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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better


Chip Counts to Start Final Table

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6

"Norman Chad makes his way to his first WSOP final table, if you don't count the ones he's commentated.... Norman's goal is to win more WSOP bracelets than he has ex-wives."

So said the announcer just now, reading off the bio sheets the players fill out prior to the final table. The announcements — and jokes — having all been read, the official eight-handed final table is underway!

Chip Counts
Mark Gregorich 677,000 17,000 pos
Norman Chad 590,000
George Danzer 517,000 -33,000 neg
Yuval Bronshtein US US 340,000 80,000 pos
Oleksii Kovalchuk 335,000 9,000 pos
Wing Wong 184,000 -6,000 neg
Tim Burt 152,000 2,000 pos
Danny Ratigan 150,000 -10,000 neg

Brandon Guss Eliminated in 9th Place ($16,325)

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6
Brandon Guss - 9th Place
Brandon Guss - 9th Place


Mark Gregorich: {x-}{x-} / {a-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} / {x-}
Brandon Guss: {x-}{x-} / {9-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} / {x-}

Gregorich completed with an ace showing, and Guss moved all in for his last few thousand. The action behind folded, and Gregorich tabled {5-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. Guss showed {10-Spades}{9-Hearts}.

Gregorich made aces-up on sixth, and Guss couldn't make a better hand on seventh, eliminating him from the tournament. We are now down to the official final table, and the players are on a ten-minute break.

Chip Counts
Brandon Guss Busted

Seating Assignments (9 Remain)

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6 • Level 23

The final nine players have gathered around the not-official-final table on the main stage in the Pavilion Room. Brandon Guss is the super-short stack as play begins.

*Seat Player Chips
1 Oleksii Kovalchuk 326,000
2 George Danzer 550,000
3 Wing Wong 190,000
4 Daniel Ratigan 160,000
5 Tim Burt 150,000
6 Mark Gregorich 660,000
7 Yuval Bronshtein 260,000
8 Norman Chad 590,000
9 Brandon Guss 6,000

Jeffrey Lisandro Eliminated in 10th Place ($16,325)

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6
Jeff Lisandro - 10th Place
Jeff Lisandro - 10th Place


Jeffrey Lisandro raised preflop, and Oleksii Kovalchuk and Mark Gregorich called from the blinds. The flop came down {4-Spades}{7-Hearts}{q-Clubs}, and Kovalchuk checked. Gregorich bet, Lisandro raised enough to put himself all in, and Kovalchuk called. Gregorich re-raised, and Kovalchuk called.

The turn was the {5-Clubs}, and Kovalchuk checked. Gregorich bet, and Kovalchuk released.

Lisandro: {a-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}
Gregorich: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades}

The {8-Clubs} completed the board, and Gregorich scooped the entire pot.

Lisandro is eliminated in 10th place, and we're now down to the unofficial final table. A seat draw is coming shortly.

Chip Counts
Jeff Lisandro Busted

Perry Friedman Eliminated in 11th Place ($12,892)

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6
Perry Friedman - 11th place
Perry Friedman - 11th place


Down to just 25,000 to start the Omaha-8 round, Perry Friedman had to commit 15,000 of that as he was the big blind. Tim Burt then raised from the cutoff, George Danzer called from the small blind, and Perry pushed in his last 10,000.

The flop came {2-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and both players checked. The turn was the {3-Spades}. Danzer bet, and when Burt raised, that caused Friedman to raise as well — out of his seat. Danzer called.

The river brought the {J-Diamonds}, Danzer again bet, and Burt called.

Danzer showed {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} for the ace-high flush and nut low. Burt had {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} for a lesser flush and also the nut low (to which Danzer had caught up on the turn). Meanwhile Friedman had but {J-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}.

Three-quarters of the pot thus went to Danzer, the rest to Burt, and Friedman shook hands with his opponents and left with an 11th-place ticket.

Chip Counts
George Danzer 525,000 110,000 pos
Tim Burt 165,000 -90,000 neg
Perry Friedman Busted

Level 23 started


Break Counts

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Norman Chad 579,000 -11,000 neg
George Danzer 415,000 110,000 pos
Mark Gregorich 383,000 88,000 pos
Yuval Bronshtein US US 349,000 69,000 pos
Wing Wong 328,000 8,000 pos
Oleksii Kovalchuk 323,000 88,000 pos
Tim Burt 255,000 20,000 pos
Jeff Lisandro 155,000 10,000 pos
Danny Ratigan 69,000 -106,000 neg
Perry Friedman 51,000 30,000 pos
Brandon Guss 39,000 -121,000 neg

Break It Up

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6 • Level 22

The last 11 have left for another 20-minute break.

Friedman Falls Back

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6

Perry Friedman just took another tumble in a hand in which he opened from under the gun and got a single caller in George Danzer from the small blind.

The flop came {3-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{8-Spades}. Danzer bet, Friedman raised, and Danzer called. The turn was the {A-Hearts}, and Danzer bet again. This time Friedman just called.

The river was the {3-Spades}, and Friedman called another Danzer bet. Danzer tabled {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{9-Spades}{9-Hearts} for nines full of treys, while Friedman had {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} — failed flush and low draws, and aces and treys.

Chip Counts
George Danzer 305,000 45,000 pos
Perry Friedman 21,000 -134,000 neg

Friedman Survives

Posted 2012-06-24 GMT-6


We've been watching Perry Friedman survive repeated all-ins by chopping pots, first with Tim Burt, then again with Mark Gregorich. Friedman was just all in again in another situation — this time against three opponents — and emerged not only surviving, but with a nice addition to his stack.

In this one, Burt raised, Jeff Lisandro called from the button, George Danzer called from the small blind, and Friedman called from the big blind, leaving himself but 24,000 or two small bets. The flop came {10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Danzer checked, Friedman bet, and all three of his opponents called. Danzer checked again after the {5-Diamonds} turn, and this time after Friedman bet only Lisandro stuck around. Cards on their backs...

Friedman: {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}
Lisandro: {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades}

The river brought the {9-Hearts}, meaning Friedman had won the high with his diamond flush, and the pair split the low with the same 6-5-4-3-A.

Chip Counts
Perry Friedman 155,000 115,000 pos
Jeff Lisandro 105,000 -77,000 neg
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Winner Oleksii Kovalchuk
Winning Hand ♠A♦K♥9♠4
Prize 228,014

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 0 / 0
Ante 0

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