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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 to Saturday, July 03, 2010

Event #53: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $739,800
  • Entries: 548
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, July 2, 2010 9:59 PM Local Time

Brendan Taylor raised from the button and Ben Yu called from the big blind. Yu checked the     flop and Taylor bet. Yu raised and Taylor made the call as the turn came the  .

Yu led out for a bet and Taylor wasted little time in raising. Yu thought it over but ended up mucking, taking his stack down to 600,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 9:36 PM Local Time

The last four players are on a twenty-minute break.

Friday, July 2, 2010 9:24 PM Local Time

Joe McGowan opened with a raise from under the gun. He was called only by big blind Ben Yu. The two players got in four bets on a flop of    , enough to put McGowan all in. He was in the lead with a set of fours,   , against Yu's top pair,   . Once again there was no sweat as the turn came -- BANG! -- the   for quads. Yu was drawing dead.

Friday, July 2, 2010 9:21 PM Local Time

Brendan Taylor raised and Joe McGowan called from the big blind. The flop came     and it went check, bet, call. The same betting occurred on the   turn and   river.

Taylor showed    and McGowan mucked. McGowan is down to just 170,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 9:13 PM Local Time

Brendan Taylor raised from the cutoff and Brian Tate three-bet from the small blind. Taylor made the call and the flop came down    .

Tate bet and Taylor called. Tate then bet the   on the turn and Taylor raised. Tate reraised and put himself all in. Taylor made the call and showed    and was way ahead of Tate's   . Tate needed to catch an ace on the river to stay alive but it was not meant to be as the dealer delivered the  .

Tate was eliminated from the tournament and will take home $33,276 for his efforts.

Friday, July 2, 2010 9:08 PM Local Time

Don't measure Brian Tate for a box just yet. He three-bet all in after Jon Little opened for a raise. Little called with   , slightly behind Tate's   . Tate promptly paired his ace on a flop of    , giving himself almost no sweat. Little was drawing dead by the   turn.

Tate's up to about 200,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 9:06 PM Local Time

Brendan Taylor and Jonathan Little saw a flop of    . Little checked, Taylor bet, and Little raised. Taylor called and saw the   hit the turn. Little bet and Taylor called.

When the   came on the river, Little bet and Taylor raised. Little called but mucked when he saw Taylor's   . Little dropped to 950,000 while Taylor is up to 1,300,000 and becomes the new chip leader.

Friday, July 2, 2010 9:00 PM Local Time

Ben Yu opened his button with a raise. The extremely short-stacked Michael Schneider re-raised all in, with Yu making the call. They were racing -- Schneider's    against Yu's   . Schneider started to gather his things after the flop came with a nine but no trey,    . The turn   made things a little bleaker, and Schneider was eliminated with the river  . He'll leave with $23,563 in prize money.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:57 PM Local Time

Michael Schneider got his last 20,000 all in and three players called. They checked down the       board and Schneider showed    for two pair and a quadruple up to 80,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:56 PM Local Time

An unlucky turn card really put Brian Tate in a bad spot. He defended his big blind pre-flop after Brendan Taylor raised the button. Tate checked and called a single bet on a flop of    . When the turn came  , Tate checked again. Taylor fired another bet that was check-raised by Tate. Taylor then three-bet, with Tate firing in the fourth bet, enough to put Taylor all in. Taylor quickly called with a set of fours,   , in great shape against Tate's two pair,   . The river blanked out   to ship a double-up to Taylor. Tate now has about 100,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:54 PM Local Time

Jonathan Little raised from early position and Michael Schneider reraised from the button. The blinds got out of the way and Little made the call.

The flop came down     and Little checked. Schneider bet and was called as the   came on the turn. Little checked and Schneider bet. Little threw in a raise and Schneider called. Little then bet the   on the turn and Schneider called. Little showed    for a flush and Schneider mucked.

Little is up to 1.3 million while Schneider became the new short stack with just 20,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:50 PM Local Time

With the average stack down to 10 big bets, we expect to see some more eliminations very soon. The two shortest stacks at the moment, Brendan Taylor (300,000) and Mike Schneider (340,000) have five and six big bets each. That's not much room for error or bad luck.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:46 PM Local Time

Brian Tate's stack has been ground down relentlessly since we came back from dinner, especially now with the limits up to 30,000 and 60,000. He raised the button pre-flop and was called by big blind Mike Schneider. Schneider checked a flop of    , then raised after Tate continued. Tate called to see the board pair on the turn  . Schneider bet, prompting Tate to raise all in. It was less than a full bet to call, and Schneider did make the call. His    was drawing mighty thin against Tate's   . The necessary jack did not come in on the river. The river was the  , giving Tate the double-up.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:28 PM Local Time

Brendan Taylor opened yet another pot pre-flop, and was re-raised by button Brian Tate. Taylor was the only caller to a highly coordinated board of    . Taylor checked and called a bet. When the turn fell  , Taylor led into Tate, putting Tate to a decision. Tate took about wenty esconds before he called that bet and then one more on the   river. Taylor showed down    for a nine-high straight. It was the winner.

With that pot, Taylor is back up to 375,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:26 PM Local Time

Ben Yu raised under the gun and Brian tate called from the big blind. The flop came down     and Tate checked. Yu bet and Tate called as the   hit the turn.

Tate checked, Yu bet and this time Tate raised. Yu called and saw the   come on the river. Tate led out with a bet and Yu called. Tate showed    for a pair of aces but Yu flipped over    for a set. Yu took down the pot and increased his stack to 900,000 while Tate dropped to 450,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:21 PM Local Time

Brendan Taylor looks quite calm sitting at the table at the moment, but we have to imagine he's mentally berating himself. He mis-played a showdown against Jonathan Little a few moments ago. Taylor opened for a raise from the button, then called Little's small-blind re-raise. Little continued on an all-small flop,    , with Taylor calling. Both players checked the   turn and   river.

At showdown, Little said nothing as he opened   . Taylor looked at Little's hands and, apparently not seeing the board straight, tossed his cards towards the muck, clearly surrendering them. Nobody at the table said a word. The dealer then pushed all five board cards up to show the winning hand, at which point Taylor tried to grab his cards back and open   . The tournament director, standing over the table the whole time, instantly told Taylor that Taylor had surrendered his hand and that his cards were dead the moment he tossed them towards the muck pile. Taylor made only the mutest of protests before conceding the point and giving up his claim to half of the pot.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:16 PM Local Time

Joe McGowan raised from the small blind and Brendan Taylor called from the big. The flop came     and McGowan bet. Taylor called and the turn was the  .

Again McGowan bet and Taylor called, leaving himself only one bet behind. McGowan bet the   on the river and Taylor instantly called.



Taylor won the pot and got a much needed double up to 240,000; meanwhile, McGowan took a 120,000 hit.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:13 PM Local Time

Joseph McGowan was under the gun at our six-handed table and opened with a raise. Brian Tate there-bet the button, finding a caller in big blind Michael Schneider before McGowan four-bet. Tate and Schneider both called.

McGowan was the aggressor on the flop, the turn and the river of a      . Schneider folded to the flop bet, but Tate called all the way. At showdown McGowan rolled over    for a set of queens. It was the winner.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:06 PM Local Time

Jonathan Little and Brendan Taylor each put in 80,000 preflop and saw a flop of    . Taylor bet and Little made the call. The same happened on the   turn.

When the   came on the river, Taylor checked and it was Little who did the betting. Taylor called but mucked after seeing Little's   . Taylor is down to just 140,000.

Friday, July 2, 2010 8:02 PM Local Time

Brendan Taylor's doing his best to battle back from the short stack. Sitting with the button, he three-bet pre-flop after Joseph McGowan opened for a raise. Brian Tate called the three-bet from the blinds and McGowan called as well for three-way action. A flop of     checked all the way to Taylor. His bet folded out Tate but was called by McGowan. When the turn came   McGowan checked again. Facing another bet from Taylor, McGowan tanked for almost a full minute before folding his hand.