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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 03, 2010 to Saturday, June 05, 2010

Event #10: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,410,000
  • Entries: 150
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 5, 2010 11:07 PM Local Time

Men Nguyen started downing the Coronas before the final table went to dinner. Back from dinner, he's looking for more.

"All you can eat, baby!" said a railbird after Nguyen won a pot.

"All you can drink, baby!" Nguyen replied. "Chris, I thought you were getting me Corona," he said to Chris Grigorian. Grigorian just made a calming motion with his hands.

"Please. I play better," said Nguyen, putting his hands together in supplication.

"I'll drink for you," said Grigorian.

A few hands later, a cocktail server came by the final table area. Nguyen seemed perturbed that the cocktail server didn't have a Corona for him.

"Where's my Corona?"

"I brought you one," said the server. The floor supervisor announcing the action also assured Nguyen that the cocktail server previously brought a Corona for Nguyen.

"You're just drinking them so fast you don't remember," said Steve Billirakis. Nguyen then put in an order for another Corona.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 10:59 PM Local Time

Brandon Adams was the bring-in and he decided to raise following the completion from Men Nguyen. The raise was called and Adams fired again on fourth. Nguyen paired up on fifth took the lead, before both checked sixth. On the river, Adams fired a bet with Nguyen deliberating before making the call.

Adams:    /      /  

Nguyen: (X-X) /      / (X)

Aces in the hole for Adams improved to two pair which was too good for Nguyen as he angrily tossed his cards into the muck. Adams is up to 925,000 with Nguyen slipping to 2.1 million.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 10:52 PM Local Time

Nguyen: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Adams: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Men Nguyen brought it in with a five, then called Brandon Adams' completion. The two players checked it all the way down. At showdown, Adams opened       for a pair of sevens, a hand that couldn't beat Nguyen's board. Nguyen opened       for quad fives.

"You didn't bet?" asked Theo Tran from the gallery. "Did that really just happen?"

"I'm early," replied Nguyen. "I could check-raise."

Saturday, June 5, 2010 10:40 PM Local Time

It's been a roller coaster ride recently for Joe Cassidy. After doubling up in the previous hand, Cassidy lost a chunk of chips to Steve Billirakis after he couldn't call a bet on seventh.

However next hand he was able to double up once again, this time through Men Nguyen. It was a strange hand, that saw Cassidy complete with the   and Nguyen call after bringing in with the  . Nguyen then raised the bet on fourth and fired on fifth and sixth before Cassidy raised and put his last chips into the middle. Nguyen made the call and the cards were on their backs:

Nguyen:    /     

Cassidy:    /     

I don't think anyone in the building put the Master on that hand, but he had outs to improve to crack Cassidy's aces. It wasn't to be as both players bricked the river and Cassidy doubled up once again 550,000. Nguyen drops to 2.1 million.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 10:26 PM Local Time

Cassidy: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Adams: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Brandon Adams took a cautious line in a hand against Joe Cassidy and wound up being rivered. Cassidy completed third street, then called Adams' raise. Adams bet the lead on fourth street with his king, but when he caught an ace on fifth street he slowed down and checked. Cassidy wrinkled his brow before betting. Adams called.

On sixth street Adams still had the lead and Cassidy's board wasn't showing much. Adams checked again, then tanked for about thirty or forty seconds before calling. Down the river, Cassidy had only 30,000 chips left in his stack. Adams put him in. Cassidy squeezed and then called. Adams had       for a pair of kings; Cassidy rolled over       for a rivered two pair, eights and fives.

Cassidy is back up to about 480,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 5, 2010 10:19 PM Local Time

Brandon Adams was the bring-in with the   before Steve Billirakis completed. Joe Cassidy announced a raise and play folded to Billirakis who re-raised to put Cassidy all in for his tournament life.

Here's how the boards fell:

Cassidy:    /      /  

Billirakis:    /      /  

Billirakis started in the lead but Cassidy's board fell nicely to end up with queens and nines to double up! He's back to around 220,000 with Billirakis slipping to 565,000.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 10:15 PM Local Time

Men Nguyen - 2,495,000

Brandon Adams - 975,000

Steve Billirakis - 640,000

Nikolay Evdakov - 310,000

Joe Cassidy - 90,000

Saturday, June 5, 2010 10:13 PM Local Time

Evdakov: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Nguyen:     /         /  

There's no stopping Men "the Master" Nguyen right now. Not only is he playing almost every pot, but he's winning a fair number of them. He called behind Nikolay Evdakov's completion bet on third street. The two were heads-up to fourth, where Evdakov bet and then called a raise from Nguyen.

Evdakov retained the betting lead the rest of the way and check-called every street. At the river Nguyen finally checked behind. Evdakov opened       for a pair of queens, but Nguyen produced two aces from the hole to take the pot.

Evdakov is down to 315,000. Nguyen is crushing the rest of the table with about 2.5 million chips.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 10:03 PM Local Time

Men Nguyen has now taken a chunk out of Steve Billirakis to take firm control of this final table.

Nguyen: (X-X) /      / (X)

Billirakis: (X-X) /      / (X)

Nguyen limped before Billirakis completed. The table folded around and Nguyen made the call. Billirakis led on fourth but Nguyen raised it up. Billirakis called, and then again on fifth and sixth but gave it up on seventh as Nguyen took it down without showdown.

Nguyen is up to 2.1 million with Billirakis down to 600,000.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 9:56 PM Local Time

Nguyen: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Cassidy: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Joe Cassidy is down to 160,000 after going all the way to the river with chip leader Men Nguyen. Brandon Adams completed third street with a seven and was called by three of the other four players. Nguyen double-bet his open pair of tens on fourth street, finding a caller only in Cassidy.

On fifth street, Nguyen made a cautious check. Cassidy bet but Nguyen wasn't done with the hand. He called to sixth street, then led into Cassidy. Cassidy called.

At the river, Nguyen checked. Cassidy squeezed his cards, then threw his hands into the air as if to say, "Aiyah!" He checked. Nguyen opened       in the hole for two pairs, tens and eights. Cassidy could only stare up at the ceiling.

Nguyen now has about 1.75 million chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 5, 2010 9:49 PM Local Time

Men "The Master" Nguyen is certainly trying to put his big stack to work. Since the dinner break, he has been very active in most posts but so far unsuccessfully, as he's down to 1.25 million and now back with the pack.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 9:45 PM Local Time

Joe Cassidy brought it in and Michael Mizrachi completed for his last 29,000. Brandon Adams raised and isolated the short stack as the table folded around.

The boards ran out as follows:

Mizrachi:    /      /  

Adams:    /      /  

Adams started with tens and improved to two pair as Mizrachi was on the flush draw. However the river bricked and the run of Michael Mizrachi ends in 6th place for a payday of $68,949.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 9:42 PM Local Time

Mizrachi: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Adams: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Michael Mizrachi has been crippled to about 35,000 after a hand against Brandon Adams that went to showdown. Mizrachi completed on third street and was called by Adams. Adams raised Mizrachi's fourth-street bet, with Mizrachi calling to fifth street. Mizrachi was undeterred and, still with the lead, fired again. Adams called that bet and called another bet on sixth street. Down the river both players checked. Adams opened a pair of tens,      . Mizrachi stared at all of his cards for about ten seconds, shook his head, and then mucked.

Adams is still stacking his chips. We'll get a count once he's done.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 9:39 PM Local Time

Steve Billirakis brought it in and Michael Mizrachi completed. Nikolay Evdakov then raised and the table folded around to Mizrachi who made the call.

Mizrachi led out on fourth and Evdakov called before fifth street was checked. Evdakov took the lead on sixth and seventh as Mizrachi called him down.

Mizrachi: (X-X) /      / (X)

Evdakov: (X-X) /      / (X)

Evdakov showed (   ) in the hole for just a pair of aces as Mizrachi sat and shook his head for several moments before tossing his cards into the muck.

Evdakov climbs to 700,000 with Mizrachi down to 275,000.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 9:32 PM Local Time

Our six remaining players are back from dinner and playing poker again.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 5, 2010 8:23 PM Local Time

The players will now be taking a dinner break. After a discussion with players it seems that a compromise was reached and we'll be coming back at 10:30pm local time which is around 75 minutes from now. Plenty of time to hit the Poker Kitchen!

Saturday, June 5, 2010 8:18 PM Local Time

Steve Billirakis was the bring-in and Joe Cassidy completed. Nikolay Evdakov raised and both Billirakis and Cassidy made the call. Cassidy paired and fired a double bet on fourth but both Evdakov and Billirakis made the call.

Billirakis' board pair on fifth and he led out. Cassidy has seen enough but Evdakov called bets on fifth, sixth and seventh.

Billirakis: (X-X) /      (X)

Cassidy: (X-X) /    

Evdakov: (X-X) /      (X)

Billirakis revealed     for rolled up fours that improved to a full house which was too good for Evdakov as his cards hit the muck. Evdakov slips to 460,000 with Billirakis up to 700,000.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 8:01 PM Local Time

Cassidy: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Mizrachi: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Joe Cassidy completed third street and was called by Michael Mizrachi and the bring-in, Steve Billirakis. Billirakis bailed out on fourth street when Mizrachi bet the lead. Cassidy stuck around to fifth street, where his king was the high card. He bet fifth and sixth, with the Grinder calling each time.

Both players checked the river. Mizrachi opened       in the hole for a pair of jacks. Cassidy turned over       for two small pair. Those two pair stood tall enough to win the pot.

Mizrachi is down to 400,000. Cassidy has about 600,000.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 7:56 PM Local Time

Four players called the bring-in of Nikolay Evdakov, before Men Nguyen led out with a bet on fourth street. Steve Billirakis folded before Vladimir Schmelev announced a raise. Evdakov folded as did Brandon Adams. Back on Nguyen and he re-raised to put Schmelev all in.

Evdakov: (X-X) /   

Adams: (X-X) /   

Nguyen:    /   

Billirakis: (X-X) /   

Schmelev:    /   

Nguyen was in front with his pair of eights as the boards ran out as follows:

Nguyen:    /      /  

Schmelev:    /      /  

Both players made two pair on sixth with Nguyen's aces and eights good to take it down and eliminate Schmelev from the tournament in 7th place for $55,991 in prize money.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 7:49 PM Local Time

Nguyen: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Schmelev: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Brandon Adams was the player who completed the bet on third street, but he quickly got out of the way as Men Nguyen raised and Vladimir Schmelev re-raised. Nguyen called to fourth street.

Schmelev checked to the aggressive Nguyen, then raise after Nguyen bet. Nguyen called that bet, and called again on fifth and sixth streets. At the river, Schmelev made one last bet. Nguyen raised, then slammed over his cards one at a time after Schmelev called:       for a king-high straight.

Schmelev is the short stack again, down to 115,000. Nguyen is up to 1,150,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander