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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 12:49 PM Local Time

On a flop of     with two hearts, Veronica Dabul found herself all in against an opponent.



With Dabul in great shape to stay alive, she would fade a brick when the turn landed the  , but it would be the   on the river that would send her to the rail.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:48 PM Local Time

Jorn Walthaus checked a   flop, and Chad Batista bet 1,600 in position. Walthaus called. He check-called again after the   on the turn when Batista bet 4,100. The river was the  , and Walthaus checked a third street. "Lilholdem" checked behind with   to discover that his flopped top pair and been rivered by Walthaus'  . With two pair, Walthaus scooped the pot, moving to 160,000. Batista slipped to 73,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:48 PM Local Time

On a     flop, Gabe Kaplan checked from the big blind and Luca Pagano bet 2,300.

"How much?" Kaplan asked the dealer.


"OK," he said, as he tossed out one orange 5,000 chip and three black 100 chips.

Confusion ensued, as many at the table believed Kaplan's action indicated a raise. The floor was brought over and the action was ruled as a call.

The turn was the   and both players checked. When the   hit the river, Kaplan led out for 3,100, leaving himself only 10,400 behind. After a bit of a dwell, Pagano made the call.

"Queen-high," Kaplan said.

Paganoshowed    for nines and sevens and took it down. He's on about 31,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:47 PM Local Time

Rob Hollink was all in for his last 5,800 with two players also making the call; with one of them all in also.




The board ran out       to see Hollink eliminated.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:47 PM Local Time

Following a     flop, there was about 7,000 in the middle when Annie Duke, sitting in the big blind, checked to her opponent in early position. He fired a bet of 8,000, to which Duke responded with a check-raise to 22,500.

Her opponent tanked for a couple of minutes, then announced he was all in for everything he had behind -- about 40,000 chips' worth. Duke instantly called.

Duke showed    for a set of treys, and her opponent somewhat dejectedly tabled his   . The turn was the  , making Duke a full house. And the river was the  , giving her the big pot.

There was a brief pause as it was determined that Duke indeed had her opponent covered. He hits the rail, while Duke now sits with about 110,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 12:45 PM Local Time

Unfortunately Aaron Benton has been eliminated from the Main Event.

Re-raising someone preflop with   , Benton saw a     flop fall after his opponent made the call.

Benton and his opponent then got in a raising war before Benton was all in for his tournament life.

Unfortunately for Benton his opponent had trapped him with   , but that still left Benton with a club draw and backdoor straight draw to stay alive.

The turn was the   to end Benton's tournament in a cooler hand!

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:44 PM Local Time

Grayson Physioc had an opponent all in and dominated. Physioc held the    and his at-risk opponent held the   . The player was all in for 13,875.

The board ran out      . When the queen hit the turn, Physioc yelled "F***!" and then when the river didn't resuck for him he yelled, "God d***it!" He's down to 24,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:44 PM Local Time

There was about 10,000 in the pot and a flop of     when Adam Junglen checked to his opponent on the button, who bet 2,200. Junglen raised to 7,200 only to have the button make it 15,000 to go.

Junglen asked the gentleman for a count, which was about 47,000 behind, and then moved all in. "Wow," the button exclaimed as he shot back in his chair. The decision put him into the tank for a couple minutes before he frustratingly mucked.

Junglen is up to around 110,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:41 PM Local Time

Cole South opened to 1,200 from middle position only to have the small blind move all in for 9,975. South made the call and we were off to a showdown.



Although South was trailing, the       board was spread to see South pushed the pot to move to 90,000 while eliminating another opponent.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:38 PM Local Time

Right before the break, Jonathan Karamalakis raised to 900, and from middle position, Peter Jetten reraised to 2,400. The small blind made it 10,500 total, and after Karamalakis folded, Jetten called all in for 10,050 total. Jetten had the best of it with  , while his unhappy opponent showed  . The board ran out  , and Jetten doubled to 21,500.

He tweeted that ESPN's cameras had come to the table just before the hand, and he fortuitously picked up aces against kings, so the "whole table thinks it was rigged."

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 12:32 PM Local Time

We just overheard Jonathan Aguiar talking to some members of the media row about the exact whereabouts of 'Miami' John Cernuto.

Supposedly Cernuto is sick at the moment, and has returned home to recover while his stack blinds and antes off.

If we find out any additional information on Cernuto and his current 19,425-chips stack, we will let you know!

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:13 PM Local Time

For some of these players Level 5 started on Monday, for others Wednesday, but it concluded only moments ago for all of them. The words "All in and a call!" rang through the Amazon and Pavillion rooms every few minutes as short stacks attempted to get something going here on Day 2A of the Main Event.

Two short-stacks enjoying early double-ups were Dennis Phillips and Howard "Tahoe" Andrew, the latter doubling through Sam Farha. Rather than shoving for her last 5,500 over her opponent's three-bet, Tiffany Michelle mistakenly flat-called, but found a seven from heaven on the flop, making her a set and snapping off her opponent's pocket aces to double her back to her 30,000 starting stack.

This hour's most notable elimination was Hall of Famer Mike Sexton. Sexton looked good to triple up when he got his stack in with pocket kings against pocket queens and pocket nines, however, a nine hit the flop, leading his lucky opponent to launch into an obnoxious celebration.

We've only played but an hour, but the players have just been sent on their first break. We'll see you in twenty minutes.

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

David "Devilfish" Ulliott raised from late position to 1,200 and found three callers including David Sklansky in the small blind to see a flop of    .

Action checked to Ulliott who fired 3,000. The cutoff folded as did Sklansky but the big blind made the call.

The turn was the   and the big blind checked to Ulliott fired another 3,000 with his opponent making the call as the   completed the board. Again it was checked to Ulliott who bet 10,000, but his opponent gave it up.

Ulliott claimed he had a queen-high flush as his opponent said he folded a king.

"Good fold, good fold," chirped Ulliott as he moved up to 53,000.

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

A player opened for 1,300 from under the gun -- a bit more than a 3x raise -- and Johnny Chan called from the button. Then the player in the big blind reraised to 5,000, and both the original raiser and Chan called.

The flop came    . It checked to Chan who bet 5,000, and only the player in the big blind called. The turn brought the  . This time Chan's opponent took the initiative, betting 11,000. Chan thought about it, then called.

The river was the  . Chan's opponent checked, and Chan didn't hesitate before setting out a stack of about 17,000 -- enough to put his opponent all in. His opponent folded, saying he had hearts.

The 1987 and 1988 WSOP Main Event winner continues his good start to the 2010 ME. He has about 172,000 as we draw near the end of Level 5.

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

Facing a raise to 1,025, Jonathan Tamayo three-bet to 3,000 from the big blind.

His opponent jammed all in for roughly 20,000 and Tamayo made the call.



The     flop left Tamayo in trouble needing one of his two remaining kings or a combination of backdoor straight or flush cards.

Fortunately for Tamayo, the dealer delivered the   on the turn to complete one of his backdoor draws, and when the   landed on the river, Tamayo eliminated his opponent while climbing to 63,500 in chips.

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

Steve Wong is the next player to be felted.

We are unsure exactly of how the hand played out, but it was Wong's    unable to best his opponent's    on a final board reading      .

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

Rob Hollink opened to 1,025 from middle position and was called in one spot before the player in the cutoff made it 10,000 to go.

With the action back on Hollink, he moved all in for 20,700 and was soon followed by the player caught in the middle for his last 10,275.

The cutoff three-better tanked for a solid two minutes before folding.



The board ran out       to see Hollink double his opponent up while slipping to 10,300 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:11 PM Local Time

Dave Stann raised from early position to 1,050, and both Jamie Rosen and Matt Marafioti called from the small and big blind, respectively. The ESPN cameras were rolling as the dealer burned a card.

The three men took a flop of      , and the blinds checked to the raiser. Stann continued out with 2,025 and Rosen quickly folded. Marafioti fumbled with his chips, though, rocking back and forth from a rather aggressive massage that he's in the middle of. Finally, he collected 7,650 chips and slid them into the pot on a check-raise. Stann didn't like it, throwing his arms up into the air. With a heavy sigh, he shuffled a handful of chips and rhetorically asked, "Right here? You wanna do it right here?"

After another few seconds, though, "Hollywood" Dave folded and the camera crew dispersed.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:10 PM Local Time

Greg Mueller was all in preflop for 10,400 with the   . His opponent held the   . The board ran out       and Mueller successfully doubled to about 21,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 12:10 PM Local Time

A middle position player raised to 1,100, Jason Gray made the call from the button and the big blind called as well. The flop came down    . The big blind checked, Mr. Middle Position bet 2,100, Gray called and the big blind folded. The turn paired the board with the   and both players checked. The river fall the   and they checked it down one more time.

Gray turned over    and it was good to take down the pot. He's up to 72,500.

Playtika - Jason Alexander