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2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 18, 2009 to Saturday, June 20, 2009

Event #37: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 of Better Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,541,600
  • Entries: 164
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:45 PM Local Time
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow has ducked under the rail and is standing right beside the final table. Matusow is chatting it up with some of his friends and fellow professionals along with congratulating them on making it this far. Of course, he's thrown in the occasional joke about how bad they play and how lucky they must have been to get here, but it's all in good fun.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:42 PM Local Time
Chen: (X-X)         (X) Rivera: (X-X)         (X) Yan Chen completed and then bet every street. On seventh, Anthony Rivera checked his down cards and then mucked. Chen was able to pull in three big bets out of Rivera and put a nice dent in his stack.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:35 PM Local Time
Cards are back in the air with 48 minutes left to play in Level 20.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:32 PM Local Time
Here's a look at the lineup on our nine-handed single table, along with updated chip counts: Seat 1 - Yan Chen 422,000 Seat 2 - Anthony Rivera 382,000 Seat 3 - Frank Mariani 450,000 Seat 4 - Abe Mosseri 913,000 Seat 5 - Justin "Boosted J" Smith 280,000 Seat 6 - Doyle Brunson 328,000 Seat 7 - Mike Wattel 230,000 Seat 8 - Farzad Rouhani 930,000 Seat 9 - Jeff Lisandro 1,075,000
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:22 PM Local Time
Our final nine have been sent on a fifteen minute break. When they return, they'll combine to one table.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:22 PM Local Time
Perry Friedman (X)(X)         (X) Jeff Lisandro (X)(X)         (X) Justin Smith (X)(X)         (X) After posting his ante, Perry Friedman was left with only 5,000 in chips, and they went into the middle on third street. Lisandro check-called a bet from Smith on fourth and both players checked fifth and sixth streets. Lisandro checked seventh street, Smith bet, and Lisandro folded. Though Friedman had a pair of queens for high, Smith showed trip threes and with neither player making a low hand, he scooped the pot and sent Friedman to the rail in 10th place.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:18 PM Local Time
Perry Friedman had the bring-in with the  , Scotty Nguyen completed with the   up, and Jeff Lisandro raised showing the  . "Believe it or not, I have to fold this," said Friedman, who was left with only 13,000 behind, while Nguyen called all in. Lisandro made trip eights by sixth street and though Nguyen started with three to a six low, he bricked out and was eliminated in 11th place.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:14 PM Local Time
After missing both his flush draw and his low draw in a pot with Farzad Rouhani, Perry Friedman was left with only 18,000 in chips. Scotty Nguyen, seated to Friedman's left, is also on an extreme short stack with 30,000.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:11 PM Local Time
Farzad Rouhani had a little bit of a roller coaster ride a few minutes ago. First, he involved himself in a hand with Jeff Lisandro. Lisandro was showing three diamonds and a low draw. Rouhani had a pair of sixes on board. After seventh, Lisandro fired into Rouhani, who showed his hand. All he had was a pair of sixes. He muttered to himself that he knew he had the best hand, but let it go anyway. "I'll show you one," said Lisandro. He then turned over the   and said, "I can only show you that one." The pot cost Rouhani about 75,000 from his stack. On the next hand, Rouhani got it all back when he scooped a big pot from Perry Friedman. Friedman mucked his hand after Rouhani showed him two pair, kings and jacks. Perry was left with about 160,000 and Rouhani got all his chips back and then some from the previous hand.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:03 PM Local Time
Abe Mosseri (X)(X)    Justin Smith (X)(X)        (X) Perry Friedman (X)(X)        (X) Abe Mosseri brought it in, Justin Smith completed, Perry Friedman called and Mosseri called as well. Friedman caught an ace and led out on fourth, Mosseri folded and Smith called. Friedman bet fifth, Smith raised, and Friedman asked what he had behind. The answer was 14,000 and Friedman set him all in. Smith made the call. "I have kings," said Friedman, who turned up    . Smith had him, though, with     in the hole for a pair of aces. Smith made aces up on sixth, and caught the   on seventh, while Friedman hit the   and the   to make kings up. They were no good, and Smith scooped the pot, doubling his stack to 220,000. Friedman was left with 290,000.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:57 PM Local Time
Farzad Rouhani just scooped Scotty Nguyen in a pot worth over 100,000 chips. Scotty tabled two pair, jacks and nines, at the end of the hand in which both players were showing high boards. Rouhani bested Scotty's two pair with a better two pair of his own, kings and tens. Nguyen dropped to 127,000 chips.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:48 PM Local Time
Scotty Nguyen (X)(X)         (X) Abe Mosseri (X)(X)        (X) Jeff Lisandro had the bring-in with the  , Scotty Nguyen completed, Abe Mosseri raised, Lisandro folded and Nguyen called. Mosseri continued to lead, betting fourth, fifth, and sixth streets, Nguyen calling him down. Both players checked on the river. Mosseri turned up       for two pair jacks and sevens. Nguyen mucked and Mosseri scooped the pot, taking him up to 935,000. Nguyen was left with 210,000.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:42 PM Local Time
Smith: (X-X)         (X) Rouhani: (X-X)         (X) After Abe Mosseri completed, Justin "BoostedJ" Smith raised, and then Farzad Rouhani reraised. Smith made the call. Rouhani then bet on fourth, fifth, and sixth. Smith called each time. On seventh, both players checked. Rouhani turned up     for a pair of aces, but left his seventh card face down. "Don't peel, just turn up your card," said Smith. Rouhani then took his time and peeled the   to make aces up. Smith mumbled something, as he was displeased at the way Rouhani went about showing his hand at the end. Smith did show       and then mucked.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:34 PM Local Time
Jeff Lisandro (X)(X)         (X) Abe Mosseri (X)(X)         (X) Scotty Nguyen (X)(X)         (X) Just as Lyle Berman was being eliminated, a large three-way pot was underway on Table 154. Jeff Lisandro checked seventh street, Scotty Nguyen bet, Abe Mosseri called, Lisandro raised, and both Nguyen and Mosseri called the additional bet. Lisandro showed       for sevens full of nines while Nguyen revealed       for an 8-6 low. Mosseri mucked while Lisandro and Nguyen split the pot.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:29 PM Local Time
Lyle Berman (X)(X)         (X) Anthony Rivera (X)(X)        (X) Yan Chen (X)(X)     Anthony Rivera completed on third street, Yan Chen called, and Lyle Berman raised. Both players called. River led out on fourth, Chen mucking his hand and Berman making the call. On fifth and sixth Rivera led and Berman called. Rivera bet seventh street, elicting a frown from a clearly frustrated Berman. He folded and Rivera took down the pot, leaving Berman with only 60,000. Berman succumbed on the next hand and exited in 12th place.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:26 PM Local Time
Doyle Brunson (X)(X)      Mike Wattel (X)(X)      Lyle Berman (X)(X)      Doyle Brunson had the bring-in, Mike Wattel completed, Lyle Berman called and Brunson called as well. Wattel made the high board on fourth street and led out, both Berman and Brunson coming along. On fifth, Berman made an open pair of fives, but Wattel started to bet out before Berman could act. He took his bet back, Berman bet, Brunson folded, and Wattel raised. Looking just sick about it, Berman mucked his cards, Wattel taking down the sizeable pot. After starting as the short stack, he's now up to 325,000 while Berman is down to 152,000.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:24 PM Local Time
In between hands, Justin "BoostedJ" Smith has been putting his head down on the table and taking little naps. He did pop up to play out this hand. Friedman: (X-X)         (X) Mosseri: (X-X)         (X) Smith: (X-X)         (X) On fourth and fifth street, Abe Mosseri bet and both players called. On sixth, Mosseri checked to Smith. He fired a bet and was all in for 25,000 total. Friedman called and then Mosseri raised. Friedman called that as well. On seventh, both Mosseri and Friedman checked. Friedman announced an eight low and a pair of deuces, rolling over      . Mosseri showed a pair of queens with      . Smith rolled over       for a straight and a seven low to scoop the entire main pot. Mosseri - 850,000 Friedman - 300,000 Smith - 270,000
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:11 PM Local Time
Mike Wattel arrived a few minutes late to the start today and lost some chips from the blinds and antes. He just found himself all in on fifth street against Anthony Rivera. Rivera had four to a low and Wattel had two pair. On sixth street, Wattel filled up, but Rivera was able to complete his low on seventh and rake in half of the pot.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:00 PM Local Time
Cards are in the air.
Saturday, June 20, 2009 11:59 AM Local Time
"How old are you?" called Lyle Berman across the room to Scotty Nguyen. "46," said Nguyen. "And what about you, Jeff?" asked Berman of Lisandro. He mouthed what looked like "43." "Wouldn't it be crazy if the whole final table was forty-plus?" Berman wondered aloud. It may be a stud cliche, but our twelve remaining players certainly have an...elevated... median age than most of the final tables we've seen this year.
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