Hand #11: John Smith raised to 30,000 and Ryan Riess called to see a flop of . Riess checked, Smith bet 35,000, and that won the pot without showdown.
Hand #12: Riess made it 30,000 to go and Smith three-bet to 72,000, which Riess called. On the flop, Smith checked and Riess bet 28,000. Smith called and led the turn for 77,000. Riess raised to 185,000 and that shut down all further action.
Hand #13: Smith raised to 35,000 and Riess called. On a flop of , both players checked. The fell on the turn and Riess check-called a bet worth 55,000. Both then checked again the on the river and Riess turned over . Smith had that beat with and won the second showdown of the duel.
Hand #14: Riess raised to 30,000 and Smith called. On the flop, Smith bet 40,000 and Riess called. The fell on the turn and Smith checked. Riess bet 80,000 and was called to see the appear on the river. Smith checked the second street in a row and Riess bet 150,000. Smith took some time and eventually called, then mucked when Riess showed for two pair.
Welcome to Day 3 coverage of Event #15: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship.
After five rounds of matches, only four players remain from the starting field of 129 entrants. What's on the line? A coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Each player is guaranteed $125,454 as of now, but alongside the bracelet is a first-place prize of $324,470.
John Smith, Ryan Riess, Adrian Mateos and Charlie Carrel have each won five consecutive matches to reach this point, but they'll have to win two more to climb the mountain and capture the bracelet.
Here were their respective paths to this point:
Round of 128
Round of 64
Round of 32
Round of 16
Round of 8
Will Ryan Riess add a second WSOP bracelet to go along with his 2013 Main Event title? Will Charlie Carrel's terrific recent run continue? Will Adrian Mateos capture his third WSOP bracelet before his 23rd birthday? Or will Purple Heart recepient John Smith follow last year's runner-up performance with a win this year?
The action is set to kick off at 3:00 p.m. with Smith vs. Riess. Following the conclusion of that match, Mateos and Carrel will take to the felt. The championship match will take place shortly afterward, so be sure to follow along as we provide live updates on the action, as the quest to crown the newest bracelet winner concludes!