2018 World Series of Poker: Main Event Final Table Is Set

Please do not post any private information unless you want it to be available publicly. Heinz rushed over to the rail to be mobbed by his fans and the celebration had officially begun. Cookies help us deliver our services. Since , CardPlayer has provided poker players with poker strategy , poker news , and poker results. An awkward moment lingered briefly as neither side had reason to erupt just yet.

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Heinz flatted in the big and off they went heads up. The dealer spread out , and Staszko continued out with the same three million. Heinz took pause to stare across the felt for a minute. He then made the call after about 30 seconds. The turn paired the board with the and Staszko checked this time. Heinz checked it back and the filled out the board. Staszko led back out with 4. It was at least a couple minutes before he grabbed at his chips and he decided to make a big raise to Another couple minutes later, the call came from Staszko, and it was a good one.

Staszko's kings up were plenty good to win him the pot and he moved into the lead with He then earned more chips after busting Lamb in third place on the nd hand of the final table. Lamb moved all in for Staszko called from the big blind after waking up to the. The heads-up match between Staszko and Heinz saw Staszcko with the lead at first. From there, things would go back and forth over the following hands.

Over the course of the duel, Heinz was by far the more aggressive player. He kept constant pressure on Staszko in order to chip away hand after hand. There was one problem though, Heinz kept finding spots to give Staszko back a ton of chips and let him right back into the match.

The common pattern seemed to be win, win, win, win, win, then one big loss to set it all back. Heinz made a couple of bad calls against Staszko that caused him to fall well behind and he seemed to be fading. Every time Heinz would start to chip back up, Staszko would whack him right back down the ladder. Then, on Hand , it was time to rock and roll for Heinz in order to get the bracelet right back in his grasp. Staszko limped in from the button and Heinz raised to 7.

Staszko called it pretty quickly, the flop came and Heinz continued out with 8. The Czech was having none of it, though, and he raised to He spent a few moments thinking, then leaned back in his chair and sipped his water as he pondered.

He shuffled chips for a bit, then leaned back over the rail to shoot a glance across the felt. A few seconds later, he announced his all-in reraise for about 70 million total!

Now it was Staszko with the decision, and he doesn't normally tank for the camera. Indeed, the call came just a minute later and the cards were on their backs with Heinz at risk. The ace-queen was indeed the best hand, but Staszko was drawing live to the clubs and the nines left in the deck.

The turn was the. Camp Heinz burst into another celebration as their guy was just one card away from a monster double. He just needed to fade Staszko's draws. The river was black, but it was the , and Heinz and his rail enjoyed a big celebration together. After that hand, heinz was back in commanding lead with Just a handful of hands later, all of the money went in preflop after Staszko shoved the button for Heinz called with the and this had the potential to be the end of it all.

The flop came down and Staszko whiffed. The turn did give him a gutshot along with his live cards, but the on the river couldn't produce what he needed.

The stage exploded in a frenzy of noise. Heinz rushed over to the rail to be mobbed by his fans and the celebration had officially begun. For Staszko, it's the end of a long, hard run. He really did play some fantastic poker for the past two sessions, and going back into July for that matter.

When the dust settled, though, his run came up just one place short of a spot in poker's history books. The first bracelet will have to wait for now, but Martin Staszko is certainly a name you're going to be seeing again. This year, for the first time, it's all coming to you in real time on minute delay. Every tense pause, every cheer from the crowd, every decision, every ounce of agony, every hand.

It's a very different dynamic. It's going to change things. I think everyone will have people working for them. I have some really talented players who'll be conveying information to me. Some will be close to the table, some will be at home. On Sunday, at 3: Then, at 9 p. All told, 18 hours of broadcast time have been earmarked for the WSOP, if that much is needed, a monumental block for any sporting endeavor.

The importance will pale only to that of the '03 broadcast, because in the toughest year the poker world has known, as so many televised poker franchises closed shop, the WSOP and broadcast partner ESPN are expanding coverage instead of collapsing it.

They're gambling on the maturation of the viewer. The way we've presented the product in the past, you don't have to know much about the game. This will be a different experience. The guessing game and the analysis happening after the hands, versus talking you through the situations as you're watching them. Are people going to love this or hate this? I'm prepared for some of both. White was impressed by Volk's plan for live event coverage. We viewed poker in that same light. We did not want to get caught being flat-footed.

This was a chance, with a good idea, to move forward. Martin Staszko will hold the chip lead when play resumes on Sunday, but the year-old has some tough competition at the final table. There will be 34 minutes, 57 seconds left in Level 36 blinds: The changes come in a transitional time for poker. Since the advertising money that had paid for so many shows was gone, most poker television couldn't survive.

Despite the events of what's come to be known as Black Friday, though, White wasn't deterred. White and Stewart recognized the risks. It was the edited version of the WSOP that brought the event to its heights in popularity, but when experiments with a minute delay broadcast during the summer returned good ratings results, White and ESPN were convinced that real-time broadcasting was the way to go. So of course we wanted to jump at the chance for more exposure and more authenticity.

We think they'll do even better with live, which is their DNA. For Stewart, the changes weren't just about grabbing a new opportunity, but also about evolution. There wasn't a compelling reason to consume the flagship broadcast. We wanted to re-engage the core. That's kind of classic market speak, but it's sincere. In a time where many poker shows are being cancelled and it's a transition period for the industry, we couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Poker is always fighting for credibility and poker has often been positioned as an infomercial, a documentary. That means you don't get much exposure outside the broadcasts. Part of that is just practical: Who's going to cover poker? Beat writers on poker because it's a TV program.

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