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Event #12 World Championship Mixed Event

Day 1
Buy-in: $10,000
Players: 194
Prize pool: $1,823,600 to the top 26

Now when the WSOP talks about having a World Championship Mixed Event, they don't kid around. For this bracelet event, players will play the following games at the tables, Limit Holdem, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz , Seven Card Stud, even Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Holdem, Pot-Limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. The games will change every 8 hands. Whew! The goal today is 8 levels of play with all players beginning with $30,000 in chips. All levels will last 60 minutes. Here is the money schedule for the final table:
  1. $492,375
  2. $304,176
  3. $199,940
  4. $139,159
  5. $102,268
  6. $79,181
  7. $64,373
  8. $54,854
  9. $42,818
Some of the names who entered this event include James Van Alstyne, Allie Prescott, Nick Schulman, David Singer, Marc Karam, Nikolay Losev, David Pham, Vitaly Lunkin, Yuval Bronshtein, Steve Billirakis, Joe Tehan, Steve Sung, Michael Binger, Blair Rodman, Vanessa Rousso, Scotty Nguyen, Katja Thater, Markus Golser, John "Miami" Cernuto, Max Pescatori, Geroge Danzer and Doyle Brunson.

Because of the large starting amount and low limits, it took a while for anyone to bust. After dinner break, Greg Raymer went out during a round of Pot Limit Omaha. Raymer went in with A 5 x x after a flop of 7 5 5 against Barney Boatman who tabled 10 8 8 5. Turn card was a 9 and river a J which dashed Raymer's chance to improve against Boatman's straight. Following Raymer were Raphael Zimmerman, Nikolay Evdakov, Mark Vos during Stud 8 OB, Erick Lindgren, John Juanda along with David Benyamine who went out during a hand of Triple Draw. At 3:00 AM, tournament directors told the remaining 128 players to bag their chips. We hope that the players get some rest for Day 2.
  1. David Oppenheim -- 143,000
  2. Daniel Negreanu -- 121,300
  3. Jimmy Fricke -- 108,200
  4. Eric Froelich -- 100,100
  5. Brandon Adams -- 96,200
  6. Patrick Bueno -- 93,400
  7. Tommy Hang -- 92,900
  8. Alexander Gomes -- 92,500
  9. Aurangzeb Sheikh -- 90,400

Day 2

Only 20 players remain for this event out of the 128 that started this day. Tomorrow's fight for the gold bracelet will be completed. Find out who becomes champion.

  1. Huck Seed -- 645,000
  2. Joseph Serock -- 584,000
  3. Adam Friedman -- 525,000
  4. Todd Brunson -- 374,500
  5. Allie Prescott -- 357,000
  6. Ville Wahlbeck -- 339,000
  7. James VanAlystyne -- 336,500
  8. Doyle Brunson -- 335,000
  9. Roman Yitzhaki -- 325,000

Day 3 -- Final Table

The twenty players leftover from Day 2 have come back to battle it out, in order to have a champion come forth. Both Todd Brunson and his father Doyle are on the battlefield along with many other top players. During a round of No Limit, Doyle Brunson was eliminated in 15th place after Adam Friedman paired his Ace card to overcome Doyle's pocket Q's. But seven minutes later during Pot Limit Omaha, it was Adam Friedman who went out in 14th when his set of J's were outdone by the full house of James Van Alstyne (9's/J's).

Once the number was down to 9 players, first one out was Allie Prescott in 9th during a hand of Razz in which Allie was misfortunate enough to bring in the high card. Todd Brunson after a round of Stud moved to the cashier's cage in 8th once he saw the full house of David Chiu (K's/Q's). Mike Wattel goes out in 7th also a victim of the hand of David Chiu (paired Kings) during No Limit. James Van Alstyne also got hit by the Chiu steamroller and finished 6th during Pot Limit. This puts Chiu at just over 2.5 million chips. In a hand of Limit Hold'Em, Huck Seed was Chiu'ed up and digested to finish in 5th place when Chiu made his flush by the river. For a 4th place payout it was Mark Gregorich who lost during a hand of 2-7 Triple Draw to Scott Dorin. But also during 2-7 Triple Draw, Scott Dorin could not beat Ville Wahlbeck with his 9-low, so Dorin finished in 3rd.

Now this heads up is one for the record books as David Chiu goes in with 5,250,000 chips verses the 750,000 of Ville Wahlbeck. Word(s) of the day became, 'Oh My God!', as nothing went right for Chiu as his chips hemorrhaged over to Wahlbeck during Limit Hold'Em and Omaha 8. In 20 minutes start to finish, it was over for David Chiu. On the last hand while playing Omaha 8, Chiu went all-in with A 5 9 10 and was called by Wahlbeck holding A Q 8 8. The table revealed a flop of J J 5, turn was 10 card and the river was a K, giving a Broadway straight to Wahlbeck and his first WSOP gold bracelet.


Ville Wahlbeck, WSOP bracelet holder and champion of Event #12

  1. Ville Wahlbeck -- $492,375
  2. David Chiu -- $304,176
  3. Scott Dorin -- $199,940
  4. Mark Gregorich -- $139,159
  5. Huck Seed -- $102,268
  6. James Van Alstyne -- $79,181
  7. Mike Wattell -- $64,373
  8. Todd Brunson -- $54,854
  9. Allie Prescott -- $42,818