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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 1:45 PM Local Time

Jimmy Fricke - 19th place

Jimmy Fricke0-17,500
Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:43 PM Local Time

Frankie O'Dell - 20th place

Yarron Bendor and Frankie O'Dell mixed it up in a third-street raising war that left O'Dell all in. The board ran out like so:

Bendor:     /         /  
O'Dell:     /         / (x)

O'Dell had to make a low on seventh to stay afloat, but a blank has sent him off to the exit in 20th place.

Frankie O'Dell0-43,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:38 PM Local Time

Todd Brunson has been all in a couple times, and he's survived both.

The first one saw him run out a board of     /         / (x). Xuan Liu was working with     /         /  . Brunson had the low locked up, and he was freerolling to the scoop. He just had to beat sevens up, but a river   only let him take half the pot.

A few minutes later, Brunson survived another all-in by taking rivering a pair of tens to take the high half of the pot. He's still hovering just under 50,000.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:37 PM Local Time

Adam Roberts

We caught the action on fourth in a three-way pot that saw Adam Robers betting away until he got all his chips in on sixth, which both Bonnie Rossi and John Monnette called before checking seventh.

Monnette:    /      / (7x}
Rossi:     /     
Roberts: (x-x) /      / (x)

"Nines and sevens," Monnette said as he flipped his cards. Roberts simply shook his head and mucked while Rossi showed a better two pair to scoop. With that, Roberts was eliminated in 21st place. He told us after the hand he was more proud of his performance in this tournament, where he was short stacked and all in 14 times, than he was when he won his bracelet in 2001 in a 7-Card Stud tournament. Impressive performance, indeed.

Adam Roberts0-26,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:32 PM Local Time

We didn't catch the action, but we do know that a short-stacked Kevin Chance was eliminated at the hands of Chris Tryba with the following cards laid out in front of each player.


Tryba's aces and sevens were enough to get the job done, sending Chance home in 22nd place.

Kevin Chance0-25,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:24 PM Local Time

David Singer brought it in with the  , then got it all in on third street. Marsha Waggoner raised her  , and Todd Brunson called along showing the  .

Singer: (x-x) /         / (x)
Waggoner: (x-x) /         / (x)
Brunson: (x-x) /         / (x)

Waggoner bet fourth street, too, then check-called a bet on fifth. Brunson checked his lead on sixth and called a Waggoner bet. On seventh, he retook the betting lead and drew one last Waggoner call.

Singer:       /        
Waggoner:       /        
Brunson:       /        

Singer's full house earn him the main pot, and Waggoner gets the whole side pot with her trips. That leaves Brunson with nothing, and he's been reduced to about 44,000 chips.

Todd Brunson44,000-43,500
David Singer27,00010,500
Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:20 PM Local Time

Brian Nadell got his short stack all in with aces, but he never really had a chance in this hand. Aces was all he ended with, but Michael Mizrachi and Frank Kassela mixed it up in side action:

Kassela: (x-x) /         / (x)
Mizrachi: (x-x) /         / (x)

Mizrachi raised all in by sixth street, and Kassela figured he was rolled up. He was. Mizrachi revealed     in the hole, and Kassela could not find the case nine. Mizrachi more than doubles, while Nadell is sent to the showers in 23rd place.

Brian Nadell0-30,500
Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:12 PM Local Time

We caught the action on fifth street when Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi check-called a bet from 2010 Player of the Year Frank Kassela. The same action took place on both sixth and seventh, prompting Kassela to confidently state, "A seven low with trips."

Kassela:     /     
Mizrachi: (x-x) /      / (x)

Mizrachi glanced at his opponent's cards, double checked his own and then sent them to the muck unexposed.

Frank Kassela235,00076,000
Michael Mizrachi68,000-42,000
Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:38 PM Local Time

Mike Sexton

Can Mike Sexton improve upon last year's runner-up finish and capture his second WSOP bracelet? Will Xuan Liu become the first woman to win an open event since 2008? Can Chris Tryba, a stud master in his own right, lay claim to his first bracelet? These are just a few of the lingering questions as we enter the third and final day of Event #4 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better.

Both Liu and Tryba are well positioned to make a push for the title as the top two chip counts, while Sexton has his work cut out as he is one of the short stacks. Joining them in pursuit of the $201,559 first-place prize are a plethora of pros including Cory Zeidman, who final tabled this event last year; the veteran Chris Bjorin; Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson; 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela; and the 2010 Poker Players Champion Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi.

As if that list isn't stacked enough, Jimmy Fricke, David Singer, Adam Roberts, Frankie O'Dell, Marsha Waggoner, John Monnette, Todd Brunson and Owais Ahmed join them in Day 3 action. Needless to day, it is one of the most accomplished fields we've seen in quite some time.

Action is set to get underway at 2 p.m. PST, which is less than a half hour now. There's no telling how long it will take, but the final 23 will play down to a winner today, crowning the fourth bracelet winner of the 2012 WSOP.