Congratulations to Michael Woo, Winner of the 2018 CSPC Main Event!

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On the final hand of the tournament, Brett Murray got his final chips in with [Ac][Qc], and he was looking good to double up against the [Ad][9d] of Michael Woo. However, the flop of [Ah][9h][7s] brought top two pair for Woo, and Murray wasn't able to catch up, as the board finished out [3s] and [2c]. 

For his efforts, Murray will take home a career best $135,980, but the night (or early morning now), belongs to Michael Woo, who will take home $165,980. He will also take home the bear trophy, and a free seat to the $10,000 LAPC Main Event next year. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2018 CSPC. Good luck to everyone this summer at the WSOP, and we will see you guys again in September! 

The Final Three Make a Deal, But We Play On

As soon as we got down to the final three, they all realized they were fairly even with 12 million and change each. So a deal was quickly struck between the three (Robert Natividad, Brett Murray, and Michael Woo). They would all take home just under $136,000, and play for an extra $30,000, the trophy, and the $10,000 seat to the 2019 LAPC Main Event. 

The levels will be knocked down to 30 minutes from 60 minutes as a result, so the light at the end of the tunnel can now be seen! 

Josias Santos Eliminated in 5th Place ($56,070)

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Josias Santos raised to 400,000 from under the gun, and Michael Woo reraised to one million. It folded back around to Santos, who moved all in for four million. Loo quickly called with [Kc][Kh], and he was well ahead of the [Ac][Jd] of Santos. Santos would pick up some extra outs on the [Qh][Js][8d] flop, but Santos wouldn't improve from there, as the board finished out [Qd] and [7s]. 

That pot makes Loo our new chip leader with over ten million. 

John Conkright Eliminated in 6th Place ($42,750)

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John Conkright moved all in for 3 million, and Brett Murray moved all in over the top next to act. Once the blinds folded, Murray tabled [Ad][Qs], dominating the [As][6s] of Conkright. The flop of [10c][7c][2s] gave Conkright some backdoor out possibilites, but the [4d] on the turn ended those hopes. Only a six would work for Conkright, but the river was the [9c]. 

This leaves us with just five players. as of yet, there haven't been any talks of a chop. 

Aaron Kweskin Eliminated in 7th Place ($32,960)

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Action started with chip leader Brett Murray raising to 350,000 in early position. Next to act, Aaron Kweskin moved all in. Before he could finish sliding his chips in the middle, Chengce Jiang announced all in over the top. Everyone else folded, and the cards were flipped.

Kweskin: [Jc][Js] 
Jiang: [Ah][Ac] 

The aces would hold on a runout of [Qs][6s][7h][6c][6d], knocking Kweskin out in seventh. The final six are about to go on a break. We will get updated chip counts then. 

Conkright Cracks Aces to Double

John Conkright moved all in for 2 million and change preflop, and a few seats over, Kevin Law shoved all in for more. Everyone else folded, and the cards were tabled.

Conkright: [8s][8c]
Law: [Ah][As] 

The aces held for Law on the flop of [Jd][9d][4s], but the [8d] on the turn flipped the script. Law now needed a two outer, but the [2s] completed the board.

Conkright doubled up to over 4.2 million, while Law tumbled down to 900,000.

Updated Counts From the Final Eight

With an average stack of 48 big blinds, play has been relatively slow so far after the initial elimination of Michael Knight. Below you will see updated chip counts for all eight players in the 50,000-100,000 level. 

Robert Natividad - 7,700,000
Aaron Kweskin - 7,600,000
Brett Murray - 6,000,000
Kevin Law - 4,800,000
Michael Woo - 3,800,000
John Conkright - 3,500,000
Josias Santos - 1,400,000
Chengce Jiang - 1,250,000

Final Table Photos, Counts, and Seats

After losing Cesar Diaz in 12th, Alex Massman in 11th, and Albertin Hernandez in 10th, we are down to the final nine. Below you will see where they are seating, and how they stack up as we play down to a winner tonight. 

                                              SEAT 1: MICHAEL KNIGHT - 700,000

                                            SEAT 1: MICHAEL KNIGHT - 700,000

                                            SEAT 2: ROBERT NATIVIDAD - 7,500,000

                                          SEAT 2: ROBERT NATIVIDAD - 7,500,000

                                                SEAT 3: JOSIAS SANTOS - 1,500,000

                                              SEAT 3: JOSIAS SANTOS - 1,500,000

                                          SEAT 4: JOHN CONKRIGHT - 4,700,000

                                        SEAT 4: JOHN CONKRIGHT - 4,700,000

                                                SEAT 5: BRETT MURRAY - 4,400,000

                                              SEAT 5: BRETT MURRAY - 4,400,000

                                                             SEAT 6: KEVIN LAW - 4,500,000

                                                           SEAT 6: KEVIN LAW - 4,500,000

                                           SEAT 7: AARON KWESKIN - 7,500,000

                                         SEAT 7: AARON KWESKIN - 7,500,000

                                                 SEAT 8: CHENGCE JIANG - 4,300,000

                                               SEAT 8: CHENGCE JIANG - 4,300,000

                                             SEAT 9: MICHAEL WOO - 2,800,000

                                           SEAT 9: MICHAEL WOO - 2,800,000

Down to the Final 12

We are inching closer to the final table in this CSPC Main Event, as we are down to the final dozen players. Below you will see the latest round of bustouts, along with how much they took home. Stay tuned for a full seating chart with pictures and counts once we get down to the final nine. 

13. Matthew Elsby - $13,080
14. Phuoc Nguyen - $13,080
15. Anthony Reategui - $10,700
16. Ronny Mirel - $10,700