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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 6:02 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger

Another double up, this time from Andy Frankenberger. The action folded around to Frankenberger in the small blind and after a small skirmish with Alexander Venovski in the blinds, all of the money went into the middle.



Frankenberger clapped his hands in excitement as he doubled up to 710,000. Venovski moved down to 180,000.

Andy Frankenberger710,000345,000
Alexander Venovski180,000-355,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:58 PM Local Time
Manuel Bevand1,750,0000
Ali Eslami840,000110,000
Phil Ivey825,000-90,000
Alexander Venovski535,00045,000
Andy Frankenberger365,000-70,000
Daniel Weinman350,000-40,000
Matt Marafioti325,000-130,000
Shaun Deeb280,0000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:57 PM Local Time

Alexander Venovski took down the blinds with an uncontested raise just before Deeb doubled up.

The action folded around to Shaun Deeb (who had been chipped all the way down to 130,000), and he moved all-in and was called by Manuel Bevand in the big blind.



The hand was over by the turn and Deeb had doubled up to 280,000.

Manuel Bevand1,750,000355,000
Shaun Deeb280,000-290,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:51 PM Local Time

Manuel Bevand

Manuel Bevand raised to 85,000 from the cutoff and Shaun Deeb made the call in the big blind. The action checked through to the turn on a board of         and Deeb check-called a 105,000 Bevand bet. Finally, the pair shared the   and Deeb checked to Bevand who bet 185,000. Time to ponder for Deeb and he did. Eventually he made the call and Bevand showed     to take down the pot which was met with a chorus of approval from the French fans.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:46 PM Local Time

Daniel Weinman

Ali Eslami limped from the hijack seat, Manuel Bevand completed in the small blind and Andy Frankenberger checked his option. Three players to the flop and it was      . The two blinds checked and Eslami bet 65,000 to take down the pot.

Two hands later and the action folded around to Andy Frankenberger on the button and he made it 85,000 to play. Daniel Weinman was the big blind and he decided to raise. He made it 175,000 and Frankenberger folded his hand.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:41 PM Local Time

Ali Eslami made it 80,000 to go from the cutoff, and Phil Ivey looked him up from the small blind.

The board ran out           with the two men checking it down rather uneventfully. At showdown, Eslami's     was good enough to take the pot.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:37 PM Local Time

Alex Venovski

Ali Eslami won two pots with uncontested raises, Phil Ivey won the next one and then Venovski won a pot.

Alexander Venovski raised to 85,000 and Ali Eslami defended the big blind. The flop was      , Eslami checked, Venovski bet 65,000 and it was enough to win the pot.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:31 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb opened the pot with a hijack raise, and Phil Ivey three-bet from the small blind. Deeb got the last 270,000 of his chips into the middle without delay, and the cards were on their backs.


The       flop put Deeb two cards from the exit, and the   turn was a blank, too. The river was not a blank. The   dropped off the deck to save Deeb's tournament life. Ivey is forced to grant a double to drop back under a million, while Deeb crawls out of the cellar and doubles back to 570,000.

Phil Ivey915,000-270,000
Shaun Deeb570,000240,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:22 PM Local Time

Hoyt Corkins - 9th place

The two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet holding, cigar chomping legend, Hoyt Corkins has just been eliminated in 9th place. Here is how the end came about.

Manuel Bevand raised to 40,000 and Hoyt Corkins moved all-in one seat to his left for 260,000. The action folded around to Bevand and he made the call.


The flop of       put Bevand ahead and Corkins was looking likely to leave us in the very first hand. The turn   added some straight outs for Corkins, but the   sealed his fate and he was our first player eliminated.

Manuel Bevand1,395,000300,000
Hoyt Corkins0-260,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 5:21 PM Local Time

We have quite a group assembled here, and we think it's a good idea if we tell you just a bit about them.

Ali Eslami is no stranger to high-pressure poker games. He's appearing at his sixth WSOP final table, and he plays all the games quite well. Shaun Deeb called him one of the best Badugi players in the world yesterday, but he also has one previous pot-limit hold'em final table. He also took down the WSOP-C Regional Championship in Rincon last season. That was good for more than $280,000 and his first piece of WSOP jewelry, but he's got his sights set on that bracelet today.

Matt Marafioti is our Canadian at the table. He's moved past $2 million in live winnings with this performance in Event #17, and he certainly knows his way around this event. Two years ago, Marafioti finished runner-up in the $10,000 version of this tournament, notching his biggest career cash of close to $400,000 dollars. He's making his third appearance at a WSOP final table.

Phil Ivey needs no introduction. He's 35 years old, from New Jersey originally, and he's the best poker player in the world. There's not much question about that. He's second on the all-time money list, and his eight bracelets put him fifth all-time in that category. Another win today would move him into a fourth-place tie with Johnny Moss.

Manuel Bevand is 35 years old, too, and he's a former chess player and computer programmer. Bevand is well known in Europe where he travels along with the biggest poker tours, but he's still seeking his first taste of WSOP gold. He received the loudest ovation of the nine when he was introduced, and it sounds like we have a strong French contingent with us this evening.

Hoyt Corkins is one of the stalwarts of the WSOP, and he's looking for his third gold bracelet. His previous two came 15 years apart, giving him the record for longest span between bracelets. He's also racked up 35 cashes in his years here. Oh, and more than $5.5 million in earnings.

Andy Frankenberger is a former equity trader from New York City, and he's only been playing poker professionally for about two years. In his first year as a pro, he won a major title as well as a bracelet. He's already made one WSOP final table this summer, and that one ticked him up over $2 million in tournament winnings. Not too shabby for two years of poker.

Alex Venovski is a Brit who's relocated to Florida. He's appearing at his first career WSOP final table. This cash will move him up past $500,000 in career earnings.

Daniel Weinman is also playing at his first WSOP final table. He's not a lumberjack, though he wrote that under "Occupation" on his bio sheet. He's a local with about a quarter-million dollars in live winnings, and he seems to have a big group of fans here today.

Shaun Deeb. What else needs to be said? Deeb made history this year by winning four SCOOP titles. His online results are astonishing, but he's still waiting for his big live breakthough. This could be it, but he'll have some work to do as he starts this final table on the second shortest stack. He's made one WSOP final table prior to this one, and he's crested $750,000 in live tournament cashes.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 4:58 PM Local Time

We've reached the final table of nine, and the players have been dismissed for a 20-minute break. When they come back to play for the bracelet, they'll stack up thusly:

Phil Ivey1,185,000-60,000
Manuel Bevand1,095,0000
Ali Eslami730,0000
Alexander Venovski490,000-40,000
Matt Marafioti455,000-20,000
Andy Frankenberger435,000-100,000
Daniel Weinman390,00010,000
Shaun Deeb330,000120,000
Hoyt Corkins260,0000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 4:53 PM Local Time

Ryan Julius - 10th place

Ryan Julius has just been confirmed as the final table bubble boy. He raised the action up to 140,000 from early position, Manuel Bevand three-bet to 250,000 from the cutoff (which covered Julius) and Julius made the call.



The nine on the flop giving Bevand a set and it was all over by the turn. Ryan Julius, the least experienced of the final ten players, leaves in a very respectable 10th place for his biggest cash in two years.

Manuel Bevand1,095,000350,000
Ryan Julius0-250,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 4:35 PM Local Time
Phil Ivey1,245,000-75,000
Manuel Bevand745,000-25,000
Ali Eslami730,000110,000
Andy Frankenberger535,00095,000
Alexander Venovski530,00095,000
Matt Marafioti475,00071,000
Daniel Weinman380,000-110,000
Hoyt Corkins260,000-11,000
Ryan Julius250,000-40,000
Shaun Deeb210,000-18,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 4:31 PM Local Time

The players have just taken a short break.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 4:19 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb still smiling

Shaun Deeb just raised 90,000 off a 318,000 starting stack in the small blind. Ali Eslami moved enough chips into the middle from the big blind to put Deeb all-in, and after a spell deep in the tank he folded to leave himself with 228,000 chips.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 4:17 PM Local Time

Alex Venovski

Alexander Venovski completed in the small blind and Daniel Weinman checked in the big. The action checked down to the river on a board of           and Venovski squeezed a 45,000 value bet out of Weinman holding    

Sunday, June 10, 2012 4:04 PM Local Time
Phil Ivey1,320,000195,000
Manuel Bevand770,000-110,000
Ali Eslami620,000-3,000
Daniel Weinman490,00040,000
Andy Frankenberger440,000-5,000
Alexander Venovski435,000-30,000
Matt Marafioti404,00044,000
Shaun Deeb370,000-23,000
Ryan Julius290,000-150,000
Hoyt Corkins271,000-89,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 3:54 PM Local Time

We caught the action on the flop but know that Ali Eslami raised, Phil Ivey called, Manuel Bevand three-bet, Eslami called and Ivey folded. Moving onto the flop and       Eslami bet 151,000 (leaving himself 1,000) behind and Bevand made the call. The turn was the   and Bevand flung a single 1,000 chip into the pot and Eslami called.


The river was the   and Eslami once again survives his scrape with elimination.

Manuel Bevand880,000-220,000
Ali Eslami623,000328,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 3:48 PM Local Time

Phil Ivey

Shaun Deeb opened to 60,000 from middle position, and Phil Ivey reraised to 165,000 across the table. Deeb asked how much he was playing, and Ivey rearranged his stacks to reveal all 390,000 he had behind. After another pause, Deeb announced, "Pot," and Ivey quickly moved all in for 555,000 total. Deeb was working with a small pocket pair and hoping to be in a race. He was not.


Ivey had found his spot, and Deeb had more than half his chips in jeopardy. The board ran out clean, coming          .

Um, look out! Phil Ivey has the chip lead with more than 1.1 million. And he's got that look in his eye...

Phil Ivey1,125,000595,000
Shaun Deeb393,000-545,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 3:46 PM Local Time

Ali Eslami has started limping into the pot with some regularity. This time the only person to enter the pot was forced to; Phil Ivey checking from the big blind.


Ivey checked, Eslami bet 30,000, Ivey check-raised to 100,000 and Eslami made the call.




Ivey riffled his chips for a moment before declaring he was all-in. The bet was 'pot' for 260,000 and the bet had Eslami covered. After a few minutes dwell Eslami folded and Ivey picked up a nice pot.

Phil Ivey530,00055,000
Ali Eslami295,000-207,000