Day 3 completed
|Blinds||400,000 / 800,000|
Day 3 completed
Keith Tilston Wins First Bracelet in Event #83: $100,000 High Roller; Daniel Negreanu Finishes as Runner-Up
Keith Tilston made his way through a 99-entry field in the 2019 World Series of Poker Event #83: $100,000 High Roller to win his first bracelet and a career-high cash of $2,792,406, denying Daniel Negreanu heads-up in front of a packed crowd.
After a sixth-place finish in the $50,000 High Roller for $275,874, Tilston came into the final day of play in the biggest buy-in event of the 2019 WSOP as the chip leader but the only player without a bracelet. That's all changed now.
Negreanu came into the final table as the short stack and doubled up on five separate occasions. In fact, he doubled through everyone at the table apart from eventual champion Tilston. He notched his second runner-up finish at his fourth final table of this year's WSOP, unofficially tying Phil Hellmuth's record for most second-place finishes with ten.
Final Table Results
|1st||Keith Tilston||United States||$2,792,406|
|3rd||Nick Schulman||United States||$1,187,802|
|5th||Brandon Adams||United States||$611,258|
Tilston Emerges Victorious
Coming into the 2019 WSOP, Tilston had eight WSOP cashes stretching back to 2006 including two Main Event cashes in the last four years.
Tilston is no stranger to high-roller tournaments and the subtle reaction to winning his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet along with his largest career payday was no different. A hug from his mother who was on the rail cheering him on for much of the final table was about the most emotion Tilston gave away.
"It feels great to win one against this type of field," he said. "I've been running pretty well for the past year and things have just been going my way. I've been playing a bit more, usually see how I do to start the year and go from there."
Tilston had to overcome the fan-favorite Negreanu in order to win but he said that didn't bother him one bit.
"It was kind of surreal to be playing heads-up against Daniel. Any other time I would be rooting for him. Obviously, everyone here was in his corner," but Tilston kept his head down and did what he does best, play some solid poker. "I'm happy with how I played. I didn't really make any mistakes."
This marked the eighth occasion since Negreanu's last bracelet win in 2013 where he finished in the podium spots, but after a summer where he notched 15 cashes, $1,725,838 should soften the blow.
|2019||2nd||$100,000 High Roller||$1,725,838|
|2019||2nd||$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship||$151,700|
|2018||3rd||$1,500 Eight Game Mix||$59,788|
|2017||2nd||$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship||$240,290|
|2017||3rd||$10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Championship||$29,939|
|2015||3rd||$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship||$113,062|
|2014||2nd||$1,000,000 Big One for One Drop||$8,288,001|
|2014||2nd||$10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship||$156,674|
Day 3 Recap
Once play got underway, there was action aplenty as start-of-day short stack Negreanu doubled twice in quick succession to move up to second in the chip counts. However, his ascent was short lived and no sooner had he acquired these chips, he bluffed them off to Igor Kurganov.
After both players checked a nine-high flop, Negreanu bet both turn and river with Kurganov calling it off with just a pair of eights. Negreanu held just ace-high and fell back down the counts once more.
This helped Kurganov move into the second spot on the leaderboard behind Tilston. However, a quick spurt from Nick Schulman saw him overtake the pair and he led by the first break of the day.
With no eliminations up until this point, two eliminations came in quick succession when play resumed. First, Dominik Nitsche was sent to the rail after Kurganov rivered a three-outer. Kurganov then added the elimination of Brandon Adams on the very next hand, with Adams getting king-nine against ace-nine and bricking to bring play to four-handed.
Kurganov had held a commanding chip lead late on Day 2, only to see it chipped away and eventually surpassed by Tilston. This time Negreanu called a halt to his lead, doubling for a third time at the final table with ace-eight against king-queen.
Kurganov was then sent to the rail in fourth place at the hands of Tilston, who returned to the top of the pile.
Negreanu grabbed himself a fourth double and then a fifth, both through Schulman, who was left with less than two big blinds and was eliminated in third place.
Stacks were almost level heading into heads-up play with Negreanu holding a slight advantage. Negreanu increased his lead over the early period of play, reducing Tilston to around 20 big blinds. But the American would double, calling a shove from his opponent with trip kings against Negreanu's pair of aces.
However, back came Negreanu who opened up a gap once more between the two opponents.
Tilston Wins Flush Over Flush
The pivotal hand came in a limped pot at 400,000/800,000 when Negreanu called a 1,000,000 bet from Tilston on a jack-high flop containing two spades. The turn was a third spade, pairing the board, and Negreanu called another bet worth 3,000,000.
The river put four spades on the board and Negreanu called a third time for 6,500,000. Tilston held the ten of spades, pipping Negreanu's nine of spades to take down the pot.
Four hands later, Negreanu was all in and ahead with ace-deuce against queen-jack. Negreanu looked set for a sixth double up until the jack hit the river, deflating the packed rail and handing Tilston his first-ever bracelet.
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Hand #119: Daniel Negreanu moved all in for 12,600,000 and Keith Tilston called.
"Just an ace," said Negreanu. "We need an ace to beat a queen," he told his rail.
The flop came . The assembled crowd were on their feet, craning their necks to see the on the turn. Negreanu needed to avoid six outs that would see his quest for a seventh bracelet thwarted, and there was an audible groan from the crowd as the hit on the river, pairing Tilston and Negreanu was eliminated.
"Tied the record for most second-places ever," said Negreanu. "Along with Phil Hellmuth."
Hand #114: Keith Tilston raised to 3,000,000 on the button and Daniel Negreanu defended his big blind. The flop came and Negreanu check-folded to a bet of 2,500,000 from Tilston.
Hand #115: Negreanu limped and Tilston checked his option. The flop fell and Tilston led out for 1,000,000. Negreanu called and the landed on the turn.
Tilston fired out another bet of 3,000,000 and Negreanu used up one of this time extensions. Negreanu called and the on the river put four spades on the board. Tilston reached back for a bet of 6,500,000 and Negreanu made the call.
Tilston showed for a ten-high flush while Negreanu could only muster a nine-high flush.
"Go Danny boy," one person on the rail shouted.
"I lost, bro," Negreanu responded.
Hand #116: Tilston just called on the button and Negreanu checked. The flop came and Negreanu check-folded to a bet of 1,000,000 from Tilston.
Hand #117: Negreanu limped his button and Tilston made it 4,000,000 from the big blind which got a fold from Negreanu.
Hand #118: Tilston limped in and Negreanu opted to see a flop of . Negreanu led out for 1,000,000 and Tilston called to see the on the turn. Both players checked and the completed the board. Negreanu checked once more and Tilston reached for a bet of 1,500,000. Negreanu folded his arms as he sat to think before making the call. Tilston tabled for a pair of tens and Negreanu conceded the pot.
Hand #107: Daniel Negreanu opened to 2,400,000 and Keith Tilston folded.
Hand #108: Tilston limped on the button and Negreanu raised to 3,200,000. Tilston called and the pair checked both flop and turn of . The river was the . Negreanu checked and Tilston bet 3,500,000. Negreanu called with and was good.
Hand #109: Negreanu raised to 2,400,000 and took down the blinds and ante.
Hand #110: Tilston limped and Negreanu checked. The flop was and Negreanu check-called 1,000,000. The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the and both players checked. Negreanu won the pot with for a pair of deuces.
Hand #111: Negreanu limped the button and Tilston checked. The pair checked the board down. Tilston announced a pair of fours and Negreanu won the pot with for a flush.
Hand #112: Tilston raised to 2,400,000 and Negreanu called. The flop was and Negreanu checked. Tilston continued for 1,600,000 and Negreanu folded.
Hand #113: Negreanu limped on the button and Tilston checked. The flop was and both players checked. The turn was the and Tilston check-folded to a bet of 1,200,000 from Negreanu.
Hand #106; Keith Tilston limped on the button and Daniel Negreanu checked his big blind. The flop was . Negreanu checked and Tilston bet 1,000,000. Negreanu check-raised to 3,000,000.
Tilston called and the turn was the . Negreanu used a time extension and then checked. Tilston bet 4,500,000. Negreanu moved all in and Tilston checked his cards before calling.
The river was the and Tilston doubled up.
Hand #101: Daniel Negreanu limped in on the button and Keith Tilston checked his option. The flop came and Tilston led out for 1,000,000. Negreanu called and the landed on the turn. Tilston checked this time and Negreanu dropped in a bet of 2,500,000. Tilston folded and Negreanu pulled in the pot.
Hand #102: Tilston made it 2,000,000 on the button and Negreanu responded with the first three-bet of the heads-up match, making it 7,000,000 to go. Tilston instantly folded and Negreanu stacked more chips.
Hand #103: Negreanu opened to 2,500,000 and Tilston sent his cards to the muck.
Hand #104: Tilston raised to 2,400,000 and Negreanu laid his hand down.
Hand #105: Negreanu limped in on the button and Tilston chose to see a flop. The flop came and Tilston led out for 1,200,000. Negreanu called and the landed on the turn.
Tilston checked this time and Negreanu splashed in a bet of 2,500,000. Tilston called and the completed the board. Both players checked and Negreanu showed for the best hand.
Hand #96: Keith Tilston limped on the button and Daniel Negreanu raised to 3,200,000. Tilston called. The flop was and Negreanu bet 2,000,000 and Tilston folded.
Hand #97: Negreanu limped but folded to a raise to 2,600,000 from Tilston.
Hand #98: Tilston limped and Negreanu checked. The flop was and Negreanu check-folded to a bet of 800,000.
Hand #99: Negreanu limped and Tilston checked. Tilston checked a flop and Negreanu checked back. The turn was the and Tilston check-folded to a bet of 1,500,000.
Hand #100: Tilston limped and Negreanu checked. Negreanu checked a flop to Tilston who bet 1,600,000. Negreanu folded.
Hand #95: Daniel Negreanu made it 1,600,000 on the button and Keith Tilston called from the small blind. Nick Schulman was all in for 1,325,000 in the big blind which created a small side pot.
The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn and the on the river. Negreanu held for two pair while Schulman showed . Negreanu scooped both pots to eliminate Schulman in third place.
The final two players are taking a quick break for a color up and to prepare for the heads-up match.