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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 3:36 PM Local Time

With 16,500 in the middle and the flop reading    , all three active players checked round to see the   land on the turn.

One player bet, another called and Cole South moved all in with both players calling.



Opponent: (X)(X)

The river blanked out and South more than doubled up to 223,500 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:36 PM Local Time

Scotty Nguyen is getting busy on his table and has now up to around 80,000 chips.

First, he tangled with Anton Allemann on a board of     . Allemann fired 5,000 before Nguyen raised it to 17,000 to force a fold. Nguyen flashed the  .

"I've got the stone cold nuts baby!" laughed Nguyen and it wasn't long before he was in the thick of it again.

After Garry Gates raised to 1,700 from middle position, Nguyen called in the big blind to see a flop of    . Nguyen check-called for 2,200 before again checking the   turn. Gates released a second barrel worth 4,100, but Nguyen made the call.

The river brought the   and both players checked it down with Nguyen's    good to collect the pot.

Nguyen is now up to around 80,000 with Gates down to 17,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:27 PM Local Time

On a board of      , Will Failla checked and his opponent fired 10,025. Failla decided to make the call but mucked when his opponent showed    for a rivered flush.

"Good river," sighed Failla as he falls to 107,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:27 PM Local Time

Stefan Huber's opponent was all in for 10,200, and Huber looked him up with   to race against the short stack's  .

The   flop earned a murmur from the table as it paired Huber but gave his opponent a set. Neither held a club redraw, but it didn't matter as the turn and river brought running nines to give Huber's opponent a full house. After the courtesy double, Huber is still sitting pretty with 130,000. He's two to the left of another big stack, Shannon Shorr, and poor Adam Johnson with 12,000 is stuck in the middle.

Update: While we were typing this, Johnson, a former tournament reporter, got his stack in with  . Once again, Huber called with  . This time, little slick worked for Huber. The board fell  , and Huber paired to send Johnson to the rail and move his own stack back over 140,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:26 PM Local Time

Coming back from the break, there was a situation over on Table 259 that's just been sorted out now. That table was finishing a hand several minutes into the break, and it ended with the player in the three seat dragging a pretty big pot. It was, however, not as big as the chips he had in front of him. In error, the pot winner also pulled Seat 4's chips into his stack with the pot, and Seat 4 came back from break to an empty slice of felt where his chips had once resided.

The floor staff checked the surveillance cameras and sorted out the situation to both players' satisfaction. They're good like that.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 3:24 PM Local Time

A player in middle position raised to 1,600 only to have Pieter de Korver raise to 4,075 from the small blind. When action got back to the middle position player, he moved all in for 24,000 and received a call.

de Korver:   

Middle Position:   

The board ran out       and de Korver sent his opponent to the rail and increased his stack to 126,000

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:23 PM Local Time

With the board reading       on the river, Johnny Chan bet 7,000 into the 8,000-chip pot and the big blind made the call. Chan showed   , having turned a king-high straight and rivered Broadway. The big blind mucked and Chan took his stack up to 145,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:22 PM Local Time

David "Devilfish" Ulliott raised it up to 1,600 and found one call in the small blind to see a flop of    . The small blind checked to Ulliott who fired 2,000. His opponent made the call and the   hit the turn.

The small blind checked and Ulliott fired 3,500. His opponent then check-raised to 11,000. Ulliott mumbled away and verbalized something along the lines of knowing his opponent had a ten and that he was folding ace-queen.

His opponent showed the   as Ulliott continued to chatter away with some sort of reference to showing his opponent the exit. Ulliott is at 87,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:19 PM Local Time

Jesper Hougaard opened to 1,400 from early position and was met with one caller before Daniel Neilson bumped it 5,100 from the small blind.

With the action back on Hougaard, he four-bet the action to 12,000 to force the cold-caller out before Neilson committed his 24,100 total with Hougaard making the call.



The     put Hougaard in front, and when the   landed on the turn, it kept him in a stronger position to knock out Neilson.

The river fell the   to see Hougaard collect the pot to move to 176,500 as the Australian made his way to the rail.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:16 PM Local Time

We're not sure of the hand, but Tom McEvoy, who had been nursing a short stack for quite some time, was recently eliminated. McEvoy won the Main Event back in 1983 and became the first person to win who had gained entry via a satellite.

McEvoy, who is among the leading candidates for the Poker Hall of Fame, also won the 2009 WSOP Champions Invitational; unfortunately, he will not become a two-time Main Event champion this year.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 3:15 PM Local Time

Joe Reitman (still wearing that white ladies' tracksuit), opened for 1,500 from early position and the small blind moved all-in for 12,000. Reitman snap-called.


Small Blind   

Reitman's aces held up on the       board, eliminating his opponent. He's up to 67,500 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:13 PM Local Time

Jordan Rich raised to 1,500, and only the big blind called. The flop fell  , and the big blind bet out 2,500. Rich flatted quickly. The big blind continued with a 3,000-chip bet on the   turn, and Rich called again. After the   river put four to a straight on the board, the big blind opted to check. Rich tossed 5,000 at the scare card, but his opponent called with a shrug. "Good call," said Rich immediately. He could only shake his head and sigh when the big blind turned up   to take the pot. Rich is down to 28,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:09 PM Local Time

Shannon Shorr has just eliminated an opponent to leap up the chip count leaderboard. It was Shorr's    up against his opponent's    with all the chips in preflop.

The board ran out       and Shorr now finds himself with 133,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:07 PM Local Time

On a flop of     Jonathan Tamayo led out for a bet of 5,500 into a pot of roughly 12,500.

His opponent on the button made the call as the   landed on the turn and Tamayo checked to is opponent who fired out 9,000.

Tamayo made the call to see the   land on the river and, following his check, a bet of 24,000 follow from his opponent in which Tamayo called.

Tamayo tabled his    to prompt a muck from his opponent as he collected the pot to move to 101,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:02 PM Local Time

On a board of     , the action was checked to Peter Feldman, who bet 4,000. His opponent called and they went to the river, which fell the  . It was checked to Feldman again, and he bet 10,000. His opponent looked him up.

Feldman showed    for trips and raked in the pot. He's up to 73,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 3:00 PM Local Time

We overheard Jennifer "Jennicide" Leigh say, "I wanna see it, so I call," as she stuck in the chips to call her opponent's all-in bet. Leigh held the    and her opponent the   .

The flop was big for Leigh, coming down    . The turn was the   and the river the  . Leigh won the hand with her trip kings and eliminated the player. She's now on 95,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 3:00 PM Local Time

We just caught Erik Seidel eliminating a short-stacked player who was all in preflop. The at-risk player put just less than 10,000 into the pot with    , and Seidel was right there with    , dominating and with a chance at a knockout.

The board ran          , and that's that. Seidel claims his victim, stacking his chips to move up to 51,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:34 PM Local Time

Level 6 is in the books and out of the 2,412 players who started today, 1,908 still have chips in front of them. Robert Mizrachi vaulted up to 230,000 while his brother Michael fell on harder times. "The Grinder" hasn't been able to get anything going today and has fallen to 50,000 in chips. Stacking up the largest tower at the break was Dragan Galic, who is the first player to crack the 300k mark-- he's up to about 310,000.

Also departing this level were "Hollywood" Dave Stann, Luca Pagano, Abe Mosseri, Liz Lieu, Terrence Chan, Julian Thew, Marcel Luske, and Veronica Dabul.

Players are off on their second break of the day. We'll see you in 20 minutes.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:34 PM Local Time

With about 45,000 in the the pot on a board of      , Mandy Baker fired a bet of 24,500 and her opponent made the call.

Baker showed    for a full house which was good to win a big pot. She's up to 130,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:34 PM Local Time

Carter Phillips just picked off a bluff from Greg Mueller to move up to 196,000 chips. Phillips called Mueller's 3,800-chip river bet with just bottom pair and Mueller held only queen high. Mueller dropped to about 30,000 in chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander