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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 to Friday, June 17, 2011

Event #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,428,800
  • Entries: 152
  • Remaining: 4
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06/18/11 01:16:20 AM PDT
Congratulations to Daniel Idema, Event #27 Champion ($378,642)

Daniel Idema Event #27 Champion!

The $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship is one of the most prestigious tournaments held at the annual World Series of Poker. It also has a reputation as being one of the toughest. This year 153 players began Event #27 and played three grueling days of poker. In the end, only one man remained to claim the WSOP gold bracelet and the $378,642 first-place prize. That man was Daniel Idema, who redeemed himself after finishing runner-up in this very event just one year ago.

Day Three began with just 14 players including Matthew Gallin, who entered as chip leader with 575,000. Joining him were some tough competition in last year's runner-up Daniel Idema; three-time bracelet winner and Team PokerStars Pro (USA) Barry Greenstein; runner-up in the 2009 WSOP $40K NLHE tournament, Isaac Haxton; Microsoft millionaire Richard "Quiet Lion" Brodie; online sensation Justin "Boosted J" Smith; and Nick Schulman, who has numerous titles to his credit including a WSOP bracelet in the 2009 $10K No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw event.

As Day 3 progressed, five players succumbed to the high betting limits. They included Marwan Abdelal (14th- $24,060), Matt Hawrilenko (13th- $24,060), Tam Hang (12th- $28,990), Darren Woods (11th- $28,990), and Hoyt Corkins (10th- $28,990). Their eliminations brought about the official WSOP Final Table, with Daniel Idema's stack of 740,000 leading the pack.

Official $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table

SeatPlayerChip Counts
1Nick Schulman252,000
2Daniel Idema977,000
3Domenico Denotaristefani461,000
4Steve Landfish649,000
5Justin "Boosted J" Smith484,000
6Barry Greenstein428,000
7Matthew Gallin514,000
8Richard Brodie384,000
9Isaac Haxton409,000

The first final-table elimination came when Schulman ran pockets nines into Greenstein's pocket sevens on a     flop. The   turn and   river changed nothing and Schulman was sent packing in ninth place ($35,519). Next out the door was Brodie who grew short stacked and couldn't improve his    against Greenstein's   .

It took a long time before the next elimination, but it finally came when Haxton got his stack in preflop with    againt the    of Landfish. The board ran out       to give Landfish a flush and send Haxton out the door in seventh place ($55,908). Not long after, short-stacked Smith got his chips in with    against Greenstein's   . The board ran out       and Boosted J followed Haxton out the door in sixth place ($71,897).

Five-handed action lasted a long time, which was surprising considering the high blinds. It just seemed like every time a player was all in, they doubled. That all changed when Denotaristefani raised on the button only to have Landfish snap three-bet from the small blind. Denotaristefani made the call and watched as the     came down on the flop. Landfish led out, Denotaristefani raised, Landfish three-bet, and Denotaristefani called off his last 35,000.


Denotaristefani's tournament life was at stake but he was way out in front. The   turn changed nothing and left Landfish looking for one of two remaining nines on the river to steal the pot and eliminate his opponent. When the   spiked on the river, Landfish slapped the table in celebration. Denotaristefani's supporters fell deafly silent as their man was eliminated by a two outer. Denotaristefani took home $94,029 as he made his exit in fifth place.

Landfish's luck ran out soon thereafter when he ran    into the    of Gallin. Three-handed play didn't last long either as Greenstein received a bad beat after getting it all in with    against the    of Gallin on    . Unfortunately for the fan favorite, the turn came the   followed by the   on the river.

Heads up play lasted less than five hands as Idema entered with a commanding chip lead of 3.6 million to Gallin's 900,000. While Idema hadn't eliminated any opponents up to that point, he steadily increased his chip lead throughout the final table; in fact, he was the only player who was never all in during final-table play. His perseverance and patience paid off when he cracked Gallin's pocket queens by flopping two pair. After suffering with the title of $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship runner-up for a year, Idema has validated himself and found redemption as he claimed the title of Champion!

Final Table Results

1stDaneil Idema$378,642
2ndMatthew Gallin$233,944
3rdBarry Greenstein$169,512
4thSteve Landfish$125,120
5thDomenico Denotaristefani$94,029
6thJustin "Boosted J" Smith$71,897
7thIsaac Haxton$55,908
8thRichard Brodie$44,207
9thNick Schulman$35,519

Former $5,000-$10,000 Limit Hold'em Champions

2005Event #28 ($5,000)269Dan Schmeich$404,585
2007Event #18 ($5,000)257Saro Jason Getzoyan$333,379
2008Event #30 ($10,000)218Rob Hollink$496,931
2009Event #33 ($10,000)185Greg Mueller$460,836
2010Event #29 ($10,000)171Matt Keikoan$425,969
2011Event #27 ($10,000)152Daniel Idema$378,642

Congratulations to Daniel Idema on capturing his first bracelet and becoming the 2011 WSOP Limit Hold'em Champion. That does it for our coverage from Event #27, but there are still plenty of more events to track in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back soon.

06/18/11 01:14:39 AM PDT
Matthew Gallin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($233,944)

Matthew Gallin

Daniel Idema raised on the button and Matthew Gallin three-bet from the big blind. Idema made the call and on all three streets of the       board, Gallin led out and Idema called. Gallin turned over    but Idema had him bested with   . The hand crippled Gallin all the way down to 330,000.

The next hand, Gallin raised on the button and Idema called from the big blind. On the     board, Idema checked and Gallin bet. Idema came back with a check-raise that put Gallin all in who made the call.


Idema was ahead with two pair although Gallin could still win the hand by hitting trips or a higher two pair. The   on the turn kept Idema in the lead and Gallin would now need a seven, eight or queen on the river to survive and double up. Unfortunately for him, the river was the   and he would be eliminated in second place as the runner up.

Matthew Gallin00
06/18/11 01:06:03 AM PDT
Heads Up Counts
Daniel Idema3,660,0001,160,000
Matthew Gallin900,000290,000
06/18/11 01:02:33 AM PDT
Barry Greenstein Eliminated in 3rd Place ($169,512)

Barry Greenstein

After having been grinded all the way down to around 200,000, Barry Greenstein raised from the small blind and Matthew Gallin called from the big. On the     flop, Greenstein led out and Gallin went into the tank. He eventually raised which put Greenstein all in who called.


Greenstein was in dominating position and in great shape to double up. The turn was the   which gave Gallin some additional outs. He would need a two or five to knock out Greenstein while a three would chop the pot. The river was the   and Gallin sucked out to win the hand. He finally received his copy of 'Ace on the River' that he was so close to getting earlier from Greenstein who was eliminated.

Barry Greenstein0-1,200,000
06/18/11 12:45:05 AM PDT
Steve Landfish Eliminated in 4th Place ($125,120)

Steve Landfish (4th Place- $125,120)

Matthew Gallin raised uner the gun only to have Steve Landfish raise from the small blind. The duo eventually got all their chips in the pot, and surprisingly both had the same exact amount of chips (290,000). Barring a chop, one player was going to be eliminated.


Landfish was dominated and in big trouble. We'd like to say he at least got a sweat out of it, but the board ran out a dry       and Gallin's aces held. Landfish shook hands with the remaining player before heading to the payout desk to collect his $125,120. Not a bad showing for the man who finished runner-up in the $10K Stud Championship earlier in the week, which will no doubt push him toward the top of the WSOP Player-of-the-Year race.

Matthew Gallin610,000320,000
Steve Landfish0-460,000
06/18/11 12:38:38 AM PDT
Gallin Doubles Through Idema

It was folded around to Matthew Gallin who moved all in from the small blind for 145,000. Daniel Idema made the call for 85,000 more and the players showed their hands.


Gallin was in a race for his tournament life but that quickly changed when     rolled out on the flop to give him a full house. Idema would need a running miracle to win the hand but the   on the turn had him drawing dead and the   on the river sealed the deal to double up Gallin.

Matthew Gallin290,000-10,000
06/18/11 12:34:52 AM PDT
Idema Pulling Away

On a flop of     in a blind-vs-blind situation, Matthew Gallin bet from the small blind only to have Dan Idema raise from the big. Gallin made the call and then check-called a bet on the   turn. The same action occurred on the   river and Idema rolled over    for trip kings.

Gallin seemed frustrated as he flicked his cards in the muck, dropping to 300K in the process. Meanwhile, Idema is pulling away from the pack with 2.5 million and looking to accomplish what he failed to do last year, clear the entire field and capture the bracelet.

Daniel Idema2,500,000100,000
Matthew Gallin300,000-300,000
06/18/11 12:25:14 AM PDT
Can You Guess Who?

Steve Landfish raised from the small blind and Barry Greenstein called from the big. On the     flop, Landfish led out and Greenstein raised. Landfish ended up all in and the players showed their cards.


Greenstein's pair was behind that of Landfish. The   turn and   river bricked out which gave Landfish another double up.

Barry Greenstein1,200,000-150,000
Steve Landfish460,000-190,000
06/18/11 12:24:32 AM PDT
Level 26 started
Level: 26 Blinds: 60000/120000 Ante: 0
06/18/11 12:22:20 AM PDT
Domenico Denotaristefani Eliminated in 5th Place ($94,029)

Domenico Denotaristefani (5th Place- $94,029)

Action folded to Domenico Denotaristefani raised on the button only to have Steve Landfish snap three-bet from the small blind. Denotaristefani made the call and watched as the flop fell    . Landfish led out, Denotaristefani raised, Landfish three-bet, and Denotaristefani called off his last 35,000.


Denotaristefani's tournament life was at stake, but he was way out in front. On the other hand, Landfish had the vast majority of his chips committed in to the pot, so a loss would leave him with less than 100,000. The   turn changed nothing as Denotaristefani's supporters began to get louder.

Landfish needed one of two remaining nines on the river to steal the pot and eliminate his opponent. He seemed resigned to his fate, but when the   spiked on the river, Landfish slapped the table in celebration. Denotaristefani's supporters fell deafly silent as their man was eliminated by a two outer. Denotaristefani will take home $94,029 for his fifth-place finish.

Steve Landfish650,000250,000
Domenico Denotaristefani0-200,000
06/18/11 12:15:22 AM PDT
Greenstein Wins a Monster

After winning the previous two pots, Domenico Denotaristefani raised in the cutoff and Steve Landfish called on the button. Barry Greenstein three-bet from the small blind and both other players called. On the     flop, Greenstein led out and received a call from his two opponents. On the   turn, Greenstein check-called a Denotaristefani while Landfish got out of the way. Greenstein went back to betting when the   hit the river and Denotaristefani made the call. Greenstein showed    for aces up and surged past the million chip mark after Denotaristefani mucked.

Barry Greenstein1,350,000575,000
Steve Landfish400,000-250,000
Domenico Denotaristefani200,000-180,000
06/18/11 12:08:11 AM PDT
Greenstein vs. Denotaristefani

Domenico Denotaristefani raised from the cutoff only to have Barry Greenstein three-bet from the small blind. Denotaristefani made the call as the flop came down    . Greenstein bet, Denotaristefani called, and the   appeared on the turn.

Again Greenstein bet, leaving himself just 45,000 behind, and Denotaristefani nonchalantly raise. Greenstein called off and showed   , which had Denotaristefani's    drawing dead. After the inconsequential   was put out on the river, Greenstein raked in the pot.

Barry Greenstein775,000425,000
Domenico Denotaristefani380,000-320,000
06/18/11 12:02:55 AM PDT
Another Double for Landfish

Matthew Gallin raised under the gun and Steve Landfish three-bet from the small blind. Gallin made the call and called Landfish's bet on the     flop. On the   turn, Landfish bet again and was raised by Gallin. Landfish ended up all in and the players turned their cards.


Gallin would need an eight for the win or a king or nine for the chop. The river was the   and Landfish doubled again as the two players swapped places.

Steve Landfish650,000-50,000
Matthew Gallin600,000150,000
06/17/11 11:56:02 PM PDT
Jockeying for Position

The remaining five players are slowly exchanging the blinds. They may not be big pots, but at this level they're certainly affecting the stacks. The crowd seems to know that with the blinds so high, each and every hand has the potential to make or break the players; as such, every raise has been bringing the crowd to its feet.

06/17/11 11:47:27 PM PDT
Idema Takes Commanding Lead

In a pot between the two biggest stack, Matthew Gallin raised from the small blind and Daniel Idema called from the big. Gallin led out on the     flop and Idema made the call. On the   turn, Gallin bet again only to get raised by Idema. Gallin made the call and check-called Idema's bet on the   river. Idema showed    for Broadway on the river which was good to win the pot. Idema now owns around half of the total chips in play.

Daniel Idema2,300,000945,000
06/17/11 11:39:45 PM PDT
Back in Contention

Steve Landfish raised from the cutoff and then called Matt Gallin's three bet from the small blind. Gallin immediately bet the     flop, Landfish raised all in, and Gallin called.


Landfish had out flopped his opponent to claim the lead, which he held as the   hit the turn followed by the   on the river. Just like that, Landfish doubled again and put himself back in contention.

Matthew Gallin1,100,000-170,000
Steve Landfish500,000270,000
06/17/11 11:35:41 PM PDT
Landfish Clawing Back

Steve Landfish was in the small blind holding    against the    of Barry Greenstein in the big blind. Landfish got his short stack of 115,000 in preflop and his tournament life was on the line. The     flop was kind to Landfish, as was the   turn.

Greenstein needed either a queen or ten on the river to send his opponent to the rail, but he could not do it as the   blanked.

Barry Greenstein885,000-115,000
Steve Landfish230,00065,000
06/17/11 11:31:30 PM PDT
Landfish Doubles Yet Again

It was folded around to a crippled Steve Landfish on the button who moved all in for 70,000 total. Matthew Gallin called in the big blind for the 20,000 more and the players revealed their cards.


The flop came     to give Landfish a commanding lead and Gallin would need runner-runner to eliminate him. The   was of no help to Gallin though who was drawing dead and Landfish doubled up when the   hit the river.

Steve Landfish165,00015,000
06/17/11 11:24:47 PM PDT
Landfish in Trouble

Barry Greenstein raised from under the gun and Steve Landfish made the call from the big blind. Landfish then check-called a bet on the     flop, leading to the   on the turn. This time Landfish bet out, Greenstein raised, and Landfish smooth called.

Surprisingly, Landfish check-folded to a Greenstein bet when the   rolled off on the river, leaving himself just 150,000.

Barry Greenstein1,000,000340,000
Steve Landfish150,000-370,000
06/17/11 11:18:00 PM PDT
Level 25 started
Level: 25 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 0
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