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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 14, 2010 to Thursday, June 17, 2010

Event #26: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $2,863,500
  • Entries: 1,245
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 6:07 PM Local Time

This group wasted little time in getting the action roaring. Right from the get go after moving to the feature table, things got intense.

Steve Cowley raised to 60,000 from the hijack seat and then Jarred Solomon reraised all in for 680,000 from the cutoff seat. William Haydon was on the button and called. Cowley got out of the way and here's what we saw when the hands were turned up.

Haydon held the    and was behind the    of Solomon.

The flop came down     and Solomon's jacks held strong through the first three community cards. The   on the turn added a flush draw for Haydon and gave him a handful of outs more to win the hand. The river card completed the board with the   though, and that wasn't the card Haydon needed to bust Solomon. Solomon let out a massive roar and jumped into the arms of his railbirds who roared with him.

"COME ON!!!!" they yelled.

Solomon doubled to nearly 1.5 million and Haydon dropped back to 850,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:56 PM Local Time

Here's a look at the seat draw for the final seven players as they move over to the feature table stage under the bright lights.

Seat 1: Jeffrey Papola

Seat 2: Javier Etayo

Seat 3: Steve Cowley

Seat 4: Jarred Solomon

Seat 5: William Haydon

Seat 6: Joe Baldwin

Seat 7: Eddy Scharf

The plan is to finish out this level or lose one more player and then they will head out on a dinner break. There's about 45 minutes left in this current level as the clock was stopped to move over to the feature table.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:48 PM Local Time

When we arrived at Table 310, Justin "Boosted J" Smith was collecting his bag and headed to rail after being eliminated by Joe Baldwin.

Here's what the board looked like:




The flop was surely a sick sweat, and Baldwin eventually got there on the river.

Smith was eliminated in 8th place collecting $55,236 for his efforts and Baldwin is now well over two million chips.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:41 PM Local Time

Joe Baldwin opened to 55,000 from under the gun and Jarred Solomon re-raised to 142,000 on the button. The blinds released and the action was back on Baldwin.

Baldwin took his sunglasses off and went deep into the tank. Finally, after over a minute, he slipped his shades back on and made the call.

The dealer wrapped the table before flopping   and Baldwin quickly checked. Solomon continued for 153,000 and Baldwin returned to the tank. Eventually he called.

Both players checked the   on the turn and the river brought the  .

Baldwin eyed his opponent, taking his time before leading for 215,000. Solomon thought for a moment before folding and Baldwin was pushed the pot.

Solomon slipped to 550,000 chips and Baldwin is now nearing 2,000,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:21 PM Local Time

On the flop of    , Eddy Scharf checked to Jeffrey Papola. He checked as well and then the turn card came the  . Scharf checked and Papola fired 75,000. Scharf check-raised to 250,000 and Papola called. The river card was a   and both players checked before the hands were turned over.

Scharf tabled the    and won the pot, moving to 1.2 million in chips. Papola dropped to 650,000 in chips after flashing a  .

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:16 PM Local Time

From under the gun, William Haydon raised to 55,000 and Jeffrey Papola called from the big blind. The flop came down     and Papola checked. Haydon bet 80,000 and was called.

The turn brought the   and Haydon fired a bigger bet of 135,000 after Papola checked. He was called again.

The river completed the board with the   and both players checked. Papola tabled the    for top pair and Haydon mucked.

Lsing the pot put Haydon down to 1.44 million in chips while Papola moved up to 1.025 million.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:06 PM Local Time

Martins Adeniya raised to 63,000 and then Javier Etayo reraised to 177,000. Adeniya moved all in for 551,000 and Etayo snapped him off. Etayo held the    and Adeniya the   , putting him in the lead and in prime position for a double up.

The flop came down     and Adeniya was still in front. The turn card was a brutal one for Adeniya to see roll off when the   smacked on the felt, putting Etayo in the lead with a set. The river completed the board with the   and that was it for Adeniya.

He was eliminated in ninth place for $40,547, going down to a two-outer. Etayo moved to 1.85 million in chips.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:01 PM Local Time

Eddy Scharf raised to 55,000 and then Tyler Witteman moved the last of his chips into the middle for an all-in bet of 61,000. Scharf made the call and then the   . Witteman held the    and was very much live to double up here if he could hit.

The board ran out       and that was it for Witteman, eliminating him in 10th place for over $40,000 in prize money.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:57 PM Local Time

Eddy Scharf held pocket fives against the    of Tyler Witteman. The board ran out       after all of the money went in preflop.

Witteman was crippled to just about 70,000 chips while Scharf doubled to 715,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:55 PM Local Time

Joe Baldwin raised from the small blind to 57,000. Taurean Davis reraised from the big blind and a little over 500,000.

"Here we go again," said Baldwin. "Remember when we just had this conversation?"

He then took his glasses off and counted his whole stack. The rail began uttering some comments and the tournament director had to ask them politely to stop so they wouldn't influence the action. Eventually, Baldwin cut out the amount for the call and made it. He held the    and Davis the   .

The flop came down     and put Davis in the lead with a pair of tens after hitting his three-outer. The turn card was the   and gave Baldwin some more outs. The river completed the board with the   and nailed broadway for Baldwin.

He jumped up and down with his hands above his head and yelled out, "Monster call!!" as the rail joined him in yelling about the call he just made. The tournament director had to give another warning, this time to Baldwin for excessive celebration.

Davis hit the rail in 11th place and took home $30,524.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:42 PM Local Time

Steve Cowley just got a walk with two red aces in the big blind on one of the first hands back from break.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:15 PM Local Time

We've completed two levels so that means it's time for a 20-minute break.

Cya then!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:13 PM Local Time

Alexander Ivarsson was all in preflop for his tournament life and Joe Baldwin had him at risk.




It was your classic race situation, and Ivarsson took an early lead after the flop fell  . Baldwin came storming around the bend passing Ivarsson when the   turned however and crossed the finish line as the winner when the   rivered.

Ivarsson was eliminated in 12th place and will take home $30,524 while Baldwin is still alive and well with 1,275,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:47 PM Local Time

Jarred Solomon opened from under the gun and Jeffrey "jpapola" Papola re-raised 95,000 more. Solomon moved all in for 386,000 and Papola snapped it off.




Solomon snatched the lead after binking a three-outer on the   flop. Papola picked up some extra outs with the   on the turn, but the   bricked on the river dropping him to 485,000 chips.

Solomon doubled to 875,000 chips thanks to the fortuitous flop.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:43 PM Local Time

Taurean Davis opened to 42,000 from under the gun and Jeffrey "jpapola" Papola called from the small blind.

Both players checked the   flop, and Papola led for 73,000 after the   turned. Davis called.

The dealer delivered the   on the river and Papola led again - this time for 130,000. Davis called but mucked after Papola opened   for a diamond flush.

Papola chipped up to 900,000 chips and Davis slipped to just 275,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:40 PM Local Time

Martins Adeniya opened to 48,000 from the cutoff and Eddy Scharf defended his big blind.

The flop fell   and Scharf check-called 62,000 from Adeniya.

Both players checked after the   turned and Scharf slid out a tiny bet once the   rivered; 40,000. Adeniya tanked for a moment, chewing on some gum and eying up Scharf before raising to 160,000. Scharf immediately announced call and turned over  .

Adeniya stood up to verify Scharf's cards and then placed his own two in the muck.

Scharf increased his stack to 735,000 chips and Adeniya dropped down to 310,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:29 PM Local Time

Justin Smith was all in preflop with the    and flipping for his tournament life against the    for Alexander Ivarsson.

The board ran out       and Smith was able to spike an ace to double up. He now has roughly 775,000 chips while Ivarsson slipped more to 360,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:23 PM Local Time

On the flop of    , Martins Adeniya flopped top pair with the    against the middle set of Javier Etayo with the   . Adeniya also held a gutshot straight draw. On the flop, the betting went Adeniya 42,000, Etayo 127,000, Adeniya 400,000, Etayo all in for 520,000. Adeniya was priced in by then and made the call.

The turn was the   and the river the  . Neither helped Adeniya eliminate Etayo, who doubled to 1.2 million in chips. Adeniya slipped to 670,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:00 PM Local Time

Joe Baldwin raised to 35,000 from under the gun and Taurean Davis reraised all in from the next seat for 355,000. Baldwin eventually made the call and held the   . He was one-upped by the    from Davis.

The board ran out       and Davis earned the double to about 800,000 in chips while Baldwin dropped back to 840,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:55 PM Local Time

Jeffrey Papola raised to 32,000 from under the gun and Alexander Ivarsson called from the small blind. Justin Smith called from the big blind. The flop came down     and action checked to the preflop raiser. Papola bet out 48,000 and Ivarsson raised to 125,000. Smith folded and then Papola moved all in for 227,000 more (352,000). Ivarsson called.

Ivarsson held the    for top pair of kings, but he was out-kicked by the    or Papola. The turn brought the   and the river completed the board with the  .

Papola was able to double up to roughly 750,000 while Ivarsson slipped to 600,000 in chips.