The poker action was screaming through the Rio as Day 3 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry event started with 38 players. The event kicked off with 3,164 hopefuls and a prize pool of $2,847,600 but in the end it was Charles Sylvestre who took home his first gold bracelet and $491,360.
Final Table Results:
Big names were still in the field when Day 3 started, but they were mowed down one by one as the day progressed. Scott Seiver (33rd for $11,361) was among the first to hit the rail, followed by Jonathan Tamayo (26th for $14,067), Ryan Tepen (18th for 17,598), and Nam Le (17th for $17,598). Ruben Ybarra was leading the way by the time the final table was reached.
Ping Liu was the first to hit the cashier's cage when he ran into William Guerrero's. The flop hit with the followed by a turned that brought a back-door flush draw but the on the river sealed the deal.
Ruben Ybarra started the final table with the chip lead but lost several pots and finally lost an all-in against Seth Berger. Berger opened to 60,000 and Ybarra was the only caller coming in from the big blind position. The dealer turned off and Ybarra checked. Berger bet 65,000 and Ybarra called. The turn produced the to which Ybarra checked, Berger bet 100,000, Ybarra check-raised to 500,000. It was tank time for Berger but he made the call to see the . Ybarra moved all-in and Berger called with the turned nut flush and tabled . Ybarra had for top pair and his tournament run was over.
Seventh place was taken by Darren Rabinowitz who moved all-in peflop for 180,000; action folded around to Binh Ta in the small blind who made the call. Seth Berger gave up his big blind and the hands were turned over.
The board sealed the deal — — Rabinowitz was sent to the rail.
Ryan Olisar, who finished fourth in this event last year, called all-in preflop after Sylvestre had three-bet shoved from the small blind. Sylvestre was flipping with against Olisar's , and the sent Olisar to the rail after final tabling this event for the second straight year.
Binh Ta moved all-in from the cutoff for 545,000 and Michael Cooper called from the big blind with . Binh held the and the flop gave Cooper a huge sweat when it hit with the . The turned and the river left Ta with nothing but the cash and the glory of knowing he made the final table.
Cooper was next to leave the action. He raised preflop to 85,000 and Sylvestre reraised to 225,000 from the big blind. Cooper called, the board brought the and Sylvestre bet 225,000. Cooper raised to 565,000 and Sylvestre shoved. Cooper called after thinking for a few seconds and then showed the for an open-ended straight draw. Sylvestre's was out in front and the and stopped Cooper's run.
William Guerrero locked up third place when Sylvestre raised to 100,000 on the button and Guerrero went all-in from the small blind. Berger got out of the way and Sylvestre made the call for just under 1,000,000. Sylvestre tabled the and Guerrero turned over the . The flop brought the killer ace — — and the on the turn and 5c on the river left Guerrero with no choice but to accept third place.
Berger and Sylvestre started heads-up play almost even but Sylvestre's aggression put the heat on and in the last hand Sylvestre raised on the button to 150,000. Berger called. The flop came and Sylvestre bet 225,000, which Berger called. Berger checked the turn and Sylvestre bet 500,000; Berger called. The river brought a check from Berger and Sylvestre announced, "All-in." Berger announced a call after thinking about it for a moment and Sylvestre turned over the . Berger shook his head and flicked his cards face down to the muck.
Charles Sylvestre picked up a monster pay check for three days of work and a gold bracelet.
Lynn Gilmartin talks to Sylvestre after his win.
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