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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 09, 2012 to Monday, June 11, 2012

Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,107,700
  • Entries: 2,302
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 11, 2012 12:57 PM Local Time

William Foster - 17th place

The action folded around to the blinds where William Foster open-shoved to put the pressure on Aram Zerounian. The big blind found     and made the call for his tournament life, but his ace was dominated. Foster had the barely covering stack, and his     had him poised for the knockout.

The dealer had other ideas, though. The flop came       to breathe some life into Zerounian, and he filled in his flush on the   turn. Foster still had outs to fill up, but the river   gave Zerounian the double. When he paid off his debt, Foster was left with just 10,000 lonely chips.

He was all in for 8,000 on the next hand, and Ismael Bojang got heads-up with him after a       flop. Bojang's     was trailing the     of Foster. But the bad run continued for the at-risk player as the   on the turn pretty much ended his day. He couldn't find a jack on the river, and he's out in 17th place.

Aram Zerounian280,000125,000
William Foster0-135,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:46 PM Local Time

Kennii Nguyen raised to 32,000 from under the gun and Gregg Wilkinson called from the big blind. The flop came down     and Wilkinson checked. Nguyen bet 56,000 and Wilkinson called.

The turn was the   and Wilkinson led for 98,000. Nguyen put in a raise to 298,000 and Wilkinson folded. Nguyen showed the    for the second nuts.

"The second nuts baby!" exclaimed Nguyen to his rail.

Kennii Nguyen1,000,000210,000
Gregg Wilkinson1,000,000-227,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:44 PM Local Time

Barry Shulman had raised from the cutoff and Adria Balaguer three-bet from the button. Shulman called and the flop came down    . Shulman led out for 55,000 and Balaguer folded.

"That's it! Teach those young kids how the old guys do it!" yelled out Kennii Nguyen to Shulman as he was raking in the pot. "You can't bluff a bluffer!" he added.

"Shhh, don't tell 'em," joked back Shulman.

Barry Shulman750,000100,000
Adria Balaguer575,000-122,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:41 PM Local Time

Aram Zerounian raised to 37,000 under the gun, and the table folded around to the button. That's where Gary Burks took his stand, three-bet shoving for 139,000 total. Zerounian didn't want to, but he eventually made the call with a chance at the knockout.


The flop was a disaster for Burks. It came out      , and he slid his chair out just a bit and shifted his weight to stand up. The dealer was speedy, though, and he immediately dropped the fourth card, the  . Burks didn't even have a chance to stand up, and he quickly relaxed his weight and settled back into his chair. The river was the  , and Burks has found his double to get back over 300,000.

Gary Burks318,000178,000
Aram Zerounian155,000-140,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:38 PM Local Time
Patrick Smith1,000,000-25,000
Jason Wheeler990,000368,000
Ismael Bojang880,000-10,000
Justin McGill695,000-5,000
David Peters665,000-16,000
Aram Zerounian295,000-169,000
Gary Burks140,00035,000
William Foster135,000-15,000
Ted Goldstein76,000-68,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:33 PM Local Time

Aram Zerounian raised from the cutoff seay to 37,000 and Ismael Bojang reraised to 95,000 from the button. Action folded back to Zerounian and he gave it up, allowing Bojang to win the pot.

Monday, June 11, 2012 12:31 PM Local Time

Tai Lam - 18th place

From early position, Tai Lam raised all in for 135,000. Kennii Nguyen made the call from the hijack seat and everyone else folded. Nguyen showed the    and Lam the   . Time to flip, boys.

The flop came down     and Nguyen stayed in front. The   on the turn paired the board, but gave no help for Lam. The river was the   and officially ended Lam's tournament. He finished in 18th place for $19,920.

Nguyen's recent rush has brought him up near 800,000 in chips.

Kennii Nguyen790,000140,000
Tai Lam0-165,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:30 PM Local Time

Eric Wasserson opened the button with a raise, and Kennii Nguyen three-bet shoved from the big blind. It was just over 300,000 total, and Wasserson made the call with pocket nines. Nguyen was in bad shape as he turned over    .

The first four board cards came        , and Nguyen was drawing thin. Two outs was all he had, and two outs was all he needed. The   peeled off on the river, and Nguyen let out a loud, "Yeah, baby!" He's found his double, and Wasserson instantly reached for his phone to tweet about the bad beat. He's still got just over 400,000 left.

Kennii Nguyen650,000347,000
Eric Wasserson415,000-310,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:26 PM Local Time

We only walked up to this pot after the river was out on the           board. Patrick Smith had a bet of 125,000 out in front of him behind a Bojang check. There was at least 300,000 in the pot, probably more than 350,000.

After a couple long minutes in the tank, Bojang surrendered, and he's dipped back below a million chips.

Patrick Smith1,025,000158,000
Ismael Bojang890,000-176,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:19 PM Local Time
4451Philippe Boucher
4452Tai Lam
4453Eric Wasserson
4454Gregg Wilkinson
4455Kennii Nguyen
4456Greg Ronaldson
4457Cliff Goldkind
4458Barry Shulman
4459Adria Balaguer
4511David Peters
4512William Foster
4513Aram Zerounian
4514Ismael Bojang
4515Ted Goldstein
4516Patrick Smith
4517Jason Wheeler
4518Justin McGill
4519Gary Burks
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:16 PM Local Time

Justin McGill and Jean-Paul Delay got it all in before the flop with the latter being the shorter of the two stacks. He was ahead, though, and his     had him in good shape for a double. McGill turned up    , and things would improve for him in a hurry.

The board ran out          , and that's the end of the day for Delay. He's off in 19th place, and we're in the middle of a redraw for the final two tables.

Justin McGill700,000258,000
Jean-Paul Delay0-291,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:13 PM Local Time

Jason Wheeler opened to 35,000, and Gregory Ronaldson three-bet to 85,000 from the small blind. Wheeler considered for just a few seconds, then flicked the call into the pot.

The flop brought      , and Wheeler called another 80,000 from Ronaldson. That brought them to the   turn, and Ronaldson loaded another bullet. He made it 180,000, but after some time in the tank, Wheeler moved all in for 275,000 on top, and that sent Ronaldson deep into the tank. Wheeler slid his chips into the middle, then laid his head on the rail to sweat it out. It would be several long minutes before Ronaldson let him off the hook, and the fold has given Wheeler an early chip boost.

Monday, June 11, 2012 12:02 PM Local Time

The players are still scribbling down info on their bio sheets, but the time has come. The cards are in the air, and we're off and running.

Monday, June 11, 2012 11:52 AM Local Time

Welcome back for Day 3 of Event 19, the last of the teen bracelet events still running. On the heels of an incredible night in the Rio, we're back here to hand out a couple more bracelets to deserving players.

One of those bracelets will come from this $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event, and there's a big cash prize up top, too. More than a half-million dollars awaits the winner, and Gregg Wilkinson comes into the day with a big chip lead. David Peters, Barry Shulman, and Jason Wheeler form a dangerous chase pack, though, and it won't be an easy road to the win for any of these players.

For the key stories from today's Day 3, check out the PokerNews What To Watch For.

We're just a few minutes from the start of play, so don't wander off. We'll be right back with the shuffle up and deal!