It was not a lazy summer Sunday in Las Vegas at the WSOP. Big bucks, bling, and blasphemy was on the line. Two more bracelets were up for grabs at the Rio Casino, but everyone was talking about the $2,500 NL event. The big story of the day, and probably all weekend, was that Jesus had a shot at his seventh bracelet, but he blew the chiplead in Event #43 $2,500 NL and fizzled out in fourth place. Meanwhile, Timur Margolin from Israel went all the way to win his first bracelet and a heady score in excess of a half a million bucks.
During the first three weeks of the WSOP, Jesus Ferguson rattled off a slew of min-cashes with one final table appearance in Stud. It wasn't too much to sneeze at, considering Jesus was the reigning WSOP Player of the Year. Any time Jesus goes deep in an event, the haters come out of the woodwork to root for anyone else but the man in the black hat. It's hard not to jump on that bandwagon, especially after the baffling, weak-ass apology video Jesus uploaded shortly before the start of the 2018 WSOP.
Jesus advanced to his second final table of the summer in Event #43 $2,500 NL. It marked his tenth cash this series. And as expected, the haters showed up en masse in the digital world... on forums, social media, the cash game tables, and on the rail. The vitriol accumulated overnight when action was suspended and this event needed a fourth day of action to determine a champion. On Sunday, the world found out if Jesus Ferguson was going to win his seventh bracelet, or if he was going to blow the lead and whiff on another shot at the bling. Much to the delight of the haters… Jesus was picked off in fourth place.
Event #43 $2,500 NL - Final Results
Sometimes you get redemption in Las Vegas. It doesn't happen frequently, but when it does... it's a thing of beauty.
Timur Margolin finished in second place in the same event -- $2,500 NL -- in 2015. The Israeli pro lost heads-up to Matt O'Donnell and survived a final table that included Andy Black, Jeff Gross, and Andre Akkari. Not too many players get a chance to avenge a heads-up lost in the same WSOP event, but that's what happened to Margolin and he didn't squander the opportunity when he final tabled Event #43 $2,500 NL. Margolin picked off Jesus Ferguson, got heads-up for the bracelet, and went on to win the tournament, his first-ever bling, and avenge an old demon from three summers ago.
When play was suspended at the end of Day 3 on Saturday night, Jesus Ferguson bagged up the most chips with 6 remaining. Pros Ryan Laplante and Dylan Linde were still left in the hunt, but they were short-stacked. Also still alive were Mike Marder, Ismael Bojang, and Timur Margolin.
On Sunday, short-stacked Ryan Laplante couldn't pull off the miraculous comeback and was the first player to bust on Day 4. Laplante was dunzo in sixth. Dylan Linde followed suit in fifth place.
With four to go Jesus Ferguson held the lead until a cooler by Timor Margolin. Pocket Queens beat down Jesus' tens. Set over set. Margolin doubled up and Ferguson lost the lead. And that was the beginning of the end for Jesus. Ferguson's run ended with a fourth-place elimination at the hands of Margolin. Jesus walked away with his biggest cash of the summer for $161,371. Jesus cashed ten times with two final tables and a pair of fourth-place finishes.
American Mike Marder busted in third place. It got down to Timur Margolin against Ismael Bojang. Almost $200K separated first from second place.
Austria's Bojang had to settle on a runner-up finish and $313,444. Margolin banked a little more than $507K for first place. Margolin lives in Israel with his family and he was born in the Ukraine. The pro binked his first bracelet.
This $2,500 NL event attracted 1,248 runners. The prize pool topped $2.8 million. Only the top 188 places paid out.
Seth Davies bubbled off the final table in tenth place. Denmark's Frederik Jensen busted in 11th place and narrowly missed a final table. Podcaster and self-proclaimed nit, Andrew Brokos busted in 12th place.
Several notables went deep in this event and finished in the Top 50. That group included... Seth Davies, Andrew Brokos, Javier Fernandez, David Peters, Paul Trigo, Anatoly Filatov, Alex Keating, Faraz Jaka, Taylor Paur, Chance Kornuth, Glenn Miller, and Chino Rheem.
And other familiar faces who cashed in Event #43 included... Bakes Baker, Sam Stein, Elizabeth Myers, Justin Young, Blair Hinkle, Kyle Montgomery, Tony Dunst, Peter Eichhardt, Dutch Boyd, Maurice Hawkins, Kahle Burns, Jeff Gross, Jake Schwartz, Michel Abecassis, Scott Haze, Harry Lodge, Thiago Nishijima, Nick Schulman and Bruno Lopes.
2018 WSOP - Event #43 $2,500 NL
Prize Pool: $2,808,000
Final Table Results:
1. Timur Margolin (Israel) $507,274
2. Ismael Bojang (Austria) $313,444
3. Michael Marder (USA) $223,564
4. Chris JESUS Ferguson (USA) $161,371
5. Dylan Linde (USA) $117,894
6. Ryan Laplante (USA) $87,189
7. Jeff Hakim (USA) $65,284
8. Andre Haneberg (Austria) $49,498
9. Josh Bergman (USA) $38,009