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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 06, 2010 to Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Event #15: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,598,000
  • Entries: 170
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6:57 PM Local Time

Kirill Rabtsov: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Allen Kessler: (X)(X) /      / (X)

On fourth street, Kessler checked, Rabtsov bet and Kessler called. On fifth street, Kessler check-raised Rabtsov's first bet and then Rabtsov made it three bets to go. Kessler made it four bets and Rabtsov just called. On sixth street, Kessler fired out 50,000 of his remaining 60,000. Rabtsov called and then the last 10,000 went in on seventh in the dark.

Rabtsov held the   -X underneath for a pair of aces and no low. Kessler was able to scoop the entire pot with the     for trip sevens and an 8-7-4-3-A low. Kessler's now up to 675,000 while Rabtsov dropped to 910,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6:36 PM Local Time

John Juanda (X)(X) /      / (X)

Allen Kessler (X)(X) /      / (X)

Juanda check-called a bet from Kessler on fourth street. Kessler made the high board on fifth and checked. Juanda bet and Kessler called. Kessler check-called again on sixth and both players checked the river.

Kessler showed     for two pair threes and sixes, but Juanda turned over     for eights and fives with an 8-7-5-4-A low to scoop the pot. He's up to 855,00 while "Chainsaw" is down to 160,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6:30 PM Local Time

In the first pot of significance since we moved on to the ESPN stage, Allen Kessler and Kirill Rabtsov both made a 7-6-5-3-A to split the low while Jennifer Harman made kings full. She took the high, and is up to 910,000. Kessler is on 320,000 and Rabtsov is the chip leader with just over 1 million.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6:13 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air on the main stage for the final nine players.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6:08 PM Local Time

Here's the line up for the final nine-handed table.

Seat 1: Jennifer Harman

Seat 2: Steve Zolotow

Seat 3: Frank Kassela

Seat 4: John Juanda

Seat 5: Gary Benson

Seat 6: Vladimir Schmelev

Seat 7: Kirill Rabtsov

Seat 8: Allen Kessler

Seat 9: Dario Minieri

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6:00 PM Local Time

The players are moving across the room to the main stage. There's 4:17 left in this level with the clock paused.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:58 PM Local Time

George Lind battled as long as he could. He got the last of his money in on sixth street with trip kings, but failed to fill up and lost to Valdimir Schmelev's ace-high flush and 7-5-4-2-A low to scoop. Lind earned over $43,000 for his 10th-place finish and Schmelev increased his stack to 370,000.

With nine players left, the players are bagging up and moving over to the main stage where they will recommence at one table.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:53 PM Local Time

Although we missed the action, our good friend Allen Kessler was ever-so-kind to give us the info on how Sergey Altbregin busted. According to Kessler, John Juanda made aces and kings while Altbregin could only manage a pair of aces. Altbregin finished in 11th place.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:49 PM Local Time

Alessio Isaia was all in on sixth street with the ( )( ) /     . He was up against the ( )( ) /      of Steve Zolotow. Zolotow pulled the   on the end and wound up with two pair, fives and fours. Isaia had draws to a wheel to scoop or just make a low to chop, but the   on the end just gave him a measley one pair.

Isaia was eliminated in 12th place and took home nearly $38,000 for his effort. Zolotow increased his stack to 570,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:42 PM Local Time

Another massive pot was kicked up between Sergey Altbregin, Gary Benson and John Juanda over on Table 336.

Altbregin: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Benson: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Juanda: (X)(X) /      / (X)

The pot was already at about 300,000 chips on sixth street when a-whole-lot more money went into the middle. Juanda bet first, Altbregin raised, Benson called, Juanda reraised, Altbregin re-reraised and then Benson went into the tank. Eventually, Kirill Rabtsov called the clock on Benson, but the tournament staff didn't issue the clock because they felt Benson wasn't tanking for that long and that the decision was a big one with his tournament life possibly on the line. After a while, he made the call. Juanda also called. On seventh street, all three players checked.

Altbregin tabled the     for a pair of sixes and an 8-6-5-4-A low. Benson showed a better low with the 8-6-4-3-2. Juanda took the high with the     underneath to complete him a diamond flush.

Benson moved up to 375,000 while Juanda moved to 530,000. Altbregin was left with 105,000 chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:28 PM Local Time

Marco Johnson    /      

Dario Minieri    /      

Johnson was all-in on fifth street against Minieri and although both players made two pair, Minieri's were the better two and he sent Johnson to the rail in 13th place. He'll take home $32,439.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:26 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler (X)(X) /      / (X)

George Lind (X)(X) /      / (X)

Frank Kassela (X)(X) /      / (X)

John Juanda (X)(X) /      / (X)

Kessler had the bring-in, Lind completed, Kassela and Juanda called and Kessler raised. All three opponents called. On fourth street the action was checked to Juanda, who bet. Kessler called all-in, Lind called and Kassela called. Juanda bet fifth and sixth streets and was called by both players. On the river, Kassela and Juanda checked to Lind, who bet. Kassela called and Juanda folded.

Kassela showed     for queens up and Lind made an 8-low. They split the side pot and Kessler scooped the main, tabling     as he practically squealed "Wheel!"

Kessler is out of danger and up to 380,000. Lind is on 305,000 and Kassela has 610,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:19 PM Local Time

Frank Kassela (X)(X) /      / (X)

John Juanda (X)(X) /      / (X)

Allen Kessler had the bring-in with the  , Kassela completed, Juanda raised, Kessler gave it up and Kassela called. Juanda led out on fourth street and Kassela called. Kassela took the lead on fifth, sixth, and seventh streets, Juanda calling him down.

Kassela turned over     for a pair of fours and busted flush and low draws, but Juanda tabled     for an ace-high straight to scoop the pot. He's up to 634,000 while Kassela is down to 685,000

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:05 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler just put the last of his money in on fourth street against Frank Kassela. Here's how the hands ran out.

Kessler: ( )( ) /      / ( )

Kassela: ( )( ) /      / ( )

Before Kessler turned up his seventh-street card, Kassela was scooping with a seven low and two pair. Kessler needed to pair the board or make trips in order to stay alive. He was able to do so with the   on the end and stuck around with 90,000 chips to chop the pot.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:38 PM Local Time

The remaining 13 players in Event No. 15 are on a 20-minute break.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:37 PM Local Time

Christopher George was all in on fourth street with the ( )( ) /   . He was up against the ( )( ) /    of Dario Minieri.

Minieri picked up the   -X to finish with trip queens while George could only muster the   -X for a pair of fours. He was eliminated from the tournament while Minieri moved higher to 440,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:34 PM Local Time

Marco Johnson was all in on fourth street with a hand of ( )( ) /   . He was up against Vladimir Schmelev and the ( )( ) /   . There was some confusion about the betting on fourth street and first everything was cleared up to see that Johnson was all in for 96,000 total. Once that was cleared up, the hands were run out.

Johnson: ( )( ) /      / ( )

Schmelev: ( )( ) /      / ( )

Johnson pulled a flush and a low on the last card he was dealt in order to scoop the pot and double up to about 225,000 chips. Schmelev was left with 240,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:23 PM Local Time

Christopher George had his stack decimated when he took his split aces up against Dario Minieri's gutshot wheel draw. Minieri hit a deuce on the river to fill it and doubled up, leaving George on an extreme short stack once again.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:21 PM Local Time

Alessio Isaia (X)(X) /      / (X)

Marco Johnson (X)(X) /      / (X)

Jennifer Harman (X)(X) /      / (X)

We happened upon the action on fifth street with Harman betting out and both Isaia and Johnson making the call. Harman led again on sixth street and both opponents called. Harman and Isaia checked the river and with the action on Johnson, he exasperatedly knocked the table.

Harman showed     for two pair queens and fours. Johnson missed his low draw and Isaia mucked, Harman scooping the pot. She's up to 560,000 while Isiaia is down to 275,000 and Johnson is on 115,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:12 PM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev's run hasn't been halted yet. He just doubled up Christopher George a little while ago, but more recently doubled his own stack against Alessio Isaia. Schmelev made trip kings against Isaia's trip deuces and now has about 270,000 chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander