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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 4:53 AM Local Time
It is almost 6 a.m. and thoughts of breakfast are beginning to prevail. Perhaps we should send the floorlady to McDonalds.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:50 AM Local Time
Graham has picked up a couple of pots recently to move back up to around 625,000 in chips. Bellande has about 2,075,000 in chips.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:43 AM Local Time
Hassan Habib is in the crowd right now sweating Jean-Robert Bellande. The end is near and the railbirds can sense it. Another of Bellande's friends spoke up out the crowd and said, "I left the Rhino to come watch you play, Bobby." The Rhino is actually Spearmint Rhino, which is one of the hot clubs in Vegas. Belland replied, "You're not the only one kid." A really attractive girl behind Bellande smiles and Bellande and friends have a good chuckle.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:41 AM Local Time
A cheer from across the room gave an initial indication that the mega satellite had ended, but then out of nowhere, about 30 of the 40 players in the satellite decided to run out of the room at full speed to get their seat assignments. The tournament floor is now empty, except for us, and the cleaning staff.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:38 AM Local Time
Jean-Robert Bellande: 2,400,000 Matt Graham: 300,000
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Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:36 AM Local Time
Jean-Robert Bellande bet every street to the river. At showdown, with the board showing           , Bellande showed     for aces up and Graham mucked. After the hand, Graham is down to 300,000.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:32 AM Local Time
So far play between Jean-Robert Bellande and Matt Graham has started off slow. Mostly, they are passing blinds around. Bellande has 1,930,000 chips to Graham's 770,000.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:28 AM Local Time
Our floorlady just told us about a sign she saw recently that related to the current trend of high gas prices. "Gas is really expensive. Drink. Don't Drive."
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:20 AM Local Time
Believe it or not, this is not the only tournament still running. The 9 p.m. mega satellite for the Main Event is still running. They are currently hand for hand. After one more elimination, the remaining players will have their seat in the Main Event. This mega will pay 40 seat.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:17 AM Local Time
With the last elimination we are now heads up between Jean-Robert Belland and Matt Graham. Bellande leads with 1,900,000 in chips. Graham has 800,000.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:13 AM Local Time
On the flop of      , Joe De Niro moved all in and was called by Jean-Robert Bellande. Bellande:    De Niro:     Board:           The river ace gave Bellande aces up and made Joe De Niro our third place finisher. De Niro will take home $107,845 for his finish.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 4:04 AM Local Time
Players have returned from break.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:52 AM Local Time
Players have decided to only take ten minutes for this break.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:50 AM Local Time
Joe De Niro made it two bets to go preflop and was called by Matt Graham and Brandon Wong. Wong was all in with the call. Matt Graham bet De Niro out the pot on the flop. Wong:     Graham:     Board:           Graham's eights are good enough to send Brandon Wong home in fourth place. Wong will take home $69,088 for his efforts.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:41 AM Local Time
The pot was three-bet between Joe De Niro and Jean-Robert Bellande. On a flop of      , Bellande bet out and De Niro called. The same action occurred on the turn of the   and river of the  . Bellande showed     for the straight. After the hand, Bellande is up to 1,700,000 and De Niro is down to 650,000.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:33 AM Local Time
Jean-Robert Bellande raised preflop and Wong made the call. On a flop of      , Bellande check-called a bet from Wong. On the turn of the  , Bellande again check-called a bet from Wong. On the river of the  , Bellande bet out and Wong made the call. The call put him all in. Bellande showed     for sixes full. Danny Wong is our fifth place finisher. He will receive $33,701 for his efforts. After the hand Bellande commented on how quiet everyone was as Wong was eliminated. "You see that. Everyone was silent. That's mad respect for him. Mad respect."
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:22 AM Local Time
Danny Wong was all in preflop against Joe De Niro. Wong:     De Niro:     Board:           Wong's flush was good enough to triple him up to 150,000 chips.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:18 AM Local Time
Danny Wong lost back to back pots to become the short stack. First, he was knocked down to 260,000 when he was forced to fold on the river against Joe De Niro. The very next hand, Wong lost a big hand when Jean-Robert Bellande flopped a set of eights. Wong is down to 50,000 chips.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:04 AM Local Time
The pot was three-bet preflop between Jean-Robert Bellande and Danny Wong. On a flop of      , Bellande check-raised a bet from Wong. On the turn of the  , Bellande check-called a bet from Wong. When the river fell of the  , Bellande check-folded when Wong bet. After the hand, Wong is up to 450,000 and Bellande is down to 900,000.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 2:59 AM Local Time
The betting on a flop of       was capped between Jean-Robert Bellande and Danny Wong. The turn fell the   and Bellande check-called a bet from Wong. The river of the   was checked down. Bellande showed     for aces up and Wong mucked.
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