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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 2:03 PM Local Time
  • Brandon Cantu took a small pot off Michael Mizrachi with a ten-low.
  • Cantu made a wheel in a three-bet pot with Mizrachi. They both drew one and Cantu checked to Mizrachi who failed to fall into the trap and checked behind.
  • Mizrachi four-bet to 60,000 to take a pot down. Lindgren had opened to 8,000 before Cantu three-bet to 60,000. Both players folded.
Michael Mizrachi510,00020,000
Brandon Cantu346,00042,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:02 PM Local Time

Erick Lindgren was under the gun and started off by raising it up to 8,000. Brandon Cantu three-bet to 26,000 and Michael Mizrachi made the call from the button. Larry Wright was in the big blind and he decided to move all in for his final 87,600 chips.

None of his opponents made the call giving Wright his first substantial pot of the day.

Michael Mizrachi490,000-25,000
Brandon Cantu304,000-26,000
Larry Wright150,00030,000
Erick Lindgren80,000-6,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:56 PM Local Time

From the cutoff Andrew Lichtenberger raised it up to 8,000, and it got folded to Brandon Cantu who was in the big blind. He made the call.

Cantu took one card, Lichtenberger needed two.

Cantu threw out a 20,000 chip bet. Lichtenberger tanked for a bit before counting out a raise to 80,000. As soon as the chips hit the felt Cantu announced call.

"You got it," Lichtenberger said after which Cantu showed his      . Cantu gets himself back up to second place while Lichtenberger drops a lot of chips.

Brandon Cantu330,00082,000
Andrew Lichtenberger220,000-120,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:48 PM Local Time

Erick Lindgren

Erick Lindgren is the short stack now after losing two pots in a row.

First up he bet into Larry Wright after he drew a pair. Wright called with      .

The very next hand he three-bet to 32,000 from the big blind after Michael Mizrachi opened to 7,200 from the hijack seat. Mizrachi called and both stood pat.

Lindgren then led out for 43,000 and Mizrachi called. "Jack," said Lindgren.

It was no good though as Mizrachi opened the winning      .

Michael Mizrachi515,00065,000
Larry Wright120,0003,800
Erick Lindgren86,000-72,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:40 PM Local Time

Rep Porter

Rep Porter started the day second in chips, but that was no guarantee for the big money as he just got eliminated by Andrew Lichtenberger.

The action started with a raise from Lichtenberger who was under the gun. He made it 8,000 to go after which Porter three-bet from the button to 28,000. Brandon Cantu and Michael Mizrachi gave up their blinds, and it was back on Lichtenberger. After a good ten seconds he declared himself to be all in. Porter had to make a decision for his tournament life, and folding would leave him with just 86,000 chips. After a while he made the call.

Both players stood pat.

Lichtenberger turned over      , and had started with a huge hand. Porter was extremely disappointed as his       were no good. We are down to five players and Andrew Lichtenberger is now in second place behind Michael Mizrachi

Andrew Lichtenberger340,000135,000
Rep Porter0-131,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:33 PM Local Time

We asked the question in the opening post: Who can stop Brandon Cantu?

The answer might be Michael Mizrachi. He has position on the start of day chip leader and just won a pot off him to extend his lead.

Cantu raised to 6,000 from the hijack and called when Mizrachi three-bet to 16,000 from the next seat. Cantu drew one as Mizrachi stood pat, before Cantu check-called a large 40,000 bet.

Mizrachi opened       for a ninety-eight. Cantu mucked.

Michael Mizrachi450,00062,000
Brandon Cantu248,000-57,000
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:26 PM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi

We have only played seven hands at the final table, and so far Michael Mizrachi has won six of those. He just won the biggest pot of the day, the action went down as following.

Rep Porter raised from the button to 8,000, after which Brandon Cantu opted to three-bet to 25,000 from the small blind. Michael Mizrachi was in the big blind, and it didn't take long for him to make the call. Porter called as well giving us three-way action after the draw.

Cantu and Mizrachi both took one card, Porter stood pat.

Cantu checked to Mizrachi who fired out a big 60,000 chip bet. It took Porter only five seconds to make up his mind, and he called. Cantu gave it a little time but eventually decided to release his hand.

Mizrachi showed       and Porter mucked his cards in disgust. Mizrachi has taken over the chip lead and looks to hammer his opponents hard from the start.

Michael Mizrachi388,000148,000
Brandon Cantu305,000-31,100
Rep Porter131,000-102,400
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:20 PM Local Time

Ryan Tepen - 7th place

The second hand of this final table saw the elimination of Ryan Tepen. Michael Mizrachi raised to 7,000 from the cut-off and made a quick call when Tepen shoved from the big blind for around 50,000.

Tepen stood pat as Mizrachi broke the   (it flipped over).

Tepen opened      . You could see Mizrachi's heart sink as he opened      meaning he already had a winning hand. This is Mizrachi though and he drew   to lock the hand up.

Edit: Mizrachi won the next two hands as well for a small advance. A frantic start to this final table had seen Mizrachi involved in every hand so far.

Michael Mizrachi240,00041,000
Ryan Tepen0-51,100
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:14 PM Local Time

This game is fast and furious, and on the the very first hand of play we saw an interesting pot right away. From the cutoff Michael Mizrachi raised it up to 7,000 and Andrew Lichtenberger made the call from the button. Erik Lindgren was in the big blind and called as well.

Lindgren took one card, Mizrachi two and Lichtenberger one.

The action was checked to Lichtenberger who bet 21,000, and Lindgren called.

Lichtenberger turned over       and took down the first pot of the day.

Andrew Lichtenberger205,00043,900
Michael Mizrachi199,000-7,800
Erick Lindgren158,000-27,600
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:07 PM Local Time
Level: 16
Blinds: 1500/3000
Ante: 700
Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:07 PM Local Time

The cards are in the air for one of the most stacked final tables at the World Series of Poker 2012!

Sunday, June 17, 2012 12:49 PM Local Time

Brandon Cantu out in front

Can anyone stop Brandon Cantu? That will be the question on all the players coming back for the final table of the World Series of Poker Event 30: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball, starting at 2:00 PM local time.

It looked as if Michael Mizrachi was set to be clear chip leader coming into today for a long time yesterday, but he lost his way near the end. Cantu's tournament has been building right from the off at this tournament and he'll be hoping he hasn't reached his peak yet.

Rep Porter has been quietly working towards his goal, and it took until all the players were on one table of eight before he really stamped his mark on this tournament, winning a big pot of Mizrachi that enable him to finish the day second in chips.

Just below the top three already mentioned sit Erick Lindgren and Andrew Lichtenberger, who help to make this final table an absolute shark-fest.

Here's how the final seven line up today:

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Erick Lindgren185,600
2Ryan Tepen51,100
3Rep Porter233,400
4Brandon Cantu336,100
5Michael Mizrachi206,800
6Andrew Lichtenberger161,100
7Larry Wright116,200

Join us back here at 2:00 PM when this exciting finale will kick off.