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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz



Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Phil Hellmuth 1,240,000 90,000 pos
Brandon Cantu 500,000
Don Zewin 360,000 40,000 pos
Scott Fischman 215,000 -100,000 neg

Cantu Takes from Zewin

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6

Brandon Cantu had the bring-in and then called a completion from Don Zewin, who you may recall finished ninth in this very event back in 2009. When he took the lead on the turn, Cantu bet and it was Zewin's turn to call. Cantu kept the lead for the remainder of the hand and bet every street. Zewin came along and after he called seventh, Cantu said, "Nine."

"Nine what?" the soft-spoken Zewin asked. Cantu showed a 9-8 and it was good enough.

Zewin: (x-x) / {4-}{9-}{K-}{J-} / (x)
Cantu: (x-x) / {7-}{8-}{K-}{9-} / (x) ({2-}{4-}{9-})

Chip Counts
Brandon Cantu 500,000 100,000 pos
Don Zewin 320,000 -143,000 neg

Fischman Finally Folds

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6
Scott Fischman {x-}{x-} / {8-}{7-}{6-}{10-} / {x-}
Phil Hellmuth {x-}{x-} / {8-}{6-}{4-}{q-} / {x-}
Don Zewin {x-}{x-} / {5-}{5-} (FOLDED)

Zewin completed, and both Fischman and Hellmuth called. Hellmuth led out on fourth street, and only Fischman called. Fischman called another bet on fifth, both players checked on sixth, and Fischman checked again on seventh. Hellmuth bet, and Fischman went into the tank.

"You would never try to bluff here," Fischman announced. "Because I always call."

Fischman folded, and Hellmuth fanned {a-}{4-}{2-} for for an eighty-six. Fischman mucked.

"I finally folded," Fischman exclaimed. "And I was right!"

He gave a sarcastic whoop while Hellmuth raked in another pot.

Chip Counts
Phil Hellmuth 1,150,000 150,000 pos
Scott Fischman 315,000 -65,000 neg

"You Could Have Been Drawing Dead"

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6

Phil Hellmuth completed with his {2-} and found a caller in Brandon Cantu, who was showing {10-}. Hellmuth proceeded to bet every street, and Cantu called through sixth. On seventh, Cantu tanked over the bet and Hellmuth informed him, "You could have been drawing dead."

Cantu: (x-x) / {10-}{7-}{6-}{J-} / (x) ({A-}{3-}{10-})
Hellmuth: (x-x) / {2-}{5-}{7-}{9-} / (x-x)

Cantu thought for a few moments more and made the call. "Ten," Hellmuth said for a 10-9 low. Luckily for Cantu, his 10-7 was better.

Chip Counts
Phil Hellmuth 1,000,000 -150,000 neg
Brandon Cantu 400,000 85,000 pos

More for Hellmuth

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6

Don Zewin completed with a {3-} and was met with a raise by Phil Hellmuth. Zewin made the call and then bet on the turn, which Hellmuth called. From there, Zewin check-called bets on fifth and sixth street, but then check-folded on seventh. It was a good thing he did as Hellmuth showed his hand.

Hellmuth: (x-x) / {8-}{K-}{4-}{9-} / (x) ({6-}{A-}{2-})
Zewin: (x-x) / {3-}{9-}{10-}{Q-} / (x)

Interestingly, this isn't the first time Hellmuth and Zewin have met. Back in 1989 when Hellmuth won the Main Event, he defeated Johnny Chan in heads-up play. The man who finished third in that event . . . Don Zewin.

Chip Counts
Phil Hellmuth 1,150,000 75,000 pos
Don Zewin 463,000 -102,000 neg

Hellmuth Over a Milly

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6
Scott Fischman {x-}{x-} / {5-}{3-}{a-}{q-} / {x-}
Phil Hellmuth {x-}{x-} / {9-}{6-}{7-}{9-} / {x-}

We caught up with the action on fourth street, where Fischman led out. Hellmuth called. Fischman led out on fifth, sixth, and seventh, and Hellmuth called him down. Fischman fanned {k-}{j-}{4-} for a jack-low, but Hellmuth was best with {a-}{a-}{5-} for a ninety-seven.

Chip Counts
Phil Hellmuth 1,075,000 280,000 pos
Scott Fischman 380,000 -100,000 neg

Brendan Taylor Eliminated in 5th Place ($40,167)

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6
Brendan Taylor - 5th Place.
Brendan Taylor - 5th Place.

Brandon Cantu completed with a {3-}, Brendan Taylor raised with an {8-}, and Taylor re-raised. The rest of the chips got in, and the hands were opened.

Taylor: {6-}{2-} / {8-}
Cantu: {7-}{6-} / {3-}

Both players were dealt paint on fourth street - Cantu a {q-} and Taylor a {k-} - and both players received a {4-} on fifth. Cantu improved with a {2-} on sixth, Taylor received more paint ({q-}), and Cantu turned over a {7-} on seventh. We missed Taylor's last card, but he mucked, and exited the tournament in fifth place.

Chip Counts
Brandon Cantu 315,000 35,000 pos
Brendan Taylor Busted

Level 24 started

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6


Brandon vs. Brendan

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6

Brandon Cantu completed with a {6-} only to have Brendan Taylor raise with a {9-}. Cantu thought long and hard before making the call. With the lead, Cantu bet the turn and Taylor called. The latter then check-called a bet on fifth street before pairing and folding on sixth.

"Whew," Cantu said as he showed his hole cards . . . {2-}{7-}.

Taylor: (x-x) / {9-}{J-}{10-}{9-}
Cantu: {7-}{2-} / {6-}{7-}{Q-}{2-}

Chip Counts
Brandon Cantu 280,000 155,000 pos
Brendan Taylor 100,000 -180,000 neg

Hellmuth's Heater Continues

Posted 2012-06-10 GMT-6
Phil Hellmuth can smell number twelve.
Phil Hellmuth can smell number twelve.

Phil Hellmuth: {x-}{x-} / {6-}{4-}{k-}{k-} / {x-}
Brendan Taylor: {x-}{x-} / {7-}{4-}{2-}{j-} / {x-}

Taylor completed with a {7-}, Hellmuth called with a {6-}, and both players were dealt a {4-} on fourth. Hellmuth check-called a bet. Taylor led out on fifth, sixth, and seventh, and on seventh, Hellmuth ripped off his glasses.

"I think I'm supposed to raise," Hellmuth announced. "But I just call. I caught a seven."

Hellmuth fanned {a-}{7-}{2-} for a seventy-four, and all we saw from Taylor's hand was {10-}{3-}. Hellmuth pulled in the monster pot, and is starting to pull away.

Chip Counts
Phil Hellmuth 795,000 145,000 pos
Brendan Taylor 280,000 -180,000 neg
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Events List


Winner Phil Hellmuth
Winning Hand xAx4xAx2xJx4x10
Prize 182,793

Level Info

Level 28
Limits 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 702,975