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Day 2 completed

Posted 2012-05-29 GMT-7

Event 1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Congratulations to Chiab Saechao, Event #1 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em Champion ($70, 859)!

Posted 2012-05-29 GMT-7 • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Chiab Saechao is the champion!
Chiab Saechao is the champion!

After 21 hours of grueling, crazy poker, we have our first bracelet winner of the 2012 World Series of Poker! A big congratulations goes out to Chiab “Chip” Saechao, who came into today as the chip leader, and rode that momentum to a final table victory in Event #1 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em. He will take home almost $71,000, and of course, the coveted gold bracelet, for his efforts.

732 entrants ponied up the $500 entry fee for the opening event of the series, and 81 of those players walked away with money in their pockets. 46 of those players came back today, including WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. Stewart played very well but, ultimately bowed out in 19th place.

Despite entering today as the chip leader, Saechao remained fairly quiet for the first half of the day. He entered the final table 8th in chips, and seemed very content with sitting back and letting the other players take each other out. With five players left, Saechao won back-to-back coin flips, including a roller coaster hand against Patricia Baker, the eventual runner up. Action began with Patricia Baker opening under-the-gun for 32,000. Action folded around to Saechao in the small blind who immediately pushed his entire stack in for about 260,000 more. Ray Pulford folded from the big and Baker fell into the tank. She eventually slid a calling stack into the middle.

Baker: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Saechao: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

"It's a race!" Saechao shouted.

The flop came {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and a clearly dejected Saechao groaned and shouted, "Ten!"

Turn: {10-Hearts}

Ask and you shall receive.

A {q-Clubs} fell on the river, giving Baker trips, but improving Saechao to a full-house as he doubled.

From there, Saechao never looked back, notching three of the final four eliminations, on his way to victory! Once again, a big congratulations go out to Chiab Saechao, our first bracelet winner of the summer!

Place Player Prize
1 Chiab Saechao $70,859
2 Patricia Baker $43,754
3 James Routos $28,206
4 Ray Pulford $20,663
5 Nicolas Vaca-Rondon $15,359
6 Jay Pinkussohn $11,571
7 Steven Phan $8,824
8 Matthew Wilmot $6,808
9 Georgi Ivanov $5,309

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Patricia Baker Eliminated in 2nd Place ($43,754)

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Patricia Baker - 2nd Place
Patricia Baker - 2nd Place

In what would be the final hand of Event #1, Chiab Saechao completed from the button and Patricia checked her option.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} and Baker check-called a 35,000 bet from Saechao.

Before the turn came, Baker announced a dark check. A {6-Spades} landed and Saechao checked behind.

The river came the {6-Diamonds} and Baker announced all in for her last 200,000. Saechao called immediately but was reluctant to turn his hand over. Baker obliged and said, "Straight," as she flipped over {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. Saechao triumphantly slammed down the {J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for a rivered flush and let out a heart-felt "Woooo!!" upon realizing his victory.

Baker will take home $43,754 for her efforts.

Chip Counts
Chiab Saechao 2,200,000 600,000 pos
Patricia Baker Busted

Saechao Nearing Victory

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Chaib Saechao called from the small blind, and Patricia Baker checked her option. The flop came out {4-Hearts}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, and Baker fired out a big bet of 100,000. Saechao went into the tank for about 20 seconds, before announcing all in. Baker had less then 400,000 behind, but she was reluctant to call off the rest of it. After about 30 seconds, she said "I should have raised preflop" and folded her hand. This dropped her down to 360,000, while Saechao now has almost 2 million.

Chip Counts
Chiab Saechao 1,840,000 240,000 pos
Patricia Baker 360,000 -240,000 neg

Heads Up!

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We are finally down to our final two players. Stay tuned as Chiab Saechao and Patricia Baker duke it out for the right to be called WSOP champion.

Chip Counts
Chiab Saechao 1,600,000
Patricia Baker 600,000 -20,000 neg

James Routos Eliminated in 3rd Place ($28,206)

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James Routos - 3rd Place
James Routos - 3rd Place

Action began with Chiab Saechao, who opened for 60,000 from the button. Patricia Baker folded from the small blind and James Routos announced he was all in from the big for his last 300,000. Saechao quickly called and hands were revealed.

Routos: {A-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}
Saechao: {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

The board ran out {J-Spades}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}, failing to improve Routos' hand and sending him to the rail in 3rd place.

Chip Counts
Chiab Saechao 1,600,000 1,449,400 pos
James Routos Busted

Baker Doubles Up Through Routos

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At this point, I'm pretty sure that James Routos and Chiab Saechao don't have a chance to win this tournament. Routos came in for a raise to 55,000 on the button, and Patricia Baker came along in the big blind. The flop came down {8-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}, and Baker thought for about 15 seconds before announcing a bet of 238,000, which was also all of her chips. Routos wasted little time in calling, and Baker knew that she had been caught.

Baker: {j-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Routos: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Both players caught a pair on the flop, but Routos was well out in front. The turn brought paint, but it was the {q-Diamonds}, and Baker would need a jack or a two to win the pot. The river brought paint again, but this time, it was the {j-Spades} that Baker was looking for. Baker doubled up yet again, and is sitting on over 600,000.

Chip Counts
Patricia Baker 620,000 320,000 pos
James Routos 310,000 -490,000 neg

Baker Bleeding Chips

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Action began with Patricia Baker, who completed from the small blind. James Routos checked his option.

The flop came {K-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and Baker led out for 100,000. Routos mulled over his decision and announced he was all in. Baker looked pained and eventually gave it up.

Baker is down to her last 300,000.

Chip Counts
James Routos 800,000 140,000 pos
Patricia Baker 300,000 -210,000 neg

Baker Binks the Double Up Against Saechao

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Patricia Baker limped in from the button, and James Routos called in the small blind. Chiab Saechao was sitting in the big blind, and he made it 60,000 on top to go. Baker came along for the ride, but Routos folded.

The dealer showed a flop of {9-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, and Saechao thought for just a few moments before announcing all in. Baker snap called, and showed {j-Spades}{9-Diamonds} for flopped top pair. Saechao caught no part of the flop, showing just {a-Hearts}{4-Spades}, and he would need some help. The turn came the {k-Clubs}, and Saechao was still looking for an ace. The {7-Hearts} hit the river, and Baker collected the double up.

Chip Counts
Chiab Saechao 1,010,000 -190,000 neg
Patricia Baker 510,000 210,000 pos
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Winner Chiab Saechao
Winning Hand ♦10♠10
Prize 70,859

Level Info

Level 21
Blinds 12,000 / 24,000
Ante 4,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 329,400