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Ely Levy Leads the Final 18 Players

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Ely Levy
After six levels and change, the final two tables of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown are set.

Ely Levy (pictured) chipped up early and held the chip lead for the majority of the day, eventually bagging 6,285,000. He is closely followed by Griffin Paul (6,055,000) and Shawn Nguyen (4,190,000) rounds out the top three. Others still in the hunt include David Peters (3,110,000), Joe Ebanks (2,690,000), Brian Green (1,750,000), and Dan Heimiller (500,000).

Two-time Champions Club members Mohsin Charania (1,435,000) and Cornel Cimpan (1,100,000) will both be looking to add their names to the WPT Champions Cup for a third time.

Day 3 began with 92 players and Raj Vohra began as the chip leader, but ultimately busted in 22nd place. WPT commentator Vince Van Patten fell in 27th place, and ClubWPT Qualifer Ernest Evans exited in 62nd place, earning $12,000.

Here is the Day 4 table and seat draw:

TABLE 17
Seat 1. Brian Green - 1,750,000
Seat 2. Lenny Duvdivani - 310,000
Seat 3. Sean Syed Shah - 3,065,000
Seat 4. Vladimir Dobrovolskiy - 2,650,000
Seat 5. Dan Heimiller - 500,000
Seat 6. Harvey Vandeven - 1,355,000
Seat 7. John Thrower - 1,715,000
Seat 8. Ely Levy - 6,285,000
Seat 9. Griffin Paul - 6,055,000

TABLE 18
Seat 1. Andre Crooks - 2,105,000
Seat 2. Mohsin Charania - 1,435,000
Seat 3. Shawn Nguyen - 4,190,000
Seat 4. Ryan Rivers - 3,175,000
Seat 5. Travis Northrope - 640,000
Seat 6. Cornel Cimpan - 1,100,000
Seat 7. Joe Ebanks - 2,690,000
Seat 8. David Peters - 3,110,000
Seat 9. Gilbert Barrett - 1,375,000 

Play resumes at 12:00 noon ET and the plan is to play down to the WPT televised final table of six players.

Sorted In: Ely Levy, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:01 AM, 04/21/15

Cornel Cimpan Triples; Steven McKoy Out 19th ($22,100)

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Steven McKoy raises UTG+1 to 110,000, and WPT Champions Club member Cornel Cimpan moves all in from the cutoff for 330,000. Vladimir Dobrovolskiy moves all in over the top from the button, and McKoy calls all in for about 1.1 million.

Here are their cards in descending order of chip counts:

Vladimir Dobrovolskiy:  10spade10club
Steven McKoy:  AclubKheart
Cornel Cimpan:  JheartJdiamond

The board comes Qdiamond8diamond2club5club6spade, and the pocket jacks hold up for Cimpan to win the main pot and triple up in chips. Dobrovolskiy wins the side pot to eliminate McKoy from the tournament.

Cornel Cimpan  -  1,100,000  (22 bb)
Vladimir Dobrovolskiy  -  2,650,000  (53 bb)
Steven McKoy  -  Eliminated in 19th Place  ($22,100)

The remaining 18 players are now bagging their chips up for Day 4. Stay tuned for official chip counts.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Steven McKoy, Vladimir Dobrovolskiy, Cornel Cimpan, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:35 AM, 04/21/15

Joe Ebanks Doubles Thru Andre Crooks

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Joe Ebanks raises under the gun to 110,000, and Andre Crooks calls from the small blind.

The flop comes Kheart8heart4spade, Crooks checks, Ebanks bets 125,000, and Crooks check-raises to 350,000. Ebanks calls.

The turn card is the 10club, Crooks moves all in, and Ebanks calls all in for 890,000 with KclubQspade (pair of kings). Crooks turns over Jspade9diamond for an open-ended straight draw, and Ebanks needs his hand to hold to stay alive.

The river card is the 10heart, and Ebanks wins the pot with two pair, kings and tens, to double up in chips.

Joe Ebanks  -  2,780,000  (55 bb)
Andre Crooks  -  1,500,000  (30 bb)

Sorted In: Joe Ebanks, Andre Crooks, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:29 AM, 04/21/15

Harvey Vandeven Doubles Thru Ely Levy

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Harvey Vandeven moves all in under the gun for 733,000, and Ely Levy calls from the cutoff with JspadeJdiamond. Vandeven turns over AclubKheart, and he needs to improve to stay alive.

The board comes Qspade9club4clubAheart6club, and Vandeven pairs his ace on the turn to win the pot and double up in chips.

Harvey Vandeven  -  1,570,000  (31 bb)
Ely Levy  -  5,500,000  (110 bb)

Sorted In: Harvey Vandeven, Ely Levy, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:23 AM, 04/21/15

Dan Heimiller Doubles Thru Andre Crooks

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Andre Crooks raises from the cutoff to 120,000, Dan Heimiller moves all in from the big blind for 290,000, and Crooks calls with 10heart7club. Heimiller turns over AheartQheart, and he needs his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board comes Adiamond4spade2heart5diamond9heart, and Heimiller wins the pot with a pair of aces to double up in chips.

Dan Heimiller  -  635,000  (12 bb)
Andre Crooks  -  4,050,000  (81 bb)

Sorted In: Dan Heimiller, Andre Crooks, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:18 AM, 04/21/15

Final 19 Players: Official Chip Counts

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts from the break:

TABLE 17
Seat 1.
Seat 2.  Harvey Vandeven  -  785,000
Seat 3.  Andre Crooks  -  4,330,000
Seat 4.
Seat 5.  Ely Levy  -  6,265,000
Seat 6.  Joe Ebanks  -  1,090,00
Seat 7.  Dan Heimiller  -  310,000
Seat 8.
Seat 9.  Shawn Nguyen  -  4,320,000

TABLE 18
Seat 1.  Steven McKoy  -  1,560,000
Seat 2.
Seat 3.  Brian Green  -  1,700,000
Seat 4.  Cornel Cimpan  -  450,000
Seat 5.  Vladimir Dobrovolskiy  -  2,155,000
Seat 6.  Ryan Rivers  -  2,545,000
Seat 7.  David Peters  -  3,170,000
Seat 8.
Seat 9.  Lenny Duvdivani  -  640,000

TABLE 25
Seat 1.  Gilbert Barrett  -  965,000
Seat 2.
Seat 3.
Seat 4.  Sean Syed Shah  -  4,275,000
Seat 5.  Travis Northrope  -  570,000
Seat 6.
Seat 7.  John Thrower  -  1,930,000
Seat 8.  Mohsin Charania  -  1,885,000
Seat 9.  Griffin Paul  -  5,235,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:14 AM, 04/21/15

Level 27 Begins (19 Players Left)

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 27, with increased blinds of 25,000-50,000 and a 10,000 ante.

With 19 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 2.33 million (46 big blinds). The remaining players in the money, guaranteed at least $22,100. The next pay jump is for 18th place, which is worth $26,500.

Action will continue tonight until one more player is eliminated, and the final 18 will return tomorrow for Day 4.

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:12 AM, 04/21/15

Joe Ebanks vs. Shawn Nguyen

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

After a flop of 8spade6spade5diamond, Shawn Nguyen checks the big blind, Joe Ebanks bets 125,000 from the button, and Nguyen calls.

The turn is the Kclub, Nguyen checks, Ebanks bets 275,000, and Nguyen calls.

The river is the 4spade, and Nguyen bets 325,000. Ebanks raises to 1,000,000, and Nguyen moves all in.

Ebanks folds, flashing one card -- the 7diamond for an eight-high straight. Nguyen takes the pot without showing his cards.

Shawn Nguyen  -  4,600,000  (92 bb)
Joe Ebanks  -  1,050,000  (21 bb)

Sorted In: Shawn Nguyen, Joe Ebanks, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:00 AM, 04/21/15

Uri Tenenboim Out in 20th Place ($22,100)

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Uri Tenenboim
Uri Tenenboim (pictured) raises from the cutoff to 100,000, Ely Levy reraises from the button to about 300,000, and Tenenboim calls.

The flop comes Jspade4spade2spade, Tenenboim checks, Levy moves all in, and Tenenboim calls all in for about 525,000 with KdiamondQspade (king high). Levy turns over AspadeAdiamond, and Tenenboim needs to catch something runner-runner to stay alive.

The turn is the 6spade, the river is the 3club, and Levy wins the pot with his pocket aces to eliminate Tenenboim from the tournament.

Ely Levy  -  6,300,000  (157 bb)
Uri Tenenboim  -  Eliminated in 20th Place  ($22,100)

Action will continue tonight until one more player is eliminated, and then the final 18 will return tomorrow (Tuesday) to battle for the six seats at Wednesday's televised WPT Final Table.

Sorted In: Uri Tenenboim, Ely Levy, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
11:36 PM, 04/20/15

Coming This Summer: WPT500 at ARIA

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Champion Sean Yu
It was a huge success last summer, so it's coming back in 2015 -- partypoker presents: WPT500 at ARIA Resort & Casino.

With its affordable $565 buy-in, last summer's WPT500 attracted 3,599 entries, creating a prizepool of 1,799,500, exceeding the $1 million guarantee. The winner was Sean Yu (pictured), who took home $260,000 and the WPT500 trophy.

This summer, the WPT500 is increasing the stakes by doubling the guaranteed prizepool to $2 million, and spreading out the starting days to make it even easier for players to enter.

There will be 10 starting flights spread out from the end of May until early July, with all the survivors combining to a single field on Sunday, July 5th to play down to the final table, which will be played the next day on Monday, July 6th.

Here are the starting flights:

Day 1A:  Sunday, May 31st, 12:00 noon
Day 1B:  Monday, June 1st, 12:00 noon
Day 1C:  Tuesday, June 2nd, 12:00 noon

Day 1D:  Saturday, June 6th, 12:00 noon
Day 1E:  Sunday, June 7th, 12:00 noon
Day 1F:  Monday, June 8th, 12:00 noon

Day 1G:  Thursday, July 2nd, 12:00 noon
Day 1H:  Friday, July 3rd, 12:00 noon
Day 1I:  Saturday, July 4th, 12:00 noon
Day 1J:  Sunday, July 5th, 8:00 am  (TURBO)

For more information on the partypoker presents: WPT500 at ARIA Resort & Casino, click here.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, ARIA Resort and Casino, WPT500, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
11:32 PM, 04/20/15
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