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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, July 05, 2012 to Saturday, July 07, 2012

Event #60: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $949,400
  • Entries: 101
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, July 7, 2012 5:36 PM Local Time

Eugene Katchalov

Eugene Katchalov joined the PokerNews Podcast to talk about the infamous quads vs. straight flush hand in the $1 Million Big One for One Drop, how to deal with a down year, and the 25K Fantasy League.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012 5:30 PM Local Time

Nick Schulman opened to 48,000 from under the gun and received a call from George Danzer in the big blind. Both players drew one and checked after the draw.

"Ace," announced Danzer.

Schulman fanned the       and was able to drag in the pot.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 5:17 PM Local Time

Nick Schulman opened to 48,000 from the cutoff seat, and Benjamin Parker defended his big blind.


Parker moved all in for 125,000, and Schulman tanked for quite some time. He cut out enough pink T5,000 chips to make the call, but eventually folded.

Nick Schulman1,070,000-130,000
George Danzer800,000120,000
Ashton Griffin695,000-25,000
Benjamin Parker270,00050,000
Mike Wattel190,000-45,000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 5:04 PM Local Time
Level: 22
Blinds: 10000/20000
Ante: 5000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 4:58 PM Local Time

Benjamin Parker raised to 35,000 and received a call from George Danzer on the button. The blinds got out of the way and the two players were off to the draw.


It went check-check after the draw and Danzer tabled      . Parker mucked his hand and Danzer took the pot.

George Danzer680,000170,000
Benjamin Parker220,000-55,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 7, 2012 4:53 PM Local Time

John Juanda - 6th Place

John Juanda open-shoved his last 191,000 from the hijack seat, and Ashton Griffin re-shoved on the button. Both blinds released, and we were off to the draw.

"Draw," the dealer announced.

"What?" Juanda asked.

"Draw," the dealer repeated.

Juanda didn't realized that Griffin was on the button, and re-checked his cards. He flashed the   to one side of the table (one of our reporters saw it) and then tossed it away. The dealer burned a card, dealt a card face down, and slit it to Juanda.

By this point, Griffin had spread      , and Juanda turned over     , then stood up.

"I only have to beat a jack?" Juanda asked. "I can sit back down now."

"He's Asian," Nick Schulman announced. "This could take awhile."

"No," Juanda said after looking at his card.

He turned over the  , and looked confused.

"Did you give me the same card?" he asked the dealer, without the hint of a smile on his face.

Tournament Director "Redbull" Robbie Thompson and the dealer both verified that it was a different card, and Juanda was announced as the sixth-place finisher. Juanda stuck around for a few minutes, and requested that the staff check if the card was new, and not the one he discarded. After verification from the live stream, it was confirmed that Juanda was indeed given a new card.

Juanda will not being defending his title, but a fourth, fourth, first and sixth is still extremely impressive.

Ashton Griffin720,000290,000
John Juanda0-200,000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 4:39 PM Local Time

Nick Schulman Crushing The Competition

Action folded around to John Juanda's small blind and Juanda made it 42,000 to go. Nick Schulman called out of the big blind and the two players that have won this event in the past were heads up to the draw.

Juanda took two cards and Schulman drew one. Juanda led out for 82,000 and Schulman took about a minute to raise to 176,000 total. Juanda did not look pleased about this bet but announced a call anyways.

Schulman fanned       and a dejected Juanda mucked his ninety-seven.

With that pot Nick Schulman is well over 1,200,000 in chips.

Nick Schulman1,200,000100,000
John Juanda200,000-310,000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 4:19 PM Local Time

In one of the first hands back from break, Mike Wattel opened to 35,000 with the button. Benjamin Parker folded out of the small blind, and George Danzer three-bet jammed for effectively 300,000. Wattel folded.

"You got somewhere to go?" Wattel asked Danzer.

A few hands later, Wattel opened from under the gun, Parker called on his direct left, and the action folded to Nick Schulman, who jammed for effectively 350,000 from the small blind. Wattel and Parker both folded.

Two hands later, Parker opened to 35,000 from under the gun. The action folded to Ashton Griffin, who moved all in from the small blind. Wattel folded his big blind, and Parker folded to the three-bet.

Nick Schulman1,100,000166,000
George Danzer510,00011,000
Benjamin Parker275,000-82,000
Mike Wattel235,000-85,000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 4:07 PM Local Time
Level: 21
Blinds: 8000/16000
Ante: 4000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:51 PM Local Time
Nick Schulman934,00039,000
John Juanda510,000-20,000
George Danzer499,000182,000
Ashton Griffin430,00010,000
Benjamin Parker357,00057,000
Mike Wattel320,000-185,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:44 PM Local Time

Players are now on a 20-minute break.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:41 PM Local Time

Mike Wattel opened to 30,000 from under the gun, and Benjamin Parker three-bet to 90,000 on his direct left. The action folded back to Wattel, who called.


Wattel tanked, then checked, and Parker quickly checked behind, tabling      . Wattel mucked, and Parker pulled in the pot.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:37 PM Local Time

Action folded around to Ashton Griffin who raised to an unknown amount from the button. Benjamin Parker called from the small blind and George Danzer folded from the big.


Benjamin Parker took a long look at his new hand before announcing that he was all in. Griffin called and Parker spread      .

Griffin went to muck his cards but was forced to show due to the live stream at the final table. Griffin held      .

Ashton Griffin420,000-176,000
Benjamin Parker300,000137,000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:29 PM Local Time

Action folded around to Mike Wattel and he popped it up to 30,000. It folded to George Danzer's small blind and Danzer moved all in for over 300,000.

"Why so much?" asked Wattel with a frustrated tone. Wattel mucked his cards and Danzer took the pot.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:27 PM Local Time

The action folded to John Juanda, who raised to 30,000 out of the small blind. Nick Schulman defended his big blind, and Juanda patted. Schulman drew one.

Juanda checked, and Schulman slid out a tower of chips, betting 108,000.

"I have a really good hand," Juanda admitted. "But I'm just going to call."

Schulman showed       for a ninety-seven perfect, but Juanda tabled       for a rough eighty-seven, and won the pot.

Nick Schulman895,000-84,000
John Juanda530,000159,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:21 PM Local Time

Mike Wattel raised to 30,000 on the button, and Benjamin Parker and George Danzer called out of the blinds.


The action checked to Wattel, who fired 60,000, and Parker quickly folded. Danzer went into the tank, however.

"I made it," he said, laughing. "Do you bet a ten-seven?"

Wattel shrugged, then re-checked his hole cards. Danzer found a fold, then Wattel shook his head, mucking the winner.

Mike Wattel505,00028,000
George Danzer317,00056,000
Benjamin Parker163,000-150,000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:03 PM Local Time

Bob Bright - 7th Place

George Danzer raised to 24,000 and Bob Bright flat called on the button leaving himself with only 11,000 behind. Mike Wattel called out of the big blind and the three were off to the draw.


Wattell checked and Danzer fired 45,000. Bright and Wattell both mucked their hands and Bright was left more crippled than he was to start the hand.

Two hands later Bright was all in for his last 5,000 against Mike Wattel. Both players took one and Bright fanned     . Wattell showed      and pulled his card first, a  .

Bright looks at his card. "Nope," said Bright. "You win," as he tabled the  .

Bright will take home $32,080 for his efforts.

Bob Bright0-38,000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 2:43 PM Local Time

Between John Juanda and Nick Schulman, who do they think is a better player? How intimidating do they find eachother? Find out in the "Versus" challenge.

Saturday, July 7, 2012 2:42 PM Local Time
Nick Schulman979,0000
Ashton Griffin596,000-91,000
Mike Wattel477,00087,000
John Juanda371,000-74,000
Benjamin Parker313,000-22,000
George Danzer261,0006,000
Bob Bright38,0000
Saturday, July 7, 2012 2:35 PM Local Time

Ali Eslami - 8th Place

The action folded to Ali Eslami, who raised to 120,000 or so from the cutoff, leaving one yellow T1,000 chip behind as a card protector. Nick Schulman called out of the small blind, and the big blind released.

Schulman stood pat, Eslami drew one, and Schulman fanned      , thinking Eslami was all in. He was not, and when he received a   he folded his jack-seven face up. Schulman wasn't happy about what Eslami did, but Eslami said he does it in every tournament.

"I want the chip-and-a-chair story!" Eslami admitted. "I have a shot at something epic!"

The next hand, Eslami was all in with one-third of an ante, and the action folded to George Danzer, who raised to 20,000 in middle position. Nick Schulman called on the button, and Bob Bright called out of the small blind.


The action checked to Schulman, who fired 75,000, and Bright thought for a long time, then called. Danzer folded, and Schulman tabled      . Bright looked frustrated, and it's no surprise - he showed      , which is one card worse than Schulman's hand.

Schulman was pulling in the monster side pot, and Eslami announced that he was drawing live for the antes. He turned over   , then turned over a  .

"Still drawing live," he said.

Eslami turned over a  .

"Still drawing live."

The last card he placed on the far left, thinking it was a deuce, and it was no-sided, but it was an ace, eliminating him in ninth place.

We're now at an official final table, and play will resume in 20 minutes or so.

Nick Schulman979,000229,000
Bob Bright38,000-64,000
Ali Eslami0-128,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander