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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

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

Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Limit/No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $894,075
  • Entries: 393
  • Remaining: 0
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06/20/12 01:04:43 PM PDT

Limit Hold'em

On the first hand of Limit Hold'em, action folded to Phil Ivey in the cutoff seat and he raised. Everyone folded and Ivey won the pot.

On the next hand, action folded to Ivey in the hijack seat and he raised again. In the cutoff seat was Samuel Golbuff and he reraised. Play folded back to Ivey and he called.

After the     flop, Ivey check-folded to a bet from Golbuff.

Phil Ivey240,00071,000
06/20/12 12:55:44 PM PDT

No-Limit Hold'em

Action folded around the table to Samuel Golbuff in the small blind and he raised to 16,000. Brent Wheeler three-bet from the big blind to 52,000 and Golbuff gave it up.

Brent Wheeler382,00022,000
Samuel Golbuff290,000-60,000
06/20/12 12:49:36 PM PDT

No-Limit Hold'em

Action folded to Michael Gathy on the button and he put in a raise to 17,000. In the small blind, Joep van den Bijgaart made the call and then Erik Cajelais called from the big blind.

The three players saw the flop come down     and van den Bijgaart checked. Cajelais bet 28,000 and Gathy made the call. Van den Bijgaart also called.

With all three players still in on the   turn, action was checked around. Then, the   landed on the river to complete the board. Van den Bijgaart checked and Cajelais bet 90,000. Gathy gave it up, but van den Bijgaart made the call.

Cajelais turned over the    for a straight to the king and van den Bijgaart mucked his hand.

Erik Cajelais640,000125,000
Joep van den Bijgaart405,000-200,000
Michael Gathy355,000-63,000
06/20/12 12:46:51 PM PDT

No-Limit Hold'em

From under the gun, Erik Cajelais raised to 16,000. Action folded to Salman Behbehani on the button and he reraised to 43,000. After the blinds folded, Cajelais also gave it up and Behbehani won the pot.

06/20/12 12:44:46 PM PDT

No-Limit Hold'em

Action folded over to Samuel Golbuff on the button, who min-raised to 16,000. Directly behind him, Brent Wheeler moved all-in for his last 178,000 from the small blind. Chris Tryba folded the big blind and Golbuff tanked, but eventually announced, "Call," to put Wheeler at risk.


The first four cards ran out      and Wheeler got up from his seat as if he were ready to leave. However, the   fell on the river, giving Wheeler a pair of aces on the river for the double up.

Wheeler is up to 360,000 following the hand while Golbuff has slipped to 350,000

Brent Wheeler360,000202,000
Samuel Golbuff350,000-176,000
06/20/12 12:27:36 PM PDT

Michael Foti

No-Limit Hold'em

On the first hand of the final table, Chris Tryba had the button and Erik Cajelais opened with a raise to 16,000 from middle position. Everyone folded and Cajelais won the pot.

On the next hand, Cajelais opened again to 16,000, this time from the under-the-gun-plus-one position. Action folded to Tryba in the cutoff seat and he flat-called. In the small blind, Michael Foti reraised all in for 95,000 total. Cajelais reshoved and Tryba folded.

Cajelais showed the    and was dominating the    for the at-risk Foti.

The board came down       and Foti was eliminated in ninth place. He earned $16,692 for his finish.

Erik Cajelais515,000147,000
Michael Foti0-105,000
06/20/12 12:20:07 PM PDT

Introductions took a bit longer than expected, but cards are now in the air!

06/20/12 12:17:13 PM PDT
Level: 19 Blinds: 0/0 Ante: 0
06/20/12 11:14:30 AM PDT

Can Ivey claim bracelet number nine?

Good afternoon and welcome back to Event 35: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em! Two days ago, 393 hopefuls registered in hopes of proving their Texas Hold'em prowess and claiming a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Today, only nine players remain in a final table that will surely be watched closely by the poker world.

Best positioned to take down the final table going into Day 3 is chip-leader Joep van den Bijgaart with 605,000. However, all eyes are sure to be on Phil Ivey (169,000), who will competing in his fifth final table at this year's WSOP alone. Ivey's motivation to finally take down an event this year will surely be higher than ever considering how many times he was just an arm's-length away from victory.

Similarly impressive is Michael Gathy, who will be coming into today's final table fourth in chips with 418,000. Unlike Ivey, who has had several near-misses this year, Gathy claimed a WSOP bracelet just one week ago in Event 21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em.

Here are the final table specifics:

1Chris Tryba347,000
2Salman Behbehani253,000
3Michael Foti105,000
4Michael Gathy418,000
5Joep van den Bijgaart605,000
6Erik Cajelais368,000
7Phil Ivey169,000
8Samuel Golbuff526,000
9Brent Wheeler158,000

There you have it - will Ivey finally claim a bracelet this year? Will Gathy pull off the rare feat of winning multiple bracelets in a single year? Or will Joep van den Bijgaart use his momentum and leverage as chip leader to carry himself to victory?

Play is set to begin at 2:00 PM PST - so please stay tuned right here at PokerNews as the drama unfolds and we crown an eventual champion!