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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

EVENT UPDATES

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Thursday, July 3, 2008 12:16 AM Local Time
Preflop, Jean-Robert Bellande raised from middle position and it was folded to Andrew Prock in the big blind. While he was looking at his hand , his supporters started stomping and chanting, "Defense..Defense." Prock looked at his supporters and said, "This is poker.." Prock made the call. On a flop of      , Prock check-raised a bet from Bellande. Bellande made the call. On the turn of the  , Prock bet out and Bellande called. The turn fell the   and Prock check-called a bet from Bellande. Bellande showed     for the flush as Prock's supporters booed.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 12:10 AM Local Time
Preflop, Jean-Robert Bellande made it three bets to go against Brandon Wong. Wong made the call. On a flop of      , Wong check-called a bet from Bellande. On the turn of the  , Bellande led out the betting and received a call from Wong. The same action occurred on the river card of the  . At showdown, Bellande showed    . Wong mucked. Wong asked Bellande what he was doing betting the flop. Bellande responded, "I had the nut low."
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 11:58 PM Local Time
Other than a few hands that have been mentioned, action has been really slow. A lot of hands going to the flop and then folded. The blinds are still relatively small in comparison to the amount of chips on the table.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 11:46 PM Local Time
Nolan Dalla was on hand to watch the following hand: Preflop Brandon Wong raised and Jean-Robert Bellande made it three bets to go. Wong called. On a flop of      , Wong checked to Bellande, who bet out. Wong made the call. On the turn of the  , Wong again checked-called a bet from Bellande. When the river fell the  , Wong one last time checked-called a bet from Bellande. On showdown, Bellande showed     and as he was being pushed the pot, he turned around and gave Nolan Dalla a fist bump and said, "Good Sweat, Nolan. Good Sweat."
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 11:31 PM Local Time
The betting was capped preflop between Spencer Lawrence, Brandon Wong, and Joe De Niro. On a flop of      , Lawrence bet out and Wong raised. De Niro folded and then Lawrence made it three bets. Wong made the call. On the turn of the  , Lawrence bet, Wong raised, and Lawrence made it three bets to go. Wong called. On the river of the  , Lawrence bet out and Wong called. Wong showed     for Broadway, and Lawrence showed     for the exact same hand.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 11:09 PM Local Time
Players are now on a 20 minute break.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 11:00 PM Local Time
Preflop, Matt Graham raised and was called by Danny Wong. On a flop of      , Wong checked and Graham bet out. Wong made the call. On the turn of the  , Wong checked-called another bet from Graham. The same action occurred on the river card of the  . Graham showed     and Wong mucked his hand.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:51 PM Local Time
Jean-Robert Bellande just called for the cocktail server and said, "Give that man whatever he wants" as he pointed to Michael Kachan. Of course...drinks are free.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:50 PM Local Time
Preflop John Kranyak raised and was called by Jean-Robert Bellande. On a flop of      , Bellande bet out and Kranyak called. The same action occurred on the turn of the   and the river of the  . At showdown, Bellande showed     for aces up. Kranyak mucked, looking thoroughly disgusted as Bellande's railbirds cheered.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:44 PM Local Time
Preflop, Matt Graham raised and was called by Michael Kachan and Joe De Niro. On a flop of      , De Niro bet out and was called by Graham. The same action occurred on both the turn of the   and river of the  . De Niro showed     for trip queens and Graham mucked
COPAG USA
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:41 PM Local Time
Matt Grapenthien, Theo Tran, and Sabyl Landrum are all here staking out the action as it unfolds at this final table. Grapenthien, Tran, and Landrum are all camped out at table 9, looking intent to hang around a while.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:35 PM Local Time
Joe De Niro just took down a 120,000 chip pot from John Kranyak when he turned queens full. Since winning a big pot earlier, Kranyak has been playing very loose and raising with a wide array of hands. Some players may be beginning to take advantage of his loose style.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:19 PM Local Time
The betting was capped preflop in a hand between Michael Kachan, John Kranyak, and Joe De Niro. On a flop of      , Kranyak bet out, De Niro called, Kachan raised, and then Kranyak made it three bets. De Niro and Kachan made the call. On the turn of the  , Kranyak bet out and both opponents called. When the river fell the  , Kranyak bet out and only Kachan made the call. Kranyak showed     for eights full and Kachan flashed    .
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:13 PM Local Time
John Kranyak raised preflop and Matt Graham made the call. After making the call, Graham said, "this guy looks like he knows what he is doing." On a flop of      , Kranyak bet and Graham called. The same action occurred on the turn of the  . On the river of the  , Kranyak checked and Graham bet out. Kranyak made the call. Graham showed     for aces up and Kranyak mucked his hand.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:05 PM Local Time
Jean-Robert Bellande was just telling the table that he wouldn't care if the table agreed to switch the game to no-limit. We seriously doubt that will happen.
COPAG USA
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:56 PM Local Time
Pocket aces are making their way around the table it seems so far. First, Andrew Prock was the beneficiary when he showed down aces at the river to take a pot worth approximately 5 big bets. The next hand, Danny Wong took down a hand with aces that was bet on every street. Two hands later, Danny Wong again woke up with aces and took down a pot worth about five big bets.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:53 PM Local Time
On the river, the board showed          . The pot held approximately 10 big bets. Jean-Robert Bellande bet out into Danny Wong and Wong made the call. Bellande showed     for the straight and Wong mucked. After the hand, Bellande is up to 420,000.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:36 PM Local Time
Preflop, Brandon Wong raised and John Kranyak reraised. Wong made the call. On a flop of      , Wong bet out and Kranyak made the call. The same action occurred on the turn of the   and river of the  . On the river, Wong showed    . Kranyak said, "value town," and mucked.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:29 PM Local Time
Jean-Robert Bellande has taken an early lead here tonight, winning the first three pots he has played. Bellande is understandably excited to be here at the final table.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:19 PM Local Time
This is De Niro’s first WSOP final table and fifth cash overall. De Niro usually plays poker in the Los Angeles area and has numerous cashes and final tables in tournament sets throughout the LA area. He enters this final table with over $165,000 in career earnings.
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