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

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Updated Chip Counts

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Ray Pulford 498,000
James Routos 425,000 15,000 pos
Patricia Baker 395,000 125,000 pos
Matthew Wilmot 230,000 103,000 pos
Georgi Ivanov 190,000 -40,000 neg
Steven Phan 152,000 -38,000 neg
Jay Pinkussohn 121,000 6,000 pos
Chiab Saechao 99,000 -26,000 neg
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon 90,000 -78,500 neg

Official Final Table

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6 • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Play will be underaway again in about 12 minutes. In the meantime, here is a look at the official final table.

Table Seat Player
1 1 James Routos
1 2 Nicolas Vaca-Rondon
1 3 Georgi Ivanov
1 4 Matthew Wilmot
1 5 Jay Pinkussohn
1 6 Steven Phan
1 7 Chiab Saechao
1 8 Ray Pulford
1 9 Patricia Baker

Time For Dinner

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6 • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The remaining players are now taking a one-hour dinner break. Cards will be back in the air at 8:20 local time.

John Vohs Eliminated in 10th Place ($4,189)

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6
John Vohs - out in 10th place ($4,189)
John Vohs - out in 10th place ($4,189)

In our first elimination of the final table, Ray Pulford opened to 21,000 from middle position and was called by John Vohs in the big blind.

The flop came {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Vohs check-called a 25,000 bet from Pulford.

The turn brought the {4-Diamonds} and Vohs checked a second time. Pulford did not back down and fired another barrel for 50,000. Vohs tanked for a bit, but then announced he was all in for about 130,000 total. Pulford quickly called and hands were revealed.

Pulford: {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} for an overpair.
Vohs: {9-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for top pair.

The {3-Spades} river failed to improve Vohs hand and he was eliminated in 10th place.

Chip Counts
Ray Pulford 498,000 214,000 pos
John Vohs Busted

Pinkussohn Doubles Through Pulford

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

Action was on the short stack Jay Pinkussohn in middle position, and he open shoved all in for his last 56,500. It folded to Ray Pulford in the cutoff, and he made the call. Everyone else folded, and when the cards were flipped, Pinkussohn saw that he was in front.

Pinkussohn: {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Pulford: {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The flop came down {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, and Pinkussohn was still in front. The {5-Diamonds} gave Pulford more outs, as a diamond would also give him a win, in addition to the king or the queen. However, the {8-Clubs} on the river was safe for Pinkussohn, who doubled back up to over 110,000.

Chip Counts
Ray Pulford 284,000 -56,000 neg
Jay Pinkussohn 115,000 30,000 pos

Play Slowing Down

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6 • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Now that we are under the bright lights of the thunderdome, play has slowed down considerably. We've only seen a few flops, and there's only been one all in and call so far this level. However, with 6 of the 10 players having under 30 big blinds, we expect action to pick up any minute now.

Phan Doubles Through Saechao

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

Chiab Saechao raised under the gun to 25,000, and it folded all the way around to John Vohs in the small blind. He tanked for about a minute before giving up his hand, and it was on Steven Phan in the big blind. He looked down at his cards, thought for about 15 seconds, and then announced all in. Saechao SNAP called, and the players flipped their cards to reveal a classic race.

Phan: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Saechao: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The flop kept Phan safe, coming {q-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, and Saechao needed a ton of help. The {j-Hearts} on the turn gave Phan a set, but Saechao could still catch a ten to make a winning straight. He wouldn't get it though, as the river brought the {4-Clubs}. Phan secured the double, upping his stack to 190,000, while Saechao drops to one of the short stacks at 125,000.

Chip Counts
Steven Phan 190,000 100,000 pos
Chiab Saechao 125,000 -65,000 neg

Routos Getting Run Over

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

In the first hand of this two-hand series, James Routos opened to 20,000 from the hijack position and action folded around to Matthew Wilmot in the big blind, who took a deep breath and shipped his stack into the middle. Action went back to Routos, who slid his cards into the muck.

The very next hand, Routos opened again to 20,000 from middle position. This time, action folded around to John Vohs, who shipped his stack in from the big blind. Routos again didn't waste much time verbally announcing, "Fold."

Routos is down to 410,000, but is still our current chip leader.

Chip Counts
James Routos 410,000 -45,000 neg

Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6
Unofficial Final Table
Unofficial Final Table
Chip Counts
James Routos 455,000 85,000 pos
Ray Pulford 340,000 105,000 pos
Patricia Baker 270,000 20,000 pos
Georgi Ivanov 230,000 -70,000 neg
Chiab Saechao 190,000 -20,000 neg
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon 168,500 48,500 pos
John Vohs 150,000 8,000 pos
Matthew Wilmot 127,000 -63,000 neg
Steven Phan 90,000 -20,000 neg
Jay Pinkussohn 85,000 45,000 pos
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Events List


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