2019 World Series of Poker

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Resultado Final
Vencedor
Mão Vencedora
kk
Prémio
$10,000,000
Event Info
Buy-in
$10,000
Prize Pool
$80,548,600
Entradas
8,569
Informações sobre o nível
Nível
43
Blinds
2,000,000 / 4,000,000
Ante
4,000,000

888poker Qualifier Morrone Leads WSOP Main Event; 354 Advance to Day 5

Nível 20 : 10,000/20,000, 20,000 ante
Dean Morrone
Dean Morrone

The atmosphere late on Day 4 of the World Series of Poker Main Event couldn’t be any more different than just 24 hours earlier.

Gone was the excitement and camaraderie among the 1,286 who secured themselves a $15,000 payday. Instead, the tournament was underlined by an excited tension that came with players realizing that their Main Event journeys will stretch into a fifth day. Not all players will say it, but every remaining hopeful will be thinking that they could win the WSOP Main Event.

Each and every one of the 354 players through to Day 5 know that they have a long way ahead of them to win the Main Event and will be looking up the leaderboard when play resumes on July 10th at noon.

That leaderboard includes some big names with big stacks, such as Day 3 chip leader Preben Stokkan (2,900,000), former American footballer and three-time Superbowl winner Richard Seymour (2,750,000), former WSOP bracelet winners Antonio Esfandiari (2,583,000) and Craig McCorkell (2,580,000), Romain Lewis (2,368,000), Dario Sammartino (2,302,000), Todd Brunson (1,151,000), Mike Matusow (726,000) and 2013 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (436,000).

O Canada! Morrone Leads the Way

As well as a long list of notables still in with a shot of taking home the $10,000,00 first prize, Dean Morrone looks like the current chip leader after winning his way into the Main Event through 888poker. The Canadian with only just over $10,000 in lifetime earnings has more than tripled that already, with every player remaining in the Main Event guaranteed $34,845.

Morrone started with just 365,000 chips but bagged 4,980,000 at the end of the night, which will be good enough for 208 big blinds when play resumes.

After finding out he had the chip lead, Morrone had the following to say: "It feels like an absolute simulation, I can't believe this is real life. I've watched this tournament on TV over the years, always just manifested me playing it, it's all coming into effect.

"I've got the most unreal support group of family at home. They have been sending me all the energy in the world. To be able to play with the big boys, it's really exciting.

"I qualified through 888poker in for $100 online, so even a min-cash is really huge to me. Anything past that is going to be extra, so I can't wait for tomorrow!"

There were several key hands for Morrone right off the bat, as he flopped a few sets that all held.

"Later on the day, an older gentleman gifted me about 120 big blinds, drawing dead on the flop. That was an absolutely huge pot for me; it catapulted me over three million and I haven't looked back since."

And his plan now he's bagged the chip lead? "Try to go to bed [and] store as much energy as possible, it's going to be a long day."

12th Time's a Charm for Manole

Fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole also bagged a healthy stack with 3,781,000. Manole won his seat online back in February.

"I went from the $100 step to the $1,000 Sunday step. The second time I played it this year I made it. It felt good to have it locked up.”

One of the reasons he was happy to get it out of the way early stemmed from having dug deep in the past without success.

“Last year I didn’t qualify, but two years ago I invested like $12,000 in satellites and I won the seat in the final satellite for a $12,500 package,” he explained. “So, it was nice to have it right away this year.”

Yesterday he told PokerNews that he had played the Main Event 11 times and cashed only once.

"I finished in 122nd place for $52,718 in 2012,” he explained. “I never had chips in 11 times. This is the first time I’ve had chips so it’s becoming interesting.”

Now he has chips at the end of Day 4, it's perhaps even more interesting.

Mihai Manole
Mihai Manole

Fourteen Years On, A Hachem Deep in the Main

Although no former Main Event champions made it through to Day 5 - more on that later - there will be a Main Event-winning surname in the chip counts after Daniel Hachem, son of 2005 champion Joe Hachem, bagged for Day 5.

After his father ran ace-king into aces yesterday, Hachem not only secured his third WSOP cash - and second of the summer - but saw out the day with a stack of 2,450,000.

Daniel Hachem
Daniel Hachem

Eliminations on Day 4

Once play resumed at midday, the eliminations came thick and fast as short stacks got their chips in with the hope of scoring an early double to continue on their Main Event journeys.

Notable players bagging themselves a $15,000 min-cash included eight-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro (1,271st), three-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy (1,248th), 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event champion Scott Davies (1,191st), John ‘The Razor’ Phan (1,139th), Ben Zamani (1,135th) and 2015 Main Event fourth-place finisher Max Steinberg (1,116th).

John Phan
John Phan

Other players to cash on Day 4 included 2015 Main Event third-place finisher Neil Blumenfield (953rd - $17,135), Big 50 champion Femi Fashakin (917th - $17,135), 2019 bracelet winner David “ODB” Baker (873rd - $17,135) and 2016 Main Event third-place finisher Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200) all added Main Event cashes to their poker resume.

Another 2019 bracelet winner Anatolii Zyrin cashed in his first WSOP Main Event less than a fortnight after winning his first bracelet in the $1,500 Omaha Eight-or-Better event. Zyrin finished 719th for $20,200.

Barny Boatman (466th - $30,780), Bertrand Grospellier (425th - $30,780) and Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780) were all late eliminations, Bellande falling with pocket aces against the pocket queens of Dario Marinelli after calling the latter's hand (a set of queens on the flop) before making the call on the river anyway.

Jean-Robert Bellande
Jean-Robert Bellande

888poker Qualifiers Cash in the Main Event

888poker qualifiers Kyriakos Papadopouluos, David Hu, William White, Florin Pandilica and Timothy Cavallin secured a min-cash for their efforts in this year’s Main Event. Other qualifiers to secure cashes on Day 4 were Thomas Muehloecker (771st - $18,535), Jason James (755th - $20,200), Diego Ventura (740th - $20,200), Mikhail Sokolovskiy (600th - $24,560) and Andres Korn (577th - $24,560).

Three Former Champions Depart

At the start of the day, three former champions were left, but sadly all three would bust before the day was out.

Chris Moneymaker got his last 20 big blinds in with an open-ended straight draw against the set of Ron West that held to send the 2003 champion to the rail in 687th place for $20,200.

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker

Then came two-time Main Event champion Johnny Chan. He held a pair of eights on a six-three-deuce board and got it in against Eric Froehlich. Froehlich held a flush draw and a fifth heart came on the turn to send the winner of ten WSOP bracelets to the rail.

Johnny Chan
Johnny Chan

That left Qui Nguyen as the last reigning champion left in the field. He seemed to be cruising until his kings were cracked by the set of Sean Mills. He doubled up soon thereafter but eventually was sent to the rail by start-of-day chip leader Preben Stokkan.

Nguyen held pocket fives but Stokkan's sixes held to send the 2016 champion to the rail, ensuring that there will be a first-time winner of the Main Event this year.

Qui Nguyen
Qui Nguyen

Attention Turns to the Top

Throughout the day, the chip leader was not a clearcut one, with players scrabbling for position in the post-bubble Main Event. A dozen or so names rose and fell in a rollercoaster of a day where no player seized the opportunity to grab control of the Main Event but several players have shown that they have what it takes to go on a run and build the momentum required to reach the top, and not just the big names that remain in the field.

Christopher Wynkoop, Sean Mills and 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole - who made a full house to eliminate a player who had rivered a flush - have all shown the ability to win big pots when the opportunity arises.

Play resumes on July 10th at noon with the plan for the day to play five more levels. PokerNews will bring you continued live coverage courtesy of our reporting team on the tournament floor.

Tags: Anatolii ZyrinAndres KornBen ZamaniChris MoneymakerCliff JosephyDavid HuDiego VenturaEric FroehlichFemi FashakinFlorin PandilicaJason JamesJeff LisandroJohn PhanJohnny ChanKyriakos PapadopouluosMax SteinbergMichael GathyMikhail SokolovskiyNeil BlumenfieldPreben StokkanQui NguyenRon WestSean MillsThomas MuehloeckerTimothy Cavallin

Bellande Still Calls and Busts

Nível 20 : 10,000/20,000, 20,000 ante
Jean-Robert Bellande
Jean-Robert Bellande

Jean-Robert Bellande raised to 45,000 from the middle position and action folded to Dario Marinelli in the big blind who three-bet to 82,000. Bellande four-bet to 240,000 and Marinelli called.

The flop came {q-}{2-}{3-} with one diamond and two hearts, Marinelli bet 85,000 and Bellande made the call.

The turn was the {9-Clubs}, Marinelli continued with a bet of 125,000 and Bellande called again.

The river completed the board with the {4-Spades}, Marinelli shoved and Bellande contemplated his options.

Bellande got up from his chair, started packing his stuff up: "Well, I guess this is it. I guess you have a set of queens, but I have to call cause I have aces..." And then made the call for his last 500,000 or so with {a-}{a-} to see he was right as Marinelli held {q-}{q-} indeed for the set to eliminate him.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Dario Marinelli it
Dario Marinelli
3,250,000 1,040,000
Jean-Robert Bellande us
Jean-Robert Bellande
Eliminado
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Dario MarinelliJean-Robert Bellande

Campanello Eliminated by Cai

Nível 20 : 10,000/20,000, 20,000 ante
Bryan Campanello
Bryan Campanello

The player in mid-position raised to 40,000 and Bryan Campanello shoved on the button. Zhen Cai asked for a count in the small blind and the dealer confirmed Campanello had 263,000 behind. Cai called and the initial raiser folded.

Bryan Campanello: {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Zhen Cai: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}

The board ran out {8-Spades}{a-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{10-Clubs} for Cai to flop a set while Campanello found a pair of aces. The Day 1a chip leader even improved to two pair on the river, but it wasn't good enough to keep him alive in the Main Event.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Zhen Cai us
Zhen Cai
3,080,000 80,000
Bryan Campanello us
Bryan Campanello
Eliminado
Day 1A Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Bryan CampanelloZhen Cai

Final Break of Day 4

Nível 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Qui Nguyen
Qui Nguyen

There are just 450 players remaining at the end of level 19 and they are in the midst of their final 20-minute break of the day. Another two-hour session at the tables remains with upcoming blinds of 10,000-20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000.

A new WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned as Qui Nguyen's run came to an end. His elimination and other recent highlights from the tables can be found below.

Tags: Qui Nguyen

Hall Soars Up After Three-Way All In

Nível 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante

Sara Hall was spotted all in for just over half a million in chips and Christopher Wolfe was at risk for fewer chips, while a third player in the hand had them both covered and tabled the {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}.

Wolfe was all in with the {a-Spades}{j-Hearts} and Hall had the best of it with the {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

The board came {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and Hall nearly tripled up.

Sara Hall
Sara Hall
Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Sara Hall us
Sara Hall
1,400,000 754,000
Christopher Wolfe us
Christopher Wolfe
Eliminado

Tags: Christopher WolfeSara Hall

2016 Champion Nguyen Eliminated

Nível 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Qui Nguyen
Qui Nguyen

There will be a first-time champion in this year's WSOP Main Event after 2016 champion Qui Nguyen was eliminated.

After Sean Mills trimmed Nguyen's stack to just 190,000 he managed to double up with {a-}{k-} through {k-}{q-} but got his last 400,000 or so chips in with {5-}{5-} against {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

The board came {a-Hearts}{2-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs} and the last remaining former champion was eliminated shortly before the last break of the day.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Preben Stokkan no
Preben Stokkan
2,400,000 25,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Qui Nguyen us
Qui Nguyen
Eliminado
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Qui Nguyen

Mills Takes Down Huge Pot to Leave Nguyen on Crumbs

Nível 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Sean Mills
Sean Mills

Qui Nguyen and Sean Mills were heads up going to a flop of {q-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Spades}. Nguyen led out from early position and Mills just called from the cutoff to see the {10-Spades} on the turn.

Nguyen fired out another bet of 95,000 on the turn and Mills raised to 355,000. Nguyen called and the {6-Diamonds} completed the board. Nguyen checked this time and Mills shoved all in for 1,279,000. Nguyen asked for a count and eventually made the call.

Mills tabled {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} for a set of deuces while Nguyen held {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} for an overpair. Nguyen was down to just 54,000 after that hand but managed to triple his stack in the next hand. He still has plenty of work to do in order to climb back into the tournament.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Sean Mills gb
Sean Mills
3,480,000 1,730,000
Qui Nguyen us
Qui Nguyen
190,000 -1,510,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Qui NguyenSean Mills

Martinelli Busts to Manole

Nível 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Luke Martinelli
Luke Martinelli

Luke Martinelli had been a big stack for most of Day 3 and early on Day 4, however, his Main Event just came to a crashing end. Martinelli's raise was three-bet by Mihai Manole on the button and Martinelli called to see a flop of {j-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades}. Martinelli check-min-raised from 80,000 to 160,000 and Manole called to see the {8-Diamonds} on the turn.

Martinelli pushed for around 235,000 and Manole called instantly.

Luke Martinelli: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Mihai Manole: {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

The {8-Hearts} river gave Martinelli a flush, but Manole also filled up to a full house to deal the final blow to the Aussie.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Mihai Manole ro
Mihai Manole
3,090,000 604,000
Luke Martinelli au
Luke Martinelli
Eliminado

Tags: Luke MartinelliMihai Manole

Nguyen Eliminated in Massive Pot

Nível 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Danny Nguyen
Danny Nguyen

Picking up the action on the turn in a three-way hand, the board read {5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{q-Spades} with roughly 133,000 in the middle. Pavlin Karakikov bet out 55,000, the player next to act called and Danny Nguyen raised it up to 210,000. Karakikov then three-bet to 510,000 and the middle player had a decision, after tanking for about a minute he let his hand go, and Nguyen made the call.

On the {6-Clubs} river Karakikov moved all-in for 523,000, Nguyen had slightly less and went into the tank for five minutes before the clock was called. The tournament director came over and gave Nguyen 25-seconds to act. With two seconds remaining he made the call.

Karakikov tabled {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds} for a rivered straight and Nguyen showed {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} for a pair of queens before the dealer scooped his cards into the muck awarding Karakikov a pot over 2,000,000 chips and eliminating Nguyen from the tournament.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Pavlin Karakikov bg
Pavlin Karakikov
2,270,000 1,739,000
Danny Nguyen us
Danny Nguyen
Eliminado

Dinner Break on Day 4

Nível 19 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Kelly Minkin
Kelly Minkin

The first 12 minutes of Level 19 are over and the screens show 550 players remaining. They have been sent on a 90-minute dinner break until 9 p.m. local time and will return to blinds of 8,000/16,000 with a big blind ante of 16,000.

Another former WSOP Main Event champion has departed and some recent highlights from the tables can be found below: