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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $1,032,750
Entrants: 765

$1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 09, '11 - Jun 11, '11
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 11, 11)

 
 

Brian Rast Wins Event #15 ($227,232)

Allen Kessler Eliminated in 2nd Place ($140,309)Brian Rast

Brian Rast returned from the dinner break with a chip lead of 2,040,000 to Allen Kessler’s 1,405,000. Kessler managed to chip up a bit and narrow the gap, but it wasn’t long before Kessler was all in for a 3,000,000 pot.

Brian Rast button-raised to 90,000 before the flop and Allen Kessler called from the big blind.

The flop came AHeart Suit 5Heart Suit 3Heart Suit, Kessler checked, Rast bet 90,000, Kessler check-raised to 200,000, Rast three-bet to 500,000, Kessler four-bet all in for just over 1.4 million and Rast insta-called.

Rast turned over KHeart Suit 9Heart Suit for the nut flush while Kessler showed 5Club Suit 3Club Suit for bottom two pair. Kessler would need to catch a five or a three to win with a full house, or catch a running straight flush on the board to chop.

The turn and river were the 7Heart Suit and the 7Diamond Suit, and Allen Kessler was eliminated in 2nd place ($140,309). Brian Rast wins Event #15 capturing the gold bracelet and the $227,232 grand prize.

Player Tags: Allen Kessler,   Brian Rast
 

Level 24: Final Two on Dinner Break; Rast Leads Kessler Heads-Up

NOTE: The final two players took a sixty minute dinner break at the conclusion of Level 24 and should return at approximately 8:20pm to resume play.

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 765

Average Chip Count: 1,721,250

Chip Counts:

1. Brian Rast – 2,040,000
2. Allen Kessler – 1,405,000

Eliminations:

3rd. Dajuan Whorley – $91,212
4th. Daisuke Endo – $66,940
5th. Mika Paasonen – $49,902
6th. Ali Eslami – $37,654

This was a shockingly fast round of play, losing four of the remaining six players that started the level. Both Brian Rast and Allen Kessler claimed two K.O.’s each this level, setting themselves up in prime position for heads-up play. After the elimination of Dajuan Whorley in 3rd place, Brian Rast led Allen Kessler in heads-up play with 1,910,000 to 1,535,000.

Ali EslamiAli Eslmani Eliminated in 6th Place ($37,654)

Ali Eslami raised to 105,000 from the cutoff and Brian Rast called from the big blind.

The flop came KHeart Suit 7Heart Suit 2Spade Suit, Rast shoved and Eslami called all in.

Rast showed KClub Suit 7Club Suit for two pair and was ahead of Eslami’s big-slick.

The turn was the 7Diamond Suit, giving Rast a full house. Eslmani was drawing dead to the river and was eliminated in 6th place ($37,654).

Mika Paasonen Eliminated in 5th Place ($49,902)

Mika Paasonen raised to 60,000 before the flop, Brian Rast three-bet him all in and Paasonen called.

Rast showed AClub Suit KDiamond Suit for the lead against Paasonen’s KClub Suit 10Diamond Suit.

The board came KHeart Suit 8Club Suit 2Spade Suit 9Club Suit 3Heart Suit, giving both players top pair on the flop, Rast of course with the better kicker. Mika Paasonen was eliminated in 5th place ($49,902).

Daisuke Endo Eliminated in 4th Place ($66,994)

Daisuke Endo open-shoved the button for about 100,000 and Allen Kessler called from the small blind.

Kessler turned over KHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit for the lead against Endo’s QSpade Suit JHeart Suit.

The board came KClub Suit 6Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 2Heart Suit 8Club Suit, giving Kessler top pair on the flop. Daisuke Endo was eliminated in 4th place ($66,994).

Dajuan Whorley Eliminated in 3rd Place ($91,219)Dajuan Whorley

Allen Kessler raised to 70,000 before the flop and Dajuan Whorley called from the big blind.

The flop came 9Spade Suit 8Club Suit 3Heart Suit, Whorley checked, Kessler bet 80,000, Whorley check-raised to 175,000, Kessler shoved and Whorley called all in.

Whorley showed JSpade Suit 9Heart Suit for top pair against Kessler’s AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit.

The turn and river were the 7Heart Suit and the 5Club Suit, no help for Dujuan Whorley who was eliminated in 3rd place ($92,219).

NOTE: With the elimination of Dajuan Whorley in 3rd place, Brian Rast led Allen Kessler in heads-up play with 1,910,000 to 1,535,000.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

 

Level 23: John Gordon Eliminated in 7th Place ($28,741)

Blinds: 12,000-24,000

Players Remaining: 6 out of 765

Average Chip Count: 573,750

Chip Counts:

1. Brian Rast – 1,520,000
2. Allen Kessler – 525,000
3. Daisuke Endo – 405,000
4. Dajuan Whorley – 400,000
5. Mika Paasonen – 325,000
6. Ali Eslami – 200,000

Eliminations:

7th. John Gordon – $28,741

John Gordon Eliminated in 7th Place ($28,741)John Gordon

Dajuan Whorley doubled through John Gordon early in the level, leaving him with 200,000, or just over eight big blinds. Gordon continued a downward spiral this level, managing to double through chip leader Brian Rast at one point to stay alive, but finally met his fate on this last hand.

Down to his last big blind, John Gordon button-shoved for 24,000 before the flop and Mika Paasonen called.

Gordon was ahead with ASpade Suit 6Heart Suit against Paasonen’s KHeart Suit 4Diamond Suit.

The board came QClub Suit 9Diamond Suit 5Club Suit JClub Suit 10Heart Suit, giving Paasonen a king-high straight on the river. John Gordon was eliminated in 7th place ($28,741).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: John Gordon,   Mika Paasonen
 

Level 22: Rast Leads Final 7; Lawson 8th, Lee 9th

Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 7 out of 765

Average Chip Count: 491,186

Chip Counts:

1. Brian Rast – 1,560,000
2. Allen Kessler – 555,000
3. John Gordon – 438,000
4. Mika Paasonen – 260,000
5. Daisuke Endo – 245,000
6. Ali Eslami – 220,000
7. Dajuan Whorley – 220,000

Eliminations:

8th. Ted Lawson – $22,183
9th. Ronald Lee – $17,928

Ted Lawson Eliminated in 8th place ($22,183)Ted Lawson

Ali Eslami raised to 45,000 from under the gun, Ted Lawson moved all in from the button for 165,000 and Eslami called.

Eslami turned over JDiamond Suit JClub Suit for the lead while Lawson showed AHeart Suit QSpade Suit for the draw.

The board came 10Heart Suit 10Club Suit 3Spade Suit 8Heart Suit 2Club Suit, no help to Ted Lawson who was eliminated in 8th place ($22,183).

Ronald LeeRonald Lee Eliminated in 9th Place ($17,928)

Lee started the official nine-handed final table as the short stack with just 25,000, and almost as quickly as it began, Lee moved all in before the flop and got three callers.

John Gordon, Allen Kessler and Dajuan Whorley all checked to the river on a board of 10Heart Suit 6Heart Suit 5Club Suit 6Club Suit 7Diamond Suit. Whorley turned over 10Spade Suit 7Spade Suit for two pair and Ronald Lee was eliminated in 9th place ($17,928).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Ted Lawson,   Ali Eslami,   Dajuan Whorely,   Ronald Lee
 

Level 22: Cohen Eliminated 10th, Final Table Now Underway

NOTE: Play ended last night with the unofficial final table of 10 players and resumed today at 2:30pm. With the elimination of Andrew Cohen in 10th place ($13,601), the official nine-handed final table is now underway.

Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 765

Average Chip Count: 382,500

Chip Counts:

1. Brian Rast – 995,000
2. Allen Kessler – 618,000
3. John Gordon – 590,000
4. Ali Eslami – 375,000
5. Dajuan Whorley – 255,000
6. Mika Paasonen – 215,000
7. Daisuke Endo – 174,000
8. Ted Lawson – 140,000
9. Ronald Lee – 25,000

Payouts:

1st. $227,232
2nd. $140,309
3rd. $91,212
4th. $66,994
5th. $49,902
6th. $37,654
7th. $28,741
8th. $22,183
9th. $17,298

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

 

Day 3 Begins at 2:30 p.m.

Brian RastOnly ten remain in the $1,500 pot-limit hold’em event here at the Rio. As is the theme of the day, the final table will be stacked with notables looking to pick up WSOP gold.

Leading the way is Brian Rast with 1,081,000. His nearest competitor, Allen Kessler, sits with 618,000. In addition to the bracelet, these players will battle it out for the first-place prize of $227,232.

Here’s a look at the chip counts.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Brian Rast 1,081,000
2 Allen Kessler 618,000
3 Ali Eslami 402,000
4 John Gordon 380,000
5 Ronald Lee 198,000
6 Andrew Cohen 190,000
7 Mika Paasonen 187,000
8 Daisuke Endo 174,000
9 Ted Lawson 140,000
10 Dajuan Whorley 85,000

All of the action begins at 2:30 p.m. today and Card Player will have all of it for you with level-by-level updates.

Player Tags: Brian Rast
 
 
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