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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 to Saturday, June 26, 2010

Event #43: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $2,265,400
  • Entries: 241
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 25, 2010 5:10 PM Local Time


Steve Billirakis: (X-X) /   / (X)

Marco Johnson: (X-X) /   / (X)

John Hennigan: (X-X) /   / (X)

We caught up with the action on fourth, when Johnson led with a bet, and Hennigan and Billirakis both called. Johnson bet again on fifth, and Hennigan raised. Billirakis three-bet, and the other two called. Billirakis moved all in with his last few thousand on the next street, and Johnson called. Hennigan raised it to a full bet, and Johnson called that as well. He check-called one last bet on the side, and it was time for a complicated showdown. Billirakis showed  , and queens full of tens was good for the high half of the main pot. Hennigan's   gave him the low of the main and side pots, and Johnson had made a straight to take half of the side pot.

The end result left Billirakis with 200,000, Hennigan with 200,000, and Johnson with 560,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 5:03 PM Local Time


Brandon Adams got his last chips in on third when he completed, Richard Ashby raised, he three-bet, Ashby four-bet, and he called all in.

Adams:   /   /  

Ashby:   /   /  

Adams split aces held and he doubled to 210,000. Ashby dipped to 470,000 after paying him.

In another stud hand, Steve Billirakis was all in by fifth against John Hennigan.

Billirakis:   /  

Hennigan:   /  

Hennigan picked up the   next, giving him a heart draw to go with his pair of sixes. Billirakis caught the   on sixth, meaning he'd need any ace, queen, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, or diamond to double. And the   fit the bill, giving him 140,000 and the chance to see another hand. Hennigan was left with 210,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 4:53 PM Local Time

Several players are hanging on by their fingernails with barely-there stacks. Keep in mind, a big bet is 36,000.

Brandon Adams - 95,000

Steve Billirakis - 85,000

Marco Traniello - 75,000

Roman Yitzhaki - 60,000

Friday, June 25, 2010 4:49 PM Local Time


Steve Billirakis had just folded on sixth in a razz hand, leaving himself only 35,000. When the game switched to stud, he was all in on third with   /   against Brandon Adams'   /  . The boards fell:

Billirakis:   /   / (X)

Adams:   /   / (X)

Billirakis was ahead until Adams peeled the   on seventh to make top pair. Billirakis squeezed his last card and turned over the  , giving him a straight to stay alive. Billirakis is still short with 85,000, and now Adams is short as well with 95,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 4:42 PM Local Time

Razz...err, Stud

Matt Glantz: (X-X) /   / (X)

Carlos Mortensen: (X-X) /   / (X)

Carlos Mortensen completed, and Glantz called. He called again when Mortensen bet on fourth and fifth. The Matador checked sixth, then called a bet from Glantz. Both players checked on the end. Mortensen tabled  , saying "Eight." He did indeed have an eight-low. Too bad the game had switched from razz to stud. Glantz held   and won the pot with a pair of fives. He's up to 700k while Mortensen's mistake dropped him to 400k.

After the hand, Carlos asked the dealer to move the placard that displays the game so that he could see it.

Friday, June 25, 2010 4:36 PM Local Time


Roman Yitzhaki: (X-X) /   / (X)

Nick Schulman: (X-X) /   / (X)

Yitzhaki led with bets on fourth and fifth, and Schulman called. Both checked sixth, and after looking at his final card, Schulman bet out. Yitzhaki folded, flashing the (ax2x) he'd started with and the third   he'd caught on seventh. He is down to 100,000 now and in need of help.

The same round, Marco Traniello lost a big razz pot to Scott Fischman to find himself in similar difficulty.

Schulman: (X-X) /  

Traniello: (X-X) /   / (X)

Fischman: (X-X) /   / (X)

Traniello led on fifth, and when Fischman raised, Schulman folded. Marco called, then bet out on sixth. Scott flatted. Traniello checked seventh, and Fischman bet. Traniello called to see that Fischman had caught a wheel. Fischman is up to 560,000 while Traniello is down to 127,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 4:27 PM Local Time


On an   flop, Steve Billirakis got his last chips in, and Michael Chow called him. Billirakis held   for top pair with a gutshot. Chow showed   for the full straight draw. But neither the   turn nor the   river brought a third Broadway card, and Billirakis doubled up to 220,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 4:22 PM Local Time


Brandon Adams raised from middle position, and John Hennigan three-bet behind him. Adams called to see the  . He check-called Hennigan's flop bet and did the same after the   on the turn. The   on the river bricked low draws but filled in just about every other draw. Hennigan put in one last bet, leaving himself 2k behind. He turned over   for trip sixes. Adams couldn't beat it with  . Hennigan doubled to 260k, leaving Adams with 230k.

Friday, June 25, 2010 4:17 PM Local Time

Table 373

Seat 1: Steve Billirakis - 90,000

Seat 2: Michael Chow - 615,000

Seat 3: Marco Johnson - 660,000

Seat 4: Ian Gordon - 530,000

Seat 5: Brandon Adams - 350,000

Seat 6: John Hennigan - 115,000

Seat 7: Eugene Katchalov - 1,060,000

Seat 8: Richard Ashby - 635,000

Table 376

Seat 1: Roman Yitzhaki - 165,000

Seat 2: Nick Schulman - 570,000

Seat 3: Marco Traniello - 230,000

Seat 4: Cuong Do - 465,000

Seat 5: Scott Fischman - 415,000

Seat 6: Brian Townsend - 453,000

Seat 7: Matt Glantz - 520,000

Seat 8: Carlos Mortensen - 385,000

Friday, June 25, 2010 4:09 PM Local Time


Robert Mizrachi and Nick Schulman have been going after each other all day, both verbally and on the felt. Things came to a head on a   flop, where they got three bets in. After the   turn put a low on the board, Mizrachi fired again. Schulman raised him, and Mizrachi called all in.




Mizrachi held a nine-high flush and an 8-5-4-3-A low. But he was drawing dead to Schulman's nut flush and nut low. Schulman took out his nemesis in 17th place and built his own stack to 610,000.

Down to 16, the rest of the field has paused to redraw to the final two tables.

Friday, June 25, 2010 3:58 PM Local Time


Roman Yitzhaki raised it up from under the gun with Matt Glantz and Richard Ashby making the call in the blinds.

The flop landed     and Glantz led out with a bet. Ashby folded and Yitzhaki made the call.

Both players checked the   turn before the   landed on the river. Glantz checked, Yitzhaki fired a bet and Glantz made the call.

Glantz opened      but Yitzhaki scooped with his      for top two pair and seven-low. Yitzhaki is up to 240,000 with Glantz slipping to 315,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 3:53 PM Local Time


Michael Chow: (X-X) /   / (X)

Carlos Mortensen: (X-X) /   / (X)

Brandon Adams: (X-X) /   / (X)

There was already nearly 200,000 in the middle when Carlos Mortensen bet out on sixth street. Brandon Adams raised him, and after playing the previous streets passively, Michael Chow tanked, then three-bet. Both his opponents were visibly surprised, but paid for one more card. It checked around on seventh, and Show turned over   for aces and sevens. "One time," he said quietly as the other two squeezed their cards. Mortensen mucked, and Adams let out a slow breath before following suit.

Chow scooped the massive pot, moving from fairly short to 530,000. Mortensen fell to 270,000 and was forced to dip into the top tiers of his chip sculpture. And Brandon Adams is down to 200,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 3:50 PM Local Time

Robert Mizrachi doesn't seem to have many fans at his table. At the start of a stud hand, he stopped the dealer and told her that the way she was holding the deck, he could see the bottom card. The rest of the table didn't believe him and told her to keep dealing. The floor was called over, and Mizrachi told them he'd seen an ace while everyone else said he was just trying to stall.

"I think he's just full of it," Nick Schulman said. "I'm the f*#^king bring in, and I'm fighting this."

In the end, the floor decided they had to kill the hand and start over, and asked the dealer to handle the deck more carefully. Still, they suggested Mizrachi "stop costing us time." The grumbling continued well into the next hand. "I see a nine of diamonds in the middle of the deck," Schulman said. "Better redeal."

Friday, June 25, 2010 3:29 PM Local Time


The short stack of Todd Brunson was all in with his tournament life on the line against Brandon Adams. The boards were spread:

Brunson: (  ) /      / ( )

Adams: (  ) /      / ( )

Neither player had a pair until Adams paired up on the river for a pair of kings to eliminate Brunson in 18th place. Adams is at 240,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 3:03 PM Local Time

Since they ended with an odd number of levels last night, we get a 20-minute break after only one today. Back at 4:20.

Friday, June 25, 2010 3:00 PM Local Time


The courageous run of Scotty Nguyen has come to an end with his elimination in 19th place. Nguyen was all in on third street against Carlos Mortensen with the boards running out as follows:

Nguyen: (  ) /      / ( )

Mortensen: (  ) /      / ( )

Mortensen made a seventy-six low and Nguyen bricked out to send the Prince to the rail in 19th place. Mortensen has created one of his famous chip tower structures, so it's rather difficult to count at the moment, but we'll guess around 500,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 2:59 PM Local Time


The Prince of Poker is on death watch now that he's lost any breathing room he'd bought himself in the last hour.

Scotty Nguyen: (X-X) /   / (X)

Michael Chow: (X-X) /   / (X)

Chow bet every street, and Nguyen called down through sixth. He peeked at his final down card and had to fold to one last bet. Having missed his expensive draw, Nguyen left himself with 45,000, less than two big bets.

Friday, June 25, 2010 2:44 PM Local Time


Marco Johnson raised from the cutoff and Todd Brunson flat-called in position on the button.

Johnson fired three streets of value on the board of       with Brunson calling him down.

Johnson showed      for a full house and nut low to scoop as Brunson sighed and mucked.

Brunson is down to around 115,000 with Johnson now into the chip lead with 770,000.

Friday, June 25, 2010 2:36 PM Local Time


Pawel Andrzejewski and Michael Chow tangled in a hand of Stud-8 with Andrzejewski all in by sixth street.

Chow: (  ) /      / ( )

Andrzejewski: (  ) /      / ( )

Chow made a pair of nines and only low to scoop and eliminate Andrzejewski in 20th place.

Friday, June 25, 2010 2:36 PM Local Time


The short stack of Abe Mosseri was all in preflop during hold'em against Matt Glantz.



Glantz was in a dominant position and it stayed that way on the board of      . Mosseri is out as Glantz stacks up 230,000 chips.