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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 23, 2012 to Monday, June 25, 2012

Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,739,500
  • Entries: 2,770
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 25, 2012 9:13 PM Local Time

James Mackey  - 3rd Place

Straight after James Mackey doubled through Neil Channing, it was looking like it was about to happen all over again. This time, Mackey was all-in holding    against Channing's   .

The     flop and Mackey's rail would be up on their feet celebrating. The   turn changed nothing and it was looking like Mackey was in very good shape to give himself a real chance at making a run at the title.


The poker gods had different ideas as the devastating river would give Channing the best hand, eliminating Mackey in third place and sending Channing into the heads-up battle with an unprecedented chip lead.

Neil Channing10,100,0002,000,000
James Mackey0-2,000,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 9:09 PM Local Time

Neil Channing opened from the small blind and James Mackey shipped from the big blind. Channing called and the hands were tabled.


The board ran           and Mackey doubled up.

Neil Channing8,100,000-1,000,000
James Mackey2,000,000500,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 9:02 PM Local Time

Tom Alner 4th Place

From the small blind Tom Alner moved all in and Neil Channing called after a count.


The board ran           and Alner was eliminated. Channing has close to 75% of the chips in play.

Neil Channing9,100,0001,200,000
Tom Alner0-1,000,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 8:57 PM Local Time

Tom Alner has now open shoved his stack twice and received no action. It's only a matter of time before he doubles up, or perhaps busts.

Monday, June 25, 2012 8:52 PM Local Time

Henry Lu opened the pot to 125,000 from the button and Neil Channing would call out of the big blind. On the     flop, Channing would check and Lu would bet 150,000. A call from Channing and the   would hit the turn. This time Channing opted to check-call, sending the pot to Lu.

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Monday, June 25, 2012 8:49 PM Local Time

Neil Channing and James Mackey in a pot together.

Neil Channing and James Mackey continued their duel and played the biggest pot of the tournament so far. On a flop of      , Channing bet 100,000 and Mackey called.

The turn brought the  , Channing checked and Mackey bet 255,000. Channing took a minute and raised to 715,000. Mackey shuffled his chips in thought and then quietly called.

The river came   and Channing bet 1,325,000. The tension was high in the Mothership as they waited for Mackey's decision. Ultimately, Mackey called after some thought.

Channing tabled     for a full house and Mackey mucked his hand.

Neil Channing7,900,0001,500,000
James Mackey1,500,000-1,000,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 8:39 PM Local Time

Henry Lu picked a small pot from Channing.

Neil Channing opened for 125,000 and Henry Lu called from the small blind. The flop came      , Lu checked and Channing bet 155,000. Lu called and the turn came  . Both players checked and the river came  . Both players checked again and Lu tabled     for two pair and Channing mucked.

Monday, June 25, 2012 8:33 PM Local Time

Neil Channing and James Mackey took to a     flop and Channing promptly bet 90,000. Mackey made the call and a   was dealt on the turn. Channing checked here and Mackey bet 210,000. After quite some time, Channing otped to check-raise, making it 625,000 to go. Mackey made the call and the last card was dealt.

Both players checked the   river and James' hand came up trums, with a   good enough to send Channing's ace-high into the muck.

Monday, June 25, 2012 8:27 PM Local Time

James Mackey opened for 120,000, Henry Lu called from the button and Neil Channing made it 340,000 from the big blind. Mackey folded and Lu reluctantly gave up his hand.

Monday, June 25, 2012 8:24 PM Local Time

Folded to Neil Channing in the small blind, he raised it up. James Mackey called in the big blind and a     flop was dealt. On the flop, Channing threw out a continuation bet and it was enough to take down the pot.

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Monday, June 25, 2012 8:17 PM Local Time

Tom Alner

Tom Alner has had a good start back from the dinner break, already managing to double his stack. Alner got it all-in preflop holding    and was up against the    of James Mackey.

The     was about as good a flop Alner could hope for and when the turn and river bricked out, he took the down the double.

James Mackey2,500,000-650,000
Tom Alner1,350,000650,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 8:13 PM Local Time

The first hand back from the break has seen the chip leader, Neil Channing, open the pot and get folds from all three of his opponents. Seems they don't want to rumble with him just yet.

Monday, June 25, 2012 8:12 PM Local Time

The players are back from their dinner break and ready to keep playing.

Monday, June 25, 2012 8:11 PM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 30000/60000
Ante: 10000
Monday, June 25, 2012 7:59 PM Local Time
Neil Channing6,400,000-120,000
James Mackey3,150,000150,000
Henry Lu2,125,000-75,000
Tom Alner700,00025,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 7:12 PM Local Time

The four remaining players have been sent on a 60-minute dinner break.

Monday, June 25, 2012 7:12 PM Local Time

Neil Channing and James Mackey should get a private table together. They've been playing each other in pot after pot. The latest hand saw them go to a       flop.

Channing bet 75,000 and said something along the lines of "You should fold here," to Mackey.

Mackey didn't heed the advice and raised to 220,000. Channing called and the turn came  . Channing checked and Mackey bet 360,000. Channing took a good long time to consider his action. He counted out calling chips but then elected to fold his hand.

Monday, June 25, 2012 7:04 PM Local Time

Neil Channing has continued his extreme aggression here at the final table, recently four-betting to 610,000, after Henry Lu three-bet to 250,000 out of the big blind. Lu didn't want to rumble, sending the pot to Channing.

Monday, June 25, 2012 7:03 PM Local Time

James Mackey opened for 100,000 and Neil Channing called from the big blind. The flop came      , Channing checked and Mackey bet 105,000. Channing called after a few moments and the turn came  .

Both players checked to the   river and Channing bet out 255,000. Mackey thought for a moment and then tossed his cards away.

Monday, June 25, 2012 7:01 PM Local Time

With Neil Channing dealing the fatal blow to John Nelson just a few moments ago, he is still the clear chip leader here at the final table of Event 43.

Neil Channing6,520,0001,520,000
James Mackey3,000,0000
Henry Lu2,200,0000
Tom Alner675,0000
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