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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, July 05, 2013 to Sunday, July 07, 2013

Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $3,628,400
  • Entries: 386
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, July 7, 2013 8:56 PM Local Time
Marchese Doubles Through Alaei

Tom Marchese

Hand #1: Rory Rees Brennan earned a walk in his big blind.

Hand #2: Alex Kravchenko limped from middle position and Daniel Alaei checked his option from the big blind. The flop came     and both checked. The turn was the  . Alaei bet 55,000 and Kravchenko called.

The river brought the   and a bet of 115,000 from Alaei. Kravchenko thought for about a half-minute before letting his hand go.

Hand #3: James Wiese opened with a raise to 70,000 from early position and got a single caller in Jared Bleznick playing from the big blind. Both checked the     flop. The turn brought the   and Bleznick check-called a bet of 50,000 from Wiese. Both then checked the   river.

Wiese turned over      for trip fives, and Bleznick mucked.

Hand #4: Brennan opened for 65,000, and it folded to Daniel Alaei who reraised to 180,000 from the button. It folded to Tom Marchese in the big blind who reraised all in for his entire stack of 630,000. Brennan stepped aside, then Alaei took some time to consider the situation before making the call.


The board came      , improving Marchese to a full house and giving him the big double.

Daniel Alaei1,300,000-790,000
Tom Marchese1,275,000645,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 8:42 PM Local Time
Official Final Table Begins

Here's where they are seated and their stacks to start the official final table of Event #61:

1Gjergj Sinishtaj1,960,000
2Numit Agrawal325,000
3Rory Rees Brennan885,000
4Daniel Alaei2,090,000
5Jared Bleznick2,860,000
6Tom Marchese630,000
7James Wiese1,165,000
8Alex Kravchenko930,000
9Sean Dempsey345,000
Jared Bleznick2,860,000-190,000
Daniel Alaei2,090,000-60,000
Gjergj Sinishtaj1,960,000662,000
James Wiese1,165,000-180,000
Alex Kravchenko930,000-14,000
Rory Rees Brennan885,000-20,000
Tom Marchese630,000-202,000
Sean Dempsey345,000-92,000
Numit Agrawal325,000-15,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 8:32 PM Local Time
Oleksii Kovalchuk Eliminated in 10th Place ($52,611)

Oleksii Kovalchuk - 10th Place

Jared Bleznick raised to 60,000 in middle position, Oleksii Kovalchuk raised the pot on the button, and Gjergj Sinishtaj re-potted in the small blind. Bleznick folded, and Kovalchuk called all in.


"Just to let you know," Bleznick said to Sinishtaj. "There are no more queens left."

Sinishtaj flopped a set of aces when the dealer fanned    , and the turn and river came  ,   respectively. Kovalchuk exited in 10th place, earning $52,611, and we are now at an official final table of nine.

The players will be taking a short break, and we will bring you official counts shortly.

Oleksii Kovalchuk0-360,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 8:23 PM Local Time
Big Double for Kravchenko

In one of the first hands of the new level, Daniel Alaei raised to 65,000 from middle position and James Wiese called from the button. The action on Alex Kravchenko in the small blind, he didn't wait too long before announcing he was reraising pot, a bet that left him about 150,000 behind.

Sean Dempsey quickly let his hand go from the big blind, then Alaei reraised, Wiese folded, and Kravchenko called all in. The two players showed their hands.


The dealer burned a card and spread the     flop, followed by the   turn that gave Kravchenko a club flush. Alaei could still have improved on the river to beat the Russian, but fifth street brought the   and Kravchenko kept his seat.

Daniel Alaei2,150,00075,000
Alex Kravchenko944,000484,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 8:08 PM Local Time
Wiese Pots the Flop

Daniel Alaei raised to 60,000 in middle position, James Wiese called two spots to his left, and the rest of the players folded. The flop fell    , Alaei continued for 105,000, and Wiese raised the pot. Alaei chuckled to himself, then folded.

Daniel Alaei2,820,00020,000
James Wiese1,345,00065,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:55 PM Local Time
Boost for Brennan

Rory Rees Brennan limped from the button, Daniel Alaei called from the small blind, and after checking his cards Jared Bleznick checked from the big blind.

The flop came    . First to act, Alaei tossed out chips for a bet of 60,000, then after pausing a few beats Bleznick raised to 150,000. Brennan sat in contemplation for a while, then announced he was reraising with his entire stack — a little over 650,000.

Alaei quickly tossed his cards away. Bleznick took a little longer, but folded as well.

Jared Bleznick3,050,000-61,000
Rory Rees Brennan905,000180,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:52 PM Local Time
Huge Double for Sinishtaj

Gjergj Sinishtaj

Gjergj Sinishtaj opened to 52,000 from under the gun, and the action folded all the way to Oleksii Kovalchuk, who called in the big blind. The dealer fanned    , Kovalchuk check-called a bet of 55,000, and the turn brought the  . Kovalchuk checked again, Sinishtaj tossed out 127,000, and Kovalchuk raised the pot (480,000). Sinishtaj moved all in for 536,000, and Kovalchuk called.


Both players had full houses, but Sinishtaj's was higher, and a meaningless   bricked off on the river. Sinishtaj doubled to nearly 1.3 million, while Kovalchuk slipped to 360,000.

Gjergj Sinishtaj1,298,000513,000
Oleksii Kovalchuk360,000-720,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:45 PM Local Time
Dempsey Doubles

Tom Marchese raised to 55,000 from the cutoff, James Wiese called on the button, and Sean Dempsey moved all in for 185,000 out of the big blind. Marchese unhappily folded, and Wiese called.


Dempsey's hand held up as the board came      , and he more than doubled to 437,000 chips. Wiese slipped to 1.28 million.

James Wiese1,280,000-270,000
Sean Dempsey437,000272,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:29 PM Local Time
Kovalchuk Over a Million

Oleksii Kovalchuk

Oleksii Kovalchuk is gunning for his third bracelet in three years, having won the $2,500 Omaha-8/Stud-8 last year and the $2,500 NLHE 6-max. event in 2011. The Ukrainian started the not-quite-final final table on the right foot as part of that effort.

Soon after play resumed, a five-way limped pot developed including both Alex Kravchencko playing from middle position and Kovalchuk playing from the hijack seat. All five checked the     flop. Then when the   fell on fourth street, it checked to Kravchenko who fired 60,000, then Kovalchuk responded with a pot-sized reraise to 390,000.

The others all folded, and Kravchenko tanked for three full minutes before calling the raise.

The river brought the  , and when Kravchenko checked, Kovalchuk didn't hesitate before announcing he was all in. Kravchenko only waited about 15 seconds or so before letting his hand go.

Oleksii Kovalchuk1,080,000410,000
Alex Kravchenko460,000-241,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:24 PM Local Time
Seating Assignments for the 10-Handed Table
1Gjergj Sinishtaj
2Numit Agrawal
3Rory Rees Brennan
4Daniel Alaei
5Jared Bleznick
6Tom Marchese
7James Wiese
8Alex Kravchenko
9Sean Dempsey
10Oleksii Kovalchuk
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:23 PM Local Time
Johannes Strassmann Eliminated in 11th Place ($52,611)

Johannes Strassmann - 11th Place

James Wiese raised to 60,000 in the cutoff, Johannes Strassmann three-bet the pot out of the small blind, and after a bit of back and forth between the two, Wiese moved all in. Strassmann called for around 160,000 more.


The board came      , and Strassmann was eliminated in 11th place. The remaining 10 players are now moving to the secondary final stage, and when they arrive we will give you the table draw.

James Wiese1,550,000355,000
Johannes Strassmann0-335,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:17 PM Local Time
Tony Cousineau Eliminated in 12th Place ($52,611)

Tony Cousineau - 12th Place

Tony Cousineau moved all in on the button, and Daniel Alaei called in the big blind.


The flop fell    , giving Alaei a set of jacks and leaving Cousineau with only backdoor draws. It was all over when the   turned, and a meaningless   completed the board.

Tony Cousineau0-93,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:51 PM Local Time
Full Counts on Break
Jared Bleznick3,111,0001,000
Daniel Alaei2,497,000-53,000
James Wiese1,195,0000
Tom Marchese832,000222,000
Rory Rees Brennan725,0000
Gjergj Sinishtaj707,000-78,000
Alex Kravchenko701,000-54,000
Oleksii Kovalchuk670,000-80,000
Numit Agrawal340,000125,000
Johannes Strassmann335,000-145,000
Sean Dempsey165,000-90,000
Tony Cousineau93,000-87,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:50 PM Local Time
Break Time

With that exciting end to Level 22, the remaining 12 players are taking a 20-minute break.

Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:49 PM Local Time
Brennan Doubles Through Wiese

In the last hand before the break, Rory Rees Brennan earned a double-up through James Wiese in a hand that saw all of the chips go in on the turn with the board showing     .

Wiese held      for trip kings, but Brennan had a made full house with his     . The river was the  , and Brennan won the pot.

James Wiese1,195,000-255,000
Rory Rees Brennan725,000250,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:48 PM Local Time
Alexey Rybin Eliminated in 13th Place ($41,472)

Alexey Rybin - 13th Place

Alexey Rybin began the day as the chip leader with 32 players left. But after both Daniel Alaei and then Jared Bleznick roared past him into the chip lead, the Russian saw his stack gradually decline until the last hand of Level 22 saw him all in and at risk.

The hand started with a hijack raise by Alaei to 50,000, then Rybin made it 180,000 to go from the cutoff seat. It folded back around to Alaei who thought for about 15 seconds then called, and the pair together watched the flop come    .

At that Alaei set out a stack of chips to bet, Rybin pushed, and Alaei called quickly.

Rybin had      for pair of aces and a gutshot draw, while Alaei had      for jacks and various backdoor possibilities. The turn was the   and river the  , giving Alaei two pair and the best hand and ending Rybin's day in 13th place.

Alexey Rybin0-561,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:38 PM Local Time
Michael Schwartz Eliminated in 14th Place ($41,472)

Michael Schwartz - 14th Place

We're unsure as to whether or not Michael Schwartz and Daniel Alaei got all of the chips in the middle preflop or on the flop, but when we arrived the hands looked like this:


The flop was    , giving Alaei a set of kings, and the turn and river came  ,   respectively. Alaei made a full house, securing the knockout and bringing Alaei back up to over two million chips. A few hands prior, he doubled Gjergj Sinishtaj when Sinishtaj had turned a flush.

Schwartz was eliminated in 14th place, earning $41,472.

Daniel Alaei2,050,00050,000
Gjergj Sinishtaj785,000515,000
Michael Schwartz0-275,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:28 PM Local Time
Lasell King Eliminated in 15th Place ($41,472)

Lasell King - 15th Place

Yet another Jared Bleznick knockout to report, with Lasell King proving the victim this time.

We caught up with the hand on the flop with the board showing    . That's when action between the pair saw Lasell committing the last of his chips holding      for top two pair and a gutshot to Broadway, while Bleznick had flopped a set of fours with     .

The turn and river brought a couple of deuces —   and   — and Bleznick improved to a full house as King was knocked out in 15th place.

Bleznick is currently exchanging more orange (1,000) chips for pink (5,000) and green (25,000) ones, as his total has ballooned up over 3 million now.

Jared Bleznick3,110,000530,000
Lasell King0-365,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:22 PM Local Time
Alaei Collects from Cousineau

After a Daniel Alaei raise from early position, Tony Cousineau defended his big blind with a call and the flop came all spades —    . Both players checked. The turn brought another spade, the  , and this time Cousineau checked, Alaei bet 60,000, Cousineau check-raised to 170,000, and Alaei called.

The river brought the   and checks from both. Alaei tabled his hand —      for a set of kings — and Cousineau mucked.

Alaei is back up over 2 million now, while Cousineau drops to less than 200,000.

Daniel Alaei2,150,000425,000
Tony Cousineau180,000-102,000
Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:16 PM Local Time
Rybin Spikes an Ace

Alexey Rybin was all in and at risk for 237,000 on a flop of     holding     . Unfortunately for him, Tony Cousineau had him at risk with      for a set of queens. The   on the turn was a brick, but the   spiked on the river to give Rybin a set.

"YES!" Rybin yelled, giving his neighbor and fellow Russian Alex Kravchenko a high-five. He then realized he may have upset Cousineau, and told him, "I'm sorry for my emotion, my friend."

Cousineau shrugged it off, then tossed chips to Rybin, who doubled to 561,000 chips. Cousineau fell to 282,000.

Alexey Rybin561,000281,000
Tony Cousineau282,000-333,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander