Thomas Conway raised to 52,000 under the gun and was immediately met with an all-in three-bet to 490,000 by Konstantin Puchkov. Action folded to Panayote Vilandos on the button, and he opted to move all in over the top. The blinds both got out of the way, as did Conway, and the cards were turned up:
Puchkov had picked up a big hand, but he ran it straight into the best hand in poker. The Russian would received no miracle as the board ran out , and Puchkov exited in 14th place.
Puchkov, who won the Event #31 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2010 WSOP for $256,820, has now notched a record-tying tenth cash in a single year. Coincidentally, Puchkov shares that record with another Russian, the late Nikolay Evdakov, who had ten cashes in 2008.
Puchkov’s 2012 WSOP Thus Far
|Event #5 $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em||56th||$2,846|
|Event #6 $5,000 NLHE Mixed Max||26th||$14,328|
|Event #14 $1,500 NLHE Shootout||56th||$5,295|
|Event #30 $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)||11th||$5,955|
|Event #33 $1,000 NLHE||199th||$2,214|
|Event #35 $2,500 Mixed Hold’em||20th||$6,437|
|Event #37 $2,500 Eight Game Mix||6th||$41,844|
|Event #44 $1,000 NLHE||214th||$2,123|
|Event #46 $2,500 NLHE||9th||$49,245|
|Event #50 $5,000 NLHE||14th||$43,095|