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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 4:22 PM Local Time

When Balazs Botond opened the pot to 65,000, Hovan Nguyen would shove all in for 225,000 directly on his left. Botond made a fairly quick call and the two players tabled their hands.


The     flop kept Nguyen in front, but gave Botond a few more outs. The   turn was great for Botond, giving him the straight and sending him to the rail to celebrate with his friends.

The celebration was a little premature though as a fourth diamond on the river gave Nguyen the flush to send him the double up.

Hovan Nguyen500,000205,000
Balazs Botond420,000-355,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 4:17 PM Local Time

Neil Channing has played three of the four hands dealt thus far. In the last hand he opened for 65,000 from under the gun and Tom Alner called. The flop came       and both players checked.

The turn came  , Channing bet 75,000 and Alner folded.

Monday, June 25, 2012 4:14 PM Local Time

The introductions have been made and the cards are back in the air. Let's do this.

Monday, June 25, 2012 4:01 PM Local Time

Here is how the players look heading into the official final table. As you can see, Henry Lu holds the chip lead by just 10,000 chips more than Neil Channing. Play will be underway in shortly

Henry Lu2,745,0001,345,000
Neil Channing2,735,00035,000
James Mackey2,015,000215,000
Tom Alner1,550,000630,000
John Nelson1,460,000270,000
Balazs Botond775,000-35,000
Francois Dur590,000-30,000
Jared Rosenbaum305,00035,000
Hovan Nguyen295,000-230,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:55 PM Local Time

The players are heading on a short break before the official final table begins. We will have full chip counts shortly.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:54 PM Local Time

Zach Clark - 10th Place

Folded to Zach Clark in the cutoff, he raised it up to 65,000. Henry Lu then made it 150,000 on the button and the action was sent back to Clark. After a few moments thinking, Clark shoved all in. Lu snap called, having Clark covered, and the two players turned their hands over.


Clark was looking good to double up and sit with a great position in this final ten. However, the     flop had other ideas and when the turn and river bricked out, it was all over in 10th place for Clark. With that, Lu continues his rampage and rise up the counts.

Zach Clark0-1,070,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:50 PM Local Time

We had barely gotten settled in our perch at the ESPN Feature Table when Balazs Botond and Neil Channing got in a huge hand.

We missed the action but the board was           and there was a huge pot already built. Channing bet 350,000 on the river and Botond called.

Channing tabled     and Botond mucked.

Neil Channing2,700,0001,400,000
Balazs Botond810,000-1,440,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:46 PM Local Time
1Henry Lu
2Tom Alner
3Balazs Botond
4Hovan Nguyen
5Francois Dur
6Jared Rosenbaum
7Neil Channing
8James Mackey
9John Nelson
10Zach Clark
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:41 PM Local Time

The clock has been paused the for the ten remaining players to move to the ESPN Feature Table. We'll have new seat assignments up ASAP.

Monday, June 25, 2012 3:40 PM Local Time

Jesse Yaginuma 11th Place

Jesse Yaginuma opened for 60,000 from under the gun and Henry Lu raised to 125,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Yaginuma moved all in. Lu called and the hands were tabled.


The board ran           and Yaginuma was eliminated by Lu's flush.

Jesse Yaginuma0-460,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:38 PM Local Time

Hovan Nguyen was on the button when he shoved his stack all in. Henry Lu then made the call and tabled   . Nguyen then turned his    over and was just behind.

The       board was Nguyen's savior as he managed to chop it up to survive.

Monday, June 25, 2012 3:33 PM Local Time

Neil Channing opened for 65,000 and Francois Dur moved all in behind him. The blinds folded and Channing tossed in the 240,000 more to call.


The board ran           and Dur saved his tournament life.

Francois Dur620,000260,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:29 PM Local Time

Randy Lew - 12th Place

Randy Lew was fairly short-stacked when he opened shoved his stack holding   . Henry Lu was the next player to act and called, holding   .

When the       board fell, Lew was sent home in 12th place.

With Lu sending Lew home, amazingly, the last half an hour has seen Lu's stack go from 40,000 to 1,400,000.

Henry Lu1,400,000440,000
Randy Lew0-580,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:27 PM Local Time

Michael Judge 13th Place

James Mackey opened in early position and Michael Judge raised on the button. Mackey moved all in and Judge called.


The board ran           and Mackey eliminated Judge.

James Mackey1,800,000100,000
Michael Judge0-490,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:24 PM Local Time

Mark Ketteringham 14th Place

Mark Ketteringham went all all in preflop and Henry Lu called.


The board ran           and Ketteringham was eliminated in 14th place.

Henry Lu960,000460,000
Mark Ketteringham0-330,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:20 PM Local Time

Cary Marshall - 15th Place

Cary Marshall recently doubled his chip stack, but has now found the rail just a few minutes later. The hand in question saw Marshall and James Mackey take to a     flop in a raised pot.

Marshall was first to act on the flop and simply announced an all in. Mackey snapped him off very quickly and tabled his   . Marshall held    and would need plenty of help to survive.

It was help that would never come as the   turn and the   river changed nothing, sending Marshall home in 15th place.

James Mackey1,700,000580,000
Cary Marshall0-240,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:16 PM Local Time

We had a preflop all in and a call between Balazs Botond and Cary Marshall.


The board ran           and Marshall doubled up.

Balazs Botond2,250,000-215,000
Cary Marshall240,000-15,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:10 PM Local Time

Jesse Yaginuma was one of the short stacks in the room just ten minutes ago, but that has changed now as he has picked up some easy chips preflop. In back-to-back hands, Yaginuma has three-bet shoved and seen his opponent's fold both times. The first time was against Henry Lu and the second againtst Tom Alner.

Jesse Yaginuma460,000180,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:04 PM Local Time

Henry Lu moved his short stack all in preflop and John Nelson called. Lu held     and Nelson held    .

The board ran           and Lu has some room to breathe now.

John Nelson1,190,000-210,000
Henry Lu500,000360,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:02 PM Local Time

Cary Marshall opened for 55,000 and Neil Channing called from the cutoff. The blinds folded and the flop came      . Marshall checked, Channing bet 65,000 and Marshall called.

The turn came  , Marshall checked and Channing bet 115,000. Marshall thought for a moment and then folded.

Neil Channing1,300,000160,000
Cary Marshall255,000-215,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander