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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 30, 2012 to Saturday, June 30, 2012

$25,300 Mega Satellite for $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop

  • Buy-in: $25,300
  • Prizepool: $0
  • Entries: tbd
  • Remaining: tbd


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Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:50 AM Local Time

Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen has done it, he's found his way into the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop that kicks off on Sunday at 1:11 PM PST here in Las Vegas. The world's largest poker tournament in the history of the game will now have another one of the world's largest players in Hansen.

When the $25,300 One Drop Mega Satellite began, big names were everywhere in the field. At the end of the registration/re-entry period, 96 entries were tallied and a prize pool of $2.4 million was created. The first two spots would be awarded seats and third place was set to get $400,000.

On the way to the final table, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, David Benyamine, David "Doc" Sands, Scott Seiver, Hasan Habib, Viktor Blom and Luke Schwartz were all eliminated. When action got down to the final table, there were a few well known faces and some amateurs who made it as well, but only the top three would be paid.

Steve Meling was hoping to turn a $65 satellite into a $1 million entry, but he fell short, as did another amateur Hani Awad. On the bubble, Will Failla, Jason Somerville, Gus Hansen and Shaun Deeb were trying to find the last person to go home empty handed. That player happened to be Failla when he fell in fourth place. Somerville went out next in third and earned $400,000, while Hansen was left to fight with Deeb.

After a short, unscheduled break, Deeb quickly lost the heads-up match to Hansen. Deeb earned a seat himself for finishing in second place, but he was put on the alternate list as only one seat was guaranteed to the event. Hansen won his way in, while Deeb will have to wait and see if he gets in tomorrow. The consensus seems to be that Deeb won't get into the event, and in that case, he'll be awarded the cash.

Hansen joins the likes of Eugene Katchalov, Ben Lamb, Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu and Dan Shak in tomorrow's One Drop event, which will kick off in the early afternoon.

In late-breaking news, closing out the registration list in the event will be Phil Hellmuth, who acquired the seat from the MGM Resorts International VIP winner. You can see the entire list of players here and you won't want to miss any of the action live from PokerNews tomorrow as history is made. We'll see you then and for now, goodnight from Las Vegas!

Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:32 AM Local Time

Shaun Deeb - 2nd Place

Shaun Deeb was all in for less than the ante for his final 5,000 holding the   . Gus Hansen had the   .

The board ran out       and Hansen's jack-high straight won the hand and the tournament, eliminating Deeb in second place.

For his finish in second, Deeb earned a $1,000,000 seat into the Big One for One Drop. Because there is only one seat held for the satellite winner, Deeb will go to the bottom of the alternate list and most likely not get into the event. If Deeb doesn't get a seat, which is expected, he'll receive the $1,000,000 cash.

Hansen, on the other hand, has earned himself the official seat to the event tomorrow, which kicks off at 1:11 PM.

Gus Hansen7,200,0005,000
Shaun Deeb0-5,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:28 AM Local Time

Shaun Deeb

On the first hand back from the unscheduled break, Shaun Deeb raised to 3.24 million and left himself with just one T5,000 chip. Gus Hansen called and the flop came down    . Hansen bet 25,000 and Deeb quickly folded.

Deeb dropped down to just a mere 5,000 in chips while Hansen moved to 7.195 million.

Gus Hansen7,195,0003,250,000
Shaun Deeb5,000-3,250,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:26 AM Local Time

After a short break, the two players are back in action.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:24 AM Local Time

The remaining two players have taken a short, unscheduled break.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:23 AM Local Time

Jason Somerville - 3rd Place

Gus Hansen raised to 210,000 from the button and Jason Somerville reraised all in for 910,000 from the big blind. Hansen called and tabled the   . Somerville held the   .

The     flop gave Hansen a pair of aces, but Somerville picked up the nut flush draw.

The turn was the   and the river the  . Hansen's two pair of aces and sevens were the best hand, sending Somerville out the door in third place for $400,000.

It's now Shaun Deeb versus Hansen for the guaranteed seat to the Big One for One Drop. Second place will get a seat, but that player will be placed on the alternate list and most likely not get in. In the likely case the player doesn't get in, he will be awarded the money. Below are the chip counts to start heads-up play.

Gus Hansen3,945,000845,000
Shaun Deeb3,255,000-65,000
Jason Somerville0-750,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:18 AM Local Time

Will Failla

Will "The Thrill" Failla moved all in from the small blind for 380,000 after action folded to him. Shaun Deeb called from the big blind with the   . Failla held the   .

The board ran out       and Failla's hand was second best. He finished in fourth place while the final three players have all locked up a minimum of $400,000.

Shaun Deeb3,320,000520,000
Will Failla0-550,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:07 AM Local Time
Gus Hansen3,100,000470,000
Shaun Deeb2,800,000-130,000
Jason Somerville750,000-240,000
Will Failla550,00070,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:00 AM Local Time
Level: 19
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 10000
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:58 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville

Will "The Thrill" Failla made it 125,000 to go on the button and Jason Somerville moved all in for 460,000 from the big blind. Failla called with the   , but only had one overcard against the    for Somerville.

The board ran out       and Somerville doubled to nearly one million in chips.

Jason Somerville990,000480,000
Will Failla480,000-790,000
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:55 PM Local Time

From the cutoff seat, Shaun Deeb raised to 125,000. Gus Hansen reraised from the small blind to 365,000 and play folded back to Deeb. He reraised and made it 785,000 to go. Hansen took some time, then mucked his hand and Deeb scooped the pot.

With that pot, Deeb has taken back pole position and just under three million in chips.

Shaun Deeb2,930,000380,000
Gus Hansen2,630,000-120,000
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:51 PM Local Time

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier raised all in from under the gun for 770,000 and Shaun Deeb reshoved from the button. Everyone else folded and it was Deeb left to do battle with Grospellier.


The flop came down     and Grospellier stayed in front with his jacks. The turn was the   and catapulted Deeb into the lead with a better hand before the river sealed the deal and sent Grospellier out the door when the   hit.

The remaining four players are now on the big $400,000 bubble.

Shaun Deeb2,550,000800,000
Bertrand Grospellier0-1,175,000
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:48 PM Local Time

The players are back in their seats after taking an unscheduled break from play. What we can tell you is that Shaun Deeb and Gus Hansen spent a few minutes mingling separately with some of their railbirds hanging out watching while Will "The Thrill" Failla, Jason Somerville and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier walked about 40 feet away from the table to have a quiet group discussion. Upon returning, Somerville yelled out, "All right, let's play for it all!" with a laugh.

Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:42 PM Local Time

The remaining five players have stepped away on an unscheduled break.

Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:41 PM Local Time

Gus Hansen

From the small blind, Gus Hansen raised to 165,000 and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier called from the big blind. The flop came down     and Hansen checked his hand.

"How many hearts?" asked Grospellier.

"Well... I have a lot of heart," said Hansen. "But that doesn't help my hand."

Hansen then checked and Grospellier checked behind. The turn was the   and both players checked again. They also checked the   on the river.

Hansen tabled the    to beat Grospellier's    and win the pot.

Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:41 PM Local Time

Rags-to-riches hopeful Steve Meling shoved for 315,000 from the cutoff and Gus Hansen called after a few moments from the big blind.

Hansen was behind with    against Meling's   , but scored the elimination when the board ran out       with threes and deuces.

Gus Hansen2,750,000450,000
Steve Meling0-475,000
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:36 PM Local Time

Hani Awad was recently all in from the big blind for his last 50,000 and moved to 200,000 after doubling through Shaun Deeb. Awad's run has just ended, though, at the hands of Gus Hansen.

Hansen raised to 155,000 and Awad called all in for 120,000. Everyone else folded and it was Hansen's    versus Awad's   .

The board ran out       and Awad hit the rail.

Gus Hansen2,300,000300,000
Hani Awad0-60,000
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:33 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb raised to 125,000 from under the gun plus one and Gus Hansen three-bet to 305,000 out of the cutoff seat. Action got back to Deeb and he jammed all in. Hansen folded and Deeb won the pot.

Gus Hansen2,000,000-275,000
Shaun Deeb1,750,000380,000
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:27 PM Local Time
Level: 18
Blinds: 30000/60000
Ante: 10000
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:16 PM Local Time
Gus Hansen2,275,000-25,000
Shaun Deeb1,370,000-40,000
Will Failla1,270,000-180,000
Bertrand Grospellier1,175,000373,000
Jason Somerville510,000-160,000
Steve Meling475,000-65,000
Hani Awad60,0006,000