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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $3,231,900
Entrants: 2394

Event 30 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 16, '10 - Jun 18, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 18, 10)


Mike Ellis Wins Event No. 30

GonzalesEllis Wins Event No. 30, Gonzales Finishes 2nd ($360,906)

Pretty much even in chips after a back and forth battle, Mike Ellis raised from the button and Christopher Gonzales re-raised 500,000 more.

Ellis called and the flop came JDiamond Suit7Spade Suit6Diamond Suit. Gonzales led out 1,255,000 and Ellis tanked for a bit before calling.

The turn brought the 5Diamond Suit and Gonzales moved all in. Ellis called and showed the nuts, ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit.

Gonzales showed the power ASpade SuitAHeart Suit but was drawing dead in this scenario. The 7Heart Suit fell on the river and Gonzales busted in second place, making Ellis the winner of event No. 30 after a long day of play.

Ellis won his first WSOP bracelet and the first-place prize of $581,851.

Gonzales took $360,906 for his runner-up finish.

Player Tags: Christopher Gonzales,   Mike Ellis

We Are Heads Up

A severely short-stacked Chris Gonzales moved all in three consecutive hands, winning each time to double up to just shy of the chip lead. His hands:
Gonzales’ AHeart Suit7Club Suit vs. 4Club Suit4Diamond Suit
Gonzales’ ASpade Suit6Spade Suit vs. QHeart SuitJDiamond Suit
Gonzales’ KClub Suit5Club Suit vs. ASpade Suit3Club Suit

Just like that he went from around 400,000 in chips to around 4 million.

WilkinsonWilkinson Makes a Move and Misses, Out in 3rd ($254,996)

Not long after he rebuilt his stack, Gonzales raised to 275,000 and David Wilkinson moved all in. Gonzales made the call and they showed down:

Gonzales: AClub SuitQSpade Suit
Wilkinson: 9Club Suit7Club Suit

The flop was good for Wilkinson, coming 3c6c5s to give him all sorts of draws with two overs. The QDiamond Suit hit on the turn, pairing Gonzales and decreasing Wilkinson’s outs.

The 3Diamond Suit hit on the river, missing Wilkinson and booting him in 3rd place, for which he took $254,996.

In under an hour Gonzales went from having just 400,000 in chips to taking a dominating chip lead into the heads up match against Mike Ellis, 7.8 million to 2.8 million.


Down to 3

GrinerGriner Falls in 5th ($133,574)

David Wilkinson has Billy Griner covered when he moved all in from the small blind. Griner, with only about 500,000 in chips, decided it was worth a shot and made the call. Their hands:

Wilkinson: QDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit
Griner: JHeart Suit7Heart Suit

Griner was in really bad shape. The flop brought some hope, coming 9Heart SuitQSpade Suit8Diamond Suit to give him a straight draw and backdoor flush draw, but the rest of the board bricked out with a 9Club Suit turn and 3Club Suit river.

Griner finished in 5th place for $133,574.

JacobsonJacobson Busts in 4th ($183,345)

Facing a raise from David Wilkinson, Martin Jacobson moved all in from the button and was called. Their hands:

Jacobson: KClub SuitQClub Suit
Wilkinson: ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit

The flop came 10Club Suit8Spade Suit4Spade Suit, pairing Wilkinson’s 10. Jacobson needed some help on the turn or the river, but the turn brought the 5Heart Suit, leaving him dead to a king or queen. The river was the 2Club Suit and he was gone in 4th place, winning $183,345.


Fast Action Claims 4

When the final 9 reached the final table, Christopher Gonzales held a near 2-1 chip lead over the next nearest player. Here’s how the chip stacks looked:

1. Christopher Gonzales — 2,705,000
2. Christopher Kastler — 1,810,000
3. David Wilkinson — 1,345,000
4. Martin Jacobson — 1,185,000
5. William Kakon — 1,150,000
6. Jason Hallee — 1,075,000
7. Mike Ellis — 560,000
8. Billy Griner — 525,000
9. Jeff Cohen — 330,000

Here’s how the action took place

Cohen First Final Table Victim, Out in 9th ($42,790)

Jeff Cohen was the small stack at the table and moved all in from under the gun. David Wilkinson re-raised over the top for 1.4 million and everyone folded. Their hands:

Cohen: AHeart SuitKHeart Suit
Wilkinson: 9Spade Suit9Heart Suit

The flop made things look worse for Cohen, coming 6s10h9c to give Wilkinson a set. The QDiamond Suit and KDiamond Suit finished the board and Cohen was gone in 9th, making $42,790.

KastlerKastler Outdrawn, Out in 8th ($55,814)

It seemed like a good spot for Chris Kastler to get his chips all in. Facing a raise to 235,000 from Christopher Gonzales, Kastler moved all in for 675,000 more and was called. When he saw what he was up against, Kastler had to have felt good. Their hands:

Kastler: JSpade SuitJHeart Suit
Gonzales: 9Spade Suit9Diamond Suit

But the flop was disastrous for Kastler, coming 2Club Suit5Diamond Suit9Club Suit to give Gonzales a set. The turn and river finished 3Club SuitADiamond Suit and Kastler was out in 8th place, winning $55,814. Gonzales had around 3.5 million in chips after the hand.

HalleeKings Bounce Hallee in 7th ($73,719)

Jason Hallee moved all in from the button and Christopher Gonzales was at it again, making the call with another pocket pair. Their hands:

Hallee: 3Club Suit3Heart Suit
Gonzales: KDiamond SuitKHeart Suit

Hallee was in big trouble and as the cards hit the felt he got no help. The flop ran JSpade SuitAClub Suit10Diamond Suit, offering no help to Hallee. The turn was the JClub Suit and the river was close to a 3 but not quite the golden card, coming 2Diamond Suit and he was gone in 7th place, winning $73,719.

KakonKakon Ran Over by Boat in 6th ($98,605)

Billy Griner moved all in on a flop of ASpade SuitAClub Suit8Club Suit and William Kakon put his tournament life at risk by making the call. Their hands:

Kakon: KDiamond SuitKClub Suit
Griner: ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit

Kakon made the wrong move and was trailing. The JClub Suit turn gave him a possible flush draw, but the JSpade Suit came on the river, filling Griner up and knocking Kakon out in 6th place. He took $98,605 for his efforts.

Griner had around 1.6 million after the hand.


Dinner Time

The remaining 11 players are now on an hour-long dinner break.
They are:

Christopher Gonzales
Martin Jacobson
Billy Griner
Chris Kastler
David Wilkinson
Jason Hallee
Jeff Cohen
Mike Ellis
William Kakon
Neil Channing
Alexander Queen

The final table is nearly set and all remaining players will win at least $33,191.
The first-place finisher will get $581,851.

Stay tuned to for your final table coverage.


Final Day Starts at 3 p.m.

David SandsThe final day of event No. 30 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold’em) will begin at 3 p.m. with the field now down to 21 players from the original 2,394.

Christopher Gonzales appears to be leading the way so far with 1.3 million in chips, and a host of relatively unfamiliar faces follow.

The average chip stack is 513,000. All remaining players are guaranteed at least $16,644, with $581,851 going to the winner.

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Here are the chip counts heading to the final day:

1 Christopher Gonzales 1,315,000
2 Martin Jacobson 1,098,000
3 Christopher Kastler 1,097,000
4 David Wilkinson 709,000
5 Jeff Cohen 682,000
6 Jason Hallee 605,000
7 Kevin Obrien 602,000
8 Billy Griner 577,000
9 Allen Stern 481,000
10 Neil Channing 461,000
11 Jean Gaspard 413,000
12 Kent Vanho 375,000
13 David Sands 346,000
14 William Kakon 334,000
15 Alexander Queen 313,000
16 Steven Goosen 293,000
17 Andrew Ferris 251,000
18 Spencer Hudson 223,000
19 Mike Ellis 203,000
20 Markus Lehmann 193,000
21 Kenneth Whelan 89,000
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