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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, July 07, 2012 to Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Event #61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $62,031,385
  • Entries: 6,598
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, July 16, 2012 1:37 AM Local Time

Chip leader Marc Ladouceur

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
4101Greg Merson7,435,000
4102Jesse Sylvia7,385,000
4103Percy Mahatan6,750,000
4104Jamie Robbins8,750,000
4105Wilfried Harig2,665,000
4106Cylus Watson8,500,000
4107Elisabeth Hille9,770,000
4108David Balkin6,330,000
4109Marc Ladouceur15,875,000
4141Daniel Strelitz12,790,000
4142Russell Thomas9,985,000
4143Jacob Balsiger7,330,000
4144Jan Heitmann6,390,000
4145Michael Esposito7,045,000
4146Robert Buckenmayer4,410,000
4147Roland Israelashvili5,525,000
4148Scott Abrams8,080,000
4149Nicco Maag1,300,000
4161Andras Koroknai3,125,000
4162Steven Gee4,830,000
4163Danny Wong6,360,000
4164Paul Volpe2,650,000
4165Robert Salaburu10,915,000
4166Jeremy Ausmus8,300,000
4167Gaelle Baumann5,530,000
4168Yuval Bronshtein9,735,000
4169Robert Corcione8,745,000
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:30 AM Local Time
Marc Ladouceur15,875,0000
Daniel Strelitz12,790,0000
Robert Salaburu10,915,0004,720,000
Russell Thomas9,985,0000
Elisabeth Hille9,770,0000
Yuval Bronshtein9,735,0000
Jamie Robbins8,750,0000
Robert Corcione8,745,0000
Cylus Watson8,500,0000
Jeremy Ausmus8,300,0000
Scott Abrams8,080,0000
Greg Merson7,435,0000
Jesse Sylvia7,385,0000
Jacob Balsiger7,330,0000
Michael Esposito7,045,0000
Percy Mahatan6,750,0000
Jan Heitmann6,390,0000
Danny Wong6,360,0000
David Balkin6,330,0000
Gaelle Baumann6,295,0002,315,000
Roland Israelashvili5,525,0000
Steven Gee4,830,0000
Robert Buckenmayer4,410,0000
Andras Koroknai3,125,0000
Wilfried Harig2,665,0000
Paul Volpe2,650,0000
Nicco Maag1,300,0000
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:19 AM Local Time

Erik Hellman - 28th Place

Action folded around to Erik Hellman's small blind and he moved all in. Robert Salaburu snap-called and the hands were tabled.

Hellman: :  

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 Hellman0-4,850,000
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 Ladouceur15,875,0002,775,000
Robert Corcione8,745,000-2,855,000
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 Strelitz12,610,000-1,895,000
Roland Israelashvili5,540,0002,490,000
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:08 AM Local Time

Jacob Balsiger is only 21-years-old, but playing like an experienced pro. He's looking to make the final table of the 2012 WSOP Main Event.

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 Hille9,945,0002,470,000
Andras Koroknai3,775,000-2,090,000
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:58 AM Local Time

Yuval Bronshtein

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 Watson8,860,000-890,000
Yuval Bronshtein7,350,0002,400,000
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:53 AM Local Time
Level: 30
Blinds: 60000/120000
Ante: 15000
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 Strelitz14,505,000-1,885,000
Steven Gee6,100,0003,100,000
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 Maag1,745,000245,000
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 Ausmus8,580,000-1,280,000
Yuval Bronshtein5,720,000-180,000
Monday, July 16, 2012 12:44 AM Local Time

Jordan Batt - 29th Place

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 Abrams9,750,0003,650,000
Jordan Batt0-3,200,000
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 Watson9,750,000-1,850,000
Yuval Bronshtein5,500,0001,000,000
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 Salaburu7,000,0003,180,000