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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 to Saturday, June 12, 2010

Event #18: $2,000 Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $2,000
  • Prizepool: $866,320
  • Entries: 476
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 11, 2010 3:03 PM Local Time

Gary Bogdanski opened the pot on the button and Hansu Chu called in the big blind.

The flop ran out     and Chu check-called a bet from Bogdanski.

The turn was the   and after Chu checked, Bogdanski went all in. Chu eventually called.




The river brought a   and a double up for Bogdanski. Chu slipped to 447,000 chips and Bogdanski moved up to 210,000.

Friday, June 11, 2010 2:59 PM Local Time

Action folded to the cutoff seat and Matt Grapenthien raised. Matt Matros was on the button and reraised. Grapenthien made the call. The two players took a flop of     and Grapenthien bet out. Matros made the call with only 29,000 chips behind.

The turn was the   and Grapenthien bet again. Matros called all in for his last chips and held the    for two overs to the board and a spade flush draw. Grapenthien had the    meaning one of Matros' couldn't win him the pot.

The river completed the board with the   and Matros was eliminated in 9th place. He made an amazing run in back-to-back limit events after winning a bracelet a week ago, taking home $16,174 here.

Friday, June 11, 2010 2:52 PM Local Time

With the board reading     , Steven Hustoft bet out into Matt Grapenthien. A raise was put in by Grapenthien and Hustoft went into the tank. He eventually folded and Grapenthien picked up some important chips to move over 200,000 again.

Friday, June 11, 2010 2:50 PM Local Time

Hansu Chu opened the pot in the cutoff seat and Brent Courson popped it in the small blind. Chu called.


Courson bet, Chu popped it and Courson made the call.

The turn brought a   and Courson check-called a bet from Chu.

The river was a   and Courson check-folded to a bet from Chu, who tabled   , for a pair of tens.

Chu is now up to 547,000 chips and Courson slipped to 203,000.

Friday, June 11, 2010 2:31 PM Local Time

Hansu Chu opened the pot and Brent Courson called.

The board ran out       and Courson check-called on all the streets.

Chu tabled the    and took the pot. Chu moved up to 475,000 and Courson slipped to 275,000 chips.

Friday, June 11, 2010 2:04 PM Local Time

William Jensen raised and Flavio Ferrari reraised. Jensen made the call and the two were off to the flop. The flop came down     and Jensen check-raised a bet from Ferrari, who made the call for two bets.

The turn added the   and Jensen slowed down with a check. Ferrari bet and Jensen called. The river completed the board with the   and Jensen check-called again. Ferrari tabled the    and Jensen mucked.

Ferrari moved up to 570,000 and Jensen dropped to 270,000.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:56 PM Local Time

Brent Courson raised and then Steven Hustoft called. The two players took a flop of     and Courson was up first. He bet out and Hustoft raised him. Courson called.

After the   fell on the turn, both players checked and then the   paired the board on the river. Courson check-folded to a bet from Hustoft and relinquished the pot.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:49 PM Local Time

Within minutes after the final table beginnning play, we've lost our first player. Daniel Quach and Eric Buchman both put in four bets preflop being taking a flop of    . Buchman bet the flop and Quach called all in. Buchman held the    and Quach the   .

The turn brought the   and gave Buchman a diamond the. The river completed the board with the   and that was all she wrote for Quach as he made his way to the rail in 10th place. He earned $12,561 for his finish while everyone else left earned a pay jump. Buchman increased his lead on the hand by about 50,000 chips.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:41 PM Local Time

After a few brief announcements followed by the player introductions the cards are in the air. Here we go for the final table of Event No. 18!

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:20 PM Local Time

Matt Grapenthien from Madison, Wisconsin holds over $80,000 in career torunament earnings. He also has five WSOP cashes. None of those cashes have come in no-limit hold'em and he's found himself making one of his best finishes here in Event No. 18 at this limit hold'em final table. Back in 2008, Grapenthien final tabled the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the WSOP, finishing eighth for $27,511.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:19 PM Local Time

All of Steven Hustoft's success in tournaments has come this year. Earlier in the year, Hustoft won a WSOP-Circuit gold ring in the $500 Pot-Limit Omaha/Hold'em event at the WSOP-Circuit Harrah's New Orleans Bayou Poker Challenge. Earlier in this WSOP, Hustoft cahsed in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event for $2,851.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:18 PM Local Time

Daniel Quach may be the shortest stack arriving at the final table with just 55,000 chips, but he's got plenty of experience to help him out. With over $1.7 million in career earnings and five WSOP cashes, Quach could be a force if he can build his way back to a bigger stack.

Quach's biggest accomplishment was at the $9,600 Championship Event at the 2006 L.A. Poker Classic where he came 2nd for $1,162,550. That same year, Quach won the $ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em event at the Fifth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $325,525.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:16 PM Local Time

Well, what's there to say about Brent Courson? He hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is making his first-ever WSOP cash. It just so happens that he was able to turn it into a final table appearance and really looks to be making the most of it. Up until this event, Courson only has one cash on his resume for $3,460 in a $545 Limit Hold'em event at the 2010 L.A. Poker Classic.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:15 PM Local Time

Flavio Ferrari has never cashed in the United States, but he's making quite the splash here with this WSOP final table. Ferrari won the €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event at the Poker Grand Prix in Saint Vincent, Italy for €52,500. That happened in 2009 and put his grand total for career winnings at just under $90,000.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:14 PM Local Time

Second place coming into the final table is Hansu Chu. He holds about $135,000 in career earnings and has five WSOP cashes under his belt. His largest cash came in 2007 in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP where he took third for $.114,278. This is Chu's second WSOP final table.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:13 PM Local Time

Eric Buchman is the chip leader for the final table and a very successful poker player. He holds nearly $3.5 million in career winnings, which is by far the most at the final table. The bulk of those earnings came when he final tabled the WSOP Main Event last year and took fourth place for over $2.5 million. He has 12 WSOP cashes on his resume and four WPT cashes. Along with his November Nine final table, Buchman has two other WSOP final table appearances

Back in 2004, Buchman won the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Championship at the New England Poker Classic for $275,400. He also took second place in the $5,150 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event at the WSOP Circuit Atlantic City event back in 2007 for $208,666. On top of that, Buchman regularly plays some of the highest limit cash games on the East Coast with the best of the best.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:12 PM Local Time

Gary Bogdanski is one of the shortest stacks coming into the final table, but he has a good amount of WSOP experience under his belt that may help him climb out of the basement. He has six WSOP cashes in his career and one WSOP-Circuit cash. He's earned over $53,000 lifetime, but this final table is his greatest tournament accomplishment so far.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:11 PM Local Time

William Jensen is from Sherman Oaks, Californina and comes into the day with 326,000 chips, which is right in the middle of the pack. Jensen has seven WSOP cashes and just short of $200,000 in lifetime earnings. The bulk of his earnings came in the $2,000 Limit Hold'em event back in 2007 where he took second place for $133,151. That makes this his second WSOP final table.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:10 PM Local Time

Matt Matros hails from Brooklyn, New York and a week ago claimed his first bracelet in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. With that win, Matros moved his career earnings to nearly $1.5 million.

Some of you may be more familiar with the 33-year-old poker player as the author of The Making of a Poker Player. Matros is currently working on another novel as well. He has 15 career WSOP cashes and four final tables including this one.

Friday, June 11, 2010 1:09 PM Local Time

The second Limit Hold'em final table of the Series is minutes away from kick off, with 2009 November Niner Eric Buchman leading the pack. Buchamn has 453,000 chips and Hansu Chu is in the second spot by just 5,000 chips. In third is Steven Hustoft with 383,000 chips.

Day 2 was a long day as it took ten levels to reach this ten-handed final table, but it was all worth it as these final ten players are now going for the gold.