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2013 44th Annual World Series of PokerThe Official WSOP Live Updates

Monday, June 3, 2013 to Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Event #10: Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $870,750
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6/6/2013 2:37:11 AM PST
 
Congratulations to Brent Wheeler, Winner of Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em ($191,605)
 

Brent Wheeler - Winner!

It took 121 hands of heads-up play, but we finally have a winner in Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em, Brent Wheeler. Wheeler bested Mark Mierkalns to earn $191,605 and his first career gold bracelet. The Chicagoan now has over three quarters of a million dollars in career tournament earnings and 14 World Series of Poker cashes.

The third and final day began with 19 players, and leading the way was the only bracelet winner remaining; Eric Froehlich. Jeff Shulman, who entered the day with just a few big bets, was the first to bust, and from there we lost Brandon Guss, Thomas Blizniak, Melanie Banfield , and Binh Ly.

Ly was one of the leaders on the money bubble, but fell down the counts during the latter stages of the evening. On Day 3 he busted to Grayson Scoggin, who turned a pair of kings against Ly's ace-high. The river was a blank, and Ly was eliminated.

Following Ly out the door were Morgan Newman, John Zipperer, Jack Jiang, and Aaron Ogus.

The unofficial final table lasted for longer than an hour, until finally Ahmed Mohamed busted in 10th place. Mohamed got into a flip with ace-king against Malissia Zapata's pocket queens, and the queens held up.

The first player to bust at the official final table was Froehlich. After taking a few hits, including one hand where Chiduziem Obi ran down a wheel, Froehlich was in for less than a big blind. Unfortunately, he was unable to survive against two opponents, busting in ninth place.

Alex Queen, Brian Nichols, and William James were the next three players to hit the rail. Queen and Nichols were very short stacked when they exited, while James lost a series of pots at the start of Level 24. Finally, James was all in against two opponents, and lost to Mierkalns who rivered a pair of tens.

Grayson Scoggin, who was playing in his first WSOP event, finished in fifth, Obi busted in fourth, and Zapata took her leave in third place.

Wheeler, who entered the final table seventh in chips, started heads-up play with a small lead, and began to run away with it. Then suddenly, in Level 27, the pendulum swung. Mierkalns built a more than 2:1 chip lead, but Wheeler came storming back. In the end, Wheeler finished the deed in Level 28, and you can read that hand below.

PlacePlayerPrize
1stBrent Wheeler$191,605
2ndMark Mierkalns$118,300
3rdMalissia Zapata$76,904
4thChiduziem Obi$56,485
5thGrayson Scoggin$42,074
6thWilliam James$31,747
7thBrian Nichols$24,232
8thAlex Queen$18,703
9thEric Froehlich$14,585

Congratulations to Wheeler for shipping the 10th bracelet awarded this summer. There are still 52 more up for grabs, so be sure to check back to PokerNews for all of your exclusive live tournament updates from the 44th annual WSOP!

6/6/2013 2:06:21 AM PST
 
Mark Mierkalns Eliminated in 2nd Place ($118,300)
 

Mark Mierkalns - 2nd Place

Hand #240: Brent Wheeler received a walk.

Hand #241: Wheeler raised on the button, Mark Mierkalns three-bet, and Wheeler called. The flop came , Mierkalns led out, Wheeler made it two bets, Mierkalns made it three, Wheeler made it four, and Mierkalns moved all in. Wheeler called.

Mierkalns:
Wheeler:

Wheeler was drawing to a ten to double or running pair cards higher than a three to chop the pot, but it wasn't to be as the turn and river came , respectively. Mierkalns was eliminated in second place, earning $118,300.

Brent Wheeler2,900,000705,000
Mark Mierkalns0-705,000
6/6/2013 2:03:52 AM PST
 
Hands 231-239
 

Hand #231: Mark Mierkalns got a walk.

Hand #232: Mierkalns raised, Brent Wheeler called. The flop came . Wheeler check-called. The turn was . Wheeler check-called. The river was . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns called. Wheeler showed .

Hands #233-236: The players received walks.

Hand #237: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns called. The flop came . Both players checked. The turn came . Both players checked. The river came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler folded.

Hand #238: Mierkalns called, Wheeler checked. The flop came . Wheeler check-folded.

Hand #239: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns folded.

6/6/2013 1:58:15 AM PST
 
B-Dubs
 

Hand #226: Mark Mierkalns raised, Brent Wheeler called, and the flop came . Wheeler check-called a bet, then check-called another when the turned. Both players checked when the completed the board, and Mierkalns won with . Wheeler showed .

Hand #227: Mierkalns called a raise, then check-called a bet on the flop. The turn was the , Mierkalns checked again, and Wheeler bet. Mierkalns check-raised, Wheeler called, and the completed the board. Both players checked, and Mierkalns announced that he had jack-high. Wheeler showed for ace-high and won the hand.

Hand #228: Mierkalns raised and won the pot.

Hand #229: Mierkalns received a walk.

Hand #230: Wheeler three-bet, then led out on a flop of . Mierkalns raised, Wheeler called, and the turn was the . Wheeler led again, this time Mierkalns called, and the completed the board. Wheeler bet, Mierkalns called, and Wheeler showed for a pair of aces. It was good.

Brent Wheeler2,195,000445,000
Mark Mierkalns705,000-445,000
6/6/2013 1:47:01 AM PST
 
Mierkalns Makes a Big Call
 

Hand #220: On the 100th hand of heads-up play, Mark Mierkalns raised, and Brent Wheeler folded.

Hand #221: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns called. The flop came . Mierkalns check-called. The turn came . Mierkalns check-folded.

Hand #222: Mierkalns raised, Wheeler called. The flop came . Wheeler check-raised. Mierkalns called. The turn came . Wheeler check-called. Both players checked the . Wheeler showed .

Hand #223: Mierkalns got a walk.

Hand #224: Mierkalns raised, Wheeler folded.

Hand #225: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns reraised, Wheeler called. The flop came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler called. The turn came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler raised and Mierkalns called. The river came , and Mierkalns check-called. He showed .

Brent Wheeler1,750,000-190,000
Mark Mierkalns1,150,000190,000
6/6/2013 1:36:24 AM PST
 
Mierkalns Tries a River Bluff
 

Hand #214: There was unknown action.

Hand #215: Brent Wheeler raised, Mark Mierkalns three-bet, and Wheeler called. Mierkalns led out on the flop, Wheeler called, and Mierkalns check-folded on the turn.

Hand #216: Wheeler called a raise then check-folded on an flop.

Hand #217: Mierkalns received a walk.

Hand #218: Mierkalns raised and won the pot.

Hand #219: Mierkalns called a raise, then check-called a bet on a flop of . Both players checked when the turned, and the completed the board. Mierkalns bet, Wheeler raised, Mierkalns made it three bets, and Wheeler called. When Wheeler called, Mierkalns mucked, prompting Wheeler to open up .

Brent Wheeler1,940,00055,000
Mark Mierkalns960,000-55,000
6/6/2013 1:29:38 AM PST
 
Mierkalns on a Roll
 

Hand #209: Mark Mierkalns got a walk.

Hand #210: Mierkalns raised, Brent Wheeler called. The flop came . Wheeler check-folded.

Hand #211: Mierkalns got a walk.

Hand #212: Mierkalns raised, Wheeler raised and Mierkalns called. The flop came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns called. The turn came . Wheeler check-called. The river came . Wheeler check-called. Mierkalns showed .

Hand #213: Mierkalns got another walk.

6/6/2013 1:24:38 AM PST
 
Wheeler Back in Front
 

Brent Wheeler

Hand #206: Mark Mierkalns raised on the button, Brent Wheeler three-bet, and Mierkalns called. Wheeler led out on the flop, Mierkalns called, and the turn was the . Wheeler bet again, Mierkalns raised, and Wheeler folded.

Hand #207: Mierkalns called a raise, then check-called a bet on the flop () and the turn (). The river was the , Mierkalns opted to lead out, and Wheeler tank-called, showing . It was good.

Hand #208: Wheeler three-bet, then led out on a flop of . Mierkalns called. The turn was the , Wheeler led out again, and Mierkalns raised. Wheeler called. The river was the , Wheeler check-called a bet, and Mierkalns mucked when Wheeler showed for eights and fives.

Brent Wheeler1,885,000670,000
Mark Mierkalns1,015,000-670,000
6/6/2013 1:17:02 AM PST
 
Hands 201-205
 

Hand #201: Mark Mierkalns got a walk.

Hand #202: Mierkalns raised, Brent Wheeler reraised, Mierkalns reraised and Wheeler capped. The flop came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns called. The turn came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns folded.

Hand #203: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns called. The flop came . Both players checked. The turn came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler called. Both players checked the . Wheeler showed ace-high to win.

Hand #204: Wheeler got a walk.

Hand #205: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns called. The flop came . Mierkalns check-called. The turn came . Both players checked. The river came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler folded.

6/6/2013 1:09:19 AM PST
 
200th Hand
 

Hand #196: Brent Wheeler received a walk.

Hand #197: Mark Mierkalns called a raised, then led out on a flop of . Wheeler folded.

Hand #198: Wheeler three-bet, then led out on a flop of . Mierkalns folded.

Hand #199: Wheeler raised and took it down.

Hand #200: Mierkalns called a three-bet, then folded to a bet on a flop of .

Mark Mierkalns1,685,000-45,000
Brent Wheeler1,215,00045,000
6/6/2013 1:03:56 AM PST
 
Hands 193-195
 

Hand #193: Brent Wheeler raised, Mark Mierkalns called. The flop came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler raised and Mierkalns called. The turn came . Both checked. The river came . Mierkalns bet, and Wheeler folded.

Hand #194: Mierkalns called, Wheeler checked. The flop came . Wheeler check-raised, and Mierkalns called. The turn came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns raised and Wheeler folded.

Hand #195: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns called. The flop came . Mierkalns check-called. They checked through the and , and Wheeler took the pot with queen-high.

6/6/2013 12:56:51 AM PST
 
Back and Forth
 

Hand #191: Brent Wheeler had the button and raised. Mark Mierkalns raised, Wheeler made it four bets, and Mierkalns called. Mierkalns check-called a bet on the flop, and both players checked on the turn () and river (). Mierkalns showed for the wheel, and won.

Hand #192: Mierkalns limp-called a raise, then called bets on every street as the board came . Wheeler showed for a pair of jacks, and Mierkalns mucked.

Mark Mierkalns1,730,000-280,000
Brent Wheeler1,170,000280,000
6/6/2013 12:50:26 AM PST
 
Hands 187-190
 

Hand #187: Brent Wheeler raised, Mark Mierkalns called. The flop came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler raised and Mierkalns folded.

Hand #188: Mierkalns called, Wheeler checked. The flop came . Wheeler checked, Mierkalns bet and Wheeler folded.

Hand #189: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns called. The flop came . Mierkalns check-folded.

Hand #190: Mierkalns raised, Wheeler called. The flop came . Wheeler check-folded.

6/6/2013 12:46:03 AM PST
 
Mierkalns Over Two Million
 

Mark Mierkalns

Hand #185: Brent Wheeler raised, Mark Mierkalns called, and the flop fell . Mierkalns check-raised, Wheeler called, and the turn brought the . Mierkalns slowed down, check-calling a bet, and the river was the . Both players checked. Mierkalns showed for a pair of eights, winning the pot.

Hand #186: Wheeler called a raise, both players checked on a flop of , and Wheeler led out when the turned. Mierkalns folded.

Mark Mierkalns2,010,000160,000
Brent Wheeler890,000-160,000
6/6/2013 12:38:30 AM PST
 
Hands 183-184
 

Hand #183: Brent Wheeler called, Mark Mierkalns raised and Wheeler called. The flop came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler called. The turn came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler folded.

Hand #184: Mierkalns called, Wheeler checked. The flop came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns called. The turn came . Wheeler check-called. He did so again on the river. Mierkalns showed for a full house.

Mark Mierkalns1,850,000450,000
Brent Wheeler1,050,000-450,000
6/6/2013 12:34:00 AM PST
 
Even Steven
 

Hand #180: Brent Wheeler received a walk.

Hand #181: Mark Mierkalns three-bet, then led out on a flop of . Wheeler folded.

Hand #182: Mierkaln raised, Wheeler called, and the flop came . Wheeler led out, and Mierkalns called. The turn was the , Wheeler check-called a bet, and the completed the board. Wheeler check-called another bet. Mierkaln showed for a pair of sevens, and won the pot.

Brent Wheeler1,500,000-350,000
Mark Mierkalns1,400,000350,000
6/6/2013 12:19:03 AM PST
 
Hands 176-179
 

Hand #176: Mark Mierkalns raised and won the pot.

Hand #177: Mierkalns received a walk.

Hand #178: Brent Wheeler three-bet, Mierkalns called, and Wheeler led out on a flop of . Mierkalns raised, and Wheeler called. Wheeler check-called bets on the turn () and the river (), then mucked when Mierkalns showed for the wheel.

Hand #179: Wheeler raised, then called bets on the flop () and the turn (). Both players checked when the completed the board, and Mierkalns won with .

The players are now on a 20-minute break. Here are the official counts:

Brent Wheeler1,850,000-550,000
Mark Mierkalns1,050,000550,000
6/6/2013 12:13:26 AM PST
 
Wheeler Whittling Him Down
 

Hand #172: Mark Mierkalns raised, Brent Wheeler called. The flop came , and Wheeler check-folded.

Hand #173: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns called. The flop came , and Mierkalns bet and was called. The turn came , and Mierkalns check-called. The river came and both checked. Wheeler showed .

Hand #174: Mierkalns raised, Wheeler reraised and Mierkalns called. The flop came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns raised and Wheeler called. The turn came . Wheeler check-called. The river came , and Wheeler bet. Mierkalns called and was shown . Mierkalns showed the before mucking.

Hand #175: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns called. The flop came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns raised, Wheeler reraised and Mierkalns called. The turn came . Mierkalns check-called. The river came , and Mierkalns check-folded.

Brent Wheeler2,400,000695,000
Mark Mierkalns500,000-700,000
6/6/2013 12:07:08 AM PST
 
Mierkalns "Misses a Bet," Still Back Over a Million
 

Mark Mierkalns, Brent Wheeler are heads up

Hand #166: Brent Wheeler called a raise from Mark Mierkalns, and both players checked on the flop. Wheeler check-folded to a bet when the turned.

Hand #167: Mierkalns called a raise, the pair checked on the flop () and the turn (), and the river was the . Mierkalns led out, Wheeler called, and Mierkalns won with for a straight.

Hand #168: Wheeler called a raised, check-called a bet on the flop, and check-raised when the turned. Mierkalns folded.

Hand #169: Mierkalns received a walk.

Hand #170: Wheeler called a raise then check-folded to a bet on the flop.

Hand #171: Mierkalns called a raise, then check-raised on a flop of . Wheeler called. The turn was the , Mierkalns led out, and Wheeler raised. Mierkalns called. Both players checked when the completed the board, and Mierkalns showed for the nut-flush.

"You missed a bet!" one of his friends joked from the rail.

Brent Wheeler1,705,000-400,000
Mark Mierkalns1,200,000310,000
6/5/2013 11:59:08 PM PST
 
Hands 161-165
 

Hand #161: Brent Wheeler raised, Mark Mierkalns called. The flop came . Both players checked through the . The river was . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler folded.

Hand #162: Mierkalns raised, Wheeler called. The flop came . Wheeler checked, Mierkalns bet and Wheeler raised. Mierkalns called. The turn came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns called. Action was the same on . Mierkalns showed .

Hand #163: Mierkaln got a walk.

Hand #164: Mierkalns raised, Wheeler called. The flop came . Both players checked. The turn came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns called. The river came . Wheeler bet, Mierkalns called. Wheeler showed .

Hand #165: Wheeler raised, Mierkalns reraised and Wheeler called. The flop came . Mierkalns bet, Wheeler called. The turn came . Mierkalns check-called. The river came . Both checked. Mierkalns showed .

Brent Wheeler2,105,000-325,000
Mark Mierkalns890,000415,000
6/5/2013 11:50:37 PM PST
 
Wheeler Can Taste It
 

Brent Wheeler

Hand #157: Mark Mierkalns called a raise, check-called a bet on a flop of , and both playes checked when the turned. Mierkalns checked a third time when the completed the board, Brent Wheeler bet, and Mierkalns called. Wheeler showed for nut-no-pair, and Mierkalns mucked.

Hand #158: Mierkalns raised, Wheeler three-bet, Mierkalns four-bet, and Wheeler called. Wheeler check-called a bet on the flop, both players knuckled when the turned, and the completed the board. Wheeler led out, Mierkalns called, and Wheeler showed for a pair of queens it was good.

Hand #159: Mierkalns called a raised, both players checked on the flop, and Wheeler led out on the turn () and the river (). Mierkalns called both bets, showing , but it was no good against Wheeler's .

Hand #160: Wheeler three-bet, then led out on every street as the board came . Mierkalns called all three bets but the one on the river, folding the face up.

Brent Wheeler2,430,000630,000
Mark Mierkalns475,000-630,000
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