There will be an extra day of action in the final bracelet event of the summer, as five players are still alive looking to become the first-ever $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Championship winner and take down the $397,903 first-prize.
Joe Foresman will be in the pole position on Friday, bagging up a monster stack of exactly 74,600,000 million in chips. He surged to the top during the last three levels of the day, including a fortunate hand against Linda Huard at the beginning of the final table. Huard, the last woman standing, got eliminated in ninth place for $35,128 after she five-bet all in with kings and got called by Foresman holding queens, who found a queen on the flop to bust Huard from the tournament.
The bracelet winner Will Givens has the second biggest stack with 45,500,000. Givens, who started the day with the second biggest stack, managed to stay among the chip leaders the whole day and will come back tomorrow with 57 big blinds.
The Lebanese player Jeff Hakim, who final tabled the 2018 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em is also still alive with 24,300,000 and will be a serious opponent tomorrow in the race for the gold. Hakim busted Jean-Francois Alexandre in eighth place, the second French-Canadian player of the final table, calling Alexandre's all-in bet for a similar stack with pocket eights while Alexandre held king-eight and doubled up in the process.
Alexandre was followed in the rail by David Goodman (seventh place - $58,988) versus Hakim on a flip and Mrityunjay Jha (sixth place - $77,308), who lost in a preflop confrontation with ace-jack against Givens with pocket eights.
There were 83 players that came back on Thursday. Some of those that were lost along the way were Kathy Liebert (80th place -$4,199), Lawrence Brandt (73th place - $4,199), Jason Wheeler (56th place - $6,023), Jimmy Tran (37th place - $8,926), Riccardo Trevisani (42th place - $8,926) and Dan Matzusuki (26th - $13,658)
Sandrine Phan, having an amazing run for her first participation at the WSOP, finishing third in the Ladies Event, got eliminated in 14th place for $21,567. Phan was left with three big blinds after a hand versus Hakim. Phan four-bet all with pocket nines in and Hakim snap-called with aces. The board brought no surprises and Phan busted a few minutes later.
Below you will see how the remaining field stacks up, as well as where they will be seated on tomorrow. The action will pick up again at 2 p.m., and they will play down to a winner.
Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Will Givens||United States||45,500,000||56|
|5||Joe Foresman||United States||74,600,000||93|
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