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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 25: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout


Two Hands to Square One

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6

Brian Meinders just took down a pot and then within a minute's time, Darin Thomas had done the same.

  • Meinders just took down a pot on a {3-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} board when he called bets on the turn and river and then bet when checked to on the river. Thomas called the bet on the river and mucked his hand when Meinders turned over {q-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}.
  • The next hand, Meinders opened the button and Thomas called. On the {2-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{k-Clubs} flop, Thomas check-raised and Meinders called. The {7-Hearts} turn would see Thomas lead out and Meinders let his hand go.
Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,150,000 30,000 pos
Darin Thomas 500,000 -30,000 neg

Thomas Starting to Close the Gap

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6

We caught up with the two players on a board of {4-Hearts}{K-Spades}{4-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{6-Spades}. Brian Meinders checked to Thomas who fired out a bet. Meinders raised but quickly found himself faced with a three-bet from Thomas. Meinders called and Thomas showed {A-Spades}{4-Diamonds} for fours full of aces.

A dejected Meinders flung the {4-Spades}, the last remaining four in the deck to the felt and mucked his other card. Thomas is now sitting on about 530,000.

Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,120,000 -155,000 neg
Darin Thomas 530,000 160,000 pos

Huge One Split

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6 • Level 7

A huge hand just played out where Darin Thomas had the majority of his chips in the middle against Brian Meinders. It was three-bet preflop and a {4-Spades}{a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} board was spread out. Meinders led on the flop and Thomas called. The turn would see Meinders bet, Thomas raise, Meinders re-raise and Thomas call.

On the river, Meinders led out again and Thomas raised it up. Meinders gave a shrug as he made the call and the two players turned their hands over.

Meinders: {j-Hearts}{8-Spades}
Thomas: {j-Spades}{10-Spades}

Thomas had Meinders up until the river, and if it fell differently, may have doubled-up. However, a split pot wasn't the worst case situation as he is still in this tournament and in with a chance of taking it down.

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Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6


Thomas Gets One Back

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6
Darin Thomas
Darin Thomas

A {7-Hearts}{q-Spades}{6-Spades} flop was spread out when Darin Thomas led with a bet. Brian Meinders then made it two to go and Thomas made the call. A {j-Clubs} on the turn would see Thomas lead and this time Meinders would simply call. The {5-Diamonds} was the last card to hit the board and again Thomas would lead out. Another call from Meinders and Thomas would turn over his {q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, which would award him the pot.

Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,275,000 -100,000 neg
Darin Thomas 370,000 100,000 pos

Meinders Chipping Away

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6

The lead that Brian Meinders holds over Darin Thomas is growing larger at the moment, with another pot going the way of Meinders. In this hand, it was a raised pot that saw a {9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Hearts}{2-Spades} board spread along the felt. Meinders led with a bet on every street and Thomas called on every street. On the river, Meinders turned over his {k-Hearts}{9-Clubs}, enough to rake in the pot.

Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,375,000 75,000 pos
Darin Thomas 270,000 -75,000 neg

Darin Loses Some Back

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6

Darin Thomas and Brian Meinders both committed three bets preflop to see a {10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop hit the felt. Meinders led here and Thomas raised. A call from Meinders and the {a-Clubs} would hit the turn. This time Meinders checked and then raised when Thomas fired out a bet. Meinders made the call and a {5-Spades} landed on the river. It is here that Meinders led and then Thomas thought for some time before letting it go, sending the pot to Meinders.

Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,300,000 -20,000 neg
Darin Thomas 345,000 -105,000 neg

Quads for Thomas

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6

Brian Meinders raised preflop and Darin Thomas called. A {4-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{7-Clubs} flop came and Thomas bet. Meinders called and the {4-Hearts} was on the turn. Thomas bet out and Meidners put out a raise. Thomas opted to three-bet and Meinders slowed down by calling.

The river was the {4-Clubs} and Thomas put out one more bet. Meinders called but mucked his hand when Thomas flipped up {5-Clubs}{4-Spades} for quad fours.

Chip Counts
Darin Thomas 450,000 120,000 pos

Meinders Wins Another

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6
Brian Meinders
Brian Meinders

Brian Meinders has been catching the right cards at the right time here, with another handy pot going his way. A recent hand saw Meinders holding {j-Spades}{7-Diamonds} and after rumbling on each street of a {4-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{7-Spades} board, Thomas' hand went straight into the muck and Meinders took down the pot.

Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,320,000 70,000 pos
Darin Thomas 330,000 -60,000 neg

Meinders Edges Away

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6

Brian Meinders has taken down a couple of pots recently, with the largest of them going like this. Darin Thomas opened the button and Brian Meinders raised it up. Thomas called and a {4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{k-Clubs} flop was dealt. Meinders led and received a call, which was the same result as the turn ({9-Clubs}). On the {10-Spades} river, Meinders again fired out, but this time Thomas let his hand go and Meinders took it down.

Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,250,000 100,000 pos
Darin Thomas 390,000 -60,000 neg
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Winner Brian Meinders
Winning Hand ♠5♠3
Prize 116,118

Level Info

Level 8
Limits 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 0

Players Info

Prize Pool 494,199