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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 08, 2012 to Sunday, June 10, 2012

Event #17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,682,600
  • Entries: 179
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, June 10, 2012 7:15 PM Local Time

We've reached our scheduled dinner break, and the players have been sent off for one hour. They'll return at about 9:10 PM to play it out. Here's how they stack up as they leave:

Manuel Bevand1,555,00010,000
Ali Eslami1,205,00050,000
Phil Ivey945,000360,000
Andy Frankenberger935,000305,000
Alexander Venovski730,0000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 7:15 PM Local Time

Shuan Deeb - 6th Place

Andy Frankenberger made it 125,000 on the button and Shaun Deeb moved all-in from the big blind for 425,000. Back to Frankenberger who made the call and we had a showdown.


Another showdown, another flip…were we going to se another double up?


Frankenberger spiked a set to take the lead, but Deeb has the broadway straight-draw.


BOOM! Deeb does what Deeb does best! His cards just refuse to be beaten. He has once again avoided defeat to hit the broadway straight and Frankenberger looked distraught.


BOOM! BOOM! We are in the river, Frankenberger has hit the boat and Deeb is left to drown without a paddle. Terrible news for Deeb fans, great news for Frankenberger fans and that was the last hand of the level.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 7:10 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 10, 2012 7:05 PM Local Time

Phil Ivey cannot believe his luck

Phil Ivey raised to 100,000, under the gun, and he took down the blinds before receiving a walk in the big blind. Next it is Ali Eslami's turn to raise from the button making it 100,000 to play and both Ivey (SB) and Manual Bevand (BB) make the call. The flop is       and Ivey comes out betting for 75,000, Bevand folded and Eslami called. Fourth street is the   and Ivey was in no mood to put the brakes on; he made it 150,000 and the shade-wearing Eslami went into the tank. A few moments later and Eslami moved all-in, Ivey called and we had a showdown.


Flush over flush and Ivey is left shaking his head in disbelief. The river card is the   and Ali Eslami has doubled up through Ivey in a cooler.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 7:02 PM Local Time

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey opened to 100,000 on his button, and Andy Frankenberger defended his big blind with a call.

The two men check-checked through the      . The   on the turn paired the board, and Frankenberger checked again. When Ivey made his bet of 100,000, though, Frankenberger snuck in a check-raise to 225,000 total. Ivey was undeterred, and he called after just a moment's pause.

The river came the  , and Frankenberger stacked up a bet. He had 225,000 in his hands ready to fire, but he thought better of it and checked with one finger. Ivey tapped the rail with an indifferent look on his face.

"Jack-high," Frankenberger announced, reluctant to show. Ivey didn't make him. He quickly tabled his    , and ace-high gets the job done.

Ivey is back over a million chips and back in contention for the lead. Things are changing awfully quickly here at this pot-limit final table.

Phil Ivey1,225,000390,000
Andy Frankenberger630,000-340,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:55 PM Local Time

Alex Venovski

Andy Frankenberger raised to 135,000 from under the gun and Alexander Venovski moved all-in for 365,000 from the next seat. The action folded around to Frankenberger and after a quick count he made the call.


Another flip and another double up. The flop was       and Venovski took the lead. The   on the turn and   on the river kept him there and Venovski is now tapping the shoulder of Andy Frankenberger in 3rd place.

Andy Frankenberger970,000-365,000
Alexander Venovski730,000125,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:51 PM Local Time

Alex Venovski (cutoff) and Phil Ivey (big blind) took a heads-up flop in the last hand. The dealer spread out      . Ivey checked to Venovski, and he made a continuation bet of 60,000. That's as far as he'd go, though. Ivey flicked out a raise to 150,000, and that scared Venovski out with a quickness.

Venovski is down around 380,000 now.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:49 PM Local Time

The action checked through to Manuel Bevand in the small blind and he raised to 135,000. Andy Frankenberger is still his big blind nemesis and he made the call. The pair checked through to the turn on a board of         and Frankenberger won the pot with a 110,000 bet.

Then Ali Eslami raised to 85,000, Phil Ivey three-bet to 300,000 and Eslami mucked his hand.

Manuel Bevand1,545,000-155,000
Andy Frankenberger1,335,000135,000
Phil Ivey715,000145,000
Ali Eslami600,000-85,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:42 PM Local Time

Ivey's down a bit in the last two orbits; Frankenberger is on the charge.

Manuel Bevand1,700,000-50,000
Andy Frankenberger1,200,000355,000
Ali Eslami685,000135,000
Alexander Venovski605,00020,000
Shaun Deeb575,000-55,000
Phil Ivey570,000-255,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:41 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb kicked off the action from the small blind making it 150,000 to play and Ali Eslami obliged in the big blind. The action checked through to the turn on a board of         and it was Eslami who drew first blood with a 225,000 bet. Deeb muttered to himself, double-checked his cards and made the fold showing the  .

Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:36 PM Local Time

Matt Marafioti - 7th Place

Matt Marafioti moved his last 15,000 into the pot, Alexander Venovski called on the button as did both Shaun Deeb (SB) and Ali Eslami (BB).

The action checked through to the turn on a board of         and it was Venovski who decided to spoil the party with a 60,000 bet. Both Deeb and Eslami folded and it was showdown time.


Venovski had turned the nuts and Marafioti's hopes of remaining at this final table were slim.


No miracle for our Canadian and he was out in 7th place. Venovski continued his great comeback.

Alexander Venovski585,00075,000
Matt Marafioti0-15,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:33 PM Local Time

Ali Eslami

Ali Eslami raised to 175,000 to open the action, and Matt Marafioti three-bet shoved for 260,000 total. Manuel Bevand considered for a good while before folding, and Eslami called all in for 245,000.


Marafioti was ahead and had the slightly larger stack, but Eslami had the run-good, it seems. The       paired both players, but it paired Eslami the hardest. Marafioti could not catch up on the   turn or   river, and he's been parted with all but 15,000 of his stack.

Eslami, on the other hand, is back over a half-million chips as the swings continue to be gut-wrenching at this final table.

Ali Eslami550,000285,000
Matt Marafioti15,000-310,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:29 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger raised to 100,000 in first position and he won the blinds. Then the action folded around to Manuel Bevand in the small blind who made it 130,000 and Frankenberger waved the white flag from the big. Finally, Andy Frankenberger raised to 150,000 in the small blind, Alexander Venovski moved all-in from the big blind for 255,000 and Frankenberger made the call.


So it was flip time and Venovski didn't waste any time taking the lead when he flopped a   accompanied by    . The turn card was the   and we didn't see the river but know that Venovski doubled up.

Andy Frankenberger845,000-155,000
Alexander Venovski510,000120,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:22 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger

Phil Ivey raised to 100,000 in first position and Andy Frankenberger made the call from the hijack. The flop was      , Ivey bet 100,000 and Frankenberger raised to 225,000. Back to Ivey and he riffled a few chips with his right hand, while the fingers of his left protected his cards. When those fingers came up for air the cards ended up in the muck and Frankenberger took down the pot.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:20 PM Local Time

Shuan Deeb

For the second time in as many days, it seems that Shaun Deeb is hot on the comeback trail once again.

The table folded around to the blinds on the last hand, and Deeb opened to 150,000. Ali Eslami raised to put him all in, and Deeb instantly called off his 315,000 with    . Eslami could only show    , and he was in trouble with more than half his chips in the middle, too.

There was a good sweat by the time the turn arrived on the         board. Eslami had some chop outs, and the clubs left in the deck would give him the clean knockout. But the river was as blank as it gets — the  .

Just like that, Deeb is back out of the basement once again. He's got 630,000 now, while Eslami falls back to the short stack with 265,000 or so.

Shaun Deeb630,000350,000
Ali Eslami265,000-395,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:16 PM Local Time

Daniel Weinman - 8th place

Ali Eslami raised to 130,000 in the cutoff and took down the blinds. Then Daniel Weinman raised 'pot' making 175,000 from early position and also took down the blinds. Finally, it was the turn of Shaun Deeb to raise and take the blinds.

The action then folded around to Andy Frankenberger on the button and he made it 125,000. Daniel Weinman decided he wanted action, and he moved all-in from the big blind; Frankenberger making the quick call.



Frankenberger's queens fade the kings and clubs and Weinman is out.

Andy Frankenberger1,000,000290,000
Daniel Weinman0-350,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:07 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb and Phil Ivey got it all in with Deeb being very much the shorter of the two stacks.


Oh. Well, that's not very much fun. The       flop gave Ivey a shot at winning the pot outright, but the turn   ended any potential silliness. Chop it up, boys.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:06 PM Local Time

Ali Eslami limped into the pot from mid-position and the newly doubled-down Alexander Venovski moved all-in on the button. Eslami made the call and we had our second successive showdown.


Venovski needed a queen or ten to survive and he was made to sweat!


The ten on the river pulling Venovski away from the pit of despair as he moved up to 390,000.

Ali Eslami660,000-180,000
Alexander Venovski390,000210,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:05 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger is wearing pink pants for this final table. Martha Stewart would probably call them "salmon-hued". Dress to impress.

Just thought you should know.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:03 PM Local Time

Ali Eslami limped into the pot second to act, and Andy Frankenberger joined him with a call from the button. Daniel Weinman knocked the table in the big blind. Three ways to the flop.

It came      , and Eslami made the first bet of 60,000. Frankenberger promptly raised to 160,000 straight. That was enough to fold both opponents and earn him the pot right there.