- Slepe stave:
|Slepe stave||1,000,000 / 2,000,000|
Amir Lehavot, the sole prior bracelet winner to make the final table, is playing a comfortable upper-middling stack, even as the blinds approach their next elevation. He added a few million to it in a heads up hand against Samuel Gagnon, who opened under the gun for 1,000,000, called by Lehavot and the big blind. Lehavot alone called when Gagnon bet 1,400,000 on the flop. Both players checked the turn, but on the river, Lehavot bet 2,500,000 when it was checked to him, scooping the pot.
Benjamin Underwood has been crushing it in the lower buy-in Deepstacks this summer. Earlier, he finished fourth in Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack ($135,959) and fifth in Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack ($74,435). Now, Underwood is at his third final table of the series after incredulously navigating his way through another bumper field.
Underwood's third time could still be the charm after winning an all-in versus Samuel Gagnon. It was Gagnon who raised to 1,200,000, Underwood who three-bet shoved 9,800,000 from the big blind, and Gagnon who snap-called.
Underwood's kings held up on the board for the early double at the unofficial final table.
|1||Jeff Tahler||United States||8,400,000|
|4||Nick Blackburn||United States||20,000,000|
Samuel Gagnon raised to 1,000,000 from the cutoff, Gustavo Hess three-bet shoved a little over 5,000,000 on the button and the blinds folded. Gagnon immediately called when it was back on him.
Hess was in a deep hole to start with and he and his Brazilian onlookers didn't get their spirits lifted on an board. With Hess' elimination, the unofficial final table of nine is set.
Earlier, Jeff Tahler and Gustavo Hess shoved their short stacks all in but received no callers. When Amir Lehavot raised a few hands later, Samuel Gagnon defended his big blind. On a flop, Gagnon checked, Lehavot bet 1,000,000, Gagnon check-raised to 4,000,000, and Lehavot quickly folded.
A couple of pots have involved flops, with one reaching the river, all, however, without showdown. Nick Blackburn took down one of them, having called Daniele D'Angelo's preflop raise to 1,100,000, with a bet of 1,500,000 on the flop, saying, "Hillbilly wins another one, you just never know... didn't like my kicker, though."
The other saw Ori Hasson raise small blind to big, and Joao Valli make the call. Hasson then check-called a 1,900,000 bet on the flop. Both players checked the turn, before Hasson reverted to leading out on the river. His 1,625,000 bet won the pot.
Out of a bumper field of 3,759 players, just ten are left standing on the final day of Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-Handed. At 1 p.m., they'll all return to the Amazon outer feature tables to continue their quest until a bracelet winner has been decided. Action will be live streamed from 7 p.m. onwards on CBS All Access.
Amir Lehavot, third in the 2013 WSOP Main Event behind Ryan Riess and Jay Farber and 2011 bracelet winner, is among the final ten and sits third in chips with 20,175,000 to capture his second bracelet. Leading the way is Santiago Soriano with 28,300,000 in chips. Daniele D'Angelo is second with 21,415,000). Benjamin Underwood (11,350,000) made the final table of two Deepstack events earlier this summer, and once again made his way through an enormous field for his third deep run of the series.
Blinds will resume in level 36 with blinds at 250,000/500,000 and a big blind ante of 500,000, while levels will be 40 minutes throughout the day. While each of them has already parlayed their $800 investment into a fantastic payday of $31,399, all eyes are on the coveted wristband and first place prize of $371,203 that awaits the winner at the end of the night. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to capture every hand and all the excitement from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino as a new bracelet winner is crowned.
Day 3 Seat Draw
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||1||7||Nick Blackburn||United States||14,675,000||29|
|Amazon||2||2||Jeff Tahler||United States||9,650,000||19|
|Amazon||2||4||Gustavo Hess||United States||6,350,000||13|