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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 3:11 PM Local Time

Shu Ho

James Routos opened from late position and was re-shoved on by Shu Ho for his last 30,000. Routos made the call and hands were revealed.


Ho was in good shape to double, however, the     flop gave Routos the lead. The   turn and   bricked for Ho and he was eliminated in 18th place, good for a $2,717 payday.

Monday, May 28, 2012 3:07 PM Local Time
4451Chad Patterson
4452Matthew Wilmot
4453Chiab Saechao
4454John Vohs
4455Ray Pulford
4456Carisa Schweisberger
4457Kerry Parker
4458Bradley Russell
4459Nicolas Vaca-Rondon
4511Scott Wygal
4512Shu Ho
4513Donald Michael
4514Amy Brady
4515Georgi Ivanov
4516Jay Pinkussohn
4517Steven Phan
4518James Routos
4519Patricia Baker
Monday, May 28, 2012 3:00 PM Local Time

We missed the preflop action, but when we got to the table, Ty Stewart and Donald Michael were heads up on a flop that read    . Stewart fired out a bet of 25,000, which was just about half his stack, and Michael responded by moving all in. Stewart thought for just a few moments, shrugged, and made the call. The two flipped their cards, and Micahel was out in front.


Stewart would need to catch another pair or runner runner straight to survive, and he didn't get it on the turn, the  . The river brought the  , and the WSOP executive director hit the rail. Meanwhile, Michael is enjoying a monster chip lead, as he now has 400,000, nearly double anyone else in the room. We are now re-drawing for the final 18 players

Donald Michael400,00065,000
Ty Stewart0-90,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 2:54 PM Local Time

We caught up with action just as Scott Wygal was getting all in against Amy Brady. Apparently Brady had raised from late position and was shoved on by Wygal from the big blind. Brady called.


The board came       and a clearly frustrated Brady, whose stack has been sliding, stood up from the table.

Wygal is up to 105,000 while Brady has slipped to about 120,000.

Amy Brady120,000-60,000
Scott Wygal105,00040,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 2:45 PM Local Time

We didn't get to the table until most of the action had been completed, but here's what we saw. The flop of     was out on the board, and Steven Phan had put out a bet of 8,000. Amy Brady had a raise of 20,000 in front of her, and when we arrived, Phan was deep in the tank. After about 30 seconds of thought, he slid the rest of his chips in, and Brady snap called. The cards were tabled, and Phan was in a world of hurt.


As soon as he saw the cards, Phan yelled "King!" He didn't get it on the turn, but the   did help him out alittle, giving him some chop outs. Phan called for king one more time, and this time, he got it, as the   hit on the river. Phan celebrated, while Brady just shook her head, saying "I've never tried so hard to get someone to put their chips in the middle." Brady is still plenty healthy with 180,000, while Phan is now up to 85,000.

Amy Brady180,000-70,000
Steven Phan85,00020,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, May 28, 2012 2:30 PM Local Time

We missed the exact action preflop, but we know that Joseph Kearney got the last of his 30,000 chips in holding   , but was dominated by Matthew Wilmot, who held   . Wilmot clapped his hands, and told the dealer "no ace!" The dealer obliged, as the board ran out      . Kearney headed to the rail, while Wilmot scooped the pot, pushing his stack to 200,000.

Matthew Wilmot200,00065,000
Joseph Kearney0-11,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 2:28 PM Local Time

Today marked the first day of the PokerNews Podcast from the 2012 World Series of Poker. Kristy Arnett hosts alongside Donnie Peters, Remko Rinkema and Danielle Barille with the first guest of the summer, World Poker Tour $100,000 Super High Roller winner Tom Marchese.

Check it out and be sure to subscribe on iTunes.

Monday, May 28, 2012 2:24 PM Local Time

We caught up with the action on a board reading     . John Vohs had a 30,000 bet in front of him from the big blind position and action was up to Robert Burns, who announced he was all in after some deliberation. Vohs snap-called.


Burns would need a ten and only a ten to stay alive. The river bricked out a  , which was too little too late for Burns as he was knocked out of the tournament.

Vohs is sitting on a very healthy stack of about 230,000.

John Vohs230,00095,000
Robert Burns0-110,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 2:20 PM Local Time

Sometimes, the battle of the blinds can be some of the most boring pots in poker. Other times, it can be the biggest pot of the tournament. The latter was the case just now between Amy Brady and Joshua Murray. Action folded all the way around to Brady in the small blind, and she called. Murray checked his option in the big blind, and the two saw a flop of    .

Brady waited little time in betting out 8,000, and Murray thought for just a few moments before announcing a raise. He threw in the 8,000 for the call, then put out 15,000 more, a raise to 23,000. Brady wasn't about to backdown, and she quickly reraised to 53,000 total! Murray elected to make the call, and the pot swelled up to over 100,000. The turn came the  , and Brady quickly moved all in. Despite being for all his chips, Murray thought for just a few seconds before calling! The cards were flipped, and Murray was well out in front.


Murray had flopped bottom two pair in the big blind, and would need to dodge a queen, jack, or nine to win the pot. Unfortunately for him, the   slammed down on the river, counterfeiting Murray and giving Brady the massive pot. With that win, she is now the chip leader, with 250,000.

Amy Brady250,000120,000
Joshua Murray0-85,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 2:14 PM Local Time

Mike Vogel playing during day 1.

Action began with John Vohs, who opened for 7,500 from early position. Action folded around to Mike Vogel on the button, who re-popped it to around 24,000. Vohs pondered for a bit and then announced he was all in. Vogel quickly called off his remaining stack.


Vogel was dominated going into the flop and would need help to survive. The       failed to improve Vogel's hand and he was knocked out of the tournament.

John Vohs135,00045,000
Mike Vogel00
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, May 28, 2012 2:06 PM Local Time

Kerry Parker went all in from the button for his last 18,000 and found one caller in Chiab Saechao. Everyone else folded and hands were revealed.


The       board kept Parker in the lead and he doubled up.

Chiab Saechao185,000-25,000
Kerry Parker38,00013,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 2:02 PM Local Time

These are the most updated counts of the final three tables.

Chiab Saechao210,00059,400
James Routos180,00033,100
Ray Pulford150,000-15,000
Georgi Ivanov140,00014,000
Matthew Wilmot135,000-5,000
Amy Brady130,00074,000
Donald Michael130,00019,800
Robert Burns110,00063,600
John Vohs90,000-12,300
Ty Stewart90,00020,100
Joshua Murray85,00012,600
Carisa Schweisberger80,0003,600
Michael Vogel70,00028,700
Steven Phan65,0003,500
Scott Wygal65,00015,000
Joseph McCarthy60,000-11,100
Chad Patterson44,0007,900
Shu Ho42,000-26,600
Patricia Baker40,0003,600
Jay Pinkussohn40,0007,200
Bradley Russell35,0009,000
Daniel Goldman35,00013,400
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon30,000-36,000
Tom Weihrauch29,00013,500
Kerry Parker25,000-33,800
Joseph Kearney11,000-9,000
Robert Schiffbauer0-54,200
Monday, May 28, 2012 1:46 PM Local Time
4451Chiab Saechao
4452Donald Michael
4453Carisa Schweisberger
4454Joseph Kearney
4455Jay Pinkussohn
4456Ty Stewart
4457Bradley Russell
4458Georgi Ivanov
4459Kerry Parker
4461Chad Patterson
4462Robert Schiffbauer
4463Nicolas Vaca-Rondon
4464Steven Phan
4465Tom Weihrauch
4466Amy Brady
4467Joshua Murray
4468Shu Ho
4469Scott Wygal
4511Joseph McCarthy
4512John Vohs
4513Patricia Baker
4514Daniel Goldman
4515Matthew Wilmot
4516Michael Vogel
4517Robert Burns
4518Ray Pulford
4519James Routos
Monday, May 28, 2012 1:36 PM Local Time

Play has halted momentarily so that the staff can redraw for the top 27. Once all the players have taken their seats, we will get you a full seating chart.

Monday, May 28, 2012 1:23 PM Local Time

Action started with James Routos, who raised it up to 5,100 from under the gun. The next player to act shoved for about 18,000 total. Georgi Ivanov was next to act, and he shoved for the top for 80,000. Everyone else folded, including Routos, and when the cards were flipped, we were off to the races.


The board ran out      , and Ivanov collected the pot. After stacking up his chips, we saw that he was sitting on around 120,000.

Georgi Ivanov123,00096,600
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, May 28, 2012 1:21 PM Local Time

Play has resumed and cards are back in the air.

Monday, May 28, 2012 1:00 PM Local Time

Players are now on their first 20-minute break of the day.

Monday, May 28, 2012 12:54 PM Local Time

In a blind vs. blind confrontation, Joseph Kearney raised to 7,000 from the small and was snap re-shoved on by Scott Wygal in the big for about 23,000 total. Kearney made the call.


The board ran out       leaving Wygal with a pair of aces to scoop the pot and leaving Kearney with just 20,000.

Scott Wygal50,00023,800
Joseph Kearney20,000-18,300
Monday, May 28, 2012 12:52 PM Local Time

A short stack moved all in for around 15,000, and Ray Pulford was next to act. He decided to just call, and the rest of the table folded. Pulford was in great shape, with his    dominating his opponents   . The board ran out safely for Pulford, coming      , and Pulford collected the chips, upping his stack to about 140,000.

Ray Pulford140,00048,900
Monday, May 28, 2012 12:27 PM Local Time

Matthew Wilmot during day 1

A short-stacked Jacob Wesloski moved all in for about his last 13,000 from the cutoff position and found one caller in Matthew Wilmot from the small blind. Trish Baker folded from the big. Revealed hands showed it was a race situation.


The board ran out      , failing to improve Wesloski's hand and eliminating him from the tournament.

Matthew Wilmot140,00017,200
Jacob Wesloski0-22,600
Playtika - Jason Alexander