Event 31, No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed - Live Updates

Day 3 Live Updates

06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 - Final Table - Italy Strikes Again! Minieri Wins

Dario Minieri
Magnificent Minieri!

Several hands after the unlikely suck-out with 4-3, Dario Minieri has written himself into the WSOP history books by beating Seth Fischer in heads-up play.

In the final hand of the tournament Dario Minieri bet $125,000 and Fischer moved all-in. Minieri flipped over Q Q while Fischer would need some help with K T.

The board ran out A A 5 2 3 and gave the definitive checkmark to the Pint-Sized Poker Pugilist.

After getting so close to winning a major poker tournament in his native Italy at EPT San Remo, Minieri has done his countryman proud by winning Event 31. He will receive $528,418 for coming in first while Seth Fischer will receive $330,519 for coming in second.

Congratulations to everyone that played in Event 31!

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$5,060,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 – Final Table – Super Dario with the Super Suck-out

Seth Fischer
Seth Fischer = Stunned.

Dario Minieri’s omni-present aggression just about cost him dearly but instead has put him in the spot to win this tournament.

In the pivotal hand Fischer bet $180,000 and Minieri moved all-in but Fischer immediately called. Fischer flipped over a powerful K K while Minieri flipped over a slightly underwhelming 4 3.

Minieri would need a miracle from the board if he wanted to avoid busting.

As it turned out that’s just what he got as the board came J 8 2 4...4!

The large Italian cheering squad went crazy and suddenly Minieri had re-taken the chip lead with approximately $3 million chips.

Minieri is within striking distance of his first WSOP bracelet.

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$2,530,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 – Final Table – Justin Filtz Felted (Third), Heads-up Begins

Dario Minieri
Bracelet in sight!

In the last hour of play we’ve seen Dario Minieri’s stack go up and down like a rollercoaster (so nothing new there) and the eventual elimination of Justin Filtz in what you might call a bad beat.

In the fateful hand Filtz pushed all-in and Seth Fischer quickly called. Filtz stood up and gave a victorious fist-pump, which could only mean one thing – the dreaded pocket rockets.

In fact, the players flipped over:

Filtz: A A

Fischer: A K

Fischer would need a miracle as we headed to the board. The flop came K J 9 which gave Fischer a few more outs. Suddenly Filtz wasn’t smiling quite as much. The tension in the room was palpable as the dealer turned… K!

The Fischer supporters went crazy while Filtz could only give a weak smile at his bad fortune. The river came J and sealed the deal.

Fischer moves on to heads-up play while Filtz moves on to the rail. He will receive $214,139 for coming in third.

Heads-up Battle Royale!

We’re in for one hell of a finale folks with the uber-aggressive Dario Minieri facing off against dark horse Seth Fischer.

Here are the chip stacks as the players head into battle (courtesy of the folks at www.worldseriesofpoker.com):

1. Seth Fischer $2.8 million
2. Dario Minieri
$2.3 million

 

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$2,530,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 - Final Table - The Three Amigos

Dario Minieri, Seth Fischer and Justin Filtz have all returned from their dinner break and are ready to settle this "winning a bracelet" business.

Will Minieri be able to regain control of the chip lead or will Fischer or Filtz sweep in and steal the bracelet. Stay tuned...

Here's a look at the chip counts (courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com) as we start up again:

1. Seth Fischer $2.5 million
2. Dario Minieri
$1.7 million
3. Justin Filtz
$1.2 million

 

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,686,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 - Dinner For Three

Dario Minieri
In good, out bad!

Three handed play in the six-handed event has turned into quite the epic battle. Over the past hour Dario Minieri has lost his lead and the three combatants are in a virtual dead heat.

They are headed on a dinner break following the end of this level and with all three both rising and falling between the $2 million and $1.5 million range it's anybody's bracelet.

Minieri had a stranglehold on the lead for the entire day, but lost his grip thanks to a huge hand with Justin Filtz in the past hour.

All three players limped into the A 10 2 flop before Dario led out with a $105,000 bet. Seth Fischer got out of the way before Filtz shoved. Dario tanked for a minute or two, but emerged making the call.

It was Q J for Dario and Filtz looked as good as dead holding the 5 3. Both had gutshots and flush draws, although Dario's was bigger and Justin was left praying for any non-diamond low card to hit and make him a hand.

When the 4 fell on the turn it was all he needed to make his wheel and Dario was the one praying for a jack or any diamond on the next and final street.

The 4 river didn't do it and with the double up Filtz was up to $1.5 million and he fist pounded his buddies on the rail as Dario was left to be consoled by Italian players Max Pescatori, Luca Pagano and Claudio Rinaldi, who have been around the ESPN stage to support Minieri throughout the match.

Since the big hand the chip lead has traded hands a few times with Minieri and Fischer both hovering between the $1.5 million and $2 million mark. That is until Fischer stole another pot from Minieri on a Q 7 3 flop and crept up to $2.25 million.

Dario has $2 million and Filtz $1.2 million as they head into the break.

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,686,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 - Dario Down

Seth Fischer
Fischer fighting.

While we are still three handed, Seth Fischer has leapfrogged Justin Filtz to take over second spot and courtesy of a strange play by Dario Minieri he's now in contention for the bracelet.

The big hand between the two began with a $90k raise from Minieri which was re-raised by Fischer up to $275.

Dario took his time re-raising that bet putting another $305,000 in the middle. But when Fischer showed he was ready to play for it all and pushed in, Dario folded.

Having $580k in the pot already, Minieri must have been making a pretty gutsy play at the pot with rags considering it was only another $580k to call. His lead is now just a slim one.

The players have taken a 20-minute break with Minieri still in the lead sitting on $2.5 million. Fischer has a little over $2 million and Filtz is the shortest stack holding just $850,000.

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,686,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 - He's Back!

Kevin Song
Out of tune!

The Dario Minieri we all know and love has returned to the final table. The Team PokerStars Pro is pushing raises across the line just about every hand and not even looking at his cards the odd time. We're now down to three and Minieri looks destined to bring home the title.

Song Sung (4th)

We're three handed now and Kevin Song is headed to the cage to cash $141,983 after he was picked off by chip leader Dario Minieri.

Song made it $75,000 from the button and Minieri came over the top asking for $155,000 total.

Song sat back and pushed all in for the $640k sitting in front of him. Minieri called and his A 8 had the lead over Song's K J. Song didn't get much help from the flop but picked up a gutter on the turn. Minieri caught an ace on the end and any hopes for a second Song bracelet were over.

Filtz Flips

Justin Filtz picked a good time to pick on Dario Minieri and has struck back to climb within shouting distance of the leader.

Flitz limped the small blind before Minieri, added a $72,000 raise to the proceedings.
Filtz made the call and the flop came Q 10 2.
Filtz checked allowing Minieri to lead out for $140,000. Suddenly and decisively, Filtz moved in and Minieri snap-called.

It was K 10 for Filtz putting his tournament life on the line against Minieri's A K gutter. The 9 was of no value to either but the K hit them both. Filtz's two pair was best and he had doubled through Dario getting his stack in the $1.3 million range.

Almost Two

Justin Filtz and Seth Fischer get it all in pre flop and both players have ace-queen. Filtz has Fischer covered and has the Q so when the flop comes down containing three clubs, Fischer has to sweat a fourth one for his tournament life.

It never comes and they chop the pot.

Here's the latest chip counts courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Dario Minieri $3.29 million
Justin Filtz
$1.27 million
Seth Fischer
$566,000

 

Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,686,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 - ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

Dario Minieri has a reputation as one of the most aggressive players on the planet. But that reputation is in jeopardy right now.

Since we went four handed, play has grinded to a halt. Event Super Dario seems content to sit on the big stack he's built already and wait for his three opponents to make a mistake.

We've seen only a handful of flops, turns and rivers over the past hour, each checked down with the type of aggression more remindful of a lamb than a lion.

Dario maintains his massive lead with $2.4 million in chips. Kevin Song has $834,000 while Justin Filtz and Seth Fischer have around $770k each.

We'll keep updating you on the action, or lack thereof, as things progress from inside the Amazon Room.

But for now we're going to hit the rails at the ESPN final table area where more than one guest was seen dozing off as he watched this final. Was it too much Milwakee's Best Light or just a sleeper of a final table? Your guess is as good as ours.

Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,265,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 - Hold On Tight!

Dario Minieri
Hopping barrels on the way to WSOP gold.

While the action has curtailed a little from the first hour, things are moving at just the right pace for Dario Minieri. The Team PokerStars Pro has continued to pad his lead and is inching ever closer the WSOP immortality.

Super Dario

Minieri fired out a $70,000 raise from the small blind and Seth Fischer decided to make the call. The flop came A Q 6 and Minieri brought out a big $100,000 gun firing another shell. Fischer made the call sending us to the 3 turn.

Dario hit the brakes this time and Fischer checked as well before the 3 river fell.

A fearless Minieri fired again making it $250,000 to go post river and Fischer could not help but call with more than $600k in the middle.

Fischer had pocket kings, but they were cracked by a Minieri ace.

Count Machine 

Here's the latest count courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Dario Minieri $2.9 million
Kevin Song 
$894,000
Seth Fischer
$771,000
Justin Fitz 
$760,000

 

Level
20
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,265,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
06/18/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 31 - Six-Handed Goes Four

John O'Shea
O'Shea beer ponged!

We're down to four now in the six-handed final. Justin Filtz's range is beginning to look like any two as he's playing more pots than anyone else and is creeping up on the chip leaders.

Filtz's Fury

Justin Filtz has been the most active player on the felt in the early going, but finally ran into a wall in the first big hand of the day.

From the button Seth Fischer made it $40k but Filtz re-raised from the big blind making it $140k.

Forced to mmake a big decision, Fischer made the biggest of them all pushing his entire stack.

Filtz considered his options for quite some time before finally letting it go.

Marshak Marked (6th)

Kevin Song put a $47,000 bet in before the flop and Justin Filtz and Dario Minieri both made the call.

Stuart Marshak looked down at his holdings and came shoving up for the paltry sum of $160k.

Song sent his two into the muck, but Filtz repopped. Super Dario dropped his hand and we went heads up to the flop with Marshak riding Q J for his tournament life.

Filtz held kings and the kings held on a Q 9 3 2 2 board.

For sixth Marshak grabbed $73,784.

No Luck for the Irish (5th)

After Seth Fischer raised it up to $55,000, Kevin Song and John O'Shea both called. Three handed now, the flop fell A 5 2 and O'Shea checked.

Fischer led out for $110,000 and after Song passed, O'Shea decided it was now or never. He shoved, Fischer called and it was on! O'Shea would need some serious help with 4 2 for bottom pair and the gutshot while Fischer held A 9. The A turn made Fischer an even bigger favorite and the Q river ended the tournament for the Irishman.

O'Shea will take home $98,923.


A Journey Through The Chip Counts

Here's the latest chip counts courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Dario Minieri $1.9 million
Kevin Song
$1.08 million
Justin Filtz
$924,000
Seth Fischer
$758,000
  
Level
20
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$1,012,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
Event 31, No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-06-16
Final Day
2008-06-18
Buy In
$2,500
Entrants
1012
Prize Pool
$2,327,600
First Prize
$528,418

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Dario Minieri $528,418
2 Seth Fischer $330,519
3 Justin Filtz $214,139
4 Kevin Song $141,983
5 John O'Shea $98,923

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