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2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 to Thursday, July 03, 2008

Event #53: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout

  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,123,395
  • Entries: 823
  • Remaining: 0

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Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:30 AM Local Time
823 players started this Limit Hold'em Shootout, taking their shot at the last open bracelet before the Main Event. In a day two that lasted over 17 hours, Matt Graham emerged as this event's champion. In addition to the championship gold bracelet, Graham will receive $278,180 in prize money. Congratulations to Matt Graham, $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout Champion.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:27 AM Local Time
Matt Graham is the winner of this Limit Hold'em Shootout. In addition to the gold bracelet, Graham takes home $278,180 in prize money.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:20 AM Local Time
Bellande was all in preflop and Graham called. Graham:     Bellande:     Board:           Jean-Robert Bellande becomes our second place finisher. He will take home $173,564.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:16 AM Local Time
On a flop of       , Graham raised a bet from Bellande and Bellande called. Bellande check-raised the turn of the   and Graham called. The river card of the   was bet and called. Graham showed     to leave Bellande with 275,000. The very next hand, Bellande and Graham bet all the way to the river where Bellande folded, leaving him with only 25,000 in chips.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:14 AM Local Time
Players are back from break.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:04 AM Local Time
Players are on a 10 minute break. Current Chip Counts: Matt Graham: 1,725,000 Jean-Robert Bellande: 975,000
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:59 AM Local Time
Bellande's railbirds are getting a little too rowdy here at the final table. After a hand, one of the spectators was giving Graham a little too much grief and Graham said something to him. Security stepped in and spoke with the spectator. We have been told that if it gets much more rowdy, then security will start removing people from the rail.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:56 AM Local Time
On a flop of      , Bellande check-called a bet from Graham. The same action occurred on the turn of the   and river of the  . At showdown, Graham showed     and Bellande showed    . At first, spectators thought that Bellande had won until it was pointed out that Graham has eights and sixes. After the hand, Graham moved up to 1,850,000 in chips. Bellande has 850,000.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:54 AM Local Time
The pot was three-bet preflop. On a flop of      , the betting was three-bet between Bellande and Graham. On the turn of the  , Graham bet and Bellande made the call. On the river of the  , Graham bet and Bellande called. Graham showed     to take the pot. Graham has a 1,600,000 to 1,100,000 advantage.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:50 AM Local Time
Matt Graham has won a couple of pots recently to pull almost even with Jean-Robert Bellande. Graham has 1,225,000 chips and Bellande has 1,475,000.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:46 AM Local Time
Bellande raised preflop and was called by Graham. On a flop of      , Graham check-raised a bet from Bellande. The turn of the   was checked around. When the   hit the river, Graham bet and Bellande called. Bellande showed     and Graham showed    . After the hand, Bellande has 1,850,000 and Graham has 850,000.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:39 AM Local Time
Bellande just picked up a big pot against Graham that has turned the tide back in his favor. After the hand, Bellande is up to 1,425,000 in chips and Graham is down to 1,275,000.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:32 AM Local Time
On a board of          , Graham raised a bet from Bellande and Bellande made the call. Matt Graham showed the   with his other card for the nut flush and Bellande flashed the   and threw his cards in the muck in disgust. After the hand, Graham is up to 1,650,000 and Bellande is down to 1,050,000.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:27 AM Local Time
Matt Graham: 1,480,000 Jean-Robert Bellande: 1,220,000
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:23 AM Local Time
Jean-Robert Bellande is showing visible signs of frustration. He has watched his chip lead dwindle and now evaporate completely. It should be interesting to see how the next few hands unfold.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:18 AM Local Time
Matt Graham: 1,350,000 Jean-Robert Bellande: 1,350,000 No, that isn't a typo.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:16 AM Local Time
On a flop of      , Bellande check-raised a bet from Matt Graham. The turn of the   was bet by Bellande and called by Graham. The river fell the   and Bellande check-called a bet from Graham. Graham showed     for the straight.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:13 AM Local Time
Graham took two large pots off Jean-Robert Bellande. The first pot came when the board was double paired on the river and Graham showed an ace to take it down. Next, the pot was three-bet preflop. On a flop of      , Graham bet out and Bellande called. The same action occurred on both the turn of the   and the river of the  . Graham showed     to take the pot and move up to 1,300,000 in chips. Bellande has 1,400,000 in chips. We are back to even folks.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 5:01 AM Local Time
Matt Graham has picked up a couple of pots to move up to 700,000 in chips. Bellande has 2,000,000 in chips.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:57 AM Local Time
On a flop of      , Bellande check-raised a bet from Graham. On the turn of  , Bellande bet out and Graham called. The same action occurred on the river of the  . Bellande showed     and Graham mucked. After the hand, Graham is down to 400,000.
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