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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 09, 2012 to Monday, June 11, 2012

Event #20: $5,000 Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $780,200
  • Entries: 166
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:59 AM Local Time

Champion, Benjamin Scholl

It took almost 27 hours and hundreds of min-raises, but finally Benjamin Scholl has been crowned the champion of Event 20: $5,000 Limit Hold'em. For that effort, Scholl goes home with all the glory, $206,760 in cash and of course the World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

When the day started, 17 players all had high hopes of being where Scholl stands right now, but only one could prevail. The first elimination of the day occurred during the first half of the very first level, with Ron Burke finding the rail in 17th place.

From there it was Mike Schneider who finished in 16th, Douglas Rutherford in 15th and Kenneth Shei in 14th. At this point Terrence Chan was slowly losing his chip stack as Chris Overgard was railed in 13th place.

Eventually Chan would bow out in 12th when he couldn't manage to run his short stack back up. The elimination of Matt Szymaszek in 11th place would send us to our unofficial final table of ten and the quick exit of Samuel Golbuff in 10th place would see us arrive at the official final table.

Final Table Lineup

1Raymond Dehkharghani325,000
2Matthew Woodward214,000
3Matt Glantz225,000
4Jeff Shulman642,000
5Andrew Prock373,000
6Nicholas Derke51,000
7Jesse Martin252,000
8Benjamin Scholl220,000
9Ayman Qutami192,000

Leading the final table was prominent player Jeff Shulman and the talk of the town was the fact that Jeff's father Barry Shulman was simultaneously on the final table of Event 19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Jeff would end up doing better than his father, who finished in 8th place, but that's jumping ahead.

The first player to hit the rail at the final table was Ayman Qutami in 9th place, with his exit followed closely by Nicholas Derke in 8th. It was Andrew Prock who eliminated both of these players and so it was he who stole the chip lead from Shulman. However, Shulman managed to get the lead back as Matthew Woodward was eliminated in 7th place, Matt Glantz bit the dust in 6th and Raymond Dehkharghani in 5th.

Shulman's four-handed chip lead wouldn't last for long as Jesse Martin's elimination in 4th place would also see Shulman's stack start to dwindle. Shulman was almost down and out a few times, but clawed on to life multiple times to make a comeback. Shulman hung on to dear life as three-handed play marched on for multiple hours. Eventually Shulman's run would come to an end though, as he found the rail in 3rd place.

Going into heads-up, Benjamin Scholl held an almost four-to-one chip lead and it wouldn't take him long to overcome Andrew Prock. Eventually the last hand of the night played out and with that, Prock went home as the gallant runner-up, while Scholl takes home his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Event 20 Final Table Results

1stBenjamin Scholl$206,760
2ndAndrew Prock$127,773
3rdJeff Shulman$92,562
4thJesse Martin$68,322
5thRaymond Dehkharghani$51,344
6thMatt Glantz$39,259
7thMatthew Woodward$30,529
8thNicholas Derke$24,139
9thAyman Qutami$19,395

Thanks for tuning into our coverage of Event 20. There will be plenty more to come at the 2012 WSOP, so make sure to return to PokerNews to find out who joins Benjamin Scholl as the next gold bracelet winner.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:45 AM Local Time

Andrew Prock - 2nd Place

After a long and tumultuous ride, the last hand of the tournament has now played out and this is how it went down.

Benjamin Scholl raised the button and Andrew Prock promptly made it another bet to go. Scholl flicked in the call and a     flop was spread along the felt. Prock led on the flop and Scholl called as a   hit the turn. It was here that Prock committed his last 15,000 in chips and with a call from Scholl, the players turned their hands over.


Prock needed to catch a three on the river, but it wasn't meant to be as a   completed the board to send Prock home in 2nd place. That means that Benjamin Scholl is our latest World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner!

Benjamin Scholl2,490,000190,000
Andrew Prock0-185,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:38 AM Local Time

Andrew Prock is on his last legs here in Event 20. A recent hand saw Benjamin Scholl open the button and Andrew Prock call in the big blind. The     flop would see Prock check-raise and Scholl call as a   hit the turn. This time Prock would lead and then call the raise of Scholl. Both players checked the   river and and Scholl's    would be too strong for Prock's   .

With that hand, Prock is left with just a couple of big bets.

Benjamin Scholl2,300,000150,000
Andrew Prock185,000-155,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:32 AM Local Time

Benjamin Scholl has take down a few small pots without contest early to edge closer to a victory.

Benjamin Scholl2,150,000210,000
Andrew Prock340,000-210,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:28 AM Local Time

As you can see, Benjamin Scholl starts the heads-up battle with a substantial chip lead. Let's see how this turns out.

Benjamin Scholl1,940,000430,000
Andrew Prock550,000235,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:26 AM Local Time

Jeff Shulman - 3rd place

The last hand of the 3rd-place finisher has finally occurred, with Jeff Shulman the latest player to head to the rail. It started when Shulman raised it up on the button. Benjamin Scholl called in the big blind and a     flop was dealt. Scholl opted to check-raise here and Shulman made the call. The   turn then saw Shulman and Scholl put in enough bets to see Shulman's last chips enter the pot.

When Shulman tabled his    he was looking very good to double-up and survive against the    of Scholl. However, fate had other ideas as a   on the river would send Scholl the pot and Send Shulman home with a bittersweet $92,562.

Jeff Shulman0-570,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:18 AM Local Time

The rail is back and singing as Andrew Prock has raked in a pot to pick up some new chips. It started when Jeff Shulman raised in the small blind. Prock called in the big blind and a     flop was spread along the felt. Shulman opted to check-call a bet from Prock here and then do the same on the turn ( ) and the river ( ).

When it came to showdown, Prock tabled his   , with his turned two-pair sending Shulman's cards into the muck.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:13 AM Local Time

Andrew Prock's chorus of railbirds may stop singing soon if Prock continues loosing chips. A recent hand saw Prock raise the button. Jeff Shulman then made it three bets out of the big blind and Prock called. On the     flop, Shulman led and Prock called. The   turn and Prock would end up leading as Shulman check-called. The   on the river would see both players check and Shulman turn over   , enough to take the pot away from Prock.

Andrew Prock315,000-95,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:10 AM Local Time

Jeff Shulman opened up the button and Andrew Prock three-bet from the small blind. Shulman then made it four bets to go and Prock called. The     flop would see Prock check-call a bet from Shulman and then both players checked down the turn ( ) and the river ( ).

Shulman's    was strong enough to trump the    of Prock as he raked in the pot.

Jeff Shulman570,00085,000
Andrew Prock410,000-85,000
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:03 AM Local Time

The three players are back from the break and ready to play more poker. The limits are now 40,000/80,000, with both Jeff Shulman and Andrew Prock having just over 5 big bets.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:02 AM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 0
Monday, June 11, 2012 11:44 PM Local Time
Benjamin Scholl1,510,00010,000
Andrew Prock495,000-155,000
Jeff Shulman485,000110,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 11:41 PM Local Time

The three remaining players have been sent on a 20-minute break. Jeff Shulman just raked in a small pot right before the break and we will have a full count update for you shortly. For your information, the 1,000-denomination chips are being taken out of the tournament and colored up.

Monday, June 11, 2012 11:31 PM Local Time

Jeff Shulman has lost a portion of the stack he rebuilt and this is how it went down. Folded to Benjamin Scholl in the small blind, he raised it up. Shulman called out of the big blind and the dealer spread out a     flop. Both players checked here and a   landed on the turn. Scholl opted to check-call a bet from Shulman on the turn and the   hit the river. This time Scholl check-raised and Shulman called. Shulman then mucked when Scholl tabled    for a turned flush.

Jeff Shulman375,0000
Monday, June 11, 2012 11:25 PM Local Time

Jeff Shulman is right back in this, with a large pot going the way of his stack, courtesy of Andrew Prock. It started with Shulman raising on the button. Prock then three-bet in the small blind and Shulman called as a     flop was dealt on the felt.

On the flop, Prock bet and Shulman raised it up. Prock called and then both players checked the   turn. The   river and Prock would lead out with a bet. Shulman promptly put in an extra bet and after some thought, Prock made the call. Shulman tabled his   , with his trip sixes enough to rake in the pot.

Andrew Prock650,000-520,000
Jeff Shulman570,000255,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 11, 2012 11:16 PM Local Time

Jeff Shulman has seen his tiny stack increase somewhat by doing very little. The table hasn't been so active of late, with plenty of walks and uncontested pots going the way of Shulman.

Jeff Shulman315,000170,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 11:05 PM Local Time

When Jeff Shulman was all-in for his last chips holding    on a    . he would be well ahead of Benjamin Scholl's   . However when a   landed on the turn, Shulman got out of his chair and was ready to leave, with Scholl making a wheel. When the dealer peeled off a   on the river, Shulman sat right back down as a wheel on the board meant it was a chopped pot to keep Shulman alive.

Monday, June 11, 2012 11:03 PM Local Time

Jeff Shulman is down to just a few big bets, with another pot going in the opposite direction of his stack. The hand started with Shulman raising the button. Benjamin Scholl called in the big blind and the     flop was dealt on the felt. Scholl checked here and Shulman bet. Scholl made the call and a   hit the turn. Both players checked here and a   landed on the river. This time when Scholl bet, Shulman tank folded, leaving himself with just a few big bets.

Jeff Shulman145,000-65,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 10:58 PM Local Time
Andrew Prock1,170,000190,000
Benjamin Scholl1,110,000-40,000
Jeff Shulman210,000-150,000
Monday, June 11, 2012 10:51 PM Local Time

With the action on Jeff Shulman on the button, he raised it up and Benjamin Scholl called in the big blind. The     flop would see Scholl check-raise and Shulman call the extra bet. Both players then checked the   turn and Scholl led on the   river. Shulman called and then took down the pot when his    hit the felt.

Playtika - Jason Alexander