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2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, July 3, 2008 to Monday, July 14, 2008

World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em (Event 54)

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $64,431,779
  • Entries: 6,844
  • Remaining: 9
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Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:53:11 -0700
 
Chris Zapf Doubles Up
 
After Garrett Beckman raised to 80,000, Chris Zapf moved all in for 220,000 with . Beckman called with but he got no help from the board and Zapf doubled to 480,000. Beckman now sits with 1.8 million.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:52:40 -0700
 
Chris Klodnicki Doubles Through Alfredo Fernandez
 
Alfredo Fernandez opened for 200,000 and Chris Klodnicki made the call from the big blind. The flop was . Klodnicki checked, Fernandez bet 300,000, Klodnicki raised to 800,000, Fernandez moved all in and Klodnicki called. Fernandez Klodnicki The turn was the , the river was the and Klodnicki dragged the pot, increasing his stack to 3,650,000. Fernandez was left with 950,000. It's also worth noting that during this 3 million chip pot, the players involved, as well as their tablemates, were completely silent-- not something you see too often this late in the Main Event.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:50:07 -0700
 
Chop It Up...Eventually
 
Jamal Sawaqdeh opened with a strangely large raise to 330,000 and Jamal Kunbuz made the call in position. They took a flop of and Sawaqdeh moved all in with Kunbuz making the call. Both players showed down the same hand, ace-king, so a chopped pot was assured. However, the table waited for several minutes for the ESPN cameras to rush over and get set up to film the action, as is standard for an "all in-call" situation. Mike Matusow conveyed his annoyance at having to wait for the cameras when they already knew that it was going to result in a chopped pot.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:45:47 -0700
 
"Chino" Rheem Up to 5 Million
 
David "Chino" Rheem has been playing every hand he's dealt and has, in turn, won most of the pots at his table (see Bob Whalen's elimination post below for additional evidence). After only 30 minutes of play, he's built his stack up to 5,000,000.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:45:33 -0700
 
It's Always the River...
 
Justin Scott raised to 90,000 from early position and Nikolay Losev called from the small blind. They saw a flop and Losev check-called Scott's 175,000 bet. Both players checked the on the turn but when the fell on the river Losev bet 350,000. Scott snap-called and saw that his had been rivered by Losev's . Scott is now down to 1.35 million.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:45:15 -0700
 
Matt Matros Eliminated in 78th Place ($77,200)
 
David Saab raised to 100,000 from the cutoff before Matt Matros moved all in for about 600,000 from the small blind. Saab thought for a moment before making the call tabling . "Wow that's a great call" said Matros and he flipped over . The flop came and Saab commented, "Well that's bad for me" as Matros had picked up outs to counterfeit Saab's baby pair. However the turn and river bricked , to leave Matros heading to the rail in 78th place for $77,200 in prize money. After the hand, Saab sits with over 2.3 million chips.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:44:57 -0700
 
Cantu Takes A Chunk Out of Ketteringham
 
Action folded around to Mark Ketteringham in late position and he raised to 80,000. Brandon Cantu reraised to 210,000 from the button and the blinds passed. With action back to Ketteringham, he made the call. The flop came . Ketteringham checked and Cantu bet 350,0000. Ketteringham raised to 1,000,000 and Cantu made the call. When the hit the turn, Ketteringham checked, Cantu moved all in, and Ketteringham folded. No cards were shown and Cantu climbed to approximately 3,300,000 chips on the hand while Ketteringham slipped to about 4,860,000.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:41:41 -0700
 
Bob Whalen Eliminated in 79th Place ($77,200)
 
In a pot that was raised and reraised preflop, the flop came down . Bob Whalen led out for 450,000, David "Chino" Rheem tanked for several minutes before moving all in and Whalen made the call. Whalen Rheem The turn, though, was the , making Rheem two pair. The river was the and Whalen was eliminated. "Living good!" said Rheem as he raked in the pot. "You know, sometimes when you get your hand caught in the cookie jar, you get a cookie," he chuckled. "Most of the time you get your hand smacked."
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:39:20 -0700
 
A Big Call for Nicholas Sliwinski
 
From late position Terry Lade raised to 95,000 and Nicholas Sliwinski reraised to 250,000 from the big blind. Lade called, and they saw a flop. Sliwinski bet 325,000 and Lade called. The same pattern repeated when the turned, as Sliwinski bet 500,000 and Lade again called. The fell on the river, Sliwinski checked, and Lade moved all in for over 2 million. That was more than enough to set Sliwinski all in and he got up from his chair, looked the scene over from that vantage point, and made the call. And a good call it was, as his were good against Lade's . "Yes!" Sliwinski shouted, as he beat on his chest in celebration. He's now up to 3 million, while Lade slipped to 980,000.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:32:22 -0700
 
That Shouldn't Be...
 
A hand was just dealt using a blue deck of cards, and as the dealer pitched them out, a red card spun across the felt. The floor was called over and the red card was revealed to be the ace of spades. The hand was killed, the cards retrieved, and the deck removed from play, with considerable grumbling from the players.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:32:03 -0700
 
Deuces Are Wild?
 
Geert Jans raised to 95,000 from middle position before Alex Outhred moved all in over the top with his short stack. Jans went into the tank for a long time before letting his hand go. After the hand Outhred commented, "That's only the second time I've had my tournament life on the line. Deuces are wild, yeah?" Outhred is back up to over 700,000 chips.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:30:38 -0700
 
Two Pair Works for Judet
 
On a flop of , Toni Judet checked, Chris Klodnicki bet 125,000 and Judet called. The turn was the . Judet check-called another 275,000. The river was the and both players checked. Judet showed for two pair, aces and queens, and Klodnicki mucked.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:28:15 -0700
 
Hellmuth Mixing It Up Early
 
James McManus raised to 77,000 from late position and Phil Hellmuth called from the button. The blinds passed and it was heads up to the flop. The flop fell and McManus led out for 115,000. Hellmuth called and the hit the turn. McManus fired again, this time 190,000 and Hellmuth made the call. When the river fell the both players checked. McManus checked quickly but Hellmuth thought for close to a minute before checking behind. He showed and McManus mucked. Hellmuth stacked the pot and is now just over 1,400,000 chips.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:26:28 -0700
 
Thomas Keller Doubles Through Aaron Gordon
 
Thomas Keller was all in before the flop with pocket nines and was up against Aaron Gordon's . Gordon caught a gutshot draw on the flop but the board ran out and Keller doubled up.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:24:04 -0700
 
Phil Hellmuth's One-Orbit Penalty Overturned
 
Many people were surprised when Phil Hellmuth sat down at the ESPN Featured Table and played the first hand of the day after receiving a one-round penalty for his behavior during the final hand of play last night. When asked why Hellmuth was not sitting out, WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack told us, "The penalty has been overturned, and we will be issuing a formal statement shortly." Stay tuned for more on this development.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:20:06 -0700
 
Off the Hook
 
Just before the announcement of "shuffle up and deal," Hellmuth strolled into the tournament area and took his seat. He was dealt into the first hand which he raised from under the gun, winning the blinds and antes. When a floor supervisor was asked about the alleged one-round penalty Hellmuth was to serve, a reply of "it's been overruled" was given.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:15:14 -0700
 
Shuffle Up and Deal!
 
With the button in seat 9, the cards are in the air.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:07:00 -0700
 
Sitting This One Out
 
As we reported just prior to the conclusion of last night's play, Phil Hellmuth will be serving a one-orbit penalty and sitting out the first nine hands of play. With the blinds and antes where they are, this time-out will cost Hellmuth a total of 81,000 chips, or roughly 11% of his total stack. It should come as no suprise that Hellmuth starts Day 6 back at the main ESPN featured table on the Milwaukee's Best Light stage. With just moments until the cards are in the air, the other eight players have arrived, unbagged their chips, and have been mic'd up by the crew, but "The Poker Brat" is nowhere in sight.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:04:00 -0700
 
Play To Begin Soon
 
The official start of Day 6 is running slightly behind schedule, however, the cards should be in the air very soon.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 11:24:02 -0700
 
2008 WSOP Main Event - Day 6; Noon Restart
 
Official seat assignments have now been released for Day 6 of the 2008 WSOP Main Event, with 79 players returning to action for the noon start. Mark Ketteringham will begin the day as the chip leader, stacked at 5,800,000 overnight. The players will be seated at nine tables in the Amazon “Green” section, surrounding and including the ESPN feature area. The chip leader at each table is denoted by boldface text. The table and seat assignments are as follows: (Table 1) Seat 1: Bob Whalen – 1,382,000 Seat 2: Paul Snead – 1,572,000 Seat 3: Christopher Zapf – 297,000 Seat 4: Brian Tatum – 780,000 Seat 5: Aaron Gordon – 3,369,000 Seat 6: Jason Glass – 629,000 Seat 7: David Rheem – 2,586,000 Seat 8: Thomas Keller – 245,000 Seat 9: Garrett Beckman – 1,860,000 (Table 2) Seat 1: Chris Klodnicki – 2,496,000 Seat 2: Kido Pham – 1,600,000 Seat 3: Aaron Keay – 990,000 Seat 4: Anthony Scherer – 2,245,000 Seat 5: Alfredo Fernandez – 3,053,000 Seat 6: Peter Eastgate – 2,629,000 Seat 7: Toni Judet – 3,031,000 Seat 8: Scott Montgomery – 1,669,000 Seat 9: Mauro Lupo – 2,261,000 (Table 3) Seat 1: Greg Byard – 1,189,000 Seat 2: Jonathan Plens – 1,870,000 Seat 3: Nhan Le – 2,190,000 Seat 4: Justin Sadauskas – 2,000,000 Seat 5: Keith Hawkins – 636,000 Seat 6: Eric Bamer – 479,000 Seat 7: Cristian Dragomir – 2,372,000 Seat 8: Dean Hamrick – 1,905,000 Seat 9: Joe Bishop – 1,570,000 (Table 4) Seat 1: Geert Jans – 1,633,000 Seat 2: Justin Scott – 1,971,000 Seat 3: Alan Gould – 1,838,000 Seat 4: Daniel Buzgon – 876,000 Seat 5: Alex Outhred – 699,000 Seat 6: Albert Kim – 3,734,000 Seat 7: David Saab – 1,705,000 Seat 8: Nikolay Losev – 4,058,000 Seat 9: Matt Matros – 766,000 (Table 5) Seat 1: Jeremy Joseph – 3,100,000 Seat 2: Mark Ketteringham – 5,800,000 Seat 3: Gert Andersen – 1,447,000 Seat 4: Brandon Cantu – 2,288,000 Seat 5: David Benefield – 2,490,000 Seat 6: Dennis Phillips – 3,436,000 Seat 7: Sean Davis – 861,000 Seat 8: Michael Carroll – 957,000 Seat 9: Mark Owens – 595,000 (Table 6) Seat 1: Rafael Caiaffa – 1,338,000 Seat 2: Steve Lade – 3,225,000 Seat 3: Ivan Demidov – 2,185,000 Seat 4: Phi Nguyen – 1,540,000 Seat 5: Adam Levy – 767,000 Seat 6: Nicholas Sliwinski – 2,236,000 Seat 7: Suresh Prabhu – 1,175,000 Seat 8: Ylon Schwartz – 816,000 Seat 9: Victor Ramdin – 795,000 (Table 7) Seat 1: James McManus – 2,434,000 Seat 2: Tim Loecke – 996,000 Seat 3: Phil Hellmuth – 721,000 Seat 4: Allen Kennedy – 1,153,000 Seat 5: Kelly Kim – 2,425,000 Seat 6: Larry Wright – 1,502,000 Seat 7: Jason Riesenberg – 2,217,000 Seat 8: Andrew Rosskamm – 1,593,000 Seat 9: Clint Schafer – 1,123,000 (Table 8) Seat 1: Chris Crilly – 1,183,000 Seat 2: Craig Marquis – 1,748,000 Seat 3: Felix Osterland – 786,000 Seat 4: Jamal Sawaqdeh – 888,000 Seat 5: Jamal Kunbuz – 3,327,000 Seat 7: Mike Matusow – 1,169,000 Seat 8: Tiffany Michelle – 3,438,000 Seat 9: Jeremy Gaubert – 578,000 (Table 9) Seat 1: Craig Stein – 440,000 Seat 2: Niklas Flisberg – 1,264,000 Seat 3: Mark Wilds – 485,000 Seat 4: Andrew Brokos – Did Not Report (approx. 4,080,000) Seat 6: Lisa Parsons – 581,000 Seat 7: Peter Neff – 1,275,000 Seat 8: Darus Suharto – 1,057,000 Seat 9: Owen Crowe – 1,050,000 Join us at noon for the latest live updates as the countdown continues to the final table.
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