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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 2:03 PM Local Time
Three eliminations for you. In each case the shorter-stacked player got it all in preflop. Jesse McEuen was knocked out by Marc Podell when McEuen's    couldn't catch up to Podell's   . Podell now is up to 680,000. Kyle Carlston was eliminated by Robert Hwang when Carlston's    couldn't outrun Hwang's pocket nines. Hwang is up to 1.1 million. And Charalampos Tsaoussis was busted with    against Aditya Agarwal's    when a queen flopped and Tsaoussis couldn't catch up. Agarwal is up to 850,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 2:02 PM Local Time
Keith Hawkins raised to 32,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Jon Friedberg in middle position and he pushed all in for 171,000 total. When it was back on Hawkins, he tanked for quite a while before finally calling. The players showed: Hawkins:     Friedberg:     The best hand held up for Hawkins as the board ran out          . Friedberg was eliminated and Hawkins climbed to just over 1,000,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:58 PM Local Time
When all the dust had settled on the preflop action, Garth Paul's whole stack of 350,000 was in the middle against 350,000 of James McManus' chips. McManus had the best hand with    , but he was racing against Paul's    . Both players hit the       flop. The turn   gave Paul a flush draw to go along with his gutshot straight draw against McManus' set, but the river blanked out the  . Paul was eliminated on the hand. McManus is our presumptive chip leader at this time, with approximately 3.4 million in chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:57 PM Local Time
The action was folded around to Greg Debora in the small blind and when he raised to 40,000 Patrick Zamarian moved all in for 165,000. Debora obliged him with a call and his     were live against Zamarian's    . Debora paired his ten on the       flop and when the turn brought the   and the river the   Debora pushed his stack up to 455,000 and Zamarian was eliminated.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:54 PM Local Time
Jeremiah Smith, on a downward trend all afternoon, was down to his last 47,000 chips. He put them in the middle with    . Action folded to Thomas "Thunder" Keller in the big blind. He didn't want to call, but with 12,000 chips already out there, he made a reluctant call and tabled    . The board ran out           to make trip kings for Smith and double him up to about 100,000. "It's been a rough day," said Smith after dragging the pot. A player at the table told him he was back in it. Smith replied that he wouldn't feel like he was back in it until he doubled at least two more times.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:53 PM Local Time
In the first limped pot of the day Daniel Buzgon limped from early position and Chino Rheem limped along. The action was then with Mike Matusow, who raised it up an additional 100,000. Both opponents thought for a moment before folding their hands. Matusow flashed pocket queens to further emphasize his tight image as he now sits with around 700,000 chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:50 PM Local Time
Anton Nikaj just scored a much-needed double-up when his     stood strong against the     of Markus Feurle. The chips went in before the flop and when the board ran out          , Nikaj's aces were best.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:50 PM Local Time
Alexander Kostritsyn's stack can't decide which way it wants to head. It started the day on a downswing, moved back up, and is now moving down again. On a flop of      , Kostritsyn bet 125,000 from middle position. His opponent, Garrett Beckman, moved all in for 407,000 on the button. Kostritsyn made a quick call and tabled     for top two pair. He couldn't have been pleased when Beckman showed     for top pair and the nut flush draw. The flush promptly came with the   turn. The river blanked out   to allow Beckman to double up at Kostritsyn's expense.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:50 PM Local Time
Sarkis Akopyan raised from middle position, Gert Andersen reraised from the small blind, Akopyan three-bet it, Andersen pushed all in, and Akopyan called. Akopyan showed   , while Andersen had   . The board came     ...  . That queen on the end stole the hand from Akopyan, and he falls down to just 40,000. Andersen now has 860,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:47 PM Local Time
Allen Cunningham has also been quiet today but just took a small hit to his stack in a pot with Tim Loecke. Cunningham check-called a bet of 150,000 from Loecke on a board of      before they saw a river of  . Cunningham checked and Loecke fired 275,000. Cunningham thought for a moment before laying it down to slip back to 840,000.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:47 PM Local Time
We caught up with the action on this hand after the       flop, and that flop kicked off a lot of action. Jeremiah Smith and Cort Kibler-Melby pushed all their chips into the middle and Smith had been unlucky to flop top pair with     when Kibler-Melby hit trips with    . When the   came on the turn and the   on the river Kibler-Melby doubled up and Smith was left with just 50,000 in chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:45 PM Local Time
With the board reading         on the turn, Felix Osterland checked, Brandon Cantu bet 50,000, Osterland raised to 100,000, Cantu three-bet to 300,000 and Osterland called. The river was the  . Osterland moved all in and after a long think, Cantu gave it up. "Good fold," said Osterland as he raked in the pot. He's now up to 1,630,000 while Cantu is down to 1,200,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:44 PM Local Time
Jerry Martin got the last of his chips in with the board showing    . Martin had    for two pair, but had to outlast Devor Lanini's   . "No diamond, no diamond!" said Martin. "Diamond, diamond!" said Lanini. The dealer then turned over the  . "F***ing diamond," lamented Martin. The river was the  , and Martin is out. Lanini is up to 1.75 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:41 PM Local Time
Kara Scott has been playing pretty tight so far today, but was just involved in an interesting battle of the blinds with Chino Rheem. After some aggressive raising preflop, Rheem finally put Scott to a decision for all of her chips. With about 200,000 behind and at least that much in the pot, Scott went into the tank before laying her hand down. The next hand Scott was on the button and reraised the opening bet from chip leader Cristian Dragomir, who made the call. They saw a flop of     and Dragomir checked to Scott, who moved all in for a little over 100,000. Dragomir folded and Scott recovered some lost chips to be back to around 345,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:38 PM Local Time
A couple of big stacks just collided when Bob Whalen and Chris Overgard got it all in preflop, Overgard having Whalen covered, though not by much. Whalen had   , and Overgard   . The board came       and Whalen doubled way up to 1.5 million. Overgard fell all of the way back down to 102,000. Overgard ended up all in soon afterwards with   , and was eliminated when he lost to Markus Feurle's   . Feurle is now at 820,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:33 PM Local Time
Cory Albertson has been eliminated after moving his short stack all in over the top of an opening raise from Alex Outhred, who made a pot-committed call. Albertson:    Outhred:    The board ran out       and Outhred comes from behind to spike a pair and send Albertson to the exit.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:32 PM Local Time
All the money went in before the flop with Taylor holding     to Ford's    . The           board missed them both, Taylor's queens held up, and he doubled to 1.02 million. Ford is now down to 810,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:31 PM Local Time
A short-stacked Noah Kawashige moved all in before the flop and got action from Justin Sadauskas. Kawashige showed     but was dominated by Sadauskas's    . The board ran out           and Sadauskas got the checkmark and sent Kawashige to the rail.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:31 PM Local Time
Brandon Cantu raised to 42,000 from middle position, and Peter Eastgate called from the small blind. Both checked the     flop. The turn was the  . Eastgate bet 80,000 and Cantu called. The river brought the  . Eastgate bet 100,000 this time, and Cantu called again. Eastgate showed   , and Cantu mucked. Eastgate now has 820,000. The very next hand, Cantu raised to 42,000 from middle position again, and everyone folded. He showed    with a shrug, telling the table he's not tilting. Not yet, anyway. Cantu is still doing well with 1.58 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:30 PM Local Time
Joe Bishop, a recent arrival to Green #5, opened the pot preflop with a raise to 35,000. Action folded to Stephen Kenna in the big blind, who pushed all in for 280,000. His raise put Bishop in the tank, where he mentioned that, having no prior history with Kenna, he wasn't sure whether Kenna was making a move or actually had the goods. He finally decided to call, and found out that Kenna had the goods. Bishop:     Kenna:     The flop came down      . The   on the turn meant that Kenna had to sweat the river, as a fourth diamond would allow Bishop to take the pot. That didn't happen, as the river fell  . Kenna doubled up to about 585,000, while Bishop slipped to 990,000.
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