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Day 6 completed

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6

Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Day 6 completed

Ladouceur Leads the Remaining 27 Players

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6 • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
Chip leader Marc Ladouceur
Chip leader Marc Ladouceur

Day 6 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event is in the books, and after another five-plus levels of play, Marc Ladouceur leads the remaining 27 players with 15.875 million chips.

The day began with 97 players and the chip leader was Kyle Keranen. Gavin Smith was the first notable player to bow out when his ace-queen was unable to best Eric Legoff’s pocket jacks. There were then a flurry of eliminations, including William Hefflefinger, Stephane Bisson, Erik Cajelais, and Isaac Baron.

There were five women who returned to play on Day 5, including Vanessa Selbst, Elisabeth Hille, Gaelle Baumann, Marcia Topp, and Susie Zhao. Selbst had an incredibly rocky day, and it all began when she was crippled by David Balkin, who won a nearly two million-chip race with two red fours against Selbst’s {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. The board ran out {2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, and Selbst was left with just 380,000 chips. She then doubled with {j-Hearts}{9-Spades} against the {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} of Scott Anderson, turning a jack-high straight on a board of {2-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Spades}. A meaningless {6-Clubs} completed the board, and Selbst was back up to 700,000.

Selbst could never stay above the million-chip mark however, and on her final hand, she open-jammed 750,000 on the button with {q-Hearts}{7-Spades}. Greg Merson called out of the big blind with {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, and the board ran out {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}, eliminating Selbst in 73rd place.

Topp and Zhao were also eliminated today. Topp ran pocket sixes into Robert Corcione’s pocket queens, and Zhao ran king-queen into Baron’s ace-queen.

Today was not a good day to be a former end-of-day chip leader of the 2012 Main Event — Keranen (Day 5), and Dave D’Alesandro (Day 3) were both eliminated. Keranen doubled Scott Abrams, Corcione, and lost a big pot to Jeremy Ausmus before three-bet jamming over a raise and a call with {8-Hearts}{4-Spades}. Percy Mahatan snapped it off with {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}, and the board ran out {7-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, eliminating Keranen.

D’Alesandro was eliminated when he ran {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} into the {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} of Charles Coultras.

The chip lead changed hands several times today, and at one point, Amit Makhija, who entered the day with 1.4 million chips, vaulted into the lead with over 6 million. In a three-bet pot, he and A.J. Jejelowo took a flop of {9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs}. Jejelowo led out for 600,000, and Makhija called. The turn as another nine – the {9-Spades} – and Jejelowo checked to Makhija, who slid out 500,000. Jejelowo quickly moved all in for 2.045 million, and Makhija called. Makhija was ahead with {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}, and Jejelowo was drawing slim with {a-Clubs}{7-Spades}. The {7-Clubs} bricked on the river, and Makhija was suddenly the chip leader.

Makhija began sliding however, and after being bluffed by Marc Ladouceur in a massive pot, he three-bet jammed over an open from Abrams. Tristan Clemencon cold-called the all in from the big blind, and Abrams re-jammed. Clemencon tank called, and the hands were opened.

Abrams {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
Makhija {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Clemencon {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {q-Spades}{3-Spades}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, and both Makhija and Clemencon were eliminated.

Taylor Paur also ascended to the top of the counts today, but he too was unable to survive the day. Paur crossed the seven million-chip mark after winning big pots off of Steven Gee and Jamie Robbins, but Gee won a massive pot off of Paur holding two aces. Paur had queens on the board of {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}, and the {7-Clubs} completed the board, doubling Gee to over five million chips.

Paur slipped down to around a million, and was eliminated in 33rd palce when he ran {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} into Robbins’ {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}. The {10-Spades}{9-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds} board did not help Paur, and he was eliminated.

At the end of the day when Erik Hellman busted in 28th place, Ladouceur was our leader followed by Daniel Strelitz and Corcione. Strelitz strung together three big pots during the middle of the day, Corcione chipped up steadily, and Ladouceur pounced late…

Join us tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, where we will play the remaining hour and thirty-seven minutes of Level 30. We will then march forward until there is a 2012 “Novemeber” Nine. Can Gaelle Baumann or Elisabeth Hille become the second woman to make a Main Event final table? Can Greg Merson take another step towards becoming the only double-bracelet winner of 2012? Can Jamie Robbins best his eleventh-place finish in the 2009 Main Event?

All of these questions and more will be answered tomorrow, but for now, good night from Las Vegas!

Day 7 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6 • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
Table Seat Player Counts
410 1 Greg Merson 7,435,000
410 2 Jesse Sylvia 7,385,000
410 3 Percy Mahatan 6,750,000
410 4 Jamie Robbins 8,750,000
410 5 Wilfried Harig 2,665,000
410 6 Cylus Watson 8,500,000
410 7 Elisabeth Hille 9,770,000
410 8 David Balkin 6,330,000
410 9 Marc Ladouceur 15,875,000
414 1 Daniel Strelitz 12,790,000
414 2 Russell Thomas 9,985,000
414 3 Jacob Balsiger 7,330,000
414 4 Jan Heitmann 6,390,000
414 5 Michael Esposito 7,045,000
414 6 Robert Buckenmayer 4,410,000
414 7 Roland Israelashvili 5,525,000
414 8 Scott Abrams 8,080,000
414 9 Nicco Maag 1,300,000
416 1 Andras Koroknai 3,125,000
416 2 Steven Gee 4,830,000
416 3 Danny Wong 6,360,000
416 4 Paul Volpe 2,650,000
416 5 Robert Salaburu 10,915,000
416 6 Jeremy Ausmus 8,300,000
416 7 Gaelle Baumann 5,530,000
416 8 Yuval Bronshtein 9,735,000
416 9 Robert Corcione 8,745,000

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Marc Ladouceur 15,875,000
Daniel Strelitz 12,790,000
Robert Salaburu 10,915,000 4,720,000 pos
Russell Thomas 9,985,000
Elisabeth Hille 9,770,000
Yuval Bronshtein IL IL 9,735,000
Jamie Robbins 8,750,000
Robert Corcione 8,745,000
Cylus Watson 8,500,000
Jeremy Ausmus 8,300,000
Scott Abrams 8,080,000
Greg Merson 7,435,000
Jesse Sylvia 7,385,000
Jake Balsiger US US 7,330,000
Michael Esposito 7,045,000
Percy Mahatan 6,750,000
Jan Heitmann 6,390,000
Danny Wong 6,360,000
David Balkin 6,330,000
Gaelle Baumann 6,295,000 2,315,000 pos
Roland Israelashvili 5,525,000
Steve Gee US US 4,830,000
Robert Buckenmayer 4,410,000
Andras Koroknai 3,125,000
Wilfried Harig 2,665,000

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Erik Hellman Eliminated in 28th Place ($236,921)

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6
Erik Hellman - 28th Place
Erik Hellman - 28th Place

Action folded around to Erik Hellman's small blind and he moved all in. Robert Salaburu snap-called and the hands were tabled.

Hellman: :{A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Salaburu: {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}

Salaburu was ahead and stayed that way when he paired his queen on the {7-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop. The {4-Hearts} turn left Hellman drawing dead and the {J-Spades} finished the board. Hellman will collect $236,921 for his efforts.

Chip Counts
Robert Salaburu 10,915,000 3,915,000 pos
Erik Hellman Busted

Ace-King Ends the Night for Sylvia

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6 • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

From under the gun, Jeremy Ausmus raised to 250,000. Michael Esposito called from the button and Jesse Sylvia reraised out of the small blind to 735,000. Ausmus folded and Esposito called.

The flop came down {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Sylvia bet 655,000. Esposito folded and Sylvia showed the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}.

Three-Bet from Ausmus

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6 • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

From under the gun, Jesse Sylvia raised to 250,000. Jeremy Ausmus reraised to 625,000 and won the pot.

Ladouceur Over 15MM

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6

On the {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs} board, Marc Ladouceur bet an unknown amount and Robert Corcione called to see the {10-Spades} land on the river. Ladouceur fired 1.445 million and Corcione called.

Ladouceur showed the {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} for trip sixes with an ace kicker. Corcione mucked and Ladouceur moved to over 15 million in chips.

Chip Counts
Marc Ladouceur 15,875,000 2,775,000 pos
Robert Corcione 8,745,000 -2,855,000 neg

One for Sylvia

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6 • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

Jesse Sylvia raised to 240,000 from early position and Yuval Bronshtein called from the big blind to see the flop come down {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Bronshtein checked and Sylvia bet 280,000. Bronshtein thought for a minute, then folded and Sylvia won the pot.

Israelashvili Picks Off Strelitz's Bluff

Posted 2012-07-16 GMT-6

Daniel Strelitz raised to 240,000 from under the gun and Roland Israelashvili called from middle position. Israelashvili proceeded to call bets on every street, first calling 330,000 on the {4-Hearts}{6-Spades}{K-Clubs} flop, 575,000 on the {3-Clubs} turn, and 840,000 on the {6-Hearts} river.

Strelitz sheepishly turned over {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}, which was no good against the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} of Israelashvili.

Chip Counts
Daniel Strelitz 12,610,000 -1,895,000 neg
Roland Israelashvili 5,540,000 2,490,000 pos
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Winner Greg Merson
Winning Hand ♦K♦5
Prize 8,531,853

Level Info

Level 30
Blinds 60,000 / 120,000
Ante 15,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 62,021,200