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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 3:08 PM Local Time


Awad: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Revesz: (X) (X) /         / (X)

It almost seems unfair when the player with the most chips makes very strong hands to gain even more chips. Andrew Revesz was facing a bet on fifth street from Hani Awad. He called and caught a third diamond on sixth street. Awad must have sensed some danger; he checked and then called a bet. The action was the same on the river. At showown, Revesz produced two diamonds from the hole to go with the three on board,      . He had a diamond flush and dragged the pot to climb to 420,000. Awad is down to 165,000.

Friday, June 18, 2010 3:02 PM Local Time


We caught the tail end of this hand, a pot against Johannes Steindl that put David Brooker in bad shape:

Brooker: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Steindl: (X) (X) /         / (X)

We caught up on sixth street as Brooker was calling a Steindl bet to leave himself with just 14,000. Both players checked seventh street, and Brooker showed       for a marginal queen-low. Steindl tabled      , and his ten-nine low put Brooker on the very short stack.

The rest of Brooker's chips went into the next pot against Robert Mizrachi when both players started with a low card showing. The dealer ran out the boards:

Brooker:     /         /  

Mizrachi:     /         /  

Mizrachi was saying, "Wow. Wow. Wow," after each street, not liking the cards he was catching. He liked that seventh street card, though, as it filled in his jack-ten-four low. Brooker's jack-ten-eight was second best, and that means he's out of chips and out the door in 22nd place.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:47 PM Local Time


Hani Awad completed with the   showing, and Cliff Josephy raised with the  . Blake Cahail called both bets, and Awad called the extra one to go off to fourth street.

Awad: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Josephy: (X) (X) /         / (X)

Cahail: (X) (X) /      

Josephy got a bet in on fourth street, and both opponents called. On fifth, another Josephy bet pushed Cahail out of the way, but Awad check-called quickly. Josephy bet again on sixth, and Awad called, and Josephy bet out of turn on seventh street. "I'm first," said Awad, eventually checking with a sour look on his face. Josephy's chips went right back into the pot, and Awad tank-called.

Josephy turned over       to give him the the very strong sixty-five, and Awad shook his head. "I had a big hand too," he said, flashing his      . Awad's ninety-five was second-best though, and the pot goes to JohnnyBax.

Josephy - 180,000

Awad - 235,000

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:41 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

As is typical at the start of the day, when all players are fresh, the short stacks have not been shy about getting their chips in the middle. David Brooker was all in on the turn,        , and called by Robert Mizrachi. Mizrachi showed top pair and a few draws,        . Brooker had two pair with        . The river bricked out for Mizrachi and he had to pay off another double-up.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:33 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

We came to Chip Jett's table as he was involved in a big pot with one of the larger stacks, Regis Burlot. Jett checked a         turn, then raised after Regis bet. Burlot called to the   river, which Jett bet.

"I've got 1,000 more behind," Jett pointed out to Burlot. Burlot didn't put Jett in with a raise, though. He just called.

"Nut-nut," said Jett. He turned over         for the best possible hand both ways. Murlot just mucked, giving Jett a double-up.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:31 PM Local Time


When a player is all in during the stud rounds, the cards come flying out in a hurry. Thus we weren't able to capture all of Ken Lennaard's cards after Thomas Hunt was all in on fourth street in razz. We did get Hunt's cards thought -- A-4 / 10-2-5-A / 10. Somehow a 10-5 was good enough to drag the pot against the bunch of bricks that Lennaard collected. Hunt doubled up to stay in the gme.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:27 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Dustin Leary raised preflop, and Al Barbieri three-bet him next door.

Heads up, the two men saw a flop of      , and Leary check-called a bet from Barbieri. On the   turn, Leary led out with a bet of his own, and Barbieri was the caller this time. Both men checked the   river.



"Ace-deuce with the queen. I get three quarters, right?" Barbieri astutely asked. Indeed he does, and that three-quartering of Leary moves Barbieri up to about 260,000.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:24 PM Local Time


Kerry Stead raised preflop, and Konstantin Puchov made it three bets from the small blind. Stead moved all in for 21,000 total, and the cards were turned up:



There was a queen for both players on the flop, but the board of           changed nothing and gave no help to the at-risk Stead. After doubling up early, he's been reduced back down to zero, and his day is done in 23rd place.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:22 PM Local Time


Johannes Steindl raised from the hijack seat, and Kerry Stead three-bet him from the small blind.

The two men took a flop of      , and Steindl called a small bet. He called another full bet on the   turn, and Stead checked to him on the   river. Steindl quickly bet, sending his opponent into the tank. Stead was getting short on chips by this point, and he spent about two minutes deliberating before sliding the calling chips into the pot.

Steindl tabled     for second pair, and it was the best hand. Stead mucked his cards, leaving himself with just 21,000 chips.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:17 PM Local Time

Many players like to "double dip" at the WSOP -- register for and play two tournaments simultaneously. They'll let one stack be blinded off while they play the other, then run back and forth. Normally that's not a problem. But today the 5pm tournament is $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em, and heads-up is not a game that you can let yourself be blinded off. The floor here at the H.O.R.S.E. re-start has informed the players that they have until 4:45pm to un-register from the Heads-Up tournament, and that he can un-register them with their seat card and their Total Rewards card. Their buy-in will be held in safekeeping at the cage.

This situation affects at least two of our re-starters today: Robert Mizrachi and Ken Lennaard.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:14 PM Local Time


Kerry Stead got all the chips into the pot. We're not sure when they got in, but Steads     made two pair against Robert Mizrachi on a board of          . Mirachi had to pay off a double-up to Stead as he starts the long climb.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:09 PM Local Time


Jon Turner drew the big blind to start the day, and it's apparently a familiar sight for him. "Three days in a row I get the big blind on the first hand?" he asked rhetorically.

Before the dealer had finished pitching the cards, Turner said, "Good luck. I'm all in," adding, "I have seventeen total, FYI."

Ken Lennaard raised preflop and called Turner's shove, and the cards were on their backs:



The board did nothing to help Turner's cause, running out          . "Weeee, that was fun. Good draw," Turner said, sliding his chair back under the table and heading out as the first casualty of Day 3.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:06 PM Local Time

Just a couple minutes late, the cards have gone in the air, and Day 3 is under way!

Friday, June 18, 2010 1:46 PM Local Time

When we ended the night yesterday, play had just collapsed to three eight-handed tables. This is how the players re-drew for seats:

Table 344

Seat 1: Johannes Steindl

Seat 2: David Brooker

Seat 3: Robert Mizrachi

Seat 4: Kerry Stead

Seat 5: James Van Alstyne

Seat 6: Konstantin Puchkov

Seat 7: Danny Kalpakis

Seat 8: Mark Zuffi

Table 345

Seat 1: Daniel Ospina

Seat 2: Jon Turner

Seat 3: Ming Reslock

Seat 4: Allen Kessler

Seat 5: Ken Lennaard

Seat 6: Thomas Hunt

Seat 7: Dustin Leary

Seat 8: Al Barbieri

Table 350

Seat 1: Andrew Revesz

Seat 2: Regis Burlot

Seat 3: James Darnaby

Seat 4: Hani Awad

Seat 5: Chip Jett

Seat 6: Kyung Han

Seat 7: Cliff Josephy

Seat 8: Blake Cahail

Friday, June 18, 2010 1:41 PM Local Time

Good afternoon H.O.R.S.E. fans, and welcome back for the final day of Event #31, the $1,500 horse-ament.

A total of 827 players began this thing on Wednesday, and we've still got 24 of them left as Day 3 dawns. That's entirely too many to fit around one final table, so we've got a lot of work to do before we can move over to the featured table and play for the bracelet.

Konstantin Puchkov leads the field into this final day, but there's plenty of danger lurking on the leaderboard beneath him. Robert Mizrachi is in third place overall, and Allen Kessler and Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy aren't far behind either. We've still got "Sugar Bear" too; the always-chipper Al Barbieri is poised for another deep run in this event.

It figures to be an exciting (and long) day of poker here inside the Amazon Room, and we're just about set to go. The chip bags have been dumped on the tables here in the Red section of the room, and the dealers are checking and double-checking their decks. We're scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start, and we expect to get rolling on time.

Don't wander off, there's some exciting mixed-game action just a few minutes away!