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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 to Friday, June 08, 2012

Event #15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $996,400
  • Entries: 212
  • Remaining: 0
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06/09/12 03:20:03 AM PDT

Adam Friedman

After a grueling, three-hour heads up match against Todd Brunson, Adam Friedman is the owner of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

Day 3 started with 19 players, including Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey, who were looking to make history. For Hellmuth, it would've been his twelfth bracelet, extending his lead over Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan by two. For Ivey, it would be his ninth bracelet, putting him three behind Hellmuth. It would also earn him a lot of money in bracelet bets.

Hellmuth didn't even make it to the final table however - Friedman, who entered the day as the chip leader, eliminated him. Against Hellmuth, Friedman had a sixty-five low on fifth street, and if he picked up a diamond on seventh, he would scoop the whole pot. His downcard was indeeed the  , and Hellmuth was left with very few chips. A few hands later, Friedman eliminated Hellmuth with aces up.

"I thought this was the one," Hellmuth told his wife before heading off to the cage to pick up his money.

Joining Hellmuth on the rail before the final table were the following:

10thJesse Martin$21,392
11thAlexander Krapivinsky$17,187
12thChristopher George$17,187
13thNicholas Verkaik$14,009
14thBen Yu$14,009
15thPhil Hellmuth$11,637
16thTuan Vo$11,637
17thAllen Bari$9,675
18thMarco Johnson$9,675
19thEli Elezra$9,675

Within 20 minutes, Brian Twete was eliminated, and we had an official final table. Friedman was still in the lead, and John Monnette – who's already won a stud bracelet at the 2012 WSOP – was second in chips. Monnette eliminated Kenney, Friedman crippled Ivey, and then Brunson put the finishing touches on the seven-time bracelet winner. Zimnan Ziyard hit the rail next, followed by Sven Arntzen, and then we were four-handed for nearly an hour (not including the dinner break).

When the dinner break concluded, Nikolai Yakovenko was crippled by Monnette. Monnette made kings and queens, and despite having a      board, Yakovenko couldn't make a low to chop. He was later eliminated by Friedman, who was dealt split aces and improved to aces and jacks on sixth street.

Friedman had more than half of the chips on the table when three-handed play began, and remained in the lead for nearly two levels. Then, just when Doyle arrived to sweat his son, Todd caught fire. His stack nearly tripled in an hour, and after he eliminated Monnette in third place, Brunson had over two million chips.

Despite being out-chipped by a 2:1 ratio to start the match, Friedman didn't quit. Rather, he roared back and snatched the lead away from Brunson. The two then traded pots for the better part of three hours, until Friedman strung together a few pots and took a commanding lead. On the final hand, Brunson was dealt split tens, but was behind Friedman's concealed jacks. Friedman held to win his first live tournament since March of 2009, and of course, his first career WSOP bracelet.

1stAdam Friedman$269,037
2ndTodd Brunson$166,269
3rdJohn Monnette$109,444
4thNikolai Yakovenko$79,831
5thSven Arntzen$59,395
6thZimnan Ziyard$44,967
7thPhil Ivey$34,595
8thBryn Kenney$27,012
9thBrian Twete$21,392

Thanks for sticking with us through the entire day, and make sure you check back with us for all of your up-to-the-minute updates from the 2012 WSOP. Congratulations again to Adam Friedman, and good morning from Vegas!

06/09/12 03:19:48 AM PDT
Level: 30 Blinds: 80000/160000 Ante: 20000
06/09/12 03:08:52 AM PDT

Todd Brunson - 2nd Place

Todd Brunson:    /      /  
Adam Friedman:    /      /  

Friedman brought it in, Brunson completed, and Friedman called. Brunson led out on fourth and fifth street, Friedman called both bets, and the two checked on sixth.

On seventh, Brunson check-folded, leaving himself with only 600,000 chips.

Brunson:    /    
Friedman:    /    

On the final hand, Friedman brought it in, Brunson completed, and Friedman called. Brunson check-called a bet on fourth street, and on fifth street, after a series of raises, he was all in.


Friedman was ahead with a buried pair of jacks, and Brunson needed to improve on sixth or seventh. Both players bricked on sixth, and Friedman made two pair on seventh. Brunson was drawing to a ten and a ten only, and on seventh street he was dealt a meaningless  .

After playing heads up for three hours and change, Brunson must be disappointed, but a $166,269 score ain't too shabby.

06/09/12 02:40:16 AM PDT

Adam Friedman

Todd Brunson   /      /  
Adam Friedman   /      /  

Brunson called a bet from Friedman on sixth street, and both players checked on seventh. Friedman rolled over     for a pair of tens, and won the pot.

Friedman also won the next pot with a superior pair, and now he has the massive lead.

Adam Friedman2,300,000850,000
Todd Brunson880,000-850,000
06/09/12 02:36:22 AM PDT


Todd Brunson   /      /  
Adam Friedman   /      /  

Brunson brought it in, and Friedman called. Both players checked on fourth street, and Brunson check-called a bet on fifth. Friedman check-called a bet on sixth, and then led out on seventh. Brunson called.

Friedman tabled    , and scooped the pot.

Todd Brunson1,730,000-620,000
Adam Friedman1,450,000620,000
06/09/12 02:28:22 AM PDT

Todd Brunson scoops a monster.

Todd Brunson:    /      /  
Adam Friedman:    /      /  

Brunson brought it in, Friedman completed, and Brunson raised. Friedman called. Friedman led out on fourth and fifth street, Brunson called both bets, and Friedman slowed down on sixth, check-calling a bet from Brunson. Friedman check-called another bet on seventh, and Brunson tabled     for a pair of sixes and an eighty-six low.

Friedman mucked, and Brunson now has a massive lead.

Todd Brunson2,350,000600,000
Adam Friedman830,000-600,000
06/09/12 02:23:20 AM PDT


About an hour ago, we heard the rail shouting about pizza. The Poker Kitchen has been closed for a few hours now, so we didn't know what they were talking about - we just assumed that they were becoming a little loopy as the hours passed.

That's until a pizza delivery man came bounding into the deserted Amazon Room with five pies in his arms. The entire rail swarmed the pizza boxes, and the essence of cheese, pepperoni, and tomato sauce is now lingering in the air.

The rail is now a bit chippier than before, but it's still very late, and the food will only fuel them for so long.

06/09/12 02:15:10 AM PDT
Todd Brunson1,750,00070,000
Adam Friedman1,430,000-70,000
06/09/12 01:45:18 AM PDT

It's all even.

Todd Brunson:    /      /  
Adam Friedman:    /      /  

Brunson brought it in, Friedman completed, and Brunson raised. Friedman called, then check-called a bet on fourth street. Friedman bet out on fifth, Brunson called, then both players checked on sixth.

Friedman check-folded on seventh, and Brunson raked in the pot.

Todd Brunson1,680,000200,000
Adam Friedman1,500,000-200,000
06/09/12 01:37:42 AM PDT

Adam Friedman has regained the chip lead.

Todd Brunson:    /      /  
Adam Friedman:    /      /  

Friedman brought it in, Brunson completed, and Friedman called. Friedman check-raised on fourth street, Brunson called, and then Brunson led out on fifth. Friedman raised, and Brunson called.

On sixth, Friedman just called a bet from Brunson, and on seventh, Brunson slowed down, check-calling a bet from Friedman.

Friedman tabled     for queens and nines, and scooped a monster pot.

Adam Friedman1,700,000700,000
Todd Brunson1,480,000-700,000
06/09/12 01:32:09 AM PDT
Todd Brunson   /    
Adam Friedman   /    

Brunson brought it in, Friedman completed, and Brunson called. Friedman led out on fourth street, and Brunson called. Brunson led out when he paired on fifth, and Friedman released.

Todd Brunson2,180,00050,000
Adam Friedman1,000,000-50,000
06/09/12 01:20:08 AM PDT
Todd Brunson   /   
Adam Friedman   /   

Friedman brought it in, Brunson completed, and Friedman called. Brunson check-folded on fourth, and Friedman tabled   .

Todd Brunson2,130,000-150,000
Adam Friedman1,050,000150,000
06/09/12 01:13:33 AM PDT

Todd Brunson is pulling away.

Todd Brunson:    /      /  
Adam Friedman:    /      /  

Brunson brought it in, Friedman completed, and Brunson called. Friedman led out on fourth and fifth street, and Brunson called both bets. Both players checked on sixth and seventh, and Brunson showed     for nines and sixes. Friedman flashed a deuce for sixes and deuces, then mucked his hand.

Todd Brunson2,280,000250,000
Adam Friedman900,000-250,000
06/09/12 01:04:06 AM PDT
Todd Brunson   /      /  
Adam Friedman   /      /  

We caught the action on fifth street, where Friedman check-called a bet. Both players checked on sixth, and Brunson led out on seventh. Friedman released, and Brunson pulled in a nice pot.

Todd Brunson2,030,000395,000
Adam Friedman1,150,000-395,000
06/09/12 01:01:15 AM PDT
Level: 29 Blinds: 60000/120000 Ante: 15000
06/09/12 12:50:25 AM PDT

The players are on a 20-minute break, and the plan is to play until there's a winner. Buckle in, folks.

Todd Brunson1,635,000-165,000
Adam Friedman1,545,000165,000
06/09/12 12:34:11 AM PDT
Todd Brunson1,800,000100,000
Adam Friedman1,380,000-20,000
06/09/12 12:22:34 AM PDT
Todd Brunson   /      /  
Adam Friedman   /      /  

Friedman brought it in, Brunson completed, and Friedman called. The action checked to sixth street, where Brunson check-called a bet. Both players checked on seventh.

"King's good if you got it," Friedman announced.

Brunson didn't turn any cards over or say anything, so Friedman tabled     for a pair of nines. Brunson mucked, and Friedman pulled in the pot.

06/09/12 12:15:06 AM PDT

At least somebody acknowledged Hellmuth.

After bagging up in the Razz tournament on the other side of the Amazon room, Phil Hellmuth stopped by to see how the heads up match was going. Hellmuth stood next to the table for a few moments but was not acknowledged by either player.

"Good luck, gentlemen," Hellmuth said, but was not acknowledged by either player. Hellmuth then sauntered over to talk to Doyle Brunson in the stands and is now in the commentary booth.

06/09/12 12:09:26 AM PDT

Todd Brunson completed and Adam Friedman called. Brunson bet on fourth and fifth showing    . The bet on fifth caused Friedman to fold and Brunson took the pot.

The next hand Brunson bet on every street up until fifth once again with his board reading     to Friedman's    . Friedman mucked on fifth once again and gave Brunson the pot.

Todd Brunson1,700,000-100,000
Adam Friedman1,400,000100,000