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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 17, 2010 to Saturday, June 19, 2010

Event #33: $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $1,108,600
  • Entries: 482
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:56 PM Local Time

With the exit of Burt Boutin, players have been sent on a one hour dinner break.

Back in a bit.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:55 PM Local Time

Three players made it to the     flop. Burt Boutin bet 25,000 and Kevin MacPhee called. Jose-Luis Velador folded, and they were heads up to the turn.


Boutin bet out 75,000, but MacPhee raised pot. It looked like that would be enough to put him all in - but before it was established whether or not MacPhee was all in, Boutin had called.

On their backs.

Boutin:      for a flush draw and two pair, jacks and fives

MacPhee:      for an open-ended straight draw and a lower two pair, jacks and fours

River:   giving MacPhee a higher two pair than Boutin's - jacks and eights

"F***," said Boutin, loudly and with feeling.

With that, Boutin took 10th place and Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee virtually doubled to 630,000.

"That guy's a luck sack!" cried someone at the rail. Indeed.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:32 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Hold'em

Jose-Luis Velador raised to 30,000 and then Rob Hollink called from the big blind. The flop came down     and both players checked. The turn brought the   and Hollink checked over to Velador again. He fired 45,000 and Hollink folded.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:28 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Hold'em

Kevin MacPhee bet out 42,000 on the     flop and James Mitchell called.

The action on the   turn went check-check; the action on the   river however went check from MacPhee, 70,000 from Mitchell. There was a brief pause as MacPhee considered his options. Eventually he decided to fold, and Mitchell raked in the pot.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:23 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Action folded to Jose-Luis Velador and he raised to 30,000. Both Craig Gray and Victor Ramdin made the call. Ramdin was in the small blind and Gray had position on Velador.

The flop came down     and acton checked around. After the  on the turn, Ramdin checked and Velador fired 45,000. Gray called and then Ramdin folded.

The river card completed the board with the   and Velador checked. Gray fired 60,000 and Velador folded his hand.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:16 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Victor Ramdin opened for 25,000 and Kevin MacPhee called.

They checked down the     flop and the   turn, but Ramdin bet out 60,000 on the   river, forcing MacPhee to fold.

"Vamos compadreeeeee!" cried a railer.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:13 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

James Mitchell raised and Jose-Luis Velador called in the big blind.

They both checked the     flop and Velador checked the   turn as well. Mitchell bet 33,000, and Velador dwelled up for a while before folding, showing Mitchell the   in a "next time" sort of way.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:04 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Victor Ramdin raised preflop and David Chiu called from the big blind. The flop came down     and both players checked. After the   fell on the turn, Chiu checked and Ramdin fired 60,000. Chiu took some time and then mucked his hand, allowing Ramdin to pick up the first pot since moving to the secondary feature table.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:01 PM Local Time

Here's the redraw for the final ten-handed table.

Seat 1: Jose-Luis Velador

Seat 2: David Chiu

Seat 3: Craig Gray

Seat 4: James Mitchell

Seat 5: Victor Ramdin

seat 6: Matt Sterling

Seat 7: Burt Boutin

Seat 8: Kevin MacPhee

Seat 9: Gavin Cochrane

Seat 10: Rob Hollink

Saturday, June 19, 2010 4:54 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Hold'em

From under the gun, Craig Gray made it 30,000 to go. Victor Ramdin was in the cutoff seat and reraised to 100,000 straight. Action then folded to the short-stacked Joshua Tieman in the big blind and he tanked for some time, deciding whether or not to put his money in. Eventually, he called all in for his last 45,000. Gray then re-shipped it for 228,000 total and Ramdin went into the tank. After a few minutes, Ramdin folded.

Tieman held the    and Gray the   .

The board ran out       and Gray boomed his way up to about 400,000 in chips and Tieman was eliminated.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010 4:50 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Gavin Cochrane raised from the button and Joshua Tieman flatted from the small blind. Craig Gray was in the big blind and reraised all in for 79,000 more. We're unsure of the opening raise, but there was roughly 70,000 chips in the pot already. Cochrane tank-folded and then Tieman tank-called.

Tieman held the      and Gray the     .

The board ran out       and Gray doubled up. Tieman was crippled down to 55,000 in chips.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 4:45 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

In a four-way limped pot, all four players checked the     flop and they all proceeded to the   turn on which Burt Boutin (small blind) bet pot, or 40,000 to you and me. Rob Hollink (under the gun) was the only caller.

Hollink and Boutin went heads up to the   river and Boutin checked. Hollink dwelled up for a while before checking behind - and it was a good thing for him that he did, because Boutin slammed his hand down on the table -      for a turned top set which had turned into the nut flush by the river.

"Who has top set and the nut flush draw?" commented a passing Kevin MacPhee.

"The guy who won," the dealer quipped back.

Boutin moved forward to 280,000. Hollink dropped back to 320,000.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 4:34 PM Local Time

Players are back from their break and cards are back in the air.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 4:11 PM Local Time

The players are on their first 20-minute break of the day.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 4:10 PM Local Time

Matt Sterling potted, only for Burt Boutin to re-pot. The unhappy Sterling folded and dropped to just 107,000.

So it was that a couple hands later, Rob Hollink made it 23,000 in the cutoff, only for Matt Sterling to re-pot from the small blind - 56,000 - with around 19,000 behind. Once the amounts had been agreed and Sterling's reraise counted out in front of him, he turned to the TV and pretended to be interested in the golf. Hollink stared into his Starbucks for a while. Eventually he folded, and Sterling bumped his short stack back up to 130,000. Hollink dropped to 440,000.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 4:09 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Burt Boutin limped under the gun and David Chiu raised to 28,000. Call.

Said Chiu, "You don't wanna make the final table, huh."

They proceeded to check down the       board and Chiu turned over a rather premium     . Boutin, however, tabled      for two pair. He took the pot and increased his stack to 180,000. Chiu slipped back just a little to 550,000.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:47 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

We caught up with Jose-Luis Velador and Matt Sterling on the river of a       board. Velador was betting out 44,000.

"Oh man," sighed Sterling, and disappeared into his own private tank of indecision for a while. When he emerged, it was to fold with a look of deep sadness on his face.

Sterling, who'd been making something of a recovery, dropped back to 160,000.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:33 PM Local Time

Victor Ramdin raised from the button and was met with a hefty reraise from James Mitchell in the small blind. It took Gavin Cochrane a few moments to fold his big blind. It took Ramdin much less time to fold his hand.

"One day I'll find a hand," chuckled Ramdin.

"You've let the secret out now," said Kevin MacPhee, "You don't always have aces."

Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:30 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Jose-Luis Velador raised to 18,000 before Phil Ivey three-bet to 66,000. After everyone folded back to Velador, he made the call.

The flop came down     and Velador checked to Ivey. The man most consider to be the best in the game, ever, fired 80,000 into the pot and left himself with 179,000 chips behind. After a minute, Velador raised all in for 283,000 total, having Ivey covered. Ivey went into the tank and he sat there for several long minutes.

After a couple minutes Ivey said, "I guess you could have aces too, right?" Velador didn't give him anything though and just sat there.

Ivey tanked for a couple more minutes as the crowd on the rail inched closer and closer, standing four and five heads deep. Media surrounded the table and the players at the other table stood up to watch once they completed their current hand. All eyes were on Ivey.

"The best I can hope for is a chop," said Ivey.

A minute later Velador responded, "You'll get to see it anyway." Phil laughed at that comment.

Ivey tanked for another little while and eventually said, "All right, I call," nodding his head. Velador immediately spread the      for a full house, jacks over fours. Ivey turned up his      for a pair of aces that didn't look so good anymore.

The turn was the   and left Ivey needing help on the river. Only an ace would do it. The river completed the board with the   and that was it. Ivey abruptly stood up and headed out the door. He didn't grab his payout sheet or wait to be escorted to the payout desk, he was just gone.

Ivey finished in 12th place for $16,075. The amount he won is going to be the last thing on his mind as he moves on to the next tournament. Velador moved to about 700,000 in chips and has taken the chip lead.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:29 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

We arrived just in time to see Matt Sterling all in preflop against Jose-Luis Velador.




Sterling's trip tens were good enough to take the pot, and he stayed in the game on 150,000 or so. Velador took a bit of a hit, but it didn't make that much of a dent and he was at 560,000 after that.