Event #26: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed

Event Info

Prize Pool $3,134,950
Players 1378

Next Pay Out

Place 12 $33,418

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 5,000

"Give Us a Wave!"

• Level 26: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Chris Moorman's very spirited and loud cheering section on the rail has been singing for waves from different people. A new dealer, Daniel, just sat down and they wanted a wave. As Daniel was collecting the antes they started to boo him, but he gave them a quick wave and they rejoiced.

Kovalchuk Unstoppable

Oleksii Kovalchuk raised it up to 75,000 on the button and Ionel Anton called in the small blind.

The flop came {A-Clubs}{7-Spades}{k-Hearts} and Anton checked. Kovalchuk bet 100,000 and Anton check-raised to 225,000. Kovalchuk made the call and the two saw the turn {9-Hearts}

This time, Anton bet out 330,000 and Kovalchuk raised to 830,000. Anton called.

The river was the {a-Spades} and Anton checked to Kovalchuk who moved all in. Yet again, Anton made a big fold on the river.

Kovalchuk now has around 60% of the chips in play with 6,750,000.

Anton moved down to around 2,200,000 after the hand

Oleksii Kovalchuk 6,750,000 1,150,000
Ionel Anton 2,200,000 -1,100,000

Tags: Anton IonelOleksii Kovalchuk

Dan O'Brien Eliminated in 4th Place ($179,162)

• Level 26: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Dan O'Brien 4th Place
Dan O'Brien 4th Place

Dan O'Brien opened under the gun to 60,000 and Oleksii Kovalchuk called from the big blind. The flop came {5-Diamonds} {K-Diamonds} {5-Spades}, Kovalchuk checked and O'Brien bet 70,000. Kovalchuk min-raised to 140,000 and O'Briend fired back making it 250,000. Kovalchuk moved in and O'Brien called.

O'Brien: {K-Clubs} {Q-Spades}
Kovalchuk: {8-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds}

O'Brien was ahead with the pair of kings but Kovalchuk had the flush draw. The turn came {3-Diamonds} giving Kovalchuk the flush. But O'Brien was drawing live to a king or five. The river came {9-Diamonds} and O'Brien was eliminated in 4th place.

Tags: Dan O'BrienOlekssi Kovalchuk

Kovalchuk Plays The Aggressor, Continues To Grow Stack

• Level 26: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Ionel Anton raised to 68,000 from the button, Chris Moorman then re-raised to 188,000 and Oleksii Kovalchuk 4-bet to 330,000 and incited folds from both Anton and Moorman.

Kovalchuk has around 4,400,000

There's been a lot of raise folding in the last 20 minutes. We haven't seen many flops.

Tags: Chris MoormanIonel Anton

Kovalchuk Back Over Four Million

Oleksii Kovalchuk raised to 55,000 on the button and Ionel Anton called from the big blind.

The flop came down {q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{8-Spades} and Anton checked. Kovalchuk bet out 75,000 and Anton quickly made the call.

The turn came {a-Clubs} and Anton checked again. Kovalchuk bet out again for 200,000 and Anton again called.

The river came {2-Hearts} and Anton checked for the third time in the row. Kovalchuk bet out 450,000 and Anton decided to get out of the way.

Kovalchuk has about 4,075,000 and Anton is down to about 2,700,000

Ionel Anton 4,075,000 1,075,000
Oleksii Kovalchuk 2,700,000 -1,050,000

Tags: Ionel AntonOleski Kovalchuk


Mazin Khoury Eliminated in 5th Place ($121,416)

• Level 25: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Mazin Khoury reacts to be eliminated.
Mazin Khoury reacts to be eliminated.

Ionel Anton opened to 57,000 from under the gun and Mazin Khoury moved in behind him. Dan O'Brien, in the big blind, mulled a call, but then folded. Anton called and they were off to the showdown.

Anton: {A-Clubs} {A-Diamonds}
Khoury: {A-Spades} {Q-Diamonds}

Board: {K-Hearts} {7-Clubs} {Q-Spades} {10-Diamonds} {10-Spades}

Khoury didn't hit any of his draws and was eliminated in 5th place.

Tags: Ionel AntonMazin Khoury

O'Brien Stays Aggressive, Gets Some Back

• Level 25: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Under the gun, Dan O'Brien raised it up to 48,000 and Ionel Anton in the cutoff called.

The flop came {8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{k-Spades} and O'Brien bet 44,000. Anton made the call.

The turn came {a-Diamonds} and O'Brien bet out 122,000, Anton again made the call

The river was {7-Diamonds} and O'Brien fired one more bullet of 312,000. This time Anton wised up and made the fold. O'Brien is back up to around 1,400,000 after the hand.

Tags: Dan O'BrienIonel Anton

Passing Around Blinds and Antes

• Level 25: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

The final table is starting to feel each other out. Since Ruberto's elimination, a hand hasn't gone passed the flop. The blinds and antes amount to 60,000 each hand, enough to help the shorter stacks chip up a bit.

Anthony Ruberto Eliminated In 6th Place ($84,549)

Anthony Ruberto
Anthony Ruberto

After taking a horrible beat early on at the final table and then doubling up to get back into it, Anthony Ruberto has just been eliminated in sixth place.

Ionel Anton raised it up to 57,000 preflop from middle position and Ruberto re-raised to 187,000. Ionel made the call and the two saw a flop of {2-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Clubs}

Anton checked to Ruberto and he bet 274,000. After a little acting, Ionel moved all in and got a call from Ruberto.

Ionel showed {2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} for a set of twos and Ruberto was left behind again with {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

The turn came {9-Diamonds} to give Ruberto two more outs, but the river {2-Spades} gave Ionel quad twos and the knockout of Ruberto.

Anton is up to around 3,300,000 after the hand and is second in chips.

Ionel Anton 3,300,000 925,000
Anthony Ruberto Busted

Tags: Anthony RubertoAnton Ionel