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

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Ivanov Over 100K

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

Action started with James Routos, who raised it up to 5,100 from under the gun. The next player to act shoved for about 18,000 total. Georgi Ivanov was next to act, and he shoved for the top for 80,000. Everyone else folded, including Routos, and when the cards were flipped, we were off to the races.

Ivanov: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, and Ivanov collected the pot. After stacking up his chips, we saw that he was sitting on around 120,000.

Chip Counts
Georgi Ivanov 123,000 96,600 pos

Scramble and Gamble!

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6 • Level 13: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Play has resumed and cards are back in the air.

Level 13 started


Time for a Break

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6 • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

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

Wygal Doubles Through Kearney

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

In a blind vs. blind confrontation, Joseph Kearney raised to 7,000 from the small and was snap re-shoved on by Scott Wygal in the big for about 23,000 total. Kearney made the call.

Wygal: {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Kearney: {K-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The board ran out {3-Clubs}{J-Spades}{7-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} leaving Wygal with a pair of aces to scoop the pot and leaving Kearney with just 20,000.

Chip Counts
Scott Wygal 50,000 23,800 pos
Joseph Kearney 20,000 -18,300 neg

Pulford Piling Up More Chips

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

A short stack moved all in for around 15,000, and Ray Pulford was next to act. He decided to just call, and the rest of the table folded. Pulford was in great shape, with his {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades} dominating his opponents {5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. The board ran out safely for Pulford, coming {8-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{10-Spades}, and Pulford collected the chips, upping his stack to about 140,000.

Chip Counts
Ray Pulford 140,000 48,900 pos

Wilmot Rollin'

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6
Matthew Wilmot during day 1
Matthew Wilmot during day 1

A short-stacked Jacob Wesloski moved all in for about his last 13,000 from the cutoff position and found one caller in Matthew Wilmot from the small blind. Trish Baker folded from the big. Revealed hands showed it was a race situation.

Wesloski: {6-}{4-}
Wilmot: {3-}{3-}

The board ran out {7-}{10-}{8-}{K-}{A-}, failing to improve Wesloski's hand and eliminating him from the tournament.

Chip Counts
Matthew Wilmot 140,000 17,200 pos
Jacob Wesloski Busted

Matsuo Cripples Chernell

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

Action started with Amy Brady, who limped in from under the gun. Everyone folded to Paul Chernell in the small blind, who also limped. Russell Matsuo went all in from the big blind for 22,800, and after about 30 seconds of thinking, Brady folded. Chernell eyeballed Matsuo's stack for about 30 seconds before announcing call. The cards were flipped, and Chernell was in great shape.

Chernell: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Matsuo: {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

Matsuo was not happy to see that he was dominated, but he raced out in front when the flop came down {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. Chernell would need the last remaining ten in the deck to win, or a jack to split the pot. The turn was the {q-Clubs}, and Chernell would need a miracle. It didn't come, as the river brought the {5-Clubs}. Matsuo doubled to 45,000, while Chernell was knocked down to 12,500.

Chip Counts
Russell Matsuo 45,000 21,900 pos
Paul Chernell 12,500 -27,000 neg

Wortham Coolered Out of the Tournament

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6 • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

We caught up with the action after a series of preflop bets and raises, with David Wortham going all in and Amy Brady snap-calling.

Wortham: {A-}{K-}
Brady: {A-}{A-}

Wortham grimaced, knowing his tournament life was in dire straights.

The {10-}{4-}{3-}{10-}{8-} board changed nothing and Wortham was sent to the rail.

Vaca-Rondon Off To Good Start

Posted 2012-05-28 GMT-6

We have our first elimination of the day. We missed the action, but when we got to the table, we saw that the rest of Andre Rauch's chips were being sent over to Nicolas Vaca-Rondon. Vaca-Rondon had {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, and the final board was nine high. We don't know what Rauch held. After the hand, Vaca-Rondon is up to 66,000.

Chip Counts
Nicolas Vaca-Rondon 66,000 8,500 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