WSOP Events #34-36: Recap

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2012. June 23.
We are catching up with the latest event finals, starting with Event #34 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha - Six-Handed, Event #35 $2,500 Mixed Hold'em and Event #36 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout.
Day 3 of WSOP Event #34 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha - Six-Handed was started by 11 players with Naoya Kihara in the chiplead (1,548,000). The 6-handed final table was set by the elimination of Kevin MacPhee, Dimitar Danchev, Joseph Cheong, Jason Dewitt and Scott Bohlman.

After that, Tommy Le, Davidi Kitai, Hans Winzeler and Daniel Hindin got railed, leaving Kihara and Chris De Maci to play heads-up.

Naoya Kihara: 5,155,000
Chris De Maci: 1,155,000


The short match ended when the players shoved on the {#}2 {#}A {#}J flop.

Kihara: {#}K {#}J {#}6 {#}Q
De Maci: {#}5 {#}4 {#}3 {#}2

Turn: {#}6
River: {#}7

Naoya Kihara won his own as well as Japan’s very first WSOP bracelet ever.

Naoya Kihara
Naoya Kihara

The end results are as follows:

WSOP 2012 Event #34 Winnings

The 9-handed final table was played on Day 3 of Event #35 $2,500 Mixed Hold'em; although Joep van den Bijgaart was in the chiplead with 605,000, it was 8 times champion Phil Ivey who attracted the most attention.

However, he was eliminated in 8th place, just after Michael Foti and followed by Brent Wheeler, Samuel Golbuff, Michael Gathy, van den Bijgaart and Salman Behbehani, so Chris Tryba and Erik Cajelais got to play heads-up.

Chris Tryba: 1,920,000
Erik Cajelais: 1,027,500

They only play a single hand, though: they pushed in their stacks on the {#}Q {#}9 {#}4 {#}J {#}8 board.

Cajelais: {#}K {#}T
Tryba: {#}T {#}9

Tryba’s straight flush was worth his first golden bracelet.

Chris Tryba
Chris Tryba

The end results are as follows:

WSOP 2012 Event #35 Winnings

Antonio Esfandiari, Roberto Romanello, Joe Tehan and Thiago Nishijima were among the 10 players who returned to play the final table on Day 3 of Event #36 3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout. Craig McCorkell started in the chiplead with 539,000.

Sardor Gaziev was out early but Tehan, Nishijima and Romanello all followed suit soon. Alessandro Longobardi, Athanasios Polychronopoulos and Jonathan Lane were railed next, while the heads-up was set by the elimination of Esfandiari.

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick: 3,630,000
Craig McCorkell: 1,610,000

McCorkell crawled back gradually to grasp the lead in the hour long heads-up, winning the key hand with pocket 8s against Jeremiah Fitzpatrick’s A8. The latter dropped to only 45,000 in chips and was unable to turn the tide.

McCorkell also won his first championship title.

Craig McCorkell
Craig McCorkell and his overly excited fans

The end results are as follows:

WSOP 2012 Event #36 Winnings

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