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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em


Levy Breaks Two, Builds Stack

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7 • Level 3

Adam "Roothlus" Levy has increased his starting stack more than threefold during the early going. He's sitting on about 15,500 already, having gained a lot during the first two levels busting two different players.

Cajelais Cut Down

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7

We came on this blind-vs.-blind battle between Erik Cajelais and an opponent sitting on either side of the dealer. The flop had been dealt {Q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Spades}. It appeared Cajelais had checked only to see his opponent push all in. "Call," said Cajelais, extending a tattooed arm as he set his remaining chips forward.

Cajelais had {A-Spades}{9-Spades} for the flush draw while his opponent held {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. The turn brought the {Q-Spades}, giving Cajelais his flush. But the river brought the {A-Clubs}, improving Cajelais's opponent to a full house and sending Cajelais out halfway through Level 3.

Chip Counts
Erik Cajelais Busted

Gags Takes a Hit

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7 • Level 3

Mike "Gags30" Gagliano, who recently took seventh place in Event #46 for $83,428, took 6,500 chips into the first break of today's $1,500 event. But he's back to around his starting stack after bluffing off a third of his chips a moment ago.

We walked up to see Gagliano and another player seeing a flop of {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. Gagliano had position and called a bet of 325. When the {2-Spades} fell on the turn, action was checked to Gagliano, who fired 675, and the other player called. The river brought the {7-Spades} and action was again checked over to Gagliano. He bet 975 this time, and after a short time thinking his opponent called.

Gagliano tabled {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} for a busted flush draw, and the other player flipped over {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} for Ace-high. Gagliano is back to around 4,800 chips

Late Arrivals, Early Departures

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7 • Level 3
David Singer
David Singer

Circling through the Brasilia again finds some late arrivers, including Jennifer Shahade, Thomas Fuller, Melanie Weisner, Toni Judet, Svetlana Gromenkova, and 2007 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Raymond Rahme.

Players continue to join the field for this last $1,500 NLHE event of the summer, with the big board showing more than 2,600 seated thus far. Meanwhile, some have already come and gone, including David Singer.

Late registration lasts until the start of Level 5, so we'll keep an eye on that "Entrants" number and see how this event compares to the other half-dozen $1,500 NLHE events that have been played this summer.

Three-Peat for Pete "The Greek"

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7 • Level 3
Jack Effel awards Panayote "Peter" Vilandos his WSOP gold bracelet
Jack Effel awards Panayote "Peter" Vilandos his WSOP gold bracelet

The start of Level 3 was delayed just a few minutes for the awarding of the gold bracelet to Panayote "Peter" Vilandos for his win over a tough field in Event 50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em. That marked a third career bracelet for the 72-year-old Vilandos, after his having won them previously in 1995 and 2009.

The national anthem of Greece was played in honor of Vilandos's triumph, and now play is back underway.

Level 3 started


Break Time

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7 • Level 2

Players are taking their first 20-minute break of the day.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane!

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7 • Level 2
He's faster than a speeding bullet
He's faster than a speeding bullet

We're all locked into this event, although even the players are buzzing about Mikhail Smirnov busting both Daniel Negreanu and Tom Dwan in the same hand over in Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. With quad nines, no less, enabling Smirnov to beat Negreanu's {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and Dwan's pocket aces.

Smirnov, recall, actually folded quads yesterday in a hand versus John Morgan. No shinola.

We know for sure, though, that even if Smirnov can dodge bullets, he isn't Superman. That's because the superhero is here visiting our event. No shinola.

A Hand from the Good Table

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7 • Level 2

"This is the good table."

Said Maridu Mayrinck with a smile as we happened by her table in the Silver section. On the other end of her table sat Salvatore Bonavena and Lauren Kling, both of whom happened to have been engaged in a hand.

With the board showing {2-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{7-Spades}{6-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}, a river bet and call resulted in Bonavena tabling {J-Clubs}{J-Spades} for a set of jacks that had arrived on fifth street, and Kling mucking. Bonavena has chipped up over 6,500 in the early going, while Kling has about 1,900.

The Ever-Expanding Tourney

Posted 2012-07-02 GMT-7 • Level 2

Erm... not sure if this is true or not, but if your reporter were to try to check it out by walking all of the way to Buzio's, he may not ever find his way back.

Opening Google Maps on iPhone now, just in case.

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Winner Tomas Junek
Winning Hand ♦10♥10
Prize 661,022

Level Info

Level 11
Blinds 500 / 1,000
Ante 100

Players Info

Prize Pool 3,777,300