Wild Friday night in Las Vegas. The month of June flew by and the Main Event is around the corner. Three more events played down to a winner. And yeah, we had four more first-time winners!
Event #54 required a fourth day to determine a winner and Portugal's Diogo Veiga took down the Big Blind Antes bracelet and thwarted Barry Hutter's quest for a second bracelet. The dynamic duo of Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther won Event #55 $1,000 Tag Team. They won approximately $88K each, or a total team score worth $175,805. No one could stop Mike Takayama at the final table of the Super Turbo Bounty event. Takayama banked nearly $200K for first place in Event #59 $1,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty and won the first-ever bracelet for the Philippines.
Event #54 Big Blind Antes $3,000 NL - Final Results
This Big Blind Antes event had a $3K price tag. Event #54 attracted 1,020 players and a prize pool worth $2.75M. First place would net more than a half-mil and the top 6 spots were paid out six-figures.
International final table in the Big Blind Antes event with players from Ireland, New Zealand, Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, and only four Yanks. This event needed a fourth day of action to determine a winner.
Play was suspended at the end of Day 3 with only 4 players remaining and it looked like it was Barry Hutter's to lose.
When it got heads-up, Hutter held the edge over Portugal's Diogo Veiga. Early into heads-up, Hutter tried to pull away, but Veiga rallied from behind. One Veiga seized the lead, it was all over for Hutter. Going into the final hand, Hutter was ahead with Ace-ten versus King-ten, but Veiga flopped a King and that's all the fat lady wrote.
American pro Barry Hutter was seeking a second piece of bling. Hutter shipped a $1,500 NL Shootout back in 2015 for a $283K score. Hutter got close to winning his second bracelet, but had to settle on a runner-up finish. Hutter banked $323,019 for a consolation prize. Not too shabby.
Diogo Veiga walked away with a score worth nearly $523K. ElkY would described it as "So sick!"
Kristen Bicknell missed a final table by a few spots when she busted in 11th place. Ryan Hall bubbled the final table in tenth place.
Among the notables who cashed in this event... ELKY, Alex Queen, Zack Smiley, Jeff Hakim, Frederik Jensen, Pierre Neuville, Scotty Nguyen, Steve Karp, Vin Li, Dutch Boyd, Tony Spinella, Guillame Diaz, Sam Cohen, John Phan, Michael Gathy, Uri Reichenstein, Dan Strelitz, Richie Sklar, Romain Lewis, Kathy Liebert, Alex Keating, Sam Chartier, James Ankenhead, Sylvain Loosli, Joe Serock, Lars Gronning, Jesus Martinez, Matt Salsberg, Max Silver, Ashton Griffin, Ben Yu, David Prociak, and Anthanasios Polychronopolous.
2018 WSOP - Event #54 Big Blind Antes $3,000 NL
Prize Pool: $2,754,000
Final Table Results:
1. Diogo Veiga (Portugal) $522,715
2. Barry Hutter (USA) $323,019
3. Radoslav Stoyanov (Bulgaria) $228,241
4. Jonathan Abdellatif (Belgium) $163,404
5. Tom McCormick (USA) $118,552
6. David Yan (New Zealand) $87,179
7. Anna Antimony (USA) $64,991
8. Cathal Shine (Ireland) $49,126
9. Todd Ivens (USA) $37,660
Event #55 $1,000 Tag Team NL - Final Results
Ship it to India and Germany! Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther won their first bracelets with a victory in Event #55.
Kelly Minkin, Haixia Zhang and Loni Harwood's team busted in ninth place. Bon Koo and Bienvenido Caballer were out front down the stretch, but their run fizzled out in eighth place. Yijie Zhang, Adam Lamphere, and Ao Chen went out in sixth place. Carlos Caputo and Gabriel Neto was dunzo in fifth place. The trio of Joanne Milburn, Alex Rocha, and Megan Milburn were knocked out in fourth place. German pro Manig Loeser and Peter Weinand went deep, but that tough busted in third place.
It got heads-up between three players from Japan -- Sho Mori, Hiroki Iwata, and Kazuki Ikeuchi -- and the pair from India/Germany with Nikita Luther and Giuseppe Pantaleo. The runner-up payout was approximately $108K while the champs would ship roughly $176K.
The trio from Japan settled on $108K for second place, or $36,202 each. Pantaleo and Luther won $175,805, or nearly $88K each. This win marked a first bracelet victory for either player.
And no, they don't have to share a bracelet! They each get one.
France's William Reymond and Alibay Amirouddine bubbled the final table in tenth place. Among the notables who cashed in Event #55 tag team included... Barny Boatman/James Akenhead, Erik Seidel/Dan Smith, and Andy Bloch/Jesus Ferguson. Yes< Jesus small-cashed in another event and teamed up again with ex-Full Tilter Andy Bloch.
2018 WSOP - Event #55 $1,000 Tag Team NL
Prize Pool: $928,800
Final Table Results:
1. Giuseppe Pantaleo (Germany) $87,902
1. Nikita Luther (India) $87,901
2. Sho Mori (Japan) $36,201
2. Hiroki Iwata (Japan) $36,201
2. Kazuki Ikeuchi (Japan) $36,202
3. Manig Loeser (Germany) $25,599
3. Peter Weinand (Canada) $25,599
3. Joelle Parenteau (Canada) $25,599
4. Joanne Milburn (USA) $18,337
4. Alexander Rocha (USA) $18,338
4. Megan Milburn (USA) $18,337
5. Carlos Caputo (Brazil) $19,968
5. Gabriel Neto (USA) $19,968
6. Yijie Zhang (USA) $9,792
6. Adam Lamphere (USA) $9,793
6. Ao Chen (USA) $9,792
7. Francis Mariani (USA) $7,302
7. Salah Levy (USA) $7,303
7. Lance Garcia (USA) $7,302
8. Bon Koo (USA) $8,282
8. Bienvenido Caballero (USA) $8,281
9. Kelly Minkin (USA) $4,232
9. Haixia Zhang (USA) $4,232
9. Loni Harwood (USA) $4,233
Event #59 NL Super Turbo Bounty - Final Results
Ship it to the Philippines!
Terminator time. Mike Takayama destroyed the final table in Event #59. No one could figure out a way to stop the pro from the Philippines. Takayama went the distance and made history in the process.
The final table in Event #59 included players from Italy, United Kingdom, Philippines, and Germany. The Philippines had yet to send a winner to Las Vegas... until Mike Takayama stepped inside the Rio.
Germany's Oliver Rusing was the first player to exit the final table when he went out in ninth place. Jack Duong made another final table, but he'll have to wait another day to win his second bracelet. Duong was dunzo in eighth place. Elizabeth Montizanti was the seventh player out. Kav Shabbir went super deep, but he busted in sixth place. Spence Baker was smoked in fifth place. Great Britian's Stevel Jelinek's run ended in fourth place.
When Matt Smith busted in third place, it set up a final bout between Italy and Philippines. Lorenc Puka lost heads-up to Mike Takayama.
Puka earned $122,627 for a runner-up finish. Mike Takayama banked $198,568 for first place.
Mike Takayama won his first bracelet but also won the first bracelet for the Philippines. Congrats to Takayama! They will be naming cities and libraries in the Philippines after him. The Philippines has become a massive hub for poker in the last few years.
Jens Thomsen bubbled the final table in tenth place.
Notables who cashed in the Super Turbo Bounty event included... Michael Moore, Vojtech Ruzicka, Mario Lopez, Jeff Madsen, Gavin O'Rourke, Erik Cajelais, Greg Raymer, Shaun Deeb, Tim West, Mike Watson, Jason Wheeler, Antoine Labat, Jeff Hakim, Porter Lambert, Jon Tuner, Joe Serock, Kevin Eyster, JJ Lui, and Stan Lee.
2018 WSOP - Event #59 NL Super Turbo Bounty
Prize Pool: $1,858,500
Final Table Results:
1. Mike Takayama (Philippines) $198,568
2. Lorenc Puka (Italy) $122,627
3. Matthew Smith (USA) $88,938
4. Steve Jelinek (U.K.) $65,145
5. Spencer Baker (USA) $48,196
6. Kavish Shabbir (USA) $36,019
7. Elizabeth Montizanti (USA) $27,193
8. Jack Duong (USA) $20,743
9. Oliver Rusing (Germany) $15,988