Ali Imsirovic rivered a set of kings to double into the chip lead late in level nine and never looked back as he maneuvered his way to the $180,000 first-place prize and the title in Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
With the win, Imsirovic moves into second place in the PGT standings with 1,020 points, just 46 points behind Nick Petrangelo for first and 161 points ahead of third-place Sean Perry.
After a back and forth battle with Arden Cho for the better part of three levels, Imsirovic eliminated John Krpan to burst the money bubble and take the chip lead into the final table of nine.
2013 WSOP Final Tableist Sylvain Loosli was the short stack entering the final table and would see his tournament end when his queen-ten ran into the king-two of Cary Katz. A king on the flop was all she wrote for Loosli, and he walked away with $18,000 for a day’s work.
Imsirovic would score his first elimination of the final table minutes later when his pocket tens bested the pocket eights of Johan Guilbert to send the Frenchman home in eighth place for $24,000 and give Imsirovic almost half the chips in play.
Playing in her third ever tournament, Cho would be the first to cross the one million chip mark but couldn’t get anything going after that as she would fall in seventh place when she ran her ace-six into the pocket queens of Sam Soverel. An ace of the flop looked to give Cho new life, but Soverel spiked a queen on the river to send the Teen Wold star home with $30,000.
Six-handed play would last for over an hour as Imsirovic ran his stack up to over half the chips in play, mainly by applying pressure to the short stacks in the room. Sergio Aido was the first to take a stand against the chip leader, but his pocket nines would go down in flames as Imsirovic’s ten-seven would turn trips to send the Spaniard out the door in sixth place for $36,000.
Imsirovic would hold 61% of the chips in play after the elimination, but after doubling up Sean Winter and Matas Cimbolas twice would see his chip lead fall to just 2.770 million before he found the counter punch. Imsirovic left Winter with just 30,000 chips and gathered 70% of the chips in play when his pocket queens bested Winter’s pocket fours.
Winter was left with just a single small blind and was all-in from the small blind the next hand but flopped a straight and watched Cary Katz head out the door in fifth place when Cimbolas ace-nine bested katz’s king-queen. Katz walked away with $48,000 but could do nothing but shake his head as Winter held just three bib blinds after the triple.
Winter’s luck would run out soon after when he ran his ace-deuce of clubs in the pocket aces of Cimbolas to hit the rail in fourth place and take home $60,000.
Imsirovic would score his third elimination of the final table moments later when his pocket fives held against Soverel’s king-ten of diamonds to send the fellow high-stacks regular to the curb in third place for $84,000.
Cimbolas struck first in heads-up play scoring the double to just over two million chips when his ace-king best the pocket tens of Imsirovic. A full house on the turn looked to give Cimbolas momentum but an untimely bluff
a few hands later would unravel the newfound chips.
Cimbolas would find himself with a pot-sized bet left on the river with the board reading and would move all-in. Imsirovic shrugged his shoulders, flicked in the call, and when Cimbolas tabled , Imsirovic tabled for a pair of tens to send the Lithuanian home in second place for $120,000.
The 60-entrant feild in Event #3 was the highest turnout thus far during and with two high rollers left on the scheduled on March 7th, and 8th action is slated to heat up as the tournament series comes to a close. The PokerGO Live Reporting Team will be on-site both days starting at 2:00 pm.
Wynn High Roller Event #2 Results
|1st||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||$180,000|
|3rd||Sam Soverel||United States||$84,000|
|4th||Sean Winter||United States||$60,000|
|5th||Cary Katz||United States||$48,000|
|7th||Arden Cho||United States||$30,000|
Matas Cimbolas opened to 175,000 and Ali Imsirovic called.
The flop fell , and Imsirovic checked. Cimbolas continued for 100,000, and Imsirovic called.
The dealer burned and turned the , and Imsirovic checked. Cimbolas bet 450,000 and Imsirovic called.
The river completed the board, and Imsirovic checked. Cimbolas used a time extension and moved all-in for 1,425,000. Imsirovic used a time extension of his own and called.
Cimbolas tabled for six-high, and Imsirovic tabled for a pair of tens to eliminate Cimbolas in second place for $120,000.
Matas Cimbolas was all-in for 1,045,000 and Ali Imsirovic called.
The board ran out , and Cimbolas turned a full house to double.
Ali Imsirovic opened to 125,000 on the button, and Sam Soverel three-bet the small blind to 600,000 with approximately 200,000 behind. Imsirovic called.
The flop fell , and Soverel checked. Imsirovic bet 250,000, and Soverel called all-in.
The turn gave no help to Soverel, and when the river completed the board, Soverel was eliminated in third place for $84,000.
Sean Winter was all-in for approximately 200,000, and Matas Cimbolas called.
The board ran out , and Winter was eliminated in fourth place for $60,000.
Ali Imsirovic opened the button to 500,000, and Sam Soverel called in the small blind with 60,000 behind.
The flop fell , and action checked through.
The dealer burned and turned the Soverel moved all-in, and Imsirovic called.
The river completed the board, and Soverel doubled.
Cary Katz opened shoved his last 360,000 from under the gun, and Sean Winter was all-in for his last 30,000 from the small blind. Matas Cimbolas was in the big blind and called.
The board ran out , Winter flopped a straight to triple, and Cimbolas’s ace-high held to eliminate Katz in fifth place for $48,000.
30,000 / 60,000
Big Blind Ante
Ali Imsirovic opened the button to 100,000 and Sean Winter three-bet the big blind to 465,000 with 30,000 behind. Imsirovic called.
The board ran out , and action checked through on every street.
Winter tabled for a pair of fours, but Imsirovic tabled for a pair of queens to collect the pot.
Ali Imsirovic opened to 100,000 from under the gun, and action folded to Matas Cimbolas in the small blind, he moved all-in for 250,000. Imsirovic called.
The board ran out , and Cimbolas rivered a full house to double.
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