Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:17 PM Local Time
Vladimir Schmelev is the big wildcard at this final table with only a sprinkling of previous tournament results to his credit, including two previous WSOP cashes. This will most definitely be a new experience for the former Chess protege, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure against experienced pros such as Mizrachi, Juanda, Alaei and Oppenheim.
We believe Schmelev's skills have been developed in the big cash games in Russia, so we're certain he holds no fears as he strives to become the first European to win the coveted Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.
At the moment he's doing a fine job of things as a clear chip leader with around 3.5 million chips.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:16 PM Local Time
The button is with John Juanda in Seat 4. David Oppenheim raises it up to 130,000 from under the gun and takes it down without confrontation.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:15 PM Local Time
Vladimir Schmelev has the button in Seat 3. David Oppenheim raises to 135,000 and wins the blinds and antes.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:13 PM Local Time
The button is with David Baker in Seat 1. Michael Mizrachi raises to 125,000 from early position and John Juanda makes the call in the big blind.
They see a flop of . Juanda checks and Mizrachi follows up with a bet of 150,000. Juanda thinks for a moment before putting in a check-raise to 400,000. It was Mizrachi's turn to think as he deliberated for a good minute or so before giving it up.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:09 PM Local Time
Robert Mizrachi has the button in Seat 8. Daniel Alaei raises to 140,000 and Vladimir Schmelev calls from the big blind.
The flop is . Schmelev checks to Alaei, who bets 185,000. Schmelev raises to 725,000 and Alaei gives up his hand.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:05 PM Local Time
The button is with David Oppenheim in Seat 7. Daniel Alaei comes in for a raise to 140,000 and it's enough to scoop the blinds and antes.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:02 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 6. John Juanda opens for 150,000 from the hijack seat and Robert Mizrachi calls from the big blind.
The flop is . Mizrachi checks to Juanda, who bets 250,000. Mizrachi calls. The turn is the and Mizrachi leads out for 375,000. Juanda folds and Mizrachi wins the pot.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:59 PM Local Time
The button is with Daniel Alaei in Seat 5. Vladimir Schmelev opens for 150,000 with David Oppenheim making the call in the big blind.
They see a flop of . Oppenheim checks and Schmelev takes it down with a bet of 200,000.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:58 PM Local Time
Hand #38 -
John Juanda has the button in Seat 4. David Baker opens for 140,000, Mikael Thuritz tosses in his last 55,000, and Michael Mizrachi calls from the big blind.
The flop is . Mizrachi checks to Baker, who bets 180,000. Mizrachi raises to 400,000 and Baker folds.
Mizrachi couldn't have asked for a better flop, making sixes full. The turn is the , the river is the and Thuritz is the first player eliminated from this final table. For his eighth place finish, he'll take home $182,463.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:52 PM Local Time
The button is with Vladimir Schmelev in Seat 3. Michael Mizrachi raises to 125,000 to take down the blinds and antes without resistance.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:51 PM Local Time
Mikael Thuritz has the button in Seat 2. Michael Mizrachi opens for 125,000 and David Baker three-bets to 350,000 from the cutoff. Thuritz, who has 15,000 of his 100,000 chips committed in the ante, thinks for quite a while before folding, both blinds fold and the action is back on the Grinder. He folds and Baker wins the pot.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:47 PM Local Time
The players are back in their seats and we're underway once again.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:44 PM Local Time
Vladimir Schmelev - 3,170,000
Robert Mizrachi - 2,850,000
Daniel Alaei - 2,725,000
John Juanda - 2,455,000
David Baker - 2,280,000
David Oppenheim - 2,235,000
Michael Mizrachi - 1,575,000
Mikael Thuritz - 100,000
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:27 PM Local Time
The players are now taking their first break of the day. It was an exciting level with several all-in clashes, a brutal cooler and zero eliminations. Expect more when we return in twenty minutes.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:26 PM Local Time
The button is with David Baker in Seat 1. On the final hand before the break, Michael Mizrachi opens for 100,000 and David Oppenheim makes the call. Mikael Thuritz is all in for less from the small blind, as Vladimir Schmelev comes along in the big blind.
They see a flop of and action checks to Mizrachi who tosses out 100,000. Oppenheim folds but Schmelev makes the call. The turn is the and this time Schmelev checks, then folds to the 225,000-chip bet from Mizrachi.
The crowd roars as Grinder tables the nuts, leaving the Swede drawing to just three queens for a chop. You couldn't have written a better script as incredibly the river was the and the players chop it up!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:22 PM Local Time
Robert Mizrachi has the button in Seat 8. Daniel Alaei, Michael Mizrachi, and David Oppenheim all limp in and David Baker completes the small blind. Mikael Thurtiz, in the big blind, is all-in for 5,000.
The flop is . Baker and Alaei check to Mizrachi, who bets 50,000. Oppenheim and Alaei call and Baker folds. The turn comes the and Mizrachi leads out for 125,000. Oppenheim makes it an additional 300,000 to go and Mizrachi calls. The river is the and Mizrachi checks to Oppenheim who bets 550,000. Mizrachi folds.
Oppenheim shows and wins the side pot while Thuritz wins the 20,000-chip main pot with .
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:13 PM Local Time
The button is with David Oppenheim in Seat 7.
Mikael Thuritz raises it up to 110,000 from under the gun, before next to speak, Vladimir Schmelev makes it 325,000 to play. The table folds around and Thuritz quickly moves all in and Schmelev insta-calls!
The classic cooler on one of the biggest final tables at the WSOP. Ouch!
The dealer spread the board and after a count down of chips it appears that Thuritz is left with just 5,000 in chips as Schmelev doubles to around 3.3 million!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:08 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 6. He opens for 115,000, David Oppenheim folds the small blind and Robert Mizrachi open-folds from the big blind.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:06 PM Local Time
The button is with Daniel Alaei in Seat 5. The action folds around to Alaei and he raises to 115,000 to take it down.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:05 PM Local Time
John Juanda has the button in Seat 4. The action folds around to Daniel Alaei who completes the small blind and Michael Mizrachi checks his option. The flop is . Alaei leads out for 50,000 and Mizrachi folds.