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Somehow, Wednesday night at the 2018 World Series of Poker will probably go down as one of the most surreal in the 49-year history of the event. Not only did the Main Event reach a final table in a dramatic fashion, but the most decorated player in WSOP history, Phil Hellmuth, added to his legend with yet another bracelet. This is the Main Event There were 26 players at the start of Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event but over a 12-hour span, 17 players were eliminated leaving just the nine players to make up the final table. Shortstacks Jeffrey Trudeau, Barry Hutter and Bart Lybaert all fell early with Eric Froehlich, who started Day 6 with the 10th biggest stack, getting coolered with pocket queens against Alex Lynskey's pocket kings to join them on the rail. Ivan Luca, former November Niner Sylvain Loosli, Frederik Brink and Ryan Phan all busted to leave the unofficial final table of 10 players waiting for one more elimination before stopping play for the night. The final hand was one for the ages. Nicolas Manion raised to 1,500,000 from UTG. Antoine Labat called from middle before Yueqi Zhu came over the top, moving all in for 24,700,000 from late position. Manion responded by moving all in for 43,100,000. Labat, the biggest stack of the three, took some time before eventually calling. Zhu revealed [kh][ks], Manion tabled [ah][as] and Labata turned over [kc][kd]. The board ran out [jd][7c][4c][3s][jc] to eliminate Zhu in tenth place, leaving Labata with just 8,050,000 and boosting Manion into the chip lead with a nearly full triple up. "Somehow this is real life," said Manion, who finished with 112,775,000. "When I got both calls, I flipped over my hand, I went straight to my rail and looked up at the TV and saw they both had pocket kings to my aces." Michael Dyer, who spent most of the day Wednesday in the chip lead, finished just behind Manion with 112,775,000. Remarkably, the final table includes repeat appearance from a Main Event champion from the November Nine era for the first time in history. Joe Cada, who won the 2009 WSOP Main Event, finished with 23,675,000, good enough for the sixth biggest stack. "It was a lot more of a grind this time. I respect the tournament more," said Cada, who was down to 9,000 on Day 1 before rebuilding his stack. " The final table resumes at 5:30 pm PT with the ESPN broadcast starting at 6:00 pm PT. The current schedule calls for play to continue Thursday until six players remain. Final Table Chip Counts Nicolas Manion - 112,775,000 Michael Dyer - 109,175,000 Tony Miles - 42,750,000 John Cynn - 37,075,000 Alex Lynskey - 25,925,000 Joe Cada - 23,675,000 Aram Zobian - 18,875,000 Artem Metalidi - 15,475,000 Antoine Labat - 8,050,000 Phil Hellmuth Wins Bracelet #15 [caption id="attachment_619988" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Phil Hellmuth continues to silence his critics, winning a 15 WSOP bracelet on Wednesday night.[/caption] It's been an interesting summer for Phil Hellmuth. Seemingly mired in some sort of controversy from the very first week, Hellmuth spent two days earlier this week defending, and eventually apologizing for, his actions late on Day 2 of the Main Event that may have cost another player their tournament life. On Thursday night, with the Main Event playing down to a final table in another room, Hellmuth overcame the 2.5-1 chip lead of Steven Wolansky to win the 15th bracelet of his career. Faced with the possibility of yet another runner-up finish, Hellmuth gave himself a little pep talk. "I said, ... 'When's the next time you're going to have an opportunity like this where you're heads up for a bracelet? You just need to hang in there and stay strong', and I stayed strong and then luckily hit some cards," said Hellmuth. Hellmuth, who holds the WSOP records for wins and cashes, gave Wolansky credit for making the final table a difficult one for him. "He wouldn't give an inch, so I had to start thinking about, okay how do I want to handle this? And I thought alright, I'm going to have to try to steal more pots against him, to give myself a chance because he's just not giving a chip away, he's making it really tough, and I can't blink first either," said Hellmuth. "I just have to like just keep playing my best poker until the end and maybe something great will happen." Hellmuth's last bracelet came in 2015, when he won the $10,000 Razz Championship event.
On Sunday, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas topped won the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event for a whopping £940,000. Despite entering the final day with the chip lead, the road to the winner’s circle wasn’t an easy one for Angelou-Konstas, who had to defeated a field of 1,015 entries and top a final table that included Alex Foxen, Tom 'Jabracada' Hall, and Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton, among others. The victory proved by far the largest of Angelou-Konstas’ career, as previously the Greek player with two WPTDeepStacks titles had $874,921 in live tournament earnings. Angelou-Konstas defeated Foxen in heads-up play to claim the title. Angelou-Konstas took out Antoine Labat in third place and entered heads-up play with a lead of 880 million in chips to Foxen’s 132 million. After a double up by Foxen, the two struck a deal that saw Angelou-Konstas take £840,000 and Foxen £720,000, with £100,000 left to play for. Shortly thereafter, the two got the money in on what would be the final hand. According to reporting on partypokerlive.com, Foxen raised and Angelou-Konstas called to see the flop come down [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4c"]. Angelou-Konstas checked, Foxen bet 13 million, and Angelou-Konstas called to see the [poker card="3h"] on the turn. Both players checked and the river was the[poker card="Ts"]. Angelou-Konstas checked, Foxen bet 46 million, and then Angelou-Konstas check-raised all in to put Foxen all in. Foxen tanked for a bit, then called. When Angelou-Konstas turned up the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jh"], Foxen saw the bad news and was eliminated holding the [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. Final Table Payouts 1. Ioannis Angelou-Konstas - £940,000* 2. Alex Foxen - £720,000* 3. Antoine Labat - £440,000 4. Tom 'Jabracada' Hall - £300,000 5. Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton - £205,850 6. Michael 'Miw210' Wang - £140,000 7. John Haigh - £100,000 8. Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney - £70,000 9. Ryan Riess - £50,000 *Denotes a heads-up deal. Ryan Riess, winner of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and recent "bubble boy" in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller, busted first at the final table in ninth place. Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney was next out the door in eighth, and then John Haigh was knocked out in seventh. Both O’Kearney and Haigh were eliminated in three-way pots. Michael 'Miw210' Wang went out in sixth place for £140,000. He was busted at the hands of Angelou-Konstas, who shoved the river of an [poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ts"] board holding pocket aces. Wang tank-called with the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="7d"] to try and pick off Angelou-Konstas, but he was eliminated instead. Next out was Grafton in fifth place, who was also busted by Angelou-Konstas. Angelou-Konstas then sent Hall packing in fourth place when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] held up against the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] for Hall. Falling in third place was Labat, also busted by Angelou-Konstas, and that set up the heads-up battle between Angelou-Konstas and Foxen. As previously mentioned, the final two players struck a deal before Angelou-Konstas went on to earn the title. With the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £5,300 Main Event attracting 1,015 entries, the top 127 places were set to reach the money. A few of the notables to finish in the money included Patrick 'Pleno1' Leonard (23rd - £25,000), Max Silver (42nd - £17,500), Maria Lampropulos (53rd - £15,000), and Tom Middleton (79th - £12,500). Photo courtesy of My partypoker LIVE.
James Williams started the final table of the 888poker LIVE London Main Event with an average stack but that didn't stop him from navigating his way to victory for a career-best $154,225 cash and the sixth live win of his career. Craig Sweden started the final table with 23 big blinds, but over the first two hours of play, he was unable to improve on his lot and was left with just five big blinds when he finally found a hand to play. Philippe Souki raised to 185,000 from middle position and Sweden moved all in from th hijack. Souki called instantly and tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] while Sweden was in bad shape with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] though and Sweden was out in ninth. Just 10 minutes later, Sweden had company on the rail thanks to a blind vs. blind battle. Action folded to Christos Xanthopoulos in the small blind and he moved all and Adnan Dacic call from the big blind. Xanthopoulos tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"] and found himself dominated by Dacic's [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"][poker card="tc"] flop left Xanthopoulos on life support and neither the [poker card="9d"] turn or [poker card="as"] river offered any sort of help and he was eliminated in eighth place. Despite picking up the first final table elimination, Souki was the next to go. From UTG+1, Souki raised to 225,000 and Antoine Labat defended his big blind. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="th"][poker card="7h"] flop got, Labat checked and then moved all in after Souki bet 200,000. Souki called all in for 2,900,000 and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] for top pair, top kicker. Labat turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] for the nut flush draw. The [poker card="3h"] turn complete Labat's flush and left Souki headed for the exit with a seventh place finish as the [poker card="6d"] completed the board. While the first three eliminations came in rapid succession, six-handed play carried on for well over two hours before the next player saw their tournament end. Derek Lawless raised to 400,000 from the hijack and Aleem Kanji moved all in from the button for 720,000 and Lawless called. Kanji showed [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"] while Lawless was ahead with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="7d"] to give Lawless a full house and end Kanji's run in sixth place. The next elimination came on the very next hand. Labat raised to 325,000 from the button and Dacic called from the big blind. Dacic checked the [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"] flop and then moved all in after Labat bet 500,000. Labat called and turned over [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"] for top two pair while Dacic needed some help with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="9s"] river was no help while the [poker card="qs"] river filled up Labat's boat to eliminate Dacic in fifth. An hour later, Hak-Hyun Lee was down to just over five big blinds when he tangled with Lawless in a blind vs. blind scenario. Action folded to Lawless in the small blind and he moved all in and Lee called from the big. Lee showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"] which was dominated by Lawless' [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"] The [poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Lee little hope. The [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="4c"] river ended Lee's tournament in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted just over 30 minutes and it was a three-way pot that sent the tournament to heads up. Williams raised from the button to 600,000 and Lawless and Labat called from the blinds. The [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"] flop was good enough for Lawless to bet 1,300,000. Labat moved all in and Williams folded. Lawless called and tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"] for a flush draw and two over cards while Labat had [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"] for an open-ended straight flush draw. The [poker card="qc"] turn completed Lawless' flush and left Labat drawing very thin on the river. The [poker card="2s"] was not one of his two outs and he was eliminated in third place. Heads up play began with Lawless holding a one big blind lead over Williams. Over the next 35 minutes, however, Williams took the lead and eventually the title. On the final hand of the night, Lawless raised to 750,000 from the button and Williams called. He then checked the [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop and Lawless bet 950,000. Williams called. The [poker card="ts"] turn got both players to check. Williams then checked again after the [poker card="tc"] river but Lawless shoved for 4,700,000 and after a short turn in the tank, Williams called and tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="4c"] for two pair while Lawless mucked his [poker card="ah"]jh] and and was eliminated in second place. Final Table Payouts James Williams - £121,000 ($154,225) Derek Lawless - £85,000 Antoine Labat - £57,140 Hak-Hyun Lee - £41,000 Adnan Dacic - £31,000 Aleem Kanji - £25,000 Philippe Souki - £20,500 Christos Xanthopoulos - £16,000 Craig Sweden - £12,500