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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 to Thursday, June 09, 2011

Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,809,000
  • Entries: 1,340
  • Remaining: 2


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Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:53 PM Local Time
Anders Meli1,650,000-150,000
Andrea Dato1,550,000100,000
Bill Chen1,450,000-450,000
David Diaz1,100,000650,000
Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:52 PM Local Time

David Diaz has been the short stack at the final table and survived multiple all ins. He moved all in again preflop and got a call from Andrea Dato.



After pairing on the turn Diaz is now almost even with the table.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:38 PM Local Time

In back to back hands David Diaz was all in preflop with an inferior Ace to his opponent and paired the board twice to stay alive.

First, his    split with the    of Andrea Dato on a       board. The very next hand he got it in against Anders Meli this time. His    was behind the    of Meli until the river when the board came out      .

Diaz can only smile and take back the 425,000 that he has left.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:34 PM Local Time

Corey Hastings

Andrea Dato opened from under the gun to 60,000. Corey Hastings called from the small blind and they went heads up to the flop.

The dealer spread the     and both players checked. The turn was the   and Hastings fired 60,000 which Dato called. The river was the   and this time Hastings led for 75,000. Dato decided to move him all in and Hastings called. Dato quickly flipped over    for the nuts and Hastings just smiled and turned over two black Aces.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:22 PM Local Time

Richard Trigg eliminated in 6th Place

Having been crippled just a few hands earlier, Richard Trigg raised to 60,000 from under the gun. The small blind, Bill Chen, and the big blind, Corey Hastings both called.

The flop was     and the two players checked to Trigg who put his last 25,000 into the pot. Chen and Hastings called, each taking their shot to eliminate another player.

The turn was the   and both players left with action checked. The river was the   and Chen fired out 50,000. Hastings folded and Chen revealed    for a wheel. With that, Trigg mucked his hand and became our 6th place finisher.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:18 PM Local Time

Anders Meli opened up for 65,000 from under the gun and Richard Trigg raised to 155,000 from the button. Meli moved in and Trigg called.



Meli doubled up to 1.7 million and Trig is left with just under 100,000.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:10 PM Local Time

The remaining six players have returned from the dinner break.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:09 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 5000
Thursday, June 9, 2011 6:17 PM Local Time

The six remaining players have just colored up the yellow 1,000 chips for some brand new dark green 25,000 chips and headed off to dinner. We will resume play in about an hour.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 6:16 PM Local Time
Bill Chen1,700,000200,000
Andrea Dato1,450,000600,000
Richard Trigg900,00036,000
Anders Meli825,000325,000
David Diaz620,000-480,000
Corey Hastings420,00020,000
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Thursday, June 9, 2011 6:15 PM Local Time

Justin Sternberg eliminated in 7th Place

Justin Sternberg, having just been crippled, moved all in for his last 180,000 and found a call from Anders Meli.

Sternberg tabled    and needed to win a race against the    of Meli. The flop was     making Sternberg a 97% favorite to Double Up. Meli needed runner-runner straight cards to eliminate Sternberg and as you can tell by the title of this post, that is exactly what he got. The turn was the  , the river was the   and just like that we are down to six.

Meli now has 825,000 while Sternberg hits the rail in one of the toughest ways possible.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 6:09 PM Local Time

On a      board, Justin Sternberg bet 200,000 and Andrea Dato called. The river was the   and Sternberg bet again, this time enough to force Dato all in. Dato called and showed    for a rivered two pair. Frustrated and in disbelief, Sternberg showed the table two Aces.

Dato now has 1.575 Million and Sternberg becomes our new short stack with just 150,000.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 6:00 PM Local Time

Final Table of Event 12

This final table is taking place on the ESPN set which is a great place for people to sweat their friends or just watch great poker. It has three rows of seats on either side of the set and an open area that makes the table viewable from the floor of the Amazon Room. Mixing in among the rail birds already are Gavin Griffin and Filippo Candio.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 5:46 PM Local Time

Andrea Dato Gets Another Double Up

From early position, Bill Chen raised to 60,000 and action folded around to Andrea Dato in the big blind. Dato decided to move all in with his new found chips and Chen made the call.


The two were racing and Dato's pair of Fours remained in the lead after the     flop. The turn brought an interesting  . While it gave Chen an open-ended straight draw, it also gave Dato a flush draw. As a result, Chen lost two outs but gained six others.

The   river was none of them though and Dato quadrupled up in just two hands. He now has 850,000 while Chen, still our chip leader, falls to 1,500,000.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 5:39 PM Local Time

First into the pot, David Diaz raised to 48,000. It folded to Andrea Dato who moved all in for 172,000. Corey Hastings isolated the action by re-raising all in. Diaz folded and the cards were on their backs.


Dato had to avoid an Ace, something he was unable to do against Trigg. The flop fell    . So far so good. The   hit the turn and Dato continued to pace around while his rail remained silent for the time being. When the river was the   and Dato had officially doubled, he and his friends gave a great big roar that could be heard around the Amazon Room.

Dato's double get him to 415,000 while Hastings is just under that as the new short stack with 400,000.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 5:33 PM Local Time

Diaz opened the pot with a raise to 47,000 and Chen defended his big blind again by making the call.

The flop was     and Chen let Diaz keep the aggression when he bet 50,000. Chen, however, check-raised to 150,000 and Diaz thought for a minute before making the call.

The turn was the   and Chen wanted to end it right here. He moved all in and forced Diaz to let go of his hand. Chen has moved up to 2.15 Million with the pot while Diaz has fallen back into six figures.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 5:27 PM Local Time

Andrea Dato opened the action with a raise to 48,000 before Richard Trigg moved all in over the top for 400,000. Action folded back around to Andrea who quickly made the call.


Trigg was in a lot of trouble but you wouldn't know it by his rail. One of the more vocal groups all day, Trigg has about a dozen friends looking in through from the floor of the Amazon Room. They screamed for an Ace and got on right on the flop. The dealer spread out     as the fan base erupted in chants and cheers.

The turn was the   and they began screaming for a deuce while Dato paced back and forth looking for a Queen or a Jack. The river wasn't a deuce, but it still shipped Trigg the pot when it fell the  .

Trigg is now up to 864,000 while Andrea has become our short stack with 165,000.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 5:18 PM Local Time

Nicholos Rampone Eliminated in 8th Place

Bill Chen opened the action to 51,000 and Nicholas Rampone flatted in position. David Diaz, in the blinds, three bet to 180,000 and Chen moved all in with little hesitation. Rampone began his tank as a call here would put his tournament at risk. After a couple of minutes, he eventually did make the call and Diaz began a tank of his own. He leaned back and forth a few times before finally folding.

When the cards were flipped over, Rampone, our Day 2 chip leader, did not like what he saw. His    was dominated by the    of Chen. The board ran out       which did not improve Rampone's hand and just like that, he is gone.

At one point today, Rampone had nearly 1.6 Million chips with ten players left. But some coolers and lost flips have put him on the rail as our 8th place finisher. With Rampone's chips, Chen has now moved into the chip lead with 1.93 Million.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 5:05 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 12000/24000
Ante: 4000
Thursday, June 9, 2011 5:03 PM Local Time

Matthew Henson Eliminated in 9th Place

Matthew Henson was able to get his last 235,000 in the middle against David Diaz on a     flop.

Henson held the nut flush draw with    up against the    of Diaz. Henson had 12 outs twice, plus a backdoor straight draw but saw the turn   and river   brick out to be our 9th Place finisher.

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