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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 18, 2010 to Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Event #35: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship (256 player max)

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $2,406,400
  • Entries: 256
  • Remaining: 0

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Monday, June 21, 2010 3:25 AM Local Time

Since those two back-to-back all-in hands, we've seen a couple more all-in bets and folds. After hours of dramaless poker, we're suddenly witnessing a rapid sequence of excitement here in the early morning.

What's that...? Sounds like another all-in bet. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 21, 2010 3:22 AM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood made it 460,000 from the button only to have Ernst Schmejkal move all in from the big blind. Mahmood called for his last 3,220,000 and we were off to a showdown.

Schmejkal:   

Mahmood:   

The board ran out       to see Mahmood double through to 6,440,000 as Schmejkal slips to just 1,240,000 in chips.

Monday, June 21, 2010 3:19 AM Local Time

Ernst Schmejkal limped from the button, and Ayaz Mahmood raised to 560,000. Schmejkal announced he was all in, and Mahmood called.

Schmejkal   

Mahmood   

Just the second time all night we've seen a player at risk this way, and it was Schmejkal again. But the board went      , and Schmejkal survived. He's back in the lead with 4.38 million to Mahmood's 3.3 million.

Monday, June 21, 2010 3:14 AM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood -- 5.25 million

Ernst Schmejkal -- 2.43 million

Monday, June 21, 2010 3:11 AM Local Time

Ernst Schmejkal made it 325,000 to go from the button and Ayaz Mahmood made the call from the big blnd.

The     flop was checked through to see the   fall on the turn and Mahmood fire out 550,000. Schmejkal called and when the river landed the   both players checked.

Mahmood tabled his  (X) to take down the pot as Schmejkal flashed what appeared to be two diamonds to see Mahmood collect the pot.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 3:07 AM Local Time

Ernst Schmejkal opened to 325,000 from the button and Ayaz Mahmood made the call to see a     flop fall and checks follow from both players.

The turn of the   found Mahmood firing out a 325,000-chip bet with Schmejkal making the call as the   spiked on the river.

Both players checked and Schmejkal tabled his    to collect the pot and move a little closer to Mahmood.

Monday, June 21, 2010 3:02 AM Local Time

Ernst Schmejkal raised to 325,000 from the button, and Ayaz Mahmood called.

Both checked the     flop. The turn brought the  . Mahmood checked, Schmejkal bet 300,000, and Mahmood folded.

Schmejkal maintains his lead with 4.175 million to Mahmood's 3.505 million.

Monday, June 21, 2010 2:54 AM Local Time

"What are the next blinds, one and two?"

So asked Ayaz Mahmood of the tournament director. The question was about the next blind change, and the TD confirmed that the next level would feature 100,000/200,000 blinds.

We've only just begun this level -- our eighth 40-minute level of the match -- so Mahmood's question seems to indicate he's thinking about how much longer he and Ernst Schmejkal will be able to continue their conservative play.

Monday, June 21, 2010 2:36 AM Local Time

Ernst Schmejkal raised to 240,000 from the small blind/button, and Ayaz Mahmood called the raise. The flop came monotone --    . Mahmood bet 200,000, and Schmejkal called. The turn was the  . Mahmood bet 250,000 this time, and Schmejkal again called.

The river was the  . Mahmood pushed out a bet of 550,000, and Schmejkal sat motionless for about a minute. He then began arranging his stacks of chips, finally pushing out three tall stacks of greens (25,000) for a bet of 1.5 million. Mahmood instantly folded.

Schmejkal retakes the lead on that hand, pushing to 4.35 million to Mahmood's 3.33 million.

Monday, June 21, 2010 2:22 AM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood limped in and Ernst Schmejkal checked his option to see a     flop fall.

Schmejkal checked and Mahmood fired out 125,000 which Schmejkal called.

The   on the turn and   on the river were checked through to see Schmejkal table his    to rake in the pot and move to 3,100,000 in chips.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 2:14 AM Local Time

It was about two-and-a-half hours ago that we saw Ernst Schmejkal all in with a set fives against Mahmood's two pair, and Schmejkal survived. ([URL="http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2010-wsop/event-35/post.152214.htm"]Here was that hand[/URL].) Schmejkal enjoyed a better than 6-to-1 chip advantage after dragging that big pot, but Mahmood battled back and soon retook the chip lead.

We're now moving into the seventh 40-minute level of this match -- the first hand of which was dealt almost four-and-a-half hours ago -- and we've still only had that one instance of a player being all in and at risk of losing.

Monday, June 21, 2010 2:09 AM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood limped in from the button and Ernst Schmejkal checked his option.

Mahmood fired out 125,000 on the     flop with Schmejkal check-calling as the   landed on the turn.

Schmejkal checked, and Mahmood fired out 325,000 which Schmejkal called before the   was checked on the river.

Schmejkal tabled his    for middle pair, but it would be Mahmood's    to take the pot down and slip to 3,150,000 in chips.

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:58 AM Local Time

In a limped pot a     flop was spread with both players checking.

The turn landed the   and Ernst Schmejkal fired out 125,000 with Ayaz Mahmood making the call.

The river landed the   and Schmejkal led for 250,000 with Mahmood again calling.

Schmejkal tabled his    to rake in the pot.

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:53 AM Local Time

Like a cloud in the sky, the match is still moving, but sometimes it's hard to see the change.

We're seeing a lot of limping from the button -- or perhaps a minimum-raise and call -- followed by a lot of checking on later streets. Not a lot of chip movement, then.

Ayaz Mahmood -- 4.53 million

Ernst Schmejkal -- 3.15 million

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:42 AM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood limped in from the button and Ernst Schmejkal checked his option.

The flop fell down     and Schmejkal check-called a 100,000-chip bet before the   repeated on the turn and Schmejkal repeated his check-call of another 100,000-chip bet.

The river landed the   and after Schmejkal checked, Mahmood grabbed some chips and began to cut them down only to have Schmejkal instantly fold.

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:39 AM Local Time

Since coming back from the break, we've seen Ayaz Mahmood open for raises on the button, and Ernst Schmejkal respond by reraising all in on two separate occasions, prompting Mahmood to fold each time.

Mahmood still leads with 4.35 million to Schmejkal's 3.33 million.

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:36 AM Local Time

Ernst Schmejkal raised to 200,000 (2x) from the button, and Ayaz Mahmood called. The flop came    . Mahmood checked, Schmejkal bet 175,000, and Mahmood let it go.

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:15 AM Local Time

Players are taking that break now that we've reached the end of the fifth 40-minute level of the match. Play will resume at 2:30 a.m. local time.

Ayaz Mahmood -- 4.75 million

Ernst Schmejkal -- 2.93 million

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:08 AM Local Time

Players are discussing taking a 10-minute break at the end of the this level, due shortly.

We might be looking at a much longer break as well following the end of this match. The tournament director is discussing with the players the possibility of perhaps coming back tomorrow to finish their match. That option is available to them, should they desire doing so.

They'll get to discuss and decide that at the conclusion of this first match.

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:06 AM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood opened to 205,000 and Ernst Schmejkal made the call from the big blind.

The       board was checked down to see Mahmood table his   , and Schmejkal his   , to see the pot chopped up.

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