Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
The final table of Event #70: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed has been set after seven and a half hours of action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Portugal's Joao Vieira (7,635,000) will return as the chip leader for the second day in a row after he continued his momentum, with the UK's Jamie O'Connor (5,190,000), and USA's Olivier Busquet (4,050,000), completing the top three counts.
2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada (3,105,000) will look to claim his fifth WSOP bracelet and once again put his name among a very select few, while Day 1 chip leader Barry Hutter (1,265,000) has the chance to win his second bracelet four years after his first.
The line-up is completed by Frenchman Pierre Calamusa (2,700,000) who will be making his first WSOP final table appearance when the action resumes on Thursday, July 4 at Noon with a first-place prize worth $758,011 up for grabs.
Action of the Day
When the returning 28 players took their seats in the Miranda room, the action got off to a super fast start with eight players departing in the opening 60-minutes.
Gustavo Mastelotto, Turbo Phong Nguyen, Dong Chen, Fernando Vianadacosta, David Cabrera, Richard Lowe, Marton Czuczor and WSOP bracelet winner Joey Couden all saw their day in Event #70 come to an early finish.
2017 Event #45 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em champion Christopher Brammer was next to depart after running pocket deuces into pocket sevens, with Jake Daniels following the Brit to the rail soon after.
Alexandros Theologis (18th - $34,422), Ryan Jones (17th - $34,422), Richard Sheils (16th - $34,422), Steven Sarmiento (15th - $34,422), Ivan Galinec (14th - $34,422), and Bartlomiej Machon (13th - $34,422) hit to the rail to pave the way for the final two tables.
Galinec's departure was cruel with the Croatian losing a three million chip pot with pocket aces after Barry Hutter hit a set on the river with pocket tens, and Galinec was unable to spin up his short stack from there.
Chris Hunichen (12th - $44,771) lost a classic coin flip with ace-king against pocket queens to exit before Shahar Levi
(11th - $44,771) amazingly saw his pocket kings cracked by Olivier Buquet's quad jacks.
Fabiano Kovalski (10th - $59,338) and Patrick Tardif (9th - $59,338) was next to go, with the popular Canadian Twitch streamer Tardif losing a four-bet shove with pocket fives against pocket queens.
The action then slowed down entirely, and the next levels saw chips move back and forth between the final eight with no eliminations.
When the action resumed after the dinner break Ankush Mandavia (8th-$80,109) was at the forefront of the action. The WSOP bracelet winner hit a runner-runner flush to survive when at risk, before losing a massive pot against Joao Vieira who was in the tank for over seven minutes but ultimately made the correct call holding pocket kings on an ace-high board.
The players then joined together on a single table for the first time, and it was Jamie O'Connor's time for the limelight. The Brit cracked kings with pocket sixes after hitting a set on the flop to survive and then sealed a place in the final six when Timothy Cramer (7th - $80,109) ran his ace-king into O'Connor's pocket kings and found no help from the board.
Join us back here on PokerNews at noon on Thursday, July 4 for continued coverage as the final six take center stage to battle for the WSOP gold bracelet under the lights of the CBS Live Stream.
The day is over and six players are left for Day 3 of Event #70: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed. Joao Vieira started and ended the day as the chip leader. He is closely followed by Jamie O'Connor who eliminated Timothy Cramer in the last hand of the day. Four-time bracelet winner Joe Cada also made it through to the final day.
They will start Day 4 at noon local time and the tournament will be live streamed with a security delay. There are 26 minutes and 5 seconds left in level 28: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 big blind ante.
A full recap will follow shortly.
Day 4 Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Barry Hutter||United States||1,265,000||13|
|2||Olivier Busquet||United States||4,050,000||41|
|3||Jamie O'Connor||United Kingdom||5,190,000||52|
|6||Joe Cada||United States||3,105,000||31|
The action folded to Jamie O'Connor on the button, and he raised to 200,000, After Pierre Calamusa folded in the small blind, Timothy Cramer shoved from the big blind for 2,000,000 and O'Connor snap-called.
The flop fell safely for O'Connor, and his rail gathered to cheer him on. The turn and river cards were also safe for the Brit, and he celebrated with his supporters as he claimed his place in Day 4.
Timothy Cramer was confirmed as the unlucky 7th place finisher and collected $80,109 for his efforts.
Joao Vieira raised to 225,000 from under the gun and when the action folded to Jamie O'Connor on the button he three-bet to 725,000. The decision moved back around to Vieira, and he sat silently for close to a minute before he moved all in.
O'Connor immediately gave up, and Vieira moved up to 6,900,000.
Barry Hutter sat in the big blind and he saw Joao Vieira raise to 210,000 from the button. Joe Cada folded his small blind and Hutter pushed everything to the middle. Vieira folded in quick fashion.
This is the second time within the last orbit that Hutter pushed everything to the middle but he hasn't been called yet.
Joao Vieira raised to 160,000 from middle position, and Pierre Calamusa defended his big blind. The flop fell , and both players checked to see the turn. Calamusa bet 225,000 and Vieira called before the hit the river.
Calamusa fired a bet of 400,000 and Vieira snap-called.
Calamusa tabled for top pair, but couldn't beat Vieira's kicker with .
The tournament staff just announced that they will play down to the end of level 28 if they fail to reach the final six. This means that play will stop at 11:40 p.m. at its latest.
Jamie O'Connor put his last 1,265,000 in the middle from the hijack and he was called by Pierre Calamusa in the cutoff. Timothy Cramer folded on the button and Joao Vieira took his time in the small blind. He eventually pushed all in, covering everyone at the table and it was back to Calamusa when Joe Cada folded the big blind. Calamusa quickly folded and they opened up.
O'Connor was in bad shape but he could triple up if he was able to get there. The flop immediately gave the Brit the lead and the turn and river didn't change that.
O'Connor's rail went completely nuts and he managed to triple up through Vieira by hitting a miracle six on the flop.