Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
After defeating JC Tran and Al Decarolis respectively in the heads-up semifinals of Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em, Jason Mo and Vanessa Selbst are set to face off for $871,148 and the coveted gold bracelet on Friday. Mo will enter the Thunderdome with a near two million-chip advantage, with 5.86 million to Selbst's 3.96 million.
Both Mo and Selbst were the short stacks at the start of the semifinals - Selbst was a near seven-to-one dog - but Mo won a big flip against Tran and Selbst chipped away at Decarolis. In the end, Selbst flopped top pair against Decarolis' ace-king, and he was willing to risk his tournament life with the overcards. Neither the turn nor the river improved his hand, and he was eliminated.
Selbst, who has over $9.6 million in career live tournament earnings, is already a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, while Mo has never captured WSOP gold. He did finish runner-up to Brian Hastings in the 2012 $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, earning $229,722.
Ironically enough, Mo called Selbst "so bad" on Twitter after she put a bad beat on his friend Ryan Fee earlier in the day:
Day 3 began with 16 players, and half of the field hit the rail in an hour. Barry Hutter was all in and at risk with two kings against Decarolis, who had a pair and a flush draw on the flop. The turn was a brick, but the river was the , completing Decarolis' flush. Calvin Anderson ran pocket queens into Darren Elias' pocket aces on a paired flop. Nick Schulman lost a race, as did Kevin Song, and Elias was eliminated when Decarolis called a three-bet preflop with nine-deuce suited and turned drip deuces.
Aaron Jones ran ace-queen suited into Tran's ace-king suited, exiting in eighth place. Fee was bounced in seventh when he called a four-bet shove from Selbst with and she rolled over . Selbst made a pair of nines, and Fee was off to the cage. Robert Tepper exited in sixth place, and then the final five players battled it out together for 78 hands. Finally, Matt Giannetti open-shoved with , and Decarolis looked him up with . The dominant hand held up, and Giannetti hit the rail.
Selbst and Mo will return on Friday at 2 p.m. PDT to battle it out for the gold bracelet. Be sure to check back then for hand-for-hand updates straight from the final table right here on PokerNews!
Al Decarolis raised to 250,000 on the button, Vanessa Selbst defended her big blind, and the flop fell . Selbst checked, Decarolis bet 275,000, Selbst moved all in for effectively 920,000 or so, and Decarolis called.
Selbst flopped top pair, and remained ahead as the turn and river bricked , respectively. The two-time bracelet winner looked ecstatic after mounting the comeback, and is off to play Jason Mo in the final tomorrow.
Al Decarolis limped in on the button, Vanessa Selbst checked, and the flop fell . Selbst led out for 120,000, and Decarolis folded.
Selbst raised to 200,000 on the button, and Decarolis folded.
Decarolis limped in on the button, Selbst raised to 250,000, and Decarolis called. The dealer fanned , Selbst led out for 190,000, and Decarolis folded.
Selbst limped in on the button, Decarolis checked, and the flop was . Both players checked, and they also checked on the turn (), and the river (). Selbst won the hand with for a pair of fours.
Selbst received a walk.
Selbst moved all in, and Decarolis folded.
Vanessa Selbst limped in on the button, Al Decarolis checked in the big blind, and the dealer fanned . Decarolis checked, Selbst bet 125,000, and Decarolis folded.
Decarolis limped in on the button, Selbst raised to 275,000, and Decarolis folded.
Selbst raised to 200,000 on the button, Decarolis called, and the pair checked on a flop of . The turn was the , Decarolis checked, and Selbst took the pot with a bet of 225,000.
Al Decarolis received a walk.
Decarolis raised to 225,000 on the button, Vanessa Selbst called, and the dealer fanned . Selbst check-called a bet of 250,000, and both players knuckled after the turn brought the .
Selbst checked a third and final table after the completed the board, Decarolis bet 450,000, and Selbst folded.
Vanessa Selbst received a walk.
Selbst raised to 200,000, and Al Decarolis folded.
Decarolis limped in on the button, Selbst checked, and the flop was . Selbst checked, Decarolis fired out 100,000, and Selbst check-raised to 275,000. Decarolis folded.
Selbst called, Decarolis checked, and the two checked on the flop (), and the turn (). The river was the , Decarolis checked, and Selbst bet 100,000. Decarolis folded.
Decarolis raised to 200,000, Selbst moved all in, and Decarolis folded.
Vanessa Selbst raised to 160,000 on the button, Al Decarolis called in the big blind, and the flop fell . Decarolis checked, Selbst continued for 110,000, and Decarolis check-raised to 260,000. Selbst called.
The turn was the , and Decarolis moved all in for effectively 1.42 million. Selbst went into the tank.
"You're really that tired?" Selbst asked after a minute or two. "You want to go home?"
"I'm always tired, Vanessa," Decarolis responded.
Selbst found a fold, and Decarolis pulled in the pot.
Al Decarolis raised to 165,000 on the button, and Vanessa Selbst folded.
Selbst raised to 160,000, winning the blinds and antes.
Decarolis limped in on the button, Selbst checked, and the two checked it down on a board of . Decarolis showed down , winning the pot with a pair of fours.