06/05/14 03:19:15 PM PST
Gregory Kolo Wins Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em ($169,225)
Ohio's Gregory Kolo is the latest player to win a World Series of Poker bracelet after taking down Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em, a result that also banked him a bankroll-boosting $169,225 in prize money.
Kolo came into the final table as the chip leader, thanks in part to him eliminating former November Nine member Phil Collins close to the end of play on Day 2, and never really relinquished that lead throughout the final table proceedings.
It took 38 hands for the first player to be eliminated from the eight-handed final table, Ryan Schoonbaert pushing his short stack into the middle with and being called by Kazu Oshima's .
A final board reading was not what Schoonbaert was hoping for and he busted in eighth place for a $16,384 score.
Schoonbaert's exit opened the flood gates and the eliminations came thick and fast.
On Hand #42, David Martirosyan raised to 70,000 and then snap-called when Ahmed Amin reraised all-in with what turned out to be . By the river the board read and Amin's tournament came to an abrupt end.
Four hands later and former PokerStars executive Dan Goldman check-raised all-in with on a flop and was looked up by Oshima and his . The turn was a relative brick, but the river completed Oshima's flush and ended Goldman's hopes of winning Event #12.
As we said earlier, the exits came thick and fast and when Tom McCormick three-bet all-in over the top of an Oshima raise on Hand #52 it turned out to be his last move of the tournament. Oshima called with and got their against McCormick's pocket threes when the board ran , leaving the final table with only four players seated at it.
Those four became three 14 hands later with the exit of the aggressive Russian David Martirosyan. He raised from the button and then called with when Oshima set him all-in from the big blind. Oshima had made his move with the dominating and was in great shape to win yet another pot.
Oshima had the hand locked up by the turn of the board and Martirosyan's deep run ended.
Third place was settled only two hands later when Dean Bui committed his stack with and was looked up by Kolo and his . The first three community cards fell followed by the , which gave Kolo an unlikely straight, and when the river was the , Bui busted and heads-up was set.
The heads-up duo only played six hands before a champion was crowned.
Kolo raised to 50,000 and Oshima called. The dealer spread the flop, Oshima initially checking before check-raising to 130,000 after Kolo bet 50,000. The turn was the and Oshima fired 200,000 at Kolo and Kolo called, taking the hand to the river.
Oshima sat motionless for a few moment before looking at the dealer and announcing he was all-in.
"Call," came the rapid response from Kolo and Oshima looked devastated.
Kolo flipped over for two pair and Oshima slammed his cards face down on the table before walking away with his face in his hands. The dealer showed the hand, as per WSOP rules, and revealed for an ill-timed move gone wrong, not that Kolo was bothered because with that hand he became the latest WSOP champion and $169,225 richer in the process.
Event #12: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
|9||Phil Collins||$12,610|06/05/14 02:46:04 PM PST
Hands #73-74: Kazu Oshima Eliminated in 2nd Place ($104,513)
Hand #73: Oshima set the price to play at 50,000 and Kolo called. The flop came down , Kolo led for 55,000 and Oshima called.
The turn was the and now Kolo checked. Oshima sat motionless for 15 seconds before moving to pick up 130,000 chips and Kolo folded.
Hand #74: Kolo opened the preflop betting with a 50,000 raise and Oshima called. The first three cards came . Oshima checked, Kolo bet 55,000 and Oshima check-raised to 130,000. Kolo rubbed his face as if stroking an imaginary beard before calling.
The turn was the and Oshima pushed a tower of chips worth 200,000. Kolo called with eight T25,000 chips.
The river was the and Oshima moved all-in. Kolo called and showed and a disappointed Oshima slammed down his hole cards and walked off the stage. The dealer turned his card over and showed .
Kolo is the latest player to win a WSOP bracelet.
|Gregory Kolo||2,506,500||1,056,500 |
|Kazu Oshima||0||-981,500 |06/05/14 02:43:23 PM PST
Hands #69-72: Players Feeling Each Other Out
Hand #69: Kazu Oshima raised to 50,000 and Gregory Kolo called. The flop was the and both players checked. The turn was the and again both players checked. The landed on the river and Kolo led for 25,000 and Oshima folded.
Hand #70: Kolo raised to 50,000 and Oshima called. A flop reading was checked around. The turn brought the into play and Oshima bet 85,000 and Kolo folded.
Hand #71: Oshima raised to 50,000 and Kolo made the first three-bet of the heads-up match, making it 120,000 to play. Oshma responded with a fold.
Hand #72: Kolo lmped the small blind, Oshima raised and Kolo let his hand go.
06/05/14 02:32:50 PM PST
Hand #68: Dean Bui Eliminated in 3rd Place ($74,134)
Hand #68: Dean Bui raised to 50,000 and Gregory Kolo three-bet to 150,000 from the small blind. Bui said "now or never" as he pushed all in for 323,000 and Kolo made the call. Bui tabled the and Kolo turned over and needed to find some help.
The flop of brought some new outs for Kolo and the turn would give Kolo the straight. The river sealed it and Bui is bounced in third.
|Gregory Kolo||1,450,000||325,000 |
|Dean Bui||0||-400,000 |06/05/14 02:27:54 PM PST
Hand #67: Kazu Oshima opened to 48,000 and his opponents folded.
06/05/14 02:24:29 PM PST
How Things Stand
Here are the chip counts as of the break.
|Gregory Kolo||1,125,000||225,000 |
|Kazu Oshima||981,500||-368,500 |
|Dean Bui||400,000||155,000 |06/05/14 02:23:24 PM PST
Level 23 started
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Final Table Interview: Kazu Oshima
Temecula, California's Kazu Oshima is no stranger to the World Series of Poker.
He made the jump from the online poker world to the world's biggest tournament series five years ago, but found very little success here in Las Vegas. But now there's been a sudden breakthrough and he finds himself here at this final table, three-handed, with a bracelet and some $169,225 for first hanging in the balance.
PokerNews caught up with Oshima to discuss his experience so far and see what's ahead for him.
How has this experience of playing at a WSOP final table been for you so far?
It has been everything I've ever dreamed of. This is my fifth year here and I've been able to do anything. I've been dreaming about this since I was 14 years old, 11 years, and I haven't had any success at the World Series at all. I've lost every year I've been here.
I'm still young, but I've put in a lot of hours and it feels really nice to have it pay off.
Has play at the final table been what you expected it to be?
There hasn't been anything too crazy, pretty much what I expected, except ending up here three-handed. That's what I hoped for but certainly not what I expected.
Pot-Limit Hold'em doesn't seem to attract the large fields No-Limit does. Do you feel like this is your game, or do you just play everything you can get your hands on?
I play everything that I can afford really and I have a cash game background. I understand not playing with antes and I think a lot of people don't catch all on the little things that make Pot-Limit different from No-Limit
I got 14th place in this same even three years ago and that's the best finish I've had here, so I think I have a pretty good idea how it works.
Plus with the small field too you have a better chance of winning a bracelet.
You made a deep run at the L.A. Poker Classic recently, and now this, what do you think has changed that you're seeing all this success on the live felt now?
Patience, that's a big thing. I feel like I am a pretty patient person. Letting those big hands go when you know you're beat, and making big calls too, sometimes I just get too attached. I've played a lot of heads-up where you play every hand, so ten-handed ring games can be like nails on a chalkboard, you have to fold and fold for hours. So really, patience is the biggest thing I've improved on for sure.
So what's your plan going forward three-handed?
Just to try and let the game come to me, see how they play and adjust to that. I have a lot of experience playing shorthanded, so I'm very comfortable and excited to be at this point.
06/05/14 02:07:42 PM PST
The three remaining players are on a 20-minute break
06/05/14 02:06:42 PM PST
Hand #66: David Martirosyan Eliminated in 4th Place ($53,328)
Hand #66: David Martirosyan opened to 70,000 from the button and Kazu Oshima reraised enough to put Martirosyan all in. Martirosyan made the call and turned over . He was in bad shape against the of Oshima.
The flop of was big for Oshima and the turn sealed it. The players shook hands as the fell on the river and Martirosyan's deep run has ended.
|David Martirosyan||0||-255,000 |06/05/14 02:05:16 PM PST
Hand #64: Kazu Oshima opened to 40,000 and took the blinds.
Hand #65: Gregory Kolo raised to 45,000 from the button and the blinds folded.
06/05/14 02:00:36 PM PST
Hands #59-63: Kolo Chips Up
Hand #59: Kazu Oshima raised to 40,00 on the button and Gregory Kolo called from the big blind. The flop fell and both players checked. The turn was the and Kolo checked, Oshima bet 50,000 and Kolo instantly called.
The river was the and Kolo led for 100,000. Oshima glanced at him, wriggled in his seat and exhaled loudly, the first time we have seen the young pro look uncomfortable in this event. Oshima folded and Kolo won the hand.
Hand #60: Oshima raised to 40,000 from the cutoff and Dean Bui called on the button. The first three community cards fell and Oshima check-folded to a 70,000 bet from Bui.
Hand #61: Kolo raised to 45,000 from his seat on the button, David Martirosyan, now sporting sunglasses, folded his small blind and Oshima folded in the big blind.
Hand #62: Martirosyan raised to 40,000 and won the blinds.
Hand #63: Martirosyan raised to 40,000 from under the gun, Bui put his mirrored aviator sunglasses on and called in the small blind. Kolo raised 160,000 from the big blind and a large pot started to grow.
Martirosyan folded and Bui also ducked out of the way.
06/05/14 02:00:11 PM PST
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06/05/14 01:52:41 PM PST
Hands #53-58: Six Small Ones
Hand #53: Gregory Kolo opened to 45,000 and took the blinds.
Hand #54: David Martirosyan raised to 60,000 from the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #55: Kazu Oshima raised to 40,000 from the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #56: Oshima opened to 40,000 and Martirosyan raised pot to 130,000 and Oshima folded.
Hand #57: Martirosyan opened to 40,000 from the small blind and Oshima three-bet to 120,000 from the big blind. Martirosyan folded.
Hand #58: Gregory Kolo opened to 45,000 and Dean Bui made the call from the big blind. The flop came down and Bui checked. Kolo bet 50,000, Bui raised to 150,000 and Kolo folded.
06/05/14 01:47:26 PM PST
Hand #52: Tom McCormick Eliminated in 5th Place ($38,898)
Hand #52: Kazu Oshima opened to 45,000 and McCormick three-bet all-in. Oshima called and McCormick was at risk at elimination.
The flop was rather final as it left McCormick needing to hit a three and avoid a spade. The turn was followed onto the felt by the river, sending McCormick home in fifth place.
McCormick quipped earlier that he had managed to fold his way to a near $40,000 score and seems happy to have done so.
|Kazu Oshima||1,350,000||150,000 |
|Tom McCormick||0||-138,000 |06/05/14 01:45:17 PM PST
Hands #50-51: McCormick Doubles But Still Short
Hand #50: Tom McCormick moved all-in for 24,000 from the cutoff and Dean Bui called from the small blind. Gregory Kolo raised to 100,000 and Bui folded
The board ran out and McCormick doubled up.
Bui was angry with Kolo's raise, stating "when he [McCormick] comes back and beats you, remember this hand."
Hand #51: Unknown action.
06/05/14 01:38:46 PM PST
Hands #47-50: A Couple for Kolo
Hand #47: Gregory Kolo raised to 40,000 and took the blinds
Hand #48: Kazu Oshima raised to 45,000 from under the gun and Kolo three-bet to 100,000. Action folded around to Oshima who folded.
Hand #49: David Martirosyan opened to 40,000 from the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #50: Oshima opened to 50,000 from the small blind and Dean Bui called from the big blind. The flop came down and Oshima checked. Bui bet 75,000 and Oshima folded.
06/05/14 01:36:38 PM PST
Hands #45-46: Dan Goldman Eliminated in 6th Place ($28,769)
Hand #45: Oshima set the price to play at 40,000 from his seat on the button and Gregory Kolo defended his big blind with a three-bet to 95,000. Oshima called by putting in two green T25,000 chips.
The flop fell . Kolo led for 85,000 and Oshima called. The and both players checked. The completed the board and both players checked again.
Kolo turned over , Oshima mucked and Kolo won the pot.
Hand #46: Oshima opened to 40,000 from the cutoff and Dan Goldman called from the big blind. The flop came down and Goldman checked. Oshima bet pot for 90,000 and Goldman check-raised all-in. Oshima called and the cards were revealed.
Top pair for Goldman versus a flush draw for the hot-running Oshima. The turn was the followed by the flush-completing on the river, which busted Goldman.
Goldman stood motionless for a few seconds before offering his hand to his executioner. Goldman takes home $28,769 for his sixth-place finish while Oshima climbs to 1.2 million.
|Kazu Oshima||1,200,000||220,000 |
|Dan Goldman||0||-220,000 |06/05/14 01:34:39 PM PST
Hands #43-44: Blind Steals Get Through
Hand #43: Kazu Oshima received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #44: David Martirosyan raised to 40,000 from the cutoff and won the blinds after nobody wanted to tangle with him.
06/05/14 01:30:22 PM PST
Hand #42: Ahmed Amin Eliminated in 7th Place ($21,565)
David Martirosyan opened to 70,000 on the button and Ahmed Amin thought for a moment before raising pot to put himself all in. Martirosyan snap-called, tabling . Amin would not find enough help for his as the board ran out and he was out as Martirosyan found close to a double-up.
|David Martirosyan||255,000||-237,000 |
|Ahmed Amin||0||-178,000 ||