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2024 World Series of Poker

Giorni 3
Event Info

2024 World Series of Poker

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
j9
Premio
$175,578
Event Info
Buy-in
$500
Montepremi
$1,442,960
Entries
3,485
Informazioni livello
Livello
38
Bui
500,000 / 1,000,000
Ante
1,000,000
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 3
Entries
8
Giocatori Rimasti
1

Event #3: $500 WSOP Kickoff No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout

Giorno 3 completo

Daniel Willis Rides Momentum to Secure First WSOP Bracelet

Livello 38 : Blinds 500,000/1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Daniel Willis
Daniel Willis

A British businessman and a two-time WSOP bracelet winner went heads up for the title, and it was the former who stood alone in the end.

Daniel Willis defeated Michael Wang on Day 3 to take down Event #3: $500 Kickoff No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout, securing Willis a $175,578 winning prize and his first WSOP bracelet after he outlasted the final eight players. Wang collected $117,046 as the runner-up.

“Coming off the first event I played and have a huge win, it’s a dream come true moment,” Willis said with a smile.

Willis, who entered Day 3 as the chip leader, didn’t falter at the final table and credits the momentum he gained late in Day 2.

“In deep fields, thousands of players, you get these really crucial spots where you get your chips in and it’s a really critical hand to keep that momentum going,” Willis said. “And so many times when I played poker professionally 10-15 years ago before I started my music journey and business, I found that those crucial spots weren’t going my way really deep for very big prize money.

“But in this tournament, it just went really, really well in those crucial spots, like (Thursday) when I was like fifth or sixth in chips, perhaps seventh, and someone shoved all in, another big stack re-raised all in, and then I got kings in the big blind, so I call. I was up against jacks, Q3 suited. The flop came 2, 4, 5, so I had to dodge an Ace, a Jack, a 6, and I did. Those are the key spots where I just kept gaining momentum.”

Not only did Willis gain momentum, he sustained it throughout Day 3 while in good spots en route to winning the event.

“The final table seemed to go really smoothly,” Willis said. “Someone shoved all in and I have kings; obviously an easy call. The same thing happened again and I had Aces, and it just kept going like that where I was in those dream scenarios, spots that a lot of poker players would just love to be in and would just appreciate that the luck is on your side.”

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1stDaniel WillisUnited Kingdom$175,578
2ndMichael WangUnited States$117,056
3rdShawn SmithUnited States$86,820
4thSteven BorellaUnited States$,64,920
5thYoshinori FunayamaJapan$48,938
6thDaniel ShererUnited States$37,194
7thJohn MarinoUnited States$28,501
8thDavid NiedringhausUnited States$22,022

While luck is a factor, there is arguably a level of skill required to navigate the minefield of not just players, but capable players.

Ryan Riess
Ryan Riess

The overall field boasted multiple WSOP bracelet winners, including Wang, Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu, Ryan Riess, Tamas Lendvai, Jason Wheeler, Joseph Altomonte, Qiang Xu, andMarco Johnson, among others.

Going through all the tough competition isn’t lost on the WSOP’s newest bracelet winner.

“I’m just really grateful for this amazing opportunity,” Willis said. “And how everything unfolded to be here and to be the winner.”

With a major tournament win in his back pocket and a shiny WSOP gold bracelet on his wrist, Willis now looks forward to the future, which includes sticking around for a few more weeks in Las Vegas before he heads home.

“I’m definitely going to try and play the Mystery Bounty, probably take a day off and celebrate,” he said. “I’ll probably play a few more events, and then I got to get back to work.”

THREE-DAY SNAPSHOT

A new event for 2024, the $500 Kickoff No-Limit Hold'em Event secured a sizeable 3,485 total entries, building a prize pool of $1,442,960. There were plenty of notables in the field, including Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Brad Owen, Shaun Deeb, Josh Arieh, and Jeremy Ausmus but were not successful in making the money.

Maria Ho
Maria Ho

The bubble burst on Day 1 with Deeb losing out on the score. Maria Ho and Justin Saliba were sent to the rail shortly after making the money and didn’t get to advance to Day 2.

Day 1 finished at the end of level 22 with 151 remaining players, including WSOP bracelet winner and 25K fantasy draft player Qiang Xu. Steven Borella was second in chips going into Day 2 with Gregory Snyder close behind in third.

Day 2 saw some big bust-outs with Xu eliminated in 37th place for $4,596, Ryan Riess (63rd - $2,679), Marco Johnson (47th - $3,805), Daniel Negreanu (16th - $8,541) and Jason Wheeler (14th - $8,541) before the final table was reached.

Play stopped when the field reached 8, with the final table redraw seeing Willis have 47 big blinds and the short stack David Niedringhaus with seven big blinds.

Day 3 resumed at 1 p.m. with the final table action being streamed by PokerGO on a two-hour delay, which saw Willis prevail as the event champion.

Tags: Daniel NegreanuDaniel ShererDaniel WillisDavid NiedringhausGregory SnyderJeremy AusmusJoe CadaJohn MarinoJoseph AltomonteJosh AriehJustin SalibaMarco JohnsonMichael WangQiang XuShaun DeebShawn SmithSteven BorellaTamas LendvaiYoshinori Funayama

Michael Wang Eliminated in Second Place ($117,046)

Livello 38 : Blinds 500,000/1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Michael Wang
Michael Wang

Three hands after losing a massive pot to Daniel Willis, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Wang was looking up to Willis’ stack and a 2,500,000 preflop raise. Willis made the action after looking at J9.

Wang, who started the hand with 19,200,000, peeked down at A5 and called.

The dealer fanned A10J on the flop. While both players hit a pair, they each checked their respective action.

The 7 appeared on the turn, prompting Wang to bet 4,000,000 on his top pair, but Willis, holding second pair, called.

The dealer placed J on the turn, giving Willis a hammerlock on the hand with trip Jacks. Wang checked and Willis applied maximum pressure by moving all in, a bet that covered Wang’s remaining stack.

Wang took his time, shifting in his seat and shuffling chips for a few minutes. He then called and shook his head after seeing Willis’ hand.

Wang earned $117,006 for his second-place finish in the event.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Willis gb
Daniel Willis
87,300,000
17,200,000
17,200,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Wang us
Michael Wang
Eliminato
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Daniel WillisMichael Wang

Wang Tanks and Moves All-In to a Chop

Livello 38 : Blinds 500,000/1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Michael Wang
Michael Wang

Shortly after Daniel Willis took the chip lead, Willis raised to 2,500,000 from the button with 65. Michael Wang in the big blind made the call with 76.

With a wet 795 flop, Wang checked and Willis continuation bet to 2,200,000 into a 6,000,000 pot.

The dealer brought the 6 turn, which gave both players two pair, but Wang held the bigger sevens. Wang checked and Willis pushed 4,200,000 into the pot. Wang wasn't giving up and made another call.

The river brought the 8 and Wang tank jammed for 7,800,000.

Willis asked "how much is it" whilst deliberating his action, before making the call to chop the pot.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Willis gb
Daniel Willis
70,100,000
500,000
500,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Wang us
Michael Wang
17,200,000
-500,000
-500,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Daniel WillisMichael Wang

Willis Takes Chip Lead from Wang

Livello 38 : Blinds 500,000/1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Daniel Willis
Daniel Willis

It didn’t take long for heads-up play to heat up.

Just a few hands into the competition, Michael Wang and Daniel Willis were involved in a large pot, which swung the balance to Willis at the end.

Wang peeked down at AK and raised 2,500,000, which Willis called holding 104.

The dealer fanned an action flop of 6A7, giving Wang top pair with top kicker, while Willis flopped a flush draw. Wang bet 3,500,000, only to see Willis check-call the action.

Then, it got interesting on the turn after the dealer placed 2 on the board.

Willis checked, and Wang bet 7,500,000. Willis responded with a check-raise to 16,500,000. Wang took his time before announcing an all-in bet, which covered his opponent’s stack.

Willis snap-called and tabled his flush, which had Wang drawing dead.

The 8 didn’t change the outcome of the hand, but the 69,600,000 pot gave Willis the chip lead and left Wang with 17,700,000.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Willis gb
Daniel Willis
69,600,000
26,800,000
26,800,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Wang us
Michael Wang
17,700,000
-14,650,000
-14,650,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Daniel WillisMichael Wang

Shawn Smith Eliminated in 3rd Place ($86,820)

Livello 38 : Blinds 500,000/1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Shawn Smith
Shawn Smith

Only one hand after Steven Borella hit the rail, the table saw another all in.

Michael Wang raised 2,000,000 from the button and Shawn Smith moved all in for 11,000,000 from the big blind. Wang made the call and the players went to a flop with near even equity.

Shawn Smith: 22All in
Michael Wang: A10

The dealer peeled the 4910 flop which gave Wang a strong lead.

The Q and 5 runout didn't help Smith and he was eliminated in third place, and remaining players went to heads up.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Michael Wang us
Michael Wang
44,950,000
12,600,000
12,600,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Shawn Smith us
Shawn Smith
Eliminato

Tags: Michael WangShawn SmithSteven Borella

Livello: 38

Bui: 500,000/1,000,000

Ante: 1,000,000

Steven Borella Eliminated in 4th Place ($64,920)

Livello 37 : 400,000/800,000, 800,000 ante
Steven Borella
Steven Borella

Michael Wang raised on the button with J6. Steven Borella moved all in from the small blind with his remaining 7,775,000 stack.
Daniel Willis called in the big blind, and Wang quickly got out of the way.

Steven Borella: 2KAll in
Daniel Willis: AA

Borella hopefully said to Willis, "If I do suck out, I apologize" before seeing the 249 flop. Borella decided to stand and put on his backpack as he prepared himself to leave the tournament.

The Q turn and the 4 river, left three at the table and Borella went home in fourth place.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Willis gb
Daniel Willis
42,800,000
10,975,000
10,975,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Wang us
Michael Wang
32,350,000
-1,600,000
-1,600,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Steven Borella us
Steven Borella
Eliminato

Tags: Daniel WillisMichael WangSteven Borella