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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 1:18 PM Local Time
The players are now taking a 20-minute break.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:18 PM Local Time
Mike Matusow has again been pretty tight today but just before the break he found a good spot to gamble, getting all his chips in with    against the short-stacked Jeremy Gaubert who held   . The flop came     and Matusow jumped from his chair and screamed "Did I tell you? Did I tell you? They can't beat me!!!" The turn and river bricked  ,   and Matusow takes down the pot to move up to 2.4 million chips and eliminate Gaubert in 58th place. After the hand, a fan from the rail yells out "YES! I got money on you Mikey!" Matusow's reply: "Go bet more!"
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:17 PM Local Time
Joe Bishop opened with a raise from middle position to 105,000 and David Saab made the call in the big blind. Saab checked in the dark as the flop came     and Bishop checked behind. The turn was the   and Saab led out for 125,000. Bishop made the call. The river was the   and Saab fired out 200,000 with Bishop calling once more. Bishop showed    which was good to take down the pot, as Saab slipped to 1.15 million. Next hand Albert Kim raised to 90,000 from the button and Saab made it 225,000 from the small blind. Kim made the call. The flop came     and Saab led for 200,000. Kim moved all in and Saab snap-called with    to hold the best hand against Kim's   . The turn brought the   and river the   and, after taking a hit, Saab finds a double to move up to around 2.3 million, with Kim now back to 5.6 million
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:17 PM Local Time
After Paul Snead raised to 90,000 Mauro Lupo made the call. Justin Sadauskas moved all in from the big blind and Snead snap-called. After Lupo got out of the way Justin learned why Snead called so fast, as Paul's    had his     in deep trouble. Even though he was well ahead Snead didn't feel comfortable--he walked to the rail and held hands with his wife. But there was nothing for him to worry about, as the board ran out           and Sadauskas was eliminated.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:16 PM Local Time
Michael Carroll raised to 90,000 from middle position and Mark Owens moved all in for 429,000 from late position. Carroll made the call and the players showed: Carroll:     Owens:     It was a race situation and Owens came up short when the board ran out          . Owens was eliminated in 60th place while Carroll climbed to about 1,200,000 chips.
COPAG USA
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:15 PM Local Time
Scott Montgomery opened with a raise from under the gun to 115,000 before Peter Neff made it 258,000 from middle position. The action folded to Craig Stein in the small blind, who moved his short stack all in. Montgomery folded and Neff made the call. Neff:    Stein:    The board ran out       to give Stein a set and a double-up to 890,000. Neff is left with 1.4 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:15 PM Local Time
On a flop of      , Jeremy Joseph bet 250,000 from late position into his lone opponent, Gert Andersen who was on the button. Andersen called and the   hit the turn. Joseph then check-called a bet of 500,000 from Andersen. The river fell the   and Joseph check-called Andersen's bet again, this time for 1,000,000. Andersen showed     and Joseph mucked his     face up. Andersen is now the dominant chip leader with approximately 9,000,000 while Joseph is crippled with just about 500,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:13 PM Local Time
Kelly Kim raised to 90,000 from early position and action folded around to Phil Hellmuth in the big blind and he called. The two went heads up to the flop. The flop came      . Hellmuth bet 90,000 and Kim called. Hellmuth immediately stood up to survey the situation and the dealer put the   on the turn. Hellmuth checked and Kim bet 150,000. Hellmuth thought for almost a minute before finally calling and then checking dark. The river fell the   and Kim bet 250,000. Hellmuth called and Kim showed    . Hellmuth mucked and Kim stacked the pot.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:12 PM Local Time
The main event run of Thomas Keller has come to an end. Short-stacked all day, Keller put the last of his roughly 150,000 chips in before the flop holding    . Jeremy Joseph was his lone opponent and he held    . The board ran out           and Keller's king-high was no good. He hit the rail in 61st place while Joseph chipped up to about 1,800,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:08 PM Local Time
Nikolay Losev opened with a raise from the cutoff to 85,000 before Geert Jans made it 280,000 to go from the small blind. Losev made the call. The flop came     and Jans led out with a bet of 250,000. Losev instantly moved all in and Jans snap-called for his tournament life. Jans:    Losev:    Jans held the lead with a pair of aces, but the   on the turn gave Losev trip queens and the lead in the hand. The river was the   to send Jans to the rail in 62nd place.
COPAG USA
Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:04 PM Local Time
The following statement was just released by the World Series of Poker regarding Phil Hellmuth's penalty, which was overturned at the start of play today: "This morning Phil Hellmuth met with Jack Effel, WSOP Tournament Director, Howard Greenbaum, Harrah's Regional Vice President for Specialty Gaming, and Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the WSOP. Based on that meeting and an official review of the situation, it was decided that the penalty imposed on Mr. Hellmuth at the conclusion of play last night was excessive." "Warnings and penalties are intended to correct inappropriate behavior and our rulings should be as fair as possible, given the circumstances," said Pollack. "In this instance, the punishment did not fit the crime." "Phil has now been warned and put on notice in a way that he never has been," Pollack added.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:58 PM Local Time
Brandon Cantu just took down another big pot when his     bested the     of Dennis Phillips. The board was           and Cantu managed to trim about 1,100,000 off of Phillips with his flop and turn bets. Cantu is now sitting on about 6,200,000 while Phillips commands a stack of about 3,680,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:58 PM Local Time
Brian Tatum opened with a raise under the gun to 125,000 before Craig Marquis made it 325,000 to go from the cutoff. Tatum moved all in for about 385,000 more and Marquis made the call. Marquis:    Tatum:    The board ran out       to give Marquis the pot and eliminate Tatum in 63rd place, collecting $115,800.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:55 PM Local Time
Victor Ramdin moved all in for 162,000 from early position and Garrett Beckman made the call from the big blind. Ramdin     Beckman     The flop was       and Beckman made a set of jacks, but Ramdin picked up a flush draw. It wasn't to be, though, as the   hit the turn and the   fell on the river, eliminating Ramdin in 64th place. After the hand, Beckman was up to 1.3 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:55 PM Local Time
Action folded to Kelly Kim on the button and he raised to 80,000. Larry Wright called from the small blind and it was heads up to the flop. When the flop came       both players checked. The   hit the turn and Wright checked. Kim bet 150,000 and Wright moved all in for 631,000 total. Kim called instantly and the players showed: Kim:     Wright:     Wright was drawing dead and the   on the river was meaningless. Larry Wright was eliminated in 65th place and takes home $96,500 for his impressive finish.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:48 PM Local Time
Action folded around to Phil Hellmuth in late position and he raised to 90,000. Allen Kennedy called from the button and the two took a flop heads up. The flop came       and both players checked. When the   hit the turn, Hellmuth bet 60,000 and Kennedy called. The river fell the   and Hellmuth bet 175,000. Kennedy moved all in for 510,000 total and Hellmuth made the call. Kennedy showed     and Hellmuth mucked in disgust.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:47 PM Local Time
The short-stacked Zapf was probably pleased to pick up     and even happier to get all his money in up against Peter Eastgate's    . That is, right up to the point where the flop came       to give Peter the nut straight. The board ran out     and Zapf's day came to a sudden, sudden end.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:42 PM Local Time
Ivan Demidov raised to 85,000 from the cutoff, Phi Nguyen called from the button and Garrett Beckman called from the big blind. The flop was       and the action was checked around. The turn was the  . Beckman checked, Demidov checked, Nguyen bet 180,000, Beckman folded and Demidov called. The river was the   and both players checked. Demidov showed     and Nguyen mucked. Demidov is now up to 4,420,000 while Nguyen fell to 1,080,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:41 PM Local Time
Justin Scott moved the last of his chips in on a flop of     holding    for just middle pair, but ran into the pocket aces of Albert Kim. The turn and river bricked out, and Scott becomes our 67th-place finisher. Albert Kim is storming up the chip count leader board and now sits with around 6.8 million chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:41 PM Local Time
It was folded around to Suresh Prabhu in the small blind and he moved in for his last 570,000 with     . But Ylon Schwartz woke up with     in the big blind and when the           board brought Prabhu no help he was eliminated.