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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 29, 2012 to Sunday, July 01, 2012

Event #52: $2,500 10-Game Mix 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $957,775
  • Entries: 421
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, July 1, 2012 10:21 PM Local Time

Champion Vanessa Selbst

Day 3 of Event 52, $2,500 Ten Game Mix Six-Handed, of the World Series of Poker has wrapped up after three long days of play. The event began with 420 other hopefuls and it's Vanessa Selbst standing alone at the end of play with her second WSOP bracelet and $244,259.

Selbst is the first woman to win an open bracelet event since she won her first bracelet in a 2008 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. Selbst earned all but one elimination at the final table. She is the sixth woman to have multiple bracelets; she joins Barbara Enright, Nani Dollison, Jennifer Harmana, Susie Isaacs and Starla Brodie.

Day 3 saw 19 players return to play down to a winner. Within three levels the field was trimmed down one table. Scott Clements was eliminated in 8th place, making this event the second final table he bubbled this series.

The field combined to one table on the stage in the Pavilion Room seven-handed and after only ten minutes of play Julian Renard was eliminated. Selbst sent Renard packing while playing a round of Stud Hi. Selbst made two pair and Renard only held a pair of eights.

The next elimination occurred during Pot Limit Omaha and Mike Gorodinsky got all his chips in on the flop. Gorodinsky held         and Selbst tabled        . The board completed           and Selbst made a flush and sent Gorodinsky to the rail.

Another 30 minutes would pass before Selbst sent another to the rail. This time the game was Razz. Thomas Chambers was short stacked and made an ace low and Selbst found her way to a nine eight low. Chamber was eliminated in 5th place.

Chris Bjorin was the next to hit the rail during a round of Limit Hold'em. Selbst opened with two bets and Bjorin made it thee bets from the small blind. Selbst made it four bets and Bjorin called – leaving him with just 3,000 behind. The flop came      , Bjorin tossed in his chips and Selbst called. Bjorin held     and Selbst had    . The board completed     and Selbst earned another knockout.

Tommy Hang had stayed out of the way for most of the final table and then he got committed in a hand of Stud. Michael Saltzburg did the dirty work this time, letting Selbst catch a breather. Saltzburg made a full house of jacks full of threes and Hang was drawing dead at sixth street. Hang was eliminated in third place.

Selbst and Saltzburg entered heads up play with Selbst holding 2.64 million and Saltzburg had 516,000. The pair played one full round of 2-7 No Limit Single Draw that saw Selbst take five of the six hands played in that round.

Saltzburg then survived a round of Omaha Hi Low 8-Or-Better that saw him get quartered on the low and left him with very few chips.

The next round of 2-7 Limit Triple Draw would see them play just a couple hands before Selbst sealed her victory. The first round saw Saltzburg draw two cards and Selbst just one. The next round saw them both stand pat and Selbst table the nuts with          for the win.

Final Table Payouts

1Vanessa Selbst$244,259
2Michael Saltzburg$150,840
3Tommy Hang$97,884
4Chris Bjorin$64,649
5Thomas Chambers$43,099
6Mike Gorodinsky$30,169
Sunday, July 1, 2012 10:12 PM Local Time

Michael Saltzburg - 2nd Place

2-7 Limit Triple Draw

The last hand of the tournament began with Vanessa Selbst opening the button. Michael Saltzburg called and then drew two. Selbst drew one and then Saltzburg led with a bet. Selbst then raised and Saltzburg called. Both players stood pat and then Saltzburg was all in for his last remaining chips.

At this point, Selbst quickly tabled      , holding the nuts. Saltzburg could do nothing but stare at the felt as Selbst was out of her chair waiting for Saltzburg's cards to go in the muck. That's exactly where they went, and Selbst was over to her rail to celebrate.

With that, Saltzburg goes home in a very gallant second place, collecting $150,849, while Selbst wins her second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, solidifying herself as one of poker's greats.

Vanessa Selbst3,157,000164,500
Michael Saltzburg0-165,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 10:03 PM Local Time

Omaha Hi Low

Vanessa Selbst opened for two bets and Michael Saltzburg called. The flop came      , Saltzburg bet and Selbst made it two bets. Saltzburg called and the   came on the turn.

Saltzburg bet out again and Selbst made it two bets a second time. Saltzburg called and the river came  . Saltzburg's last bet was all in and Saltzburg called.


Selbst took the high and then chopped the low with Saltzburg.

Vanessa Selbst2,992,500222,500
Michael Saltzburg165,000-85,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:59 PM Local Time

Omaha 8

Vanessa Selbst has taken down a couple of omaha eight-or-better hands and managed to chop a very large one to gain even more of a lead.

The first hand saw Michael Saltzburg fold to pressure on the turn, sending a small pot to Selbst. The very next hand saw Saltzburg again fold to a bet on the turn in a three-bet pot. The third hand was action filled, with a       seeing plenty of bets hit the felt. At showdown, Selbst turned over      for a seven high straight, while Saltzburg held enough for the wheel and the low pot.

Vanessa Selbst2,770,000129,000
Michael Saltzburg250,000-130,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:51 PM Local Time

Some of Vanessa Selbst's friends have shown up to give her their support. Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, Galen Hall, Vanessa Rousso Scott Seiver and Tiffany Michelle are all in attendance.

They even brought signs to hold up.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:49 PM Local Time

Vanessa Selbst dominated the round of 2-7 No Limit Single Draw. She won the first hand after Saltzburg called a 30,000 bet. Selbst made a           low and Saltzburg mucked.

Selbst won five of the six hands they played.

Michael Saltzburg380,000-136,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:37 PM Local Time

Cards are back in the air following the shortened dinner break.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:36 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:13 PM Local Time
Vanessa Selbst2,641,000-59,000
Michael Saltzburg516,000166,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:12 PM Local Time

The two remaining players are heading on a reduced 30-minute dinner break. We will have heads-up chip counts posted very soon. We can tell you that Selbst currently has a big chip lead.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:05 PM Local Time


Tommy Hang has just been eliminated on the last hand before the dinner break. Hang had managed to double up right before this break, but has just lost all his chips to Michael Saltzburg.

Hang committed the last of his chips on sixth street when the betting was capped and here is how the cards looked.

Saltzburg:    /      /  
Hang:    /      /  

As you can see, Saltzburg already had the full house and Hang was drawing dead going into seventh street. Saltzburg was dealt the meaningless   and Hang was dealt his meaningless   and with that, Hang was eliminated in 3rd place. We are down to heads-up!

Tommy Hang230,00090,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:56 PM Local Time


Vanessa Selbst has just taken down two back-to-back badugi hands - one against each opponent. The first was against Tommy Hang, with Hang folding to heat after the second round of drawing.

The next hand was against Michael Saltzburg and started with Saltzburg raising the button. Selbst then three-bet and Saltzburg called. Both players drew one and Selbst bet. Saltburg called and Selbst stood pat, while Saltzburg drew a card. Same exact actions during the next round of drawing and then Saltzburg called the final bet from Selbst. At showdown, Selbst tabled     , with her queen badugi enough to rake in yet another pot.

Vanessa Selbst2,700,000170,000
Michael Saltzburg350,000-210,000
Tommy Hang140,000-237,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:48 PM Local Time

Chris Bjorin 4th Place

Limit Hold'em

Vanessa Selbst entered the pot with two bets and Chris Bjorin made it three bets from the small blind. Selbst made it four bets and Bjorin called - leaving himself with just 3,000 behind.

The flop came      , Bjorin tossed in his remaining chips and Selbst called.


The board finished     and Bjorin was eliminated from the final table.

Vanessa Selbst2,530,00080,000
Chris Bjorin0-70,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:40 PM Local Time


Vanessa Selbst has gone on a rampage to hold well over two thirds of all the chips in play.

The first hand was against Michael Saltzburg and Selbst play out a hand where Selbst ended up drawing a jack-ten low, which was enough to see Saltzburg's cards into the muck. A few hands later and she would leave Chris Bjorin crippled. Here is how the hands looked.

Selbst:    /      /  
Bjorin:    /      /  

On fourth street, Bjorin bet and Selbst called. On fifth, it was the other way around. On sixth, both players checked and it was the same on seventh. At showdown, Selbst turned over    , with her ten-seven low good enough to leave Bjorin crippled.

Vanessa Selbst2,450,000350,000
Michael Saltzburg560,000-37,000
Chris Bjorin70,000-475,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:35 PM Local Time



Selbst eliminated Chambers with an nine eight low. Selbst has a full head of steam and is running the table over.

Vanessa Selbst2,100,0001,753,100
Thomas Chambers0-195,700
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:29 PM Local Time

Stud 8

Vanessa Selbst has taken down yet another hand, this time against Thomas Chambers. Here is how the cards looked.

Selbst:    /      /  
Chambers:    /      /  

We caught the action from fifth street, with Selbst check-calling a bet from Chambers. Both players then checked sixth street and Selbst led on seventh street. Chambers thought hard, before eventually making the call.

When Selbst tabled    , her trips for the high pot and seventy-six for the low were good enough to send Chamber's cards into the muck, leaving him as the short stack.

Vanessa Selbst1,750,000250,000
Thomas Chambers80,000-182,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:17 PM Local Time

Tommy Hang had the bring in, Vanessa Selbst completed and Chris Bjorin made it two bets. Hang folded and Selbst called.


Bjorin bet out on 4th street, he called on 5th street and then bet out on 6th street. Selbst checked 7th, Bjorin bet and Selbst check-raised. Bjorin called and then said "Nice hand" when Selbst talbed a seven high straight.

Vanessa Selbst1,500,000100,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:05 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:05 PM Local Time

Mike Gorodinsky  - 6th Place


The last hand of Mike Gorodinsky's tournament was during a round of Omaha. It was Vanessa Selbst who dealt the fatal blow to Gorodinsky, with Gorodinsky getting all his chips in on a     flop.

Gorodinsky held      for two-pair, while Selbst held      for plenty of draws. The   on the turn was the gin card for Selbst, giving her the straight-flush wheel. At this point Gorodinsky shook his opponent's hands and left as he was drawing dead.

Selbst is currently sitting with a huge chip lead, having more than two times the amount of her nearest competitor.

Vanessa Selbst1,400,000392,000
Mike Gorodinsky0-222,000
Sunday, July 1, 2012 8:02 PM Local Time

2-7 Limit Triple Draw

Thomas Chambers opened from under the gun for 30,000, Michael Salzburg called from the button and Vanessa Selbst called from the big blind.

Round 1: All three players drew two cards. Selbst bet out and got two calls.

Round 2: Selbst and Salzburg drew two cards and Chambers drew one card. Action checked around to Salzburg, he bet and got two calls.

Round 3: Each player drew one card and all three players checked.

Selbst tabled 8 7 6 4 2 and the two other players mucked.