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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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Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:31 AM Local Time
Official chip counts have now been released for the 79 players still alive in the 2008 WSOP $10,000 NLHE World Championship. All 79 players have their end-of-day totals listed in the 'Chip Counts' section (link at right). The top ten going into Day 6 play are as follows: Mark Ketteringham 5,800,000 Nikolay Losev 4,058,000 Albert Kim 3,734,000 Tiffany Michelle 3,438,000 Dennis Phillips 3,436,000 Aaron Gordon 3,369,000 Jamal Kunbuz 3,327,000 Terry Lade 3,225,000 Jeremy Joseph 3,100,000 Alfredo Fernandez 3,053,000
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:49 PM Local Time
Everyone thought Phil Hellmuth ended the day just with a blow-up and a warning, but that's not the case. He continued to berate Cristian Dragomir for several minutes after the last hand we described and after floorperson Robbie Thompson issued him a warning. That prompted Thompson to summon supervisor Steve Frezer to the feature table. Frezer listened to Thompson's description of the situation and then assessed Hellmuth a one-orbit penalty to start Day 6. Never a dull moment when Hellmuth's around.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:42 PM Local Time
With the completion of Level 23, play has concluded for the evening. We started the day with 189 players, all with their eye on Day 6. After just over four levels of play, only 79 of them remain. We said goodbye to several notables today. Jeff Madsen, Allen Cunningham, Jon Friedberg, Hoyt Corkins, Gus Hansen, Kara Scott, Mark Vos, and Chip Jett were just a few of the notables whose Main Event dreams were dashed prematurely. Still very much in the mix are Mike Matusow, PokerNews' own Tiffany Michelle, and Phil Hellmuth Jr., who is seeking his record 12th WSOP bracelet. Mark Ketteringham ends the day as our probable chip leader with approximately 5,700,000. His lead is far from secure however with plenty of poker left to be played and Tiffany Michelle, Jamal Kunbuz, and Albert Kim all right on his heels. Tomorrow's action promises to be just as exciting as we are scheduled to play down to just 27 players. We hope you'll join as at 12:00pm local time for our coverage of Day 6 action. As always, official chip counts and seating assignments will be posted as soon as they become available.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:42 PM Local Time
Dennis Phillips raised to 65,000 from middle position and Mark Vos reraised to 180,000 on the button. Phillips then made it 400,000 to go and Vos came over the top all in for 1.5 million. Phillips called and showed     to Vos'    . He had Mark covered by around 300,000 so this hand was for Vos' tournament life, and when the board ran out           Vos was eliminated just as Day 5 came to an end. When Day 6 begins tomorrow, Dennis Phillips will be sitting with a 3.4 million stack.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:39 PM Local Time
Cristian Dragomir opened with a raise to 80,000 before Hellmuth made it 255,000 to go from the small blind. "I hope he doesn't have aces," said Hellmuth as Dragomir asked for a count. After a few moments, Dragomir made the call. They saw a flop of     and Hellmuth checked to Dragomir, who thought for a moment before firing a healthy bet of 300,000. Hellmuth sighed in disgust before folding    face-up on the table. Matusow laughed and said to Dragomir to show the bluff, and Dragomir flipped   ! Matusow and the crowd roared in hysterics as Hellmuth jumped out of his seat and stormed around the room berating his opponent for calling his reraise with ten high. "Listen buddy, you're an idiot!" screamed Hellmuth. "This is the Main Event and you are the worst player in history!" he continued as the crowd was loving every moment of the blow-up. Dragomir's entourage continued to cheer as Hellmuth continued the barrage. The TD stepped in and issued a warning to Hellmuth to settle down before Dragomir stood up out of his chair to put Hellmuth back in his place with a cry of, "Enough is enough!" Fortunately for both players the clock ticked over to the end of the level, and the end of the day's play to settle both players down. They eventually shook hands and began to bag up their chips as Mike Matusow summed up the situation best as he shouted, "Thank God for Phil Hellmuth! Thank God for Chris Moneymaker!" What a way to end the day!
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:34 PM Local Time
On the last hand of the night, Davor Lanini open shoved for 185,000. He was called by Kelly Kim. Lanini didn't have much --     -- but Kim did --    . The board ran out           to send Lanini packing. He will not have to come back tomorrow.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:31 PM Local Time
Stephen Kenna pushed all in with his last 238,000 from middle position, and Joe Bishop called him from the button. Kenna showed   , and Bishop   . The table had been just been remarking on how frequently A-Q seemed to be coming up in hands. The hand -- which Doyle Brunson has sometimes called his least favorite -- was winning half of the battles and losing half. Unfortunately for Kenna, this would be one of the times A-Q didn't work out, as the board ran out      . Kenna is out, and Bishop is now up to 1.6 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:29 PM Local Time
Action folded to Dennis Phillips on the button and he raised to 70,000. Lisa Parson called from the big blind and they went heads up to the flop. The flop came       and Parsons check-called a bet of 125,000 from Phillips. When the   hit the turn, both players checked. The river fell the   and Parsons led out for 150,000. Phillips called the bet and showed    . Parsons mucked and was left with just 630,000 chips. Phillips cracked the 2,000,000 mark on the hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:28 PM Local Time
We picked up the action on the turn, with the board reading        . Kennedy bet 300,000 and Brokos called, and when the   fell on the river Kennedy bet 500,000 and again Brokos called. And good calls they were -- Brokos'     was good against Kennedy's     and he scooped a pot that brought his stack up to 4.08 million. Kennedy sits with 1.26 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:27 PM Local Time
James McManus raised to 65,000 from middle position, and it folded around to Chris Klodnicki who reraised to 305,000 from the small blind. McManus shoved all in, and after thinking for some time, Klodnicki made the call. Klodnicki:    McManus:    The board ran out      , and Klodnicki doubled up to 2.5 million. McManus, once the chip leader, is now at about 2.1 million.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:24 PM Local Time
After Aaron Gordon raised to 65,000, Victor Ramdin moved all in for his last 350,000. Gordon called with     to Ramdin's    , and when the board ran out          , Ramdin doubled up to 700,000.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:17 PM Local Time
As we admire the enormous chip stacks of players like Mark Vos, Tiffany Michelle, and current chip leader Mark Ketteringham, it's interesting to think that they could have been a whole lot bigger. On Day 1, these players each started with 20,000 in tournament chips which were a total of 29 "actual" chips in front of them. The chip denominations were as follows: Two orange (T5,000) Seven yellow (T1,000) Four light blue (T500) Eight black (T100) Eight green (T25) There have been a total of three color-ups or "race-offs" thus far in the event, during which the green, black, and light blue chips were taken out of play and replaced with larger denomination chips. Currently, the largest chip in play is the dark green (T25,000.) In the later stages of the tournament a T50,000, T100,000, and for the first time ever, a T250,000 chip will be introduced. There are three more color-ups remaining, the next one scheduled for the completion of level 24 early tomorrow afternoon. While somewhat trivial, it's interesting to note that if there were no color-ups, there would be roughly 2,420 (over 24 racks) individual chips in front of each player in the tournament right now. If that weren't insane enough, when play reached the final table, each player would sit behind an average of 22,052 (220 racks) individual chips making play physically impossible.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:16 PM Local Time
Matt Matros lost about 800,000 chips in two hands in close succession. He dropped a pot to Nhan Le when he held     to Le's     on a jack-high board and the money went in on the turn. Matros then lost a pot to Ylon Schwartz when Matt raised with    , Schwartz moved in with    , Matros called, and the flop came ace high. Matt is now down to 1.2 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:15 PM Local Time
Ivan Demidov opened from late position for 75,000, and was called by Jamal Sawaqdeh on the button and Bob Whalen in the big blind. On a flop of      , Whalen checked to Demidov, who made a continuation bet of 170,000. Sawaqdeh folded, but Whalen called. The turn was the  . Whalen checked it to Demidov again, who fired out for 320,000. That was enough to fold Whalen and win the pot. Demidov now has roughly 2.8 million in chips. Whalen slipped just below the 1 million mark.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:14 PM Local Time
Lisa Parsons had taken a couple of small pots with preflop raises, chipping up a bit before the following hand took place. As the dealer dealt the hand, Dennis Phillips asked his tablemates if they'd like any of his Altoids. Several did, and he passed the tin around the table. Being under the gun, Phillips was first to act. No more friendly stuff. Phillips was raising to 70,000. It folded to Parsons who called from middle position. Everyone else got out of the way, and the flop came    . Phillips checked, Parsons bet 100,000, and Phillips called. The turn was the  . Phillips again checked, and this time Parsons fired out 200,000. Phillips went into the tank. After a couple of minutes, he asked Parsons what she had left behind. "Just a ballpark," he said. "About four," she replied, indicating approximately 400,000. Phillips considered a while longer, then let it go. Parsons now has about 1 million, while Phillips has 1.44 million.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:10 PM Local Time
Lonnie Heimowitz moved all in for his last 434,000 from early position and Michael Carroll made the call. Carroll:    Heimowitz:    The board fell       and Heimowitz heads to the exit and Carroll jumps up to 955,000 chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:09 PM Local Time
Aaron Keay opened the action with a raise before Phil Hellmuth popped it up to 220,000 from the small blind. Keay made the call. The flop came     and Hellmuth led out for 140,000 before Keay instantly moved all in. Hellmuth let it go and Keay takes it down. Hellmuth slips back to about 900,000 chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:07 PM Local Time
David "Chino" Rheem has just taken down a nice pot off Cristian Dragomir after the board fell      . Rheem fired out 240,000 on the river and Dragomir tanked before making the call. Rheem showed    for the flush to take it down and move to about 2.3 million in chips.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 10:03 PM Local Time
Kido Pham raised it up to 60,000 and and Tim Loecke made the call on the button. The board of       was checked through until the river when Pham fired out about 100,000. After some table talk, Pham coaxed Loecke into making the call with pocket eights, but Pham flipped    for top pair to add to his stack.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 9:58 PM Local Time
Justin Scott limped in from late position, Alfredo Fernandez limped in from the cutoff, Davor Lanini raised to 100,000 from the small blind, Scott called and Fernandez folded. The flop was       and both players checked. The turn was the  . Lanini bet 100,000 and Scott called. The river was the  . Lanini check-called another 100,000. Scott showed     for a turned set and Lanini mucked. Scott was up to 1,720,000 after the hand while Lanini fell to 750,000.
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