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Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $4,180,950
Players 3,097

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000

Break It Up


We are going to be heads up for the cash and the bracelet, but first the players have opted to take a break. Cya in a few!

Thiago Nishijima Eliminated in 3rd Place ($315,828)

Thiago Nishijima
Thiago Nishijima

With the blinds at 60,000 and 120,000, Ray Coburn made a rare limp on the button, leading to a fold from Jesse Rockowitz in the small blind and a raise from Thiago Nishijima to 395,000 in the big blind. Coburn, with his head resting on one arm as his cap and hoodie combo shadowed his face, made the call.

The dealer roller out a {7-Hearts}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop, and after much deliberation, Nishijima led out for 475,000. Coburn paused briefly, glanced at the dealer, and quietly announced all-in. Nishijima rechecked his cards and responded with a call.

An excited crowd left their seats and closed in on the table as the hole cards were revealed: {9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} for Coburn, but {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} for Nishijimi.

As the Brazilian contingent held their breath in unison, the American fans began chanting for a six, but before their requests had barely left their lips, the dealer duly popped the {6-Diamonds} onto the felt. The locals erputed as the Brazilians were silenced. A {6-Clubs} river and it was all over for Nishijima - despite a plucky performance that would make Rocky look like a quitter, he'd finished just two places shorts of the bracelet.

"U S A!! U S A!! U S A!!" came the chants, but the Brazilians were quick to respond. "Braaazil!! Braaazil!! Braaazil!!" Outnumbering their foes, the Brazilians stormed the stage to congratulate their sunken hero, lifting him up on their shoulders as if he'd won the bracelet. But although he wouldn't be adding gold to his wrist, he does leave with a rather sumptuous $315,828 in his back pocket, and that alone is worth a cheer or two.

Tags: Jesse RockowitzRaymond CoburnThiago Nishijima


Nishijima Refuses to Go to Value Town


Thiago Nishijima opened the pot preflop and was called by Jesse Rockowitz out of the big blind.

The flop fell {9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{a-Hearts} and Rockowitz check-called 250,000 from Nishijima.

Both players checked the {4-Spades} on the turn and the river brought the {8-Hearts}. Rockowitz led for tiny bit, 195,000, and Nishijima folded.

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Rockowitz Takes One Down


Thiago Nishijima raised from the button to 250,000, Raymond Coburn called from the small blind, and Jesse Rockowitz three-bet squeezed from the big blind to 645,000. Nishijima folded, but Coburn made the call.

The flop came {8-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}, but both players tentatively checked, before Rockowitz took it down with a bet of 590,000 on the {6-Hearts} turn.

Tags: Jesse RockowitzRaymond CoburnThiago Nishijima

Family Affair


Raymond Coburn opened to 225,000 with the button and both Jesse Rockowitz and Thiago Nishijima called.

All three players checked the {2-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop, and after the {5-Hearts} turned Rockowitz led for 425,000. Nishijima and Coburn folded and the pot was sent to Rockowitz.

Tags: Raymond CoburnJesse RockowitzThiago Nishijima

Another Pot to Nishijima


Jesse Rockowitz raised his button to 200,000 only for the action to halt on Thiago Nishijima in the small blind. After meticulously counting out the necessary chips, he slid 600,000 across the felt. Raymond Curburn folded, and Rockowitz released his hand in equally quick measure.

Tags: Jesse RockowitzRaymond CoburnThiago Nishijima

Nishijima Keeps Climbing


Jesse Rockowitz completed the small blind and Thiago Nishijima opted to check in the big.

The dealer flopped {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and Rockowitz led for 150,000. Nishijima called.

Rockowitz slowed after the {5-Spades} turned, checking to Nishijima who bet 225,000. Rockowitz called.

The river brought the {2-Hearts} and Rockowitz again checked. Nishijima fired 300,000 and Rockowitz folded.

Nishijima is on a rush, and is back over 3,000,000 chips.

Tags: Jesse RockowitzThiago Nishijima