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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 2:56 PM Local Time
Nikolay Losev raised to 110,000 from late position and Chris Klodnicki called from the big blind. Both players checked the       flop but when the   came on the turn Klodnicki bet 225,000. Losev raised to 500,000 and Chris made the call. The   fell on the river, Klodnicki checked, Losev checked, and Nikolay's     were good against Klodnicki's    . Losev is now up to 7.8 million while Klodnicki slipped to 5.27 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:49 PM Local Time
After seeing a flop of      , Tiffany Michelle checked from the small blind and Ivan Demidov checked as well. Cristian Dragomir bet 275,000 and when Tiffany called Ivan chose to fold. The turn brought the   and Michelle check-called Dragomir's 525,000 bet. When the   fell on the river, Tiffany moved all in and Cristian threw his hand away. She's now up to 5.25 million and Dragomir is down to 1.2 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:47 PM Local Time
In a raised pot, Craig Marquis and David "Chino" Rheem took a flop of    . Marquis checked from the big blind to Rheem, who fired out 100,000. Marquis made the call. The turn of the   was checked through and the   landed on the river. Marquis checked again and Rheem made a bet 300,000. Marquis called and Rheem showed   , only to find himself outkicked by the    of Marquis. "I thought I was value-betting the river!" exclaimed Rheem. He falls to 2.56 million with Marquis now up to 3.35 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:44 PM Local Time
There are just 50 players left in the Main Event and all the action is concentrated around a handful of tables by the Milwaukee's Best Light lounge. The rest of this cavernous room is empty, almost eerily so--though being able to walk in a straight line from one end of the room to the other without having to navigate a maze of tables, rails, players and spectators is oddly liberating. There's something else you immediately notice now that the room is cleared out: it's cold in here. Not chilly--COLD. Earlier in the Series all that body heat and nervous energy radiating through the room kept things relatively comfortable. Now it's empty, the air conditioning is blasting away hard enough to create a wind chill factor and, if you take a look at the photo, working conditions for your faithful reporters have become a bit trying. Expect a run on hooded sweatshirts before the night is out.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:42 PM Local Time
Nikolay Losev raised it up to 110,000 from early position and Dean Hamrick made the call from the small blind. The flop came     and Hamrick checked it over to Losev, who made a continuation bet of 150,000. Hamrick then check-raised to 375,000. Losev made the call. The turn was the   and Hamrick checked again and Losev this time fired out 500,000. Hamrick went into the tank for a long time before giving up his hand. Hamrick falls to 1.8 million, with Losev amongst our leaders with 7.2 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:34 PM Local Time
Action folded around to Phil Hellmuth in late position and he limped into the pot. Kelly Kim completed from the small blind and Anthony Scherer checked his big blind option. The flop came      . Action checked to Hellmuth and he led out for 65,000. Kim passed but Scherer moved all in. Hellmuth thought for about three minutes before finally folding     face up. Scherer stacked the pot and left Hellmuth with about 600,000 chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:33 PM Local Time
Tiffany Michelle limped in from UTG, Kido Pham raised to 300,000 from early position and Michelle made the call. The flop was      . Michelle led out for 750,000. "I know you don't have a big hand, but I'll let you have it," said Pham, as he mucked his cards. After the hand, Michelle was up to 4,000,000, while Pham fell to 1.8 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:27 PM Local Time
Mike Matusow opened with a preflop raise to 110,000 before Alfredo Fernandez moved all in for 625,000 in total. Matusow made the call. Matusow:    Fernandez:    The board fell       to eliminate Fernandez in 51st place. After the hand Matusow yelled, "That's the power of positive thinking! They can't beat me!" He stacks up 3.4 million in chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:26 PM Local Time
Action folded around to Mark Ketteringham on the button and he moved all in for 590,000. Gert Andersen called from the small blind. The big blind passed and the players showed: Ketteringham:     Andersen:     The board ran out           and Ketteringham's hand was second best. Andersen's pair of queens took it down and sent the early chip leader to the rail in 52nd place. Andersen is inching ever closer to the ten million mark with about 9,840,000 chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:25 PM Local Time
On a board of      Nhan Le had fired out a bet but was left facing an all-in reraise from Owen Crowe. After a long time in the tank Le eventually made the call with    for top two pair, and Crowe showed    for the bare flush draw. However, the river was the   and Crowe made his flush to move up to around 1.6 million chips, with Le falling to 600,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:20 PM Local Time
Tiffany Michelle limped into the pot from under the gun and from the blinds Toni Cristian and Cristian Dragomir came along for the ride. The flop came      , Cristian checked and Dragomir bet 75,000. Michelle called and Cristian folded. The turn brought the seemingly innocent  . Dragomir bet 100,000, Tiffany raised to 200,000, and Cristian reraised to 400,000. That's when Michelle moved all in and Dragomir decided that enough was enough. He mucked his cards and Tiffany scooped a pot that pushed her back up to 3.78 million. Dragomir is now down to 2.18 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:11 PM Local Time
Joe Bishop opened with a raise to 100,000 from early position before Alan Gould made it 400,000 to go from middle position. Albert Kim then bumped it up once again, to 1.1 million from the cutoff. The blinds folded, as did Bishop, before Gould moved all in for 2.1 million in total. Kim made the call. Kim:    Gould:    The board ran out       to send Gould to the rail in 53rd place, while Kim now sits with over 7.5 million chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:10 PM Local Time
Chris Klodnicki opened with a raise to 110,000 from the button before Alex Outhred moved all in from the small blind for his last 525,000. Klodnicki made the call. Klodnicki:    Outhred:    The flop came     to give Outhred a pair of kings, but Klodnicki made a set of nines to take a commanding lead in the hand. When the   fell on the turn, Outhred was left drawing dead. He is eliminated in 54th place, which means he jumps into the next payout bracket for a collect of $135,100.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:10 PM Local Time
Rafael Caiaffa moved all in for 120,000 from the cutoff and Phi Nguyen called from the big blind. Caiaffa     Nguyen     The board ran out           and Caiaffa hit the rail, collecting $115,800 for his 55th-place finish.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:08 PM Local Time
Tiffany Michelle opened for 120,000 from late position, Ivan Demidov reraised to 390,000 from the button and Michelle called. The flop was       and both players checked. The turn was the  . Michelle bet 500,000 and Demidov called. The river was the  . Michelle bet 800,000 and Demidov tanked for about two minutes before raising to 2,200,000. After thinking it over for a minute or so, Michelle mucked her cards. After the hand, Demidov was up to 6,500,000, while Michelle's stack fell to 3,150,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:02 PM Local Time
Jonathan Plens raised to 100,000 from middle position and Eric Bamer called from the cutoff. The flop came       and when Plens bet 140,000 Bamer moved all in. Plens quickly called and his     needed to hang on against Bamer's     and flush draw. The turn brought the  , the river the   and with that Eric Bamer was eliminated from the Main Event.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:55 PM Local Time
A short-stacked Jeremy Joseph moved all in for 505,000 form early position. Action folded to Gert Andersen and he called from late position. The rest of the table passed and the players showed: Joseph:     Andersen:     The board helped neither player as it ran out          . Jeremy Joseph hit the rail in 57th place while Gert Andersen approached the 10,000,000 chip mark.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:54 PM Local Time
With the board reading           on the river, Tiffany Michelle bet 600,000 and Rafael Caiaffa made the call. Michelle turned over     for two pair and Caiaffa mucked. He's down to only 150,000 while Michelle's stack now totals 4.8 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:50 PM Local Time
The players just resumed play and with them safely behind the ropes and tucked in their seats, the spectators were allowed in. They poured through the doors at the opposite end of the room and those wanting to get the choicest seats around the ESPN TV table started walking, then walking faster, then jogging, until the Amazon Room looked like the starting line of the Boston Marathon. "No running!" floorman Chris Spears barked into the microphone as poker fans young and old hustled to the stage. But the pace slowed and we didn't see a mob scene at the entrance of the final table stage.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:43 PM Local Time
Play resumes.