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2011/12 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S NEW ORLEANS

Friday, May 18, 2012 to Monday, May 21, 2012

Event #9A: No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Re-entry

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Monday, May 21, 2012 9:36 PM Local Time

Justin Truesdell

The World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's New Orleans $1,600 Main Event concluded on Monday as the final nine players of a 694-player field battled down to a champion. It took approximately eight hours of play, and when the dust settled it was Justin Truesdell who emerged with all the chips, earned a seat in the National Championship and took down the $204,748 first-place prize.

The day got off to a quick start as an elimination occurred right out of the gates. It happened when Ramon Martinez and Daniel Lowery went to a flop of       together. Martinez led out with 75,000 from the cutoff and Lowery called from the button. The turn came  , Martinez checked and Lowery bet 93,000. Martinez announced all in after a short pause and Lowery called.

Showdown

Lowery   
Martinez   

Martinez was drawing live but bricked when the river fell  , sending him to the rail in ninth place for $19,156.

Not long after, George Miro moved all in under the gun for 310,000 and Dominic Gabaldon called from middle position.

Showdown

Miro:   
Gabaldon:   

Miro needed some help and found a little as the     flop gave him added gut-shot straight draw outs. He seemed optimistic, but would ultimately be left wanting as the   turn and   river both blanked. Miro graciously shook hands with the remaining seven players before making his way to the payout desk in eighth place to collect $24,130.

After Shane Smith was eliminated in seventh place, a huge hand developed that changed two players' fortunes. Andrew Nguyen and Anthony Vidmer had been squaring off against one another in big pots all afternoon, and eventually one swelled to massive proportions. It began when Nguyen opened for 85,000 and Vidmer raised to 170,000 behind him. The blinds released and action was back on Nguyen. He responded by re-raising to the tune of 505,000 more. Vidmer announced all in and Nguyen called.

Showdown

Nguyen   
Vidmer   

Things got especially exciting when the dealer spread the       flop, giving Vidmer about the best sweat possible. Nguyen couldn't watch with so many outs to fade and walked off stage - depending on his rail's reaction to know if his hand would hold. Vidmer used his, "One time dealer, one time!"

Much to the latter's dismay, and the former's delight, the   turn and   river failed to change a thing and Nguyen took down the 4.4 million pot while Vidmer slid to 1.6 million.

From there a short-stacked Michael Hallen was eliminated by Lowery when his    failed to overcome his opponent's    when the board ran out      . With that, Hallen finished in sixth place for $39,781.

The next elimination occurred when Gabaldon opened for 165,000 under the gun and was met with a three-bet to 440,000 by Nguyen on the button. Both blinds got out of the way and Gabaldon made the call. The     flop saw Gabaldon move all in for around 700,000 and Nguyen snap-call.

Showdown

Nguyen  
Gabaldon  

Nguyen was ahead with a pair of jacks but Gabaldon had flopped a flush draw. The crowd was on its feet as the dealer burned and turned the  , a blank for Gabaldon. That meant he needed either a king or spade on the river, but it was not meant to be as the   appeared.

Gabaldon finished in fifth place for $52,086, and combined with his seventh-place finish in Event #4 $355 NLHE for $3,453 and fifth in Event #8 $1,080 NLHE for $14,058, he captured the Harrah's New Orleans Casino Champ and earned a seat in the National Championship. A nice consolation prize, indeed.

A little while later, Truesdell made his presence known when he doubled through Lowery before the two tangled just two hands later. It happened when Lowery opened for 120,000 from the under-the-gun position only to have Truesdell three-bet to 350,000 from the button. The blinds quickly got out of the way and Lowery instantly four-bet to 650,000. Truesdell shifted in his chair and moved all in, prompting Lowery to snap-call off for around 1.35 million more.

Showdown
Lowery:   
Truesdell:   

Lowery was out of his seat and by his rail with his back turned even before the dealer put out the     flop. His supporters were cheering loudly as he was primed for a double, but all the excitement vanished in an instant when the dealer burned and turned the  . Suddenly Truesdell's rail came to life while a dejected Lowery looked on. The   river was no help to Lowery and he exited in fourth place for $69,105.

The next to go was Vidmer, who three-bet shoved all in with    and found a caller in Nguyen, who held   . The board ran           and Vidmer, the start-of-the-day chip leader who you may recall as the writer and director of the 2003 film High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, was eliminated in third place.

Heads-up play began with Nguyen holding a nominal 400,000 lead over Truesdell with the blinds being relatively low. That meant it was likely going to be a long affair, which it was for a couple levels until the two worked a deal where each would lock up $160,000 and then play for the remaining $11,400, a WSOP Main Event seat and a spot in this year's National Championship. They also agreed to play short 20-minute levels as opposed to the normal 75 minutes.

Soon after, a monster pot occurred that saw Truesdell double to 12.6 million after making a flush with   , which bested Nguyen's    on a       board. After taking the overwhelming chip lead, Truesdell put unrelenting pressure on his opponent for a few more hands. In what would be the last, Truesdell moved all in from the button holding    and Andrew Nguyen called off for less than a million with   . "Let's get it over," Nguyen said.

Both players were on their feet and the rail crowded in as the board ran out      . With that, Truesdell clinched victory.

WSOP Circuit Harrah's New Orleans Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize
1stJustin Truesdell$171,440*
2ndAndrew Nguyen$160,000*
3rdAnthony Vidmer$92,926
4thDaniel Lowery$69,105
5thDominic Gabaldon$52,086
6thMichael Hallen$39,781
7thShane Smith$30,782
8thGeorge Miro$24,130
9thRamon Martinez$19,156

*Denotes heads-up deal

With Truesdell's victory, the 2011/2012 WSOP Circuit concluded until July when the second annual National Championship will take place. PokerNews will be sure to bring you a preview piece once the official list of qualifiers is released, and of course we'll be on hand this summer to live report the capstone event.

Monday, May 21, 2012 9:28 PM Local Time

Andrew Nguyen

After taking the overwhelming chip lead, Justin Truesdell put unrelenting pressure on his opponent. In what would be the last hand, Truesdell moved all in from the button holding    and Andrew Nguyen called off for less than a million with   . "Let's get it over," Nguyen said.

Both players were on their feet and the rail crowded in as the board ran out      . With that, Truesdell clinched victory. Stay tuned for our full recap.

Justin Truesdell13,880,0001,280,000
Andrew Nguyen0-1,250,000
Monday, May 21, 2012 9:23 PM Local Time

Justin Truesdell took a massive lead.

The hand began with Justin Truesdell limping from the small blind and Andrew Nguyen checked his option. The flop came      , Truesdell bet 200,000 and Nguyen called. The turn came   and Truesdel check-called 550,000. The river brought the  , Truesdell checked, Nguyen bet 900,000 and Truesdell moved all in. Nguyen called and the hands were tabled.

Both players had a flush but Truesdell had the higher flush holding     against Nguyen's    .

Justin Truesdell12,600,0000
Andrew Nguyen1,250,0000
Monday, May 21, 2012 9:23 PM Local Time

Justin Truesdell took a massive lead.

The hand began with Justin Truesdell limping from the small blind and Andrew Nguyen checked his option. The flop came      , Truesdell bet 200,000 and Nguyen called. The turn came   and Truesdel check-called 550,000. The river brought the  , Truesdell checked, Nguyen bet 900,000 and Truesdell moved all in. Nguyen called and the hands were tabled.

Both players had a flush but Truesdell had the higher flush holding     against Nguyen's    .

Justin Truesdell12,600,0006,600,000
Andrew Nguyen1,250,000-6,610,000
Monday, May 21, 2012 9:15 PM Local Time

Heads-up play began with Nguyen holding a nominal 400,000 lead over Truesdell with the blinds being relatively low. That meant it was likely going to be a long affair, which it was for a couple levels until the two worked a deal where each would lock up $160,000 and then play for the remaining $11,400, a WSOP Main Event seat and a spot in this year's National Championship. They also agreed to play short 20-minute levels as opposed to the normal 75 minutes.

Even still, it's been relatively quiet since returning from dinner.

Monday, May 21, 2012 9:05 PM Local Time

Over the dinner break, the final two players have agreed to speed things up a bit. Instead of playing the normal 75-minute levels, they've agreed to play each level in just 20 minutes. Needless to say, this will force some action and ensure a winner is declared sooner than later.

Monday, May 21, 2012 9:03 PM Local Time
Level: 32
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 10000
Monday, May 21, 2012 7:54 PM Local Time
Andrew Nguyen7,860,0001,610,000
Justin Truesdell6,000,000-1,600,000
Monday, May 21, 2012 7:52 PM Local Time

With stacks close to even and both players very deep, they've decided to take a dinner break. We'll get counts and then see you back here in an hour.

Monday, May 21, 2012 7:42 PM Local Time

Andrew Nguyen raised to 160,000 on the button and Justin Truesdell called. The flop came       and both players checked. The turn came  , Truesdell bet 200,000 and Nguyen called. The river brought the   and Truesdell bet 350,000. Nguyen called and Truesdell said, "You got it."

Nguyen tabled pocket fives and took the pot.

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Monday, May 21, 2012 7:37 PM Local Time

Both players have been playing small-ball poker and biding their time. It became apparent early on that a cooler hand would be about the only thing that would put an end to this match anytime soon, and we almost had such a hand.

It began when Justin Truesdell min-raised to 160,000 on the button, which he's prone to do, and Andrew Nguyen looked him up from the big blind. The latter proceeded to check-call a bet of 250,000 and then checked the   turn. Truesdell fired out 550,000, but this time Nguyen woke up with a check-raise to 1.3 million. Truesdell made a quick call and it was off to the   river.

Nguyen moved all in and Truesdell made another quick call. Nguyen rolled over    for a full house, while Truesdell matched held the same full house (thanks to the river) with   . Nguyen's king kicker was primed to win him a huge pot, but the river had different plans.

Monday, May 21, 2012 7:16 PM Local Time

Justin Truesdell has the momentum swinging his way.

After a raise and a call the flop came      . Nguyen checked, Truesdell bet 800,000 and Nguyen called after a moment of silence. The crowd quieted as well, sensing the tension. The turn came  , Nguyen checked and Truesdell did some chip rearranging to consider his bet. He eventually pushed 1.1 million into the middle. Nguyen tanked for a short while and then kicked his cards back to the dealer.

Justin Truesdell7,600,0001,300,000
Andrew Nguyen6,250,000-1,250,000
Monday, May 21, 2012 6:52 PM Local Time

Justin Truesdell opened for 160,000 on the button and Andrew Nguyen made the call. The latter proceeded to check-call a bet of 250,000 on both the     flop and   turn, leading to the   on the river. Nguyen checked for a third time and this time Truesdell did the same.

"Pair," Nguyen announced before showing   . Truesdell flashed the   before sending his cards to the muck.

Andrew Nguyen7,500,000-500,000
Justin Truesdell6,300,000500,000
Monday, May 21, 2012 6:46 PM Local Time

Andrew Nguyen made it 200,000 to play from the button and Justin Truesdell called. The flop came      , Truesdell checked, Nguyen bet 320,000 and Truesdell called. The turn came   and both players checked. The river brought the  , Truesdell checked, Nguyen bet 450,000 and Truesdell check-raised to 1.45 million.

Nguyen called and mucked when Truesdell showed a straight holding the    .

Monday, May 21, 2012 6:36 PM Local Time

Cards are back in the air.

SuperDraft - Free Sportsbook
Monday, May 21, 2012 6:36 PM Local Time
Level: 31
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 10000
Monday, May 21, 2012 6:28 PM Local Time
Andrew Nguyen8,000,000880,000
Justin Truesdell5,800,000-950,000
Monday, May 21, 2012 6:24 PM Local Time

The two players are on a 15 minute break.

Monday, May 21, 2012 6:23 PM Local Time

Andrew Nguyen limped from the button and Justin Truesdell checked his option. The flop came      , Truesdell checked and Nguyen bet 60,000. Truesdell called and the turn came  . Truesdell check-called 250,000 and the river fell  . Truesdell checked a third time and Nguyen announced 600,000. Truesdell called and mucked after Nguyen tabled    .

Monday, May 21, 2012 6:13 PM Local Time

Andrew Nguyen and Justin Truesdell's rail have a friendly rivalry going. Throughout the day each side has taken turns buying rounds of shots for everyone. We've counted at least six trips of 20 shots the servers have brought to the stage. Big drinking in the Big Easy seems fitting for the last stop of the Circuit.

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