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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 to Saturday, June 19, 2010

Event #31: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,117,800
  • Entries: 828
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 18, 2010 10:32 PM Local Time


Leary: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Barbieri: (X) (X) /         / (X)

It seems like every pot Dustin Leary enters, he wins. He called after Al Barbieri completed on third street. Barbieri kept the lead on fourth and bet it. Again Leary called.

Leary made open sevens on fifth street and kept the lead for the rest of the hand. He bet fifth and sixth streets before checking seventh street. Barbieri checked behind and couldn't beat the trip sevens that Leary showed when he produced a   as one of his hole cards.

Friday, June 18, 2010 10:27 PM Local Time

Al Barberi just caught sight of a spectator up on the upper balcony who had a whole box of pizza on the rail. "Hey, you got a slice?" Barbieri asked.

The spectator came rushing down to the tableside dividers, saying, "Here you go Mr. Al! Sorry, I don't have any more napkins, Mr. Al." Barbieri pulled a big slice from the box and thanked his new fan as he returned to his chair.

"It could be poisonous," Ken Lennaard said.

Barbieri just shrugged and continued eagerly shoving the oversized slice of pepperoni pie into his mouth. It has been devoured without a trace in the time it took to write this post.

Friday, June 18, 2010 10:13 PM Local Time

Players are on a ten-minute break.

Friday, June 18, 2010 10:08 PM Local Time


Even though he didn't have a premium hand, Al Barbieri went for the kill. He raised enough to get Andrew Revesz all in on third street. Barbieri had a lot of work to do with K-9-2 against Revesz's 8-7-3. Barbieri's board came 7-2-4-5- for a final hand of 9-7. That wasn't good enough against Revesz's 10-4-A-3, 8-7. For the second hand in a row there was no sweat on the river. Revesz doubled up.

Friday, June 18, 2010 10:07 PM Local Time


Andrew Revesz had a three up, and he called the bring-in before Konstantin Puchkov raised, also with a three showing. Dustin Leary called with an eight, and Revesz put in the rest of the bet to proceed three-handed.

Revesz: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Puchkov: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Leary: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Leary bet fourth street, fifth street, and sixth street with both of his opponents calling bets the whole way. Everyone checked the river, and Leary exposed his       down cards. That was good for an eighty-six, and nobody could beat that.

Leary is really starting to assert himself and his chip stack now.

Friday, June 18, 2010 10:01 PM Local Time


There were no bricks this time for Blake Cahail. He was all in during the razz round against Ken Lennaard. By the time the chips were in, Cahail showed 10-3-5-8-A, a made ten. Lennaard was drawing at a 6 with 4-6-2-A-K. Each player paired on sixth street; on seventh Lennaard caught a face card, which meant Cahail wouldn't need to sweat it. He improved with a 6 anyway, making and 8-6 low to double up.

Friday, June 18, 2010 9:56 PM Local Time


Ah, the pain of bricks in razz. Blake Cahail completed the bring-in showing a 4 and was called by Konstantin Puchkov with a trey. Cahail caught running bricks on fourth and fifth streets, a king and a jack. Puchkov caught an 8 and a 10 and bet fifth street. Cahail only had roughly 50,000 behind, but clearly couldn't call the bet. He shook his head in disgust before mucking his hand.

Friday, June 18, 2010 9:55 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Under the gun, Al Barbieri raised, and Dustin Leary reraised two seats over. Konstantin Puchkov called from the big blind, and Barbieri called the extra bet as well.

The flop came out      , and Leary was allowed to continue out with a bet. Puchkov folded and Barbieri called to see the   on fourth street. Barbieri check-called a bet there, and one more on the   river to see the showdown.


Barbieri shuffled his cards in between his hands, studying the board and his opponent's cards very intently. Finally, he flashed a useless     and flopped all four cards back into the muck. That's a scooper for Leary, extending his chip lead and pushing his stack close to 1.5 million.

Friday, June 18, 2010 9:49 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Most pots at this stage are contested heads-up. And so it was with Ken Lennaard, who opened pre-flop for a raise that was re-raised by Dustin Leary. Everyone folded back to Lennaard, who was the only caller.

The flop came queen-high,      . Lennaard checked to Leary, then raised after Leary bet. Leary called that raise, called another bet on the   turn, and then faced a third bet on the   river. He thought things through for about 20 seconds before calling. Lennaard showed top set,        , to collect the pot and give himself a little breathing room from the bottom of the counts.

Friday, June 18, 2010 9:43 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Al Barbier seems to be losing small pots and winning big ones. That's a great way to build a chip stack. He three-bet the button after Hani Awad opened with a raise. Awad was the only caller.

Awad checked and called a bet on the       flop and another on the   turn. When the board paired nines on the river,  , both players checked. Awad had nines and fours with        ; that wasn't good enough against Barbieri's tens and nines,     with two other cards.

Barbieri and Dustin Leary are threatening to blow away the rest of this final table.

Friday, June 18, 2010 9:38 PM Local Time


Dustin Leary opened the pot with a raise, and both blinds called -- Andrew Revesz from the small and Konstantin Puchkov in the big.

The flop came out      , and the blinds checked to the raiser. Leary bet, Revesz called, and Puchkov ducked out of the way. Revesz check-called another bet on the   turn, and one last bullet on the   river, though the last call was accompanied by a big sigh and a reluctant flick of the wrist.

He was right to be reluctant. Leary tabled     for tens full of aces, good enough to win him that big pot.

Revesz is now getting short with less than 220,000 chips in front of him.

Friday, June 18, 2010 9:31 PM Local Time


It took more than two hours of play, but we finally found our first elimination from the final table. Robert Mizrachi opened from middle position and was called by big blind Dustin Leary. Leary led into the short-stacked Mizrachi on a flop of      . Mizrachi raised 11,000 more and was all in with    . Leary called, having out-flopped Mizrachi with    . Leary's pair of kings held firm over Mizrachi's queens as the turn and river blanked out.

Mizrachi leaves with $21,551 in prize money.

Friday, June 18, 2010 9:29 PM Local Time


In a battle of the blinds, Robert Mizrachi raised from the small, and Konstantin Puchkov called from the big.

Mizrachi followed up his raise with a bet on the       flop, and Puchkov wasted no time calling. The   landed on the turn, and Mizrachi checked this time before calling one of Puchkov's bets. He called one more on the   river.

At showdown, Puchkov turned over his     for Broadway, and... Mizrachi held his cards. For maybe fifteen or twenty seconds, he sat absolutely still, staring down at his two hole cards. Finally, he released them into the muck with a big frown.

Mizrachi is all the way down to just 71,000 after dropping that significant pot.

Friday, June 18, 2010 9:23 PM Local Time

Stud 8/b

Leary: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Barbieri: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Dustin Leary caught the bring-in, but that's not always terrible in Stud Hi/Lo. He called after Al Barbieri completed.

Barbieri bet every street from there on out, even the streets where Leary had the lead. Leary called all the way. At showdown, Barbieri's trip treys were bested by Leary's full house. Leary scooped the whole pot on one of the last hands of Stud Hi/Lo.

Friday, June 18, 2010 8:59 PM Local Time

Players are on a ten-minute break.

Friday, June 18, 2010 8:54 PM Local Time

Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi is here, standing on the rail, sweating brother Robert. Right next to him are James "" Mackey and Grant Hinkle, here to cheer on their good friend Blake Cahail.

They're not the only poker personalities here, however. David Levi is sitting on the first step of seating, and Alexander Kravchenko has been in and out all day to check on countryman Konstantin Puchkov.

For a fixed-limit final table, this event has attracted a sizable rail.

Friday, June 18, 2010 8:51 PM Local Time


Mizrachi: (X) (X) /        

Leary: (X) (X) /        

Dustin Leary is second in chips right now and is continuing to add to his stack. He completed third street and was called by Robert Mizrachi. Leary bet again on fourth street, then called after Mizrachi raised.

Mizrachi caught the lead on fifth street but checked it over to Leary. Leary took the bait and bet. Mizrachi called.

On sixth street Leary made open nines n bet again. Mizrachi thought about his decision for approximately 30 seconds before folding.

Friday, June 18, 2010 8:34 PM Local Time


Barbieri: (X) (X) / 3-4-K-7 / (X)

Leary: (X) (X) / 2-K-6-3 / (X)

Andrew Revesz limped into the pot showing a 9 door card before Al Barbieri completed. Action moved to Dustin Leary, who raised his 2. Everyone folded back to Barbieri, who was the only caller. Barbieri had the lead on fourth and fifth streets and bet each time. Leary called both bets, then bet the lead himself on sixth street. Barbieri raised and was called.

Both players checked the river. Barbieri turned up an ace and a deuce in the hole for a 7-4 low. That was the winner.

Friday, June 18, 2010 8:23 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

The tabled folded around to the blinds where Hani Awad called from the small and Andrew Revesz knocked the table for a free flop in the big.

It came      , and Awad check-raised a bet. Revesz matched the extra 15,000, and that brought them to the   turn. Revezs called 30,000 there, and another big bet on the   river.


Revesz mucked his cards, and Awad has finally started scooping up some chips to push himself back in the right direction. He's up close to 400,000 again.

Friday, June 18, 2010 8:19 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Hani Awad has been by far the momst active player since we came back from dinner. He was in the blinds when Ken Lennaard opened with a lateposition raise. Only Awad called.

Awad led into Lennaard on a flop of      . Lennaard called. Both players checked the   turn and Awad also checked the   river. He was faced with a decision when Lennaard bet the river, but called with what was the best hand --        , for two pair, kings and eights.