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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 7:27 PM Local Time
The betting between Matt Graham and Duane Graff was capped preflop. On a flop of      , Graff checked, Graham bet and Graff called. The same action occurred on the turn of the  . When the river of the   fell, both players checked. Graham showed     for tens up and Graff mucked. Graham now sits with 240,000 chips.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:21 PM Local Time
The heads-up battle between Spencer Lawrence and Mikael Norinder has gotten interesting again. After doubling up, Lawrence was able to pick up a couple of pots and now sits with 94,000 in chips to Lawrence's 176,000 in chips. Spencer still holds almost a 2 to 1 chip lead, but now Norinder has enough chips to fight with.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:14 PM Local Time
Matt Graham raised from the small blind and Stefan Rapp called from the big blind. The flop came down      . Graham and Rapp raised back and forth in order to get all of Rapp's chips in the middle. Rapp:     Graham:     Rapp was rooting for his hand to hold up one time while Graham was rooting for an ace or a king to come. The turn came the   and Rapp stood up to watch the last card. The river was the  , giving Rapp a straight and the win, allowing him to double up. He pumped his fist and looked happy that a hand finally held for him.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:13 PM Local Time
Mikael Norinder was all in against Spencer Lawrence. Lawrence held     and Norinder held    . The board missed both players and, Norinder moved up to 50,000 in chips.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:06 PM Local Time
Spencer Lawrence has taken a 220,000 to 80,000 chip leader over Mikael Norinder. Norinder will need to win some pots in order to make it competitive again.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:00 PM Local Time
The board showed           at the river in a hand between Mikael Norinder. Norinder had bet out on every street and Lawrence called. At showdown, Norinder said, "Good call" and showed    . Lawrence said, "King high" and showed    .
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:50 PM Local Time
Including the four rounds played last night, Round Two is entering its 10th hour of play. We still have two tables. Spencer Lawrence is heads up against Mikael Norinder and the marathon match between Duane Graff Jr, Matt Graham, and Stefan Rapp continues.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:35 PM Local Time
Brandon Wong finally was able to take care of Eric Rivkin. He needed to win a race to do it though. Wong had the slight lead at the beginning with his     to Rivkin's    . The flop pretty much sealed it for Wong, when it came      . The turn came a   and did give Rivkin some chop outs. The river wasn't any help when it came the   to send Rivkin home. Brandon Wong will be making an appearance later at the final table.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:30 PM Local Time
Steve Kim raised preflop and Mike Kachan made the call. On a flop of      , Kachan bet out and Kim raised. Kim's raise put him all in. Kachan made the call. Kim:     Kachan:     The turn card of the   gave Kachan tens full and left Kim drawing dead. To add insult to injury, the river fell the  , giving Kachan quad tens and leaving Kim in the payout line.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:23 PM Local Time
Lorenz Guarin was all in against Spencer Lawrence. Guarin:     Lawrence:     Board:           Lawrence's sevens up were good enough to send Guarin packing. Now only two players remain at table 5. Lawrence has 145,000 in chips and Mikael Norinder has 155,000. With the betting limits only 5,000 and 10,000, this table could take a while.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:20 PM Local Time
The mood isn't the best over on table 8. Matt Graham is upset due to the fact that several of his hands have been sucked out on and Stefan Rapp is frustrated that Duane Graff has been catching a few hands to get his stack to over 110,000. Rapp sits with 160,000 and Graham still has 30,000.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:12 PM Local Time
It's not even that late here at the Rio, but the the slowness of the play must be getting to players. The tables can be found cluttered with empty energy drink cans and cups of soda. The lack of excitement can be seen if you look at every player's face. Even the shuffling of chips has slowed down.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 6:06 PM Local Time
Jelger Wiegersma was all in against Andrew Prock. Prock:     Wiegersma:     Board:          Andrew Prock advances to the final table.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 5:53 PM Local Time
Remaining players Table 11: Eric Rivkin vs. Brandon Wong Table 8: Duane Graff Jr Matt Graham Stefan Rapp Table 9: Jelger Wiegersma vs. Andrew Prock Table 10: Mike Kachan vs. Steve Kim Table 5: Mikael Norinder Lorenz Guarin Spencer Lawrence
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 5:49 PM Local Time
Players have returned from break.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 5:26 PM Local Time
Players are now on a 20 minute break.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 5:15 PM Local Time
Because of where the tables are stationed right next to the "No Limit Lounge", spectators are passing back and forth between the remaining tables of the shootout event. Some of the players seem a little upset and uneasy that this is happening, but not much has been done. People just keep finding new ways to travel between the tables and distract the players.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 5:05 PM Local Time
Matt Graham just had his pocket nines beaten by     and then his     bested by    . He seems a little frustrated by the two hands as he shakes his head with a disgusted look on his face.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 4:55 PM Local Time
With five tables still in play, play has slowed considerably. Since a pay jump will not occur until the players make the final table, the remaining players now have an incentive to play much more solidly than they might have up to this point.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 4:43 PM Local Time
Picking up the action on the turn, Jean-Robert Bellande called a bet from Hansu Chu on a board of        . The river was the   and Bellande bet out and Chu called, leaving himself with only 1,000 behind. Bellande turned up     for two pair and Chu held    . Chu commented on how Bellande comes from behind in every hand to get there and take the pot. Bellande clapped his hands together in excitement, but Chu was quick to alert him that he still had 1,000 left and it wasn't over. On the next hand, the two players were all in blind, with Chu on the line and holding    . Bellande held    . The board ran out           and Bellande's pair of sevens were good enough to get him to the final table.