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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 9:58 PM Local Time
Alex Outhred has doubled up through Michael Carroll after winning a preflop race holding    against Carroll's   . The board of       gave Outhred a pair of queens to double to 664,000 chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:57 PM Local Time
It was an up-and-down day for Alexander Kostritsyn, though the deck dealt him more of the latter than the former. On his final hand he opened for 65,000 and Garrett Beckman called on the button. The flop came       and when Kostritsyn checked, Beckman bet 90,000. Alex counted out his chips, arrived at 395,000, and moved all in. Beckman spent about four minutes chewing it over before making the call, and found that his     were ahead of Kostritsyn's    . Beckman still had to sweat the turn and river but when the came     he took down the pot. Kostritsyn shook everyone's hand, wished them all good luck, and walked away from the table.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:54 PM Local Time
Tiffany Michelle opened with a raise to 70,000 from early position before Dean Hamrick called on the button. The action was then with Kido Pham, who moved all in from the small blind for about 500,000 in chips. Both opponents folded as Pham exclaimed, "Kids, don't try this at home!" as he flashed   !
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:52 PM Local Time
Action folded to Peter Neff on the button and he raised to 65,000. Cedric Kolstad called from the small blind and it was heads up to the flop. The flop came      . Kolstad checked and Neff moved all in. Kolstad was the shorter stack and called all in for his tournament life. The players showed: Neff:     Kolstad:     The turn sealed the deal as it fell the  . The   on the river was a mere formality. Kolstad was eliminated and Neff chipped up to just over 1,000,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:52 PM Local Time
Chris Klodnicki raised to 165,000 from under the gun, and Albert Kim called behind him. The flop came    . Klodnicki made a continuation bet of 100,000, and Kim called. The turn brought the  . This time Klodnicki bet 225,000. Kim called again. The river was the  . Klodnicki checked. "Oh my God," said Kim. "How ridiculous was that river? I check. You got aces?" "Threes," answered Klodnicki, showing his   . "Wow," said Kim, grateful that his    was good. Kim now has 3.4 million, while Klodnicki has just a little over one million.
Jostens Fan Collection
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:51 PM Local Time
A few minutes ago, there was a moment when about three different conversations were going on at the feature table all at the same time. Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow were joking around with Aaron Keay; Hellmuth started a brief argument with David Rheem; meanwhile Matusow broke into a third conversation with Sean Davis. Everyone seemed to be doing the talking and with the TD announcing the action over the microphone, it made it impossible for us to decipher what exactly was being said. Then we heard another player bluntly comment, “Guys, there’s a hand going on here!” which quickly put the conversations to rest.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:49 PM Local Time
After Cristian Dragomir had raised preflop and Phi Nguyen called in the small blind, the action heated up on the turn with the board reading     . We believe Nguyen fired out a bet of around 100,000 before Dragomir made it roughly 300,000 to go. Nguyen moved all in and sent Dragomir into the tank. He eventually laid it down and Nguyen collected a nice pot to move to about 1.7 million chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:44 PM Local Time
Reggie Lyons raised to 67,000 from middle position, and Suresh Prabhu, sitting to his right, made the call. It folded to David Saab in the cutoff who carefully counted his chips, then pushed forward two tall stacks of orange T5,000 chips -- a reraise to 215,000. It folded back to Lyons who thought about it, then pushed his cards to the middle. Prabhu folded as well. Saab slowly raised his hand up, revealing to the table one of his cards -- the   -- before dragging the pot. "I was tired of being blinded out," said Saab. He's still sitting with a little over two million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:42 PM Local Time
On a flop of      , Reagan Silber led out for 100,000, Matt Matros raised to 300,000, Silber moved all in and Matros called. Silber:     Matros:     Matros led with two pair, but Silber held the nut-flush draw. That ceased to matter when the   fell on the turn, making Matros a full house and leaving him drawing dead. The   fell on the river and Silber was eliminated. Matros is now up to 2,000,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:42 PM Local Time
In late position Andrew Brokos raised to 75,000 and Bob Whalen called from the cutoff. Brandon Cantu reraised to 275,000 from the big blind, and that's when Brokos escalated and moved 700,000 into the pot. Whalen and Cantu withdrew and Brokos picked up a pot that pushed his stack up to 2.78 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:35 PM Local Time
Karle Wilson moved in for his last 187,000 with    , but Ivan Demidov called in the small blind with a dominating     and when the board came           that spelled the end of Wilson’s Main Event. Demidov is now up to 3.21 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:34 PM Local Time
As we approach the nine-table mark, play has slowed down a bit. There is still considerable action, however most players are taking all the time they need to make decisions. Players are becoming very deliberate and calculated in their actions, being careful not to give anything away. As is the norm in late stage tournament poker, a majority of pots are being won with a late-position raise or reraise.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:34 PM Local Time
It's been a good couple of minutes for Kelly Kim. First, he raised preflop to 60,000 and was called by the small blind, Terry Lade. Lade checked the       flop, then called when Kim again bet 60,000. Lade check-called a bet of 100,000 on the   turn, and both players checked the   river. Kim opened     to win the pot with a pair of queens. Shortly thereafter, Kim opened another pot to 65,000. He was reraised by the small blind, Justin Scott, to 200,000 and made the call after tanking for about a minute. When the flop came down      , Scott open-shoved, having Kim well covered. Kim tanked a second time for another couple of minutes before finally making the the call with    . Scott showed    . He made a pair of tens with the   turn, but couldn't find a hand that beat Kim when the river fell  . After these two hands, Kim jumped to 1,660,000, Lade fell to 2,535,000 and Scott dipped to 1,585,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:32 PM Local Time
Santeri Valikoski picked up pocket tens and he went with them, moving in for his last 390,000. Trouble was, Bob Whalen woke up with pocket queens, made the call, and when the board ran out           Valikoski was out and Whalen boosted his stack to 980,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:31 PM Local Time
Kido Pham raised to 60,000 from early position with Tiffany Michelle making the call in the cutoff. Tim Loecke then bumped it up to 250,000 from the button. Pham made a reluctant fold as Michelle called once again. The flop came     and Michelle led out for 300,000. Loecke folded and Michelle collectws the pot, much to the disgust of Pham who claimed that he folded pocket sixes! Pham was so frustrated that he stood and walked away from the table as Michelle increased her stack to 3.4 million.
Jostens Fan Collection
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:26 PM Local Time
Cedric Kolstad just pushed his last 185,000 in preflop with   , and was going to have to outrun Peter Neff's    in order to survive. The flop came    , and Neff was still ahead. The   on the turn, though, gave Kolstad some hope. The   sealed it, and Kolstad is back up to 355,000. Neff has 730,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:25 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth is quickly stamping his authority on the table, and has raised three of the past six hands. The first two collected the blinds and antes uncontested, but the third was met with a call from Sean Davis. They saw a flop of     and Hellmuth fired out 90,000 to take down the pot. He sits with roughly 1.2 million chips as Matusow jokes with Hellmuth that he has won more hands already than Matusow has won all day.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:16 PM Local Time
Stephen Kenna pushed all in from early position for 126,000 total. Action folded around to Nicholas Sliwinski in the big blind and he called. The players showed: Kenna:     Sliwinski:     The board ran out           and Kenna's aces were best. He doubled to just over 290,000 on the hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:11 PM Local Time
From late position, Santeri Valikoski open-shoved for 179,000. He was called by Bob Whalen, sitting in the cutoff. Whalen was ahead with    , by Valikoski had "two live cards" --    . The flop       helped neither player, but Valikoski paired eights with the   on the turn and then dodged the river when it fell a harmless  . He doubled up to 423,000, while Valikoski slipped to 584,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:10 PM Local Time
After Mark Ketteringham raised from middle position Jose Barbero put his tournament life at stake by moving in with    . Ketteringham called with pocket nines and this time it was the pocket pair that won the coin flip as the board came           to eliminate Barbero.