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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 9:07 PM Local Time
All eyes were on the figure of Phil Hellmuth as he approached the ESPN feature table, and word has soon spread that he is now sitting next to Mike Matusow. “The Mouth” versus “The Poker Brat” was the contest that everyone wanted to see and the fans in the Amazon Room have flocked to the feature table to catch a glimpse of two of their favorite superstars. So far the action on the felt has been pretty quiet as they chat and catch up on how they got to this point of the Main Event. After a few minutes Matusow turned to the crowd and shouted, “Phil only just got here and I’ve already heard how great he is!” said Matusow “I only gotta put up with another hour and a half of this!"
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:59 PM Local Time
Jamal Kunbuz raised to 75,000 from UTG, Jeffrey Papola raised to 154,000 from middle position and Kunbuz called. The flop was      . Kunbuz checked, Papola moved all in for 185,000 and Kunbuz called. Papola     Kunbuz     The turn was the  , the river was the   and Kunbuz knocked out Papola with a set of queens. He finished in 90th place, good for $64,333. After the hand, Kunbuz was up to 3,636,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:59 PM Local Time
With the board showing      and a sizable pot having already developed, Toni Judet checked, and Alexander Kostritsyn bet 250,000. Judet then check-raised to 575,000. Kostritsyn thought a moment, then pushed all in for 906,000. Judet made the call. Judet:    Kostritsyn:    Kostritsyn was ahead with his set of deuces. He had to fade an ace, a nine, or a diamond to win one of the biggest pots of the tourney thus far. The dealer burned one and turned over the river card -- the  , giving Judet the flush and a huge pot. After that one, Judet is up to 2.96 million, while Kostritsyn has slipped to 820,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:54 PM Local Time
Michael Carroll has just doubled through Alex Outhred with all the chips in preflop with Carroll's    up against the    of Outhred. The board fell       and Carroll doubles to 790,000 with Outhred falling to 310,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:51 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth has just filled the empty seat on the ESPN feaure table. He now sits in seat eight, to the direct left of Mike Matusow! Let the games begin!
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:48 PM Local Time
Geoffrey Herzog got the rest of his chips all in preflop against Mark Ketteringham, his     dominating Ketteringham's    . The flop, though came down      , pairing Ketteringham's six. The turn was the   and the river was the   making him sixes full and eliminating Herzog. "This is why I make a living at this-- because of plays like that," said Herzog as he hit the rail in 92nd place. "Please don't break this table for a couple of hours," begged Phil Hellmuth, who was not involved in the hand, but voiced his opinion nonetheless.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:47 PM Local Time
From late position, Tim Taylor raised to 60,000. Action folded to Alan Gould in the big blind, who reraised to 210,000. Taylor mulled over his options, then shipped it all in, a total of 731,000. Gould made the call. Taylor:     Gould:     The door card as the dealer put down the flop was the  , but when the flop was spread it revealed     as well. Gould made a set of queens, and filled up when the board ran out    . He eliminated Taylor and moved up to 2.25 million chips in the process.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:46 PM Local Time
Sean Davis opened with a raise to 75,000 before Matusow shoved over the top for a total of 545,000. The action folded around and Davis quickly called. Matusow:    Davis:    "I found the ten-five ladies and gentlemen!" said Matusow, displaying a quiet confidence that he could find his way out of the mess he'd just gotten himself into. The crowd were on their feet as the flop fell     and Matusow spiked a pair to roars of delight from his fans! The turn was the the   and river the  , as the chants of "Mikey! Mikey! Mikey!" broke out around the room as Matusow found a remarkable double-up to jump up to 1.1 million in chips. "I shifted gears at the right time baby! I feel GOOD!"
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:45 PM Local Time
Reagan Silber raised to 65,000 and Gert Andersen moved all in for his last 300,000. Silber called, but his     were one-upped by Andersen's    . The board ran out           and Andersen doubled to 600,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:38 PM Local Time
Mike Matusow opened from early position to 76,000 before Daniel Buzgon raised it up to 200,000 from the cutoff position. It folded back around and Matusow snap-called -- the first time he has called such a reraise all day. The flop came     and Matusow checked to Buzgon who instantly moved all in. Matusow quickly folded, as he gets off to a rocky start after dinner to slip back to 550,000.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:31 PM Local Time
As we begin Level 23, it was announced that the plan is to play one more full level tonight and then stop play until tomorrow.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:30 PM Local Time
Play resumes.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:26 PM Local Time
Right before dinner break, there were a couple of big hands that took place involving decent-sized exchanges of chips. In one, Jamal Kunbuz raised, then Jeffrey Papola reraised all in for about 250,000 chips. Kunbuz called, showing   . Papola had   . A queen flopped, and Kunbuz didn't improve. Papola survived, and will come back from dinner with 510,000 chips. Kunbuz is at three million. The other hand was also a queens-versus-aces confrontation, this time between Paul Snead, who had   , and Jamal Sawaqdeh with   . The aces held up this time, and Sawaqdeh now has 1.53 million. Snead is at 830,000. We're about five minutes away from the resumption of play.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 7:07 PM Local Time
Just before the dinner break, Brandon Cantu took out yet another player. He raised to 70,000 in late position, then called when Markus Feurle reraised all in for 452,000. Cantu had     against Feurle's    . Cantu was all set to walk away from the table when neither player had improved by the turn, but the river came   to make a pair of tens. Feurle was eliminated.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:59 PM Local Time
"Action Bob" Hwang was all in for his tournament life with     and found his hand dominated by Jason Riesenberg's    . The board ran out           and Hwang hit the rail
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:58 PM Local Time
Play will resume in 90 minutes at 9:30pm local time.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:58 PM Local Time
Clint Schafer opened for 55,000 from middle position and Jeremy Joseph and David Saab both called. From the small blind Mauro Lupo min-raised to 110,000 and Schafer chose to fold. Joseph then moved all in for 700,000, and after Saab folded Lupo made the call. He found that his     was pipped by Joseph's    . The dealer (whose name is Sara, this is important) burned a card and turned over a flop of...     . "I love you, Sara!!" Lupo shouted as his top set now had the lead. But Joseph still had an open-ended straight draw...until the   on the turn gave Lupo a full house. The   on the turn didn't save Joseph and he's now down to 1.74 million, while Lupo doubled to 2.22 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:58 PM Local Time
Nicholas Sliwinski has become the executioner of his table. On back-to-back hands, he took out two opponents. First he eliminated Darren Grant by raising all in on a board of         after Grant bet 300,000. Grant made the call with     and was way behind Sliwinski's     jack-high straight. Grant couldn't fill up when the river came  . Sliwinski needed a bit more help to take out van Deutekom. Sliwinski raised preflop to 60,000, then called when van Deutekom reraised all in for about 300,000. Sliwinski made the call with    , only to see van Deutekom show    . A queen on the river shipped the pot to Sliwinski and sent van Deutekom home. Sliwinski now has about 2.5 million in chips. His sister is on the rail, and told the female dealer who dealt both hands to Sliwinski, "If my brother doesn't marry you, I will."
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:58 PM Local Time
Kido Pham opened with a raise preflop to 55,000 and Tim Loecke made the call on the button. On a flop of     Pham led out for 105,000 before Loecke made it 210,000. Pham then moved all in for 600,000 in total and Loecke made the call. Loecke:    Pham:    The turn was the   and river the   and Pham doubles up just before the dinner break to move to 1.25 million chips, leaving Loecke with 1.35 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:57 PM Local Time
Tim Loecke opened with a raise to 60,000 from early position with Alex Outhred calling in the cutoff and Darus Suharto coming along in the big blind. They took a flop of     and Loecke led out for 125,000. Outhred then made it 375,000 to go. Suharto stepped aside before Loecke moved all in. Outhred thought for a few moments before letting his hand go to slip to about 700,000. Loecke has now cracked the two million chip mark.
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