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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 12:57 PM Local Time

Patrick Cronin - 14th place

Well, it was not a good day for Patrick Cronin, and it's now come to an abrupt end.

Cronin was very short when the table folded to his small blind, and he got it in with    . Alex Venovski woke up with     in the big blind, and Cronin could not catch up.

The board ran          , and we've lost another player. Patrick Cronin has been put out of his misery in 14th place, and he'll pocket close to $30,000 as a consolation prize.

Alexander Venovski550,00060,000
Patrick Cronin0-83,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:50 PM Local Time

Patrick Cronin had already doubled up Daniel Weinman after his     lost to the     of Weinman. If suffering one three-outer wasn't enough here is another one.

Phil Ivey and Cronin just got it all-in pre flop. Ivey held     and Cronin    . The board ran out           and Ivey was up to 288,000. Cronin was down to 83,000.

Phil Ivey288,000108,000
Patrick Cronin83,000-127,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:46 PM Local Time

Chris Klodnicki eliminated in 15th place

Shaun Deeb raised to 33,000 in the hijack seat and Chris Klodnicki bet 'pot' from the big blind. It was a 104,000 bet and despite a look of slight upset on the face of Deeb he moved all-in and Klodnicki called.



Deeb's snowmen hold up and Klod is out.

Shaun Deeb530,000134,000
Chris Klodnicki0-145,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:38 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger opened to 56,000 in late position before Manuel Bevand three-bet him. Frankenberger only had 128,000 chips left, and they all went in as he turned over    . Bevand was drawing live for the knockout with    .

The board ran out          , and Frankenberger clapped his hands together loudly at the sight of the last card. His hand holds strong, and he's doubled back to 280,000.

It's a mere flesh wound for Bevand who still has 775,000 chips stacked in front of him.

Manuel Bevand775,000-186,000
Andy Frankenberger280,000114,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:31 PM Local Time

Matt Marafioti

Matt Marafioti has just been handed a gift by Jeff Tims. The slick haired Marafioti raised to 34,000 in early position and the action folded to Tims in the big blind.

"How much do you have behind?" Asked Tims.

Marafioti showed him his stack and the amount was 96,000. Tims made the call and within no time the pair were staring at      .

Tims bet 76,000, Marafioti moved all-in and TIms called.


The turn card was the   and the river was the   and Marafioti doubled up.

"Thanks," said Marafioti.

Matt Marafioti260,000106,000
Jeff Tims80,000-153,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:24 PM Local Time

David Benyamine - 16th place

Alex Venovski raised to 27,000 to open the pot, and David Benyamine three-bet shoved. It was 109,000 total, and Venovski needed some time to consider. After a couple minutes, he made a reluctant call to find that he was dominated.


Benyamine was poised for a much-needed double, but the poker gods had other ideas. The       flop put him in a huge hole that he could not escape from. The turn   and river   were the last cards of his tournament, and Benyamine has departed with a 16th-place finish.

Alexander Venovski490,000126,000
David Benyamine0-117,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:20 PM Local Time

The boys are in fine voice today, in particular Antonio Esfandiari. Yesterday the target of his comedic vitriol was Matt Marafioti and today it is Andy Frankenberger.

"What does it feel like to be the wealthiest man at the table Frankenberger?" Asks Esfandiari.

There is no response…

"What do you think Steve [Landfish]?" Asks Shaun Deeb.

"Will you just leave me alone. I need to wake up first," said Landfish.

"What aces don't wake you up?" Said Klodnicki.

Then Frankenberger raised to pot (56k).

"That is a bet made with determination…look at him…he has the Wolverine thing going on there," said Esfandiari referring to Frankenberger's sideburns.

"I will give you a challenge. I will laugh if you say something funny," replied Frankenberger.

Over at the other table and Ali Eslami is sharing table space with Phil Ivey and the rail is huge.

"Phil…Phil…I never seem to get a rail this big normally. Do you think it's my hair?" Said Eslami.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:15 PM Local Time

From the cutoff seat, Patrick Cronin opened to 32,000. Daniel Weinman was getting short on chips, and he three-bet to 120,000 from the small blind. Cronin shoved, and Weinman only had 47,000 left in front of him. All in.


The       flop paired both players but changed nothing, and the   was a blank as well. Not so with the river. The   dropped off the deck, and Cronin let out a little sigh of disgust. The three-outer costs him nearly half his own stack, and Weinman has found a lucky double to claw back above the chip average.

Daniel Weinman350,000183,000
Patrick Cronin210,000-163,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:11 PM Local Time

"Hey, are those binoculars tuned in?"

Antonio Esfandiari caught sight of a railbird with a pair of binoculars fixed firmly on his face. "F*** yes!" said the gentleman as he pulled the specs away from his face for a moment.

"That's a first. I feel like you can see my cards with those things," Esfandari joked.

The gentleman on the rail can't be more than 20 feet from Esfandiari, but he's brought his toys to get a better look at the action.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:08 PM Local Time

Cary Katz eliminated in 17th place

Cary Katz has just been eliminated in his very first hand and it is that man Steve Landfish - the one man wrecking crew - that is responsible for his demise. Katz, who is a confirmed attendee in the $1 million One Drop event, opened to pot from first position (56,000) and Landfish moved all-in, one seat to his left. Everybody else folded and we had a showdown.



So Landfish continues his outrageous fortune of finding the right hand at the right time. Katz leaves with $23,876 and a 7th WSOP cash.

Steve Landfish687,00088,000
Cary Katz0-65,000
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:02 PM Local Time

The players are in their chairs, the cards are in the air, and Day 2 is a go.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:54 AM Local Time

Manuel Bevand is leading the way in Event #17

Good afternoon and welcome to the final day of Event #17 $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em, and what a day it promises to be. One way or another the 17th World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet will be slung over the wrist of somebody. At the moment the person in control of the field is the Frenchman Manuel Bevand. Bevand has 4 WSOP cashes to his name and is a regular on the European poker circuit where he made the final table of the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Prague, in 2010, for $98,873 which remains his biggest score to date. Bevand finished great yesterday eliminating both Mike "TImex" McDonald and Farzad Bonyadi to leave himself with 961,000 chips.

Also in the hunt for their first piece of WSOP gold is Steve Landfish. He currently resides in second place with 599,000 chips and has been in the top two of this leaderboard since the tournament began. Landfish has a 2nd and a 4th in WSOP final tables so he knows how to navigate his way through a WSOP crowd.

Another player with WSOP final table experience, but still no bracelet, is Shaun Deeb. Last year Deeb made the final of the $2,500 10-Game/Six Handed tournament where he finished in 4th place for $67,146. Deeb's stack has been fluctuating wildly and he has been great fun to have around the latter stages of this tournament.

Then you have a roster of experienced players who already hold WSOP gold. Hoyt Corkins played the low-medium short stack excellently yesterday. The man with 2 WSOP bracelets to his name starts the day just behind Ryan Julius in fourth place. Antonio Esfandiari has been the voice of this tournament. His continual wisecracks have kept everyone entertained and his poker is not too shabby either. Andy Frankenberger burst onto the scene last year and took down a WSOP bracelet and remains in the hunt for his second title, as is David Benyamine.

Last but not least you have Phil Ivey. The man who has 8 WSOP bracelets hidden in a security vault somewhere had a quiet day yesterday, but he still managed to bag up 180,000 chips and will still be most people's favorite when the tournament starts.

Action starts in the Amazon room at 1:00 PM and we will bring you all of the action at Pokernews.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:47 AM Local Time

Mr. Ivey

Today is a huge day at the World Series of Poker. Hellmuth. Ivey. Deeb. Shaun Deeb, that is. We've got two start-studded events playing down to a winner, and the Lowball event that begins this evening never disappoints.

Find out the rest of the story in today's What to Watch For.