06/23/12 04:47:13 PM PST
Bardah Wins Blinds Battle
It folded around to Ronnie Bardah who raised from the small blind. Hans Minocha in the big blind checked his cards, then made the call.
The flop came . Bardah bet, Minocha raised, and Bardah called. The turn was the . Bardah hesitated, and when he did Minocha tossed out chips out of turn before realizing Bardah had yet to act. Bardah then checked, Minocha bet, and Bardah called.
Both checked the river. Bardah opened for fours and aces, Minocha for a lesser two pair, and Bardah dragged the pot.
06/23/12 04:42:46 PM PST
RoNasty Snatches the Chip Lead from Gironda
Action folded to Vincent Gironda on the button and he put in a raise. Ronnie "RoNasty" Bardah called from the big blind and the flop came down . Bardah checked and Gironda fired a bet. Gironda check-raised and Gironda called.
The turn brought the and Bardah bet. Gironda put in a raise, but Bardah came right back with a reraise. Gironda took a few moments to think and then called.
The completed the board on the river and Bardah stuck out another bet. Gironda made the call.
Bardah tabled the for a full house on the turn after flopping trips. Gironda mucked his hand and Bardah raked in the pot to take the chip lead.
|Ronnie Bardah||615,000||155,000 |
|Vincent Gironda||585,000||-140,000 |06/23/12 04:39:20 PM PST
Gironda Can't Bluff Mizzi
Sorel Mizzi raised on the button and Vincent Gironda called from the big blind to see the flop come down . Gironda check-raised a bet from Mizzi and got called.
The turn was the and Gironda bet. Mizzi called.
The river was the and Gironda bet. Mizzi called and Gironda turned up the for queen high. Mizzi showed the for two pair and won the pot.
|Vincent Gironda||725,000||-115,000 |
|Sorel Mizzi||345,000||80,000 |06/23/12 04:27:12 PM PST
Johnson Chips Up
It folded around to Vincent Gironda in the small blind who raised, Marco Johnson three-bet from a seat over, and Gironda called. All three post-flop streets went similarly with Gironda check-calling Johnson's bets each time as the board came , then , then .
Johnson then tabled for aces, and Gironda mucked.
|Vincent Gironda||840,000||-35,000 |
|Marco Johnson||180,000||35,000 |06/23/12 04:24:29 PM PST
Bardah Gets Value from Top Pair
From the button, Ronnie Bardah raised. Sorel Mizzi was his only customer from the big blind and the flop came down . Mizzi checked, Bardah bet and Mizzi called.
On the turn, Mizzi check-called again. The river was the and Mizzi check-called once more.
Bardah flipped over the for a pair of jacks with a queen kicker and Mizzi mucked his hand.
|Ronnie Bardah||460,000||108,000 |
|Sorel Mizzi||265,000||-25,000 |06/23/12 04:21:59 PM PST
Gironda Extends Lead
Action folded to Vincent Gironda on the button and he raised. Marco Johnson three-bet from the small blind and Ronnie Bardah folded his big blind. Gironda called.
The flop came down and Johnson bet. Gironda called and the turn was the . Both players checked and the river completed the board with the . Johnson checked and Gironda bet. Johnson folded and Gironda won the pot.
|Vincent Gironda||875,000||45,000 |
|Marco Johnson||145,000||-69,000 |06/23/12 04:12:38 PM PST
Wheeler Wins One
Brent Wheeler opened from under the gun and it folded to Ronnie Bardah on the button who fired a three-bet. The blinds got out, Wheeler called, and the flop came .
Wheeler checked, Bardah bet, then Wheeler check-raised, sending Bardah briefly into the tank. Bardah sat as he usually does when in a hand, holding his shirt up over his mouth, contemplating the situation for several seconds before calling.
The turn then brought the and another bet from Wheeler. Bardah thought it over again, then let his hand go.
|Brent Wheeler||443,000||60,000 |
|Ronnie Bardah||352,000||-60,000 |06/23/12 04:05:55 PM PST
Bardah Returns from Poker Break with WSOP Final Table
Ronnie Bardah has never made a World Series of Poker final table, but he has broken that spell here today by finding his way to the final six of this 302-player field and is already guaranteed $23,648.
With over $530,000 in live tournament earnings, the Brockton, Massachusetts native has two WSOP cashes on his record. Both of those came from the Main Event in back-to-back years of 2010 and 2011. His run in 2010 ended in 24th place for $317,161, which means he wasn't that far off from making the mother of all final tables. The following year, Bardah made the fourth payout group and earned $27,103 for finishing in 453rd place.
Recently, Bardah took some time away from poker to do some traveling and train Muay Thai for a couple of months. According to him, it's helped him out greatly both in life and also in poker as his mind is much fresher and more free than it has ever been. PokerNews interviewed Bardah about that experience and you can read all about it here.
Bardah training Muay Thai in Thailand
Being a regular at Limit Hold'em tables around the world where he specializes in short-handed play, this event is right up Bardah's alley. We'll see if he can continue his run at his first-ever WSOP final table and earn the gold.
06/23/12 03:59:45 PM PST
Chip Counts to Start Final Table
After a brief delay to introduce the players, the final six have reassembled around the official final table here on the main stage in the spacious Pavilion Room. Here's how the stacks look as the final table begins:
|Vincent Gironda||830,000||-25,000 |
|Ronnie Bardah||412,000||-8,000 |
|Brent Wheeler||383,000||-2,000 |
|Sorel Mizzi||290,000||4,000 |
|Marco Johnson||214,000||-26,000 |
|Hans Minocha||137,000||-48,000 |06/23/12 03:58:36 PM PST
Terrence Chan Eliminated in 7th Place ($17,107)
From under the gun, the recently-crippled Terrence Chan raised. Sorel Mizzi reraised from the next seat and then action got back to Chan and he called all in for 35,000.
The flop, turn and river ran out and Chan was eliminated in seventh place just short of the official final table for $17,107.
|Terrence Chan||0||-35,000 |06/23/12 03:56:16 PM PST
Mizzi Doubles Through Chan
Terrence Chan raised from the hijack seat and Sorel Mizzi three-bet from the cutoff. Play folded back to Chan and he made the call to take the flop. Chan had checked in the dark and Mizzi bet. Chan check-raised and Mizzi called.
The turn was the and Chan bet. Mizzi raised and Chan reraised to put Mizzi all in. Mizzi called and was all in for 50,000 total. He held the and Chan the .
The river was the and Mizzi won the pot to double up. Chan was left with 35,000 in chips.
|Sorel Mizzi||286,000||166,000 |
|Terrence Chan||35,000||-115,000 |06/23/12 03:53:06 PM PST
Wheeler Takes Big Pot On Turn
Ronnie Bardah raised fromt he hijack seat and Terrence Chan reraised on the button. Brent Wheeler made it four bets from the big blind and Bardah called. Chan also called and the flop came down . Wheeler bet and both of his opponents called.
On the turn, Wheeler bet and Bardah folded. Chan also folded and Wheeler scooped the pot.
|Ronnie Bardah||420,000||10,000 |
|Brent Wheeler||385,000||185,000 |
|Terrence Chan||150,000||-55,000 |06/23/12 03:44:37 PM PST
Pair of Queens for Chan
On the board, Terrence Chan checked and Marco Johnson bet. Chan called and the river completed the board with the . Both players checked.
Chan tabled the for a pair of queens and Johnson mucked.
|Marco Johnson||240,000||0 |
|Terrence Chan||205,000||0 |06/23/12 03:43:45 PM PST
More Chips Sent to Vincent
Hans Minocha opened with a raise from under the gun (now to 24,000), then Vincent Gironda three-bet on the button (to 36,000). It folded back to Minocha who called, and the flop came . Minocha checked, Gironda bet, and Minocha called. Minocha again check-called a Gironda bet after the turn card arrived.
The river brought the and another check from Minocha. Gironda fired once more, and after some thought Minocha folded his face up.
"The rich get richer," quipped Ronnie Bardah as the chips were slid Gironda's way.
|Vincent Gironda||855,000||80,000 |
|Hans Minocha||185,000||-63,000 |06/23/12 03:34:47 PM PST
Updated Chip Counts
|Vincent Gironda||775,000||0 |
|Ronnie Bardah||410,000||60,000 |
|Marco Johnson||342,000||147,000 |
|Hans Minocha||248,000||18,000 |
|Brent Wheeler||200,000||-95,000 |
|Terrence Chan||160,000||-20,000 |
|Sorel Mizzi||120,000||-60,000 |06/23/12 03:23:45 PM PST
Current 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Standings
Current 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Standings
|6||David "Bakes" Baker||317.94|
|9||David "ODB" Baker||296.88|
|10||Ashkan Razavi||274.06|06/23/12 03:23:36 PM PST
Bardah Barrels Into Chan
Terrence Chan raised from under the gun and Ronnie "RoNasty" Bardah three-bet from the small blind. Chan called and the flop came down . Bardah fired a bet and Chan called.
On the turn card, Bardah fired again. Chan stuck around to see the river, which was the . Bardah didn't slow down and stuck in another bet. Chan took a few moments and then folded his hand, allowing Bardah to take the pot.
|Ronnie Bardah||350,000||0 |
|Terrence Chan||180,000||-60,000 |06/23/12 03:13:27 PM PST
Johnson Takes One Back from Gironda
From the button, Vincent Gironda raised and then Marco Johnson three-bet from the small blind. Gironda called and took the flop.
Johnson bet and Gironda gave it up.
06/23/12 03:10:55 PM PST
Gironda Takes One from Johnson
From under the gun, Marco Johnson raised. Action folded to Vincent Gironda in the big blind and he made the call to see the flop. Gironda checked, Johnson bet and Gironda called.
The turn was the and both players checked to see the land on the river. Gironda led with a bet and Johnson folded.
|Vincent Gironda||780,000||40,000 |
|Marco Johnson||325,000||130,000 ||