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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

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

Event #50: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $2,162,000
  • Entries: 460
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 5:34 PM Local Time

Julian Gardner made it 55,000 under the gun, and Ran Azor called from the cutoff. The flop came  . Gardner potted for 134,000, and Azor raised. Gardner only had another 33,000 to his name, and he tossed that in.

Gardner:   for an overpair

Azor:   for bottom pair, a gutshot, and a backdoor flushdraw

The   turn and   river bricked for Azor, and Gardner's kings were enough to give him a massive double up to 455,000. Azor looked unfazed as he dropped to 525,000 and Gardner's fans went nuts on the rail.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 5:14 PM Local Time

David Iammarino got his last in from under the gun and was up against Scott Mandel.




Mandel flopped a flush and Iammarino couldn't better it. He busted out in unlucky 13th place, and Mandel bumped his stack back up to 240,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 5:09 PM Local Time

Niall Charlton potted for 42,000 under the gun leaving himself just 11,000 behind. Kevin Boudreau called from the button and Julian Gardner called in the big blind. They saw a flop.


Gardner checked and Charlton's last 11,000 found their way into the middle. Boudreau now raised. "I wish I had a six," said Gardner, but he presumably didn't as he folded.

To showdown.

Charlton:      for a flush draw

Boudreau:      for aces



Boudreau's aces held, and Charlton nodded politely and took his leave.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 5:08 PM Local Time

Kevin Boudreau and Niall Charlton were heads up to a raised flop. The deck seems to be rigged today, and the   flop continued that trend. Boudreau checked, and Charlton bet 65,000. After a minute, Boudreau announced "pot." Before he could put any chips out, Charlton said all in, and Boudreau called, putting himself all in. Oh boy.

Boudreau:   for a flopped wheel

Charlton:   for a set of aces

That hurts. The   turn and   river failed to pair the board, and Boudreau wheeled his way to a massive double up. He had 365,000 in his stack for Charlton to match, and after it was all said and done, Boudreau was up to 830,000 and Charlton was out of breath and down to his last 50,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:55 PM Local Time

Ali Aljenabi lost most of his chips to Ryan D'Angelo minutes before the break. He got the rest in preflop against his nemesis shortly after they returned.



The board came  , and D'Angelo's trip tens with an ace-king beat Aljenabi's trips with an ace-queen. Aljenabi survived more all ins than most other players combined since the beginning of Day 2, but his run came to an end in 15th place. D'Angelo picked up an extra 100k to move up to 430k.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:54 PM Local Time

Eric Liu potted preflop and Jason Mercier re-potted. Liu called, and they saw a flop. All the chips went in.




A third spade dropped on the turn, making Liu a flush. Mercier sat there for a moment, before pushing his whole stack over to Liu. While Mercier looked rather dejected as he trudged to the payout desk, Liu moved to the upper echelons of the chip counts on 980,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:49 PM Local Time

Niall Charlton raised and and David Iammarino shoved from the button for not much more. It folded back around to Charlton who called, and they were on their backs.




Iammarino doubled to 170,000. Charlton was left with 390,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:36 PM Local Time

Robert Mizrachi made a small raise from early position, and Danny Smith and Mark Eddleman both called.

Flop:   - Mizrachi checked, and Smith and Eddleman checked behind.

Turn:   - Mizrachi bet 59,000. Smith folded, and Eddleman made the call.

River:   - Mizrachi bet a reasonable 74,000, and Eddleman called.

Mizrachi turned over   for kings and fives, which was enough to take down the pot. He moved further into the lead with 950,000, leaving Eddleman with a still decent 320,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:15 PM Local Time

After half the field went flying out of here in the last two levels, those who survived are off on a 20-minute break to catch their breaths.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:14 PM Local Time

Ali Aljenabi potted preflop, and Ryan D'Angelo pressed repot, leaving himself 30,000 behind. Aljenabi matched G0lfa's bet of 168,000 to see the flop fall  . Aljenabi tossed in a handful of pink chips, and D'Angelo called all in.

D'Angelo:   for top two pair

Aljenabi:   for top pair, top kicker and some backdoor draws

The   turn ended Aljenabi's shot at a runner-runner straight or flush, and he was down to looking for a better two pair. But the   on the river actually improved G0lfa's two pair, giving him the win with jacks and tens.

"It's a gambling tournament," D'Angelo said. "You gotta go with it."

D'Angelo moved back up the ladder to 350,000 after losing a huge hand earlier. Aljenabi was left with just 85,000. "You shouldn't have told me you didn't like to flip," D'Angelo said to him. "I wouldn't have shoved then."

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:13 PM Local Time

Jose Nacho Barbero limped in early position; behind him David Iammarino and Gary Bolden (cutoff) followed suit, as did both Scott Mandel and Julian Gardner in the blinds.

All five players saw a     flop, and four of them checked. In position, Bolden bet pot with just a few chips behind. It folded back to Barbero, who squirmed for a minute or two. Then he reraised all in. Iammarino folded but Bolden made the call and they were on their backs.

Bolden:      for a set of tens

Barbero:      for a flush draw

Turn: bink!  


Barbero made his flush and Bolden failed to fill up, meaning that we are down to 16 players.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:03 PM Local Time

Gary Bolden isn't a player to mess with. His biceps are in danger of ripping his shirt, and he exudes a "tough guy" attitude without appearing to try. From a few tables over, where he is waiting for the limit hold'em shootout to begin, Allen Kessler took notice of Bolden.

"Do you do personal training?" he asked. "I need a personal trainer."

Bolden said he didn't, but that they could probably work something out.

"Good," Kessler said. "I jogged here from the parking lot and I ran out of breath."

Another player at Kessler's table laughed. "You can't get personal training comped, so you're never going to do it." But if he does, we'd pay money to see it.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:58 PM Local Time

Mark Eddleman raised to 47,000 in early position, and Joe Beevers moved all in behind him. Eddleman made the call to put Beevers in danger.



Beevers' kings were second best, but he did have club and spade flush draws to go with them. Eddleman was the one who picked up a flush draw on the flop, however, as it came  . The   on the turn sealed the deal, giving Eddleman both a flush and top set. The   river was unimportant, and Beevers was sent to the payout desk in 18th, making him the first to collect $19,479. Eddleman moved up to 550,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:56 PM Local Time

Jose Nacho Barbero potted under the gun and Scott Mandel called on the button. Over in the big blind, however, Niall Charlton re-potted, with not many chips behind. Barbero tanked up for a while but folded. Mandel also tanked up - but when he emerged from the tank, he called.





Charlton's queens held up and he doubled to 400,000. Mandel's face fell as he realized his flush draw wasn't coming in, and he fell to 210,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:39 PM Local Time

Everyone got to play musical chairs, except Jose Nacho Barbero, who somehow managed to redraw the same seat.

Table 344

Seat 1: Gary Bolden

Seat 2: Kevin Boudreau

Seat 3: Scott Mandel

Seat 4: Julian Gardner

Seat 5: Niall Charlton

Seat 6: Jose Nacho Barbero

Seat 7: David Iammarino

Seat 8: Ali Aljenabi

Seat 9: Ryan D'Angelo

Table 345

Seat 1: Robert Mizrachi

Seat 2: Danny Smith

Seat 3: Mark Eddleman

Seat 4: Edward Martin

Seat 5: Eric Liu

Seat 6: Ran Azor

Seat 7: Joe Beevers

Seat 8: Chance Kornuth

Seat 9: Jason Mercier

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:36 PM Local Time

Mark Eddleman limped from the cutoff, and on the button, Benny Spindler potted to 54,000. It folded back to Eddleman, who asked how much Spindler had behind. He had about 40,000 left, but Eddleman decided to flat call. The cooler flop fell  , and Eddleman snap shoved. Spindler called just as fast. "Flush," said Eddleman, and Spindler threw his cards down in disgust.

Spindler:   for middle set

Eddleman:   for a flopped flush

Spindler needed the board to pair to stay alive, but the   turn and   river were entirely unhelpful. Spindler left disappointedly in 19th place, and Eddleman stacked up 310,000.

They're down to 18 now and redrawing to two tables.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:34 PM Local Time

Ross Boatman made his last stand preflop with  . Danny Smith called him down with the case aces - [asad5c5dh].

The   flop didn't give either a flush draw, and the   turn gave Boatman five extra outs to win rather than chop. But the cruel   on the river made Smith a set to bust a stunned Boatman. He's out in 20th, while Smith is suddenly in the top of the counts with 760,000.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:31 PM Local Time

There was an all in hand on all three tables, and Josh Tieman found himself on the losing end of one of them. He is out in 21st place, following fellow 2010 bracelet winner Ayaz Mahmood. That means we're guaranteed to add a new face to the summer's wall of winners tonight.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:25 PM Local Time

Alas we didn't quite catch the hand, but arrived only in time to see Ayaz Mahmood standing to leave and Jason Mercier raking in his chips. Conclusion - busto.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:23 PM Local Time

Niall Charlton potted preflop to 42,000, and Ali Aljenabi called from middle position. After the   flop, Charlton moved all in, and Aljenabi called.



The   turn and   river kept Charlton's kings in the lead. He doubled to 210,000, leaving Aljenabi with 225,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander