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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 14, 2012 to Saturday, June 16, 2012

Event #28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em 4-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $1,706,250
  • Entries: 750
  • Remaining: 0
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06/16/12 07:47:56 PM PDT

Bracelet winner Timothy Adams

The third and final day of Event 28, $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Four-Handed, of the World Series of Poker has come to an end. After returning with eight players only Timothy Adams walked away with $392,476 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

It took less than one full level to trim the field to five and move to the ESPN Feature Table in the Amazon Room. Andrey Gulyy, Toan Trinh and Torrey Reily were all short stacked and looked to double up. But their luck didn't hold and they missed out on the final table.

The players played about a level and a half before the next elimination would occur. Brendon Rubie opened for 33,000 and Greg Merson shoved behind him. Rubie called holding     and Merson had    . Rubie paired his queen on the turn and Merson never improved, sending him home in fifth place.

Anthony Gregg had been on short stack for all of Day 3 after enjoying some time in the chip lead on Day 2. He made his final stand by shoving preflop with     and Rubie called with pocket deuces. Gregg never improved his hand and exited in fourth place.

During three-handed play Timothy Adams scored a sick double up. Adams opened for 48,000, Brendon Rubie raised to 112,000 and Adams called. The flop came      , Rubie checked, Adams bet 201,000 and Rubie check-raised to 976,000. Adams tank-shoved and Rubie called. Adams held     and Rubie had    . The board completed     and Adams took the chip lead.

The third place finisher was determined when Adams and James Schaaf each put 48,000 in preflop and the board came      . Schaaf check-called the flop and the   came on the turn. Both players checked to the   river. Schaaf bet 175,000, Adams put him all in and Schaaf called. Schaaf tabled pocket fours but Adams had him beat holding pocket tens.

Heads up play covered three levels of action and it was a slow affair. Rubie and Adams traded small pots back and forth, mostly min-raising or betting twice the minimum.

The last hand occurred when Rubie opened for 80,000 on the button and Adams raised to 225,000. Rubie called and the flop fell      . Adams led out with 255,000 and Rubie called to see the   turn. Adams moved all in and
Rubie went deep into the tank. Rubie called after a few minutes, only to face bad news. Rubie tabled     and Adams held    . The   fell on the river, shipping the match and the bracelet to Adams.

Final Table Payouts

1Timothy Adams$392,476
2Brendon Rubie$242,458
3James Schaaf$164,823
4Anthony Gregg$114,711
06/16/12 07:40:14 PM PDT

Brendon Rubie - 2nd Place

Brendon Rubie opened for 80,000 on the button and Timothy Adams made it 225,000 to play. Rubie called and the flop came      . Adams bet 255,000 and Rubie called.

The turn came   and Adams moved all in.

Rubie spent a good amount of time in the tank. He mumbled, "I have king queen. Do you have ace jack or something?"

After a little while longer in the tank Rubie announced a call.


Adams was in the lead but had to dodge a king to clinch the win. The river fell   and Rubie was eliminated.

Timothy Adams5,640,0002,030,000
Brendon Rubie0-2,030,000
06/16/12 07:28:15 PM PDT

Heads Up: Brendon Rubie & Timothy Adams

Timothy Adams opened to 80,000 on the button and Brendon Rubie three-bet to 230,000 from the big blind. Adams came back over the top with a four-bet to 380,000, Rubie called, and a     flop hit the board.

Both checked to see the   turn where Rubie bet 300,000. Adams gave it up after about 30 seconds.

Timothy Adams3,610,000-230,000
Brendon Rubie2,030,000230,000
06/16/12 07:18:32 PM PDT

The two remaining players are taking their time. Usually a three-bet preflop will take down the hand. We're not seeing too many flops.

We've buckled down, put on another pot of coffee and are ready for the long haul.

06/16/12 07:07:52 PM PDT

Timothy Adams

Brendon Rubie raised to 80,000 on the button and Timothy Adams defended his big blind.

The flop came down     and Adams checked. Rubie bet 80,000, Adams called, and the   landed on the turn. Both checked through to the   river where Adams bet 160,000. Rubie mulled it over for about 30 seconds before he called.

Adams tabled    for queens and fives. Rubie mucked, giving the pot to Adams.

Timothy Adams3,840,000350,000
Brendon Rubie1,800,000-350,000
06/16/12 07:00:22 PM PDT

Since play has resumed, the players have played a few small pots. Timothy Adams has added a little bit to his lead.

Timothy Adams3,490,000160,000
Brendon Rubie2,150,000-160,000
06/16/12 06:44:20 PM PDT
Level: 27 Blinds: 20000/40000 Ante: 5000
06/16/12 06:24:12 PM PDT
Timothy Adams3,330,000-160,000
Brendon Rubie2,310,000160,000
06/16/12 06:23:30 PM PDT

This is normally the time the remaining players would break for dinner. But the two players have agreed to just a 20-minute break.

06/16/12 06:22:47 PM PDT

Brendon Rubie

Timothy Adams opened for 60,000 and Brendon Rubie called. The flop came      , Rubie checked, Adams bet 30,000 and Rubie called. The turn brought the  , Rubie checked, Adams bet 80,000 and Rubie check-raised to 190,000. Adams moved all in and Rubie called.


The meaningless river came the   and Rubie doubled up.

Timothy Adams3,490,000-1,010,000
Brendon Rubie2,150,0001,010,000
06/16/12 06:16:16 PM PDT

Brendon Rubie called on the button and Timoty Adams checked his option.

The flop came down     and Adams check-called 30,000 from Rubie. It was more of the same on the   turn as Adams check-called 70,000 to see the   river. Another check from Adams led to another bet from Rubie, this one for 230,000.

Adams folded and Rubie took the pot.

Timothy Adams4,500,000-60,000
Brendon Rubie1,140,00060,000
06/16/12 06:05:01 PM PDT

Timothy Adams raised to 60,000 on the button and Brendon Rubie called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and Rubie checked. Adams bet 30,000, but Rubie put in a raise to 90,000. Adams called to see the   turn. Rubie bet 130,000, but was met with a raise to 265,000 from Adams. Rubie called, though, and moved all in when the   river fell. Adams took a few moments before he called.


Both players played the board with the wheel to chop the pot.

Timothy Adams4,560,0000
Brendon Rubie1,080,0000
06/16/12 05:53:27 PM PDT

Brendon Rubie

Brendon Rubie broke the monotony of heads up play and open-shoved on the button. Timothy Adams called and the hands were tabled.


The board ran           and Rubie doubled to stay alive.

Timothy Adams4,560,000-480,000
Brendon Rubie1,080,000480,000
06/16/12 05:50:22 PM PDT

Brendon Rubie called on the button and Timothy Adams checked his option.

The flop came down     and Adams checked. Rubie bet 30,000, Adams folded, and Rubie won the pot.

So far, we've seen very few button raises from Rubie and plenty of button limps.

Timothy Adams5,040,00025,000
Brendon Rubie600,000-25,000
06/16/12 05:34:46 PM PDT

Timothy Adams has slightly extended his lead during the first few hands of heads-up play.

Timothy Adams5,015,000125,000
Brendon Rubie625,000-125,000
06/16/12 05:22:56 PM PDT
Level: 26 Blinds: 15000/30000 Ante: 5000
06/16/12 05:20:26 PM PDT
Timothy Adams4,890,0000
Brendon Rubie750,0000
06/16/12 05:18:12 PM PDT

James Schaaf - 3rd place

Timothy Adams raised to 48,000 on the button and Brendon Rubie folded his small blind. James Schaaf defended from the big blind and a     flop hit the board.

Schaaf check-called 57,000 from Adams to see the   turn. A check from both players landed the   river which Schaaf bet 175,000 at. Adams took about 45 seconds before raising all in with the bigger stack.

Schaaf took a deep breath before calling for the rest of his stack, about 910,000.

Adams tabled   , besting Schaaf's   , to win the pot and take a commanding lead into heads-up play.

Timothy Adams4,890,0001,065,000
James Schaaf0-1,090,000
06/16/12 05:06:11 PM PDT

Brendon Rubie

James Schaaf opened for 62,000 in the small blind and Timothy Adams shoved from the button. Schaaf called and the hands were tabled.


The board ran           and with the three on the turn Schaaf saved his tournament life.

James Schaaf1,090,000615,000
06/16/12 04:50:40 PM PDT

Timothy Adams

James Schaaf opened to 60,000 on the button and Timothy Adams re-raised to 132,000 from the small blind. Brendon Rubie folded his big blind, Schaaf called, and the flop came down    .

Adams bet 72,000, Schaaf slid in the chips to call, and the   hit the turn. Adams bet 160,000 this time, but Schaaf still stuck around. The   fell on the river and Adams announced that he was all in. Schaaf quickly folded his hand, giving the pot to Adams.

Timothy Adams4,050,000427,000
James Schaaf475,000-399,000