The first hand of Level 19, the two short stacks got it all in against each other on third street in Stud. Phil Hui started the hand with 9K and held , while Matt Axelrod started the hand with 22K and held a much stronger .
The dealer dealt out the rest of their cards, and these were their final hands. (The order of the cards may be off a bit.)
Matt Axelrod: Phil Hui:
Hui finished the hand with two pair, eights and sevens, to double up against Axelrod’s pair of aces.
Phil Hui – 31,000 (1.5 BB) Matt Axelrod – 15,000 (1 BB)
The next hand (still in a Stud round), Hui got it all in on third street against Matt Vinke. Vinke hit a pair of threes on sixth street, and that’s as good as his hand got. Hui caught a pair of jacks to win the pot and double up to 77K.
Phil Hui – 77,000 (3 BB)
The next hand (still in a Stud round), Axelrod got it all in with () against Miami John Cernuto’s () .
Miami John Cernuto: () Matt Axelrod: ()
Axelrod took the lead on fifth street with ace-king to Cernuto’s ace-queen, but seventh street gave both players a pair, with Cernuto’s aces beating Axelrod’s kings. Axelrod was eliminated in ninth place, earning $880.
Miami John Cernuto – 93,000 (5 BB) Matt Axelrod – Eliminated in 9th Place ($880)
Matt Axelrod has been steadily blinding down as the short stack, while Phil Hui has been losing some pots to lose his lead and steadily drop at a quicker pace.
Axelrod was down to just a few chips when Hui played the final hand of the Razz round to showdown against Brandon Caputo and lost. That left Hui as the short stack with just a single 1K chip — the smallest denomination in play.
Hui was forced all in on the next hand for the ante (in the first hand of a Stud round), and Axelrod had just enough chips to fold and play at least one more hand. Caputo isolated Hui, and here’s what they held in Stud:
Brandon Caputo: () Phil Hui: ()
Hui started out with the lead, but could he hold it to stay alive? These were their final hands:
Brandon Caputo: () () Phil Hui: () ()
Hui hit a set of deuces on sixth street, and Caputo was drawing dead. Hui won that pot to survive.
The next hand (second hand of Stud), Matt Axelrod was left with 1K after paying the ante, and he moved all in showing the . It ended up being a multi-way pot, with 22K available for Axelrod to win in the main pot. Everyone checked third street to see a free card:
Lucas Poelker: () Miami John Cernuto: () Matt Axelrod: () Brandon Caputo: ()
Poelker bets his ace-king, and Cernuto and Caputo both folded for Poelker to win the side pot. Axelrod and Poelker turned over their cards, and the dealer dealt out the rest of the hand for the main pot:
Lucas Poelker: () () Matt Axelrod: () ()
Poelker’s pair of tens was ahead of Axelrod’s pair of sevens, until Axelrod spiked trip sevens on seventh street to win the pot and get up to 22K.
That was the last hand of Level 18, and the players took a 15-minute break. These were the official chip counts at that point:
Seat 1. Lucas Poelker – 97,000 (5 BB) Seat 2. Miami John Cernuto – 72,000 (4 BB) Seat 3. Matt Vinke – 200,000 (10 BB) Seat 4. Matt Axelrod – 22,000 (1 BB) Seat 5. Brandon Caputo – 379,000 (19 BB) Seat 6. Wayne Brown – 82,000 (4 BB) Seat 7. Peter Walsworth – 93,000 (5 BB) Seat 8. Michael Rosenberg – 103,000 (5 BB) Seat 9. Phil Hui – 7,000 (1/3 BB)
$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante Flight D Entries: 453 (Total Entries: 1,606)
Registration has closed, and Flight D attracted 453 entries to push the combined total for Event 1 up to 1,606. That leaves the field on 281 entries away from crossing the $1,000,000 prize pool with two flights remaining.
The prizepool should surpass the guarantee fairly early tomorrow afternoon, and everything after that will be icing on the prizepool cake.
Once the Money Bubble burst, the next two eliminations came quickly, and the final nine have drawn for random seats at the final table. Here are their new seating assignments and their updated chip counts, along with how many big bets (BB) each stack is worth:
Seat 1. Lucas Poelker – 89,000 (7 BB) Seat 2. Miami John Cernuto – 111,000 (9 BB) Seat 3. Matt Vinke – 99,000 (8 BB) Seat 4. Matt Axelrod – 33,000 (3 BB) Seat 5. Brandon Caputo – 125,000 (10 BB) Seat 6. Wayne Brown – 78,000 (7 BB) Seat 7. Peter Walsworth – 195,000 (16 BB) Seat 8. Michael Rosenberg – 113,000 (9 BB) Seat 9. Phil Hui – 224,000 (19 BB)
Phil Hui, who won the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship this summer, enters the final table with the chip lead. Hui lives here in South Florida, and he already has four trophies from Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.