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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 to Friday, June 22, 2012

Event #38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,420,900
  • Entries: 2,534
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 22, 2012 10:56 PM Local Time

Bracelet Winner Dung Nguyen

After a long and exciting day of poker, Dung Nguyen has been crowned the champion of Event 38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Nguyen overcame a field of 2,502 players to take home all the glory, the $607,200 first-place prize and of course, the World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

When the play began today, there were 21 players still in contention to take it all down. However, for the final table to be set, 12 players had to fall by the wayside. Jia Liu was the first player to do just that, hitting the rail in 21st place. Next to go were Bastian Fischer (20th), Jason Lester (19th), Jesse Wilke (18th) and Michael Borovetz (17th).

Blake Cahail was still in contention at this point but would end up hitting the rail in 16th place when he had short stack all-in holding    against Tyler Patterson's   . No help came for Cahail and he was sent home. Mihails Morosovs was eliminated in 15th place just a short while later and then Marcus Gurley (14th), Miguel Proulx (13th) and Ricky Crandell (12th) joined him on the rail.

When Matthew Pierce started the day, he had one of the largest chip stacks in the room. It didn't stay that way though as he busted in 11th place, bringing us to our "unofficial" final table. At this point it was Dung Nguyen who lead the way, while Scott Clements was the short stack. He was so short in fact, that it didn't take long for him to get his stack in.

The last hand of Clement's tournament saw him all-in preflop holding   . Unfortunately he ran into the    of Theo Tran and when no help came for Clements, it was all over in 10th place. Here's how the final nine stacked up.

Final Table Lineup

1Dung Nguyen3,270,000
2Kristijonas Andrulis1,295,000
3Theo Tran1,910,000
4Blair Hinkle325,000
5Zachary Korik580,000
6Tyler Patterson400,000
7Jeffrey Manza1,735,000
8David Pham1,035,000
9Bahman Jahanguiri870,000

As you can see, it was Dung Nguyen who went into the final table with a big chip lead and it stayed that way as Tyler Patterson was sent home in ninth place and Jeffrey Manza in eighth. Nguyen was the player to eliminate Manza, with Nguyen putting Manza to an all-in decision on a     board. After tanking for a long time, Manza called and rolled over   , well behind Nguyen's   . The turn and river changed nothing and Nguyen gobbled up more chips as we were down to seven.

Zachary Korik was the next player to hit the rail, eliminated in seventh, with Blair Hinkle the man to deal the fatal blow. Hinkle, who started the final table with the smallest stack, was now sitting pretty and looking good to make it even deeper in the tournament.

Kristijonas Andrulis was the next player sent home, with his sixth-place elimination seeing him run his short stack holding    into the    of Nguyen. There was no stopping Nguyen at this point, with more than half the total chips in play being part of his towering stack.

The fifth-place spot would end up being filled by two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner , David Pham. The end of Pham's tournament saw him all-in holding    against Bahman Jahanguiri's   . The kings held up and Pham was sent packing.

The play really slowed down at this point as Nguyen continued to edge away from the competition. Blair Hinkle was one of the four remaining and he is one player who has seen success on the big stage of the WSOP before, winning his first gold bracelet in 2008. He will need to search for that second bracelet elsewhere though, as he was eliminated in fourth place earlier this evening.

Three-handed play would last a very long time, but it was Bahman Jahanguiri who would end up finding the rail in third place. After dozens of hands with barely any action, Jahanguiri would suddenly ship his stack all-in preflop holding    and have to come up against Nguyen's   . The board was uneventful and Jahanguiri was sent home.

Coming into heads-up, Nguyen held an almost 3-1 chip lead and would carry that lead all the way to a victory. When the last hand of the night played out, Nguyen's rail burst onto the stage and he was practically tackled by several well wishes. It was great to see and we congratulate Nguyen for taking down the bracelet and the $607,200 to go along with it.

Final Table Payouts

1Dung Nguyen$607,200
2Theo Tran$377,565
3Bahman Jahanguiri$267,241
4Blair Hinkle$192,734
5David Pham$140,736
6Kristijonas Andrulis$103,995
7Zachary Korik$77,791
8Jeffrey Manza$58,874
9Tyler Patterson$45,087

That's all from us here in Event 38. Be sure to check out the action of all the other exciting WSOP events taking place right now. Until next time!

Friday, June 22, 2012 10:37 PM Local Time

Theo Tran - 2nd Place

The first time Theo Tran got his stack all-in preflop and received a call from Dung Nguyen, he was in great shape to double-up. Tran held    and Nguyen was behind with   .

When the     flop was dealt on the felt, Tran was still in front and looking good. At this point Nguyen's rail was up on their feet, screaming for a queen. They wouldn't get their wish, but a   would be enough to put Nguyen in front.

It was looking bleak for Tran, but he now had outs to the flush as well. He needed any ace, any king or any diamond. However, it wasn't meant to be as a   dealt the final blow to Tran's tournament life. For that great effort, Tran goes home in second place, taking home $377,565. That is the second time that Tran has finished in the runner-up spot in a World Series of Poker event and as such, we are sure he will be even hungrier to find his first bracelet soon.

Theo Tran0-2,000,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 10:28 PM Local Time

Theo Tran was on the button when he raised it up to 200,000. Dung Nguyen made the call and a [4d3c2ws] flop was dealt on the felt. Nguyen check-folded here and Tran took down the small pot.

Friday, June 22, 2012 10:27 PM Local Time

Theo Tran has picked up a few chips by getting aggressive preflop. Tran three-bet shoved and didn't get the call on one occasion. He took down another couple of hands by simply getting Nguyen to fold preflop.

Dung Nguyen9,300,000-450,000
Theo Tran2,000,000450,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 10:25 PM Local Time

Dung Nguyen just took down a small pot holding    on a       board. It was a limped pot preflop and both players checked the flop and turn. The river would see Nguyen check-call a bet and then Tran would muck his hand and send the pot Nguyen.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 22, 2012 10:22 PM Local Time

Both players are back early from their break and are ready to play some more poker.

Friday, June 22, 2012 10:21 PM Local Time
Level: 30
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 10000
Friday, June 22, 2012 10:18 PM Local Time
Dung Nguyen9,750,000450,000
Theo Tran1,550,000-450,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 10:08 PM Local Time

The two remaining players have been sent on a 20-minute break.

Friday, June 22, 2012 10:08 PM Local Time

Dung Nguyen held    when he opened the button to 190,000. Theo Tran called and a     flop was dealt. Both players checked here and then both checked the   turn. The   river would see Tran lead for 100,000 and Nguyen call. Tran held    and those cards into the muck and Nguyen tabled his better pair.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 22, 2012 10:00 PM Local Time

Theo Tran managed to take down a small pot on a      board. It was a raised pot preflop, Dung Nguyen check-called a bet of 100,000 on the flop and then check-folded to a bet of 300,000 on the turn.

Dung Nguyen9,300,000-400,000
Theo Tran2,000,000400,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:57 PM Local Time

Dung Nguyen raised the button to 180,000 and Theo Tran came along for the ride in the big blind.

The     flop would see Tran check call a bet of 200,000 and then both players would check the   turn. On the   river, Tran check-called another bet, this time for 400,000.

When Nguyen tabled   , it was good enough to see Tran's cards into the muck and some of his chips into Nguyen's stack.

Dung Nguyen9,700,0001,500,000
Theo Tran1,600,000-1,500,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:54 PM Local Time

Theo Tran

Theo Tran opened the button to 180,000 and Dung Nguyen called out of the big blind. The     flop would see both players check as a   was dealt on the turn. This time Nguyen bet 175,000 and Tran called. Both players then checked the   river.

When Tran tabled his   , the one club was enough to pick up a flush and send Nguyen's cards into the muck.

Dung Nguyen8,200,000-400,000
Theo Tran3,100,000450,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:50 PM Local Time

Dung Nguyen called in the big blind and then Theo Tran was in the big blind when he raised it up to 280,000. Nguyen made the call and the dealer readied three cards to be dealt on the felt.


On the flop, Nguyen led for 315,000 and Tran called. Both players then checked the   turn and the   river. At showdown, Nguyen tabled   , which was enough to send Tran's cards into the muck.

Dung Nguyen8,600,000441,000
Theo Tran2,650,000-450,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:45 PM Local Time

A couple of full boards have been played out during this level, with both hands seeing the two players check it down.

The first hand was a       board and Dung Nguyen eventually took down the pot holding   . The next hand was a       board and Nguyen also took down this hand, holding   .

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:37 PM Local Time
Dung Nguyen8,159,0001,449,000
Theo Tran3,100,000600,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:32 PM Local Time

Bahman Jahanguiri - 3rd Place

Theo Tran folded his button and it was on Bahman Jahanguiri in the small blind. He put in a raise and then Dung Nguyen three-bet. Back on Jahanguiri and he would four-bet shove. Nguyen got to his feet and almost immediately made the call, putting Jahanguiri at risk.


By the time the board ran out     , Jahanguiri was pleading for a jack or queen, but it wasn't meant to be as the   on the river ensured that Jahanguiri would be heading home in third place.

Bahman Jahanguiri0-2,050,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:21 PM Local Time

Dung Nguyen was on the button when he raised it up to 175,000. Only Bahman Jahanguiri would make the call as Theo Tran got out of the way.

Nguyen and Jahanguiri both checked the     flop and a   hit the turn. This time Jahanguiri bet 275,000 and Nguyen folded.

Friday, June 22, 2012 9:17 PM Local Time
Dung Nguyen6,710,000590,000
Theo Tran2,500,000-300,000
Bahman Jahanguiri2,050,000550,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:15 PM Local Time

Dung Nguyen was on the button when he raised it up to 150,000. Theo Tran called in the small blind and it was on Bahman Jahanguiri in the big blind. He three-bet to 585,000. Nguyen got out of the way and Tran studied his opponent.

"As, that's such a good spot for you," Theo Tran said as he continued contemplating his decision. Eventually he decided to let it go, sending the pot to Jahanguiri.

Playtika - Jason Alexander