Event 17: Yordan Petrov Leads the Final Three

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guarantee | StructurePayouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 149

Yordan Petrov
Yordan Petrov

The final three players return from break to begin Level 23, with blinds at 15,000-25,000 with a 25,000 ante. Here are their official chip counts:

Seat 1.  Brock Wilson  –  465,000  (19 bb)
Seat 2.  Yordan Petrov  –  1,425,000  (57 bb)
Seat 3.  Ian O’Hara  –  1,095,000  (44 bb)

And here is the final table prizepool:

1st:  $82,265
2nd:  $52,150
3rd:  $30,694

4th:  Steve Ekin  –  $18,634
5th:  Hiro Harada  –  $14,453
6th:  Aleksandr Gofman  –  $11,935
7th:  Jeffrey Lehouillier  –  $10,430
8th:  Robert Cahill  –  $9,313
9th:  Paul Balzano  –  $8,228

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 995,000 (40 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $30,694.

Event 17: Steve Ekin – 4th Place ($18,634)

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Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 149

Steve Ekin
Steve Ekin

Brock Wilson got it all in from the button for 150,000 with Ad8h, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the Ac6s of Ian O’Hara in the big blind.

The board came 9s9h7h4d2d, and the board came low enough for Wilson’s eight kicker to play, giving him the double-up.

Brock Wilson  –  325,000  (22 bb)
Ian O’Hara  –  830,000  (55 bb)

Brock Wilson moved all in from UTG/cutoff for 285,000, and Steve Ekin thought for a while before calling all in from the big blind for about 190,000 with Ah10h.

Wilson turned over AsJs, and Ekin was dominated and facing elimination.

The board came Kh6c3s3c4s, and Wilson won the pot with his jack kicker to eliminate Ekin in fourth place.

Brock Wilson  –  500,000  (33 bb)
Steve Ekin  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($18,634)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 995,000 (66 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $30,694.

Event 17: Hiro Harada – 5th Place ($14,453)

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Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 149

Hiro Harada
Hiro Harada

Yordan Petrov raised from the cutoff to 40,000, Hiro Harada moved all in from the small blind for about 300,000, and Petrov called with KhKd.

Harada turned over AdQs, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 9h8d5c7h7d, and the pocket kings held up for Petrov to win the pot and eliminate Harada in fifth place.

Yordan Petrov  –  1,475,000  (98 bb)
Hiro Harada  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($14,453)

With this pot, Petrov has retaken the chip lead.

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 745,000 (50 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $18,634.

Event 17: Aleksandr Gofman – 6th Place ($11,935)

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Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 149

Aleksandr Gofman
Aleksandr Gofman

Aleksandr Gofman raised under the gun, Steve Ekin moved all in from the button for 90,000, and Gofman called with QdJh. Ekin turned over AsQc, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 10s3d3c10h8h, and Ekin won the pot with his ace to double up in chips.

Steve Ekin  –  215,000  (14 bb)
Aleksandr Gofman  –  185,000  (12 bb)

About 15 minutes later, Aleksandr Gofman got it all in from the button for 235,000 with QhJc, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the JsJd of Ian O’Hara in the small blind.

The board came Kh6d3d7c9d, and the pocket jacks held up for O’Hara to win the pot and eliminate Gofman in sixth place.

Ian O’Hara  –  1,090,000  (73 bb)
Aleksandr Gofman  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($11,935)

Yordan Petrov started this final table with more than three times as many chips as anyone else, but O’Hara managed to not only catch him, but to take the lead.

Yordan Petrov  –  1,075,000  (72 bb)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 595,000 (40 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $14,453.

Event 17: Jeffrey Lehouillier – 7th Place ($10,430)

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Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 149

Jeffrey Lehouillier
Jeffrey Lehouillier

Jeffrey Lehouillier got it all in from the big blind for about 75,000 with Jd8c, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the KsQs of Aleksandr Gofman in the cutoff.

The board came 9s9d7c4h5h, and Gofman won the pot with his king to eliminate Lehouillier in seventh place.

Aleksandr Gofman  –  285,000  (19 bb)
Jeffrey Lehouillier  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($10,430)

With six players remaining, the average chip stack is about 495,000 (33 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $11,935.