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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 10:10 PM Local Time

Frank Kassela (X)(X) /      / (X)

Jennifer Harman (X)(X) /      (X)

Harman turned over    on the river for aces and nines. Kassela showed aces and sevens and Harman scooped the pot. She's up to 1.45 million while Kassela is down to 800,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:59 PM Local Time

Kirill Rabtsov committed the last of his chips on fourth street against Frank Kassela, who was showing an open pair of kings. Kassela turned over a pair of eights in the hole to go with it, while Rabtsov had four to a flush. Rabtsov rivered the flush, but Kassela caught a third king on seventh street to eliminate Rabtsov in sixth place.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:58 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Jennifer Harman: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Frank Kassela: (X)(X) /   - fold

Kirill Rabtsov: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Kessler brought in before Harman completed. Kassela called and then Rabtsov raised. Kessler called, Harman reraised, Kassela folded, Rabtsov re-reraised and then both Kessler and Harman called.

On the next street, Harman checked, Rabtsov bet, then both Kessler and Harman called. On fifth street, Harman bet, Rabtsov raised, Kessler called and was all in for 95,000 and then Harman called. On sixth street, Harman checked, Rabtsov fired a bet and Harman called. For seventh street, Harman checked, Rabtsov bet and Harman called.

Harman turned up the     for two pair, aces and nines. She bested Rabtsov's aces and eights when he turned up the    . Kessler held the    and then sweated his last card. He peeled off the   and made a full house in order to scoop the main pot as no player held a low.

Kessler catapulted his stack to one million, Harman moved to 1.3 million and Rabtsov dropped all the way down to 145,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:51 PM Local Time

John Juanda (X)(X) /      / (X)

Jennifer Harman (X)(X) /  (?)

Steve Zolotow (X)(X) /   (?)

Frank Kassela (X)(X) /      / (X)

Juanda completed on third street and got three callers. Kassela made the high board on fourth and checked, Juanda bet, Harman folded and Zolotow called. Kassela checked again on fifth, Juanda bet, Zolotow folded and Kassela called. Both players checked on sixth and seventh streets.

Juanda showed    for kings up and took down the pot.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:42 PM Local Time

Jennifer Harman (X)(X) /    

Kirill Rabtsov (X)(X) /    

Harman completed on third street, Rabtsov raised and Harman called. Rabtsov led out on fourth street and Harman called. When Harman caught her third club on board Rabtsov checked, then folded to Harman's bet.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:40 PM Local Time

Jennifer Harman Traniello 1,330,000

John Juanda 1,065,000

Frank Kassela 965,000

Kirill Rabtsov 855,000

Steve Zolotow 540,000

Allen Kessler 345,000

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:35 PM Local Time

Jennifer Harman (X)(X) /      / (X)

Steve Zolotow (X)(X) /      / (X)

Frank Kassela (X)(X) /      / (X)

Allen Kessler had the bring-in with the  , Harman completed, Zolotow and Kassela called and Kessler folded. Kassela led the betting all the way to the river, Harman and Zolotow calling him down.

Harman showed trip tens, Kassela made a 7-5 low and they split the pot.

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

Jennifer Harman (X)(X) /   (?)

John Juanda (X)(X) /     

Kirill Rabtsov (X)(X) /    (?)

Allen Kessler had the bring-in with the  , Harman completed, Juanda called, Rabtsov called, and Kessler folded. Rabstov bet fourth street and both Juanda and Harman called. Juanda made an open pair of nines on fifth and checked, Rabtsov bet, Harman folded and Juanda called. When Juanda caught his third nine on sixth, Rabtsov folded to his bet.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:16 PM Local Time

Jennifer Harman just scooped a 300,000 pot from Steve Zolotow with two pair eights and fours and an 8-4-3-2-A low. She's up to 1.3 million and the new chip leader.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:13 PM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev (X)(X) /      / (X)

Jennifer Harman (X)(X) /    (?) / (X)

Frank Kassela (X)(X) /    (?) / (X)

John Juanda brought it in with the  , Schmelev completed, Harman and Kassela both called and Juanda folded. Kassela checked to Schmelev on fourth street. He bet, and both Harman and Kassela called. Kassela checked again on fifth and Schmelev bet his last 16,000. Harman and Kassela called, then checked down sixth and seventh streets.

Kassela turned over trip tens for high, Harman had a 7-5 low, and Schmelev hit the rail in seventh place. He'll take home $63,457.

With the 40 POY points he picked up for his finish here, Schmelev has taken over the lead in the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year race from Michael Mizrachi.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 8:59 PM Local Time

Kirill Rabtsov just scooped a pot from Frank Kassela with a ten-high straight and an eight low. Kassela was left turning to Steve Zolotow asking, "How does he run that good against me?"

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

Jennifer Harman 1,100,000

Frank Kassela 1,080,000

John Juanda 980,000

Kirill Rabtsov 600,000

Allen Kessler 585,000

Steve Zolotow 550,000

Vladimir Schmelev 75,000

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 8:48 PM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev (X)(X) /      / (X)

Frank Kassela (X)(X) /      / (X)

Schmelev had the bring-in on third street, Kassela completed and Schmelev called. Kassela led out with the high board on fourth and Schmelev called. Schmelev made an open pair of jacks on fifth and bet, Kassela making the call. Kassela hit an open pair of aces on sixth and led, Schmelev looking him up. Both players checked the river.

Kassela's aces were good and he scooped the pot. Schmelev is now riding the short stack with 145,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 8:31 PM Local Time

John Juanda just made aces up, aces and sixes, to scoop a pot worth 400,000 chips from Vladimir Schmelev who held just a pair of aces. Juanda's now up to 960,000 and Schmelev is down to 275,000.

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

Dario Minieri got the rest of his chips in on third street against Allen Kessler. Minieri made a pair of aces, but Kessler hit two pair, sixes and threes to send the young Italian home in eighth place.

Kessler is up to 580,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 8:17 PM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Dario Minieri: (X)(X) /      / (X)

Minieri brought in, Schmelev completed and Minieri called. On fourth, fifth and sixth, Minieri was he bettor with Schmelev making the call. On seventhn, Schmelev bet out and Minieri called.

Minieri mucked as Schmelev turned up the     to make a heart flush and an eight low. He scooped the pot and Minieri was left with just 111,000 chips. Schmelev moved up to 545,000.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 8:15 PM Local Time

Seat 1: Jennifer Harman (861,000) She barely needs introducing, but in case you didn't know, Harman has two WSOP bracelets and is a regular in "The Big Game" at Bellagio.

Seat 2: Steve Zolotow (684,000) Also known as "The Bald Eagle," he has two WSOP bracelets, one in Chinese Poker.

Seat 3: Frank Kassela (800,000) Married with 5 children, this is Kassela's second WSOP final table and eighth cash.

Seat 4: John Juanda (787,000) Also hardly in need of an introduction, Juanda has four WSOP bracelets including a win at the 2009 WSOP-Europe Main Event

Seat 5: Vladimir Schmelev (304,000) Schmelev is on an absolute tear so far at the WSOP, finishing second in the $50K Players' Championship, final tabling the $10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud event, and now sitting at his third final table. A bank owner from Russia, Schmelev is a regular in the highest-stakes cash games in St. Petersburg.

Seat 6: Kirill Rabtsov (882,000) Rabstov took down the $10,000 buy-in Russian Poker Championships in 2008 and is going for his first bracelet tonight.

Seat 7: Allen Kessler (467,000) The man known as "Chainsaw" originally started playing poker in Atlantic City cash games. This is his third WSOP final table and he is going for his first bracelet tonight.

Seat 8: Dario Minieri (316,000) Online legend. Scarf aficionado. Italian. Bought a Porsche with FPPs on Poker Stars. Won his first bracelet in 2008. Going for number two.

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

With 18 minutes left on the clock in this level, play is back underway.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 7:04 PM Local Time

The players are now on dinner break and will return at 9:00 p.m. See you then.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 7:03 PM Local Time

Gary Benson (X)(X) /  Th]   / (X)

Allen Kessler (X)(X) /      / (X)

Frank Kassela (X)(X) /      / (X)

Six players went to fourth street, the three above along with Kirill Rabtsov, Jen Harman and Steve Zolotow. Benson bet, Rabstov folded, Kessler raised, Harman and Zolotow folded, Kassela called and Benson reraised. Both Kessler and Kassela called. Kessler checked on fifth street, Benson bet, and both Kassela and Kessler called. Kessler bet again on sixth, Kassela called, and Benson called all-in. Both Kessler and Kassela checked the river.

"I've got kings up," said Kassela, revealing    . Benson showed    for queens up and Kessler mucked. Kassela took down the pot and Benson was eliminated on the final table bubble.