Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 completed

Willerson and Mefodichev Will Return for Day 4

Vladimir Mefodichev and Neil Willerson Playing Heads Up for the Braclet
Vladimir Mefodichev and Neil Willerson Playing Heads Up for the Braclet

Three days ago 3,166 people registered to play for a bracelet in Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. After a full ten levels of play the final two players have emerged. Neil Willerson and Vladimir Mefodichev were locked in a heads up battle for about an hour before tournament staff enforced a hard stop after ten levels of play. Due to this ruling we will have to wait until tomorrow for Day 4 to crown the next World Series of Poker champion.

The two players will return on Tuesday at 2:00 PM to battle it out on the felt until a champion is crowned. Willerson will return as the chip leader with 8,920,000 while Mefodichev will be sitting on a stack of 5,335,000.

Final Results So Far

3Hugh Henderson$322,866
4Zachary Humphrey$233,708
5Matthew Graham$171,135
6Hai Chu$126,770
7Bryan Piccioli$94,971
8Randy Ashe$71,933
9Ryan Hughes$55,093

Will Willerson be able to seal the deal or will the Russian be able to find a victory? Be sure to tune into PokerNews tomorrow for the epic conclusion to the largest open event of the 2012 WSOP so far.

Neil Willerson us 8,920,000 -680,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 5,335,000 735,000

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That's It For Today!

[user196942] • Level 31: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

Our epic heads-up battle will have to wait until tomorrow as ten levels have passed, which means play has ended for the day. We will have exact chip counts and a re-cap of the day's events shortly.

Four Fours For Willerson


On a flop of {5-Spades}{4-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} both Neil Willerson and Vladimir Mefodichev checked. The turn was the {3-Clubs} and Willerson decided to fire out 375,000. Mefodichev raised to 750,000 and Willerson flat called.

The river paired the board with the {4-Diamonds} and the action went check-check. Willerson showed {4-Clubs}{4-Spades} for quad fours and Mefodichev mucked his hand.

Neil Willerson us 9,600,000 1,900,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 4,600,000 -1,900,000

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Mefodichev Doubles Through Willerson


Vladimir Mefodichev made his standard open of 275,000 from the button and Neil Willerson announced he was all in. Mefodichev called off his remaining stack to put himself at risk.

Mefodichev: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Willerson: {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}

The {3-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{7-Spades} kept Mefodichev in the lead, but gave Willerson a flush draw. The {6-Hearts} turn gave Willerson even more outs as he had an open-ender to boot, however, the {J-Spades} river bricked out for Willerson and Mefodichev doubled through to 6.5 million.

Neil Willerson us 7,700,000 -3,200,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 6,500,000 3,200,000

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Willerson Scoops Huge Pot


Vladimir Mefodichev had the button. The two players limped before the flop and saw {7-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} fall. Neil Willerson check-called a bet of 275,000 and the two saw fourth street bring the {4-Hearts}.

Willerson checked for a second time and Mefodichev moved 650,000 into the center of the table. Willerson pushed out a call rather quickly and the {10-Spades} came on the river. Willerson checked his option for a third time prompting Mefodichev to move 1,225,000 into the middle.

"I call," said Willerson quickly.

"Nice call," replied Mefodichev. Willerson showed {J-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for a pair of sevens and was able to drag in a monster pot.

Neil Willerson us 10,900,000 1,900,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 3,300,000 -1,900,000

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Willerson Pulling Away


Neil Willerson has been slowing grinding away at Vladimir Mefodichev.

In a recent pot, Mefodichev opened to 275,000 on the button and Willerson made the call to see a flop, which brought the {8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}.

Willerson checked to Mefodichev, who fired 275,000 into the middle. Willerson then check-raised to 600,000 and Mefodichev gave up his hand after some thought.

Willserson is up to nine million while Mefodichev is down to 5.2 million.

Neil Willerson us 9,000,000 1,900,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 5,200,000 -1,900,000

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Aces for Willerson


Neil Willerson had the button and completed before the flop. Vladimir Mefodichev raised to 370,000 and Willerson called.

The flop was {9-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and Mefodichev check-called a 375,000 chip bet. They both checked when the board paired queens with the {Q-Spades} turn.

Fifth street was the {2-Hearts} and Mefodichev checked one last time. Willerson fired 400,000 and Mefodichev called.

Willerson showed {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and Mefodichev tossed his hand to the muck.

Neil Willerson us 7,100,000 900,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 7,100,000 -900,000

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Mefodichev Re-Takes The Lead


Neil Willerson completed from the button and Vladimir Mefodichev took his option to raise 250,000 on top. Willerson called to see a flop, which came {K-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Hearts}. Mefodichev fired 400,000 into the middle and Willerson called.

The turn brought the {4-Hearts} and Mefodichev kept up with his aggression and fired an even million into the pot. Willerson gave it up and Mefodichev scooped the pot.

Vladimir Mefodichev 8,000,000 1,050,000
Neil Willerson us 6,200,000 -1,050,000

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Willerson Connects on River; Jumps Into Slight Lead


Vladimir Mefodichev had the button. He raised to 250,000 only to have Neil Willerson three-bet to 525,000. Mefodichev peered at his cards once again then announced that he was all in. Willerson quickly said "call" and the hands were shown:

Mefodichev: {8-Spades}{7-Hearts}
Willerson: {A-Hearts}{k-Hearts}

Mefodichev took the lead with the {4-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop. Willerson was in need of either an ace or a king to double up but did not find it on the {J-Clubs} turn. The tension loomed int he air as Mefodichev was one card away from a World Series of Poker championship. The dealer produced the river card:

The {A-Spades}.

Willerson was able to connect with the final card and scored a double up that put him in a slight chip advantage while a crushed Mefodichev took his seat to resume play.

Neil Willerson us 7,250,000 3,050,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 6,950,000 -3,550,000

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