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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Final Three Agree to a Chop, Hyung Cho is the Winner!


After a few failed attempts throughout the final table, a deal was struck between the final three players. Hyung Cho will take home the lion's share of the prizepool and the trophy, while Bike regulars Sean Yu and Massoud Eskandari add another big scores to their stacked resumes.

Scroll down for a breakdown of the chop, and congratulations to all three players on their big results!

1. Hyung Cho - $46,595
2. Massoud Eskandari - $45,455
3. Sean Yu - $43,910

Yu Doubles Through Eskandari

Massoud Eskandari raised it up on the button, and Hyung Cho called. Sean Yu moved all in, and Eskandari immediately moved all in over the top. Cho shot out of his chair and was not happy to open fold pocket nines, but it would prove to be the right decision.

Yu: [Ad][Kd]
Eskandari: [Qd][Qc]

Yu immediately jumped out to the lead on the flop of [As][Ks][6c], and he would hold the lead on the [4h] turn and [Jd] river.

The final three are once again looking at the numbers for a chop.

Sohale Kahlili Eliminated in 4th Place ($20,315)


Sohale Kahlili moved all in with [Ad][Qs], and he was flipping [6c][6h] of Massoud Eskandari. The board ran down [10h][9h][9s][8h][7s], and Eskandari made an unnecessary straight to knock out Kahlili.

That leaves us three handed.

Cho Gets Lucky to Double Into the Chip Lead

Sean Yu raised it up to 500,000 from the cutoff, and Massoud Eskandari flatted on the button. From the small blind, Hyung Cho moved all in for 5,700,000. Yu moved all in over the top, and Eskandari released his hand.

Yu: [As][Ks]
Cho: [Ad][10h]

The flop of [Kd][Qc][3h] gave Yu top pair, but also gave Cho an extra out, as a jack would now get him a straight. Sure enough, the [Js] came right on the turn, meaning that Yu could only catch a ten on the river for a chop now. That didn't happen, and Cho doubled up to nearly 12,000,000, while Yu tumbled down to 4,500,000.

Victor Shalom Eliminated in 5th Place ($16,215)


Victor Shalom got his short stack in holding [8d][8h], and he was in rough shape against the [As][Ac] of Massoud Eskandari. The board ran out [Qs][Jh][5d][7s][Ks], and the aces held for Eskandari to get us to four handed play.

The final four have once again stopped the clock to take a look at the numbers.

What's on Tap: Start of Mega Millions XIX

Tomorrow, we start the biggest event of the series, and the marquee tournament of the Bicycle Casino, the Mega Millions Event! Over the next week and a half, players will be competing in two dozen starting flights leading up to the massive Day 2 finals, where players can buy-in directly for $4,300.

The action kicks off tomorrow with three starting sessions. For the 11:30 AM and 4 PM flights, the buy-in will be $160, and the top 5% will make the finals. At 2 PM, it will be a $550 session where the top 10% will be advancing.

In March, poker pro Ari Engel took down the 18th installment of the Mega Millions, earning a whopping $315,412. Will you be the next champion? Come join us to find out!

Exact Chip Counts From the Final Five

The final five took a look at the numbers, but a deal couldn't be struck, so we carry on. The benefit is that now we have the exact chip counts of the remaining players, which you can see below.

75,000-150,000 Average 5,760,000

Sean Yu - 8,265,000
Sohale Khalili - 7,490,000
Hyung Cho - 6,300,000
Victor Shalom - 3,975,000
Massoud Eskandari - 3,130,000

Ryan Daut Eliminated in 6th Place ($12,955)


Ryan Daut moved all in for 1.1 million on the button, and Sean Yu called in the big blind with [Js][8s]. He was happy to see he was dominating the [8c][6c] of Daut, and the hand was all but over after the flop came [Jc][10d][3h]. Daut did pick up a six on the turn, but he wouldn't get another on the river.

The final five players are taking at a look at the numbers for a chop now.

Shalom Doubles Through Yu

Victor Shalom has been the quietest player at the table so far, both in terms of talking and number of hands played. However, he just got a double up when his [Ah][10d] held against the [Ad][8h] of Sean Yu. Shalom flopped a ten, and though Yu picked up a gut shot straight draw on the turn, he didn't complete it on the river.

This leaves us six handed. As of yet, there haven't been talks of a chop yet.

Hermilo Vargas Eliminated in 7th Place ($10,225)


Action started with Hermilo Vargas moving all in for 2.9 million from early position. It folded around to Sean Yu in the big blind, and he asked for a count. A few moments after getting it, he called for most of his chips.

Vargas: [9d][9c]
Yu: [Ad][Qs]

The flop of [10s][6d][4d] was safe for Vargas, but the [As] on the turn changed everything. A six on the river completed the board, knocking Vargas out in 7th place.

Cho Doubles into the Chip Lead

Action started with Hyung Cho raising to 320,000 from early position. Ryan Daut called, and from the small blind, Sean Yu moved all in, having both players covered. Cho called all in, and Daut quickly flashed Ace-Queen before he folded.

Yu: [9c][9h]
Cho: [Kc][Kh]

The board ran down [Ad][Js][5c][4c][Ah], and Daut let out a chuckle, saying he would have called Yu's shove if Cho didn't.

Regardless, Cho doubled up to over eight million, while Yu is down to 1.4 million.

Updated Counts From the Final Seven

Blinds: 60,000-120,000 Average: 4,100,000

Sohale Khalili - 6,800,000
Sean Yu - 5,100,000
Ryan Daut - 4,500,000
Hyung Cho - 4,200,000
Hermilo Vargas - 3,500,000
Massoud Eskandari - 2,700,000
Victor Shalom - 1,800,000

Ben Achraf Eliminated in 8th Place ($7,840)


Ben Achraf moved all in from under the gun for a bit over a million, and Sohale Khalili called next to act. We were off to the races, as Achraf held [7d][7h] to the [Ad][Jd] of Khalili. The race didn't last long, as the flop of [Kc][Qd][10s] gave Khalili a broadway straight. Achraf was drawing dead by the turn, and Khalili vaulted back into the chip lead with that pot.

Daut Hits Two Outer to Double Through Khalili

Sohale Khalili looked set to win another huge pot with a monster hand, as he had Ryan Daut dominated in a preflop altercation, [Ah][As] to [10d][10c]. Daut started to collect his things after the flop of [Kd][Qc][5d], but the [10s] on the turn made him sit back down. The [3h] completed the board, and Daut scored a big double up nearly five million, while Khalili is down to about the same stack.

Jongpil Choi Eliminated in 9th Place ($5,690)


Hyung Cho was quickly able to bounce back when he secured a double up through Ryan Daut when his pocket aces held against the queens of Daut. A few hands later, Cho would raise it up, and Jongpil moved all in next to act. It folded back around to Cho, who called with [As][6c]. Choi was in great shape with [10c][10s], but it wouldn't last long, as the flop came down [Ad][8h][5c].

Choi wasn't able to spike a ten, and he was sent to the rail in 9th place.

Shalom Doubles Through Cho

Victor Shalom moved all in for just over a million from under the gun, and in the small blind, Hyung Cho tanked for about 90 seconds before calling for half his stack.

Shalom: [As][Jc]
Cho: [Kc][10h]

The flop of [Jh][2h][5c] shot Shalom into a big lead, and Cho wasn't able to catch up from there, sending the double up over to Shalom , who now sits on 2.3 million.

Cards in the Air: $345 Bounty Event

It's time to kick off the afternoon event here today, the $345 Bounty Event. All palyers in this tournament will have a $100 bounty on their heads. Registration will be open until 7 PM today. Good luck bounty hunters!

Khalili Scores Huge Double Through Yu

After a raise from Ben Achraf on the button, Sohale Khalili reraised to 600,000 from the small blind. In the big blind, Sean Yu moved all in, having both players well covered. Achraf folded, and Khalili took just a couple of moments before he dropped in a call to create the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

Khalili: [Ks][Kd]
Yu: [9h][9d]

The board ran down '6s][4c][3d][6c][2h], and Khalili scored the double up to over 7.5 million, making him the new chip leader.

Official Event #3 Final Table Photo




Front Row (left to right) - Massoud Eskandari, Hermilo Vargas, Hyung Cho, Jongpil Choi

Back Row (left to right) - Sean Yu, Sohale Kahlili, Ben Achraf, Ryan Daut, Victor Shalom

Chad Norhiem Eliminated in 10th Place ( $3,740)


Chad Norheim surely thought he'd be in great shape to double up his short stack when he got it all in preflop with pocket kings, but unfortunately for him, Hermilo Vargas had him one upped with pocket aces. The board would bring two paint cards, but neither was a king, and Vargas would score the first knockout of the final table.

Final Table Photos and Updated Counts

Seat 1: Hyung Cho - 2,400,000

Seat 2: Jongpil Cho - 1,400,000

Seat 3: Victor Shalom - 1,400,000

Seat 4: Ryan Daut - 4,750,000

Seat 5: Ben Achraf - 2,700,000

Seat 6: Sohale Khalili - 2,950,000

Seat 7: Sean Yu - 6,350,000

Seat 8: Massoud Eskandari - 3,300,000

Seat 9: Hermilo Vargas - 1,700,000

Seat 10: Chad Norheim - 1,050,000

New Counts From the Final 12

The latest eliminations can be viewed below. Each of these players won $3,265 today.

13. Mark Jun
14. Nicole Schwartz
15. Ari Engel

Here is how the final 12 currently stack up.

Table 1

Seat 1: Hermilo Vargas - 1,450,000
Seat 2: Chad Norheim - 1,200,000
Seat 3: Edvin Setaghian - 540,000
Seat 4: Ben Achraf - 2,700,000
Seat 5: Victor Shalom - 1,500,000
Seat 6: Ryan Daut - 4,900,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Sean Yu - 5,400,000
Seat 2: Sohale Khalili - 3,100,000
Seat 3: Jongpil Choi - 1,400,000
Seat 4: Hyung Cho - 2,600,000
Seat 5: Beau Winn - 1,100,000
Seat 6: Massoud Eskandari - 3,400,000

LOP Event #3 Return List

Fresh Counts From the Final 15

We just lost Mohsin Charania (18th), Roberto Valdez (17th), and Jesse Yaginuma (16th), meaning everyone left has secured a pay jump $3,265. Sean Yu has taken the chip lead with 4.4 million, and it appears he got a lot of those chips from start of day chip leader Beau Winn, who is under one million right now.

Scroll down for updated counts from everyone still in, as we look to crown another big winner here at the Bicycle Casino.

Table 1

Seat 1: Hermilo Vargas - 1,200,000
Seat 2: Ari Engel - 1,200,000
Seat 3: Edvin Setaghian - 1,050,000
Seat 4: Jongpil Choi - 1,850,000
Seat 5: Ben Achraf - 2,400,000
Seat 6: Victor Shalom - 940,000
Seat 7: Ryan Daut - 4,200,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Sean Yu - 4,400,000
Seat 2: Sohale Khalili - 1,200,000
Seat 3: Nicole Schwartz - 600,000
Seat 4: Beau Winn - 950,000
Seat 5: Chad Norheim - 900,000
Seat 6: Massoud Eskadandari - 2,700,000
Seat 7: Mark Jun - 2,400,000

Latest Round of Bustouts

Below you will see the last few players eliminated last night, along with today's first causality, Ubaid Habib. Habib, Daniel Vampar, and Anthony Marquez all took home $2,475, while these three won $2,160.

22. Oldrich Miklik
23. Peter Hengsakul
24. Avi Sarfati

Lastly, these three all won $1,845.

25. Arnold Melikyan
26. Peter Cross
27. Eli Lowenthall

Seating Chart for the Final Two Tables

We just lost Ubaid Habib in 19th place on the first hand of the day, getting us down to the final two tables. Below you will see a seating chart of those tables. We will post updated chip counts for all players left when we hit the next pay jump at 15 players.

Table 1

Seat 1 - Hermilo Vargas
Seat 2 - Jesse Yaginuma
Seat 3 - Ari Engel
Seat 4 - Hyung Cho
Seat 5 - Edvin Setaghian
Seat 6 - Jongpil Choi
Seat 7 - Ben Achraf
Seat 8 - Victor Shalom
Seat 9 - Ryan Daut

Table 2

Seat 1 - Sean Yu
Seat 2 - Sohale Khalili
Seat 3 - Nicole Schwartz
Seat 4 - Roberto Valdez
Seat 5 - Beau Winn
Seat 6 - Chad Norheim
Seat 7 - Massoud Eskandari
Seat 8 - Mohsin Charania
Seat 9 - Mark Jun

Cards in the Air: $30,000 Guaranteed Deepstack

It's time to kick off another day of action here at the 2018 Legends of Poker! Our first event today is a $30,000 Guaranteed Deepstack event! players will start with 20,000 in chips, and the buy-in is just $240!

This is a one day event, and the structure can be seen here. Good luck all!

Play Ends for the Night with Beau Winn Leading the Final 19

After twelve hours of play, we have just 19 players moving on to Day 3 of the $200,000 Guaranteed Event. Mark Jun held the chip lead for most of the second half of the day, but a late surge saw Beau Winn (pictured below) bag the most chips with 4,160,000. That is more than a million more than the next player, Ryan Daut (3,120,000).   Also still alive and vying for the title tomorrow is the most recent Mega Millions champion Ari Engel (1,540,000), as well as notables Sean Yu (1,320,000), Mohsin Charania (1,190,000), and Massoud Eskandari (945,000), amongst others.

The action picks up again tomorrow at 1 PM, where we will play down to a winner. That player will take home over $68,000, so be sure to come back tomorrow for all of your updates, as we crown another champion here at the 2018 Legends of Poker.

Good night everyone!

Beau Winn - chip leader