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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Congratulations to Steve Jun, Winner of the Cardplayer Main Event!

On the final hand of the event, Duey Duong got his final chips in preflop holding [Ad][Jc], only to run into another monster hand held of Steve Jun, [Kc][Ks]. The board ran down [Js][8d][2h][Qd][2s], and the pair of jacks wasn't good enough for Duong, who took home $97,000 exactly after the two made a deal before heads up play began.

The night, however, belongs to Steve Jun, who will take home over $149,735, and will also be featured on the cover of the next Cardplayer magazine! Congratulations again to Jun, and thank you to everyone who came out for the Main Event here this week!

We will see you guys once again in December for the latest WSOP Circuit stop!

Brandon Zuidema Eliminated in 3rd Place ($52,080)

Duey Duong raised it up, and after losing a decent chunk of his stack to Steve Jun, Brandon Zuidema moved all in. Duong called with [As][Qh], and he was ahead of the King-Jack of Zuidema. The board ran down [Qd][Jh][5h][6d][10c], and top pair was good enough for Duong to take down the pot, and get us to heads up play.

Jun has a nice lead on Duong, holding about 14 million to the six million of Duong.

Said El Harrak Eliminated in 4th Place ($39,235)

Said El Harrak raised it up, and Steve Jun three bet it from the big blind. El Harrak moved all in, and Jun snap called with [Ah][As]. El Harrak shook his head as he tabled [Kc][Qc], and he would need a ton of help to survive. He would get some help on the [Qs][6h][4h] flop, and even more help on the [Kh] turn. Jun could still win with an ace, heart, six, or four, and the [Ac] came on the river to give Jun a winning set.

The final three players are now taking a look at the numbers.

Updated Counts From the Final Four

Blinds: 60,000-120,000

Steve Jun - 7,800,000
Duey Duong - 4,150,000
Said El Harrak - 3,950,000
Brandon Zuidema - 3,800,000

Duong Doubles Through El Harrak

We saw yet another big coin flip all in preflop, with Duey Duong holding [Ad][Ks] to the [6d][6c] of Said El Harrak. Duong shot out to the lead after the flop came [As][4d][5s], and he would keep the lead on the [5h] turn and [Jh] river.

Duong gets a much needed double up, while El Harrak takes a tumble back down to under four million.

Jim Collopy Eliminated in 5th Place ($29,640)

Jim Collopy raised to 250,000, and Steve Jun reraised to 950,000. Collopy made the call, and the flop came down [Ah][8s][6h]. Jun bet 675,000, Collopy called, and the [Ac] came on the turn. Both players checked that card, and the [4d] completed the board. Jun thought for about 15 seconds before moving all in, and Collopy rechecked his hole cards before slamming in a call with [Ad][Qd].

Unfortunately for him, Jun had him just outkicked with [As][Kh], and the king played, giving him a huge pot, and knocking out arguably the most dangerous player left in Collopy.

Fresh Counts From The Final Five

Blinds: 50,000-100,000

Said El Harrak - 5,000,000
Brandon Zuidema - 4,550,000
Steve Jun - 4,500,000
Jim Collopy - 3,600,000
Duey Duong - 1,460,000

Michael Wasserman Eliminated in 6th Place ($22,475)

Michael Wasserman raised from middle position, and in the big blind, Brandon Zuidema moved all in, having Wasserman covered. Wasserman thought for about a minute before making the call, and once again, we were off to the races.

Wasserman: [As][Qc]
Zuidema: [7d][7s]

The board came down [Js][9h][6h][5h][4h], and with neither playing holding a heart, the sevens were good enough to earn Zuidema the victory.

Wasserman Doubles Through Collopy

Michael Wasserman got his final one million in preflop holding [Kh][10h], and he was flipping against the pocket nines of Jim Collopy. Wasserman shot out to the lead on the window card of a flop of [Qc][10s][3s], and Wasserman would then catch running kings to improve to an unnecessary full house.

This doubles him up to over two million, while Collopy loses a decent chunk of his big stack on that play.

Beau Winn Eliminated in 7th Place ($17,530)

Beau Winn moved all in for about 800,000 total, and from the small blind, Brandon Zuidema called to put him at risk.

Winn: [6d][6s]
Zuidema: [Kh][Qc]

The flop of [4h][3s][2s] was clean for Winn, as was the [Ac] on the turn. However, the [Kd] on the river gave Zuidema a winning pair of kings, and sent a disappointed Winn to the rail in seventh place.

Fresh Counts on Break

Blinds: 40,000-80,000

Jim Collopy - 4,500,000
Brandon Zuidema - 3,800,000
Said El Harrak - 3,700,000
Duey Duong - 3,300,000
Steve Jun - 2,700,000
Michael Wasserman - 1,100,000
Beau Winn - 790,000

Collopy Scores Big Double on the River

Catching up with the action on the turn, with the board reading [9s][8d][2h][10s], Jim Collopy checked to Brandon Zuidema, who bet out 385,000. Collopy responded with a check raise all in for 1.44 million more, and Zuidema thought it over for a couple of minutes while talking to himself occasionally before he made the call.

Zuidema: [Jh][Jc]
Collopy: [Kh][10h]

It was a great call for Zuidema, but the deck didn't cooperate, as the [Ks] hit the river to give Collopy a winning two pair. Collopy jumps into the chip lead with that pot, while Zuidema takes a big hit to his stack.

Winn Doubles Through El Harrak

After losing most of his chips in the double up to Duey Duong, Bean Winn shoved all in preflop for around 300,000. Said El Harrak was the only caller with [Jh][10h], and he was dominated by the [Ks][10s] of Winn. The flop of [As][Ac][6]d changed nothing, but the [Jc] on the turn changed everything. Winn needed a king or queen to survive now, and he got just that with the [Qc] river.

Winn gets a much needed double up, while El Harrak takes the smallest of dents to his stack.

Eric Jeffries Eliminated in 8th Place ($13,680)

Steve Jun raised to 125,000, and next to act, Jim Collopy called. Right after him, Eric Jeffries moved all in for 835,000. It folded around to Jun, who thought for about 20 seconds before moving all in over the top. Collopy look frustrated as he folded his hand, but was happy once Jun tabled his. 

Jun: [As][Ac]
Jeffries: [8s][8d]

Jeffries would pick up a few more outs on the [6c][5d][4c] flop, but that was all the help he would get, as the board finished out [9s] and [2c].

This get us down to our final seven players. As of yet, there haven't been any talks of a deal.

Duong Doubles Through Winn

Duey Duong moved all in from early position for his final 840,000, and in the big blind, Beau Winn made the call with [As][Kh]. He was flipping against the [9c][9h], and the flop brought plenty of action, coming down [Qs][9s][5s]. This gave Duong a set, but also gave Winn the nut flush draw. The turn [4c] and river [10d] gave no more help to Win, who shipped a decent chunk of his stack over to Duong.

Derek Kwan Eliminated in 9th Place ($10,465)

Derek Kwan moved all in preflop, and next to act, Jim Collopy moved all in over the top. Everyone else folded, and we were off to the races, as Collopy held [4h][4d], while Kwan had [Ad][Jd]. The board ran down [6s][5h][3h][6d][3d], and Collopy's fours held up to get us down to the final eight.

Jeffries Doubles Through El Harrak

After a raise from Said El Harrak, Eric Jeffries moved all in for his final 810,000. El Harrak quickly called with [Jh][Js], and he was ahead of the [Ad][8d] of Jeffries. However, the lead flipped after the flop came [As][Qc][3h]. El Harrak was looking for a jack now, but the board finished out [10h] and [6h], sending the double to Jefries.

Final Table Seating Chart and Player Photos

Seat 1: Derek Kwan - 495,000

Seat 2: Jim Collopy - 1,905,000

Seat 3: Eric Jeffries - 860,000

Seat 4: Michael Wasserman - 1,355,000

Seat 5: Beau Winn - 1,070,000
Seat 6: Said El Harrak 5,020,000

Seat 7: Duey Duong - 955,000

Seat 8: Brandon Zuidema - 6,700,000

Seat 9: Steve Jun - 1,530,000

Adam Geyer Eliminated in 10th Place ($7,615)

Adam Geyer was on the sever short stack when he got his final chips in holding [Ks][10s], and he was dominated by the [Kh][Qd] of Steve Jun. The board came down [8d][5c][2c][Kc][Js], and the queen kicker played for Jun, who gets us down the final table of nine.

Players are now taking a short break while the final table live stream is set up. Stay tuned for photos from all nine remaining players coming shortly!

Updated Seating Chart for the Unofficial Final Table

Seat 1: Derek Kwan - 500,000
Seat 2: Jim Collopy - 2,000,000
Seat 3: Eric Jeffries - 940,000
Seat 4: Michael Wasserman - 1,200,000
Seat 5: Beau Winn - 980,000
Seat 6: Said El Harrak 5,100,000
Seat 7: Duey Duong 1,000,000
Seat 8: Brandon Zuidema - 6,700,000
Seat 9: Adam Geyer - 325,000
Seat 10: Steve Jun - 1,100,000

Massoud Eskandari Eliminated in 11th Place ($7,615)

Massoud Eskandari got his final chips in preflop holding [Ad][Qd], and he was flipping against the pocket eights of Said El Harrak. The board ran down seven high, and the eights held up for El Harrak.

The final ten players are now redrawing to one table. We will post an updated seating chart shortly.

Harvey Alegado Eliminated in 12th Place ($7,615)

Harvey Alegado lost a good chunk of his stack to Brandon Zuidema before he moved all in preflop holding pocket sixes. He was dominated by the pocket jacks of Michael Wasserman, and the board of [9h][7h][7s][8s][4c] was good for Wasserman, who gets us down to the final 11 players.

Once we get down to the final table, we will post photos and updated chip counts for all those left!

Joldis Cosmin Eliminated in 13th Place ($6,355)

Joldis Cosmin moved all in preflop holding [As][Kc], and he was in a classic coinflip against the [5h][5d] of Said El Harrak. The board ran down all low cards, coming [6c][2h][2d][3s][4h], and El Harrak made an unneeded straight on the river to add to his chip lead.

Jordan Cristos Eliminated in 14th Place ($6,355)

In a carbon copy of the hand just reported, Jordan Cristos was all in preflop holding Ace-Jack, and this time it was Brandon Zuidema who had the dominating queens. Unlike the last hand however, Zuidema ended the hand right away when the flop came [Qs][Qc][6c], giving Zuidema quads, and sending the former Legends of Poker champion to the rail.

Ruslan Evloev Eliminated in 15th Place ($6,355)

Ruslan Evloev got his short stack in preflop holding Ace-Jack, and he was in bad shape against the pocket queens of Jim Collopy. Evloev caught top pair with a jack on the flop, but wouldn't improve from there, and the ladies were good enough for Collopy to drag a nice pot.

Jarod Einsohn Eliminated in 16th Place ($5,395)

After a raise to 90,000 from Brandon Zuidema, Jarod Einsohn reraised all in for 400,000. In the small blind, Michael Wasserson made the call, and Zuidema called as well. The two players would check down until the river on a board of [Qs[7s][6h][Ah][4h], where Zuidema fired 380,000. Wasserson quickly folded, and Zuidema showed pocket fours for a rivered set.

Einsohn could only shake his head as he rolled over two eights, and he was sent to the rail first.

Day 3 Finals Now Underway

The final 16 players have taken their seats, and we are ready to get the action going once again! All players remaining have locked up at least $5,395, with a $1,000 pay jump coming at the next elimination.

Said El Harrak leads the way, but he has a stacked lineup of players trying to chase him down. Click here for a full list of chip counts for today, and stay tuned for updates throughout the day, until a winner is decided!

Said El Harrak - chip leader 

Cards in the Air: $100,000 Guaranteed Deepstack

We kick off the final day of the 2018 Big Poker Oktober with our one day $100,000 Guaranteed Event! Registration is open until just before 3:30 PM, and there is no re-entry allowed, so make your one bullet count!

If you can't join us for this event, we have a $365 Survivor Event at 5 PM today!

The $100,000 Guaranteed Deepstack Starts in an Hour

It's the final day of the 2018 Big Poker Oktober, and in addition to the final day of the Main Event, we also have two more events starting up today. The first is our $245 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed one day event! There is no re-entry in this event.

At 5 PM, we have a $365 Survivor Event where the top 10% will all be taking home $3,000. Come join us!

Play Ends with Said El Harrak in the Lead

We are down to just 16 players left in the Cardplayer Main Event, and Said El Harrak leads the pack with 2,320,000. Right behind him is Brandon Zuidema, a good friend of Andrew Wisdom, who won this very event last year. Also still alive are Beau Winn, Massoud Eskandari, Jim Collopy, Adam Geyer, Jordan Cristos, and Jarod Einsohn.

The final day kicks off tomorrow at 2 PM, with the final table streaming on Live at the Bike. We will be back then to bring you all of the updates, so don't miss out on it!

RankPlayerChip Count
1Said El Harrak2,320,000
2Brandon Zuidema2,315,000
3Harvey Alegado1,900,000
4Eric Jeffries1,620,000
5Beau Winn1,610,000
6Michael Wasserman1,415,000
7Mike Eskandari1,365,000
8Derek Kwan1,360,000
9Steve Jun1,265,000
10Duey Duong1,130,000
11Jim Collopy940,000
12Adam Geyer870,000
13Joldis Cosmin790,000
14Ruslan Evloev765,000
15Jordan Cristos490,000
16Jarod Einsohn455,000

Said El Harrak - 2,320,000

Brandon Zuidema - 2,315,000

Harvey Alegado - 1,900,000

Two Eliminations Before Play Wraps Up

Players are bagging up their chips now, with just 16 players remaining. We have lost Andrei Moldovon in 18th place, and Wang Jae Lee in 17th place. We will post a full list of chip counts and photos of a couple of the big stacks shortly.

Full Seating Chart for the Final 18

Table 1

Seat 1: Massoud Eskandari - 1,120,000
Seat 2:  Jim Collopy - 1,100,000
Seat 3: Said El Harrak - 1,400,000
Seat 4: Andrei Moldovan - 220,000
Seat 5: Joldis Cosmin - 1,250,000
Seat 6: Adam Geyer - 860,000
Seat 7: Jarod Einsohn - 1,100,000
Seat 8: Brandon Zuidema - 1,300,000
Seat 9: Jordan Cristos - 660,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Eric Jeffries-  1,550,000
Seat 2: Beau Winn - 1,450,000
Seat 3: Ruslin Evloev - 700,000
Seat 4: Duey Duong - 1,450,000
Seat 5: Derek Kwan - 1,150,000
Seat 6: Michael Wasseron - 700,000
Seat 7: Harvey Alegado - 1,900,000
Seat 8: Steve Jun - 1,100,000
Seat 9: Jay Le - 350,000