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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, July 05, 2010 to Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $68,799,059
  • Entries: 7,319
  • Remaining: 0

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Friday, July 9, 2010 2:33 PM Local Time

Fatima Moreira De Melo opened with a raise to 1,250 from early position before the player in the big blind moved all in for 14,600. De Melo made the call.

De Melo:   

Opponent:   

The flop was     to pair up De Melo to take the lead and the turn bricked the  . However the river was a brutal   to give her opponent the two-outer for the double up. She's back down to 37,500.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:33 PM Local Time

Dragan Galic's day continues to go well. Just now we came upon another big hand involving Galic.

In this one the board showed       and there was about 35,000 already in the middle. Galic pushed all in, and his opponent called with his remaining 20,000.

Galic flipeed over    for aces full, crushing his opponent's   . Another player hits the rail as we near the end of Level 5. Meanwhile, Galic has pushed up over 310,000 -- the biggest stack around at the moment.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:32 PM Local Time

On a      board with around 8,200 in the pot, Greg DeBora fired out 5,000 after his opponent checked the action to him.

DeBora however was then faced with a check-raise to 15,000 with DeBora making the call.

The river landed the   and DeBora - after his opponent checked - moved all in for roughly 13,500.

His opponent eventually found a fold to see the Canadian climb to 52,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:30 PM Local Time

Eugene Katchalov raised to 1,200 from early position, and Joe Chaplin called from middle position. The big blind joined in to see a   flop. He checked, as did Katchalov. Chaplin bet 2,100, and only Katchalov called. Both checked the   that put a third heart on the board. Then after the   river, Katchalov bet out 2,700, leaving himself 6,300 behind. Chaplin folded, and Katchalov took down the pot. He's still short with 18,000. Chaplin is on 28,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:30 PM Local Time

On a flop of    , the small blind bet 4,000 and Mike Beasley moved all in for his last 18,300. The small blind called and the two turned over their cards:

Beasley:   

Small Blind:   

Beasley was ahead on the flop but needed to dodge a lot of cards. Unfortunately for him, his opponent hit the flush and Beasley hit rail.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 2:30 PM Local Time

One player raised to 1,200, and the button called, as did Will Failla in the big blind. The flop fell  , and Failla checked. The original raiser, the perfect picture of the "tight old guy" stereotype, moved all in for about 8,000. The button quickly folded. "I have to call," said Failla. "Two pair, I have to call." He was very relieved to see his opponent's heart-free hand.

Failla:  

Mr. Nit:  

The   turn was irrelevant, and the   river gave Failla a boat, meaning hearts wouldn't have heart him anyway. The short stack tapped the table and moved out while Failla added to his stack, making it about 102,000 now. "He was a really nice guy," Failla said. "Played about two hands all day."

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:30 PM Local Time

Carlos Mortensen is playing at the feature table in the Red section today, where he's been dazzling us once again with the intricate architecture of his chip stack. He has a below average stack at the moment -- about 28,000 -- but he's nevertheless had has enough chips to be able to impress everyone with their gravity-defying arrangement.

The feature table is set up in a way that spectators can view the action from the rail, and one such observer recently engaged Mortensen in a conversation about the banner hanging nearby commemorating Mortensen's 2001 WSOP Main Event victory. The banner shows a smiling Mortensen sitting behind a stack of chips, cash, and    as his winning hand.

"That wasn't my hand," explained Mortensen to the railer. In fact, Mortensen used    to crack Dewey Tomko's pocket aces in the last hand of the 2001 WSOP ME. "That was from my second bracelet," he added, which would be his triumph in the $5,000 limit hold'em event in 2003.

That bit of trivia has frequently inspired prop bets here in the Amazon Room as people challenge others to name the Matador's WSOP ME winning hand, sometimes while standing right under the banner.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:28 PM Local Time

With about 14,000 in the pot on a board of      , Tiffany Michelle fired out a bet of 9,000 into two opponents.

One player deliberated for some time and eventually the clock was called.

"For the record, I didn't call it!" exclaimed Michelle as the TV cameras were rolling.

The player eventually tossed his cards into the muck but they accidentally flashed   . The second player also folded and Michelle showed    - nearly an instant replay of her earlier hand, but this time she had the goods! Michelle is up to 68,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:26 PM Local Time

James Mitchell opened to 1,200 from late position, and he found calls from the button and the small blind before Ronald Boschini three-bet to 4,450 from the big blind. Mitchell reraised to 10,000, and Boschini called all in for his last 10,600, heads up and at risk for his tournament life.

Showdown

Mitchell:    

Boschini:    

The board ran down safe for Boschini:          . That's a double up!

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:26 PM Local Time

Berry Johnston opened for 1,200 and the big blind called. The flop was    . The big blind checked to Johnston, then called his 1,750 bet. The turn came the   and the big blind checked again. Johnston bet 3,500 and the big blind called. The river was the   and the big blind turned around and led out for 6,000. Johnston called.

The big blind showed    but Johnston had the winner with    for a queen-high straight. He's up to 33,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 2:26 PM Local Time

On the flop of    , Robert Mizrachi played a massive pot to push his stack way up the charts. Mizrachi got all the money in on the flop with the   . His opponent held the   .

The turn was the   and the river the  , both paint and a scare for Mizrachi, having just missed his opponent. Mizrachi raked the chips and boomed his stack to over 230,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:22 PM Local Time

Facing an opening raise to 1,200 and a three-bet to 4,300, Johnny Chan elected to cold-call and another player behind him did the same. With the action back on the initial raiser, he moved all-in for 20,150, the three-bettor folded and Chan called.

Chan's pocket nines were up against   , and his opponent rivered an ace to double through Chan and send his stack down to 127,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:20 PM Local Time

On a flop of    , Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi checked and his opponent in late position bet 4,500. Mizrachi then raised to 10,500 only to be reraised all in to 42,400. Mizrachi made the call and the two turned over their cards:

Mizrachi:   

Late Position:   

The turn was the   and Mizrachi was in bad shape. The   came on the river and Mizrachi doubled his opponent while dropping down to 50,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:11 PM Local Time

On a flop of     action checked to Garry Gates who fired 2,500. His opponent put in a check-raise to 7,000 which got Gates thinking. After two minutes of deliberation he made the call and the   hit the turn.

Gates' opponent then led out for 14,000 to send Gates deep into the tank. Our field reporters estimated that five minutes elapsed before Gates conceded the hand with a fold. He's down to 21,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:11 PM Local Time

Matt Graham had raised preflop from the button and the big blind defended to see the flop come down    . The big blind checked and Graham fired 1,800. His opponent called.

The turn was the   and both players checked. The river completed the board with the   and both players checked.

Graham announce queen high and his opponent tabled the    to win the pot. Graham slipped to 57,000 in chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 2:09 PM Local Time

On the river with the board reading      , Jennifer "Jennicide" Leigh had "Hollywood" Dave Stann all in. Stann only flashed the   after he put all of his chips in and saw the    for Leigh. Stann had the least amount of chips and was eliminated while Leigh moved herself to 65,000 in chips.

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

Dragan Galic has pretty much been on fire this afternoon, winning pot after pot and moving his stack upward all day thus far. We just caught a couple of interesting hands in succession involving Galic.

The first was a hand in which he and a single opponent saw a ten-high flop, then Galic folded his    face up to his opponent's bet. His opponent wouldn't show afterwards, but the consensus at the table suggested it wasn't a recommended fold.

Galic wasn't going to fold the next one, however. With the board showing    , Jason Gray bet 10,000 into a 25,000-chip pot, and Galic raised all in. Gray called with his remaining stack.

Gray turned over    for two pair, while Galic showed    for the straight and flush draws. The turn was the  , and Gray was still good. "Come on!" he said, hoping his hand would hold. Alas for him, the river was the  , giving Galic the straight and sending Gray to the rail.

After the hand, Galic reaffirmed his commitment to that hand. "With this flop, I put in everything," he explained with a grin. "Everything! My car, my house, my wife... my second wife..."

Good to see he can commit to something. Galic now has 180,000.

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

With the board reading     , Tiffany Michelle check-called a bet of 4,000 before leading for 7,000 on the   river.

"Really?" queried her opponent as he went into the tank. "Will you show if I fold?"

Michelle waved her hand and pointed to her headphones, perhaps trying to indicate that she couldn't hear and had no intentions of chatting.

After another minute or so her opponent cut out calling chips and moved them forwards.

Michelle tossed her cards high in the air and they landed    for a busted flush draw. Her opponent then revealed just    for fourth pair to the board.

"Wow, nice call!" sighed Michelle as she slips to 49,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:07 PM Local Time

On the flop of    , Leo Margets called her opponent's all-in bet with the   . Her opponent held two black kings. The turn was the   and the river the  , knocking Margets all the way down to 9,700 after she sent over the 13,600 chips needed to pay the player off.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:05 PM Local Time

A player under the gun limped before Jackie Glazier raised to 2,100 from the next seat. The big blind and the limper called. The flop came down     and Glazier fired a continuation bet of 3,300 after action checked to her. Both her opponents folded and she moved to 83,000 in chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander