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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 18, 2012 to Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Event #34: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $1,969,300
  • Entries: 419
  • Remaining: 0
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:42 PM Local Time

Joseph Cheong - 8th place

He managed to double up once, the next time didn't work out too well for him.

He (big blind) and Davidi Kitai (small blind) got all the chips in when the action was folded to them. Cheong had less than 150,000 chips at that point.

Kitai:     .
Cheong:     .

The board ran      .

Running diamonds did it for Cheong, and he busted.

Davidi Kitai970,000150,000
Joseph Cheong0-197,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:36 PM Local Time

Chris De Maci and Naoya Kihara have tangled a lot today, and continue to do so.

First up De Maci check-called a 240,000 bet on a       board. Kihara opened      for a straight and De Maci mucked.

A few hands later the two were all-in on an     flop.

De Maci:     .
Kihara:     .

The board ran out    to see De Maci's hand hold up.

Naoya Kihara1,300,000-30,000
Chris De Maci959,000114,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:24 PM Local Time
Davidi Kitai820,00031,000
Tommy Le650,000-315,000
Hans Winzeler620,0007,000
Jason DeWitt580,000-65,000
Scott Bohlman223,000-174,000
Joseph Cheong197,000-167,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:20 PM Local Time

Is the pressure starting to get to the inexperienced Naoya Kihara? After a quick start the last few pots have not gone the way of our chip leader and that has climaxed with a big loss to Chris De Maci.

We joined the action with a bet of 124,000 splayed in front of Kihara in the big blind. De Maci was seated in first position and he had decided to re-raise 'pot'. The dealer and the two players were trying to work out the exact total when the two players agreed to play for stacks. On your backs gentlemen.

De Maci       


Kihara had turned a straight but De Maci rivered a flush for a huge double up.

Naoya Kihara1,330,000-380,000
Chris De Maci845,000469,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:13 PM Local Time
Level: 21 Blinds: 6000/12000 Ante: 0
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:09 PM Local Time

Dimitar Danchev - 10th

In the very first hand of the day, Daniel Hindin, doubled up Joseph Cheong, and the outcome was a mere 86,000 chips in the stack of Hindin. As we reached the end of the level 20 he is sat with 740,000 chips courtesy of a lot of clever play, hard work and the elimination of Dimitar Danchev.

Hindin had already doubled through Danchev before the pair decided to hold a rematch. We are not sure the flow of the action.



So a set of nines for Hindin and Danchev became our 10th place finisher.

Daniel Hindin740,000374,000
Dimitar Danchev0-297,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:59 PM Local Time

Davidi Kitai raised from under the gun and was called by Tommy Le on the button before Daniel Hindin raised the pot from the small blind. Dimitar Danchev was in the big blind and raised the pot again. This was enough to force out Kitai and Le, before Hindin, who had committed most of his stack already, called.


The board ran       to see Hindin find a miracle turn card.

A few moments later on the next table Naoya Kihara and Chris De Maci were getting all-in on a     flop.

De Maci:     

The board ran out    and De Maci was delighted with his fate in the hand.

Naoya Kihara1,710,000157,000
Chris De Maci376,000126,000
Daniel Hindin366,000280,000
Dimitar Danchev297,000-172,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:45 PM Local Time

Chris De Maci has just doubled up Jason DeWitt and then doubled up himself through Naoya Kihara.

De Maci raised to 28,000 on the button and DeWitt made the call. The action checked through to the turn on a board of         and all the money went into the middle courtesy of a DeWitt check-raise and De Maci shove.

De Maci       

So De Maci was facing kicker problems with one card to come. That card was the   and De Maci had to ship a further 297,000 chips to DeWitt leaving him with just 125,000.

Then a few hands later Kihara raised on the button, De Maci raised pot (96k) and Kihara called. The flop was      , De Maci moved all-in for 29,000 and Kihara called.

De Maci       

The turn   and river   gave De Maci a pair of queens and he doubled up.

Naoya Kihara1,553,000-125,000
Jason DeWitt645,000282,000
Chris De Maci250,000-242,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:30 PM Local Time

Kevin MacPhee - 11th place

What an horrific start to the day for Kevin MacPhee. He arrived late after crashing his car in the Rio car park, the last thing you want to do when nursing the short stack. Then he gets to his seat and Joseph Cheong was in no mood to show him any sympathy when he took him out in the first fifteen minutes.

MacPhee min-raised from under the gun, Cheong raised the 'pot' from the cutoff (which put MacPhee all-in) and MacPhee made the call.



MacPhee sinks and Cheong takes his second double up and now has 364,000.

Joseph Cheong364,000112,500
Kevin MacPhee0-174,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:27 PM Local Time

Jason Dewitt raised to 27,000 from the cut-off and was called by Davidi Kitai before Naoya Kihara looked at his cards and quickly three-bet to 108,000. The dealer tried to figure out if the raise was legal but couldn't seem to do it. He looked for help in the form of Scott Bohlman. Bohlman worked out the pot and said, "One-hundred and eight. He's beaten you to it dealer!"

The very next hand Kitai raised from the button and Kihara elected to just call. The       board was checked all the way down. Kitai flashed    and mucked the rest when Kihara opened     .

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:15 PM Local Time

Naoya Kihara was the runaway leader yesterday and it's nice to see that a few hours rest has not changed anything. The man from Japan is still picking up monster Pot-Limit Omaha hands. Chris De Maci raised to 28,000 in first position - generally a sign of strength - and yet Jason DeWitt raised 'pot' when he made it 102,000 to play. Kihara was seated in the small blind and he re-potted it, making it 346,000 to play, and both players mucked their hands quicker than you could say Saki.

In other news one of our short stacks Kevin MacPhee has arrived late. Unfortunately, for MacPhee he has suffered a car accident in the Rio car park. But don't worry all you legions of MacPhee fans, the man is unhurt and has his head on winning his first bracelet.

Naoya Kihara1,678,000130,000
Chris De Maci492,000-23,000
Jason DeWitt363,000-102,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:10 PM Local Time

A Great Start For Cheong

We were watching the action on the other table when Joseph Cheong and Daniel Hindin decided to play for stacks. We turned around and the cards were on their backs while the dealer was laying out the board with the finesse of a brick layer.



So Cheong doubled up with two pair on the flop and it was the worse possible start for Hindin.

Joseph Cheong251,500126,500
Daniel Hindin86,000-125,000
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:03 PM Local Time

The cards are in the air. Who will get here hand on that coveted gold bracelet? Stay tuned to find out.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 11:03 AM Local Time

Can Hans Winzeler Go One Step Further This Year?

Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Today we have a special treat in store for you guys and girls in the poker world. Today is the final day of Event #3 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Six-Handed and it promises to be an absolute cracker.

Eleven gladiators have survived the mass destruction of 419 souls and each one of them has their eyes on a WSOP gold bracelet and $512,029 in prize money. Leading the field are two very different Asian artists. At the helm is the man from Japan, Naoya Kihara, who took the role as the Indiana Jones boulder yesterday, as he crushed everything and everyone in his path. The former Physics student bears a uncanny resemblance to Hiro from the hit TV series Heroes, and maybe the only way to stop him is to transport him to another place in time?

Maybe Tommy Le is the man who can stop Kihara? Le sits in second place and whilst Kihara has that look of classroom respectability about him, Le looks like he has that James Dean naughty boy look about him. Le is a cash game specialist who has spent time with the big boys in the Pot-Limit Omaha games in Macau. The confident youngster is going to cause a stir today - you can feel it.

This competition means a lot of things to a lot of people but none more so than Hans Winzeler. Winzeler competed in this tournament last year and finished runner-up to the eventual winner Jason Mercier. Imaging coming that close, onceā€¦but twice! Come on what's going on here! Winzeler is focused and serious and he is aiming to go one step further in 2012.

We also have the possibility of multiple WSOP bracelet winners in the shape of the Belgian Davidi Kitai and the American Jason DeWitt. Both players have experienced this position before and have made it through to the coveted number one spot so why can't they do it again? Kitai and DeWitt are going to be big favorites to make a push for this title today.

Last but not least let us not forget the short-stacks. The guys who are turning up in the hope for a little spin up. Joseph Cheong has already had one runner-up spot this year when he finished in 2nd place against Aubins Cazals in Event# 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max, not withstanding his November Nine appearance in 2010 where he finished in 3rd place. Then finally you have Kevin MacPhee, the former European Poker Tour (EPT) champion and winner of over $2 million in live tournament earnings.

We told you it was going to be a cracker! Action starts at 1:00 PM live and direct from the Amazon room in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, so be there or be square.