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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 6:16 PM Local Time

Matt Keikoan raised under the gun, the amount we're not sure, and Nikolas Stone called from the big blind. The latter proceeded to check-call a bet of 65,000 on the     flop, and the check-called a bet of 160,000 on the   turn.

When the   peeled off on the river, Stone moved all in and turned the screws on Keikoan, who thought for about 30 seconds before releasing his hand.

Nikolas Stone2,275,000275,000
Matt Keikoan625,000-275,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:08 PM Local Time

Ever since Stone doubled up a little bit ago he has taken control of the table. He's driving the action and keeping the others on their heels.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:02 PM Local Time

Huy Nguyen opened for 60,000 and Nikolas Stone called. The flop came      , Nguyen checked and Stone bet 80,000.

Nguyen folded and Stone took the pot.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:53 PM Local Time

Nikolas Stone was first to act and opened to 60,000. Action folded to Huy Nguyen in the big blind and he raised to 140,000. Stone played back at Nguyen and moved all in. Nguyen called and the hands were tabled.


The board ran           and Stone doubled through Nguyen.

Nikolas Stone1,580,000790,000
Huy Nguyen1,150,000-875,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:47 PM Local Time

Huy Nguyen opened for 60,000 from the button and Matt Keikoan defended from the big blind. Both players proceeded to check the     flop, and then Keikoan check-folded to a bet of 60,000 on the   turn.

Huy Nguyen2,025,00075,000
Matt Keikoan1,325,000-75,000
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:41 PM Local Time

Matt Keikoan opened for 60,000 on the button and Huy Nguyen called from the big blind. The flop came       and both players checked. The turn came  , Nguyen bet 75,000 and Keikoan called.

The river came  , Nguyen checked and Keikoan bet 160,000. Nguyen folded rather quickly and Keikoan took the pot.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:37 PM Local Time
Huy Nguyen1,950,000176,000
Matt Keikoan1,400,000166,000
Nikolas Stone655,000-280,000
Ryan Eriquezzo580,000-184,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:36 PM Local Time

Ryan Eriquezzo has shoved twice in the past two hands.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:32 PM Local Time

Since returning from dinner Huy Nguyen has been in control of every hand.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:25 PM Local Time

On just the second hand back from break Ryan Eriquezzo opened to 80,000 from the small blind. Huy Nguyen moved all in to make Eriquezzo play for his whole stack.

Eriquezzo tossed his cards away and Nguyen took the pot.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:21 PM Local Time

Cards are back in the air following the dinner break.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:21 PM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 5000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:18 PM Local Time
Huy Nguyen1,774,000524,000
Matt Keikoan1,234,000-66,000
Nikolas Stone935,000-165,000
Ryan Eriquezzo764,000-206,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:17 PM Local Time

The players (and bloggers) are on an one hour dinner break. Cards will be back in the air at approximately 6:15 p.m. PST.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:17 PM Local Time

Huy Nguyen

Ryan Eriquezzo opened for 48,000, Huy Nguyen called from the button and Nikolas Stone called from the small blind. The flop came      , Stone checked, Eriquezzo bet 71,000 and Nguyen called. Stone folded and the turn came  .

Eriquezzo checked, Nguyen bet 127,000 and Eriquezzo called. The river came  , Eriquezzo checked and Nguyen bet 218,000. Eriquezzo called and Nguyen tabled     to win the hand.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:12 PM Local Time

Yung Hwang

Andy Hwang began the day as a big chip leader, but things never seemed to go his way at the final table. After growing short, Hwang moved all in preflop for 319,000 and was called by Nikolas 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.

Nikolas Stone1,100,000350,000
Andy Hwang0-319,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:06 PM Local Time

Matt Keikoan and Andy Hwang went to a flop of      . Keikoan checked, Hwang bet 30,000 and Keikoan check-raised to 85,000. Hwang called and the turn came  . Both players checked and the   came on the river. Keikoan moved all in, having Hwang covered, and Hwang folded with disappointment.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:57 PM Local Time

A large contingent of WSOPC standouts have made their way to the ESPN Feature Stage to show their support. Kyle Cartwright, Matthew Hankins, Tripp Kirk, Drew Dumanksi, Jeff Fielder, AP Phahurat, David Clark and La Sengphet are all in attendance.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:54 PM Local Time

David Baker 6th Place

David "ODB" 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.


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), needed running cards to stay alive, and the   turn made it a possibility as he picked up a flush draw.

The crowd was on its feet as the cameras rolled. The dealer burned one last time and put out the river . . .  . It was no help to Baker and he exited the tournament in sixth place and another accomplishment on his already impressive 2012 WSOP résumé.

Huy Nguyen1,250,000350,000
David ODB Baker0-300,000
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:41 PM Local Time

Action folded to Matt Keikoan on the button and he raised to 50,000, which David "ODB" Baker called from the big blind. Both players proceeded to check the     flop and   turn, before Baker check-called a bet of 100,000 on the   river.

Keikoan tabled    for two pair, which inspired Baker to muck.

Matt Keikoan1,300,000300,000
David ODB Baker300,000-225,000
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