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

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Jay Pinkussohn Crippled, Eliminated in 6th Place ($11,571)

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6
Jay Pinkussohn
Jay Pinkussohn

Jay Pinkussohn pulled off a miracle earlier in the final table, when his ace jack cracked the aces of Patricia Baker, but his luck has run out and he's been eliminated. James Routos did most of the damage when he raised from the button, and Pinkussohn moved all in from the big blind. Routos called fairly quickly with {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} and saw that he had Pinkussohn's {4-Spades}{4-Hearts} dominated.

Any chance Pinkussohn had of pulling off another suckout basically went out the door when the flop came down {a-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{5-Hearts} to give Routos a set. Pinkussohn would need runner runner fours or straight cards, but the turn and river came the {k-Hearts} and {10-Clubs}.

Just a few hands later, Baker limped in from under the gun, and Pinkussohn moved all in for about 50,000. It folded back to Baker who made the call. When the cards were flipped, Pinkussohn saw that once again he was dominated.

Pinkussohn: {a-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}
Baker: {a-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

The dealer fanned out a flop of {10-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{8-Spades} that provided no help for Pinkussohn. The {10-Diamonds} on the turn paired the board, giving Pinkussohn some outs for a chop, but the {5-Diamonds} on the river didn't bring any help. Pinkussohn headed to the rail, while Baker strengthened her chip lead.

Chip Counts
Patricia Baker 550,000 40,000 pos
James Routos 340,000 150,000 pos
Jay Pinkussohn Busted

Steven Phan Eliminated in 7th Place ($8,824)

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6
Steven Phan - 7th Place
Steven Phan - 7th Place

Action began with Jay Pinkussoh, who opened for 30,000 from under-the-gun. Directly behind him, Steven Phan went all in for his last 38,000. Ray Pulford then re-raised to 138,000 total. Everyone else folded, including Pinkussoh and hands were revealed.

Phan: {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Pulford: {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}

The board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{7-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and Phan was eliminated.

Chip Counts
Steven Phan Busted

Level 18 started


Saechao Snags a Big Pot

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

James Routos came in for a raise to 25,000 in early position, and Chiab Saechao was the only caller in the small blind. The flop came down {j-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}, and Saechao led out for 35,000. Routos elected to call, and the turn brought the {k-Hearts}. Saechao checked, and Routos took little time in assembling a bet of 60,000. Saechao beat him into the pot, and the two saw the {k-Clubs} hit the river. Saechao quickly checked, and Routos checked as well after about 15 seconds of thought. Saechao grimmaced, and showed a failed trap, as he tabled {k-Spades}{q-Hearts} for a rivered boat. Routos mucked, giving the pot to Saechao.

After the hand, Saechao is over 300,000, while Routos, who has been one of the big stacks all day, is now one of the short stacks.

Chip Counts
Chiab Saechao 320,000 130,000 pos
James Routos 190,000 -235,000 neg

Vaca-Rondon Doubles Again

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

Action began with Ray Pulford, who raised under-the-gun to 22,000. James Routos called from the hijack, Nicolas Vaca-Rondon called from the cutoff and Chiab Saechao called from the big blind for a four-way pot.

The flop came {J-Spades}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} and Saechao checked, prompting a 55,000 bet from Pulford. Routos mucked and action was on Vaca-Rondon, who announced he was all in for about 170,000. Action folded back around to Pulford, who called and said, "If it's a set you're good."

Indeed it was.

Pulford: {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}
Vaca-Rondon: {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}

The {3-Clubs} turn and {7-Hearts} river left Vaca-Rondon with quads as he doubled and then some to about 390,000.

Chip Counts
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon 390,000 190,000 pos
Ray Pulford 300,000 -198,000 neg

Matthew Wilmot Eliminated in 8th Place($6,808)

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6
Matthew Wilmot - 8th Place
Matthew Wilmot - 8th Place

Patricia Baker limped in from the cutoff, and it folded around to Matthew Wilmot in the big blind, who checked his option. The flop came down {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}, and Wilmot quickly checked to Baker, who bet out 50,000. Wilmot thought for just a few moments before check raising all in. Now it was Baker's turn, and she too thought for about five seconds before calling! The cards were flipped, and Baker had flopped a monster.

Wilmot: {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}
Baker: {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

Wilmot would need alot of help to survive as the turn brought the {5-Clubs}. Wilmot shouted for another five, as that would counterfeit Baker's two pair, but it was close but no cigar for Wilmot, as the {6-Diamonds} hit the river. Wilmot was sent to the rail, while Baker breaks the 500k mark, and is our new chip leader.

Chip Counts
Patricia Baker 510,000 190,000 pos
Matthew Wilmot Busted

Pinkussohn Catches a Miracle to Double Through Baker

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

In what was likely Jay Pinkussohn's luckiest hand of the tournament so far, Patricia Baker limped from under-the-gun and action folded around to Pinkussohn, who announced he was all in for his last 114,000. Baker quickly called and announced, "Red rockets!"

Baker: {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}
Pinkussoh: {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}

Baker was an overwhelming favorite going to the flop, which came {4-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}, giving Pinkussohn hope to catch one of the two remaining jacks in the deck.

The turn? {J-Diamonds}


A meaningless {3-Diamonds} fell on the river and Pinkussohn doubled to about 240,000.

Chip Counts
Patricia Baker 320,000 -120,000 neg
Jay Pinkussohn 240,000 119,000 pos

Ivanov Crippled, Eliminated in 9th place ($5,309)

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6
Georgi Ivanov - 9th place
Georgi Ivanov - 9th place

It was a nightmare return from the dinner break for Georgi Ivanov, who is the first casualty of our final table. On the hand that did most of the damage, Patricia Baker and Ivanov both limped in. It folded around to Chiab Saechao, who went all in for 86,000. Ray Pulford folded his big blind, and Baker folded as well. However, Ivanov snap called, and Saechao was shocked to see that he was well out in front when the cards were flipped.

Ivanov: {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Saechao: {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Ivanov gave a celebratory yell when he saw a jack in the window, but he spoke too soon, as the flop was dealt out {3-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. Ivanov would need a miracle to win the hand, but it wouldn't come, as the board completed {4-Clubs} and {a-Spades}. Saechao doubled up to 180,000, while Ivanov was left with just 15,000.

That stack went in two hands later, and Baker and James Routos were the only callers in the blind. The flop came down {6-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{4-Diamonds}. Baker fired out 50,000, and Routos folded. When the cards were flipped, Ivanov saw that he was in the lead.

Ivanov: {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}
Baker: {k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

The {5-Diamonds} on the turn gave Baker flush draw outs as well, but she wouldn't need them, as the {10-Spades} hit the river. That send Ivanov to the rail, and he will collect just over $5,000 for his efforts. And just like that, we are down to 8!

Chip Counts
Patricia Baker 440,000 45,000 pos
Chiab Saechao 190,000 91,000 pos
Georgi Ivanov Busted

Vaca-Rondon Doubles Through Ivanov on First Hand Back From Break

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

Action folded around to Nicoals Vaca-Rondon in middle position, who open shoved his remaining 90,000 into the middle. Directly behind him, Georgi Ivanov went all-in himself from the hijack position and everyone else folded.

Vaca-Rondon: {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Ivanov: {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

Vaca-Rondon would need help and the {8-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{A-Diamonds} flop did just that, propelling him into the lead with a pair of aces. The {9-Clubs} turn and {4-Diamonds} river kept Vaca-Rondon in the lead and he doubled to 200,000.

Chip Counts
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon 200,000 110,000 pos
Georgi Ivanov 100,000 -90,000 neg

Play back underway

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6 • Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

The announcer has introduced the final 9 players, and the cards are back in the air.

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Winner Chiab Saechao
Winning Hand ♦10♠10
Prize 70,859

Level Info

Level 21
Blinds 12,000 / 24,000
Ante 4,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 329,400