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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 to Thursday, June 04, 2015

Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $891,000
  • Entries: 660
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 4, 2015 5:16 PM Local Time

According to players at the table, Binh Nguyen three bets all in preflop, and three players call.

The board runs       with only William Kakon and Alexander Kostritsyn remaining in the action until the end. Kakon check calls a bet from Kostritsyn and flips    for the win.

Nguyen held    and Kostritsyn had   .

William Kakon - 640,000
Alexander Kostritsyn - 340,000
Binh Nguyn - Eliminated in 17th Place ($7,493)

Thursday, June 4, 2015 5:04 PM Local Time

After Adam Duguay (above) opens from early position, Daniel Needleman three-bets. The pair continue to raise until the 60,000 betting cap is reached.

On the     flop, Duguay bets, and Needleman raises, putting Duguay all in.


The turn is the   putting Needleman in front, and the   river fails to help Duguay.

Daniel Needleman - 550,000
Adam Duguay - Eliminated in 18th place ($7,493)

Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:56 PM Local Time

Hector Contreras raises from early position and Alex Kostritsyn defends from the big blind.

The flop is    . Kostritsyn leads out for 12,000 and Contreras raises. Kostritsyn puts in a third bet and Contreras calls.

Both players check the   on the turn. The   on the river sees Kostritsyn leading out for 24,000. Contreras raises and Kostritsyn thinks for a minute about all of Contreras's hand possibilities before folding.


Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:40 PM Local Time

As players return from break, they've drawn new table assignments with 18 players remaining.

Table 446

Seat 1: Wook Kim
Seat 2: Alex Kostritsyn
Seat 3: PT Hayes
Seat 4: Hector Contreras
Seat 5: Bryan Pimlott
Seat 6: Kevin Song
Seat 7: Binh Nguyen
Seat 8: William Kakon
Seat 9: Jay Helfert

Table 447

Seat 1: Brandon Cantu
Seat 2: Mike Lancaster
Seat 3: Hien Tran
Seat 4: Daniel Needleman
Seat 5: David Chiu
Seat 6: Tynan Smith
Seat 7: Carroll Johnson
Seat 8: Shannon Shorr
Seat 9: Adam Duguay
Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:28 PM Local Time
Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:09 PM Local Time
Players have reached their first 20-minute break of the day. Russ Salzer busts as the level ends, and when players return, they will redraw for seating at the final two tables.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:07 PM Local Time

Russ Salzer

David Chiu raises from the hijack and Russ Salver puts his last 16,000 in the pot. Tynan Smith calls from the big blind.

The flop is    . Smith checks, Chiu bets and Smith calls.

On the turn  , Smith checks again. Chiu bets 20,000 and Smith raises to 40,000 which Chiu calls.

The river pulls out the   which Smith and Chiu both check.

Salzer shows    which is outdrawn by the    of Smith. Chiu's    is no good as well.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:06 PM Local Time

Brandon Cantu three-bets from the button before Mike Lancaster, sitting in the small blind four-bets the action.

Alexander Kostritsyn, who opened the betting, calls, and Cantu calls all in for 34,000.

On the     flop, Lancaster check calls a bet from Kostritsyn. The turn is the  , and again, Lancaster check calls a bet from Kostritsyn.

The river is the  , and for a third time, Lancaster checks before Kostritsyn bets. Lancaster, with then than 20,000 in front of him, calls all in for his tournament life.


Cantu scoops the main pot, while Lancaster takes the side pot, and both remain in play as Level 22 nears its end.

Alexander Kostritsyn - 400,000
Brandon Cantu - 120,000
Mike Lancaster 115,000

Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:51 PM Local Time

Carroll Johnson opens the action from early position, and the action folds around to the big blind, Daniel Joo, who says he is all in, but can only three-bet, leaving himself with 15,000 behind.

Johnson calls, and the pair see a     flop. Joo bets, and Johnson raises, putting Joo's remaining 5,000 chips in the pot.


The turn   and river   fail to help Joo, who is eliminated in 20th place.

Carroll Johnson - 380,000
Daniel Joo - Eliminated in 20th Place ($6,076)

Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:45 PM Local Time

Benjamin Holguin is already all in for his last 2,000 from the small blind and after David Chiu raises to 20,000 from the button, the cards are turned over.

Holguin has    and Chiu holds   . The drama is over quickly as Chiu flops a straight    . Holguin needs a jack for a higher straight but the turn   and river   do not provide that card and Holguin is sent to the rail.

David Chiu-415,000

Jostens Fan Collection
Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:38 PM Local Time


Following a raise from Kevin Song on the button, James Sievers three-bets from the small blind.

Song calls, and the pair see a     flop. Sievers bets, Song calls. The turn is the  , and Sievers bets again before Song raises, putting Sievers's remaining 10,000 in the pot.


The   river fails to help Sievers who is eliminated in 22nd place.

Kevin Song - 420,000
James Sievers - Eliminated in 22nd ($6,076)
Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:31 PM Local Time

Nicholas Abou Risk

Hector Contreras raises from the cutoff and Nick Abou Risk defends his big blind.

The flop comes     and Abou Risk check-raises Contrares who calls. The turn brings the  . Abou Risk bets his remaining chips and Contrares calls with    and Abou Risk holds    for a flush draw.

The river is the   and Abou Risk is out in 23rd place.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:27 PM Local Time

Carroll Johnson raises in middle position, and is called by Jay Helfert and Binh Nguyen.

On the     flop, Johnson checks. Heifert bets, and both Nguyen and Johnson call. The turn is the  , and Johnson checks once again before Helfert bets. Nguyen folds, but Johnson calls.

On the   river, Johnson bets, and Helfert calls. Johnson tables    for flopped quads.

"You know what, you were ahead the whole way," Helfert jokes as he shows   .

Jay Helfert - 350,000
Carroll Johnson - 280,000

Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:10 PM Local Time


Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:08 PM Local Time

Paul Cogliano pushes his last 14,000 chips in after Adam Duguay limps from under the gun. William Kakon calls from the button, Shannon Shorr calls from the small blind and Jay Helfert joins in from the big blind.

All three players check the flop of    . The   comes on the turn. Shorr checks, Helfert bets, Kakon calls and Shorr folds.

On the river  , the action is checked by Kakon and Helfert. Cogliano turns over    but that is no good against Helfert's two pair    and Cogliano is out in 24th place.

Paul Cogliano

Jostens Fan Collection
Thursday, June 4, 2015 2:49 PM Local Time

David Chiu is climbing the leaderboard early in Day 3.

On a      board, Chiu check calls a bet from James Sievers. On the   river, Chiu bets, and Sievers calls.

Chiu tables    for trip 9s before Sievers throws    into the muck.

David Chiu - 400,000
James Sievers - 150,000

Thursday, June 4, 2015 2:44 PM Local Time

Robert Goldstein is all in against two opponents; Brandon Cantu and Alex Kostritsyn. Goldstein moves his final 14,000 in to the middle and Kostritsyn raises from the hijack to 22,000. Cantu makes it 30,000 from the small blind and Kostritsyn calls.

The flop is    . Cantu bets 8,000 and Kostritsyn calls.

The turns comes   and Cantu bets again with Kostritsyn calling.

A river of   goes check-check. Kostritsyn flips over    to beat Cantu;s    and eliminate Goldstein's   .

Kostritsyn is now the chip leader with 510,000.

Robert Goldstein

Thursday, June 4, 2015 2:35 PM Local Time

Bryan Pimlott knows more than most that even the worst injuries can be healed, so when the orthopedic trauma surgeon from Phoenix, Arizona saw his stack shattered by the cruelest kind of beat on Day 1, he simply did what he does best: rebuild.

Holding    squaring off against two opponents for a huge pot in Level 7, Pimlott saw the board run out with four clubs, and after calling a bet on the river, he was shown    for a crushing loss. This left him with only 300 chips to work with - enough for only one half of the big bet at the time - but somehow Pimlott managed to spin his micro-stack back up to 7,200 to end the day. By the time players bagged and tagged at the end of Day 2, Pimlott had 136,000 to work with, and now he sits with right around 120,000 with just three tables remaining in play.

Pimlott has dedicated his professional life to practicing medicine, tackling the toughest cases involving spinal fractures, brain bleeding, and other injuries that can only be described as catastrophic. Of course, Pimlott also performs routine operations as part of his daily duties, but his passion for orthopedics clearly lies in it's ability to bring people back from the brink of paralysis or death.

He also loves a good game of poker, competing in the bigger Limit Hold'em games spread at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, and attending the World Series of Poker every year as a getaway of sorts. With his latest in-the-money finish here in Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em, Pimlott now has eight career WSOP cashes - but he still has work yet to top his best runs in bracelet events (13th in this very same tournament back in 2011).

Thursday, June 4, 2015 2:34 PM Local Time

On a      board, Francois Vigeant moves all in for his remaining 16,000. Jay Helfert calls, and shows   . Vigeant flips   , but the river is the   sending Vigeant to the rail early in Day 3.

Vigeant said this is the only tournament he plays each year at the World Series of Poker, and his 26th place finish will earn him $6,076.

Jay Helfert - 275,000
Francois Vigeant - Eliminated

Francois Vigeant

Thursday, June 4, 2015 2:29 PM Local Time

With the elimination of Thomas Butzhammer, we are down to 26 players. Here are their seating assignments:

Table 446

Seat 1: Binh Nguyen
Seat 2: Paul Cogliano
Seat 3: Bryan Pimlott
Seat 4: Francois Vigeant
Seat 5: Carroll Johnson
Seat 6: William Kakon
Seat 7: Shannon Shorr
Seat 8: Jay Helfert
Seat 9: Adam Duguay

Table 447

Seat 1: (Open)
Seat 2: Mike Lancaster
Seat 3: David Chiu
Seat 4: Russ Salzer
Seat 5: Ben Holguin
Seat 6: Kevin Song
Seat 7: James Seivers
Seat 8: Tynan Sammatarohutchins
Seat 9: Daniel Needleman

Table 449

Seat 1: Ben Holguin
Seat 2: Wook Kim
Seat 3: Nicholas Abou Risk
Seat 4: Brandon Cantu
Seat 5: PT Hayes
Seat 6: Daniel Joo
Seat 7: Robert Goldstein
Seat 8: Hector Contreras
Seat 9: Hien Tran