$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table Set; Linde, Reategui, Lakhov Among Finalists
After more than ten hours of play, Day 2 of Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout has come to a conclusion with ten players going through to the final table tomorrow at noon local time, Thursday, June 21. They will all be vying for that first-place prize of $236,498 and the much lusted after WSOP gold bracelet. Anthony Reategui takes the narrow chip lead for today with 672,500 in chips.
Reategui is no stranger to the shootout format as he finished in seventh place in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout less than three weeks ago. Reategui actually won his only WSOP bracelet in this event in 2005 for $269,100 and in 2016 he managed to win his first table during the $1,500 Shootout. Reategui was actually the first of the day to conquer his table.
Final Table Seat Draw
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||FT||1||Royce Matheson||United States||668,000||111|
|Amazon||FT||2||Bas de Laat||Netherlands||661,000||110|
|Amazon||FT||4||Dylan Linde||United States||668,000||111|
|Amazon||FT||5||Young Phan||United States||670,000||112|
|Amazon||FT||6||Anthony Reategui||United States||672,500||112|
|Amazon||FT||7||Preston Lee||United States||656,000||109|
|Amazon||FT||8||Endrit Geci||United Kingdom||663,500||111|
|Amazon||FT||9||Corey Dodd||United States||664,500||111|
|Amazon||FT||10||Jesse Kertland||United States||662,500||110|
Second to make it through was Endrit Geci, the Brit bagged 663,500 after beating Richard Alati. Geci got lucky though as he hit the case six he needed on the turn. This is Geci’s first WSOP cash and he will be looking to make it a great one.
Next to go home knowing he made it through to the final table was Bas de Laat. The Dutchman living in Malta took care of Zachary Smiley heads-up when his ace-four beat the pocket queens of Smiley. Jesse Kertland took Raghav Bansal out when he hit his two pair on the turn. This will be Kertland’s second WSOP cash this summer after having finished in 49th place during the Casino Employees Event. Corey Dodd has just earned his biggest live tournament cash ever and will be trying to improve on that result.
Royce Matheson eliminated double bracelet winner Steven Wolansky to advance at his table. He will attempt to make his fourth cash of the summer one to go into the history books. 32-year old poker professional Preston Lee will be almost quadrupling his lifetime WSOP cashes with the $15,180 that he is guaranteed for taking a seat at the final table. Young Phan already had a WSOP Circuit ring but will be looking to add to his jewelry collection by winning the bracelet tomorrow.
Alexander Lakhov’s table was moved to the feature table after the first break and almost ten hours later, he finally managed to come out as the sole survivor. Lakhov also has a WSOP Circuit Ring in his possession and several other big tournament wins. But the missing piece is that bracelet and he will be trying his best to win it.
Last but definitely not least, Dylan Linde finally got the better of his opponent Phong Nguyen. Four and a half hours after Reategui made it through, Linde rivered a ten for the win, having Nguyen covered by about 3 big blinds. Linde will be aiming to get his first bracelet win here in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
This is what they’re playing for:
Unfortunately, not everyone was lucky enough to make it through. Last year’s runner-up Thomas Boivin, 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson, reigning WSOP Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein, Phil Hellmuth, Rep Porter, Philip Tom, Justin Liberto, Vlad Darie, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Tom Hall, Demosthenes Kiriopoulos, Arkadiy Tsinis, Jesse Sylvia, Matthew Waxman, William Kakon, and many others all cashed for $5,227 but no more.
The final table players will return at noon local time to the Amazon room to play down to a winner. Play will continue with a small blind of 3,000, big blind of 6,000 and a running ante of 1,000 and, logically, everyone will start with about the same stack. Levels will last 40-minutes throughout the day with a 15-minute break after every three levels. A 60-minute dinner break is scheduled to take place after the 9th level.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be there when the first card is dealt until the final all-in has been won, so make sure to come back tomorrow to see who will win this shootout!