2012 World Series of Poker

Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Rajkumar Doubles Through Austin

Ryan Austin opened from under the gun to 1,700, then Vivek Rajkumar reraised to 4,900 from the button. It folded back to Austin who reraised again to 13,700, Rajkumar shoved for 51,600 total, and Austin called.

Austin: {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Rajkumar: {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}

The board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, and Rajkumar scores a double up as we near the end of Level 8.

Vivek Rajkumar US 104,000 44,000
Ryan Austin 39,000 -60,000

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Weizer Loses Some

A player under the gun raised to 1,700, Josh Weizer called, and the player in the big blind defended. The flop was {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}, and the action checked to Weizer, who fired 2,300. Only the original raiser called.

The turn was the {7-Clubs}, and the player checked again. Weizer tossed out 5,100, and his opponent called.

The {q-Diamonds} completed the board, and both players checked. The original raiser showed {a-Spades}{q-Spades} for aces and queens, and Weizer momentarily showed his hand, but all we saw was an ace.

Weizer is still very healthy with about 233,000 chips.

Josh Weizer 233,000

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Grinder Gone; Updated Chip Counts from Amazon Purple Section

As we near the dinner break, we've one more casualty to report. After slipping down below the 30,000-chip mark, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi finally lost the last of his stack to join those eliminated in Level 8.

Jeremy Allen US 271,000 6,000
Paul Volpe US 245,000 -10,000
Daniel Eichhorn 203,000 56,000
Sumit Kumar 192,000 39,000
Joshua Levkov 172,500 14,500
James Keys 162,000 64,800
Bryan Paris 141,000 17,000
James Sykes 123,000 9,500
Ryan Austin 99,000 -2,300
Brandon Adams 89,600 39,300
Sorel Mizzi CA 89,000 2,700
Brent Zimmerman 88,400 12,600
Gregory Heimann 83,000 -64,000
Daniel Delorenzogalvan 71,000 17,100
Vivek Rajkumar US 60,000 -14,000
Fabrice Soulier FR 54,000 -13,000
Brad Booth 53,000 7,800
Timothy Adams 51,600 -7,000
Ben Turnstill GB 42,000 -67,300
Tuan Phan US 35,500 -50,200
Luke Schwartz 18,000 -37,300
Michael Mizrachi US Busted


Viktor Blom opened with a raise to 1,800 from early position, then a player in the cutoff reraised to 6,500. It folded to the big blind who called the reraise rather quickly, and after taking a look at both of his opponents, Blom called as well.

The flop came {K-Spades}{8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. It checked to the cutoff who fired 10,000, the big blind called instantly, and Blom didn't take too much time before calling as well. The turn brought the {5-Diamonds}, and checks all around.

The river was the {7-Diamonds}. This time the big blind — again, without much pause before acting — bet 20,000, and Blom waited about five seconds before calling. The player in the cutoff only had a little more than that behind, and after thinking for a while let his hand go.

The big blind showed {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs} for kings and eights, but Blom had {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for trips to take the pot.

"You had queens?" Blom asked the cutoff, who responded by insisting he had aces. "No way," said Blom. "You don't raise that much with aces," he added with a grin.

Blom has further reason to smile, having bounced back up over 180,000.

Viktor Blom 182,000 118,900

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Chan Chips Up Against Mikkelsen

Johnny Chan
Johnny Chan

Dag Martin Mikkelsen opened for 1,800 from early position and found one caller in Johnny Chan from the cutoff seat.

The flop came {9-Clubs}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Mikkelsen c-bet for 2,700. Chan quickly called.

Both players checked the {J-Spades} turn, however, when Mikkelsen checked again on the {3-Diamonds} river, Chan flung two orange chips into the middle for a 10,000 bet. Mikkelsen snap-folded and Chan scooped the pot.

Dag Martin Mikkelsen 145,000 25,000
Johnny Chan US 70,000 17,000

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Trip Kings For Hellman

Action folded around to the cutoff who limped for 800. The button folded and the small blind completed. Erik Hellman made it 2,400 to go from the big blind and the limper called. The small blind folded and we were heads up to the flop.

The dealer produced a flop of {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Hellman continued out for 2,400. Hellman's opponent raised to 5,000 and Hellman quickly called. The {Q-Spades} turned and both players checked. The {k-Diamonds} came on fifth street and once again they both checked.

Hellman showed {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} for flopped top pair that became trips on the river. His opponent mucked and Hellman took down the pot.

Erik Hellman SE 293,000 14,000

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Kelly Killing It

JP Kelly on Day 1c of the Main Event
JP Kelly on Day 1c of the Main Event

When we arrived at JP Kelly's the table, the Brit, from the big blind position, and one opponent were already involved in a hand on a {j-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{7-Spades} flop. Kelly checked here and then called the bet of 800 from his opponent. A {7-Clubs} was then slapped on the turn and Kelly opted to check. His opponent again fired out a bet, this time of 1,300. Kelly check-raised here, making it 3,800. A call and the dealer would turn over the final card on the board.

River: {k-Clubs}

Kelly quickly bet 6,600 and his opponent made the call even quicker. When Kelly turned over {7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}, his opponent's cards flew into the muck and Kelly scooped up the pot.

JP Kelly 120,000 8,000

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Freshly Squeezed Orange Counts

Here are a handful of chip updates from the Orange Section.

Randy Haddox US 316,000 6,000
Erik Hellman SE 279,000 -1,000
Claudia Crawford US 210,000 20,000
Joseph Cheong US 164,000 -21,000
Nick Schulman US 163,000 13,000
James Mackey 152,000 2,000
John Juanda US 135,000 75,000
Will Failla 135,000 20,000
Brett Richey 79,000 -3,200
Randy Lew US 77,000 -30,000
Ylon Schwartz 58,000 9,000
Shannon Shorr 54,700 2,700
Johnny Chan US 53,000 24,500
Joe Tehan US 49,000 5,000
Joe Awada US 42,000 -9,400
Allen Kessler US 36,000 11,000
Andy Frankenberger US 29,100 -12,200
Jason Alexander US 23,500 -22,900