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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 15, 2012 to Sunday, June 17, 2012

Event #30: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $384,750
  • Entries: 285
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, June 17, 2012 4:15 PM Local Time

The chip counts are as close as they will probably ever get after Larry Wright just won two pots in a row.

On the first hand Larry Wright raised on the button to 18,000 and Andrew Lichtenberger defended his big blind.

Both players drew one card.

Lichtenberger lead out for 40,000 and Wright made the call. He showed       and that was enough to take down the pot.

On the next hand Brandon Cantu raised the button to 12,000, and Wright defended his big blind.

Both players drew one card.

Wright check-called and showed       in order to take down yet another pot.

"I'm coming after you. It's war now," Cantu said after the hand as all three players still have equal chances at winning the WSOP gold bracelet!

Larry Wright440,000110,000
Brandon Cantu427,000-73,000
Andrew Lichtenberger415,000-65,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 4:06 PM Local Time

From the small blind Larry Wright raised to 24,000, and Brandon Cantu defended his big blind.

Wright took two cards, Cantu only needed one.

Wright checked to Cantu who put out a big 70,000 chip bet. Wright gave it some thought and made the call.

Cantu turned over      , and Wright tossed his cards into the muck. Cantu is now back in the lead.

Brandon Cantu500,000100,000
Larry Wright330,000-102,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 4:01 PM Local Time

Larry Wright

Larry Wright's two double-ups not long ago have done as much for his confidence and they have for his stack.

He's come in for a lot of raises and just three-bet to 36,000 from the big blind after a Brandon Cantu button raise to 12,000, and an Andrew Lichtenberger call from the small blind.

Cantu folded but Lichtenberger called before both drew one, and then checked.

Wright took the pot with a jack-ten as Lichtenberger said he had an ace.

Andrew Lichtenberger480,00030,000
Larry Wright432,00072,000
Brandon Cantu400,000-90,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:51 PM Local Time

After the players got back from their break we have seen only some small pots. The chip counts are drawing closer and closer to each other, and we could be looking at a very tough battle from now on!

Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:43 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:33 PM Local Time

We will be back in five minutes as two players run off to the bathroom.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:33 PM Local Time

Larry Wright was all but out the door during three-handed action, but he just won another pot bringing him close to his two opponents.

From the button Andrew Lichtenberger raised to 15,000 and Wright three-bet from the small blind to 63,000. Cantu folded, and after some tanking Lichtenberger made the call.

"I'm pat!" Lichtenberger announced with enthusiasm while Lichtenberger needed one card.

Wright bet 60,000 and Lichtenberger tossed his cards into the muck. Besides this pot Wright also won a couple of smaller pots bringing his stack up to 320,000 chips.

Andrew Lichtenberger480,000-100,000
Larry Wright320,000105,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:31 PM Local Time

Larry Wright

Larry Wright has doubled two hands in a row to give himself a fighting chance.

In the first hand Brandon Cantu opened to 8,00 and both blinds called. All three drew one and Andrew Lichtenberger led for 30,000 from the small blind. Wright called all-in with      . Lichtenberger said he had a pair and mucked.

The next hand saw Lichtenberger raise to 10,000 from the button, Wright call from the small blind, and Cantu re-raise to 45,000 from the big blind. Lichtenberger called but Wright moved all-in for 84,000.

Cantu successfully isolated Wright by shoving in behind, and drew one as Wright stood pat.

Cantu opened      and a drew a  . He was drawing dead though as Wright had a seventy-six perfect and scooped.

Andrew Lichtenberger580,000-100,000
Brandon Cantu500,000-95,000
Larry Wright215,000150,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:21 PM Local Time
Level: 18
Blinds: 3000/6000
Ante: 1500
Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:18 PM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi

He was chip leader for a very long time in this tournament, but unfortunately for him the final table didn't play out as he had expected. He started the day really strong, but just crashed in fourth place taking home $28,198. The final hand played out like this.

Brandon Cantu raised it up to 8,000, and Mizrachi moved all in for his final 63,000 chips. Cantu made the call.

Both players drew one card.

Michael Mizrachi    
Brandon Cantu    

Cantu showed a  , and that gave Mizrachi plenty of outs to stay alive. He needed to hit a jack, ten, nine, eight or seven in order to stay live, but he came up short. Mizrachi turned over a  , and got himself a nice round of applaus as he exited the final table stage.

Brandon Cantu595,00075,000
Michael Mizrachi0-65,000
Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:11 PM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi, so dominant a short while ago, is now the short stack along with Larry Wright.

He opened to 10,000 and then four-bet to 70,000 when Andrew Lichtenberger three-bet to 40,000. Lichtenberger tank-called and drew one. Grinder stood pat and then bet 60,000 when checked to him.

Lichtenberger called with     [2x. Mizrachi was bluffing with three deuces in his hand.

Andrew Lichtenberger680,000180,000
Brandon Cantu520,000105,000
Larry Wright65,000-84,000
Michael Mizrachi65,000-130,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:56 PM Local Time

Erick Lindgren

The action hasn't slowed down for one moment here at the final table as we just lost our fifth place finisher, Erick Lindgren. From the hijack Brandon Cantu raised to 8,000 and Michael Mizrachi made the call from the cutoff.

Andrew Lichtenberger was on the button, and quickly threw in a three-bet to 42,000. Larry Wright gave up his small blind after which Erick Lindgren moved all in for a total of 70,000 from the big blind. Cantu and Mizrachi folded, Lichtenberger made the call.

Both players drew one card.

Andrew Lichtenberger    
Erick Lindgren    

"Will you show me if i'm live, 'Chewy'?" Lindgren asked his opponent who told the dealer to just deal his card face up.

Lichtenberger hit a  , and that did it for Lindgren who could no longer win the hand. To wrap things up Lindgren hit an   and walked out with a $19,676 payday.

Andrew Lichtenberger500,00085,000
Erick Lindgren0-93,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:55 PM Local Time

In two hands Michael Mizrachi just lost a decent amount of chips to Brandon Cantu. He's now in fifth place while Cantu jumps into second.

From the small blind Cantu raised to 12,000 and Mizrachi defended his big blind. Both players drew one card.

Cantu checked to Mizrachi who fired out 30,000, and he got snap-called. Mizrachi showed       against Cantu's       and took down this pot.

On the second hand Cantu raised from the cutoff to 8,000, and Mizrachi three-bet him to 20,000 from the button. Cantu called, and both players drew one card.

Cantu checked to Mizrachi who fired out 25,000 and once again the snap-call followed. Mizrachi announced he had a jack-seven, and that was no good against      .

Mizrachi is losing chips fast while Cantu is climbing towards chip leader Andrew Lichtenberger.

Brandon Cantu415,000103,000
Michael Mizrachi195,000-143,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:54 PM Local Time

Andrew Lichtenberger

Andrew Lichtenberger is still in the chip lead and using his position at the table very well.

Twice in the last orbit Michael Mizrachi has three-bet the open of Brandon Cantu. Mizrachi knows that Cantu has a wide opening range so the three-bet is profitable play. The only problem for him is that Lichtenberger is exploiting that fact and four-betting to great effect. Both times he four-bet his opponents folded.

Andrew Lichtenberger415,0005,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:39 PM Local Time

Erick Lindgren was just under the gun and moved all in for his final 41,000 chips. Brandon Cantu folded, after which Micheal Mizrachi made the call from the button. Both blinds released.

Both players mucked an ace face up, and drew one card.

Michael Mizrachi    
Erick Lindgren    

"You show first, so I know if i'm drawing live," Lindgren said who could be drawing dead if Mizrachi didn't pair up with a nine or lower. But, Mizrachi showed an   keeping Lindgren's hopes alive. He turned over a   and doubled up.

Michael Mizrachi338,000-42,000
Erick Lindgren93,00039,000
Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:34 PM Local Time

For the first time at this final table Andrew Lichtenberger has the chip lead.

He three-bet to 36,00 after Michael Mizrachi opened to 10,000 from the cut-off. Mizrachi called and drew one as Lichtenberger stood pat.

Lichtenberger bet 44,000 when Mizrachi checked, and then called when check-raised up to 96,000.

Lichtenberger opened      . Mizrachi opened      and said he hadn't looked at his draw card yet. The whole table seated as Mizrachi flipped up a   to pair.

Andrew Lichtenberger410,000140,000
Michael Mizrachi380,000-131,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:24 PM Local Time

Brandon Cantu

With a big stack and good chance at winning a WSOP gold bracelet, you would expect Brandon Cantu to be at least a bit happy at the table. But that's not the case. He just slammed the table, after after missing a draw against Andrew Lichtenberger.

Cantu raised from the button to 8,000, Michael Mizrachi gave up his small blind, and Lichtenberger three-bet to 36,000 from the big. Cantu counted out the chips and made the call.

Both players drew one card.

Lichtenberger checked, after which Cantu double checked his cards. As if the dealer wouldn't notice a tap on the table Cantu slammed it hard, and some frustration was clearly visible. Lichtenberger showed       and took down this pot.

Brandon Cantu312,000-36,000
Andrew Lichtenberger270,00046,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:16 PM Local Time
Level: 17
Blinds: 2000/4000
Ante: 1000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:10 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi511,0001,000
Brandon Cantu348,0002,000
Andrew Lichtenberger224,0004,000
Larry Wright149,000-1,000
Erick Lindgren54,000-26,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:06 PM Local Time

There is a ten-minute break as the grey T100 chips are colored up and taken out of play.

Gorilla Gaming