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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $862,650
Entrants: 639

Event 5 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em

  • May 30, '12 - Jun 01, '12
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 01, 12)

 
 

Nick Jivkov Wins Event no. 5 ($198,818)

Level: 27

Blinds: 30,000-60,000

Live Updates:

Nick Jivkov Wins Event no. 5 ($198,818)
Bryan Pellegrino Eliminated in 2nd Place ($117,199)

Nick Jivkov

Momentum was starting to shift a little bit in Level 27 as the blinds increased and the average stack dropped down below 24 big blinds. While Nick Jivkov maintained a strong lead over Bryan Pellegrino throughout, Pellegrino became a little more aggressive with the short stack and managed to chip up here and there to stay alive .

Time eventually got the best of him and Bryan Pellegrino finally got the rest of his chips in the middle after three-betting all in over Jivkov’s pot-sized open.

Jivkov led before the flop with 10Heart Suit10Club Suit against Pellegrino’s JHeart Suit9Spade Suit.

The board came KSpade SuitQHeart Suit8Spade Suit7Club Suit2Club Suit, offering no help to Bryan Pellegrino who was eliminated in 2nd place ($117,199). Nick Jivkov wins Event no. 5, taking home the $189,818 grand prize and the fifth gold bracelet of the 2012 WSOP.

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Player Tags: Nick Jivkov,   Bryan Pellegrino
 

Level 26 Update: Pellegrino Survives Another Level

Level: 26

Blinds: 25,000-50,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 639

Average Chip Count: 1,437,750

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 2 — Nick Jivkov — 2,310,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Pellegrino — 535,000

Live Updates:

Jivkov Extends Lead, Pellegrino Hangs On

Bryan Pellegrino

Despite starting the level at a nearly 3:1 chip disadvantage and having only 15 big blinds, Bryan Pellegrino managed to find several double ups to stay alive and survive another level of increasing blinds. Nick Jivkov chipped away at Pellegrino’s stack and had him all in with trips against a gunshot straight draw. Pellegrino caught a four-outer on the river to make his straight and double back up to about 900,000.

Jivkov once again wore his opponent down to under 500,000 before Pellegrino got it all in again, this time with the best hand.

Nick Jivkov button-raised to 100,000, Bryan Pellegrino reraised the size of the pot and Jivkov called, exposing his hand.

Pellegrino still had 100,000 behind and got it all in on a flop of 9Spade Suit5Diamond Suit3Club Suit with 10Club Suit9Heart Suit after he had already made top pair. Pellegrino was holding AHeart Suit10Diamond Suit for over cards. The turn and river were the 2Diamond Suit and the QClub Suit, doubling up the short stack once gain.

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Player Tags: Nick Jivkov,   Bryan Pellegrino
 

Level 25 Update: Jonathan Aguiar Eliminated in 3rd Place ($76,189)

Level: 25

Blinds: 20,000-40,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 639

Average Chip Count: 1,437,750

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 2 — Nick Jivkov — 2,100,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Pellegrino — 760,000

Players Eliminated:

Jonathan Aguiar — 3rd Place ($76,189)

Live Updates:

Short Stacks Battle; Only One Survives

Nick Jivkov began heads-up play with a dominating chip lead over the field, but short stacks Jonathan Aguiar and Bryan Pellegrino managed to move some chips around in Level 28. Aguiar chipped up early after taking a pot from chip leader Nick Jivkov with top pair against a missed straight draw that ended in a showdown. Pellegrino took a while to get going this level and was chopped down to just a few big blinds before finding a small double up through Aguair to stay alive.

Pellegrino didn’t wait long before getting it all in with Aguiar again, this time with the better hand. After sucking out on Aguiar with QHeart Suit5Diamond Suit against KDiamond SuitJClub Suit a few hands before, this time Pellegrino was all in with AHeart Suit8Heart Suit against Aguiar’s QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit.The board bricked and this hand put Pellegrino in second place with about 660,000, leaving Aguiar on the short stack with just 250,000.

Jonathan Aguiar Eliminated in 3rd Place ($76,189)

Jonathan Aguiar

Jonathan Aguiar was knocked down to the short stack after Bryan Pellegrino doubled through him twice, and he was the next player eliminated in 3rd place ($76,189).

Jonathan Aguiar made a pot-sized raise from the button, Nick Jivkov reraised the size of the pot from the small blid and Aguiar called all in.

Jivkov led before the flop with 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit against Aguiar’s ASpade SuitQHeart Suit.

The board came KClub Suit7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit9Club SuitAHeart Suit, giving Jivkov a set on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Jonathan Aguiar in 3rd place ($76,189).

With the elimination of Jonathan Aguiar in 3rd place, Nick Jivkov took the chip lead going into heads-up play with roughly 2.1 million to Pellegrino’s 800,000.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Level 24 Update: Tommy Vedes Eliminated in 4th Place ($55,960)

Level: 24

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Players Remaining: 3 out of 639

Average Chip Count: 958,500

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Jonathan Aguiar — 415,000
Seat no. 2 — Nick Jivkov — 2,050,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Pellegrino — 440,000

Players Eliminated:

Tommy Vedes — 4th Place ($55,960)

Live Updates:

Tommy Vedes Eliminated in 4th Place ($55,960)

Tommy Vedes

Shortly after losing a big pot to chipleader Nick Jivkov last level and being left with a short stack, Tommy Vedes got it all in good on the flop with top pair against Jivkov’s middle pair, but failed to hold on the river.

Nick Jivkov button-raised to 65,000 and Tommy Vedes called from the big blind.

The flop came JHeart Suit10Heart Suit4Club Suit, Vedes checked, Jivkov bet 80,000, Vedes raised all in for 365,000 and Jivkov called.

Vedes was all in for his tournament life and was ahead on the flop with JDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit for top pair against Jivkov’s middle pair with 10Spade Suit9Diamond Suit.

The turn and river were the 5Club Suit and the 9Spade Suit, giving Jivkov two pair on the river to eliminate Tommy Vedes in 4th place ($55,960). This hand gave Jivkov a massive chip lead going into three-handed play with nearly seventy percent of the total chips in play.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

Player Tags: Tommy Vedes,   Nick Jivkov
 

Level 23 Update: Negreanu 5th ($41,683), Allis 6th ($31,452)

Level: 23

Blinds: 12,000-24,000

Players Remaining: 4 out of 639

Average Chip Count: 718,875

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Jonathan Aguiar — 375,000
Seat no. 2 — Nick Jivkov — 1,700,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Pellegrino — 250,000

Seat no. 6 — Tommy Vedes — 247,000

Players Eliminated:

Daniel Negreanu — 5th Place ($41,683)
Mike Allis — 6th Place ($31,452)

Live Updates:

Mike Allis Eliminated in 6th Place ($31,452)

Mike Allis came into the final table as the undisputed short stack with just 86,000, but managed to survive three other players and pay jumps to finish the event in 6th place ($31,452). Allis managed to double twice through Tommy Vedes in Level 22 to stay alive but entered Level 23 as the short stack and was eliminated shortly thereafter.

On his final hand, Nick Jivkov opened the cutoff for 55,000 and Mike Allis called from the big blind.

The flop came AClub Suit9Club Suit7Diamond Suit, Allis checked, Jivkov bet 65,000, Allis raised all in and Jovkov called.

Jivkov led on the flop with KHeart SuitKClub Suit for a pair against Allis’ 4Spade Suit3Spade Suit.

The turn and river were the 3Club Suit and the AHeart Suit, offering no help to Mike Allis who was eliminated in 6th place ($31,452).

Daniel Negreanu Eliminated in 5th Place ($41,683)

Player Name

Daniel Negreanu opened the pot for 48,000, Nick Jovkov reraised to 112,000 from the small blind, Negreanu four-bet all in for 181,000 and Jivkov called.

Negreanu led before the flop with ADiamond SuitQSpade Suit against Jivkov’s AClub SuitJHeart Suit.

The board came QClub Suit10Spade Suit9Heart Suit2Heart SuitKClub Suit, giving Jovkov a straight on the river to eliminate Daniel Negreanu in 5th place ($41,683) and claim the chip lead form himself with just under 1 million.

Jivkov Takes Massive Chip Lead

Nick Jivkov

Nick Jivkov button-raised to 55,000 and Tommy Vedes called from the big blind.

The flop came 6Heart Suit5Spade Suit4Spade Suit, Vedes checked, Jivkov bet 50,000 and Vedes called.

The turn was the 9Spade Suit, Vedes checked, Jovkov bet 65,0000 and Vedes called.

The river was the QSpade Suit, Vedes checked, Jivkov bet 268,000 and Vedes called. Jivkov showed ASpade Suit2Diamond Suit for the four-card nut flush on the river and Vedes mucked. That hand gave Jivkov the clear chip lead with about 1.7 million while Vedes dropped down to just 250,000.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Level 22 Update: Hale 7th ($24,007), Eames 8th ($18,529), Tabali 9th ($14,449)

Level: 22

Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 6 out of 639

Average Chip Count: 472,950

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Jonathan Aguiar — 775,000
Seat no. 2 — Nick Jivkov — 360,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Pellegrino — 415,000

Seat no. 6 — Tommy Vedes — 645,000
Seat no. 7 — Mike Allis — 275,000

Seat no. 9 — Daniel Negreanu — 300,000

Players Eliminated:

Brent Hale — 7th Place ($24,007)
John Eames — 8th Place ($18,529)
Keanu Tabali — 9th Place ($14,449)

Live Updates:

Keanu Tabali Eliminated in 9th Place ($14,449)

Keanu Tabali

Bryan Pellegrino raised to 43,000 from late position, Keanu Tabali raised all in for just over 100,000 from the small blind and Pellegrino called.

Tabali led before the flop with 10Heart Suit10Club Suit against Pellegrino’s 9Spade Suit8Club Suit.

The board came ADiamond Suit9Club Suit6Spade Suit3Heart Suit8Spade Suit, giving Pellegrino middle pair on the flop to gain some additional outs and an eight on the river to make two pair. Keanu Tabali was eliminated in 9th place ($14,449) while Bryan Pellegrino went on to challenge the chip lead with about 550,000.

John Eames Eliminated in 8th Place ($18,529)

John Eames

John Eames opened for a pot-sized raise, Nick Jivkov reraised the size of the pot and Eames called all in.

Jivkov was out in front before the flop with ASpade SuitAHeart Suit against Eames’ ADiamond Suit6Club Suit.

The board came QHeart Suit4Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit9Club Suit5Club Suit, offering no help to John Eames who was eliminated in 8th place ($18,529). Nick Jivkov moved up the leader board a few spots with just under 400,000 after the hand which is good for nearly 20 bbs.

Brent Hale Eliminated in 7th Place ($24,007)

Brent Hale opened the pot for a raise, Tommy Vedes reraised to 150,000 from the small blind and Hale called all in.

Vedes led before the flop with ASpade Suit10Diamond Suit against Hale’s JSpade Suit5Heart Suit.

The board came 6Heart Suit4Club Suit2Club SuitAHeart Suit8Diamond Suit, giving Vedes top pair on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Brent Hale in 7th place ($24,007).

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Level 21 Update: Aguiar Leads, Vedes Closes the Gap

Level: 21

Blinds: 8,000-16,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 639

Average Chip Count: 319,500

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Jonathan Aguiar — 700,000
Seat no. 2 — Nick Jivkov — 281,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Pellegrino — 440,000
Seat no. 4 — Brent Hale — 211,000
Seat no. 5 — Keanu Tabali — 122,000
Seat no. 6 — Tommy Vedes — 540,000
Seat no. 7 — Mike Allis — 130,000
Seat no. 8 — John Eames — 300,000
Seat no. 9 — Daniel Negreanu — 150,000

Live Updates:

John Eames Doubles Through Bryan Pellegrino

Bryan Pellegrino opened the pot for 40,000, John Eames reraised to 100,000 from the small blind, Pellegrino four-bet and Eames called all in for about 180,000.

Eames led before the flop with 9Spade Suit9Heart Suit against Pellegrino’s ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit.

The board came AClub Suit6Spade Suit2Heart SuitKSpade Suit9Club Suit, giving Pellegrino an ace on the flop to take the lead, but Eames spiked one of only two outs on the river to make a set of nines and double up.

John Eames ~370,000
Bryan pellegrino ~ 600,000

“Tommy Vedes is an Enigma”

Tommy Vedes

Tommy Vedes came into the final table as one of the shorter stacks in the bottom half of the chip counts, but managed to win an early showdown against Daniel Negreanu after rivering a set of sixes. This Hand brought Vedes above 300,000 which gave him just under 19 big blinds while Negreanu slipped down to 150,000 (10 bbs).

Vedes then won another key pot this level against Keanu Tabali which put him in contention for the chip lead with just about 600,000. Both players flopped a king, but Vedes turned two pair and rivered the case king to fill up and get paid off in a showdown against Tabali’s trips. This hand knocked Tabali down to the 4 bb range which put him on the short stack.

According to Gavin Smith who was commentating live in the booth, “Tommy Vedes is an Enigma.”

Short Stacks Double Up

Mike Allis came into the final table as the short stack but managed to double up through Tommy Vedes with ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit after getting it all in before the flop against Vedes’ 7Heart Suit6Heart Suit. Vedes flopped a straight draw but Allis rivered a queen to make top pair and double up. Allis doubled up to about 130,000 that hand while Vedes took a small hit to his stack.

Keanu Tabali was put on the short stack after losing a big pot to Tommy Vedes who filled up against Tabali’s trips, but he managed to find a double up towards the end of the level through John Eames to stay alive. Tabali got it in good before the flop with KSpade SuitKHeart Suit against Eames’ QDiamond SuitQClub Suit. The board bricked and Tabali doubled up to just over 120,000 while Eames slid down to about 300,000.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Action Begins, Final Table Now Underway

The final table of Event no. 5 ($1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em) is now underway, and Card Player will be posting level-by-level updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

Day 2 concluded with the elimination of Thom Werthmann in 10th Place ($11,361), setting the official, 9-handed final table. Action resumes here on Day 3 where players will begin in Level 21 with blinds of 8,000-16,000 and will continue until a winner is determined.

With cards now back in the air, here is a look at the final table and how these players match up:

Seat no. 1 — Jonathan Aguiar — 552,000
Seat no. 2 — Nick Jivkov — 281,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Pellegrino — 790,000
Seat no. 4 — Brent Hale — 211,000
Seat no. 5 — Keanu Tabali — 309,000
Seat no. 6 — Tommy Vedes — 247,000
Seat no. 7 — Mike Allis — 86,000
Seat no. 8 — John Eames — 181,000
Seat no. 9 — Daniel Negreanu — 212,000

While only 9 remain, this event gathered 639 players, creating a total prize pool of $862,650. Here is a look at the final payouts:

1st Place — $189,818
2nd Place — $117,119
3rd Place — $76,189
4th Place — $55,960
5th Place — $41,683
6th Place — $31,452
7th Place — $24,007
8th Place — $18,529
9th Place — $14,449

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Daniel Negreanu Headlines $1,500 PLHE Final Table

Daniel Negreanu on day 2 Daniel Negreanu already has four World Series of Poker gold bracelets to his name, and will be looking to capture his fifth on Friday as he enters the final table of the WSOP $1,500 pot-limit hold’em event in sixth chip position. Negreanu won his first-ever gold bracelet in this very same discipline at the 2008 WSOP.

Negreanu also currently sits in 30th position in the 2012 Card Player Player of the Year race, but could move as high as sixth place in the rankings if he were to capture the title and the 840 POY points that come with it.

A total of 639 players posted the $1,500 buy-in, building a $862,650 prize pool and a top prize of $189,818.

Other notable players battling for the top prize and the bracelet include recent WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown champion Tommy Vedes, Jonathan Aguiar and Jonathan Eames.

A number of big names made it deep in this event but fell short of the final table, including Steve Brecher who finished 12th ($11,361), Nam Le who finished 16th ($7,254), and John Juanda who finished 18th ($7,254).

The chip leader heading into the final day is Bryan “PrimordialAA” Pellegrino with 790,000. Pellegrino nearly eliminated Negreanu from the event in 15th place with a massive cooler. The players got their chips in preflop with Pellegrino holding pocket aces against Negreanu’s pocket kings, putting Pellegrino in a great position to eliminate a tough opponent and take a massive chip lead. Negreanu hit a king on the turn however to double up.

Pellegrino did eventually take the chip lead again when he won a massive pot with top pair and the nut flush draw prevailing over the top pair, top kicker of 10th place finisher Thom Werthmann ($11,361).

Here is a look at the chip counts of the final table players:

Rank Player Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Bryan Pellegrino 790,000 66
2 Jonathan Aguiar 552,000 46
Average Chipcount: 318,777
3 Peter Tabali 309,000 26
4 Nick Jivkov 281,000 23
5 Tommy Vedes 247,000 21
6 Daniel Negreanu 212,000 18
7 Brant Hale 211,000 18
8 John Eames 181,000 15
9 Mike Allis 86,000 7

Card Player TV caught up with Negreanu just after the final table was set. Check out the video below:

 
 

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