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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em


Darren Rabinowitz Eliminated in 10th Place ($26,727)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Darren Rabinowitz - 10th Place
Darren Rabinowitz - 10th Place

By the time we had walked over to the ESPN feature table, Darren Rabinowitz had all his chips in the middle holding {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} and was having to come up against Kevin Elia's {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}. It was apparently the very first hand of play over here.

The {5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{q-Spades} board was devastating to Robinowitz, with the turn sending him home as the official final table bubble boy, while Elia raked in the massive pot.

Chip Counts
Darren Rabinowitz Busted

Final Table

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6 • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Our remaining 10 players are now re-locating to the main feature table, where they will duke it out until a champion is crowned.

Francisco Azares Eliminated in 11th Place ($26,727)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Francisco Azares - 11th place
Francisco Azares - 11th place

It was folded around to Francisco Azares in the small blind, who announced he was all in for his last 300,000. Rocco Palumbo asked for a count from the big blind and made the call to put Palumbo at risk.

Azares: {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}
Palumbo: {J-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}

Azares was in good shape to double up, however the board ran out {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}.....{K-Clubs}, giving Palumbo a winning king on the river for the knockout blow.

Azares will take home $26,727 for his efforts today.

Chip Counts
Francisco Azares Busted

Travell Thomas Eliminated in 12th Place ($26,727)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Travell Thomas - 11th Place
Travell Thomas - 11th Place

Travell Thomas was sitting behind a short stack from much of the last coupld of levels and finally got his stack all-in preflop holding {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and coming up against Jason Everett's {a-Spades}{6-Hearts}.

Thomas was looking good to double up, but the {8-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} board had other ideas, giving Everett the full house and enough to eliminate Thomas in 12th place.

With that, we are one player away from our "unofficial" final table of ten.

Chip Counts
Travell Thomas Busted

A Flip for A Quarter of the Chips

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6

Neil Mittelman and Nelson Robinson have just played a massive hand that equals almost a quarter of all the chips in play. It started when Francisco Azares opened the pot to 40,000. Mittelman then three-bet to 95,000 on the button. Robinson was in the big blind and four-bet to 225,000. Azares got out of the way quickly and it was back on Mittelman. It didn't take him long to shove all in. Robinson looked at his opponent's almost 1,000,000-chip stack and snapped him off.

Robinson: {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Mittelman: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}

The {j-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{j-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} board would see Mittelman win the huge flip, while Robinson takes a massive hit to his stack.

Chip Counts
Niel Mittelman 1,960,000 985,000 pos
Nelson Robinson 500,000 -1,000,000 neg

Jaspal Brar Eliminated in 13th Place ($20,941)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Jaspal Brar - 13th place
Jaspal Brar - 13th place

Darren Rabinowitz opened from the hijack position and it was folded around to Jaspal Brar in the big blind, who went all in for his last 160,000. Rabinowitz peaked back at his cards and made the call to put Brar at risk.

Rabinowitz: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}
Brar: {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}

Brar was dominated and would need help going to the flop, however, the {2-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} board kept Rabinowitz in front and Brar was sent to the rail.

Rabinowitz is up to 700,000.

Chip Counts
Darren Rabinowitz 700,000 80,000 pos
Jaspal Brar Busted

Robinson Gets Richer

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6

Nelson Robinson has storm away to become the far-and-away chip leader, managing to take down a big pot against Patrick Karchamroon.

The hand began when Karschamroon opened up the pot to 42,000. Robinson called out of the big blind and a {10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{9-Spades} flop was dealt. Karschamroon check-called a bet of 51,000 here and the {9-Clubs} was dealt on the turn. This time Robinson would lead for 104,000 and after plenty of time thinking, Karschamroon called.

The {4-Hearts} on the river would see Nelson only take a moment to bet 200,000. Karschamroon then thought long and hard for almost two minutes. Eventually he opted to fold, sending the pot to Robinson.

Chip Counts
Nelson Robinson 1,500,000 340,000 pos
Patrick Karschamroon 510,000 -290,000 neg

Brar Can't Call

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6

Niel Mittelman min-raised to 40,000 from under-the-gun and action folded around to Jaspal Brar in the small blind - who three-bet to 88,000 total. It went back around to Mittelman who made the made call.

Flop: {4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}

Brar led out for 64,000, which Mittelman raised to 128,000. Brar thought it over and made it 64,000 more to 182,000 total. Undeterred, Mittelman announced he was all in, which was more than enough to put Brar all in for his last 175,000. Brar tanked for some time, but eventually revealed a {K-} for top pair and mucked his hand.

Mittelman is up to 975,000 after that one.

Chip Counts
Niel Mittelman 975,000 370,000 pos
Jaspal Brar 175,000 -375,000 neg

Paul Sokoloff Eliminated in 14th Place ($20,941)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Paul Sokoloff - 14th Place
Paul Sokoloff - 14th Place

Paul Sokoloff's last hand of the tournament began when Thomas Conway opened up the pot to 40,000. Sokoloff then three-bet shoved on the button and it was on David Forster in the small blind. He made the call and the action was sent back around to Conway.

Around one minute passed as Conway decided what to do. Eventually Forster called the clock on Conway and he was given 60 more seconds to act. Conway opted to fold and Sokoloff tabled his {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}, well behind the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} of Forster. At this point, Conway told the table he folded ace-king.

Sokoloff would need some help to survive and it was help that would never come as the {2-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} board saw Forster's hand hold up to send Sokoloff home in 14th place. A great effort as Sokoloff adds this result to his third-place finish in Event 32: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E from just a few days ago.

Chip Counts
David Forster 865,000 265,000 pos
Paul Sokoloff Busted

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Winner Rocco Palumbo
Winning Hand ♦A♦9
Prize 464,464

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 2,654,100