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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, July 07, 2012 to Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Event #61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $62,031,385
  • Entries: 6,598
  • Remaining: 0

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Friday, July 13, 2012 11:43 PM Local Time

Paul Volpe

After another four levels of hard-fought No-Limit Hold'em, Day 4 of what is arguably poker's most prestigious tournament — the Main Event — is history. When all was said and done, Paul Volpe would stand tall as the Day 4 chip leader with 2,750,000.

Play was scheduled for five levels today; however, players were sent on an extended break at the end of the 17th level so that payouts could be verified. As a result, it was decided that only four levels be played today.

Day 4 kicked off with 720 hopefuls all trying to survive – and thrive – into the money. However, only 666 spots were guaranteed a minimum $19,227 payday.

As expected, the money bubble came shortly after play began for the day. In the very first deal of hand-for-hand play, we witnessed a four-way bubble, which meant each bubble boy would take home a share of a $19,227 min-cash. It was also decided they would play a four-handed single-table tournament to determine who would get a seat in next year's Main Event.

Among those who managed to cash, but ultimately fall short of the elusive Day 5 include Jason Mercier, Liv Boeree, Brock Parker, JC Tran, Tuan Le, Huck Seed, Terrence Chan, Mike McDonald, Chris Moorman, One Drop Champion Antonio Esfandiari, Maria Ho, Shaun Deeb and NHL goalie Roberto Luongo, who made his Main Event debut and had to settle for a min-cash after running pocket fours into Bryan Vanrijsbergen's pocket jacks.

Also unable to last the day was Johnny Chan, our last-standing Main Event champion. Chan met his end late in the day after getting all-in preflop with pocket sevens and running into Isaac Baron's pocket kings. Barron flopped quads on the flop and that was all she wrote for Chan.

By the day's end, just 282 remained to duke it out on Day 5. Some notables still in the hunt include Erik Hellman (2,216,000), John Juanda (194,000), Kyle Bowker (2,081,000), Gaelle Baumann (1,438,000), Gavin Smith (831,000) and Vanessa Selbst (1,678,000) who spent all of her day at a restricted-access feature table.

Volpe came into Day 4 among the chip leaders and steadily built his stack throughout the day. Volpe was able to score a couple of eliminations, including the elimination of Sean Rice during the last level of play to propel his stack over three million. Volpe would have ended the day with about four million; however, he lost a big pot against Eric Pratt just before play ended.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of today's survivors also boast deep runs in prior Main Events. Here is a look at their names, chip counts going into Day 5 and their best prior Main Event results:

NameChip CountBest Main Event Result
Perry Green304,0001981, 2nd — $150,000
Joseph Cheong1,441,0002010, 3rd — $4,130,049
Eric Buchman2,070,0002009, 4th — $2,502,890
Marcel Luske603,0002004, 10th — $373,000
Jamie Robbins1,538,0002009, 11th — $896,730
Andrew Lichtenberger1,150,0002009, 18th — $500,557
JP Kelly778,0002011, 26th — $302,005

Daniel Negreanu also survived into Day 5 with 302,000 in chips. This marks the second year in a row Negreanu has made a deep run in the Main Event. He will undoubtedly be looking to best his 211th-place finish from last year.

Here is a look at our top ten chip leaders going into Day 5:

Top Ten Chip Counts

PlacePlayerChips
1Paul Volpe2,750,000
2Erik Hellman2,216,000
3Dave D'Alesandro2,093,000
4Kyle Bowker2,081,000
5Eric Buchman2,076,000
6Elisabeth Hille2,014,000
7Andras Koroknai1,971,000
8Amit Zulkowitz1,961,000
9Eric Legoff1,947,000
10Nicco Maag1,899,000

The plan tomorrow is to begin at 12:00 PM PST and play a regular schedule of five additional levels.

Be sure to stick with us here at PokerNews as we provide you with all the action from the felt as the remaining field works its way towards a final table!

Friday, July 13, 2012 11:35 PM Local Time
Paul Volpe2,750,0000
Erik Hellman2,216,0000
Dave D'Alesandro2,093,0000
Kyle Bowker2,081,0000
Eric Buchman2,076,0006,000
Elisabeth Hille2,014,0000
Andras Koroknai1,971,0001,000
Amit Zulkowitz1,961,0000
Eric Legoff1,947,0000
Nicco Maag1,899,000779,000
Leo Wolpert1,835,0000
Ben Greenberg1,822,0000
Jacob Balsiger1,775,000525,000
Jonathan Seelbach1,709,0000
Vanessa Selbst1,678,0000
Erik Cajelais1,600,0000
Mads Andersen1,595,000605,000
Randy Haddox1,542,000142,000
Robert Salaburu1,529,0000
Jamie Robbins1,503,8000
Robert Corcione1,494,0000
Timothy Adams1,475,0000
Joseph Cheong1,441,0000
Gaelle Baumann1,438,0000
AP Phahurat1,426,0000
Daniel Strelitz1,386,000-4,000
David ODB Baker1,381,0000
Gregory Milliron1,366,0000
Richard Pyne1,365,000541,000
Steffen Retterholt1,353,0000
Manos Foudoulakis1,343,000493,000
Andrew Flaherty1,341,000839,000
Jesse Sylvia1,336,00086,000
Tristan Clemencon1,332,0009,000
Andrew Lee1,321,000-79,000
Nicholas Abourisk1,287,000-433,000
Eric Pratt1,278,00018,000
Wilfried Haerig1,276,0000
Francois Safieddine1,268,0000
Roman Valerstein1,259,000-91,000
Mikhail Aleksandrov1,213,000277,000
Gwennael Grandmougin1,213,000113,000
Luke Brereton1,212,000587,000
Tom Tran1,165,000-85,000
Andrew Lichtenberger1,150,0000
Zsolt Vizsnyiczai1,144,000109,000
Kyle Keranen1,144,000-16,000
Nghi Van Tran1,141,000-59,000
Alban Juen1,132,000382,000
Lasell King1,128,000128,000
Christopher Andler1,121,000321,000
Dung Nguyen1,100,000991,000
David Peters (CA)1,099,0000
Bryan Vanrijsbergen1,099,000-451,000
Fabio Sousa1,090,000540,000
John Phan1,084,000334,000
Michael Shelton1,069,000-281,000
Joseph Opie1,068,000-82,000
Jordi Martinezalonso1,065,000451,000
Shahriar Assareh1,046,00016,000
Isaac Baron1,039,0000
Andrey Zaichenko1,025,000-100,000
A.J. Jejelowo1,023,0000
David Kluchman1,012,000-163,000
William Klevitz1,001,000-67,000
Michael Esposito1,000,000668,000
Yuval Bronshtein971,000200,000
Nicholas Cushman967,00067,000
Max Ovseyevitz961,000159,000
Ricky Markowitz956,0000
Patrick Halter940,000-396,000
Mark Cole939,000259,000
Josh Neufeld923,0000
Marc Ladouceur903,000313,000
Mathias Maasberg896,000566,000
David Randall894,0000
Wayne Peterson893,000-107,000
Steven Gee890,000550,000
Stephane Blouin880,000285,000
Eduardo Trulli870,000120,000
Alfred Firova860,000-127,000
Sam Soverel859,000684,000
Mohammad Siddiqui834,000504,000
Gavin Smith831,0000
Jordan Batt830,000472,000
Cylus Watson830,000410,000
Niall Farrell829,000179,000
Charles Coultas827,000-21,000
Jeffrey Finkelstein825,000-37,000
Lasse Soerensen808,000-152,000
Amnon Filippi795,0000
Jan Heitmann788,000-32,000
Julio de la Rosa784,00044,000
JP Kelly778,0000
Farhan Madhani775,000-200,000
Michael Moreno773,000383,000
Takashi Ogura761,00061,000
Antonio Garcia740,000231,000
Kyle Knecht738,000293,000
Steve Merrifield738,00068,000
Remy Cucak720,000110,000
Helge Stjernvang720,000-80,000
Michael Swimelar718,000388,000
James Brodie705,000503,000
John O'Shea701,000161,000
Michael Gable700,000316,000
Scott Montgomery698,000698,000
Michael Ferrell687,000-13,000
John Owen687,000-28,000
David Funkhouser684,000-47,000
Barry Wiedemann684,000-54,000
Frank Calo677,000227,000
Hans Joaquim Hein676,000-244,000
Percy Mahatan674,000469,000
Russell Thomas674,000464,500
Bryan Paris673,000330,500
Nico Behling673,000103,000
Casey Yontz670,000447,000
Jonathan Schoder668,00018,000
Susie Zhao665,0000
Omar Saeed664,000448,000
Marcia Topp662,000-98,000
Adam Lawler654,000154,000
Robert Bresner652,000-60,000
Chance Kornuth651,0000
Mesbah Guerfi646,000360,000
Jan Kasten642,000-458,000
Jason Somerville640,0000
Daniel Deveau638,000358,000
Philip Sternheimer631,00031,000
Robert Buckenmayer627,000152,000
Matt Marafioti623,000-50,000
Jeffrey Fielder619,0000
Craig McCorkell618,000128,000
Oscar Kemps615,00052,000
Scott Abrams614,00099,000
Bartolome Gomilaromero612,000487,000
William Hefflefinger609,000-271,000
Massimo Mosele606,000-2,000
Marcel Luske603,0000
Francis Witek597,000417,000
Fabrizio Gonzalez595,000-655,000
Marty Zabib591,000-99,000
Daniel Sauva586,000269,000
David Balkin579,000-71,000
Joel Bullock574,000-166,000
Lawrie Gibson570,000330,000
Ronny Kaiser569,000184,000
Daniel Schacher565,000217,000
Tony Lay560,000125,000
Francois Tosques555,000115,000
Sachin Modi553,000288,500
Frederick Vogt541,000-249,000
Mazin Khoury539,000-161,000
Anthony Thambynayagam537,000237,000
Stephane Bisson530,000205,000
Kevin Pollak530,0000
Vladimir Mefodichev527,000-3,000
Jarrett Nash526,000460,500
Tomas Samol526,000-244,000
Joshua Rotenberg525,000-35,000
Andrew Dean523,000178,000
Ryan Pochedly520,000-170,000
Webber Kang519,000171,000
Taylor Paur507,000-38,000
Daniel Dizenzo500,000243,500
Evan Jarvis492,000335,000
Matthew Wolf485,00088,000
Brian Lamanna478,000244,000
Gregory Brewer475,000347,500
Christopher Kolla473,000253,000
Raphael Ayani464,000169,000
Craigory Thames463,000248,000
Blake Barousse461,00081,000
Aaron Kaiser455,000255,000
David Warady451,000-6,000
Mikhail Rudoy446,00046,000
Morten Ahrensbach445,000233,000
Adel Jo434,000115,000
Erkut Yilmaz427,00072,000
Dan Shak419,0000
Danny Wong416,000-469,000
Andrew Moreno416,000-84,000
John Roh410,000-75,000
Jean Malherbe410,000-310,000
Jeffrey Schobert410,000-150,000
Amit Makhija407,000227,000
Aadam Daya400,00017,000
Derek Chisholm399,00022,000
Ruggeri Marco398,000208,000
Sorel Mizzi398,000-172,000
Scott Anderson393,000218,000
Mihai Manole391,000-184,000
Sam Abueid390,000-10,000
Mikhail Lakhitov390,000-62,000
Timothy Odell389,900-690,100
Michael Kaufman387,000-393,000
Gjorgji Chuchuk384,000237,500
Roland Israelashvili382,0000
Corey Thompson381,000-59,000
Brian Meinders377,000135,000
Greg Merson376,000156,000
Jonathan Fountain364,000-274,000
Stephen Cesaro362,000-15,000
Klaus Pautrot360,00020,000
Sam Holden358,0000
Jim Burns355,000145,000
Andrew Powderly353,000163,000
Kirill Rabtsov351,00041,000
Eric Cloutier348,0000
Peter Malkoun348,000243,000
Robert Brown347,000-98,500
Will Souther346,0000
Joel Micka345,000-210,000
Jeremy Ausmus345,000-35,000
David Debue344,000-216,000
Jeffrey Gross338,0000
Chanracy Khun338,00096,000
Timothy Chang335,000-20,000
Metin Antar334,000-21,000
Benjamin Hamnett328,000-212,000
Timothy Kilpatrick322,000-58,000
Loren Klein321,000-267,000
Matthew Silberzweig320,000-26,000
John Beauprez318,000162,000
Vincent Maglio318,000-73,000
Alan Curl315,000115,000
William Katona310,00085,000
Jose Gomez305,000-230,000
Perry Green304,0000
John Duley303,000-109,500
Daniel Negreanu302,0000
Charles Clark300,000-315,000
Niels van Alphen293,000223,000
Joseph Marchal288,000-12,000
Bobby Law281,00051,000
Gilbert Diaz275,000-235,000
Nicolau Villa Lobos274,00059,000
Sebastien Clot273,000-110,500
Jared Hamby258,000-194,000
Felipe Quijano258,000-77,000
Balint Barta253,00038,500
Bruno Kawauti253,000103,000
Chin Derek250,000-79,000
Rodrick Kennedy246,000-109,000
Anthony Scherer244,00033,000
Matt Woodward238,0000
Nicholas Carrillo230,000-350,000
Bobby Poe229,000-46,000
Mohammed Jaafar226,000-64,000
Matthew Ezrol224,000-81,000
Ronny Schenk219,000-205,000
James Keys218,000-232,000
Hye Park215,000108,500
Jesse Martin197,000-153,000
John Juanda194,0000
Derek Mymko192,00012,000
Keith Johnson191,000-219,000
Alessio Isaia189,000-441,000
Ryan Fair186,0000
Svyatoslav Belyaev183,000-267,000
Michael Stembera168,0001,000
Peter Schneider166,000-594,000
Mark Clement165,200-74,800
Paul Siem159,00043,500
Paul Soukthavone156,000-166,000
Patrick Khayat155,000-171,000
Brent Hanks150,000-65,000
David Earnest140,000-220,000
Freddy Deeb117,0000
Maurice Hawkins116,000-156,000
Zaher Sayegh102,0000
An Van Tran102,000-18,000
Logan Trindade95,000-30,000
Yuji Masaki84,000-56,000
Eugene Du Plessis81,000-194,000
Roman Duiunov61,000-61,000
Dennis Frederick31,000-60,500
Friday, July 13, 2012 11:11 PM Local Time
Ercan Olgun0-1,455,000
Joseph Goott0-145,000
Claudia Crawford00
Michael Neuber0-180,000
Joshua Evans00
Alexander Berdichevsky0-47,500
Davide Catalano0-245,000
Neil Beckerman0-925,000
Benjamin Alcober00
Joshua Weizer0-602,000
Steve Yea0-316,000
Anton Wigg0-880,000
Stephan Ibs0-100,000
Jae Pak0-309,000
Cameron Somsky0-335,000
Fabrice Humbert0
Griffin Benger00
Ferit Gabriellson0-115,000
Michael Pesek0-160,000
Jamie Sill0-385,000
Jerry Wong0-160,000
Heinz Kamutzki0-370,000
David Stroj0-145,000
David Inselberg0-375,000
Alan Wasserberger0-210,000
Fabrice Bachellez0
Demetrios Arvanetes0-190,000
Mark Demirdjian00
Friday, July 13, 2012 11:00 PM Local Time

Matt Woodward opened to 21,000 from middle position, Shahriar Assareh called in the hijack seat, Amnon Filippi called in the cutoff, and Timothy Adams three-bet to 91,000 on the button. Woodward four-bet to 185,000, Assareh and Filippi folded, and Adams moved all in for 672,000. Woodward called.

Woodward  
Adams  

Adams stole the lead from Woodward when the flop fell    . The turn and river bricked  ,   respectively, and Adams shipped a monster double.

Timothy Adams1,395,000745,000
Shahriar Assareh1,030,000-270,000
Amnon Filippi820,000-380,000
Matt Woodward216,000-434,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:59 PM Local Time

No more then 30 seconds after the big hand with Paul Volpe, we saw another big hand developing in the mothership. Matt Marafioti was all in preflop for his last 310,000 with   , but he was in a world of hurt, as Nghi Van Tran held   .

Marafioti would need a ton of help to survive, and the flop was about as good as he could have asked for, coming    . Any heart would do for Marafioti, and the dealer didn't leave him waiting anymore, as the   hit the turn. Marafioti shot out of his chair, and began to jump around the main stage in celebration. The meaningless river was the  , and Marafioti walked away from the table to compose himself after the miracle suckout.

After that hand, Marafioti shoots up to 673,000, while Van Tran drops to 1.2 million.

Nghi Van Tran1,200,000-67,000
Matt Marafioti673,000356,000
Jostens Fan Collection
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:53 PM Local Time

Three players were all in preflop, including Scott Abrams, Robert Buckenmayer, and Josh Neufeld. Neufeld had both players covered, and Abrams had Buckenmayer covered by 250,000 or so.

Abrams  
Buckenmayer  
Neufeld  

The flop fell    , leading a player at the table to gasp. The turn was the  , keeping Abrams alive, and the   bricked on the river.

Buckenmayer tripled to 475,000, Abrams increased his stack to 515,000, and Neufeld slipped to 835,000.

Josh Neufeld835,000-65,000
Scott Abrams515,000115,000
Robert Buckenmayer475,000275,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:51 PM Local Time

Paul Volpe- One Card From 4 million

There was a mountain of chips in the middle when we got to the table, and based on the positions, here's how we believe it went down. Eric Pratt had put in a four bet to 115,000, but Volpe had already responded by moving all in when we got there. Eventually, Pratt made the call for the rest of his stack, which was 631,000.

Volpe:   
Pratt:   

The flop kept Volpe out in front, coming    . The   on the turn brought chop outs for Pratt, as a five would split the pot. He was still looking for an ace or a king on the river, and the rail eagerly anticipated that card.

River:  

Pratt binked the ace on the river to double up, and Volpe just took it in stride, and started counting out the chips. After that hit, Volpe drops to 2.8 million, while Pratt shoots up to 1.26 million.

Paul Volpe2,750,000-650,000
Eric Pratt1,260,000555,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:46 PM Local Time

We caught up to find Fergal Nealon move all in and Susie Zhao move all in over the top. The remaining player in the hand folded and the hands were turned over to find Zhao in the lead.

Zhao:   
Nealon:   

The two players watched on as the dealer brought forth a flop of    , pairing Nealon's ten.

"There's the sweat," remarked Zhao.

She didn't need to worry, however, as the turn was the   and the river the  , ensuring her victory and Nealon's elimination from the tournament.

Susie Zhao670,00045,000
Fergal Nealon0-125,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:43 PM Local Time

It's that time of night again. The tourney clock has been stopped and it has been announced that just three more hands are to be played at each table.

The big board is showing 284 players still with us at the moment.

Friday, July 13, 2012 10:40 PM Local Time

Eric Baldwin moved all in preflop from the button and Gavin Smith called from the big blind.

Smith:    
Baldwin:    

The board ran           and Baldwin was eliminated.

Gavin Smith800,000622,000
Eric Baldwin0-390,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:39 PM Local Time

Amit Zulkowitz is currently sitting behind a huge stack of 2,200,000. We didn't catch all the action that saw him amass such a gargantuan stack, but we do know that he and one opponent got all the chips in on a     flop, with both players having stacks of around 1,000,000. Zulkowitz held    and his opponent held   . A   hit the turn and a   landed on the river, with Zulkowitz's flush managing to trump his opponent's set.

Amit Zulkowitz2,200,0001,160,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:39 PM Local Time

With the board reading     , Claudia Crawford was all in for her last 300,000 or so. Jesse Sylvia had her at risk, and the hands were opened.

Crawford  
Sylvia  

The river was the  , and Crawford, who finished 85th in the 2011 Main Event, is out.

Jesse Sylvia1,250,000450,000
Claudia Crawford0-340,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:36 PM Local Time

Perry Green

If you're part of poker's newer generation, you might not recognize the name Perry Green, but you should. The man is literally a living poker legend with World Series of Poker cashes dating back to 1976.

In fact, Green has three gold bracelets to his name:

  • 1976 $1,000 Limit Ace to Five Draw for $68,300
  • 1977 $5,000 Limit Ace to Five Draw for $10,000
  • 1979 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em-Non Pro for $76,500

In addition, Green finished runner-up to the legendary Stuey Ungar in the 1981 WSOP Main Event, which earned him a cool $150,000. All told, Green has 23 WSOP cashes totaling $592,709, with his most recent cash coming in this year's Seniors Event where he took 217th place for $2,786.

One last interesting fact, this marks the first time Green has cashed in the Main Event since 1991 when he placed fifth for $69,000 and his fourth Main Event cash overall.

Friday, July 13, 2012 10:35 PM Local Time

An interesting hand just developed between Erik Hellman of Sweden and Tom Tran of Las Vegas.

It began as a five-way limped pot, with Hellman in the small blind and Tran in middle position. The flop came    , and Hellman led out with a bet of 25,000. A player sitting under the gun called, then Tran raised to 75,000, forcing everyone but Hellman to fold.

The turn was the  . This time Hellman checked, Tran bet 125,000, and Hellman paused just a short while before calling. The river then brought the  , putting a fourth spade on the board. Hellman checked once more, and Tran unhesitatingly carved out a bet of about 180,000, pushing it forward.

Hellman studied Tran's bet for a moment, then folded his    face up. "I got lucky," said Tran, who then showed his hand quickly — two red cards, the   and what looked like the  .

"Wow," said Hellman, impressed with the bold bet. "You should go to Sweden sometime," he added with a grin, alluding to the Swedes' reputation for aggressive, daring play. "It would suit you."

Erik Hellman1,820,000-180,000
Tom Tran1,250,00050,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:29 PM Local Time

Action started with Nghi Van Tran raising to 22,000 in middle position. He got a call from Stephane Bisson in the cutoff, and it got to Matt Marafioti in the small blind. He shoved all in for 249,000, and it was back to Van Tran. He asked for a count, then folded after about 90 seconds of thinking. Bisson folded fairly quickly, and Marafioti rolled over   .

After that hand, Marafioti is up to 317,000.

Matt Marafioti317,00088,000
COPAG USA
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:25 PM Local Time

We caught up after cries of "All in and a call" from the Orange section of the Amazon room. Joshua Evans was all in and holding    but was crushed by the    of Julio de la Rosa.

The flop came down     and de la Rosa was able to drill a set of kings. He slammed the table and proceeded to shout "Deuce! Deuce!"

Instead, the   rolled off on fourth street, giving Evans a set as well and the faintest glimmer of hope for staying alive in the Main Event.

"Deuce!" continued de la Rosa. The deck obliged and the   came on the river, eliminating Evans and bringing de la Rosa's stack up to 740,000.

Julio de la Rosa740,000240,000
Joshua Evans0-350,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:22 PM Local Time

The next player to get a seat card to Table 408 is in a world of trouble. The table is swimming sharks.

Seated at the table are:

  • Isaac Baron
  • Matt Woodward
  • Amnon Filippi
  • Timothy Adams
  • Leo Wolpert
  • Jamie Robbins (1.6 million)
Jamie Robbins1,600,000625,000
Leo Wolpert1,500,0000
Amnon Filippi1,200,000300,000
Isaac Baron950,000-120,000
Matt Woodward650,000-170,000
Timothy Adams650,000-25,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:21 PM Local Time

Benjamin Alcober, who was the first player to reach a million chips on Day 3, has been eliminated from the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event by Nicholas Abourisk.

All the money went in preflop, and Alcober's    led Abourisk's   , but the flop fell    . Alcober couldn't find a king on the turn ( ) or the river ( ), and was eliminated from the tournament.

Nicholas Abourisk1,720,000980,000
Benjamin Alcober0-355,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:14 PM Local Time

The Main Event is a long rollercoaster filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Griffin Benger can attest to that, as he has just been eliminated in brutal fashion.

When we got to the table, all the chips were already in the middle. Benger commited the rest of his 350,000 stack with   , and was up against the    of Bryan Vanrijsbergen. Benger hit the flop, which came down    . He was well out in front, but that all changed when the   hit the turn. Benger walked away from the table, hands on his head, as he knew his main event was done. The meaningless river was the  , and Benger headed to the rail.

After he left, another player said that he folded the  . Yup, that's your classic one outer elimination. Vanrijsbergen is up to 1.55 million after that hand.

Bryan Vanrijsbergen1,550,000585,000
Griffin Benger0-251,000
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:08 PM Local Time

Erik Hellman is the newest player to see his stack soar up to two million in chips. Plenty of those chips came when Hellman eliminated Mark Demirdjian late here on Day 4 of the 2012 World Series of Poker.

Demirdjian had his stack all in preflop holding    and was looking good to double up against Hellman's   . However, the       board had other ideas, sending the pot to Hellman and Demirdjian to the rail.

Erik Hellman2,000,000200,000
Mark Demirdjian0-410,000
Jostens Fan Collection