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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 11, 2012 to Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Event #23: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $2,522,520
  • Entries: 924
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:33 PM Local Time

Simon Charette has been pressing a lot of the action lately and it's been working out nicely so far.

In a recent hand, Charette opened to 52,000 from the cutoff position and was called by Luis Rodriguez Cruz on the button and Foster Hays on the big blind.

The flop came     and Hays checked to Charette, who bet 77,000. Cruz called and Hays got out of the way.

The turn came the   and, not backing down, Charette bet 202,000. Cruz didn't take long to slide his cards into the muck.

Charette is back up to 2,100,000.

Simon Charette2,100,000150,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:32 PM Local Time

We're guessing he's at the gym now for a little "de-tilting". He chats about that and more in the following video during the last break.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:18 PM Local Time

We were heads up when the flop came    . First to act was Artem Metalidi who checked to the bettor, Eddie Blumenthal. Blumenthal made it 58,000 and received a call fairly quickly. The   on the turn saw to checks.

A   on the river brought a third check from Metalidi, and a 133,000 bet from Blumenthal. After a few moments Metalidi pushed out a stack of 425,000 and Blumenthal threw his cards away.

Eddie Blumenthal1,820,00020,000
Artem Metalidi1,300,000-100,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:08 PM Local Time

Eddie Blumenthal opened to 42,000 from under-the-gun and found one caller in Luis Rodriguez Cruz in the big blind.

The flop came     and Cruz checked, prompting a 48,000 c-bet from Blumenthal. Cruz called.

The turn brought a  , Cruz again check-called, this time for 68,000.

The river fell the   and Cruz check-called a final bet of 109,000 from Blumenthal, who revealed    for a pair of nines. Cruz mucked his hand and Blumenthal scooped the pot.

Eddie Blumenthal1,800,000230,000
Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,600,000-333,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:02 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 12000/24000
Ante: 4000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:00 PM Local Time

Foster Hays opened for 45,000 and action folded around to Simon Charette on the button who made the call. The blinds folded and the board came    . Hays bet out 62,000 and received a call from Charette. A   on the turn saw a check from Hays and a bet of 75,000 from Charette. A call was made and both players were off to see the river.

The   river brought another check-call from Hays, this time for 176,000. Hays showed    for a full house jacks over fours, and Charette flipped over    for two pair kings and jacks.

Simon Charette1,950,000-420,000
Foster Hays1,250,000305,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:52 PM Local Time

Elky Grospellier 6th place

Luis Rodriguez Cruz opened to 41,000 from under-the-gun and action folded over to Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier in the cutoff, who went all-in for his last 260,000. Artem Metalidi tanked and decided to cold-call from the small blind. All others folded and hands were revealed.


Grospellier had a slight lead going into the flop, however, the board ran out      , which paired up Metalidi's king and sent Grospellier to the rail in 6th place.

Artem Metalidi1,400,000220,000
Bertrand Grospellier0-302,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:41 PM Local Time
1Artem Metalidi1,180,000
2Simon Charette2,370,000
3Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,933,000
4Eddie Blumenthal1,570,000
5Bertrand Grospellier302,000
6Foster Hays945,000
Simon Charette2,370,00070,000
Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,933,000-17,000
Eddie Blumenthal1,570,000170,000
Artem Metalidi1,180,00080,000
Foster Hays945,000-5,000
Bertrand Grospellier302,000-178,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:39 PM Local Time

Our remaining six players are back from break. Cards are back in the air.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:19 PM Local Time

Players are now on their second break of the day. See you back in 20 minutes.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:18 PM Local Time

Scott Montgomery - 7th place

The table's short stack Scott Montgomery came out firing in a recent hand by making it 180,000 preflop. Simon Charette flatted on the button and the rest of the table folded. A     flop was laid out, and Montgomery moved all in for his remaining 35,000. Charette made the call and cards were tabled.


Charette held top pair top kicker while Montgomery possessed a flush draw. The   on the turn gave Montgomery a few more outs, but a   on the river sent him packing.

Scott Montgomery0-270,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:18 PM Local Time

Eddie Blumenthal opened to 42,000 from under-the-gun and and was called by Artem Metalidi on the button. Luis Rodriguez Cruz also came along from the big blind.

The flop came     and Cruz checked to Blumenthal, who bet 81,000. Metalidi called and Cruz folded.

The turn brought a   and Blumenthal bet again - this time for 157,000. Metalidi again made the call.

A   landed on the river and Blumenthal announced he was all in for his last 480,000. Metalidi asked for a count and announced, "Call." Blumenthal flipped over    for treys-full of aces and a disappointed Metalidi revealed    for treys-full of kings.

Blumenthal scooped the massive pot and is now up to 1,400,000. Metalidi is down to 1,100,000.

Eddie Blumenthal1,400,000400,000
Artem Metalidi1,100,000-600,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:02 PM Local Time

Simon Charette opened a recent hand from late position and made it 45,000. Eddie Blumenthal on the button three-bet to 107,000. Charette made the call and was witness to a     flop. It was here we saw Charette check-call a bet of 118,000 from Blumenthal.

A   on the turn allowed both players to knuckle the felt for checks. Finally the   on the river allowed for Charette to take control and bet out 240,000. Blumenthal folded and Charette took down the pot.

Simon Charette2,300,000200,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:00 PM Local Time

Action folded around to Artem Metalidi, who opened to 42,000 from the button. Simon Charette three-bet to 109,000 from the small blind and the big blind folded. It was back on Metalidi, who decided to four-bet to 225,000. Charette tanked for a bit, but then re-popped it to 430,000. Metalidi had had enough and mucked his hand.

Charette is up to 2,100,000 while Metalidi has slipped back down to 1,700,000.

Simon Charette2,100,000300,000
Artem Metalidi1,700,000-200,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:40 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 10000/20000
Ante: 3000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:36 PM Local Time

The final seven players will play until one player is eliminated and we reach our official final table.

Final Table of Seven

1Scott Montgomery
2Artem Metalidi
3Simon Charette
4Luis Rodriguez Cruz
5Eddie Blumenthal
6Bertrand Grospellier
7Foster Hays
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:31 PM Local Time

Players are situated in their new seats and cards are back in the air.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:26 PM Local Time

The remaining seven players are now relocating to the Pavilion, where they will battle it out at the final table until only our champion remains.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:25 PM Local Time

Andrew Lichtenberger - 8th place

Andrew Lichtenberger started the action out from the button by raising to 33,000. Simon Charette folded the small blind and Atem Metalidi three-bet to 105,000. Lichtenberger then took his time before throwing out a handful of green chips for a four-bet to 215,000. Atem Metalidi then took off his sunglasses and five-bet to 430,000. Lichtenberger's response was to move all in for about 700,000. Metalidi made the call and cards were tabled.


Lichtenberger was in great shape, and looked to double up and become one of the top remaining contenders. A     flop was exposed and Metalidi hit the world. Running kings were the only thing that could save the down on his luck Lichtenberger. A   on the turn and a   on the river sent Lichtenberger on his way.

Artem Metalidi1,900,000860,000
Andrew Lichtenberger0-630,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:24 PM Local Time

Scott Montgomery opened to 38,000 from the cutoff and was three-bet to 83,000 by Luis Rodriguez Cruz on the button. The blinds got out of the way and Montgomery decided to flat and see a flop, which came    .

Montgomery checked, prompting a 94,000 c-bet from Cruz. Montgomery responded by raising to 205,000 and Cruz didn't take much time before announcing he was all-in, which was more than enough to put Montgomery all in. Montgomery counted down his remaining stack and slid his cards into the muck.

Following the hand, Montgomery is down to his last 270,000 while Cruz is up to 1,950,000.

Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,950,000350,000
Scott Montgomery270,000-90,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander