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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

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

Event #26: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $1,607,970
  • Entries: 589
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:23 PM Local Time

Victor Saedon was just eliminated in 16th place. His      went down to Brett Richey's      after all the money went in preflop and Richey made a diamond flush on the hand. Saedon took home $13,282 and the remaining 15 players earned a small pay jump to $16,707.

Victor Saedon0-164,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:22 PM Local Time

On the     flop, Robert Williamson III bet 38,000. His opponent, Austin Scott, made the call and the turn brought the  . Williamson fired 105,000 and Scott called.

The river completed the board with the   and Williamson checked. Scott moved all in for 132,000 and Williamson called.

"Please don't have a five," said Williamson.

Scott turned over better than just a five with the      for a full house. Williamson showed the      for two pair.

Austin Scott600,000294,000
Robert Williamson III50,000-328,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:12 PM Local Time

Galen Kester opened with a raise to 26,000 and Romik Vartzar called from the hijack seat. Action then folded over to Steve Merrifield in the small blind and he reraised all in for 95,000 total. Action folded back to Kester and he tanked for a minute before giving it up. Vartzar thought, then called.

Vartzar held the      and Merrifield the     .

The flop     kept Merrifield in front, as did the   on the turn. The   on the river, though, gave Vartzar a winning two pair and busted Merrifield in 17th place.

Romik Vartzar775,000147,000
Steve Merrifield0-103,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:09 PM Local Time

Erik Seidel (Day 2) - 18th Place

Erik Seidel was all in preflop with the      against Khiem Nguyen's     .

Seidel flopped a Broadway straight on the     flop, but Nguyen was able to turn a flush with the  . The river completed the board with the   and that ended the tournament for Seidel in 18th place. He took home $13,282 for his finish.

Khiem Nguyen525,00086,000
Erik Seidel0-71,000
Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:03 PM Local Time

The cards are in the air for the third and final day (hopefully) of Event 26.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 12:43 PM Local Time

Welcome to Day 3 of Event 26, the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. A field of 589 players is down to just 18, each with hopes of capturing the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Leading the way with 741,000 is Vadzim Kursevich. Plenty of notables are hot on his heels though as Oleksii Kovalchuk, Robert Williamson III, Brett Richey, and Dutch Boyd are all within striking distance. Eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel also remains, but he is short with 71,000.

Here are the seating assignments for Day 3:

4451Steve Merrifield103,000
4452Tom Chambers379,000
4453Victor Saedon164,400
4454Thomas Pettersson243,000
4455Galen Kester123,000
4456Dutch Boyd254,000
4457Romik Vartzar628,000
4458Brett Richey304,000
4459Scott Stanko212,000
4511John Racener117,000
4512Vadzim Kursevich741,000
4513Austin Scott306,000
4514Oleksii Kovalchuk565,000
4515Robert Williamson III378,000
4516Khiem Nguyen499,000
4517Erik Seidel71,000
4518Jon Hoellein177,000
4519Raul Paez41,000

Play is set to resume at 2:00pm local time, about 10 minutes from now, so keep it here throughout the day as we play until the bracelet is awarded!