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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, May 31, 2012 to Sunday, June 03, 2012

Event #6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $1,922,300
  • Entries: 409
  • Remaining: 0
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06/04/12 03:45:31 PM PST
 
Congratulations to Aubin Cazals, Winner of Event 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max ($480,564)
 

Aubin Cazals

Aubin Cazals traveled from Malta all the way to Las Vegas for the 2012 World Series of Poker, and, thanks to winning Event 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max, he's not going to leave empty handed.

Cazals finished Day 1 with an average stack of 63,600 chips. On Day 2, he finished fifth in chips with 340,000, making him the No. 5 seed heading into heads-up play. His first opponent was Eric Froehlich, who finished fourth in last year's $25,000 heads-up event. Cazals finished off E-Fro in less than two levels however - Froehlich moved all in with middle pair on a king-high flop, and Cazals held ace-king. The Frenchman held, and was off to the round of 16 to face Toby Lewis.

Cazals began with a slight chip advantage, and never looked back. In the end, on a board of      , Cazals moved all in, and Lewis called, putting his tournament life on the line. Cazals tabled    for aces and queens, and Lewis mucked his hand.

Adam Geyer was Cazal's third heads-up opponent, and Geyer took an early lead in the match. Cazals battled back however, and then the two played a massive pot in which Cazals had two kings and Geyer had ace-king. Cazals' kings held, crippling Geyer, and he eliminated him a few hands later.

In the semi-finals, Cazals battled Warwick Mirzikinian for over nine hours. Yes, you read that correctly. Over nine hours. The chip lead changed hands several times, until Level 26, where Mirzikinian was all in preflop with   . Cazals'    held, and his next opponent was 2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong.

The problem is, nobody knew when they were going to play. Initially, they decided to play on Tuesday, but the tournament staff informed them that they must play today. The two then agreed to play at 9 a.m. - which would've been the earliest final table in WSOP history - but Cheong busted from Event 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry, and they rescheduled to noon.

Today's match looked like it was going to be another marathon - both players were trading blows, and no one jumped out to a substantial lead. Finally, towards the end of Level 24, the fireworks went off. Cheong six-bet shoved for nearly 3 million chips, and Cazals snapped it off, holding two kings. Cheong's fours were crushed, and did not improve.

Congratulations to Mr. Aubin Cazals for winning Event 6, earning him a shiny new bracelet and nearly half a million dollars. Thanks for sticking with us here at PokerNews.com. Until next time, good night from Las Vegas!

06/04/12 03:16:52 PM PST
 
Joseph Cheong Eliminated in 2nd Place ($296,956)
 

Joseph Cheong - Eliminated in 2nd Place.

And just like that, it's all over.

Joseph Cheong had the button, and opened to 50,000. Aubin Cazals three-bet to 130,000, and Cheong put in the second four-bet of the match, making it 350,000. Cazals responded with the first five-bet of the match, re-raising to 730,000, and Cheong moved all in for 2,936,000.

Cazals nodded, checked his cards one more time, and called.

Showdown
Cheong:   
Cazals:   

The     flop gave Cazals a set of kings, but Cheong could still make a straight with a running five and six. The   on the turn was all she wrote though, and a meaningless   fell on the river.

It took the tournament staff around three minutes to verify that Cazals had Cheong covered, and once they did, the spectators gave the competitors a round of applause.

Cheong fell short of the gold, but he'll take home $296,956 for his efforts.

06/04/12 02:59:27 PM PST
 
Nearing Even Again
 

Aubin Cazals opened to 50,000 with the button, Joseph Cheong called, and the dealer fanned    . Cheong check-called 60,000 from Cazals, and the   turned. Both players knuckled.

The   completed the board, and Cheong led out for 150,000. Cazals released, and Cheong raked in the pot.

Aubin Cazals3,130,000-220,000
Joseph Cheong3,000,000220,000
06/04/12 02:52:11 PM PST
 
Cazals Counterfeits Cheong
 

Aubin Cazals opened to 50,000 with the button, Joseph Cheong defended his big blind, and the flop fell    . Cheong check-called 50,000 from Cazals, and the turn was the  . Cheong check-called another 125,000, and the   completed the board.

Both players checked, and Cheong tabled    for effectively eight-high. Cazals showed down    for jack-high, counterfeiting Cheong, and winning the pot.

Aubin Cazals3,350,00050,000
Joseph Cheong2,780,000-50,000
06/04/12 02:42:10 PM PST
 
A Three-Bet and a Call
 

Aubin Cazals opened to 50,000 with the button, Joseph Cheong three-bet to 160,000, and Cazals called. The flop fell    , and both players checked.

The turn was another jack - the   - and Cheong checked again. Cazals tossed out 190,000, and Cheong folded.

Aubin Cazals3,300,000215,000
Joseph Cheong2,830,000-215,000
06/04/12 02:39:23 PM PST
 
Back to Even
 

The match is even again.

Joseph Cheong had the button, and opened to 50,000. Aubin Cazals called, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

Cazals led out for 65,000 after the   turned, Cheong called, and the   completed the board. Both players checked again.

Cheong tabled    for ace-high, and was shipped the pot.

Aubin Cazals3,085,000-145,000
Joseph Cheong3,045,000145,000
06/04/12 02:36:19 PM PST
 
First Four-Bet of the Match
 

Joseph Cheong opened to 50,000 with the button, and Aubin Cazals three-bet to 140,000. Cheong four-bet to 345,000, and Cazals released.

Aubin Cazals3,230,000-140,000
Joseph Cheong2,900,000140,000
06/04/12 02:34:40 PM PST
 
Cazals Loves King-Ten
 

Aubin Cazals wins back-to-back hands with king-ten.

Joseph Cheong had the button, and opened to 50,000. Aubin Cazals defended, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

The two checked after the   turned as well, and the   completed the board. Cazals checked, Cheong tossed out 20,000, and Cazals paused to think.

"I'll make a loose call," he said, tossing in four orange T5,000 chips, and showing   .

His king-high was good.

The next hand, Cazals opened to 50,000 with the button. Cheong defended, and the flop was    . Cheong check-called 60,000 from Cazals, and the turn was the  . Cheong checked, Cazals fired 125,000, and Cheong called.

The   completed the board, and both players checked. Cazals showed   , and won the pot.

Aubin Cazals3,370,000310,000
Joseph Cheong2,760,000-310,000
06/04/12 02:25:22 PM PST
 
Level 24 started
 
Level: 24 Blinds: 10000/20000 Ante: 2000
06/04/12 02:25:14 PM PST
 
Even Steven
 

Aubin Cazals opened to 38,000 with the button, and Joseph Cheong called. The dealer fanned    , and Cheong led for 45,000. Cazals called.

The turn was the  , Cheong led again - this time for 81,000 - and Cazals called.

The   completed the board, and Cheong slowed down, checking to Cazals, who bet only 75,000. Cheong called.

Cazals tabled    for a pair of tens, Cheong mucked, and we're now even.

Joseph Cheong3,070,000-210,000
Aubin Cazals3,060,000210,000
06/04/12 02:20:05 PM PST
 
Cazals Chipping Up
 

Joseph Cheong had the button, and raised to 40,000. Aubin Cazals called, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , and Cazals led for 45,000. Cheong called. The   completed the board, and Cazals led again - this time for 100,000. Cheong called, then mucked when Cazals tabled    for a rivered pair of tens.

Joseph Cheong3,280,000-320,000
Aubin Cazals2,850,000320,000
06/04/12 02:09:16 PM PST
 
Cheong Extends Lead
 

Joseph Cheong is looking to extend his lead.

Joseph Cheong had the button, and opened to 40,000. Aubin Cazals called, and the flop came    . Cazals check-called 47,000 from Cheong. The turn was the  , and Cazals check-called another bet from Cheong - this one was worth 84,000.

The river was the  , and Cazals checked a third time. Cheong fired 177,000, and Cazals found a fold.

Joseph Cheong3,600,000190,000
Aubin Cazals2,530,000-190,000
06/04/12 02:03:48 PM PST
 
More for Cheong
 

Aubin Cazals had the button, and raised to 38,000. Joseph Cheong defended, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , and Cheong led for 57,000. Cazals called, and the   completed the board. Cheong led for 134,000, and Cazals folded.

Joseph Cheong3,410,000180,000
Aubin Cazals2,720,000-180,000
06/04/12 01:51:30 PM PST
 
Cheong Grabs One
 

Aubin Cazals had the button, and opened to 38,000. Joseph Cheong called, and the dealer fanned    . Cheong checked, Cazals fired 42,000, and Cheong check-raised to 110,000. Cazals released, and Cheong won the pot.

Joseph Cheong3,230,000110,000
Aubin Cazals2,900,000-110,000
06/04/12 01:48:02 PM PST
 
Cazals Above 3MM
 

Aubin Cazals is happy about evening the match.

Aubin Cazals opened to 38,000 with the button, Joseph Cheong called, and the flop fell    . Cheong check-called 40,000 from Cheong, and the turn brought the  . Both players checked.

The river was the  , and Cheong led for 50,000. Cazals called. Cheong showed the    for fours and twos, but Cazals'    had him out-kicked.

Joseph Cheong3,120,000-140,000
Aubin Cazals3,010,000140,000
06/04/12 01:44:23 PM PST
 
One for Cazals
 

Joseph Cheong had the button, and raised to 40,000. Aubin Cazals defended, and the flop fell    . Cazals check-called 34,000, and the turn brought the  . Cazals led for 77,000, and Cheong called.

The   completed the board, and Cazals led again - this time for 210,000. Cheong called, but mucked when Cazals tabled    for trip fives.

Joseph Cheong3,260,000-390,000
Aubin Cazals2,870,000390,000
06/04/12 01:37:24 PM PST
 
Cheong Check-Raises River
 

Aubin Cazals had the button, and opened to 38,000. Joseph Cheong called, and the flop fell    . Cheong check-called 45,000 from Cazals, and the turn brought the  . Both players knuckled.

The   completed the board, and Cheong checked again. Cazals fired 50,000, and Cheong check-raised to 130,000. Cazals released, and Cheong raked in the pot.

Joseph Cheong3,650,00060,000
Aubin Cazals2,480,000-60,000
06/04/12 01:32:39 PM PST
 
Cheong Wins Huge Pot
 

Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong had the button, and opened to 40,000. Aubin Cazals defended, and the flop fell    . Cazals checked, Cheong fired 55,000, and Cazals check-raised to 155,000. Cheong called.

The turn was the  , both players checked, and the   completed the board. Cazals led for 250,000, and Cheong raised to 715,000. Cazals tank-called, and Cheong tabled    for the nut-flush.

Cazals flashed the  , and mucked his hand.

Joseph Cheong3,590,000865,000
Aubin Cazals2,540,000-865,000
06/04/12 01:21:17 PM PST
 
Level 23 started
 
Level: 23 Blinds: 8000/16000 Ante: 2000
06/04/12 01:05:02 PM PST
 
Chip Counts
 
Aubin Cazals3,405,000545,000
Joseph Cheong2,725,000-545,000
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