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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 1:29 PM Local Time

Catching the action on a flop of    , a middle position player led out for 2,050 and Matt Savage made the call. The turn brought the   and it was checked to Savage who fired 3,000. He was met with a check-raise to 8,050 but Savage insta-called.

The river was the   and a bet of 12,000 was again met with a quick call from Savage. His opponent opened    for a set of nines as Savage shook his head and mucked. He's down to 28,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:29 PM Local Time

A player opened with a raise from middle position, then an opponent reraised all in for 9,000 behind him. The button called the reraise, then Dwyte Pilgrim shipped all in over the top for about 65,000 from the small blind.

The big blind got out, and both the original raiser and the player on the button folded as well. For what it's worth, the original raiser later said he folded   .

If he did fold kings, Pilgrim's reshove had served him well as he tabled   . His lone remaining opponent had   , and after the board came      , Pilgrim had knocked out another while moving his stack up to 95,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:28 PM Local Time

Eli Elezra called an opponent's bet of around 8,000 on a       board. Elezra wasn't happy to see his opponent turn over    and tossed his cards into the muck. Elezra was left with 25,500.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:24 PM Local Time

Facing a limp, Daniel Neilson made it an additional 1,300 from the big blind with the limper making the call.

Neilson checked the     flop to see his opponent fire out a bet of 2,400. Neilson check-raised all in for his last 15,600, and after two minutes of deliberation, his opponent made the call.



Finding the   on the turn gave Neilson counterfeit outs, but improving with the   on the river would see the Australian double through to 34,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:23 PM Local Time

An unknown player opened to 2,500 from the button, and Carter Phillips called in the small blind.

They were the only two players to see a flop of      , and Phillips checked. The raiser continued out with 3,500 chips, and Phillips popped it up to 8,500 straight. His opponent called the check-raise, and Phillips fired 14,000 on the   turn. The call came once again, and the   filled out the board on fifth street.

"How much you got?" Phillips asked, craning his neck. "About forty?" His opponent nodded, and Phillips pushed in a big tower of covering high-denomination chips. The man with the decision tanked for maybe 90 seconds and finally folded.

The two players and Greg Mueller had a quick chat about the hand afterwards, and the folding player said that he'd held pocket kings.

"You had pocket kings?!" Phillips said, the look on his face suddenly souring. "I had aces." More discussion followed, and Phillips was growing more and more frustrated. Mueller eventually said, "Wow, all you had to do was reraise preflop."

Phillips finished the conversation: "You really had kings? I f***ing suck at poker."

He must be doing something right; Phillips is back up to about 142,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 1:23 PM Local Time

Facing a limp and raise to 2,000, Sam Farha made the call from the hi-jack before the limper moved all in for roughly 8,000 as both the raiser and Farha called.

The flop of     was checked through to see the   land on the turn and checks follow from both players.

The river landed the   and Farha chased away the active player with a 6,000-chip bet.



With Farha rivering a set, he not only sent the all in player to the rail, but also into a bout of rage as he slammed the table with two fists before storming off.

Farha collected the pot in his normal jovial appearance to move to 85,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:20 PM Local Time

Table 49 has drawn quite the crowd along the rail here in the Pavilion. The reason? Camera crews have put up a special camera, called the 360 cam, that gives viewers a special 360 degree look at all the action. The feed is currently being recorded and will be aired over the internet.

It also helps that Maria Ho, who was the last woman standing in the 2007 Main Event and appeared on the hit television show Amazing Race, is sitting at the table.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:19 PM Local Time

Holding pocket queens, Gary Benson got the rest of his chips in the middle on a     flop and was called by an opponent who had hit two pair with   . The turn was the   and the river was the  , Benson's queens and threes counterfeiting his opponent's hand. Benson is now up to 54,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:15 PM Local Time

Alas, Dutch Boyd's optimism couldn't overcome that chip deficit. Down to 4,000, he open-raised all in from under the gun with    and had one caller go to battle against him with   .

The flop was    , giving his opponent a set. The turn was the  , and the river (for the record) was the  . The two-time WSOP bracelet winner, whose previous best finish in the Main Event was 12th in 2003, hits the rail.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:07 PM Local Time

Scotty Nguyen saw an   flop three ways, and the first player to act bet 2,500. Scotty flatted, and the player behind him raised to 7,500. That folded out the first bettor, and Nguyen took the opportunity to move all in for another 18,650. His opponent tanked for a solid five minutes before making the call. Nguyen showed   for a flopped boat, while the other guy turned up   for trip aces. The board filled in  , and Nguyen doubled up to 62,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 1:07 PM Local Time

Bryan Devonshire found himself all in preflop holding    against an opponent's   .

The board ran out       and Devonshire hit the rail when he was unable to improve against his opponent's treys.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:06 PM Local Time

Ted Lawson was all in preflop for his last 13,300 with    and was racing against his opponent's   .

The     flop was disaster for Lawson and he was in bad shape. The   on the turn was no help and the   on the river sealed his fate. He has been eliminated from the tournament.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:04 PM Local Time

Johnny Chan opened for 1,300 and got three callers including the button and the big blind. The flop was     and the action checked to Chan, who bet 5,000. Only the button called. The turn was the   and Chan made it another 8,000 to go. The button called again and they went to the river which fell the  . Chan bet 10,000 and the button called.

Chan turned over    for top pair, top kicker, but the button flopped two pair with    to take it down. Chan is still flush with chips, however and currently sits on 149,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:04 PM Local Time

Dutch Boyd began the day on a short stack, and over the first hour-plus of play it became even shorter, so much so that he recently found himself all in from the big blind for less than 1,000. Up against a single opponent, Boyd held    and was hoping to outrun   .

The board obliged Boyd, coming      , allowing him to survive with a little over 2,000.

"Legendary story," said Boyd. "How I came back from one big blind to win. Watch out, I'm back guys!"

Boyd managed a second double-up shortly thereafter when his    beat an opponent's   . All in preflop, Boyd caught two pair on the     flop, then filled up on the   turn. He's now sitting with about 4,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:01 PM Local Time

Dan Makowsky entered the pot from the button to 1,225 only to have his opponent in the big blind three-bet to 2,800.

Makowsky made the call to see the     flop fall and a bet of 2,200 follow. Makowsky made it 4,400 to go only to have his opponent move all in for roughly 11,000 with Makowsky making the call.



The turn and river landed the   and   to see Makowsky double his opponent up while slipping to 29,500 in chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 12:56 PM Local Time

Frederick Jensen has just sent another opponent to the rail.



The board ran out       to see Jensen eliminate an opponent while climbing to over 65,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:55 PM Local Time

The button opened for a 1,200 raise and Hasan Habib three-bet to 7,000 from the big blind. The button responded with a shove for his last 20,000 and Habib made the call, having him well-covered.



Habib flopped trips on the       board and took out his opponent. He's up to 72,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:55 PM Local Time

The dealer had delivered fourth street, with      showing. Corwin Cole, chip leader entering today, checked from the big blind, and his lone opponent fired 6,000 from the button. Cole check-raised to 35,000, and his opponent called with the 16,100 total he had left with which to play.

Cole showed    for two pair, while his opponent had    and faint hopes to survive. The   river ended those, and another player has hit the rail.

Cole has been quite active here in the early going on Day 2a, and after slipping a bit at the start is now back right around where he began the day with 230,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:51 PM Local Time

Unfortunately, there will not be a repeat November Nine performance for James Akenhead. Akenhead got the rest of his stack in the middle before the flop with    but ran into an opponent's   . Although the flop brought two spades, giving him a bit of a sweat, he did not catch up and his day came to an early end.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:50 PM Local Time

On the paired flop of    , Greg Mueller check-raised an opponent's bet of 1,600 to 4,400. His opponent called.

The turn brought the   and Mueller check-called a bet of 6,000 before the river completed the board with the  . Both players checked.

Mueller tabled the    and his opponent mucked, moving Mueller up to 34,000 in chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander