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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 to Friday, June 22, 2012

Event #38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,420,900
  • Entries: 2,534
  • Remaining: 0
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06/22/12 08:08:37 PM PST
Level 29 started
Level: 29 Blinds: 40000/80000 Ante: 10000
06/22/12 08:05:19 PM PST
Tran Folding the Turn

Theo Tran and Bahman Jahanguiri took to a     flop in a limped pot. Tran check-called a bet of 125,000 here and then check-folded on the turn ( ) when Jahanguiri bet 225,000.

06/22/12 07:59:52 PM PST
Tran and Nguyen Stay Active

Theo Tran was on the button and raised it up to 135,000. Dung Nguyen was in the big blind and made the call. The     flop would see Nguyen check and Tran would bet 60,000. Nguyen made the call and the   hit the turn. Both players checked here and the   completed the boar on the river. Again both players checked and Nguyen tabled his   , enough to send Tran's cards into the muck.

06/22/12 07:54:30 PM PST
Small one for Tran

When Dung Nguyen folded the button, Theo Tran would raise it up to 155,000. Bahman Jahanguiri then called in the big blind. A     flop was spread on the felt and Tran would fire away with a bet of 300,000. That was too much for Jahanguiri as he let his hand go.

06/22/12 07:47:02 PM PST
Tran and Nguyen

Dung Nguyen and Theo Tran took to a     in a limped pot. Nguyen check-called a bet of 60,000 here and then both players checked the   turn. The   on the river would see Nguyen again check and then fold when Tran fired out a bet.

06/22/12 07:43:13 PM PST
Blair Hinkle Eliminated in 4th Place ($192,734)

Blair Hinkle

When the action folded to Blair Hinkle in the small blind, he shoved his short stack all in and Bahman Jahanguiri made the call in the big blind.

Hinkle's    was not in the worst shape against Jahanguiri's   , but when the board ran out      , Hinkle would be sent home in fourth place.

With that, Hinkle takes homes $192,734 and will have to search for his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet in another event.

Blair Hinkle0-370,000
06/22/12 07:39:09 PM PST
Another Player Doubles

Another player has doubled their stack here at the final table, with Bahman Jahanguiri making sure that Blair Hinkle's stack is now very short.

Folded to Hinkle on the button, he shoved all in. Jahanguiri made the call, with his opponent having him covered. With the big blind out of the way, the two players turned their hands over.


The       board brought Hinkle no help and he was left crippled, while Jahanguiri took the double.

Bahman Jahanguiri1,500,000750,000
Blair Hinkle370,000-1,190,000
06/22/12 07:32:10 PM PST
Tran Binks Massive Double

Theo Tran

When Bahman Jahanguiri opened the button to 150,000, Theo Tran would three-bet all in from the big blind. Jahanguiri went with a call and found out his    was in good shape against the all-in Theo Tran who held   .

The     flop slammed onto the felt and when the   turn and the   river changed nothing, Tran had managed to catch his nine to stay alive and thrive. With that, Jahanguiri is now our short stack.

Theo Tran2,800,0001,275,000
Bahman Jahanguiri750,000-1,250,000
06/22/12 07:23:34 PM PST
Hinkle Loses One to Dung

Dung Nguyen opened the action to 150,000 from the cutoff and was called by Theo Tran on the button and Blair Hinkle in the small blind.


On the flop, Hinkle checked and Nguyen bet 200,000. Tran got out of the way and Hinkle made the call. The   on the turn would see Hinkle check and Nguyen bet 315,000. Hinkle eventually decided to fold and sent the pot to Nguyen.

06/22/12 07:16:57 PM PST
David Pham Eliminated in 5th Place ($140,736)

David Pham - 5th Place

One of the first hands back from the dinner break and we have already had an elimination. It all started when Bahman Jahanguiri opened it up to 150,000. David Pham then three-bet shoved and Jahanguiri instantly called.


Pham was in desperate need of some help on the board, but when the dealer spread       along the felt, it was all over in fifth place for Pham.

For that effort, Pham adds $140,736 in prize money to his poker resume that already includes more than $8 million in tournament winnings.

Bahman Jahanguiri2,000,000800,000
David Pham0-855,000
06/22/12 07:11:01 PM PST
Back From Dinner

The players are back from the dinner break and ready to play some more poker. Dung Nguyen still hold more than half the chips in play.

06/22/12 07:09:12 PM PST
Level 28 started
Level: 28 Blinds: 30000/60000 Ante: 10000
06/22/12 06:12:41 PM PST
Dinner Counts
Dung Nguyen6,120,000-380,000
Blair Hinkle1,560,00060,000
Theo Tran1,525,000625,000
Bahman Jahanguiri1,200,000100,000
David Pham855,0005,000
06/22/12 06:09:04 PM PST
Dinner is Here

After a action packed start to the final table, things have slowed down during the last level or so. Maybe after dinner they will pick up the pace, but for now it's a 60-minute break.

06/22/12 06:05:06 PM PST
Hinkle and Tran

Theo Tran was under the gun when he opened the pot to 105,000. Blair Hinkle was on Tran's direct left and three-bet to 220,000. Tran thought hard before eventually deciding to make the call.

The     flop would see Tran check and then watch on as Hinkle bet 205,000. Tran again thought for a long time. Time rolled on until Tran decided to let his hand go and send the pot to Hinkle.

06/22/12 05:57:18 PM PST
Pham Wins Small One

Dung Nguyen opened up the action to 110,000 from the button. David Pham called in the big blind and a     flop was dealt. Both players checked here and the   hit the turn. Both players again opted to check and it was on to the   river.

This time Pham would bet 110,000 and Nguyen fold as Pham raked in the small pot.

06/22/12 05:50:56 PM PST
Tran Getting Involved

Folded to Theo Tran in the cutoff, he opened the pot to 105,000. Blair Hinkle then three-bet to 220,000 and it was back on Tran.

It didn't take Tran long to four-bet shove his stack here, which prompted Hinkle to fold just as quickly.

06/22/12 05:47:43 PM PST
Hinkle gives Dung Some Chips

Blair Hinkle was under the gun when he raised it up to 100,000. Folded to Dung Nguyen in the small blind, he three-bet to 310,000. Hinkle opted to make the call and the dealer prepared three cards from the deck.


Nguyen fired away with a bet of 400,000 on the flop and after much deliberation, Hinkle decided to get away from this hand and move onto the next one.

Dung Nguyen6,500,000200,000
Blair Hinkle1,500,000-600,000
06/22/12 05:40:03 PM PST
Hinkle Gets Aggressive

It was looking like the action was about to pick up when the following hand started to play out. Daivd Pham opened to 125,000 from under the gun and Dung Nguyen promptly three-bet to 310,000 on the button. It was then on Blair Hinkle in the big blind. Hinkle opted to shove all in and Pham quickly got out of the way. Nguyen thought long and hard about what to do here, with Hinkle's stack of 1,635,000 staring him in the eye. Eventually opted to fold and Hinkle raked in the pot.

06/22/12 05:29:57 PM PST
No Action in Sight

The action has been very slow for the last few orbits, with several players raising preflop and getting no action. It seems the blinds and antes are simply being shared around the table.

The only flop we have seen in the last ten minutes was a hand between Blair Hinkle and Dung Nguyen. Hinkle opened preflop and Nguyen called. On the     flop, Nguyen check-folded to a bet from Hinkle

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