Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (2024)

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Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em

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Event Info

2024 World Series of Poker

Final Results

Winner

Martin Alcaide

Winning Hand

77

Prize

$501,250

Event Info

Buy-in

$400

Prize Pool

$5,940,883

Entries

19,337

Level Info

Level

48

Blinds

10,000,000 / 15,000,000

Ante

15,000,000

Players Info - Day 3

Entries

92

Players Left

1

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Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em

Day 3 Completed

VAMOS! Martin Alcaide Claims First Bracelet and $501,250 in The Colossus

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Level 48: Blinds 10,000,000/15,000,000, 15,000,000 ante

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (4)

$400. Three days. 19,337 entries. $5,940,883 prize pool. 772,120,000 chips, and one gold bracelet.

This is what embodied Event #70: The Colossus here at the 2024 WSOP at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. Sitting atop it all is Martin Alcaide, clutching his first gold bracelet and largest live-career cash of $501,250. He waded through one of the largest WSOP fields ever recorded, put on a stellar performance during the final day, and ended it by defeating Singapore’s Yujian Eugen Zhou heads-up.

Event #70: $400 Colossus Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPayout
1Martin AlcaideBulgaria$501,250
2Yujian Eugen ZhouSingapore$325,640
3Brooks FloydUnited States$247,030
4Joel VanettenUnited States$188,510
5Ricky AndinoUnited States$144,700
6Bohdan SlyvinskyiBulgaria$111,740
7Caleb PowellUnited States$86,800
8Trevor BrownUnited States$67,840
9Nicholas RichardsUnited States$53,354
10Joshua WelchUnited States$42,200

Winner's Reaction

“I feel so relieved mostly.” Alcaide said in his post-win interview, “I was mostly just scared of losing, which is not a good mindset, so I was just trying to concentrate on the hands, so I relieved more to be rid of the tension than the happiness right now, but I'm sure that will change.”

The Spanish-born Bulgarian might not have a very active Hendon Mob, but that does not mean he is new to poker by any means. He explained that he and Sergio Aido (who was on his rail) started playing together early in their careers.

"We started playing at the lowest of the low stakes, and obviously, he kept playing and became one of the best in the world, but I took a break from playing for almost ten years. I had some problems with Spanish online poker laws and regulations, and then I actually turned to making content. I played competitively for E-Sports and was a manager for G3 playing Clash Royale.”

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (5)

Alcaide also said that he mostly plays online which is why he thinks he has an edge when it comes to massive fields such as this one, as he has done so before in the GGPoker streets, which do not appear on his Hendon Mob.

“I actually owe this win to GG, as I would not be here if I had not won a seat into the Main Event,” he said with as much heart-filled gratitude as one could have for an online website.

Day 3 Action

As was to be expected, Day 3 began hot and heavy as many of the 92 returning players rapidly fell to the wayside. Two of these players were Ari Engel (68th - $8,100), Day 1a chipleader Dohang Na (66th - $8,100), and Greg Raymer (56th - $9,740).

The players were then whittled down to the final three tables right before the second break of the day. The first to go then was controversial player Men Nguyen, who was sent out by Lisa Tan and was met by a roaring applause from the remaining players. The last big name to fall was that of Matt Glantz, who made it all the way to 19th place before he got it in with pocket kings against none other than Alcaide who held eights. Unfortunately for Glantz, an eight appeared on the turn for Alcaide, and he was sent to the rail for a payout of $21,680. This moment propelled Alcaide into the chip lead and allowed him to take over the tournament.

“I opened, two people called that obviously were going to fold, and he pushed 16 blinds. He is a great player, so he knows he has to squeeze there with a big range and is not scared to lose, so I called, and he just had kings, but I hit the eight. With that, I accomplished two things: I eliminated the best player left in the field, and I was chip leader.”

With the elimination of Glantz, the players were redrawn into the final two tables. Still, it wasn't long before Henrik Juncker was eliminated in 11th place ($42,200) by Brooks Floyd to send the surviving ten players to the final table.

Final Table

Coming into the final table, Alcaide and Floyd were neck and neck while Trevor Brown and Ricky Andino were tied for third. Twenty-three-year-old Brown easily became a fan favorite with his feel-good story of coming to Vegas with $1,000 in his pocket. Here, he was playing for half a million dollars that he would use to pay off his dad’s house. Things were looking up for Brown when he scored a huge double with ace-king against the ace-queen of Bohdan Slyvinskyi but unfortunately tangled with pocket tens against the jacks of Joel Vanetten that left him short. He secured a pay jump when Vanetten knocked out Nicholas Richards in ninth but met his fate when he shoved five-seven suited into the ace-jack of Alcaide and exited in eighth for $67,840- far from empty-handed.

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (6)

Meanwhile, Slyvinskyi, who was very short after doubling up Brown, had managed to double up several times and made two pay jumps as Brown and Caleb Powell were eliminated before he met his fate at the hands of Vanetten. Slyvinskyi got it all in preflop with queens against the ace-king of Vanetten, but an ace appeared on the flop to send him out in sixth place.

Right after that, it became the Zhou show when he managed to triple up into the chip lead when his jack-ten offsuit bested the ace-king of Brooks Floyd. Ricky Andino had called Zhou’s jam preflop but was forced to fold when Floyd shoved over the top, leading to the triple-up for Zhou.

Zhou then got it all in with his infamous jack-ten once again, this time against Alcaide's pocket aces. By some miracle, Zhou hit a gutshot straight on the turn to score a massive double, which left Alcaide on life support with just a few big blinds. That did not stop Alcaide, however, because he managed to claw his way back, found a big double through Andino, and then later eliminated him in fifth place to surge back into the chip lead. Alcaide then took down several other pots while Zhou scored the knockouts by busting Vanetten in fourth place when his ace-king was cracked by Zhou’s queen-ten, and then shortly after, Floyd exited with ace-nine against the pocket kings of Zhou.

Going into the heads-up battle, Alcaide and Zhou had rather even stacks, but Alcaide quickly pulled into the lead when he three-bet jammed on the river, forcing a fold from Zhou in a big pot. From there, it was just a matter of chipping away at Zhou’s stack until he eventually held a 3:1 chip advantage. Alcaide then open-jammed once more with pocket sevens, and Zhou decided to call off his tournament life with pocket fives. No miracles appeared this time for Zhou, and he was eliminated as the runner-up, while Alcaide celebrated emphatically with his rail as a bracelet winner.

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (7)

Well, that wraps up the coverage of Event #70 at the 2024 WSOP here at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, but be sure to keep PokerNews open, especially as the Main Event kicks off tomorrow!

Tags:Ari EngelBohdan SlyvinskyiBrooks FloydCaleb PowellDohang NaGreg RaymerHenrik JunckerJoel VanEttenJoshua WelchLisa TangMartin AlcaideMatt GlantzMen NguyenNicholas RichardsRicky AndinoSergio AidoTrevor BrownYujian Eugen Zhou

Yujian Eugen Zhou Eliminated in 2nd Place ($325,640)

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Level 48: Blinds 10,000,000/15,000,000, 15,000,000 ante

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (9)

After slowly grinding down his opponent in heads-up play, Martin Alcaide, on the button, moved all in. Yujian Eugen Zhou, in the big blind, made the call for his effective stack.

Yujian Eugen Zhou: 55 Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (10)
Martin Alcaide: 77

The board ran out Q9J6J; Alcaide's superior pocket pair held to send Zhou to the rail, ending his deep run in an impressive second place.

PlayerChipsProgress
Martin Alcaide773,000,000

195,000,000

195,000,000

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (13)

Yujian Eugen ZhouBusted

Tags:Yujian Eugen ZhouMartin Alcaide

Alcaide Extends Lead

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Level 48: Blinds 10,000,000/15,000,000, 15,000,000 ante

Yujian Eugen Zhou limped in from the button and Martin Alcaide checked his option in the big blind.

The 9QJ flop saw Alcaide check. Zhou bet out for 15,000,000 and Alcaide check-raised to 47,000,000. Zhou called.

The 5 river saw Alcaide tank before moving all in for Zhou's effective stack of approximately 195,000,000. Zhou was forced to fold.

PlayerChipsProgress
Martin Alcaide578,000,000

100,000,000

100,000,000

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (19)

Yujian Eugen Zhou195,000,000

-99,000,000

-99,000,000

Tags:Yujian Eugen Zhou

Level: 48

Blinds: 10,000,000/15,000,000

Ante: 15,000,000

Alcaide Wants to Play for It All

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Level 47: Blinds 5,000,000/10,000,000, 10,000,000 ante

Yujian Eugen Zhou raised to 20,000,000 from the button and Martin Alcaide defended in the big blind.

The K8Q flop saw Alcaide check-call a bet of 15,000,000 from Zhou.

The 10 turn checked through to the A on the river. Alcaide bet out 17,000,000 and Zhou put in a raise to 50,000,000.

Alcaide went into the tank before three-bet jamming for approximately 300,000,000. Zhou was forced to fold.

PlayerChipsProgress
Martin Alcaide478,000,000

101,000,000

101,000,000

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (25)

Yujian Eugen Zhou294,000,000

-101,000,000

-101,000,000

Tags:Martin AlcaideYujian Eugen Zhou

Short Break

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Level 47: Blinds 5,000,000/10,000,000, 10,000,000 ante

The remaining players have taken a short 10-minute break before heads up play begins.

Brooks Floyd Eliminated in 3rd Place ($247,030)

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Level 47: Blinds 5,000,000/10,000,000, 10,000,000 ante

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (30)

Brooks Floyd moved all in for approximately 140,000,000 from the small blind. Yujian Eugen Zhou, in the big blind, looked down at a monster and made the call.

Brooks Floyd: A9 Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (31)
Yujian Eugen Zhou: KK

The window card flashed the A, however, the K10 followed right behind it. The 8 turn and 7 river saw Zhou take the pot, sending Floyd to the rail.

PlayerChipsProgress
Yujian Eugen Zhou395,000,000

115,000,000

115,000,000
Martin Alcaide377,000,000

117,000,000

117,000,000

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Brooks FloydBusted

Tags:Brooks FloydYujian Eugen Zhou

Joel Vanetten Eliminated in 4th Place ($188,510)

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Level 47: Blinds 5,000,000/10,000,000, 10,000,000 ante

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Yujian Eugen Zhou moved all in preflop and Brooks Floyd thought about it for a good twenty seconds before he decided to fold, but then Joel Vanetten snap-called right behind him, putting himself at risk.

Joel Vanetten: AKEvent #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (41)
Yujian Eugen Zhou: Q10

Vanetten was in the lead going into this battle, and a king appeared in the window, but it came out KQ10 to give Zhou the lead with two pair. Vanetten could still hit an ace or a jack to win, but the runout of 7Q only improved Zhou to a full house to take the pot to eliminate Vanetten in fourth place.

PlayerChipsProgress
Yujian Eugen Zhou280,000,000

40,000,000

40,000,000
Joel VanettenBusted

Event #70: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em | 2024 World Series of Poker (46)

Tags:Brooks FloydJoel VanettenYujian Eugen Zhou

Level: 47

Blinds: 5,000,000/10,000,000

Ante: 10,000,000

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