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"Just Aces" for Martin

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6
Jesse Martin {x-}{x-} / {a-Spades}{j-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades} / {x-}
Nikolai Yakovenko {x-}{x-} / {q-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs}{4-Spades} / {x-}

We caught up with the action on fourth street, where Martin bet out, and Yakovenko called. Martin led out again on fifth, Yakovenko called again, and then the two checked on sixth and seventh. Yakovenko tabled {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{10-Spades} for queens and fours.

"Just aces," Martin sighed. He held his hand for a little longer, then mucked.

Chip Counts
Jesse Martin 225,000 75,000 pos
Nikolai Yakovenko US US 110,000 -146,500 neg

Marco Johnson Eliminated in 18th Place ($9,675)

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6
Johnson: {x-}{x-} / {5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} / {x-}
Yakovenko: {x-}{x-} / {7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{8-Spades}{q-Diamonds} / {x-}
Ziyard: {x-}{x-} / {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{j-Spades} / {x-}

Zimnan Ziyard was the bring in and Nikolai Yakovenko completed. Marco Johnson raised all in and both players called. Ziyard turned up the aggression, betting on fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh. Yakovenko called all the way to seventh, but then meekly peered down at his final card and tossed his hand away. Ziyard tabled the {K-Spades} for his high, kings full of jacks. Johnson showed the {4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for no low and was sent to the rail to collect $9,675 in tournament winnings.

Chip Counts
Marco Johnson Busted

Bari and Twete Chop Up Krapivinsky

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6
Bari: {x-}{x-} / {6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{k-Clubs} / {x-}
Twete: {x-}{x-} / {J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{a-Clubs} / {x-}
Krapivinsky {x-}{x-} / {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{9-Clubs} / {x-}

Brian Twete led the action from fourth street by betting then all the way through seventh. Both Allen Bari and Alexander Krapivinsky called all of the way down. Bari showed {A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} which was enough to win the low, while Twete tabled two full houses, the better of which being jacks full of tens with {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Krapivinsky mucked his hand while the two players chopped up his chips.

Chip Counts
Brian Twete 270,000 -14,500 neg
Allen Bari 125,000 105,000 pos
Alexander Krapivinsky 88,000 -58,000 neg

Eli Elezra Eliminated in 19th Place ($9,675)

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6
Eli Elezra (Day 2) - 19th Place
Eli Elezra (Day 2) - 19th Place

We missed the exact details of the hand, but can officially report that Eli Elezra, who won this event in 2007, has been eliminated in 19th place.

Level 19 started

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6


Massive Chop

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6
Nicholas Verkaik {x-}{x-} / {7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{4-Clubs} / {x-}
Phil Hellmuth {x-}{x-} / {j-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Spades}{6-} / {x-}
Christopher George {x-}{x-} / {4-Spades}{8-Spades}{2-Spades}{k-Diamonds} / {x-}

We reached the table on seventh street, and Verkaik was already all in. Hellmuth bet enough to put George all in, he called, and all three hands were opened.

Verkaik {a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}
Hellmuth {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}{6-Clubs}
George {q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

Verkaik apparently made aces-up on seventh, because he was very excited. George won the other half of the pot with the only qualifying low, but had he pulled a spade on seventh, he would've scooped the whole thing.

Chip Counts
Christopher George 190,000 107,500 pos
Phil Hellmuth 136,000 -97,000 neg
Nicholas Verkaik 90,000 25,500 pos

Bari Doubles, Loses a Pot, Then Doubles Again

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6

After doubling through Phil Ivey, Allen Bari was in a pot against Bryn Kenney. Bari's board was {5-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Spades}{9-Spades}, and Kenney's was {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Bari called a bet from Kenney on seventh street, and Kenney turned over two diamonds for a flush, and a three and a six for a sixty-five low.

"You hold the deck over me forever I guess," Bari sighed.

A few hands later, Ivey brought it in with the {2-Diamonds}. Bari completed with the {8-Diamonds}, Brian Twete called with the {8-Spades}, and Ivey called as well. On fourth street, the action checked to Bari who bet. Only Ivey called. On fifth, Bari check-raised all in, and Ivey quickly called.

Ivey {4-Hearts}{2-Clubs} / {2-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}
Bari {7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} / {8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

Ivey was dealt the {q-Spades} on sixth street, Bari the {j-Spades}, and Ivey immediately flipped over the {q-Hearts} when it was dealt to him on seventh. Bari quickly squeezed his card, and was very happy to see that it was the {10-Diamonds}, giving him a winning flush.

Final 19 Seating Chart

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6

Table 445

Seat Player
1 Jesse Martin
2 John Monnette
3 Marco Johnson
4 Zimnan Ziyard
5 Ben Yu
6 Tuan Vo
7 Nikolai Yakovenko

Table 451

Seat Player
1 Alexander Krapivinsky
2 Phil Ivey
3 Allen Bari
5 Sven Arntzen
6 Brian Twete
8 Bryn Kenney

Table 457

Seat Player
1 Nicholas Verkaik
2 Eli Elezra
3 Phil Hellmuth
4 Adam Friedman
7 Christopher George
8 Todd Brunson

The Crowning of a Champion Occurs Today

Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6
Can Hellmuth Finally Grab Number 12?
Can Hellmuth Finally Grab Number 12?

In a few moments cards will be in the air for Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Only 19 remain in contention from the original starting field of 212. Leading the way is Adam Friedman with a stack of 323,500.

Right on Friedman's heels is John Monnette, who already took down a bracelet this year in Event 10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud. Monnette is sitting on a stack of 314,500. Rounding out the top three in chips is Brian Twete with 284,500.

Yesterday's play began with 137 players, but since the field played a full ten levels, many were sent home with their dreams of winning a World Series of Poker bracelet dashed. Among those to bust yesterday and receive no cash for their efforts include Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov, David Benyamine, Doyle Brunson, and ESPN commentator Norman Chad. Andy Bloch, who also won a stud bracelet this WSOP in Event 7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud, was eliminated last night just after making the money.

Throughout all of the buzz in the Amazon room, there remains one name on everybody's lips: Phil. Whether it is eleven-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth or eight-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey depends on who you talk to. The two champions are coming into the field with almost equal stacks with Ivey sitting on 234,000 and Hellmuth on 233,000. Ivey skipped last year's WSOP and his last bracelet win occurred in 2010 when he defeated Bill Chen heads up in Event #37: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E..

Hellmuth, on the other hand, had a roller coaster of a year in 2011, finishing second in three separate bracelet events. Coming so close and not being able to clinch a twelfth bracelet no doubt had a harrowing effect on Hellmuth, and he will certainly be playing to win once again this year. Most notably from last year's WSOP, Hellmuth's final second place finish occurred when he lost heads up to Brian Rast in Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship.

As you watch today's exciting coverage, if you find yourself confused on the rules of Stud Eight or better, or simply need a refresher, be sure to check out our rules page.

We're moments away from the players hitting the felt, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the latest updates on the exciting conclusion to this bracelet event!

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Posted 2012-06-08 GMT-6

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Winner Adam Friedman
Prize 269,037

Level Info

Level 30
Limits 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 996,400