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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 24, 2012 to Thursday, June 28, 2012

Event #45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $5,184,000
  • Entries: 108
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:05 AM Local Time

This is the official seat draw as received from the World Series of Poker. Viktor Blom and David Grey are in the same seat, and David Oppenheim is missing from this list. We will change this as soon as we receive an updated version.

TableSeatNameChip Count
4452David Chiu247,000
4453Dan Kelly135,700
4454Michael Mizrachi563,100
4455David Benyamine165,000
4456Allen Kessler46,600
4457Jeff Lisandro437,900
4461Doyle Brunson285,000
4462Chris Klodnicki69,600
4463Jon Spinks473,000
4464Stephen Chidwick261,700
4465Qushqar Morad363,700
4466Robert Mizrachi500,200
4467Andy Bloch687,000
4468Brian Hastings300,300
4471Viktor Blom358,000**
4471David Grey122,600**
4472Bill Chen194,400
4473Tom Chambers189,700
4474David Baker301,000
4475Patrik Antonius274,000
4476Scott Clements97,300
4477Michael Binger136,100
4478Barry Greenstein92,200
4481Keith GipsonDNR
4482Antony Lellouche392,600
4483Daniel Fuhs166,800
4484Shahryar Eslami364,500
4485Matt Hawrilenko42,000
4486Lyle Berman384,200
4487Ben Yu192,700
4488Phil Hellmuth246,100
4491Alexander Kravchenko236,400
4492George Danzer254,900
4493Michael Glick294,700
4494Greg Mueller204,200
4495Daniel Alaei488,700
4496Phil Ivey166,200
4497Charles Pacheco75,200
4511Richard Ashby101,400
4512John Hennigan460,300
4513Jason Mercier253,200
4514Brett Richey172,500
4515Bruno Fitoussi411,700
4516Minh Ly98,300
4517Roland IsraelashviliDNR
4518Matt Glantz370,900
4521John Esposito77,000
4522Shaun Deeb296,600
4523Dan Shak461,400
4525John Hanson174,000
4526Huck Seed117,000
4527Abe Mosseri633,100
4528Luke Schwartz311,000
4571John Monnette572,200
4572John D'Agostino36,800
4573Allen Bari234,900
4574Justin Smith152,800
4575Chad Brown61,000
4576Joe Cassidy542,300
4577Mike Wattel182,600
4578Brian Rast303,900
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:40 AM Local Time

Rast still in the hunt to defend his title

After a very slow first day of play in which only one player busted out, the action heated up on Day 2. After 500 more minutes of tournament poker we are down to 62 players, all of whom are gunning for that $1,451,527 first-place prize. Tomorrow we will make serious progress towards the money, with Andy Bloch as our chip leader with 687,000.

The first player that got eliminated was Justin Bonomo who started the day very low on chips. Towards the end of the first level we also lost Lee Goldman when he ran into Antony Lellouche's nuts in 2-7 Triple Draw. Stephen Mack busted out to John D'Agostino and slowly but surely we started losing more players in the second level.

Lellouche did not only crush Goldman's dreams, but he also took a big pot off David 'Bakes' Baker. Baker was left behind with little chips and busted shortly thereafter. It also wasn't Shawn Buchanan nor Scott Seiver's day today as both players didn't make it to the second break.

George Lind and Bertrand Grospellier also didn't have great days, as they both were eliminated rather quickly. The first Japanese bracelet winner, Naoya Kihara, who took down the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-max tournament, also made it to Day 2, but he came up short in Seven Card Stud against Nick Schulman.

One of the biggest pots of the day went down in the third level of the day. Jason Mercier tangled with Dan Shak, and within a couple of seconds we saw a pot worth around 370,000 chips. Shak got it in with an open-ended-straight draw and an overpair against Mercier's top set. The turn gave Mercier a flush draw, killing some of Shak's out. But the river was an off suit nine filling up Shak's straight. Read the entire hand here. Mercier's stack took a big hit, but he grinded himself back up and closed out the day with 253,200 while Shak finished with 464,400.

Cory Zeidman won a WSOP bracelet earlier this summer in the $1,500 Stud-8 tournament, but he won't be the first double bracelet winner this year. He busted out in Razz against Hasan Habib.

After the dinner break we quickly said goodbye to Eugene Katchalov. He came up short in Stud-8. John Juanda is also one of the players who didn't make his way through to Day 3. In No-Limit Hold'em he got his money in with ace-deuce and ran into Joe Cassidy's kings.

Gus Hansen showed up for his first tournament of the World Series of Poker, but that didn't pan out the way he had hoped. Phil Ivey, who was short for most of the day, took out the Dane. Ivey himself recovered well from a rough start and closed out the day with 166,200. Michael Mizrachi and Brian Rast will be the two only previous champions returning on Day 3 as David Bach was eliminated. Mizrachi will return tomorrow with 572,200 and is one of the biggest stacks. Robert Mizrachi, who made the final table when his brother won, also had a great day and he closed out with 500,200 chips. Rast has over twice the starting stack going into Day 3 with 303,900.

During the last of play, Daniel Negreanu and Jonathan Duhamel were eliminated. However, the last half of the level was dominated by the controversy a table #360 which you can read about here and here.

Sixteen players will make the money and here is the breakdown:


Play resumes at 2:00 PM local time tomorrow, so be sure to keep it here for updates on all of the exciting action and drama as it takes place.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:40 AM Local Time
Andy Bloch687,0000
Abe Mosseri633,1000
John Monnette572,2000
Michael Mizrachi563,1000
Joe Cassidy542,3000
Robert Mizrachi500,2000
Daniel Alaei488,7000
Jon Spinks473,00073,000
Dan Shak461,4000
John Hennigan460,30060,300
Jeff Lisandro437,9000
Bruno Fitoussi411,7000
Antony Lellouche392,60062,600
Lyle Berman384,2000
Matt Glantz370,900700
Ali Eslami364,5000
Qushqar Morad363,70033,700
Viktor Blom358,0000
Luke Schwartz311,0000
Brian Rast303,9000
David ODB Baker301,0000
Brian Hastings300,3000
Shaun Deeb296,6000
Michael Glick294,700-5,300
Doyle Brunson285,0000
Patrik Antonius274,0000
Stephen Chidwick261,700125,700
George Danzer254,900129,900
Jason Mercier253,2000
David Chiu247,00033,000
Phil Hellmuth246,1000
Alexander Kravchenko236,400-8,600
Allen Bari234,900-15,100
David Oppenheim217,000-27,000
Greg Mueller204,2000
Bill Chen194,400-25,600
Ben Yu192,700-67,300
Tom Chambers189,700-15,300
Mike Wattel182,60012,600
Roland Israelashvili180,0005,000
John Hanson174,000-84,000
Brett Richey172,500-67,500
Danny Fuhs166,80036,800
Phil Ivey166,2000
David Benyamine165,000-40,000
Justin Smith152,80072,800
Michael Binger136,100-3,900
Dan Kelly135,70042,700
David Grey122,6002,600
Huck Seed117,0002,000
Richard Ashby101,400-37,600
Minh Ly98,3004,300
Scott Clements97,30047,300
Barry Greenstein92,200-22,800
John Esposito77,000-40,000
Charles Pacheco75,200-65,800
Chris Klodnicki69,600-148,400
Chad Brown61,000-16,000
Keith Gipson59,500-80,500
Allen Kessler46,600600
Matt Hawrilenko42,000-34,000
John D'Agostino36,800-118,200
Monday, June 25, 2012 11:59 PM Local Time

Continued from below...

With the request coming from Shaun Deeb that he wanted an official ruling from World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel, the lead floor supervisor was called in and arrived on the scene within a few minutes to try and solve the issue as Effel was no longer in the building.

This floor first needed to hear things from the dealer upon arriving on the scene. By this time it had been over 20 minutes since it all began. The dealer ran through the actions to the floor, what had happened, what was said and how it ended. The floor then heard from the players again before making the final ruling.

The ruling was reversed in that it was deemed "accepted action" by all parties that all of the money was in the middle, even though Abe Mosseri had only said, "I call." Nikolai Yakovenko would have only committed about 60% of his stack by putting in the pot-sized reraise, but it was now ruled that he had to pay off Mosseri's entire lot.

There was a lot of back and forth between the players, even the ones not directly involved in the hand. All were trying to get the entire story straight and the pot set so play could move forward. Because of the time this had taken, which was around 30 minutes at this point, the players requested something be done about putting time back on the clock. Although the other tables in the tournament weren't directly involved in the hand, all tables had suffered because everyone was paying attention to the commotion rather than playing at a normal speed.

While the back and forth between Mosseri, Yakovenko and the floor was going on, Yakovenko had told the floor about Mosseri talking about his hand, showing them when he looked back at them and also about how he himself said to Mosseri that he reraised the pot, but was not actually all in. There was also a little bit of back story between the two that Ali Eslami filled us in on.

Early in the night, a hand happened where Yakovenko made a wheel, but turned over the two cards he wasn't using for the wheel first. A few seconds later, he turned over the cards that showed he had a wheel and scooped the pot after slowrolling Mosseri. Mosseri was upset and picked up the chips he owed to Yakovenko and tossed them across the table. Yakovenko had pulled this move because prior to this, Mosseri was doing some unpleasant joking towards Yakovenko's play in the event.

Eventually, Mosseri said he didn't want Yakovenko to ever talk to him again and the two got quiet. Yakovenko now directed most of his attention to the floor because he was rather upset with the ruling and having to pay Mosseri's entire amount. Mosseri, on the other hand, was busy stacking up his new stack of over 600,000 in chips. Mosseri also added that he thought the players were all in and said he would have just left if he had lost the pot. Deeb was also busy stacking up his chips as he had more than tripled his stack.

It took a few minutes to actually sort out the pot and get it correct before play resumed at the table. The players seated at Table 360 did ask the floor if there was something they could do about the time they had missed. The floor went to work on that, if possible, while the dealer dealt the next hand.

Yakovenko was left with just under 15,000 in chips and got them all in on the next hand in a hand of Limit Hold'em. He was all in preflop against Viktor Blom and Roland Israelashvili. At the showdown on the       board, Yakovenko's    couldn't beat Blom's   . Israelashvili had the   . Yakvenko was eliminated, but that only brought up another issue.

With everything taking so long with the big hand, a table needed to be broken, but it was held up. The table was eventually broken and Phil Ivey took the seat once claimed by Yakovenko. The players at the table wanted more time because of the issue, but it had just been announced that there was only four hands left in the day and the clock was paused. Because Ivey had now joined the table, the floor said they couldn't play extra time as Ivey would be playing double because he came from an active table.

The table came up with a solution on the behalf of Eslami to finish out the four hands with Ivey, then remove him from the table and play an extra 15-20 minutes on their own. They believed it would be like they were "going back in time to fill the space," as Eslami put it. Problem was, Ivey said he wanted to be a part of it as he had missed some hands at the other table due to the slow play and the table not breaking because of the controversy that had happened. In the end, though, it was ruled that no time would be added and the players would simply finish their four hands for the night and then bag up their chips.

After it was all over some 40-45 minutes after the first limp from Charles Pacheco, Yakovenko did some debating with the floor staff on the side, which lasted a few minutes. After he was done, Mosseri talked to the floor to give his final thoughts. Eslami also spoked with the floor and said what he felt on the situation and the final ruling.

While many of the players were leaving the tournament area following the completion of the day, many of them complimented the floor on the correct ruling given all that had happened. It seemed to be well understood by all that it was a very difficult situation and something that hadn't been seen before, making it truly a unique issue.

Monday, June 25, 2012 11:43 PM Local Time

The controversy unfolds

"Somebody get a writer over here to write this one down!" yelled out Ali Eslami from Table 360 before popping up out of his chair and looking around. PokerNews was right there as Eslami made the cry for a reporter. "Look at this crazy five-way pot," he said.

The action when our reporter arrived at the table was as follows.

From under the gun, Charles Pacheco limped in. Viktor Blom limped in from middle position and then Abe Mosseri limped in behind him in the hijack seat. Shaun Deeb then called on the button and John D'Agostino completed the bet from the small blind. Then, things got a bit interesting.

Nikolai Yakovenko was in the big blind and he raised to 12,400. Pacheco, Blom and Mosseri all made the call before action was back on Deeb. He took some time to think about his decision and then announced that he raised the pot.

Deeb actually had less than a full, pot-sized raise. His stack was a total of 68,800 and he was in for all of it. D'Agostino folded his hand from the small blind and then Yakovenko took some time of his own to think. After a minute or two, Yakovenko said, "All right, I'm all in."

While Deeb had less than the pot, Yakovenko had more and wasn't exactly all in just yet, but he slid a couple of giant stacks forward. Pacheco checked his cards again and made some facial movements. Blom quickly tossed his hand away, but had acted out of turn. A little bit longer passed and Pacheco then folded. With Blom already out of the way, Mosseri was up and had a very big decision in front of him.

Mosseri had a little under 400,000 in his stack and asked Yakovenko to count his stack. Yakovenko said to Mosseri that he actually had more than the pot, but Mosseri still wanted a count on Yakovenko's entire stack, using a few choice words. With all the chips Yakovenko had, it took him and the dealer a little bit to break down all the stacks. When it was finished, Yakovenko was said to have had 407,300. Now it was Mosseri's turn to tank.

Mosseri went into the tank, while Deeb stood up next to the table and watched. While Mosseri tanked for several minutes, a large crowd gathered around the table. It seemed as though every few seconds that passed, a new person showed up to watch what was going on. Everyone wanted to see what was going on and some were commenting on the action, which Yakovenko jumped in and asked people to stop doing. Deeb backed him up and silenced the spectators.

It was several long minutes in the tank for Mosseri. D'Agostino was pacing around behind the table telling people they weren't even going to get to play another hand because of how long this had been taking. D'Agostino was very short at the time and was looking to get some more hands in.

At one point when Mosseri was in the tank, he did some talking about his hand out loud, which Yakovenko wanted him to stop doing. Mosseri had announced his hand, saying, "I have aces and one suit," while plenty of other players were hovering around. Yakovenko took this as Mosseri "polling his friends" about his hand. There was also a point when Mosseri looked back at his cards and Greg Mueller leaned down to peak in from behind, which Yakovenko also requested be put to a stop.

Mosseri tanked for what most estimated at 10-15 minutes before Yakovenko finally called the clock on him. "Wow, this is the first time in my life anyone has called the clock on me," said Mosseri. Mosseri was given a minute to act on his hand by the floor staff and eventually said, "I call."

After Mosseri said he made the call, he turned his hand over, which was followed by Deeb turning his hand over and Yakovenko turning his over. Here's what was seen:


With all the cards turned up, the dealer quickly ran out the flop, turn and river with the      . Deeb had made a spade flush to more than triple up and win the main pot. For the side pot, Mosseri's aces held up and he was the winner of that one. But then, there was more controversy.

After the board ran out, Yakovenko said, "Wait a minute, he only said call," speaking of Mosseri's preflop action. Because Yakovenko had more than the pot when he raised, he wasn't actually all in. He stated that he only reraised the pot, which caused issue about whether or not everyone's money actually went in. It was clear that Deeb was all in, but the side pot between Mosseri and Yakovenko was in question due to Mosseri saying only, "I call."

The floor staff was called over again and the dealer informed him that the hands were prematurely tabled with action still pending between Mosseri and Yakovenko. It took another few minutes to get the story of the hand straight and figure out what was to happen.

The aftermath with all the hands tabled and the board in the middle of the felt

The pot was counted, which Eslami's iPad calculator was needed for, to determine that Yakovenko's reraise was to 246,000. With Mosseri's stack at around 150,000 more than that, the first floor ruled that the turn and river would have to be rerun as the flop action hadn't been complete. Deeb flung his arms up in the air and couldn't believe the ruling. Neither could anyone watching or the players at the adjacent tables who could hear things.

Shouts of, "That is the worst ruling of all time," and "I can't believe that's the rule," and "Are you joking?" rang out within the tournament area. Deeb spoke up and said he wasn't accepting the ruling and that he wanted the ruling of World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel.

More to follow...

Monday, June 25, 2012 11:35 PM Local Time
Andy Bloch687,000152,000
Abe Mosseri633,100215,100
John Monnette572,200272,200
Michael Mizrachi563,100153,100
Joe Cassidy542,3002,300
Robert Mizrachi500,20010,200
Daniel Alaei488,700116,700
Dan Shak461,400-33,600
Jeff Lisandro437,90027,900
Bruno Fitoussi411,70091,700
Lyle Berman384,20089,200
Matt Glantz370,20062,200
Ali Eslami364,50073,500
Viktor Blom358,00080,000
Brian Rast303,90033,900
David ODB Baker301,00016,000
Shaun Deeb296,600176,600
Doyle Brunson285,00068,000
Patrik Antonius274,00014,000
Jason Mercier253,200-31,800
Phil Ivey166,200-67,800
Monday, June 25, 2012 11:24 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

On one of the last hands of the day Bill Chen made an end to Rami Boukai's tournament. Boukai was in the cutoff, and Chen had the small blind when the flop read    . Boukai was all in for 19,800 and we saw the following showdown.

Bill Chen    
Ram Boukai    

The board ran out    giving Chen the win and knocking out Boukai.

Bill Chen220,00045,000
Rami Boukai0-49,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 11:17 PM Local Time

We are playing four more hands before the day is done.

Monday, June 25, 2012 11:13 PM Local Time


Doyle Brunson just won a serious pot off Greg Mueller

Richard Ashby   /    - Fold
Doyle Brunson   /      /  
Greg Mueller   /      /  

On fourth street Brunson bet, Mueller called and Ashby folded. Brunson bet again on fifth street and Mueller raised. Brunson called and both players checked on sixth and seventh street.

Brunson turned over     and Mueller mucked his cards.

Greg Mueller230,000-102,000
Doyle Brunson217,000129,000
Richard Ashby139,000-10,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 11:06 PM Local Time
Qushqar Morad330,000-15,000
Bruno Fitoussi320,000-7,000
David ODB Baker285,00073,000
Patrik Antonius260,00090,000
Alexander Kravchenko245,000-25,000
Michael Binger140,000-75,000
Barry Greenstein115,00032,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:58 PM Local Time

Daniel Negreanu

In the midst of the drama around Table #360, Daniel Negreanu was eliminated.

Daniel Negreanu00
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:56 PM Local Time

Details are on the way, but Abe Mosseri, Shaun Deeb, and Nikolai Yakovenko are involved in a Pot-Limit Omaha pot that is full of drama and controversy. It's been going on for about 10 minutes and a resolution to whatever the situation is hasn't been reached as of yet.

We'll have full details for you as soon as it wraps up, and it looks like it could be a while!

Monday, June 25, 2012 10:53 PM Local Time
Dan Shak495,000128,000
Jeff Lisandro410,000154,000
Lyle Berman295,000-30,000
Allen Bari250,00077,000
Tom Chambers205,000-55,000
Chad Brown77,000-60,000
Scott Clements50,000-62,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:49 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Viktor Blom was near the top of the standings a few hours ago, but he just lost a pot to Ali Eslami knocking him down to under twice the starting stack.

Blom raised from late-position and Eslami made the call from the button. The flop came down     and both players checked.

The turn was the  , and Blom bet 12,600. Eslami made the call, and the river was the  . Blom fired out 26,000 this time, and Eslami called him right away. Blom mucked his cards, and Eslami showed      for top two pair to take down the pot.

Ali Eslami291,000146,000
Viktor Blom278,000-79,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:48 PM Local Time
Andy Bloch535,00020,000
Michael Mizrachi410,000120,000
Antony Lellouche330,000-174,500
Ben Yu260,000-22,000
David Benyamine205,000-63,000
Mike Wattel170,00043,000
Keith Gipson140,00010,000
Huck Seed115,00061,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:39 PM Local Time
Robert Mizrachi490,00066,000
David Oppenheim244,00070,000
David Chiu214,000131,000
Bill Chen175,000-20,000
George Danzer125,000-75,000
Rami Boukai49,000-84,000
Allen Kessler46,000-17,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:39 PM Local Time

Doyle Brunson

No-Limit Hold'em

We just heard that Richard Ashby managed to double his stack to the expense of Doyle Brunson.

In a blind battle all the chips went in, and Ashby showed   . Brunson turned over    and couldn't catch up as the board ran out      .

Brunson is knocked back down to 88,000 while Ashby is right around starting stack.

Richard Ashby149,00044,000
Doyle Brunson88,000-32,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:34 PM Local Time
Joe Cassidy540,0000
John Monnette300,00093,000
Luke Schwartz255,000165,000
Chris Klodnicki218,00023,000
Minh Ly94,000-119,000
Dan Kelly93,00031,000
Matt Hawrilenko76,000-89,000
David Steicke0-82,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:33 PM Local Time

World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel has just been eliminated. Duhamel bought in on day two, but he couldn't get anything going.

No Limit Hold'em
Duhamel first managed to double up when he got his final 20,000 chips into the pot with   . Rami Boukai made the call from the big blind and showed   . The board ran out       giving Duhamel trips on the river in order to survive.

Not too long after this hand it was David Oppenheim who beat Duhamel for his final chips in Seven Card Stud as we are down to 68 players.

Jonathan Duhamel0-120,000
Monday, June 25, 2012 10:32 PM Local Time

Lyle Berman

Pot-Limit Omaha

From under the gun, Marco Johnson limped in and action folded to Lyle Berman on the button. He raised the pot and made it 10,800 to go. The blinds folded and then Johnson made the call.

The     rolled out on the flop and Johnson checked. Berman tossed out 25,200 and Johnson took a minute to make the call. From there, the   landed on the turn. After another minute of thought, Johnson moved all in for approximately 71,000. Berman quickly called.


Johnson had flopped a straight and flush draw, but turned a set to take the lead. Berman needed a six or a heart on the river to win the pot and bust Johnson, but Johnson did have some blockers against Berman's draw.

The river completed the board with the   — it was red and it was a heart. Berman nailed his flush and won the pot, sending Johnson out the door and moving up to 325,000 in chips.

Lyle Berman325,00030,000
Marco Johnson0-131,000