Event #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 completed

That's a Wrap - We're Back for Day 4!

• Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Casey Kelton - a wolf in sheep's clothing?
Casey Kelton - a wolf in sheep's clothing?

It's probably been the craziest day we've ever witnessed so far in the World Series of Poker, but we're now sitting here bringing you this wrap-up with not two, not three, but six bags of chips sitting on the final table.

The action on the felt was fast and furious once again and the rate of attrition didn't let up, as we saw 24 players busted within the space of two-and-a-half hours before Andrea Vezzani was sent to the rail in 10th place, thus forming our official final table.

With the supporters on the rail outstripping the crowd in the Thunderdome by a huge margin (and plenty of cold ones flowing), there was a carnival atmosphere throughout the next eight hours of play, with plenty of entertainment as the chip lead changed hands at lightning speed. For a while, it seemed like we could have lost nobody, but despite having scored double-up after double-up, Jordan Young's luck finally ran out when ninth place when his {K-Spades}{6-Diamonds} failed to improve against Robert Koss' {A-Clubs}{3-Spades}.

France's Philippe Vert was then busted in eighth place; having been crippled in an earlier hand, he made his last move with {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} but ran straight into Stanley Tavanese's {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}. With the bracelet now guaranteed to stay on home soil, the players and the crowd began to enjoy themselves even more, save Tristan Wade, who was taken out by Koss after running his {A-Hearts}{9-Spades} into Koss' {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}.

After 10 levels of play, 19 double-ups, one chopped pot and hundreds of screaming fans, the dust has settled and we can confirm that Foster Hays has led from pillar to post today, bagging up 3,620,000. Even though most of the attention's been on him, he'll have to watch out for Casey Kelton, who has silently grinded his stack up to 3,385,000.

Still, with the way that this tournament has played out over the last three days, anything is possible, and we know for sure that Robert Koss, Jeffrey Lavelle, Allan Le and Stanley Tavanese all have an equal chance to take this one out. Rest assured that we are going to be in for some fireworks tomorrow!

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatNameChip Count
1Foster Hays3,620,000
2Jeffrey Lavelle2,135,000
3Robert Koss2,015,000
4Stanley Tavanese1,735,000
5Casey Kelton3,385,000
6Allan Le1,315,000

Play will resume tomorrow in the Amazon Room at 2.30pm PST (GMT -7), so be sure to join us here at PokerNews as we bring you the exciting conclusion to WSOP Event #18. Until then, stay classy, and thanks for stopping by!

Tags: Allan LeCasey KeltonFoster HaysJeffrey LavelleRobert KossStanley Tavanese

Last Hand of the Night

• Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The last hand of the evening saw Casey Kelton limp from the small blind and Allan Le check from the big blind. The flop came {K-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {7-Hearts} and Kelton bet 100,000. Le raised to 215,000 and Kelton bumped it up to 475,000. Le folded and the final table ended for the night.

And with that, we're done! We'll have a full wrap-up of the day's action for you shortly.

Tags: Allan LeCasey Kelton

Tristan Wade Eliminated in 7th Place ($94,700)

• Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Tristan Wade 7th Place.
Tristan Wade 7th Place.

Tristan Wade moved all in from late position for 1.4 million. Robert Koss instantly went all in from the small blind, showing {A-Spades} {A-Diamonds} as soon as Stanley Tavanese folded his big blind. Wade turned over {A-Hearts} {9-Spades} and needed help to stay alive.

The board ran {2-Hearts} {8-Spades} {2-Spades} {K-Spades} {3-Clubs} and Wade made his way out of the secondary feature table area with plenty of support from fans and his rail.

Tags: Robert KossTristan Wade

Foster's Spittin' Chips

Foster Hays - party liaison?
Foster Hays - party liaison?

Foster Hays is beginning to turn this final table into a shove-fest, but as a result of two big hands, he's now down to 1.3 million in chips.

Earlier, the action folded around to Hays who open-shoved from the small blind for 1,285,000 with {J-Spades}{9-Hearts}, but Tristan Wade snap-called from the big blind with {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. The flop of {8-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Clubs} changed nothing, but the turn of the {9-Clubs} sent Hays' supporters into a frenzy. The river {7-Diamonds} completed the board, and Hays started screaming with joy.

A railbird accused Hays of spitting on Wade while he was yelling, to which Hays shot back a rather strange response: "YEAH! I SPIT!" Hays is really enjoying himself at this final table; he was practically stoic in the early stages of Day 3, but as he's begun to down more beers, he's loosened up and is constantly chatting with everyone on the rail.

Then, in the very next hand, the action folded around to Hays, who jammed from the button, but this time, Jeffrey Lavelle snap-called from the big blind.

Lavelle: {A-Diamonds}{9-Spades}
Hays: {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}

Both players paired up on the flop of {7-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, but Lavelle's hand was best all the way as the turn and river ran out {5-Spades}, {2-Clubs} to see him double up through Hays.

Jeffrey Lavelle 2,500,000 700,000
Foster Hays 1,400,000 130,000
Tristan Wade 1,300,000 -110,000

Kelton Checks His Way to a Pot

• Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Tristan Wade opened for 200,000 in late position and action folded to Casey Kelton in the big blind. Kelton called and the flop came {4-Clubs} {6-Hearts} {A-Hearts}. Kelton checked, Wade bet 175,000 and Kelton called. The turn came {7-Spades} and both players checked. The river came {Q-Diamonds} and both players checked again. Kelton turned up {8-Clubs} {6-Clubs} for a pair of sixes and Wade mucked.

Tags: Casey KeltonTristan Wade

More Double Trouble for Wade

Tristan Wade open-shoved from early position, but Jeffrey Lavelle re-shipped from next door before the others got out of the way.

Lavelle: {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}
Wade: {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}

Both hands hit top pair on the flop of {3-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}, but Lavelle stayed ahead with the king kicker. Not for long - the {J-Clubs} spiked on the turn, putting Wade out in front with two pair.

"Deuce!" cried Wade's supporters. Ask and ye shall receive, for lo and behold, the river {2-Hearts} completed the board!

Jeffrey Lavelle 1,800,000 -1,200,000
Tristan Wade 1,410,000 -205,000

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

Philippe Vert - 8th Place
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!

Stanley Tavanese 2,325,000 1,215,000
Foster Hays 1,270,000 740,000
Philippe Vert Busted

Wade Doubles Through Hays

• Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Foster Hays moved all in from the button and Tristan Wade insta-called from the small blind. Hays held {K-Spades} {7-Diamonds} and Wade had {A-Spades} {10-Clubs}. The board ran {Q-Hearts} {2-Clubs} {5-Diamonds} {7-Clubs} {A-Clubs} and Wade saved his tournament life with the ace on the river.

Hays slipped to 530,000 and Wade is up to 1,615,000.

Tags: Foster HaysTristan Wade