Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

Event Info

Buy-in $3,000
Prize Pool $1,061,970
Players 389


Level 9
Blinds 15,000 / 30,000
Ante 5,000

Final Table Interview: Taylor Paur

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Taylor Paur
Taylor Paur

Today, Taylor Paur is sitting down at his second final table, after placing sixth in Event #11: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed. With fourteen World Series of Poker cashes and one bracelet, Paur is playing well, getting results and is on track for another big summer. We caught up with Paur as players went on break to see how his tables were going and how he feels to be at another final table.

PokerNews: This is your second final table this summer. Do you feel like a second bracelet’s coming?

Taylor Paur: I have no idea. These shootouts are tough and ten-handed, now nine-handed, anything can happen. It’s a lot about getting cards at this point and running good.

How were your tables coming into today?

My first table had a lot of really good players. I ended up beating Tony Gregg heads-up. He is - if not the best in the world - he is certainly one of the best in the world. I was just fortunate to run good against him and run good at that table overall.

Yesterday was pretty tough, I had Sylvain Loosli at my table who played pretty tough and he probably deserved to win. I just ran better than him and I was lucky to win. I’ll take it, though.

So does catching cards and beating such great players give you some confidence coming into today?

Of course, it always makes you feel good to beat the best.

How does your shootout strategy differ from a traditional freeze out?

I wouldn’t say I have a set strategy. I prefer shootouts in six-max, I just play and it feels more natural to me. Whereas full-ring - which is where we are now - is not as much as a strength for me.

How do you feel about your table today?

There are really good players. My friend Kory Kilpatrick, who’s a boss and obviously Phil Galfond, who have won just a little money at poker. And there are other good players, too. It’s a tough table.

How do you feel about your chances?

I feel good.

Tagovi: Kory KilpatrickPhil GalfondSylvain LoosliTaylor Paur

Hand #84-87: Kilpatrick and Paur Play a Three-Bet Pot

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Kory Kilpatrick
Kory Kilpatrick

Hand #84: Kory Kilpatrick raised to 19,000 in early position, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #85: Phil Galfond raised on the button, and both players in the blinds folded.

Hand #86: Galfond raised to 17,000 from the cutoff, Kilpatrick defended his big blind, and the flop fell {8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{q-Spades}. Both players checked. The turn was the {k-Hearts}, Kilpatrick checked again, and Galfond fired out 22,000. Kilpatrick called, the river was the {8-Clubs}, and both players checked.

Kilpatrick dragged the pot with {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for trip eights.

Hand #87: Paur raised to 16,000 on the button, Kilpatrick three-bet to 41,000 out of the small blind, and Paur called. The dealer fanned {j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}, Kilpatrick led out for 40,000, Paur called, and the turn was the {10-Clubs}. Both players checked.

The river was the {k-Clubs}, Kilpatrick tanked for nearly two minutes then led out for 85,000, and Paur folded.

Tagovi: Kory KilpatrickPhil GalfondTaylor Paur

Cards in the Air

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We're back in the Mothership!


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There will now be a small break as the WSOP readies the live stream for nine-handed play.

Narenda Banwari Eliminated in 10th Place ($16,609)

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Narendra Banwari - 10th Place
Narendra Banwari - 10th Place

Hand #79: Dylan Linde raised to 17,000 in middle position, Chris Bell called on the button, and the flop came down {k-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. Linde continued for 23,000, Bell called in the hijack, and the turn was the {2-Diamonds}. Linde checked, Bell knuckled behind, and the river was the {7-Spades}. The two checked again, and Bell took down the pot with {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}.

Hand #80: Phil Galfond raised to 17,000 in middle position, and no one looked him up.

Hand #81: Linde received a walk.

Hand #82: Bell raised in middle position, earning the blinds and antes.

Hand #83: Galfond raised to 18,000 from under the gun, Jack Duong called in middle position, and Narendra Banwari moved all in for 117,000 from the big blind. Galfond quickly folded, and Duong tanked for a well over two minutes before calling, putting Banwari at risk.

Banwari: {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}
Duong: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}

The {k-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} flop missed Duong, but the {a-Spades} spiked on the turn. The {10-Hearts} bricked off on the river, and Banwari was eliminated.

Tagovi: Chris BellDylan LindeJack DuongNarendra BanwariPhil Galfond

Hand #78: Duong Check-Jams

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Jack Duong
Jack Duong

Taylor Paur raised to 16,000 on the button, Jack Duong called in the big blind and the flop came {9-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{5-Spades}. Duong checked, Paur continued for 18,000 and Duong called. The turn was the {a-Hearts}, Duong knuckled again and Paur tossed out another 28,000. Duong check-raised all in for 142,000 and Paur snap-folded.

Tagovi: Jack DuongTaylor Paur