2012 Main Event: The Final Table is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Jesse Sylvia
- Greg Merson
- Jake Balsiger
- Russell Thomas
- Steven Gee
- Robert Salaburu
- Michael Esposito
- Jeremy Ausmus
- Andras Koroknai
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