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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 5:21 PM Local Time
Niklas Flisberg moved all in for his last 450,000 with     and Peter Neff called in the small blind with    . But Flisberg outflopped him on the       flop and when the     fell on the turn and river Flisberg doubled to 1 million, while Neff fell to an almost identical 1.05 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 5:19 PM Local Time
Jason Riesenberg opened for 150,000 from middle position, Clint Schaefer called from late position, Nick Sliwinski reraised to 500,000 from the small blind, Riesenberg moved all in and both Schaefer and Sliwinski folded. After the hand, Riesenberg was up to 1,970,000, Schaefer was at 2,080,000 and Sliwinski held 2.8 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 5:18 PM Local Time
Action folded to Joe Bishop in middle position and he raised to 225,000. Albert Kim made the call from late position and they took a flop heads up. The flop came       and Bishop led out for 350,000. Kim raised to 950,000 and Bishop made a relatively quick call. The   hit the turn and both players checked. When the   hit the river, Bishop checked and said, "You're not gonna bet here." Kim did indeed bet, this time 600,000. Bishop took his time before finally calling. Kim showed     and while he waited for Bishop he nervously said, "Now don't slow-roll me." Bishop threw his hand into the muck and Kim stacked the pot. He is now up to just over 8,000,000, while Bishop slipped to just over 5,000,000 chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 5:16 PM Local Time
Dean Hamrick raised to 140,000 from late position, Gert Andersen called from the cutoff, and Mauro Lupo did the same from the small blind. The flop came       and, after Lupo checked, Hamrick bet 325,000. Andersen folded, Lupo called, and the   came on the turn. Lupo check-called Hamrick's bet, and when the   came on the river and Lupo checked again, Hamrick decided to check behind as well. It turned out his     was good against Lupo's     and busted flush draw. He's now up to 2.55 million while Lupo slipped to 1.475 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 5:14 PM Local Time
Brandon Cantu raised to 175,000, Nikolay Losev called on the button and Peter Eastgate called from the big blind. The flop was      . Eastgate checked, Cantu bet 350,000, Losev called and Eastgate folded. The turn was the  . Cantu bet 475,000, Losev raised to 1,000,000 and Cantu called. The river was the  . Cantu checked. And here's where things got interesting. Chip leader Losev had all of his 100,000 denomination chips stacked up into one tall tower. He gripped the tower, slid it out toward where the dealer button sat in front of his chip stack, and then pulled it back. He then took 15 chips off the top of the tower and bet 1.5 million. Several players at the table were alarmed at this, especially since Losev had made what appeared to be a string bet only a few hands prior. In that incident, Losev had picked up some chips, cut them down in front of his stack, then returned to his main stack two more times for additional chips before stacking them all together and pushing out his bet. Losev's motions on that hand were ruled by the floor not to be a string bet. Tournament Director Jack Effel was called over to the table to make a ruling. Losev ended up getting a warning about moving his chips that way, but did not receive a penalty. Since Losev does not speak English, his translator relayed the information to him at the end of the hand. Losev's 1.5 million river bet was allowed to stand and Cantu quickly called, turning over     for eights full. Cantu's stack is now up to 10.4 million, while Losev has 7 million.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008 5:09 PM Local Time
From the cutoff Jason Riesenberg moved all in for his last 680,000 and Clint Schafer called from the small blind. His     held the lead against Riesenberg's    , but Jason connected on the       flop and he managed to hang on as the   came on the turn and the   on the river. He's now up to 1.49 million and Schafer is down to 2.4 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:58 PM Local Time
From the cutoff, Jonathan Plens raised to 135,000 and Anthony Scherer reraised to 400,000 from the big blind. Plens moved in for 990,000 and Scherer called. Plens looked to be in good shape to double up with     to Scherer's    , but the       flop was a killer for Plens. The turn was the  , the river the  , and Jonathan Plens was eliminated from the Main Event.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:58 PM Local Time
Action folded to Felix Osterland and he pushed all in for 720,000 from middle position. Paul Snead made the call from the big blind and the players showed: Snead:     Osterland:     The board ran out           and Osterland's sevens were best. He doubled to just over 1,500,000 leaving Snead just under the average with about 3,100,000 chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:52 PM Local Time
Scott Montgomery raised to 150,000 in middle position and Andrew Brokos reraised to 500,000. Montgomery then popped it to 2.5 million, a bet big enough to get anybody's attention, and it certainly got Andrew's as he threw his hand away.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:49 PM Local Time
Andrew Brokos raised to 135,000 from the cutoff, Jason Glass moved all in for 190,000 from the small blind and Brokos called. Glass tabled    , leading Brokos'    . The flop was      , but the   landed on the turn, pairing up Brokos. The river was the   and Glass was eliminated and made his exit from the Amazon Room with an ESPN crew hot on his heels.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:48 PM Local Time
Tiffany Michelle just tossed some chips around in the last few hands. On the first hand, Michelle raised to 150,000 and was reraised an additional 325,000 by Ivan Demidov. Michelle made the call and they took the       flop heads up. Michelle checked and Demidov led out for 525,000. Michelle announced a raise before pushing out 1,600,000 chips. Demidov gave up his hand and Michelle picked up over 1,000,000 chips without a showdown. A couple hands later, Michelle raised it up before the flop again, this time to the tune of 150,000. Garrett Beckman made it 425,000 to see a flop and Michelle came along. The flop came       and Beckman led out for 300,000. Michelle declared "all in" and Beckman folded. Tiffany Michelle is playing her fair share of pots and staying aggressive. She currently sits on about 5,100,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:46 PM Local Time
Niklas Flisberg limped in from the small blind, Scott Montgomery raised an additional 100,000 and Flisberg called. The flop was      . Flisberg checked, Montgomery bet 150,000 and Flisberg called. The turn was the  . Flisberg checked again, Montgomery bet 350,000, Flisberg raised to 1,000,000 and Montgomery went into the tank for several minutes before moving all in. Flisberg made the call. Flisburg turned up     for two pair while Montgomery tabled     for top pair. The river was the   and Flisberg doubled up.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:45 PM Local Time
After Peter Eastgate raised to150,000 from the cutoff, Nicholas Sliwinski called on the button, and Gert Andersen called as well from the big blind. All three players checked the       flop, and when the   came on the turn, Andersen and Eastgate again checked and Sliwinski bet 250,000. Andersen called and Eastgate folded. The river brought the   and Andersen and Sliwinski both checked. And that's when Andersen learned his     had been chased down by Sliwinski's    . Nicholas is now up to 3.7 million while Andersen still sits with 8.3 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:40 PM Local Time
Action folded to Kido Pham in late position and he moved all in for 725,000. Joe Bishop made the call and the players showed: Pham:     Bishop:     The board ran out           and Pham took down the pot. He chipped up to just over 1,500,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:37 PM Local Time
Action folded to Tiffany Michelle in late position and she raised to 200,000. Joe Bishop called from the big blind and the two took a flop heads up. The flop came       and Bishop check-called a bet of 300,000 from Michelle. The   hit the turn and again Bishop check-called Michelle's bet, this time for 400,000. The river fell the   and Bishop checked again. Michelle pushed out 600,000 and Bishop called. He showed     and Michelle mucked. Joe Bishop won the pot. He climbed to just over 7,000,000 chips while Michelle slipped to just under the 4,000,000 mark.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:32 PM Local Time
David Rheem raised to 150,000 from middle position and Chris Crilly made the call from the big blind. The flop came       and Crilly checked. Rheem pushed out a bet of 200,000 and and Crilly moved all in. Rheem made a quick call and the players showed: Rheem:     Crilly:     The turn came the   with the river   behind it. Crilly failed to improve and was eliminated in 44th place. David "Chino" Rheem is now just over the 5,000,000 chip mark.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:31 PM Local Time
The action was folded around to Clint Schaefer in the small blind and he raised to 150,000. Toni Cristian min-raised to 300,000 and Schaefer made the call. The two players checked the       flop, but when the   turned Schaefer bet 250,000 and Cristian called. The   fell on the river, Schaefer decided to check, and Cristian came out with a 400,000 bet, which was good enough to get Schaefer to surrender his hand. Cristian is now up to 4.1 million and Schaefer sits with 3.3 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:29 PM Local Time
Jason Glass raised to 140,000 from middle position, Scott Montgomery moved all in from the big blind for a million more, and Glass made the call. Montgomery     Glass     The board ran out           and Montgomery doubled up to 2.3 million. Glass was crippled, left with only 90,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:22 PM Local Time
Jonathan Plens opened for 130,000 from the button and Kelly Kim called from the small blind. The flop was       and both players checked. The turn was the  . Kim checked, Plens bet 125,000 and Kim called. The river was the  . Kim bet 325,000 and Plens mucked. After the hand, Kim was up to 4.8 million while Plens fell to 1,060,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 4:13 PM Local Time
The 100K chips have arrived on the tables at the Main Event, and they're a lovely lilac with dark gray flecks. There's unlikely to be confusion when it comes to chip colors and denominations this year-- the 5,000s are a vibrant orange, the 25,000s a deep green and, now these light purple ones.