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2012 World Series of Poker Day 46: Eriquezzo Wins National Championship; Hack Leads Day 2c

Ryan Eriquezzo

It was another hectic day at the Rio as Day 2c of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event played out Wednesday alongside the televised final table of the WSOP National Championship final table. In the WSOP National Championship, Ryan Eriquezzo was able to outlast the other seven players and take home the bracelet and title. On Day 2c of the Main Event, Michael Hack was able to build up the biggest stack of the day, raking in 457,000, just behind the Day 2a/2b chip leader Gaelle Baumann, who bagged up 505,800. Bauman, Hack and nearly 1,760 other players will return Thursday to play Day 3 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

World Series of Poker National Championship

The final eight players of the WSOP National Championship returned Wednesday to play down to a winner for ESPN cameras and fans. There were plenty of circuit grinders and notable players alike as some earned a freeroll into the event by winning a Main Event at a WSOP circuit stop or earning enough Player of the Year points on the Circuit, and some players who were on top of the Player of the Year list for the World Series of Poker over the last two years bought in for $10,000 directly. Among those at the final table were Sam Stein, David “ODB” Baker, Amanda Musumeci and Huy Nguyen. At the end of the day though, Ryan Eriquezzo emerged victorious, earning the title of World Series of Poker National Champion.

The day began quickly as Musumeci found herself crippled at the hands of Huy Nguyen who flopped two pair against Musumeci's turned two pair and a flush draw. After that, Musumeci was extremely short-stacked and found herself looking for a good spot to get her chips in the middle. On her final hand, she moved all in over Baker's opening raise with {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and found a call from Nikolas Stone in the big blind who held {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. The board ran out {Q-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, and Musumeci exited the ESPN Main Stage in eighth place.

Next to go was Sam Stein, who found himself all-in with {J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} against Stone's {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. The board of {6-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{3-Spades} was no help to Stein, who made his way to the exit as the second elimination of the day.

David "ODB" Baker was the next to go when he got all of his chips in against Huy Nguyen. Baked moved all in from under the gun and was called by Nguyen in the hijack seat. The rest of the players folded, and Baker showed {K-Spades}{J-Clubs} for over cards against Nguyen's {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. After the flop fell, {Q-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{8-Hearts}, Baker needed running clubs or straight cards to stay alive. He got a little sweat when the {3-Clubs} hit the turn. Unfortunately for Baker, the river was the {K-Diamonds} pairing him, but it wasn't enough for the double-up. He hit the rail in sixth place.

Start-of-the-day chip leader, Yung Hwang was the next to go. After finding himself short stacked, Hwang moved all-in preflop with {A-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and was called by Stone's {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The flop was disaster for Hwang when it fell {9-Spades}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades} giving him hope for only runner cards. The {2-Hearts} on the turn was one of them, but the {9-Diamonds} on the river was not, and Hwang made his way out in fifth place.

After the players returned from the dinner break, Matt Keikoan was eliminated. In the hand, Stone made a raise under the gun, and Keikoan called from the button. The flop fell {J-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Stone check-called a bet of 100,000, which brought the {9-Clubs} on the turn. Stone checked again, but put in a check-raise to 600,000 after Keikoan bet 200,000. Keikoan thought briefly before moving all in, and Stone called. Keikoan was holding {6-Clubs}{6-Spades} for a flopped set, but Stone held the nuts with {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Keikoan would need the board to pair to stay alive, but it didn't when the {7-Diamonds} fell on the river, and he made his exit in fourth place.

Huy Nguyen left the main stage in third place. On Nguyen's final hand, Eriquezzo moved all in from the small blind, putting pressure on Nguyen, who quickly called for the remainder of his chips with {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. Eriquezzo held {K-Diamonds}{2-Spades} and needed to improve for the knockout, which he did on the {9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{k-Spades} flop. The turn was the {4-Clubs} offering no help to Nguyen, and the river was the {10-Spades}. Nguyen was eliminated in third place for $186,265, leaving Eriquezzo and Stone heads-up.

Stone began with the chip lead, but Eriquezzo earned an early double-up to put himself in the lead. It was a battle back and forth from there, but Eriquezzo was finally able to seal the deal. On the last hand, Stone moved all in from the button with {Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and was called by Eriquezzo who was holding {K-Spades}{J-Hearts}. On the {4-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} board, Stone picked up the lead. He held the lead through the {5-Diamonds} turn, but lost it, and fell in second when Eriquezzo made a straight with the {9-Spades} on the river. For his second-place finish, Stone collected $257,119, and Eriquezzo took home $416,051 for his victory.

2012 WSOP National Championship Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1stRyan Eriquezzo$416,051
2ndNikolas Stone$257,119
3rdHuy Nguyen$186,265
4thMatt Keikoan$137,485
5thYung Hwang$103,322
6thDavid “ODB” Baker$79,002
7thSam Stein$61,434
8thAmanda Musumeci$48,576

The final table of the World Series of Poker National Championship will air of ESPN on Aug. 7.

Until that begins, you can check out all of our coverage from the event starting on Day 1, by checking out our live reporting blog.

2012 World Series of Poker Main Event: Day 2c

The 2,300 survivors from Day 1c returned Wednesday to see who would be making it to Day 3 and who would be going home empty handed. Plenty of players fell throughout the day and when the night came to a close, only 900 players remained. Several notables made it through the day including former 2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong and 2011 $25,000 Heads-Up Champion Jake Cody who finished the day as some of the chip leaders going into Day 3.

Some players who not to make it to Day 3 included Scott Clements, Jennifer Tilly, Ted Forrest, Noah Schwartz, David "Doc" Sands, Jeff Madsen, Blair Hinkle, Jennifer Harman, Michael Mizrachi and several former WSOP Main Event champions, including Joe Cada, Tom McEvoy, and Jamie Gold.

Two-time bracelet winner Andy Frankenberger was another player to hit the rail late in the day. On a {10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop, Frankenberger bet out. When action got to former Main Event Champion Johnny Chan, he put in a raise, to which Frankenberger responded by moving all in. Chan called and turned up {9-}{9-}, and Frankenberger was well ahead with {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. The {J-Spades} on the turn kept Frankenberger in the lead, but the {9-Spades} on the river sent Frankenberger home.

Frankenberger and Chan's table also included Team PokerStars Online's Randy Lew, as well as Lee Watkinson and Shannon Shorr. Lew suffered the same fate as Frankenberger and was eliminated by Chan. In his final hand, Lew made it 2,600 and several players made the call, before Chan made it 12,000 from the big blind. Lew took a moment before announcing he was all-in and only Chan made the call. Lew was holding {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} but Chan had him crushed with {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}. The board bricked for Lew and he also hit the rail. Chan finished the day with 194,400.

There are plenty of notable players moving on to Day 3 such as Sam Holden, Joseph Cheong, Ronnie Bardah, Ben Lamb, Antonio Esfandiari, and Marcel Luske.

John Juanda built a healthy stack during Day 2c. In one hand, Juanda was heads-up on the flop with 10,000 in chips in the middle. The flop read {10-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and Juanda bet 6,800, his opponent raised to 16,000, which he called to see the {3-Diamonds} fall on the turn. Juanda checked, and his opponent bet 21,000 which he called again. On the {Q-Diamonds} river, both players opted to check. Juanda's opponent showed {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for a flopped set, and Juanda mucked. Even in spite of that hand, Juanda will move onto Day 3 with 159,000 chips.

Joseph Cheong was also making moves on Day 2c. We managed to catch Cheong scoop a big pot late in the day that helped propel him among the chip leaders. With the board reading {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} Cheong bet 4,300, which his opponent raised to 13,100. Cheong called and the river brought the {2-Clubs}. Cheong checked and his opponent bet out 29,000. Cheong thought for nearly three minutes, before his opponent called the clock on him. Thirty seconds into his time bank, Cheong announced he was all-in, which his opponent quickly called. “Nut flush,” Cheong said after the call showing {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. His opponent showed {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for an inferior flush, and Cheong moved to 262,000 in chips.

On Tap

Thursday, the remaining players from the three Day 2s will combine for the first time and continue play. The money bubble isn't expected to burst until Friday. Action will begin at 1200 PDT (2000 BST), and players will be spread across the Brasilia, Amazon and Pavilion rooms in the Rio. Play is scheduled for five levels on Thursday.

To make sure you don't miss any of the exciting action as history is made in the 2012 Main Event, make sure you check out the live reporting blog for all the updates.

Video of the Day

Today's video of the day is Kristy Arnett's The Straddle, where she once again takes a look at all of the behind the scenes action from the 2012 World Series of Poker. This week, Arnett takes part in a bottle-throwing contest, shows an interview with Ryan D'Angelo that hit the cutting room floor, and more.

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