2012 World Series of Poker Day 24: Ivey Makes Fifth Final Table; Steinberg Wins Event #33



Max Steinberg was able to capture his first bracelet on Tuesday in Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the World Series of Poker, but all eyes were on Phil Ivey as he made his fifth final table of the summer in Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Hold’em. In Event #34: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha — Six-Handed all the chips seemed to flow to Naoya Kihara. Sixty players advanced from the original 567 in Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout and the night ended with the start of Event #37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix in which Dan Kelly was able to take an early lead.

Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Tuesday began with the remaining 14 players vying for the top spot and $440,238 first prize. Among them were Matt Stout and Vincent van der Fluit. At day’s end, Max Steinberg walked away with the win and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

In fast and furious play through the first few levels, Vincent van der Fluit and Mikhail Timoshin were eliminated quickly, bringing players down to the unofficial final table. Van der Fluit was eliminated when Ryan Laplante moved all-in from the small blind with {6-Hearts}{6-Spades} and van der Fluit called from the big blind with {K-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. The board ran out {2-Spades}{5-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}, eliminating him in 11th place for $25,331.

Christopher Shaw was eliminated in ninth place, followed by Vitaly Meshcheriakov, Ryan Laplante, David Nicholson, and Joseph Marzicola. Dylan Hortin, who came into the day as the chip leader, was eliminated in fourth place when he moved all-in from the button for his last million over Steinberg’s opening raise. Steinberg called with {a-Clubs}{5-Spades} and Hortin was holding {k-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. When the board ran out {3-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Spades}, Hortin was sent to the rail in fourth place, taking home $139,258.

Stout went next. After grinding a short stack all day, he was able to get to three-handed play, but his tournament ended after he was crippled by losing a coin flip with {A-Spades}{K-Spades} against {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. On the next hand, Stout moved all-in for his last 210,000 with {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and was called by Steinberg’s {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}, the board ran out {2-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{5-Clubs}, and Stout finished in third place for $192,813.

In the final hand of heads up play, Steinberg limped from the button, and Samuel Gerber checked his option. The flop rolled out {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} and Gerber checked to Steinberg, who bet 100,000. Gerber responded by moving all-in for 1.7 million, and Steinberger called with {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Gerber was in bad shape with {4-Hearts}{10-Spades} and needed help to catch up, but it didn’t come on the {A-Spades} turn or the {9-Clubs} river. For his second-place finish, Gerber received $273,385.

Event #33 Results

Place Player Payout
1 Max Steinberg $440,238
2 Samuel Gerber $273,385
3 Matt Stout $192,813
4 Dylan Hortin $139,258
5 Joseph Marzicola $101,802
6 David Nicholson $75,314
7 Ryan Laplante $56,372
8 Vitaly Meshcheriakov $42,688
9 Christopher Shaw $32,702

To take a look at the action from the final table, make sure you check out the live reporting blog.

Event #34: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha — Six-Handed

David Benyamine finished on the top of the counts at the end of Day 1 but wasn’t there long. Naoya Kihara went on a massive heater on Day 2 and finished the day with 1,548,000 in chips, nearly 600,000 more than Tommy Le, who finished the day in second. Among those returning on Wednesday are Joseph Cheong, Davidi Kitai, Chris De Maci and Kevin MacPhee.

The money bubble was burst on Tuesday with Erick Lindgren’s elimination. Daniel Hindin raised from the cutoff, and Lindgren made the call from the small blind. When the flop rolled out {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, Lindgren check-called a continuation bet from Hindin. The turn was the {J-Diamonds} and Lindgren bet pot.

It was then that Hindin went into the tank — or at least appeared to go into the tank. Lindgren eventually called the clock and the floor came over. When time expired, Lindgren thought he had won and began to scoop the pot, but Hindin thought he had won. Hindin told the floor he had announced a re-pot, but neither the dealer nor Lindgren had heard him. When some players at the table confirmed that Hindin had announced a raise, it was allowed to stand. The floor gave Lindgren the option to make a quick decision, and he called quickly with {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds} for the nut straight, Hindin was holding the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for a set. The river was the miraculous {2-Diamonds} and that paired the board, giving Hindin the winning hand, eliminating Lindgren.

Other players who did not to make it through Day 2 were David Benyamine, Mike Sexton, Shaun Deeb, JC Tran, Fabrice Souler, Tom Marchese, and Adam Junglen. The final 11 players will return Wednesday at 1300 PDT (2100 BST) when they will play down to a winner.

Here’s a look at the chip counts going into Wednesday’s action:

Place Player Chips
1 Naoya Kihara 1,548,000
2 Tommy Le 965,000
3 Davidi Kitai 789,000
4 Hans Winzeler 613,000
5 Chris De Maci 515,000
6 Dimitar Danchev 469,000
7 Jason DeWitt 465,000
8 Scott Bohlman 397,000
9 Daniel Hindin 211,000
10 Kevin MacPhee 174,000
11 Joseph Cheong 125,000

To make sure you don’t miss any of the exciting pot-limit Omaha action, make sure to check out the live reporting blog.

Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Limit Hold’em

Tuesday began with 87 players in Event #35, but all eyes were once again on one man — Phil Ivey. Ivey was able to make his fifth final table of the series on Tuesday, putting more touches on an already impressive World Series of Poker. Ivey is seventh in chips with 169,000, and sitting on top of the leader board is Joep van den Bijgaart with 605,000 chips.

The bubble boy for Event #35 was Dario Sammartino, who got all his chips in before the flop as a favorite with {j-}{j-} against Michael Malm’s {10-}{10-}. Unfortunately for Sammartino, the flop brought a {10-} and he was sent home as the last player not to get a paycheck.

It was late in the day when Phil Ivey doubled through Chris Tryba in a very crucial spot. Ivey raised to 12,000 from the hijack seat, and Tryba three-bet to 27,000 from the cutoff. Action folded back to Ivey who responded by moving all-in for 87,500. Tryba called with {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}, but Ivey showed the superior {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}. The board bricked off, and Ivey got the double that carried him to the final table.

Among the players who did not make it through the day were Dan Harrington, Randy Lew, David Williams, Andre Akkari, James Dempsey, and Jeremy Ausmus, who was crippled by Samuel Golbluff’s trip kings and eliminated on the final-table bubble.

Here’s a look at the final table seating assignments:

Seat Player Chips
1 Chris Tryba 347,000
2 Salman Behbehani 253,000
3 Michael Foti 105,000
4 Michael Gathy 418,000
5 Joep van den Bijgaart 605,000
6 Erik Cajelais 368,000
7 Phil Ivey 169,000
8 Samuel Golbuff 526,000
9 Brent Wheeler 158,000

To make sure you don’t miss any of the action from Phil Ivey’s fifth final table of the summer, make sure you check out the live reporting blog.

Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

There were 567 players in Event #36 Tuesday, but at the end of the day only 60 remained, after winning their table. They will return Wednesday to play the second round of the shootout. Among the table winners on Tuesday were Antonio Esfandiari, Justin Bonomo, Jean-Robert Bellande, James Akenhead, Jason Koon, and David "Bakes" Baker.

Akenhead was able to move on at the expense of Liv Boeree after a heated heads-up battle. On the final hand, the two got it all-in holding {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and {A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} respectively, and the board ran out {7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}. Boeree’s elimination moved Akenhead on to Day 2.

Among those who did not to make it on to the next day were Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Faraz Jaka, Galen Hall, Scott Seiver, Isaac Haxton, Daniel Negreanu, Blair Hinkle, Eugene Katchalov, and Shawn Buchanan. On Day 2, 10 six-handed tables will play down to a winner, creating a final table of 10 players. Cards will be in the air starting at 1300 PDT (2100 BST).

To make sure you don’t miss the winner of a single table, make sure you keep your eyes on the live reporting blog.

Event #37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix

The promise of eight games brought in 477 players, creating a $1,085,175 prize pool with a $271,312 first-place prize. Sitting on the top of the chip counts at the end of Day 1, Dan Kelly, who bagged up 56,800 chips. Rounding out the leaderboard are Freddy Deeb with 38,350 and Jeff Madsen with 37,075.

Plenty of notables hit the rail on Day 1 including Justin Young, Chad Brown, Galen Hall, Nacho Barbero, Phil Hellmuth, John Juanda, Michael Mizrachi, Isaac Haxton, and Andy Frankenberger. As for Frankenberger’s elimination, it occurred in the no-limit round, with the board reading {3-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}. Frankenberger and an opponent got all the chips in the middle with Frankenberger holding {4-Clubs}{4-Spades} for a set. His opponent held {A-Spades}{5-Spades} for a turned straight. The river was the {10-Hearts} eliminating Frankenberger.

Among those returning on Wednesday is Huck Seed, who was able to get a quick start, thanks in part to Ali Eslami. In the pot-limit Omaha round, with 1,350 in the pot and the board reading {9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, Seed bet 500 and was called by Eslami in the small blind, as well as the player in the big blind. The turn was the {8-Hearts}, which prompted Eslami to bet out 2,850. The other player then decided to move all-in for 5,775, which Seed called. Eslami folded, and the big blind turned up {4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} for trip fours and a flush draw. Seed held {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and had his opponent drawing dead to the case four. The river was the {J-Hearts}. Seed ended the day with a stack of 16,175.

Players will return at 1400 PDT (2200 BST) and play down through the money on their way to the final table.

To make sure you don’t miss any action from any games, stay tuned to the live reporting blog for up to the minute updates.

On Tap

On Wednesday, Event #34: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha — Six-Handed and Event #35: $2,500 Mix Limit Hold’em will play until winners are decided.

Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout will have 10 six-handed tables play down to a 10-handed final table. Event #37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix will play down and players will attempt to break the money bubble.

Event #38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em will begin Wednesday as well.

Video of the Day

In the video of the day, Kristy Arnett talks to several pros for proper shootout strategy tips. Arnett talks to Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Jason Koon, Mark Radoja, and Allen Bari who all give their own unique spins on the best way to play a shootout. To see what they said, check out the video below.

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