Berda Wins Event No. 56 ($825,976), Kocheslaevskiy Finishes Runner-Up ($510,939)
Vladimir Kocheslaevskiy moved all in from the button and was called by Tomer Berda. Their hands:
The flop was best for Berda, running A26 to give him a pair of aces and Kochelaevskiy a pair of sixes. The turn brought the 3 and Kochelaevskiy needed to see a ten or six on the river to stay alive.
The 7 fell instead, and Kochelaevskiy was eliminated in second place, winning $510,939. Berda took down the event, the $825,976 first-place prize, and his first career WSOP bracelet.
Porter Finishes in 3rd Place ($353,260)
Tomer Berda raised to 360,000 from the small blind and Bryan Porter moved all in. Berda quickly called and they showed down:
The A23 hit on the flop and Porter needed running cards to stay alive. The A turn left Porter drawing dead and the 5 river finished the board.
Porter finished in third place for $353,260, leaving Vladimir Kochelaevskiy and Tomer Berda heads up. Kochelaevskiy had 9.8 million to Berda’s 4.8 million in chips.
The remaining three players are putting food in their bellies. They’ll be back in an hour.
Here’s a look at their chip stacks:
Vladimir Kochelaevskiy — 5,790,000
Tomer Berda — 4,850,000
Bryan Porter — 3,895,000
Stay tuned to see who will take down event No. 56.
In Same Hand, Wattel ($186,250) And Bonavena ($254,777) Bust in 5th and 4th
Mike Wattel pushed all in for 685,000 only to have Salvatore Bonavena move all in over the top for 915,000. Bryan Porter also went all in, having both opponents covered, and the three players showed down. Their hands:
The board missed everyone, running 22564 to give Porter the best hand and eliminate Wattel in fifth place ($186,250) and Bonavena in fourth ($254,777).
Hung Hanged in 6th Place (137,496)
Hungcheng Hung pushed all in from under the gun for 760,000 and Tomer Berda called from the small blind. Their hands:
Hung was trailing and found no help on a flop of 768. The 3 on the turn left Hung with one last chance to hit a jack or queen, but the 10 finished the board and Hung was the sixth-place finisher, earning $137,496.
Curcio Falls to Aces in 8th Place ($78,705)
Vladimir Kochelaevskiy opened to 190,000 and Joseph Curcio moved all in from the small blind. When action folded back to him, Kochelaevskiy had an easy decision. He called and they showed their hands:
The flop didn’t bring any help for Curcio, running 2K2. The 9 turn left him drawing to two outs but the river was the 8 and Kochelaevskiy hit the unnecessary flush to eliminate Curcio in eighth place, for which he’ll take home $78,705.
Alawadhi Busts On Missed Draw in 7th Place ($103,527)
Tomer Berda raised to 200,000 and when action folded to Ali Alawadhi he made the call from the big blind.
The flop fell 53A and Alawadhi moved all in. Berda made the call and saw that he was ahead, but Alawadhi had outs. Their hands:
The 9 fell on the turn to pair Alawadhi and give him even more outs, but the J on the river was not one of them. Alawadhi was gone in seventh place, taking $103,527 with him.
Berda had around 3 million in chips after the hand.
Wattel Doubles With Kings
Alfonso Amendola moved all in from under the gun and Mike Wattel made the call from middle position, putting his tournament on the line. Their hands:
Wattel was the favorite, and Amendola needed some help. The board ran 3109Q4 and Amendola could only muster a pair of tens. Wattel’s kings held up, doubling him to 720,000 in chips.
Amendola had just 550,000 after the hand.
Amendola Knocked Out in 9th Place ($60,580)
Not too long after he doubled up Mike Wattel, Alfonso Amendola got his last 490,000 all in against Tomer Curcio. Their hands:
The flop ran 92K, pairing Curcio and putting him far ahead in the hand. The 7 turn left Amendola drawing dead and the Q river finished the hand. Amendola was the first elimination from the final table, making $60,580.
Wattel Doubles Up Again
Mike Wattel put in a raise to 125,000 and had to be happy to see Joseph Curcio move all in for around 700,000. Wattel called and was all in for his tournament life. Their hands:
Wattel was well ahead with his aces, and the board kept it that way. It ran 510622 and Wattel doubled for a second time in first level, chipping up to 1.2 million. Curcio dropped dangerously low to just 115,000.
Action is now under way at the final table.
Stay tuned to CardPlayer.com for live updates on the eliminations.
The final day of event No. 56 is set to begin at 3 p.m.
Only nine players remain, and they’ll play for the $825,976 first-place prize and WSOP title. Salvatore Bonavena takes a large chip lead into the final table.
Here’s a Look at the Final Nine and Their Chip Counts
Seat 1: Mike Wattel – 365,000
Seat 2: Salvatore Bonavena – 4,505,000
Seat 3: Ali Alawadhi – 670,000
Seat 4: Joseph Curcio – 1,205,000
Seat 5: Tomer Berda – 3,410,000
Seat 6: Bryan Porter – 740,000
Seat 7: Alfonso Amendola – 910,000
Seat 8: Hungcheng Hung – 740,000
Seat 9: Vladimir Kochelaevskiy – 2,025,000
Stay tuned to Cardplayer.com for final table coverage.
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