Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
Day 3 of Event #15 began with 15 players in contention for the $508,640 first-place prize and the most sought after piece of poker jewelery in the world, a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. It ended with two players, Davidi Kitai and Gordon Vayo, almost even in chips and having to return for an unscheduled Day 4.
Alen Bilic was the first casualty of the day and he was followed to the cashier’s desk first by Ukraine’s Artem Metalidi then by Pratyush Buddiga, Gabriel Andarade, Ryan Olisar, Vladimir Geshkenbein, Bill Burford, and 13-time WSOP champion Phil Hellmuth.
Hellmuth’s exit in eighth place, at the hands of Vayo, meant the unofficial table was reached and play headed over to the “mothership” in the center of the Amazon Room.
Seven-handed play lasted around 40 minutes and ended with the elimination of Germany’s Heinz Kamutzki.
It took 32 hands before the players at the final table got some extra elbow room by virtue of a player busting out. That player was Zachary Korik. Fourteen hands later, John Andress moved all in from the small blind for 230,000 and Vayo called from the big blind. It was the of Andress versus the of Vayo. The flop put Vayo in the lead and he stayed there through the turn and river.
Next to head to the cashier’s desk was Mark Darner, who on Hand #60 of the final table three-bet all in over the top of a Kitai opening raise with the . Ruberto came over the top for 30,000 more and Kitai folded. Ruberto had made his move with the and stayed ahead on the flop, the turn, and the river.
Three-handed play lasted 61 hands, including a number of split pots and double ups, before something finally gave and heads-up play was set.
Vayo limped on the button, Ruberto raised to 225,000 from the small blind, and Kitai raised to 455,000 from the big blind. Vayo mucked, Ruberto moved all-in for 1.52 million and Kitai called. Kitai flipped over the and was dominating Ruberto’s . The flop paired Kitai’s kings, but the on the turn gave Ruberto a lifeline in the hand because he could now hit a diamond to win the pot. A diamond failed to appear on the river (), and Ruberto headed to the cashier’s desk to collect $200,476 — a superb result considering he started the day last in the counts.
Going into the heads-up match, Kitai held a chip advantage of 5.84 million to 1.45 million over Vayo, but over the course of 40 hands, Vayo managed to claw his way back into contention and actually held a narrow lead of 3.75 million to 3.545 million when play ended for the night.
When Level 30 ended at almost 2:10 a.m. on Sunday morning, the players were given the option to play one more level or pause the tournament and return to their seats once they had managed to get some sleep. They agreed to do the latter and headed into the warm Las Vegas night knowing that they have locked up at least $314,535 for their efforts and that one of them will win $508,640 and a WSOP gold bracelet before Sunday is over.
Keep your browsers locked to PokerNews on Sunday when we will bring you continued hand-for-hand coverage of the conclusion of Event #15.
Play in Event #15 has ended for the night after the players agreed to return to the Rio on Sunday at 1p.m. to complete the match and crown a champion.
Stay tuned for a recap of today's action.
Hand #161: Davidi Kitai raised to 175,000 and Gordon Vayo called. The flop was dealt, Vayo checked, Kitai bet 95,000 and Vayo folded.
Hand #162: Vayo called on the button and Kitai checked. The flop was checked by Kitai, bet to the tune of 100,000 from Vayo and called by Kitai.
Kitai checked the on the turn and Vayo checked behind. The on the river was checked by Kitai, but Vayo came out betting. He made it 330,000 to continue. Kitai put down his bottle of water rechecked his cards, tanked for two minutes and folded.
Hand #155: Davidi Kitai raised to 175,000 and Gordon Vayo called, which brought about a flop. Vayo checked, Kitai bet, and Vayo called. When the dealer burned and turned the , both players checked and the completed the board on the river. Vayo checked, and Kitai opted to bet 265,000. Vayo folded.
Hand #156: Gordon Vayo opened for 190,000 and Davidi Kitai called. The flop saw Davidi and Vayo check, and the appear on the turn. This time Kitai bet 235,000, and Vayo called to see the river. Kitai checked and then folded when Vayo bet 330,000.
Hand #157: Davidi Kitai raised to 175,000, Gordon Vayo called, and the flop fell . Vayo checked and then called a bet of 95,000 from Kitai. When the appeared on the turn, Vayo led out for 175,000 and it was Kitai's turn to call. The river saw Vayo bet 335,000 and Kitai leaned back in his chair. He spent the next minute or so debating what to do, but ultimately settled on a fold.
Hand #158: Gordon Vayo called from the button, Davidi Kitai checked his option, and the flop came down . Kitai checked and then folded when faced with a bet of 100,000.
Hand #159: Davidi Kitai raised to 175,000 and Gordon Vayo folded.
Hand #160: Gordon Vayo made it 190,000 to go from the button and Davidi Kitai folded.
Hand #151: Gordon Voya calls on the button and Davidi Kitai checked. The flop was bet to the tune of 100,000 by Voya and Kitai folded.
Hand #152: Kitai had the button and he raised to 175,000. Voya called and it was off to the flop. A check from Voya prompted Kitai to be 110,000 and Voya called.
The was met with checks from both players, leading to the falling on the river. Both players checked and Kitai won the hand with .
Hand #153: Vayo limped in on the button. Kitai wasn’t prepared to take a passive route and raised to 190,000. Vayo put in the extra chips and the dealer go busy spreading the flop.
A bet of 95,000 from Kitai was not enough to push Vayo off his hand and he called. The was the turn card and Kitai bet again, this time increasing the amount slightly to 120,000. Vayo called.
The completed the board, Kitai checked, Vayo bet 320,000 giving Kitai some thinking to do. Call.
Kitai showed and won the pot with queen-high for the second time tonight, Vayo mucked .
Hand #154: Kitai raised to 175,000 and Vayo responded with a call. Vayo then checked the flop and Kita bet 95,000. Vayo called. The heads-up duo watched as the appeared on the turn. Vayo checked its arrival, Kitai continued his aggression with a 145,000 bet that Vayo called.
Fifth street, the river, was the and both players checked, then split the pot because they’d both made a pair of fours with their and .
Hand #145: Gordon Vayo folded and Dividi Kitai got a walk.
Hand #146: Davidi Kitai raised to 175,000, Gordon Vayo called, and the flop came out . Vayo checked, Kitai bet 140,000, and Vayo folded.
Hand #147: Gordon Vayo raised to 190,000, Davidi Kitai called, and the flop fell . Two checks brought the on the turn, Kitai bet 95,000, and Vayo called to see the on the river. Two more checks followed and Kitai tabled the . It was good as Vayo mucked.
Hand #148: Davidi Kitai opened for 175,000 and Gordon Vayo folded.
Hand #149: Gordon Vayo limped the button and Davidi Kitai checked his option. When the flop came down , Kitai checked and then folded to a bet of 100,000 from Vayo.
Hand #150: Davidi Kitai kicked things off with a raise to 175,000, and Gordon Vayo announced that he was all in for 1.195 million. Kitai snap-called and it was off to the races.
The flop kept Vayo in the lead, as did the turn. All Vayo needed to do was dodge an ace and king, which is just what he did when the blanked on the river.
Hand #135: Gordon Vayo raised to 190,000 from the button and Davidi Kitai folded.
Hand #136: Kitai raised to 175,000 and Vayo folded.
Hand #137: Vayo completed on the button, Kitai checked and the dealer spread the flop. Kitai led for 95,000 and Vayo called.
The dealer placed the onto the board and Kitai bet again, this time making it 125,000 to play. Vayo stared at his opponent briefly before he called. The river was the and now Kitai checked. Vayo bet 265,000 and Kitai snap-folded.
Hand #138: Kitai opened from the button to 175,000 and Vayo stuck around and made the call. A flop reading was checked by both players, and Vayo checked the turn. Kitai bet 95,000 and Vayo folded.
Hand #139: Vayo folded on the button and Kitai received a walk.
Hand #140: Kitai raised to 175,000 and Vayo mucked.
Hand #141: Vayo called on the button, giving Kitai the option to check or raise. He chose the latter and made it 205,000 and Vayo folded.
Hand #142: Kitai raised to 175,000 from the button and Vayo folded.
Hand #143: Vayo raised to 190,000 and Kitai folded.
Hand #144: Kitai made it 175,000 to play, Vayo three-bet to 380,000 and Kitai folded.