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


Day 2 completed

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6

Event 44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Conway Tops Day 2; Robinson Close Behind

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6 • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Thomas Conway - your Day 2 chip leader.
Thomas Conway - your Day 2 chip leader.

After ten additional levels of No-Limit Hold'em action, Event 44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em is history with just 16 players remaining. Thomas Conway won the day by bagging the most chips - 880,000 to be exact. Right behind him is Nelson Robinson with 871,000 in chips.

Day 2 began with 297 players, but they dropped like flies as we lost over 100 players within the first hour, including notables Victor Ramdin, Barry Hutter, Pascal LeFrancois and Erik Seidel.

Others who fell during Day 2 include Joe Cada (112th), Jonathan Little (104th), Soi Nguyen (88th), Jude Ainsworth (78th), Ivan Demidov (76th), Joe Tehan (73rd), Maya Antonius (65th), and Amnon Filippi (62nd), who was eliminated by Travell Thomas after coming into Day 2 as one of the chip leaders.

As more and more of the field was wiped out, many eyes were on Blair Hinkle, who recently got 4th place in Event 38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Hinkle was near the chip lead for some time, however, he eventually busted in 24th place after running top two pair into Niel Mittelman's top set for all his chips.

One to watch during Day 3 is our last woman standing, Anke Berner. Berner came into Day 2 with just 7,600 in chips and said she expected to play just one hand. Instead, Berner will come into Day 3 with 655,000 and will look to use those chips to become the first woman to win an open World Series of Poker event since Vanessa Selbst back in 2008.

Here are our final 16 players and chip counts:

Player Chips
Thomas Conway 880,000
Nelson Robinson 871,000
Darren Rabinowitz 760,000
Patrick Karschamroon 678,000
Francisco Azares 678,000
Anke Berner 655,000
Keven Stammen 654,000
Niel Mittelman 578,000
Jaspal Brar 551,000
Kevin Elia 503,000
David Forster 437,000
Jason Everett 399,000
Rocco Palumbo 382,000
Travell Thomas 368,000
Mario Delis 234,000
Paul Sokoloff 209,000

Play is set to begin tomorrow at 1:00 PM PST. Be sure to stick with us right here at PokerNews as we race our way to a final table and crown an eventual champion!

Until then, we wish you a good night!

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Thomas Conway 880,000 824,200 pos
Nelson Robinson 871,000 825,200 pos
Darren Rabinowitz 760,000 700,100 pos
Francisco Azares 678,000 611,400 pos
Patrick Karschamroon 678,000 652,900 pos
Anke Berner 655,000 647,400 pos
Keven Stammen 654,000 577,000 pos
Niel Mittelman 578,000 536,300 pos
Jaspal Brar 551,000 492,600 pos
Kevin Elia 503,000 408,800 pos
David Forster 437,000 396,700 pos
Jason Everett 399,000 384,500 pos
Rocco Palumbo 382,000 333,200 pos
Travell Thomas 368,000 335,000 pos
Mario Delis 234,000 186,500 pos
Paul Sokoloff 209,000 161,200 pos

Azares Scores Big Double Near Night's End

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Francisco Azares
Francisco Azares

We had one last big chip swing during the final hands of the night, occurring in a hand between Francisco Azares and Niel Mittelman.

The board was showing {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{9-Spades}, and when the river card arrived, Mittelman set out a stack of orange chips for a bet of 100,000 (something close to the size of the pot). That's when Azares said he was all in for the 281,000 he had left, sending Mittelman into the tank.

Mittelman went through a series of exasperated expressions as he gathered together the calling chips. Then he finally pushed the chips forward, looking upward at the ceiling as he did as if he didn't want to see what Azares was going to turn over.

Mittelman did look down, however, and saw the bad news — {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} for Azares, giving him a full house. Mittelman had to laugh as he mucked, saying he'd had a flush.

Chip Counts
Francisco Azares 720,000 380,000 pos
Niel Mittelman 590,000 -460,000 neg

Four More Hands...

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6 • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament director has just announced that our remaining two tables will play out four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Chip counts and the recap will come shortly.

Miltiadis Kyriakides Eliminated in 17th Place ($16,588)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Miltiadis Kyriakides - 17th place
Miltiadis Kyriakides - 17th place

Miltiadis Kyriakides opened with a raise to 25,000 from middle position, Jason Everett called from the button, and Keven Stammen called as well from the big blind. The flop came {3-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. Stammen checked, Kyriakides continued for 35,000, Everett folded, and Stammen called.

The {3-Spades} landed on the turn, and both players checked. The river then brought the {8-Clubs}. Stammen contemplated for a moment, then led with a bet of 84,000. Kyriakides then pushed all in and Stammen quickly called.

Stammen tabled {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} for quads, eliciting "wows" from several at the table. Kyriakides briefly flashed his hand — {8-}{7-} for eights full — before mucking his cards. He had a broad smile on his face, though, and quickly stepped over and reached across the table to shake Stammen's hand. "Sorry, man," said Stammen, who was grinning as well. And still was several minutes later, too.

Chip Counts
Keven Stammen 660,000 270,000 pos
Miltiadis Kyriakides Busted

Jeremy Halaska Eliminated in 18th Place ($16,588)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Jeremy Halaska 18th place
Jeremy Halaska 18th place

It was folded around to Jeremy Halaska in the hijack, who pushed all in for his last 135,000. Action folded around to David Forster in the small blind and he also went all in. The big blind folded and hands were revealed.

Halaska: {Q-Clubs}{J-Spades}
Forster: {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}

The {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades} board kept Forster in the lead and he eliminated Halaska in 18th place.

Chip Counts
Jeremy Halaska Busted

Updated Chip Counts (18 Remain)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6

Rather that do a full-blown redraw to two tables, the empty ones were quickly filled, so most of the remaining players are still in their same seats from the redraw at 27. Here's how the counts look with about a half-hour left to play this evening.

Chip Counts
Thomas Conway 1,240,000 180,000 pos
Niel Mittelman 1,050,000 425,000 pos
Nelson Robinson 990,000 240,000 pos
Patrick Karschamroon 710,000 -185,000 neg
Darren Rabinowitz 630,000 415,000 pos
Anke Berner 570,000 321,000 pos
Kevin Elia 540,000 130,000 pos
Keven Stammen 390,000 50,000 pos
Francisco Azares 340,000 205,000 pos
Jason Everett 295,000 -220,000 neg
Miltiadis Kyriakides 295,000 55,000 pos
David Forster 295,000 135,000 pos
Travell Thomas 290,000 -50,000 neg
Paul Sokoloff 280,000 70,000 pos
Rocco Palumbo 260,000 -325,000 neg
Jaspal Brar 255,000 -30,000 neg
Mario Delis 220,000 -65,000 neg
Jeremy Halaska 195,000

Michael Bena Eliminated in 19th Place ($13,297)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
Michael Bena - 19th place
Michael Bena - 19th place

Michael Bena open-pushed all in for 150,000 from under-the-gun and, immediately behind him, Travell Thomas also went all in himself for 175,000. Everyone else folded and hands were revealed.

Bena: {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Travell: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and Travell busted Bena with a superior two-pair.

Thomas is up to 340,000 as a result of the knockout.

Chip Counts
Travell Thomas 340,000 190,000 pos
Michael Bena Busted

David Copeland Eliminated in 20th Place ($13,297)

Posted 2012-06-26 GMT-6
David Copeland - 20th place
David Copeland - 20th place

The eliminations keep coming, with David Copeland the latest to fall. Jason Everett was the beneficiary in this one.

With the board reading {9-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and a pot of 20,000 or so, Everett fired a bet of 12,000 which Copeland then raised to 26,000. Everett thought a moment, then called. The turn brought the {4-Hearts} and a check from Everett, and after a lengthy pause Copeland announced he was pushing the rest of his short stack all in, and Everett quickly called.

Copeland had {10-Spades}{3-Diamonds} for tens, while Everett had him dead with the {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for a straight, making the river {5-Diamonds} just an extra bit of trivia.

One more elimination before another redraw — and a pay jump.

Chip Counts
Jason Everett 515,000 150,000 pos
David Copeland Busted
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Winner Rocco Palumbo
Winning Hand ♦A♦9
Prize 464,464

Level Info

Level 21
Blinds 6,000 / 12,000
Ante 2,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 2,654,100