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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 21, 2012 to Saturday, June 23, 2012

Event #40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $687,050
  • Entries: 302
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:47 PM Local Time

It folded around to Ronnie Bardah who raised from the small blind. Hans Minocha in the big blind checked his cards, then made the call.

The flop came    . Bardah bet, Minocha raised, and Bardah called. The turn was the  . Bardah hesitated, and when he did Minocha tossed out chips out of turn before realizing Bardah had yet to act. Bardah then checked, Minocha bet, and Bardah called.

Both checked the   river. Bardah opened    for fours and aces, Minocha    for a lesser two pair, and Bardah dragged the pot.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:42 PM Local Time

Ronnie Bardah

Action folded to Vincent Gironda on the button and he put in a raise. Ronnie "RoNasty" Bardah called from the big blind and the flop came down    . Bardah checked and Gironda fired a bet. Gironda check-raised and Gironda called.

The turn brought the   and Bardah bet. Gironda put in a raise, but Bardah came right back with a reraise. Gironda took a few moments to think and then called.

The   completed the board on the river and Bardah stuck out another bet. Gironda made the call.

Bardah tabled the    for a full house on the turn after flopping trips. Gironda mucked his hand and Bardah raked in the pot to take the chip lead.

Ronnie Bardah615,000155,000
Vincent Gironda585,000-140,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:39 PM Local Time

Sorel Mizzi raised on the button and Vincent Gironda called from the big blind to see the flop come down    . Gironda check-raised a bet from Mizzi and got called.

The turn was the   and Gironda bet. Mizzi called.

The river was the   and Gironda bet. Mizzi called and Gironda turned up the    for queen high. Mizzi showed the    for two pair and won the pot.

Vincent Gironda725,000-115,000
Sorel Mizzi345,00080,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:27 PM Local Time

It folded around to Vincent Gironda in the small blind who raised, Marco Johnson three-bet from a seat over, and Gironda called. All three post-flop streets went similarly with Gironda check-calling Johnson's bets each time as the board came    , then  , then  .

Johnson then tabled    for aces, and Gironda mucked.

Vincent Gironda840,000-35,000
Marco Johnson180,00035,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:24 PM Local Time

Ronnie Bardah

From the button, Ronnie Bardah raised. Sorel Mizzi was his only customer from the big blind and the flop came down    . Mizzi checked, Bardah bet and Mizzi called.

On the   turn, Mizzi check-called again. The river was the   and Mizzi check-called once more.

Bardah flipped over the    for a pair of jacks with a queen kicker and Mizzi mucked his hand.

Ronnie Bardah460,000108,000
Sorel Mizzi265,000-25,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:21 PM Local Time

Action folded to Vincent Gironda on the button and he raised. Marco Johnson three-bet from the small blind and Ronnie Bardah folded his big blind. Gironda called.

The flop came down     and Johnson bet. Gironda called and the turn was the  . Both players checked and the river completed the board with the  . Johnson checked and Gironda bet. Johnson folded and Gironda won the pot.

Vincent Gironda875,00045,000
Marco Johnson145,000-69,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:12 PM Local Time

Brent Wheeler opened from under the gun and it folded to Ronnie Bardah on the button who fired a three-bet. The blinds got out, Wheeler called, and the flop came    .

Wheeler checked, Bardah bet, then Wheeler check-raised, sending Bardah briefly into the tank. Bardah sat as he usually does when in a hand, holding his shirt up over his mouth, contemplating the situation for several seconds before calling.

The turn then brought the   and another bet from Wheeler. Bardah thought it over again, then let his hand go.

Brent Wheeler443,00060,000
Ronnie Bardah352,000-60,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:05 PM Local Time

Ronnie Bardah has never made a World Series of Poker final table, but he has broken that spell here today by finding his way to the final six of this 302-player field and is already guaranteed $23,648.

With over $530,000 in live tournament earnings, the Brockton, Massachusetts native has two WSOP cashes on his record. Both of those came from the Main Event in back-to-back years of 2010 and 2011. His run in 2010 ended in 24th place for $317,161, which means he wasn't that far off from making the mother of all final tables. The following year, Bardah made the fourth payout group and earned $27,103 for finishing in 453rd place.

Recently, Bardah took some time away from poker to do some traveling and train Muay Thai for a couple of months. According to him, it's helped him out greatly both in life and also in poker as his mind is much fresher and more free than it has ever been. PokerNews interviewed Bardah about that experience and you can read all about it here.

Bardah training Muay Thai in Thailand

Being a regular at Limit Hold'em tables around the world where he specializes in short-handed play, this event is right up Bardah's alley. We'll see if he can continue his run at his first-ever WSOP final table and earn the gold.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:59 PM Local Time

After a brief delay to introduce the players, the final six have reassembled around the official final table here on the main stage in the spacious Pavilion Room. Here's how the stacks look as the final table begins:

Vincent Gironda830,000-25,000
Ronnie Bardah412,000-8,000
Brent Wheeler383,000-2,000
Sorel Mizzi290,0004,000
Marco Johnson214,000-26,000
Hans Minocha137,000-48,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:58 PM Local Time

Terrence Chan - 7th Place

From under the gun, the recently-crippled Terrence Chan raised. Sorel Mizzi reraised from the next seat and then action got back to Chan and he called all in for 35,000.


The flop, turn and river ran out       and Chan was eliminated in seventh place just short of the official final table for $17,107.

Terrence Chan0-35,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:56 PM Local Time

Terrence Chan raised from the hijack seat and Sorel Mizzi three-bet from the cutoff. Play folded back to Chan and he made the call to take the     flop. Chan had checked in the dark and Mizzi bet. Chan check-raised and Mizzi called.

The turn was the   and Chan bet. Mizzi raised and Chan reraised to put Mizzi all in. Mizzi called and was all in for 50,000 total. He held the    and Chan the   .

The river was the   and Mizzi won the pot to double up. Chan was left with 35,000 in chips.

Sorel Mizzi286,000166,000
Terrence Chan35,000-115,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:53 PM Local Time

Ronnie Bardah raised fromt he hijack seat and Terrence Chan reraised on the button. Brent Wheeler made it four bets from the big blind and Bardah called. Chan also called and the flop came down    . Wheeler bet and both of his opponents called.

On the   turn, Wheeler bet and Bardah folded. Chan also folded and Wheeler scooped the pot.

Ronnie Bardah420,00010,000
Brent Wheeler385,000185,000
Terrence Chan150,000-55,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:44 PM Local Time

On the      board, Terrence Chan checked and Marco Johnson bet. Chan called and the river completed the board with the  . Both players checked.

Chan tabled the    for a pair of queens and Johnson mucked.

Marco Johnson240,0000
Terrence Chan205,0000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:43 PM Local Time

Vincent Gironda

Hans Minocha opened with a raise from under the gun (now to 24,000), then Vincent Gironda three-bet on the button (to 36,000). It folded back to Minocha who called, and the flop came    . Minocha checked, Gironda bet, and Minocha called. Minocha again check-called a Gironda bet after the   turn card arrived.

The river brought the   and another check from Minocha. Gironda fired once more, and after some thought Minocha folded his    face up.

"The rich get richer," quipped Ronnie Bardah as the chips were slid Gironda's way.

Vincent Gironda855,00080,000
Hans Minocha185,000-63,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:34 PM Local Time
Vincent Gironda775,0000
Ronnie Bardah410,00060,000
Marco Johnson342,000147,000
Hans Minocha248,00018,000
Brent Wheeler200,000-95,000
Terrence Chan160,000-20,000
Sorel Mizzi120,000-60,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:29 PM Local Time
Level: 22
Blinds: 12000/24000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:23 PM Local Time

Current 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Standings

1Phil Ivey539.70
2John Monnette524.25
3Andy Frankenberger384.66
4Phil Hellmuth368.70
5Michael Gathy321.25
6David "Bakes" Baker317.94
7Max Steinberg309.44
8Brian Hastings303.00
9David "ODB" Baker296.88
10Ashkan Razavi274.06
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:23 PM Local Time

"RoNasty" is his real nickname

Terrence Chan raised from under the gun and Ronnie "RoNasty" Bardah three-bet from the small blind. Chan called and the flop came down    . Bardah fired a bet and Chan called.

On the   turn card, Bardah fired again. Chan stuck around to see the river, which was the  . Bardah didn't slow down and stuck in another bet. Chan took a few moments and then folded his hand, allowing Bardah to take the pot.

Ronnie Bardah350,0000
Terrence Chan180,000-60,000
Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:13 PM Local Time

From the button, Vincent Gironda raised and then Marco Johnson three-bet from the small blind. Gironda called and took the     flop.

Johnson bet and Gironda gave it up.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:10 PM Local Time

From under the gun, Marco Johnson raised. Action folded to Vincent Gironda in the big blind and he made the call to see the     flop. Gironda checked, Johnson bet and Gironda called.

The turn was the   and both players checked to see the   land on the river. Gironda led with a bet and Johnson folded.

Vincent Gironda780,00040,000
Marco Johnson325,000130,000