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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 to Thursday, June 14, 2012

Event #25: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $494,100
  • Entries: 366
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 14, 2012 5:20 PM Local Time

Brock Parker - 5th Place

Brock Parker opened with a raise and Christopher Vitch three-bet. Brian Meinders called and Parker four-bet the rest of his stack all in. Both Vitch and Meinders called and we were off to the flop.

The dealer pounded the table and brought forth a flop of    . Vitch checked and Meinders bet out. Vitch opted to raise and Meinders called the bet. The   turned and Vitch bet once again. Meinders was the one to raise on this street and Vitch called.

The board was finished when the   struck table. Vitch checked and Meinders bet. Vitch was visibly upset at the river card but tossed in a call anyway. Meinders tabled    for nines full of kings and Vitch mucked his hand.

Parker flipped up    and made his way off of the Pavilion stage to collect his $27,986 in tournament winnings.

Brian Meinders560,00095,000
Christopher Vitch460,00020,000
Brock Parker0-330,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 5:12 PM Local Time

Folded to Victor Ramdin on the button, he made a raise and Christopher Vitch called in the big blind. The     flop would see both players check as a   landed on the turn. This time Vitch would lead out and Ramdin make it two bets to go. Vitch then quickly made it three bets to go and Ramdin called. The   on the river and Vitch would lead out with another bet. Ramdin made the call and Vitch tabled his cards.

Vitch's    was strong enough for a full house and strong enough to take down the pot as Ramdin's cards went flying into the muck.

Christopher Vitch440,00060,000
Victor Ramdin220,000-65,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 5:02 PM Local Time

Victor Ramdin was under the gun when he flicked out a raise. Only Darin Thomas wanted to come along for the ride as a     flop was dealt out. Thomas checked up front and Ramdin fired out a bet. A call from Thomas and a turn card would hit the felt.

Both players checked and the   completed the board. This time Thomas would lead out with a bet and Ramdin would take a few moments before sending his cards into the muck and the pot to Thomas.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:55 PM Local Time

Victor Ramdin raised before the flop and was called by Brian Meinders. Darin Thomas three-bet only to find Ramdin four-bet the action. Both of Ramdin's opponents called and we were three-handed to a flop of    .

Both checked to Ramdin who bet out. Ramdin received two calls and the three saw the   come on the turn. Once again it was checked to Ramdin who bet out. Meinders called but Thomas opted to muck his cards. The River brought the   and Meinders checked for a third time to Ramdin who bet for a third time. Meinders mucked his hand and Ramdin's constant aggression awarded him the pot.

Victor Ramdin285,000109,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:50 PM Local Time

Preston Derden - 6th Place

"C'mon now Bruce," said Preston Derden to the dealer when he had a portion of his tiny stack already committed in the big blind.

In the hand in question, Victor Ramdin opened it up with a raise from under the gun. Brock Parker then three-bet on his direct left and it was on Brian Meinders on the button. He opted to four-bet and Derden quickly tumbled in his last chips (a total of 20,000). Ramdin then got out of the way and Parker made the call.

Derden was on his feet and watched as the dealer spread out a       board. On the flop Parker check-called a bet from Meinders and both players checked the turn. The river saw Parker lead and Meinders raise. Parker called and the three players turned their hands over.


Derden paired his nine on the flop, but it wasn't strong enough for either Parker or Meinder's holdings. In the end, Meinders raked in the pot and Derden shook all the hands at the table and made his way out of the tournament in a gallant 6th place.

Brian Meinders465,00095,000
Preston Derden0-20,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:43 PM Local Time

The players are back in their seats and ready for me. Preston Derden is extremely short stacked at this point, so expect him to get the remainder of his chips in very soon.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:42 PM Local Time
Level: 5
Blinds: 10000/20000
Ante: 0
Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:33 PM Local Time
Christopher Vitch380,000250,000
Brian Meinders370,000-25,000
Darin Thomas350,00025,000
Brock Parker330,000155,000
Victor Ramdin176,000-9,000
Preston Derden20,000-20,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:23 PM Local Time

An exciting end to that level, the six remaining players have been sent on a 20-minute break. See you soon!

Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:21 PM Local Time

Matthew Schreiber - 7th Place

The eliminations have been flying fast in the late stages of this level, with Matthew Schreiber the latest addition to the rail. Schreiber was fairly short stacked heading into the final hand of his tournament, with his bust-out starting like this.

Schreiber opened from early position and the action was folded to Christopher Vitch in the big blind. He asked Schreiber how much he had left and once satisfied with an answer, he three-bet. Schreiber then committed the last of his chips and the two players turned their hands over.


Schreiber was in terrific shape, that is he was until the     flop hit the felt. The   turn and the   river were no help to Schreiber and he made his way out the door in 7th place.

Matthew Schreiber0-78,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:21 PM Local Time

Sean Rice - 8th Place

Sean Rice was able to double his short stack a mere two hands earlier, but found himself all in during this hand against chip leader Brian Meinders.

Rice raised preflop only to have Meinders three-bet. It folded back to Rice who four-bet and Meinders capped the action. The two saw a flop of     and Rice got the rest of his stack in on this board.


Rice had an ace-high but Meinders was holding a higher one. The board completed with the   and   and just like that Rice was sent to the rail, collecting $11,992 in prize money.

Brian Meinders395,00085,000
Sean Rice0-150,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:17 PM Local Time

Ian Johns - 9th Place

Ian Johns raised preflop only to find Brian Meinders three-bet. Johns four-bet and Meinders five-bet Johns all in. The hands were turned over only to find that Johns was way out in the lead.


A flop of     was spread in front of the two and Johns' aces were still way in the lead. The   turned and Meinders was in need of one of the two remaining black jacks left in the deck. Fortunately for Meinders, that's exactly what peeled off on the river. The   completed the board and just like that Johns' aces were cracked and he became our ninth place finisher

Brian Meinders310,000120,000
Ian Johns0-98,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:09 PM Local Time

Victor Ramdin

Brian Meinders opened up the action and Victor Ramdin then made it three-bets to go. Meinders then made it four bets and Ramdin capped the betting. When Meinders made the call, it was looking very likely that Ramdin would get the remainder of his stack in on the flop, having just a couple of big bets.


Ramdin and Meinders both put enough bets and raises to empty Ramdin's stack and the two players turned their hands over.

Ramdin's    was in good shape against the    of Meinders and when the   turn and the   river hit the felt, Ramdin would take the double.

Brian Meinders190,000-186,000
Victor Ramdin185,00085,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:01 PM Local Time

Matthew Schreiber raised preflop only to find Christopher Vitch three-bet. Brian Meinders called from the button and Schreiber tagged along as well.

The flop was     and Schreiber led out. Vitch tossed out a raise and Meinders opted to three-bet in this spot. Schreiber thought for a moment before mucking his hand and Vitch decided to call.

The   rolled off on the turn and Meinders bet out. Vitch called and the two saw the   complete the board. Meinders checked to Vitch who tossed out one last bet. Meinders called but mucked his hand when Vitch showed   .

Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:57 PM Local Time

Darin Thomas raised preflop and Preston Derden got all of his money in. Thomas called and the hands were turned up:


The flop was     and Derden was able to pair his ace and come that much closer to another double up. The   turn and the   river sealed the deal and Derden was able to double through Thomas.

Preston Derden40,00012,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:52 PM Local Time

Christopher Hartman - 10th Place

After almost four hours of play, the first elimination of our final table has just occurred, with Christopher Hartman the unlucky player to go home in 10th place.

The last hand of Hartman's tournament began when Matthew Schreiber opened up the pot with a raise. Hartman then committed the remainder of his chips in the small blind and Victor Ramdin called out of the big blind.

Hartman watched on as a     flop was dealt out. Ramdin check-called a bet here and then both players checked the   turn. The   on the river would see Ramdin check-fold to a bet from Schreiber and Hartman would wait for Schreiber to show his hand.

When Schreiber turned over his   , it was strong enough to see Hartman fling his    into the muck and make his way out of the tournament area.

Christopher Hartman0-100,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:47 PM Local Time

On a flop of     Matthew Schreiber led out only to be raised by Brian Meinders. Schreiber three-bet and Meinders called.

The turn was the   and Schreiber bet out again. Once again Meinders raised only this time Schreiber just flat called. The river was the   and both players checked. Meinders showed    for a turned flush that was now ten-high with four hearts on the board.

A sullen look washed over Schreiber's face as he showed    for a flopped set that was now merely a six-high flush.

Brian Meinders376,00036,000
Matthew Schreiber78,000-77,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:40 PM Local Time

Ian Johns raised and Matthew Schreiber three-bet. Preston Derden moved all in for less from the small and Johns called.

The flop came     and Johns checked-folded to a bet from Schreiber. Schreiber then tabled his    whcih was behind the    of Derden. The   on the turn and the   on the river sealed the deal for Derden's win and he was able to roughly quadruple up to 28,000 from that hand.

Matthew Schreiber155,0000
Ian Johns98,0000
Preston Derden28,00021,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:30 PM Local Time

Darin Thomas, Preston Derden and Matt Schreiber each committed a raise preflop to watch as the dealer spread out a     flop. On the flop, Thomas checked and so too did Derden. Schreiber then flicked out a bet and Thomas called, while Derden got out of the way.

The   on the turn would this time see Thomas lead, which made Schreiber think for quite some time. Eventually he opted to let his hand go and send the pot to Thomas.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:25 PM Local Time
Level: 4
Blinds: 8000/16000
Ante: 0