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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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Sunday, June 20, 2010 9:09 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville opened to 75,000 on the button only to have Ayaz Mahmood three-bet to 275,000 from the big blind.

Somerville went deep into the tank for nearly two minutes before raising to 600,000 total. Mahmood quickly moved all in and Somerville made the call for his last 1,550,000.

Mahmood:   

Somerville:   

As Somerville's friends rushed the stage, the dealer spread the     to put Mahmood out in front.

The   on the turn changed little, and after the   landed on the river, Somerville exited the tournament in equal third place for a $214,289 payday as Mahmood progresses through to the final two.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 9:00 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville raised to 75,000 from the button, and Ayaz Mahmood called. The flop came    , and both checked. The turn was the  . Mahmood checked, Somerville bet 50,000, and Mahmood called.

The river was the  . Mahmood checked again, Somerville bet 200,000 this time, and Mahmood got out.

Mahmood still leads with 2.16 million to Somerville's 1.68 million.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 8:56 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville just got a walk, and with a wide grin showed one card to Ayaz Mahmood before folding.

"Look at that smile!" yelled a Somerville supporter from the bleachers. Somerville explained the reason for the smile.

"Every time I get a walk I have an ace," he explained. "100 percent!"

Mahmood's good timing in that regard has helped him keep the chip lead for the last good while. He sits with 2.32 million to Somerville's 1.54 million.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 8:51 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville opened to 80,000 from the button and Ayaz Mahmood made the call to see a     flop fall.

Mahmood checked and Somerville fired out 90,000 only to fold after Mahmood check-raised to 315,000.

Somerville is now back down to 1,400,000 as Mahmood climbs to 2,440,000 in chips.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 8:37 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville limped from the button, and Ayaz Mahmood raised to 80,000. Somerville made the call.

The flop came    . Mahmood bet 80,000 once again, and Somerville took his time making the call. The turn was the  , and Mahmood very quickly gathered chips and set out a bet of 175,000.

Again, Somerville took his time before responding. He took a quick look out from beneath the brim of his dark gray Nike cap, then looked down at the table for two minutes while riffling chips. Finally, looking at Mahmood once again, he made the call.

The river was the  , putting a couple of pairs on the board. This time Mahmood immediately checked. Somerville went through a similar routine as on the previous street, then set out a bet of 300,000. Mahmood quickly let it go.

Somerville now has 1.68 million, but is still behind Mahmood's 2.16 million.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010 8:24 PM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood opened to 62,000 from the button and Jason Somerville made the call from the big blind to see a     flop fall.

Somerville check-called a 80,000-chip bet from Mahmood as both players checked the   on the turn.

The river landed the   and Somerville contemplated for nearly sixty seconds before cutting down a bet of 150,000.

Mahmood made the call and tabled his    to rake in the pot and move to 2,510,000 as Somerville slips to 1,330,000 in chips.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 8:16 PM Local Time

Neither Ayaz Mahmood nor Jason Somerville seem in any huge hurry to get their chips in the middle, so it may be a while before this one is decided.

In between folding hands and conceding small pots, the pair has begun a conversation about their respective paths to the semifinals. Somerville noted how he'd won one of his matches -- his fourth-round match versus Julian Herold -- in just one hand. ([URL="http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2010-wsop/event-35/day2/post.151623.htm"]Here's that one[/URL] from yesterday.)

"It was nice to have the break," said Somerville, referring to his subsequent wait to play the fifth round. The winner of this match will receive a brief respite before the finals tonight, but nothing like the rest Ernst Schmejkal is getting as he waits for an opponent.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 8:09 PM Local Time

Players are back and play is underway here in the third 40-minute level of their semifinal match.

Ayaz Mahmood -- 2.15 million

Jason Somerville -- 1.69 million

Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:54 PM Local Time

Both Jason Somerville and Ayaz Mahmood are taking a quick 5-minute break.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:53 PM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood opened to 60,000 from the button only to have Jason Somerville return the favor from the previous hand and three-bet to 180,000.

Mahmood laid his hand down to see Somerville rake in the pot.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:51 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville entered the pot on the button with a raise to 40,000 only to have Ayaz Mahmood three-bet to 240,000.

Somerville took his time before folding his hand to see the pot pushed to Mahmood.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:48 PM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood opened to 60,000 and Jason Somerville made the call.

The       board was checked down until Mahmood fired out 75,000 on the river to prompt Somerville to insta-fold.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:45 PM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood raised to 60,000 from the button, and Jason Somerville called.

The flop came    , and both checked. The turn was the  . Somerville bet 50,000, and Mahmood checked his cards before making the call.

The river was the  . This time Somerville checked, Mahmood quickly tossed out 100,000, and Somerville got out.

Somerville has about 1.74 million at present, and Mahmood 2.1 million.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:34 PM Local Time

After slipping down to around the 1,500,000 mark, Jason Somerville has slowly clawed his way nearly back to even.

Currently Somerville sits with just over 1,800,000 in chips after taking down the majority of the past ten to twenty hands with a preflop raise or continuation bet.

Mahmood still holds the slight lead, but anything could happen in this heads up match!

Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:25 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville raised to 40,000 from the button, and Ayaz Mahmood called. The flop came    . Mahmood checked, Somerville bet 55,000, and Mahmood made the call.

The turn then brought the  . Mahmood checked again, and Somerville pushed out 135,000. Mahmood sat back in his chair for a moment, then leaned forward to tell the dealer he was raising. After setting out the 135,000, he added another 460,000, and the action was back on Somerville.

Somerville thought for about a minute, then let it go. He slips to 1.54 million, while Mahmood takes the advantage with 2.3 million.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:12 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville opened to 32,000 from the button and Ayaz Mahmood made the call from the big blind to see a     flop fall.

Both players checked as the   landed on the turn and Mahmood fired out 39,000 with Somerville making the call to see the   land on the river.

Mahmood checked and Somerville cut down a bet of 80,000 with Mahmood making the call.

"Five!" announced Somerville.

Mahmood flipped over his    to rake in the pot and move to 1,770,000 in chips.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:06 PM Local Time

Well, that was a stark contrast to Ernst Schmejkal's last match with Vanessa Rousso which took nearly four hours, as his semifinal contest with Alexander Kostritsyn has ended within just 30 minutes.

In the final hand, Kostritsyn opened with a raise to 40,000, Schmejkal reraised to 116,000 total, and Kostritsyn called. The flop came    . Schmejkal bet 80,000, and Kostritsyn made the call.

The turn was the  . This time Schmejkal checked, and Kostritsyn pushed out a bet of 210,000. Schmejkal then check-raised to 450,000 total, sending Kostritsyn into the tank. After a couple of minutes the Russian made a decision -- he was reraising to 750,000 total, leaving himself just 450,000 behind.

Schmejkal didn't waste much time reraising all in, and Kostritsyn called. Kostritsyn shook his head with a look of disappointment as he saw the cards being tabled.

Kostritsyn   

Schmejkal   

The river was the  , making Schmejkal's hand a full house, and Kostritsyn is out. Schmejkal moves onto the finals!

Sunday, June 20, 2010 6:52 PM Local Time

Ernst Schmejkal jumped out to a slight lead in the early going in his match versus Alexander Kostritsyn, pushing over 2 million to Kostritsyn's 1.8 million. Then came the first significant hand of the match.

The hand began with Kostritsyn raising to 40,000 from the small blind/button, and Schmejkal making the call. The flop came    . Schmejkal checked, Kostritsyn bet 46,000, and Schmejkal called.

The turn brought the  . Schmejkal checked, Kostritsyn bet 112,000, and this time Schmejkal promptly check-raised to 280,000 total. Kostritsyn asked how much more it was to call, then did so.

The river was the  . Schmejkal, sitting silently with one hand over his mouth, reached with the other to set out a big bet of 550,000. Kostritsyn looked as though he was going for chips to call, but then pushed his cards dealerward.

Kostritsyn slips to about 1.3 million, with Schmejkal up over 2.5 million.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 6:46 PM Local Time

Ayaz Mahmood entered the pot with a raise on the button to 35,000 with Jason Somerville making the call.

Somerville check-called a 60,000-chip continuation bet on the     flop before both players checked the   on the turn.

When the river landed the   Somerville fired out a 125,000-chip to prompt a fold from Mahmood.

As Mahmood slips to 1,750,000, Somerville climbs to 2,090,000 in chips.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 6:39 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville opened to 32,000 from the button and Ayaz Mahmood made the call to see a     flop fall.

Mahmood led out for 30,000 and Somerville made the call before the   landed on the turn and Mahmood check-folded to Somerville's 60,000-chip bet.

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