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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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Monday, July 14, 2008 12:06 AM Local Time
With only 27 players' chip stacks to confirm, WSOP officials have quickly compiled the official chip counts as of the end of Day 6. Dennis Phillips, stacked at 11,910,000, holds a narrow lead over Craig Marquis, with PokerNews' own Tiffany Michelle in third. The complete standings after Day 6 play: Dennis Phillips 11,910,000 Craig Marquis 11,460,000 Tiffany 'Hot Chips' Michelle 9,755,000 Peter Eastgate 9,325,000 Kelly Kim 8,840,000 David 'Chino' Rheem 8,280,000 Gert Andersen 6,740,000 Paul Snead 6,600,000 Chris Klodnicki 6,245,000 Toni Judet 5,000,000 Ivan Demidov 4,965,000 Nicholas Sliwinski 4,925,000 Joe Bishop 4,855,000 Brandon Cantu 4,740,000 Darus Suharto 4,510,000 Scott Montgomery 4,320,000 Owen 'ocrowe' Crowe 3,800,000 Albert Kim 3,675,000 Ylon Schwartz 3,655,000 Jason Riesenberg 3,405,000 Anthony Scherer 2,385,000 Dean Hamrick 2,375,000 Tim Loecke 2,280,000 Aaron Gordon 1,790,000 Niklas Flisberg 1,330,000 Phi Nguyen 1,020,000 Michael Carroll 1,015,000 Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event will see these 27 players battle down to the last nine, who will then return in November for the finale. Action resumes at noon PDT from the Amazon Room at the Rio, and PokerNews will be on hand with the latest big hands and bustouts. Day 7 seat assignments will be posted within the hour in the "Day 7" blog.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:50 PM Local Time
Exactly 6,844 players -- amateurs and professionals, rookies and grizzled veterans, from 21 to 95 years of age -- put up $10,000 and took their shots at the 2008 WSOP Main Event. Most of them went home empty-handed with nothing more than a few stories to tell. 666 of them left the Rio with at least some cash in their hands. Now only 27 remain, each of them boasting a nearly quarter-million dollar guaranteed payday. The two marquee names left in the tournament both saw their Main Event come to an end today. Phil Hellmuth made his exit in 45th place when A-Q failed him for the fourth year in a row, while Mike Matusow was eliminated in 30th place when his A-J flopped trips, but could not fade the nine on the turn that made Paul Snead a full house. Also eliminated today were top online players Garrett "GBecks" Beckman, Adam "Roothlus" Levy, and David "Raptor" Benefield. Craig Marquis ended the night as the chip leader with over 11 million, with Dennis Phillips close behind. Tiffany Michelle holds the third spot with a 9.9 million stack. As always, official chip counts and seating assignments will be posted as soon as they become available. Join us tomorrow for our final day of WSOP Main Event Coverage, where the field will thin from 27 players to the "November Nine" who will return this fall to play down to a winner. From the Rio in Las Vegas, that's a wrap!
Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:49 PM Local Time
Nicholas Sliwinski and Nikolay Losev have been sparring all night long and their final confrontation is our final hand of the night. Again the action was folded around to Sliwinski in the small blind, and this time he chose to simply call. Losev was having none of that--he raised to 775,000. Sliwinski then moved all in, meaing Losev had to decide whether to call for his last 700,000. After tanking a bit Losev made the call, and his     were up against Sliwinski's    . Losev had two live cards but the board ran out           and Nikolay Losev was our last elimination of the night, finishing in 28th place. When play resumes tomorrow Sliwinski will have a 4.9 million stack waiting for him.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:36 PM Local Time
Peter Eastgate opened for 235,000, Tim Loecke called from the cutoff and Nikolay Losev called from the small blind. The flop was      . Losev checked, Eastgate bet 375,000, Loecke called and Losev folded. The turn was the  . Eastgate bet 675,000 and Loecke mucked his cards. Eastgate raked in the pot.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:35 PM Local Time
The action was folded around to Nicholas Sliwinski in the small blind and he raised to 240,000. Nicolay Losev moved all in for 3.25 million and Sliwinski said, "If I'm going home, I'm going home." He called, and found that his     was indeed ahead of Losev's    . The flop came       and the turn the  . "Don't do me dirty," Sliwinski said to the dealer, and on the river the   fell and Sliwinski's hand held up. He now sits with 3.45 million while Losev is down to 1.66 million.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:27 PM Local Time
Ivan Demidov raised to 225,000 from middle position and Joe Bishop called from the cutoff. When action got to Cristian Dragomir in the small blind, he moved all in for just over 1,500,000. Demidov folded but Bishop called instantly. The players showed: Bishop:     Dragomir:     Dragomir was in bad shape and needed help from the community cards to stay alive. After multiple dramatic pauses for the sake of the television cameras, the board finished           and Dragomir's hand was second-best. He was eliminated in 29th place and pushed his chips over to Bishop, who now sits on about 3,800,000 in chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:22 PM Local Time
Craig Marquis opened with a raise to 225,000 and David Rheem made the call. Aaron Gordon then moved all in for 755,000 in total with both opponents making the call. With two live players, the board of       was checked down, with Gordon showing    as the best hand! He triples up to about 2.7 million to stay alive!
Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:15 PM Local Time
Albert Kim opened with a raise under the gun to 225,000 and Tiffany Michelle made the call in middle position. The table folded and the two saw a flop of    . Kim checked and Michelle fired out 350,000. Kim made the call. The turn was the   and Kim checked again to Michelle who bet out 500,000. Kim beat her into the pot to make the call. The river of the   was checked down by both players. Michelle showed    to take down the pot. She is now up to over 8.5 million chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:07 PM Local Time
Play resumes. Play will continue until the field reaches 27 players.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:55 PM Local Time
And this one is gonna hurt for awhile. Paul Snead raised to 200,000 and Mike Matusow reraised to 660,000 from the big blind. Snead called, and they saw an       flop. Both players checked, and when the   came on the turn Matusow bet 500,000. Snead moved all in, Matusow called, and that's when Mike learned that his     had been overtaken by Snead's    . The   came on the river, and with that Mike Matusow's run in the Main Event came to an end.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:50 PM Local Time
Details of the hand will be posted momentarily. In the meantime, the remaining 29 players have been sent on a 20-minute break.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:42 PM Local Time
Garrett Beckman opened the action with a preflop raise to 175,000 from under the gun. The action folded to Dennis Phillips who called in the cutoff. The blinds folded and the two players went heads up to a flop of    . Both players checked and saw a turn of  . Beckman fired out a bet of 280,000 before Phillips made it 600,000 to go. Beckman moved all in and Phillips snap-called. Beckman held    for overcards with the nut flush draw, but would need to hit as Phillips showed    for the straight. The river bricked the   and Beckman becomes our 31st-place finisher, good for a $193,000 payday.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:40 PM Local Time
Clint Schafer moved all in for 330,000 from the button and Tim Loecke insta-called. Schafer:     Loecke:     The flop came down      , pairing Loecke's ace. "Six of diamonds! One time!" cried Schafer's railbirds. The turn was the  . "OK, any six!" implored Schafer. The river, though was the   and Schafer's Main Event run was over. He'll take home $193,000 for his 32nd-place finish. After the hand, Loecke was up to 2,550,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:37 PM Local Time
Action folded to Jamal Kunbuz and he moved all in from middle position for 1,020,000. Ylon Schwartz reraised all in and when action folded around the players showed: Kunbuz:     Schwartz:     Kunbuz was quite dominated and needed considerable help to stay alive. The board ran out           and Kunbuz was our 33rd-place finisher. Ylon Schwartz is now sitting on a stack of about 2.6 million in chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:29 PM Local Time
Owen Crowe and Scott Montgomery limped in and saw a flop of      . Crowe checked, Montgomery bet 125,000 from the button, Crowe raised to 300,000 and Montgomery called. The turn was the  . Crowe bet 500,000 and Montgomery called. The river was the   and both players checked. Crowe turned up     for tens and sixes, but Montgomery held a bigger two pair with     and raked in the pot.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:27 PM Local Time
After a flop of       Nikolay Losev and Kelly Kim checked and Peter Eastgate bet 400,000. Losev then check-raised to 1.1 million and Kim got out of the way. Eastgate did not get in the way--he moved all in for over 7 million. Losev folded his hand, and is back down to 1.7 million. Eastgate is up to 8.9 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:20 PM Local Time
Mike Matusow opened for a raise to 180,000. Brandon Cantu asked for a count on Matusow's chips and he replied, "About 2.7 (million)." Cantu reraised to 600,000 and David "Chino" Rheem moved all in. Matusow folded and Cantu flashed the     as he folded too. Matusow said he folded     as Rheem stacked the pot.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:19 PM Local Time
Darus Suharto raised to 160,000 and Chris Klodnicki reraised to 600,000. Suharto then bumped it a wee bit, to 2.1 million. That's when Klodnicki open-folded    . Suharto showed his pocket kings and said, "You owe me two now," referring to an earlier time when he showed his hand after Klodnicki folded. As Suharto scooped the pot, there was a bit of confusion as a single 25,000 chip was sitting in-between Suharto and Dean Hamrick. They weren't sure who it belonged to, so Suharto and Hamrick agreed to Roshambo for it, until floorman Steve Frezer came over and said, "Ah, no, you're not doing that." They went to check the security cameras to find where the chip's true home is.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:12 PM Local Time
Nikolay Losev raised to 175,000 from UTG and Toni Cristian called from the button. The flop was      . Losev checked, Cristian bet 225,000 and Losev called. When the turn came the   Losev check-raised Cristian's 400,000 bet all in and Judet gave it up. Losev is now up to 2,750,000 while Cristian sits at 5,610,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:06 PM Local Time
Cristian Dragomir opened with a raise to 180,000 from early position and the action folded around to Phi Nugyen in the small blind who moved all in. Joe Bishop folded his big blind and Dragomir deliberated the 470,000-chip decision, before making the call to give us our third all-in confrontation in three consecutive hands on the feature table! Dragomir:    Nguyen:    The board ran out       and Nguyen doubles up to about 1.4 million chips!