.

The {9-Diamonds} completed the board and Donoghue bet 50,000 before facing another raise from Love. Donoghue tanked and ended up calling with {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} for a set of Kings but only to see {q-Spades}{10-Diamonds} in Love's hand for a straight on the river.

Dominzo Love US
Dominzo Love
US 900,000 50,000
Chris Ferguson us
Chris Ferguson
us 220,000 -100,000
Kenneth Donoghue US
Kenneth Donoghue
US 120,000 -200,000

Tags: Brian KimChicong NguyenChris FergusonDominzo LoveKenneth DonoghueRuiko Mamiya

Hands #30-31: Ferguson Doubles Through Love

SandraBarbour • Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante

Hand #30: Chris Ferguson raised to 50,000 from middle position and Dominzo Love called from the big blind. The dealer fanned a flop of {9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and Love bet 25,000. Ferguson called with his last 24,000.

Chris Ferguson: {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Dominzo Love: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}

The {9-Spades} turn and {k-Hearts} river filled up the board and Ferguson doubled up with kings and nines.

Hand #31: David "ODB" Baker raised to 50,000 from the hijack and Love called from the small blind. The flop was {9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades} and Love fired a bet of 25,000 that was enough to win the pot.

Dominzo Love US
Dominzo Love
US 850,000 80,000
Chris Ferguson us
Chris Ferguson
us 320,000 -15,000

Tags: Chris FergusonDominzo Love

Greg Mueller Eliminated in 9th Place ($10,418)

SandraBarbour • Level 24: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante
Greg Mueller
Greg Mueller

Hand #29: David "ODB" Baker raised to 50,000 from the cutoff and Greg Mueller called for less from the small blind, putting at risk his last 15,000.

Greg Mueller: {a-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}
David "ODB" Baker: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}

The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and Baker took down the pot with his better kicker, sending Mueller to the rail in 9th place for a nice $10,418 payday.

David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
us 2,300,000 530,000
Greg Mueller ca
Greg Mueller
ca Ausgeschieden

Tags: Greg MuellerDavid "ODB" Baker