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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 8:52 PM Local Time

David Williams opened with a raise to 2,000 from middle position, and the table folded around to the player in the big blind who made the call.

The flop came    . Williams' opponent checked, he continued with a bet of 3,000, his opponent check-min.-raised to 6,000, and Williams called. The turn was the  . Williams' opponent led for 9,000 this time, and Williams promptly raised to 27,000. His opponent thought about 30 seconds, then called.

The river was a  , a card that potentially completed a couple of draws. Williams' opponent checked, and Williams shrugged as he checked as well.

His opponent tossed his cards face up toward the center of the table. "Tens," said the dealer at the sight of his   . Williams flipped over his   . "Jacks," came the call, and the chips were slid Williams' way.

Williams would follow that hand by winning another small pot off the same player, and now has 132,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:50 PM Local Time

Barny Boatman raised it up to 2,200 from the button before his opponent in the big blind dropped a single 5,000-denomination chip into the middle to go with his 1,000-denomination chip that was sitting in the big blind. His intention was to raise but because he didn't verbalize it, the dealer ruled it just a call.

The big blind wasn't happy and the floor was called to verify that it was indeed a call. Boatman remained silent and was able to see a flop of    .

The big blind fired 4,300 and in rather anti-climactic fashion, Boatman folded. He's at 168,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:49 PM Local Time

With about 28,000 already in the pot, Andrew Teng got himself all in for 20,500 after a flop of      . His opponent called with    , and Teng's     was going to need to find a club to stay alive.

The turn was black but the   was the wrong shade. The river   was a bit better, though, much more in Teng's neighborhood. He located his flush, collecting the pot and doubling up close to 70,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:44 PM Local Time

We got to the table with the board reading      . Erik Seidel was faced with a bet of 4,100 from Chad Batista and was in the tank. He tanked for several minutes before making the call. Batista turned over the    and Seidel mucked his way down to 18,000. Batista improved to 118,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:42 PM Local Time

On a flop of    , Sammy Farha bet 5,000 only to have Todd Terry move all in for 23,300 more. Farha called and showed    and was ahead of Terry's   .

The   on the turn completed Terry's flush draw and left Farha drawing dead. The   was put out on the river as a formality. Terry is up to 69,000 while Farha dropped to 110,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 8:42 PM Local Time

Peter Gould got his stack in before the flop with    and got a call from an opponent with   . The board ran out a very safe       and Gould doubled to 64,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:41 PM Local Time

From under the gun, Andrew Cohen raised to 2,500. Sandra Naujoks flatted in the cutoff position. Court Harringtonthree-bet from the small blind and made it 8,500 to go. After the big blind folded, Cohen instantly moved all in. His total bet was worth 51,600. Naujoks folded and then Harrington requested to have the 8,500-chip bets pulled in. He then tanked for a bit and looked as if he was counting out some pot odds. After a bit he folded and said, "I'm glad you didn't have six thousand less, nice hand,"

Harrington's on 88,400 now while Cohen chipped up to 63,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:39 PM Local Time

We had our heads buried in our computers when we heard, "Three-way all in, Table 289!"

"Rob! Rob!" Michael Mizrachi was standing up and motioning for his brother to come over. Robert is at the adjacent table, and he stood up. "Aces versus kings versus queens!" Grinder said. When we and Robert got over to the table, it was brother Michael on the good end of things with     against an opponent with     and another with the third-best    . The two trailing players were both all in for about 30,000 apiece, and Grinder had them covered. As the ESPN cameras scrambled from around the room, the dealer ran the board:


Mizrachi's aces hold to earn him the double knockout, and he's thusly chipped his way up to about 142,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:37 PM Local Time

The small blind raised to 2,100 and Burt Boutin reraised to 14,800. The small blind made the call and thought he was calling all in, although he left 3,100 behind.

The flop came     and the small blind bet the 3,100. Boutin called and showed    but was behind the small blind's   . The   on the turn was no help but the   on the river gave Boutin the win. He is up to 45,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:37 PM Local Time

A player raised to 2,000, and Peter Feldman called from the cutoff.

The dealer burned one and delivered a     flop. The preflop raiser bet 2,000, and Feldman called. The turn brought the   and an 8,000-chip bet from Feldman's opponent. Feldman, whose best previous WSOP Main Event finish was 133rd in 2007, again made the call.

The   fell on fifth street. Both players checked. Feldman tabled   , and his opponent mucked.

Feldman, who had been as high as 100,000 earlier today, continues to climb back after taking a big hit earlier. He has 49,000 now.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 8:37 PM Local Time

The under-the-gun player raised to 2,000, and four players called. The flop fell  , and the small blind, Soren Kongsgaard, and the raiser both checked. Allie Prescott checked behind, and the cutoff bet 2,000. The button then raised to 6,500. Kongsgaard then moved all in for 47,000. The under-the-gun raiser folded, and Prescott surprised the table by reshipping for 84,000 total. After the cutoff folded, the button spent a minute in the tank before folding what he says was the nut-flush draw.



Prescott had to dodge the spade draw, but his sweat didn't last too long. The case six fell on the turn, making him quads. It's tough to beat the nuts, and Allie sent Kongsgaard packing. Prescott is up to 155,000 now.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:36 PM Local Time

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Petter Northug has been quietly amassing chips in a corner of the Amazon red section and just pushed his stack over the six-figure mark by taking out one of his opponents.

The two got their money in before the flop, Northug with    against his short-stacked opponent's   . Northug's dominating hand held up on the       board and he offered his opponent a very sportsman-like handshake before stacking up his 113,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:29 PM Local Time

The button opened for a 2,400 raise, Brian Hastings three-bet to 7,800 from the small blind and the button called. The flop came down    . Hastings led out for 8,100 and the button called. The   on the turn brought checks from both players. The river fell the   and Hastings checked over to the button, who bet 15,000. Hastings gave up his hand and conceded the pot. He is still on a healthy 97,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:29 PM Local Time

A player raised to 2,000 (2.5x) from under the gun, and it folded around to Vince Van Patten who made it 5,000 from the button. The small blind thought for some time before letting it go, as did the big blind. The UTG player made the call.

The flop came    . Van Patten's opponent checked, he bet 6,000, and his opponent called. The turn came the  , and both quickly checked.

The river was the  . Again, a check from Van Patten's opponent followed, and the former tennis pro who once beat John McEnroe leaned forward. He gathered some chips, then quickly looked up at his opponent. Finally, with what appeared a kind of resignation at not being able to make a bet, Van Patten rapped the table with his knuckles, indicating he was checking, too.

His oppenent tabled   , and Van Patten showed   . He moves to 106,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:28 PM Local Time

Kathy Liebert has found a double up after a fortunate river went her way. We're not sure when the action went down as we approached the table when the cards were already on their backs. Liebert held    on the       board to get the chocolates against her opponent's   .

Liebert is up to 63,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 8:27 PM Local Time

Johan van Til was staring at a   board with a grimace on his face. His opponent had moved all in for around 25,000 with 110,000 already in the middle. After shaking his head over and over, van Til decided to call. The other player triumphantly slammed down   for the rivered nut flush. That confirmed what "busto_soon" really already knew, and he mucked unhappily. Van Til is down to 23,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:24 PM Local Time

With the flop showing    , there were three checks before a player fired a bet of 4,600. One fold before Lauren Kling check-raised to 10,800. One more fold and her opponent made the call.

The turn brought the   and Kling fired a bet of 15,200 and again she found a call before the   fell on the river. Kling released a third barrel worth 38,000 which was good to force a fold as Kling powers her way to 140,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:22 PM Local Time

The cutoff raised to 2,100 before last year's Main Event winner Joe Cada reraised to 6,000 from the button. The cutoff seat moved all in for 18,100 and Cada made the call.

Cada held the    and was up against the at-risk player's   . It was another race for a tournament life.

The board ran out       and Cada improved to a set of tens and eliminated the player. He's up to 94,000 in chips in his title-defense run.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:22 PM Local Time

Tony Korfman called after the player to his right shoved for about 15,000. His   was racing the short-stack's  . The   flop was clean. "Good so far," said one of the people at the table. And on cue, the   on the turn wasn't so good anymore. The   completed the board, and Korfman notched the knockout. He's up to 190,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 8:19 PM Local Time

A player raised to 2,200 from middle position before a string of callers entered after him. The cutoff, button and Lex Veldhuis in the small blind all called. The player in the big blind reraised all in for 17,100. The original raiser, cutoff and button all folded before Veldhuis tossed in the call.

Veldhuis held the   . His opponent had two overcards with the    and was racing for his tournament life.

The flop came down     and the all-in player hit an ace to take the lead. The turn was the   and the river the  . The dealer mucked Veldhuis' losing sixes and he dropped to 42,000 in chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander