Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em

Highlights

Highlights

Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 completed

Five-Time Bracelet Winner Cunningham Through to BIG 50 Day 4

gaellej • Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Allen Cunningham
Allen Cunningham

Twelve more levels are in the books at the end of Day 3 of the massive BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em. Just two more days remain before the 2019 World Series of Poker crowns the first Big 50 champion, and 127 players are still in contention.

Amer Torbay, coming from Venezuela and cashing here in only his second ever WSOP event, is the clear chip leader at the end of the night, finishing with a whopping 32,500,00 chips, good for 65 big blinds coming back to blinds at 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante.

The second spot on the leader board belongs to David Rasmussen (1,339,000), with 2018 bracelet-winner Diogo Veiga rounding out the top three stacks with 1,196,000 chips and looking for the second gold bracelet of his career.

Some of the notables who are still in the running for the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and first-place prize of $1,147,449 include Jason Wheeler (20,750,000), former WSOPE final tablist Andrei Konopelko (30,200,000) and Daniel Gamer (17,500,000).

David Rasmussen
David Rasmussen

"It feels like the Main Event!"

Cunningham, the owner of five WSOP bracelets, started the day with 500,000 and managed to climb and stay amongst the biggest stacks during the day. On one of the last hands on Day 3 he check-raised the flop and jammed the turn, getting a fold from his opponent to move above 20 million in chips.

"Today I've gone from 500,000 to 20 million!" said Cunningham. "Which is kind of bad as I wanted 40!"

"I didn't really expect anything out of this tournament, obviously with 28,000 people. But I just played one day at a time, hand after hand and suddenly sometimes you have like a zillion times what you started with."

Cunningham says he's been enjoying the atmosphere at the tables.

"It feels like the Main Event! You start with so many chips and it plays so long, I feel like I'm in some kind of big one! I look up and see $7,000 and I was expecting $700,000 by now."

The remaining players are guaranteed $7,169 when they start Day 4 on June 6th at 11am.

The Big 50 is down to 127 players
The Big 50 is down to 127 players

End of Day Recap

The day began with 1,597 players from a total of 28,371 entries between the four starting days, making this the biggest event in WSOP's history. It surpasses the 2015 Colossus (22,374 entries) as biggest-ever live tournament.

Tony Miles, who finished second to John Cynn in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event, winning $5,000,000 in the process, busted early today and cashed here in his first event at this 2019 WSOP. Another early elimination was 2017 WSOP Player of the Year Chris Ferguson.

With such a massive field, it's no surprise that some familiar faces made it in the money today, including Justin Liberto ($6,054) , Robert Brown ($7,169), Larry Wright ($6,054), Yaser Al-Keliddar ($6,054), reigning WSOP APAC champion Scott Davies ($4,397), Daniel Zack ($3,782), Ari Engel ($3,782), Upeshka De Silva ($3,782), Todd Witteles ($3,273) and Jeff Madsen ($1,744).

Jerald Williamson, chip leader at the beginning of the day and one of the fan favourites in the BIG 50 after stories of the Vietnam veteran's battle with cancer and poker history, busted on the last level against Daniel Ghobrial.

Day 4 begins at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, and players will battle it out to be down to six players with a 20-minute break every two levels and a 60-minute dinner break after Level 8.

Tags: Andrei KonopelkoAri EngelChris FergusonDaniel GamerDaniel GhobrialDiogo VeigaJason WheelerJerald WilliamsonRobert BrownScott DaviesTony Miles

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

will_shill • Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Amer Torbey ve
Amer Torbey
ve 32,500,000 29,475,000
David Rasmussen us
David Rasmussen
us 32,125,000 8,625,000
Diogo Veiga pt
Diogo Veiga
pt 30,700,000 6,700,000
Andrei Konopelko by
Andrei Konopelko
by 30,200,000 15,200,000
John McAvoy US
John McAvoy
US 30,000,000 28,895,000
Evan Johnson us
Evan Johnson
us 29,400,000 28,170,000
Cavan Chan US
Cavan Chan
US 29,050,000 17,075,000
Vincent Meli FR
Vincent Meli
FR 29,000,000 29,000,000
Jesse Solano us
Jesse Solano
us 24,000,025 23,180,025
Danny Ehrenberger de
Danny Ehrenberger
de 23,800,000 21,360,000
Femi Fashakin us
Femi Fashakin
us 21,825,000 -2,175,000
Khang Pham us
Khang Pham
us 21,500,000 20,470,000
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 20,750,000 -1,050,000
Allen Cunningham us
Allen Cunningham
us 20,575,000 75,000
Daniel Budovsky US
Daniel Budovsky
US 19,400,025 2,525,025
Jason Oloughlin us
Jason Oloughlin
us 18,300,000 17,420,000
Daniel Gamer US
Daniel Gamer
US 17,550,000 13,250,000
Na Vue US
Na Vue
US 17,550,000 3,550,000
Kirk Evans US
Kirk Evans
US 17,525,000 16,780,000
Takuya Shimabukuro jp
Takuya Shimabukuro
jp 17,250,000 16,205,000
Adrian Curry us
Adrian Curry
us 17,100,000 6,300,000
Thanh Hoa us
Thanh Hoa
us 17,000,000 16,070,000
Filipe Goncalves PT
Filipe Goncalves
PT 16,175,000 2,175,000
Travis Lutes us
Travis Lutes
us 15,500,000 14,545,000
Daniel Ghobrial ca
Daniel Ghobrial
ca 15,350,000 -3,150,000

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Cunningham With a Late Shove

will_shill • Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

On an {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Spades} flop Allen Cunningham checked to an opponent who bet 2,000,000. Cunningham check-raised to 4,000,000 and his opponent called.

Cunningham then jammed the {7-Clubs} turn and his opponent had a lengthy tank before folding.

Allen Cunningham us
Allen Cunningham
us 20,500,000 9,000,000

Tags: Allen Cunningham

McKenzie Four-Bet Shoves

• Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

After Jay Zhu raised to 900,000 from middle position, it folded to Jonathan Sanchez who then three-bet to 3,400,000 from the small blind.

Andrew McKenzie then four-bet shoved from his blind, which prompted a quick fold from Zhu.

With action back on Sanchez, he tanked for well over a minute, shuffled and recounted his chips and then asked McKenzie if he wanted a call.

After McKenzie gave no response, Sanchez mucked the {q-Hearts}{q-Spades} face up and McKenzie scooped the sizable pot.

Andrew Mckenzie us
Andrew Mckenzie
us 12,150,000 3,950,000
Jay Zhu US
Jay Zhu
US 10,275,000 7,975,000
Jonathan Sanchez US
Jonathan Sanchez
US 6,700,000 6,700,000

Tags: Andrew McKenzieJay ZhuJonathan Sanchez

Last Few Hands of the Day

• Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

It has just been announced that the remaining players will play three more hands and then bag and tag for the day.

Clock Called on Goncalves

• Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

After Ioannis Angelou Konstas shoved all in for his last 2,450,000 from the middle position, action folded around to Felipe Goncalves in the big blind and he went deep into the tank.

So deep in fact, that a clock was called.

Once the floorperson came over and confirmed that it had been at least two minutes and the clock was started, Goncalves made the call and the players tabled their hands.

Ioannis Angelou Konstas: {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}
Felipe Goncalves: {10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}

The runout of {4-Clubs}{10-Spades}{a-Spades}{q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} was a safe one for Angelou Konstas, and gave him a much-needed double-up.

Felipe Goncalves PT
Felipe Goncalves
PT 17,050,000 -2,950,000
Ioannis Angelou Konstas gr
Ioannis Angelou Konstas
gr 5,900,000 1,900,000

Tags: Felipe GoncalvesIoannis Angelou Konstas

Veiga Scores Big Double Through Mckenzie

will_shill • Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Diogo Veiga
Diogo Veiga

Diogo Veiga opened to 850,000 and was three-bet by Andrew Mckenzie. Veiga called and the flop came {q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. Mckenzie continued for 3,500,000 and Veiga moved all in. Mckenzie called.

Diogo Veiga: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Andrew Mckenzie: {k-}{k-}

The turn {4-Diamonds} and river {7-Clubs} changed nothing and Veiga scored a big double for 11,650,000 through Mckenzie.

Diogo Veiga pt
Diogo Veiga
pt 24,000,000 12,300,000
Andrew Mckenzie us
Andrew Mckenzie
us 8,200,000 -13,800,000

Ledda Busts on the Last Level

gaellej • Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Chip leader during the day with a stack over 14,000,000, Olivier Ledda was down to only 3,500,000 chips left when he busted from the tournament. According to the player, he moved all in middle position with {k-Clubs}{10-Spades} and got called by a player holding {a-}{q-}. Ledda was in bad shape for a double up and a {q-} fell on the river, improving his opponent's hand and eliminating him before the end of the day.

Olivier Ledda CH
Olivier Ledda
CH Busted

Stressful Double Up for Bhave

gaellej • Level 32: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Jason Wheeler opened from the cut-off for 900,000 and Rahul Bhave shoved in the small blind for around 1,500,000. The big blind player decided to reshove for a stack worth 9,800,000. Wheeler mucked his hand and the players revealed their cards:

Rahul Bhave: {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}
His opponent: {k-Spades}{9-Diamonds}

Bhave kept his eyes closed while the dealer was bringing a board {10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{6-Spades}, giving no bad surprise to Bhave as well as the double up.

Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 21,800,000 -3,200,000
Rahul Bhave us
Rahul Bhave
us 3,500,000 2,795,000