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

Monday, June 24, 2013 to Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Event #44: No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $2,926,560
  • Entries: 1,072
  • Remaining: 0
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6/27/2013 2:56:59 AM PST
 
Sandeep Pulusani Wins Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em!
 

2013 WSOP Event 44 Gold Bracelet Winner Sandeep Pulusani

After 3 days of all ins, bad beats and aces on the river, Sandeep Pulusani took down Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em for his first gold bracelet and $592,684. Pulusani started the day fourth in chips and remained relatively quiet. Even though he started heads up play with an 8:1 chip deficit, his game took on a new dimension and he dominated play throughout the battle until he claimed victory.

The road to the final table was littered with notables making the money including: Randy Lew (113th), Lauren Kling (112th), Sorel Mizzi (90th), Barth Hanson (88th), Eddy Sabat (39th) and Matt Marafioti (23rd).

It took about five hours to narrow the field from the 22 players that started the day to the official final table of nine. All eyes were on Jason Mercier when play began, as he chipped up early and was building a healthy stack. He ended up being eliminated 16th in one of the most memorable hands of the tournament. All the money went in on the turn when Mercier had a full house only to see it bettered when an ace fell on the river.

Just 12 hands into the final table, the first player, Phillippe Vert, was eliminated in 9th place, when for the second time during the day, a two-outer ace came on the river for a huge pot. The next player to go was Pedro Rios in 8th place. Rios spent the whole day as a short stack but had some double ups in key places to get to the final table.

Nam Le was eliminated in 7th place when a true cooler hand transpired. Action folded around to Le in the small blind who woke up to find kings and Niall Farrell looked down at aces from the big. Farrell was also responsible for the elimination of Mark Teltscher in 6th place, when Teltscher's two overs couldn't win a coin flip against the pair of Farrell.

The Day 1 chipleader, Zo Karim, was our 5th-place finisher. Karim accumulated a lot of chips early but wasn't able to get momentum on his side later in the day, when it really mattered. Martin Hanowski lost a flip to Niall Farrell for over 2/3 of the chips in play and left him with less than 10 big blinds. That would set him up for a 4th-place finish just a few hands later.

Michael Rocco was the big stack for most of the day heading into the final table but he never seemed to get anything going while on the main stage. He was eliminated in 3rd place when his sixes failed to improve against Farrell's kings. The final elimination of the night came when Niall Farrell lost a few key all ins and Pulusani paired his kicker on an ace versus ace hand.

Now that Pulusani has claimed his bracelet, our coverage here is complete. Keep your browser on PokerNews.com for all the latest news and tournament coverage from the 2013 World Series of Poker. Good night from Las Vegas!

6/27/2013 2:41:26 AM PST
 
Niall Farrell Eliminated in 2nd Place ($366,815)
 

Niall Farrell

Hand #181: Sandeep Pulusani raised to 200,000 and Niall Farrell went all in. Pulusani called and the hands were tabled.

Pulusani:
Farrell:

Many times this hand would chop but the board was kind to Pulusani when a three came on the flop. The board read and Pulusani took the pot and eliminated Farrell in 2nd Place.

6/27/2013 2:40:18 AM PST
 
Hands #179-180 Pulusani Doubles To Take Massive Chip Lead
 

Hand #179- Sandeep Pulusani raised to 200,000, and Niall Farrell reraised it to 500,000. Pulusani then four bet it to one million exactly, and Farrell moved all in. Pulusani quickly folded, and Farrell retook the chip lead.

Hand #180- Farrell made it 200,000, and Pulusani reraised to 500,000. Farrell asked Pulusani how much he had behind, and when he got the number, four million, Farrell moved all in. Pulusani called.

Farrell:
Pulusani:

Pulusani was well out in front, but short of an ace coming, the flop was as bad as he could see, coming . According to the PokerNews odds calculator, Farrell was actually the favorite now, as he would win 54% of the time. Farrell could catch an ace, five, or heart to win the hand, but the turn was the . Pulusani was looking to fade it one more time, and the river brought the other black jack, the .

After winning that hand, Pulusani has a huge lead of eight million chips.

Sandeep Pulusani8,000,0002,800,000
Niall Farrell1,600,000-2,800,000
6/27/2013 2:26:26 AM PST
 
Handa #174-178: Seeing A Few Flops
 

Hand #174: Niall Farrell folded to Sandeep Pulusani.

Hand #175: Pulusani raised to 200,000 and Farrell made the call. Farrell check called Pulusani's bet of 150,000 on the flop. Farrell checked the turn and Pulusani bet 300,000. Farrell called and then came the river. Farrell bet out and Pulusani folded.

Hand #176: Farrell raised to 200,000 and Pulasani folded.

Hand #177: Pulusani raised to 200,000 and Farrell folded.

Hand #178: Farrell raised to 200,000 and Pulusani called. Pulusani checked the flop and Farrell bet 200,000. Pulusani called and checked the turn. Farrell checked behind and the river was dealt. Both players checked and Pulusani won the pot with .

6/27/2013 2:18:06 AM PST
 
Hands #172 and 173 Pulusani Doubles Up Into the Chip Lead
 

Hand #172- Sandeep Pulusani gets a walk in the big blind.

Hand #173- Pulusani made it 200,000 to go on the button, and Farrell repopped it to 480,000. Pulusani moved all in for 2.6 million, and Farrell immediately asked for a count. When he got it, he made the call.

Farrell:
Pulusani:

The flop came , and Pulusani stayed out in front. The on the turn meant that Farrell could only win with a king or a queen. The river was paint, but it was one of the only cards that wouldn't help him, as the came.

The stacks were broken down, and Pulusani jumped up to 5.2 million, while Farrell dropped to 4.4 million.

Sandeep Pulusani5,200,0002,800,000
Niall Farrell4,400,000-2,800,000
6/27/2013 2:11:05 AM PST
 
Hands #166-171: Back and Forth
 

Hand #166: Niall Farrell raised to 160,000 and Sandeep Pulusani folded.

Hand #167: Pulusani raised to 160,000 and Farrell reraised to 400,000. Pulusani made the call and both players checked the flop. Farrell bet 365,000 on the turn and Pulusani folded.

Hand #168: Farrell raised to 160,000 and Pulusani made the call. Pulusani checked the flop and Farrell bets 160,000. Pulusani made the call and the turn was dealt. Pulusani checked and Farrell bet 255,000. Pulusani folded and Farrell raked the pot.

Hand #169: Pulusani raised to 200,000 and Farrell folded.

Hand #170: Farrell raised to 200,00 and Pulusani folded.

Hand #171: Pulusani raised to 200,000 and Farrell folded.

6/27/2013 2:09:44 AM PST
 
One More Level Tonight
 

We have just started level 31, and it will be the last one of the night. If a winner isn't decided in an hour, the two will come back tomorrow to play out to a winner then.

6/27/2013 2:08:54 AM PST
 
Level 31 started
 
Level: 31 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 10000
6/27/2013 1:59:52 AM PST
 
Hands #161-165 More Swapping
 

Hand #161- Sandeep Pulusani raised to 160,000 from the button, and Niall Farrell reraised it to 380,000. Pulusani folded, and Farrell took down the pot.

Hand #162- Farrell made it 160,000 to go, and Pulusani made it 400,000 from the big blind. Farrell folded.

Hand #163- Pulusani raised to 160,000, and Farrell made the call. The flop ran down , and both players checked. The hit the turn, and Farrell tossed out 160,000. Pulusani folded, and the pot went Harrell's way.

Hand #164- Farrell made it 160,000 to go from the button, and Pulusani made the call. The flop came , and Pulusani checked to Farrell, who bet 160,000. Pulusani folded, and Farrell took it down.

Hand #165- Pulusani made it 160,000, and Farrell called. was the flop, and both players checked. The turn was the , and Farrell fired out 160,000. Pulusani made it 400,000 to go, and Farrell folded.

6/27/2013 1:51:50 AM PST
 
Hands #156-160: Pulusani Continues to Apply Pressure
 

Hand #156: Niall Farrell raised to 160,000 and Sandeep Pulusani reraised to 400,000. Farrell folded and Pulusani won.

Hand #157: Pulusani raised to 160,000 and Farrell made the call. Farrell check-folded to Pulusani's bet of 160,000 on the flop.

Hand #158: Farrell folded to Pulusani.

Hand #159: Pulusani raised to 160,000 and Farrell folded.

Hand #160: Farrell folded to Pulusani.

6/27/2013 1:47:33 AM PST
 
Hands #151-155 Pulusani Loses Some, Then Gets It Back
 

Hand #151- Sandeep Pulusani raised to 160,000, and Niall Farrell made the call. The flop came down , and Farrell fired out 160,000. Pulusani fired out a raise of 500,000, and it was back to Farrell. He thought for about 30 seconds before moving all in, and Pulusani immediately folded.

Hand #152- Farrell folded his hand, giving Pulusani a walk.

Hand #153- Pulusani made it 160,000 to go from the button, and Farrell made the call. The flop came , and Farrell checked to Pulusani, who fired out 160,000. Farrell tagged along to see the , and both players checked. The hit the river, and Farrell checked one more time. Pulusani bet out 450,000, and Farrell quickly folded.

Hand #154- Farrell raised to 160,000, and Pulusani reraised to 400,000. Farrell folded his hand, and Pulusani took down another one.

Hand #155- Pulusani made it 160,000 to go, and he took down the pot.

6/27/2013 1:42:25 AM PST
 
Quick Break Is Over
 

The players have taken their seats and the cards are once again in the air.

6/27/2013 1:36:23 AM PST
 
Bathroom Break
 

The players have decided to take a quick five minute break to use the facilities.

6/27/2013 1:32:27 AM PST
 
Hands #146-150: Farrell Starting To Fight Back
 

Hand #146: Niall Farrell raised 160,000 and Sandeep Pulusani folded.

Hand #147: Pulusani raised to 160,000 and Farrell made the call. Farrell checked the flop and Pulusani bet 160,000. Farrell made the call and the led for 295,000 on the turn. Pulusani made the call and the river was dealt. Farrell checked and Pulusani bet 360,000. Farrell called and Pulusani won with .

Hand #148: Farrell raised to 160,000 and Pulusani reraised to 400,000. Farrell reraised all in and Pulusani folded.

Hand #149: Pulusani raised to 160,000 and Farrell reraised to 380,000. Pulusani folded and Farrell took the pot.

Hand #150: Farrell raised to 160,000 and Pulusani folded.

6/27/2013 1:21:54 AM PST
 
Hands #141-145 Pulusani Continues to Chip Away
 

Hand #141- Sandeep Pulusani made it 160,000 to go, and Niall Farrell moved all in. Pulusani folded his hand, and Farrell collected the pot.

Hand #142- Farrell made it 160,000 from the button, and Pulusani moved all in. Farrell folded, and Pulusani took down the hand.

Hand #143- Pulusani made it 160,000 to go, and he took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #144- Farrell changed it up and called from the button this time, and Pulusani raised it to 240,000. Farrell folded, and Pulusani took down the pot.

Hand #145- Pulusani made it 160,000 to go, and Farrell made the call from the big blind. The flop ran down , and Farrell check folded to a bet of 160,000 from Pulusani.

Niall Farrell7,000,000-400,000
Sandeep Pulusani2,600,000400,000
6/27/2013 1:15:39 AM PST
 
Hands #136-140: Pulusani Dominating Play So Far
 

Hand #136: Farrell raised to 160,000 and Pulusani reraised all in. Farrell folded to the pressure.

Hand #137: Pulusani raised to 160,000 and Farrell reraised to 380,000. Pulusani made the call and Farrell bet 345,000 on the flop. Pulusani folded and Farrel claimed the pot.

Hand #138: Pulusani received a walk.

Hand #139: Pulusani raised to 160,000 and Farrell made the call. Farrell check-folded to Pulusani's 160,000 bet on the flop.

Hand #140: Pulusani received a walk.

6/27/2013 1:07:47 AM PST
 
Hands #132-136 Pulusani Crawling Back In
 

Hand #132- Sandeep Pulusani raised to 120,000 on the button, and Niall Farrell reraised it to 275,000. Pulusani moved all in, and Farrell quickly folded his hand.

Hand #133- Farrell made it 160,000 to go from the button, and Pulusani made the call. The flop came down , and Pulusani checked to Farrell, who bet out 145,000. Pulusani folded his hand, and the pot was pushed to Farrell.

Hand #134- Pulusani made it 160,000 to go from the button, and Farrell called from the big blind. The dealer fanned out a flop of , and Farrell checked to Pulusani, who bet out 160,000. Farrell tossed in the call, and the turn brought the . Farrell checked again, and this time, Pulusani fired out 300,000. Farrell folded his hand, and he took down another pot.

Hand #135- Farrell made it 160,000 to go from the button, and Pulusani moved all in, Farrell folded, and another pot was sent over to his opponent.

Hand #136- Pulusani made it 160,000 from the button, and Farrell folded.

Niall Farrell7,300,000-400,000
Sandeep Pulusani2,300,000400,000
6/27/2013 12:59:15 AM PST
 
Level 30 started
 
Level: 30 Blinds: 40000/80000 Ante: 10000
6/27/2013 12:58:02 AM PST
 
Hand #126-131: Pulusani Gaining A Little Ground
 

Hand #126: Sandeep Pulusani raised 120,000 and Niall Farrell called. Farrell checked out on the flop.

Hand #127: Farrell raised to 120,000 and Pulusani reraised to 280,000. Farrell folded and Pulusani raked the pot.

Hand #128: Pulusani raised to 120,000 and Farrell folded.

Hand #129: Farrell raised to 120,000 and Pulusani moved all in prompting Farrell to fold.

Hand #130: Pulusani raised to 120,000 and Farrell called. Farrell check-called Pulusani's bet of 120,000 on flop. Both players checked the turn. Farrell checked river and Pulusani checked behind. Farrell showed for trip tens and the pot.

Hand #131: Farrell raised to 120,000 and Pulusani folded.

6/27/2013 12:47:54 AM PST
 
Hands #121-125 Trading Pots
 

Hand #121- Niall Farrell made it 120,000 to go from the button, and Sandeep Pulusani thought for a few moments before folding.

Hand #122- Pulusani raised to 120,000, and Farrell made the call. The flop came , and Farrell checked to Pulusani, who fired out 125,000. Farrell check raised to 285,000, and Pulusani folded, giving Farrell the pot.

Hand #123- Farrell made it 120,000 to go from the button, and Pulusani moved all in . Farrell kicked his hand in, and Pulusani took down the pot.

Hand #124- Pulusani raised to 120,000, and Farrell folded his big blind.

Hand #125- Farrell made it 120,000 to go, and Pulusani folded his hand.

6/27/2013 12:45:55 AM PST
 
Hands #117-120: Pulusani Doubles
 

Hand #117: Niall Farrell raised all in and Sandeep Pulusani folded.

Hand #118: Pulusani folded to Farrell.

Hand #119: Farrell raised all in and Pulusani folded.

Hand #120: Pulusani raised all in from the button and Farrell called.

Pulusani:
Farrell:

The flop was good for Farrell when it came . However the turn put Pulusani in the driver's seat and the kept him there, giving Pulusani the win and the double up.

Niall Farrell8,120,000-780,000
Sandeep Pulusani1,480,000710,000
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