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Day 7 Live Updates

07/17/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: The Final Table is Set!

Day 7 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event
Day 7 doesn't end until the final nine are set.

Within 12 hours of Day 7 play, the final nine are set. It was the hopes and dreams of many that this would be the year that a female would make it to the final table, but alas, those dreams faded with a 10th place finish.

Here is a recap of how we made it to the final nine:

Out of the 6,598 players who entered the Main Event 27 players returned for Day 7. Marc Ladouceur was the chip leader with 132 big blinds, and Nicco Maag was the short stack with only 10 big blinds to work with.

Nicco Maag didn’t have much to work with, and he ended up being the first player eliminated for the day. He shoved with A J and was called Russell Thomas who was holding A Q. Maag couldn’t catch a break and bricked out with little excitement for the crowd.

Shortly after Maag got eliminated, Robert Salaburu went on a rampage and shot to the top of the chip lead.

While Salaburu was stacking chips, Jan Heitmann was shipping his. He four-bet shoved over the top of Strelitz’s bet. It was a swift and easy decision for Strelitz as he made the call turning up pocket eights. Heitmann was in trouble with his pocket sixes that were never able to catch up.  Heitmann was the second elimination of the day, but he still took home $294,601.

Robert Salaburu
Salaburu finds himself at the top of the chip counts early in the day.
 

Gaelle Baumann facetted herself at the top of the chip counts for much of the tournament, but she was having a hard time growing her chips on Day 7. She got short and was able to double through Jeremy Ausmus when her pocket tens held up against pocket nines.

The few hours before dinner break brought a string of bust outs that brought play down to the final two tables.

16th            Percy Mahatan                             $369,026

17th            Robert Buckenmayer                    $369,026

18th            David Balkin                                $369,026

19th            Jamie Robbins                              $294,601

20th            Paul Volpe                                    $294,601

21st            Robert Corcione                            $294,601

22nd            Cylus Watson                               $294,601

23rd             Yuval Bronsthein                          $294,601

24th            Daniel Strelitz                               $294,601

25th            Roland Israelashvili                        $294,601

After the dinner break, the pace slowed down a bit. But that seemed inevitable considering the lightning-quick speed the tournament had been going at. During the first two hours back from our dinner break, we had one elimination.

Wilfried Harig moved all-in for his remaining 2.45 million and got a call from Greg Merson. Merson showed K J and Harig appeared to be in good shape with A A.

The board came 3 Q K J 7 and Merson's two-pair eliminated Harig in 15th place. Harig also made the pay jump and earned $465,159.

But while this level didn't bring too many eliminations, it gave Jesse Sylvia the chip lead. Sylvia got involved in a huge pot against Robert Salaburu. Salaburu held pocket jacks while Sylvia showed K Q. The flop brought Sylvia a king and his ascent to the top started.

Jesse Sylvia
Sylvia found the cards he needed to raise to the top.
 

Danny Wong was the next elimination. His Main Event executioner was also Greg Merson. After getting it all-in pre flop, Wong showed A 2 to Merson's A J.

The flop fell Q 6 5 8 7 and Wong was eliminated in 14th place.

The next to go was Marc Ladouceur.

Ladouceur also fell to the person we call Merson. It was a pre flop battle that ended with all of Ladouceur's chips in the middle.

Merson: 4 4

Ladouceur: A 7

The 7 4 7 flop hit both players, but Merson's full house was better than Ladouceur three sevens.

Ladouceur was also the bubble for the next money jump. Scott Abrams would be the first player to make that pay jump.

Scott Abrams was eliminated in the largest pot of the tournament yet.

Thomas Russell raised to 500,000 from the cutoff and Steven Gee called from the button. Jesse Sylvia and Scott Abrams called from the blinds and we got a K 7 3 flop. Action was checked to Gee on the button and he led out for 1.35 million. 

Sylvia raised to 3.4 million and Abrams 3-bet to 7 million. Russell and Gee folded and Sylvia moved all-in.

Abrams had about 18 million to start the hand, but Sylvia had him covered. Abrams called, putting his tournament life at risk. 

Abrams showed K J for top pair and a flush draw while Sylvia turned over 7 7 for a set. The turn was a Q and the crowd exploded when the 6 came on the river. Abrams was eliminated in 12th place and was the first player to make the pay jump to $590,442. Sylvia -- on the other hand -- took a commanding chip lead with 44.5 million. 

We still had two ladies left with 11 players to go, but they'd be the next two to fall.

Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann
The ladies shake hands as Hille gets eliminated.
 

Hille was short stacked with only about 10 big blinds. She moved all-in and got called by Andras Koroknai.

Hille: A Q

Koroknai: 7 7

Everyone jumped out of their seats to watch as one of the favorites doubled up or went bust. The board came out 4 3 J which didn’t help Hille. Her rail started chanting and calling for cards that would help her.

The K came on the turn which didn’t help, and the 3 was disappointing to everyone that wanted to see the young Norwegian become part of the October festivities. But, as a consolation prize, Hille will be taking home $590,442.

The Main Event then moved all its remaining players to the feature stage. It was packed with spectators, moving lights and the most energy we've seen in the Amazon room this year. Baumann was severely short-stacked with about 2.2 million and managed to double up once. She wasn't as lucky the second time.

Gaelle Baumann Out in 10th
Gaelle Baumann bubbles the final table.
 

Baumann moved all-in from the hijack and action was folded to Andras Koroknai in the small blind. Koroknai tanked for about a minute and finally called.

Baumann: A 9

Koroknai: A J

Someone in the crowd screamed for a nine and other railbirds followed suit. Soon enough, the entire right side of the rail was chanting for a nine. The flop came 3 Q Q and there were sounds of dissapointment across the rail.

They came back and started chanting for a nine or a three. The turn was an 8 and everyone went silent for a moment. The cheering started again and the last card of Baumann's Main Event was dealt, the K.

Baumann was eliminated in 10th place and became the November Nine bubble. Baumann was also the last woman standing, but now she's gone. Baumann will take home $590,442 for her finish. 

And that was it. This part of the Main Event was over. Players then went and took pictures and celebrated with their posses. They'll be coming back tomorrow for interviews, but they won't be coming back to play until October 28th.

Here is how the players will stack up when they reach the final table in October:

1            Russell Thomas                        24,800,000

2            Jacob Balsiger                          13,115,000

3            Jeremy Ausmus                         9,805,000

4            Steven Gee                               16,860,000

5            Greg Merson                             28,725,000

6            Jesse Sylvia                              43,875,000

7            Robert Salaburu                        15,155,000

8            Andras Koronai                          29,375,000

9            Michael Esposito                        16,260,000

After almost eight weeks of poker excitement, the 2012 WSOP is in the books-almost. In a few months, players will file back into the Rio for one last shot to claim a bracelet. Although the Amazon room will go dark, there will be plenty of coverage from now until October to keep our readers up to date on the latest poker news.

Thank you for being part of this amazing WSOP!

Video: Meet the 2012 WSOP October Nine


WSOP 2012 October Nine Player Bios and Videos

We've got profiles of each and every October Niner, along with video interviews. Use the links below to get to know the guys who have a shot at this year's world championship.


Average Stack
$21,993,334
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
07/17/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Baumann Bubbles

Gaelle Baumann Out in 10th
Gaelle Baumann reacting to her elimination

With the unofficial final table set, all eyes were on Gaelle Baumann. She was the last hope to have a woman make the final table—a feat that hadn’t been accomplished since Barbara Enright finished 5th in 1995.

The stands were jam packed, the lights were flashing, and people were chanting between the sips of liquor. It was a scene that was more reminiscent to being at a rock concert than a poker tournament.

However, the mood was contagious. Everyone could feel that history was being made, and it was exciting to witness.

As the first hand of the unofficial final table was being dealt, everyone intuitively rose from their seats to watch the cards being dealt around the table.

Baumann Doubles

Gaelle Baumann entered the unofficial final table as the tournament short stack. She needed to double up and that's exactly what she did. 

Steven Gee raised to 700,000 from the button and Greg Merson 3-bet to 1.8 million from the small blind. Baumann then moved all-in from the big blind. Gee folded, Merson called and we had our first unofficial final table showdown. 

Gaelle Baumann Doubles Thru Greg Merson
Baumann celebrates her double up...
 

Baumann: K K

Merson: J 9

The flop came J 5 7 and the crowd gasped. The turn was a 10 and Merson picked up a few more outs. The crowd started chanting for a deuce and the river delivered with a 2. The crowd exploded and Baumann doubled up to about 4.6 million. 

 

Baumann Busts

Baumann moved all-in again, but everyone folded to her. Her stack grew to 5.2 million and she moved all-in the following hand. This time, she got a caller.

Gaelle Baumann Out in 10th
Then laments her decline.
 

Baumann moved all-in from the hijack and action was folded to Andras Koroknai in the small blind. Koroknai tanked for about a minute and finally called.

Baumann: A 9

Koroknai: A J

Someone in the crowd screamed for a nine and other railbirds followed suit. Soon enough, the entire right side of the rail was chanting for a nine. The flop came 3 Q Q and there were sounds of dissapointment across the rail.

They came back and started chanting for a nine or a three. The turn was an 8 and everyone went silent for a moment. The cheering started again and the last card of Baumann's Main Event was dealt, the K.

Baumann was eliminated in 10th place and became the November Nine bubble. Baumann was also the last woman standing, but now she's gone. Baumann will take home $590,442 for her finish. 

The November Nine

With Baumann out, we had our November Nine. But they'll be playing in October this year. So maybe they're the October Nine, or October's November Nine, we haven't decided yet. Despite what they're called, they'll all be coming back on October 28th, to the following table:

Seat 1: Russell Thomas -- 24,480,000

Seat 2: Jacob Balsiger -- 13,115,000

Seat 3: Jeremy Ausmus -- 9,805,000

Seat 4: Steven Gee -- 16,860,000

Seat 5: Greg Merson -- 28,725,000

Seat 6: Jesse Sylvia -- 43,875,000

Seat 7: Robert Salaburu -- 15,155,000

Seat 8: Andras Koroknai -- 29,375,000

Seat 9: Michael Esposito -- 16,260,000

Check back later for a full recap of the day's events.
Average Stack
$21,993,334
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
07/17/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Unofficial Final Table

Scott Abrams
Scott Abrams busts in the biggest hand of the tournament

And we have our unofficial final table, the mid-July 10 if you will. We lost one player in a massive four-way pot and lost one of our two remaining women. If we had two women at this point, we'd be guaranteed to have a woman in the November Nine for the first time.

But alas, Hille was eliminated in 11th place and Gaelle Baumann is the last lady standing. She's also the tournament short stack with 2.1 million.

While Baumann has a chance at being the first woman to make the November Nine, she'd be the second woman to make the final table of the Main Event. The only other woman to make the ME final table was Barbara Enright. Enright made the final table back in 1995 and she finished in 5th place.

Now Baumann has a chance to make history, but she's going to need some luck. The players have all been moved to the main feature table and the rail is the largest we've seen all year. 

Scott Abrams Out in 12th

Scott Abrams was eliminated in the largest pot of the tournament yet.

Thomas Russell raised to 500,000 from the cutoff and Steven Gee called from the button. Jesse Sylvia and Scott Abrams called from the blinds and we got a K 7 3 flop. Action was checked to Gee on the button and he led out for 1.35 million. 

Sylvia raised to 3.4 million and Abrams 3-bet to 7 million. Russell and Gee folded and Sylvia moved all-in.

Abrams had about 18 million to start the hand, but Sylvia had him covered. Abrams called, putting his tournament life at risk. 

Abrams showed K J for top pair and a flush draw while Sylvia turned over 7 7 for a set. The turn was a Q and the crowd exploded when the 6 came on the river. Abrams was eliminated in 12th place and was the first player to make the pay jump to $590,442. Sylvia -- on the other hand -- took a commanding chip lead with 44.5 million. 

Elisabeth Hille Eliminated by Andras Koroknai
Hille shakes hands with Koroknai, the man who ended her November Nine dreams
 

Elisabeth Hille Eliminated in 11th Place

The women in the 2012 WSOP have been really stepping up their game this year. As Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann made it deeper and deeper into the Main Event, everyone had their eyes on them.

They have made an unprecedented run at the Main Event this year. However, as play got closer to the final table, both ladies started dropping to the bottom of the chip counts. 

Hille was short stacked with only about 10 big blinds, and when Andras Koroknai raised to 605,000 she moved all in. Koroknai called the 3,465,000 and put Hille’s tournament life on the line.

Hille: A Q

Koroknai: 7 7

Everyone jumped out of their seats to watch as one of the favorites doubled up or went bust. The flop came out 4 3 J which didn’t help Hille. Her rail started chanting and calling for cards that would help her.

The K came on the turn which didn’t help, and the 3 was disappointing to everyone that wanted to see the young Norwegian become part of the October festivities. But, as a consolation prize, Hille will be taking home $590,442.

Now, there is only one woman left, and anyone that wants to see a softer final table will have all their bets on Gaelle Baumann. She goes into the final 10 as the short stack with only 5,030,000 (16 BB).

Gaelle Baumann
Gaelle Baumann, surviving an all in. She's now the last woman standing.
 

However, with play going ten handed, she will have more time to wait for a good hand before sticking her stack in.

The Unofficial Final Table

Seat 1: Russell Thomas -- 18,700,000

Seat 2: Jacob Balsiger -- 16,300,000

Seat 3: Jeremy Ausmus -- 10,855,000

Seat 4: Steven Gee -- 15,800,000

Seat 5: Greg Merson -- 31,305,000

Seat 6: Gaelle Baumann -- 2,140,000

Seat 7: Jesse Sylvia -- 48,450,000

Seat 8: Robert Salaburu -- 16,675,000

Seat 9: Andras Korknai -- 23,180,000

Seat 10: Michael Esposito -- 18,470,000

Average Stack
$19,794,000
Players Left
10
Tables Left
1
07/16/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: 12 Left; Both Women Short Stacked

Gaelle Baumann
Gaelle Baumann smiles at the dealer as she doubles up.

With two women left among the final 12 players in the WSOP Main Event, many people are talking about the first woman to make a November Nine, and the first to final table the Main Event since Barbara Enright did it in 1995.

But nothing is locked up yet, as both women are short on chips after playing the following hand.

Elisabeth Hille opened from 480,000 on the button, and Gaelle Baumann jammed for 2,455,000 from the big blind. Hille had folded to Baumann’s all in before, but after thinking for a bit she decided to call.


Baumann:  4 4
Hille:  Q 9

The flop was good for both players as it came 7 6 5. Baumann was open ended with her pair of fours and was ahead, but Hille could win with any eight to complete a bigger straight.

The 3 came on the turn to give Baumann the lead, but any four would chop and she could still lose with any eight on the board.

Baumann must have nine lives because the Q came on the river to give her a double up.

Even with the double up, Baumann was still short, and now Hille was short as well -- they are currently at the bottom of the leaderboard.


Jesse Sylvia Near the Chip Lead

Jesse Sylvia's been on a heater since his loud, emotional double-up. Aside from taking away lots of Robert Salaburu's chips, Sylvia has also taken Salaburu's momentum. Earlier today, Salaburu seemed unstoppable.

He won pot after pot and his stack was dwarfing all the other stacks at the table. At one point -- with 8 players at the table -- Salaburu had 36 percent of the chips on the table.

Now Sylvia is the one winning pots. Just taking down the blinds and antes adds 570,000 to a players stack. Sylvia has taken down the blinds and antes a few times as well as a fairly large pot.

Russell Thomas raised from the big blind and Sylvia called from the big blind. The flop came 2 7 4 and Sylvia check-called a bet. The turn was a J and Sylvia checked again. Thomas bet 1.05 million and Sylvia called, bringing the 3 on the river.

Sylvia checked one more time and Thomas bet 1.55 million. Sylvia didn't call this time, he didn't fold either. Sylvia raised to 3.9 million and Thomas folded. The crowd cheered and Sylvia's stack grew to about 27 million.


Marc Ladouceur
Marc-Andre Ladouceur is out in unlucky 13th place.
 

Marc Ladouceur Gone in 13th

Greg Merson raised to 500,000 from the cutoff, and when action folded to Marc Ladouceur he shoved all in from the big blind. Merson quickly called the 4,285,000 to knock Ladouceur out.


Merson: 4 4
Ladouceur: A 7

The flop was incredible for both players as it came 7 4 7. Merson flopped a boat, but Ladouceur could pull ahead with an ace. The 2 came on the turn and the 6 came on the river to knock Ladouceur out in 13th place.

Ladouceur started the day as the chip leader, but after some brutal hands midday he wasn’t able to recover. His consolation prize will be the $465,159 that he will take home for his seven days of effort in the Main Event.


Bigger Chips = Smaller Stacks

It's that time of the tournament again. A new, almond-colored chip has been put into play. These fancy new chips are worth 250,000 and have really helped clear up some of the more massive stacks in play.

A standard stack of 20 of these chips is worth 5 million, almost 167 times the amount of the starting stack.


Updated Leaderboard

Here's a look at the updated chip counts, courtesy of WSOP.com, with blinds increasing to 150,000-300,000 and a 40,000 ante:


1.  Greg Merson  -  31,305,000  (104 bb)
2.  Jesse Sylvia  -  25,500,000  (85 bb)
3.  Andras Koroknai  -  18,810,000  (62 bb)
4.  Scott Abrams  -  18,700,000  (62 bb)
5.  Russell Thomas  -  18,700,000  (62 bb)
6.  Michael Esposito  -  18,470,000  (61 bb)
7.  Jacob Balsiger  -  16,300,000  (54 bb)
8.  Steven Gee  -  15,800,000  (52 bb)
9.  Robert Salaburu  -  11,020,000  (36 bb)
10.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  10,100,000  (33 bb)
11.  Elisabeth Hille  -  7,480,000  (24 bb)
12.  Gaelle Baumann  -  5,030,000  (16 bb)

VIDEO: Get to Know Local Vegas Pro Scott Abrams

We're just a few spots off this year's final table so what better time to get to know the players who will be taking a shot at the world championship this October?

Scott Abrams is originally from the Chicago area but now lives right here in Las Vegas, playing live cash games to make a living.

A lifelong lover of chess and video games, Abrams turned his attention to poker a few years ago and it might pay off here at the WSOP to the tune of $8.5 million.

Check out the full interview below to get to know Vegas pro Scott Abrams.


Average Stack
$16,495,000
Players Left
12
Tables Left
2
07/16/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: A-K vs. A-K Gives Koroknai a Double-Up

Andras Koroknai
Koroknai was the benefactor of an A-K vs. A-K flush.

Gaelle Baumann has been watching her stack slowly dwindle down, and she was getting to the point where her stack was getting alarmingly low.

After Elisabeth Hille raised to 480,000 from the cutoff, Baumann shoved over the top for her remaining 1,525,000 from the small blind. Michael Esposito called from the big blind which gave Hille something to think about. After a long pause, Hille decided to let the two go head to head and she folded her hand.


Baumann:  A 9
Esposito:  A 7

To Baumann’s surprise, she was ahead in the hand. She extended her lead when the flop came T 9 K. The deal was sealed when the 9 came on the turn, and the 4 came on the river.

Baumann survives the all-in, but she is still short and will have to find another spot to put her chips in good.


Jesse Sylvia
Jesse Sylvia has some of the most enthusiastic supporters in the room.
 

Sylvia Doubles, Salaburu Drops

Jesse Sylvia has doubled up and Robert Salaburu has lost the chip lead.

Salabur raised to 550,000 from the cutoff and Steven Gee called from the button. Sylvia was in the small blind and he moved all-in for 8.085 million.

Salaburu re-shoved and Gee got out of the way.


Salaburu:  J J
Sylvia:  K Q

The crowd started chanting for different cards and Sylvia's rail exploded when the flop came K 4 8. They cheered so loud when the 6 came on the turn that Scott Ambrams covered his ears.

The crowd started chanting for a 3 on the river, but it brought a 9 instead. Sylvia was holding onto a girl on the rail and when the river fell, he did too. Sylvia lied on the floor and covered his smiling face with his hands.

Sylvia is now up to about 17 million while Salaburu is down to 12 million.


A-K vs. A-K Makes a Flush For Koroknai to Bad Beat Ladouceur

In the last hand before the break, Andras Koroknai just got all his chips in with A K against Marc-Andre Ladouceur's A K.

As expected, the crowd got very excited when the players moved all in, then felt let down when they saw it was A-K vs. A-K.

But then the flop came Q 10 2, Koroknai was freerolling to a flush draw.

The turn card was the 8, and Koroknai made an ace-high club flush to win the pot and double up to about 18 million in chips.

Ladouceur took a painfully brutal beat to drop down to about 5 million in chips.


Marc Ladouceur
Marc-Andre Ladouceur took a brutal beat, but he's still alive.
 

Flashback to 2011

With a very similar overall field size for the 2011 and 2012 Main Events, we thought it'd be interesting to take a look at last year's final table to see how it compares in terms of chip stacks.

Last year, they reached the final nine players during Level 36, with blinds at 250,000-500,000 and a 50,000 ante. Here were their chip counts:


Martin Staszko  -  40,175,000  (80 bb)
Eoghan O'Dea  -  33,925,000  (67 bb)
Matt Giannetti  -  24,750,000  (49 bb)
Phil Collins  -  23,875,000  (47 bb)
Ben Lamb  -  20,875,000  (41 bb)
Badih Bounahra  -  19,700,000  (39 bb)
Pius Heinz  -  16,425,000  (32 bb)
Anton Makiievskyi  -  13,825,000  (27 bb)
Sam Holden  -  12,375,000  (24 bb)

The average stack last year had 45 big blinds when they reached the November Nine.

If this year's field reaches nine at 200,000-400,000, the average stack would have 54 big blinds. If it takes until the 250,000-500,000 level, the average stack would have 43 big blinds.

And if action continues until the 300,000-600,000 level, the average stack would have 36 big blinds.

The closest parallel to last year is the 250,000-500,000 level, which won't start for another five hours -- not counting breaks.

And ESPN just called for a break.


Updated Leaderboard

Here's a look at the updated chip counts, courtesy of WSOP.com, with blinds at 120,000-240,000 and a 30,000 ante:


1.  Jesse Sylvia  -  24,065,000  (100 bb)
2.  Michael Esposito  -  21,580,000  (89 bb)
3.  Russell Thomas  -  21,490,000  (89 bb)
4.  Greg Merson  -  19,425,000  (80 bb)
5.  Andras Koroknai  -  18,300,000  (76 bb)
6.  Scott Abrams  -  15,560,000  (64 bb)
7.  Jacob Balsiger  -  15,355,000  (63 bb)
8.  Steven Gee  -  14,215,000  (59 bb)
9.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  12,775,000  (53 bb)
10.  Robert Salaburu  -  11,780,000  (49 bb)
11.  Elisabeth Hille  -  11,770,000  (49 bb)
12.  Marc-Andre Ladouceur  -  5,025,000  (20 bb)
13.  Gaelle Baumann  -  3,050,000  (12 bb)
14.  Danny Wong  -  1,940,000  (8 bb)
Average Stack
$14,138,572
Players Left
14
Tables Left
2
07/16/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Losing Harig Leaves Final 14

Wilfried Harig
Harig can't win with aces.

In the first hour of play after the dinner break, another man has fallen victim to the cash out cage. Although disappointing, it isn’t the worst thing that could happen to these players over the summer. With 14 players remaining, the next two bust outs will get an exciting $465,159 for their efforts over the last week.

Checking in with the Shorties

There are 15 players remaining as we come back from the dinner break, with one more hour of blinds of 100,000/200,000 with a 30,000 ante, meaning that each orbit will carve out roughly 500,000 chips from each stack.

Our shortest stacks of Wilfried Harig (2.9  million chips) and Gaelle Baumann (3 million chips) have little margin for error and will likely have their stacks in the middle pretty quickly, as even just picking up the blinds and antes will boost their stacks by about 20%.

Wilfried Harig Eliminated in 15th Place

Greg Merson opened to 400,000 from middle position. Michael Esposito called from the cutoff, and Wilfried Harig moved his remaining 2,450,000 into the pot. When action folded back around to Merson, he reraised to isolate the pot. Esposito got the message and folded his hand.

Merson: K J

Harig: A A

Merson was behind in the hand, but when the flop came 3 Q K his rail exploded. The flop gave Merson a chance to catch up with any king or jack. The J was good enough to give Merson the lead to knock Harig out. However, Harig could resuck if he landed an ace or a queen to give him a set or a higher two pair.

The 7 on the river was the last piece of bag luck Harig would have during this year’s WSOP. He became our 15th place finisher and takes home a hefty $465,159.

Remaining Ladies Headed in Opposite Directions

Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann both started the day with top ten stacks, but as the day progressed they’ve headed in different directions.

Steven Gee
Gee prevents drowning by catching a boat.
 

Hille has gotten more active as the day has worn on, not just waiting for big hands or relying on double-ups but pressing the action in several big pots. She’s been firing barrels all the way to the river to get folds and rake in chips.

It’s been a different story for Gaelle Baumann, as she just hasn’t been able to get anything going today and has seen her stack wilt to about 3 million chips, making her our current short stack with 14 players left.

A Gee Full House

Scott Abrams raised to 425,000 from UTG and Steven Gee called from the small blind. Jesse Sylvia was in the big blind and called as well.

The flop came 10 8 7 and the blinds checked. Abrams led out for 750,000 and Gee called. Sylvia folded and a 10 came on the turn. Gee check-called Abrams 1.25 million bet and the 3 came on the river. Gee checked again and Abrams bet 1.8 million. Gee raised to 4.3 million and after some thought, Abrams called.

Gee showed 7 7 for a full house and Abrams mucked. Gee went up to 16.8 million while Abrams dropped to 15.4 million.

Top 10 Chip Counts

Jacob Balsiger                               25,100,000

Scott Abrams                                22,900,000

Robert Salaburu                            22,500,000

Greg Merson                                 19,850,000

Michael Esposito                            17,570,000

Marc Ladouceur                             17,500,000

Russell Thomas                             16,800,000

Jeremy Ausmus                             12,000,000

Elisabeth Hille                                11,710,000

Steven Gee                                    11,300,000

Chip counts courtesy of WSOP.com

VIDEO - Get to Know Big-Stack Jeremy Ausmus

Professional poker player Jeremy Ausmus has been among the big stacks all day and we grabbed him for a quick video interview last break.

Ausmus is originally from Colorado but decided to move to Las Vegas a few years ago to pursue his dream of playing poker professionally. While he was already successful before this Main Event run, it's safe to say this is the biggest thing that's ever happened to him in poker.

Ausmus tells us how he got into the game after watching Rounders and what it means to be this deep in the Main Event.


Average Stack
$14,138,572
Players Left
14
Tables Left
2
07/16/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Back From Dinner

Day 7 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event
They're back

The 90 minutes are up and we're back.

There's one hour left in Level 32, giving players 100,000/200,000 blinds and a 30,000 ante. Our remaining 15 players are also coming back to a guaranteed payday of $465,159.

The money will only go up as we keep on bringing the number of players down. The final 12 will make a jump to $590,442. 

Play has been going by fairly quickly and bust outs tend to pick up after the dinner break. We'll see if the fast pace that's been present all day continues for the rest of the day.

We don't know how many levels we'll be playing, but we do know that we won't stop until we hit the November Nine. Stay tuned for more live updates from the 2012 Main Event.

VIDEO: Get to Know Big-Stack Robert Salaburu

Robert Salaburu is a poker pro who's been making his living playing cards for the last 10 years.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas Salaburu is reveling in the opportunity to score big in this Main Event. Check out the full interview below to get to know him a little better and stay tuned for more videos as we play down to the final table.


Average Stack
$13,196,000
Players Left
15
Tables Left
2
07/16/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Final Two Tables and Dinner Break

Jamie Robbins
Jamie Robbins is the final two tables bubbles

Twenty minutes after players came back from their 20-minute break, they went on another break. With 1 hour and 39 minutes left in level 32, we got down to our final 18 players. There was a complete redraw and now every hand is being diligently recorded, hold cards included. 

Our 2012 World Champion is now seated at one of these tables. Also present in the last two tables are our last two women: Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille.

After our post-Level 31 break, there was a storm of eliminations. In that one hour, we've lost four players and made another pay jump.

Now we're down to 15 players and they're all on another break. With one hour left into Level 32, the floor has decided to take a 90-minute dinner break. Cards will be back in the air at 8pm. 

We'll see if we get another boost of post-dinner bustouts. 

Moving On Up

We’re down to just two tables left and the remaining 15 players are now guaranteed to walk away with at least $465,159.

At this stage of things every three eliminations clicks up the pay meter one notch, with the next jump at $590,442 for 12th.

Not that anyone is sitting out to just move up a few pay levels but the math is pretty compelling, as far as tacking on an extra $130K+ with each pay bump.

Jamie Robbins Implodes For 19th

Jamie Robbins raised to 500,000, and Jacob Balsiger reraised to 1,200,000 from the button. Robbins made the call to see the flop.

When the flop came 9 5 4, both players checked their option. The T came on the turn, and Robbins moved all in for 2,900,000, and Balsigner quickly called.

David Balkin
18th place finisher, David Balkin
 

Robins: K J

Balsiger: 9 9

Balsiger had a set of nines, but Robins had a chance to catch up if a non-paired diamond hit the board. Unfortunately for Robbins, it was the 3 that hit the board which put him out in 19th place for $294,601.

Balkin Goes Down In 18th Place

Right after the redraw to two tables, David Balkin raised to 425,000 from middle position. Michael Esposito made the call to see the flop.

The flop came out 8 K 8. Blakin fired out 625,000, and Esposito called to see the Q come on the turn.

Balkin checked leaving Esposito to bet out 925,000. Balkin shoved back by moving all in. Esposito snap called turning up his cards.

Esposito: A 8

Balkin: A A

Balkin could only win if the case ace hit the board. The river wasn’t the ace Balkin was looking for, it was the Q. Balkin was sent walking in 18th place which was good for a $369,026 pay day.

Buckenmayer Second Best For 17th Place

Robert Buckenmayer
Robert Buckenmayer
 

Wilfried Harig raised from early position to 400,000, and Robert Buckenmayer shoved from the small blind. It folded back around to Harig who quickly called putting Buckenmayer at risk for elimination.

Buckenmayer:A Q

Harig: A K

Buckenmayer was second best to Harig’s ace-king and was looking for a queen to fall on the board. The community cards were laid out and they came 4 7 5 9 6

Buckenmayer was eliminated in 17th place which was good for $369,026.

Win Some, Lose Some

Those cheering for the 40+ crowd saw their hopes take a hit with the exit of Robert Buckenmayer in 17th place ($369,026) but their two remaining war horses are at least charging along with plenty of vigor and chips.

Percy Mahatan
Percy Mahatan
 

Michael Esposito is among the overall chip leaders with 18 million while Steven Gee is right at average stack of about 12 million.

Percy Mahatan Out in 16th

And we don't stop, the bust outs don't stop.

Percy Mahatan was the next to go, and he fell to Robert Salaburu's monstrous stack. Mahatan raised to 450,000 from the hijack and Salaburu called from the big blind. 

The flop came K 9 5 and Mahatan check-called a bet from Mahatan. The 7 came on the river and Salaburu moved all-in for over 20 million.

Salaburu had Mahatan -- and everyone else in the tournament -- covered. Salaburu showed 9 7 for two-pair when Mahatan called. Mahatan looked resined and showed Q Q.

Mahatan had a few outs, but the 4 that came on the river wasn't one of them. Mahatan finished 16th and just missed the pay jump to $465,159.

Chip Counts

1. Robert Salaburu - 23,400,000

2. Jacob Balsiger - 21,800,000

3. Scott Abrams - 21,000,000

4. Russel Thomas - 20,900,000

5. Michael Esposito - 18,250,000

6. Marc Ladouceur - 17,080,000

7. Greg Merson - 16,395,000

8. Jeremy Ausmus - 14,085,000

9. Steven Gee - 11,700,000

10. Andras Koroknai - 9,910,000

Average Stack
$13,196,000
Players Left
15
Tables Left
2
07/16/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Down to 19

Cylus Watson
Cylus Watson out in 22nd

We’ve reached that magic point, where the ante -- 30,000 at the current level -- is the same size as the entire starting stack players began with a week or so ago when their Main Event quest began.

We’re two eliminations away from the next pay jump at $369,026 for 18th place, with 20 players still soldiering on here on Day 7 as we play our way down to a final table of nine. 

Russell Thomas has been one of the big movers on the day, starting with 9 million chips and doubling that up to now lead the way with just under 18 million.

Corcione and Volpe Representing the EC, Baby

It doesn’t come close to rivaling Tupac/Biggie but the poker world has a rivalry of its own with East coast grinders at Foxwoods and the Borgata not always getting the same props that their West coast counterparts in Vegas and California receive.

Paul Volpe and Robert Corcione are trying to change that in this year’s Main Event, with the two talented pros showing that their success at Foxwoods and the Borgata translates well to the WSOP stage.

Volpe has rolled up over $150,000 in cashes and Corcione is close behind with just over $140,000 -- although both are poised to bump those figures up in a big way when their Main Event winnings are tallied up and added in.

Watson Out in 22nd

Cylus Watson moved all-in for his remaining 920,000 and Greg Merson called.

Watson showed A 5 while Merson turned over J 10. Watson's final board read 7 8 10 Q 2 and Watson was eliminated in 22nd place. This is Watson's third WSOP cash and it is largest, by far.

Before this, Watson had a total of $61,000 in live-tournament earnings, he nearly quintupled that number today. 

No More Representation

The East Coast - West Coast rivalry has come to an end. 

Our East Coast representatives, Paul Volpe and Robert Corcione have been eliminated.

Robert Corcione
21st place finisher, Robert Corcione
 

Corcione was the first to go, his elimination started when Scott Abrams raised to 340,000 from early position. Corcione moved all-in for 4.3 million from the button and Abrams called.

Abrams: A Q

Corcione: 10 10

The flop brought a Q and Abrams took the lead. Corcione couldn't improve and he was eliminated in 21st place.

Down Goes Volpe

There was a wild three-way going on at the secondary feature table. 

Steven Gee moved all-in from the cutoff and Danny Wong reshoved from the button. Paul Volpe was in the small blind and called. Salaburu folded the big blind and we had ourselves a three-way. Wong had Volpe and Gee covered, he also had the best hand:

Danny Wong and Paul Volpe as Volpe Eliminated
David Wong and Paul Volpe as they await the river
 

Wong: 10 10

Gee: 8 8

Volpe: A K

The flop fell 5 7 6 and Gee picked up a straight draw. The turn was a J and Gee and Volpe started standing up. But a 4 came on the river and Gee sat back down. Volpe became our 20th place finisher and Gee tripled up to 11.7 million. 

Chip Counts

Russell Thomas - 20,900,000

Scott Abrams - 19,760,000

Marc Ladouceur  - 19,475,000

Robert Salaburu - 17,965,000

Jacob Balsiger - 15,200,000

Jeremy Ausmus - 14,085,000

Michael Esposito - 13,200,000

Steven Gee - 11,700,000

Greg Merson - 9,650,000

Elisabeth Hille - 9,445,000

Chip counts courtesy of WSOP.com

Average Stack
$10,417,895
Players Left
19
Tables Left
3
07/16/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Three More Hit The Rail- Down To 21

Bracelet
Three more miss their chance at the bracelet.

It has been a pretty exciting last hour watching the final three tables. The short stacks are being forced to roll with their good hands in an attempt to double up. Because of this, we have seen three more players fall during the last hour.

Double Dozen-Israelashvili Out In 25th

Down at the non-hole-cam featured table, Roland Israelashvili was short-stacked with only about 1.9 million. Israelashvili  moved all-in from early position and got called by Russell Thomas in the cutoff. The blinds and button folded and Israelashvili's tournament life was at risk.

Thomas showed a pair of jacks and Israelashvili showed Ace-Five.

The board came 9 Q 9 K 7 and Israelashvili became our 25th place finisher. Israelashvili will take home $294,601, his second biggest cash this summer. Just two weeks ago, Israelashvili finished 5th in the $50K Poker Players Championship for $317,882.

Strelitz Takes 24th

Scott Abrams opened for 340,000 from the button, and Daniel Strelitz three-bet from the small blind to 720,000. Abrams wasn’t taking that laying down, so he tour-bet to 1,250,000. Strelitz five-bet all in for 6,500,000, and Abrams called for a shot to take Strelitz out.

Abrams: K K

Strelitz: 4 4

The flop came K Q 5 which made it nearly impossible for Strelitz to catch up. When the 9 came on the turn, Strelitz was drawing dead. The 9 completed the board and Strelitz became our 24th place finisher for $294,601.

Meanwhile, Abrams was given a nice boost to 16,200,000 in chips.

Jesse Sylvia
Sylvia hits a miracle river card to double up.
 

Sylvia Goes Runner Runner Miracle

Jesse Syliva has been active and aggressive on the feature table today. However, this style of play hasn’t been working out as well as he expected, as he has had to give up a fair amount of pots at showdown. He finally got it in with the best hand, but had to hit a miracle to survive.

Greg Merson opened for 235,000, and Jesse Sylvia called behind. David Balkin also called the raise from the big blind, and the flop came 3 8 J. Both Balkin and Merson checked their option, but Sylvia fired out 530,000. Balkin quickly folded his hand, and Merson moved all in over the top. Sylvia insta-called for his remaining 3,415,000.

Merson: Q T

Syliva: A A

Syliva was ahead, but Merson had a huge draw against his hand and could win with any club for a flush or a nine to complete the straight.

The 3 came on the turn to give Merson the out he needed to come out on top.

“Three, three, three!” The crowd shouted.

The poker gods listened and delivered a 3 on the river to give Syliva a full house and propel him back into the winner’s seat. That hand boosted Sylvia back up to 8,045,000.

Yuval Bronshtein Eliminated by Jeremy Ausmus
Bronshtein is out in 23rd place and takes home $294,601.
 

Bronshtein Out in 23rd

Yuval Bronsthein had been moving all-in a lot at the secondary feature table. One of those all-ins was called, but was very uneventful. Yuval moved all-in from the small blind and Andras Koroknai reshoved from the big blind.

Both players showed ace-queen and they chopped the pot.

Bronsthein then moved in without getting any callers a few times. Then, he got a customer. Bronsthein raised to 360,000 from UTG and Jeremy Ausmus moved all-in from the small blind. Ausmus had Bronshtein covered by about 1 million.

Bronshtein tanked, the call would put his tournament life at risk.

Bronshtein eventually called and showed A Q. It was a flip for his tournament life as Ausmus showed J J.

The flop came K 7 9 and Ausmus was the only player with a heart. The turn was a 6 and Ausmus hit a flush. Yuval was drawing dead and he was eliminated from the tournament in 23rd place.

This is Bronshtein's 21st WSOP cash, but his first Main Event cash. This will also be Bronshtein's largest cash, with 23rd place being worth $294,601.

Top 10 Chip Counts

Russell Thomas                              17,900,000

Robert Salaburu                             16,700,000

Marc Ladouceur                              15,995,000

Scott Abrams                                  14,700,000

Jacob Balsiger                                 13,700,000

Michael Esposito                             11,300,000

Jeremy Ausmus                              10,650,000

Elisabeth Hille                                 10,185,000

Jamie Robbins                                 9,400,000

Greg Merson                                    8,500,000

Chip counts courtesy of WSOP.com

Average Stack
$9,425,715
Players Left
21
Tables Left
3
1 2

Event Information

Event Name
Event 61 - $10,000 Main Event
Venue
Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2012-07-07
Final Day
2012-07-16
Buy In
$10,000
Entrants
6598
Prize Pool
$62,021,200
First Prize
$8,527,982

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Gregory Merson $8,531,853
2 Jesse Sylvia $5,295,149
3 Jacob Balsiger $3,797,558
4 Russell Thomas $2,851,537
5 Jeremy Ausmus $2,155,313

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