Escalator $350: Donald Williams — 4th Place ($28,179)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 31: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Donald Williams

Scott Levitt was first to act and opened to 500,000. Donald Williams promptly shoved the button for 2,020,000 total. Levitt verified the all-in bet, then called. Williams was at risk.

Levitt: [8s 8d]
Williams: [kd jd]

Runout: [qd 3s 2c th 4s]

Levitt’s eights were best and Williams was eliminated in fourth place.

Scott Levitt – 8,550,000 (71 bb)
Donald Williams – Eliminated in 4th Place ($28,179)

Escalator $350: Joseph Gotlieb – 5th Place ($23,505)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Joseph Gotlieb

On the very next hand following Butch Mitchell’s bustout, Joseph Gotlieb open-shoved for 1,685,000 and David Poces called. Gotlieb was at risk.

Poces: [js jh]
Gotlieb: [ac 4c]

Flop: [qs jc 8h] — Poces flopped his second straight set and took the lead in the hand. Gotlieb stood from the table.

Turn: Flop: [qs jc 8h 3c] — Gotlieb picked up outs to the club flush and took his seat again.

River: [qs jc 8h 3c 2d] — Poces’ set was officially best as Gotlieb hit the rail in fifth place.

David Poces – 7,650,000 (76 bb)
Joseph Gotlieb – Eliminated in 5th place ($23,505)

Escalator $350: Butch Mitchell – 6th Place ($19,171)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Butch Mitchell

Moments after sending Jordan Wunder home in sixth place, Butch Mitchell joined his opponent on the rail. It was a brutal beat that came following an [as qh th] flop. Mitchell was heads-up versus David Poces and the duo got all of Mitchell’s money in the middle.

Mitchell: [ks jc] for Broadway, the nuts
Poces: [ts td] for a set

Turn and river: [2h tc]

Poces hit a one-outer on the river for quads and Mitchell was eliminated in sixth place. Poces took the chip lead.

David Poces – 6,750,000 (67 bb)
Butch Mitchell – Eliminated in 6th place ($19,171)

Escalator $350: Jordan Wunder – 7th Place ($14,892)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Jordan Wunder

Jordan Wunder shoved under the gun and Butch Mitchell shoved for more — 1,205,000 — from his direct left. It folded around and Wunder was at risk versus Mitchell.

Mitchell: [qh qd]
Wunder: [ah 9c]

Runout: [kc 8h 4s qs jd]

Mitchell’s queens held and Wunder was eliminated in seventh place.

Jordan Wunder — Eliminated in 7th place ($14,892)

Escalator $350: Bobby Leff – 8th Place ($11,013)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Bobby Leff

Idris Ambraisse raised to 300,000 and Bobby Leff shoved. Ambraisse asked for a count and called when it came back 1,040,000.

Leff: [kc kd]
Ambraisse: [as jc]

Runout: [ac 8c 7d 5d 2s]

Ambraisse improved to a pair of aces and carded an unlikely win in the hand. Leff was left bust in eighth place while Ambraisse moved into the chip lead.

Idris Ambraisse – 5,010,000 (50 bb)
Bobby Leff – Eliminated in 8th place ($11,013)

Escalator $350: Levitt Best at Break

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Heading to Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Scott Levitt’s chip-leading stack

Players are on break set to return momentarily to blinds of 50,000/100,000 and a 15,000 ante. Scott Levitt is tops with 4,520,000 chips.

1st – $88,939* + $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Seat
2nd – $53,460*
3rd – $33,362*
4th – $28,179*
5th – $23,505*
6th – $19,171*
7th – $14,892*
8th – $11,013
9th Ilan Hadida – $8,081*
10th: Michael Johnson – $5,531*

*Prize value is inclusive of $560 Escalator Week 4 seat

When cards go back in the air, the average stack will be just 26 big blinds.

Escalator $350: Ilan Hadida — 9th Place ($8,081)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Ilan Hadida

David Poces opened to 250,000 from the cutoff and Ilan Hadida nearly beat him into the pot from the button shoving just 350,000 total. It folded around to Poces and he called.

Poces: [tc td]
Hadida: [ah qd]

Runout: [kh 8h 8d kc 7s]

Poces’ tens were best and Hadida was eliminated in ninth place.

David Poces – 3,835,000 (47 bb)
Ilan Hadida – Eliminated in 9th place ($8,081)

Escalator $350: Michael Johnson — 10th Place ($5,531)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson was the first casualty at the final table busting in 10th place for $5,531. Inclusive in that figure (and inclusive of all final table payout amounts) is a $560 seat in next week’s $400,000 guaranteed Escalator headliner.

Michael Johnson — Eliminated in 10th place ($5,531)

Escalator $350: The 10-Handed Final Table

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

The 10-handed final table

Seat 1: Bobby Leff – 1,000,000
Seat 2: Butch Mitchell – 1,550,000
Seat 3: David Poces – 2,940,000
Seat 4: Ilan Hadida – 760,000
Seat 5: Scott Levitt – 3,300,000
Seat 6: Joseph Gotlieb – 2,575,000
Seat 7: Donald Williams – 2,030,000
Seat 8: Idris Ambraisse – 4,250,000
Seat 9: Michael Johnson – 1,425,000
Seat 10: Jordan Wunder – 1,350,000

1st – $88,939* + $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Seat
2nd – $53,460*
3rd – $33,362*
4th – $28,179*
5th – $23,505*
6th – $19,171*
7th – $14,892*
8th – $11,013
9th – $8,081*
10th – $5,531*

*Prize value is inclusive of $560 Escalator Week 4 seat

Escalator $350: Jonathan Snead — 11th Place ($4,971)

2018 Escalator Series (Week 3)
$350 Buy-In, $300,000 Guaranteed
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 1,435 | Structure | Payouts

Jonathan Snead

Jordan Wunder moved all-in from early position and Jonathan Snead called for less from the big blind.

Snead: [ah qc]
Wunder: [ac jh]

Runout: [6s 6d 2h js kh]

Wunder spiked his jack and busted Snead in 11th place sending the event to the 10-handed final table.

Jonathan Snead – Eliminated in 11th place ($4,971)