Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
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Eric Crain Leads Back-to-Back Final Tables

• Taso 19: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Eric Crain Leading Again
Eric Crain Leading Again

Day 2 of Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em is officially in the books! We began today with 62 players returning out of the original 535 entrants. After just over eight levels of play only the final nine remain with none other than Eric Crain leading the way. Crain, fresh off of a fourth place finish in Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix, is poised and ready to try once more to earn his first gold WSOP bracelet.

The day began with players returning and vying for a spot among those to cash. Even before the money hit notable players such as Jeremy Ausmus, Griffin Benger, and Melanie Weisner were seen heading to the rail. After the bubble burst, players began dropping at an even more rapid rate with the likes of Martin Staszko, defending champion Nick Jivkov, Matt Stout, Kevin O'Donnell, Adam Geyer, Cary Katz and Jason Mercier walking away with extra money and dreams of winning a WSOP bracelet dashed.

Also returning to the final table is five-time WSOP bracelet winner Allen Cunningham. Cunningham had a relatively quiet day and finally found his stride when he was able to double with set-over-set against Jaspal Brar. Cunningham's stack continued to grow and he will return to the final table second in chips. Cunningham is gunning for his first bracelet since 2007 and his experience will certainly be an asset at this final table.

As the day wore on Crain's stack was on a roller coaster ride. While he managed to build a massive stack, he also managed to double up several short stacked players. Crain's big confrontation came when he and Jonathan Roy butted heads during the final two tables. Crain opened with a raise and Lev Rofman flat called. Roy three-bet a pot-sized raise and Crain potted it right back. Rofman folded and Roy called for his tournament life.

Crain: {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}
Roy: {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}

Crain stood on his chair as the dealer fanned a {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop. The {4-Hearts} on the turn gave Crain several more outs that allowed him to make a straight and a flush. He made the latter on the river when the {7-Hearts} drilled the felt and Roy was suddenly eliminated from play in 15th place. This pot gave Crain a huge chip lead that propelled him into the lead heading to the final table.

On the last hand of the evening Crain won a crucial race to eliminate final table bubble boy and Day 1 chip leader Robert Corcione. The two had all of Corcione's chips in before the flop with Corcione holding {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} to Crain's {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}. Crain paired his queen on the flop and the rest was history.

Event #12 Final Table

1Allen Cunningham452,000
2Nicolas Halvorson110,000
3Jean-Nicolas Fortin47,000
4Eric Crain620,000
5Jaspal Brar382,000
6Timothy Reilly282,000
7Anthony Harb178,000
8Lev Rofman200,000
9Kenneth Shelton160,000

Players will return on Friday to play out their final table at 1:00 PM PST. Be sure to stay tuned as PokerNews is on hand to provide you with all of the updates from this exciting final table!

For now, we'll leave you with Kristy Arnett who has the highlights from across the Rio today:

Tagit: Eric Crain

Robert Corcione Eliminated in 10th Place ($10,320)

• Taso 19: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Robert Corcione - 10th Place
Robert Corcione - 10th Place

Timothy Reilly opened with a raise to 20,000 from under the gun and it folded around to Eric Crain who three-bet to 55,000. Robert Corcione moved all in from the big blind and Reilly folded. Crain called and the hands were tabled:

Corcione: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Crain: {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}

Corcione was in the lead at the moment but quickly fell behind when the flop brought {3-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. The turn was the {K-Hearts} and Corcione needed a heart or a ten to stay alive in the tournament. It was the {6-Diamonds}, however, and he was eliminated from play as the final table bubble boy.

Eric Crain us 620,000 235,000
Robert Corcione Ulkona

Tagit: Eric CrainRobert Corcione


Unofficial Final Table Draw

• Taso 18: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
1Allen Cunningham
2Nicolas Halvorson
3Jean-Nicolas Fortin
4Eric Crain
5Jaspal Brar
6Robert Corcione
7Timothy Reilly
8Anthony Harb
9Lev Rofman
10Kenneth Shelton
Allen Cunningham us 447,000 17,000
Jaspal Brar ca 407,000 92,000
Eric Crain us 385,000 -15,000
Timothy Reilly us 303,000 83,000
Lev Rofman us 227,000 37,000
Anthony Harb us 178,000 -42,000
Nicolas Halvorson 175,000 -80,000
Kenneth Shelton 135,000 -20,000
Robert Corcione 132,000 2,000
Jean-Nicolas Fortin 63,000 -127,000


• Taso 18: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante

Players are currently on a 20-minute break.

Pim de Goede Eliminated in 11th Place ( $10,320)

• Taso 18: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Pim De Goede
Pim De Goede

Allen Cunningham raised to 16,000. When action folded to Pim De Goede, he went all in with {7-Spades}{6-Spades} and Cunningham called with {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}

After the flop of {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} came, Cunningham stated that the flop was his. But the {5-Diamonds} turn was de Goede's giving him and open-ended straight draw. Unfortunately, the {4-Spades} river did not improve de Goede's hand and he was eliminated in 11th place.

Allen Cunningham us 430,000 190,000
Pim de Goede nl Ulkona

Tagit: Allen CunninghamPim de Goede

James Uschuk Eliminated in 12th Place ($10,320)

• Taso 18: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
James Uschuk - 12th Place
James Uschuk - 12th Place

Lev Rofman opened with a raise to an unknown amount and James Uschuk three-bet all in for 56,000 from the very next seat over. It folded back around to Rofman who snapped him off.

Uschuk: {A-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Rofman: {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}

The board ran out {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{9-Hearts} and Uschuk was unable to improve, eliminating him in 12th place.

Lev Rofman us 190,000 80,000
James Uschuk Ulkona

Tagit: James UschukLev Rofman

Cunningham Doubles Through Brar

• Taso 18: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante

Allen Cunningham opened to 20,000 from the small blind and Jaspal Brar called from the big blind. The dealer fanned a flop of {2-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Cunningham continued for 16,000. Brar made it 34,000 to go and Cunningham announced all in for 98,000. Brar snapped him off and showed {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}.

A dejected Brar then looked across the table to see Cunningham's hand- the {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} for a higher set. The board compelted with the {9-Diamonds} and the {Q-Diamonds}, allowing Cunningham to double with a superior set. He's now sitting around 240,000 while Brar has fallen to 315,000.

Jaspal Brar ca 315,000 -50,000
Allen Cunningham us 240,000 115,000

Tagit: Allen CunninghamJaspal Brar