A single Day 3 hand at the 2019 World Number of Pok.er has catapulted Minnesota’s Joseph Beasy into the top 85 at the Main Event, delivering him 723,000 chips, the largest pot of the competition.

Beasy, who has almost $40,000 in career pok.er earnings, was up against Germany’s Simon Welsch and San Francisco’s Joshua Tam in the hand, initially with a pair of 10s vs. Tam’s set of 7s and Welsch’s Ace of Spades and 9 of hearts. Broadcasters quickly predicted a “bloodbath” following a 10-Ace-7 flop gave Welsch what he believed to be top pair, but Beasy bested Tam’s three-of-a-kind having a three-of-a-type of his own, establishing a dramatic raising in the stakes.

Following a 27,000 bet from Real Generator, Tam and Beasy called, despite a suggestion from your broadcast that this latter should’ve raised in the event of straight possibilities. Beasy checked again following the turn had been a 4, and shortly after, Tam bet 57,500. Later, the river revealed another 4, giving both Beasy and Tam full houses, with the former betting 75,000 and Tam raising all the way to 250,000. After having a moment of reflection, Beasy can be seen calling it and taking the hand, using a perplexed Tam left to ponder what had occurred.

Updated World Number of pok.er chip counts have Beasy at No. 81 in the Main Event with 2,117,000 after his big Day 3 win. Tam, meanwhile, now ranks 199th with 1,140,000. There are still 354 players remaining after a lot more than 8,500 entries, with the prize pool up to a lot more than $80,000. Among those remaining: 2013 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jay Farber, former bracelet winner Craig McCorkell and former NFL star Richard Seymour.

The 2019 World Series of pok.er main event is right down to its final table of nine after having a wild finish to Day 7. All nine players in contention for that title have previously locked up a payday of a minimum of $1 million once action resumes Sunday night at the Rio All Suite Hotel & C.asino. Once action resumes, two massive pots contested late on Day 7 may have an important impact on just how the early stages of the final table will play out.

Hossein Ensan takes 177 million along with a considerable chip lead in to the final day of action thanks in large part to some 116 million-chip pot he won off Timothy Su. After Ensan flopped an entire house with pocket 10s, Su made a couple of queens and ultimately called a massive river bet.

Ensan had the knowledge and exerted his pressure through much of the day, but his firepower increased significantly as he and Su tangled in the 116 million-chip pot — the greatest in the tournament for that point.

Garry Gates starts the last table in second place with 99.3 million, because of 100 million-chip pot of their own. Despite Gates and Henry Lu sitting in the midst of the pack during the time, with little pressure for immediate action, they went along to war and Lu found himself all-in over a Jc-Td-7s-6d board with K’s-J’s against Gates’ Ac-Jh. With all the harmless 8h on lwsndt river, Gates all but punched his ticket to the final table while Lu was outside in 11th place, for $800,000.

As somebody who spent the past 15 years of his life in a selection of roles within the realm of pok.er, including time spent with media outlet pok.erNews and later on with operator pok.erStars, the experience of being on the opposite side in the ropes has been surreal for Gates.

“It’s difficult to put that into words,” Gates said. “As an industry person, and having a lot of interactions with the best players on the planet, and being on the other side of the rail watching their deep runs and cheering on their behalf to see their dreams becoming reality. … After all, this morning I woke up to sms messages from Erik Seidel, and John Juanda, and Jason Koon, wishing me luck. That’s crazy.

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