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

Thursday, June 05, 2014 to Saturday, June 07, 2014

Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $469,800
  • Entries: 348
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 7, 2014 7:50 PM Local Time
Todd Bui Wins Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw ($124,510)!

Todd Bui earns the win

When the final table started in Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, Todd Bui was sitting with the second shortest stack and he only had five big bets. Less than six hours later, he overcame that deficit and emerged victorious to win his first bracelet over eventual runner-up "Captain" Tom Franklin. In addition to the bracelet, Bui also collected $124,510 in first-place prize money.

When asked about that deficit he had to overcome, Bui had this to say: "In this format, I wasn't too worried. You have to produce a hand. I wasn't trying to move up spots. I came in trying to win and had one goal. I achieved it."

Bui is originally from Sacramento, CA and came up learning to play poker with JC Tran. "He's my best friend in poker," said Bui. "We started playing low limits together and then I moved down to Los Angeles because of the poker scene there. I started with limit hold'em, but branched off into other games."

Bui went on to explain that he doesn't play tournaments often. In fact, he said: "This is my first tournament win of any kind."

"I said before I came here this year that I was going bracelet hunting," Bui added. "The very next event I played after saying that was this one."

Final Table Results

1Todd Bui$124,510
2Tom Franklin$76,943
3David Bell$49,944
4Vladimir Shchemelev$33,388
5Aaron Steury$22,935
6David Gee$16,170

To get the victory, Bui had to best a field of 348 players. Among those that would take part in the tournament were notables like Josh Arieh, David Benefield, Ted Forrest, Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, Phil Galfond, Phil Ivey, Tom Schneider, and Scott Clements. Mike Leah would end with the Day 1 chip lead, and he was joined by players like Jason Mercier, Stephen Chidwick, Todd Brunson, and Dan Smith in moving on to Day 2.

At the end of Day 2, only eight players remained and it was eventual runner-up Tom Franklin who held the chip lead. Among those who made the money but came up short of a bracelet were Dan Kelly (35th - $2,767), Brunson (31st - $2,767), Layne Flack (30th - $3,359), Daniel Idema (25th - $3,359), Chidwick (24th - $3,359), Smith (21st - $4,082), and Leah (11th - $6,586).

The final table would be a tough one as it contained players like WSOP bracelet winner Aaron Steury (5th - $22,935), one-time $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. runner-up Vladimir Shchemelev (4th - $33,388), and David Bell (3rd - $49,944). Three-handed play between Bell, Franklin, and Bui started with Bui being the shortest of the three stacks, but he would go on a run winning six of seven hands to move into the chip lead. It was a lead he would never relinquish on his way to victory.

Thank you for following PokerNews with our coverage of this event and stay tuned the rest of the summer for more exciting WSOP action.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 7:22 PM Local Time
Tom Franklin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($76,943)

Tom Franklin

Todd Bui chipped away at Tom Franklin once we returned from the break and Franklin would end up getting the last of his chips in after the first draw. Franklin and Bui both drew one and Bui stood pat. Franklin drew one and Bui turned over his hand:


Franklin had      and would win with any card nine or lower that did not pair him up. He squeezed his cards one at a time and the fifth card was lower than a nine but unfortunately for him it paired him as it was a  .

Franklin comes up short in his quest for a 2nd bracelet but will take home a nice consolation prize of $76,943.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:55 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Level: 25
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:52 PM Local Time
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Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:38 PM Local Time
Break/Chip Counts

Players are on a 20-minute break. Here are the updated chip counts:

Todd Bui1,243,000183,000
Tom Franklin323,000-177,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:29 PM Local Time
David Bell Eliminated in 3rd Place ($49,944)

David Bell

After losing the majority of his chips in a pot to Todd Bui, David Bell would get the rest of them in against Tom Franklin before the draw. Both players would draw two on the first draw and one apiece on the second draw. Franklin stood pat and said "if you can beat a nine you got it" and tabled      . Bell squeezed his cards and slid them into the muck, admitting defeat. Bell is eliminated in 3rd place collecting $49,944 for his efforts.

We are now heads up with Todd Bui holding a 2:1 chip lead over Tom Franklin.

Todd Bui1,060,000190,000
Tom Franklin500,0000
David Bell0-160,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:24 PM Local Time
Captain Cripples Bell

Bell raised from the button and Captian Tom Franklin called from the big blind. Both players drew two, Franklin bet, bell raised, Franklin three-bet, and Bell called. Both players stood pat, Franklin lead, Bell called, and both stood pat again. Franklin lead out, Bell made the call, and Captain Tom turned over       for the win.

Tom Franklin500,00060,000
David Bell160,000-80,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:12 PM Local Time
Three Way Pot Goes to Bui

Todd Bui raised on the button and was called by Tom Frankin from the small blind and David Bell in the big blind. They all drew two and Franklin checked. Bell bet and was called by the other two players. Bell and Bui drew two while Franklin took one. Franklin bet and was called by the other two.

Franklin stood pat, Bell took two, and Bui one. Franklin checked, Bell checked, and Bui bet. Franklin and Bell both folded and Bui took down the pot. He has half the chips in play now.

Todd Bui870,000120,000
Tom Franklin440,00090,000
David Bell240,000-210,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:46 PM Local Time
Todd Bui Goes on Hot Run

Todd Bui has just won six of the last seven pots to surge from the short stack to the big stack. He's opening up a lot of pots and being very aggressive. It helps to hit hands as well, which he's done several times recently. It's still anyone's tournament, however, as one big pot could shift that chip lead back to Tom Franklin or David Bell.

Todd Bui750,000510,000
David Bell450,000-250,000
Tom Franklin350,000-170,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:36 PM Local Time
Level 24 started
Level: 24
Blinds: 20000/40000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:35 PM Local Time
A Few Hands and Chip Counts

Hand: David Bell opened from the button, Todd Bui raised from the small blind, and Bell made the call. Bui stood pat, Bell swapped one, Bui lead out and got a call. Bui stood pat, Bell asked for one, Bui lead out again and Bell let it go.

Hand: Bui raised, Bell three-bet and Bui called. Bell stood pat, Bui drew one, bell bet and Bui called. The next 2 draws went the same way, but when Bell lead the final draw, Bui folded.

Hand: Captain Tom Franklin raised, Bui called, and they both drew one. Bui check-called a bet from Franklin, drew one, and Franklin stood pat. Bui again check-called a bet from the Captain, they both stood pat, and this time Bui check-folded to Franklin's bet.

David Bell700,000-20,000
Tom Franklin520,000-30,000
Todd Bui240,000-30,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:35 PM Local Time
Bob Hooks: The Forgotten Texas Road Gambler

Not many people are familiar with Bob Hooks, but he is a man the poker world should not soon forget. Despite not being active in the poker world anymore, Hooks came up as a Texas road gambler with the likes of Doyle Brunson, T.J. Cloutier, Johnny Moss, Amarillo "Slim" Preston, and so many more.

Hooks got his start in Texas, as so many of the old-time poker legends did, before he eventually made the leap to Las Vegas. Alongside his roommate Brian "Sailor" Roberts, Hooks made it to heads-up play in the 1975 World Series of Poker Main Event, but lost out on the title. Even without poker immortality reached, Hooks has so much to offer looking back on the old days of the game.

To hear some great stories from Hooks and find out much, much more about the legend, please click here to read Chad Holloway's feature piece.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:17 PM Local Time
Vladimir Shchemelev Eliminated in 4th Place ($33,388)

Vladimir Shchemelev

Tom Franklin opened for a raise and was three-bet by the short stack at the table Vladimir Shchemelev. Franklin called and drew two to Shchemelev's one. Franklin checked, Shchemelev raised, and Franklin three-bet which was enough to set Shchemelev all in.

They both stood pat the next two streets and Franklin announced a wheel and turned over the nuts      . A hopeless, and eliminated, Shchemelev turned over      . He received congratulations from the other three at the table and was off to the cashier to collect his $33,388 4th place winnings.

Tom Franklin550,000110,000
Vladimir Shchemelev0-80,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:15 PM Local Time
Shchemelev Doubles

Captian Tom Franklin called from the small blind, Vladimir Shchemelev raised from the big blind, and Franklin called. Franklin drew three, and Shchemelev swapped one. Franklin check-called an all in bet from Shchemelev, and they both drew one on the second draw. Franklin drew one on the third draw, Shchemelev stood pat and turned over       for the double

Vladimir Shchemelev80,000-55,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 4:59 PM Local Time
Bell Pulling Away

David Bell raised from the button and Tom Franklin called out of the big blind. They both drew two and Franklin check-raised Bell's bet and Bell made the call. Franklin stood pat and Bell drew one. Franklin led out and would call a raise from Bell. They both stood pat and Franklin would check-fold to Bell's bet.

David Bell720,00090,000
Tom Franklin440,000-160,000
Todd Bui270,000121,000
Vladimir Shchemelev135,000-25,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 4:53 PM Local Time
Bell Retakes Chip Lead

David Bell

Captain Tom Franklin raised from under the gun, Vladimir Shchemelev raised from the small blind, David Bell called from the big blind, and Franklin called behind. Shchemelev drew one, Bell and Franklin both drew two. Shchemelev lead out, Bell raised, and Franklin and Shchemelev called.

Shchemelev swapped one, Bell stood pat, and Franklin drew one. Shchemelev check-called a bet from bell, and Captain Tom tagged along. Shchemelev and Franklin drew one and Bell stood pat. Shchemelev checked, Bell bet, Franklin called, and Shchemelev folded. Bell tabled       and Franklin mucked.

David Bell630,000202,000
Tom Franklin600,000-151,000
Vladimir Shchemelev160,000-80,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 4:35 PM Local Time
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 7, 2014 4:18 PM Local Time
Break/Chip Counts

Players are on a 20-minute break. Here are the updated chip counts:

Tom Franklin751,000260,000
David Bell428,000-292,000
Vladimir Shchemelev240,000110,000
Todd Bui149,000-132,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 4:04 PM Local Time
Shchemelev Triples

Three players saw the first draw in a raised pot and Vladimir Shchemelev put his last 10,000 in after drawing one when Tom Franklin and David Bell both drew two. They both called and Franklin drew one and Bell two on the next two streets, checking both times. Shchemelev showed       which was good enough to take the pot and stay alive for a shot at the bracelet.

Vladimir Shchemelev130,00060,000
Saturday, June 7, 2014 3:59 PM Local Time
Bell Anchors the Captain

David Bell opened, Todd Bui called from the small blind, and Tom Franklin called in the big blind. Bui drew two, the Captain drew three and bell drew two. All three checked the first draw and drew two, three, two once more. Bui bet, Franklin called, Bell raised, Bui folded, and Captain Tom called. Franklin drew one, Bell stood pat, both players checked and Bell threw down       to claim the pot.

David Bell720,000220,000
Tom Franklin491,000-134,000
Todd Bui281,000-84,000