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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 6:56 PM Local Time
Dwayne Stacey got the last of his 760,000 chips into the middle with a top three hand. Unfortunately for Stacey, his     was no good against the     of Matt Matros. Stacey got no help from the           board and was eliminated. Matros cruised up to about 1,650,000 chips on the hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:56 PM Local Time
It was a tough spot for Mark Vos. Lisa Parsons opened the pot with a raise to 70,000. Vos looked down at     and reraised. Parsons quickly moved all in for a total of about 550,000. At that point, Vos was practically priced in to make the call, which he did. Parsons opened up    . Her pocket rockets held when the board came          . She doubles up to 1.2 million and Vos drops to 1.75 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:55 PM Local Time
All the chips were in preflop with Sean Davis making the call after Aditya Agarwal had moved all in. Davis:    Agarwal:    Agarwal had survived these dominated situations earlier and looked good to escape again when the flop came     as he spiked a pair of tens. However the   on the turn gave Davis the nut straight and left Agarwal drawing to a queen to chop. The river was the   and Agarwal is eliminated in 96th place for $51,466 in prize money.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:48 PM Local Time
Tim Taylor raised to 70,000 from early position and Brandon Cantu called on the button. Allen Kennedy reraised to 175,000 from the big blind and when Taylor called, Cantu moved in for over three million. Kennedy called, Taylor got out of the way, and Kennedy's     put him in good shape to double against Cantu's    . And that's just what Kennedy did, as the board ran out          . When the dealer put that final card on the felt Kennedy jumped up and yelled "Touchdown Georgia!!" and the man decked out in red and black and wearing a Bulldog baseball cap is now up to 2.78 million. Cantu fell to 2.5 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:41 PM Local Time
Cort Kibler-Melby shoved his last 275,000 from the button, and Nikolay Losev called from the small blind. Kibler-Melby showed   , and Losev   . The flop came a curious    . The turn was the  , giving Losev a boat. And the river was the  , sending Kibler-Melby home. Losev is up to 2.75 million.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:41 PM Local Time
With just 99 players left, we're at another "pay jump" in which those still standing are guaranteed a slightly larger payday than they were a few moments ago. Let's have another look at how these players would fare if they all were to split the remaining prize pool right now. The next nine players eliminated will all take home $51,466, however an even chop between all remaining players would mean that they'd all walk away with $476,265, not bad considering that is a few thousand dollars more than 13th place money.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:41 PM Local Time
Marc Podell opened with a raise to 60,000 before Tiffany Michelle made it 227,000 to go from the hijack position. The action folded around to Podell who moved all in for 433,000. Michelle made the call. Podell:    Michelle:    The flop came     to give Michelle a monster -- top pair and nut-flush draw. However the turn fell the   to give Podell a two-outer for a set of tens to take the lead as the gallery roared. But in a classic suck-resuck moment, the roof of the Rio was lifted as Michelle hit the   on the river to complete her flush and eliminate Podell in amazing circumstances. Michelle is now up amongst the chip leaders with three million in chips!
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:40 PM Local Time
The first feeling that many of these players feel upon being eliminated from the Main Event is one of deep disappointment. Maybe they got their chips in good, maybe not, but the stark fact is that the dream of a deep run is over. It's not all bad news, of course. At this point of the tournament, a player who busts out is guaranteed $51,466. The floor who oversaw the all in radios the bustout to the central podium. A runner is then sent to the table, who directs the busted player to the central podium. At the podium, the recently departed gives in his or her TotalRewards card and photo ID. As one supervisor enters the information, including place of finish, into the computer, another announces the name and hometown of the busted player over the PA system in the Amazon Room. After this process is completed, the player receives a small slip of paper with his or her name and place of finish on it. The slip is initialled by one of the floor supervisors. The runner then takes the player out of the Amazon Room, across the hall, and down a side hallway to the payouts room. The payouts room feels like the waiting area inside of an unemployment center, with a front desk, several waiting chairs behind it (in case of a high volume of bustouts) and several computer terminals and printers behind that. The player gives in his "finish slip" and TotalRewards card again at the front desk, is asked for a taxpayer ID number, and then is directed to one of the computer terminals. Another Harrah's representative is waiting at each terminal. They provide various tax forms that have to be filled out and also create a tournament payout receipt showing the player's name, address, certain personal identifying information and the amount of money the player has won. Once all of those forms are completed, there's one more stop -- the payout cage, located inside the same room. There, at one of five barred windows, players can elect to receive their winnings in any combination of cash, chips, check, wire transfer and/or front money deposit at the Rio. It's a long process, but there is a certain comaraderie in the room. Everyone who is in there has arrived in the same condition -- busted out of the largest, richest poker tournament in the world. Once the initial feelings of disappointment evaporate, many swap stories with each other, congratulate each other, and begin the celebration of a five- or six-figure payday.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:37 PM Local Time
Mark Vos has assembled his 2.6 million into an imposing monolith with soaring 50-chip towers. He still has a few extra chips left over and he arranged them just so atop his stack. But he didn't like that, so he moved them about in a different configuration, stepped away from the table to get a better vantage point to look it over, then returned to his seat to keep experimenting with his stack architecture. When asked if he'd found the right combination yet he said no, but he'll have more design options, "When I get more chips."
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:35 PM Local Time
Adi Agarwal moved all in preflop for his last 234,000 and Cristian Dragomir made the call. Agarwal:    Dragomir:    The board ran out       and Agarwal spiked a jack on the flop to double up to about 480,000 in chips.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:34 PM Local Time
After Vito Branciforte's elimination, we find ourselves down to 100 players.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:33 PM Local Time
Vito Branciforte has become the latest player to join the ranks of the eliminated. Branciforte got all his chips in good with     against the     of Paul Snead but came up short when the board ran out          .
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:32 PM Local Time
Greg Byard raised to 70,000 from under the gun, and Chris Crilly reraised to 170,000 from late position. It folded back around and Byard made the call. The flop came    . Byard checked, Crilly bet 300,000, Byard reraised to 600,000, and Crilly pushed all in for about 1.9 million total. Byard, who had about one million going into the hand, made the call. Byard:    Crilly:    The turn was the   and river the  , and the two chopped the enormous pot. "This is a tough way to split the blinds," cracked Byard afterwards.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:32 PM Local Time
Mike Matusow has just played consecutive pots for the first time today. In the first hand he moved all in over the top of the opening raise from Cristian Dragomir, who laid down his hand. Matusow advertised pocket jacks. The next hand Matusow was the preflop raiser making it 60,000 to go. Phi Nguyen made the call. They saw a flop of     and Matusow takes down the pot with a continuation bet of 70,000. "Wow I won two pots in a row! That's scary!" said Matusow as he now sits behind about 650,000 in chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:29 PM Local Time
With the board reading         on the turn, Petteri Pirinen led out for 200,000, Alfredo Fernandez moved all in and Pirinen snap-called. Fernandez turned up     and was relieved to see Pirinen's     after he had called so quickly. "Dude, I swear to God I thought he had a nine. I was going to start crying," said Fernandez. The river was the  . Fernandez's aces and nines were the better two pair and Pirinen was eliminated in 102nd place. After the hand, Fernandez was up to 2,100,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:24 PM Local Time
Vito Branciforte is down to just under 200,000. He just found himself all in on successive hands, both times against Santeri Valikoski, who has him well covered. On the first hand, Branciforte had    vs. Valikoski's   . The board came A-6-J-J-9, and they chopped. On the next one, Branciforte was again dominated preflop with    against Valikoski's   . This time the flop was    , giving Valikoski trips. But the   and   river gave both players Broadway and yet another chop. Branciforte hangs on with 197,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:23 PM Local Time
Garrett Beckman raised to 50,000 from late position and Justin Sadauskas reraised to 180,000 from the small blind. Beckman moved in for 435,000 and Sadauskas made the call. His     was dominated by Beckman's     and the       flop put Beckman way in the lead and the   on the turn sealed the deal. He doubled to close to one million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:18 PM Local Time
Scott Nguyen just made an appearance, checking out the action among the final dozen tables. His walking through the Amazon Room here on Day 5 brings to mind for many his deep run in last year's Main Event when he finished 11th. Nguyen won the WSOP Main Event in 1998. Nguyen stopped at Phil Hellmuth's table, and Hellmuth tipped his cap to him, saying "The H.O.R.S.E. champion, everyone." Nguyen responded by wishing good luck to Hellmuth, the lone WSOP Main Event winner left in the field.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:18 PM Local Time
Tri Nguyen has just become the latest Main Event casualty. Nguyen got the last of his chips in good before the flop holding     against the     of Ylon Schwartz. By the turn, Nguyen was poised to double up as the board read        . Nguyen had to fade a   or any   for the win. However, the river fell the   giving Schwartz a wheel and sending Nguyen to the rail. Schwartz is up to just over 500,000 after the hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:12 PM Local Time
From under the gun, Brian Tatum raised to 70,000. He was called by two players, including Suresh Prabhu. On a flop of      , Tatum bet 205,000. This time only Prabhu called. The turn came  , prompting Tatum to move all in for 350,000. Prabhu snap-called, only to find out his     was drawing dead to Tatum's    . The river was the  . Tatum doubled up to about 1.2 million, while Prabhu dropped to about 1.7 million.