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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, July 06, 2012 to Sunday, July 08, 2012

WSOP National Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,570,000
  • Entries: 157
  • Remaining: 0

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:16 PM Local Time

2012 WSOP National Championship Bracelet Winner Ryan Eriquezzo

On Wednesday, the final eight players of the 2012 World Series of Poker National Championship reconvened on the ESPN Main Stage to battle down to a winner. The 157-player field had created a prize pool of $1,570,000, of which $416,051 was reserved for first. After six levels of play, Ryan Eriquezzo, who qualified for the event by winning the $1,600 Main Event at Caesars Atlantic City, emerged victorious to capture his first WSOP gold bracelet.

The ESPN cameras were rolling to capture the action for an August 7th broadcast, and they weren't disappointed as chip leader Yung "Andy" Hwang, who started with 1.224 million, and an eclectic mix of WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard buy-ins and qualifiers from around the country put on quite the show.

Action started fast as it took less than a level for the first elimination, which came when David "ODB" Baker raised to 28,000 from middle position and Amanda Musumeci moved all in for 217,000 from the hijack. Nikolas Stone made the call from the big blind, which inspired Baker to get out of the way.

Showdown

Stone  
Musumeci  

The board ran out       and Musumeci exited the stage through the ESPN Main Stage tunnel in eighth place, good for $48,576.

It took awhile for the next elimination to occur, but it happened when Sam Stein moved all in for 195,000 total and was called by Stone in the small blind.

Showdown

Stone  
Stein  

Stein was behind, but he was drawing to live cards. Unfortunately for him, the board would run out an uneventful       and Stone scored his second elimination of the day.

From there, Baker moved all in from under the gun and was called by Huy Nguyen in the hijack. The rest of the field got out of the way and it was off to the races.

Showdown

Baker  
Nguyen  

Baker was the one at risk and in need of improvement, but he was put in a bad spot when the flop fell     to give Nguyen a set. Baker, who won a bracelet in Event 37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix and finished tenth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (not to mention two other final tables), would finish in sixth place and add another accomplishment on his already impressive 2012 WSOP résumé when the   was put out on the turn followed by the   on the river.

Another player fell just before the dinner break when Hwang, who began the day as a big chip leader, grew short and moved all in preflop for 319,000 and was called by Stone.

Showdown

Hwang  
Stone  

Hwang was in bad shape and in need of some help, but the     flop was anything but. Stone's supporters, of which there are a lot, erupted in celebration when their man hit a ten to extend his lead. The   turn did give Hwang a wheel draw, but the   river would not complete it. Hwang no doubt had high hopes heading into the final table, but he leaves with a $103,322 consolation prize for his fifth-place finish.

After the dinner break, a whole level passed before the next knock out. It finally came in Level 28 when Stone put in a standard raise from under the gun and was called by Matt Keikoan on the button. Both blinds got out of the way and it was heads-up action to the     flop. Stone check-called a bet of 100,000, bringing about the   turn.

Stone checked once again, but this time he check-raised Keikoan's bet of 200,000 up to 600,000. Keikoan thought for a few moments before moving all in, and Stone snap-called.

Showdown

Keikoan  
Stone  

Stone held the nuts with a queen-high straight, but Keikoan held a set and could still win if the board paired on the end. The crowd was on its feet as the dealer burned and put out the  . Keikoan became Stone's fourth elimination of the final table and exited in fourth place, good for $137,485.

Not long after, Eriquezzo moved all in from the small blind and put the pressure on Nguyen, who only had 365,000 in the big blind. The latter made a quick call and was the favorite to double.

Showdown

Nguyen  
Eriquezzo  

Nguyen's supporters were optimistic, but their hope was drowned out when Eriquezzo's rail erupted on the     flop. Their man had paired his king to take a commanding lead. Nguyen sat helplessly as the   turn and   river put an end to his National Championship run in third place.

Stone entered heads-up play with a slight chip lead over Eriquezzo, but the latter notched an early double. From there, the two battled back and forth, but in the end the WSOP Circuit Caesars Atlantic City Main Event champion finished the job by eliminating Stone in second place.

Congratulations to Ryan Eriquezzo, winner of the 2012 National Championship!

2012 WSOP National Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1stRyan Eriquezzo$416,051
2ndNikolas Stone$257,119
3rdHuy Nguyen$186,265
4thMatt Keikoan$137,485
5thYung Hwang$103,322
6thDavid "ODB" Baker$79,002
7thSam Stein$61,434
8thAmanda Musumeci$48,576

That does it for our coverage from the 2012 WSOP National Championship, but there is still plenty of action to follow in the $10,000 Main Event, which you can view simply by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:13 PM Local Time

Nikolas Stone 2nd Place

Ryan Eriquezzo had been chipping away at Nikolas Stone's short stack. Stone finally took a stand and moved all in on the button. Eriquezzo called and the hands were tabled.

Stone:    
Eriquezzo:    

The flop came       and Stone took the lead with a pair of queens. But Eriquezzo had plenty of outs.

The turn came   and Eriquezzo's chances narrowed. But when the dealer peeled off the   on the river, it completed Eriquezzo's straight and locked up the title for Eriquezzo.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:07 PM Local Time

We didn't catch the preflop action, but we do know that on a flop of    , Ryan Eriquezzo check-called a bet of 110,000 and saw the dealer burn and turn the  . This time Eriquezzo led out for 235,000, but Stone raised it up to 535,000.

Not to be deterred, Eriquezzo moved all in and Stone thought for about 20 seconds before mucking his hand. At that point, Eriquezzo rolled over    offsuit for a bluff and ran over to his rail to celebrate.

Ryan Eriquezzo3,880,000580,000
Nikolas Stone830,000-580,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:53 PM Local Time

Ryan Eriquezzo raised to 80,000, Nikolas Stone made the call, and then both players checked a flop of    . The   turn saw Stone lead out for 90,000 only to have Eriquezzo raise to 275,000. Stone released his hand and Eriquezzo's supporters went nuts on the rail.

Ryan Eriquezzo3,100,000170,000
Nikolas Stone1,610,000-170,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:50 PM Local Time

Nikolas Stone opened to 105,000 and Ryan Eriquezzo moved all in. Stone called and the hands were tabled.

Stone:    
Eriquezzo:    

The board ran           and Stone stayed alive.

Ryan Eriquezzo2,930,000-880,000
Nikolas Stone1,780,000880,000
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:42 PM Local Time

Ryan Eriquezzo raised to 80,000 from the small blind and Nikolas Stone made the call from the big. Both players then checked the     flop before Stone bet 85,000 on the   turn. Eriquezzo made the call, and the fired out a healthy 290,000 when Stone checked the   river. The Wisconsinite thought for about ten seconds before releasing his hand.

Ryan Eriquezzo3,810,000290,000
Nikolas Stone900,000-290,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:35 PM Local Time

Ryan Eriquezzo is back on top.

Nikolas Stone limped from the button and Ryan Eriquezzo raised to 95,000. Stone re-raised to 540,000, Eriquezzo shoved and Stone called.

Eriquezzo:    
Stone:    

The board ran           and Eriquezzo doubled up and took the lead.

Ryan Eriquezzo3,520,0001,260,000
Nikolas Stone1,190,000-1,360,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:28 PM Local Time

Ryan Eriquezzo opened for 80,000 on the button and Nikolas Stone called. The flop came      , Stone checked and Eriquezzo bet 105,000. Stone called and the turn came  . Both players checked and the   fell on the river. Stone bet 105,000 and Eriquezzo called.

Stone tabled     for a straight and Eriquezzo mucked.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:23 PM Local Time

The heads up battle features two champions from the WSOPC trail. Ryan Eriquezzo won the Caesars Atlantic City Main Event and Nikolas Stone won the Casino Championship at the Harrah's St. Louis stop.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:16 PM Local Time
Nikolas Stone2,550,000-450,000
Ryan Eriquezzo2,260,0001,060,000
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:16 PM Local Time

Huy Nguyen is eliminated in 3rd

Ryan Eriquezzo moved all in from the small blind and put the pressure on Huy Nguyen, who only had 365,000 in the big blind. The latter made a quick call and was the favorite to double.

Showdown
Nguyen:   
Eriquezzo:   

Nguyen's supporters were optimistic, but their hope was drowned out when Eriquezzo's rail erupted on the     flop. Their man had paired his king to take a commanding lead. Nguyen sat helplessly as the   turn and   river put an end to his National Championship run in third place.

Huy Nguyen0-550,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:07 PM Local Time

Nikolas Stone opened for 95,000 from the small blind and Ryan Eriquezzo called from the big blind. The flop came      , Stone checked and Eriquezzo bet 110,000. Stone called and the turn came  . Stone checked, Eriquezzo bet 165,000 and Stone folded.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:57 PM Local Time

Matt Keikoan is interviewed by Kara Scott after busting out in 4th.

Nikolas Stone put in a standard raise from under the gun and was called by Matt Keikoan on the button. Both blinds got out of the way and it was heads-up action to the     flop. Stone check-called a bet of 100,000, bringing about the   turn.

Stone checked once again, but this time he check-raised Keikoan's bet of 200,000 up to 600,000. Keikoan thought for a few moments before moving all in, and Stone snap-called.

Showdown
Keikoan:   
Stone:   

Stone held the nuts with a queen-high straight, but Keikoan held a set and could still win if the board paired on the end. The crowd was on its feet as the dealer burned and put out the  . Keikoan collected his card protector and exited in fourth place, good for $137,485.

Nikolas Stone3,000,0001,250,000
Matt Keikoan0-1,200,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:50 PM Local Time

Ryan Eriquezzo

Huy Nguyen opened for 80,000 and Ryan Eriquezzo moved all in from the big blind. Nguyen called and the hands were tabled.

The board ran           and Eriquezzo doubled up to stay alive.

Ryan Eriquezzo1,150,000685,000
Huy Nguyen750,000-500,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:47 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air following the break.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:46 PM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 20000/40000
Ante: 5000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:36 PM Local Time

Players are now on a ten-minute break.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:36 PM Local Time

The spectators here at the ESPN Feature Stage seem to be dying for something to cheer for. In the absence of a big hand each rail will cheer when their player gets a walk.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:32 PM Local Time

Nikolas Stone

Matt Keikoan was under the gun and opened to 60,000. Action folded to Nikolas Stone in the big blind and he called. The flop came       and both players checked. The turn came  , Stone bet 65,000 and Keikoan folded.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:22 PM Local Time

Matt Keikoan

Nikolas Stone opened for 75,000 and Matt Keikoan moved all in for 550,000. Stone called and the hands were tabled.

Stone:    
Keikoan:    

The board ran           and Keikoan stayed alive.

Nikolas Stone1,725,000-550,000
Matt Keikoan1,130,000505,000
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