Championship: Eric Afriat Scores Another Double

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Eric Afriat

Two-time WPT champion Eric Afriat raised from the cutoff to 275,000, Ami Alibay called from the button, and Dan Chalifour defended his big blind.

The flop came Qc10h8c, it checked to Alibay who bet 300,000. Only Afriat called.

The turn card was the 3c, Afriat checked and Alibay moved all in. Afriat thought shortly before he called all in for 800,000.

Afriat needed to get lucky with his Ac9s against Alibay’s Jc9c.

Afriat called for the “Deuce of clubs. Let me do it one time.”

The dealer obliged as the river was in fact the 2c.

Afriat said, “Wow. Sorry, guys, it’s just my lucky day.”

Eric Afriat  –  3,225,000  (26 bb)
Ami Alibay  –  6,900,000  (55 bb)

Championship: Jerry Wong Versus Ami Alibay

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Jerry Wong (left) versus Ami Alibay (far right)

Ami Alibay raised to 275,000 from middle position and Jerry Wong defended his big blind.

The flop came AsKc4h and  Alibay continued for 225,000 with Wong check-calling.

The turn was the Js, Wong checked and Alibay bet 550,000. Wong called.

Both players checked the 9c on the river. Wong turned up his KsJd for two-pair to win the pot.

Jerry Wong – 4,800,000 (38 bb)

Championship: Ami Alibay Takes from Jason Marshman

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Ami Alibay
Ami Alibay

Jason Marshman raised  to 275,000 from middle position and  Ami Alibay three-bet to 600,000 from the button. Marshman called.

It got checked down on the AcJs9c2d8s board.

Marshman tabled 10d10h but was no good against Alibay’s QhQc.

Ami Alibay – 9,450,000 (76 bb)
Jason Marshman – 3,900,000 (31 bb)

Championship: Dan Chalifour Versus Maria Ho

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Dan Chalifour

Maria Ho raised to 275,000  from under the gun and both Ami Alibay and Dan Chalifour called.

The flop came Jc5d2h, and Ho led out 325,000. Only Chalifour called.

Both players checked the Js on the turn. The river brought the 6d, Chalifour bet 300,000 and Ho called.

Chalifour tabled 5h4s for the winning pair of fives and Ho mucked.

Dan Chalifour – 4,500,000 (36 bb)
Maria Ho – 8,475,000 (68 bb)

Championship: Ami Alibay Shows the Bluff

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Ami Alibay
Ami Alibay

James Carroll raised to 275,000 from  under the gun and got four callers.

The flop came 7h4d3d, it checked to Chalifour who bet 550,000. Only Alibay called.

Both players checked the Qd on the turn. The river was the 3h, Alibay bet 1,000,000 and Chalifour layed it down.

Alibay showed AcKd for ace high as he raked in the pot.

Ami Alibay  –  10,400,000  (83 bb)
Dan Chalifour  –  3,300,000  (26 bb)

Championship: Jason Marshman Doubles Through Chad Eveslage

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Jason Marshman

Chad Eveslage raised from the button to 275,000, Jason Marshman moved all in from the small blind for 1,950,000, and Eveslage thought shortly before putting in the calling chips.

Marshman turned over AsKc and was in great shape against Eveslage’s Ad9c.

Marshman asked Eveslage “Is this the W you owe me?”

The board came Js10c7d2c3s and Marshman’s king kicker held to avoid elimination.

Jason Marshman  –  4,150,000  (33 bb)
Chad Eveslage  –  6,550,000  (52 bb)

Championship: Break Time

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Players are currently on a fifteen minute break, here’s a look at the remaining payouts:

1st:  $700,175 + $15,000 Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions seat
2nd:  $465,120
3rd:  $344,960
4th:  $257,815
5th:  $194,610
6th:  $148,380
7th:  $114,285
8th:  $88,930

Here are the official chip counts from the break for the final eight players:

Seat 1.  Maria Ho  –  7,775,000  (62 bb)
Seat 2.  Chad Eveslage  –  8,825,000  (71 bb)
Seat 3.  Jason Marshman  –  2,200,000  (18 bb)
Seat 4.  Jerry Wong  –  2,975,000  (24 bb)
Seat 5.  Eric Afriat  –  2,925,000  (23 bb)
Seat 6.  Ami Alibay  –  9,275,000  (74 bb)
Seat 7.  James Carroll  –  16,900,000  (135 bb)
Seat 8.  Dan Chalifour  –  3,475,000  (28 bb)

Championship: Eric Afriat Makes a Straight Flush

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Eric Afriat

Ami Alibay raised to 225,000 from under the gun and James Carroll called from early position. Eric Afriat defended his big blind.

All three players checked the 4c3c2c flop.

The turn brought the 2d and Afriat led out 550,000.  Alibay called.

The river was the [6],  and both players checked.

Afriat turned over 6h5c for a straight flush to take the pot.

Eric Afriat – 3,200,000 (32 bb)
Ami Alibay – 9,100,000 (9 bb)

Championship: Eric Afriat Doubles Through Dan Chalifour

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Dan Chalifour raises under the gun to 300,000 and Eric Afriat moved all in for 1,100,000 from the button with 10d10c. Chalifour called with KhKc

The board came Qc8c2cQc, clean fo Chalifour, until the 10h spiked the river.

Eric Afriat  –  2,450,000  (25 bb)
Dan Chalifour  –  3,200,000  (32 bb)

After the hand, Afriat said, “Can you believe it? That was my first all-in situation in the entire tournament.”

Eric Afriat

Championship: Ryan D’Angelo – 9th Place ($69,920)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,360

Ryan D'Angelo
Ryan D’Angelo

Maria Ho raised to 225,000 from under the gun and  Ryan D’Angelo moved all in from middle position for 650,000. Ho called 8s8c and was racing against D’Angelo’s AhKc.

The board came QcJc4c3h7s and Ho’s pocket eights held to eliminate D’Angelo in ninth place.

Maria Ho  –  8,050,000  (81 bb)
Ryan D’Angelo  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($69,920)