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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 10:40 PM Local Time

Bracelet winner Simon Charette

Early Monday afternoon, 924 hopefuls dished out $3,000 for Event 23: No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed in hopes of turning it into fame and fortune – or at the very least to cut a profit. After three long and hard-fought days of six-handed action, it would be Simon Charette who took home the gold bracelet and the $567,624 that went along with it.

Even with just 18 players remaining going into Day 3, it was still a stacked field with the likes of Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Freddy Deeb, Andrew Lichtenberger, Eugene Katchalov and Scott Montgomery. Fun fact: combined – those five players alone have over $25 million in tournament winnings.

The day started off fast and furious with six eliminations occurring within the first half of the first level of play. Katchalov was one of the early victims when he made a short-stack push with    into Eddie Blumenthal's   . Katchalov paired his queen, however, Blumenthal would spike an ace on the river to sent Katchalov to the rail.

The eliminations came a bit more slowly after that, but they did come. Freddy Deeb met his end in 10th place after he found himself dominated in a blind versus blind confrontation.

Andrew Lichtenberger would bubble the unofficial final table after his pocket kings fell to the ace-queen of Artem Metalidi after getting it all in preflop.

After relocating to the main stage of the Pavilion, the final seven players joined together onto a final table. Scott Montgomery would be the first to go after pushing a flush draw on the flop and whiffing. Not long after, Grospellier hit the rail after his    could not hold up against Luis Rodriguez Cruz's   .

The pace of play slowed considerably following Grospellier's elimination as no one left was particularly short-stacked and no big hands developed. However, Simon Charette used this time to amp up the aggression and push himself near the chip lead during five-handed play.

Foster Hays went out in 5th place shortly after dinner break when his    failed to improve against Metalidi's    after pushing all-in preflop.

Next to go would be Eddie Blumenthal, who ran his pretty-looking    into statistically the worst-possible hand, aces, held by Charette. He failed to improve and was sent to the rail in 4th place.

Luis Rodriguez Cruz was scrappy and managed to double during three-handed play, but he would eventually have to settle for 3rd place after his    failed to hold up in a race against Charette's   .

Heads-up play was short lived, to say the least – lasting just a few hands. Medalidi's fate as runner-up occurred after he six-bet shoved    preflop and was called by Charette holding   . The       board didn't improve Metalidi's hand and he had to settle for 2nd place.

Congratulations to Simon Charette, who has now bested his second-place finish that occurred last year during Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

Event #23 $3,000 No Limit Six-Handed Final Table Results

1stSimon Charette$567,624
2ndArtem Metalidi$350,806
3rdLuis Rodriguez Cruz$225,511
4thEddie Blumenthal$146,053
5thFoster Hays$98,756
6thBertrand Grospellier$68,738

Thank you from all of us here at PokerNews for tuning in and following along as we crowned yet another WSOP champion. Until next time – goodnight from Las Vegas!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:14 PM Local Time

Artem Metalidi - 2nd place

Simon Charette raised it up to 125,000 from the button and Artem Metalidi three-bet to 350,000. Charette still felt his hand was best and four-bet to 600,000. Metalidi moved all in and Charette made the call.


The board came       and Metalidi was eliminated in second place when his hand failed to improve.

Artem Metalidi0-2,900,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:04 PM Local Time

Luis Rodriguez Cruz 3rd place

Action folded to Simon Charette on the small blind, who raised to 125,000. Luis Rodriguez Cruz responded by going all in from the big blind for his last million and Charette made the call to put Cruz at risk.


The board ran out     ....

.... ! which paired Charette's ace on the river and sent Cruz home in 3rd place.

Simon Charette5,300,0001,900,000
Luis Rodriguez Cruz0-1,200,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:49 PM Local Time

Artem Metalidi opened to 100,000 from the button and was called by Luis Rodriguez in the big blind.

The flop came     and Cruz check-called a 140,000 c-bet from Metalidi.

The turn brought a   and Cruz again check-called, this time a 240,000 bet from Metalidi.

The river fell the   and Cruz checked again. Not backing down, Metalidi led out for a hefty 500,000 bet. Cruz quickly called and Metalidi revealed a  , causing Cruz to immediately muck his hand. Metalidi then showed his other card - the  .

Down to his last 600,000 following the hand, Cruz went all in from the small blind the very next hand and was called by Metalidi in the big.


The board ran out       and Cruz doubled through Metalidi back to 1,200,000.

Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,200,000-700,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:30 PM Local Time

Eddie Blumenthal - 4th place

Simon Charette was the first player to act and put out a standard raise of 100,000. Luis Rodriguez Cruz was next to act and three-bet to 230,000 from the button. Next up was Eddie Blumenthal who four-bet to 620,000 from the small blind. Artem Metalidi folded the big blind as fast as he could, and Charette moved all in. Cruz folded, and Blumenthal made the call and was at risk.


The board came       and Blumenthal was eliminated when he failed to improve. Charette then took in probably the biggest pot of the night and sits just under 2,500,000.

Simon Charette3,400,0001,900,000
Eddie Blumenthal0-1,500,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:20 PM Local Time

In the first hand, Eddie Blumenthal raised to 105,000 from under-the-gun and found one caller in Luis Rodriguez Cruz in the big blind.

The flop came     and both players checked, however, Cruz led out for 130,000 on the   turn, which Blumenthal called.

The river came the   and Cruz led out again - this time for 180,000. Blumenthal announced a call and was incredulous when Cruz tabled    for third pair. It was apparently good as Blumenthal mucked.

"That's sick," Blumenthal said.

A couple hands later, Cruz opened to 100,000 from the button and Blumenthal went all in from the small blind. The big got out of the way and Cruz made the call to put Blumenthal at risk.


The board ran out     .... , pairing Blumenthal up on the river and doubling him up to 1,500,000.

Cruz has slipped to 1,900,000.

Luis Rodriguez Cruz1,900,000-825,000
Eddie Blumenthal1,500,000100,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:03 PM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 5000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:02 PM Local Time

It was battle of the blinds with Artem Metalidi making it 100,000 from the small blind. Simon Charette in the big blind completed the call. The board came     and Metalidi bet out 125,000. Charette mandated it be 275,000 and pushed out a raise. Metalidi made the call and the   landed on the turn. Metalidi made the call and Charette moved all in for 1,185,000.

Metalidi was visible surprised and a little disgruntled by this revelation, and took his time before ultimately folding.

Artem Metalidi2,900,000600,000
Simon Charette1,500,000-300,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:44 PM Local Time

Eddie Blumenthal opened to 85,000 and was three-bet to 180,000 by Simon Charette from the big blind. Blumenthal decided to flat and it was heads-up going to the flop.

The flop came     and Charette led out for 200,000 even. Blumenthal thought it over and announced he was all-in. Charette quickly mucked.

Charette has been slipping and is now down to 1,800,000. Blumenthal is sitting on 1,400,000.

Simon Charette1,800,000-300,000
Eddie Blumenthal1,400,00095,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:34 PM Local Time

Artem Metalidi

Artem Metalidi opened from under the gun to 80,000 and found a caller in Simon Charette on the button, and Eddie Blumenthal in the big blind.

The board came     and Blumenthal checked his option. Metaladi fired out 210,000, and Charette made the call. Blumenthal decided that was too rich for him and threw his hand away.

A   on the turn saw Metalidi bet out 210,000, and again Charette completed the call. The   on the river brought even more action, with Metalidi pushing forward a stack of 425,000. After a few moments Charette convinced himself he was good and he made the call. Mitalidi flipped over    for a straight. and Charette mucked his hole cards.

Artem Metalidi2,300,000800,000
Simon Charette2,100,000-605,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:13 PM Local Time

Foster Hays 5th place

Action folded around to Foster Hays in the small blind and he went all in for his last 305,000. Artem Metalidi peaked at his cards from the big blind and made the call to put Hays at risk.


The       board left Hays second best and he was sent to the rail in 5th place.

Artem Metalidi1,500,000350,000
Foster Hays0-440,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:04 PM Local Time
Luis Rodriguez Cruz2,725,000225,000
Simon Charette2,705,000-95,000
Eddie Blumenthal1,305,000105,000
Artem Metalidi1,150,000-50,000
Foster Hays440,000-60,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:02 PM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 20000/40000
Ante: 5000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:07 PM Local Time

Players are now on a 60-minute dinner break. See you back at 9:00 PM local time.

Simon Charette2,800,000-100,000
Luis Rodriguez Cruz2,500,000900,000
Artem Metalidi1,200,000100,000
Eddie Blumenthal1,200,0000
Foster Hays500,000-10,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:48 PM Local Time

After a series of hands where players would just steal the blinds we actually had two players get heads up in a pot. Foster Hays raised to 65,000 from under the gun and got a caller in Eddie Blumenthal in the big blind.

The board came     and Blumenthal checked. Hays then fired out 90,000 and after a few moments of silence Blumenthal announced "all in". Hays folded and Blumenthal raked in the pot. Hindrance

Eddie Blumenthal1,200,000250,000
Foster Hays510,000-790,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:29 PM Local Time

The action hasn't been too exciting as of late, but a disproportionate amount of pots are being scooped by Simon Charette. Charette has been raising many pots and either taking them down preflop, or taking them down with a continuation-bet on the flop.

Charette is currently sitting on 2,900,000.

Simon Charette2,900,000300,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:15 PM Local Time

Eddie Blumenthal made it 64,000 from the button and Foster Hays moved all in from the small blind for 605,000. Artem Metalidi folded the big blind and Blumenthal made the call.


Blumenthal had his opponent dominated, but as we will see anything can happen. The board came       and Hays was awarded the double up as his two pair queens and jacks were best.

Foster Hays1,300,00050,000
Eddie Blumenthal950,000-870,000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:03 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 5000
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:51 PM Local Time

Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier during our first break to talk about the event at hand, the Global Poker Index, and hitting the gym. Even though ElkY was eliminated a short while ago, check out the video below for some of his thoughts.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:47 PM Local Time

Artem Metalidi opened a recent hand and made it 50,000 to see a flop. Directly on his left was Simon Charette who three-bet to 129,000. The blinds folded and action was back to Metalidi who quietly and deliberately four-bet to 275,000. Charette then moved all in and Metalidi quickly folded.

Charette was nice enough to show one card though, the  .

Simon Charette2,600,000500,000
Artem Metalidi1,100,000-200,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander