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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 07, 2012 to Saturday, June 09, 2012

Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,165,400
  • Entries: 1,604
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:33 PM Local Time

Ramey Shaio-All Smiles

Matt Matros raised on the button to 65,000, and Ramey Shaio, who had been widdled down to 510,000, moved all in. Mark Radoja folded his big blind, and Matros made the call.


The flop was a tough one for Shaio, coming    . Shaio could now just catch a king to win the pot, but the turn was the  . Shaio's railed clammered for a king, and it was all that would save Shaio.


As soon as he saw the card, Shaio yelled "KING!!" and ran to high five his rail. He is back up over a million after the hand, while Matros dips below four million.

Matt Matros3,900,000-300,000
Ramey Shaio1,050,000-50,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:24 PM Local Time

Ramey Shaio folded his button, and Mark Radoja limped in the small blind. Matt Matros checked his option, and the flop came down    . Radoja led out for 30,000, and Matros called. The turn was the  , and Radoja kept betting, this time 80,000. Matros decided to raise it up to 200,000, and Radoja made the call. The   hit the river, and Radoja checked to Matros, who fired out 240,000. Radoja folded, and Matros took the pot.

Matt Matros4,200,000200,000
Mark Radoja2,200,000-200,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:19 PM Local Time

Matt Matros

Action started with Mark Radoja on the button, and he raised to 65,000. Matt Matros was next, and he three bet to 175,000. Ramey Shaio was in the big blind, and he four bet it to 340,000. Radoja quickly got out of the way, and it was back to Matros. He decided to get the rest of it in there, having Shaio easily covered. Shaio snap folded, and Matros took the pot.

Matt Matros4,000,000350,000
Ramey Shaio1,100,000-300,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:12 PM Local Time
Matt Matros3,650,000350,000
Mark Radoja2,400,0000
Ramey Shaio1,400,000-40,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:05 PM Local Time

Gorden Vayo

Seriously, who's writing this?! We have now lost our third player in about six hands. On the first hand of the new level, Ramey Shaio raised under the gun to 65,000. Mark Radoja three bet to 125,000, and it was on Gordon Vayo. He shoved all in for about 500,000, and Shaio folded. Radoja snap called, and the cards were flipped.


"You have two suits!" Vayo astutely pointed out, as Radoja's ace of diamonds trumped Vayo's king. The flop ran out all spades,    . Radoja shot out of his chair in excitment, while Vayo had a disgusted look on his face. Radoja was now freerolling on the knockout, but he missed it on the turn, the  . However, the   hit the river, and Radoja gave a huge fist pump as he scored the unlikely knock out.

Vayo will leave with a bitter taste in his mouth, but the $121,262 will likely soothe his pains a bit. And just like that, we are down to three.

Mark Radoja2,400,000700,000
Gordon Vayo0-500,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 3:55 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 5000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 3:54 PM Local Time

Robert Muzzatti

Well then. After playing six handed for the last two hours, we have now lost two players in as many hands. Right after Mark Darner was eliminated, Matros raised to 52,000 under the gun. It folded to Robert Muzzatti in the big blind, and he three bet to 200,000. It got back to Matros, and in what was a carbon copy of the hand before, he four bet shoved, and was called by his opponent. The cards were flipped, and it was a classic race.


Muzzatti didn't pair the flop, but it did come     giving him a flush draw. Muzzatti hit his hand on the felt a few times, clearly happy with the new outs he received. The   hit the turn, and Matros looked at his rail, and motioned "one more". If he could dodge an ace, king, or spade, he would take another big pot. The   hit the river, and Matros collected the bounty.

Muzzatti will take home over $80,000 for his efforts, while Matros holds almost half the chips in play as we enter four handed.

Matt Matros3,300,000900,000
Robert Muzzatti0-1,050,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 3:47 PM Local Time

Mark Darner

Matt Matros raised in the cutoff to 54,000, and it folded to Mark Darner in the big blind. He put in a three bet to 140,000, and it was back to Matros, who shoved all in. Darner thought for a minute before calling off the rest of his stack, and he was in bad shape.


The flop came down    , and Matros was well out in front. However, the   spiked on the turn, and Darner's rail erupted. Darner looked at his rail, and told them to calm down, as the hand was far from over. Matros could catch a king or a ten to win, and sure enough, the   slammed down on the river, giving Matros broadway.

Darner will take home over $56,000 for his efforts, while Matros takes the chip lead, as he's up to 2.4 million.

Matt Matros2,400,000765,000
Mark Darner0-700,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 3:41 PM Local Time

Gorden Vayo

Gordon Vayo is sitting on the short stack, and has easily been the tightest player at the table. He came in for a raise to 51,000 in the cutoff, and Robert Muzzatti defended his big blind. We were heads up to the flop, which came    . Both players checked, and the same occurred on the turn, the  . When the   hit the river, Muzzatti checked a third time, and Vayo bet 40,000. It was good enough to get Muzzatti off his hand, and Vayo collected his first pot of the final table.

Robert Muzzatti1,050,000-62,000
Gordon Vayo500,000-99,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 3:28 PM Local Time

For the most part at this final table, play has been pretty snug. We have only seen a handful of flops in two hours of play, and we had yet to see a four bet preflop. However, Mark Darner and Marh Radoja have taken it upon themselves to open up the action, as they tangled in back to back pots.

First, Darner raised to 55,000 in the cutoff, and Radoja three bet to 114,000 on the button. It got back to Darner, and he put out a four bet to 231,000. Radoja released his hand after a minute in the tank, and Darner collected the pot.

On the very next hand, the exact same betting occurred. However, this time Radoja put in the first five bet of the day to 525,000. Darner was in the tank for at least three minutes, constantly wiggling around in his seat. He moved back and forth in his seat, putting his head into his hands at various points. Eventually, he folded his hand, and Radoja won round two.

Mark Radoja1,600,000100,000
Mark Darner810,000-100,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 3:07 PM Local Time

It was folded around to the battle of the blinds and the battle of the Marks, as Darner raised it up to 70,000. Radoja made the call, and the flop came down    . Darner continuation bet for 75,000, and Radoja made the call. Both players checked when the scary   hit the turn, and the river brought the  . Darner counted out a huge bet of 205,000, and slid it into the middle.

Radoja went deep into the tank, thinking for about 90 seconds. He cut out the chips to make the call, and waited to see if Darner would react. Eventually, he put them back, and started to pick up his cards like he was going to muck. He hung onto them, still looking for a reaction, but he got none. He eventually released his hand, and Darner took the pot.

Mark Radoja1,500,000-198,000
Mark Darner910,000155,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:53 PM Local Time

The players are in their seats again, and the dealer is sending the cards out.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:52 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 12000/24000
Ante: 4000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:48 PM Local Time
Mark Radoja1,698,000448,000
Matt Matros1,635,00035,000
Ramey Shaio1,440,000-110,000
Robert Muzzatti1,112,000-88,000
Mark Darner755,000-45,000
Gordon Vayo599,000139,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:32 PM Local Time

The six remaining players are now on a 20 minute break.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:32 PM Local Time

Mark Radoja raised it up to 42,000 in the cutoff, and Robert Muzzatti was his only caller in the big blind. The flop came down    , and Muzzatti fired out 80,000. Radoja made the call, and the   hit the river. This time, Muzzatti check called a bet of 77,000 from Radoja, and they were off to the river, the  . Muzzatti changed it up, and fired out 125,000. Radoja tossed in the call, and tabled   . Muzzatti showed just    for complete air, and Radoja took the big pot down. We are getting updated counts on all six players as we speak.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:26 PM Local Time

Matt Matros

Ramey Shaio raised under the gun to 45,000, forcing folds from everyone but Matt Matros in the big blind. He defended his blind, and they were off to a flop, which came    . After both players checked, the dealer put the   on the turn. Matros fired out 53,000, and Shaio made the call. The river was the  , and Matros kept his foot on the gas, fired out 135,000 this time. Shaio tanked for about 30 seconds before calling, and he mucked when Matros showed    for two pair.

The two players are very close at the top, but that pot gave Matros a slight edge.

Matt Matros1,600,000200,000
Ramey Shaio1,550,000-335,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:22 PM Local Time

Mark Radoja

Action folded to Mark Darner on the button, and he raised it up to 45,000. Mark Radoja tagged along in the small blind, and the flop came down    . Both players checked, and the dealer peeled off the   on the turn. Radoja fired out 65,000, and Darner made the call. The river completed the flush, coming the  . It didn't slow Radoja down, as he cut out a bet of 165,000, and tossed it in. Darner thought for about 15 seconds before calling, and Radoja tabled    for top two pair. Darner mucked, giving Radoja the pot after a rare showdown.

Mark Radoja1,250,000300,000
Mark Darner800,000-300,000
Saturday, June 9, 2012 1:58 PM Local Time

Players have been playing very cautiously so far, and we just got one of our first showdowns of the final table. Ramey Shaio raised it up to 40,000, and it folded around to Matt Matros, who defended his big blind. Matrios check called a bet of 32,000 on the flop, which read    . Both players checked the turn, the  , and the river, the  . Matros tabled   , and Shaio mucked his hand.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 1:46 PM Local Time

Action started with Robert Muzzatti raising to 45,000 in the cutoff. It folded to Mark Radoja in the small blind, and he put in a three bet to 105,000. Muzzatti quickly called when it got back to him, and the dealer fanned out a flop of    . Both players checked, and the   hit the turn. Muzzatti called when Radoja bet out 51,000, and the   hit the river. Radoja fired out again, a bet of 75,000, and Muzzatti released his hand, giving one of the rare big pots of the final table so far to Radoja.

Robert Muzzatti1,200,000-220,000
Mark Radoja950,000200,000