|Blinds||1,000,000 / 2,000,000|
Hand #96: Hugo Pingray raised to 2 million on the button and Joseph McKeehen called from the big blind. Pingray won the pot with a continuation bet on the flop
Hand #97: Joseph McKeehen opened to 2 million on the button and Hugo Pingray called from the big blind.
The flop fell and Pingray checked to McKeehen who continued for 1.8 million. Pingray check-raised to 4.7 million and took down the pot.
Hand #98: Hugo Pingray raised to 2 million on the button and Joseph McKeehen called from the big blind.
The flop came down , McKeehen checked and Pingray continued for 1.7 million. McKeehen called, both checked the turn and the river completed the board. McKeehen fired 2.8 million, too much for Pingray to call.
Hand #99: Hugo Pingray received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #100: Joseph McKeehen received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #101: Joseph McKeehen raised to 2 million on the button and Hugo Pingray called from the big blind.
The flop came down and Pingray check-folded to a bet from McKeehen.
We made Joseph McKeehen's acquaintance earlier in the year while covering the Borgata Winter and Spring Poker Opens, and with two victories in as many series, the 23-year old native of North Wales, Pennsylvania immediately made his presence known. First, we watched as McKeehen rolled through Event 3 of the Borgata Winter Poker Open, overcoming a field of 578 entries to take down top honors - along with $69,808 in prize money. Just a few months later, McKeehen returned to the winner's circle, defeating 193 opponents in Event 10 ($660 NLHE Reentry) for another $33,873 score.
In between those wins, McKeehen - a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan who often sports his team's orange and black on the felt - added another first place entry to his résumé, winning a $1650 Foxwoods poker Classic event to add another $61,285 to his lifetime earnings.
McKeehen has made an astounding seven final tables in Atlantic City over less than two years of live action, and over a dozen during his brief but highly successful career, proving that when he plays the game he loves, he plays to win. Those final table appearances have garnered the young McKeehen a World Series of Poker Circuit ring from the 2012-13 Caesars Atlantic City Main Event, as well as yet another Borgata seasonal series win from last November's Fall Poker Open. That makes it three consecutive Borgata Opens in which McKeehen has held up a trophy, something that has made his parents Brent and Gina extremely proud. McKeehen jokingly told the table during his latest victory that he "wanted another trophy," before adding "my mom keeps them in her china cabinet."
With $937,253 in reported live earnings to his credit already, McKeehen has quickly become a a force to be reckoned with on the live tournament circuit, but he has yet to achieve the same level of success during WSOP play. We caught up with McKeehen while he prepared to take his seat in Event 4 ($1,000 NLHE) here at the Rio, as he looks to bring his East Coast dominance westward...
Hand #95: Sean Drake raised to 2.4 million from the small blind and Hugo Pingray defended his big blind to see a flop fall.
Drake continued for 2.1 million before Pingray pushed out three stacks of chips amounting to a bet of 6.9 million. Drake deliberated for a few moments before moving all in for 28,050,000 with Pingray instantly calling.
With Drake needing to spike a diamond to stay alive, the fell on the turn to give him an additional two outs to stay alive.
However when the landed on the river, Drake hit the rail in 3rd place for a $619,521 payday as both Pingray and Joseph McKeehen are now heads up.
Hand #93: Sean Drake raised the button to 2.3 million and Joseph McKeehen called from the big blind to see a flop fall. Both players checked as the landed on the turn and McKeehen bet out 2.5 million.
Drake folded and McKeehen was pushed the pot.
Hand #94: Hugo Pingray raised the button to 2 million and Sean Drake called from the big blind to see a flop fall with both players checking as the landed on the turn.
Both players checked again as the landed on the river and Drake checked to Pingray who bet out 2 million. Drake quickly called, but then mucked at the sight of Pingray's for trips.
The cards are back in the air!
The remaining three players are taking a short unscheduled break.
Currently Sean Drake is moving over to the five-seat so that the final three are spaced out evenly.