Event #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Philippe Vert Eliminated in 8th Place ($71,728)

Philippe Vert - 8th Place

The all-ins have been coming thick and fast as we tick over into the final level of play, but Philippe Vert has been eliminated over the space of two hands.

Earlier, the action folded to Foster Hays who open-shoved from hijack position with {K-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} but was snapped off by Vert from the big blind, who had him covered with {A-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. The flop of {8-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{10-Hearts} put Hays ahead and he improved to two pair when the dealer peeled off the {K-Hearts} on the turn.

Needing a queen to eliminate Hays, the river was the {4-Clubs}, leaving Vert with just 920,000 in chips, which he moved into the middle in the very next hand with {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} from the small blind, only to see Stanley Tavanese wake up in the big blind with {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}.

Neither hand improved on the board of {7-Spades}{2-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and from this point onwards, the WSOP Event #18 bracelet is guaranteed to stay in the United States!

Chip Counts
2,325,000 1,215,000
1,270,000 740,000