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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 4:14 PM Local Time

We rolled up on this one on the turn with the board showing     . A player bet 7,500, and David Williams made the call.

The river was the  . This time Williams' opponent fired 17,500, and once again Williams called. The 2004 WSOP Main Event runner-up tabled   , and it was a winner as his opponent mucked.

Williams is sitting with 83,000 at the moment.

Friday, July 9, 2010 4:14 PM Local Time

With the board reading      , Steven Burkholder was faced with a bet of 16,300 from his opponent. Burkholder tanked for a bit and then made the call. HIs opponent turned over the    and Burkholder tabled the   .

Burkholder won the pot with two pair, nines and sixes, and pushed his stack to 135,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 4:13 PM Local Time

Eugene Katchalov was all in for his last 10k with  , and he had to dodge  . The   flop was safe, and he could breathe easy after the   turn gave him an unbeatable boat. He still can't breathe that easy, however, as the double up only boosted him to 22k.

Friday, July 9, 2010 4:06 PM Local Time

We picked up the action on the river with a board reading       and about 65,000 in the pot. Fabrice Soulier moved all in for his last 16,000 and was called by the player in the cutoff.

The cutoff showed    but was no good against Soulier's   . Soulier took down the pot and doubled to 98,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 4:04 PM Local Time

David "The Dragon" Pham had a well below average stack when he opened with a raise to 1,525. An opponent reraised to 4,525, Pham repopped it all in, and his opponent made the call.

Pham tabled   , and was hoping to survive against his opponent's   . But the board brought a mess of spades --       -- giving Pham's opponent the flush and sending him railward as we move into the second half of Level 7.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 4:00 PM Local Time

Maria Ho was all in preflop for her last 15,225 with    and was in great shape against her opponent's   .

The board ran out       and Ho doubled to 31,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 4:00 PM Local Time

Catching the action on the turn, Jonathan Karamalikis had a short-stacked opponent all in on a board of     . His opponent tabled    for trips but Karamalikis revealed    for the flush.

The river bricked the   and after starting the day with only around 20,000, Karamalikis is now up to a commanding 147,000 chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:59 PM Local Time

A player under the gun raised to 1,500, and Peter Feldman made the call behind him. The small blind then made it 6,525 to go. The big blind folded, then the original raiser bumped it up again to 19,500.

Feldman -- who had about 100,000 to start the hand -- then declared he was reshoving all in. The small blind got out, but the UTG player called, thereby committing his entire stack of 70,925 to this one.

Feldman turned over    while his opponent showed   . The board came      , and Feldman tumbles all of the way to 28,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:59 PM Local Time

Ruben Visser got the last of his chips in on an     flop and his opponent in the two seat made the call. Visser's queens were behind his opponent's    and he didn't find any help on the   turn. The moment the   hit the river Visser bid a hasty retreat out of the Amazon Room.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:59 PM Local Time

By the turn, the pot was about 20,000 in chips between Yevgeniy Timoshenko and his opponent. The board read      and action was checked to Timoshenko. He fired 12,000 before his opponent check-raised all in for 45,000. Timoshenko snapped him off holding the    for a flush, with straight flush possibilities. His at-risk opponent held the    and wasn't dead yet. He would need to pair the board on the river to double through. The river completed the board with the   and Timoshenko's flush held up.

On the next hand, a player opened with a raise preflop to 1,500 from under the gun and Timoshenko flatted from middle position. The big blind came along as well to see the flop come down    . The big blind and original raiser checked. Timoshenko fired a bet of 3,000. The big blind made the call and the other player folded.

The turn card produced the   and the big blind checked. A bet from Timoshenko worth 7,500 was good enough to win him the pot. After all of this action, Timoshenko is now up to about 220,000 in chips.

If you don't know much about Timoshenko, here's a brief look at his career highlights. Timoshenko is the winner of the $25,000 WPT Championship in 2009 where he earned $2,149,960 for his victory. He has over $3.27 million in live tournament earnings and also won the World Championship of Online Poker's $5,200 Main Event in 2009 for over $1.7 million.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 3:57 PM Local Time

Over on the Orange Feature Table we found Jonathan Aguiar calling an opponent's all in.



The board ran out       to see Aguiar eliminate his opponent and approach 100,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:55 PM Local Time

Preflop action had built a pot of about 7,500 between Annie Duke (on the button) and her opponent in middle position. The flop came    , Duke's opponent checked, she bet 6,500, and her opponent called.

The turn was the  . The middle position player again checked, and Duke tossed out a bet of 13,500 this time. The action was back on her opponent, who after a short while declared he was all in for the 25,000 or so he had left. Duke didn't waste too much time letting her hand go.

Duke now has 84,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:54 PM Local Time

Leo Margets was all in for just more than 10,000 before the flop, and she was called down by a big-stacked opponent with    . Margets turned up    , and the race was on.

Margets left her opponent in the dust on a flop of      , and the   on the turn shot her out of her chair and into the arms of her Spanish media friends surrounding the table. The   filled out the board, and Margets has found her double up, back to about 24,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:52 PM Local Time

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi was in the big blind and called a bet of 1,500 from the small blind on the     flop. The under the gun player then raised to 8,400, the small blind folded and Mizrachi made the call.

Both players checked the   on the turn and the   came on the river. Mizrachi led out for a bet of 20,000 and his opponent called. Mizrachi showed    and took down the pot. He is back up to 97,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:50 PM Local Time

We caught Fatima de Melo firing 15k into a 23k pot on the river of a board reading  . Her opponent called with   for three pair, and de Melo couldn't beat it. She mucked and fell to 16,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 3:45 PM Local Time

Joe Awada was recently seen laying down    to an opponent who had bet enough to put him all in. Awada, who only had 12,175, was consoled by the table that is was a good lay down.

"I know, you think I don't know that, he has only played one hand," Awada responded. The man was kind enough to show Awada that it was, in fact, a good laydown when he revealed pocket kings.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:44 PM Local Time

On a     flop, Nipun Java checked from the big blind, Dragan Galic led out for 5,000 into the 6,000-chip pot and Java made the call. Java checked again when the   hit the turn and Galic checked behind. The river was the   and Java led out for 7,500. Galic made the call.

Java turned over    for trip kings and Galic mucked.

"Did you have a pair?" Java asked.

"Of course!" Galic replied. "Do you think I'm a donkey? I think you think that."

"I think that you think that I think that!"

"Be happy you hit!" Galic said with a laugh. He's still the chip leader with 300,000 while Java increased his stack to 105,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:43 PM Local Time

Thayer Rasmussen and his pocket jacks just sent a player to the rail who held pocket nines. The money went in preflop and the board ran out      . Rasmussen now has 96,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:39 PM Local Time

After a player opened with a raise to 1,600, Lex Veldhuis reraised from the button to 4,250. The woman in the big blind moved all in for 14,350 total and the original raiser folded. Veldhuis took a minute to think about his decision and then committed the chips to make the call.

Veldhuis held the    for two live cards against the overcards of his opponent. The all-in woman held the   .

The flop came down     giving Veldhuis top pair and a gutterball. The turn was the   and the river the  . Veldhuis flopped the best hand and held from there to eliminate the woman from the tournament. He's now back up to 96,000 and change.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:39 PM Local Time

Allie Prescott checked a   board, and his opponent bet 2,000. Prescott made the call, then check-called 4,000 after the   turn. The river was the  , and Prescott tapped the table a third time. This time, his opponent fired 10,125, but Prescott still didn't believe his story. He tossed out a call, and the other player pushed his cards toward the muck without even seeing Prescott's hand. The dealer made him turn it over, however, and Allie showed   for a flopped open-ender, a turned flush draw, and a rivered fifth pair. "Sick," said one of his tablemates as Prescott dragged the pot, moving up to 66,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander