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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 to Thursday, June 28, 2012

Event #48: $3,000 Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $674,310
  • Entries: 247
  • Remaining: 0
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06/29/12 02:12:29 AM PST
 
Congratulations to Kenny Hsiung, Winner of Event 48: $3,000 Limit Hold'em ($165,205)!
 

WSOP Gold Bracelet Winner 2012 Kenny Hsiung

After over fourteen hours of play, including a two-hour heads-up match, Kenny Hsiung is the winner of Event 48: $3,000 Limit Hold'em.

Day 3 began with 20 players looking to capture World Series of Poker glory, and the top prize of $165,205. Paul Berende was the chip leader to start the day, and he was closely followed by Kenny Hsiung, John Virtue, and Cary Marshall. Marshall was the only member of that group to miss the final table – he was ultimately eliminated in thirteenth place, earning him $9,272.

Vladimir Shchmelev and Justin Bonomo were the first two players eliminated today, and they busted fairly quickly, but after that, there was a lull in play until the start of Level 19. Within an hour however, the field shrunk from eighteen players to eleven, and six minutes into Level 20, we had reached the official final table.

FinishPlayerPrize
10Josh Manger$11,780
11Jonathan Cohen$11,780
12David Longood$11,780
13Cary Marshall$9,272
14Chad Brown$9,272
15Joe Kuether$9,272
16Baothang Nguyen$7,303
17Jonathan Duhamel$7,303
18Brandon Young$7,303
19Justin Bonomo$5,799
20Vladimir Shchmelev$5,799

Stephen Hung was the first player to be eliminated from the final table when his ace-ten was out-raced by Mitchell Davis' pocket nines. The board ran out      , and Hung's day was finished. John Myung was the next player to bow out, followed by Davis, who started the final table as the chip leader. Davis took a couple of hits, including a big one against Dwyte Pilgrim, and was busted by Hsiung, who assumed the chip lead.

Matthew Woodward, and Pilgrim were the next two players eliminated. Pilgrim, who was down to one big blind on Day 2, climbed all the way to the top of the chip counts at one point during the final table, only to bust at the hands of Berende. Berende was still short however, and couldn't get anything going during four-handed play. Hwang did him in with    against the    of Berende on a flop of    . The   gave Berende outs, but the   bricked on the river, eliminating him from the tournament.

Hsiung began pulling away as John Virtue began sinking, and Virtue was crippled when Hsiung turned a flush against Virtue's flopped set. Virtue was eliminated the next hand, and was off to the cage to collect $76,244.

Hsiung began heads-up play with a massive lead over Hwang, but Hwang quickly fought back and evened the match. For the next two hours, the chip lead changed hands numerous times, until finally Hsiung began to pull away for good. On the final hand, Hwang was all in with an open-ended straight draw, and Hsiung held just king high. The board paired on the river, and Hsiung was the champion.

Congratulations are in order to Hsiung, who considers himself a limit-hold'em specialist. He'll take home $165,205, along with the WSOP gold bracelet.

FinishPlayerPrize
1Kenny Hsiung$165,205
2Robert Hwang$102,118
3John Virtue$76,244
4Paul Berende$57,310
5Dwyte Pilgrim$43,345
6Matthew Woodward$32,994
7Mitchell Davis$25,266
8John Myung$19,474
9Stephen Hung$15,098
06/29/12 01:49:46 AM PST
 
Robert Hwang Eliminated in 2nd Place ($102,118)
 

Robert Hwang - 2nd Place.

Kenny Hsiung raised with the button, Robert Hwang called, and the flop fell    . Hwang checked, Hsiung bet, and Hwang raised. Hsiung re-raise, and Hwang called.

The turn was the  , and the rest of the money went in.

Hwang:   
Hsiung:   

The   completed the board, and Hsiung won with king-high. Hwang fell just short of the bracelet, but will take home $102,118 for his efforts.

Kenny Hsiung2,223,000248,000
Robert Hwang0-250,000
06/29/12 01:42:23 AM PST
 
Hsiung Makes Trips, Takes Lead
 

Robert Hwang raised with the button, Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop fell    . Hsiung check-called a bet, and the turn brought the  . Hsiung led out, Hwang called, and the   completed the board. Hsiung led again, Hwang called, and Hsiung tabled    for trip sixes.

Hwang mucked, and now has two-and-a-half big bets.

Kenny Hsiung1,975,000870,000
Robert Hwang250,000-870,000
06/29/12 01:35:24 AM PST
 
Back to Even
 

And just like that, we're back to even.

Robert Hwang1,120,000-405,000
Kenny Hsiung1,105,000405,000
06/29/12 01:31:15 AM PST
 
Hsiung Doubles
 

Robert Hwang had the button, and raised. Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop fell    . Hsiung check-raised Hwang, who called.

The turn was the  , and Hsiung led out. Hwang called. The   completed the board, but before it did, Hsiung moved all in blind.

"I can't fold now," Hwang announced, calling.

Hsiung turned over    for trip tens, and doubled.

Robert Hwang1,525,000-350,000
Kenny Hsiung700,000350,000
06/29/12 01:28:38 AM PST
 
Huge Swing, Hwang Takes Lead
 

Robert Hwang

Kenny Hsiung had the button, and raised. Robert Hwang called, and the flop fell    . Hwang check-called a bet, and the turn was the  . Hwang check-called another bet, and the   completed the board.

Hwang led out for the first time, and Hsiung called. Hwang showed    for a straight, and Hsiung mucked.

Robert Hwang1,875,0001,130,000
Kenny Hsiung350,000-1,130,000
06/29/12 01:17:28 AM PST
 
Set for Hsiung
 

Robert Hwang strung a few pots together before raising with the button. Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop fell    . Hsiung led out, and Hwang called.

The turn was the  , and Hsiung led again. Hwang raised, Hsiung made it three bets, and Hwang called. Hsiung bet in the dark before the   completed the board, and Hwang tank-called.

Hsiung tabled two black eights for a set, and raked in the pot.

Kenny Hsiung1,480,00060,000
Robert Hwang745,000-60,000
06/29/12 01:05:07 AM PST
 
Hwang Fights Back
 

Kenny Hsiung raised with the button, Robert Hwang called, and the flop fell    . Hwang led out, Hsiung raised, and Hwang called. The turn was the  , and Hwang led out. Hsiung called.

The   completed the board, and Hwang check-called a bet from Hsiung, who tabled    for king-high. Hwang had    for a pair of fours, and won the pot.

Kenny Hsiung1,420,000-340,000
Robert Hwang805,000340,000
06/29/12 01:02:08 AM PST
 
Hsiung Takes Massive Lead
 

Kenny Hsiung

Kenny Hsiung had the button, and raised. Robert Hwang defended his big blind, and the flop fell    . Hwang checked, Hsiung bet, and Hwang check-raised. Hsiung re-raised, and Hwang called.

The turn was the  , and Hwang check-called a bet. He then check-folded when the   completed the board, and Hsiung raked in the pot.

Kenny Hsiung1,760,000655,000
Robert Hwang465,000-655,000
06/29/12 12:57:28 AM PST
 
Level 28 started
 
Level: 28 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 0
06/29/12 12:46:47 AM PST
 
Hsiung Rivers a Straight
 

Robert Hwang had the button, and raised. Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop came    . Hsiung led out, Hwang raised, and Hsiung called.

The turn was the  , and Hsiung slowed down, check-calling a bet.

The river was the  , and Hsiung checked again. Hwang bet, Hsiung check-raised, and Hwang tank-called. Hsiung tabled    for a rivered straight, and Hwang flashed his rail a   before folding.

Robert Hwang1,120,000-180,000
Kenny Hsiung1,105,000182,000
06/29/12 12:36:59 AM PST
 
Hsiung Doubles
 

Robert Hwang had the button, and raised. Kenny Hsiung defended his big blind, and the flop fell    . Hsiung checked, Hwang bet, Hsiung raised, Hwang re-rasied, and Hsiung capped it. Hwang called.

The turn was the  , and Hsiung bet out, moving all in. Hwang called.

Hwang  
Hsiung  

"DEUUUUUUUUUUUUUCE!" Hsiung's rail yelled.

The river was a deuce - the   - and Hsiung secured the double up.

"Sweep the leg!" Hsiung's rail yelled.

Robert Hwang1,300,000-593,000
Kenny Hsiung923,000593,000
06/29/12 12:19:28 AM PST
 
Hsiung Short Again
 

Kenny Hsiung raised with the button, Robert Hwang defended hid big blind, and the flop fell    . Hwang led out, Hsiung raised, and Hwang called. Hwang led again after the   turned, Hsiung raised again, and Hwang called.

Both players checked after the   fell on the river, and Hsiung had queen-high. Hwang showed    for tens and deuces, and won the pot.

Robert Hwang1,893,000618,000
Kenny Hsiung330,000-618,000
06/29/12 12:13:36 AM PST
 
Hsiung's Turn to Come Back
 

Robert Hwang had the button, and raised. Kenny Hsiung three-bet, and Hwang called. The flop fell    , and Hsiung led out. Hwang called.

Hsiung led again after the   turned, Hwang called, and the   completed the board. Hsiung checked for the first time, Hwang bet, and Hsiung check-raised.

Hwang released, and Hsiung raked in the pot.

Robert Hwang1,275,000-468,000
Kenny Hsiung948,000468,000
06/29/12 12:08:59 AM PST
 
Hwang Extends Lead
 

Robert Hwang

Kenny Hsiung raised with the button, Robert Hwang called, and the flop fell    . Hwang check-called a bet, and the turn was the  . Hwang led out, Hsiung raised, and Hwang made it three bets. Hsiung released, and Hwang took the pot.

Robert Hwang1,743,000543,000
Kenny Hsiung480,000-550,000
06/29/12 12:07:22 AM PST
 
Kings for Hwang
 

Kenny Hsiung had the button, and raised. Robert Hwang three-bet, Hsiung called, and the flop fell    . Hwang led out, and Hsiung called.

The turn was the  , Hwang led again, and Hsiung called. Hsiung called one more bet once the   completed the board, and Hwang tabled    for kings full of nines. Hsiung mucked.

"Nice thin-value bet!" someone on Hwang's rail yelled.

Robert Hwang1,200,000340,000
Kenny Hsiung1,030,000-333,000
06/29/12 12:03:54 AM PST
 
Hsiung Fights Back
 

Robert Hwang had the button, and raised. Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , and Hsiung led out. Hwang called.

The river was the  , and both players checked. Hsiung tabled    for ace-high, and retook the chip lead.

Kenny Hsiung1,363,000313,000
Robert Hwang860,000-313,000
06/28/12 11:59:18 PM PST
 
Hwang Takes the Lead
 

Robert Hwang takes the chip lead.

Robert Hwang raised with the button, Kenny Hsiung called, and the flop was    . Hsiung checked, Hwang bet, Hsiung check-raised, and Hwang called.

The turn was the  , and Hsiung led out. Hwang called. Both players checked after the   fell on the river, and Hwang rolled over    for a pair of sevens. Hsiung mucked, and Hwang is now the chip leader.

Robert Hwang1,173,000240,000
Kenny Hsiung1,050,000-240,000
06/28/12 11:56:25 PM PST
 
Level 27 started
 
Level: 27 Blinds: 40000/80000 Ante: 0
06/28/12 11:53:08 PM PST
 
Another for Hwang
 

Kenny Hsiung had the button, and raised. Robert Hwang called, and the flop came    . Hwang checked, Hsiung bet, Hwang raised, and Hsiung re-raised. Hwang called.

The turn was the  , both players checked, and the   fell on the river. Hwang led out, and Hsiung tank-foled.

Kenny Hsiung1,290,000-285,000
Robert Hwang933,000283,000
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