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2024 World Series of Poker

Event #27: $1,500 Big O

Giorno 3 completo

Michael Christ "Gets Lucky" On His Way to Winning Event #27: $1,500 Big O

Livello 33 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
Michael Christ
Michael Christ

The third and final day of Event #27: $1,500 Big O at the 2024 World Series of Poker has concluded. After three long days, the winner of his first gold bracelet and the top prize worth $306,884 is Michael Christ.

There were 1,555 entries into this tournament, creating a prize pool of $2,075,925 with 234 players making the money. There were 20 players left in the field to start Day 3, with Christ beating Matthew Beinner heads up.

Final Table Resuts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Michael ChristUnited States$306,884
2Matthew BeinnerUnited States$204,601
3Dylan LindseyUnited States$146,595
4Eduardo LezcanoUnited States$106,315
5Matthew BretzfieldUnited States$78,056
6Damjan RadanovUnited States$58,025
7Tomoki MatsudaJapan$43,681
8John BunchUnited States$33,035

Notable Day 3 Exits

Legend of the game Sammy Farha was one of the 20 players to make it to Day 3, but Farha’s great run ended when he was eliminated in 11th place after Farha’s kings lost to Matthew Beinner aces in a three-way all-in preflop hand.

Bracelet winner Nathan Gamble also made it to Day 3, but hit the rail in 15th place after Farha rivered a straight against him.

Sam Farha
Sam Farha

The Road to the Gold

Of the 20 players who came back for Day 3 at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, Christ was in third place, with 3,335,000 chips. Christ continued to chip up through the start of Day 3 when he found himself in a peculiar situation when he was all in and at risk in a hand versus Tomoki Matsuda on the turn.

Christ and Matsuda were two of the biggest stacks in the tournament when Christ raised all in with aces full of threes, only to find out Matsuda had aces full of sixes and his exit looking eminent. However, the river improved Christ to aces full of tens and allowed him to double up and become the chipleader of the tournament.

When asked about the hand, Christ said, "I knew he had the nuts, either having ace-six or ace-deuce-three type of hand for the low. I thought by going all in I could possibly get him off the low hand, but he didn't, and I got lucky." Christ said after the hand and numerous times throughout the tournament that his "mantra" is "play bad and get lucky."

Final Table Dominance

Christ used the momentum of the hand versus Matsuda right into the final table, where he came in with the chip lead. He held that lead through most of the final table and held almost half the chips when there were only four players remaining. Christ also eliminated five of his seven opponents at the final table on the way to winning the gold bracelet.

Winners Reaction

When Christ was asked about the journey of winning the event over the last three days, he said, "Absolutely exhausting," and that he tries to keep his "poker sessions between six to eight hours, so I'm literally pooped right now."

As far as the feeling of winning the bracelet goes, Christ said, "It's super surreal. That excitement hasn't really hit me yet. But never in a million years did I think it would be me as the last one standing."

When asked about his mentality or belief that he could win the tournament, Christ never let himself look at the finishing line, saying, " I chipped up to a goal number every single break. I never worry about my results, so winning the tournament was never my goal. I just played each hand individually to the best of my ability."

When Christ was asked about his plans for the rest of the series, he said, "I was thinking about the 10K Big O, but I told my wife if I won a bracelet, I would catch an early flight and meet up with her and the boys, so we'll see."

Michael Christ
Michael Christ

That concludes the coverage from Event #27, but be sure to follow PokerNews, as we will continue to provide live updates and coverage throughout World Series of Poker.

Tags: Damjan RadanovDylan LindseyEduardo LezcanoJohn BunchMatthew BeinnerMatthew BretzfieldMichael ChristNathan GambleSam FarhaTomoki Matsuda

Matthew Beinner Eliminated in 2nd Place ($204,601)

Livello 33 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
Matthew Beinner
Matthew Beinner

Matthew Beinner raised the pot and committed the rest of his stack after Michael Christ three-bet from the big blind.

Matthew Beinner: Q8766 All in
Michael Christ: 99542

Beinner found two pair on the 872 flop, while Christ sealed up the low. The 4 turn changed nothing, but the 9 river delivered a set to Christ for the scoop.

Beinner shook hands on his way off the feature stage, finishing runner-up for $204,601.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Michael Christ us
Michael Christ
38,875,000
875,000
875,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Matthew Beinner us
Matthew Beinner
Eliminato

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More Pressure from Christ

Livello 33 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Michael Christ raised to 750,000 on the button and Matthew Beinner defended to the 586 flop.

Beinner checked before a quick all in from Christ. That was enough to take down another pot as Beinner folded.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Michael Christ us
Michael Christ
38,000,000
1,300,000
1,300,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Matthew Beinner us
Matthew Beinner
800,000
-1,300,000
-1,300,000

Tags: Matthew BeinnerMichael Christ

Gap Continues to Widen

Livello 33 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Matthew Beinner opened to 750,000 on the button and Michael Christ made the call.

A pair of checks followed the 1082 flop before the dealer revealed the K turn.

Christ checked to Beinner, who fired 800,000. After a moment, Christ check-raised enough to put his opponent all in.

Beinner checked his holding before mucking his hand, as Christ added to his chip lead.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Michael Christ us
Michael Christ
36,700,000
2,200,000
2,200,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Matthew Beinner us
Matthew Beinner
2,100,000
-1,600,000
-1,600,000

Tags: Matthew BeinnerMichael Christ

Christ Goes for All of It

Livello 33 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Matthew Beinner raised to 750,000 on the button, and Michael Christ made the call.

The flop came K72, and Christ check-called the bet of 1,000,000 from Beinner.

The turn was the 8, and Christ again check called the bet of 1,700,000 this time.

The river was the 7, and Christ jammed all in, which got a quick fold from Beinner.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Michael Christ us
Michael Christ
34,500,000
1,800,000
1,800,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Matthew Beinner us
Matthew Beinner
3,700,000
-2,300,000
-2,300,000

Tags: Matthew BeinnerMichael Christ

Christ Extends His Lead

Livello 33 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Michael Christ raised to 750,000 on the button and Matthew Beinner made the call.

The flop came J28 and both player checked.

The turn was the A and after Beinner checked, Christ bet 1,000,000. Beinner than raised to 3,250,000 before Christ snapped jammed all in. After taking some Beinner laid his hand down.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Michael Christ us
Michael Christ
32,700,000
3,625,000
3,625,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Matthew Beinner us
Matthew Beinner
6,000,000
-3,700,000
-3,700,000

Tags: Matthew BeinnerMichael Christ

Dylan Lindsey Eliminated in 3rd Place ($146,595)

Livello 33 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
Dylan Lindsey
Dylan Lindsey

Michael Christ opened to 750,000 and made the call after Dylan Lindsey moved his short stack all in.

Dylan Lindsey: AK764 All in
Michael Christ: AJ1054

Christ connected with the A968Q runout, making a flush and the best low to scoop the pot. That sent Lindsey to the rail in third place, wishing good luck to both of his opponents on the way out.

Players then took a short break before starting heads-up play.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Michael Christ us
Michael Christ
29,075,000
2,575,000
2,575,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Matthew Beinner us
Matthew Beinner
9,700,000
500,000
500,000
Dylan Lindsey us
Dylan Lindsey
Eliminato

Tags: Dylan LindseyMichael Christ

Eduardo Lezcano Eliminated in 4th Place ($106,315)

Livello 33 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
Eduardo Lezcano
Eduardo Lezcano

Eduardo Lezcano raised in the hijack to 1,050,000 before he was raised by Michael Christ to 2,300,000 from the big blind. Lezcano then announced all in, and Christ made the call.

Eduardo Lezcano: AKQ52 All in
Michael Christ: AAA63

It Christ in front with aces, and when the board ran out Q10868 Lezcano was officially eliminated in fourth place.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Michael Christ us
Michael Christ
26,500,000
7,750,000
7,750,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Eduardo Lezcano us
Eduardo Lezcano
Eliminato

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Lezcano Gets Value from Beinner

Livello 33 : 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Matthew Beinner opened to 550,000 and was called by Eduardo Lezcano. Both players checked the 9910 flop before the dealer flipped over the Q turn.

Lezcano led out for 500,000 and Beinner called to the K river.

A quick bet of 700,000 followed from Lezcano, with Beinner taking a moment before opting to call. Lezcano showed K9822 for a full house, raking in the pot as Beinner mucked.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Matthew Beinner us
Matthew Beinner
9,200,000
-2,600,000
-2,600,000
Eduardo Lezcano us
Eduardo Lezcano
6,200,000
-675,000
-675,000

Tags: Eduardo LezcanoMatthew Beinner