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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em


Lanosga Leaps Up

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6
Randolph Lanosga
Randolph Lanosga

James Taylor limped from middle position, Alex Cordero limped as well from the button, Hieu Nguyen completed from the small blind, and Randolph Lanosga checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came {2-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Spades}. It checked to Lanosga who bet 72,000. Taylor and Cordero quickly folded, but Nguyen stuck around. The turn brought the {Q-Diamonds}. Nguyen checked, Lanosga bet 100,000, and Nguyen called.

The river was the {K-Clubs}. This time Nguyen led out, betting 200,000. Then Lanosga raised to 500,000, causing Nguyen to shake his head in disbelief. Finally he folded, showing a {Q-} as he did.

Chip Counts
Randolph Lanosga 1,510,000 868,000 pos
Hieu Nguyen 190,000 -120,000 neg

Another Cordero Bluff Works Out

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6
Alex Cordero
Alex Cordero

While that wild three-way all-in was playing out on one table, another interesting one was happening at the other involving Alex Cordero and Hieu Nguyen.

That one began with Cordero limping from the button, Hieu Nguyen completing from the small blind, and Randolph Lanosga checking in the big blind. The flop came {J-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}, and when it checked to Cordero he bet 48,000. Only Nguyen stuck around.

The turn was the {3-Diamonds}. Nguyen checked, and Cordero pushed out a bet of 118,000. After a lot of thought, Nguyen called.

The river was the {6-Diamonds}, putting a fourth diamond on the board. Nguyen checked again, and Cordero took a look back at his hand before betting 250,000. That sent Nguyen deep into the tank for several minutes. Finally he folded, appearing to flash a {6-} as he did.

"Do you want to see?" asked Cordero, then turned over his hand — {K-Spades}{7-Hearts}! Nguyen walked away from the table in disgust.

"I won't bluff anymore," said Cordero to the others as he collected the chips.

Chip Counts
Alex Cordero 1,650,000 -92,000 neg
Hieu Nguyen 310,000 -489,000 neg

River Jack Saves Two

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6

We just watched what is probably the hand of the day thus far, one that appeared as though it would result in two eliminations with one card to come, but ultimately from which everyone survived.

It began with Jonathan Hilton raising to 150,000 from middle position, leaving himself but about 80,000 behind. It folded to Martin Vallo on the button who reraised all in for about 670,000, then it folded to Daniel Eichhorn in the big blind. Eichhorn studied everyone's stacks, then announced he was all in, and Hilton called.

Eichhorn: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}
Hilton: {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}
Vallo: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

"Just gimme a jack and a triple up," said Hilton. He got a jack all right — in fact, a couple — as the flop came {J-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} to put him in front. But the {10-Diamonds} fell on the turn, giving Eichhorn a Broadway straight. "Nice hand," said Hilton, having already accepted his fate.

Then came the river… the {J-Clubs}! A third jack, giving Hilton quads and Vallo a full house, meaning both survived.

Chip Counts
Daniel Eichhorn 1,150,000 -640,000 neg
Martin Vallo 860,000 41,000 pos
Jonathan Hilton 715,000 459,000 pos

David Steirman Eliminated in 16th Place ($25,780)

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6
David Steirman - 16th place
David Steirman - 16th place

Iakov Onuchin opened to 52,000 from the cutoff seat and action folded over to David Steirman in the small blind, who went all in for his last 285,000. Onuchin quickly called to put Steirman at risk and hands were revealed.

Onuchin: {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}
Steirman: {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts}

The {6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} all but sealed the deal for Steirman. The {10-Diamonds} turn did give him an open-ended straight draw, however, the {2-Spades} river bricked out for Steirman and he was sent to the rail in 16th place.

Onuchin is up to 850,000 following the knockout.

Chip Counts
Iakov Onuchin 850,000 113,000 pos
David Steirman Busted

Slow and Steady

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6

After seeing eliminations come at a clip of about once every seven minutes during the first four levels today, play has slowed considerably here at the start of Level 24.

Just now Sebastien Comel opened with a raise to 50,000 from middle position, then Daniel Thomas reraised to 115,000 from the cutoff. It folded to Daniel Eichhorn in the big blind who spent some time studying Thomas's remaining stack — about 350,000. Finally Eichhorn pushed out a four-bet to 196,000, and Comel quickly folded.

Thomas considered the situation for a long time — at least three minutes — along the way rechecking his cards and riffling his chips. Finally he let his hand go.

Chip Counts
Daniel Eichhorn 1,790,000 125,000 pos
Sebastien Comel 1,420,000 -120,000 neg
Daniel Thomas 350,000 -181,000 neg

Sixteen Stories To Tell

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6 • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

The remaining players — the "sweet sixteen" — are currently filling out bio sheets for WSOP staff in anticipation of the final table. When they're done, the first hands of Level 24 will be dealt.

We lost 22 players during the first two levels today, then another 13 during the next two. If that pace continues, we may be reaching that final nine sooner than later.

Level 24 started


Break Time (with Updated Chip Counts)

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6

The remaining 16 players are taking a 20-minute break. Here's a look at the stacks they've left at the tables:

Chip Counts
Alex Cordero 1,742,000
Daniel Eichhorn 1,665,000
Dominik Nitsche 1,450,000
Sebastien Comel 1,239,000
Yoav Tenenbaum 1,194,000
Joshua Prager 953,000
Martin Vallo 819,000
Hieu Nguyen 799,000
Jonathan Miller 757,000
Iakov Onuchin 737,000
Randolph Lanosga 642,000
Daniel Thomas 531,000
Franklin Johnson 518,000
David Steirman 292,000
Jonathan Hilton 256,000
James Taylor 244,000

Tenenbaum Doubles Through Comel On Last Hand Before Break

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6 • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Sebastien Comel opened to 50,000 from the small blind and Yaov Tenenbaum responded by three-betting to 150,000 from the big blind. Comel tanked for a bit, but then announced he was all in. Tenenbaum quickly called all in for his last 585,000 and hands were revealed.

Tenenbaum: {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}
Comel: {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}

The {4-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} flop propelled Comel into the lead, however, the {J-Spades} turn reversed Tenenbaum's fortune once more as he re-took the lead. The {8-Spades} river changed nothing and Tenenbaum doubled through.

Change of Plans

Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6 • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

It sounds as though we're having a change of plans, schedule-wise.

Whereas the original idea was to play 10 levels today or stop earlier if we reach a final nine-handed table, the idea now is to play 10 levels today regardless, meaning it is possible we may be reaching that final table today and coming back tomorrow with less than nine players.

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Events List


Winner Dominik Nitsche
Winning Hand ♠K♠5
Prize 654,797

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 4,158,000