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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 to Thursday, May 31, 2012

Event #4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $839,700
  • Entries: 622
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:37 PM Local Time

Chris Bjorin

Chris Bjorin brought it in with the  , then called the completion from Brandon Shack-Harris and his  .

Shack-Harris pulled a   and bet fourth, and Bjorin called a bet after drawing the  . On fifth, Shack-Harris bet again on the  , and Bjorin folded after the   provided no help. That dropped him down around a half-million chips.

On the next hand, it was Shack-Harris bringing it in with the  , but he'd not factor in the hand as Bjorin and Cory Zeidman mixed it up.

Zeidman: (x-x) /        
Bjorin: (x-x) /        

Action checked through fourth street, and Zeidman made a leading bet on fifth. Bjorin called, then paired up on sixth and made a bet of his own. Zeidman folded without incident, and Bjorin recouped the losses from the prior hand.

Chris Bjorin650,00015,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:28 PM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 10000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:12 PM Local Time

Our three remaining players have stepped away for a quick break.

After a quick color-up, the chip counts will magically appear in the space below.

Cory Zeidman1,540,000540,000
Chris Bjorin635,000-515,000
Brandon Shack-Harris625,000-30,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:07 PM Local Time

Brandon Shack-Harris

We just watched two consecutive pots between Chris Bjorin and Brandon Shack-Harris.

In the first, we joined up on sixth street as Shack-Harris was raising a Bjorin bet.

Shack-Harris: (x-x) /         / (x)
Bjorin: (x-x) /         / (x)

Bjorin called the raise on sixth street without much incident, but the seventh street bet was a little tougher. He tanked for longer than we're used to seeing him tank, then tucked and mucked. That moved Shack-Harris up over the 700,000-chip ark.

One hand later, Bjorin completed with the  , and Shack-Harris raised with the  . Off they went.

Shack-Harris: (x-x) /         / (x)
Bjorin: (x-x) /         / (x)

Shack-Harris bet his lead on fourth, then check-called a bet on fifth. Sixth and seventh went check-check.

Bjorin rolled over       /        , and the winning sevens up helped erase his losses from the previous hand.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:50 PM Local Time

Yarron Bendor

Chris Bjorin brought it in and then called when Yarron Bendor completed. The turn saw Bendor bet and Bjorin call, and then fifth street gave Bjorin the lead. He led out, prompting Bendor to say, "I need miracles," before calling off his last 30,000.

Bjorin:    /      /  
Bendor:    /      /  

Bjorin improved to two pair on seventh, and Bendor knew he was drawing dead even before looking at his last card.

Chris Bjorin1,150,000160,000
Yarron Bendor0-145,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:45 PM Local Time

Yarron Bendor brought it in with the  , and Cory Zeidman completed with the  . Bendor raised it back, and the resulting action left him all in for this last 123,000.

Bendor:     /         /  
Zeidman:     /         / (x)

Bendor couldn't scoop the pot, but he was ahead for the low with Zeidman still sweating his last card. He needed to make his seven-low to earn the knockout, but a   river was blank.

Chop it up.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:32 PM Local Time
Cory Zeidman1,000,00070,000
Chris Bjorin990,000230,000
Brandon Shack-Harris655,000255,000
Yarron Bendor145,000-330,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:30 PM Local Time

Brandon Shack-Harris fired out a bet on sixth street and was called by Cory Zeidman. The same action occurred on seventh street, and Shack-Harris showed an 7-6-5-2-A low. Zeidman just shook his head, mucked and said, "I had a good eight." Scoop for Shack-Harris.

Zeidman: (x-x) /      / (x)
Shack-Harris:    /      /  

Cory Zeidman930,000-170,000
Brandon Shack-Harris400,000200,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:11 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 30000/60000
Ante: 7000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:07 PM Local Time

We picked up the action on fourth street in a pot that involved Yarron Bendor and Chris Bjorin.

Bendor: (x-x) /         / (x)
Bjorin: (x-x) /         / (x)

Bendor bet fourth street, then called a raise from Bjorin. It didn't slow him down at all, though, as he fired bullets on fifth, sixth, and seventh streets, too. Bjorin called until seventh, but his last cards was a brick. He tucked and mucked, and Bendor has increased his stack significantly with that pot.

Chris Bjorin760,000-200,000
Yarron Bendor475,000180,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:04 PM Local Time
Chris Bjorin960,000-25,000
Cory Zeidman940,00070,000
Brandon Shack-Harris365,00025,000
Yarron Bendor295,0004,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:56 PM Local Time

Brandon Shack-Harris had the bring in and saw Yarron Bendor complete. Shack-Harris made the call and then he ended up raising Bendor's bet on the turn. The latter made the call and then check-called bets on both fifth and sixth streets, with Shack-Harris' last bet of 48,000 putting himself all in.

Shack-Harris:    /      /  
Bendor:    /      /  

Bendor had both straight and flush outs, meaning Shack-Harris' two pair was extremely vulnerable. As it happened, Bendor bricked on seventh street while Shack-Harris improve to a straight to scoop the pot and double.

Brandon Shack-Harris340,000170,000
Yarron Bendor291,000-159,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:50 PM Local Time

Chris Bjorin

Yarron Bendor brought it in with the  , then called the completion from Chris Bjorin showing the  .

Bendor: (x-x) /         / (x)
Bjorin: (x-x) /         / (x)

Bendor check-raised on fourth street, then led the betting on fifth and sixth. He checked on seventh, then called one of Bjorin's bets to see the showdown.

Bjorin revealed       for the straight, and Bendor was none too pleased. He showed the     that he'd begun the hand with, but aces up were second-best by seventh street.

Bjorin is very close to a million chips now — we count him at 985,000.

Chris Bjorin985,000115,000
Yarron Bendor450,000-283,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:43 PM Local Time

We picked up a heads-up pot between Brandon Shack-Harris and Cory Zeidman.

Shack-Harris: (x-x) /         / (x)
Zeidman: (x-x) /         / (x)

Shack-Harris check-called a bet on fourth street, then check-raised fifth. Zeidman raised back to put his man all in, and the down cards were shown up. Zeidman rolled over    . He'd make a low on sixth, and he was drawing live for the scoop, too. His river was a blank  , though, and Shack-Harris pulled a  . It was no help, but it was good enough to give him half the pot.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:28 PM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi

Chris Bjorin had the bring in and saw Michael Mizrachi complete. Both Cory Zeidman and Yarron Bendor came along for the ride, Bjorin put in the extra 18,000 and it was four-way action to the turn. Bendor was first to act and checked, opening the door for Bjorin to bet. All three other players called and it was still four-way to fifth street. Again Bendor checked and Bjorin bet, but this time Mizrachi woke up with a raise to 100k. Zeidman and Bendor got out of the way, Bjorin put in a three-bet and Mizrachi called off his last 28,000.

Mizrachi:    /      /  
Bjorin:    /      /  
Bendor: (x-x) /    
Zeidman: (x-x) /    

Mizrachi was ahead with a pair of tens, but Bjorin picked up low and flush draws on sixth street. The dealer dealt the last card and Bjorin immediately showed he made both. Mizrachi knew whatever his last card was wouldn't save him, but he flipped it up nonetheless before making his exit in fifth place.

Chris Bjorin870,000293,000
Michael Mizrachi0-179,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:20 PM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi brought it in with the   up, and Brandon Shack-Harris raised with the  . The last of Grinder's 77,000 chips went into the middle, and the boards were run out.

Mizrachi:     /         / (x)
Shack-Harris:     /         / (x)

Mizrachi liked every card he was dealt, and he was poised for a scoop as Shack-Harris sweated seventh street. Mizrachi celebrated the   that Shack-Harris pulled as it meant he had the pot locked up. The   that was his own river was a formality, and Grinder has doubled back into contention.

Michael Mizrachi179,000108,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:12 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 5000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:15 PM Local Time
Cory Zeidman870,00095,000
Yarron Bendor733,000-12,000
Chris Bjorin577,00092,000
Brandon Shack-Harris550,000285,000
Michael Mizrachi71,000-4,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:14 PM Local Time

The remaining five players are now on a one-hour dinner break.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:13 PM Local Time

Yarron Bendor check-called a bet from Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi on the turn, and then did the same on fifth street. From there both players checked the remaining streets and Bendor signaled all he had was jacks. Mizrachi squeezed out his last card, threw his hands up in the air and then mucked in frustration.

Mizrachi:    /      / (x)
Bendor:     /     

Yarron Bendor745,000215,000
Michael Mizrachi75,000-430,000