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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 28, 2010 to Thursday, July 01, 2010

Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,433,050
  • Entries: 2,543
  • Remaining: 2


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 11:26 PM Local Time

First to speak, Michael Linn opened for 150,000 from under the gun, only for Taylor Larkin to make it a 425,000 from the small blind. Going against common trends in which the big blind normally side steps out of the way, Miahai Manole had other ideas and duly slid in a four-bet to a whopping 1,025,000.

Linn immediaely moved all in (although his stack crumbled en route), whilst a disgruntled Larkin folded what he later revealed was   . Manole, meanwhile, shrugged his shoulders, asked for a count, and made the call.



Despite a hair-raising     flop, the   turn and   river were both blanks and Linn doubled through to 3,800,000, whilst a disappointed Manole sank to 2,490,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 11:15 PM Local Time

Michael Linn opened to 150,000 from under the gun and Taylor Larkin made the call from the small blind.

The flop fell down     and Linn fired out 160,000 after Larking checked it to him.

Larkin made the call before both players checked the   and   on the turn and river.

Larkin tabled his    for two-pair, and collected the pot after Linn mucked.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 11:09 PM Local Time

The atmosphere is rather tense at the moment as the four remaining players continue to engage in a psychological battle. Every move, every decision, is deliberately and meticulously made, and the other players are always suspicious that someone else is making a move.

The last pot of note saw Benjamin Smith raise to 175,000 from the small blind and Taylor Larkin call from the big. On the     flop, Smith led for 250,000 and Larkin called. On the   turn, however, Smith conceded the hand by check-folding to a bet of 400,000. As a result, Smith had dropped down to around the million mark and is currently the shortest stack at the table.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:44 PM Local Time

Michael Linn opened the button to 150,000 and Taylor Larkin made the call from the big blind.

Both players checked the     flop to see the   land on the turn and a 225,000-chip bet follow from Larkin.

Linn made the call before the dealer peeled the   on the river and Larkin fired out 435,000 to prompt a fold from Linn as he slipped to 1,820,000 in chips.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:35 PM Local Time

Proving himself not as invincible as initially thought, Taylor Larkin has dropped down to 4,180,000 after doubling through crowd favorite Mahai Manole.

It was actually Michael Linn who got the ball rolling, his raise to 150,000 from under the gun flat called by Larkin in the small blind. The action halted on Manole who, after a brief pause, announced all-in. Linn folded, but Larkin called quicker than Concorde.



The crowd erupted like Mount Vesuvius as a third 10 hit the     flop. No change on the   turn and   river and the Romanian doubled through to 2,800,000.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:26 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:04 PM Local Time

The remaining four players are heading on a 20-minute break.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:03 PM Local Time

Taylor Larkin opened to 100,000 and Chadwick Grimes defended his big blind to see a     flop fall.

Grimes check-called a 150,000-chip bet as the   landed on the turn and Grimes led out for 360,000 as Larkin took his time before making the call.

The river fell the   and Grimes moved all in with Larkin making the call.

Larkin tabled his    for a flush as Grimes hit the rail in 5th place for a $141,235 payday.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:01 PM Local Time

Chadwick Grimes opened to 120,00 from under the gun only to have Taylor Larkin three-bet to 300,000 from the button.

Grimes made the call, but instantly folded to a Larkin bet on the     flop.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:57 PM Local Time

A bit of a rivalry is perhaps forming between Michael Linn and chip leader Taylor Larkin as they just three-bet one another to take down the respective pots. On the first hand, Larkin three-bet Linn's raise of 125,000 to 360,000, only for Linn to return the favor just one hand later with a reraise of 100,000 to Larkin's open of 330,000.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:46 PM Local Time

Benjamin Smith opened to 110,000 from the small blind and Taylor Larkin made the call from the big blind.

The flop fell down     and Smith led out for 115,000 only to have Larkin raise it to 285,000.

Smith deliberated for a few moments before making the call as the   landed on the turn and he led once again; this time for 255,000.

Larkin sat in the tank for nearly two minutes before eventually folding and relinquishing the pot over to Smith.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:43 PM Local Time

Mihai Manole raised to 95,000 from the button before being made to complete the raise to the minimum of 100,000. Chadwick Grimes made the call in the big blind leading to a     flop. Despite Manole being the initial aggressor, it was Grimes who fired the first shot, sliding 100,000 across the felt. Manole wasn't willing to concede the pot, however, and duly raised to 195,000. Chadwick relinquished his hand.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:36 PM Local Time

Mihai Manole opened to 115,000 from under the gun and Chadwick Grimes defended his button with a call.

The flop fell down     and a bet from Manole of 175,000 was enough to see him collect the pot as Grimes' cards hit the muck.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:31 PM Local Time

Alexander Kuzmin pushed all in for 875,000 from under the gun, and with the action on Taylor Larkin the big blind, he made the call to put Kuzmin at risk.



The board ran out a rather undramatic       to see Kuzmin eliminated in 6th place for a $104,364 payday as Larkin soars to 4,410,000 in chips.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:28 PM Local Time

Easily the most quietest player on the final table, Taylor Larkin has just opened for consecutive min-raises of 100,000 to take down the 105,000 in blinds and antes.

Larkin has now taken his stack to just a little over the 3,500,000-chip mark.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:20 PM Local Time

Mihai Manole opened to 100,000 from the button only to have Justin Zaki move all in for 775,000 from the big blin. Manole instantly-called to put Zaki and his tournament life at risk.



The flop of     gave Manole top set, but still left Zaki with outs to a gutshot straight.

To the cheers of the Romanian's on the rail sweating Manole, the   landed on the turn to ensure victory for Manole as the meaningless   peeled on the river.

Zaki shook hands with his fellow opponents before making his way to the rail to collect his $78,067 in prizemoney for his 7th place finish as Manole climbs to 1,675,000 in chips.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:13 PM Local Time

Mihai Manole opened to 115,000 from under the gun and Michael Linn called next to speak along with Alexander Kuzmin from the big blind.

The     flop was checked over to Linn who fired out a 185,000-chip bet to prompt folds from both Kuzmin and Manole.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:08 PM Local Time

Alexander Kuzmin moved all in for 470,000 from middle position, and after some deliberation, Benjamin Smith made the call from the big blind.



The     flop gave Kuzmin outs to a chop along with his seven, and when the   landed on the turn he found eight more to a straight to stay alive.

Fortunately for the Russian, the   landed on the river to ensure him the double up and see him climb to over a million in chips as Smith slips to just over 1,800,000 in chips.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:02 PM Local Time

With Benjamin Smith making it 105,000 preflop, Mihai Manole opted to three-bet to 275,000 from the small blind. After much thinkage, Smith made the call.

On the     flop, Manole slid a continuation bet of 275,000 across the felt, but Smith played back at him by deep-reaching for four columns and pushing 825,000 into the middle.

Manole seemed quietly tortured by the decision, and after mulling over his options for a couple of minutes, was put on the clock by Alexander Kuzmin who pleaded that he was short stacked and the blinds were about to go up.

The countdown commenced, and concluded, with Manole failing to come to a decision, and after the announcer had reached one, his cards were whisked away and Smith took the pot.

Manole - 1,075,000

Smith - 2,300,000

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:47 PM Local Time

Alexander Kuzmin moved all in from the cutoff for his last 250,000 and Michael Linn made the call from the small blind.



The board ran out       to see Kuzmin double through to 575,000 as Linn slips to 1,370,000 in chips.