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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 to Friday, June 08, 2012

Event #15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $996,400
  • Entries: 212
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 8, 2012 4:27 PM Local Time
Adam Friedman   /      /  
Phil Ivey   /     (FOLDED)
Nikolai Yakovenko   /      /  

On fourth street, The action checked to Friedman, who bet. Ivey and and Yakovenko called. Yakovenko led out when he paired on fifth, and only Friedman called. Yakovenko led again on sixth and seventh. Friedman called on sixth, but released on seventh.

"Nikolai wins the pot," the tournament director said after the hand.

"Call me Googles please," Yakovenko requested.

The tournament director looked at him quizzically, but nodded.

"Can you call me God Emperor Brunson as well?" Todd Brunson joked.

Friday, June 8, 2012 4:21 PM Local Time
1Sven Arntzen
2Todd Brunson
3Adam Friedman
4Phil Ivey
5Bryn Kenney
6Zimnan Ziyard
7Brian Twete
8John Monnette
9Nikolai Yakovenko
Friday, June 8, 2012 4:14 PM Local Time

John Monnette was able to make kings and nines to scoop Jesse Martin in a pot knocking Martin down to about 55,000 in chips.

Kenney:    /      /  
Martin:    /      /  

The next hand Jesse Martin got it all in against Brynn Kenney on fifth street. Martin tabled    while Kenney flipped up   . Kenney got the   on sixth and was able to make a diamond flush. Martin had a low draw but did not make it when he got the   on seventh. Kenney was able to scoop Martin and send him packing.

John Monnette595,000115,000
Bryn Kenney260,00050,000
Jesse Martin0-132,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 4:08 PM Local Time
Adam Friedman660,000-180,000
John Monnette480,0000
Sven Arntzen420,00045,000
Brian Twete290,00010,000
Phil Ivey260,0000
Zimnan Ziyard255,000-15,000
Nikolai Yakovenko235,000-15,000
Todd Brunson235,000-25,000
Bryn Kenney210,000-10,000
Jesse Martin132,000-43,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 4:06 PM Local Time
Sven Arntzen   /      /  
Todd Brunson   /      /  
Nikolai Yakovenko   /    (FOLDED)

When we reached the table on fourth street, Arntzen led out, and only Brunson called. Both players checked on fifth, and Arntzen led out on sixth and seventh. Brunson called both bets.

Gorillla Gaming
Friday, June 8, 2012 4:02 PM Local Time

Alexander Krapivinsky - 11th place

Krapivinsky:    /      /  
Friedman:    /      /  
Kenney:    /     (FOLDED)

All three players checked fourth street and Alexander Krapivinsky led out on fifth. Bryn Kenney folded and Adam Friedman tagged along. Friedman took over the betting on sixth and both checked seventh. Friedman tabled a pair of sevens with no low and Krapivinsky announced that it was good as he mucked his cards.

The next hand Krapivinsky got the rest of his chips in with     against Friedman's    . Krapivinsky failed to improve once again and he was sent packing in 11th.

Adam Friedman840,000160,000
Alexander Krapivinsky0-170,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 4:02 PM Local Time

Phil Ivey

John Monnette   /      /  
Phil Ivey   /      /  

Ivey brought it in with the  , Monnette completed with the  , and Ivey called. Monnette led out on fourth, and Ivey called. Ivey paired on fifth, but he opted to only check-call bets on fifth and sixth. On seventh however, Ivey led out. Monnette tanked for quite some time, and eventually mucked.

John Monnette480,000-125,000
Phil Ivey260,00085,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 3:57 PM Local Time

Christopher George -12th Place

Zimnan Ziyard bet the rest of Christopher George's chips all in on fifth street and George called. George held    up but failed to make his hand into either a high or a low and was sent to the rail in 12th place, collecting $17,187 in tournament winnings.

Zimnan Ziyard270,00065,000
Christopher George0-52,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 3:49 PM Local Time

Phil Ivey

John Monnette   /      /  
Adam Friedman   /     (FOLDED)
Phil Ivey   /      /  

After winning a pot, Phil Ivey was three-handed with Adam Friedman and John Monnette on fourth street. The action checked to Monnette who bet, and both Friedman and Ivey called. Monnette paired on fifth, and led out. Only Ivey called.

On sixth, Monnette led out again, and Ivey called. Monnette fired one more bet on seventh street, and Ivey was none too happy. He cut out enough pink T5,000 chips to make the call, then slammed them back onto his stack. He did this again, and then finally tossed them forwards.

Monnette turned over     for a straight and an eighty-seven low, and Ivey mucked.

John Monnette605,00043,000
Phil Ivey175,00057,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 3:38 PM Local Time

Nicholas Verkaik - 13th Place

Nicholas Verkaik got it all in on fourth street against both Adam Friedman and Phil Ivey. Friedman picked up with aggression, betting on both sixth and seventh and Ivey called both bets. Both Ivey and Friedman chopped the high with a flush while Friedman took the low with a sixty-five.

Verkaik, on the other hand, made a seventy-six low but was it was not enough to stay alive in the tournament. He will collect $14,009 for his efforts.

Nicholas Verkaik0-24,000
Gorillla Gaming
Friday, June 8, 2012 3:28 PM Local Time
Adam Friedman680,000155,000
John Monnette562,00052,000
Sven Arntzen375,000-85,000
Brian Twete280,00010,000
Todd Brunson260,000121,000
Nikolai Yakovenko250,000140,000
Bryn Kenney220,00058,000
Zimnan Ziyard205,000-30,000
Jesse Martin175,000-50,000
Alexander Krapivinsky170,000-85,000
Phil Ivey118,000-116,000
Christopher George52,000-138,000
Nicholas Verkaik24,000-66,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 3:15 PM Local Time

The players are now on a 20-minute break. Chip counts are coming.

Friday, June 8, 2012 3:14 PM Local Time

Ben Yu - 14th place

Phil Ivey was the bring in and Adam Friedman completed. Ben Yu raised, leaving himself with only a little bit behind and Friedman re-raised him all in. Friedman made a pair of sevens on fourth and added a pair of ducks to that on sixth.

Yu was able to make an eighty-five low but Friedman also had the low covered with a seventy-five. Yu was sent home and will collect $14,009 for his 14th place finish.

Ben Yu0-110,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 3:13 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth - 15th Place

Phil Hellmuth may win his twelfth WSOP bracelet some day, but it won't be here in Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better.

After winning a few small pots, Hellmuth was back above 100,000 chips. After a hand with Adam Friedman however, he was left with only 18,000.

Hellmuth:    /      /  
Friedman:    /      /  
Phil Ivey:    /     (FOLDED)

We got to the table on fourth street, and the action checked to Friedman who bet. Both Ivey and Hellmuth called. On fifth, Ivey and Hellmuth checked again, and Friedman bet. This time, only Hellmuth called. When Hellmuth paired on sixth, he reached for chips.

"Go ahead and bet," Friedman said.

He did, and Friedman called.

"I don't think you understand the concept of hi-lo games," Friedman told him.

Hellmuth checked on seventh, and Friedman tossed out a bet before he even looked down at his seventh card.

"Nice call," Friedman jabbed again. "If you call you're the next one out."

Hellmuth begrudgingly called, and Friedman turned over    before squeezing his last card - the  . Friedman gave a little fist pump, while Hellmuth tabled    , and began incorrectly pulling his bets back.

"What are you doing?" Friedman shot at him.

Hellmuth eventually realized that Friedman had the best of both, and mucked his hand. Friedman continued jabbing Hellmuth after the hand, until Jack Effel stepped in and stopped it.

A few hands later, Hellmuth was all in on third with a pair of nines, and Friedman had    . Friedman picked up a pair of aces on fourth and then two pair on fifth, and Hellmuth never caught up.

Hellmuth is out, while Friedman is among the chip leaders.

Adam Friedman525,000310,000
Phil Hellmuth0-51,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 2:50 PM Local Time
Arntzen:    /      /  
Vo:    /      /  
Ziyard:    /      /  

We picked up the action on sixth where Ziyard bet and was called by both Arntzen and Vo. All three players checked seventh and Arntzen tabled     for absolutely nothing. Ziyard showed     for a pair of deuces and a seventy-five low. Vo showed     for a seventy-six low and Ziyard was able to scoop the pot.

This hand crippled Vo and he got it all in the next hand against John Monnette. Monnette paired sevens on fourth street and made a seventy-four low on sixth. Vo could be neither and was sent to the rail in 16th place.

John Monnette510,000165,000
Zimnan Ziyard235,00091,500
Tuan Vo0-131,500
Gorillla Gaming
Friday, June 8, 2012 2:37 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth

Jesse Martin   /     (FOLDED)
Alexander Krapivinsky   /      /  
Phil Hellmuth   /      /  

Hellmuth brought it in with the   showing, Martin completed with the  , and Krapivinsky called. Hellmuth put in another raise, Martin reraised, and Krapivinsky called again. Hellmuth called as well.

The action checked the Hellmuth on fourth, and he tossed out a bet. Both Martin and Krapivinsky called. Hellmuth made a pair on fifth and led out, and this time only Krapivinsky called. Hellmuth led again on sixth, and Krapivinsky again called.

When Hellmuth led out on seventh however, Krapivinsky immediately raised. Hellmuth called.

"Straight," Krapivinsky announced, tabling    .

"GOD DAMMIT!" Hellmuth shouted, knocking his chair over. He muttered a few more adult words under his breath while Krapivinsky was scooping the pot, but we couldn't hear exactly what he was saying.

Adam Friedman, who's been needling Hellmuth for the better part of two days, tried to explain that, with a low, Krapivinsky was free rolling in sixth street. Hellmuth would hear none of it.

"Well played," Friedman announced loudly.

Krapivinsky could only smile.

Alexander Krapivinsky255,000167,000
Phil Hellmuth51,000-85,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 2:29 PM Local Time
Sven Arntzen   /      /  
John Monnette   /      /  

Monnette brought it in, Arntzen completed, and Monnette called. Arntzen led out on fourth, fifth, and sixth, and Monnette called all three streets. Arntzen checked blind on seventh, Monnette checked behind, and Arntzen tabled    .

Monnette looked like he was in pain. "Found an ace there, right?" Monette asked.

"Yeah," Arntzen responded. "I did."

Sven Arntzen460,00070,000
John Monnette345,00030,500
Friday, June 8, 2012 2:18 PM Local Time
Verkaik:    /      /  
Friedman:    /      /  
Yu:    /      /  

Ben Yu brought in and Bryn Kenney completed. Nicholas Verkaik called but Adam Friedman decided to throw out a raise. Yu called, Kenney got out of the way and Verkaik tagged along as well.

Friedman continued his aggression by betting on fourth and fifth, but Yu decided to take over with a bet on sixth. This bet put Verkaik all in and Friedman called as well. Yu bet once again on seventh and Friedman called.

"Three pair," announced Yu with a smile, showing    .

"...It's good," said Friedman, throwing his hand to the muck.

Verkaik tabled     for the low and the two players chopped up the money of the man who started play today as the chip leader.

Adam Friedman215,000-108,500
Friday, June 8, 2012 2:12 PM Local Time
Ben Yu   /      /  
Nikolai Yakovenko   /      /  

When we reached the table on sixth street, Yu check-called a bet from Yakovenko. On seventh, both players checked.

"Ace-high," Yu said, turning over    . Yakovenko mucked, and Yu scooped the whole pot.

Ben Yu110,0006,000
Friday, June 8, 2012 2:08 PM Local Time

Table 451

1Jesse Martin
2Alexander Krapivinsky
3Phil Hellmuth
4Bryn Kenney
5Nicholas Verkaik
6Adam Friedman
7Ben Yu
8Phil Ivey

Table 445

1Brian Twete
2Sven Arntzen
3Todd Brunson
4Christopher George
5John Monnette
6Tuan Vo
7Nikolai Yakovenko
8Zimnan Ziyard
Gorillla Gaming