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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 6:58 PM Local Time

John Nelson - 5th Place

John Nelson had been bleeding chips for the last few orbits and would then get all his chips in on a     flop. He held    and unfortunately would run into the giant stack of Neil Channing, who held   .

Nelson would need some help that would never come as the   on the turn and the   on the river would send the pot to Channing and Nelson out the door in fifth place.

John Nelson0-1,000,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 6:51 PM Local Time

John Nelson was under the gun when he opened up the pot to 100,000. Neil Channing was in the small blind and he three-bet to 235,000. Nelson made the call and the dealer readied three cards.


On the flop, Channing led for 180,000 and after thinking for a long time, Nelson raised it to 385,000. Channing then popped it to 610,000 and Nelson instantly mucked. With that, Nelson joins Tom Alner as one of the shorter stacks at the table.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:44 PM Local Time

James Mackey opened to 100,000 and Tom Alner moved all in from the small blind. Alner had 730,000 and Mackey folded after he got a count.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:39 PM Local Time

All the cheering sections for the different players are now cheering "Oh yeah" when their player wins a pot. The sides are engaging in good natured ribbing.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:38 PM Local Time

Folded to Neil Channing in the small blind, he flicked out the extra chips to make the call. James Mackey checked from the big blind and a     flop was dealt.

All it took was Channing to make a bet on the flop and Mackey would let his hand go.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 25, 2012 6:33 PM Local Time

The preflop raiser has taken the blinds and antes over the past four hands.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:29 PM Local Time

Neil Channing and John Nelson took to a     flop and this is where the action heated up. Nelson checked and Channing bet 125,000. Back on Nelson and he popped it to 285,000. Channing then went into the tank before shoving all in, having Nelson well covered. It didn't take Nelson nearly as long to decide what to do, instantly mucking his hand and sending a few chips to Channing.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:25 PM Local Time

As you can see, plenty of pots have been going the way of James Mackey and that is reflected in his chip count. He is now closing in on Neil Channing who is still the chip leader.

Neil Channing3,550,000-450,000
James Mackey3,150,0001,150,000
Henry Lu2,510,000210,000
John Nelson1,800,000550,000
Tom Alner950,000-430,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 6:21 PM Local Time

Neil Channing limped into the pot for the first time we've seen this tournament. John Nelson raised to 150,000 and Channing called.

The flop came      , Channing checked and Nelson bet 175,000. Channing folded and Nelson took the pot.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:18 PM Local Time

James Mackey just won a hand and before Mackey's "Oh yeah" fan could do his thing Tournament Supervisor Dan Fouts gave an "Oh yeah" over the mic.

The crowd laughed and Fouts asked if he could borrow the fan's oversized floppy visor.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 25, 2012 6:18 PM Local Time

Folded to Henry Lu on the button, he raised it up to 100,000 and James Mackey called out of the big blind.

The     flop would see Mackey check-call a bet of 120,000 from Lu. Both players would then check the   turn. On the   river, Mackey led out for 240,000 and with a fold from Lu, he raked in the pot.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:12 PM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 5000
Monday, June 25, 2012 6:08 PM Local Time

James Mackey opened up the pot to 80,000 and Henry Lu three-bet to 200,000 out of the small blind. Mackey called and the     flop hit the felt. Lu led for 230,000 here and Mackey sent his cards into the muck and the pot to Lu.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:06 PM Local Time

John Nelson raised to 100,000 from the small blind and Henry Lu re-raised from the big blind to 220,000. Nelson thought for a minute and then moved all in. Lu let his hand go and they went on to the next one.

Monday, June 25, 2012 6:04 PM Local Time

When Henry Lu opened up the pot with a raise, Neil Channing would promptly three-bet him to 205,000. A call from Lu would see a     flop dealt on the felt. Channing would lead for 165,000 here and Lu call. Both players then took their time to check the   turn.

The   river would see Channing fire out a large 595,000-chip bet, too much for Lu who sent his cards into the muck.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 25, 2012 6:00 PM Local Time

Hovan Nguyen 6th Place

Hovan Nguyen open-shoved from the small blind and Neil Channing called from the big blind.


The board ran           and Nguyen was eliminated.

Neil Channing4,450,000700,000
Hovan Nguyen0-570,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 5:55 PM Local Time

The pot was opened by James Mackey and he received the call from John Nelson on his direct left. The     flop would see Mackey lead for 100,000, Nelson call and then both players check the   turn.

On the   river, Mackey bet 255,000 and Nelson called. When Mackey tabled his   , the two-pair was enough to rake in the pot and send Nelson's cards into the muck.

Monday, June 25, 2012 5:52 PM Local Time

Tom Alner opened for 80,000 from under the gun and John Nelson called from the small blind. The flop came       and both players checked. The turn came  , Nelson bet 110,000 and Alner folded.

Monday, June 25, 2012 5:45 PM Local Time

James Mackey opened up the pot with a raise and was promptly three-bet to 200,000 by John Nelson. Mackey called and the     flop would see Nelson bet 180,000. Mackey called and the   turn would see both players check, just as they did on the   river.

At showdown, Mackey's    was strong enough to beat the    that Nelson held, with Mackey raking in the pot.

Monday, June 25, 2012 5:44 PM Local Time

James Mackey's "unique" rail bird has continued with his "Oh yeah" gyration. Some members of the audience are starting to heckle him a bit.

Playtika - Jason Alexander