2012 World Series of Poker

Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day: 3
Event Info

2012 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
qj98
Prize
$1,451,527
Event Info
Buy-in
$50,000
Entries
108
Level Info
Level
22
Blinds
0 / 0
Ante
0

Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Day 3 Completed

Blom Spikes One-Outer To Steal End-of-Day Chip Lead

Level 15
Viktor Blom and Luke Schwartz
Viktor Blom and Luke Schwartz

Day 3 of Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship has come to a close after the third batch of five levels was played out. At the end of the night, 26 competitors bagged and tagged their chips to return for Wednesday's Day 4.

Entering the day, 62 players remained with Andy Bloch leading the way. Bloch kept himself at the top of the pack for most of the day, but slid towards the end of the night before wrapping up with 667,000. Bloch earned his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet earlier this year in Event 7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud.

The day came with plenty of action, but it didn't involve any controversy like last night did (see Part 1 and Part 2). Still, the situation from last night was on a lot of players' minds and it was discussed often throughout the day.

Plenty of notables hit the rail during Day 3, including Matt Hawrilenko, Brian Hastings, Scott Clements, David Benyamine, Jason Mercier and defending champion Brian Rast. Rast was eliminated in a hand against Ben Yu. Joining them on the rail was Matt Glantz, Patrik Antonius and Huck Seed.

On top of the pack at the end of the night was Viktor Blom, but it took a miracle for him to get there. Blom robbed Joe Cassidy of a massive pot in the last few hands of the night by smacking a one-outer on a hand of Pot-Limit Omaha. The pot was worth well over a million and Blom finished on 1.262 million.

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi will be returning to play on Wednesday as he's still in contention along with his brother Robert Mizrachi. If you remember back to 2010, the year Michael won the event, his brother Robert also made the final table. Those two could be in line for another joint final table here in 2012.

Play is scheduled to resume at 2:00 PM PT on Wednesday and it's going to be extra fun with the money bubble popping for sure. PokerNews will have all of the live coverage from the floor and we hope to have you joining us. Until then, enjoy the rest of our coverage from the 2012 WSOP.

Tags: Viktor Blom

Day 4 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

Level 15

It is expected that the tables will be balanced right at the start of play because Table 445 has five players and each of the rest each has seven.

TableSeatNameChip Count
4451Robert Mizrachi252,000
4452Mike Wattel870,000
4453--empty----
4454--empty----
4455David Chiu160,000
4456John Hennigan992,000
4457Chris Klodnicki858,000
4458--empty----
    
4461Jeff Lisandro204,000
4462Bruno Fitoussi861,000
4463David Baker1,025,000
4464Bill Chen984,000
4465Stephen Chidwick874,000
4466Michael Glick71,000
4467Phil Ivey397,000
4468--empty----
    
4471Roland Israelashvili570,000
4472Viktor Blom1,262,000
4473Antony Lellouche447,000
4474Andy Bloch667,000
4475John Monnette586,000
4476Luke Schwartz500,000
4477Ben Yu653,000
4478--empty----
    
4491Joe Cassidy141,000
4492Brett Richey256,000
4493Daniel Alaei1,058,000
4494Lyle Berman660,000
4495David Oppenheim1,165,000
4496Michael Mizrachi632,000
4497Phil Hellmuth28,000
4498--empty----

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Player Chips Progress
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
1,262,000
52,000
52,000
David Oppenheim us
David Oppenheim
1,165,000
35,000
35,000
Poker Hall of Famer
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
1,058,000
108,000
108,000
WSOP 5X Winner
David ODB Baker us
David ODB Baker
1,025,000
37,000
37,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
992,000
322,000
322,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 7X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Bill Chen us
Bill Chen
984,000
199,000
199,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
874,000
-38,000
-38,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 1X Winner
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
870,000
-12,000
-12,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Bruno Fitoussi fr
Bruno Fitoussi
861,000
-159,000
-159,000
Chris Klodnicki us
Chris Klodnicki
858,000
23,000
23,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Andy Bloch us
Andy Bloch
667,000
79,000
79,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Lyle Berman us
Lyle Berman
660,000
30,000
30,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Ben Yu us
Ben Yu
653,000
-53,000
-53,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 4X Winner
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
632,000
-2,000
-2,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 5X Winner
John Monnette us
John Monnette
586,000
-124,000
-124,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 5X Winner
Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
570,000
246,000
246,000
Luke Schwartz gb
Luke Schwartz
500,000
-160,000
-160,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Antony Lellouche fr
Antony Lellouche
447,000
27,000
27,000
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
397,000
-48,000
-48,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 11X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Brett Richey us
Brett Richey
256,000
13,000
13,000
Robert Mizrachi
Robert Mizrachi
252,000
27,000
27,000
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
204,000
-146,000
-146,000
WSOP 6X Winner
David Chiu us
David Chiu
160,000
35,000
35,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Joe Cassidy us
Joe Cassidy
141,000
91,000
91,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Glick us
Michael Glick
71,000
-129,000
-129,000

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Blom Smashes One-Outer Against Cassidy

Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom

As if we thought we'd get through the night without anyting crazy happening...

"Oh my god! Oh my god!" said Joe Cassidy over and over after springing from his chair, with his hands clenched tight to his head as if he was holding his baseball cap on for dear life in a windstorm.

Viktor Blom also shot out of his chair, but was on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. He was all smiles and giddy. He walked over to the table next to his, reached across between Phil Hellmuth and David Oppenheim to Luke Schwartz on the other side of the table, gave him a big high five.

When Blom smacked Schwartz's hand, he said, "One-outer, baby!" Schwartz smiled and congratulated him.

Cassidy was still pacing back and forth with his hands on his head and here's what happened.

Pot-Limit Omaha

Cassidy and Blom were in action on the {10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop and Cassidy was first to act. He checked and his Swedish counterpart fired a bet of 38,000. Cassidy raised and made it 138,000 to go. Blom called.

The {A-Diamonds} hit the turn and Cassidy potted it for 485,000. Blom called and was all in. Blom held the {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts} for a set of nines. Cassidy held the {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} for a set of tens.

The river nailed the {9-Clubs} and gave Blom a miracle one-outer. He srpung from his chair in shock and excitement. Cassidy sprung from his chair in the opposite manner, but just as shocked.

With that pot, Blom moved up over one million in chips while Cassidy was crushed down to just about 50,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
1,210,000
670,000
670,000
Joe Cassidy us
Joe Cassidy
50,000
-689,000
-689,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Joe CassidyLuke SchwartzViktor Blom

A Slow Night?

Level 15

Not a chance! Viktor Blom just hit a one-outer on Joe Cassidy in order to take the chip lead! Updates will follow shortly.

Hellmuth with Less Than One Big Bet

Razz

Phil Hellmuth has been getting severely short on chips, and has dropped even further after this last action.

Hellmuth completed the bet on third with a {5-} up. Lyle Berman raised with an {8-} up and action got back to Hellmuth. He folded and left himself with just 27,000 in chips. That's less than one big bet.

Player Chips Progress
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
27,000
-33,000
-33,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
StakeKings

Tags: Phil HellmuthLyle Berman