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Top Ten Moments of the 2012 WSOP Main Event: Scotty Doesn't Know

Jesse Sylvia

Our look at the top 10 moments from the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event continues with a roller coaster ride for one of the fan favourites in the field — Scott Abrams. Abrams’ cheering section, which was led by good friend Ben Yu and added 50th-place finisher Leo Wolpert when he busted, was very loud and very fun, but unfortunately Abrams fell just shy of the Octo-Nine.

6. Double Knockout…OMG

In a full ring game, the odds of being dealt pocket aces are about 220 to 1. We’d like to know what the odds are of making Day 6 of the Main Event, being dealt pocket aces, getting it in against pocket tens and ace-queen, and holding.

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Mr. Abrams:

Scott Abrams opened to 170,000 from under the gun, and Amit Makhija moved all in for 1.27 million from the cutoff. Tristan Clemencon cold-called out of the big blind, and Abrams re-jammed for effectively 2.675 million.

Clemencon went deep into the tank, and examined his stack after the bets were pulled in. While Clemencon was tanking, Makhija picked up his sweatshirt and his backpack, and looked like he was ready to leave.

"Aces?" Clemencon asked Abrams, who didn't answer.

Finally, after a good three minutes, Clemencon called.

Abrams: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
Makhija: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Clemencon: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The rail enclosed around the table as the dealer rapped the table, burned a card, and spread {q-Spades}{3-Spades}{7-Clubs}.

"There's a lot of spades still in the deck," Makhija announced.

Makhija then made reference to his "one time" before the {7-Diamonds} paired the board on the turn.

The Orange Section of the Amazon Room grew silent as the dealer rapped the table one final time, and when the {9-Hearts} fell on the river, Abram's supporters went wild. Makhija and Clemencon shook a couple of hands before exiting, and the monster pot was pushed to Adams.

By our count, the double knockout rocketed his stack to 9 million chips.

5. Diamonds Aren’t Scotty’s Friend

Abrams played another massive hand on Day 7, but unfortunately for him, it was his bust out hand from the 2012 Main Event. He, eventual final table chip leader Jesse Sylvia and Steven Gee all saw a flop together, and fireworks commenced:

In the last hand of Level 33, Russell Thomas opened for 500,000 from the cutoff and got no less than three callers — Steven Gee (button), Jesse Sylvia (small blind), and Scott Abrams (big blind).

The flop came {7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}, and when it checked around to Gee, he bet 1.45 million. Sylvia then raised to 3.4 million from the small blind, and after a pause Abrams reraised to 7 million total. Thomas and Gee both folded, and the action was back on Sylvia. He waited about 10 seconds before reraising all in and Abrams called right away.

Abrams: {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}
Sylvia: {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}

Abrams was all in for more than 15 million, behind Sylvia's set of sevens and looking for a diamond. The turn was the {Q-Clubs} and Abrams was down to one card. The river then brought the {6-Clubs}, eliminating Abrams and catapulting Sylvia up over the 40 million-chip mark.

Stay tuned for more of the top 10 moments from the 2012 WSOP Main Event.

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