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2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, July 03, 2008 to Monday, July 14, 2008

Event #54: 10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $64,431,779
  • Entries: 6,844
  • Remaining: 9

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Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:38 AM Local Time
Action folded around to Chris Zapf in the small blind and he moved all in for just under 200,000. His big blind opponent, Joshua Norris, had fewer chips and called all in. The players showed: Zapf:     Norris:     Norris had a slight mathematical lead in the hand but it quickly evaporated when the flop came      . The turn fell the   with the river   behind it. Zapf's two pair was best and Norris headed for the payout table. Zapf stacked up to just shy of 300,000 on the hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:35 AM Local Time
To start his Day 5, Jeremiah Smith flopped bottom set against Helge Pedersen. Bad news for Smith: Pedersen started his Day 5 by flopping top set against Smith. Somehow, the players resisted getting all of the money in until the river, with the board showing          . Smith tabled     and saw the pot pushed to Pedersen when Pedersen showed    . Smith's stack has dropped below par, to about 700,000. Pedersen's double up puts him at 500,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:35 AM Local Time
Over on the ESPN feature table, Mike Matusow opened with a raise to 27,000 from the cutoff and the action folded to Phi Nguyen in the small blind who announced a reraise to 72,000. The big blind folded before Matusow instantly moved all in for 363,000 in total. Nguyen went into the tank before eventually declaring a call. Matusow:    Nguyen:    The flop came     bringing no help to Matusow but he gave a positive call of “We got this” to his fans in the crowd. The   then fell on the turn to give Matusow a pair of queens as he jumped up and down on the stage to the roaring delight of the audience. The river was the   and Matusow exclaims, “How do y’all like it now, boys?” as he doubles up to about 740,000 chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:35 AM Local Time
Jason Riesenberg just had a couple of tough hands in which he doubled up two different shorter-stacked opponents. In the first hand, Riesenberg checked a     flop, and Nathan Hays bet 100,000. Riesenberg check-raised all in, and Hays put in his last 150,000 chips to call. Hays showed    for the overpair, and Riesenberg    for sevens. The turn was the   and the river the  , and Hays doubled up to 520,000. In the second hand, Kyle Carlston got all of his 240,000 chips in preflop, and Riesenberg called. Carlston showed   , while Riesenberg had   . The board ran out      , and this time Carlston doubled up to 500,000. After that sequence, Riesenberg has tumbled to 230,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:33 AM Local Time
On a flop of      , Brandon Cantu led out for 55,000 from late position. Phil Hellmuth called from the cutoff and Barry Leventhal folded on the button. "Where's Honey? Honey!" called out Hellmuth, looking for his wife on the rail. "I'm home!" David Saab echoed with a chuckle. The turn was the  . Cantu checked. "For some reason, I just wanna win this pot right now. I'll show it to you" said Hellmuth as he bet 40,000. Cantu made the call. The river was the  . Cantu checked and Hellmuth checked behind. Hellmuth rolled over     and knocked over a stack of his chips when he saw Cantu's    . Cantu raked in the pot.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:33 AM Local Time
Day 5 has not started smoothly for Keith Ferrera. He raised to 27,000 from middle position and Rafael Caiaffa called from the button and Lisa Parsons from the big blind. The flop came       and after Parsons checked Ferrera bet 49,000. Caiaffa folded and Parsons called. She also check-called when Ferrera bet 84,000 when the   turned, and when the   came on the river and Ferrera bet 45,000 to set Parsons all in, she again made the call. And scooped the pot when her     was good enough to make Ferrera muck his hand. He's now down to 800,000 and Lisa is up to around 700,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:32 AM Local Time
We caught up to this hand on the flop. With the board reading       and all of Diren Yildiz's chips in the pot, he rolled over     for bottom set. Much to Yildiz's dismay, his lone opponent, Toni Judet, tabled     for middle set. The turn and river fell the   and   respectively and Diren Yildiz was eliminated. Judet is now a force with about 1,800,000 chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:30 AM Local Time
Hoyt Corkins, one of the "name" pros still alive in the field, has sent Neil Sweeting to the rail. Corkins raised to 25,000 from early position. Sweeting, as next to act, reraised all in for 159,000. Action folded back to Corkins, who made an easy call with    . Sweeting showed     and showed some life when the flop came down      . The   on the turn slammed the door shut on Sweeting. The board finished out  . Corkins now has about 440,000 chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:28 AM Local Time
A short-stacked Anthony Meeker made his stand and moved all in before the flop holding    . Tom Cope looked him up and tabled    . The flop came       giving Meeker a pair but Cope top set. Meeker was drawing to running eights that never came and was eliminated. Cope chipped up to just under 425,000 on the hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:26 AM Local Time
Here we had your classic race situation--Cort Kibler-Melby's     against Cedrick Kolstad's    --and this time Big Slick triumphed as the flop came       and Kibler-Melby's hand held to double him to 470,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:24 AM Local Time
Jerry Cusick joined the list of early Day 5 casualties. He got the last of his chips in before the flop holding     but ran into the     of Matthew Jensen. The board ran out           and Cusick's nines were second best. He hit the rail while Jensen climbed to just over 500,000 chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:23 AM Local Time
A short-stacked Hai Bo Chu shoved his last 90,000 in the middle and was called by Nghia Le. "I have nothing but live cards," said Chu, turning over   . "Or not," he added, seeing Le turn over his   . The flop came    . "You got it," Chu conceded. The   on the turn sealed the deal, and Chu is out. Le, meanwhile, now has about 400,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:22 AM Local Time
Lisa Parsons opened for 27,000 and Keith Ferrera called from the button and Dennis Phillips and Rafael Caiaffa called from the blinds. They saw a       flop and when Parsons checked Ferrera bet 84,000. Phillips called and Caiaffa and Parsons got out of the way. The turn brought the   and both players checked, but when the   fell on the river Phillips led out for 80,000 and Ferrera looked him up. Phillips rolled over     for the nut straight and Ferrera mucked.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:21 AM Local Time
Tony Clark entered Day 5 somewhat short. He leaves it after just ten minutes, completely busto. Alexander Kostritsyn opened the pot with a raise to 25,000. Tony Clark, in middle position, reraised for his whole stack, a total of 391,000. Action folded to to Reagan Silber in the small blind, who called. Kostritsyn was not interested in pursuing the matter further and folded. With him out of the way, the players opened their hands: Clark:     Silber:     Clark found himself on the wrong end of a pair versus pair situation. He couldn't improve when the board ran out          . He is out of the tournament. Silber crested the 1,000,000-chip mark with that elimination.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:21 AM Local Time
Jon Friedberg just picked up a clutch double-up when he pushed all in from the cutoff and got action on his    . Lou Esposito called him and showed     and when the board helped neither player, Friedberg doubled to approximately 220,000 chips. Esposito was left with just about 160,000 chips after the hand.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:21 AM Local Time
Chris Zapf moved all in for just over 100,000 from the small blind and Joshua Norris made the call from the big blind. Zapf     Norris     Zapf flopped the nut straight when it came down      . The turn was the  , the river was the   and Zapf doubled up to 225,000. Norris was left with 100,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:16 AM Local Time
On the first hand of play, Darren Grant limped into the pot from early position and Felix Osterland raised to 50,000 from middle position. Peter Traply called from the button and when action was back to Grant, he pushed all in for a total of 485,000. Osterland threw his hand away, but Traply called for his whole stack of about 160,000. The players showed: Traply:     Grant:     Traply got no help from the community cards as the board ran out           and he was eliminated. Darren Grant chipped up to just over 820,000 on the hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:15 AM Local Time
George Rahme moved all in for 128,000 from middle position and Greg Debora moved in his last 255,000 as well. Debora's     had Rahme's     dominated and after the       flop Debora turned the  , making the   that fell on the river a moot point. Rahme has been eliminated and Debora is up to around 400,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:13 AM Local Time
With 189 players remaining, our average stack beginning play today is 724,233.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:10 AM Local Time
As usual, we have two featured tables today-- the ESPN TV featured table on the main stage and a secondary feature just outside the Milwaukee's Best Light Lounge. Here are the lineups that will start off today under the spotlight: Table Blue 3 - ESPN TV Featured Table Seat 1: Sean Davis – 851,000 Seat 2: Daniel Buzgon – 775,000 Seat 3: Cristian Dragomir – 2,065,000 Seat 4: Kara Scott – 247,000 Seat 5: David Rheem – 1,851,000 Seat 6: Owen Crowe – 1,100,000 Seat 7: Mike Matusow – 458,000 Seat 8: Jeffrey Anderson – 355,000 Seat 9: Phi Nguyen – 1,500,000 Table Blue 5 - Secondary Featured Table Seat 1: Michael Carroll – 454,000 Seat 2: Alex Outhred – 1,377,000 Seat 3: Cory Albertson – 556,000 Seat 4: Robin Larsson – 590,000 Seat 5: Allen Cunningham – 1,141,000 Seat 6: Darus Suharto – 1,428,000 Seat 7: Tiffany Michelle – 909,000 Seat 8: Tim Loecke – 856,000 Seat 9: Lonnie Heimowitz – 650,000