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2011 WSOP National Championship

Friday, May 27, 2011 to Sunday, May 29, 2011

$1,000,000 WSOP Circuit NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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  • Buy-in: $0
  • Prizepool: $1,000,000
  • Entries: 100
  • Remaining: 23

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 7:14 PM Local Time

James Anderson made it 40,000 to go from the small blind and Josh Evans made the call from the big blind to see a     flop fall.

A bet and a call were exchanged before Evans fired out 74,000 when the   landed on the turn. Anderson check-called before both players tapped the table when the   landed.

Evans tabled his    and Anderson folded to see his stack slip to roughly 400,000 while Evans moved up to 850,000 in chips.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 7:08 PM Local Time

James Anderson popped it up on the button to 35,000 only to have Josh Evans punish the button-raise by three-betting to 91,000.

Anderson considered his option for some time before eventually pushing his cards towards the muck.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 7:01 PM Local Time

Sam Barnhart opened his button to 35,000 and Josh Evans made the call from the big blind.

The       board was checked down to see Barnhart table  -high to collect the pot once Evans mucked.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 6:59 PM Local Time

La Sengphet - 4th Place

From the button, James Anderson raised to 35,000. La Sengphet defended her big blind with a call and the flop came down    . Sengphet checked to the preflop aggressor and Anderson bet 39,000. Sengphet check-raised all in and Anderson quickly called, having her covered.

Anderson:   
Sengphet:   

The turn brought the  , which gave Anderson trip queens and left Sengphet drawing stone dead. The river completed the board with the  .

Sengphet finished off a great 2010-2011 WSOP Circuit with a fourth-place finish here in the $1,000,000 National Championship for $100,000. This is her first six-figure score after having won two rings earlier this season.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 6:53 PM Local Time

On a flop of     La Sengphet pushed out a 38,000-chip bet which was check-called by James Anderson.

The   and   was checked through on the turn and river as Anderson tabled his    for a rivered straight to collect the pot.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 6:49 PM Local Time

Sam Barnhart opened with a raise from under the gun to 44,000. La Sengphet called from the big blind and the flop came down paired with the     hitting the felt. Both players checked and the turn brought the  . Both checked again.

The river card was the   and once again, both players checked. Barnhart tabled two tens and Sengphet mucked.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 6:44 PM Local Time

La Sengphet limped in from the button when action got to her. Sam Barnhart raised from the small blind to 48,000. James Anderson folded from the big blind and then Sengphet also threw her cards in, giving this one to Barnhart.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 6:40 PM Local Time

La Sengphet exchanging words with Sam Barnhart

When covering final tables that are being filmed for television purposes, it is always about pleasing the television crew and their desire to produce a top-rate show.

The cons of this however is that the people on the rail and the media covering the event find it very hard to see and hear all the action.

We at PokerNews always strive to provide the best live reporting in the business, but it is on occasions like this where we will struggle immensely and have to report hands like the following.

Facing a preflop raise, La Sengphet made the call from the blinds before the       board was checked down. "Pair!" announced Sengphet as her opponent mucked gifting the pot to one-time chip leader.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 6:26 PM Local Time
Level: 20
Blinds: 8000/16000
Ante: 2000
Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:18 PM Local Time

The players are now on a one-hour dinner break.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:18 PM Local Time
Sam Barnhart670,000260,000
Josh Evans600,000275,000
La Sengphet415,00015,000
James Anderson285,000-165,000
Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:17 PM Local Time

Jonathan Poche - 6th Place

On the flop of    , Jonathan Poche was all in and called by Sam Barnhart. Poche held the   , but was dominated by the    for Barnhart.

The turn brought the   to pair the board, but Barnhart's queen was still the better kicker. The river completed the board with the   and Poche was eliminated from the tournament. He finished in fifth place for $75,000 while the remaining four players went off on dinner break.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:46 PM Local Time

La Sengphet made it 26,000 to go and found a caller in Jonathan Poche from the big blind.

The       board was checked to the river where Poche pushed out a bet of 32,000. Sengphet made the call but mucked after seeing Poche table his    for a rivered straight.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:39 PM Local Time

Sam Barnhart entered the pot from the cutoff with a raise only to have Josh Evans move all in for 218,000 from the big blind. Barnhart made the call and we were off to the races!

Evans:   
Barnhart:   

The     flop kept Evans in the lead, but when the   fell on the turn, he would need to fade an additional three outs to counter-feit.

Fortunately for Evans, the river landed the   to ensure him the double to 455,000 as Barnhart lost about a third of his stack.

Josh Evans455,000180,000
Sam Barnhart410,000-228,000
Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:32 PM Local Time

La Sengphet limped the button as both Sam Barnhart and James Anderson completed and checked their options.

On the     flop, Barnhart pushed out a bet of 30,000 to force folds from both Sengphet and Anderson.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:28 PM Local Time

Jonathan Poche raised from the button to 29,000 and La Sengphet called from the big blind to see a flop of    . Sengphet checked and Poche bet 38,000. Sengphet made the call.

The   paired the board on the turn and both players checked to see the   fall on the river. The river completed the board with the   and Sengphet bet 83,000. Poche gave it up and Sengphet won the pot.

That orange juice and kiss from her boyfriend must have helped.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:18 PM Local Time
Level: 19
Blinds: 6000/12000
Ante: 2000
Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:16 PM Local Time

After La Sengphet raised to 26,000 from the button, James Anderson shoved all in from the big blind. Sengphet folded and Anderson won the pot.

"It's OK, La La!" yelled out one of Sengphet's railbirds in encouragement. She's slipped back to the middle of the pack and looks to have the wind taken from her sails for the time being. An orange juice and a kiss from her boyfriend on the rail will look to turn that around.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:13 PM Local Time

Jonathan Poche raised from the cutoff seat to 29,000. With the new chip lead, Sam Barnhart called from the big blind and the two took a flop of    . Both players checked and the   fell on the turn. Barnhart checked and Poche fired 36,000. Barnhart folded and Poche won the hand.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:11 PM Local Time

Barnhart's jacks hold

From under the gun, Sam Barnhart raised to 40,000. La Sengphet reraised from the big blind and then Barnhart moved all in. Sengphet quickly called. The reraise amount was unknown as it wasn't announced with the action progressing so quickly. Barnhart tabled the    and Sengphet the   .

The flop, turn and river were run out       and Barnhart doubled up. He was all in for 314,000 and now has 638,000 in chips. That's good enough to give him the chip lead as he overtakes Sengphet with the double through her. She was left with about 375,000 in chips.