Antonio Galiana
Antonio Galiana won his first-ever WSOP bracelet after an astonishing bluff at the final table against Game of Gold player Johan Guilbert.

More drama took place on Day 18 of the 2024 World Series of Poker, with two bracelet winners and the biggest bluff of the WSOP so far. Some of the biggest players in poker took their seats in the $50k High Roller, while in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, Phil Hui won his fourth WSOP bracelet.

Galiana Stars After ‘Bluff of the Series’

One of the biggest bluffs seen so far in the 2024 World Series of Poker took place heads-up as Antonio Galiana moved all-in on an all-club board to put Game of Gold star Johan Guilbert off the call that would have won him his first-ever WSOP bracelet.

In an incredible move, Spanish player Antonio Galiana five-bet shoved all-in with just seven-five offsuit with five clubs on the board and Guilbert was forced to fold. Here’s how the drama went down!

That move gave Galiana the momentum to see out the win after a final table that included strong showings from legends such as Jeremy Ausmus (3rd for $202,358), Juha Helppi (4th for $151,592) and former WSOP Main Event final table player Eoghan O’Dea (9th) along the way.

WSOP Event #34: $2,500 Freezeout NLHE Final Table Results:
Place Place Country Prize
1st Antonio Galiana Spain $439,395
2nd Johan Guilbert France $292,927
3rd Jeremy Ausmus United States $202,358
4th Juha Helppi Finland $151,592
5th Romain Lewis France $111,222
6th Joshua Reichard United States $82,702
7th Patrick Leonard England $62,334
8th David Goodman United States $47,632
9th Eoghan O’Dea Ireland $36,908

Timur Margolin Tops Day 2 of Deepstack

Day 2 of the $800-entry Event #36, the Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em event saw many big names bite the dust as the penultimate day left just nine survivors in the hunt for the bracelet and top prize of $342,551 and the WSOP gold bracelet. The day began with a rush of form for Martin Zamani, but he eventually fell in 27th place. Chris Brewer also got close without making the final table, exiting in 24th place.

As other luminaries such as Ari Engel, Joe Cada, Michael Wang, and Ryan Reiss all fell out of the running, others thrived. Israel’s Timur Margolin (44,350,000) has a big lead, with only Michael Allen (31,400,000) on over half the chips in Margolin’s stack. Dangerous players and $25k Fantasy hopes Adam Hendrix (14,200,000) and Joseph Couden (12,850,000) will both be threats on the final day despite starting with shorter stacks.

With a big difference between the $32,288 on the line for finishing ninth and the figure of ten times that amount for winning the event, expect plenty of drama on a busy day of action once the final day resumes play.

WSOP Event #36: $800 NLHE Deepstack Final Table Chipcounts:
Place Place Country Chips
1st Timur Margolin Israel 44,350,000
2nd Michael Allen United Kingdom 31,400,000
3rd Vaughan Machado United States 16,225,000
4th Jeremy Chen China 14,900,000
5th Francisco Riosvallejo Mexico 14,650,000
6th Adam Hendrix United States 14,200,000
7th Agharazi Babayev Azerbaijan 13,500,000
8th Joseph Couden United States 12,850,000
9th Cole Uvila United States 8,500,000

Oya on Top as Kulev Chases Hard in High Roller

The opening day of Event #39, the $50,000-entry NLHE 8-Max High Roller saw 68 players survive from 134 entries as the Japanese player Masashi Oya bagged the chip lead with 1.57 million chips. It was one of the biggest buy-in events of the 2024 WSOP and Oya’s lead – while a slim one from German player Marius Gierse (1,516,000) was an important one. Oya, who already has one bracelet which he won in last year’s Ultra High Roller event at WSOP Paradise in The Bahamas for $2.94 million, is looking to make it two high roller WSOP bracelets within a calendar year.

Plenty of other poker legends are prominent in the Day 1 overnights. Bulgarian Alex Kulev (1,358,000) sits fourth in chips, while Artur Martirosian (1,015,000), Philip Sternheimer (965,000) and Nacho Barbero (948,000) all made the top ten. The now 11-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (888,000), Swedish superstar Viktor Blom (866,000), British high roller regular Ben Heath (859,000), Spanish pro Adrian Mateos (844,000), Andrew ‘Chewy’ Lichtenberger (764,000), Isaac Haxton (740,000), David Coleman (613,000), and Daniel Negreanu (458,000) all made Day 2 with healthy chips.

Some weren’t so fortunate to make it through, with Nick Petrangelo, Espen Jorstad, Alex Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, Dylan Linde, Sam Soverel, Brian Rast and Nick Schulman all crashing out on Day 1.

WSOP Event #39: $50,000 High Roller Day 1 Chipcounts:
Place Place Country Chips
1st Masashi Oya Japan 1,570,000
2nd Marius Gierse Germany 1,516,000
3rd Johannes Straver Netherlands 1,467,000
4th Alex Kulev Bulgaria 1,358,000
5th James Chen Taiwan 1,120,000
6th Artur Martirosian Russia 1,015,000
7th Philip Sternheimer United Kingdom 965,000
8th Nacho Barbero Argentina 948,000
9th Brandon Wilson United States 945,000
10th Sergio Aido Spain 937,000

Hui Wins Rollercoaster Heads-Up for Fourth Bracelet

“If you have chips or you’re in the tournament… you can’t give up.”

Phil Hui took down the $1,500-entry Event #35 in H.O.R.S.E., as he bagged the top prize of $193,545 and his fourth WSOP bracelet after a truly stunning comeback against Daniel Mayoh as both men battled for the gold in style. A total field of 835 in the event had been reduced to 23 by the time play began on the final day, with legends of the felt such Yuri Dzivielevski, Daniel Strelitz, and ‘Miami’ John Cernuto all falling short in the end.

Hui was marginally ahead going into the heads-up but slipped to a 10:1 underdog after a bluff in Omaha Hi-Lo was hero-called by his opponent. Somehow, wins in Razz and Seven Card Stud restored parity before Hui moved slightly ahead and won with two pair against a flush draw in Stud Hi-Lo

“This is my favourite variant of poker,” Hui said afterwards to PokerNews reporters. “I have a second, a third, maybe a fourth [in H.O.R.S.E. events], so it feels really good. When I won my first bracelet in 2014 in the O8, I was 16:1 down heads-up and came back. When I won the PPC I was down 4:1 and then when I won the PLO [in 2022] I literally never had over 20 big blinds until I got heads-up.”

“If you have chips or you’re in the tournament or you’re in the game of whatever sport, you can’t give up. It’s kind of cliche but I try to center myself after every hand, whether I played a hand poorly or not. I just tried to stay focused and take one hand at a time.”

Whatever Hui does, it tends to work and that elite mentality has made him a four-time WSOP bracelet winner.

WSOP Event #35: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results:
Place Place Country Prize
1st Phillip Hui United States $193,545
2nd Daniel Mayoh United Kingdom $129,052
3rd David Avina United States $89,485
4th Christian Gonzalez United States $63,114
5th Kevin Cote United States $45,291
6th Xixiang Luo China $33,078
7th Daniel Strelitz United States $24,595
8th Bryan Jolly United States $18,625
9th Thanhlong Nguyen United States $14,368

Anderson Leads Last Chance for Big O Championship

Event #37, the Big O Championship saw Day 2 of the $10,000-entry bring back 332 players and reduce them to 19 in number. With a top prize of $681,998 up for grabs, Calvin Anderson (2,385,000) leads from players like John Fauver (2,125,000), Dylan Weisman (1,700,000), Michael Rocco (1,640,000), David Benyamine (1,350,000), Ryan Hughes (925,000), Anson Tsang (890,000), Adam Friedman (415,000), and Danny Wong (890,000), all still chasing gold.

WSOP Event #37: $10,000 Big O Championship Day 2 Chipcounts:
Place Place Country Chips
1st Calvin Anderson United States 2,385,000
2nd John Fauver United States 2,125,000
3rd Dylan Weisman United States 1,700,000
4th Michael Rocco United States 1,640,000
5th Tomasz Gluszko Poland 1,515,000
6th David Benyamine France 1,350,000
7th George Parublev United States 1,050,000
8th Farid Jattin Colombia 1,035,000
9th Ryan Hughes United States 925,000
10th P.J. Cha United States 925,000

Two More Events Enjoy Busy Day 1s

Two more bracelet events kicked on Day 18 of the WSOP, with the $1,500 Monster Stack Event #38 and the $1,500 Razz Event #40 both beginning. A total of 3,139 played the Monster Stack with Ryan Sullivan’s  915,000 chip tower looming over others such as  Cristian Tuica (728,500), John Oshea (609,500) and Ryan Leng (502,500) on Day 1a.

The $1,500-entry Razz Event #40, ended Day 1 with 547 entries and 136 survivors, with Andrew Kerstine (288,500), John Racener (178,000), James Obst (151,000), Mike Gorodinsky (141,500) ‘Miami’ John Cernuto (108,000) all still in the hunt for top prize of $141,374.

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