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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 4:10 PM Local Time

Kirill Rabtsov: (X)(X) /     

Blair Rodman: (X)(X) /     

Rabtsov bet on fourth, fifth and sixth after being checked to each time. Rodman stuck around with a call on every street before sixth. On sixth, he raised. Rabtsov reraised and then Rodman called and was all in. Rabstov turned up the   , having been rolled up. Rodman had the  -X in the hole for a pair of aces. Rodman bricked seventh street with the   and was sent to the rail. Rabtsov now has 775,000 chips.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:06 PM Local Time

Christopher George: ( )( ) /      / ( )

Vladimir Schmelev: ( )( ) /      / ( )

On fifth street is where all the money went in. Schmelev bet first and then George raised all in for 9,000 more. Schmelev made the call. On sixth street, George hit a wheel and went on to scoop the pot from Schmelev and double up to 190,000. Schmelev dropped to about 160,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:00 PM Local Time

Sounds like a tabloid headline, right? Nah, this was the other Marco in Jen Harman's life right now-- her tablemate Marco Johnson.

Johnson (X)(X) /      / (X)

Harman (X)(X) /      / (X)

Johnson had the bring-in and Harman called. Harman proceeded to check-call Johnson's bets all the way to the river.

Johnson turned over     for an 8-7 low while Harman revealed    in the hole for trips. They split the pot.

"C'mon, you know I had to have it calling you down with that board!" Harman said as she stacked her chips.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:55 PM Local Time

Christopher George (X)(X) /  [Qs   / (X)

Steve Zolotow (X)(X) /      / (X)

John Juanda (X)(X) /      / (X)

Zolotow had the bring-in, George completed, Juanda called and Zolotow called. On fourth street the action was checked to Zolotow, who bet. George raised all-in for 33,000 and both Juanda and Zolotow called. Juanda check-called Zolotow's fifth street bet and both players checked on sixth. Zolotow check-called one more bet on the river.

Juanda turned over two fives for trips and won the high half of the side pot while Zolotow showed a 7-6 low for the low half of the side. George took the high side of the main pot, showedin     for a flush and Zolotow collected the low half of the main.

George is still fighting away with a bit over 50,000 in chips.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:42 PM Local Time

Both George Lind and Christopher George are the two players on death watch as we move into a higher level. George has about 30,000 chips and Lind has just 60,000. At any moment now one of these two could be sent home.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:40 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler brought in with the   and then Gary Benson completed with the  . Blair Rodman called with the   up and then Kirill Rabtsov called with the   up. Kessler also called.

On fourth street, the dealer dealt Rabtsov the  , Kessler the  , Benson the   and then Rodman the   in that order. Benson started by checking and then Rodman followed suit. Rabtsov fired a bet with the only decent looking board out of the four and everyone folded.

"That's the first time he's dealt out so many bricks," commented Frank Kassela.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:32 PM Local Time

Alessio Isaia (X)(X) /   

Steve Zolotow (X)(X) /      / (X)

Christopher George (X)(X) /      / (X)

We picked up the action on fourth street with George leading out. Isaia folded and Zolotow called. George led again on fifth and got a call, then check-called Zolotow's bet on sixth street. George checked dark on the river, then called one more bet.

George showed     for aces up, but Zolotow tabled     for a six-high straight and scooped the pot. He's up to 465,000 while George is on fumes with only 15,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:22 PM Local Time

Sergey Altbregin: ( )( ) /     

Toto Leonidas: ( )( ) /     

Leonidas was all in on sixth street before the last card was dealt face down to each player. First, Leonidas peeled back his card slowly and revealed the   to give him aces and sevens. Altbregin then peeled back the   and wound up making a heart flush out of his hand. Leonidas was eliminated and the first player to hit the rail, earning just over $28,000 for his finish.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:19 PM Local Time

Steve Zolotow: (X)(X) /   - fold

Jennifer Harman: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Marco Johnson: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Zolotow brought in, Harman completed and then Johnson raised. Zolotow got out of the way and Harman called, leaving the action heads-up. On fourth, Johnson check-called a bet before leading on fifth. Harman called and then she check-called sixth after picking up a pair of sevens. On seventh street, Harman fired and Johnson called.

"Three sevens," said Harman jokingly as she rolled over the     for a low. Johnson breathed a sigh of relief when he saw her hand and tabled the   -X from the hole for a pair of aces for the high.

Johnson didn't mind that she joked with him as he said, "The happiness I get when I find out she's kidding makes it fine. I'm happier with her joking than actually showing me three sevens."

"I only joke with a few people," responded Harman.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:13 PM Local Time

Kirill Rabtsov: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Sergey Altbregin: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Rabtsov brought in and Altbregin completed. Rabtsov made the call. On fourth, both players checked before Rabtsov bet fifth and Altbregin called. On sixth, Rabtsov bet again and Altbregin called before both players checked seventh.

Rabtsov flashed the    , but lost to Altbregin's    .

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:08 PM Local Time

Our 16 remaining players just re-drew for seats on two tables. Here's a look at the new lineup, with fresh chip counts.

Table 336

Seat 1: Kirill Rabstov (525,000)

Seat 2: Sergey Altbregin (440,000)

Seat 3: Allen Kessler (290,000)

Seat 4: George Lind III (120,000)

Seat 5: Frank Kassela (640,000)

Seat 6: Gary Benson (235,000)

Seat 7: Toto Leonidas (115,000)

Seat 8: Blair Rodman (140,000)

Table 337

Seat 1: Alessio Isaia (550,000)

Seat 2: Vladimir Schmelev (490,000)

Seat 3: Dario Minieri (80,000)

Seat 4: Marco Johnson (345,000)

Seat 5: Steve Zolotow (260,000)

Seat 6: Christopher George (170,000)

Seat 7: Jennifer Harman (174,000)

Seat 8: John Juanda (580,000)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:03 PM Local Time

Alexander Dovzhenko    /      /  

Christopher George    /      /  

Dovzhenko was all-in on third street against George, who rivered two pair to scoop the pot and send his opponent to the rail on the bubble.

Our 16 survivors are now all guaranteed at least a $28,221 payday.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2:58 PM Local Time

Chip Jett was just eliminated with trip sixes against trip sevens, sending us to hand-for hand play. With one more elimination, our final two tables will all be in the money.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2:57 PM Local Time

Toto Leonidas (X)(X) /      / (X)

Alessio Isaia (X)(X) /      (X)

Isaia check-called a bet from Leonidas on fourth street, then led out on fifth when he made an open pair of aces. Leonidas called. Isaia led again on sixth street and and Leonidas called all in.

Isaia showed trip aces for high, Leonidas made an 8-7-5-3-2 low and they split the pot. Leonidas is still alive with 110,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2:52 PM Local Time

Blair Rodman (X)(X) /      (X)

John Juanda (X)(X) /      (X)

We picked the action up on fifth street, with Juanda check-calling a bet from Rodman. Rodman led out on sixth street and Juanda called. As the river cards were dealt face-down, Juanda checked dark and Rodman bet. After a bit of hemming and hawing he put in a raise and Rodman called.

Juanda showed     for a wheel and scooped the pot. He's up to 630,000, good for the current chip lead while Rodman fell to 155,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2:43 PM Local Time

After a player with the   brought in, Dario Minieri completed with the   up. Frank Kassela called with the   and then the bring-in player folded.

On the next street Kassela added the   and Minieri the  . Minieri check-called a bet from Kassela. On fifth street, Kassela added the   and Minieri the  . Minieri checked, Kassela bet, and Minieri folded.

The youngster is down to 90,000 chips, which is just three big bets. Kassela increased his lead to 620,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2:32 PM Local Time

The cards are in the air for the third and final day of action. Here we go.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 1:45 PM Local Time

If you think final tables on the final day of a tournament go for a long time, try going from 18 players to a winner. Along with that, Event No. 15: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship isn't even in the money yet, meaning a good amount of time will be spent on the money bubble.

With 18 remaining, the players are seated on three separate tables to start the day, which begins at 3:30 p.m. local time. The complete seating chart can be found [URL=""]here[/URL] or you can simply look below. The chip leader entering the final day is Frank Kassela, who bagged up 515,000 big ones last night. Hot on his heels is Sergey Altbregin who finished with 497,000. No one else is within 100,000 chips of those two, but nothing one scooped pot can't change.

Also remaining in the field are big names Steve Zolotow, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman, Allen Kessler, Chip Jett and Marco Johnson. You can't forget about Gary Benson either, who holds one stud gold bracelet from back in 1996. As we also mentioned last night, Vladimir Schmelev is continuing his impressive 2010 World Series with another deep run in this event. If he can grind his way to the final table, he should be able to take over the top spot for Player of the Year.

We're about 45 minutes away from the start of things so stay tuned to PokerNews as we'll be bringing you all the action from the floor once underway.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:32 AM Local Time

Table 336

Seat 1: --empty--

Seat 2: Steve Zolotow - 301000

Seat 3: Marco Johnson - 379000

Seat 4: George Lind - 76000

Seat 5: Vladimir Schmelev - 275000

Seat 6: --empty--

Seat 7: Jennifer Harman-Traniello - 197000

Seat 8: Sergey Altbregin - 497000

Table 337

Seat 1: --empty--

Seat 2: Frank Kassela - 515000

Seat 3: Kirill Rabtsov - 388000

Seat 4: Alexander Dovzhenko - 80000

Seat 5: Allen Kessler - 316000

Seat 6: --empty--

Seat 7: Christopher George - 317000

Seat 8: Dario Minieri - 139000

Table 338

Seat 1: Chip Jett - 178000

Seat 2: Blair Rodman - 284000

Seat 3: --empty--

Seat 4: --empty--

Seat 5: Gary Benson - 300000

Seat 6: John Juanda - 368000

Seat 7: Toto Leonidas - 112000

Seat 8: Alessio Isaia - 382000