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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 3:07 PM Local Time

Artem Metalidi started out the action by making it 32,000 preflop. Bertrand Grospellier was next to act on the button and he moved all in for 212,000. Andrew Lichtenberger folded the small blind and Simon Charette called from the big blind. Metalidi folded and thanked Charette for making the call so he didn't have to.


Grospellier held a strong advantage going to the flop, and a     flop furthered it. A   on the turn looked to be a great card for ElkY, but it also gave Charette an open-ended straight draw. A   on the river allowed Grospellier to breathe easy as he had secured a double up.

Bertrand Grospellier480,000155,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:51 PM Local Time

Joseph Urgo - 9th place

Joseph Urgo's past couple of hands have been a rollercoaster, losing a big one and then doubling up a few hands later. Unfortunately the ride is over for Urgo. After moving all in Urgo received a call from his old nemesis Simon Charette and was at risk of being knock out.


A     was probably the worst flop Urgo could have seen as an ace fell pairing his opponent and two hearts hit the felt giving him a flush draw to boot. Only the   could come and save Urgo, and the   on the turn wasn't even close. Charette hit his flush and Urgo was drawing dead. A   landed on the river and Urgo was eliminated in 9th place.

Simon Charette1,800,000450,000
Joseph Urgo0-350,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:43 PM Local Time

Simon Charette opened a recent hand to 35,000 from under the gun, Beretand Grospellier folded the button and Joseph Urgo moved all in for about 175,000. The big blind folded and after a few seconds Charette convinced himself to make the call.

Joseph Urgo:   
Simon Charette:   

Charette was hoping for two live cards, but alas Urgo had his nine out kicked. A       board was released and Urgo was awarded a double up, as his ace high was best.

Joseph Urgo350,000200,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:38 PM Local Time

We didn't catch the exact preflop action, however, Joseph Urgo opened from the cutoff position and got into a raising war with Simon Charette in the big blind. Charette ended up all in for about 660,000 against Urgo and cards were revealed.


The board ran out       and Urgo looked slightly sick after suffering the preflop cooler playing just four-handed.

Charette is now up to 1,350,000 while Urgo is down to his last 150,000.

Simon Charette1,350,000730,000
Joseph Urgo150,000-420,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:34 PM Local Time

Freddy Deeb

Action folded around to a short-stacked Freddy Deeb on the small blind, who ended up getting all in preflop against the bigger stack of Andrew Lichtenberger from the big blind.


The board ran out       and Lichtenberger eliminated Deeb with a pair of tens.

Freddy Deeb0-290,000
Velo 690x150
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:27 PM Local Time

Players have taken their seats and cards are now back in the air!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:04 PM Local Time

Players are now on their first 20-minute break of the day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:03 PM Local Time

Two of the bigger stacks in the room got involved in a pot together after Luis Rodriguez Cruz bet out 33,000 on a     flop. Cruz's opponent Artem Metalidi made the call.

A   on the turn saw a check from Cruz and a bet of 83,000 from Metalidi. Cruz took a few moments to think it through before making the call. A   on the river brought another check from Cruz and a large bet of 180,000 from Metalidi. A mildly disgruntled Cruz went into the tank, and took a few seconds before announcing call. Metalidi flipped over a single   and Cruz showed   . Metalidi took a few seconds before he finally mucked his last card.

Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,600,000300,000
Artem Metalidi1,040,000-660,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:03 PM Local Time

Craig Bergeron 11th place

We did not catch the exact preflop action, however, a short-stacked Craig Bergeron found himself all in preflop against the bigger stack of Joseph Urgo.


The       board left Bergeron with eights-full, which was more than good enough to eliminate Bergeron from the tournament.

Craig Bergeron0-210,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:51 PM Local Time

Damien Lhommeau 12th place

Action folded over to Damien Lhommeau on the button, who opened for 25,000. Luis Rodriguez Cruz called from the big blind to see a flop, which came    .

Cruz checked to Lhommeau, who continuation-bet for 30,000, Cruz raised and Lhommeau quickly went all-in for his last 200,000. Cruz called and hands were revealed.


Lhommeau was in bad shape with only a gutshot and would need a ten or runner-runner to survive. The   turn and   river were no help to Lhommeau and he was sent to the rail in 12th place.

Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,300,000270,000
Damien Lhommeau0-410,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:31 PM Local Time

Artem Metalidi opened for 25,000 from under-the-gun and was three-bet by Eddie Blumenthal to 58,000 from the cutoff. The blinds got out of the way and Metalidi made the call to see a flop, which came    .

Metalidi checked, prompting a 68,000 c-bet from Blumenthal, which Metalidi called.

The turn brought a  , leaving three spades on board and both players checked.

When a   landed on the river, however, Blumenthal took the initiative and led out for a hefty 183,000. Blumenthal took a deep breath and announced, "Call."

Metalidi flipped over    - a stone bluff. Blumenthal revealed    for two-pair and scooped the pot.

Artem Metalidi1,700,000-240,000
Eddie Blumenthal1,000,000150,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:21 PM Local Time

Foster Hays started off the action with a raise to 27,000. Eddie Blumenthal on the button called, as did Scott Montgomery in the big blind. With a     board exposed Montgomery lead off with a check, and Hays continued for 54,000. A silent Blumenthal put in the call, and an even quieter Montgomery did the same.

The   on the turn allowed for all three players to knuckle the felt, and a   on the river saw a repeat of action with three checks. Hays announced "jacks and nines" and flipped over   . The other two's cards then melted into the muck. Afterwards Hays said "that was a weird hand".

Foster Hays950,00060,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:08 PM Local Time

After an explosive first level, which saw six eliminations within a half hour, play has been markedly more tame. Slow, even. Many pots are going the route of "raise-it-and-take it," however, with blinds having just gone up, we expect the action to pick up again very soon.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:56 PM Local Time
Artem Metalidi1,940,000417,000
Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,030,00025,000
Foster Hays890,000-210,000
Eddie Blumenthal850,000380,000
Andrew Lichtenberger630,000384,000
Simon Charette620,000215,000
Joseph Urgo570,000-2,000
Damien Lhommeau410,000-101,000
Scott Montgomery360,00072,000
Bertrand Grospellier325,000-162,000
Freddy Deeb290,000-135,000
Craig Bergeron210,000-390,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:47 PM Local Time

Table #440

1Luis Rodriguez Cruz
2Artem Metalidi
3Foster Hays
4Eddie Blumenthal
5Damien Lhommeau
6Scott Montgomery

Feature Table

1Andrew Lichtenberger
2Simon Charette
3Craig Bergeron
4Bertrand Grospellier
5Joseph Urgo
6Freddy Deeb
Gorillla Gaming
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:38 PM Local Time

Taylor Paur 13th place

Action began with Foster Hays, who opened to 22,000. Directly behind him, Taylor Paur three-bet to 48,000. Hays mulled it over and three-bet to 125,000. Not backing down, Paur announced he was all in and Hays quickly announced, "Call."


Paur was dominated going into the flop and received no help as the board ran out      , eliminating him in 13th place.

Foster Hays1,100,000421,000
Taylor Paur0-424,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:34 PM Local Time

Toan Trinh

Artem Metalidi and Toan Trinh started out a recent hand by getting into a raising match that ended with the shorter stacked Trinh getting all in and called.


Trinh was dominated by and needed to improve. A       board ran out and Trinh was eliminated when his kicker wasn't up to snuff.

Toan Trinh0-224,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:30 PM Local Time

Bertrand Grospellier got the action started during a recent hand by making it 22,000 from the button. Ryan Fair in the small blind then moved all in for about 180,000 and Andrew Lichtenberger in the large blind also moved all in for about 205,000. ElkY got out of the way and we had a heads up showdown.


Fair needed a jack in order to gain control of the hand. Unfortunately a       board ran out and he was subsequently eliminated.

Ryan Fair0-199,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:25 PM Local Time

Eddie Blumenthal was first to act under the gun and made it 22,000 to anyone who wanted to see a flop. On his direct left was Alexander Nudin, who three-bet to 100,000. The table folded back to Blumenthal who moved all in on his short stacked opponent. A call was made and both players tabled their hole cards.


Blumenthal held a strong lead, and looked to be in great shape to deliver the knock out blow. A     flop brought further a further sense of confidence in Blumenthal. A   on the turn, and a   on the river sealed the deal, and Nudin was sent packing

Alexander Nudin0-245,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:20 PM Local Time

A very short-stacked Eugene Katchalov went all in for his last 70,000 and Eddie Blumenthal called from the big blind to put Katchalov at risk.


The       board gave Blumenthal an ace-on-the-river to deliver the finishing blow to Katchalov, who will take home $21,189 for his efforts.

Eddie Blumenthal470,00075,000
Eugene Katchalov0-84,000