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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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07/14/12 11:18:44 PM PDT
Day 5 Concludes; Kyle Keranen Leads The Final 97 Players

Kyle Keranen Leads Final 97 Players

When the sun rose over Las Vegas today, 282 players awoke with dreams of becoming the next world champion of poker. After five grueling levels of play on Day 5, only 97 remain. This means that at the most basic level, each player returning for Day 6 has at least a one in ninety-seven shot at winning the first place prize of $8,527,982 and the shiny gold championship bracelet that accompanies it. The one closest to achieving this goal is Kyle Keranen who is sitting on the biggest stack in the room with 6,935,000.

On Keranen's heels is Robert Salaburu who finished Day 5 with a stack of 6,195,000. Rounding out the top three is Taylor Paur with 5,820,000.

When the day began there were several notable names still in the hunt for the championship. However, as both the blinds and the pressure rose, many of those players were sent to the rail with their summer coming to an end a bit earlier than they would have enjoyed. Eric Cloutier, Jesse Martin, John Juanda, Andrew Lichtenberger, Freddy Deeb, JP Kelly, Randy Haddox, AP Phahurat, Andrew Moreno, Will Souther, Dan Shak, Chance Kornuth, John Phan, and Sorel Mizzi are just a handful of the players who saw their stacks vanish today.

Daniel Negreanu was one of the other faces to hit the rail today. This makes Negreanu's second Day 5 bust from the Main Event in back to back years. While seated at the featured table, Negreanu moved all in for his last 240,000 in chips from early position. It folded around to actor Kevin Pollak in the cutoff who tanked before moving all in for his last 500,000. It folded around and Pollak showed    which was crushing Negreanu's   . Negreanu failed to improve and was forced to end his summer with a 160th-place finish.

Soon after, Pollak would meet his untimely demise in a most sickening fashion. Pollak moved all in before the flop holding    and was called by Omar Saeed with the other two queens. Saeed would flop two hearts and then hit two more on the streets to follow to end Pollak's impressive run in the Main Event. After the initial shock wore off of Pollak's face, all he could do was laugh at the crazy scenario that unfolded. The renowned actor made a remarkable run with his 134th-place finish and left everyone within the vicinity of his table with a smile on their face.

The day also saw the elimination of the oldest player in the field, the 76-year-old Perry Green. Green has three WSOP bracelets to his name and finished runner-up to Stu Ungar in the 1981 WSOP Main Event. Green announced "Shuffle Up and Deal" to the runners today and left an impression of humility on the room through his words. Green hit the rail when he ran into the two pair of an opponent.

Jospeh Cheong was also returning to play today to take on his third consecutive Day 5 in a row. Cheong was able to battle through and move on to the final table in 2010 and finished in 114th in 2001. Cheong was forced to settle for a 115th place finish this year when he was eliminated by Paul Volpe. Volpe ended up finishing the day with a stack of 3,250,000.

While many big names fell, others were able to thrive and move on to Day 6 of the biggest poker tournament in the world. Keranen finished the day as the chip leader and was able to start his upward trend when he six-bet all in with   . Keranen was able to crack his opponent's pocket jacks to scoop the pot of almost three million chips.

Other notable names that will be returning for Day 6 include Gaelle Baumann (3,980,000), Jan Heitmann (3,410,000), Amnon Filippi (3,400,000), Elisabeth Hille (3,390,000), A.J. Jejelowo (3,340,000), Roland Israelashvili (2,805,000), Marcia Topp (1,700,000), Jason Somerville (1,400,000), David ODB Baker (1,360,000), Vanessa Selbst (1,350,000), Erik Cajelais (1,180,000), Greg Merson (945,000), Sam Holden (765,000), and Gavin Smith (675,000).

Play will resume tomorrow at 12:00 PM PST where the final 97 players will return for five more levels. Join us here on PokerNews as we track these players' quests for WSOP glory!

07/14/12 11:16:54 PM PDT
End-of-Day Chip Counts
Kyle Keranen6,935,0000
Robert Salaburu6,195,0000
Taylor Paur5,820,0000
Erik Hellman4,715,0000
Wilfried Haerig4,505,0000
Shahriar Assareh4,395,0000
Charles Coultas4,015,0000
Gaelle Baumann3,980,0000
Fabrizio Gonzalez3,935,0000
Nicco Maag3,895,0000
Jeremy Ausmus3,810,0000
Robert Corcione3,750,000650,000
Jacob Balsiger3,675,0000
Jean Malherbe3,620,0000
Eric Pratt3,460,0000
Jan Heitmann3,410,0000
Amnon Filippi3,400,0000
Elisabeth Hille3,390,0000
A.J. Jejelowo3,340,0000
Paul Volpe3,250,0000
Manos Foudoulakis3,020,0000
Michael Esposito3,005,0000
Jesse Sylvia2,990,0000
Roland Israelashvili2,850,00045,000
Yuval Bronshtein2,775,0000
Jordi Martinezalonso2,700,000520,000
Cylus Watson2,700,0000
Nicholas Cushman2,540,0001,427,000
John Beauprez2,495,0000
David Kluchman2,425,0000
Percy Mahatan2,400,000640,000
Alban Juen2,376,0000
Eric Legoff2,230,0001,070,000
Lawrie Gibson2,210,0000
Russell Thomas2,095,0000
Omar Saeed2,040,0000
Tomas Samol1,995,000475,000
Daniel Strelitz1,980,0000
Eric Buchman1,930,000380,000
David ODB Baker1,910,0000
Casey Yontz1,890,0000
Mazin Khoury1,885,000-565,000
Dung Nguyen1,880,0000
Steven Gee1,815,0000
Roman Valerstein1,770,0000
Helge Stjernvang1,760,0000
Lasell King1,740,000480,000
Andras Koroknai1,720,0000
Marcia Topp1,700,0000
Sam Soverel1,680,000730,000
Jamie Robbins1,649,0000
Andrew Flaherty1,550,000339,000
Amit Zulkowitz1,520,000-80,000
Felipe Quijano1,500,00020,000
Scott Anderson1,485,000-835,000
Marc Ladouceur1,480,000350,000
Stephane Bisson1,445,0000
Richard Pyne1,400,0000
Amit Makhija1,400,0000
Jason Somerville1,400,0000
Andrew Dean1,390,0000
Jordan Batt1,300,0000
David Balkin1,295,000485,000
Nicolau Villa Lobos1,285,000185,000
Scott Abrams1,255,0000
Nick DiVella1,250,0000
Erik Cajelais1,205,00025,000
Marty Zabib1,185,000-115,000
Vanessa Selbst1,165,000-185,000
Isaac Baron1,165,0000
Mohammad Siddiqui1,160,000-1,475,000
Webber Kang1,095,000-365,000
Paul Siem1,055,0000
Gwennael Grandmougin1,055,0000
Josh Neufeld1,015,0000
Alfred Firova995,0000
Greg Merson945,0000
Leo Wolpert940,0000
Bobby Law900,0000
Robert Buckenmayer875,000-96,000
Kyle Bowker855,0000
Takashi Ogura830,00038,000
Fabio Sousa805,000-735,000
Ben Greenberg780,000-154,000
Danny Wong775,000-450,000
Sam Holden765,0000
Max Ovseyevitz755,000-128,000
Susie Zhao740,0000
Tristan Clemencon725,0000
David Randall710,0000
Gavin Smith675,0000
David Warady650,0000
William Hefflefinger636,0000
Niels van Alphen565,0000
Jonathan Schoder470,0000
Dave D'Alesandro415,0000
Frederick Vogt55,0000
07/14/12 11:04:37 PM PDT
Rabstov Eliminated During Last Five Hands

Most of the remaining players were bagging and tagging when we heard a dealer shout, "All in and call!"

When we reached the table, Kirill Rabtsov was standing with    laying in front of him. Jeremy Ausmus had   , and the board was      . Rabstov was eliminated, while Ausmus' stack crossed the 3 million-chip mark.

According to Ausmus, Rabstov led out on the flop, Ausmus called, and Rabstov led again on the turn. Ausmus moved all in, and Rabstov snapped it off. The   completed the board, removing Rabstov from the 2012 Main Event.

Jeremy Ausmus3,375,000797,000
Kirill Rabtsov0-1,447,000
07/14/12 10:54:51 PM PDT
A Small Stack and a Big Smile

Frederick Vogt

It happens every year. A kind of camaraderie tends to develop between those who make it through the long, arduous journey into the money of the WSOP Main Event, especially for those getting all of the way to the end of a Day 5.

Just now came an illustration of that phenomenon after the announcement came that the field had shrunk to just 99 players. That meant a pay jump had been crossed, with all of those remaining guaranteed at least $62,021.

Over at Table 411, Fred Vogt had been folding hands for quite some time, his stack having fallen under 200,000. When the announcement came, the entire table recognized that Vogt had made it through with his short stack, and all congratulated him with fist bumps.

Helge Stjernvang, sitting to Vogt's right, was ecstatic for Vogt. "You made it!" he said, patting him on the back. "Patience paid off," said Erik Hellman from across the table. Vogt thanked them all, his grin as wide as his stack is small.

Vogt continued smiling through the last hands of the night, folding his way to Day 6, happy to have have made it this far. And probably happy to sleep one more night knowing that when he wakes up tomorrow, he's still playing in the greatest poker tournament in the world.

Frederick Vogt55,000-653,000
07/14/12 10:48:58 PM PDT
Five More Hands

The players will play five more hands then bag and tag for the evening.

07/14/12 10:46:52 PM PDT
Adams Busts

2012 WSOP bracelet winner Timothy Adams raised on the button, Roland Israelashvili three-bet from the big blind, and Adams four-bet jammed. Israelashvili, who final tabled the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, went into the tank, then called.


The     flop changed little, but the   spiked on the turn, giving Adams a leading pair of aces.

There was still one card to come however, and the   slammed on the river, giving Israelashvili a set of tens, and eliminating Adams from the tournament.

Roland Israelashvili2,730,0001,050,000
Timothy Adams00
07/14/12 10:43:39 PM PDT
Keranen Vaults Into Chip Lead

Kyle Keranen- New Chip Leader

Kyle Keranen raised to 60,000 from under the gun, and Marcia Topp called from the big blind. The flop came down all spades    , and Topp fired 100,000. Keranen called, and the turn was the  . Topp check called a bet of 175,000 from Keranen, and the river was the  . This time, Topp bet 175,000, and it was on Keranen. He elected to raise it to 475,000, and after about 30 seconds of thinking, Topp made the call.


Keranen's ace kicker was good enough to take the pot, upping him to a chip leading 6.816 million. That hit drops Topp to 1.682 million.

Kyle Keranen6,632,000638,000
Marcia Topp1,682,000-1,178,000
07/14/12 10:40:24 PM PDT
Nguyen Takes Some From Yontz

Action folded to Casey Yontz in the cutoff and he raised to 65,000, which Dung Nguyen called from the small blind. The latter proceeded to check-call a bet of 90,000 on the     flop, before check-calling a bet of 134,000 on the   turn.

When the   appeared on the river, Nguyen checked for a third time and Yontz reluctantly checked behind. "Five," Nguyen said and rolled over   . It was good as Yontz mucked, but not before informing Nguyen that he didn't want to see another club.

Casey Yontz2,050,000-450,000
Dung Nguyen1,700,000300,000
07/14/12 10:36:48 PM PDT
Koroknai Moves All In, Then Mucks

Andras Koroknai (Day 4) does not lose his tournament life

Gaelle Baumann opened for a min-raise to 60,000 from under the gun, and the action folded to Andras Koroknai, who moved all in for what looked like 2 million from the small blind. Gavin Smith folded from the big blind, and thinking that the action was completed, Koroknai mucked his hand.

When he realized his mistake, he pulled back one of his cards, but the other was irretrievable. A floorperson was called to the table, and the dealer explained what had happened. Tournament Director Dennis Jones was called over to make the ruling, and upon hearing the story, he stood silently for half a minute.

Smith, who was standing next to him, began laughing at the difficulty of the decision.

After a moment for thought, Jones informed the table that Koroknai would have to forfeit 60,000 chips to Baumann, but that he wouldn't be eliminated completely.

"Really?" Smith blurted.

Baumann was also confused with the ruling, so Jones pulled out his iPhone and called Vice President of the World Series of Poker Jack Effel. After a two-minute conversation, Jones hung up, and announced to the table that the original ruling would stand.

"You're not losing your tournament life," Jones told Koroknai.

In Jones' explanation to the table, he cited the "integrity of the tournament" as the major factor in the decision.

According to Smith, Baumann showed two kings.

07/14/12 10:35:03 PM PDT
Holden Holds For The Double

Sam Holden- Doubled Up

Robert Salaburu raised to 65,000 from under the gun, and it folded around to Sam Holden on the button. He moved all in for 344,000, and it folded back to Salaburu. He made the call, and Holden was at risk.


The flop came down    , and the outs reversed, as Salaburu was now looking for a jack to win the hand. The turn brought the  , bringing chop outs as well, but the river came the  .

Holden doubles up to 838,000, while Salaburu takes a small hit to 6.154 million.

Robert Salaburu6,154,000-349,000
Sam Holden838,000416,000
07/14/12 10:34:16 PM PDT
Kluchman Folds to Balsiger; Forced to Show Hole Cards to Camera

David Kluchman

We caught up with the action on a     flop, where David Kluchman was heads-up with Jacob Balsiger.

Kluchman bet 125,000 from the cutoff seat and Balsiger called after some thought.

The   fell on the turn and Kluchman fired again - this time for 165,000. Balsiger responded by raising to 405,000 and Kluchman almost beat him into the pot with a call.

The   completed the board and Kluchman checked - promting a 600,000 bet from Balsiger. Kluchman announced, "fold," and went to throw his hand into the muck.

...Then the drama started.

Kluchman was informed by the surrounding ESPN camera crew that he had to show his hand to their small portable camera so that it could be used as footage. Kluchman said he didn't want to show his hand and asked for a floorman.

Unbeknownst to Kluchman, a floorman was standing behind him.

"Sir, if you don't show your cards to the camera - you're going to get a one-round penalty," the floorman said.

"Alright, alright - show them," Kluchman said. He was then instructed to show the portable camera his hole cards, which he did. He then hastily mucked.

Kluchman was knocked down to 2.4 million, while Balsiger chipped up to 3.9 million.

Jacob Balsiger3,900,0001,300,000
David Kluchman2,400,000-780,000
07/14/12 10:29:38 PM PDT
Filippi Finds Chips

Tristan Clemencon opened to 65,000 from under the gun and it folded around to Amnon Filippi on the button. Filippi flung out a call and the blinds got out of the way. The flop came down     and Clemencon continued out for 99,000. Filippi called and the camera crews swooped down to capture the hand.

After about a minute, the dealer produced the   on the turn. They both checked and did so once again on the   river. Filippi showed    and Clemencon threw his hand into the muck.

Amnon Filippi3,200,000529,000
07/14/12 10:24:20 PM PDT
100 Players Remain

With less than a half-hour left to play in Day 5, we are down to 100 players. The average chip stack at the moment is a little under 2 million.

07/14/12 10:21:14 PM PDT
Keranen Flushes Makhija

Kyle Keranen raised it up to 60,000 in early position, and Amit Makhija made the call from the small blind. They went heads up to an all spade flop of    . Makhija checked to Keranen who fired out 80,000. Makhija made the call, and the turn brought the . Both players checked, and the river came the  . Makhija checked again, and Keranen fired out 285,000. Makhija made the call, and Keranen rolled over    for the nut flush.

Makhija mucked, and Keranen jumps up to just under six million, while Makhija drops to 1.154 million.

Kyle Keranen5,994,000521,000
Amit Makhija1,154,000-395,000
07/14/12 10:18:42 PM PDT
The School of Law

We just had a somewhat humorous moment surrounding an all-in situation between Bobby Law and David "ODB" Baker, although it was certainly much more enjoyable for Law than for Baker.

The pair had gotten all of Law's stack in the middle following a     flop with Law holding    and Baker a straight flush draw with   . Law has a number of friends on the rail tonight, and they've made their support known frequently with cheers for Law whenever he's won a hand.

The dealer delivered the turn — the   — and Law's aces were still best. Then came the river... the  .

"Yeaaah!!!" came the cry. "Wait!" then said one of the group as they collectively calculated whether or not the river was good or bad for their man. Then, "Yeaaah!!!" Law had survived, and his fans learned a little more about Texas hold'em in the process.

Meanwhile, Baker has taken a couple of swift hits here in the last hour of play to fall below the average stack.

David ODB Baker1,360,000-715,000
Bobby Law1,140,000517,000
07/14/12 10:10:08 PM PDT
Salaburu Sends Seelbach Packing

Right after Marcel Luske was eliminated, we lost another player on the ESPN main stage, and that was Jonathan Seelbach. Action started with Robert Salaburu raising to 61,000 in early position. Action folded around to Seelbach, and he moved all in his last 448,000. It folded back around to Salaburu, and he tossed in the call.


Seelbach didn't catch a pair on the flop, which came   . He did however pick up a straight draw, and any paint card would do for him. The turn brought the  , giving Seelbach more outs, as another ten would counterfeit Salaburu. However, the   came on the river, and Seebach was sent to the rail.

After that hand, Salaburu strengthens his chip lead, as he now has over 6.5 million.

Robert Salaburu6,503,000433,000
Jonathan Seelbach0-567,000
07/14/12 10:05:39 PM PDT
Pratt Levels Luske

Marcel Luske- Out

Eric Pratt made it 62,000 to go from under the gun, and it folded to Marcel Luske in middle position. He three bet it to 215,000, and it folded back around to Pratt. He announced all in, and Luske made the call. The cards were tabled, and Luske was in a world of hurt.


Luske would need a ton of help going to the flop, and it was about as dry as it could have been for Luske, coming    . Luske would need runner runner now to win, but the turn brought the  . The meaningless river was the  , and Luske headed to the rail.

Meanwhile, Pratt rockets up to 3.742 million after that hand.

Eric Pratt3,742,0001,094,000
Marcel Luske0-937,000
07/14/12 10:04:04 PM PDT
Paur Poker

Taylor Paur

With the board showing     , Amit Zulkowitz checked, Taylor Paur bet 215,000, Zulkowitz check-raised to 575,000, and Paur called. The pot by then exceeded 1.5 million.

The river then brought the   and a check from Zulkowitz. Paur announced he was all in, and Zulkowitz let his hand go.

Paur has added even more to his stack since then and is up to about 5.5 million.

Taylor Paur5,500,0002,180,000
Amit Zulkowitz1,600,000-600,000
07/14/12 10:03:04 PM PDT
Say Goodbye to . . .

For exact places of finish, please refer to our payouts page.

Marcel Luske0-937,000
Aaron Kaiser00
Michael Moreno00
Timothy Chang0-100,000
David Peters (CA)00
Ricky Markowitz00
Adel Jo00
Balint Barta00
Bruno Kawauti0-630,000
07/14/12 09:59:06 PM PDT
Baker's Queens Drown on the River

From what we could piece together, Isaac Baron had raised preflop and gotten two callers. Baron then continuation-bet the     flop, David "ODB" Baker raised from the cutoff, Jesse Sylvia called from the button, and Baron got out of the way.

Both Baker and Sylvia checked the   turn as well as the   river, prompting the former to roll over   . Sylvia then revealed    for a rivered straight and the win.

Jesse Sylvia3,800,000750,000
David ODB Baker2,075,000-345,000

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