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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 07, 2010 to Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,245,050
  • Entries: 1,663
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 4:29 PM Local Time

Craig Bergeron is now in clear second-place chip position at this final table. Sitting in the big blind, he called a pre-flop raise to 50,000 by button player Rusell Thomas. After Bergeron checked, Thomas continued for 55,000 on a flop of      . Bergeron made the call.

Both players checked the   turn and the   river. At showdown, Bergeron turned up     for two pairs, jacks and sixes, to collect the pot.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 4:28 PM Local Time

Craig Bergeron opened the pot with a 70,000-chip raise under the gun and David Diaz went all in in the big blind. Bergeron called.







Set of tens for Bergeron and David Diaz is our 6th place finisher.

Bergeron is now up to 1,700,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 4:23 PM Local Time

This is one of the youngest final tables we can ever remember covering. The average age of the six remaining players is 22.8 years old. Russell Thomas, Carter Phillips and Craig Bergeron are all the minimum 21 years old. Hugo Perez is the old man at the table at the ancient age of 26.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 4:19 PM Local Time

Because of the move to the feature-table area, the tournament went on break a little early. But we're back now. Tournament Director Nikki Ivey (no relation) just introduced the players.

Cards are in the air. There are 3 minutes left in Level 22.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:56 PM Local Time

Craig Bergeron opened the pot with a 46,000-chip raise from the hijack seat and Thong Tran went all in, for an additional 260,000 chips, on the button. Craig called.





Thong Tran is our 7h place finisher and bubbled the final table.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:33 PM Local Time

Carter Phillips opened the pot with a 60,000-chip raise in the small blind and Samuel Gerber called in the big blind.


Phillips check-called a 85,000-chip bet from Gerber.


The same movement but now with a 110,000-chip bet.


Phillips check-called a 150,000-chip bet and Gerber tabled    for a straight.

Gerber is now up to 1,000,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:29 PM Local Time

There wasn't much of a rail when we started play roughly two hours ago, but now that the tournament is one spot off of the "official" final table a few spectators have wandered in. Roughly twenty people are scattered around the feature table in the back corner of the Amazon Room. It's hard to tell who they're here to support, and with the action not announced they may not be able to tell what's going on.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:14 PM Local Time

They've re-drawn again and cards are back in the air with 36 minutes left int the level. Here are the final seven players:

Orange 316

Seat 1: Russell Thomas (1,035,000)

Seat 2: David Diaz (795,000)

Seat 3: Craig Bergeron (695,000)

Seat 4: Hugo Perez (453,000)

Seat 5: Thong Tran (301,000)

Seat 6: Carter Phillips (3,407,000)

Seat 7: Samuel Gerber (816,000)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:04 PM Local Time

Carter Phillips didn't even think about it for a second. On the turn of a         board, he bet 100,000 after Mikhail Lakhitov checked. Lakhitov then check-raised all in for about 570,000 total and Phillips snap-called. His     made a pair of trey and an inside straight draw. Lakhitov had two overcards and a flush draw with    .

Lakhitov apparently missed the memo from Mark Flowers and Craig Bergeron earlier about how red-hot Phillips has been running. The board blanked out   to allow Phillips' hand to hold and to send Lakhitov to the rail in 8th place.

With only seven players remaining, the tournament is on another pause to consolidated to a single, seven-handed table.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:04 PM Local Time

With only 66,000 chips on his stack, Alexander Wilson went all in under the gun and got called by Samuel Gerber in the cutoff seat.





Wilson is our 9th place finisher and took home $30,420.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:56 PM Local Time

Alexander Wilson moved all in from the button. Big blind Hugo Perez peeked down at his cards and quickly called. His     was behind Wilson's    .

"Ace-nine's been good this World Series," said one railbird. And sure enough, the flop came       to give Perez the lead. His pair held with running queens on the turn and river. He doubled up to 427,000, leaving Wilson with just 75,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:52 PM Local Time

Carter Phillips just knocked another opponent out...

Mark Flowers went all in from the button and Phillips called in the small blind.




Board:       and Flowers is our 10th place finisher. Carter Phillips is now up to 2,405,000 chips and seems that the bracelet has his name on it.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:32 PM Local Time

Russel Thomas just doubled his stack twice in just one orbit.

Act I:

Thomas went all in from the cutoff seat and Mark Flowers called in the small blind.





Act II:

Holding ace king, Russell ended up all in pre-flop against Carter Phillip's ace jack. The board       gave him a full double up.

Thomas Russell is now up to 1,200,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:24 PM Local Time

The very next hand after the elimination of Kevin Iacofono, as Carter Phillips was still stacking his chips, he made a pre-flop raise. Matt Ezrol was next to act. He moved all in for about 350,000. Phillips quickly called with a hand that was once again in the lead. His     was the dominating favorite over Ezrol's    , even moreso after a ten-high flop. Ezrol never caught any piece of the board and was thusly retired in 11th place.

"Carter's won every pot," said Craig Bergeron.

"Easy game," Mark Flowers chimed in.

Mikhail Lakhitov was broken to the table after Ezrol's elimination. Flowers waraned Lakhitov how hot Phillips was running.

"He's won every pot. Hopefully you'll be his kryptonite."

It's going to take a lot of kryptonite to de-rail Phillips. He has roughly 2.7 million chips.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:17 PM Local Time

What a huge pot!

Kevin Iacofono opened the pot pre-flop before Carter Phillips re-popped it. Holding pocket kings, Iacofono went all in. Carter eventually called with ace-king of clubs, setting up a showdown for a pot worth 140 big blinds.



River:   Flush for Phillips!

Phillips was pumped to see the river card. Iacofono was disgusted. When the stacks were counted down, Phillips had Iacofono covered. Iacofono is out of the tournament. Phillips has now a huge chip lead, with more than 2,000,000 chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:04 PM Local Time

With the tournament down to its last two tables, the player have again re-drawn for seats:

Orange 309

Seat 1: Samuel Gerber

Seat 2: Hugo Perez

Seat 3: Mikhail Lakhitov

Seat 4: Thong Tran

Seat 5: David Diaz

Seat 6: Alexander Wilson

Orange 316

Seat 1: Kevin Iacofono

Seat 2: Mark Flowers

Seat 3: Carter Phillips

Seat 4: Matt Ezrol

Seat 5: Craig Bergeron

Seat 6: Russell Thomas

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:03 PM Local Time

Kevin Iacofano opened the pot with a 37,000-chip raise under the gun and Matt Zoorob re-popped it to 106,000 on the button. Iacofano tanked for a bit and announced he was all in. Zoorob eventually called.


Kevin Iacofano:   

Matt Zoorob:   


Zoorob leaves us in 13th place and took home $17,488.

Iacofano is now up to 1,045,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 1:59 PM Local Time

Usually, when players go into the tank before the flop, they wind up folding their hand. Thus we were expecting a fold from Conrad Monica in a recent hand against Carter Phillips. Hugo Perez opened to 36,000 in front of Monica, who called on the button. Phillips, from the big blind, then moved all in.

"Really!" said Perez. He quickly folded. That put the decision to Monica, who had 300,000 behind. He thought it over for about a minute before announcing, "Call."



If the chips hadn't gone all in pre-flop, they surely would have gone in on an action flop of      . Phillips made top two pair; Monica had a double-digit draw. The board blanked out   and   to end Monica's run. He leaves in 14th place with $17,488.

Phillips now has about 1.1 million chips.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 1:49 PM Local Time

Mark Flowers opened the pot with a 31,000-chip raise under the gun and Michael Meyers went all in in the small blind. Flowers called and tabled   . Meyers tabled pocket fives and the river of the       board gave him the 15h place in this tournament.

Flowers is now up to 1,100,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 1:40 PM Local Time

On one of the very first hands of the day on our feature table, action passed to Jesse Martin in late position. He opened all in with     and was re-raised all in by Alexander Wilson. Wilson tabled two tens and the race was on. Wilson emerged victorious on a board of          , sending Martin to the rail before all of the players had settled into their seats.

Martin leaves with $17,488 in prize money.

Playtika - Jason Alexander