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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 to Friday, June 18, 2010

Event #29: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,607,400
  • Entries: 171
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:54 PM Local Time

Matt Keikoan raised from the small blind and Kyle Ray made the call from the big blind. Keikoan led out on The     flop and Ray called. The turn came the   and Keikoan fired again. When the   hit the river, Keikoan put out a third bet and Ray called.

Keikoan tabled    for aces up. Ray had rivered two pair as well with   , and folded with a grimace as Keikoan raked in the pot. Keikoan is up to 640,000 while Ray slipped to 540,000.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:48 PM Local Time

Darren Woods put 75,000 of his chips into the pot before the flop in capped action with Zvi Groysman, and that left him just 11,000 for the flop of      . Neither man liked the flop, but Groysman matched the extra bit to put Woods all in and at risk.




Woods was in fine shape to double, and the friendly   on the turn ended any potential drama right there. The river   filled him up, and Woods is back up to 180,000 after a poor start to his day.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:46 PM Local Time

Our final two tables are located in No-Man's Land here in the middle of the Blue section, tucked away in the far, quiet reaches of the Amazon Room. Still, a small crowd of railbirds is starting to assemble itself, a group of about a dozen including Chino Rheem and Jeremiah Smith.

Just a moment ago, JC Tran came wandering over to chat with Anh Van Nguyen. They were standing around chatting while a hand was in progress, and then nobody was looking, JC sat down behind Nguyen's stack and acted like he was about to play the next hand.

"I object! I object!" David Chiu yelled from the adjacent table.

"You would!" Tran snapped back, he and Chiu grinning at each other.

Chiu added, "Come on. We'll all be playing for second," and now JC stood up and wandered over to Chiu's table. "Here, you can play for me," Chiu said, standing up from the table. JC took the open seat and said, "One round of no-limit?"

The table chuckled, and Tran finally gave up his seat in exchange for one on the rail, keeping the mood light here with so much on the line.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:34 PM Local Time

Mark Klecan raised, Daniel Idema three-bet, and Mark Klecan four-bet all-in. Idema made the call.



Klecan did not improve on the       board and hit the rail in 13th place.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:31 PM Local Time

Anh Van Nguyen raised from under-the-gun, Mark Klecan three-bet all-in for 33,000, Jameson Painter called from the big blind and Van Nguyen called as well. Painter and Van Nguyen checked down the       board.

Painter and Van Nguyen showed down first. Painter turned up    and Van Nguyen mucked. For the main pot, Klecan showed   , having flopped the nuts.

"When he asked you guys to open first, I was worried. I didn't want to slow-roll you!" said Klecan as he motioned toward the dealer. Everyone enjoyed a chuckle around the table as Klecan tripled to 115,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:26 PM Local Time

Dave Baker raised in position, and Matt Keikoan three-bet him from the small blind.

The dealer spread out      , and the turn and river came   and  . Keikoan bet all three streets, each time a little more slowly and deliberately than the previous. Baker called him down to the river, and Keikoan turned over     at showdown. It was the best hand as Baker returned his cards quietly to the muck.

Baker - 350,000

Keikoan - 540,000

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:24 PM Local Time

Mark Klecan raised from the button, and Daniel Idema reraised from the small blind. Klecan made it four bets to play, and Idema called to see a flop.

It came out      , and both players checked. The   on fourth street drew a bet from Idema, and Klecan quickly called. One more bet on the   river saw Klecan call, and Idema turned up     for top pair with the cherry kicker. Klecan double-checked his cards and slid them into the muck, and that loss leaves him all the way down to just 35,000.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:19 PM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi opened for a raise from early position and Kyle Ray defended his big blind.

Ray checked the     flop over to Mizrachi, who bet. Ray called. The turn was the   and Ray checked again. Mizrachi bet and Ray came back at him with a raise. Mizrachi called and they went to the river which fell the  . Ray bet out and Mizrachi called.

Ray showed    for kings full of deuces and Mizrachi mucked with a frown. He's down to 290,000 while Ray is back up to 540,000.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:17 PM Local Time

Kyle Ray opened for a raise, David Chiu three-bet, Ray four-bet and Chiu called all-in.



Chiu flopped two pair and turned a boat, the board running out       to double Chiu's stack to 125,000. Ray was left with 385,000.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:13 PM Local Time

On the next hand, Kyle Ray raised from the cutoff, and Michael Mizrachi three-bet again from the blinds, this time the small.

The flop came       with Ray calling a Mizrachi bet, and that action repeated on the   turn. Both players check-checked the   river, and Mizrachi said, "Ace-king." Ray nodded, and Mizrachi flipped up his winning     to take his second consecutive pot.

The Grinder has, well, grinded his stack up to about 375,000, a six-figure increase over his starting stack.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:11 PM Local Time

David Chiu raised in early position, and Michael Mizrachi three-bet from the big blind.

The two men took a flop of      , and Mizrachi check-raised. Chiu threw out the calling chips, but as the dealer burned a card, he yelled, "Wait!" Chiu apparently intended to reraise, but he had only put in 30,000 total, and that was only good enough for a call. That brought them to the   turn, and Mizrachi fired right out again.

Chiu cut out the calling chips and eyed up his remaining stack before deciding a fold was in order. He'll save his 54,000 remaining chips for a better spot.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:03 PM Local Time

T.D. Nikki has run through a few quick announcements for the players, including a note about the schedule. We'll play down to ten players before we combine into one table, and we'll make a move over to the main featured table once we set our official final table of nine.

With all of the paperwork out of the way, it's time to get down to business. The players are all here, the chips are stacked, and the cards are in the air on Day 3.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 1:40 PM Local Time

We're about thirty minutes away from the Day 3 restart of Event #29, $10,000 World Championship Limit Hold'em. At about 3:45 this morning, our thirteen remaining players bagged up after a Day 2 that saw the field thinned from 102 survivors to the baker's dozen still in contention for a World Series of Poker bracelet.

Kyle Ray and Daniel Idema are currently one-two in the chip count with 643,000 and 634,000 respectively. Jameson Painter is looking to make his third final table of this WSOP, Michael Mizrachi has his eye on his second bracelet, and David Chiu, Brock Parker and Matt Keikoan are looking to expand their personal WSOP jewelry collections.

We'll be back in action shortly. Stay tuned.