Monday, July 16, 2012 1:37 AM Local Time
Day 6 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event is in the books, and after another five-plus levels of play, Marc Ladouceur leads the remaining 27 players with 15.875 million chips.
The day began with 97 players and the chip leader was Kyle Keranen. Gavin Smith was the first notable player to bow out when his ace-queen was unable to best Eric Legoff's pocket jacks. There were then a flurry of eliminations, including William Hefflefinger, Stephane Bisson, Erik Cajelais, and Isaac Baron.
There were five women who returned to play on Day 5, including Vanessa Selbst, Elisabeth Hille, Gaelle Baumann, Marcia Topp, and Susie Zhao. Selbst had an incredibly rocky day, and it all began when she was crippled by David Balkin, who won a nearly two million-chip race with two red fours against Selbst's . The board ran out , and Selbst was left with just 380,000 chips. She then doubled with against the of Scott Anderson, turning a jack-high straight on a board of . A meaningless completed the board, and Selbst was back up to 700,000.
Selbst could never stay above the million-chip mark however, and on her final hand, she open-jammed 750,000 on the button with . Greg Merson called out of the big blind with , and the board ran out , eliminating Selbst in 73rd place.
Topp and Zhao were also eliminated today. Topp ran pocket sixes into Robert Corcione's pocket queens, and Zhao ran king-queen into Baron's ace-queen.
Today was not a good day to be a former end-of-day chip leader of the 2012 Main Event — Keranen (Day 5), and Dave D'Alesandro (Day 3) were both eliminated. Keranen doubled Scott Abrams, Corcione, and lost a big pot to Jeremy Ausmus before three-bet jamming over a raise and a call with . Percy Mahatan snapped it off with , and the board ran out , eliminating Keranen.
D'Alesandro was eliminated when he ran into the of Charles Coultras.
The chip lead changed hands several times today, and at one point, Amit Makhija, who entered the day with 1.4 million chips, vaulted into the lead with over 6 million. In a three-bet pot, he and A.J. Jejelowo took a flop of . Jejelowo led out for 600,000, and Makhija called. The turn as another nine – the – and Jejelowo checked to Makhija, who slid out 500,000. Jejelowo quickly moved all in for 2.045 million, and Makhija called. Makhija was ahead with , and Jejelowo was drawing slim with . The bricked on the river, and Makhija was suddenly the chip leader.
Makhija began sliding however, and after being bluffed by Marc Ladouceur in a massive pot, he three-bet jammed over an open from Abrams. Tristan Clemencon cold-called the all in from the big blind, and Abrams re-jammed. Clemencon tank called, and the hands were opened.
The board ran out , and both Makhija and Clemencon were eliminated.
Taylor Paur also ascended to the top of the counts today, but he too was unable to survive the day. Paur crossed the seven million-chip mark after winning big pots off of Steven Gee and Jamie Robbins, but Gee won a massive pot off of Paur holding two aces. Paur had queens on the board of , and the completed the board, doubling Gee to over five million chips.
Paur slipped down to around a million, and was eliminated in 33rd palce when he ran into Robbins' . The board did not help Paur, and he was eliminated.
At the end of the day when Erik Hellman busted in 28th place, Ladouceur was our leader followed by Daniel Strelitz and Corcione. Strelitz strung together three big pots during the middle of the day, Corcione chipped up steadily, and Ladouceur pounced late…
Join us tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, where we will play the remaining hour and thirty-seven minutes of Level 30. We will then march forward until there is a 2012 "Novemeber" Nine. Can Gaelle Baumann or Elisabeth Hille become the second woman to make a Main Event final table? Can Greg Merson take another step towards becoming the only double-bracelet winner of 2012? Can Jamie Robbins best his eleventh-place finish in the 2009 Main Event?
All of these questions and more will be answered tomorrow, but for now, good night from Las Vegas!
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:32 AM Local Time
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Monday, July 16, 2012 1:30 AM Local Time
|Marc Ladouceur||15,875,000||0 |
|Daniel Strelitz||12,790,000||0 |
|Robert Salaburu||10,915,000||4,720,000 |
|Russell Thomas||9,985,000||0 |
|Elisabeth Hille||9,770,000||0 |
|Yuval Bronshtein||9,735,000||0 |
|Jamie Robbins||8,750,000||0 |
|Robert Corcione||8,745,000||0 |
|Cylus Watson||8,500,000||0 |
|Jeremy Ausmus||8,300,000||0 |
|Scott Abrams||8,080,000||0 |
|Greg Merson||7,435,000||0 |
|Jesse Sylvia||7,385,000||0 |
|Jacob Balsiger||7,330,000||0 |
|Michael Esposito||7,045,000||0 |
|Percy Mahatan||6,750,000||0 |
|Jan Heitmann||6,390,000||0 |
|Danny Wong||6,360,000||0 |
|David Balkin||6,330,000||0 |
|Gaelle Baumann||6,295,000||2,315,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||5,525,000||0 |
|Steven Gee||4,830,000||0 |
|Robert Buckenmayer||4,410,000||0 |
|Andras Koroknai||3,125,000||0 |
|Wilfried Harig||2,665,000||0 |
|Paul Volpe||2,650,000||0 |
|Nicco Maag||1,300,000||0 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:19 AM Local Time
Action folded around to Erik Hellman's small blind and he moved all in. Robert Salaburu snap-called and the hands were tabled.
Salaburu was ahead and stayed that way when he paired his queen on the flop. The turn left Hellman drawing dead and the finished the board. Hellman will collect $236,921 for his efforts.
|Erik Hellman||0||-4,850,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:18 AM Local Time
From under the gun, Jeremy Ausmus raised to 250,000. Michael Esposito called from the button and Jesse Sylvia reraised out of the small blind to 735,000. Ausmus folded and Esposito called.
The flop came down and Sylvia bet 655,000. Esposito folded and Sylvia showed the .
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:17 AM Local Time
From under the gun, Jesse Sylvia raised to 250,000. Jeremy Ausmus reraised to 625,000 and won the pot.
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:15 AM Local Time
On the board, Marc Ladouceur bet an unknown amount and Robert Corcione called to see the land on the river. Ladouceur fired 1.445 million and Corcione called.
Ladouceur showed the for trip sixes with an ace kicker. Corcione mucked and Ladouceur moved to over 15 million in chips.
|Marc Ladouceur||15,875,000||2,775,000 |
|Robert Corcione||8,745,000||-2,855,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:14 AM Local Time
Jesse Sylvia raised to 240,000 from early position and Yuval Bronshtein called from the big blind to see the flop come down . Bronshtein checked and Sylvia bet 280,000. Bronshtein thought for a minute, then folded and Sylvia won the pot.
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:13 AM Local Time
Daniel Strelitz raised to 240,000 from under the gun and Roland Israelashvili called from middle position. Israelashvili proceeded to call bets on every street, first calling 330,000 on the flop, 575,000 on the turn, and 840,000 on the river.
Strelitz sheepishly turned over , which was no good against the of Israelashvili.
|Daniel Strelitz||12,610,000||-1,895,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||5,540,000||2,490,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:07 AM Local Time
Action folded to Andras Koroknai in the cutoff and he raised to 250,000, which Elisabeth Hille called from the small blind. The flop saw Hille check, Koroknai bet 310,000, Hille check-raise to 785,000 and Koroknai made the call.
When the dealer burned and turned the , Hille led out for 825,000, Koroknai called, and the peeled off on the river. Hille pushed out a bet of 2 million, which she could barely get out before Koroknai snap-folded.
|Elisabeth Hille||9,945,000||2,470,000 |
|Andras Koroknai||3,775,000||-2,090,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:58 AM Local Time
Yuval Bronshtein was quite active as Level 29 came to a close, having picked up several good hands and pushed with them each time.
Just now Jeremy Ausmus raised to 210,000 from the hijack seat, and Jacob Balsiger called from a seat over. Cylus Watson then pushed it up to 600,000 from the button. Yuval Bronshtein was next to act in the small blind, and after checking his cards he declared he was all in. All quickly folded back to Watson, and after a count it was determined Bronshtein was pushing for about 6 million total.
"I'm not bluffing," said Bronshtein with a grin as Watson considered the situation. Finally he folded, showing Bronshtein his (unsuited) rapidly as he did. Bronshtein turned over , and the pair continued to discuss the hand afterwards.
Bronshtein pointed out how it was "the best squeeze situation possible," while Watson smiled and shook his head, saying "I'm such a nit." "It's such a good fold, though," said Bronshtein, and they continued the discussion into the next hand.
|Cylus Watson||8,860,000||-890,000 |
|Yuval Bronshtein||7,350,000||2,400,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:53 AM Local Time
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:53 AM Local Time
The tournament staff has decided to play down to twenty-seven players, so rather than stop now, we will continue until there is one more elimination.
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:52 AM Local Time
Steven Gee raised to 200,000 on the button and Daniel Strelitz defended from the big blind. The flop saw Gee call a bet of 325,000, before he called off for 1.965 million on the turn.
Gee was ahead with aces, but he needed to dodge a heart on the river to survive. That's exactly what he did as the harmless peeled off.
|Daniel Strelitz||14,505,000||-1,885,000 |
|Steven Gee||6,100,000||3,100,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:49 AM Local Time
Nicco Maag raised all in from the cutoff seat for 1.535 million. Everyone folded and Maag won the pot to pick up some chips.
|Nicco Maag||1,745,000||245,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:46 AM Local Time
Yuval Bronshtein raised to 230,000 from under the gun and got a call from Jeremy Ausmus on the button. The flop came and both players checked. The turn brought the and another check from Bronshtein. Ausmus bet 325,000 and Bronshtein called.
The river was the . Bronshtein checked again, and when Ausmus bet 625,000 Bronshtein was there with the call. Ausmus showed , but Bronshtein had him with .
|Jeremy Ausmus||8,580,000||-1,280,000 |
|Yuval Bronshtein||5,720,000||-180,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:44 AM Local Time
Marc Ladouceur raised to 220,000 from the hijack seat and Scott Abrams reraised to 605,000 from the small blind. Jordan Batt moved all in for approximately 3.1 million from the big blind and Ladouceur folded. Abrams made the call.
Abrams held the for two overs against the for Batt.
The flop gave Abrams the lead with the falling. The turn was the and the river the . Batt finished with the losing hand and eliminated in 29th place for $236,921.
|Scott Abrams||9,750,000||3,650,000 |
|Jordan Batt||0||-3,200,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:36 AM Local Time
From early position, Cylus Watson raised to 215,000. Yuval Bronshtein called from the hijack seat and the flop came down . Watson checked and Bronshtein bet 300,000. Watson called.
The turn was the and Watson checked. Bronshtein bet 450,000 and Watson folded.
|Cylus Watson||9,750,000||-1,850,000 |
|Yuval Bronshtein||5,500,000||1,000,000 |
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:33 AM Local Time
Erik Hellman opened to 200,000 only to have Robert Salaburu three-bet to 400,000 from right next door. It folded back to Hellman and he announced all in. Salaburu snap called for his tournament life with which was ahead of Hellman's .
The board ran and Salaburu's kings were able to hold, awarding him a double up to about 7,000,000 in chips.
|Robert Salaburu||7,000,000||3,180,000 |