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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, July 05, 2010 to Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $68,799,059
  • Entries: 7,319
  • Remaining: 0
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11/06/10 11:43:46 PM PDT

Wow.

As we sit here on the stage absorbing what we've just seen, it's hard to find words to close this day out properly. But we'll try.

It was just after high noon when our November Nine filed onto the stage and into their seats under the bright lights of the made-for-TV set. They were soon engulfed by a crowd of close to 2,000 spectators all decked out in matching shirts, patched up like your grandfather's trousers, and screaming multi-lingual cheers in unison at full throat. Bruce Buffer soon took the stage to utter the most famous words in poker, and suddenly a poker game broke out amidst all the madness and pomp.

It took 28 hands to find our first casualty of the day, and it was the amateur to fall first. Soi Nguyen was content to flip his     against Jason Senti's    , but a third queen on the flop was all she wrote for Nguyen.

The second victim was also sent packing on a coin flip, albeit an exciting coin flip. Michael Mizrachi's     loved the       flop, but Matthew Jarvis'     liked the   turn a little bit better. It looked like he'd just saved his tournament life, but the   river gave the pot back to The Grinder and sent Jarvis off in eighth place.

Seven-handed play dragged on for an eternity, and Michael Mizrachi took advantage of the table to build himself a fairly sizable chip lead with more than 60 million. There were still seven when they broke for dinner just before 7pm. When they returned, yet another exciting (and similar) coin flip broke out. Jason Senti's     out-flopped Joseph Cheong's     in a big way as the dealer rolled out      . The turn   was a little sweat for Senti, and the river   was a total disaster. Cheong's straight pushed his opponent straight out the door, and Senti collected seventh-place money on his way to the bar.

John Dolan fell next in sixth place, his     unable to win a race (imagine that, a race) against Jonathan Duhamel's     despite turning 16 outs to survive.

The demise of Michael Mizrachi began when his     doubled up John Racener's     to knock him out of the chip lead. A few minutes later, he doubled up Jonathan Duhamel on a big coin flip, and it all came crashing down a few minutes later. Jonathan Duhamel played his     slow, and he lured Mizrachi into a shove when his     flopped top pair on the      . The chips went in, and there was no further help for Mizrachi, ending his near-legendary run in fifth place. That officially gives Frank Kassela the title of 2010 WSOP Player of the Year, incidentally.

Three hands later, the volatile Italian (who was surprisingly un-volatile today) fell in fourth place. Filippo Candio got his chips in with    , but he could not get there against Joseph Cheong's    . Cheong flopped an ace and made a wheel by the time it was all said and done, and Candio took just over $3 million for his efforts.

When they began three-handed play, Cheong and Duhamel were running away with the show. They were each approaching 100 million while John Racener sat patiently by with his 20-ish million. Cheong, however, was in no mood to sit patiently. He went to work quickly and was the first player to crest that magical 100-million-chip mark. He and Duhamel proceeded to wage all-out war hand after dramatic hand while Racener folded his buttons, sat on his hands, and waited for the fireworks.

And the fireworks, they came. In Hand #213, 25 hands into the three-way, a battle of the big-stacked blinds broke out. It started with Cheong opening the pot, and the betting action ended with him six-bet shoving all in with    . Duhamel probably didn't like the idea of playing a 180-million-chip pot, but he didn't waste any time calling with    , putting himself at risk in the process. There was no ace for Cheong, and he was crushed from 95 million all the way down to just ten. It was, as far as we can tell, the largest pot in the history of the WSOP!

Cheong doubled up once in the meanwhile, but six hands after the blowup, he was gone in third place. That's good for more than $4 million, but it doesn't come with a ticket to Monday's finale.

There are only two of those, and they belong to Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener. For handicapping purposes, it's Duhamel with the big chip lead, but don't sleep on the short stack. Racener has been playing some fine poker of late, and his short-stack abilities were certainly on display here today.

There are 13 minutes, 52 seconds left in the current level, and the button was awarded to the big stack; Jonathan Duhamel will begin with position on Monday. We're scheduled for an 8pm start here in Las Vegas.

It's Duhamel. It's Racener. It's $8.9 million and the 2010 WSOP Main Event gold bracelet. Who ya got? Find out how the final chapter plays out right back here on Monday night.

Until then, all that's left is goodnight!

11/06/10 10:49:02 PM PDT

John Racener has the button.

Joseph Cheong moves all in from the small blind for 17.5 million. Jonathan Duhamel makes the call after getting a count. Cheong is all in and at risk with the    against the    for the chip leading Duhamel.

The flop comes down     and Cheong misses, but he does add a gunshot. The turn pairs the board with the   and everyone grows eager for the river, especially Racener who is standing and watching anxiously. The river completes the board with the   and that does it! Cheong is eliminated in third place, earning $4,130,049 for his finish. Both Racener and Duhamel are mobbed by their fans as they've made it to Monday's heads-up battle for the most coveted piece of gold jewelry in the poker world: a WSOP Main Event bracelet!

We'll have the official counts or you in just a few moments.

11/06/10 10:44:42 PM PDT

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He folds, and John Racener completes from the small blind. In the big, Joseph Cheong announces an all in again, and Racener yields.

11/06/10 10:42:25 PM PDT

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He open-raises all in for about 8 million. Neither blind calls. Cheong is still kicking.

11/06/10 10:41:18 PM PDT

John Racener has the button.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk in the big blind.

11/06/10 10:40:55 PM PDT

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 3 million, and Joseph Cheong moves all in for 6.75 million. Duhamel wastes no time matching the bet, and he has Joseph Cheong's tournament life in his hands:

Cheong:    

Duhamel:    

The dealer burns a card and turns three, flipping them over to reveal the   right in the windown. The full flop rolls out      , though, giving Cheong some life as he finds his pair as well.

Turn:  . Bink!, as they say in the parlance of our times.

River:  . That's safe for Cheong's bid to double up, and he's not going anywhere just yet. Mark him down for more than 14 million again.

11/06/10 10:37:09 PM PDT

Joseph Cheong has the button.

A pre-flop raise by Jonathan Duhamel wins the blinds and the antes.

11/06/10 10:34:58 PM PDT

John Racener has the button.

Joseph Cheong raises to 2.9 million from the small blind after Racener folds his button. Jonathan Duhamel reraises from the big blind to 6.75 million. Cheong doesn't buy it and four-bets to 14.25 million. Duhamel comes back with a five-bet to 22.75 million.

Cheong goes back and checks his hand while thinking about his decision. The room is completely silent while Cheong tanks. The crowd grows a bit restless after a minute or so, but settles back down before Cheong takes some more time. Cheong moves all in and Duhamel makes the call!

Duhamel:   

Cheong:   

Cheong moved all in for a massive 95.05 million! Duhamel has less chips. This pot also has a lot riding on it for John Racener, the bystander in the confrontation. Time for the flop…

The flop is spread,     and Cheong still needs to hit while Duhamel stays in front.

The turn brings the   and everyone in this room in on the edge of their seat awaiting the river card.

The river completes the board with the   and that's it! The sea of red Montreal Canadians jerseys swarms Duhamel on the stage and begins the chant of, "Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!" Cheong sits back in his chair to assist with the final and official count of the stacks. His cheering section stands stunned, many shaking their heads. Cheong was left with under 10 million in chips.

11/06/10 10:22:33 PM PDT

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 2.5 million again, and this time John Racener takes pause from the small blind. He eventually calls, and Joseph Cheong comes on into the pot as well, our second family pot of three-handed action.

The flop comes       which looks pretty fun but ultimately results in three checks.

Turn:  . Cheong bets 3.5 million now, enough to fold Duhamel quickly. Racener, however, is unconvinced as he plunks in the call.

River:  . Cheong checks, and Racener checks it right back. He's first to show, and he tables     for the set. That gets Cheong's cards into the muck and the pot into Racener's stack.

11/06/10 10:18:41 PM PDT

Joseph Cheong has the button.

It's a raise to 2.5 million from Cheong. Both blinds fold.

11/06/10 10:17:32 PM PDT

John Racener has the button.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk in the big blind.

11/06/10 10:17:14 PM PDT

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 2.5 million, and big blind Joseph Cheong reraises to 6.5 million. It's good; Duhamel folds and Cheong takes the pot.

"Joseph Cheong: Korean for raise," one of his fans said from the rail.

11/06/10 10:15:13 PM PDT

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He opens to his standard 2.5 million. Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener both fold.

11/06/10 10:14:24 PM PDT

John Racener has the button.

From the small blind, Joseph Cheong raises to 2.9 million. Jonathan Duhamel folds from the big blind and Cheong wins the pot.

11/06/10 10:14:17 PM PDT

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 2.5 million before John Racener three-bet shoves for the second hand in a row.

A   was exposed from Duhamel's hand as he folded, and Racener takes it down again.

11/06/10 10:12:21 PM PDT

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He folds. Small blind Jonathan Duhamel raises to 3 million. John Racener moves all in from the big blind and is rewarded with a snap-fold from Duhamel.

11/06/10 10:11:17 PM PDT

John Racener has the button and the action is unknown.

11/06/10 10:09:11 PM PDT

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 2.5 million, and Joseph Cheong calls from the big blind.

The flop comes      , and Cheong taps the felt. Duhamel does likewise, and the   appears on fourth street. When Cheong checks a second time, Duhamel makes a bet of 2.45 million. The call comes after a moment, but there are two more checks after the   to bring us to showdown.

Cheong shows his    , and it wins the pot.

11/06/10 10:06:11 PM PDT

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He opens for his standard raise to 2.5 million. Jonathan Duhamel folds the small blind. Big blind John Racener, the short stack at the table, calls. He checks a flop of     to the aggressive Cheong, whose bet of 1.2 million ends the hand.

11/06/10 10:04:29 PM PDT

John Racener has the button.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk in the big blind.