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2012 World Series of Poker › Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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Willerson Drags a Big One

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

Neil Willerson had the button and the two limped preflop. The flop was {9-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts}. Vladimir Mefodichev bet out 550,000 and Willerson called.

The {10-Hearts} turned and Mefodichev shoved 1,400,000 into the center. Willerson thought for a moment before calling and the {7-Clubs} rivered. Mefodichev checked and Willerson bet out 2,000,000. Mefodichev quickly mucked and Willerson dragged the pot.

Chip Counts
Neil Willerson 9,200,000 3,500,000 pos
Vladimir Mefodichev 5,000,000 -3,500,000 neg

Eights Good For Mefodichev

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

In a limped pot Vladimir Mefodichev had the button. Neil Willerson check-called a 225,000 bet on the flop of {Q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{A-Hearts}. Both checked the {8-Spades} turn and Willerson fired 475,000 on the {9-Spades} river.

Mefodichev tank-called and showed {K-Spades}{8-Diamonds} for a pair of eights. Willerson mucked and Mefodichev took the pot.

Chip Counts
Vladimir Mefodichev 8,500,000 1,000,000 pos
Neil Willerson 5,700,000 -1,000,000 neg

Mefodichev Takes Lead

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

Neil Willerson had the button.

The pot was limped and checked preflop and the flop came {4-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}. Vladimir Mefodichev bet 200,000 and Willerson called. The {k-Hearts} turned and Mefodichev check-called a bet of 525,000. The {4-Spades} completed the board and both players checked.

Mefodichev tabled {7-Spades}{3-Spades} and scooped up the pot.

Chip Counts
Vladimir Mefodichev 7,500,000 1,200,000 pos
Neil Willerson 6,700,000 -1,200,000 neg

Counts

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Neil Willerson 7,900,000 585,000 pos
Vladimir Mefodichev 6,300,000 -585,000 neg

Preflop Aggression

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6 • Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Vladimir Mefodichev had the button. He raised to 350,000.

Neil Willerson replied by three-betting to 850,000. Back on Mefodichev, he opted to four-bet to 1,850,000. Willerson replied by moving all in and Mefodichev quickly folded, awarding Willerson the pot.

Mefodichev Comes Out Firing

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

In a limped pot preflop, the flop came down {2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. Vladimir Mefodichev checked and Neil Willerson fired 250,000. Mefodichev called and the {4-Clubs} turned. Mefodichev checked for a second time and Willerson bet 475,000. Mefodichev made it 1,300,000 to go and Willerson looked reluctant but called.

The {K-Hearts} rivered and Mefodichev fired 1,500,000. Willerson folded and Mefodichev took the pot.

Chip Counts
Neil Willerson 7,315,000 -1,605,000 neg
Vladimir Mefodichev 6,885,000 1,550,000 pos

Level 32 started

Level:
32
Blinds:
80000/160000
Ante:
20000

Shuffle Up and Deal

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

Cards are in the air for this heads up battle.

Willerson and Mefodichev Return to Battle Heads Up

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6
Vladimir Mefodichev and Neil Willerson Heads Up on Day 3
Vladimir Mefodichev and Neil Willerson Heads Up on Day 3

After a full ten levels of play during Day 3, the event reached its climactic heads up battle. Neil Willerson and Vladimir Mefodichev were able to rise above the competition in the largest open field so far at the 2012 World Series of Poker. Twenty-eight players returned for Day 3 of play and a final table was quickly reached. That grueling final table, however, had much room for play with over 14,000,000 chips in play.

After seven eliminations at the final table we have come down to the final two. Willerson and Mefodichev played heads up for about an hour last night and although we came close to crowning a victor twice, neither player was able to seal the deal. Today the two will play until the next WSOP champion is crowned.

Willerson has a slight chip lead with 8,920,000 to Mefodichev's 5,335,000 but these players have traded spots several times and anything can happen in this heads up battle. Cards are about to hit the air in the Amazon room. Stay tuned to PokerNews for the results of the exciting conclusion to this bracelet event.

Final Results So Far

Place Player Prize
1 ??? $737,248
2 ??? $456,217
3 Hugh Henderson $322,866
4 Zachary Humphrey $233,708
5 Matthew Graham $171,135
6 Hai Chu $126,770
7 Bryan Piccioli $94,971
8 Randy Ashe $71,933
9 Ryan Hughes $55,093

Day 4 started

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 4 started
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Winner

Winner Neil Willerson
Winning Hand ♠J♠6
Prize 737,248

Level Info

Level 33
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 30,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 4,274,100