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2009 40th Annual World Series of PokerThe Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, June 4, 2009 to Saturday, June 6, 2009

No-Limit Hold’em (Event 11)

  • Buy-in: $2,000
  • Prizepool: $2,995,720
  • Entries: 1,646
  • Remaining: 0
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Sun, 07 Jun 2009 01:00:15 -0700
Anthony Harb Wins Event 11 - $2,000 No Limit Hold'em ($569,199)
Thus we have a sudden end to a drawn out day, and we have one very, very happy winner. Over the past three days Anthony Harb has battled through a field of 1,646 players smattered with big names such as Phil Hellmuth, Tom McEvoy, Neil Channing and T.J. Cloutier and beaten them all to take the lovely first place prize money and, more importantly, the bracelet. In his own words, "It hasn't even sunk in that I've won over half a million dollars, man, it's all about the bracelet." It was a tough three days for everyone who made the final table with long hours and little sleep, and that was reflected in the general pace of the final table. The three-way action, in particular, tested the stamina of all the players, and all three players did well just to stay awake, let alone keep playing good poker throughout. Many congratulations to all the finalists, and especially to new bracelet winner Anthony Harb. Once he's done with the celebrations, we suspect he'll sleep very well indeed.
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:49:19 -0700
Hole in the Rhozone Layer: Peter Rho Eliminated in 2nd Place ($350,019)
Wow, and just like that, it's all over! They'd made it to the turn of a         board when Rho decided he liked his hand enough to move all in -- and a snap-call from Harb later, they were on their backs. Rho:     for two pair Harb:     for the straight River: a harmless   Peter Rho is Peter Busto. "WOO!" shouted Harb as he jumped up to hug his friends at the rail, all trace of sleepiness gone. "What a grind, guys, three straight days..." And then, as the TD attempted to fasten the bracelet to his arm, "Look how fat my wrist is."
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:41:04 -0700
Rho More Mr. Nice Guy
Perhaps the heads-upsers took the TD's comments about how last year he saw people move all in in the dark for a bracelet to heart, but either way, we have a decent-sized pot. Harb limped on the button, and Rho raised 175,000 more. A sigh from Harb, and a call -- the first time a preflop raise has been called during this heads up. Rho check-called 250,000 from Harb on the       and then another 400,000 on the   turn. He checked the   river too, and this time Harb bet 825,000. Rho stood up and gurned for a while, considering his options -- and then called. Harb showed him     for trips, and Rho mucked. Some change in the stacks!
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:30:36 -0700
No Excitement Yet
Caginess and small pots rule right now -- the blinds and antes have been going back and forth, with little change so far. Even with the blinds at 50,000/100,000, they are still very deep and barring a massive cooler of some sort, this could take some time yet.
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:28:42 -0700
Curious Fact
You may be interested to know that way, way back on Day 1, Peter Rho and Anthony Harb started the tournament at the same table. And now, here they are heads up for the bracelet. How often does that happen? Not often at all, is how often.
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:20:43 -0700
Heads Up Chip Counts
Not much in it at all: Peter Rho: 4,755,000 Anthony Harb: 5,100,000
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:18:59 -0700
Jim Geary Eliminated in 3rd Place ($230,670)
Wow, someone definitely got the coffee in. First hand back Jim Geary shoved for 1,370,000 from the small blind and got an insta-call from big blind Anthony Harb. Action at last! Geary:     Harb:     Board:           Thus after a bit of a rollercoaster for him, we lose our crossword champ in third, and at long last we are heads up.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:57:26 -0700
15 Minute Break
Another jerky platter has appeared (TD: "Jack's jerk, anyone?"), but let's hope the players get the Red Bulls in during the break, otherwise we're going to be here all night. Back in 15.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:51:16 -0700
Haven't We Seen This Hand Before?
There has been an awful lot of folding buttons, limping in on small blinds and checking big blinds, then whoever bets first on the flop to take it. All three players seem to be taking it in turns to do these things, with just a very occasional button raise to break the tedium. Fatigue seems to be really setting in now...
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:43:54 -0700
Oh Rho You Don't
Peter Rho raised his button up to 210,000 and small blind Jim Geary pushed for 1,070,000 total. Rho stood up and looked as though he was really considering it -- but he passed, and we continue three-handed with little change in the stacks.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:36:46 -0700
Gettin' Jimmy with It
Jim Geary shoved again, but once more he found no takers. More caffeine is what this final table needs...
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:33:35 -0700
Ain't Rho Mountain High Enough
A flop:       Anthony Harb bet out, and got himself called by Peter Rho. A turn:   Check, check. Indeed a river:   Now Harb bet out again, 400,000 this time. After some consideration Rho called -- and his     was good to take the pot from Harb and his    . Rho takes down a 1.5 million pot to put him up to a little over 5 million and the chip lead.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:24:06 -0700
Jim'll Hit It
A happy family pot saw all three players make it to the turn of the         board. Harb bet 150,000 and Rho passed, but Geary check-called and they saw a   river. Geary bet out a mere 200,000 and Harb called -- but mucked when Geary turned over     for a full house. Geary up to 1,300,000 now.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:15:55 -0700
No Action for Geary
Jim Geary shoved from the button and Anthony Harb asked for a count, but eventually folded and Geary picked up the blinds.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:13:07 -0700
Everybody's Sleepy Now
As WSOP final tables go, this is by no means a late night yet. But bear in mind that players (and bloggers alike!) were in the Amazon Room until 3am yesterday, and then had to be back in here at noon today -- once you factor in showering, travelling, eating and so on, that doesn't really leave much time for rest. So it's no surprise that our remaining three finalists are largely staring wearily at the felt, hands propping up their heads, with no banter or amusing behavior at all to speak of.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:10:17 -0700
Rho Picks Up a Pot
Seeing a       flop, Anthony Harb bet out 125,000. Peter Rho decided to call. They both checked the   turn, and Harb checked the   river too. Rho went to bet 225,000, but Harb had already folded, shaking his head in what appeared to be sorrow and remorse, but could just have been mild frustration. We will never know.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 23:04:54 -0700
Geary Fighting Back
Jim Geary, very definitely the short stack here, moved all in from the big blind to a button raise from Anthony Harb, and Harb gave it up. A couple hands later he shoved from the button, and picked up the precious blinds and antes.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 22:58:35 -0700
Counting Counting Counting
Jim Geary: 830,000 Anthony Harb: 5,460,000 Peter Rho: 3,595,000
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 22:57:29 -0700
Three Minute Commercial Break Over
Thanks, ESPN! Just enough time to make it to the bathroom and back.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 22:50:54 -0700
Rho, Rho, Rho Your Boat
Peter Rho and Jim Geary got involved, making it all the way down an           board. Rho bet 320,000 in the river and Geary made a tentative call -- but mucked when Rho turned over     for a full house.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 22:40:15 -0700
All Friendly, Like
Our first family pot -- no raising at all before all three players saw the       flop. Peter Rho checked to Geary who bet 125,000, and he was called by Anthony Harb. Rho passed. Geary checked the   turn, but then moved all in to a 200,000 bet from Harb. A swift pass, and the chips were his.
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