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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, May 27, 2012 to Monday, May 28, 2012

Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $329,400
  • Entries: 732
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, May 28, 2012 10:14 PM Local Time

Ray Pulford had been on a tear, winning five of six pots to put him over 800,000, but he just lost most of that back after doubling Chiab Saechao up. Saechao open shoved for 172,000 from the button, and Pulford made the call out of the small blind. Patricia Baker folded in the big blind, and Pulford and Saechao were off to the races.


Saechao would need to hit one of his overs to secure the double up, and he was able to do that with the queen in the window on the flop, which came    . Pulford called out for a four, and sure enough, the dealer put the   on the turn. However, he wasn't able to work that kind of magic on the river, as it came the  . Saechao doubled up to 360,000, while Pulford drops back down to under 700,000

Ray Pulford690,00080,000
Chiab Saechao360,000150,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 10:02 PM Local Time

Ray Pulford

James Routos opened for 38,000 from the cutoff position and was called by Chiab Saechao from the small blind. Ray Pulford deliberated for a bit, and then announced, "Raise....I'm all in" from the big blind.

Both Routos and Saechao didn't take much time sliding their hands into the middle, conceding the pot to Pulford.

Ray Pulford610,00070,000
James Routos550,000-30,000
Chiab Saechao210,000-40,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 9:47 PM Local Time

The 5 remaining players are back in their seats, and we are ready to start play up again!

Monday, May 28, 2012 9:47 PM Local Time
Level: 19
Blinds: 8000/16000
Ante: 2000
Monday, May 28, 2012 9:28 PM Local Time

Players are now on break. Cards will be back in the air in 20 minutes.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, May 28, 2012 9:27 PM Local Time

Action started with Nicolas Vaca-Rondon, who came in for a raise to 26,000 in the cutoff. Ray Pulford was the only caller from the small blind, and the two went heads up to a flop of    . Pulford checked, and Vaca-Rondon bet out 33,000. Pulford thought for about 15 seconds before moving all in, and Vaca-Rondon took about 0.2 seconds to call.


Vaca-Rondon had flopped top set, but Pulford had just about the worst hand Vaca-Rondon could see. He would have to fade a diamond to double up, and while the   on the turn didn't complete Pulford's flush, it did give him straight draw outs. However, the   on the river completed neither of those, and Vaca-Rondon secured the double up.

Ray Pulford540,000-200,000
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon405,000145,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 9:18 PM Local Time

Play has slowed down a bit, with players opting to play a more "small ball" style instead of risking very large sums of their stacks.

In a recent hand, James Routos opened to 25,000 from the button and was 3-bet to 53,000 from Nicolas Vaca-Rondon from the small blind. Chiab Saechao folded the big and Routos flatted to see a flop.


Vaca-Rondon checked and Routos, undeterred by Vaca-Rondon's 3-bet, fired 75,000 into the top. Vaca-Rondon quickly folded.

James Routos580,00085,000
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon260,000-90,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 9:08 PM Local Time

Ray Pulford

Ray Pulford and James Routos have been fixtures at the top of the leaderboard all day, and the two just tangled in a big pot. Action folded to Pulford on the button, and he raised to 26,000. Patricia Baker called out of the small blind, and it was on James Routos in the big blind. He announced raise, and slid a bet of 55,000 into the middle. Both Pulford and Baker came along, and we had a rare three way pot.

The flop came down    , and Baker checked to Routos, who kept his foot on the gas, betting out 70,000. Pulford thought for just a few moments before putting the chips in for the call, and Baker folded fairly quickly. The turn brought the  , and this time, Routos checked. Pulford saw the opportunity to strike, and fired out 85,000 into the middle. After 15 seconds in the tank, Routos announced "fold" and Pulford's rail celebrated as Pulford showed his hand,    for just third pair . That hand gives him the chip lead, while Routos is still plently healthy, sitting comfortably in 2nd place.

Ray Pulford740,000340,000
James Routos495,000155,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 8:47 PM Local Time

Jay Pinkussohn

Jay Pinkussohn pulled off a miracle earlier in the final table, when his ace jack cracked the aces of Patricia Baker, but his luck has run out and he's been eliminated. James Routos did most of the damage when he raised from the button, and Pinkussohn moved all in from the big blind. Routos called fairly quickly with    and saw that he had Pinkussohn's    dominated.

Any chance Pinkussohn had of pulling off another suckout basically went out the door when the flop came down     to give Routos a set. Pinkussohn would need runner runner fours or straight cards, but the turn and river came the   and  .

Just a few hands later, Baker limped in from under the gun, and Pinkussohn moved all in for about 50,000. It folded back to Baker who made the call. When the cards were flipped, Pinkussohn saw that once again he was dominated.


The dealer fanned out a flop of     that provided no help for Pinkussohn. The   on the turn paired the board, giving Pinkussohn some outs for a chop, but the   on the river didn't bring any help. Pinkussohn headed to the rail, while Baker strengthened her chip lead.

Patricia Baker550,00040,000
James Routos340,000150,000
Jay Pinkussohn0-240,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 8:38 PM Local Time

Steven Phan - 7th Place

Action began with Jay Pinkussoh, who opened for 30,000 from under-the-gun. Directly behind him, Steven Phan went all in for his last 38,000. Ray Pulford then re-raised to 138,000 total. Everyone else folded, including Pinkussoh and hands were revealed.


The board ran out       and Phan was eliminated.

Steven Phan0-152,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, May 28, 2012 8:35 PM Local Time
Level: 18
Blinds: 6000/12000
Ante: 2000
Monday, May 28, 2012 8:28 PM Local Time

James Routos came in for a raise to 25,000 in early position, and Chiab Saechao was the only caller in the small blind. The flop came down    , and Saechao led out for 35,000. Routos elected to call, and the turn brought the  . Saechao checked, and Routos took little time in assembling a bet of 60,000. Saechao beat him into the pot, and the two saw the   hit the river. Saechao quickly checked, and Routos checked as well after about 15 seconds of thought. Saechao grimmaced, and showed a failed trap, as he tabled    for a rivered boat. Routos mucked, giving the pot to Saechao.

After the hand, Saechao is over 300,000, while Routos, who has been one of the big stacks all day, is now one of the short stacks.

Chiab Saechao320,000130,000
James Routos190,000-235,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 8:16 PM Local Time

Action began with Ray Pulford, who raised under-the-gun to 22,000. James Routos called from the hijack, Nicolas Vaca-Rondon called from the cutoff and Chiab Saechao called from the big blind for a four-way pot.

The flop came     and Saechao checked, prompting a 55,000 bet from Pulford. Routos mucked and action was on Vaca-Rondon, who announced he was all in for about 170,000. Action folded back around to Pulford, who called and said, "If it's a set you're good."

Indeed it was.


The   turn and   river left Vaca-Rondon with quads as he doubled and then some to about 390,000.

Nicolas Vaca-Rondon390,000190,000
Ray Pulford300,000-198,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 7:59 PM Local Time

Matthew Wilmot - 8th Place

Patricia Baker limped in from the cutoff, and it folded around to Matthew Wilmot in the big blind, who checked his option. The flop came down    , and Wilmot quickly checked to Baker, who bet out 50,000. Wilmot thought for just a few moments before check raising all in. Now it was Baker's turn, and she too thought for about five seconds before calling! The cards were flipped, and Baker had flopped a monster.


Wilmot would need alot of help to survive as the turn brought the  . Wilmot shouted for another five, as that would counterfeit Baker's two pair, but it was close but no cigar for Wilmot, as the   hit the river. Wilmot was sent to the rail, while Baker breaks the 500k mark, and is our new chip leader.

Patricia Baker510,000190,000
Matthew Wilmot0-230,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 7:53 PM Local Time

In what was likely Jay Pinkussohn's luckiest hand of the tournament so far, Patricia Baker limped from under-the-gun and action folded around to Pinkussohn, who announced he was all in for his last 114,000. Baker quickly called and announced, "Red rockets!"


Baker was an overwhelming favorite going to the flop, which came    , giving Pinkussohn hope to catch one of the two remaining jacks in the deck.

The turn?  


A meaningless   fell on the river and Pinkussohn doubled to about 240,000.

Patricia Baker320,000-120,000
Jay Pinkussohn240,000119,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, May 28, 2012 7:45 PM Local Time

Georgi Ivanov - 9th place

It was a nightmare return from the dinner break for Georgi Ivanov, who is the first casualty of our final table. On the hand that did most of the damage, Patricia Baker and Ivanov both limped in. It folded around to Chiab Saechao, who went all in for 86,000. Ray Pulford folded his big blind, and Baker folded as well. However, Ivanov snap called, and Saechao was shocked to see that he was well out in front when the cards were flipped.


Ivanov gave a celebratory yell when he saw a jack in the window, but he spoke too soon, as the flop was dealt out    . Ivanov would need a miracle to win the hand, but it wouldn't come, as the board completed   and  . Saechao doubled up to 180,000, while Ivanov was left with just 15,000.

That stack went in two hands later, and Baker and James Routos were the only callers in the blind. The flop came down    . Baker fired out 50,000, and Routos folded. When the cards were flipped, Ivanov saw that he was in the lead.


The   on the turn gave Baker flush draw outs as well, but she wouldn't need them, as the   hit the river. That send Ivanov to the rail, and he will collect just over $5,000 for his efforts. And just like that, we are down to 8!

Patricia Baker440,00045,000
Chiab Saechao190,00091,000
Georgi Ivanov0-100,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 7:34 PM Local Time

Action folded around to Nicoals Vaca-Rondon in middle position, who open shoved his remaining 90,000 into the middle. Directly behind him, Georgi Ivanov went all-in himself from the hijack position and everyone else folded.


Vaca-Rondon would need help and the     flop did just that, propelling him into the lead with a pair of aces. The   turn and   river kept Vaca-Rondon in the lead and he doubled to 200,000.

Nicolas Vaca-Rondon200,000110,000
Georgi Ivanov100,000-90,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 7:29 PM Local Time

The announcer has introduced the final 9 players, and the cards are back in the air.

Monday, May 28, 2012 7:28 PM Local Time
Level: 17
Blinds: 5000/10000
Ante: 1000
Monday, May 28, 2012 7:19 PM Local Time
Ray Pulford498,0000
James Routos425,00015,000
Patricia Baker395,000125,000
Matthew Wilmot230,000103,000
Georgi Ivanov190,000-40,000
Steven Phan152,000-38,000
Jay Pinkussohn121,0006,000
Chiab Saechao99,000-26,000
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon90,000-78,500
Playtika - Jason Alexander