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Cory Zeidman Wins World Series of Poker$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Eight-or-Better

Two-Time Bracelet Winner Swede Chris Bjorn Defeated in $1,500 Event


Cory ZeidmanCory Zeidman has won event no.4 at the 2012 World Series of Poker, the $1,500 buy in seven-card stud high-low eight or better, defeating two-time bracelet winner from Sweden, Chris Bjorin.

The event attracted 622 players to the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, including last year’s runner up Mike Sexton who was eliminated in 15th.

Other notable bustouts in the latter stages of the game, which ran until after midnight, included Linda Johnson (13th), Jerrod Ankenman (16th), Jimmy Fricke (19th) Robert Mizrachi (31st) Dan Shak (37th) and Bryan Devonshire (48th).

Zeidman started the final table as chip leader along with notable names Todd Brunson, Xian Liu and Michael Mizrachi. Liu knocked out Brunson and was, in turn, knocked out by Mizrachi.

Mizrachi hit the rail at the hands of Chris Bjorin and by the time Bjorin and Zeidman got to heads up the latter had a 3:1 chip advantage.

It was Zeidman’s second year at the final table of this event and despite starting last year’s final table as chip leader was able to seal the deal this time around despite the ultra-consistent Bjorin getting level in chips at one point during their heads up duel.

However Zeidman pulled way out in front after winning a nearly 1.5 million pot with a flush that went to a showdown.With neither player showing a pair and each showing two spades on board, Zeidman rivered a flush, leaving Bjorn with less than one big bet after he opted to call three bets with 100,00 behind rather than jam his last bet into the pot.

Down to his last bet, Chris Bjorn was all in on third street with J-high against Cory Zeidman’s wired pair of kings.

Zeidman: 8Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit 2Spade Suit 7Club Suit — KSpade Suit KClub SuitClub Suit
Bjorn: JHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit — QDiamond Suit 8Heart Suit

Bjorn was all in and drawing very slim against Zeidman on the final hand of the night and despite picking up a few draws on fifth street, Chris Bjorn failed to improve by the river and was eliminated in 2nd Place ($124,838). Cory Zeidman won event no. 4, the $201,559 grand prize and the fourth gold bracelet of the 2012 WSOP.

Here’s a look at the listed payouts and POY points awarded:

Place Player Winnings POY Points
1 Cory Zeidman $201,559 840
2 Chris Bjorin $124,838 700
3 Brandon Shack-Harris $84,415 560
4 Yarron Bendor $58,518 420
5 Michael Mizrachi $41,447 350
6 Xuan Liu $29,985 280
7 Todd Brunson $22,142 210
8 Bonnie Rossi $16,684 140

For complete coverage of the summer poker festival, check out our WSOP landing page.