Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
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Hugo Pingray Leads Monster Stack Final Table!

• Līmenis 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Hugo Pingray
Hugo Pingray

After a shorter than expected day on the felt, the Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack is now down to a final table of nine with Switzerland's Hugo Pingray in the lead.

The penultimate day of play saw 62 players return to battle it out knowing they were already guaranteed $21,758, however each player's eyes would be locked on the $1,327,083 first prize awaiting the eventual victor. Once cards hit the air, play would begin at an incredibly fast rate as player after player headed to the rail to leave the field cut down to just 36 by the first break.

Once play resumed, the pace continued to excel as the tournament was swiftly cut down. The pace was so fast that players were sitting behind - excuse the pun - monster chip stacks that saw just the standard size pots taking minutes to chip up. A call to color-up kept hitting a brick wall since all the 100,000-denomination chips were already in play, however a plethora of 50,000-denomination chips were finally added to the fray to make play more manageable as just 13 remained on dinner break.

Several eliminations and several doubles saw the final 10 move to the unofficial final table when Steven Levy lost a race. The final 10 then passed chips back-and-forth for nearly two hours before Swede Robert Gustafsson couldn't peddle his short stack and longer when his {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} lost to Thayer Rasmussen's {A-Clubs}{5-Hearts} when he made a four card straight to leave the final table lined up as follows:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Joseph McKeehenUSA12,925,00032
2Bobby ByramUSA8,475,00021
3Zachary GrunebergUSA11,850,00029
4Claas SegebrechtGermany8,900,00022
5Thayer RasmussenUSA15,475,00038
6Lynne BeaumontEngland7,925,00020
7Joshua HillockUSA8,625,00021.5
8Sean DrakeUSA20,975,00052
9Hugo PingrayFrance22,700,00057

France's Hugo Pingray is the overall chip leader with 22.7 million after snatching several pots late in the day from overnight and majority-of-the-day chip leader Sean Drake who sits second overall with 20.975 million. Rasmussen (15.475 million), Joseph McKeehen (12.925 million) and Zachary Gruneberg (11.85 million) round out the top counts while the lone female Lynne Beaumont sits with an impressive 7.925 million also.

The final nine will return at 3:00 p.m. (PDT) on Monday afternoon to battle down until one can be crowned the Event #51 Champion and recipient of $1,327,083 after besting a massive 7,862-player field.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back live in the Amazon Room to provide extensive hand-for-hand coverage of the Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack final table live from the 2014 World Series of Poker!

Etiķetes: Hugo Pingray

Robert Gustafsson Eliminated in 10th Place ($99,981)

• Līmenis 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Robert Gustafsson - 10th place
Robert Gustafsson - 10th place

From middle position, Robert Gustafsson pushed all in for his last 1,375,000, and once the action folded round to Thayer Rasmussen in the small blind, he made the call.

Rasmussen: {A-Clubs}{5-Hearts}
Gustafsson: {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}

With Gustafsson in the lead, the {10-Spades}{3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop saw him now needing to fade an additional four outs to a gutshot, and when the {7-Diamonds} landed on the turn, Gustafsson now had 11 cards he didn't want to see on the river.

Unfortunately for the Swede, the dealer delivered the {6-Diamonds} on the river to fill Rasmussen's straight and send Gustafsson to the rail in 10th place for a $99,981 payday.

Robert Gustafsson no Izkritis

Etiķetes: Robert GustafssonThayer Rasmussen

Pingray Rising

• Līmenis 36: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Sean Drake raised to 1 million on the button and was called by Hugo Pingray in the small blind.

The flop fell {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Pingray checked to Drake who bet 875,000. Pingray called, the {4-Hearts} hit the turn and Pingray checked to Drake again who bet 1.675 million. Pingray called again, resulting in the {10-Spades} river which both players checked.

Drake tabled {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for tens and fours, but Pingray took down the pot with {A-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for aces and tens.

Sean Drake us 22,000,000 -4,825,000
Hugo Pingray fr 19,600,000 5,900,000

Etiķetes: Hugo PingraySean Drake

Līmenis:
36
Blaindi:
200,000/400,000
Ante:
50,000

Chip Counts

• Līmenis 35: 150,000-300,000, 50,000 ante
Sean Drake us 26,825,000 3,125,000
Zachary Gruneberg us 13,750,000 350,000
Hugo Pingray fr 13,700,000 2,100,000
Thayer Rasmussen us 13,300,000 850,000
Joseph McKeehen us 13,075,000 -1,225,000
Bobby Byram US 9,975,000 -525,000
Claas Segebrecht de 9,750,000 2,000,000
Joshua Hillock us 9,275,000 -1,700,000
Lynne Beaumont GB 6,575,000 -2,325,000
Robert Gustafsson no 1,575,000 -1,725,000

Break Time

• Līmenis 35: 150,000-300,000, 50,000 ante

The remaining 10 players are heading on a 20-minute break.