Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em



Shalhav Loses Her Whole Stack in Two Hands

• Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Smadar Shalhav was all-in from the small blind and Andrew Bak called with the slightly shorter stack of 810,000 in the big blind.

Andrew Bak: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Smadar Shalhav: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The board ran out {8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{3-Spades} for Bak to hold with the kings.

Two hands later, Shalhav shoved from the cutoff for around 100,000 and was called by Paul Evans in the small blind.

Smadar Shalhav: {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Paul Evans: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {6-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{8-Spades} for Shalhav to flop a gutshot to a straight but not get there on the turn nor river.

Andrew Bak gb
Andrew Bak
gb 1,680,000 790,000
Paul Evans (UK) GB
Paul Evans (UK)
GB 1,300,000 430,000
Smadar Shalhav NL
Smadar Shalhav
NL Ausgeschieden

Tags: Andrew BakPaul EvansSmadar Shalhav

Elliott Can't Quite Get There

KaleGozer • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Down to a mere 375,000 in chips, Stephen Elliott got it all in preflop and was looked up by Luigi Macaluso.

Stephen Elliott: {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Luigi Macaluso: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

The {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop provided little help but the {4-Diamonds} turn opened win- and split possibilities up. The {7-Hearts} river brought neither and Elliott was gone in 40th place. The table broke after the hand to go down to the final five tabes.

Luigi Macaluso fr
Luigi Macaluso
fr 4,050,000 1,350,000
Stephen Elliott us
Stephen Elliott
us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Luigi MacalusoStephen Elliott

Rivas' Four-Bet Takes It

• Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Didier Rabl raised to 115,000 from the cutoff and Mykhailo Gutyi three-bet to 340,000 on the button. Jose Rivas responded with a four-bet to 865,000 in the small blind for the big blind to fold and so did Rabl. Gutyi took some more time to consider his options but opted to fold in the end.

Didier Rabl ch
Didier Rabl
ch 4,600,000 -1,000,000
Jose Rivas ve
Jose Rivas
ve 4,100,000 2,520,000
Muhamedsejdi Ramadani ch
Muhamedsejdi Ramadani
ch 2,880,000 320,000
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au 1,675,000 385,000
Vasile Sabou ro
Vasile Sabou
ro 1,575,000 547,000
Mykhailo Gutyi ua
Mykhailo Gutyi
ua 1,300,000 240,000
David MacKenzie NZ
David MacKenzie
NZ 1,185,000 560,000

Tags: Didier RablJose RivasMykhailo Gutyi

Updated 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Race

KaleGozer • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Courtesy of the WSOP's social media czar @Kevmath on Twitter, who's been keeping live track of the scintillating 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race, the current numbers at the top are as follows after Robert Campbell's bust in this event.

PlacePlayerCountryPoY Score
1Robert CampbellAustralia3558.62
2Shaun DeebUnited States3446.21
3Daniel NegreanuCanada3207.76
4Daniel ZackUnited States3126.13
5Phil HuiUnited States2923.19
6Jason GoochUnited States2643.72
7Anthony ZinnoUnited States2609.30
8Joseph CheongUnited States2595.54
9Chris FergusonUnited States2567.64
10David "ODB" BakerUnited States2563.10
11Ismael BojangGermany2544.72
12Dash DudleyUnited States2527.48
Shaun Deeb
2018 winner Shaun Deeb is still in second place.

Day 1 Chip Leaders All Eliminated

• Level 23: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Pulkit Goyal
Pulkit Goyal

Aleksandr Merzhvinskii limped in from the early position and Rainer Heneka also called from the hijack. Pulkit Goyal shoved his last 540,000 in from the cutoff. Action folded back to Merzhvinskii who re-shoved with the biggest stack and Heneka called for 1,305,000.

Pulkit Goyal: {a-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Rainer Heneka: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Aleksandr Merzhvinskii: {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

The board ran out {7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{9-Spades} for Heneka to eliminate Goyal and earn a full double-up through Merzhvinskii who was left behind with around 400,000.

A few hands later, Heneka raised from under the gun, Merzhvinskii shoved from the button for 400,000 and Heneka called.

Aleksandr Merzhvinskii: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}
Rainer Heneka: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{6-Spades}{j-Diamonds} to not bring any help to the Day 1a chip leader as he was eliminated in 45th place for €2,956.

Rainer Heneka DE
Rainer Heneka
DE 4,000,000 2,475,000
Pulkit Goyal in
Pulkit Goyal
in Ausgeschieden
Aleksandr Merzhvinskii ru
Aleksandr Merzhvinskii
GGPoker Qualifier
ru Ausgeschieden

Tags: Aleksandr MerzhvinskiiPulkit GoyalRainer Heneka

Timely Double for Kocab

KaleGozer • Level 23: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Maria Lampropulos raised to 120,000 from middle position and Markus Jordan three-bet shoved 730,000 from the cutoff. Jiri Kocab called all in for 610,000 in the big blind and Lampropulos folded after two minutes.

Jiri Kocab: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Markus Jordan: {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}

There was a little sweat along the way for Kocab but ultimately, his queens stayed ahead: {9-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

Andrii Vakaliuk UA
Andrii Vakaliuk
UA 2,640,000 -45,000
Jiri Kocab cz
Jiri Kocab
cz 1,415,000 1,017,000
Apostolos Chatzopoulos gr
Apostolos Chatzopoulos
gr 1,130,000 130,000
Pawel Zawadowicz pl
Pawel Zawadowicz
pl 930,000 -220,000
Maria Lampropulos ar
Maria Lampropulos
ar 780,000 -235,000
Quan Zhou cn
Quan Zhou
cn 525,000
Markus Jordan de
Markus Jordan
de 120,000 -530,000

Tags: Jiri KocabMaria LampropulosMarkus Jordan