Event 16: Manuel Amaro (Probably) Shoves Blind and Doubles Thru Brian Altman

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 219

Manuel Amaro
Manuel Amaro

First, a little context.

Manuel Amaro is having a great time at this final table, and as soon as he made it to eighth place, he locked up the biggest cash of his career. He’s engaging with the other players, and asking for selfies with them, and generally having a lot of fun.

The tournament clock shows the chop value of the remaining prizepool if the players agreed to split it evenly (the current chop value with four players remaining is $30,605). And ever since they reached the final table, Amaro has been asking the other players to chop up the prizepool, saying most people would have to work a long time to make that much money.

Now that we’ve set that up, this update will make more sense.

Brian Altman raised under the gun to 65,000, and Manuel Amaro said he hadn’t looked at his cards yet, but as a one-time thing, he was going to go all in blind without looking at his cards. Amaro was all in from the button for 340,000.

Action folded to Altman, who asked if Amaro really hadn’t looked at his cards. Amaro swore he hadn’t looked at them, and with about half a dozen people watching the action from the rail, nobody said they saw him look. One person was confident that Amaro had not looked.

While Altman thought, Amaro kept insisting that this was a one-time offer, and he wouldn’t be doing it again.

Altman thought for a little while longer before calling with Jc9h.

Amaro turned over his cards one at a time, and the first one was the 8d. The second one was the Ad, and Amaro was ahead preflop.

The board came 5d4s3cKs3s, and Amaro won the pot with his ace to double up in chips.

After the hand, Zachary Mullennix told Amaro that he believes him that he didn’t look at his cards. Because if he did look at his ace-eight before he shoved, then it wasn’t a very good play.

Manuel Amaro  –  755,000  (25 bb)
Brian Altman  –  800,000  (27 bb)

With four players remaining, the average stack is about 1,095,000 (37 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $17,615.

Event 16: Aidan Hynes Doubles Thru Brian Altman

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 219

Aidan Hynes
Aidan Hynes

With the board showing Kd9s4cQs on the turn, Aidan Hynes checked from UTG/cutoff, Brian Altman bet 115,000 from the button, and Hynes thought for a while before he called.

The river card was the 3h, Hynes checked, Altman moved all in, and Hynes snap-called with Jc10c for a turned king-high straight.

Altman turned over 8c5c for eight high, and Hynes won the pot with his straight to double up in chips.

Aidan Hynes  –  1,140,000  (46 bb)
Brian Altman  –  1,100,000  (44 bb)

One hand later, the level came to an end and the players took a 15-minute break. These were their official chip counts:

Seat 1.  Zachary Mullennix  –  1,855,000  (62 bb)
Seat 2.  Aidan Hynes  –  1,125,000  (38 bb)
Seat 3.  Brian Altman  –  910,000  (30 bb)
Seat 4.  Manuel Amaro  –  490,000  (16 bb)

The players returned from break to begin Level 24, with increased blinds of 15,000-30,000 with a 30,000 ante.

With four players remaining, the average stack is about 1,095,000 (37 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $17,615.

Event 16: Javier Zarco – 5th Place ($13,245)

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 219

Javier Zarco
Javier Zarco

Javier Zarco was all in from the button for 275,000 with AcJd, and he needed it to hold to stay alive against the Ah10s of Brian Altman in the big blind.

The board came Ad10c3d2h9d, and Altman flopped two pair, aces and tens, to win the pot and eliminate Zarco in fifth place.

Brian Altman  –  1,550,000  (62 bb)
Javier Zarco  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($13,245)

In a span of just 10 minutes, this final table has dropped from seven players to four. With four players remaining, the average stack is about 1,095,000 (44 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $17,615.

Event 16: Ryan Olisar – 6th Place ($10,100)

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 219

Ryan Olisar
Ryan Olisar

After a flop of QcJd8d with more than 300K in the pot, Ryan Olisar checked under the gun, Zachary Mullennix bet 125,000 from the button, and Olisar check-raised all in for about 840,000.

Mullennix tanked for a while before he called all in for 710,000 with KdKc. Olisar turned over Ad9d for a diamond flush draw with an overcard, and Mullennix needed his kings to hold to stay alive.

The turn card was the 2c, the river card was the 6h, and the pocket kings held up for Mullennix to win the pot and double up in chips, knocking Olisar down to just five big blinds.

Zachary Mullennix  –  1,750,000  (70 bb)
Ryan Olisar  –  130,000  (5 bb)

The next hand, after a flop of 7d5d2s, Olisar got it all in from the big blind with Qs3s for queen high, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the Ac9s of Brian Altman (UTG).

The turn card paired the board with the 7s, the river card double-paired the board with the 2d, and Altman won the pot with his ace to eliminate Olisar in sixth place.

Brian Altman  –  1,275,000  (51 bb)
Ryan Olisar  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($10,100)

With five players remaining, the average stack is about 875,000 (35 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $13,245.

Event 16: Jorge Cuesta – 7th Place ($7,805)

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 22:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 219

Jorge Cuesta
Jorge Cuesta

Jorge Cuesta moved all in from the small blind for about 200,000, and Zachary Mullennix called from the big blind with JsJd.

Cuesta turned over 10c9c, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Kc8c6h3h10h — Cuesta flopped a gutshot straight draw and rivered a pair of tens, but it wasn’t enough. Mullennix won the pot with his pocket jacks to eliminate Cuesta in seventh place.

Zachary Mullennix  –  850,000  (43 bb)
Jorge Cuesta  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($7,805)

With six players remaining, the average stack is about 730,000 (37 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $10,100.