Championship: Ilir Rugova Doubles Thru Jake Ripnick

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 14:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  315 of 1,982

Ilir Rugova

Jake Ripnick raised to 11,000, Ilir Rugova moved all in for 46,000, and Ripnick thought for a bit before he called, saying, “I think I have to call.”

Rugova said, “Then you’re probably good.”

Ripnick showed Ad8d, but Rugova let out a sigh of relief as he turned over As9s. Rugova needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Qh9d3c4s6s, and Rugova paired his nine on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

Ilir Rugova  –  105,000  (21 bb)
Jake Ripnick  –  57,000  (11 bb)

With about 315 players remaining from a field of 1,982, the average chip stack is about 252,000 (50 big blinds). The final 248 players will finish in the money, earning at least $6,275 each.

There will be a 90-minute dinner break after Level 16 (about 6:35 pm), and action is scheduled to continue tonight until the end of Level 20, around 12:20 am.