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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em


Updated Counts

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6

Here are the updated chip counts as of right now for this heads up duel:

Chip Counts
Carter Phillips 8,550,000 820,000 pos
Joe Cada US US 4,050,000 -820,000 neg

Level 31 started


Preflop Pots

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6 • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

The past few pots have been taken down before the flop. Either a raise to 200,000 from the button takes it down, or if that fails the three-bet to 500,000 has been the other method for victory. These two bet sizes have become the standard in this match and it's been six hands since we've seen a flop.

Carter Phillips Takes Chip Lead

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6
Carter Phillips Doubles
Carter Phillips Doubles

Joe Cada had the button and raised to 200,000. Carter Phillips three-bet from the big blind to 500,000 and Cada replied by moving all in. Phillips called and the hands were tabled:

Cada: {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Phillips: {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}

Phillips paired his queen on the {2-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{6-Hearts} flop and Cada was hunting for a king to end it here. Fourth street was the {7-Hearts} and fifth the {5-Diamonds}, scoring a double up for Carter Phillips.

Phillips is now our chip leader with 7,730,000 to Cada's 4,870,000.

Chip Counts
Carter Phillips 7,730,000 3,630,000 pos
Joe Cada US US 4,870,000 -3,630,000 neg

Two Pots for Phillips

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6

Joe Cada raised to 200,000 on the button and Carter Phillips called. The flop was {J-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Hearts} and Phillips checked. Cada pushed 200,000 into the middle and Phillips raised to 500,000. Cada mucked and Phillips took down the pot.

In the next hand, Phillips raised to 200,000 from the button. Cada three-bet to 500,000 and Phillips responded by moving all in. Cada mucked and Phillips took it down.

Chip Counts
Joe Cada US US 8,500,000 -1,000,000 neg
Carter Phillips 4,100,000 1,000,000 pos

Cada Grabs One

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6

Joe Cada had the button and raised to 200,000. Carter Phillips called and the flop came down {Q-Hearts}{10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}.

Both players checked the flop and did the same on the turn of {8-Clubs}. The board completed with the {Q-Spades} and Phillips fired 165,000. Cada called and showed {A-Clubs}{9-Spades}. Phillips mucked his hand and Cada grabbed it.

Chip Counts
Joe Cada US US 9,500,000 600,000 pos
Carter Phillips 3,100,000 -600,000 neg

We Are Heads Up

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6
Joe Cada - Chip Leader Heads Up
Joe Cada - Chip Leader Heads Up

Only two players remain here in Event 31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Holding the big stack is 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Cada.

His opponent also holds one bracelet, winning Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed at the 2010 WSOP.

This is not the first time these two have tangled on the felt, either. Back in 2010 both players made a deep run in the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller event. Joe Cada was able to win a race and eliminate Carter Phillips in 12th place. Cada went on to finish 11th in this event.

This is truly a clash of the titans as both players vie for their second WSOP bracelet. If Cada can grasp a win here he will be the first Main Event champion to add a second bracelet to his wrist since Carlos Mortensen. Phillips on the other hand would love to add to his poker resume that he defeated a WSOP Main Event champion heads up for his second bracelet.

Chip Counts
Joe Cada US US 8,900,000
Carter Phillips 3,700,000

Tom Chambers Eliminated in 3rd Place ($290,875)

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6
Tom Chambers - 3rd Place
Tom Chambers - 3rd Place

Carter Phillips raised to 200,000 on the button and Tom Chambers moved all in from the small blind. Joe Cada peered down at his hand and re-shipped over the top from the big blind. Phillips mucked and the hands were shown to the crowd:

Cada: {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}
Chambers: {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}

Cada was in a huge lead with his kings and Chambers was in need of an eight or a miracle flop to give him the outs necessary to stay alive. The flop came {A-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and was of no help to Chambers. The {5-Hearts} rolled off on the turn and the {J-Clubs} completed the board sending Tom Chambers home in 3rd place.

Chip Counts
Joe Cada US US 8,900,000 1,700,000 pos
Tom Chambers Busted

Cherish Andrews Eliminated in 4th Place ($210,083)

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6
Cherish Andrews - 3rd Place
Cherish Andrews - 3rd Place

Joe Cada opened to 205,000 from the cutoff. Cherish Andrews shipped all in for about 1,900,000 from the button and it folded back to Cada who snap called.

Andrews: {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Cada: {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}

Andrews kept her lead on the {2-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop. Cada was still searching for an ace or a king but instead the turn was the {4-Hearts}, giving him four more outs to make the wheel.

The dealer pounded the table. The tension in the room was almost tangible as the dealer grabbed the top card in the deck and flipped it over.

The {3-Diamonds}.

Cada's rail absolutely exploded with shouts of elation while Andrew's friends merely hung their heads. Andrews will collect $210,083 in winnings. This hand propelled Cada into a massive chip lead.

Chip Counts
Joe Cada US US 7,200,000 2,240,000 pos
Cherish Andrews Busted

Carter vs. Cada

Posted 2012-06-19 GMT-6

Carter Phillips raised to 200,000 from the button and Joe Cada called from the big blind. The flop was {8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and Cada check-called a bet of 190,000. They both checked the turn of {K-Hearts} and the {Q-Hearts} completed the board. Cada checked and Phillips pushed out 310,000. Cada made it 1,000,000 and Phillips folded.

Chip Counts
Joe Cada US US 4,960,000 660,000 pos
Carter Phillips 4,000,000 -1,000,000 neg
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Winner Carter Phillips
Winning Hand ♣Q♦J
Prize 664,130

Level Info

Level 32
Blinds 80,000 / 16,000
Ante 20,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 3,794,850