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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $843,750
Entrants: 625

Event 12 - $1,500 Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 04, '10 - Jun 06, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 06, 10)


Matros Wins Event No. 12

MatrosMatros Takes The Title ($189,870)

After a back and forth heads up match, a short-stacked Ahmad Abghari bet on a flop of QSpade Suit4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit and Matt Matros raised. Abghari bet again on the 3Club Suit turn and Matros again raised, with Abghari re-raising to put his few remaining chips all in. Matros called and flipped over QHeart Suit8Diamond Suit for two pair, while Abghari showed AClub Suit10Club Suit, needing an ace on the river to stay alive. It wasn’t to be, as the 8Spade Suit hit and Matros took the title down, along with $189,870 and his first ever WSOP bracelet.

Abghari’s runner up performance earned him $117,272.

Player Tags: Ahmad Abghari

Wrapping Up Event No. 12

KapalasKapalas Loses Flip, Out in 4th Place ($59,838)

Very short on chips, Georgios Kapalas got all in with 10Heart Suit10Diamond Suit and was in a race situation against Terrence Chan’s ASpade SuitJHeart Suit.

The first card on the board was bad for Kapalas, and it didn’t get any better. It ran:
JClub Suit3Spade SuitQHeart Suit2Club Suit5Heart Suit

Chan paired his jack and held on to knock Kapalas out in 4th place.

ChanChan Out in 3rd ($83,185)

Terrence Chan nearly got all in after a series of back and forth raises heads up against Ahmad Abghari on a flop of ASpade Suit8Diamond Suit10Spade Suit.

On the 7Diamond Suit turn Chan got the rest of it in and was called.

Chan showed QSpade Suit6Spade Suit for a flush draw and inside straight draw, while Abghari held AHeart Suit7Club Suit for two pair.

The river KDiamond Suit helped nobody and Chan was eliminated in 3rd place, finalizing the heads up matchup between Matt Matros and Ahmad Abghari.

With that, the heads up duel has begun.


They Started Dropping

Following the dinner break, chips started flying around and the final table lost some players.

TruijersTruijers Falls in 8th Place ($18,385)

Roberto Truijers was short on chips and raised all in from the big blind preflop. He was called from Jameson Painter and Ahmad Abghari. The two callers checked the entire board of 4Heart SuitKClub Suit10Spade SuitKSpade Suit3Club Suit and showed down. Their hands:

Truijers: ASpade SuitQSpade Suit
Abghari: 6Diamond Suit6Spade Suit
Painter: Muck

Truijers was eliminated in 8th place, as Abghari took it down with two pair, increasing his stack to 325,000.

PainterPainter Finishes in 7th Place ($24,198)

On a flop of 9Club Suit8Heart SuitKClub Suit Matt Matros bet and Jameson Painter raised. Painter was all in holding ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit and had been outdrawn by Matros’ AHeart Suit8Diamond Suit.

The 3Spade Suit turn and 5Club Suit were meaningless and Painter hit the rail in 7th Place. The pot boosted Matros to second in chips with 550,000.

Jason Potter Next to Go, in 6h Place ($32,281)

Jason Potter got all in with his last few chips, holding ASpade SuitJHeart Suit. His opponent Georgios Kapalas was holding 9Spade Suit9Diamond Suit and the race was on. The board ran 10Heart Suit4Spade Suit10Spade Suit2Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit.

Potter missed his outs and was knocked out in 6th place.

Dresel-VelasquezDresel-Velasquez Busts in 5th Place ($43,647)

Adrian Dresel-Velasquez got his short stack all in preflop and got three callers. The entire board was checked down, reading 2Club Suit6Spade Suit8Heart Suit10Club SuitQDiamond Suit. Their hands:

Dresel-Velasquez: 6Diamond Suit7Club Suit
Kapalas: ADiamond Suit4Heart Suit
Matros: AHeart Suit3Club Suit
Abghari: KClub SuitQHeart Suit

Abghari hit a pair of queens on the river and with that Dresel-Velasquez was gone in 5th Place.


Dinner Break

Terrence ChanPlayers have paused for a dinner break.

Eight players still remain, and each is guaranteed at least $18,385. Terrence Chan leads the way with a 2-1 chip lead over the next nearest stack, but with blinds starting to get up there, anything can happen.

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Burford Out in 9th Place

Players Remaining: 8 out of 625

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Terrence Chan — 839,000
2. Adrian Dresel-velasquez — 375,000
3. Ahmad Abghari — 360,000
4. Jameson Painter — 303,000
5. Georgios Kapalas — 278,000
6. Roberto Truijers — 275,000
7. Matt Matros — 250,000
8. Jason Potter — 130,000

Mark BurfordBurford Gone In 9th Place ($14,149)

A short-stacked Mark Burford raised and faced a re-raise from Georgios Kapalas. With nearly half of his remaining stack already in the pot, Burford re-raised his last 3,000 in and saw what appeared to be good news when Kapalas called.

Kapalas held ADiamond Suit4Diamond Suit and was trailing Burford’s AHeart SuitKSpade Suit.

The flop made it interesting, coming 2Heart Suit5Diamond SuitQHeart Suit. The 6Spade Suit turn didn’t help, but the river was disgusting for Murford. The 3Spade Suit hit, giving Kapalas a straight and eliminating Burford in 9th place.

Player Tags: Mark Burford,   Georgios Kapalas

Final Table Action Has Begun

The final 9 players have been decided and play is underway.
They are:

Terrence Chan — 839,000
Adrian Dresel-velasquez — 375,000
Ahmad Abghari — 360,000
Jameson Painter — 303,000
Georgios Kapalas — 278,000
Roberto Truijers — 275,000
Mark Burford — 173,000
Matthew Matros — 117,000
Jason Potter — 97,000

In 2009, Chan won two PokerStars SCOOP events and a WCOOP event, all in limit hold’em. He’s the chip leader at the final table and hoping to take down his first WSOP event.

Jason Potter is hanging in there as one of the short stacks. Check him out on Twitter.


Final Day Begins at 3:00 PST

The final day will begin soon for Event No. 12 ($1,500 limit hold’em).

A total of 13 players remain out of the 625 that began the tournament.

Notables still remaining include Terrence Chan, Jason Potter, Ben Lamb, Frank Kassela and Matt Matros. They will fight it out today for the $189,870 first place prize.

Play will begin at 3:00 p.m. PST.

Stay tuned to Card Player for the action from the Rio!

Here is a look at the chip counts.

Jameson Painter – 307,000
Terrence Chan – 288,000
Ahmad Abghari – 302,000
Jason Potter – 371,000
Ben Lamb – 31,000
Mark Burford – 53,000
Kirk Banks – 264,000
Adrian Dresel-velasquez – 240,000
Roberto Truijers – 141,000
Georgios Kapalas – 306,000
Dean Tran – 82,000
Frank Kassela -162,000
Matthew Matros – 272,000

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