2012 World Series of Poker

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

2012 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
1,000,000 / 2,000,000

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

Day 6 Completed

Ladouceur Leads the Remaining 27 Players

Level 30 : 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
Chip leader Marc Ladouceur
Chip leader Marc Ladouceur

Day 6 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event is in the books, and after another five-plus levels of play, Marc Ladouceur leads the remaining 27 players with 15.875 million chips.

The day began with 97 players and the chip leader was Kyle Keranen. Gavin Smith was the first notable player to bow out when his ace-queen was unable to best Eric Legoff’s pocket jacks. There were then a flurry of eliminations, including William Hefflefinger, Stephane Bisson, Erik Cajelais, and Isaac Baron.

There were five women who returned to play on Day 5, including Vanessa Selbst, Elisabeth Hille, Gaelle Baumann, Marcia Topp, and Susie Zhao. Selbst had an incredibly rocky day, and it all began when she was crippled by David Balkin, who won a nearly two million-chip race with two red fours against Selbst’s {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. The board ran out {2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, and Selbst was left with just 380,000 chips. She then doubled with {j-Hearts}{9-Spades} against the {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} of Scott Anderson, turning a jack-high straight on a board of {2-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Spades}. A meaningless {6-Clubs} completed the board, and Selbst was back up to 700,000.

Selbst could never stay above the million-chip mark however, and on her final hand, she open-jammed 750,000 on the button with {q-Hearts}{7-Spades}. Greg Merson called out of the big blind with {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, and the board ran out {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}, eliminating Selbst in 73rd place.

Topp and Zhao were also eliminated today. Topp ran pocket sixes into Robert Corcione’s pocket queens, and Zhao ran king-queen into Baron’s ace-queen.

Today was not a good day to be a former end-of-day chip leader of the 2012 Main Event — Keranen (Day 5), and Dave D’Alesandro (Day 3) were both eliminated. Keranen doubled Scott Abrams, Corcione, and lost a big pot to Jeremy Ausmus before three-bet jamming over a raise and a call with {8-Hearts}{4-Spades}. Percy Mahatan snapped it off with {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}, and the board ran out {7-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, eliminating Keranen.

D’Alesandro was eliminated when he ran {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} into the {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} of Charles Coultras.

The chip lead changed hands several times today, and at one point, Amit Makhija, who entered the day with 1.4 million chips, vaulted into the lead with over 6 million. In a three-bet pot, he and A.J. Jejelowo took a flop of {9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs}. Jejelowo led out for 600,000, and Makhija called. The turn as another nine – the {9-Spades} – and Jejelowo checked to Makhija, who slid out 500,000. Jejelowo quickly moved all in for 2.045 million, and Makhija called. Makhija was ahead with {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}, and Jejelowo was drawing slim with {a-Clubs}{7-Spades}. The {7-Clubs} bricked on the river, and Makhija was suddenly the chip leader.

Makhija began sliding however, and after being bluffed by Marc Ladouceur in a massive pot, he three-bet jammed over an open from Abrams. Tristan Clemencon cold-called the all in from the big blind, and Abrams re-jammed. Clemencon tank called, and the hands were opened.


The board ran out {q-Spades}{3-Spades}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, and both Makhija and Clemencon were eliminated.

Taylor Paur also ascended to the top of the counts today, but he too was unable to survive the day. Paur crossed the seven million-chip mark after winning big pots off of Steven Gee and Jamie Robbins, but Gee won a massive pot off of Paur holding two aces. Paur had queens on the board of {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}, and the {7-Clubs} completed the board, doubling Gee to over five million chips.

Paur slipped down to around a million, and was eliminated in 33rd palce when he ran {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} into Robbins’ {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}. The {10-Spades}{9-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds} board did not help Paur, and he was eliminated.

At the end of the day when Erik Hellman busted in 28th place, Ladouceur was our leader followed by Daniel Strelitz and Corcione. Strelitz strung together three big pots during the middle of the day, Corcione chipped up steadily, and Ladouceur pounced late…

Join us tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, where we will play the remaining hour and thirty-seven minutes of Level 30. We will then march forward until there is a 2012 “Novemeber” Nine. Can Gaelle Baumann or Elisabeth Hille become the second woman to make a Main Event final table? Can Greg Merson take another step towards becoming the only double-bracelet winner of 2012? Can Jamie Robbins best his eleventh-place finish in the 2009 Main Event?

All of these questions and more will be answered tomorrow, but for now, good night from Las Vegas!

Tags: Marc Ladouceur

Day 7 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

Level 30 : 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
4101Greg Merson7,435,000
4102Jesse Sylvia7,385,000
4103Percy Mahatan6,750,000
4104Jamie Robbins8,750,000
4105Wilfried Harig2,665,000
4106Cylus Watson8,500,000
4107Elisabeth Hille9,770,000
4108David Balkin6,330,000
4109Marc Ladouceur15,875,000
4141Daniel Strelitz12,790,000
4142Russell Thomas9,985,000
4143Jacob Balsiger7,330,000
4144Jan Heitmann6,390,000
4145Michael Esposito7,045,000
4146Robert Buckenmayer4,410,000
4147Roland Israelashvili5,525,000
4148Scott Abrams8,080,000
4149Nicco Maag1,300,000
4161Andras Koroknai3,125,000
4162Steven Gee4,830,000
4163Danny Wong6,360,000
4164Paul Volpe2,650,000
4165Robert Salaburu10,915,000
4166Jeremy Ausmus8,300,000
4167Gaelle Baumann5,530,000
4168Yuval Bronshtein9,735,000
4169Robert Corcione8,745,000

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Player Chips Progress
Marc Ladouceur ca
Marc Ladouceur
Daniel Strelitz us
Daniel Strelitz
Badge Title
Robert Salaburu us
Robert Salaburu
10,915,000 4,720,000
Russell Thomas us
Russell Thomas
Elisabeth Hille no
Elisabeth Hille
Yuval Bronshtein il
Yuval Bronshtein
Badge Title
Jamie Robbins US
Jamie Robbins
Robert Corcione US
Robert Corcione
Cylus Watson us
Cylus Watson
Jeremy Ausmus us
Jeremy Ausmus
Badge Title
Scott Abrams us
Scott Abrams
Greg Merson us
Greg Merson
Badge Title
Jesse Sylvia us
Jesse Sylvia
Jake Balsiger us
Jake Balsiger
Michael Esposito us
Michael Esposito
Percy Mahatan us
Percy Mahatan
Jan Heitmann DE
Jan Heitmann
Danny Wong us
Danny Wong
David Balkin AU
David Balkin
Gaelle Baumann fr
Gaelle Baumann
6,295,000 2,315,000
Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
Steve Gee us
Steve Gee
Robert Buckenmayer us
Robert Buckenmayer
Andras Koroknai hu
Andras Koroknai
Wilfried Harig de
Wilfried Harig

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Erik Hellman Eliminated in 28th Place ($236,921)

Erik Hellman - 28th Place
Erik Hellman - 28th Place

Action folded around to Erik Hellman's small blind and he moved all in. Robert Salaburu snap-called and the hands were tabled.

Hellman: :{A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Salaburu: {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}

Salaburu was ahead and stayed that way when he paired his queen on the {7-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop. The {4-Hearts} turn left Hellman drawing dead and the {J-Spades} finished the board. Hellman will collect $236,921 for his efforts.

Player Chips Progress
Robert Salaburu us
Robert Salaburu
10,915,000 3,915,000
Erik Hellman SE
Erik Hellman

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Ladouceur Over 15MM

On the {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs} board, Marc Ladouceur bet an unknown amount and Robert Corcione called to see the {10-Spades} land on the river. Ladouceur fired 1.445 million and Corcione called.

Ladouceur showed the {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} for trip sixes with an ace kicker. Corcione mucked and Ladouceur moved to over 15 million in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Marc Ladouceur ca
Marc Ladouceur
15,875,000 2,775,000
Robert Corcione US
Robert Corcione
8,745,000 -2,855,000

Tags: Marc LadouceurRobert Corcione

One for Sylvia

Level 30 : 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

Jesse Sylvia raised to 240,000 from early position and Yuval Bronshtein called from the big blind to see the flop come down {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Bronshtein checked and Sylvia bet 280,000. Bronshtein thought for a minute, then folded and Sylvia won the pot.

Tags: Jesse SylviaYuval Bronshtein

Israelashvili Picks Off Strelitz's Bluff

Daniel Strelitz raised to 240,000 from under the gun and Roland Israelashvili called from middle position. Israelashvili proceeded to call bets on every street, first calling 330,000 on the {4-Hearts}{6-Spades}{K-Clubs} flop, 575,000 on the {3-Clubs} turn, and 840,000 on the {6-Hearts} river.

Strelitz sheepishly turned over {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}, which was no good against the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} of Israelashvili.

Player Chips Progress
Daniel Strelitz us
Daniel Strelitz
12,610,000 -1,895,000
Badge Title
Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
5,540,000 2,490,000

Tags: Roland IsraelashviliDaniel Strelitz