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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 4:28 PM Local Time
Action folded around to Phil Hellmuth in late position and he raised to 50,000. Alfredo Fernandez reraised to 150,000 from the small blind and Hellmuth made the call. The flop came      . Fernandez shoved all in for about 1,150,000 which was extremely close to Hellmuth's remaining stack. The call would have been for his tournament life or very close to it. Hellmuth thought for a bit, at one point saying, "So sick -- he's probably cold-shoving eights or something." Hellmuth eventually folded     face-up and as Fernandez stacked the pot, he tossed his     face-up into the muck. An obviously frustrated Hellmuth kept his composure.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:28 PM Local Time
After a rough start today, Jason Riesenberg had tumbled all of the way down to just 85,000. He's worked his way back, though, and just now doubled through when his pocket sevens outlasted Ylon Schwartz's   . Riesenberg is back up to 950,000, while Schwartz has slid down to 240,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:26 PM Local Time
Nothing seemed to go right for Keith Ferrera today, up to and including his last two hands in the Main Event. He ran pocket sevens into Stephane Hornet's pocket aces to lose all but 180,000 of his chips, and then he lost the last of his chips to Dennis Phillips just moments later. Ferrera pushed on the button with    , Phillips called from the small blind with    , and after the flop came       and the turn the   it looked like Ferrera would double up...but the   spiked on the river to give Phillips the pot and send Ferrera out of the tournament.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:25 PM Local Time
Jonathan Plens opened the pot for 44,000 from UTG and Doug Ashmore called from the big blind. The flop was      . Ashmore checked, Plens bet 60,000 and Ashmore called. The turn was the  . Ashmore checked again, Plens bet 150,000, Ashmore raised all in for 417,000 and Plens made the call. Ashmore:     Plens:     Ashmore's top pair and flush draw were up against Plens' flopped set of sixes. The river, though, was the   and Ashmore was eliminated. After the hand, Plens was up to 1,811,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:25 PM Local Time
Terry Lade just took another pot, this one off of Andrew Rosskamm, and has now built his stack up to 3.625 million. Rosskamm is also near the top with 2.6 million.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:24 PM Local Time
Brandon Cantu is running hot. Really hot. He opened a pot from the cutoff with a raise to 55,000. Brandon Becker reraised to 200,000 from the small blind. Cantu took about five seconds when the action got back to him before shoving all in. Becker insta-called all in for less -- about 1.1 million. Cantu:     Becker:     Caught with his hand in the cookie jar, it turned out that Cantu wasn't in the absolute worst shape. In fact, after the flop came down      , he was sitting pretty. The   turn gave Becker some life, but he was eliminated with the   blank on the river. Cantu now has over 3.2 million in chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:21 PM Local Time
Raja Kattamuri moved in before the flop wtih     and Darren Grant called with    . The       flop gave Grant top set and that was pretty much that for Kattamuri and his Main Event run.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:19 PM Local Time
Adam York pushed all in with    and was called by Geoffrey Herzog who had   . The flop was     and turn  . But the   on the end saved York, and he is now at 418,000. Herzog still has 1.85 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:16 PM Local Time
With 110,000 already in the pot and the flop showing       Ivan Demidov bet 90,000 and Brandon Becker called. When the   turned Demidov checked then called when Becker bet 175,000. The   fell on the river and after Ivan again checked Becker bet 325,000. Demidov tanked for over five minutes, and finally the clock was called. Demidov used up all but ten seconds of his time before announcing the call, and his time was well-spent. His     were good against Becker's     and he's now up to 2.87 million. Becker now sits with 1.1 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:11 PM Local Time
Shawn Sheikhan opened for 40,000, Niklas Flisberg reraised to 150,000, Andrew Teng reraised to 400,000, Sheikhan folded, Flisberg moved all in and Teng called. Flisberg:     Teng:     The flop was      , giving the lead to Teng with a pair of aces. The turn was the  , but the   spiked on the river, making Flisberg a set of kings. Teng was eliminated as Flisberg dragged the monster pot and increased his stack to 2,280,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:06 PM Local Time
The exact action is unclear, but we do know that Dale Hoy was all in before the flop for his tournament life. Hoy held     and was up against the     of Jamal Sawaqdeh. The board came           and Hoy's ace high was no good. He hit the rail while Sawaqdeh stacked up to just over 1,400,000 on the hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:05 PM Local Time
Brad Johnson opened the betting with a 40,000 raise and Reagan Silber called from middle position and Adam Levy from the big blind. The flop came      . After Levy and Johnson checked, Silber bet 75,000. Levy folded but Johnson moved all in for his last 390,000. Silber called instantly and turned over     for middle set to Johnson's modest    . The board ran out    , Johnson was eliminated, and Silber is now up to 1.7 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:02 PM Local Time
Action folded to Scott Montgomery in middle position and he opened for a standard raise. When action got to Dan Assor in the big blind, he pushed all in for roughly 300,000 and Montgomery made the call. The players showed: Montgomery:     Assor:     The board ran out           which was no help to Assor. He hit the rail and Montgomery stacked up to just over 2,300,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:01 PM Local Time
On a flop of 3-4-6, Jason Su got all of his remaining chips in the middle with   , only to find himself up against Terry Lade's   . The turn and river didn't help Su, and he is out. Lade is our new chip leader now with 3.65 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 3:54 PM Local Time
Brandon Cantu opened for 55,000 raise from middle position, Ivan Demidov reraised to 160,000 from late position and Brandon Becker moved all in for 1,040,000 over the top. Cantu let his hand go and Demidov did the same after a short think. Becker took down the pot without seeing a flop. After the hand, Cantu was down to 1,250,000 and Demidov was left with 1,520,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 3:51 PM Local Time
A short-stacked Anton Nikaj got it all in preflop with    only to be up against Geoffrey Herzog's   . The board ran out      , and Nikaj is out. That makes about sixty of the 189 who started today who have busted so far. With that hand, Herzog now joins the 2 million chip club.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 3:51 PM Local Time
Alex Tinsley has been knocked out of the Main Event, but not without a little bit of strange behavior from Albert Kim. Tinsley opened the pot with a raise to 45,000. Kim, sitting in the big blind, announced a raise. Before he could count out how much of a raise he wanted to make, Tinsley reraised all in for 285,000 total. Kim asked for a floor to be called to the table so he could determine how much was the minimum he had to raise prior to Tinsley's all-in reraise. The floor responded that Kim was obligated to make a minimum raise to 74,000. With that, Kim announced his raise to 74,000 and then added that he was calling Tinsley's reraise as well! Tinsley:     Kim:     It was an all-diamond flop of      . Without running cards, Tinsley would be eliminated. He didn't get his runner-runner; the turn and river came     to make a flush for Kim. Tinsley is out, and Kim is over two million in chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 3:48 PM Local Time
A short-stacked Jeff Anderson had been waiting patiently all day for a good spot to get the last of his chips into the middle. He eventually made a move with    but Cristian Dragomir made the call with   . The board ran out       to give Dragomir a rivered flush to send Anderson to the exit.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 3:46 PM Local Time
Gert Andersen raised to 40,000 from middle position, and it folded around to Nikolay Losev, who called from the big blind. The flop came    . Losev checked, Andersen bet 60,000, and Losev called. The turn was the  . Both checked. The river brought the  . This time Losev pulled out a stack of twenty orange chips and set it out before him -- a bet of 100,000. Andersen immediately let it go. Losev is up to 2.24 million, while Andersen currently has about 475,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 3:45 PM Local Time
Lonnie Heimowitz has doubled up through Tim Loecke after all the chips were in preflop with Heimowitz holding the lead with    against the    of Loecke. The board ran out       to double Heimowitz up to 390,000. Loecke is back to 750,000.
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