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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, July 07, 2012 to Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Event #61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $62,031,385
  • Entries: 6,598
  • Remaining: 0
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10/31/12 01:54:49 AM PST
 
Hand #357: Straight for Sylvia
 

Greg Merson started the hand with the button, and he opened to 3.2 million. Jesse Sylvia called in the small blind, Jake Balsiger defended his big blind, and all three players saw a flop of    . All three players checked.

The turn was the  , Sylvia led out for 5.2 million, Balsiger called, and Merson folded.

The   completed the board, Sylvia led again - this time for 9.2 million - and Balsiger tanked for the better part of five minutes before calling.

Sylvia tabled    for a straight, and won the hand.

10/31/12 01:46:06 AM PST
 
Chip Counts
 
Greg Merson73,600,000-1,000,000
Jesse Sylvia69,200,00035,100,000
Jake Balsiger55,400,000-34,100,000
10/31/12 01:46:02 AM PST
 
Hand #356: Sylvia Doubles Through Balsiger
 

Jesse Sylvia doubles up again

Jake Balsiger was on the button. He limped in, and Jesse Sylvia checked his option in the big blind. Greg Merson folded from the small blind.

The flop came down    , and Sylvia checked to Balsiger. Balsiger bet 2.2 million, and Sylvia check-raised to 7.6 million. Balsiger moved all in, and Sylvia made the call to put himself at risk. Sylvia turned over the    for a flopped two pair, and Balsiger held the    for top pair.

The turn was  , and Sylvia improved to a full house. Balsiger could still hit a king on the river to win the hand, but the   landed on the river, and Sylvia doubled up.

Sylvia was all in on the flop for 32.3 million in chips.

10/31/12 01:44:16 AM PST
 
Balsiger Back in July
 

Kristy Arnett spoke with an excitable Jake Balsiger after making to the Octo-Nine.

10/31/12 01:40:59 AM PST
 
Chip Counts
 
Jake Balsiger89,500,000-2,800,000
Greg Merson74,600,0005,800,000
Jesse Sylvia34,100,000-3,000,000
10/31/12 01:40:28 AM PST
 
Hand #355: Jesse Sylvia
 

Jesse Sylvia had the button, and limped in. Jake Balsiger folded from the small blind, Greg Merson checked from the big blind, and the dealer fanned    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , Merson checked again, and Sylvia reached for chips, firing 2.4 million. Merson folded, and Sylvia picked up the pot.

10/31/12 01:38:43 AM PST
 
Hand #354: Jake Balsiger
 

Greg Merson had the button, and Jake Balsiger got a walk in the big blind.

10/31/12 01:38:25 AM PST
 
Hand #353: Sylvia Folds to a Limp
 

Jake Balsiger started the hand on the button, and he limped in. Greg Merson folded from the small blind, and Jesse Sylvia folded as well, thinking that Balsiger opened on the button.

10/31/12 01:37:08 AM PST
 
Hand #352: Merson Fires Flop and Turn
 

Jesse Sylvia had the button to start this hand. He folded, and Jake Balsiger limped in from the small blind. Greg Merson checked his option, and the flop came down    . Balsiger checked, and Merson fired two million. Balsiger made the call.

The   appeared on the turn, and Balsiger checked again. Merson fired 3.5 million, and Balsiger gave it up.

10/31/12 01:34:05 AM PST
 
Hand #351: Greg Merson
 

Greg Merson had the button, and opened to 3.2 million. Both players released, and he picked up the pot.

10/31/12 01:33:21 AM PST
 
Hand #350: Greg Merson
 

Jake Balsiger started this hand on the button and the chip lead following his big double up with two kings. He folded, and Greg Merson raised from the small blind to 4.2 million and won the pot.

10/31/12 01:32:57 AM PST
 
Chip Counts
 
Jake Balsiger92,300,00047,050,000
Greg Merson68,800,000-1,800,000
Jesse Sylvia37,100,000-45,250,000
10/31/12 01:32:53 AM PST
 
Hand #349: Balsiger Doubles; Assumes Chip Lead
 

Jake Balsiger

Jesse Sylvia had the button, and he limped in. Jake Balsiger raised to 3.7 million from the small blind, Greg Merson surrendered his big blind, and Sylvia called.

The dealer fanned    , Balsiger led out for 4.5 million, Sylvia raised to 11.2 million, and Balsiger tanked before moving all in for 41.35 million. Sylvia quickly called.

Balsiger:   
Sylvia:   

Sylvia needed a nine to eliminate Balsiger, or running threes to chop the pot. The   on the turn was no help, however.

Balsiger's rail called for a deuce, but the   on the river was sufficient enough. Balsiger doubled, and for the first time, he's the chip leader at the final table.

10/31/12 01:10:55 AM PST
 
Short Break
 

The Main Event Final Table

The players are now on a short break.

10/31/12 01:10:47 AM PST
 
Chip Counts
 
Jesse Sylvia82,350,00016,700,000
Greg Merson70,600,000-19,700,000
Jake Balsiger45,250,0003,000,000
10/31/12 01:10:45 AM PST
 
Hand #348: Sylvia Takes Big Four-Bet Pot
 

Sylvia back in the lead now

Greg Merson had the button to start this hand. He opened with a raise to 3.2 million, and action moved to Jesse Sylvia in the small blind. He reraised to 7.6 million, and Jake Balsiger folded from the big blind. Merson was back up and took a minute before announcing a raise. He slid out a tall stack of chips totaling 12.1 million. Sylvia took his time with the decision, then just called.

With just about 25 million in the middle, Merson and Sylvia took a flop of    . Sylvia was first and checked. Merson bet 4.6 million. After a minute, Sylvia just called to go to the turn.

Shaun "The Dealer" Harris placed the   out on the turn, and Sylvia checked. Merson checked behind.

The river completed the board with the   to put two cowboys in the middle of the felt. Sylvia checked. Merson looked at Sylvia and sort of laughed before checking behind.

Sylvia tabled the    for two pair, kings and queens, and Merson mucked his hand.

10/31/12 01:00:46 AM PST
 
Hand #347: Jake Balsiger
 

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and he limped in. Greg Merson folded in the small blind, Jesse Sylvia checked his option in the big blind, and the flop fell    . Sylvia checked, Balsiger fired 2.75 million, and Sylvia folded.

10/31/12 12:58:46 AM PST
 
Hand #346: Balsiger Takes It On the Flop
 

Jesse Sylvia had the button to start this hand. He folded, and Jake Balsiger made the call from the small blind. In the big blind, Greg Merson checked to see the     flop. Balsiger bet 2.5 million, and Merson folded.

10/31/12 12:57:36 AM PST
 
Chip Counts
 
Greg Merson90,300,000-12,900,000
Jesse Sylvia65,650,00011,300,000
Jake Balsiger42,250,0001,600,000
10/31/12 12:57:03 AM PST
 
Hand #345: Sylvia > Merson
 

Greg Merson started the hand with the button, and he limped in. Jesse Sylvia completed from the small blind, Jake Balsiger checked his option in the big blind, and the flop came    . Sylvia led out for 2.7 million, and only Merson called.

The turn was the  , Sylvia led for 5.6 million, and Merson called.

The   completed the board, and both players checked.

Sylvia tabled    for a pair of tens, and won the pot.



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