Ayecarumba
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October 24th, 2012 at 2:13:46 PM permalink
The starting field of 6598 entries was whittled down to nine back in July. The final table for the 2012 WSOP Main Event, is scheduled to begin on October 28.

Here are the final nine:
Seat Player Country Age Chip Count Percent of Total
1 Russell Thomas USA 24 24,800,000 12.53%
2 Jacob Balsiger USA 21 13,115,000 6.62%
3 Jeremy Ausmus USA 32 9,805,000 4.95%
4 Steven Gee USA 57 16,860,000 8.52%
5 Greg Merson USA 24 28,725,000 14.51%
6 Jesse Sylvia USA 26 43,875,000 22.16%
7 Robert Salaburu USA 27 15,155,000 7.66%
8 Andras Koroknai Hungary 30 29,375,000 14.84%
9 Michael Esposito USA 43 16,260,000 8.21%


Should Jacob Balsiger win he would be the youngest Main Event winner ever. The last woman in the field was eliminated in 10th place.

Your Fearless Forecast:
Who is going to win?
Who will finish second?
(tiebreaker) How many hands will be played at the final table to decide the champion?
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Boz
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October 24th, 2012 at 2:46:00 PM permalink
I like Merson over Thomas in around 130 total hands. Balsiger got a few breaks on coin flips for the lead and if plays that way again, some are bound to go against you.
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October 24th, 2012 at 2:50:22 PM permalink
No clue how to find value in wagering this.
TIMSPEED
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October 24th, 2012 at 3:26:09 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

The last woman in the field was eliminated in 10th place.
Your Fearless Forecast:
Who is going to win?
Who will finish second?
(tiebreaker) How many hands will be played at the final table to decide the champion?


man, even closer to Enrights record of 5th place , the year Harrington won it.
After Jerry Yang won, I quit following the WSOP altogether.
Gambling calls to me...like this ~> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nap37mNSmQ
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October 24th, 2012 at 6:25:44 PM permalink
Ausmus over Sylvia... love dat dogg. 57 Hands heads-up to win.
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October 24th, 2012 at 6:34:51 PM permalink
Sylvia- 286 total hands. 42 heads up. Second- Koroknai
kenarman
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October 24th, 2012 at 6:45:27 PM permalink
Greg Merson if he gets lucky since he is so aggressive
If he does win it won't last long for the same reason 126 hands
Also to tie it all together a tight player can survive at an aggressive table Steven Gee for second
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October 25th, 2012 at 8:45:24 AM permalink
Salaburu def Gee in 147 total final table hands
Boz
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October 30th, 2012 at 7:53:31 AM permalink
Down to the final 3, with my guy Merson leading with 88.4M chips. Thomas went out in 4th.

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100xOdds
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October 30th, 2012 at 8:33:40 AM permalink
where to watch this live?
and where to watch the reply?
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October 30th, 2012 at 8:40:47 AM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

where to watch this live?
and where to watch the reply?



Watch on 15-minute delay on ESPN (and ESPN3.com if your provider has it) tonight.
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October 30th, 2012 at 10:43:42 AM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

where to watch this live?
and where to watch the reply?



If you're in the US, the final 3 players resume play on ESPN at 9pm EDT with hole cards on a 15-minute delay. I assume the replay would be next week.
Ayecarumba
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October 30th, 2012 at 12:53:39 PM permalink
Or watch it in person tonight at the Rio... Well, maybe on a monitor at the Rio. If you are a poker player, watching others play poker has got to be the most aggravating way to spend your time in Las Vegas.
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FarFromVegas
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October 31st, 2012 at 6:24:43 AM permalink
Boy, did this turn out to be a marathon! 12 hours.
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October 31st, 2012 at 10:38:28 AM permalink
I fell asleep . . . good poker though
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October 31st, 2012 at 12:03:31 PM permalink
And I only DVR'd until 5AM figuring that would be enough...
kenarman
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October 31st, 2012 at 12:30:05 PM permalink
Quote: Paradigm

And I only DVR'd until 5AM figuring that would be enough...



I ended my recording at 5:00 too. Although I got the winner right Gee as second and an extremely short final table were sure off.

That was some of the best poker I ever watched everyone was playing quite tight and being very carefull about when they bluffed. Hardly any all-ins. It will be interesting to see if you get the real feel for the table on the replay or if they edit it so they all look like loose cannons.
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100xOdds
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October 31st, 2012 at 1:23:05 PM permalink
Quote: slyther

Watch on 15-minute delay on ESPN (and ESPN3.com if your provider has it) tonight.



no on both. live espn3 only for hawaii and alaska :(

have they announced when they're replaying it on espn3.com?
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Boz
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October 31st, 2012 at 3:51:53 PM permalink
Quote: Boz

I like Merson over Thomas in around 130 total hands. Balsiger got a few breaks on coin flips for the lead and if plays that way again, some are bound to go against you.





So I got Merson right, but it lasted far longer than I thought it would.
100xOdds
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November 2nd, 2012 at 4:55:55 PM permalink
On Day5, How did Kurtnoid (or however it's spelled) manage to keep his stack after he went all in then mucked his cards (he thought everyone folded) but one player was still in. (She had KK!)
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Ayecarumba
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November 2nd, 2012 at 5:27:28 PM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

On Day5, How did Kurtnoid (or however it's spelled) manage to keep his stack after he went all in then mucked his cards (he thought everyone folded) but one player was still in. (She had KK!)



Koroknai had to match the player who was still in's raise (60,000) and serve a one orbit penalty, but he obviously was allowed to stay in the tournament. He had gone all in for $2 million, so he got away pretty cheap. Too bad they weren't able to pull his cards from the muck.
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Ayecarumba
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November 2nd, 2012 at 5:34:11 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

The starting field of 6598 entries was whittled down to nine back in July. The final table for the 2012 WSOP Main Event, is scheduled to begin on October 28.

Here are the final nine:

Seat Player Country Age Chip Count Percent of Total
1 Russell Thomas USA 24 24,800,000 12.53%
2 Jacob Balsiger USA 21 13,115,000 6.62%
3 Jeremy Ausmus USA 32 9,805,000 4.95%
4 Steven Gee USA 57 16,860,000 8.52%
5 Greg Merson USA 24 28,725,000 14.51%
6 Jesse Sylvia USA 26 43,875,000 22.16%
7 Robert Salaburu USA 27 15,155,000 7.66%
8 Andras Koroknai Hungary 30 29,375,000 14.84%
9 Michael Esposito USA 43 16,260,000 8.21%


Should Jacob Balsiger win he would be the youngest Main Event winner ever. The last woman in the field was eliminated in 10th place.

Your Fearless Forecast:
Who is going to win?
Who will finish second?
(tiebreaker) How many hands will be played at the final table to decide the champion?



Well, it was Merson over Sylvia in 399 hands. What a marathon. I personally think it would have been better for tv to to raise the blinds faster, or have a 60 second decision clock. It was a drag, with most of the action being defensive, and the players simply trading blinds.

I am still suspicious that Merson and Sylvia had worked out a deal to knock out Balsiger. It really looked like they were soft playing each other.
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November 2nd, 2012 at 6:04:09 PM permalink
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November 2nd, 2012 at 6:10:43 PM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

On Day5, How did Kurtnoid (or however it's spelled) manage to keep his stack after he went all in then mucked his cards (he thought everyone folded) but one player was still in. (She had KK!)



It was ruled he mucked his cards before she announced "call". From previous precedent, this allowed him to keep his stack. I'm glad he finally blew up at the final table.

And as for the final three are concerned, I watched on DVR an hour behind and eventually caught up. ESPN will probably modify the live broadcast next yr.
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November 2nd, 2012 at 7:08:49 PM permalink
Quote: tringlomane

It was ruled he mucked his cards before she announced "call". From previous precedent, this allowed him to keep his stack. I'm glad he finally blew up at the final table.

And as for the final three are concerned, I watched on DVR an hour behind and eventually caught up. ESPN will probably modify the live broadcast next yr.



why wasnt he required to at least pay a min raise instead of just paying for a call of her raise.
after all, isnt an all-in considered a raise?!

and why should espn modify the live broadcast next yr?
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November 2nd, 2012 at 7:13:40 PM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

why wasnt he required to at least pay a min raise instead of just paying for a call of her raise.
after all, isnt an all-in considered a raise?!

and why should espn modify the live broadcast next yr?



He was required to pay a min raise off.

I would assume the broadcast could be modified next year because most of 2+2 poker forum even found it boring! Also, after the first few hours, commercials were very, very limited. ESPN lost a good amount of ad time over this.
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November 2nd, 2012 at 7:35:44 PM permalink
Quote: tringlomane

He was required to pay a min raise off.



wtf r u talking about?!

no he wasnt. he just had to call her raise.
Here's the ruling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBtYX-MIvuU
30min mark

so there's no downside in the wsop to go all in after a raise then mucking cards b4 the opponenent can say call.
WTF?!
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tringlomane
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November 2nd, 2012 at 8:05:40 PM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

no he wasnt. he just had to call her raise.
Here's the ruling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBtYX-MIvuU
30min mark

so there's no downside to go all in after a raise then mucking cards b4 the opponenent can say call.
WTF?!



Whoops, youre right. Well, the downside is, the ruling can possibly not go your way, and you get to forfeit your chipstack if your hand is not retrievable. You're technically right this can be used as an angleshoot, but it's very a risky one that no one should be intentionally using. I also think the rule should be changed in some manner. But how it should it be changed, I'm not sure.
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