Event #45: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
Event #45: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Paul Lieu Leads Final Table in Ante Only Event

• Level 18: 0-0, 4,000 ante
Paul Lieu
Paul Lieu

In a short day of play Event 45 $1,500 Ante Only Day 2 has completed. At the start of this day 71 hopefuls were looking to grab a bracelet and first place money of $201,399. Everyone today received a minimum of $2,581. After less than 18 levels, the tournament has reached its final 9 players. Those nine players can get a good night sleep as they will be coming back tomorrow at 12:45 pm PST.

The player with the most impact and most chips heading to the final table is none other than Paul Lieu. He leads the others with 579,000. He gained the chip lead in one of the last hands of the night. He called three times when Chris Moorman bet and won with top pair by the river. Second in chips is Ben Volpe (523,000). The other notable finalist were Chris Moorman (279,000), and Blair Hinkle (182,000).

Unfortunately not all the notable players coming into today made it to day 3. Players that finished outside the final table were: Daniel Idema (49th), Gabriel Nassif (38th), Allen Cunningham (21st), David Williams (18th), David Vamplew (16th), Aaron Massey (12th), and Tommy Vedes (10th).

The final nine players will return tomorrow and they will all look to be the second Ante Only champion in the history of the WSOP. The final table seats and stacks are posted. Check out the live reporting on PokerNews tomorrow as the final 9 players play to a winner with each trying to claim the Ante Only Gold Bracelet.

Tommy Vedes Eliminated in 10th place ($12,054)

• Level 18: 0-0, 4,000 ante
Tommy Vedes
Tommy Vedes

Tommy Vedes pushed all in after Louis Bonnecaze limped. Everyone else folded and Bonnecaze insta-called.

Vedes: {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Bonnecaze: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}

Vedes dumped all his chips as they fell over. He did have some hope however on the flop of {9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{8-Clubs}.He needed another nine. The turn was the {6-Hearts}. The last card for the night would be dealt the {j-Diamonds}. Vedes was eliminated and he took 10th place for $12,054.

Tommy Vedes us Busted

Queens Good For Lieu

• Level 18: 0-0, 4,000 ante

Chris Moorman opened the pot with a bet of 17,000, and was called by Paul Lieu and Daniel Johnson. The flop came down {Q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{5-Spades}, as Moorman threw out a continuation bet of 45,000. Only Lieu made the call, as the {j-Clubs} fell on the turn. Moorman didn’t slow down, as another big bet of 75,000 made its way into the middle. Lieu made the call after a short pause, as the {6-Diamonds} completed the board.

Moorman slowed down, opting to check, as Lieu quickly checked behind.

“Queen is good,” said Moorman.

“Show me that it’s good,” replied Lieu.

Moorman reluctantly tabled his {k-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for a busted flush, before Lieu casually rolled over his {A-Clubs}{q-Clubs} to take down the hand.

Paul Lieu us 580,000 305,000
Chris Moorman gb 280,000 -187,000

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Unofficial Final Table Seat Draw

YorkshirePud • Level 18: 0-0, 4,000 ante

With the elimination of Joshua Macciello in 11th place, the final 10 players have redrawn and are seated on the unofficial final table of Event #45. One more elimination is required before play ends for the night and the final table become official.

Here's how they currently line up.

1Blair Hinkle
2Adam Stone
3Tommy Vedes
4Paul Lieu
5Samuel Panzica
6Ben Volpe
7Daniel Johnson
8Horacio Chaves
9Chris Moorman
10Louis Bonnecaze

Chips counts will be updated shortly.

Joshua Macciello Eliminated in 11th Place ($12,054)

• Level 18: 0-0, 4,000 ante
Joshua Macciello
Joshua Macciello

After a few limps Joshua Macciello moved all in for less then 100,000. Dan Johnson who was the original limper went all in himself. The rest folded and the cards were tabled.

Macciello: {a-Hearts}{6-Spades}
Johnson: {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}

Macciello was behind and the board was not kind to him as it came {k-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{8-Spades}{q-Clubs}{8-}. Macciello shook his opponents hand and left out the door.

Joshua Macciello Busted

Moorman Takes More From Hinkle

YorkshirePud • Level 18: 0-0, 4,000 ante

Chris Moorman opened to 9,000 and only Blair Hinkle called. The high-stakes pair shared a {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop. Moorman picked up chips worth 14,000 and made a continuation bet. Hinkle paused ever so briefly before raising to 35,000. Moorman sat motionless, considering all of his options before settling on a call.

The {A-Clubs} turn card was checked by Moorman and Hinkle checked behind. The flush-completing {4-Hearts} was greeted by a 47,000 bet from Moorman, which sent Hinkle into the tank for over 90 seconds. Hinkle eventually emerged and did so with a fold.

Chris Moorman gb 467,000 72,000
Blair Hinkle us 187,000 -53,000

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