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


Thomas Gets It Back

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

Darin Thomas popped it up from the button and Brian Meinders called. The {4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} flop was spread in front of the two and Meinders led out into Thomas. Thomas called and the two saw the {Q-Diamonds} turn. Once again Meinders fired and was called by Thomas.

Meinders opted to check the {K-Diamonds} river, causing Thomas to push out one last bet. Meinders called and Thomas tabled {J-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} for a diamond flush that was good enough to drag the pot.

Chip Counts
Darin Thomas 450,000 150,000 pos

Meinders Wins A Couple

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6

Darin Thomas started the heads-up battle strong, managing to take down a few small pots. That continued to be the case until Brian Meinders picked off a couple of hands. The first nice pot that Meinders took down saw him too strong holding {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} on a {a-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{7-Hearts} board, with the flush scooping up the pot.

A couple of hands later and Meinders would be taking it down again. This one started when Meinders opened it up from the button. Thomas three-bet and Meinders called as a {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Spades} flop hit the felt. Thomas led and Meinders called. The {5-Clubs} turn would see Thomas check-call a bet from Meinders and Thomas would check again on the river ({j-Clubs}). This time when Meinders bet, Thomas would let his hand go, sending the pot to Meinders.

Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,350,000 150,000 pos
Darin Thomas 300,000 -140,000 neg

Heads Up Chip Counts

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,200,000 150,000 pos
Darin Thomas 440,000

Christopher Vitch Eliminated in 3rd Place ($51,861)

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6
Christopher Vitch - 3rd Place
Christopher Vitch - 3rd Place

Christopher Vitch opened with a raise from the button and Darin Thomas three-bet from the big blind. Vitch pushed out a four-bet and Thomas raised to put Vitch all in.

Thomas: {J-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}
Vitch: {K-Spades}{5-Clubs}

The flop came {Q-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and Vitch was in need of either a king or a five to stay alive. The deck refused to oblige, however, with the turn coming {6-Clubs} and the river {Q-Hearts}. Vitch will collect $51,861 for his efforts.

Chip Counts
Darin Thomas 440,000 85,000 pos
Christopher Vitch Busted

Vitch Loses Some Quick

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6

Christopher Vitch has played a couple of pots here after the break and lost both of them to take a fair chunk out of his stack. A recent hand saw Brian Meinders open the button and Vitch call out the of the big blind. The two players then checked on the flop and turn of a {6-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{7-Hearts}{2-Clubs} board. On the river, Meinders fired out a bet and Vitch thought long and hard before opting to let his hand go. Vitch now has less than 100,000 chips

Chip Counts
Christopher Vitch 80,000 -275,000 neg

Back from Dinner

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6 • Level 7

The three players are back from their dinner break and ready to play down to a winner.

Level 7 started


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Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6 • Level 6

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Counts at the Break

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Brian Meinders 1,050,000 360,000 pos
Darin Thomas 355,000 -5,000 neg
Christopher Vitch 355,000 -45,000 neg

Dinner Time

Posted 2012-06-14 GMT-6 • Level 6

Players are now on a 60-minute dinner break. The final three will return in an hour to duke it out for a World Series of Poker bracelet.

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Events List


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