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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $4,274,100
Entrants: 3166

Event 53 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 30, '12 - Jul 02, '12
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Updates on Final Day (Jul 02, 12)

 
 

Neil Willerson Wins Event no. 53 ($737,248)

Level: 33

Blinds: 100,000-200,000 with a 30,000 ante

Neil Willerson Wins Event no. 53 ($737,248)
Vladimir Mefodichev Eliminated in 2nd Place ($456,217)

Neil Willerson

Neil Willerson began the day as the chip leader and despite losing the lead to Valdimir Mefodichev in Level 32, Willerson reclaimed the lead by the beginning of the final level and never looked back. On the final hand of the tournament, Neil Willerson completed the small blind to 200,000 and Vladimir Mefodichev checked the big blind.

The flop came 8Spade Suit4Heart Suit3Spade Suit, Mefodichev checked, Willerson bet 300,000, Mefodichev raised to 800,000, Willerson shoved and Mefodichev called all in.

Mefodichev was ahead on the flop with KSpade Suit5Spade Suit for a king-high flush draw against Willerson’s JSpade Suit6Spade Suit.

The turn and river were the 6Club Suit and the 10Heart Suit, giving Willerson a pair of sixes on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Vladimir Mefodichev in 2nd place ($456,217). Neil Willerson wins Event no. 53, taking home the $737,248 grand prize and the fifty-third gold bracelet of the 2012 WSOP.

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Player Tags: Vladimir Mefodichev
 

Action Resumes, Final Table Back Underway

The final table of Event no. 53 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold’em) is back underway, and Card Player will be posting level-by-level updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

Day 3 ended with the conclusion of Level 31, and the final two players have returned to begin an unschedule Day 4. Play will begin in Level 32 with blinds of 80,000-160,000 with a 20,000 ante, 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. 4 — Vladimir Mefodichev — 5,335,000
Seat no. 5 — Neil Willerson — 8,920,000

While only 2 remain, this event gathered 3,166 players, creating a total prize pool of $4,274,100. Here is a look at the final payouts:

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

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: Vladimir Mefodichev
 

Level 31 Update: Willerson Leads Mefodivech Overnight; Hendeson 3rd ($322,866)

Level: 31

Blinds: 60,000-120,000 with a 15,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 3,166

Average Chip Count: 7,123,500

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 4 — Vladimir Mefodichev — 5,335,000
Seat no. 5 — Neil Willerson — 8,920,000

Players Eliminated:

Hugh Henderson — 3rd Place ($322,866)

Live Updates:

Hugh Henderson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($322,866)

Hugh Henderson

Neill Willerson opened the button for a raise before the flop, Hugh Henderson moved all in from the small blind and Willerson called.

Willerson was ahead before the flop with 8Spade Suit8Club Suit against Henderson’s AClub Suit5Spade Suit.

The board came JClub Suit9Heart Suit2Club SuitKHeart Suit7Club Suit, offering no help for Hugh Henderson who was eliminated in 3rd place ($322,866).

Vladimir Mefodichev took the chip lead going into heads-up play with 10,500,000 to Neil Willerson’s 4,200,000.

Play was suspended for the night with the conclusion of Level 31 and will resume at 2:00pm local time.

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 29 Update: Zachary Humphrey Eliminated in 4th Place ($233,708)

Level: 29

Blinds: 40,000-80,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 3,166

Average Chip Count: 4,749,000

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 4 — Vladimir Mefodichev — 5,500,000
Seat no. 5 — Neil Willerson — 3,150,000

Seat no. 9 — Hugh Henderson — 5,400,000

Players Eliminated:

Zachary humphrey — 4th Place ($233,708)

Live Updates:

Zachary Humphrey Eliminated in 4th Place ($233,708)

Zachary Humphrey

Neil Willerson limped in the pot for 80,000 from the small blind, Zachary Humphrey raised to 180,000 from the big blind and Willerson called.

The flop came 7Heart Suit6Spade Suit5Spade Suit, Willerson checked, Humphrey bet 190,000 and Willerson called.

The turn was the 5Club Suit, Willerson checked, Humphrey bet 465,000, Willerson shoved and Humphrey called all in.

Willerson was ahead on the turn with ADiamond Suit5Heart Suit for trip fives against Humphrey’s over pair with JHeart SuitJDiamond Suit.

The river was the 8Heart Suit, offering no help to Zachary Humphrey who was eliminated in 4th place ($233,708).

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Player Tags: Zachary Humphrey
 

Level 28: Graham 5th ($172,135), Chu 6th ($126,770)

Level: 28

Blinds: 30,000-60,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 4 out of 3,166

Average Chip Count: 3,561,750

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 4 — Vladimir Mefodichev — 7,800,000
Seat no. 5 — Neil Willerson — 1,400,000

Seat no. 7 — Zachary Humphrey — 2,000,000

Seat no. 9 — Hugh Henderson — 2,900,000

Players Eliminated:

Matt Graham — 5th Place ($171,135)
Hai Chu — 6th Place ($126,770)

Live Updates:

Hai Chu Eliminated in 6th Place ($126,770)

Hai Chu

Hai Chu moved all in before the flop for 575,000, Vladimir Mefodichev re-shoved and everyone folded.

Mefodichev was ahead before the flop with AClub SuitKHeart Suit against Chu’s KSpade Suit8Spade Suit.

The board came AHeart SuitJClub Suit9Club Suit8Diamond SuitQHeart Suit, giving Mefodichev top pair on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Hai Chu in 6th place ($126,770).

Matthew Graham Eliminated in 5th Place ($171,135)

Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham opened the cutoff for 150,000, Vladimir Mefodichev reraised the small blind to 375,000 and Graham called.

The flop came 8Spade Suit4Spade Suit3Spade Suit, Mefodichev bet 300,000, Graham moved all in and Mefodichev called.

Graham was behind on the flop with 9Heart Suit9Club Suit for an over pair against Mefodichev’s flush with 10Spade Suit9Spade Suit.

The turn and river were the JHeart Suit and the 10Diamond Suit, and Matthew Graham was eliminated in 5th place ($171,135). Mefodichev ended the hand was 7.5 million.

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 27: Piccioli 7th ($94,971), Ashe 8th ($71,933), Hughes 9th ($55,093)

Level: 27

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 6 out of 3,166

Average Chip Count: 2,374,500

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Hai Chu — 660,000

Seat no. 4 — Vladimir Mefodichev — 3,700,000
Seat no. 5 — Neil Willerson — 4,650,000

Seat no. 7 — Zachary Humphrey — 2,000,000
Seat no. 8 — Matthew Graham — 1,600,000
Seat no. 9 — Hugh Henderson — 2,150,000

Players Eliminated:

Bryan Piccioli — 7th Place ($94,971)
Randy Ashe — 8th ($71,933)
Ryan Hughes — 9th Place ($55,093)

Live Updates:

Ryan Hughes Eliminated in 9th Place ($55,093)

Ryan Hughes

Ryan Hughes opened the pot for 100,000 before the flop, Vladimir Mefodichev reraised the button to 250,000, Hughes moved all in for around 700,000 and Mefodichev called.

Mefodichev was ahead before the flop with ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit against Hughes’ AHeart SuitJSpade Suit.

The board came AClub SuitJClub Suit10Diamond SuitQHeart Suit5Club Suit, giving Hughes top two pair on the flop to take the lead, but Mefodichev turned a straight to win the pot and eliminate Ryan Hughes in 9th place ($55,093). Mefodichev ended the hand with 3.1 million in chips.

Randy Ashe Eliminated in 8th Place ($71,933)

Randy Ashe

Randy Ashe opened the pot for 130,000 before the flop and Hugh Henderson called.

The flop came AHeart Suit10Heart Suit7Heart Suit, Ashe bet 220,000, Henderson moved all in and Ashe called.

Henderson was ahead before the flop with 7Spade Suit7Club Suit for bottom set against Ashe’s top pair with ASpade SuitQHeart Suit.

The turn and river were the 10Diamond Suit and the 5Diamond Suit, giving Henderson a full house on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Randy Ashe in 8th place ($71,933). Henderson need the hand with 3 million.

Bryan Piccioli Eliminated in 7th Place ($94,971)

Bryan Piccioli

Bryan Piccioli was previously crippled in a big hand after Matt Graham doubled through him and left him with just 50,000. On his final hand, Piccioli was all in for 40,000 before the flop with QClub Suit5Diamond Suit against Neil Willerson’s KSpade SuitKClub Suit.

The board came KHeart Suit4Spade Suit4Heart Suit4Diamond SuitQSpade Suit, giving Willerson a full house on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Bryan Piccioli in 7th place ($94,971).

The remanning six players took a hone hour dinner break at the conclusion of Level 27 and will return at approximately 10:30pm local time to resume 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.

 

Level 26 Update: Bryan Piccioli Doubles Through Zachary Humphrey

Level: 26

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 9 out of 3,166

Average Chip Count: 1,558,000

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Hai Chu — 1,800,000
Seat no. 2 — Ryan Hughes — 750,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Piccioli — 680,000
Seat no. 4 — Vladimir Mefodichev — 2,800,000
Seat no. 5 — Neil Willerson — 3,200,000
Seat no. 6 — Randy Ashe — 950,000
Seat no. 7 — Zachary Humphrey — 1,500,000
Seat no. 8 — Matthew Graham — 450,000
Seat no. 9 — Hugh Henderson — 1,750,000

Live Updates:

Bryan Piccioli Doubles Through Zachary Humphrey

Bryan Piccioli

Bryan Piccioli entered Level 26 on the short stack with just 10 big blinds but managed to find a double up through Zachary Humphrey about halfway through the level to stay alive.

Piccioli opened the pot for 310,000 before the flop, Zachary Humphrey shoved and Piccioli called all in.

Piccioli was all in for his tournament and ahead before the flop with AHeart SuitADiamond Suit against Humphrey’s KHeart SuitQSpade Suit.

The board came KSpade Suit7Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit5Spade Suit2Spade Suit, offering no help to Humphrey as Picciolli doubled up to just under 700,000 that hand.

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: Bryan Piccioli
 

Action Begins, Final Table Now Underway

The final table of Event no. 53 ($1,500 No-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 3 began with 28 players spread out over 4 tables, and with the elimination of Sylvain Gonon in 10th Place ($42,656), the final table is now set. Play will begin in Level 25 with blinds of 15,000-30,000 with a 5 ante, 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 — Hai Chu — 1,565,000
Seat no. 2 — Ryan Hughes — 1,490,000
Seat no. 3 — Bryan Piccioli — 645,000
Seat no. 4 — Vladimir Mefodichev — 2,520,000
Seat no. 5 — Neil Willerson — 3,775,000
Seat no. 6 — Randy Ashe — 925,000
Seat no. 7 — Zachary Humphrey — 1,910,000
Seat no. 8 — Matthew Graham — 565,000
Seat no. 9 — Hugh Henderson — 870,000

While only 9 remain, this event gathered 3,166 players, creating a total prize pool of $4,274,100. Here is a look at the final payouts:

1st Place — $737,248
2nd Place — $456,217
3rd Place — $322,866
4th Place — $233,708
5th Place — $171,135
6th Place — $126,770
7th Place — $94,971
8th Place — $71,933
9th Place — $55,093

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.

 
 

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