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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 16, 2012 to Monday, June 18, 2012

Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,794,850
  • Entries: 2,811
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2:23 AM Local Time

Carter Phillips - Champion

The largest $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event thus far at the 2012 World Series of Poker has officially reached its conclusion. After a long and grueling tug-of-war-eqsue heads up battle, Carter Phillips was able to defeat Joe Cada heads up to win his second World Series of Poker bracelet and $664,130 in first place prize money.

A mere three days ago 2,811 entrants put up $1,500 each in an attempt to earn WSOP glory. The eliminations came fast and furious on Day 1 as a slew of notable players became victims of this large field event. The likes of Viktor Blom, Greg Raymer, Kara Scott, Andy Frankenberger, Ana Marquez, David Williams, Melanie Weisner, Faraz Jaka, and Matt Affleck were unable to get anything going on Day 1.

The field was whittled down to 331 players who came back on Day 2, 297 of which were able to make the money. Among those to cash in this tournament and find their eventual end during Day 2 were Nick Binger, Angel Guillen, Lauren Kling, Sean Getzwiller, Ted Forrest, Bernard Lee, Erika Moutinho, and PokerNews writer Chad Holloway.

The story buzzing throughout the Rio on Day 3 was that of 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada. Cada finished Day 2 as the chip leader with 19 players remaining and had the opportunity to become the first Main Event winner of the past decade to win a second bracelet.

However, by the time the final table was reached, Cada was the shortest stack of the final nine. Two of the more notable names to hit the rail on Day 3 and finish just shy of making a WSOP final table were JC Tran (12th) and Dwyte Pilgrim (11th).

Final Table Seat Draw

1Michael Aron1,645,000
2Najib Kamand1,480,000
3Tom Chambers2,575,000
4Joe Cada720,000
5Jonathan Poche830,000
6Huy Quach1,955,000
7Maximilian Lehmanski1,475,000
8Cherish Andrews955,000
9Carter Phillips1,025,000

After two long hours of play, the final table final saw its first casualty. Cherish Andrews raised only to find Huy Quach move all in on her. Andrews called with pocket jacks and was racing with Quach's   . Andrews was able to spike a jack on the flop and fill up on the turn, ensuring her a double up and absolutely crippling Quach. Quach was left with one t5,000 chips and was forced all in the next hand where he was eliminated at the hands of Jonathan Poche.

Although he gave Quach his finishing blow, Poche was the next to go when he moved    in preflop and was called by Joe Cada's   . Poche faild to improve and was sent home in eighth place.

Soon after the dinner break Michael Aron was eliminated in seventh place. Aron moved all in with pocket threes only to find Joe Cada moved all in over the top with tens. The tens held and Aron was sent to the rail to collect his $85,043 seventh place paycheck.

After Aron's bust, things started going crazy at the final table. Several doubles ups later, Maximilian Lehmanski was the next player all in and at risk. He moved all in from the hijack and was called by Carter Phillips.



Lehmanski found no help on the flop of    . The   on the turn gave him a few more outs but he was eliminated when the   struck the river. Lehmanski's elimination thrust us into five-handed play with Joe Cada atop the leader board.

Cada continued to accumulate chips but it was Carter Phillips who played the aggressor during five-handed play. The field began to play more timid as blinds rose and a min-bet would usually take the pot down before the flop. Eventually, Najib Kamand moved all in preflop over top of a raise from Phillips. Tom Chambers moved all in over the top and Carter got out of the way. The two were racing with Chambers having the slight lead holding   . Kamand's    found no help on the board and he was eliminated.

The last remaining woman in the field was the next to go. Cherish Andrews would bust in fourth place after getting it all in with pocket eights against the ace-king of Joe Cada. Andrews looked great when the flop came    . The turn brought the   and gave Cada a few more outs.

As the tension grew in the room, the dealer peeled off the final card on the board. It was the   and Cada's rail erupted into cheers while Andrews' fell utterly silent. Cada's wheel sent Andrews to the rail to collect her $210,083 in winnings.

Immediately after, Tom Chambers got it all in with    against Cada's   . Cada's kings held and Chambers' elimination thrust us into heads up play between Joe Cada and Carter Phillips.

This was not the first time these two have tangled on the felt, either. Back in 2010 both players made a deep run in the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller event. Joe Cada was able to win a race and eliminate Carter Phillips in 12th place. Cada went on to finish 11th in this event.

Cada started the match with a little more than a 2 to 1 chip lead but that was quickly relinquished when Cada moved all in with   . Phillips called with the    and was ahead going to the flop. Phillips then paired his queen while Cada failed to improve, effectively switching the chip positions of the players and giving Phillips the chip advantage.

The two would then go on to trade the chip lead again and again over the course of more than two hours. Phillips managed to get Cada all in for his tournament life twice before the flop and Cada won the flips to survive in both instances.

Later in the night, however, Phillips would deal the killing blow when he moved all in on the turn with the board reading     . Cada called with    but was drawing dead against Phillips'   .

Cada would then proceed to double up once before Phillips was finally able to close the deal. Phillips'    was able to best Cada's    during a preflop all in.

Final Table Payouts

1Carter Phillips$664,130
2Joe Cada$412,424
3Tom Chambers$290,875
4Cherish Andrews$210,083
5Najib Kamand$153,578
6Maximilian Lehmanski$113,618
7Michael Aron$85,043
8Jonathan Poche$64,399
9Huy Quach$49,333

Here at PokerNews we send our deepest congratulations to Carter Phillips on conquering a massive field to attain his second WSOP bracelet.

That does it for our coverage of this event. Be sure to check out our WSOP Live Reporting page for updates on all of the other events this summer!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2:16 AM Local Time

Joe Cada - 2nd Place

Joe Cada went all in on the button for 1,350,000 and Carter Phillips called to take another shot at securing the win.


The flop came down    , offering very little help to Cada. The   hit the turn, leaving Cada with only six outs to survive.


Joe Cada's valiant attempt at bracelet #2 came up just short, but he'll earn $412,424 for his runner-up performance.

Carter Phillips12,610,0001,370,000
Joe Cada0-1,370,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2:11 AM Local Time

Carter Phillips raised all in on the button and Joe Cada called all in for 665,000.


The board ran out      , giving Cada the double up with jacks full of nines.

Cue the comeback?

Carter Phillips11,240,000-685,000
Joe Cada1,370,000685,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2:10 AM Local Time

Joe Cada raised to 325,000 from the button and Carter Phillips three-bet to 810,000. Cada called and the flop was    . Phillips led out for 425,000 and Cada flat called the two saw a turn of  .

Phillips pushed out 1,250,000, Cada moved all in and Carter called. Carter was the one all in and at risk before the cards were turned up. His all in was for 4,730,000 and he tabled    for a turned set of nines. Cada showed    and was drawing dead going to the river, guaranteeing Phillips a double up.

The board completed with a   and Carter scooped the pot, boosting him into a dominating chip lead.

Carter Phillips11,925,0006,415,000
Joe Cada685,000-6,415,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:54 AM Local Time

Joe Cada raised tom the button to 325,000 and Carter Phillips came over the top to 810,000.

Cada would have none of that, however, and he pushed out a four-bet to 1,400,000. Phillips folded and Cada took it down.

Joe Cada7,100,0001,000,000
Carter Phillips5,510,000-1,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:47 AM Local Time

Carter Phillips and Joe Cada

Carter Phillips6,510,000-1,075,000
Joe Cada6,100,0001,075,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:36 AM Local Time

Carter Phillips opened to the standard 325,000 from the button. Joe Cade three-bet to 775,000 and Phillips went into the tank. Phillips moved out a four-bet to 1,525,000 and Cada quickly shot his hand to the muck.

Carter Phillips7,585,000795,000
Joe Cada5,025,000-795,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:34 AM Local Time

Joe Cada opened to 325,000 from the button and Carter Phillips called. The flop brought the  ,   and the  . This board prompted both players to check and the   turned. Phillips fired 350,000 and Cada mucked his hand.

Two hands later Cada made it 325,000 from the button and Phillips called once again. The flop was     and Phillips checked to Cada. The Main Event champion pushed out 325,000 only to find Phillips raise it to 1,025,000. Cada thought for about thirty seconds before mucking his hand and giving the pot to Phillips.

Carter Phillips6,790,000390,000
Joe Cada5,820,000-390,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:24 AM Local Time

Joe Cada Doubles Back to Even

Carter Phillips opened to 325,000 and Joe Cada moved all in. Phillips called and the hands were tabled.


The flop fell     and Cada retained his lead.

"I'm good with small pairs," said Cada to Phillips.

The turn was the   and the river the  , giving Cada a double up with his deuces.

Carter Phillips6,400,000-2,875,000
Joe Cada6,210,0002,825,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:10 AM Local Time
Level: 32
Blinds: 80000/16000
Ante: 20000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:05 AM Local Time

The players are on a five-minute break.

Carter Phillips9,275,000-575,000
Joe Cada3,385,000585,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:00 AM Local Time

Joe Cada had the button and pushed out a raise to 250,000. Carter Phillips called from the big blind and the two saw a flop of    .

Phillips checked and Cada continued for 250,000. Phillips opted to check-raise, making it 590,000 and Cada called.

The   turned and Phillips bet 1,050,000. Cada thought for a moment before calling and the river complete the board with the  .

Phillips pushed out a bet of 2,000,000 chips. Cada tanked for over a minute before announcing a call.

Phillips flipped up    and Cada could only shake his head. Cada sent his hand to the muck and an enormous pot was pushed toward Phillips.

Carter Phillips9,850,0003,950,000
Joe Cada2,800,000-3,900,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:46 AM Local Time

The two players have retaken their seats and are back to battle it out on the felt.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:40 AM Local Time

The two remaining players have now taken an impromptu break from the heads up action.

Joe Cada6,700,000-310,000
Carter Phillips5,900,000310,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:33 AM Local Time

Joe Cada raised to 250,000 on the button only to find Carter Phillips three-bet to 600,000. Cada replied by four-betting all in and Phillips quickly announced a call.


Cada was ahead with his pair and stayed that way on the     flop. Phillips needed to pair to end the match here, but could not do it as the turn brought the   and the river the  .

The cries of joy from Cada's rail once again filled the Pavilion. Cada has now reclaimed the chip lead.

Joe Cada7,010,0003,510,000
Carter Phillips5,590,000-3,510,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:29 AM Local Time

Carter Phillips opened to 250,000 from the button. Joe Cada thought for a moment before shoving out a three-bet to 550,000. Phillips announced all in and Cada mucked.

Two hands later Phillips opened to 250,000 on the button and Cada smooth called. The flop was     and Cada check-called a 200,000 bet. The turn was the   and both players checked.

The two checked once again on the   river and Phillips showed    for a rivered pair of nines. It was good and he took the pot.

Carter Phillips9,100,000950,000
Joe Cada3,500,000-950,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:20 AM Local Time

Carter Phillips made it 250,000 from the button and Joe Cada called. The two saw a flop of     and Cada checked. Phillips continued out for 200,00 and Cada called.

Both checked fourth street when the   turned and Cada fired 375,000 on the   river. Phillips tossed in a call.

Cada tabled    for kings and tens with a queen kicker. Phillips showed a ten and mucked his hand, giving Cada the pot.

Carter Phillips8,150,000-350,000
Joe Cada4,450,000350,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:11 AM Local Time

Joe Cada made it 240,000 from the button and Carter Phillips called from the big blind. The dealer showed the two players a flop of     and Phillips check-called a bet of 225,000.

The turn was the   and Phillips took this opportunity to fire 350,000 into the middle. Cada opted to muck his hand and Phillips grabbed the pot.

Carter Phillips8,500,000400,000
Joe Cada4,100,000-400,000
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:03 AM Local Time

Joe Cada called on the button and Carter Phillips checked his option.

The dealer produced a flop of     and Phillips checked. Cada bet 200,000 only to have Phillips come over the top for 500,000.

Cada thought for a moment before moving all in. Phillips mucked his hand and Cada was pushed the pot.

Carter Phillips8,100,000-450,000
Joe Cada4,500,000450,000
Monday, June 18, 2012 11:59 PM Local Time

Here are the updated chip counts as of right now for this heads up duel:

Carter Phillips8,550,000820,000
Joe Cada4,050,000-820,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander