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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, July 02, 2012 to Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,777,300
  • Entries: 2,798
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:20 AM Local Time

Tomas Junek's first cash

Day 3 saw 22 players return for their chance at poker fame, sadly only one of these players would finish the day with their dream still intact. Richard Teatum was the first person to fall, and after him the flood gates opened with players dropping and 18-handed play being reached fairly early on. Players barely had time to get used to their new seats after the two table redraw that takes place once 18 players are reached with Randolph Lanosga, Paul Vas Nunes, and Sam Holden all making their respective exits within two hours of play.

Players still seemed to keep falling to the way side with Christopher Odonnell, Bastian Fischer, Dmitrii Valouev, Michael Graydon, and Alexander Queen all finishing their day before the final table. With the elimination of Queen, the remaining player's chips were bagged up and the competitors voyaged over to the Pavilion room main stage to finish things out. Keeping up with the pace of the day Gianluca Mattia took his leave during the first couple of hands of 10-handed play.

Things slowed down once the official final table was reached. Thomas Junek was the big man on campus possessing more chips than anyone at that point in time, and David Borg was at the bottom of the totem pole. Play seemed quite tame with plenty of small pots, but that could only last for so long. Eventually a three-way pot brewed up that saw Eliyahu Levy come out the other side with a monster stack. In order to get that stack Levy had to knock out Bassel Moussa in 9th place. Tomas Trampota was next to leave as he was basically crippled in the Moussa knock out hand.

It was around this time that Borg started to move up the counts, taking a big hand off Junek, solidifying his place at the final table. A Steven Goldber elimination in 7th and a Andrew Taylor knock-out in 6th kept the gears of this final table progressing. After the elimination of Taylor the cards refused to let anyone leave, a short stacked Junek managed to get all in against Donald Vogel with the worst of it, but came out the other side with the winner. A short stacked Eastgate then did the same thing to Eliyahu Levy giving Eastgate an essential double up . Next it was Donald Vogel's turn to move his short stack all in and come back from being behind to double up.

This string of double ups couldn't last forever, as Levy was sent home in fifth after losing a huge pot to Junek. After the hand Junek possessed a stranglehold on the chip lead possessing half the chips in play.

Peter Eastgate was next to fall after his    couldn't outrun Borg's   , and the 2008 Main Event Champ was sent home in fourth. Eastgate had a strong showing today making good calls and finding good spots to acquire chips, but a tough beat late crippled the champ.

Donald Vogel then made his exit after his short stack never seemed to pick up any traction late in the game. Vogel settled for a nice $289,530 payday for his third place.

Heads up play got started right off the bat with Junek and Borg battling it out in one of the bigger pots of the night that saw Junek walk away the victor. Borg won the next battle though with a flush for a nice double up. In the end though Junek came out on top after Borg three-bet shoved with   . Junek made the call with    and came out on top.

This not only was Junek's first bracelet, but this is also his first World Series of Poker cash. Congratulations to Tomas Junek on winning Event 56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:59 PM Local Time

David Borg- 2nd Place

David Borg started the action by raising to 250,000. Tomas Junek thought for about 30 seconds before assembling a three bet of 700,000, and sliding it into the middle. Borg took little time in moving all in, and Junek quickly called.


Both rails were yelling out for cards as the dealer fanned out a flop of    . Borg caught a piece of the flop, but he would need to get more, as Junek's tens were still in the lead. The turn brought the  , bringing a straight draw for a chop on board. Borg would need a king, five, or three to survive the hand.

The river:  

Junek's rail stormed the table, nearly knocking it over in the process, while a dejected Borg headed to his rail to be consoled. For his valiant effort, Borg will take home $410,517.

Tomas Junek12,500,0002,100,000
David Borg0-2,100,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:44 PM Local Time

Tomas Junek raised from the button and made it 225,000. David Borg in the big blind made the call and the dealer spread a     flop. Both players checked and it was off to the turn.

The   on fourth street saw a check-call from Borg for 275,000.

The   on the river brought another check from Borg, and a bet of 300,000 from Junek. Borg made the call and Junek flipped over    for a pair of tens. Borg mucked, and Junek took the pot.

Tomas Junek10,400,0001,300,000
David Borg2,100,000-1,300,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:38 PM Local Time

On a flop of    , Tomas Junek check called a bet of 125,000 from David Borg. The   hit the turn, and both players checked. On the river, the  , Junek led out for 250,000. Borg counted out the chips for a call, then began to count out his remaining stack. After about 45 seconds of thought, he went all in!

Junek asked for a count, and when he found out the total, 1.675 million, he made the call! Borg flashed a big smile, showed his rail his cards, then tabled    for a flush. Junek look disappointed as he showed    for two pair. After that hand, Borg is back up to 3.4 million, though Junek is still in control with over nine million.

Tomas Junek9,100,000-1,700,000
David Borg3,400,0001,700,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:33 PM Local Time

The first hand of heads up play consisted of Tomas Junek raising it up to 225,000 from the button and David Borg raising to 575,000 from the big blind. Junek made the call and both players were granted access to the flop.

The dealer spread a     flop which prompted a bet of 700,000 from Borg. Junek made the call and we were off to the turn.

It was here on the   fourth street that Borg bet out 1,000,000. Junek's response was to announce "all in". Borg then quickly folded, but showed  .

Tomas Junek10,800,0002,300,000
David Borg1,700,000-2,300,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:30 PM Local Time

After a short 10 minute break, the cards are in the air again.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:22 PM Local Time

Donald Vogel - third place

Donald Vogel moved all in from the button for about 1,400,000. Tomas Junek made the call from the big blind and cards were tabled.


The board came       and with that Vogel was eliminated. Vogel isn't leaving empty handed though, a nice $289,530 payday awaits him

Tomas Junek8,500,0001,500,000
Donald Vogel0-1,500,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:15 PM Local Time
Tomas Junek7,000,0001,000,000
David Borg4,000,0000
Donald Vogel1,500,000-100,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:13 PM Local Time

Peter Eastgate-4th Place

It just wasn't meant to be for the 2008 Main Event Champion. Shortly after being crippled, Eastgate shoved all in for his last million. It folded around to David Borg, who called as soon as he looked at his cards.


The board provided no help for Eastgate, as it ran down      . Eastgate will take home just under $210,000 for his efforts, while David Borg jumps up to four million after the hand.

David Borg4,000,0001,100,000
Peter Eastgate0-1,000,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:09 PM Local Time

David Borg

Peter Eastgate was first to act and he raised it up to 210,000. The table folded around to Donald Vogel in the big blind who moved all in for 1,650,000. Eastgate made the call and cards were exposed.


The board came       and with that Borg found a double up, and moved to 3,400,000, while Eastgate moved in the opposite direction and sat with around 500,000.

The very next hand saw Borg raise preflop, and Eastgate move all in. The table folded back around to Borg and he made the call.


The board came       and with the seven on the turn Eastgate was allowed to double up, back to 1,000,000.

David Borg2,900,0001,300,000
Peter Eastgate1,000,000-2,100,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 10:59 PM Local Time

The four players are back, and the cards are in the air again.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 10:59 PM Local Time
Level: 30
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 10000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 10:42 PM Local Time

Players are now on a 20 minute break.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 10:13 PM Local Time

Action started with David Borg raising under the gun. Peter Eastgate was next to act, and he shoved all in for 1.515 million. It folded back around to Borg, and he made the call. The cards were tabled, and Eastgate was in great shape.


This final table has been full of suckouts, but it looked like we weren't going to have that here, as the flop came down    , giving Eastgate a set and leaving Borg drawing to runner runner to win or chop. Of course, poker is rarely that easy, so the   hit the turn, giving Borg eight outs for a chop. For once though, there was no miracle river, as the   came.

After the hand, Eastgate is up to 3.1 million, while Borg drops down to 1.6 million.

Peter Eastgate3,100,0001,450,000
David Borg1,600,000-2,200,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 9:55 PM Local Time

Eliyahu Levy- 5th Place

Wow. Wow. Wow.

When we came back from the dinner break, Eliyahu Levy held over a third of the chips in play with five left. Now, he is our fifth place finisher. Most of the damage was done by Tomas Junek. Action started with Peter Eastgate raising in the cutoff. He got three callers: Levy on the button, Junek in the small blind, and Donald Vogel in the big blind.

The flop came down    , and it checked around to Levy, who fired out 500,000. Junek thought for about 30 seconds before moving all in for just under three million. It got back around to Levy, and he thought for about five seconds before calling, making the biggest pot we've seen all tournament.


Junek was miles ahead with his set, and Levy would need runner runner to win the pot. That went out the window when the turn and river both came deuces, and Junek took the massive pot to double up to six million.

On the next hand, Levy shoved all in with   , and Vogel called with   . This time, the best hand held, as the board ran out      . In a flash, Levy became our fifth place finisher, while Junek is now our overwhelming chip leader.

Tomas Junek6,000,0003,200,000
Donald Vogel2,000,000200,000
Eliyahu Levy0-3,300,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 9:42 PM Local Time

Tomas Junek raised from under the gun making it 125,000. Donald Vogel was next to act and he moved all in for 835,000. The rest of the table folded and Junek made the call.


The flop came     causing Vogel to lose one of his outs. Now he would have to hit the   or the  . The   then landed on the turn giving Vogel the lead. The   on the river blanked out for Vogel, and another short stack has doubled up.

Tomas Junek2,800,000-400,000
Donald Vogel1,800,000600,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 9:39 PM Local Time
Level: 29
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 10000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 9:31 PM Local Time

Tomas Junek raised from under the gun to 120,000, and it folded around to David Borg on the button. He quickly grabbed raising chips, and put in a three bet to 300,000. It folded back to Junek, and he asked Borg how much he started the hand with. Once he found out what he had, he announced all in. Borg thought for about 20 seconds before kicking his cards in.

After that hand, Junek is up to 3.2 million, and looking like he will be a threat to Eliyahu Levy, who's held the chip lead for the last few levels.

Tomas Junek3,200,000500,000
David Borg2,000,000-100,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 9:23 PM Local Time

Peter Eastgate limped from the button and Eliyahu Levy completed from the small blind and Tomas Junek checked from the big blind.

The flop came     prompting checks from Levy and Junek. Eastgate bet out 105,00. Levy folded, but Junek came along for the ride.

The   on the turn saw a repeat of action with Junek check-calling a bet of 150,000 from Eastgate. The   on the river saw Junek bet out 150,000 and Eastgate called. Junek flipped over    for two pair. This was seemingly good enough as Eastgate mucked.

Tomas Junek2,700,000-200,000
Peter Eastgate1,650,000-250,000
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 9:02 PM Local Time

Someone must be rigging these decks. For the second time in five hands, a short stack has doubled up by spiking a three-outer on the river. Action started with Eliyahu Levy, who raised it up to 125,000 under the gun. It folded around to Peter Eastgate in the big blind, and he grabbed the rest of his chips, 930,000 in total, and slid them into the middle. Levy called fairly quickly, and was in great shape.


The flop brought no help for either player, coming    . Levy was still out in front, and it stayed that way with the   on the turn. Eastgate would need a nine and a nine only, or else his dream of a second bracelet would be gone.

The river:  

Eastgate's rail went crazy while Levy's rail stook in disbelief. After the hand, Eastgate is back up to just under 2 million, while Levy drops down to 4.3 million.

Eliyahu Levy4,300,000-950,000
Peter Eastgate1,900,000700,000