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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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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:18 PM Local Time
This is Kranyak’s second WSOP final table. Kranyak enters this final table with over $400,000 in career earnings. He is still seeking his first major tournament title.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:17 PM Local Time
This is Brandon Wong’s fifth cash of this year’s World Series and second final table. He enters the day with over $250,000 in career earnings. Wong finished second in the $3,000 Limit Hold'em event. In fact, four out of his five cashes have come in Limit Hold'em this year.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:16 PM Local Time
This is Kachan’s second WSOP cash, and his second career tournament cash. This 26 year old has been playing poker for four years and will try and make a name for himself in today’s strong field.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:15 PM Local Time
This is Prock's second WSOP final table and fifth WSOP cash overall. In fact, four out of Prock’s five WSOP cashes have come in limit forms of poker. He enters the day with just over $90,000 in tournament winnings and will see if he can add a bracelet to his list of World Series achievements.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:14 PM Local Time
This is Graham’s third cash in this year’s World Series of Poker. He enters today with over $200,000 in career earnings and seeks his first major tournament win.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:13 PM Local Time
This is Lawrence’s third cash and second final table of this year’s World Series. Lawrence finished seconnd in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. He hopes to take his shot at sealing the deal and capturing his first gold bracelet.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:12 PM Local Time
This is Wong’s second final table of this years World Series. He enters today with over 1.8 million in career tournament earnings, including wins at Legends of Poker and the Five Diamond World Classic. In addition he has three WPT final table appearances.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:08 PM Local Time
This is Bellande’s first ever WSOP final table. Bellande comes into today with just over $800,000 in career tournament earnings. Perhaps most famous for his appearance on Survivor:China, Bellande is trying to solidify his name in the poker world with a bracelet today.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:06 PM Local Time
Today's final table will be on table Green 13: Seat 1: Jean-Robert Bellande Seat 2: Danny Wong Seat 3: Spencer Lawrence Seat 4: Matt Graham Seat 5: Andrew Prock Seat 6: Michael Kachan Seat 7: Brandon Wong Seat 8: John Kranyak Seat 9: Joe De Niro
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:05 PM Local Time
Cards are in the air for this final table.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 8:20 PM Local Time
The final table will be played in one hour from now. We'll be back with the seating assignments in a little while once they are drawn. See you then.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 8:15 PM Local Time
With Duane Graff Jr. severely crippled after the last hand, Matt Graham reraised from the big blind after Graff raised from the button/small blind. The two players raised back and forth to get all of Graff's chips in the middle and put his tournament life at risk. Graff:     Graham:     The door car was a beautiful sight for Graham, the   on a flop that was      . Graham stood up and yelled, "Hold 'em!" The turn was the   and ended Graff's chances. The river was the   and Graham was overjoyed with his win. After shaking Graff's hand, Graham said "Last chance. Finally make the final table." He went on to mention how nervous he was heads up and then looked at our reporter and said "F***, that feels good!" Graham will join the other competitors that made it to the final table to battle it out for the gold bracelet.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 8:10 PM Local Time
Matt Graham limped in from the button and Duane Graff Jr. raised from the big blind. Graham called. The flop came down       and Graff bet. Graham called. The turn was the   and Graff bet again. Graham looked at him curiously and then made the call. The river was the   and Graff bet. Graham called quickly. Graff rolled over     and then Graham slapped over     and was excited that he made the right play and had the best hand. This pot put Graham at 240,000 and a big leader.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 8:02 PM Local Time
Matt Graham and Duane Graff Jr. capped the action preflop shortly after the complaints sprung up about the structure. Graham referenced that whoever wins this pot is going to win pretty much. The flop came down       and Graff was first to act. He bet out the 10,000 bet and Graham started mumbling to himself. He uttered something about the size of the pot compared to the bet and then showed the   before saying "Thank you tournament directors," and then mucked his hand.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:53 PM Local Time
Apparently, the players are upset that we went from 3,000 - 6,000 to 5,000 - 10,000 blinds and skipped a level. Matt Graham was quoted as saying, "This is what we pay rake for?"
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:51 PM Local Time
At the start of this level, we have one heads-up match left. They will forego the break and play on until there is one left. Matt Graham 150,000 Duane Graff 150,000 We are dead even folks. With the blinds where they are, each player only has 7 1/2 big bets.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:43 PM Local Time
Only one table remains. Matt Graham has a 200,000 to 100,000 chip lead over Duane Graff.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:38 PM Local Time
Preflop, Mikael Norinder raised and Spencer Lawrence made the call. On a flop of      , Norinder bet out and Lawrence raised. Norinder made the call. On the turn of the  , Lawrence bet out and Norinder made the call. Norinder was all in. Lawrence:     Norinder:     Norinder had a gutshot draw and Lawrence had a pair of threes. The river card of the   missed both players and Lawrence advances to the final table.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:34 PM Local Time
A pot between Mikael Norinder and Spencer Lawrence was bet on every street to the river. On the river, with a board of          , Lawrence bet out, and Norinder called. Norinder showed     for the wheel. Lawrence showed     for the wheel. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a chopped pot. Norinder cursed in another language after he saw Lawrence's cards. Lawrence has 240,000 in chips and Norinder has 60,000.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:30 PM Local Time
Stefan Rapp raised from the button and Duane Graff Jr. reraised from the small blind. Matt Graham got out of the way in the big blind and Rapp put the remaining few thousand he had in the middle. It wasn't looking good for Rapp when the cards were turned over. Rapp:     Graff Jr.:     The flop came      . The turn was the  , which gave Rapp some more outs with a flush draw. If he didn't hit, he would be felted. The river was the   and sealed the deal for Graff Jr. Graham and Graff Jr. will be heads up. Graham has the chip lead with 238,000 chips. Graff Jr. has 32,000.