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Buckley Out, McKeehen Wins 2015 WSOP Main Event

The 2015 WSOP Main Event champion, Joe McKeehen.
The 2015 WSOP Main Event champion, Joe McKeehen.

Heads-up didn’t last long.

Nothing could stop Joe McKeehen at the final table. McKeehen started the heads-up match with a nearly 4-to-1 lead and just kept chipping away at Josh Beckley, one million at a time.

It took just 12 hands for McKeehen to finish off Buckley and seven of those hands ended without a flop.

In the last hand of the tournament, Beckley moved all-in for 19.4 million and McKeehen called. It was a $3.2 million coinflip after McKeehen showed A T to Beckley’s 4 4.

Everything fell in McKeehen’s favor this tournament though and the flop Q T 5 flop was no different.

The turn brought a 5 and a few gasps from audience but the J came on the river to give Joe McKeehen the title of WSOP Main Event champion.

Beckley won $4,470,896 for the runner-up finish while McKeehen won the bracelet and $7,783,346.

1 – Joe McKeehen - $7,683,346
2 – Josh Beckley - $4,470,896
3 – Neil Blumenfield - $3,398,298
4 – Max Steinberg - $2,615,361
5 – Ofer Zvi Stern - $1,911,423
6 – Tom Cannuli - $1,426,283
7 – Pierre Neuville - $1,203,293
8 – Federico Butteroni - $1,097,056
9 – Patrick Chan - $1,001,020

Joe McKeehen Winner2

The turn scared McKeehen.

Joe McKeehen Winner3But he emerged victorious.

Neil Blumenfield Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,398,298)

Neil Blumenfield
Neil Blumenfield

Neil Blumenfield was down to his last 12 million when he moved all-in.

Josh Beckley had raised to 2 million from the button and Joe McKeehen re-raised to 5.4 million from the small blind. Blumenfield moved all his chips in and only McKeehen called.

Blumenfield turned over 2 2 but McKeehen had his pair beat with Q Q. The board ran T 7 4 4 K and Blumenfield’s Main Event run came to an end.

“Now I just want to spend a nice night with the love of my life,” Blumenfield said.

Blumenfield, who works in software, says there are a lot of similarities between software and poker.

“Only really the top 10 percent cash and even then, there’s only like 1 or 2 percent that actually make any real money,” Blumenfield said.

“There are lots of ups and downs too and you just need to focus and keep moving forward.”

Blumenfield said that when it came poker, he was “as average as they come.”

“I think a lot of people wrote me off because they saw the hand histories and judged my mistakes from July,” Blumenfield said.

“But Levahot beat those mistakes out of me and even if a 61-year-old guy with no PHD in math can learn this game, then a lot of people can.”

Blumenfield took home $3,398,298 for his finish while Joe McKeehen started the heads-up match with 155 million to Josh Beckley’s 37 million.

Neil Blumenfield Elim2

Neil Blumenfield and his rail hoping for salvation.

Neil Blumenfield Elim

The deuce never came.

Headsup

Joe McKeehen and Josh Beckley are heads-up for the title. 

Level
39
Blinds
500000/1000000
Ante
150000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1

Beckley Bumping Up

Josh Beckley
Josh Beckley

Josh Beckley nearly doubled up without a double up.

Beckley started the day with 24 million and is now at about 45 million. A few of those chips came from Neil Blumenfield, but most came from Joe McKeehen.

In one hand, Beckley raised to 2.5 million from the button and Blumenfield re-raised to 6 million. Beckley moved all-in and Blumenfield folded.

A few hands later, Beckley took down the largest pot of the day.

Beckley raised to 2.5 million from the small blind and McKeehen called from the big blind. The flop came T 7 6 and Beckley bet 1.9 million.

McKeehen called and a 6 came on the turn. Beckley bet out 3.6 million and McKeehen called again.

The 5 completed the board and Beckley put out a final bet of 6.2 million. McKeehen thought, called and then mucked when Beckley showed A 6 and took down the 29 million chip pot.

The hand put McKeehen back to his start-of-day stack with about 128 million while Blumenfield became the tournament short stack.  

Level
39
Blinds
500000/1000000
Ante
150000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1

One More Day

Joe McKeehen has had the chip lead for months, but can he hold on to it for one more day?

If he can, he’ll become the newest WSOP Main Event champion and win $7.7 million.

With 128 million chips --nearly two-thirds of those in play-- McKeehen is just 65 million chips away from the title.

He’ll have to fight Neil Blumenfield and Josh Beckley for them though.

Blumenfield is currently second in chips with 40 million, but he has the most vocal and visually coordinated rail.

McKeehen fans have no uniform attire and Beckley’s railbirds are wearing matching shirts. The Blumenfield rail also has matching shirts, but they also have matching fedoras.

They’ve also started chanting “fear the fedora.”

Beckley, with 24 million, is the tournament short stack and will be facing 500,000/1,000,000 blinds.

All three players are already guaranteed $3.4 million, but they're fighting for the title of world champion and the $7.7 million payday that comes with it.

Level
39
Blinds
500000/1000000
Ante
150000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1

Max Steinberg Eliminated in 4th Place ($2,615,361)

Max Steinberg
Max Steinberg

A short-stacked Max Steinberg had been pushing his chips around for a while but was getting no callers.

Then, after Joe Mckeehen raised to 2 million from under-the-gun, Steinberg moved all-in for 16.5 million from the big blind. McKeehen called with a dominating A Q to Steinberg’s A J.

The 9 7 5 flop brought no help for Steinberg and neither did the 8 on the turn or the 3 on the river.

Steinberg was eliminated in 4th place and McKeehen got his first elimination of the day.

Players will have to wait until tomorrow for more eliminations though.

The tournament stopped with three players and they’ll be returning at 6 p.m. tomorrow to play down to champion.

Steinberg and Rail

Steinberg and his rail as his final board hits the felt. 

Steinberg fans

Max Steinberg spent a lot of time interacting with fans after his elimination. 

Level
38
Blinds
400000/800000
Ante
100000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1

Zvi Stern Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,911,423)

Zvi Stern
Zvi Stern

 After doubling up Josh Beckley, Zvi Stern was chipped down a bit further before he nearly moved all-in.

“Stern is all-in,” the announcer said. But then the dealer corrected him.

Stern bet 11.5 million and left himself with just 425,000. Neil Blumenfield raised from the big blind and Stern called all-in.

Stern turned over A J but was dominated by Blumenfield’s A K. The 7 5 3 kept Blumenfield in the lead and then a K came on the turn to pair his king.

The river was a Q and Stern was eliminated from the 2015 Main Event.

Stern, who was from Israel, was the last member at the final table not from the United states.  

Stern said poker isn’t as common in Israel but he hopes to see more of the game in his home country.

He also said that his slow play, which drew criticism, started out as a joke and he thought it was funny to some people.

Later on in the tournament though, Stern said that he had to consider a lot of possibilities since every decision was incredibly important.

As for our eventual champion, Stern thinks the man who took him down can take the whole thing down.

“There’s one guy there who has the most spirit and really wants it bad,” Stern said. “I think [Neil’s] more dangerous than you  guys think. I’ll be rooting for him.”

The elimination pushed Blumenfield past 31 million and after he won a few more pots, Blumenfield jumped into second with 40 million.

While Blumenfield took a pot off Joe McKeehen, our chip leader has continued to rise and is over 100 million.

Stern Hug

Stern is now rooting for Blumenfield to take it down. 

 

Level
38
Blinds
400000/800000
Ante
100000

Beckley Doubles, Rises to Second

Josh Beckley and his rail celebrating.
Josh Beckley and his rail celebrating.

After Thomas Cannuli’s elimination, Josh Beckley was the tournament short stack with just about 10 million.

Now Beckley is sitting in second place with 42 million.

After taking down a few small pots, Beckley doubled up through Zvi Stern. Action folded to Stern on the small blind and the Israeli player moved all-in.

Beckley quickly called and turned over A A to Stern’s 9 9.

Aces didn’t fare so well for Cannuli, but they did the job for Beckley.

The board was a lowly 7 2 5 3 2 and Beckley doubled up to 30 million.

After that, Beckley took a big pot off of Max Steinberg to take over second place. In that hand, Beckley raised to 1.9 million from the small blind and Steinberg called from the big.

The flop came Q 6 J and Beckley bet 2.1 million. Steinberg called and a T came on the turn.

Beckley upped the bet to 3.8 million and Steinberg called again. A J completed the board and Beckley bet 10.1 million.

Steinberg thought for some time but decided to fold.

The hand put Beckley up to 41 million while Steinberg dropped to 23 million.

While Beckley’s new stack was good for second place, it was still about half of Joe McKeehen’s tack.

Beckley’s been on the rise, but no one’s been able to touch McKeehen yet.

Level
38
Blinds
400000/800000
Ante
100000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1

Thomas Cannuli Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,426,283)

Thomas Cannuli
Thomas Cannuli

Just like yesterday, a player was eliminated on the second hand of the day.

But for the first time this November Nine, Joe McKeehen wasn’t responsible for the elimination.

In the second hand of play, Thomas Cannuli raised to 1.4 million from under-the-gun and Max Steinberg moved all-in for about 20 million from the big blind.

Cannuli only had 10 million and called all-in. While Cannuli had the shorter stack, he had the stronger hand.

Steinberg tabled T T while Cannuli turned over A A. Cannuli went in between his two rails and held on to them for emotional and pokeral support.

The audience gasped and Cannuli shut his eyes after the flop came J 6 T to give Steinberg a set of tens.

The turn brought a Q to give Cannuli an inside-straight draw but an 8 on the river ended his tournament.

Steinberg chipped up to about 31 million while Cannuli became our 6th place finisher.

“You can get unlucky,” Cannuli said. “Don’t be a baby about it.

"It’s over and done with, the hand, you can’t take it back. I’ll move forward.

“It’s back to the grind for me." 

Cannuli also said he’s confident he’ll be back at the final table and his crowd cheered. Then some of them got yelled at for smoking and they left.

Cannuli Elim

Cannuli, hoping to dodge a 10.

Cannuli Elim5

That painful feeling when your aces get cracked at the WSOP ME final table.

Cannuli Elim2

"Don't be a baby about it."

Level
37
Blinds
300000/600000
Ante
75000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1

Shuffle Up and Deal

Duncan Bastin and Yvonne Betts
Duncan Bastin and Yvonne Betts

Cards are in the air.

While the 2014 WSOP World Champion announced yesterday’s shuffle up and deal, a charitable couple announced today’s.

Daniel Negreanu has been very active when it comes to donating and fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Las Vegas.

The hospital is a leading cancer research facility and also researches other life-threatening diseases that affect children.

One of the fundraising prizes was the chance to come and announce the shuffle up and deal today. Duncan Bastin and Yvonne Betts won that prize and took the microphone before cards hit the air.

“Here’s one thing women don’t say often,” one of the announcers said. “Let’s hurry it up a bit guys.”

The joke fell painfully flat on the crowd. Perhaps they want their guy to stay in for as long as possible. There’s $7.7million for whoever lasts longest.

“Shuffle up and deal,” Bastin and Betts said.

After a few minutes of delay for the TV cameras, play started.

Models ESPN
Level
37
Blinds
300000/600000
Ante
75000

Day 9 Ready to Go

Day 9 is about to begin.
Day 9 is about to begin.

We’re back for another day of play at the 2015 World Series of Poker.

Only six players remain and Joe McKeehen is still in the lead with nearly half the chips in play. McKeehen made the final table with the largest lead in November Nine history and his lead was never in peril yesterday.

McKeehen dealt all three eliminations yesterday and now the final six are guaranteed $1,426,283. The next elimination will guarantee players nearly another $500,000. After that, we’ll need another few eliminations to end the day. Play is scheduled to last until we have three players and then they’ll return tomorrow at 6 p.m. to play to a winner.

The rest of the players are battling to stay afloat. Zvi Stern is second in chips but has nearly a third of McKeehen’s stack. That stack is still worth about 54 big blinds. Neil Blumenfield is two big blinds behind Stern while Joshua Beckley and Thomas Cannuli are the short stacks with about 18 big blinds each.

Play will resume on level 37 with 300,000/600,000 blinds and a 75,000 ante.

Spectators are starting to flood into the Penn and Teller Theater, ESPN cameras are getting shots of cheering players and a small squad of models in fluffy bichromatic headdresses and sparkly bikinis are taking pictures with fans.

These are all signs that the November Nine is about to start.

Level
37
Blinds
300000/600000
Ante
75000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
Event Name $10,000 WSOP Main Event
Venue Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 5 July 2015
Final Day 8 November 2015
Buy In $10,000
Entrants 6420
Prize Pool $60,348,000
First Prize $7,680,021
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 50/100
Level 2 0 100/200
Level 3 0 150/300
Level 4 25 150/300
Level 5 50 200/400
Level 6 50 250/500
Level 7 75 300/600
Level 8 100 400/800
Level 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 200 600/1200
Level 11 200 800/1600
Level 12 300 1000/2000
Level 13 400 1200/2400
Level 14 500 1500/3000
Level 15 500 2000/4000
Level 16 500 2500/5000
Level 17 1000 3000/6000
Level 18 1000 4000/8000
Level 19 1000 5000/10000
Level 20 2000 6000/12000
Level 21 2000 8000/16000
Level 22 3000 10000/20000
Level 23 4000 12000/24000
Level 24 5000 15000/30000
Level 25 5000 20000/40000
Level 26 5000 25000/50000
Level 27 10000 30000/60000
Level 28 10000 40000/80000
Level 29 10000 50000/100000
Level 30 15000 60000/120000
Level 31 20000 80000/160000
Level 32 30000 100000/200000
Level 33 40000 120000/240000
Level 34 50000 150000/300000
Level 35 50000 200000/400000
Level 36 50000 250000/500000
Level 37 75000 300000/600000
Level 38 100000 400000/800000
Level 39 150000 500000/1000000
Level 40 200000 600000/1200000
Level 41 200000 800000/1600000
Level 42 300000 1000000/2000000
Level 43 400000 1200000/2400000
Level 44 500000 1500000/3000000
Level 45 500000 2000000/4000000
Level 46 500000 2500000/5000000
Level 47 1000000 3000000/6000000

Joe McKeehen
wins
$7,683,346

$10,000 WSOP Main Event

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Joe McKeehen $7,683,346
2. Joshua Beckley $4,470,896
3. Neil Blumenfield $3,398,298
4. Max Steinberg $2,615,361
5. Ofer Zvi Stern $1,911,423
6. Tom Cannuli $1,426,283
7. Pierre Neuville $1,203,293
8. Federico Butteroni $1,097,056
9. Patrick Chan $1,001,020
10. Alexander Turyansky $756,897
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